COLUMNIST KEN BUCKLEY
Blues battered by Blackburn and win 1-0
An unbelievable game that saw the hosts spurn two penalties and then succumb to a penalty in injury time and hand the points to the opposition. You can?t make this stuff up but, hell ? did we celebrate 3 points!!! All the negativity surrounding the club just disappeared as fans celebrated and I am sure some will until Monday and a feelgood factor will be back, even for just a brief moment in time.
The team was texted to subscribers just after 2:00pm and looked as good as we could put out; Cahill still not ready; Saha, who looked lively when he came on v Sheffield,again missing... his injuries beggar belief in one so young. All seemed delighted that Barkley started and that both Arteta and Fellaini were fit enough to start but Vic starting up front received a mixed reaction.
With both sides looking for their first points, the game got off to an open start but it didn?t take long for Blackburn to start to dominate and early doors some woeful marking saw Hoilett find Dunn criminally unmarked in the box; he was distraught to see his free shot rebound from the inside of a post and hacked away by Neville.
Roberts was then put through with ease and one-on-one with Howard who sprawled and deflected the ball away leaving Roberts prostrate and his team-mates belly-aching for a pen. The Ref waved play on in determined fashion.
Blackburn were well on top but were disrupted just after the half hour mark when both Pederson and Dunn succumbed to what looked like hammy?s and were replaced by Petrovic and a blast from the 70s ?Formica?... (Anybody still got a table covered in that?)
The half wore on with the hosts having the better territorially but we played some decent stuff until the highly important last third where all of any good approach play broke down mainly due to not enough players busting a gut to get in there and a fear of over committing. Big Vic tried to put it about but found Samba the boss on all occasions and whether we attacked left or right whoever was involved seemed to find more blind alleys than team mates.
We held out though until half time and the chat was more disagreement over Goodison goings on than the match, everyone was getting blame from board to blue union, manager and players. All most unsatisfactory but just the way it is at the moment. I remember thinking if we can just get a win things will look and sound much better. I could never have known how that second half would pan out.
The second half started and it was quite a shock really that instead of us having a go after the managers h/t talk it was Blackburn who bombed us. We just could not get out and were pinned back and desperate. Kick it anywhere hack away in any direction was the order of the day. Something had to give.
It did: the young and inexperienced Barkley made a schoolboy error in his own half and sent Formica heading for goal in a desperate attempt to atone for his error he felled the same man in the box and left the ref with a decision, he made it and it was a pen. Hoilett took, Howard saved and the ball was eventually cleared for a corner. He certainly made up for that error around this time last season on this very ground. "USA, USA USA" rang out.
The manager then made a superb decision and immediately replaced Barkley with Cahill thus protecting him from the ills his inexperience had brought on. He must be allowed time to truly blossom.
We were under the cosh and barely hanging on as Samba got a header through a ruck of players but was thwarted. Olsson hit a free kick very close but just over and Formica shot when he should have passed and again let us off. I am now of the mindset that says hang on for our first point of the season lads.
The introduction of Cahill seemed to bring extra effort and fight if not craft and guile and maybe the former ingredients were just what was needed in a match such as this. Cahill put Baines in and he cut in and tried a right footer that the keeper parried away. Big Vic then got in on the left of the box and found a great pass that invited Fellaini to register but alas he leaned back and the ball went over
. The end was getting ever closer but not without frights and just some 10mins from that end Howard again excelled when he dived and pushed away a close range effort from Formica. Goodwillie left Baines for dead and found Formica again but it wasn?t Argentina?s night when his shot was blocked by the reaching arm of our USA saviour.
This lad Formica was involved everywhere and about 5mins from the end Jags was adjudged to have fouled in the box, a second pen for Blackburn; they couldn?t miss a second could they? Well yes, Formica sent Howard the wrong way and hit the post. Boy was this our day for let offs or if you look at it another way Blackburn?s day for being extremely wasteful.
Both teams sort of pegged away until the injury time board went up. Get it done and let?s get back with a point I thought but in mid thought Samba climbed all over Fellaini and Mr Mason gave us a spot kick. It took some time to take as Blackburn disputed the validity of the award but after the easy way their players went over for their pens I had little sympathy for them.
A lot of us urged that Baines should take but Arteta was having none of it and pulled rank. We are at the end of time added on. One kick to win it many looked away many had hands in mouth, Arteta stepped up, keeper dives to his right, ball flies to his left... I will leave you, dear reader, to imagine the response behind that goal.....
