According to the OPTA computer, Gerrard Deulofeu was all over the place in the Stoke half — but only touched the ball once inside the Everton half!
With Barkley and Mirallas on the bench, Deulofeu, Osman and Oviedo started the game against Stoke City in a surprising squad rotation by Roberto Martinez. Baines is out injured with a broken toe.
The game started with Osman kicking off for Everton, with the early play a little scrappy, Pienaar getting fouled near the Stoke area. Free-kick played short, Pienaar fouled again, more centrally. Good execution by Deulofeu forced a stretching save by Begovic.
Coleman was beaten a little easily, then Osman was stalled by a strong challenge, with Everton eventually getting a few passes together but not making much forward progress. But Osman did pick out Deulofeu with a good long ball, the layback intercepted falling eventually to Oviedo who's shot was a little wayward, followed later by a wild shot driven off-target into a crowded area.
Deulofeu forced his way through with numerous step-overs to force another save off Begovic. A good move from Oviedo to Pienaar played in Lukaku but he was poorly offside, looking along the Stoke backline. A nice exchange between Lukaku and McCarthy saw the midfielder side-footing his shot just wide of the post.
Everton finally won a corner, but Deulofeu surprised Coleman playing it, he then crossing deep for Jagielka but it was defended behind. Pienaar then looked to play in Oviedo but overhit it behind. More magic from Deulofeu forced another corner that was swung in better, Osman then getting in a good shot that was deflected, forcing a tremendous reaction save by Begovic, with Lukaku again offside on the follow-up.
Everton were attacking in waves as they sensed an opportunity but failed to punish Stoke despite some penetrating play... a few too many stopovers from Deulofeu losing rather than passing the ball, and Stake came back into it for a while.
Barry picked out Lukaku with a great ball, but his control and then his cutback were again poor, evading Osman. Some better play from Osman down the right, releasing Deulofeu but his final cross was very poor. Oviedo did better to pick out Lukaku with his cross but the header went wide.
Another sortie into the Stoke area after N'Zonzi dragged back Pienaar looked set to break the deadlock but McCarthy's shot hit a crowd of players. Cameron got yellow for something of a lunge, but Begovic dealt well with Pienaar's deep cross. But the play went down the other end and Howard saved Walters's shot, Stoke's first attempt on goal 2 mins before the break.
Then some sheer magic, Deulofeu dancing through the Stoke City defense, lovely exchanges with Pienaar and Barry, to finish brilliantly into the roof of the net. Fantastic skill.
Whelan saw yellow for cynically grappling with Lukaku to deny a dangerous break. From the ensuing corner, Stoke defended the ball away. But in the next attack, a beautiful ball from McCarthy released Deulofeu down the left this time and the ball seemed to bobble across the Stoke area to Coleman who's inelegant shot curled over Begovic and into the top corner of the goal.
Deulofeu should have scored again after a great solo run off a Howard throw, he stayed up when going down would have won a penalty but he stayed on his feet, declined the obvious pass to Lukaku, and instead forced another good save from Begovic.
Everton were really starting to turn it on with some fantastic play across the front of the Stoke area, forcing a corner that was played short to Oviedo who skipped beyond his marker and lashed a fantastic daisy-cutter in off the foot of Begovic's post. A brilliant strike!
Mark Hughes responded with a double substitution as the Blues relaxed a little too much, first allowing Crouch to get one-on-one with Howard, then almost getting exposed again. Deulofeu the tried a flick-dummy and it went wrong, Stoke attacking purposefully, with Crouch crossing low and Shea somehow skipping over the lovely cross, instead of driving it into the Park End net. A lucky escape!
Lukaku seemed determined to get in on the act, but the close attention of Stoke defenders seemed to thwart him at every opportunities. Some more brilliant play by Pienaar and Osman saw two poor fouls by Stoke, Lukaku firing the first free-kick too belligerently into the Stoke wall. Stones replaced McCarthy on 74 mins, Martinez switching to three at the back.
