Baines surpasses a record by Graham Le Saux for providing the most assists as a defender in the Premier League, with his 49th in the form of a lovely delivery that Naismith glanced past Hart.
Everton 1 - 1 Manchester CityAiden McGeady was the only change from the team that produced a dramatic finish against West Ham on Tuesday. Sylvain Distin James McCarthy, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Tim Howard are all out injured.
The visitors kicked off but kept Everton played it around a little before City got much of a look-in until an awful clearance by Robles straight to a City player and the Royal Blues looked decidedly nervy in their play under the windy conditions.
Naismith was fouled by Zabaleta and Lukaku lined up the set-piece 30 yards out that he powered lamely into the top of the City wall. Jagielka then made an awful mistake to let Navas take a free shot that he put wide.
The Blues showed better intent with Besic firing in from wide right and in the follow-up they won another free-kick, this time Baines putting his attempt into the top of the City wall.
McGeady picked up the ball in deep midfield but gave the ball away cheaply, then Besic was easily dispossessed and it set up a chance for Jovetic to shoot wide. McGeady won Everton's first corner that Barkley fired in to the first defender, and no real chance in the follow-up. Some good holding play again ended when McGeady got the ball.
A promising move again ended with McGeady picking out a sky blue shirt with his cross after good work down the right from Besic and Coleman. A little contact on Navas saw City get a dangerous free-kick that Nasri drove into the Everton wall and it led to frantic defending that Everton somehow escaped unscathed.
Naismith did very well to win a corner after giving the ball away in attack but Baines's delivery was again straight to the first defender's head and, in a trice, City were threatening, winning a corner themselves after play switched rapidly to the Everton end where they had to defend a couple more corners, with all men back so no counter when McGeady did win the ball wide left.
City tried to walk the ball in though the area, Barry getting his foot on it, and Navas was next to fire wide. Everton were struggling to get out of their own half, even when they had the ball, as it just wouldn't run for Barkley. McGeady got in another cross but it gave Lukaku no chance.
Barkley and Besic, on the half-way line contrived to play "after you" until Besic played the ball needlessly straight out of play! Just shocking stuff. But Lukaku did get a sight of Hart after a good forward pass to feet by Coleman... but his shot was not good enough to beat Hart who blocked it, then Coleman curled his follow-up shot onto the bar of Hart's goal.
Given space to play, with little of the close attention and pressing from lesser opponents, the home side had struggled to really play anything like fluid joined-up football, with far too many nervous mistakes and giveaways but they survived to the break.
Everton got another chance for a free-kick on goal after the break and this time Barkley beat the the wall but could not curl it enough into the far corner. City were soon on attack, and almost walking it in through the Everton defence, testing the Blues' defence, in which Besic did very well to carry the ball out and play it better to give something for Lukaku to chase. It ended up with Mangala fouling Lukaku just outside the City area, and getting a yellow card, possibly for his protest.
Barkley's kick did not find a blue head and when the ball was reworked around, a poor overhit cross from McGeady ended the brief forward move. A ridiculous decision saw Barry penalized when Jovetic ran into him and Stones headed the CIty free-kick away at the far post, then Barkley played the ball nicely to Lukaku who ran in and fired from a difficult angle, Hart just getting enough on it to keep it out.
From the corner Zabaleta climbed all over Jagielka but no penalty, and at the other end, McGeady gave away another dangerous free-kick that Nasri curled in, Robles punching it away.
As the pace and passion ramped up around the hour mark, Barkley was easily dispossessed and it ended up with Stones defending well and tackling Silva well but the ref said it was from behind and booked him, much to the annoyance of the crowd, who were becoming more vocal.
Stones did very well against Jovetic but gave up a corner that was defended well by a disciplined Everton who got the ball forward but nowhere near enough to City's goal as Aguero replaced Jovetic. Everton looked to attack but needed Barkley to take the initiative but all he would do is play short first-time passes and possession was squandered.
