The team selection from Roberto Martinez was something of a surprise, with both Lukaku and Naismith starting , although perhaps not exactly 4-4-2, with Lukaku likely playing wide, mostly on the other side from Mirallas, and a massive load on Barkley in the engine room behind the front three. McGeady, Deulofeu & Osman on the bench; Tim Howard the captain.
Everton tried to get the tempo going early on, after Man Utd kicked off, but were well marshalled by the visitors, as the initial exchanges of a keen contest developed more in favour of the Red Devils, who seemed a little more composed. Barkley got a little too excited after a cross from Coleman fell for him, lashing well over.
Barry and McCarthy had to be back at their best as Man Utd did well developing their attacks with more confidence but not really penetrating the Everton area, while Coleman was lively for attacking moves down the left. On one, he saw space inside and shot into the legs of Jones.
Blues fans screamed loud and long for a rather unlikely penalty when a shot form Naismith cannoned off Evans's arm at point-blank range. Carrick caught Naismith who fell heavily, after McCarthy had gone in a little heavy on Fletcher. Then a fantastic chance off the free-kick, Lukaku heading down brilliantly for him but he spooned it horribly high and wide with only De Gea to beat.
Everton's build-up otherwise was simply too slow and ponderous, along spell of possession ending ominously on a ball frustratingly chipped up and gifted away, allowing Man Utd to mount an attack. But it broke down with a scoop up to Lukaku who exchanged passes with Naismith before striking to goal, only to see Evans put his arm out to stop it. Clear penalty, called by Clattenburg, scored with supreme confidence by Baines.
Everton came under a lot of pressure after the goal, and continued to struggle with the more confident possession shown by the visitors, with hoofed clearances coming right back at them. Baines forced the first corner after 30 mins, but Mirallas's shocking delivery should have seen an instant fine of two weeks' wages.
Coleman got the ball again wide left and gave Everton more life but passing and control were lacking, Barkley so close to playing in Rooney before Everton finally attacked at pace, Lukaku unable to make contact on a great low cross again from Coleman on the left. Barry did well to break an attack but then needlessly passes straight to a red shirt.
A good break through Lukaku to Mirallas looked brilliant until the Belgian lad fell over the ball as he approached the area... Everton playing at times as if they were a bag of nerves as the pressure was reapplied, mainly through their own self-imposed limitations. But, despite much forward possession, Man Utd as not created a single chance, as Coleman played perfectly to a fantastically timed Mirallas run and a very fine shot from the narrowest of angles, an absolutely superb Everton goal.
Antolin Alcaraz replaced Sylvain Distin after the break, and was in action rapidly to deny Rooney after he threatened to bamboozle Stones and score. Barkley booked for a silly grasp at Smalling, Kagawa getting a shot in on Howard from the cleared free-kick as the second half started at a very lively tempo. Smalling then booked for a heavy challenge on Barry.
Nani got a dangerous free-kick close to the Everton area, and a tense moment but the Blues wall did its job. Man Utd still dominated the pressure but the Goodison crowd were getting on their backs a little, wanting to see them close the visitors down more and limit them to less meaningful possession. Mirallas won a good corner that Alcaraz could only head lamely at De Gea.
Lukaku was increasingly frustrating to watch, be it his poor control or his lack of anticipation, but he was having a mare. Everton needed to close down with strength but McCarthy was booked for being just a little too strong. Finally, a superb ball from Coleman played brilliantly into the path of Lukaku but his finish was abysmal, straight into De Gea's arms. Everton had done well to regain the initiative, Moyes swapping two United players on the hour.
McCarthy again went for a 50-50 ball too strongly and looked to have really hurt his lower leg against Rooney. It was all great stuff for the crowd, who were loving a bit of spice entering the contest and just 20 mins left, with Osman replacing Barkley.
Mirallas roared off an an excellent run down the right and played in a great ball to Naismith who should have done better but was fooled by the bounce of the ball and screwed his shot wide with the Man Utd goal again gaping. Another fantastic move down the middle, started by Barry, ending with a superb shot by Naismith that De Gea did very well to tip behind, as the mood of the crowd really hit home to the players into the final 10 mins.
The Everton players were now clearly starting to "enjoy themselves", a Mirallas nutmeg on Fletcher bringing the roof off as every player went at their opponents with vim, vigour and gusto in a fierce determination to see out a very cathartic victory over not just the hated Manchester United but the utterly despised charlatan who is now their manager.