Today we were everything that most Toffeewebbers have been saying is wrong with us: couldn?t pass, couldn?t shoot, no craft or guile, and just nothing in the final third. Yet on leaving the ground the mood was something nothing on the NHS can provide.
One game means little but I will live on that win through an International break and feel better until I turn up v Villa and it all starts again. You can?t explain it you just do it and realise that had their penalties gone in our reports and moods would have been tantamount to suicidal. Great game this footy.
Overall I thought that in the end it was a nice boost for club, players, manager and fans, nothing to get carried away by and I thought it great that the manager saw the harm a mistake could have done to our new ?golden? boy and relieved him of stress right away. We have got a good un but he still needs to learn the harsh realities that lie in wait in the EPL and Internationally. MotM was easy from my seat: Tim Howard,
In conclusion, I admit we were, if not poor, at least frustrating and leaving any watcher in no doubt that a few quid is needed... but unlikely without a major sale. The time until Wednesday will be revealing. But tonight I celebrate.
UP THE BLUES
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1 Posted 27/08/2011 at 21:22:34
2 Posted 27/08/2011 at 21:19:10
I advocated after the QPR game that Cahill causes us a problem in the way we line up. On that basis I had no trouble in him being benched today. Having said that, why play Victor up on his own? Surely you drop Heitinga as well and put Beckford in from the start? I accept the limitations of Beckford, but he possesses two things that in general our team doesn't: pace and an eye for goal.
As a side note, for those of you who are not on twitter, Mr Cahill has made it very clear he was neither unfit or rested. He is clearly not a happy boy at being dropped. Long may it continue Mr Moyes, about time this lot of mates were taken out of their comfort zone.
Finally, the performance still seems to be way off. Time for DM to bring this lot up to speed and for them to justify their respective reputations.
3 Posted 27/08/2011 at 21:56:49
Well done, Tim Howard by the way!
4 Posted 27/08/2011 at 21:56:55
5 Posted 27/08/2011 at 21:57:22
But how many times have we watched us boss games and come away with nothing?
3 points achieved, pressure off, 2 very winnable games coming up? COYB's!
6 Posted 27/08/2011 at 22:49:12
Obviously pleasing to get 3 points but worried by the performance. Even when we turn in poor performances the defence is generally solid. The defence today was a shambles.
Every time the ball was cleared it was to a Rovers shirt. The midfield was well pathetically pedestrian. We have had the same squad for 2/3 years now so you would expect a bit of fluidity in the team.
I don?t know what the hell we have been doing in pre-season again.
7 Posted 27/08/2011 at 22:54:07
8 Posted 27/08/2011 at 23:07:21
9 Posted 27/08/2011 at 22:47:56
I am not talking about board shenanigans that have already been hammered to death, what concerns me is that Moyes seems incapable of doing anything about the slow moving slow thinking stinking garbage that shamed the name of a once great club.
Everything wrong with the playing side of things was exposed all their woeful glory.
Neville with his slow aimless throw ins and mostly useless crosses.
Jags inability to read the play or organise the back line forces him into scary last second desperate lunges.
At risk of upsetting his devotees I must mention Osmans typical disapearing trick when the pressure was on.
Up front we had Anichebe spending most of the time on his arse bawling like a baby.
I could list others but probably the worst aspect was our pathetic lack of ideas in the final third.
Moyes was wrong in saying Formica dived for those penalties just as he was wrong to say we deserved the one we got.
10 Posted 27/08/2011 at 23:25:58
But let's be honest with ourselves. This was daylight robbery.
Agreed Ken (good report as usual), good decision by Moyes to replace Barkley when he did. Although we continued to give the ball away at will, at least we looked very occasionally like we might score after this;
Kieron@7 - agreed but I think you were bit harsh ref the penalty considering the lack of confidence, the dying embers, the delays by the Blackburn players etc. I thought he took it quite well.
Simon@2 - I've been a Cahill fan for years but agree with you
Ray@3 Joseph@4 Ian@6 all sound points. Did we even have a defence today or did any part of the team function effectively.
Martin@5 Steve@8 Well done for being remaining positive.
11 Posted 27/08/2011 at 23:46:13
I agree mate. I rate Howard highly, I'm not blind to his faults but he is a good keeper. He must have a good record with pens to, I remember before the Utd semi he always seemed to go the right way but not quite keep them out, since that shoot out I reckon he must have saved as many as he's let in if not more.
