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Season 2011-12

From my seat: Chelsea (A)

By Ken Buckley   ::  16/10/2011
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Chelsea away and we usually get a point so it was with some optimism we assembled. The team was txted and it said unchanged... contained Neville?s name and no Saha, so something was wrong. As the teams were announced it was indeed unchanged with Neville on the bench and Saha up front. Chelsea fans were revolting over something to do with a ground move, not that many but enough to bring back a few memories of our own.

We started the game with a spring in the step and our tempo seemed higher than theirs and we were causing them some bother. Osman was busy and had a couple of shots from distance and we were making decent progress down both flanks.

Fellaini looked up for it but was booked after a quarter of an hour and he nor us could complain. The player he scythed down was Ramires who had just got put through by Drogba; but for a timely intervention by Distin, we may have been in arrears. Fellaini then got played in nicely in the box; but for a heavy touch, he may well of netted.

We were going along well and I was thinking maybe we really are a bogey team to Chelsea when I was rudely awakened from such thoughts on the half-hour mark as, once again, we shot ourselves in the foot. Cole had got forward into the left hand corner of the box and Coleman had dutifully tracked him. Mata put in a delightful ball and from my seat Coleman seemed to momentarily hesitate where Cole didn?t and the Chelsea man got a cross in that was met by the inrushing unmarked Sturridge who nodded home.

After such a decent opening 30 minutes, that was a bit of a kick in the teeth to see players just switch off. It?s getting to be a trend, methinks... However, we kept our heads up and gave as good as we got and it was not the first time we have gone a goal down here and recovered.

Osman was flitting about and being quite creative and Fellaini, Cahill, Saha and Coleman were enjoying his promptings. One minute of injury time went up and I am thinking, "Not a bad half and we are still well in it." Into that minute of injury time and Coleman decides to trip Cole instead of chasing him and gives away a free kick...

You could just sense it. Lampard floats it toward the back post, Terry rises, Howard is in no-man's land and flaps furiously at Terry?s weakfish header and from my seat it looked for all the world he had thrown it into his own net but Terry claimed it and slid on the turf. We kicked off, the whistle sounded, and that pit of the stomach ache appeared. A good half interrupted by two shots in the foot from players suffering insomnia was hard to take. I thought we were supposed to be solid at the back?

Second half and words must have been exchanged as we started with venom; within a minute, Osman had a curler that beat the keeper but shaved the outside of the post, just two inches to the left and who knows.

The game now was end to end but it was Chelsea who looked the more likely with some good joined-up stuff orchestrated by the classy Mata. Osman was still a threat though and he had one just over. Fellaini was fading as the half went on and I hope it was after his international exertions rather than wondering if he should spurn a contract extension and move on...

On the hour mark, the manager made his first sub by replacing Coleman, who had done little of note, with Drenthe, who started very brightly, showing quick feet and decent pace... but, just a couple of minutes after his introduction, we found ourselves three down. That man Mata exchanged passes with a Chelsea player and put a ball across the box but not one Everton player attacked it and the onrushing Ramires tapped home unchallenged in any meaningful way.

This was the final straw for some in attendance and choice remarks were uttered but, within minutes, the travelling faithful were in full voice getting behind the team. They got some reaction, Drenthe was scurrying and looking determined to get a starting role and after his pace allowed him to take the ball away from Sturridge, the Chelsea man got seven 9.5s and booked for diving.

Chelsea though in truth were now in cruise control and our manager withdrew the limping Cahill and sent on Neville... not exactly throwing caution to the wind. With ten to go he made another like-for-like substitution, withdrawing Saha and sending on Vellios. This was an inspired substitution as within seconds Drenthe had got down the left and a superb ball found the Greek who guided the ball past Cech and into the far corner but unfortunately it was merely a consolation.

MotM ? Hard to find one but I will give Osman the shout as he had shots and was always busy if rather weak at times.

Overall a disappointing show, highlighted by our inability to defend properly when that has been one of our strengths until this season. Also, the form of Jagielka and Coleman is disappointing and baffling as they had been lauded last season, maybe a rest might help focus them. The month of October looked tough on paper and it is proving to be on grass. Still, over 30 games to go yet, so how the season will pan out is unknown but many have voiced an opinion that we may do well to finish tenth even. The club is in a poor place at the moment in financial terms so, for the very short term, we need to hope our 15 or so decent players stay fit; beyond that, the ball and future is in the hands of the clubs custodians ?may they find resolvement.

We seem to have coaches for all parts of the team, goalies, defensive, attacking and media, maybe we need one more.... A STAY AWAKE COACH!!!


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Ryan Holroyd
1   Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:16:15

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"Our future is in the hands of the club's custodians."

If that is the case, we are fucked because as the CEO nonetheless says "We have no Plan B."
Kunal Desai
2   Posted 16/10/2011 at 22:19:53

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As much as it was good business to sell Beckford, he actually helped get us around 7 points last season. It's absolute madness to replace him with a player who has had about 5 mins of games time. We are fucked as to who will score the goals and it will be a long struggle to January, IF we're able to bring in a decent striker.

With Cahill not scoring in over a year and Saha looking less and less dangerous when he plays, it's looking rather perilous for the club. January might be a "do or die" transfer window and, were it not to be productive, then you really do get that strong feeling that we could fast plummet down the league table!
Ciaran Duff
3   Posted 17/10/2011 at 00:17:58

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What's the story with Gueye? He was in good form at the end of last season and pre-season before his injury. According to OS, he is raring to go but he's not on the bench?

Also, I cannot understand the Neville substitution. Why not give Bily a run in the Cahill role? I rate him as a player and apparently his preferred position is not on the wing but more central. We know he can crack them and indeed scored for Russia mid-week. Doesn't make sense to me!
Steve O'Malley
4   Posted 17/10/2011 at 04:01:30

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Ciaran @3. It makes as much sense as the continued inclusion of Jagielka who has been pathetic. As good as Distin has been during his time with us, his complete inability to use his right foot at all has seen him unable to get a foot to a ball which has cost us goals.

After not only failing to keep a clean sheet, which was never really going to happen, but having produced a miserable defensive display which gifted Chelsea goals, you would think that there have to be changes. Is Heitinga that bad a player that he cannot even make a poor Everton side?? I can only hope that Arsenal have not had any scouts at the last few Everton games...
Franny Porter
5   Posted 17/10/2011 at 13:13:03

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I think the blame for this shit lays at the feet of David Moyes and nobody else. At two-nil down, he seemed to accept we were going to get beat. Why not go down fighting and send one or even two fucking strikers and go for the throat? We may have been beaten more soundly but at least we could have given the fans something to be proud of.

£61 my ticket cost me and Moyes doesn't think I deserve to be entertained, he also thinks we played quite well as Chelsea have spent £400 million. No wonder the team has no confidence with that crying fucker in charge, his tactics fucking depress me and I've had enough.
Ken Buckley
6   Posted 17/10/2011 at 14:45:41

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Franny - Don't add up what the whole day out cost.
Franny Porter
7   Posted 17/10/2011 at 15:57:35

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Ken, I'm too scared too.
Anto Byrne
8   Posted 20/10/2011 at 14:48:19

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This is indeed a poor team, Osman Hibbit Coleman and Jagelka not up to the mark. Saha passed his use by date and Tiny Tim what can i say but looks out of sorts. Howard you cant rely on him for those crosses and always gets beaten from distance. where the fuck is the Jonny and the wizz kid? dont we have two big centre forwards strac and velios. WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON ?

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