Fernandinho fouled Baines and got carded, Baines curling in a great ball that Hart grasped at and dropped but Naismith was adjudged to have nudged him from behind, and as Jagielka poked the loose ball into the net, Atkinson blew for the foul.
City broke in questionable terms, and Fernandinho scored when, in an offside position, he got his head to a deflected shot that seemed to be curling past the goal, his header evading Coleman on the line, a scrappy goal that came after Zabelata may have touched the ball on the ground as he and Lukaku challenged for the ball at the other end.
The perennially hopeless McGeady was finally hauled off, Mirallas replacing him. Baines put in a superb ball form Naismith to glance in past a despairing Hart and Everton were suddenly all square again, with the crowd now really for it.
An excellent break was completely ruined by Lukaku putting himself shamefully offside, but Everton pushed forward again and Besic needed to control himself when called for contact that was hardly a foul, while Everton nemesis Lampard took to the field.
Mirallas did brilliantly to beat his man and make space but his shot was scuffed when he had time to advance and do a lot better. Everton won a late corner with Goodison looking for a god delivery from Baines but it was hopelessly drifted over everyone and City were on the edge of the Everton area in no time, more defending required.
But Everton were tiring and could not get the ball while City knew they had the tools to go for it as time ticked away, Robles getting down well to save one shot. It was helter-skelter as the ball seem impossible for Lukaku to control — there's something fundamentally wrong with his ball skills.
The game ended without City getting the goal they wanted and it finished all-square, with plaudits no doubt for the Blues ending their horrendous losing streak. The performance was not a classic by any means, with far too many mistakes all over the park but the effort was expended to obtain the point and, with better marksmanship from Lukaku, it could have been more.Everton: Robles; Coleman, Jagielka, Stones [Y:63']; Baines, Besic, Barry; McGeady (78' Mirallas), Naismith, Barkley; Lukaku.
Subs not Used: Griffiths, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Oviedo, Eto'o, Kone.
Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Demichelis, Mangala [Y:50'], Clichy, Fernando, Fernandinho [Y:69'] (82' Lampard), Navas, Silva, Nasri (92' Kolarov), Jovetic (67' AgÃ¼ero).
Subs not Used: Caballero, Sagna, Kompany, Sinclair.
Referee: Martin Atkinson
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1 Posted 10/01/2015 at 13:45:23
Howard and McCarthy both out injured and the only possible change I could see would be Oviedo on the left ahead of Baines with either Barkley or Naismith dropping out.
2 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:07:04
3 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:04:26
4 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:18:38
CanÃ‚t say IÃ‚m overwhelmed by our team. IÃ‚d have Mirallas and Oviedo in the starting line up in place of Barry and Naismtih. Time to get myself comfortable behind the sofa.
BBC saying that a bit of the roof at GP is flapping around in the wind and is causing safety concerns... whereÃ‚s that GP safety certificate BK?
5 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:41:49
The only justification is if he is carrying a slight knock and canÃ‚t last the 90.
Go and boss Demichelis and Mangala Rom!
Hope springs eternal ...
6 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:53:50
Roberto, you idiot!
7 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:53:08
8 Posted 10/01/2015 at 14:59:48
9 Posted 10/01/2015 at 15:32:59
10 Posted 10/01/2015 at 15:47:25
He seems to work hard defensively but also seems to struggle on where to position himself when defending. He created nothing on the right but I also think that Coleman in his current form does not offer much support.
So, in conclusion, on the first half, McGeady does put a shift in, works hard defensively. Does not create anything and looses the ball far too easily for a player who is supposed to be technically gifted.
I guess he still needs to convince me that he is good enough. I still hope he proves me wrong.
11 Posted 10/01/2015 at 15:49:20
What has happened to Jags ffs! Barkley and Besic playing tippy tap to each other until one decides to include a third player who didnÃ‚t exist! Concentrate boys!!
But all not lost at the moment, weÃ‚re matching them in most areas, and IÃ‚ve widened the distance in my fingers when watching Robles so a bit of improvement there!
