Swansea City 3 - 0 Everton
Bryan Oviedo joined Muhamed Besic, Tony Hibbert, Luke Garbutt and Antolin Alcaraz in making his first start of the season
Roberto Martinez rang some big changes for the visit to the Liberty Stadium, with the return of Bryan Oviedo and a debut for Muhamed Besic one of seven from Sunday.
Antolin Alcaraz, Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson, Aiden McGeady and Luke Garbutt also came into the team which made a decent start, controlling the early possession.
Hibbert had an early shot that was always rising over the bar and Samuel Eto'o failed to hit the target despite being played in nicely by Antolin Alcaraz as the Blues looked fairly comfortable.
They were opened up by Jefferson Montero, though, with 28 minutes gone, the Ecuadorian dancing past three black shirts before teeing up Nathan Dyer who fired home at the back post with 28 minutes gone.
Chances were few and far between for Everton but they almost capitalised on a horrible error by Dyer who gifted the ball straight to Atsu in his own half. Unfortunately, the Ghanaian played it first time to Eto'o who was in an offside position, ending what would have been a two-on-one situation.
Martinez withdrew Eto'o at half time in favour of Romelu Lukaku and the the Belgian was involved straight away with a strong run and a shot that blazed narrowly over the bar.
McGeady also shot over from a decent position but the Blues were failing to cause their hosts enough problems in the final third and might have gone 2-0 down when Montero again raided down the left and Howard had to acrobatically push Sigurdsson's header away for a corner.
Everton did fall further behind soon afterwards, though, when Shelvey swung a dangerous ball into the box, Distin stooped low to head off his own bar and Sigurdsson reacted quickest to turn home the rebound.
Martinez had already put James McCarthy on in place of Oviedo and later added Leon Osman in the closing stages but there was little intensity or consistency with the way Everton went about trying to claw their way back into the tie.
And their misery was completed five minutes from time when Swansea's own substitute Marvin Emnes ran into space and advanced on the visitors' defence before beating Howard with a low shot from the edge of the area.
Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Distin, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Gibson, Besic, Oviedo, McGeady, Atsu, Eto'o
Subs: Robles, Lukaku, Mirallas, McCarthy, Osman, Browning, Kone
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1 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:07:47
2 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:14:09
ps: Besic, stop shooting from any position.
3 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:17:41
Can't defend under the slightest bit of pressure and frankly it takes us way too long to actually do fuck all with the ball.
Besic looks totally like a rabbit in the headlights, Gibson anonymous.
Garbutt the only positive so far and of course Oviedo being back on the pitch.
4 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:21:46
Why Martinez was so eager to bring McGeady here is beyond me, has he or does he ever look like doing anything like beating his man?
Besic looks like he should be on a beach somewhere, get involved in the game lad your meant to be giving the manager a selection headache.
Really dread Saturday the way this season is turning out, could be another annihilation.
Fuckin' Southampton sell half their team, why are they doing basic things right? 2-1 up at Arsenal.
5 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:27:08
There is just no hunger from any player.
Look at Montero for Swansea?
Where's our player taking responsibility on the ball?
Martinez talks about all this "player's need arrogance on the ball" but where is it?
Its just sideways passes with no movement and too long to get the ball into the danger area.
McGeady has been shit, why does he never go at a man?
Besic really looks out of his depth badly to be honest, it's early days but easy to see why he's not played yet.
Atsu needs to be more confident and direct.
We are basically not very good, and no matter what players we select the same problems exist.
We have in my opinion gone into this season thinking we have a better squad than we actually have..
Where exactly is the quality??
6 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:31:45
7 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:33:25
Is it straight to penalties tonight if we draw?
8 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:39:39
McCarthy on for Besic. Lukaku for Eto'o on 60 min and we might scrape a draw. Otherwise, we might as well go home now!
9 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:44:15
10 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:03:13
11 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:04:03
Another Fuckin header.
This is going to be a long long long hard season.
I keep saying it but where is this so-called brilliant big squad of players?
How many of them look good enough to challenge for honours or the top 4 this season?
Because they are the players we will be relying on if the first teamers are out of form or injured
12 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:55:35
14 Posted 23/09/2014 at 20:46:36
15 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:11:01
Swansea on the other hand look hungry, they are moving the ball well, and using plenty of width. Those Blues who’ve made that long, long journey must feel a bit depressed right now.
16 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:14:44
17 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:18:12
18 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:11:25
First off we didn't need Besic when it was obvious we were adamant we wanted Barry.
Then we totally ignored the fact that we deperatley needed a big commanding central defender and a midfielder who could play a creative pass.
None of our squad players look anywhere near good enough and the likes of Osman, Pienaar, Hibbert and Distin are past it to name a few.
McGeady is rubbish.
All Besic does is foul.
Lukaku can't trap a ball.
I won't even bother listening or watching Saturday's Derby.
Be amazed if we're not 2-0 down after their usual first 15 minutes of express train type of play which happens every Anfield Derby.
19 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:20:40
This is all going pear-shaped, does RM really have a clue Â– 75% possession (sometimes), 4 shots against 25% possession and 3 shots, and we lose 3-2!!
And 㿈m, I think somebody needs to be held to account. I ate to say it but, with the exception of McCarthy, anything good at our club is courtesy of Moyes!!
20 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:21:52
I have seen enough to know the answer.
21 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:22:16
22 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:23:16
23 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:24:55
For fuck's sake, we are 2-0 down, but hey, need to keep the catalogue, finger on mouth pose to look the part!!!
Do we have a Plan A, ever mind a Plan B?
Bring in Sven!!
24 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:27:41
25 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:25:15
I really am trying hard to understand this rotation bollocks.. we're a handful of games in.. it's not fuckin January. It's like Martinez has read 'the big book of European football'... and is determined to be like the big boys.
Rotation is fuckin pointless if you get beat every game. Fuck sake man.. find your best XI, then rotate the clowns who play shite.. it's not rocket science.
26 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:24:36
As for tonight, Martinez has made some strange decisions. I'm sure that most Evertonians would sacrifice the CC in order to focus on getting out league campaign in track and having a go in Europe. So yes, rest McCarthy and Lukaku - don't bring them on to bust a gut in trying to win a game for us when we are 1-0 down.
27 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:33:03
29 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:31:41
Only Garbutt has been worth his place tonight and could stake a claim.
All of our midfielders are of the same ilk, sideways, sideways and back, McCarthy, Barry, Gibson, Besic.
We could have bid for any wide player of Dyer, Routledge, Bolasie, Luncheon and they would have been better than what squad players we have.
30 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:31:34
He has failed to see where we needed to strengthen.
31 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:16:09
I keep making excuses for Martinez like in the case of Saturday; individual errors! But at the end of the day a manager lives or dies by the teams results. What worries me the most is that Martinez will continue to stand by his tika taka philosophy so much so that he wont change the system, even though there's something clearly wrong
32 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:32:20
No fight whatsoever tonight. Weak as fuck. Slow boring shite.
Martinez needs a fuckin rocket up his arse. Start by taking that big daft picture of him down.
33 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:36:28
34 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:32:46
35 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:37:21
36 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:26:50
His style of football secured us 5th place last season so it clearly can work. However it is getting increasingly hard to continue to defend Martinez and his system when we keep on performing like this. How much of this is down to the system and how much it is down to players under performing it's hard to say. Probably a combination of the two is to blame. We need to get it right soon or this season is going to turn into a write-off (or worse!).
Moyes had some good seasons followed by poor ones. Martinez will get it right and at least he has the backing of a chairman who won't just sack him after a poor run. I think this is the right way to operate. I'm just desperate for us to turn it round as soon as possible.
37 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:31:13
38 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:32:26
40 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:37:59
Three goals conceded again!
41 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:39:35
42 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:42:45
43 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:29:54
The RS must be rubbing their sweaty hands for Saturday. I am planning to watch the game through my fingers! Is it me or shouldnÂt a 㿈 million player have a slightly better first touch?! The season that promised so much is turning into a fucking nightmare!!
44 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:40:58
I hate to say it but I now despise RM everytime I see him interviewed and giving his cliched spiels over and over again, no matter how diabolical the preceding performance was.
Disillusioned does not even scratch the surface..
45 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:39:14
46 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:40:25
It's not the time to panic, but does anyone have Mr Moyes telephone number!
47 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:41:38
48 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:37:35
49 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:37:13
50 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:44:58
51 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:44:41
52 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:45:46
What I find really amazing is we base our play on passing football, however, we cannot find a penetrating pass!
53 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:46:23
It's gonna get worse before it's gets better, I'm gutted!
54 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:45:58
It certainly isn't ringing off the hook. He'd make a great defensive coach!
55 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:48:19
56 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:36:43
No complaints about their first goal, that Montero a decent little player, The second's a gift off the head of Distin, the third's a terrible pass off Gibson, another gift. Individual errors again.
Having said that we didn't trouble their goalie all game did we? Can't remember him making a save.
It can only get better, we need a change of luck.
57 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:44:43
58 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:39:21
Swansea's strongest team just too good for the one we put out, as expected, but those that will never forgive Martinez for taking their Moyes' job will probably harp on about Wigan again.
Like the look of Besic, some of his decisions weren't the best but he showed good touches and passes, he'll be a good player for us once he gets going.
Get your money on us beating Liverpool Saturday, our best players wisely rested while theirs are playing extra time.
59 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:41:19
I can see the fans turning on him soon if he does not change the style of play. We could be bottom of the fuckin league after the Man U game.
60 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:50:17
Teams know they only need to press us and we turn into headless chickens looking for the exit from a burning coop.
Seriously think that Baloteddy might rip Howard a new one on Saturday. FFS
61 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:48:13
The fucking money would have been better spent on Shawcross, Routledge, Dyer or Bolasie and that Ulloa that Leicester got.
The players we have brought in are not good enough, Atsu and Besic and Barry shouldn't really have been a priority either at the cost of the deal and length of contract, 28 million for Rom?? Was there nothing better at a cheaper price? I mean really?
Howard has no competition.
Distin and Jagielka know they are relatively safe and the rest??
Boring and quite mundane at the minute really isn't it?
62 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:45:54
Did we blow our budget on Lukaku and Besic?
Besic didn't cost much, if it doesn't work out he's no great loss.
Lukaku? He don't look much like a 㿈m striker to me, even if you do take potential into account. He's big fast and frightening for the opposition when he has space behind defenses to run into, but when teams park the bus or he has to play with his back to goal, he shows no initiative and looks clueless at what to do.
That 㿈m could have bought a few decent players, one of them being a center back to introduce a bit of competition to our back four.
Are you looking forward to the derby as much as me?
63 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:51:59
This is a load of shite
64 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:50:15
65 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:36:47
The decision is even more bizarre when you consider Osman was sat on the bench and who hasn't played much this season either.
A few other observations:
Hibbert was on toast all night, it was actually embarrassing. Assuming we have no cash in January we desperately need to get good back up at right back in the summer. If we do nothing else we must address it.
Good to see Gibson back but he was so far off the pace its unreal, Besic covered 10 times the ground he did tonight.
Alcaraz looked decent, he is definitely our best centre back on the ball. I had completely written him off after the Liverpool away game last season but if he is fit maybe he could still be useful.
Atsu had a few promising bursts in the first half but was invisible second half, completely drifted out the game. McGeady was just...invisible for the whole game.
I'm not buying into the doom mongering, we'll have a good season but if its to be a very good season or even a great season we need to get back on track pronto!
66 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:47:38
We are missing the drive of one Ross Barkley, the sooner we get him back the quicker we will turn the corner.
No doubt in my mind,we would be sitting pretty at the top end of the table had Ross not got injured. The draws would have been wins.
Big improvement required going into the derby, it's time for a lot of players to show the level of commitment as Naismith does.
67 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:48:08
68 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:53:46
69 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:56:38
I don't know where Martinez goes from here, he must realise we look terrible
70 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:59:45
We never looked like scoring tonight. Hibbert should retire along with Distan.
On a good point Oveido put in hard work for his first game and I thought Garbutt who was thrown in at the deep end did okay too.
Things need to change and quick!! We'll be loosing by more than 4 goals come this weekend.
71 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:43:55
From the capitulation last season, to the poor signings (Kone, Robles, Acaraz massively overpaying on lukaku and McCarthy) poor/total lack of interest inpre season, saying we needed 8 players, dripping it to six then four, saying we would blood new players then starting with no strikers on the bench but "experienced" defenders, gradually destroying a very good tight tactical unit, playing an inept style of football that saw one team in his tenure relegated and has ruined some of our top defenders confidence, blaming the defence this season rather than looking at his own glaring mistakes in tactical set up and choice of starting line ups and substitutions......
I could probably go on, but what has really really infuriated me is palace. Who in their right mind would drop Mirallas and Naismith, too performers and scorers for us this season for a premier league game !!!!! We are 5 games into the season for fucks sake, and then to top off that, drop McGeady (not everyoneÂs cup of tea I know) for someone thatÂs barely played in the premier league and had never started for us.
Sorry but Martinez is in my opinion totally inept and I want to see the back of him ASAP but frighteningly know it wonÂt happen. We will do VERY well to get top ten with him at the reigns despite having our best premier league team and squad to date
72 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:50:41
We are conceding far too many goals, most of them of the comedy variety.
We cannot score 4 each week, no matter how attack minded we are.
At the current rate we will concede 98 goals in the league, and get 38 points
Okay we are on course to score 83, but you see the point
We need to get back to basics, and learn how to defend and communicate with each other
The second goal tonight was a case in point.
