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COLUMNIST KEN BUCKLEY

From my seat: Aston Villa (H)

By Ken Buckley   ::  10/09/2011
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Blues dominate but only draw

Arteta has gone but our two new recruits did not get a start, instead the manager chose a strike force of Cahill and Osman with Fellaini and Rodwell in centre-mid and Coleman and Bilyaletdinov patrolling wide. Hibbert replaced Neville in an otherwise unchanged back five.

Not a recognised striker on view for the Blues but as events unfolded we hardly noticed. As early as the first minute we were appealing for a pen when Dunne put Osman to the turf but the ref waived play on.

The next meaningful action saw Baines whip in a good corner for Jags to get a good head on and with ?goal? in our throats Bent headed away off the line. The ball went back to Baines who whipped it back in for Osman to shoot on goal only for Given to push away and still within the first quarter of an hour Jags had another header wide when better may have been expected. Just a few minutes later Heskey left the field injured with midfielder Bannan coming on.

Just a minute later we took the lead. Coleman had a gallop but his pass was poor but both Dunne and another Villa player got in a mess and the ball was pinched by livewire Cahill who looked up and fed Osman who side-footed home with some aplomb. Standing ovation was accorded to the little man.

Villa had been conspicuous by their lack of goal attempts but around the half-hour mark Bannan let fly from some 30 yards but straight at Howard who gathered.

It was all the Blues then till half time as Osman brought a good save from Given after a curler from the edge of the area; Fellaini did well to set that one up. Fellaini then had a go himself but shot well over the bar when a little steadiness may have been beneficial. Just before the break Rodwell let fly and had the shot deflected which left the keeper flat-footed and beaten only for the ball to drift wide.

H/T and the chat was of how well we had performed first half considering the team put out. Many wondered would we get a glimpse of our two new boys in the upcoming half.

Second half started with Villa in the ascendency pinning us back and many of us wondered if the dreaded early second half goal syndrome would strike today. We were certainly tested and it took a good reading of a situation and a timely block by Fellaini to thwart Delph in full flight on goal. Then the speedy Agbonlahor bore down on goal but Distin not just matching him for speed but overhauling him and making a superb tackle to deny the Villa man which drew a standing ovation from those assembled of a Blue persuasion, a truly superb bit of defending.

Next action of note saw Jags fail miserably to put us two up when the impressive Fellaini headed back across goal only for Jags to nod over the bar, he must have known he should have done better but we clapped and cheered anyway. Villa were having a good spell as we neared the hour mark but it was quite a surprise when the ball fell to the unmarked Petrov outside the area and he had the time to look up and let fly a superb shot that left Howard helpless and hit the back of the net before Howard hit the deck. A real stunner for us fans but in truth what a goal (I clapped) Howard remonstrated with anyone within earshot but the score still read 1-1.

The Villa took heart from this and pushed on but with a crowd of just under 33.000 in good voice the Blues responded and on 70mins Baines took a corner Cahill got a header in and Given pushed away but straight to Jags who seemed to be pushed down. ?Penalty? we yelled, the ref agreed and Baines left Given stranded and Goodison rocking.

 Both teams made a sub some few minutes later and the introduction of Drenthe in place of Bilyaletdinov to raucous cheers, for Villa Albrighton replaced Blue target? N?Zogbia and these subs seemed to pep up both teams. For about ten minutes Drenthe was winning over loads of fans with his pace, control and nous but then went back into his shell a little suggesting he will need time to settle but could turn out to be a worthwhile punt.

80mins. showed on the clock and it looked as though we could see it out but hey we are Everton and from Cahill losing the ball in midfield and claiming injury but the ref would have none of it and Agbonlahor raced on to the ball and fed the sub Albrighton wide, he was afforded the time to look up and curl in a cross that was met by the head of Agbonlahor and the net was troubled, from my seat I thought Howard should have got something on it but maybe not.

Barkley and Vellios were introduced for Cahill and Coleman and both played a cavalier cameo and both came close to getting the winner With Vellios beating Given to a through ball but side-footing just wide and Barkley after a swashbuckling run bringing a fingertip save from Given as he turned the shot over. After 4mins of injury time the final whistle and the players although only drawing when they should have won were given a good ovation.

MotM ? Baines.