12 Posted 10/01/2015 at 15:47:50
For the first time in weeks IÃ‚m enjoying this. WeÃ‚re playing the defending champions, currently the best team in the league, still some hairy moments, but some good stuff too from our boys.
In the main when we get the ball itÃ‚s going forward much more rapidly than of late (and not just big lumps forward) and more importantly in their half rather than on the edge of our area. WeÃ‚re pressing them well too.
Some players who have been poor for too long this season showing glimpses of their truer ability.
13 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:07:10
Someone else needs to take the corners and itÃ‚s been this way for a long time.
14 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:19:23
15 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:35:17
16 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:37:19
17 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:37:57
18 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:49:07
19 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:53:41
20 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:54:07
21 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:55:52
Lukaku and Besic were bloody good, Coleman much more like himself.
Barry still gifted the ball too many times, but that was an encouraging effort all around.
22 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:58:17
Look what happens when you put crosses into the box.
Season changer COYB!
23 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:56:38
Great Spirit throughout great to see.
24 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:57:21
If we can just get a positive result on Tuesday then I think the season might just be taking off again.
Get a couple of players in and you never know we might just get a cup or two.
25 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:51:29
Our captain was woeful but thankfully seemed to get back to his usual self in the last 15...
Now letÃ‚s hope this is a turning point. The crowd where brilliant, hats off to you all.
26 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:58:41
With a decent referee, we could have had all three points today.
27 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:00:05
Augero needs to take his shirt back to Man CityÃ‚s sewing room, theyÃ‚ve missed a T off it!
28 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:01:03
29 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:00:17
Today was a bonus point, the main game is West Brom. Hopefully the draw today gives the team a bit more confidence although I still donÃ‚t like the fact we had little width on the left and not sure what Mirallas was doing starting on the bench.
We need McCarthy back but I can see Martinez benching Besic and still keeping Barry in the team. (Does the guy have a clause in his contract saying he has to start every game?)
Defence played a lot better although Jagielka still looks very dodgy at the back.
30 Posted 10/01/2015 at 16:51:07
Football is a very simple game, if you get the basics right.
A more balanced line-up, players holding their positions and shape, quicker tempo, better pressing when the opposition have the ball, play in their half rather than fanny about on the edge of our area.
Look at what a player we have in Lukaku when we play to his strengths Ã‚â€“ get him running at back pedalling defenders rather than ask him to play with his back to goal.
Give the fans something to cheer and Goodison is a bear pit, as it was today.
Oh! And Roman, your post@ 9 was explicit. You called LB "an overrated shithouse."
When was the last time he did anything with corners and free kicks you ask? TODAY! That now makes 10 assists from LB this season alone ... and with todayÃ‚s contribution he is now the ALL TIME RECORD HOLDER for PL assists by a defender.
If any one is a shithouse, it certainly isnÃ‚t Leighton.
31 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:03:25
32 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:02:23
LetÃ‚s hope that the confidence continues to return to the team and we can push on from here.
33 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:04:46
What planet are you on!!
34 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:07:07
The players have taken the lead and told our feckless manager how we need to play.
35 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:06:34
36 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:08:28
37 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:08:32
38 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:06:16
40 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:04:49
I think the difference was Stones, and Besic getting better and better match by match. Coleman and Baines were good today, and Naismith was tireless as usual. Lukaku carried on from where he left off against West Ham and was unlucky not to score.
The big differences was how hard the team worked when they lost the ball, and used the direct approach much more when they had the ball. If the team continues playing this way, we will be fine (mid-table).
41 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:14:05
42 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:10:38
43 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:10:25
That talk with the walking dead obviously did us some good.
Very impressed with Stones and Besic today. Good to see Coleman and Baines bombing up the wings again.
Disappointing result but pleasing performance.
West Ham and West Brom to continue the recovery now as long as RM doesnÃ‚t revert to type.
Would like to see a top class goalie brought in ASAP and Aaron Lennon if possible.
44 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:12:01
If you are negative after that game you are not right in the head!
Excellent effort, determination, pace...