It was a decent enough ball in, but was going past the striker and would have gone out for a goal kick. Both Howard and Garbutt should have seen this and alerted Distin, who clearly did not get a shout, you know the rest
73 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:51:35
Best chance seems Europa, but that's even a long shot considering we don't know how to defend any more.
74 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:46:40
His obsession with playing two defensive midfielders against ordinary sides in the Premier League is baffling as well as being downright negative. It doesnÂt work either because the space between the halfway line and our 18 yard box is criminal. These two are meant to be insurance for the centre and full backs but neither seems to know what role they play.
Judging by the majority of posts on here it looks like the honeymoon is well and truly over. We are not liking what we are paying to see. And IÂd love to know what shite heÂs going to come out with tonight. Time to toughen up Martinez. IÂm with jim Bennings thereÂs not a prayer IÂll be watching them cowards wave the white flag as soon as they come out of that tunnel on Saturday. As you said, another meek surrender.
75 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:57:22
76 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:00:20
Martinez's handling of these last three games has been abysmal. Dreadful team selections, failure to make the right substitutions (something that has happened all season) and, finally, the ultimate disgrace of a team that gave the appearance of not even trying to win.
Failure to bed Besic in & give him game time when we not only had the opportunity to, but may have saved points from doing so has ce back to haunt. Starting both strikers on Sunday so that neither was fresh tonight and using Atsu twice and Mirallas not at all are just the headlines of the stupidity Martinez has shown this week.
He can't talk his way out of this, he needs to start getting things right immediately. We should be going into the derby on the crest of a wave, instead our faith, hope and confidence has evaporated in just three days.
77 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:03:25
78 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:00:03
79 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:03:56
How long will Kenwright be prepared for this to continue? There is no worst time to be in a relegation battle with the increased TV revenue at risk. Something is seriously wrong at the moment and I have no confidence that RM is the man to sort out a rapidly sinking defence.
80 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:03:45
Also Roberto, stop coming out with fucking stupid post match interviews, and just tell it how it was, that we were shite tonight.
81 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:55:40
That said, IÂm getting worried about Martinez. There just seems to be an awful lot going wrong this season, and it all seems to lead to the management side;
poor physical conditioning, appalling defensive coaching, poor substitutions, low player motivation, questionable selections, naive approach to being in four competitions, underwhelming transfers, excuse making.
Not good, and all that in just six games. I worry about were this season is headed.
82 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:55:54
With all of his obvious faults I still find myself backing him. I really don't even know why. Maybe it is simply his personality. He is likeable. Maybe that is why he stayed at Wigan for so long, even though he was out-performed by his predecessors in the league. The players don't turn on him, and neither do the fans or the chairman. Like I said, I still back him. I'm just not sure why?
83 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:11:34
84 Posted 23/09/2014 at 21:58:43
It's no good rotating if your squad is crap and you're getting fucked by three goals every game.
85 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:13:17
86 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:16:05
87 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:14:38
88 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:14:33
Perhaps it's purely confidence and will turn around when we mark up a couple of wins but Lord knows when that will be.
Tough times like these are when the manager has to earn his corn and turn it around.
89 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:13:58
Footballers at any level don't need excuses to not put in a shift, but Roberto's selections have given them all the excuses they needed - my fear and it is a real fear is how many of this current group will knuckle down and battle if our backs are against the wall come November and December?
91 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:21:29
Behave yourselves, or I won't let you all stay up for the next night game!
92 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:26:29
93 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:29:49
94 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:25:02
What game was he watching there??
What he really needs to do now is spend the next few days totally getting this group nasty and wound up for Saturday, because a non-show there and he will be quickly losing the support he has so far gained.
95 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:29:53
96 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:07:40
97 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:22:08
I think we're all for move towards a more pleasing style of football but that should not serve as an excuse for players not putting in a shift. Bobby is rotating the squad like a mad scientist. That has to stop in order to stabilize the squad and establish a baseline to build from. Players not performing need to sit - no preferential treatment.
Players and manager need to sort themselves out and quick or this season will be beyond us in short order.
98 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:07:50
99 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:32:25
100 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:28:07
101 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:13:18
102 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:19:26
Swansea are a good footballing side, we had a lot of changes tonight, Alcaraz, Garbutt, Gibson, Besic, Oviedo, Hibbert and maybe Atsu have not had one full 90 mins this season. Remember we gave Palace the win on Sunday.
We are all frustrated but its far, far to early to make judgement. Keep the faith and get behind the Blues.
103 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:33:44
But I must add that, I did not enjoy this.
Not at all.
104 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:13:32
105 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:30:10
Their 1st goal was a well engineered goal, no argument about that, the other two were gifts from us again, Distin's down and onto the crossbar and then Gibson's real bloomer of a pass straight to a Swansea player 20-25yds out.
106 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:37:54
107 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:41:47
108 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:28:57
109 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:41:29
As somebody pointed out earlier we lacked a shape both with and without the ball - I honestly hope that Roberto gets it sorted and quickly but my gut feeling is that he won't be able to at least not in the short-term. I am praying that I am wrong and that he does manage to turn things around - preferably starting on Saturday.
110 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:50:02
111 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:47:15
"Never wanted Martinez as manager" !!
What an overreaction to a game we clearly used players to get their fitness. I guess Moyes spoilt us for so long we expect our unfit 2nd team to be World beaters.
112 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:48:15
The question is, do you trust the manager, and the players to turn this around? I do, and once we get going I think we will witness some great football at home, and in Europe.
It looks like expectations have been raised so high, some want Martinez out already. (Feck me...I've turned into Doddy. HELP!!!)
113 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:43:44
We have no right to dismiss the league cup and concentrate on winning fuck all else. Rotating the squad this early in the season to save unfit players for getting tired is totally ludicrous. We are not good enough to do that. Roberto is not Barcelona manager yet.
114 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:55:50
115 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:47:35
The derby is a cup final anything can happen.
But I will state one worrying observation Roberto doesn't seem to be able to get the maximum out of his player's this year unlike a certain ginger disciplinarian. Time will tell but the latest signs aren't good.
116 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:54:47
117 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:54:49
You do not build a winning mentality doing what we did tonight. I'm not throwing the baby out with the bath water but instead of building a winning streak we'll build a losing run, one we're nicely on now, having to dig our way out of it at Anfield and Old Trafford - talk about making life difficult for yourself.
118 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:50:40
We started awfully defensively and then kept a clean sheet and only conceded late on against Wolfsburg. So, do you let that defence continue together and build confidence or piss about with it in the next two games?
Fair enough, Coleman was injured, but why move/rest Stones? Keep the central defence together and keep your two most potent attackers on the pitch against Palace, knowing you can rest Mirallas and Naismith against Swansea.
Why do these two need a week and a half off before the derby and then have to come back into a demoralised team? Absolutely pointless, which is what we will be when the final whistle goes at Anfield on Saturday!
119 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:56:01
We have been lacklustre since the latter part of last season followed by an abysmal preseason when RM was on his jollies for 4 weeks and now a catastrophic start to this season and anyone who believes otherwise is just deluding themselves.
It is not just about individual errors. The whole team is playing without spirit or energy. We are not passing with purpose but passing for the sake of it or to get rid of the ball.
I thought Moyes lost the plot for the last 18 months of his tenure but even his worst was not this bad.
120 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:05:23
121 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:03:19
Can’t understand the Besic comments - he’s clearly a very classy player and was the only shinning light this evening for me.
Looked comfortable in possession and regularly got on the ball to try to make this happen, unlike the rest of our midfield.
Gibson - did he play tonight? I saw his name on the team sheet but nothing else.
122 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:05:28
I cannot take any more of this shite... I'm not even going to watch the derby. I couldn't put up with watching them put 6 past us.
123 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:12:46
124 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:00:58
Oh, yes and here we have perfect experts who "saw" that Besic is not good enough after this game... unbelievable...
125 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:59:36
The thing is, at the moment all the trouble seem to lead to one person:
Poor physical conditioning
Poor defensive coaching
Poor team selection
Poor player motivation
Questionable transfer window recruits
Naive approach to being in four competitions
IÂm not saying all of these issues are constant. Most are transient, though all have affected results in multiple games.
I think Martinez needs to get a grip. Less of the positivity, more frank honesty, and a touch of the hair dryer with McGeady, Atsu, McCarthy, RomÂ, and the defense, who all need a good roasting in my view.
If he doesnÂt get a grip in the next few games, then we will have a problem.
126 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:15:57
127 Posted 23/09/2014 at 22:51:44
Counting tonight's game we have played 6 games only, 1 win, 2 draws and 3 loses.
Already there's talk of no confidence or even sacking him, this is the manager that got us into 5th place in his 1st year.
Explain if he can't do this and he can't do that, how did we get 5th!
We've got our neighbours and Man Utd in the next 2 games, it was always going to be a very difficult start in the League.
I see Arsenal got beat at home, Redshite squirmed their way through at home 14-13 on penalties past Middlesbrough.
128 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:07:13
129 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:11:08
He took us to our highest points tally ever in the Prem last season.
Moyes finished 17th one year - it happens and he kept his job and had mainly consistent top 10 finishes a lot of top 6 and one year top 4.
Also, please remember - Moyes left us.
Martinez has a vision and whilst our form is poor, he deserves the chance to turn it around.
At least he’s positive and believes he can take the club forward, all Moyes ever did was make the players feel average - I lost the will to live under his "we’re mediocre and that’ll never change attitude I’m doing a great job as we have no cash."
Its clear where the weaknesses are and I’d like to see him given the opportunity to bring in players to change that - keeper, CB, no 10 etc and more pace upfront.
I don’t believe sacking a manager will get us anywhere.
Most managers go through periods like this, its how they address it and progress.
If its no better at the end of the season it needs looking at.
Most likely we’ll lose our next 2 games as well.
He needs to have a look at the system as we’re conceding far too many, and make us difficult to beat again.
Some of the players need to be told that if they aren’t going to perform for him, then he’ll move them on and find ones that will.
130 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:19:24
Personally I think our preparation for this season has been pathetic and the pre-season results will testify to that. Ironically, the one player who seemed to have the least to do pre-season (such was his holiday from being a bit-part player at the cup), Kevin Mirallas, has been our best performer. No idea what that means.
Martinez needs to get a fucking grip of this squad. The system was great and will be again, it is the players that need an absolute roasting and the manager too for allowing this shitty state of affairs to occur in the first place.
131 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:18:49
132 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:14:05
133 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:23:45
Have a little faith -- we were inches from Champions League last season and are still very young in terms of the Martinez project. Look at our European win, our attacking against Arsenal, Chelsea and Wolfsburg, the arrival-to-come of Barkley, and the signing of EtoÂo. Things wonÂt always be easy, results arenÂt guaranteed. But Everton is on the up-and-up and IÂm still full of faith in the manager and our boys.
134 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:21:02
"Play your best team son, play your best team!"
That’s exactly what Shankly said when called by a worried Brian Clough who’d just got his first Managers job.
Roberto has attempted to introduce too many new players into a settled team that wasn’t playing too well to begin with.
He should have just played a solid counter attacking team/formation to get us through this rough period and then worry about flair when things improve.
135 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:29:23
No, not at all. I, for one, am finding that the nightmare defending I always feared is coming to pass. I hope Martinez has a plan to sort out this mess. It's three goals per fuckin' game now.
136 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:30:19
No more squad rotation, consign Hibbert and Distin to the history books and stick with Stones and Jagielka until the transfer window reopens in a January. Short term aim defensive stability, long term aim a new Goalkeeper and a commanding experienced Centre Half.
137 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:25:56
138 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:33:30
139 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:36:18
140 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:31:11
141 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:38:31
142 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:40:08
143 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:39:49
144 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:42:01
145 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:25:41
Sadly as another old-timer predicted recently - the writing’s on the wall. I watched Everton in the late ’50s and what I’m witnessing now is that we are entering a period of massive decline(Hey! What’s new?!). Everton will offer the odd flash of decent play when the opposition has not quite analysed our tactics(as against Wolfsburg) - but we’ll be clinging on to mid-table or lower come the end of the season. There is no team-spirit - there is no back-line leadership - something we’ve always had - we will hemorrhage goals continually against any team. As I’ve said before, we provide entertainment - but who wouldn’t when you have Coco the clown as a manager, and the rest of the court jesters "performing" on the field.
147 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:45:33
149 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:16:28
150 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:49:55
I just donÂt agree with this at all. YouÂve formed an opinion and clearly nothings going to change that.
There were periods under Moyes were we were awful with awful form but he always seemed to turn it around.
We always seemed to start really slow and then had a great run of form after Christmas.
DidnÂt he concede 3 at home to MartinezÂs Wigan?
How many did MartinezÂs shaky defence concede against Moyes that day?
There are problems - they are fixable, if they donÂt get fixed given a sustained period of time and the opportunity to bring in players to change it then - heÂll go.
Whatever anyone thinks, Martinez wonÂt be going anywhere this season - Kenwright stuck by Moyes through sticky patches like finishing 17th and never winning anything, heÂll stick by Martinez.
151 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:11:05
Terrible reactions from most people - until tonight Besic had been hailed as a 㿀m player who cost us ٢m - maybe Roberto knew better than us by believing he was not ready.
Oviedo played his first game back for 9 months after horrific injury. Alcaraz had his first start for 6 months. Hibbert will never start a game as first choice. Garbutt is yet to start a Premier League game. Besic is yet to start a Premier League game. Atsu has started one Premier League game. Distin is 36 years old. Gibson has not started a game for some months.