Overall a good entertaining game. Given our squad difficulties, I thought the manager did his best to find a way to win and but for some poor finishing this team could well have outclassed Villa who have made an unbeaten start to the season. Vellios I thought could be well-worth persevering with and Drenthe when fully fit can be what he wants to be. Let?s hope he is what we want him to be.

Wigan next in another home fixture and a good chance to take all three points, it will be fascinating to see the line-up after another week's training. If we can steer clear of serious injury we may yet have a half-decent season but a few injuries and or suspensions at once will see us well stretched.

Still soon be Saturday and all raring to go again. See you there.
UP THE BLUES
 

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Iain Love
1   Posted 10/09/2011 at 22:04:54

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I just got back from holiday and was in the air when the match was on. I've spent ages looking for a decent match report and was pleased when I saw Ken had posted.

I now feel better placed to watch us for the 3 or 4 mins that MotD will afford us. Thank god for Ken's reports, and it sounds better after that shite we played at Blackburn.

Craig Walsh
2   Posted 10/09/2011 at 22:25:36

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I think the board should act and and tie Felliani down to a new contract.... I thought he should have been mom today, from what I saw he bossed the game
Steve Higham
3   Posted 10/09/2011 at 22:41:38

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Enjoyed the game today - but them villains seem to be our bogey team no matter how well we play.

Everyone gave there all today players and fans,
Fellaini my mom closely followed by Bainsey.

Another plus for me was Velios' little cameo could have won us the game - and looked a class act - look forward to seeing some more of him in future games.

Well done everyone
Ajay Gopal
4   Posted 11/09/2011 at 01:55:06

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Strange, this game of football. Against Blackburn, we were horrible, but stole 3 points. Yesterday, I though we played well enough to win at least 3-1, but not taking the chances when we got them and 2 horrible defensive blunders cost us 2 points. Ah, well...

The positives for me in this game:

Hibbert had a good game ? (although both goals came from the right) ? Hibbert and Coleman seem to be a good combination on the right.

Drenthe looked eager to prove a point, and given time to settle could prove to be an astute signing. Hope the repays us by signing a long contract with Everton.

Vellios looked superb ? what a pity he could not finish the ball in the net after rounding Given. He looks a good striker ? certainly much better than a certain big Nigerian we know. :-)

Barkley also played a nice cameo when he came on. I fully support Moyes about cautiously bringing in the new wave of rising Everton stars.

Rodwell had a good game and it will take time for his confidence to come back. But he and Fellaini look like the making of a good combination in the middle.

Concerns are:

We are still leaking goals like nobody's business. Individually Jagielka & Distin are good defenders but do not seem to work well as a team.

Overall, a pleasing performance but disappointing result. Also, like Ken says, I think Moyes did his best with the squad available to him and cannot fault him today for team selection and tactics/substitutions.

Hopefully, this can kick-start our season and the team settles down to play some good football. Things are looking much better than they were 2 weeks ago!! COYB ...

James Flynn
5   Posted 11/09/2011 at 02:38:50

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Hated the finish, but loved the team today. Moyes has turned the team over these last 3 years.

Also good to see the protest before the game.

Things looking up for us all-round.

Elgin Joshua
6   Posted 11/09/2011 at 03:28:55

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Concerned about Bily. He really doesn't look confident at all when on the ball or off it. I think the others are not keen to give him the ball too for fear of losing it.
Nick Waters
7   Posted 11/09/2011 at 09:03:04

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Does no-one else think Howard was at fault for their second? I was at the game and Fellaini and Jagielka were very unhappy at Howard as the Villa celebrated. If you watch the footage from MOTD and look at Felli he's very clearly berating Howard-and he's right. Agbonlahor's header was inside the 6 yard box and not that high. It should have been straightforward for Howard to claim the cross. It's Howard all over though because he stays glued to his line.
Craig #2
Felli's reaction after that goal and his body language as he left the pitch (early) at the end of the game would have me and you alike concerned about a new contract after such a graet performance whilst probably still not match fit.
Elgin Joshua
8   Posted 11/09/2011 at 03:28:55

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Concerned about Bily. He really doesn't look confident at all when on the ball or off it. I think the others not keen to give him the ball too for fear of losing it.
Stuart O'Malley
9   Posted 11/09/2011 at 10:45:06

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I really hope we can tie down Fellaini, as I believe that a Rodwell/Felli midfield partnership has some serious potential, especially now that Arteta has left . They seem to compliment each other, and if given a run together (injuries permitting), could form an outstanding midfield pair.