Great came and dare I say we are back.
45 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:09:27
I always feel a lump in my throat when Lampard comes on, a real boogie man for us.
Barkley looked electric, Baines giving great deliveries, Besic well up for it, Lukaku showed some class, and Stones a rock.
46 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:16:34
47 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:14:41
48 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:14:55
49 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:14:55
50 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:17:39
51 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:21:00
Urging their struggling team on; I heard them in Florida.
52 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:18:27
53 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:13:25
54 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:20:55
The quick equalizer was just the thing we all needed. Never mind the table, it is time for Roberto to prove most of us wrong and inspire the team for a run of performances and results.
Why not Tuesday for a starter?!
55 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:11:30
I canÃ‚t understand why it took 76 minutes to remove McGeady. He has pace and can defend but unfortunately tries to do too much as a winger and is totally ineffective. Besic was immense and would like to see him with McCarthy. Lukaku looks a different player when they play a more direct game, it was a great save from Hart to stop him.
My only other beef is with free kicks as we managed to hit the wall. Was Bryan Oviedo injured as he brings so much energy when he plays. Oh well... bring on the Hammers and letÃ‚s get a result.
56 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:23:13
57 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:17:30
58 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:15:11
And we played well enough to get a win today.
It wasnÃ‚t a matter of we, the fans, or the players or management "accepting a draw because we are playing City at home." We were clearly looking for a winner right to the death.
But ... guess what? The opposition are not traffic cones! They too are playing to win, or not lose. We canÃ‚t win every game.
IÃ‚m not accepting the draw as good result or a surrender monkey you imply people are when you say "... accepting a draw because we are playing City at home, it just shows how far we have fallen. This is Goodison, not a place for us to be thankful of getting a draw."
IÃ‚m accepting the performance as acceptable after 2 months of drudgery.
Continue playing with that intensity and commitment, and wins will DEFINITELY follow.
59 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:23:47
As for McGeady, too many times his first touch was poor, which turned over possession. Again that could have cost us. But thatÃ‚s something that can and should be sorted out by RM.
60 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:24:32
61 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:29:35
62 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:25:02
I am with the other Jay on Baines.
Although he hasnÃ‚t been up to his usual standards this season he has usually been head and shoulders above the rest and IMO has been carrying a knock which is why he has avoided taking free kicks and is hesitant to take corners.
Today is not the day to start nitpicking at the players Ã‚â€“ especially Barkley and Barry Ã‚â€“ it is a day to start the recovery process of getting us back where we belong and not down where we donÃ‚t belong.
63 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:18:26
Having said that, Roberto is missing a big trick by totally dismissing the value of set pieces where our delivery is getting past a joke. Just hoping to set up a passing phase from a rebound is prehistoric by any standards.
But, all in all, a good effort against a top team.
65 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:24:09
Keep it going now.
66 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:26:50
I hope youÃ‚re right and the ship is starting to turn. More character shown today. And change was implemented with a defensive display.
I said before this game that RM needs 4 points from this and next weekÃ‚s game. We need to beat WBA (wonÃ‚t be easy) to turn this around and build momentum, something we need to do quickly rather than getting sucked into the dog fight.
That bottom half of the table is closing up and weÃ‚re right in it. Well done today, though.
67 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:30:43
Better days ahead? COYB
68 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:26:01
69 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:21:09
Got to win against West Brom though or weÃ‚re back to square one and in dire trouble.
70 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:32:27
71 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:30:30
72 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:30:12
73 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:31:08
Nobody had a perfect match Ã‚â€“ I think I grimaced at least once for every player at some point Ã‚â€“ but also nobody could come off thinking they didnÃ‚t put in a very good display.
McGeady isnÃ‚t the perfect player but he is actually pretty intelligent with the ball, just lacks the finesse to pull it all off, which is similar to Naismith, who struggles to pass with much conviction. His heart is the size of Ayers Rock, though.
74 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:33:48
75 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:38:36
76 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:28:10
Get off my high horse?