Another beautiful move initiated by a superb ball from Osman once more set Oviedo on his way down the left, he did brilliantly to check, turn and lay on an easy tap-in for Lukaku, who was the promptly exchanged for Jelavic.
Another fantastic run by Deulofeu he tried to skip past three defender, and the last block looked a bit like a penalty. Pienaar then gave way to Mirallas as the Blues went looking for a fifth goal. Jelavic fed Mirallas in a god position but Begovic once again denied the Blues a full-blown rout.
At the other end Crouch kept trying for a consolation but Howard was alert to deny him, and set Everton off again, Jelavic getting in behind one-on-one with a golden opportunity but poor, poor execution by the Croat, who could not get it past Begovic. Mirallas then appeared to be fouled in the Stoke area but ref Jones gave it the other way for an elbow by Mirallas,
Mirallas was the next for shooting practice, the power taken out of it by a defender's block, as Everton played out 4 mins of added time to seal an excellent display and a fine thumping win for a brave and hugely positive Roberto Martinez.
Scorers: Deulofeu, Coleman, Oviedo, Lukaku
Everton: Howard; Coleman, Distin, Jagielka, Oviedo; Deulofeu, Barry, McCarthy (74' Stones), Osman, Pienaar (83' Mirallas); Lukaku (79' Jelavic).
Subs not Used: Joel, Hibbert, Heitinga, , Barkley.
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron Y:46', Shawcross, Muniesa, Pieters Y:64'; Walters (59' Shea), Whelan, Nzonzi, Adam (59' Jones), Assaidi; Crouch.
Subs: Palacios, Wilson, Wilkinson, Sørensen, Ireland
Referee: Mike Jones
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086 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:09:57
087 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:13:59
088 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:14:21
We look a bit on the small side against this physical Stoke team, IMO.
089 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:14:33
Why rest them??? .... Argh. I fear a bad result! But I will always support you.
090 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:15:33
091 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:19:07
Good for him.
092 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:19:13
096 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:24:48
098 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:26:07
099 Posted 30/11/2013 at 14:48:50
102 Posted 30/11/2013 at 16:27:59
104 Posted 30/11/2013 at 16:42:05
107 Posted 30/11/2013 at 16:58:43
109 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:02:06
If we play like that on Wednesday against Gollum, I
110 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:03:59
111 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:02:21
I like the up-tempo passing game and a left-back not afraid to pull the trigger. T'was a lovely strike.
112 Posted 30/11/2013 at 16:57:18
Over the moon for Oviedo - a goal and an assist, and a all round top performance from the lad. If his defending is up to scratch, then we have a very good LB on our hands.
Pienaar was excellent also. Roll on Manure and Moyes. COYB.
113 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:07:16
Martinez is the best thing to have happened at Everton for so long. And how about a big shout for GJ, it's so lovely not to see hieroglyphics Roundy any longer. The difference in our club since June-1 is thrilling. Oviedo was outstanding today. The hippy can take a walk if he wants we'll just keep on getting better and better and will buy well in the window.
Don't you just love the positivity. We lose the hippy for a month – Moyes: "This is very very bad news for us [glum face goes glummer] very bad, we'll have to regroup, rethink, and see what we can do...." Bobby: "I see this as an opportunity and see the positives in this for us as we can bring in new people and try something new, and we'll hope that Leighton bounces back soon."
Love him to bits.
115 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:12:04
Oviedo played really, really well. He had an opportunity today to finally stake his place on the LB position and I think that's exactly what he did. A performance like that on Wednesday and Moyes will be in for him instead of Baines come January!
Now lets hope that some of tomorrows results go our way as it looks like we're starting to hit our stride a bit.
117 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:17:01
119 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:22:02
120 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:13:30
I can't wait for us to play a team whose keeper is not in the form of his life,
Finally I think some people need to hold their hands up and admit that they don't know as much as Roberto, that midfield was perfect for this game. Can't wait to see who he picks for Man Utd.