Sounds like a stinker of a match that we were lucky to come out with a win, but a win is a win and I'll take it for now. What do they say about good teams winning even when they don't play well.......(ever the optimist!)
12 Posted 27/08/2011 at 23:46:40
True about other things though, and we had no width or pace, without those we will win jack...
13 Posted 27/08/2011 at 23:55:46
14 Posted 28/08/2011 at 00:19:13
Jags has served us well but the injury has taken it's toll and lost a yard of pace he never had too much of to begin with. Sell him for Â£15M and go and get Dann or Kaboul from Spurs; neither can do any worse than Jags at the moment. Alternatively, try Johnny or Rodwell.
Anyone else think this team is not harmonious at the moment, as it looks that way to me...
15 Posted 28/08/2011 at 00:43:57
FFS get a grip son and if you want to criticise at least pick your battles more fairly and with full justification. As angry and annoyed as we are overall, credit where credit is due to Arteta. Yes he gets paid stupid money and should score pens, but tell that to two of theirs, not to us.
16 Posted 28/08/2011 at 01:05:12
17 Posted 28/08/2011 at 01:19:10
18 Posted 28/08/2011 at 01:09:25
For once we had luck on our side deservedly or not. Last Wednesday, I mentioned that we should see more of Mucha but once again Howard confounded his critics, me included, and kept us in the game single handed.
I also wrote on the Jags situation and yet again he was a nervous wreck, the defence as a whole was shambolic and the game as a spectacle was dreadful but a win is a win and in the end, that's the name of the game.
19 Posted 28/08/2011 at 01:43:57
20 Posted 28/08/2011 at 03:17:19
I believe there are three worse teams than Everton in the Premier League which will unfortunately keep the hapless Moyes in his overpaid job. Flat, flat, stale and hopeless. Be careful what you wish for? Anyone, anyone...
21 Posted 28/08/2011 at 03:15:49
22 Posted 28/08/2011 at 03:22:15
23 Posted 28/08/2011 at 03:41:42
The only decent outfield player yesterday was Baines.
If this keeps up, it's going to be a long season!
24 Posted 28/08/2011 at 04:35:04
I have zero posiitivity now and don't even believe that we have a decent squad that is mismanaged. We were played off the park and demonstrated a total lack of basic footballing skills in virtually every position.
Moyes is also displaying his totally irrational side again, Jags is brittle and can't pass a football and if we could get Â£15 mil for him I'd take it. Even Bainsey was shaky. I'll make an exception for Tim Howard who has been and is a real credit to the team, the odd flap apart.
25 Posted 28/08/2011 at 04:16:24
One of the nine who does stand out, for the wrong reason, is Anichebe. Even allowing for the injured strikers, how could any manager pick him? If there is any Everton fan on the planet who thinks he will ever make the grade, let it be known.
26 Posted 28/08/2011 at 05:17:34
I can't believe defenders twating ball 50yards upfieldin air is a tactic that is good at this level. It cuts out mid-field and comes straight back at you. This was done so often that it must have been on Moyes's orders to get it up front early.
Very little constructive play from our boys as, apart from Baines, no-one is up to speed. What the fuck do they do in training? Are they testing themselves against juniors and thinking they're fit.
As regards Jags, is his mindset wrong with all the Arse talk? I'll be glad when the transfer window is shut and one way or another we all know where were at. Can anybody throw light on why Rodwell was not even on the bench? Seeing nothing of injury or is he in talks with suitors?
Overall 3 points, thank god, cause someone must be looking after us.
27 Posted 28/08/2011 at 06:45:15
A fresh approach from board to pitch is required. Hope it wont take relegation for this to occur cause it looks like this will continue.
28 Posted 28/08/2011 at 09:19:10
29 Posted 28/08/2011 at 09:25:58
30 Posted 28/08/2011 at 09:55:54
31 Posted 28/08/2011 at 09:40:32
Now, there are two reasons for this that I can perceive: 1) We don't have any genuine wide players (I'm not including Bily, as at best he's ineffective and his default mode is totally useless). This lack of width is leading to a squeezed style of play with the hit and hope long ball from defence being overused. 2) This is down to lack of confidence in midfield and in the midfield by the defence. I put our lack of width down to injury to Gueye and Coleman in the same week.