Rooney finally got a chance but was denied superbly at point-lank range by a fantastic parry from Howard. Everton surged forward again, with the incessant chants of the exultant Goodison crowd ringing in their ears, and a demoralized David Moyes suitably chastened, slinking off down the tunnel, the first Everton double over Manchester United since the Championship season of 1969-70, his charges officially eliminated from Champions League qualification for the first time in 19 years.
Everton: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Distin (48' Alcaraz), Baines, McCarthy, Barry, Lukaku, Barkley Y:48' (70' Osman), Mirallas, Naismith.
Subs not Used: Robles, Hibbert, McGeady, Deulofeu, Garbutt.
Man Utd: De Gea, Jones, Smalling Y:50', Evans (61' Hernandez), Buttner, Carrick, Fletcher, Nani (61' Valencia), Mata, Kagawa (75' Welbeck), Rooney.
Subs not Used: Lindegaard, Fellaini, Giggs, Januzaj.
Referee: Mark Clattenburg
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699 Posted 20/04/2014 at 15:24:45
700 Posted 20/04/2014 at 15:27:01
707 Posted 20/04/2014 at 15:48:15
708 Posted 20/04/2014 at 15:50:53
710 Posted 20/04/2014 at 16:19:42
Unlike the slobbering RS lot on the media the journalist nails the issue on the head. He kept messing BK around re the contract when he knew from the nudge nudge wink wink he got off SAF Xmas 2012 he wanted Moyes for the vacancy. The disrespectful comments about our club and how we were holding back the progress of certain players.
The other piece that really hit home for me was the inclusion of the fact the younger players were terrified of making a mistake under OFM as the knew the reaction they would receive from OFM. Maybe that is why SAF wanted him swap one bully for another.
I expect MU to win today and I had the same feeling on Wednesday I hope I am wrong. No doubt if they do win all the usual suspects will write us off and predict MU for the title next season. Not in a million years will they with OFM in charge. Roberto will be judged over the next few seasons.
712 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:10:41
713 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:14:58
714 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:16:45
Great save at the end by Tim. The only times this season we have looked dangerous at corners is when Alcaraz goes forward.
Moyes must be gutted!
715 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:16:11
Well done the Blues !
716 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:19:51
717 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:25:49
718 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:27:23
719 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:27:26
I'm going getting slaughtered in my Manchester local. Don't know if I'll make it back.
Great picture of The Grim Reaper here http://metro.co.uk/2014/04/20/david-Moyes-stalked-by-grim-reaper-on-return-to-everton-dugout-4704166/
720 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:21:49
721 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:34:50
722 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:32:59
What kind of reception did the three stooges get (Moyes, Round & Neville)? Suitably passionate I expect.
723 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:37:59
On another point I thought Clattenburg had a great game.
724 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:37:22
A great performance so I shouldn't be too curmudgeonly, but...I still can't quite get over what could and should have been.
I don't care how well Palace are playing, we need to be able to beat them at home and if we had, not only would we still be clear of Arsenal, we'd be in bloody 3rd place and just 1 win off Chelsea!!
725 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:41:05
727 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:50:20
That should pretty much nail fifth. I quite enjoy continental travel, maybe another nice German trip or Switzerland.....
728 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:36:24
Although I can't help but feel gutted at how we have thrown 4th away with too many poor results this season. So many dropped points have come back to really bite us on the arse, as I cannot see us getting ahead of the Gunners now. Only a miracle can get us 4th now. Having our highest points finish is merely academic if it doesn't get us into the CL and the associated cash that goes with it. But, it does bring back Europa League which might not be particularly good for the club, but as I was well reminded by a fellow blue today, it does bring back european away days which are priceless for us.
729 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:54:07
730 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:54:39
Not perfect – Barkley had one to forget overall, Lukaku's touch deserted him, but a very professional (not to mention very pleasing) result and performance!!
732 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:00:19
733 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:57:21
I hope we start next season in this sort of form because we'll definitely be top 4 if we go on these sort of runs.
I wouldn't pay for Lukaku this summer.
734 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:59:10
Even so, when you only have 39% of the possession, it's not going to look like you really had control of the game. Maybe I should look at it again but we looked to be on the back foot for most of the first half and 10-15 mins of the second.