121 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:16:12
122 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:08:58
Two tough games coming up, I would suspect Barkley and Mirallas back in for Osman and Deulofeu, which is hard on both of them given today's performances but a sign of the depth in our squad.
Just a mention for Tim Howard who seems to get loads of stick on here but he is in the best form of his career this season, 7 clean sheets in 13 games and another top save today.
123 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:23:17
124 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:21:17
125 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:20:34
We need to go for it; we have pace on both flanks and an out-and-out striker who is beast and is likely to terrorise that centre-back pairing. This is the first time I've been confident in years going to OT knowing that we can win and if one man can do it, it's certainly Martinez.
126 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:27:01
128 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:20:02
A good return to The Old Lady for Mr Ruane.
All the pieces of the jigsaw fitted nicely together didn't they? Oviedo? Who could ask for more? Slotted in nicely didn't he? Keep it up son, and anyone who says he had an easy game, that might have something to do with our dominance. Square pegs, square holes and all that!
And a Gerard I actually admire, quality.
Fucking brilliant all round, apart from Jelly, had his chance, wish he'd buried it just for his sake, chin up, keep working.
Mr Ferry, that must of looked good on that side of the Atlantic as it did here hey?
The future is bright, the future is FUCKING BLUE!
129 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:22:35
I'm not, and after scoring four in the league for the first time in a very long time, I think Moyes will be shitting himself. Gutted I'll be working and won't get to see it.
130 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:34:53
131 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:40:09
No reason why we shouldn't go to United with more ambition than to just get out alive...
132 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:41:53
133 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:48:00
134 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:40:09
135 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:46:53
136 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:46:53
138 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:45:13
139 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:51:14
The no fear football is a joy to watch. The players are enjoying it so much it is obvious.
140 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:50:57
141 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:53:53
142 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:53:23
I prefer to concentrate on the positive.
When was the last time we. Scored 3 & 4 in consecutive home league games?
Does anyone know?
143 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:57:08
144 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:54:31
146 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:56:59
151 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:36:18
158 Posted 30/11/2013 at 18:07:27
It was only eighteen months ago, Sunderland and Fulham.
160 Posted 30/11/2013 at 18:09:18
165 Posted 30/11/2013 at 17:52:35
Bring on the mancs first time going there expecting to win in years.
188 Posted 30/11/2013 at 18:35:05
I feel confident now for the tests coming up and I just hope that Baines stays until the end of the season and Roberto gets some funds to add to the squad in January. If the board back him, Europe beckons.
198 Posted 30/11/2013 at 18:56:57
205 Posted 30/11/2013 at 18:57:11
That would be the 2008-09 season when we beat Stoke 3-1 at GP on 14 March 2009 and then stuffed Wigan 4-0 in the next home game on 5 April.
We bettered that in March 2010 after winning 3-1 against Utd and then 5-1 against Hull.
210 Posted 30/11/2013 at 19:13:52
224 Posted 30/11/2013 at 19:25:50
But to all those that think OT will be a stroll in the park, I would remind them that OFM has seven or eight more talented players at his disposal that our man and, if he deploys them right, even a point for us will be a great result.
My hope, though, is that given today's result, it will be him that will bottle it!
236 Posted 30/11/2013 at 19:54:10
More of the same against TGT's lot please lads.
Confidence is high, no reason to upset me now.
246 Posted 30/11/2013 at 19:57:59
The performance today was outstanding, and the changes he made shows that Everton are more than capable of overcoming injuries to players.
With lots of games coming up until the end of December, it is refreshing to see the potential of the squad that hopefully will be added to in January without the need to sell.
254 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:11:48
What a day.
265 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:11:27
In the first half-an-hour, Osman did absolutely nothing and that's no exaggeration. Against better teams than Stoke that could have been very costly. Pienaar had already done a full shift by then.
Okay so Osman did come to life once the game was beyond Stoke but most of the other players had put the Blues in that position but certainly not Ossie.