I feel the next home game will set the tone for the rest of the season ? if we knock it about a bit and get a victory, confidence will come; players will become familiar with the roles they're asked to perform; results will come and I see at best 5th. If we lose or lose more players, we'll continue to go into our shells, play dire non-football, look ragged and easily beatable.
Anichebe looked twice the player when he was moved out wide (that turn of pace losing his marker and then the cross he put over for Screech was exquisite) and Cahill came on and looked a genuine option up front where big Vic spent more time on the deck than a pissed carpet fitter. (BTW the defender on him got away with murder at times ? I've never seen more blatant pushing).
Tim Howard was magnificent!
All in all, I'm not at all impressed with what I saw out there yesterday ? but there is hope, one or two more results like this, our wide options coming back from injury and a genuine option up front and we'll be back to our full of confidence 'scourge of the top six' days of last season.
32 Posted 28/08/2011 at 10:44:53
I really hate to say it but I believe that we can sell Arteta without missing him. Yes, I blame Moyes for his dreadful selection and instructions but surely half-decent players can play half-decent football without a manger.
When they get on the pitch they have to produce the goods and they produced schoolboy football ? even Fellaini who I rated as a giant last year. Tim Howard was brilliant though and we owe him big time for that travesty of a result. Surely it'll get better? Please say it will...
33 Posted 28/08/2011 at 10:34:06
Only a couple of weeks before we meet the big boys, and I dread to think what will happen if we go into those games with the same frame of mind. We have to do something quickly!
Top 3 grouches from the game:
1. Arteta takes another shit free kick, when Baines is a MUCH better option... WHY?
2. Fellaini not jumping for anything... WHY?
3. Anichebe on the left side, Bily on the right... WHY?
ps: I've been a critic of Howard in the past, but he was excellent this time, and Bily needs to be given more playing time.
34 Posted 28/08/2011 at 10:55:59
What I saw was a big gaping hole between the defence and midfield. This position is paramount, we could all see the pressure on Jags and Distin because there is no protection in front of them.
The only way to resolve it, is to move Neville to this role, then we will see a better balance. Then there is a problem playing Arteta and Felli. Oh for a Carsley or Parkinson.
35 Posted 28/08/2011 at 10:46:32
36 Posted 28/08/2011 at 11:24:53
37 Posted 28/08/2011 at 11:43:32
38 Posted 28/08/2011 at 11:54:06
39 Posted 28/08/2011 at 13:29:45
With his abysmal distibution he would be like a fish out of water at Arsenal, which is probably why if rumour is correct he is not that keen on going there. I think that no matter who the player is there is a right time to sell. I also think that we missed the boat with Arteta and Rodwell last season. Its all very well being stubborn and refusing to sell your 'stars' but the trouble is when these untouchables do not play like stars then you are stuck with a lame duck. A lame duck who in the case of Arteta is now on a salary vastly more than his worth.
40 Posted 28/08/2011 at 14:20:03
Howard: You now have amnesty till Christmas after that game. World Class
Baines/Distin: Solid. Expected.
Neville: 100% Intensity 0% Influence
Jagileka: Thank you for costing us a few million pounds. I hope Wenger was watching Swansea-Sunderland. 3 Games in a row, no concentration... even if you do stay, I hope Moyes has the courage to pair up Heitinga/Distin just to give you a wake-up call.
Barkley: Welcome to the Premier League. File under lessons learned.
Osman/Arteta/Fellaini: No one stepped up to take control. Against Villa one of you has to...
Heitinga: Not fair to judge you in midfield. Good fill-in, but you belong in the back four. You might have to wait till Euro 2012 to get to play there again...
Anichebe: Heavyweight that plays like a featherweight. Spend your weekends watching Drogba in his prime... Although your dramatic gesturing did win us a penalty.
Cahill: Effective as a sub but still caused the second Blackburn penalty.
Bily: Excellent first touch. Second touch always went to a Blackburn player though... Maybe it's a vision issue.
Beckford: Typical Moyes Sub. Too little too late I'm afraid.
Moyes: Yesterday's performance was embarrassing; instead of being gracious post match you had the nerve to comment on the penalty decisions... Formica was looking for the contact but there WAS contact on both Blackburn pens.
The team played like it was the first time they had been put together on a pitch. No anticipation, No movement, No passion!!! You have 2 weeks to find a solution... I hope we can chalk this down to the transfer window factor, we'll find out on 10 September.