Keep digging that hole for yourself Roman. Take a look at what others think about your BainesÃ‚ comment. These are your words:
"31st minute, Baines takes a well won corner, failes to beat the first man for what must be a record breaking time and 8 seconds later City have a corner of their own. How many times is this overrated shithouse going to fail with the dead ball before heÃ‚s finally relieved of his duties?"
You pick out a single incident in a decent 1st half, disparage possibly the best player on our books ... and YOU want to justify that and call ME reactionary...?
Yeah, right ...
DonÃ‚t try and defend and justify your grossly false opinion. I will defend the very fine person LB is from moronic comments like yourÃ‚s calling him an "overrated shithouse."
No surprise you wish to devalue the stats that fail to support your perverse condemnation of Leighton.
77 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:36:26
78 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:22:23
Besic again showed how much potential he has to become a vital clog in this team. Has to be him and Jimmy Mac in the middle of the park when both fit. Coleman looked more like his old self as well.
Only downer today IÃ‚d say was McGeady. IÃ‚ve defended him on here in the past, but now enough is enough. DoesnÃ‚t beat a man and crossing is gash. Plus how many times today on our throw ins did he turn his back and just look to have no interest in receiving the ball.
Overall, IÃ‚m very happy with the performance, and any talk of Roberto having lost the dressing room put to bed by the playersÃ‚ efforts.
I really hope the rumours re Lennon are true. He could be just what we need on the right side.
79 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:36:21
Besic and Stones were excellent.
80 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:40:40
81 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:37:29
Martinez has pissed me off of late, like us at all, but some of the negativity on here is pathetic.
As has been referenced, despite a lack of form, Baines has 12 assists in all competitions this season Ã‚â€“ it is a startlingly statistic, which hasnÃ‚t appeared from nowhere. Aside from Fabregas, I do not think anyone in the Premier League has managed to match that. He has been less consistent with his delivery of late... but guess what, that happens in Football. It happens to Hazard, to Ronaldo, and it will happen to Baines. ItÃ‚s amazing how fans bemoan player loyalty, but will jump on a player when his standard drops a little.
If we continue to play with a little more directness, and sort out the left hand side of midfield, we will have a good second half of the season. We have some very talented players, who have let themselves down a little this season, and have suffered because of poor tactics. But we are still in two cups, and need to concentrate on finishing as high as possible before the end of the season.
82 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:37:52
83 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:36:39
Roman, I think youÃ‚ve got a valid point about Baines heÃ‚s been a great player for us but looking at the bigger picture his deliveries have in the main this season been poor. That said, heÃ‚s done it today so thatÃ‚s what matters. I think most of us would have taken that before the game given our recent run. LetÃ‚s just hope we can kick on.
84 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:37:32
There was none of the narrow one dimensional football today. Coleman looked back to his best. And we looked solid defensively with Stones back in the side. That defensive performance should make it clear to everyone that Distin/Alcaraz should never play in the blue shirt again, and another quality CB should be brought into to compliment Stones/Jags.
But well done lads, we might have finally turned the corner.
85 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:40:19
IÃ‚m stoked with the performance from the whole team, and in the outfield, Baines has played himself back into a bit of form of late, but my comments were directed at his dead ball value to the team, which, despite todayÃ‚s assist, has not been anywhere near his old standards.
Also, donÃ‚t try to convince me that stats win all arguments, because I just wonÃ‚t listen.
86 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:44:11
A few more performances like that are we allowed to start to dream again of that beautiful back door to CL football called the Europa League?
Like I said, way too premature. But...
87 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:49:50
88 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:43:24
In terms of organisation and attitude, this good performance has to be the standard for the rest of the season. Keep those levels and the rest will follow.
89 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:31:44
And as mentioned numerous times.... Everton really do need to step up their set-piece game. They are woeful at corners.