For me, the margins are so narrow; I was never convinced we had won until that final whistle. I'm so, so glad that we have... what a tremendous relief. There just seem to have been far too many occasions where we get fucked in the end.
Thankfully not today!
735 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:06:32
736 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:58:02
737 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:05:15
738 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:08:39
I was very confident going into this as I remembered Moyes as being the perennial bottler when it really mattered.
He did it again today, for all their possession they created virtually nothing and as mentioned we controlled how the game was played even when they had possession.
739 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:11:26
740 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:05:54
On a brighter note, what a great result against the former champions. I sincerely hope we manage the same feat next year (beating the champions home and away!!).
Come on ya blues, this time next year, we will be champions ourselves!
741 Posted 20/04/2014 at 18:59:49
I get the feeling Roberto has been making a judgement call on young Barkley over these last couple of games. He could (and maybe should) have brought him off early in both games but left him on, to very little avail. His best position is really worrying me now.
If we got a £30M bid? ... That would be a big call for RM, as it could buy us 3 new players.
742 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:11:52
Having said that, RS, Man City and Arsenal -in the Cup- have tonked us so we are very much work in progress.
The quality of our football and the technical progress made by our players has been a joy and a similar leap next season will 'see us in serious contention.'
Have to admit my eyes have been opened although I still think Roberto needs to take care not to sign any more crocks.
743 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:12:09
Only criticism I have is we had three of four chances to really put the match to bed and didn't take them, which for me is the difference between first and fifth.
Otherwise I thought the match was a great advert for the game, both sides going at it fairly, agreesively and openly.
Quite poetic that it has hopefully nailed European football in some form for us next season, and consigned Man Utd's to the dustbin.
Well done and congratulations to Roberto and the boys for another hoodoo busting performance, and hats off to the whole support there today - Goodison crackling with atmosphere. Fantastic.
744 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:20:47
745 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:17:19
We also have to credit Martinez for having the foresight to conserve his players' energy against a United team that has had 11 days rest. Another bonus from the game was the performance of Alcaraz; I thought we wouldn't be as sturdy at the back when he came on for Distin but everybody worked so hard and stuck to their tasks, it was in the end a pleasurable experience.
I know Coleman got most of the plaudits and he played well but it was Baines and McCarthy who were the real stand-out performers and they led by example. Barkely was again a bit below his own high standards but I'm hoping he rediscovers his form by the start of next season unless he chooses to leave.
This Everton side is a very very good one and if BK can find the money to fund the ambitions of Martinez then we will enjoy a few more results like this next season and who knows where that might take us. Well done, Everton; we have our pride back and can once again play the game the way it should be played by an Everton side.
746 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:18:52
The lads will have had two preseasons and a full season under him. We will have a couple more new players and loanees who are comfortable playing the Martinez way. Happy days are here again.
747 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:26:22
748 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:29:38
749 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:31:19
751 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:34:49
754 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:34:12
755 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:36:59
You might have a point there regarding the Europa League. I think Roberto will know how to handle the squad and he will love testing himself in Europe. I just hope we get a chance this time.
756 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:46:18
757 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:34:45
The fact is we never looked like we were going to loose that game and just powered them out of it. Fast pacey counter attacks they couldn't keep up with. We just blew them away.
Such a shame we lost to Palace. Oh well onward and upward.
758 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:34:15
760 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:46:11
762 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:50:53
764 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:58:46
I just pray to god that the Newcastle players find their balls against arsenal and show some pride. Fourth is out of our hands now whatever we do. We must believe until the end though.
765 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:56:28
766 Posted 20/04/2014 at 19:54:54
Moyes got the reception he deserved and it was great to hear phoney Phil Neville getting stick off us in the Street End, particularly with his snide 'Everton are buckling under the pressure' comment on Friday.
8 wins out of 9 now dickhead.
767 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:11:32
768 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:01:03
Pleased for Paul Ferry who must be flying back home without the assistance of the plane!!
769 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:03:18
As with many of the other posters here, come the summer, I too will doubtless look back happily on a record points haul and a top 5 finish to go with some truly wonderful attacking football, a few new stars and a genuine return to the belief we could win every match we play.
However, once you open the bottle it's tough to get the genie back in and right now I'm still struggling with the Palace result and what could/should of been. If we only started with our strongest, most balanced side we'd surely have got at least a point and probably more and could even be looking down on City now wondering whether a Goodison win would put us in the running for third, or maybe even glancing up at Chelsea and imagining that if they don't get anything from Anfield and are held by Sunderland then 2nd place might not be a total pipe dream.