41 Posted 28/08/2011 at 14:22:27
42 Posted 28/08/2011 at 15:36:17
43 Posted 28/08/2011 at 16:42:51
We have a quality list of players playing like zombies. It was very one paced and we just let them flood back once we go the ball. I think arteta ran with the ball once and that was sideways. Its going to a long season. I wonder how long DM will stay and how much longer do we fans have to put up with this shite they call football.
GOD SAVE OUR TEAM
44 Posted 28/08/2011 at 17:02:14
We`ll play a lot better than that and lose during the course of the season, as Mohammed says, lets take the three points and scarper.
Andy # 20.
Staying up drinking on saturday night is meant to improve your mood.
And wheres Michael Kenricks report ?
I felt like a News of the world reader when I logged on just now
45 Posted 28/08/2011 at 18:07:07
I just watched the DVD of Everton's 84-85 season after watching both of the Manc games and having seen the game at the Riverside on TV yesterday and it made me sad to think of how far we have fallen.
46 Posted 28/08/2011 at 17:25:33
Moyes is a good manager but lousy with tactics. Why oh why he plays Victor when everybody else sees that he can't play at this level ? never mind score.
Beckford is not ready but he scored 8 league goals last season (32 apps) while Victor got zero with about the same time on the pitch (only 16 apps though) Is this poor or what ??
According to the Guardian, Big Vic has 91 apps for Everton before this season and he's scored 7 times. ls this poor or what? If not, then we should be apologizing to Brett Angell & Co and telling them that the stick they got at the time was unfair and Everton should have kept them ? like Moyes keeps playing Vic.
Everybody knows the striker situation but why Davie believes that playing one big striker upfront will work?Why he never tries something else like Baxter and McAleny up front? or Vellios and Cahill? Three strikers? Heitinga, Jags And Distin back three with Baines left wing and Arteta right wing? Barkley should be played in the MIDDLE ffs.We should not be in a situation like this, penniless and not able to even loan new players. Still, we got the same team (for now) that has done pretty well before so we just might do it again when we get going (after Christmas).
Maybe we will play some good entertaining football at some time this season because I know the players can do it. Maybe we won't. I will be watching anyway, come what may.
47 Posted 28/08/2011 at 19:31:51
48 Posted 28/08/2011 at 20:42:28
49 Posted 28/08/2011 at 21:55:12
50 Posted 29/08/2011 at 00:21:59
51 Posted 29/08/2011 at 01:07:11
I will be happy if we score 8 goals by Christmas the way our team looks going forward! Utter shite. Totally clueless.
Great result though. Woo hoo!
52 Posted 29/08/2011 at 02:20:02
I'm not overly effusive about the local lads, either, so you may not appreciate it. Osman fell over and gave the ball away a few times but I couldn't be arsed calling your attention to such trivialities. But your boy Vic did put in one good pass though. And the other lanky galoot couldn't tuck it away.
But you know that already, I'm sure... you were sat behind that goal, surely. Singing Moyesie's name at the end, no doubt. Perhaps you met some non-internet supporters. What did they have to say about things?
53 Posted 29/08/2011 at 06:49:41
Didn't get there on Saturday, new commitments mean I`ll miss a few this season, so I cant answer your question.
Being a non Internet fan I`ll have to get my lad around to show me how this streaming thingy works.
No piss up or craic before or after some of the the games . . . fuck me I`m feeling more negative already.
If my match day experience is stripped to watching 90 minutes similar to Saturday I may find myself up on that ledge with You, Andy Crooks and Eugene before September's out.
Na, The only way is up
54 Posted 29/08/2011 at 10:48:38
55 Posted 30/08/2011 at 17:38:25
Gary Speed if memory serves with an almost identical spot kick in the last minute and Everton get away with blue murder (no pun intentional), would I go back to then, no way, at least not how the season ended, Everton to be relegated 14 years on, not gonna happen, we got a win, stole a win whatever, next game please.
56 Posted 31/08/2011 at 05:58:17
Hearing them chant USA USA when Tim Howard saved the penalty gave me goose bumps, and when Arteta scored, the eruption was unbelievable. Everton fans truly are the best in the world... continue to enjoy the matches everyone... and cheer on the lads for me.
57 Posted 31/08/2011 at 06:31:50
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