Get the picture chaps - this was not a team put out there with serious thoughts of winning so while it is depressing to lose again it is not the end of the world - that will come on Saturday if RS beat us badly! I think Roberto gambled this season on strengthening elsewhere in the hope that the defence had one more good season left and could survive without additions.
It is looking like he was wrong but we are not the only team struggling. City are dropping points as are United and Spurs and RS are nothing like as good as last (please god it won’t turn for them this weekend)season. Roberto has to find the formula. Don’t forget this time last season we were all moaning about slow build up and sideways passing and then we went on a run and all was forgiven. Give the man time and if by the end of the season things are no better then look at whether last season was just lucky(don’t think so).
He has a lot of old players to phase out - buying Barry was a mistake as was extending Hibberts contract - and only by doing this can he free up money for wages for younger players. We have far too many old players which means a lack of energy and that is a big minus in these days of pressing teams high up the pitch. I don’t see the absence of Ross as a factor as his replacement is playing better than anyone. We have some good youngsters coming through but they need time and the problem is the lack of players coming through in the 19-22 age group .
Lundstram, Hope, McAleny, are unlikely to suddenly demand selection and we are looking at Ledson, Walsh,Galloway and a couple of others all of whom are in the 16-19 age group and none of this is down to Roberto. Quite simply his defence has aged faster than he thought ,Ossie and Barry are not as effective this season and are getting old and McCarthy has not found his form. Plenty of problems to sort and they can’t be sorted overnight. Give the manager time and stop turning on him after half a dozen games.
152 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:40:22
I have no doubts Martinez will turn it around at some stage but how many people on here are going to accept a mid table finish?? Which is looking more and more likely unless we get something from the next couple of games. I for one, would accept that, if we progressed in the cups and qualified for europe next season via that route.
I agree with Kevin Rowlands that playing Howard tonight was a naive decision given his confidence must already be shot after Sunday. Also it doesn’t bode well for Robles having a chance to cement a place in the team. There’s all the talk of the RS signing Victor Valdes, I don’t know why we aren’t in for him. cos it’s abundantly clear we need a goalkeeper and a left sided centre half
153 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:48:01
The note about us being 17th once in OFM’s tenure is a great point. Where would we be if we were fire-happy if we just ditched our manager back then? Oh, did I remember a season we’re bottom of the table until a draw with Chelsea and ended in the top half still?
154 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:54:29
We will go like Newcastle, I can honestly see us going 40 years without success, and by success I mean medals and cups not punching above our weight just to finish 5th and get in a competition which, when we are in it nobody wants to be arsed with (the Europa League).
155 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:05:58
156 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:48:17
Patrick: Mike Walker?Â Are you being serious? You, who has praised Martinez to high heaven and taken every opportunity to defend him against any who cast doubt on his defensive nous?Â
You were so resolute in your beliefs, and so firmly in his corner, that it’s taken a grand total of three defeats for him to transform Decepticon style into a real dead ringer for the biggest dickhead ever to dictate things from the Goodison dug out?Â
Unless Martinez has suddenly started rocking a meffy blue and yellow trackie that looks better suited to Banana Man than the Everton bossthen I absolutely fail to see any resemblance between the two.
Then there’s these words, from one so wise he still hasn’t figured out that there’s a live forum where he can post every single minute if he wants, instead of turning every sodding match thread into ’Jim’s Journal’.Â
"The fucking money would have been better spent on Shawcross, Routledge, Dyer or Bolasie and that Ulloa that Leicester got."
Yeah, because ToffeeWeb defo wouldn’t have erupted into a rage-fuelled battlefield full of people baying for blood if Martinez had spent his transfer budget on those boys during the summer.
"Ere Dave, any chance you can work over at the club shop Thursday? We need someone to pull an all-nighter to make sure there’s enough Routledge shirts ready for the mad rush tomorrow morning."
Okay, things appear dire at the moment, but the overreaction by fans to each and every setback just serves to falsely elevate a poor run of form into a full blown crisis.Â
"No point slagging off individual players when we’ve all seen how good they can be in the past."
Equally, we’ve all seen, in the past, how they’re capable of bottling it and buckling as soon as any real pressure or expectation is put on them.
So far this season, senior players have been making schoolboy errors that they should be ashamed of, and by doing so have dropped their teammates, and manager, right in it.
The culprits aren’t strangers to suffering such moments of madness... Jagielka, Howard, Distin, Osman... they’ve all had similar ’oh shit’ slips in the past, slips of the sort you would think senior pros shouldn’t be prone to. It’s just that, this time, they’ve all screwed up in quick succession.Â hey need to stand up. Sharpish.Â
Yes, this is Martinez’s first real test as Everton manager. Yes, he must get a grip and sort things out before confidence is irrevocably sapped. However, to go wading in on him the first time things take a tangible turn for the worse is just weak, fair-weather fuckwittery in my opinion. I mean, someone, in all seriousness, actually called for him to be ’sacked immediately’ on the live forum. He was called a ’fucker’ and ’a fool’ and, it was claimed, ’is getting us relegated’. That was in the space of whatever time it took me to log on, have a look, ’tut’ and turn it off.
Those senior players who have been stupidly throwing points away, who have been protected by their manager refusing to point the finger of blame in their direction (no matter how deserved), owe Martinez a fucking massive performance at Mordor on Saturday. It’s about time they actually pull themselves together, put a full shift in, show some commitment, show that they still care and secure the poor sod some much needed points and plaudits.
Put simply, it’s either stand up on Saturday and show some professional pride or stand accused of taking the piss.
158 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:05:51
159 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:08:06
160 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:11:37
I certainly will not be happy if Naismith is again not in the starting 11.
161 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:08:25
I’m a massive Martinez fan as many of you know but I think he’s been very erratic this season with his team choices, formations and substitutions. It’s almost as though he believes all the hype he got last season and he believes he actually can walk on water. I think 48 hours of self criticism will do him the world of good.
He needs to watch all the games we’ve played this season, start working (big time) on defending and start dropping some of his favourite but under performing players. He has to be ruthless otherwise the season could unravel big time.
I trust in you, Roberto; don’t let us down. Start kicking some ass and talk less.
162 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:08:07
163 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:18:15
164 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:07:49
In an official site pre-season interview the guy with the mike was trying to get Distin to rave about Martinez, but to no avail. "Everything is the same as it has always been" , answered the Frenchman. "The only thing that has changed is the style of football. The spirit has always been good because with Ossie, Hibbo and Bainsey around it couldn’t be anything else."
Personally, I think we have a fine bunch of players who are not comfortable with an over-complicated football philosophy. They all look hesitant and unsure. So much so that I sometimes half expect them to pull out a piece of paper to check on what to do next.......and this is where the trouble lies. Their minds are not on the game. Every brain cell is glued to the philosophy. You can see it all the time. Players cautiously moving forward, then turning round and passing back. Talented lads completely lost in a myriad of detailed instructions. Subs getting 5-10 minute lectures before they enter the fray.
I’ve always been a Martinez supporter but don’t like the way things are going. His job is safe.....so long as he doesn’t lose the dressing room. That’s the one place Bill can’t save him.
165 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:25:04
No doubt these pricks would be first in line for Wembley tickets should we have reached the final.
166 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:22:46
167 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:09:08
Either the players have lost faith in his methods or they think that he is an easy touch but, whatever the problem is, it needs sorting and quickly. Thirteen matches against PL sides and only 3 victories is not a good stat whichever way you look at it. A good attack will win matches but a bad defence will quickly sap the confidence of every player.
Of course nobody realistically expected what has transpired in the last half-dozen or so games and, even the victories against Wolfsburg in particular and at the Hawthorns, there were plenty of chances given to the opposition although at least there was collective defending in both of those games.
Given our next three games are all away at decent opponents, it would be no great surprise if we were to return empty handed before we entertain Villa at Goodison. How many games should we wait until our faith is restored in the manager and the team? I have always said that the game is a results business and to that end Roberto is just as vulnerable as any manager of any of the clubs in the PL. I’m not calling for his head but I would hope that the Everton hierarchy are as concerned about the current situation as many Evertonians are and that they have a quiet word about what the club expects from its manager and its team.
Perhaps it is a bit too early to press the panic button, but a return to the form we know that the players can produce can’t come quickly enough; it’s not as if we have integrated a whole new bunch of players into the team this season and the core of the team have played plenty of games and are experienced enough to get out of it over time. But who would have thought on Friday morning that, by the following Tuesday, we would have shipped another six goals and lost two winnable games?
168 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:27:17
I agree Martinez in that respect has been badly let down by certain senior players like Howard, Jags etc and they owe him a big performance on Sat.
If they donÂt have a run of top form, then thereÂs a number who need get theyÂre bags ready.
169 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:32:25
170 Posted 23/09/2014 at 23:54:21
If this season turns into a mid table mediocrity which seems almost optimistic right now then I hope we will at least see Roberto laying more foundations for the future.
171 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:26:44
No Everton supporter is happy with our current form but to start slating the same manager and players who got us 5th, Europe and our highest points total last season is a bit over the top.
I think that there are a few things going on. Firstly, other teams have adjusted to our style. Secondly, there have been a lot of individual errors. Thirdly, RM has struggled with the "rotation system". Personally, I think that he has made mistakes here. IMHO, we should try to keep a fairly stable team and introduce extra players gradually (eg 15-20 mins off the bench) before starting them (eg Atsu, Oviedo, Alcaraz). It is not a good idea to make wholesale changes for games (Moyes also did this for the Carling Cup) as it is too disruptive to the team and dents newcomers’ morale as well as the overall team morale. This is a new situation for RM and I am sure that he will learn from it.
In the meantime, harden up boys.
172 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:24:14
Yes there were more calling for a bit of sense, but fuck me there’s some whiny crap being spouted.
Obviously it’s disappointing, but acting as though we’ve just been relegated at this stage isn’t just premature, it’s infantile.
We have players who are not performing as expected, and while Martinez is far from infallible, had we won this game with the players who won against Wolfsburg only for us to get spanked by our neighbours, people would have gone beyond the shit they’re spouting here.
173 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:44:09
Agreed - as a Martinez fan, that (sticking with tried and tested instead of younger, fresher and imo better players) along with our defensive frailties has been my biggest surprise, gripe and disappointment, which I just did not see happening when he was appointed.
Change it appears is going to be gradual and while I feel that as he moves the old guard on - they will be replaced with the type of young, athletic and dynamic player we all want.
Whist the transition happens - we will have to put up with the tried and tested.
174 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:47:50
175 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:53:38
After nearly 20 years potless, any so-called blue who dismisses the League Cup as ’Mickey Mouse’ IS a knobhead, in my opinion.
176 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:46:59
Or why bother with the devalued FA Cup? Only the big teams win it these days and look what happens when a smaller team wins it: Portsmouth and Wigan spring to mind !!
And while we’re not bothering, then what is the point of winning Premier League games as we can’t compete with the big money teams and therefore we can’t win the league.
Maybe I shouldn’t have made the effort to go to Swansea tonight to see a half-arsed performance, with players who seemed confused by the tactics and selection and a manager who looked at a loss of how to defend. Football tactics have moved on from worshipping everything that is Barcelona.....
177 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:59:59
178 Posted 24/09/2014 at 01:21:25
179 Posted 24/09/2014 at 01:13:22
My pessimism at the start of the season is well illustrated by numerous posts I made. I didnÂt expect this level of poor play, but some Everton fans do need to wake up to the realities of our squad. This constant calling for Besic into the team is beyond irritating, because it reflects a desire to bring an idea of a player into the team, rather than the reality of that player. We need more patience, especially for those coming in from other leagues. The moaning about Lukaku is just as irritating: He is only 21, has been struggling with a foot injury, but has still managed a couple of goals and assists in 5 league appearances. Annoyingly, those who moan consistently about the wrong things will disappear when the team improves - which it will. I would argue that we changed too many players tonight again: I think less changes is a more effective way of approaching squad rotation, especially a result in this game would have improved confidence. Mikey-Mouse competition maybe, but the Capital One Cup is the most easily obtained silverware in the English game and gives a European place at the end.
This is MartinezÂs real test, and he needs to prove that he can properly educate his teams defensively. We are not right atm, and we need to sort that out quickly, because negative results against Liverpool and United will sap confidence and leave points between us and those teams with bigger and better squads. We need patience though, because our first 11 is largely our best 11. LetÂs get the likes of Naismith and Mirallas back in for Saturday, and hopefully the big games to follow will bring out the better Everton. Our next two opponents have struggled too, and we can justifiably enter those matches with the hope of furthering those troubles, even if they will have similar ideas.
180 Posted 24/09/2014 at 00:32:09
Harold (#161), your last statement about Martinez loosing the dressing room maybe nearer than you think. After all, how can we go from being the 3rd best defence to this utterly unacceptable form?
Something is wrong and, as pointed out in other posts, maybe the defence is just not comfortable with the manager’s philosophy.
Fingers, legs, bullocks crossed for Saturday...
181 Posted 24/09/2014 at 01:40:46
I just hope Roberto has something up his and will take us all buy surprise and hopefully that will start on Saturday. As I have said in numerous posts, IÂm not a Martinez fan but, if he can turn this around, well IÂll give him credit if itÂs due. As he stands now, I still donÂt rate him... so make me eat my words, Roberto.
182 Posted 24/09/2014 at 02:07:27
We haven’t won the Capital One Cup before and it’s also the shortest one to the final. Just another four rounds/five matches to the final. Just disappointing really.