As it is, we're relying on Arsenal slipping up and with Ramsey back and firing on all cylinders plus options in Ozil and Oxlade Chamberlain, I struggle to see them dropping points in the run-in. They're certainly not going to collapse at home to a toothless Newcastle who are already on their holidays or an all round poor West Brom, so our only real hope is that Norwich are still in with a shout and needing the points on the last day pulling out a cup tie-like effort, whilst the Arsenal boys have their minds half on their own cup engagement.
The fact that we're even in with a shout of course owes so much to Robbie's ambition and tactical nous that it really is churlish to condemn him for one slip, especially when it was an attack-minded gesture. But the fact remains when we needed to step up and turn the screw, we conspired to drop the screwdriver on our own feet first.
771 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:19:08
772 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:15:25
773 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:20:24
Worst match of this season - and there has been quite a few to choose from. A disgrace! Wonder how much Everton could have won during the last ten years, if Moyes hadn't have been hindering the development at Goodison!? United need not 5-6 new players, but rather 12-15 new top players to stand any chance at all next season!
774 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:21:22
775 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:22:54
I think we will see a much matured Ross Barkley next season but the question is what is his best position?Personally I thinkNais adds so much to the team I would now see him as first choice behind the main striker so quite where Ross plays I don't know - certainly not wide left where I thought he was pretty well disciplined today hilst never approaching his best form.
778 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:47:08
779 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:44:30
James McCarthy is sensational, his work rate unreal. Fellaini was good for us but watching McCarthy today showed him why hes not been missed. COYB.
782 Posted 20/04/2014 at 20:37:25
784 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:02:23
785 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:07:07
Fucking hilarious. Better than the guy at the Fulham match trying to hand the linesman a blind walking stick! Hahaha, good on him.
787 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:20:57
Great result, great tactics, great performance. Makes you feel good inside. Next year we will be a force... Why? Because our manager is top draw. Bring it on.
788 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:05:19
789 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:28:34
We stuff em.
We finish 3rd.
791 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:13:06
Very ironic result today, swapping managers & doing the double over Utd, I read its the first for 40yrs. Bloody great!
I'm sorry that Alcaraz is not 4 or 5 years younger, he would be some asset, a classy looking player.
Were still in with a shout for top 4, long shot, but you never know.
The city game is giving me the willies already though, going to be tough, but a least its at Goodison.
Whatever the rest of seasons results bring, we now have a top manager, lets hope the board give him some proper money to spend this summer.
792 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:30:22
Today we had several men of the match - Mirallas, Coleman, Nais, Stones, McCarthy. Macca for me. To think some questioned the millions we spent on him - what an engine, what tackling.
Nais - what a fairy story. From a dunce to a lad who's getting ologies with us. What a turn around. Another great engine.
The calmness of Alcaraz today (and seen every time he plays). And strong in the air.
Stones - some call him for his defensive frailty. But a clean sheet against a team with Rooney, Hernandez, Mata, Welbeck, Kagawa, Nani. The lad played his part and is doing good.
Barks poor today but I guess he'll come good.
796 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:43:19
798 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:48:41
All in all, keeping the opposition on their toes as to how we were playing it. But I just loved the on-the-ground lightening fast breaks.
Can't wait for MC and then next season. Sod the WC.
800 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:46:03
805 Posted 20/04/2014 at 22:04:54
806 Posted 20/04/2014 at 21:58:39
833 Posted 20/04/2014 at 23:32:12
It's amazing to still be in with a shout of 4th with only three games to play but ahhhh, that palace result is such a downer! Just a draw would have been enough to have it in our hands.
Europa League is pretty much guaranteed now at least, which is a plus. Cannot really see us getting 4th now though it's only one point. Arsenal have the barcodes at home next and they are by far the worst team in the league at the minute, their players are already on the beech. Southampton away is not going to be easy for us.
The players have a weeks rest now - all we can do is win our games and hope someone does us a favour. With Ramsey back however, I think arsenal will keep winning....
Still, it's already been a great season and if next year is better then who knows what will happen! This season we've beaten Chelsea, Arsenal and Manu at home and taken 4 points off them away. That's not bad for starter Roberto....
835 Posted 20/04/2014 at 23:58:31
So happy to see Moyes slither out of Goodison dejected.
