So, after Saturday's results, we are 3 points off relegation, yet, if we beat Bolton, we are in 8th... and, if we win our other game in hand, then we are only 3 points off 6th place.
Out of 25 games, we have won just 6, yet we have also lost the same number of games as Chelsea ? one less than 3rd place Man City and three less than Liverpool.
As such, my question is, is this the worst Premier League in memory?
Chris Leyland, Posted 13/02/2011 at 00:38:12
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1 Posted 13/02/2011 at 03:56:29
More competitive, and in general great for the league... everyone is fighting for something.
However, for Everton, if a few of those draws were wins, we would be fighting for a Champions League spot!! Huge chance blown this season!
2 Posted 13/02/2011 at 04:04:32
3 Posted 13/02/2011 at 02:54:30
It's more competitive... yet it's the usual suspects front and centre. Yes, Man Utd are running away with it while not playing particularly well... perhaps that does make it "worst".
On the other hand, they were in danger of equalling Arsenal's incredible unbeaten record from a few years back. So that would be a good thing (in the Moyes Book of Defending).. right?
It all depends on your perspective. It is what it is: anyone should be able to beat anyone else on the day... isn't that a good thing? (Trouble is, it's not really true... or the table points spread would be even flatter.)
So there's no one or two obvious relegation candidates either ? how does that correlate with "worst"? Surely that means the poorer clubs are actually doing better than one might expect.
I know this for a fact: it's the worst Everton season in the Premier League for many a long year... and that's they only thing that really matters. Just when we fully expected to witness the best.
But guess what? We are not a club in decline. We are still making progress... (Yeah, right)
4 Posted 13/02/2011 at 10:13:19
5 Posted 13/02/2011 at 11:04:07
To be honest, I think the middle/lower sides have advanced this season, with the perennial stronger teams not making much progress. Anybody that can put together a run of 3 winning games will find themselves right up near the top end.
Nevertheless, this has been a poor season by our standards. But the reality of that is, previous wins by a one-goal margin have become draws. Nobody has drawn more games than us, with only the top four losing less than us. This is not solely down to tactical problems from the manager, but more down to finishing the chances we have created.
How many games have we won by a wonder goal? None that I recall. Top sides have players with that ability, at the moment I don't think we have that. The attacking football that we CAN play was there for all to see against Blackpool. The problem we face, is how to break down teams that put 9 or 10 players behind the ball.
I think most of the goals we have conceded this season have been on the break, and another big chunk have come from unlucky situations, where the ball just bounces in the right place for the opposition, or we end up scoring an own goal!
The way to get out of this is simple for me. We need a striker that can put away chances at a high ratio, and a midfielder capable of scoring long-range goals. I honestly don't see the flanks as so much of a problem because we create enough chances to win games, we just don't convert enough of those chances.
6 Posted 13/02/2011 at 12:11:05
Also highlights that you just must win at home ? look at why Utd are well clear ? won 13 out of 14 home games.
7 Posted 13/02/2011 at 12:11:07
BTW, slightly off piste, conspiracy theory No1#: Open talks with Fellaini now; obviously he rejects the first offer, and then the club can come out and say that they don't want another Pienaar situation on their hands... and he gets sold in the summer to pay the gas bill.
8 Posted 13/02/2011 at 12:51:15
9 Posted 13/02/2011 at 13:12:33
Based on how our season has gone so far it beggars belief that the season could be so bad that when you win your 7th game of the season in mid February you are 8th.
At least it's wide open for a change, it keeps the interest, fretting and agonising going for everyone!
Sky can tell tell us it's the best league in the world, but come the summer I'm seriously thinking of cancelling the sports channels!
10 Posted 13/02/2011 at 14:30:01
Apart from ourselves being erratic and pretty rubbish for most of the season, the league itself has been one of the best for years.
11 Posted 13/02/2011 at 14:43:15
We actually have games in hand and these are home games which ought to give us points. But it would be great to win today. I shall be glued to the electronic nipple. See you on the live feed.
12 Posted 13/02/2011 at 17:57:56
Everton are the prime example; Cannot get 2 wins in a row. Another poor performance today against another poor team.
We are now 3 points away from the drop zone and the transfer window comes back to haunt us. Moyes still prefers the big amateur Anichebe to a goalscorer ?Beckford. Why, begs the question?
Yakubu scored another fine goal yesterday but Moyes doesn't rate him. Why?
I say it again: Moyes has lost the plot.
13 Posted 13/02/2011 at 18:43:50
The remaining games are now absolutely critical for all the teams in the lower third as they are all so close pointswise and sadly Everton are now part of the struggle. We couldn't even manage another lousy draw today.
We managed 25 attempts on goal last week and only 9 today.
We as fans have been let down far too long by this regime and changes have to come because it is evident now that Moyes and Kenwright cannot do it.
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