I canÃ‚t slate the performance today. Some players need to step up. But a draw is okay. Now at least 7 points in our next 3 games. Maybe even 9 and a win also over West Ham. Now that would be positive and phenomenal.
ps: ItÃ‚s saying everything about this season when we are praying and hoping that we can beat WBA and Crystal Palace. How our dreams and expectations have dipped.... FOREVER EVERTON.
90 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:51:14
91 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:47:07
Again, your original post was NOT specifically about his free kicks. You EXPLICITLY called Leighton "an overrated shithouse." THATÃ‚s what I called you on.
I would respect you more if you owned up and say you called it wrong. You havenÃ‚t. You have deflected and denied, which reveals more about you than your opinion about Baines.
In closing, nice attempt at obfuscation on your part in trying to say I claimed that stats win all arguments. I didnÃ‚t. But then, you have clearly shown yourself a poor reader (and writer...), so why should I be surprised you are a poor listener too...?
92 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:47:58
I thought we were very poor in the first half and could easily have been behind at the break. The mistakes being made all over the pitch were horrendous and we could easily have gone in two or three but for some shockingly poor marksmanship by the usually lethal City goalscorers.
That no doubt put in me in a poor mood for the second half, and while we did play better, the jammy/offside goal really pissed me off, and I did not expect the brilliant equalizer. Better... but still fundamentally poor in too many places on the pitch.
Watching Barkley now just makes me weep... What the fuck has he been told to do on the field? He seems to fear the ball and wonÃ‚t carry it forward unless there are no players anywhere near him. And that bullshit "no me, no you" session with Besic, was utterly abysmal nonsense.
Lukaku did a little better with balls to his feet... but oh, what feet!!! At times it looks like he has concrete in his boots, he simply cannot command the ball. He should have done far far better with the chances he got as well. I know it was a bit better than itÃ‚s been... but IÃ‚m with Tony Twist Ã‚â€” still not good enough, IÃ‚m afraid. Two points lost Ã‚â€” and I donÃ‚t give a shit who we were playing.
93 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:34:37
No complaints about the other lads. They all put in a shift against a strong team in very difficult conditions.
94 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:59:53
Adam, maybe Barkley thought "I donÃ‚t want to play for these Mancs so IÃ‚m going to keep me Ã‚ead down and be invisible today".
95 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:45:13
Barkley, Mirallas and Lukaku together make a world class combination for the counter-attacking football style, reminds me of Holland circa 2008.
I think itÃ‚s West Ham who will be afraid...
96 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:57:37
"I knew when I was typing the words would come back to bite me. Haha. Still, I wasnÃ‚t wrong as it was a very long time since heÃ‚s done that."
If you need explicit words then here: I was frustrated at BainesÃ‚s dead ball contributions and reacted in a manner that showed that frustration. Then, when he assisted a goal Ã‚â€“ a lovely header from Naismith it was Ã‚â€“ I admitted my words had come back to bite me. I do think Baines is a good player and has value to the team, but I also think he is not as good at taking corners and free kicks as he used to be. Despite this, I am very happy with the performance from the WHOLE team today, and a point against the Champions is no disgrace from an Everton side low on confidence and in poor form.
Sorry that I write with more implication than description for your tastes, Jay. IÃ‚ll try to be more obvious with my intent in the future. Enjoy the arvo and hereÃ‚s hoping we get more of the same against the Irons and Baggies in the next week.
97 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:51:48
I also think playing more direct with a 3-5-2 system with Lukaku and Kone up top together would bear some fruits.
98 Posted 10/01/2015 at 17:58:14
We are fortunate to have him, Oviedo and Garbutt who all have very good qualities.
TodayÃ‚s set-up saw us not have as much possession as Man City but we tried to work the flanks and Coleman and Baines both looked dangerous.
What is encouraging as well were the energy levels in the closing stages. We remain fragile at the back so, whilst delighted with result, it will still be a nerve-racking set of games coming up to see if we can finally break the winless streak.
99 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:08:42
Please Roberto, please me.
100 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:12:45
101 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:04:39
Really hope Martinez can bring in one or two more players to boost the team. As I've said recently on many threads, Besic should be the example. There are players out there that are affordable, athletic, strong technically and filled with fire and brimstone. One or two more of those and performances like today and we might salvage something from this season.