836 Posted 20/04/2014 at 23:52:48
839 Posted 21/04/2014 at 00:25:28
840 Posted 21/04/2014 at 00:25:15
843 Posted 21/04/2014 at 00:40:12
845 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:07:57
Watching Round, Neville, Woods, and HIM in the dug out today was a treat. Sorry Eds for basking in this but they act as if they are top top top tree at Man Utd and all that and we all know that this time next year the chances of each one of them being at the dream theatre is well, check out the bookies ....
846 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:00:41
What a great day, I couldn't really enjoy the game knowing Gerry Quinn & Paul Ferry had travelled thousands of miles (stay at home in future lads) I was totally desperate to send that corporate behemoth and all that is wrong with football to die. Does anyone know where Tarzan found those old tusks in the middle of the 'escarpment', do you know how difficult that is to type after a Vodka frenzy?
Only arl fellas will who visit this wonderful site will picture Jonny Weismuller crying over the corpse of Man Utd & a ginger wrinkly guy once of this parish.
849 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:16:26
851 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:34:03
852 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:34:10
853 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:32:04
I'm hoping we don't see Everton re-write the history books with a highest-ever-point-total-but-didn't-make-it record.
If you'd a said we were going to finish on 75 points before the season started no one would have believed it. How about finish on 75 and not make CL? Never mind 78 points!
History is usually an excellent barometer for the future. I have to believe if we win our last 3 we are in. No matter how winnable Arsenal's last 3 fixtures look on paper.
854 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:42:13
855 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:47:10
856 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:48:56
858 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:53:32
859 Posted 21/04/2014 at 01:51:55
It would be a real treat to spend time bevvying with you lot. Right now I’m at my mate’s in Crosby as the 2 am hour looms just being matey happy! Fecking train to London in 6 hours!
Phil we need to talk about the workers and bosses!
All the best mate(s)!
862 Posted 21/04/2014 at 02:10:15
It's also interesting that Alcaraz came on and won 4 headers from corners. We really lack that as a team. When you consider the amount of goals the RS have had from that scary freak at the back. It's an important part of the game we seem to neglect.
863 Posted 21/04/2014 at 02:10:19
Peter the Meejah pundits aren't going to change: even if Everton were ten points clear at the top of the league, they have nailed their colours to their particular masts and they ain't gonna change for anyone or anything. It's always been like that for Everton and it always will be. 90% of the match reports I've read today have all been about Man Utd and their failings; I prefer it to be that way to be honest because the more the media ignore us or believe that we are not a threat the better.
I want Everton to go Fourth with the final kick of the season because that is the only time that it counts.
867 Posted 21/04/2014 at 02:35:32
How is it that we stamp out such wonderful expressions of scouse humour, while giving in to all this maudlin kopite shite? I despair, I really do...
869 Posted 21/04/2014 at 03:19:11
874 Posted 21/04/2014 at 04:08:25
879 Posted 21/04/2014 at 05:09:57
899 Posted 21/04/2014 at 07:28:39
As for OFM TGT he is getting his just deserts. He couldnt wait to get over there and get his arse on that seat at Carrington, even when our payuroll.
The Chosen One, looked more like The Frozen One sat on that bench looking clueless at what was going on around him on the pitch
909 Posted 21/04/2014 at 09:05:52
Sorry but the reality is the grim reaper first appeared 'haunting' Moyes at Utd's home leg against Olympiakos and is (probably a student) paid to get the name Paddy Power into the the papers.
In advertising terms, it's part of a 'guerrilla campaign' that (successfully it appears) looks to get free advertising (ie; why pay for a press ad when we can make 'the news' and get our name in the papers for nothing)
911 Posted 21/04/2014 at 09:01:30
What a lesson this match turned out to be - 'grass greener' etc - I wonder how many of our young stars will be thinking of 'jumping ship' in favour of the lure of 'improving their game' in more 'glamourous theatres' where their dreams will be shattered.
Rooney - (?) ...nuff said.
915 Posted 21/04/2014 at 09:17:47
924 Posted 21/04/2014 at 09:33:06
There's a lot more at stake when you get up at 4am to fly with Crying Air to come over to a game. However Robbie has already made it a lot more exciting and positive experience. I know he's only a football manager but as I took the kids to the playground in Stanley park I couldn't help but feel what this little man with his fancy shoes has done to this city and the fans beyond. I've had a shitty year on a personal level but boy has he given me great reason to BELIEVE again and find the positives in my life again. Talking to fans as I collected my tickets I could sense the feel good factor was back and not the Moyes fear and dread created. Thanks Roberto. We love you man.