I guess Roberto is not interested in the cups and going for the Champions League qualification and Europa League.
183 Posted 24/09/2014 at 02:20:18
Checked the final score, nodded then carried on.
Not arsed about it, even though Swanseas first ever win against us, played the stiffs and the reserves as expected and got the expected result.
Full concentration for Saturday now with our first XI. Nothing more to see here.......I ain’t even mad
184 Posted 24/09/2014 at 02:24:44
You have to realise, Mr Bob, this is Everton; we love our club and we hate seeing inept performances by players who should be honoured to pull on that blue shirt Don’t try and bullshit us with all this crap you’ve been dishing out; we are not Wigan, we are knowledgeable football supporters.
Okay, other teams rotate because they have players that can come in and do a job; we obviously haven’t. So be honest, Bob, say like it is. Give us the respect as we give you, and it wouldn’t go amiss if some of the players would come out and say how shit we are. Get it sorted and quickly.
185 Posted 24/09/2014 at 02:36:40
186 Posted 24/09/2014 at 02:44:19
Brilliant again mate, well done.
Tony J. Williams (183) nailed it for me.... though it would be nice to win a cup obviously, I canÂt really muster the strength to register disappointment at dropping out of the League Cup.
To be heavily involved in the League, FA, Europa Cups as well as the PL is a stretch with our resources; and IÂd prefer the focus on the PL and Europa League.
Shite result, disappointing but sadly somewhat predictable.
187 Posted 24/09/2014 at 03:26:06
188 Posted 24/09/2014 at 03:22:18
189 Posted 24/09/2014 at 03:43:37
I hope not but it feels like it. We score goals but we ship em like Wigan used to.
190 Posted 24/09/2014 at 03:28:03
191 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:21:34
Building a team with ambition means making the Champions League; the Cups are honestly mostly distracting in the era of global branding and TV money driving the business of sport. Great moments yes, but sustainable success -- often quite the opposite (Swansea, Wigan, etc).
DoesnÂt feel good today, but the players will be (in their heart of hearts) relieved to have fewer games on the calendar and that should dull the pain of losing. RM did this last year and it worked well, and I think heÂs right to do the same thing this campaign.
192 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:33:55
193 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:48:05
194 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:59:10
194 - Pretty obvious we threw this game
188 - I really donÂt care about this pile of poop of a competition,
(1) No way EVER do EFC play to throw a game Â– the barrel has been well and truly scraped.
(2) Surprised at you JB, we are desperate to win a trophy and this was probably our best chance. League Cup! Twenty years! One trophy in 27 years! If you would not want that to happen then IÂm sorry IÂm speechless .....
195 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:30:21
196 Posted 24/09/2014 at 05:12:35
197 Posted 24/09/2014 at 04:22:15
I’ve been pretty consistent (some might say relentless) in my criticism of him, but that’s because I think he is capable of so much.
Martinez can still become an Everton legend, but he needs to develop a ruthless streak and he needs to develop it now. He could start by ditching his back room staff he has shown far too loyalty to.
My toes have curled when I have read claims that Robbie and his team were responsible for us having "the third best" defensive record in the Premier League last season. Martinez only brought these guys in last July. They barely had time to get on first name terms with the players... To give a management team whose sides had conceded nearly two hundred PL goals in their previous three seasons, the credit for the hours, days, weeks and months of practice and drill was... well, that’s by the by now.
The fact is we are turning into Wigan Â– at least our defence is. The players who had conceded an average of 40 goals a season are now on target for a Wiganesque 60+ ... Ditch your coaching staff now, Robbie lad, before they drag you down with them Â– again.
We will almost certainly concede at Anfield, but remember their defence is shite too, I still think we can win. How many times could we say that under TGT?
JD makes a good point. Several senior players need to step up to the plate over there; if they can’t do if for us or the manager, they should at least have enough professional pride to do it for themselves.
Patrick Murphy Â— It’s Tammy Wynette time.
198 Posted 24/09/2014 at 06:05:15
WeÂve hardly played inexperienced teams in the past two games - between Hibbo, Distin, Howard and Alcaraz, thatÂs thousands of games of PL experience right there v. Swansea, even before taking into account the attacking players. I hate to say it, but sometimes I think we lack a vocal leader on the pitch who can rally the troops.... and yes, IÂm thinking a Gerrard-type leader.
PF, while I agree that the league cup, on the face of it, is our best chance of winning a cup, due mostly to the fact that the majority of PL teams de-prioritize it in terms of team selection, we were still a good few games away from the cup final; and the argument can clearly be made that going far in this competition would have impacted on PL & Europa League performance; due to fixture congestion.
IÂm guessing the majority who think itÂs good to be out of the competition are using the argument that if youÂre not going to win it - better to be out sooner rather than later. The other side of the coin is of course, no chance of winning the lottery if you donÂt buy a ticket.
However this blame Martinez bollocks is ridiculous. The 11 who took the field v Swansea were, on the face of it, good enough to win the game. ItÂs individual mistakes which have been killing us in the past two games; something RM canÂt sanction for.
200 Posted 24/09/2014 at 06:31:06
However, if has to be said if nothing else we’ve disrespected the record we had in never losing to Swansea in our history.
I went to Fulham away last season and it was a a mini-version of last night. Unless the club put out a statement of intent of trying to win this competition don’t go expecting anything other than watching our second string get a run out.
Given how tight the fixtures are I can accept both of the above, especially as we’d beaten WBA and Wolfsburg in the previous two games before the Palace defeat. I’m pretty sure had we beaten Palace on Sunday tonight’s line up and result would, to me included, have been viewed as a necessary sacrifice for the first team to take some winning form into the derby, one of the biggest games of our season.
So, I can accept throwing that record away and if we’ve got no desire to win the League Cup then so be it. We should’ve beaten both Leicester and Arsenal, there were a lot of positives to be taken out of the Chelsea game, we beat Wolfsburg and WBA.
There are a lot of negatives from the above too though, most of which revolve around the defence and a shocking performance from Howard. All of these players, bar Distin, are full internationals so it’s unlikely Â– also given their record recent seasons Â– that they have turned into a bad group overnight. It’s seems that they, and Martinez, need to get back to basics and start keeping some clean sheets Â– no matter how you cut it the rate we are shipping goals is unsustainable.
The players in front of them also need to take responsibility for this Â– we are far too pedestrian going forward still (going back to my point above about Barkley) and possession without penetration is ultimately a bit pointless.
So, let’s brush ourselves down and get behind what will be a very different line up on Saturday, hopefully with a very different level of performance and result.
201 Posted 24/09/2014 at 06:56:22
A few points:
I think RM has done an amazing job so far - but the advances he has made are not without their problems;
I agree with many criticisms on here - last term, we passed the ball with purpose and moved forward with purpose, but at present much of the passing is passing for passing’s sake. We do need to move the ball forward much quicker, but we don’t need to hoof it forward a la Moyes.
It’s imperative that we as fans give the players a boost and support hem unequivocally despite enormous frustrations. The defence eis good enough - just not at present.
Four players (Osman, Alcaraz, Robles and McGeady), who should NEVER start aside, RM is assembling a very good squad. I think a defensive coach is a good idea - as well as Nev (arguably, the greatest goalie of all time anywhere) as special consultant to Tim.
Barkley will improve thing enormously and McCarthy/Barry needs to do more to protect the back four and distribute the ball.
I’d like to see Besic start more.
I’m a terribly critical person naturally, but it’s time to get behind the side and support Roberto’s projects - despot some signal shortcomings.
203 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:05:26
Three points at Anfield and Old Trafford would be the perfect antidote but given our record at both places in the last decade I’m also going to try to remain realistic about that.
Time to get our heads down.
205 Posted 24/09/2014 at 06:44:13
A third of the squad are past it. They are still on the books through force of circumstances. If a few of them feature in a competition that the manager clearly felt was a path to trouble further up the line (like the vast majority of other P L managers), so be it. He is the one, in conjunction with the board, who gets to set the targets.
Given our straitened circumstances, itÂs little short of a miracle that we are considered to be among the "better" clubs; a club which "should" be challenging for honours. Kudos to both Moyes and Martinez for being able to keep the dream alive: the business side of the club requires adults to spend like star struck teenagers and while it may not particularly enjoy it, will put up with the toddler tantrums when things donÂt work out.
Hot news: donkeys arenÂt unicorns. If you set yourself up to believe that they are, life can be a bitter experience.
On a final note: some of the invective both on the live forum and on comment pages is schoolyard lite in my view. Uninformed opinions are one thing but some of the personal attacks are completely out of order.
206 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:29:48
We have to sacrifice our attacking width and we can’t do that until Barkley’s back.
207 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:30:23
Are people really serious or is that just light entertainment??
Do people really believe Everton could handle some of the Champions League drop-outs after Christmas, let alone some of the quality already in it?
Its laughable every time we go out of a Cup it’s always "lets concentrate on the League " or "I’m glad we’re out"
This fuckin team will not sniff the top 5 this season or any trophy.
Not pessimistic but bloody REALISTIC.
208 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:32:46
IÂm not looking forward to the derby on Saturday. I think IÂll stay in a darkened room for the 90+ minutes, and then creep out to check the final score.
209 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:20:02
Martinez is looking to me like he’s indiscriminately shuffling the pack, hoping that something will happen.
Has he lost the players/the plot? Either way, he’s got to get it back and the players have to respond. Saturday would be a good time to start.
210 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:44:55
I think RM has done a great job so far, but the first time I shook my head was when he resigned Hibbert.
Not sure if the man has the backbone to make tough decisions
211 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:07:17
I’m not suggesting that I, or anyone else, should agree with all comments here, but the headless "the sky’s falling in" brigade make for embarrassing and further disheartening reading.
Others have put forward far more tempered and eloquent responses. I obviously genuinely understand the frustration of being beaten and merits of the LC... I just think slating all of our players and manager is not helpful.
As you say, you’ll give Martinez credit where and when you you think he deserves it - and that’s fine if you still feel he does not merit your support. I try to support as much as possible and was very happy with the business conducted over the summer. Do I think Lukaku is playing like a 㿈m striker at the moment... well, no. Did I want Eto’o, no... but what a great first touch he had for us and I’m impressed even though he’s not single-handedly scored all the goals, made key goal line stops and hasn’t been bothered to win us at least one poxy trophy - the arsehole.
While it’s clear changes have to be made after conceeding so many goals, I don’t think it’s a case of sacking everyone except Coleman (oh no, he’s had shit too) and burning down Goodison after a couple of lost games.
Now, again in my mind there’s a big difference of having a differing opinions and just reading bile that amounts to little else than a toddler’s tantrum... but I suppose that’s just my opinion.
212 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:43:57
And hey get very squawky when reality sets in.
213 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:42:28
Too many midfielders all of the same ilk, all defensive, all central midfielders.
Only Mirallas and Barkley when fit offer anything like an attacking threat.
Osman is washed up, Pienaar always injured and probably past it now anyway.
Four central defenders, two of them over 32 and look as wobbly as fucking party jelly and one who is just over 30 and mostly injured and in all honesty not good enough.
Only Stones looks like the future, and even he shouldn’t be expected to take the mantle of leader so soon.
No replacement right-back once Coleman is injured, nobody is of able quality to stand in for him, not Stones, Hibbert is no longer up to it and I don’t want to hear stupid calls for the likes of Besic or Barry to be moved there.
Up top Lukaku is meant to be the man but his overall play is not up to scratch, his touch, his overall demeanor, he just doesn’t utilise that sheer bulk he has.
Eto’o is not a 90 minute player .
It just doesn’t look a great squad when you really go through it.
I thought Martinez liked Mo Diame?
Why didn’t he try to sign him then?
At 3.5 million he was cheaper than Besic, yet he signs Besic , who clearly doesn’t look ready and does he actually do anything James McCarthy doesn’t do?
We got McGeady who doesn’t actually beat a man.
We could have had loads of wide lads who consistently do a better job than him, we saw two last night for Swansea, every time I see Swansea play, Routledge and Dyer look a million miles the player that McGeady is.
Martinez needs time I grant people that but one quick look at the fixtures and Burnley away on October 25 could be a massive game for all the wrong reasons.
214 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:00:01
Be disappointed by all means. But don’t start suggestion solutions that will not address the problem . The fact is that football is an unpredictable game and we are in a very competitive league.
215 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:53:52
"Some individuals performed in a fantastic manner and I know that they will help the team going forward.
"To see players like Bryan Oviedo and Darron Gibson coming back after eight and 11 months out with injury was very pleasing. Then you had Tony Hibbert coming in and playing 90 minutes, the same with Antolin Alcaraz, Luke Garbutt making his first start for the senior side, which is a real example of trying to bring through young players.
"So the night was very positive in terms of certain aspects. The only disappointment was the score-line at the end."
Ha! NO player certainly performed in a fantastic manner. Seeing those players (not including Garbutt) playing was not pleasing, it was PAINFUL.
There was NOTHING positive in the last night: the disappointment was how we played and who played for us. The score-line is the result of that.
216 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:06:31
Mistakes by sportsmen occur due to lack of confidence, poor technique or an "I couldnÂt give a shit" attitude. IÂm not seeing much remorse/apologies to their team mates by the guilty parties and am therefore being drawn to the latter. Rocket and arse come to mind...