102 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:17:47
I agree with you with that left sided trio, but somehow can't see Roberto ever being so cavalier in employing it. We seem to have a wealth of left sided players, but without Seamus, we really struggle on the right!
103 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:12:23
Other big pluses were the full backs, Baines had a strong defensive game as well as the assist and Coleman looked interested for the first time in ages. Also Rom of course.
Ross was poor until the last quarter and needs to clear his head but it looks to me like a matter of recovering confidence and playing his natural game, rather than any discontent on his part.
With the spirit back, we will be okay I am sure of it.
104 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:08:38
It really does make you giggle. We complain like a bunch of bitches about how shite we are when defending or attacking dead ball kicks into the 18 yard box. I mean, all Evertonians know to a man that RM doesn't give a fuck what happens when we take a corner or a free kick into the opposition box. FFS, we are normally absolutely shite when we are attacking a corner kick.
Pellegrini states the following during his post match chat:
"We knew before the game the most dangerous part of Everton was at set-pieces. They had a free-kick and scored."
What do we know hey......
105 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:22:57
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107 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:32:16
Derek, offensively and defensively that could be a great trio.
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111 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:57:55
112 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:18:43
I also would like to see Garbutt, Baines and Oviedo all start a game together. Garbutt at LB, Baines LMF and Oviedo LW. With McGeady booted into Row Z Ã‚â€“ never to be seen again. And Barry also dropped with Ross moved to centre-midfield... and yes, he as not been playing well.... but I'd give him a run of games playing in front of Besic and a fit McCarthy. To accommodate all this, I'd also drop Naismith. And use him as an impact sub. And yes, I am very grateful to Naismith for popping up with his goal today.
And of course the right side has to be balanced with (imo) Coleman and a fit Mirallas. Drop Jags... yes, I said "Drop Jags"..... play 3-4-3:
Robles Coleman Stones Garbutt Besic McCarthy Barkley BainesMirallas Lukaku Oveido
Three of the middle four would be dropping back to help the defence. And Barkley would be given a free role in the middle of the park... but with instructions to not be too loose.
Anyhow I digress... football is about opinions and I've seen plenty on this forum. I've always liked Oviedo since I saw him play for Costa Rica. Always thought he deserved a run of games for Everton (barring injury). Good point today . So onwards and upwards....
113 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:04:02
114 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:06:57
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116 Posted 10/01/2015 at 18:39:30
Most of the players gave their all and after a good shift like that I'm not going to have a go at one or two who didn't.
117 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:15:04
It is a good day, Spurs getting beat. Look up not down.
118 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:22:58
119 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:13:46
Then the ball was played upfield and they scored with what looked like an offside goal initially but Coleman was on the line so it was a correct call for the goal although bad decision not to see the hand ball.
On our disallowed goal I disagree with Mike imo that would have been allowed to stand for one of the so called big 4. Naismith jumped with Hart who fumbled the ball and was never in full control of the ball.
120 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:28:03
121 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:26:59
Look at Mangala against Jags in the box, it was a penalty just waiting to happen but Jags behaves like a sissy and goes down the minute he felt him. If he had stood tall like a man Mangala would have taken him to the floor.
122 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:38:21
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126 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:34:16
Stones is then booked for a less than robust foul against Silva, add to this a foul in the penalty area against Jagielka is not given when repeatedly same sort of fouls are given to City. No Mike we are not getting fair treatment from most of the referee's.
127 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:45:50
128 Posted 10/01/2015 at 19:38:44
The positive's that I hope Martinez will take notice of is even though we had lees possession than city we still managed to score and had more goal attempts than the last few games. Also I hope he takes notice of how many problems we created trying to pass it around the goal area where City's forewards were waiting like a pack of hungry wolves.
129 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:00:18
130 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:11:51
131 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:11:25
I can understand why it was given against Nais but IMO he was level and therefore not offside and although he did jump against Hart I still maintain that if it was top 4 they would have allowed the goal.