PS I am sober but hung over :-)
959 Posted 21/04/2014 at 11:30:54
963 Posted 21/04/2014 at 11:11:58
Rooney makes me more sick now than he ever did when he left us, because he hasn't signed his new contract to win more medals looking at United yesterday. It shows you how low our great club had become when a man like Moyes got over ten years in the hot- seat presiding over the only decade in which Everton never won a major honour in their great history.
And isn't it a pity that Greatey Market don't sell pace anymore because it's certainly not in the genes/ jeans of any team that Moyes has ever managed!
982 Posted 21/04/2014 at 13:30:40
He could be our utility defensive rotator at either centre back or defensive midfield. He has experience, strength, heading ability plus decent ball control and distribution. I would be happy for him playing with any other centre back or midfield defender.
If Kone, Gibson, Oviedo and Pienaar return fit for next season, we will just need a couple of players to make us a decent, top squad. Personally I would be delighted to really go for Lallana and Puncheon. Plus a striker either to buy or loan if Lukaku leaves us. Bony, Lukaku, Remi or Ba would all do a job for us.
990 Posted 21/04/2014 at 14:08:38
Martinez has shown him up to be one of the biggest con-men around. The way he approached that game showed how a tactically astute manager can adapt to surprise the opposition at every turn. We let them have the ball up until the final third – believe me, that was by design and not an accident. We could have won by four or five and to watch us breaking at speed going for a third goal was something beautiful to behold.
That's 20 wins for the Spanish maestro this season, another Premier League record. The Man Utd fans are disgusted at what they are witnessing and the shite the man spouts at every opportunity: "We'll try to get back into that top 4" being a particular favourite of mine. They were the fucking Champions at a canter last season! Is it any wonder the players want out of Man Utd, while our stars cannot wait to play for their inspirational manager, who has a vision for this club from top to bottom.
Goodison selling out and the fans are actually talking of a title challenge next season. You would have been sectioned for even mentioning those words when 'The Woeful One' was planning his raid for our players, as he took in the crowds adoration last May.
I'm loving every game and cannot wait for next season already – now where's me headache tablets?
992 Posted 21/04/2014 at 14:24:12
I was out in the Texas Hill Country, dancing and drinking and camping under the moonlight all weekend, had a fabulous weekend; eventually topped by watching the game late on Sunday night (I had managed somehow to avoid the score for 12+ hours and the wait and extra-anticipation was more than worth it!).
Really, it could have been (and mathematically should have been) a Merseyside 1-2 this year, with blue on top of course. Next season?
066 Posted 21/04/2014 at 17:05:43
So glad we got shut of this clown and his dour crap football and now the rest of the world can see what many of us did, a one trick pony playing the long odds game, a werewolf allergic to silver - only got a charity shield through someone else's work too, fit for mid table mediocrity and nothing more. He's broken stacks of records at Man Utd which nail his true quality to the mast for all to see.
Back to the game, we gave them the ball to fuck fart about with all afternoon and counter attacked at will and with panache, could and should easily have been a lot more goals too. The plan wasn't by chance either, Coleman said they'd be training for that before the game
085 Posted 21/04/2014 at 17:42:25
As for the 'best ever points total' bollocks this is meaningless if you end up in the same position as normal ie 5-6th. All it is demonstrating is that the majority of teams in the PL are worse than previous years. Just think if we were in a league with RS, Man C, Arsenal, Chelsea, and the rest were made up of league 1 quality teams we would have an even better points total but we'd still end up 5th. It's relative performance that counts. RM still master of spin but maybe becoming master of tactics? We'll see but it does look like he's getting there.
The persistent reference by a section of our fan base to David Moyes after each win makes no sense to me. He's gone, nothing to do with us, get over him, move on, RM is the focus not another team's manager.
100 Posted 21/04/2014 at 18:14:31
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183 Posted 21/04/2014 at 20:42:12
248 Posted 21/04/2014 at 23:02:40
I personally thought it was the most TACTICALLY AWARE performance I have ever seen Everton give at Stamford Bridge and the only fuck up was by Tim Howard in the last minute. Same at Spurs for me when a bit more quality in front of goal would have seen us out of sight by half-time.
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