Also, with the addition of Drenthe, we now have real pace on both flanks when Coleman is included. If only we could get somebody playing consistently up front. Vellios looks like to have something about him, but only a decent run in the first team will tell . I do think that Moyes is actually developing the young ones quite well, just hope they dont get sold before we see the benefits.

And to finish, tho I never thought I would say excited and Hibbert in the same sentence, I can see a good team forming between Hibbert and Coleman with their mix of tenacity in defence (Hibbert) and pace with attacking mindset (Coleman) . Hardworking too .
Colin Prendergast
10   Posted 11/09/2011 at 11:20:29

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Howard maybe could have got something on it, but the cross shouldn't have been allowed to be picked out and how is Agbonlahor getting above Distin? To be fair was Distin's only mistake but a very costly one. Also for their first, Rodwell was way too deep, why do we persist with that tactic whether from defenders or midfielders?

Agree with Baines as MoM, Fellaini ran him close but would love to see him add some additional drive and urgency to his game, think it's the only thing stopping him from becoming top drawer. But anyone thinking tying him down on a contract means anything other than we'll more money for him in the summer is crazy. But obviously it will be him wanting away.
Jimmy Sorheim
11   Posted 11/09/2011 at 12:48:56

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Big problem that we have only taken 1 point i two home games. Tactics at home is highly defensive at best and I am sicik of it.
Peter Hall
12   Posted 11/09/2011 at 14:29:10

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Thanks Ken as always when I miss a match I look at your summary.

Anyone tell me why Heitinga wasn't in the squad.

Or did we sell him and I missed it?
Garry Martin
13   Posted 11/09/2011 at 15:05:42

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Was really pleased with the lads display today, Moysey even showed a desire in his tactics
John Ford
14   Posted 11/09/2011 at 15:12:01

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Good, accurate and balanced report Ken. Lots of positives, particularly our movement and passing in attack. The biggest downer was the result. I also still worry about Rodwell.

Peter@12 Heitinga was injured.
Keith Glazzard
15   Posted 11/09/2011 at 14:38:41

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The way Moyes set up the team to play against Villa was very successful in the first half - we outplayed them.

Yes, we might have turned this into 2 or 3 by half-time, but we should have been 2 up on the hour when Baines was tripped in the box running at goal. Michael Oliver adds his name to the lengthy list of crap referees we have welcomed to Goodison - whatever happened to a good old-fashioned 'homer'?

Coleman was and Cahill must have been knackered and substitutions were needed, but it seems clear now that if Vellios had been brought on much earlier, say after the penalty, we would have been much more likely to have wrapped it up and at least have played more of the game in their half.

The first midfield with Arteta gone was interesting. Passing and movement were pretty good, like they all knew it was up to them now and not someone else's responsibility. Fellaini was all class and strength and we must keep him.

And yes, Tony Hibbert did have a good game with perhaps the biggest surprise of the day being Neville on the bench. Not like Moyes, that decision.



Keith Glazzard
16   Posted 11/09/2011 at 14:38:41

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The way Moyes set up the team to play against Villa was very successful in the first half - we outplayed them.

Yes, we might have turned this into 2 or 3 by half-time, but we should have been 2 up on the hour when Baines was tripped in the box running at goal. Michael Oliver adds his name to the lengthy list of crap referees we have welcomed to Goodison - whatever happened to a good old-fashioned 'homer'?

Coleman was and Cahill must have been knackered and substitutions were needed, but it seems clear now that if Vellios had been brought on much earlier, say after the penalty, we would have been much more likely to have wrapped it up and at least have played more of the game in their half.

The first midfield with Arteta gone was interesting. Passing and movement were pretty good, like they all knew it was up to them now and not someone else's responsibility. Fellaini was all class and strength and we must keep him.

And yes, Tony Hibbert did have a good game with perhaps the biggest surprise of the day being Neville on the bench. Not like Moyes, that decision.



Jonathan Flack
17   Posted 11/09/2011 at 16:08:07

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I can't believe no one has mentioned Ross Barkley cameo. That lad is something else. So excited about him, he's good enough to start for most premiership teams already. He's got the lot.
Kevin Sparke
18   Posted 11/09/2011 at 23:06:12

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Nice report Ken

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