Good shout about Jags though, I had forgotten about that.
132 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:04:05
So let's hope this is turn the corner time rather than a dead man's bounce. Personally I think things are looking up and we're starting to turn things round. We're still not playing that well, but at least we're showing some fight, and that is so important given our position in the league.
Those people calling for wins are right in some ways. The truth is we're not playing well enough in either defence or attack to win at the minute. We do seem to be getting better, and the tactics are improving.
The big positives for me are Stones and Lukaku. Stones is a real leader, and will stand up and be counted. Lukaku is starting to look a real threat. I can't help a lot of the criticism of him is a bit like buying a ferrari but only using it to pop out to the local shops to buy fags now and again, and then moaning about its fuel economy. He's a good player he just needs quick through balls and decent crosses, plus he'll finish off loose balls in the area. Oh and good to see a decent dead ball from Baines, the commentator said he had the most assists in premier league history, so well done him.
133 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:21:08
134 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:22:17
Let's beat The Hammers now and get to Wembley!!
135 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:30:57
But Bobby, what have I told you about selecting McGeady? Stop it immediately. The window is open. Get shut.
136 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:40:18
I wouldnt argue that one with you. I used to think Howard Webb and Phil Dowd were the most unbiased but recent history has changed my opinion.
The only issue I have with Atkinson is he is so quick to card players.
137 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:52:16
Dowd is the worst because he thinks he can do no wrong and is the reason people come to the games. Reffing at the World Cup in 2010 gave him a massive head.
138 Posted 10/01/2015 at 20:59:10
Not to say "squeaky".
141 Posted 10/01/2015 at 21:47:51
142 Posted 10/01/2015 at 21:43:50
143 Posted 10/01/2015 at 21:17:10
I honestly felt like getting up and leaving when Stones got booked. Bad fouls, leg breakers, cynical fouls and diving all should be eradicated from football, but why should a good strong tackle like that be given a yellow card?
Silva, best player on the pitch, finds space where there is none, great left foot, fantastic vision. How can you play against such talent? By getting fucking close and letting him know your there, surely. If you don't he will destroy you, and if you do you get a booking? I always thought a good strong tackle was a great leveller, but the game just doesn't allow it anymore. It's probably why you always feel more frustrated after playing the top teams, because you never feel like you get the rub of the green.
We deserved the draw, but it's now six games without a win. Hope it changes this Tuesday, where once again, Everton will have fantastic away support!
144 Posted 10/01/2015 at 21:52:03
We still look disheveled, but at least we're attacking.
145 Posted 10/01/2015 at 22:00:59
146 Posted 10/01/2015 at 21:56:58
147 Posted 10/01/2015 at 22:25:29
Kevin is a very good player, when he feels like playing.
148 Posted 10/01/2015 at 22:09:28
149 Posted 10/01/2015 at 22:57:49
For the first time this season, I feel as though I have seen a really good game.
150 Posted 10/01/2015 at 22:53:50
151 Posted 10/01/2015 at 23:14:11
152 Posted 11/01/2015 at 01:08:14
Still, Big Joe in , little Bob out!
153 Posted 11/01/2015 at 02:05:47
154 Posted 11/01/2015 at 04:01:23
Martinez will keep his job, we will be lucky to bring in anyone of great value this month.
The board will be hoping we can steady the sinking ship, win a cup (fat chance) have a good run in to the end of the season, then sell us the dream for next season.
I still think Bobby has a long way to go to win back the fansÃ‚ trust. Yes there will always be his loyal dreamers who buy into his dream. However that old saying at the end of the season that the table doesnÃ‚t lie, will be his true bench mark as a. manager.
There is a long way to go I just hope that we can start winning some points so we can enjoy being Evertonians again.
155 Posted 11/01/2015 at 06:44:20
157 Posted 11/01/2015 at 17:15:54
Perhaps big Dunc is trying to demonstrate this skill to Romalu.
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