I could understand Barkley being pissed off on the bench when he knows that his youth and energy would create a much bigger impression. Luckily it was only Stoke today but a bigger task comes on Wednesday and RM must bring Barkley back in the starting 11.
274 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:23:18
We now have a proper squad and a manager who knows how to use his players. We won 4-0 today without asking Barkley or Mirallas to break sweat which means they are fresh for Wednesday and Oviedo's performance today meant I had entirely forgotten about Bainesey's absence not long after kick-off. As good as he is Delofeou is unlikely to be a regular at Barcelona...he must know that.... and somebody has to start the process of convincing him he is better off here where the fans are beginning to love him. Lukaku needs commitment, not from him but the from the club he plays for....we have to let him know we want him to stay...both from the terraces and from the club. It probably won't make any difference but we have to give it our best shot and the club has to break the bank to keep both of them.
I rest my case.
276 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:50:23
281 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:54:28
hang on I'm just going the bog to spew up agin.....
282 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:40:10
Nothing against Ossie just think the position he occupies needs to be someone who drives forward and creates chances for Lukaku. I agree, Lukaku is even more of a threat when Barkley is playing.
My only criticism is, I wish we would approach corners differently when we play against the likes of Stoke, we didn't win it in the air all game. There are a lot of options rather than a high ball in the penalty box. Besides that, Roberto is doing a great job.
283 Posted 30/11/2013 at 20:59:16
290 Posted 30/11/2013 at 21:16:46
We are totally transformed under RM and I really fancy us to do something special this season.... Starting with OT on Wednesday. I reckon Moyes is under so much pressure in this one that he will cack himself and go safety first... Can't wait!!!
298 Posted 30/11/2013 at 21:28:06
Most of what I wanted to say has already been said, but I note that no one mentioned our switch to 3 at the back. When Stoke brought on a second forward (Jones), I thought they had a spell of pressure and Martinez countered this by switching to a back 3 with Stones coming in on the right side.
I thought after that we played some of our most pleasing football and actually looked far better and more comfortable than with a back 4.
Really disappointed for Jelavic though; I badly wanted to see him notch one and regain his confidence, but on the plus side at least he made some good runs and linked up well in the 10-15 minutes he was on.
Roman, like you I'm not at all worried about the Wednesday game, like I would have been at any time I can remember. I watched Utd versus Leverkusen and they were the worst Utd side I can ever recall seeing, even though they won 5-0. The german side were like a dodgy sunday league team. Really difficult to believe they are second in the bundesliga. The only way we'll lose is if we're overawed, and I think Roberto is not one for telling his team they should try to escape from there with their lives...
The top of the table is now incredibly tight. If we can put another nail in gollums coffin, and get something from the Emirates, then top 4 becomes more of a reality than I think any of us dared hope.
Viva Roberto's Revolution!
303 Posted 30/11/2013 at 21:50:12
He seemed to run the show in the midfield, full of energy and making space, runs and tackles. Think that was easily his best performance so far this season. He was playing more central but drifted both left and right to get involved in things. Very impressed with him today.
Got a little annoyed with Joe Royle commentating as he mixed up Pienaar with Osman a couple of times in the first half and started raving on about how great Osman was playing when it was actually Pienaar... anyway, very glad to see him back to his old self. His energy is a great plus in the midfield.
305 Posted 30/11/2013 at 21:57:22
But as I say, you could name about 4 or 5 players such as Pienaar, Barry, Osman, Oviedo and Deulofeu and they'd all be worthy MotMs. The entire team played really well today.
349 Posted 01/12/2013 at 00:06:08
Mr Martinez is starting to instill in the players the need for goals and not to sit back and protect what you have with 40 mins to go.
365 Posted 01/12/2013 at 04:37:14
BTW, one of the best ever Everton home games I ever saw at the 'Old Lady' was a 0-0 draw against an Ipswitch in the '60s who were at that time riding high. The football was scintillating and entertaining and got a standing ovation at the end.
366 Posted 01/12/2013 at 04:44:52
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654 Posted 01/12/2013 at 21:55:00
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