217 Posted 24/09/2014 at 07:55:20
It may have been a case of getting some players fit (Oviedo, Gibson, Hibbert), or giving some first team experience ( Garbut,Besic). Also protecting from injury key players, who are too important to us with the next 3 games RS, Kras,and Man U.
We just don’t have the squad to roll up with a reserve side and expect anything against a good Swansea team in good form. I suspect that Roberto knew what was likely to happen, but hoped otherwise.
We will all forgive his tinkering if we win at Anfield, draw in Russia, and take a point at Man U.
The team has obvious shortcomings.
Howard is inconsistent, Distin is making more bad calls than before and Ossie can only be trusted in the opposition half, as he is so weak on the ball, and only has half a game in him.
Lukaku is only effective on the counter, with balls pushed ahead of him. He can’t hold it up and his passing/vision is missing.
We are at our best on the counter attack, using Lukaku’s power, and Naismith’s guile and we rely on our two full backs for most of our chances. Add to this Mirallas or Barkley as the only ones capable of producing something out of nothing.
We are not designed for keep ball, and slow build-up play. When our limited midfielders try it they usually cough-up possession after some forced sideways Wilkins-like passing.
I shudder everytime Jags brings it out and prods another wooden poke to Distin.
We need to be resolute at the back, putting the ball into row Z if in doubt. Get stuck in in midfield (sorry Ossie you are out), and play early balls on the deck through to Lukaku/ Eto .
If we concentrate on our strengths, utilising our wingbacks then we can beat anybody.
Let’s hope Coleman is fit for Saturday.
218 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:12:57
Ask any Pie Eater and they will tell you that Bobby was always a quirky and unpredictable manager in respect of team selection and tactics. And the bull............!
But the guy deserves a little more patience, particularly after last season" s finish. Let’s hold off the slaughter until Christmas beckons.Most fates can be determined by then.
219 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:17:46
After everybody seeming rather pleased that we lost last night (not too sure how losing any competitive match 3-0 is going to benefit spirits though) then we simply MUST SHOW AN ANGER AND PASSION for Saturday’s Derby game.
There can be no more half baked, slow paced displays there.
We know what to expect because we get it every year at Anfield, they will start the first 15 minutes like an express train and try to totally steamrolle us out of site, so for fucks sake Everton be ready and be ready to man up and engage in the battle, relish it.
What the fans DO NOT want again is another meek lamb surrender and a host of excuses, just get out and fucking perform.
220 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:38:47
Look at Swansea last season. Competing in the Europa League after a great season under Laudrup with Michu banging in goals and playing good stuff. They were shocking last season and Laudrup lost his job. They look a much better team this season so far.
221 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:49:04
This game was about bringing those players in, winning would have been a bonus but with Euro football this season the Carling Cup had to be sacrificed.
With the Derby coming next, no way I’d have changed the line-up despite the loss.
222 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:51:55
Supporters live in the "Now" not the "Future". No-one can predict what will happen but indications are that this will be a tough season.
So what if we beat a "Top team", what will that achieve if we get twatted by the rest of the "Mediocre" teams. So Swansea sack a manager and improve? Personally I couldnt give a fuck if they had a new manager every week it’s Everton i’m concerned about and could not give a shit about anyone else.
Anyone and I mean anyone who thinks we will win the EL on current form are IMO deluded and put very simply. " We are not good enough on current form" and from what iv’e witnessed so far it aint gonna change anytime soon.
223 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:07:55
225 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:06:55
Yeah, who in their right mind would want a day out with their family ( Sons, Daughters,Grandkids) at Wembley. I mean the fact that these days, events, are what grow are fan base is irrelevant. Shit cup!!!
It’s a little bit like when a partner leaves you and rather then accept the truth, denial kicks in and you sit in the boozer telling everyone "she was a wrongun anyway & I’m well rid" utter bollox.
226 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:21:37
227 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:18:41
Reduced prices, low crowds, rotated squads, lack of TV exposure all point to the same thing - it is of little importance - even a hindrance at this stage of the season.
228 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:49:43
When Martinez was appointed our manager, I had a fall out with my Evertonian neighbour. He thought it was a great appointment, I had grave misgivings, mostly about WiganÂs defending under Martinez, and the kami kazi type tactics they employed. I was happy to be proved wrong for most of last season, and told my neighbour so.
Now, all my worst fears are coming to the fore. We cannot risk relegation from the Prem... Martinez must be told he has until Christmas to get some stability back onto the pitch. He must swallow his pride and accept the help of a respected defensive coach, and if he wonÂt do that, he must be dismissed.
The likes of Howard, Distin, Besic, McGeady, and Atsu need to be told to shape up or ship out... ItÂs known as performance-based management, Bobby!
My neighbour is keeping a low profile these past 6 weeks or so.... Think itÂs time for our chairman to have a word in RobertoÂs ear and put him on notice Â– he has about 3 months to put it right.
229 Posted 24/09/2014 at 08:41:08
Eddie Dunn #218. A sweet post mate but the defensive cracks in our beloved team are beginning to become seriously unfunny, 3 goals a game is starting to hurt.
Your view, " We are at our best on the counter attack". That’s a million miles from how we play football, Everton retain the ball for somewhere between 55 and 70 percent of most games. Everton do not counter attack. RM’s game plan is too retain the ball from the back then try to attack and then try to attack some more and finally try to attack at all times. Our full backs spend most of the game in the opposition half looking to spearhead another attacking move. Counter attacking footy is played by the other lot across the park - you will see loads of it on Saturday!!!!!!!
Phil Walling #219. Well you seem to have been spot on with your belittling of RM and now your saying wait till Christmas. If things stay as they are I have a feeling that RM will be under pots of pressure long before xmas. Losses to the RS and Manure seem odds on and that will leave us in early October.
RM needs to make things happen right-fucking-now, for me something really fucking good needs to happen at Anfield that will make Evertonians feel that these defensive issues are being looked at. A few cards coming our way wouldn’t be a bad thing or Jags need to return to form and up-end some RS twat. As sure as night follows day Stevie G will let Everton know he’s on the pitch so McCarthy really needs to dig out last seasons form.
It will be a long day this Saturday, so for me, waiting till xmas can go and fuck right off - I want to see better defensive footy now.
230 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:25:06
You speak a lot of sense. When people where hailing him as the new Messiah, you were one of the few voices in the wilderness questioning such hyperbole.
Now we are getting major knee-jerking after seven games, you quite rightly point out the absurdity of such a position.
There are undoubtedly major defensive deficiencies at the moment but these are the same players who defended well most of last season. Is it form or a systemic weakness? Well I think Roberto did enough last season to earn the right to sort it out.
On an aside, I would take the gamble of 㿞m for Barkley to strengthen the team with three quality players. A risk, yes, but one IÂd go for.
231 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:32:17
There is a very apparent lack of leadership at the back. Howard continues to baffle me. Distin doesn’t appear to be his usual assured self and what on earth he was doing for that 2nd goal rather than allowing the ball to drift over his head. If we continue like this, we’ll get thumped by the shite and the scum successively. Defenders need to stand up.
232 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:27:25
Martinez needs to say to Macca, " watch a few video’s of Joe Parkinson and Barry Horne and follow how the used to play in derbies."
That shit Gerrard has had too much success at Anfield against us, the fucking Mr Liverpool doesn’t know what it’s like to lose a home Derby hardly, it’s about time we inflicted defeat on him, can’t believe it’s 15 years ago since we last won there.
As stated I just hope Martinez and the players know exactly how much this game means to us all even more so now after this utter waste of a start we have had.
233 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:26:59
It seems to me that we don’t have the craft in the midfield ( including the centre-halves) to play effectively like Barcelona. We have been the architects of our own downfall playing that way in so many games recently.
It would be great to see us play on the counter at Anfield and pick them off for a change!
234 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:41:51
235 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:37:36
236 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:05:47
I am not looking forward to Saturday one little bit as we have not won at the RS in 15 years.
237 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:37:45
Its ok trying to copy the Barcelona blueprint but we don’t have players of the class on the ball such as Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, you can only do so much of that passing game with limited players.
The other glaring thing aswell is, when Barcelona were st their peak, their stock and trade was how rabidly hard they would work to get the ball back when the opposition had it, it was almost as though "what the fuck are you doing with our ball, we want it back now" and they would press and press and press the opposition with intensity until they got it back (which usually didn’t take long)
Our work ethic off the ball leaves me very disappointed at times I don’t know about you?
We stand off the opposition, never hunt the opposition defence down when they have it, it’s all too lethargic for my liking.
238 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:42:29
239 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:54:18
Our first XI beat a good German side 4 -1
Our changed side, ie not our first XI, lost to Palace due to three individual errors. These can hopefully be addressed successfully.
Our reserve side lost to Swansea’s reserve side, no biggy, lets move on to the next game.
We will certainly play our first XI against the Spawn of Satan at Mordor and most of them have had nearly a weeks rest.
There you go, our first XI won and the changed versions didn’t, time for the first XI to return and hopefully win again
(God, I hope Coleman is fit to play)
240 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:44:18
Can’t argue with anything you say there buddy but something/someone is going to have to change this cycle of mediocrity. I personally don’t think it will be Martinez either as (wait for the flack) IMO he is a mediocre manager, better than some but worse than others.
Saying that, the board don’t help as our spending power is way below what it should be for a club of our stature and history, the other lot have spent 140 million and look average.
What I am trying to say is? well I don’t know what i’m trying to say if that makes sense, i’m just fed up with it all and not looking forward to the next couple of games.
241 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:55:39
My point being, even when they are playing poorly they seem to get some luck that offsets the performance.
Jim (233) - It seems to me like no Everton team since 1999 has known how much a derby win at their place means to the our fans. It feels like their players are always up for it so much, especially Gerrard, Carragher and even Kuyt when he was there. Apart from Neville’s challenge a few years back (which was at Goodison I believe), I can’t remember a time when our lads looked up for it.
Especially disappointing IMO over the years have been the likes of local lad Baines and Jagielka etc. I think it is generally agreed that the Liverpool teams of the last number of years have been nowhere near to vintage standard, yet they’ve almost always had out number on the day that counts most.
Does anybody on here genuinely think that our group of players and management can get things right before Saturday and actually go over there and win? The bookies seem to give us some sort of shout with them at 5/6 and us at just over 3/1, but I honestly feel like it will be same old story and that it will be another painful defeat for the Blues.
Needless to say, I hope I’m wrong as I would love nothing more than to win this game on Saturday.
242 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:59:33
What theory will you come up with by 3pm Saturday afternoon?
My advice is do what you have to do early on Saturday then get home, shut the doors and windows and get some cotton wool/earplugs so you can’t hear that lot celebrating our usual Anfield sacrifice.
I will be going out Saturday, I will record the game, find the score our,will watch it later and the highlights on Match of the DDay if we get a positive result but otherwise, it’s a game I want nothing to do about, I haven’t been able to get up for derbies for 10 or more years, since it’s become almost predictable.
243 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:03:35
The strange thing recently though, is that we make big fuck-ups without a lot of pressure being applied. It’s not even been a case of us finally cracking after intensive bombardment. It is to do with everyone knowing their role. Communication does not appear to be taking place.
Howard was rewarded with the captaincy after his howlers against Palace. The jury’s out on Robles, but surely this game was one he could have started.
244 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:07:29
As the first sentence states, I am having an optimistic day today, it’s a pretty self-explanatory statement.
Saturday will be a different story. I hate derbies, especially the ones at Mordor.
The optimistic mood won’t last until then, trust me.
I am just throwing a positive light on the shite of the last four days.
245 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:15:18
Several posters have touched on it; we donÂt want to see platitudes from Martinez and the players about "quality in phases" or "no need to panic". We want to see that they are hurting as much as the fans and that they will actually DO something about it.
246 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:37:26
To play Hibbert, Gibson, Oviedo, Alcaraz, who have probably played about ten matches between them in 2014. Add Besic and Garbutt making there debuts, Atsu and Etto making there second starts and itÂs fairly obvious that Martinez, has other matches on his mind.
Losing saps confidence, and it looks like loads have already lost there confidence in the manager. Win Saturday, and most will forgive him, but I still canÂt believe that we have once again shown so much disrespect for a competition that we could have genuinely won. Football used to be about winning, not prioritising, but then it never used to be dominated so much by money.
I honestly donÂt give a fuck if we come 16th and win a cup this season. Stop and think, fellow Toffees, wouldnÂt it be great to see us running round Wembley or Krakow with a cup? So much better than coming fifth or winning at Anfield on Saturday!
247 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:17:49
Its not like we’re suddenly being left behind by everyone else either - Man City lost at home to Stoke, Spurs lost at home to WBA, Man Utd lost to Leicester, Liverpool lost to West Ham and Villa on the bounce.....other than Chelsea (who’ll finish abouve us anyway) every ’top side’ has had a shitty start to the season.
It’s not the end of the world Â– shite results happen and every now and then we will play shite and go through a shite spell Â– deal with it, it’s called being an Everton supporter.
Fingers crossed RM can kick some behinds and get the team pumped up for this weekend.
248 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:29:36
Along the way mistakes will be made, remember this is his first big club and one that comes with fans that expect, but I think weÂre expecting a too much too soon. Give him chance!
249 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:48:02
250 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:26:59
The way we are conceding goals must be causing RM some sleepless nights, and as all great coaches say every good team is built from the back. Sadly individually and collectively we are all over the place at the back and even changing the personnel has not had the desired effect.
251 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:53:29
252 Posted 24/09/2014 at 09:45:30
Howard - No alternative
Coleman - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
Baines - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
Jagielka - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
Stones - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
Barry - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
McCarthy - played 30 minutes - should be fresh
Besic - played a full game and will be fitter - also has some mongrel in him needed in a derby.
Naismith - didn’t play and didn’t travel - fresh as a daisy
Mirallas - didn’t play - fresh as a daisy
Lukaku - played half a game will be fitter
Eto - played half a game will be fitter and will come on and score.
Gibson - played a full game and will be fitter - replacement mongrel should Besic get booked.
Call me mad but I would take a win against Liverpool every time against a win in the League Cup (including the final) - yes really!
Based on the above I for one have’t written us off for Saturday.Â
If I am wrong I will be back on Monday with a big plate of humble pie and cyber spoon.
Up the Blues.
253 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:41:23
Unfortunately at the moment we have a couple of centre halves who are complete nervous wrecks in possession and I think we really lack a proper midfield general who orchestrate things from the middle of the park.
254 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:05:57
Martinez needs to get it right quickly but a win at Anfield and Old Trafford will transform everything! Like a few other posts here I think we have a reasonable chance at Anfield if he plays the strongest team and doesnÂt revert to the Moyes trick of playing people out of position.
Hope springs eternal!
255 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:58:40
We didnÂt invest like all the other clubs around us and this seasonÂs stuttering start is a result of that. Southampton sold big and bought big, Liverpool did the same, so too Spurs. Hull City outspent us, FFS.
The Lukaku deal was done on the Littlewoods catologue so really we havenÂt spent a penny in football terms... WHY?
Do you really think Martinez wants to go cap in hand to other clubs for loan players? ItÂs a disgrace that Kenwright failed to give our superb manager proper backing, and itÂs a disgrace some of you are turning on Roberto so quickly.
When the likes of Osman and Hibbert are being used to save our first team players, that should tell its own story. Some are slagging off McGeady but he cost less than FalcaoÂs monthly wage at Man Utd?
Martinez over achieved last season in a big way and it has given our fans an unrealistic outlook on whatÂs possible. LetÂs see where we are after the next two games before we reach for the rope.
At the end of the day, going out last night did us a big favour. We are not equipped to play in four competitions. Simple as that.
256 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:07:13
257 Posted 24/09/2014 at 10:45:14
Regarding the league we will have a much better idea what kind of season its going to be after the Villa home game on 18th Oct.
We have certainly backed ourselves into a corner.
Focusing on the league, I am thankfully at the Psychedelia Fest in Town on Saturday so will be swerving the derby. I have no expectation of a positive result. And I would take a point and a clean sheet and regard that as extremely positive the way we are currently.
We then go to Old Trafford on two days preperation. The amount of games we have to play means a good start was very important.
Then Villa at home which has the potential to be season defining. That game could be a nerve shredder. For balance, it could be on the back of two extremely positive away performances.
Realistically though 2 points out of 6, and some defensive tightness, would be good the way we are playing.
The stat above of 31 shipped in the last 16 games, if true, is scary.
Thats bottom 6 material, or worse.
We are currently in a cycle of conceding which doesnt appear its likely to change anytime soon. I personally think theres a massive problem and the way the team is set up and emphasis is all wrong. Its too open and as it stands we will struggle. Its systemic and the players are unsure and getting edgy. I thought the Wofsburg game was a freak result in the context of our season, they were as bad as us defensively and our second half performance was awful.
Roberto says we have lost our defensive intensity and clean sheets are in our DNA.
I personally think thats bollocks and wouldnt mind us getting our shape and organisation back.
I hope im wrong but things could possibly bottom out against Villa on 18th Oct.
258 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:15:02
No time to panic? Well, when the manager seems to be making decisions as strange as the defenders the season I think it is. You can argue it’s "only" the League Cup or we’re "only" half a dozen games into the season but if you do you’re a mug because we’re contributing to our own downfall and this season could soon turn into a long fight against relegation and out of the Cup competitions.
260 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:15:01
Maybe the manager might have been better playing a system that suited the players he had available, rather than trying to teach old dogs new tricks. Also if he wasnt happy with his defensive players he has just spent over 㿌 million surely some of that could have been spent on defenders.
Although I personally don’t like this overpassing at the back it certainly so far hasn’t contributed to any goals we have conceded this season unless maybe you could include Osmans against Palace as maybe trying to overplay in a dangerous area. But maybe the defenders focus has gone from out and out defender to trying to change their style, either way its not working.
261 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:25:57
Laurie, you are mad. This is exactly the sort of small-club mentality we need to move on from. I’d take us losing every game in a season to the shite if we then went on and won something.
You are effectively confirming the accusation from shite supporters who say that Saturday is ’our ’cup final.’
262 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:18:46
263 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:32:10
Never thought of it like that - I’m looking for my spoon.
But I will be very happy if we win on Saturday.
264 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:31:31
Our record in all competitions in the last 8 home games is won 3, drawn 1 lost 4, scored 20 conceded 18.
Our Away record in the last 8 (including last night’s debacle) is won five, drawn one, lost two. scored 13 conceded 8.
265 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:48:27
We praised him last year for this tiki taka football cos it all went swimmingly, and he won’t change it cos we have lost a little confidence. it’s how he plays, and I don’t want him to change it. I want the senior players to buck up and sort their form out.
People saying Howard is shite after his performance. Did you forget his performance against Wolfsburg? he was outstanding. Having been a goalkeeper.. you play there.. make one mistake and you are a twat... forwards mis fire and it’s OK.. another chance in a mo.
Lets try and SUPPORT the team, get them back and not start the search for Alan Curbishley to be our next manager! Grief!
266 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:56:17
267 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:41:41
Jim Bennings - interestingly you didnÂt respond to my response to you, but just kept going with the tried and tested rubbish. I think we need a forward thinking guy like you in charge, rather than this Martinez guy. IÂd like to see Routledge and Dyer on the wings, supporting Ulloa like you. That the kind of approach would give us the edge against some of the bigger teams in the Europa League I think.
I started the season with pessimism, but some of the shit being sprouted on here is well beyond me. This is a world cup year and we playing Europa League football for the first time in several years: Strange results will happen. WeÂve got problems, and Martinez needs to prove that he can reconstitute our defence, but the first six weeks do not prove that he is unable to, or that some of these players are not good enough. In Baines and Coleman we have the best full back pairing in the division. McCarthy is a superb dm with the potential to grow, and Mirallas is one of the most dangerous wide players in the division. Lukaku is the exceptional young striker in the Premier League, and Barkley has alot of potential to grow, as does Stones. We are not as good as some were claiming at the start of the season, but we are definitely not as bad as some are suggesting now. This is the idiocy of the moment - the sensationalism of the post-result hours. Everyone needs to calm down, and take stock a little. This team hasnÂt become the terrible over night. Some of the early league results of Real Madrid, Liverpool, Dortmund, Schalke, Napoli, Bilbao and the like tell you that other big clubs are stuttering. We are too, but it does not mean that we wonÂt find our form again soon.
268 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:57:31
Chris Sillett’s post was basically a litany of excuses for last night’s shambles. Apparently it was only Eto’s second start. So what? This a guy who has played over 500 games at the very highest level.
You say that you "want the senior players to buck up and sort their form out."
Well, I want the manager to buck up and motivate those senior players to perform;
I want him to try and organise proper pre-seasons that mean that the squad is ready;
I want him to stop making stupid team selections and tinkering with the line-up;
I want him to stop making strange substitutions;
I want him to focus his training during the week on trying to cut out stupid mistakes (we can all accept that players do make mistakes and the manager can’t necessarily prevent these but when they are happening every single game then it is indicative of a wider issue)
and I want him to stop talking about how frigging positive and rosy everything is after displays like last night.
269 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:03:01
270 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:41:58
The fact is, these players should have been busting a gut to give Martinez a selection headache, to me only Garbutt came out with any real credit from last night.
272 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:07:14
Last year at WHU, I spoke to one of their players and the question was asked, "How can you beat Everton today?" and his open reply was, "All week we have been watching past games of EFC and the plan is to press you hard up the field and force a mistake from the back." Apparently OPTA say we make 3/4 per game so this gives the opposition a chance should they take it, this year those opportunities have probably doubled and is evident on the pitch.
The Manager now has to play with his philosophy and adapt to both the skill sets of our defence and the knowledge teams have worked out how to play us. Until now, I havenÂt seen him address this so itÂs not a time to jump on his back but my fear is he will be stubborn, just like he was at Wigan Â– the difference with EFC is we arenÂt Wigan!!
The Manager now has to earn his wage and this starts on Saturday; if we lose, and lose in the manner we have recently, then he will start to lose the crowd. The next home game, when we play tip-tap at the back against one of our bogie teams who attack fast, he will see or hear a reaction from the paying public. I donÂt want that and I guess he doesnÂt but he canÂt continue changing winning teams then saying "I will take positives" from big embarrassing losses. He rested the teamÂs two top scorers for Palace and Swansea; we lost both games Â– how hard can it be?
Oh yes, IÂm told Ross will be back in full training next week... I hope thatÂs true Â– we miss his speed.
273 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:24:51
Is it coincidence that an ex-Wigan manager renown for his team leaking multiple soft goals suddenly finds himself in the same boat in the Everton fold?
IÂm still on the fence with Martinez, he inherited a good set of pros well marshalled from the Moyes era and improved them. But maybe only now we are starting to see his true impact.
There appears to be a lack of discipline in defence, we shouldnÂt be afraid when needs must to just put your foot through it.
MartinezÂs Achilles heel at Wigan has been his defence; itÂs ironic itÂs now ours now too. Time will show if he can sort it out but past history with Wigan indicates he might not.
No manager or fan can predict individual errors, but are they caused by the managerÂs stubborn ethos in possession football and players who will never ever be comfortable playing it.
274 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:31:54
I like Martinez but he needs to have a Plan B.
276 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:35:29
How things have changed since that Palace penalty. Then 48 hours later the Swansea shambles. I am normally one of the more optimistic ones on here but it looks like we are in for one of the worst weeks of being an Evertonian in recent history.
277 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:40:44
278 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:29:12
Keep the faith people
279 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:35:36
ItÂs not going to be an easy watch but Wolfsburg wasnÂt a fluke, although most of their shots were straight at Howard, and the Chelsea game still had me thinking "We can get back in here," right up to the 5th goal which was weird.
The subs were odd last night though. If you want to rest a player, rest him. Surely Kone was better coming on than draining Lukaku any more. IÂd rather have wasted Kone in the LC than see him picked ahead of Lukaku in a league game in the next few weeks.
All-in-all whether itÂs on Fifa or real life, the League Cup annoys me. Causes more fixture congestion than itÂs worth when youÂre in Europe too.
280 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:08:14
At the start of the season, no one could have predicted the way our defence has capitulated. Last season, we had the 3rd best defence in the league and it had been the back bone of the team for the last 5 years or so. This year we started with the reliable and trusted partnership of Jagielka and Distin but to cut a long story short, have shipped to many goals. Martinez, has tried to change it and seemed to establish Jagielka and Stones as our 2 CB’s since they started 2 games in which we both won. Martinez then tried to change the formula against a lowly placed and without a win Crystal Palace at home which we unfortunately lost and then change it again for Swansea in the Cup which we also lost.
I do believe that these changes were strategical to see how different CB partnerships can handle 1st team and competitive attacks because you don’t get that on the training ground or at reserve level. I also believe that these changes were required to rotate the squad and give valuable playing time to players without 1st team experience this season.
I know the last 2 results have definitely not been desirable but we were in 4 competitions this season and out of all of them, unfortunately the League Cup is the least attractive and less prestigious than the others and can be surrendered.
As for Saturday and the Derby, I can see the partnership of Jagielka and Stones returning as well as our strongest line up.
281 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:45:00
Yes its a trophy, but its a route to the EL which we are already in, so let’s enjoy it. A good result at Mordor and the optimism will return.
282 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:00:06
People are pissed off because we got beat by Palace and why we got beat by Palace and the fact that we were completely toothless at Swansea last night.
283 Posted 24/09/2014 at 11:45:33
Was he hoping to discover a hidden aspect of Osman’s game namely as a hitherto lethal goalscorer? Why did he bring McCarthy on earlier? Surely Kone needed some time? What on earth is he doing on the bench then?
It is all part of this professional double-speak that needs blowing open. It even gets people to accept the nonesense that players need resting - after 5/6 games of a season! This is not the case of a local club team needing encouragement etc. These are obscenely overpaid so-called professional players/managers who have nothing else to distract them from the task at hand.
Are the occasional two games a week so demanding? The answer in truth is certainly not and we should stop even giving it breathing space in any sensible analysis of the current situation. I fear that Mr Martinez illustrating this nonsense with his recent selection, particularly against Crystal Palace, could well be a watershed in his Everton career.
I sincerely hope it is a lesson which leads him to play his strongest XI in every fixture unless injury/form or very specific circumstances dictate the minimum of change. This pandering to the modern footballer has to stop.
284 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:50:03
The only positives I can take from it was that it highlighted the players who just are not good enough...
- Hibbert: Did not see him pass the ball forward once during the entire game, could not tackle and constantly let their wingers past. Very very poor game:
- Distin: Never looked comfortable, poor distribution and WTF was that diving header all about?
- Alcaraz: Never confident when he plays, did nothing good all night and panicked when closed down.
Of the other newbies (Besic, Garbutt, Atsu) need more time to settle in, but cant see when they are going to play regularly.
I thought McGeady did okay but not enough. In his defense there was not much in the box for him to aim at when he did get past the RB
Needed Super Kev rather than Osman to come on with 20 minutes to go.
Over to you Martinez, show us why you rested players for Palace.
Nervous Derby once more coming up (for both teams!), please please can we start with more intensity than the Red Shite for once!
Oh yeh and that bloody drummer!! Was bad enough from where I was sat, imagine if you were stuck next to him every game!
285 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:49:59
I’m trying to me more pragmatic about last nights result. I wanted the LC to be a competition to play the likes of Garbutt, Besic and usher Gibson, Oviedo and Kone back into 1st team contention. So on the face of it I don’t think we can complain too much about the result against a competitive Swansea side. My main grumble would be that playing Hibbert and Alcaraz doesn’t show us anything new. Browning should have played rather than Alcaraz and anyone instead of Hibbert, who was pinpointed by Swansea as a weak link and should just hang up his boots now. If we’d have been playing lower league opposition last night, the rag tag team selection of veterans, youngsters and half fit players may have got away with it, but I think it was an experiment too far against a good EPL side. As it was against Palace changing the whole midfield from the Wolfsburg game.
So to sum up while it’s never good to lose 3-0 I don’t think we can be too surprised with the result. Bobby as the manager should have seen that result coming and should have tweaked the team according to the level of the opposition. Ultimately the Europa has got to be prioritised over the LC. I just hope that the rotation in these fixtures isn’t so radical as what we saw last night; changing the whole defence, midfield etc etc
286 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:13:48
How about we try: "a little perspective is required here, if we had managed to hold on to the lead twice against Leicester, then managed to defend a 2 goal cushion against Arsenal with less than 10 minutes left, not conceded twice in the opening 4 minutes against Chelsea and go on to beat them, and then won against Palace, we would be sitting top of the League with 15 points and a 100% record now."
Fact is that none of these things happened and we did lose to Palace.
287 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:15:48
RM is quoted on the OS as saying that although Oviedo was ready there were fears over Kone’s fitness for 11 a-side competitive football.
I’m speculating; but I’m assuming he was on the bench just to give him the feel back for the atmosphere at these games and maybe would have brought him on if we were sailing through.
If there were any doubts; then there was no sense in risking him in a game that was already lost.
288 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:15:26
289 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:19:42
It’s early days for Christ sake. the point I’m trying to make is that although its been a shit start to the season; one result would throw a completely different light on our situation and let’s hope that result come on Saturday.
290 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:19:30
There was nothing unfortunate about it. Palace had a game plan and it worked a treat. Let’s think back to the last time Roberto "tried to change the formula" in a league game; Oh yes, it was Crystal Palace at home in April and what happened then? we lost 3-2.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me.
291 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:39:10
The Summer was torture, only ameliorated slightly by a mediocre World Cup.
The team has to come good, starting on Saturday. If not then we’ll cross that bridge when it happens.
Chin up everyone. WHP
292 Posted 24/09/2014 at 12:32:06
Everton’s record in 5 EPL games an a Europa League game agains a quality German side is 2-2-2. Everton has scored at least 2 goals in every one of those games.
Everton looked great for 80+ minutes against Arsenal (and then gave up 2 goals in the last 10 minutes). The result was gutting but the team played really well for most of the game.
Given the choice between fixing the defense or trying to find a way to score a reasonable amount of goals I choose fixing the defense (and Everton are on pace to score many more goals than any of the past 10 seasons including last year’s team that finished on 72 points).
Have any of you noticed that of the teams that finished in the top 7 places last year only Chelsea have won 3 or more games out of the first 5??? Wins in the Premier League have been hard to come by for not just Everton, but Arsenal, both Manchester teams, Liverpool and Spurs.
What this team needs is support (and not endless criticism). I thought the team showed a lot of character in the Chelsea game after going down 2-0 early. I don’t see a team that has given up (and again they looked good for most of the Arsenal game).
The easiest way to lose your players as a manager is to publicly criticize them. I don’t expect Roberto Martinez to single out players publicly if they make a major mistake. What we don’t know is what Roberto is saying to the players in the dressing room and during training sessions.
I agree with what Roberto Martinez did this summer. He had the chance to buy a striker who scored 17 goals in his 1st Premier League season and 15 last year. Lukaku is a raw talent, but he is a raw talent that scores. Carrying a toe injury he’s got 2 goals and an assist through the 1st 5 Premier League games. If Lukaku’s 1st touch was always golden he’d be a 20-25 goal scorer and he wouldn’t be in an Everton jersey. I accept the fact that he’s a work in progress, but most work-in-progress #9’s don’t score 15+ goals a season (so give the kid who’s 21 years old and has scored 34 Premier League goals some slack).
Eto’o was a great addition to the team. Everton have better #9’s than Arsenal or Spurs.
I don’t think Everton are to far off from finding their form. They do need to avoid the injury bug. In their last game Coleman not being available had Martinez start Disten/Jags as the center back pairing and had John Stones play right back. Right now this isn’t ideal. Coleman needs to stay healthy and Stones needs to play center back (but that wasn’t in the cards).
Finally, I’m not going to waver in my support to both the players and Roberto Martinez. They do need to figure out some issues and I think they will.
293 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:06:03
294 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:03:08
Clearly you want the best team to play every game, to roll out the best players in 847 games we will have this season and to not pick up injuries, not try new players, not give others a chance and then see where that gets us.
I am not saying Martinez hasn’t made mistakes, and like one of two more level headed posters on there, agree that he has work to do.
The results haven’t been great and the defending worse at times, and letting good positions slip isn’t great. But lets put it in perspective.. we are 5 games in... we have a good team with a couple of players not playing to potential. Lukaku will get better, Barkley will come back, Coleman will get fitter and we have cover in all positons (not that you want cover, as playing anyone other than first choice is clearly a daft idea).
All I meant with the support the team was this total hysterical reaction to a loss in the least significant of the four cup competitions, isn’t going to help. And before people jump on me, I know it’s years since we won a cup etc etc.... but face it.. we don’t have a squad deep enough for all 4.. so you prioritise.
I trust Martinez, I trust our players. As John Voigt said above, they have some issues to fix and I think they will. Last year they were world beaters.. what a difference in support in 3 mths!
295 Posted 24/09/2014 at 13:47:15
I know itÂs a big IF, but bear with me: if individual players hadnÂt shot themselves in the foot, or weÂd had a bit of luck, weÂd have beaten Leicester, Arsenal and Palace. That doesnÂt mean Everton are amazing, but equally: silly mistakes and a bad start doesnÂt make them awful. Are Villa and Saints going to be in the Champions League next year?
If Martinez was the finished article, would he be the Everton manager? Did Bill also interview Mourinho? We have to be a bit realistic about what we expect from Roberto, today at least. He does make mistakes, but so did Moyes and Davey stopped progressing once he became too set in his ways to try something different. Martinez is learning and we should be patient or go home. HeÂs gambling and losing right now, but surely we can give him a little rope to experiment and learn from mistakes?
ItÂs not like we started last season on fire either. All the people on here complaining about over-passing should remember what last season was like at the start. It took them a while to get into their stride. It definitely didnÂt help that Howard, Baines, Jagielka and Coleman started the season behind on fitness.
Martinez needs to find a more pragmatic Plan B Â– we all know that Â– but his Plan A came good last season once teams started to tire and once Everton hit their stride.
Nobody was complaining when we went to Arsenal and tore them apart for only 45 mins. We came away a 1-1 draw Â– but we could easily have lost that game despite all the flirting in the first half. Nobody was complaining when we won 1-0 at Old Trafford thanks to OviedoÂs slide-rule finish Â– but we could easily have lost that game too but for Man UtdÂs poor finishing. ItÂs fine margins, and this year, so far, individual errors have pushed the needle in the wrong direction.
Panicking and raging, five minutes after the best season in many a year, is a bit of a goldfish reaction. I want to punch something after these results, but weÂre not the only team with a World Cup hangover and we wouldnÂt be the first team to recover from a poor start to have a great season. The results will certainly turn. Hopefully this weekend. Either way, while pointless negativity might make you feel better in the short term, itÂs completely useless if you want to see things turn around.
296 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:49:14
297 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:37:40
I donÂt usually comment just enjoy the commentary of others on here but after watching that game I am feeling so angry with that performance. I have been a big admirer of Martinez and they way he had us playing last season but what I have just witnessed is the most inept performance I have seen from an Everton team for a long time....and I have been able to watch almost every game for a few season now.
I donÂt remember a single chance on goal we had in that whole game. We didnÂt press them at all which gave them way to much space to pick their passes. Shelvey ran rings around our midfield because of this all evening. People blame individual mistakes over the last few games but we wouldnÂt put our defenders in a position to make these mistakes in the first place if we didnÂt give the opposition so much time and space on the ball to get in into dangerous areas so often. Without the ball we look a completely different team to last year and I just donÂt know what has caused that but it is really worrying.
The substitutions tonight were also totally baffling. Oviedo was clearly struggling with the pace of the game in the first half and EtoÂo looked about the only person how could pick a pass out so why he was the one that was taken off for Lukaku I have no idea. The when Oviedo was taken off to bring on a defensive midfielder on when we crying out for some attacking pace and flair like Mirallas had me shouting at the TV.
The last substitution was the final straw for my frustrations. To bring on Osman and leave all three of our defensively minded midfielders on when were chasing the game for the final 10 mins just felt like Martinez didnÂt care if we won it....in fact it looked like we were playing in a friendly match all night, just the opposing team didnÂt feel the same way. We never looked like even troubling them all game.
Last part of my rant, what is with McGready. He gets the ball, moves his feet really quickly but then produces absolutely nothing. The end result is either failing to find a team mate with a simple 5 yard pass or running straight into the defender, both resulting in us losing possession. One moment of magic every few games with the rest of what he produces being absolute gash is not good enough. Right deep breaths and rant over.
299 Posted 24/09/2014 at 15:13:58
I would have loved for us to win this cup but clearly with the team Bobby put out, this game was a game to get our injured players fit. I am pissed off just like the rest of you with how are season has started and that we didnt sign a hard bastard at the back this summer. However, we need more than that for the future. We need a proper defensive midfielder, a playmaker so our play is not reliant on our wingers and full backs, a new keeper and a younger pacy strike, but that is for the next couple of windows.
I still think that we will still finish in the top 6 because Spurs are shite, United are shite in defense and the SHITE are inconsistent, donÂt have Dracula and havent sorted out their defense. The only teams guaranteed to finish in the top 4 are City, Chelsea and Arsenal.
Lets start to back Bobby and the boys and judge them until Christmas. Lets back them on Saturday and hopefully finally thrash the Orks across the park at Mordor at their place. If we beat them their it could kick start our season. Though Stones and Jags should be our centre halfs now.
300 Posted 24/09/2014 at 15:22:39
He needs to be given time to bring his long term aims to fruition.
301 Posted 24/09/2014 at 15:33:34
It is a reflection of our new found expectations here at Everton. We have to somehow turn these expectations into a healthy reflection and not negative ’go’.
Ha, this is football, who am I kiddin’?
302 Posted 24/09/2014 at 15:50:43
303 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:25:37
I agree it is not the Everton way to capitulate (at least the Everton I know) and I would hope the Club would have more respect for the traveling fans than that. God knows we are desperate for silverware and turning one’s back on any opportunity for it is hard to swallow. However, the realist in me knows we cannot adequately battle on all fronts with the current squad. Having said that, Europe is not going to get any easier. We clearly caught a Wolfsburg team low in confidence while enjoying a rare rub of luck on that night. That will not happen often (if again) as teams begin to figure us out. And let’s be honest, it’s not rocket science to figure out where our weaknesses lie!.
It’s never easy with our Club. I stand behind the lads and manager to put it right but that doesn’t mean I will stand by and tolerate performances (manager and player alike) that I believe are not fitting of the blue jersey.
304 Posted 24/09/2014 at 15:59:35
There are those on the board who werenÂt quite as carried away as some by the performances and results, many of them were ridiculed or even abused for not believing we had the second coming as a manager.
Some of those doing the ridiculing are now calling Martinez all sorts, while those who pointed out the problems at the time are advising to be patient. I guess some people see the bigger picture for good or bad while others canÂt help but jump to knee jerk conclusions.
306 Posted 24/09/2014 at 17:26:30
309 Posted 24/09/2014 at 17:05:39
A good opportunity for RM to watch Hibbo and realise that the additional 2-year contract deal he signed, was as good as winning the lottery.
A great opportunity for RM to watch 1,200 Blues, who have travelled half way across the country, spend in excess of 㿼 quid each, and then have the pleasure of watching him run a training session and a Swansea team giving them a lesson in football.
It would have been far easier for RM to advertise an open day at Finch Farm, it would have saved the 1,200 blues a bucket load of cash and about 10 hours travel time.
310 Posted 24/09/2014 at 17:12:21
In the Moyes era, squad rotation seemed to consist of giving a couple of young ones a go in an otherwise unchanged side and ending up losing half the time anyway. Here we had only 3 (McGeady, Distin and Howard) starting from the team that won at WBA and gave playing time, against decent opposition, to the players (Oviedo, Besic, Garbutt, Gibson, Atsu, Alcaraz) that desperately need it if we are going to compete in Europe and the Premier League simultaneously.
Given our relative lack of squad depth, getting a naff competition out of the way early on is really not something I’m going to cry about. At the end of the day, if (and I appreciate it’s a big if) we get a result against the Shite at Anfield with a rested first team, somehow I think all the panicking moaners will be keeping quiet.
311 Posted 24/09/2014 at 17:27:01
The first goal by Dyer was from a cross in front of goal, Dyer left Garbutt standing, charged forward and his shot squeezed just inside the right hand post, Howard was on it and should have stopped it we thought! He complained to Distin who had not come across to block. Garbutt went onto to play quite well we thought.
We never managed to get a decent ball into their last third except after half time, when, suprise suprise on came Luke, who blazed over the bar just after he came on but then never got a decent pass for the rest of the night. McGeady was ineffective apart from one hopeful shot over their bar and was replaced by Ossie who tried to liven the lads up.
The second goal was a laughable piece of comedy from Distin who under pressure headed against our bar, it rebounded and the nearest Swan just tapped it in.By now we looked ragged and beaten. The third goal was a gift, Emnes took a pass and charged towards goal and our boys just watched him, Howard didÂnt charge out to close him down and in the ball went. We thought Oviedo, Garbutt and Gibson were our best players. Alcaraz and Besic so so. Atsu was too slow, Tony Hibbert was easily beaten by their left winger Montero. McGeady looked useless. It was awful to see the faithfull trooping out into the rainy night after the third easy goal. Ossie and Tony played on manfully to no avail. On the way home in the car we listened to some ridiculous comments from RM about some things to be pleased about!
312 Posted 24/09/2014 at 18:08:59
We have played some really good football so far this season but it is really worrying the amount of individual errors our defenders/goalkeepers are making.
Fingers crossed that this run comes to an end this Saturday afternoon...
313 Posted 24/09/2014 at 14:35:28
Our first team attack, including the much maligned McGeady, has looked mighty impressive.
Mirallis is playing out of his skin and is becoming more of a team player.
Stones, who I’ve always knocked, seems to be a fine CB prospect.
Despite his over vigorous tackles, Naismith has become a valuable member of the team.
McCarthy is beginning to look much more than just a hard working tackler.
Baines and Coleman are the finest attacking fullback pair in the league.
Eto’o is gradually getting fitter and has moves we’ve never seen before.
Oviedo is still miles away from his best but it’s great to have him back.
Besic is a talented prospect with a fighting attitude.
Gibson was very rusty and struggled defensively against Swansea but his attacking link up play in the final third was quite impressive, especially late on.
Garbutt still has much to learn but showed promise for the future.
314 Posted 24/09/2014 at 18:34:49
Are the player’s confidence that shattered that he’s afraid inflict even more damage? Christ, we need to bring in an army of shrinks!!
315 Posted 24/09/2014 at 18:42:36
Those individual parts sound good. My only concern is that a team is more than the sum of its parts and I think we can all see that something isn’t gelling as a totality. Let’s mix up the tactics. Let the guys play as their intuition tells them not just as the (mechanistic) plan says on paper.
316 Posted 24/09/2014 at 18:53:50
We need to accept that this season for us to finish in the top half plus hopefully a cup is where we are at
317 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:05:42
318 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:07:07
I look at our squad and it’s hard to see a CL contender. Perhaps in a few years when the likes of Barkley and Stones have hit higher levels and Distin, Osman been replaced but right now I’d say we are an upper mid table team who may fall lower if the individual mistakes and questionable organisation continue.
319 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:02:09
I am really disappointed that Roberto was pleased with players coming back blah, blah, blah.
I’d bucket our squad as follows:-
A) First team core - Coleman, Mirallas, McCarthy, Naismith, Lukaku, Eto’o, Stones - just 7.
B) Form below par / on the slide - Howard, Jags, Baines, Pienaar. Buck your ideas up or you’ll be in group C. Critical to find form given fixture demands. The harder would stick some in C if we had some cash kicking around. Baines might be harsh, but he isn’t the player of pre injury IMO.
C). Finished - Hibbert, Distin, Osman, Alcaraz. Wouldn’t lose any sleep if they never pulled on a blue shirt again. Last night was the night of the long knives for me.
D). Injured - Gibson, Oviedo, Kone, Barkley. Really need them back, but it needs to be sub games otherwise we’re carrying players. Starting games and expecting to win is just pure madness.
E). Kids/ untested - Besic, Garbutt, Browning, Atsu. Not convinced they are ready to be pitched in just yet. The side can’t carry these just yet on top of everything else. Again introductions from the bench.
F). Good enough? McGeady, Joel. Subs at best.
320 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:39:59
321 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:41:15
For Liege, Lille, St Etienne and Olympiacos, Mirallas played as a striker, again why must we be different?
I fancy seeing Atsu at left wing with McGeady on the right with Coleman as the ROI do plus Mirallas up top with Naismith behind. It can’t be any worse than what we have now.
322 Posted 24/09/2014 at 19:41:52
RM’s interviews after matches are not going to really give a whole bunch of insight to what is really going on. That’s OK...
Do you want RM to talk bad about certain players and tell the world, "I’m dropping so-and-so and he’ll be lucky to make the bench"???
Managers of teams that will be facing Everton in upcoming games would love to know which players are not likely to see the field. It is in RM’s best interest to keep his cards close to the vest when he’s talking post match.
My list of valuable Everton players is much larger than Ian’s. I think Baines (who starts for England) is highly skilled and a true asset. Garth Barry is another high class player. Jags starts for England and I don’t think he’s washed up...
To me something that really carries weight is that Roberto Martinez decided this summer to sign Lukaku and Barry to permanent deals and signed the most promising Everton players to extended contracts (which cost a lot of money that could have gone to signing new players). Ask Spurs fans how signing a bunch of players from outside the Premier League with the Bale money worked out. I think investing in your own best players is often superior to signing a bunch of new players you truly don’t know everything about...
The fact that the only player of note that has been sold last summer and this summer was Fellaini (for the astonishing sum of 㿈 million) shows to me the players want to be at Everton and want to play for RM. Every team wants players that are fully invested in the team and a culture has to be created where players want to come (and stay). RM has done this and the signing of Eto’o is a perfect example. Eto’o isn’t playing for Aston Villa, Newcastle or Stoke City. He wants to play somewhere in the Premier League where the team has aspirations and a manager who plays an attractive style of football. I bet if you asked Eto’o if he’s enjoying his time at Everton, the answer would be a quick Yes...
The fact that RM has raised the bar as far as expectations goes is truly positive. If individual mistakes cost us points, that’s the rub of the green. Everton could use a few good breaks to balance the bad breaks that have occurred so far this season...
Name me another team with Everton’s resources that attempts to go toe-to-toe with the big money teams (my opinion is there isn’t one).
I expect this weekend game with Liverpool to be a cracker of a game and the Everton team will be setup to take the game to Liverpool. Win/Draw/Lose that’s good enough for me.
323 Posted 24/09/2014 at 20:04:13
As for McCarthy, ever since Man Utd let it be known they were interested, he hasnÂt been the same player. I hope Coleman is fit, the thought of Hibbert at right back or Stones to fill in allowing Distin to play at centre back doesnÂt bare thinking about.
I cannot believe a season that promised so much is already coming apart. Interesting if we are still in this position come March will Kenwright have the balls to do something about it
324 Posted 24/09/2014 at 20:41:01
325 Posted 24/09/2014 at 21:20:19
Now after a FEW games into his second season he is being slated to death, and his management style is being questioned. Don’t get me wrong, I’m well cheesed off with things of late, there have been baffling substitutions, tactics etc... but some of the reactions on here are OTT.
"This is all going pear-shaped, does RM really have a clue"
" I didn’t want him in the first place with his blindingly obvious record with Wigan."
"I have no confidence that RM is the man to sort out a rapidly sinking defence."
"Enough is enough, Martinez Â– fuck off back to Wigan before we are embarrassed any more! "
"The Spanish Mike Walker Â– need I say more?"
"We cannot risk relegation from the Prem... Martinez must be told he has until Christmas to get some stability back onto the pitch."
326 Posted 24/09/2014 at 22:05:13
328 Posted 24/09/2014 at 22:32:36
In the summer, as well as bringing in a quality striker, Roberto should have brought in a top notch CB not just to give Jags and Distin competition but to actually take over and form a new pairing with Stones. I just can’t for the life of me understand why Roberto didn’t. It makes no sense.
I’m not panicking, I’m just very worried at the alarming rate we are shipping goals. Where’s Dave Watson!!??
330 Posted 25/09/2014 at 09:10:36
Seems to me some people say "knee-jerk" when they disagree with what somebody has posted as an opinion just after a game (or, as you say in your post, just after a few games), implying that is too soon to draw a conclusion, made a prediction. But it seems to me that some others are drawing opposite conclusions, making opposite predictions just as soon after a game or a few games, which then could be seen as equally knee-jerk.
Off course, some comments may seem over the top, such as predictions already about relegation, so they might be premature and "knee-jerk". I donÂt subscribe to all the OTT examples you give (though I donÂt disagree about the ones asking if he has a clue or saying they have no confidence).
Just donÂt like the term "knee-jerk".
331 Posted 25/09/2014 at 09:41:06
Having a decent squad, which we do have, doesnÂt mean we can drop everyone who usually plays and play 11 strangers in relation to competitive matches. We did that against Swansea, and to a lesser extent, Palace, where Lukaku suddenly had 3 players behind him who hadnÂt played together (1 being a striker playing out wide, welcome back Moyes) and also, werenÂt at the fitness levels of those they replaced. Of course though, we have all been told for so long that the likes of Mirallas, McGeady and Naismith, athletes in their 20Âs couldnÂt possibly play Thursday AND Sunday (although 33 year old Barry could hmm).
Our manager is too busy trying to play the tactical genius, when really as we are all starting to see, he only has 1 tactic, 1 formation, and for years we called Moyes limited. Will he change on Saturday? Or will he have centre backs whose confidence is shot to pieces, tapping around the edge of our box whilst the opposition press us high until we make a mistake, which as sure as night follows day, we will.
332 Posted 25/09/2014 at 10:26:27
I think itÂs going to be a season full of unpredictable results and we have to accept that we may be on the wrong end of a few. But I do believe that we will be amongst the top six come the end of the season.
Our pre-season was an almighty balls up and we have paid a hefty price. Liverpool and Man Utd away from home are perfect for us right now. The players are more aware than anyone else of their recent poor performances. These games are just what they need to get the juices flowing and get their concentration and focus back. I expect a performance to be proud of on Saturday. I think many on here will be pleasantly surprised.
333 Posted 25/09/2014 at 10:52:35
334 Posted 25/09/2014 at 11:14:22
GET A SHAVE!!!
335 Posted 25/09/2014 at 11:07:23
So he canÂt put all his eggs in all the baskets (though, arguably, this early in the season, with fresh legs, he could have done that against Swansea; on the other hand, when then do his second string rotation players get game time before really being needed?). In which case, he has to have high and low priority competitions; but presumably isnÂt going to come out and say as much (or has he??). So selection suggests this was low priority competition for him - his choice not ours, heÂs the gaffer (regardless of what our preferences might be).
In that context, a drubbing was perhaps on the cards against Swansea. And there are a few positives to go alongside the negatives.
So onto the rs game. And IÂm still worried. So much so that IÂve already discounted that and the MU game, and strangely will be watching Saturday knowing weÂll get a bollocking and / but feeling resigned about it. I will watch as I want to see what his tactics are and how the lads perform as individuals and as a team, and to be able to judge RobertoÂs changing tactics through the game (you know, Plan B!) and the nature and timing of his substitutions. Ah, shit.
337 Posted 25/09/2014 at 11:25:06
I donÂt know whatÂs happened in the EPL but most of the teams that finished in the top 7 last time around are showing poor defending. In todayÂs Echo, Roberto is stating that defending is on our DNA. Personally I would prefer it on the pitch!
I hope for a couple of clean sheets in the next few games to steady the ship and move on from there. This is definitely a test for Roberto. He, unlike Moyes, is not a defensive-minded manager. He needs to be.
Having said all that I would have preferred a completely different team on Tuesday rather than leaving Howard and Distin in with a lot of strangers around them. I didnÂt see the match but the report in yesterdayÂs Independent didnÂt paint a picture so bad that IÂm looking for the times of the high tide at Formby, not yet!
338 Posted 25/09/2014 at 12:48:00
Some of you were smart enough to know we also should have addressed the back line. I for one didnÂt think they would fall apart like this. For me the biggest problem is we are absolutely screwed any game without Coleman. No one on the team has his recovery pace. I have always maintained that Howard is lacking and have been taken to the cleaners for that idea.
For me I hope we can turn things around. As already stated we arenÂt the only team shipping goals and results so table wise we arenÂt that far off. Obviously BarkleyÂs return will be of massive help. I feel we should bloody the youngsters until the summer when we can rebuild the back line with a CB to partner Stones and a replacement for Howard. Thanks for all the positive and negative comments that provided interesting reading as well as an education for this Yank.
339 Posted 25/09/2014 at 13:27:47
I was at Wembley years ago when Hansen cheated us out of victory with his handball.
The only way many of us will ever witness an Everton victory in this competition is by calling upon the services of a taxidermist. And he needs to employ strong and long-lasting chemicals.
340 Posted 25/09/2014 at 13:30:11
If you look at it logically the back 4 are very experienced and experience should in theory make up for the age deficit. Look at John Terry, heÂs still marshalling the Chelsea defence and love him or hate him he does a good job.
ItÂs the system they are being asked to adopt, they are not ball players, very few defenders are and by the very nature of the position they are no-nonsence footballers who rely on reading the game.
Reading the game comes with experience.
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