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Barry only facing one-match ban

by | 11/02/2015  Comments (47)  jump
Gareth Barry will now miss just one match, the upcoming home game against Leicester City, after he was sent off against Chelsea this evening.

Everton have confirmed that the 33 year-old's red card means that his tally of yellow cards reverts back to nine and that he will therefore only miss one game.

Barry was facing a two-match suspension after being booked in the first half and thereby reaching 10 bookings for the season.

He was dismissed two minutes from time, though, for tripping Willian, who went on to score the winning goal from the resulting free kick.

The midfielder has until 12th April when the yellow card amnesty takes effect to avoid triggering an additional two-game ban.  

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James Kirrane
1 Posted 11/02/2015 at 23:04:28
What a shame. Only one match. Do you think Roberto will ask the FA for a special dispensation to play him? 'He's my favourite defensive midfielder and the first name on my team sheet.... please'
John Maxwell
2 Posted 11/02/2015 at 23:39:53
Damn, was hoping for 3 games there.

Besic/McCarthy surely a better midfield duo ?

Darryl Ritchie
3 Posted 11/02/2015 at 23:46:05
There is no way on earth, with the way he puts In a challenge, Barry won't pick up another yellow before April 12. One way or another, he'll sit out three games total before too long.
Spencer Ramsay
4 Posted 11/02/2015 at 23:54:46
So one more game for Barry after Leicester & it's a 2 game ban then!
James Stewart
5 Posted 12/02/2015 at 00:05:55
Shame... I was hoping for longer.
Clive Mitchell
6 Posted 12/02/2015 at 01:03:16
Barry played a big part tonight, as he always does. We need him.
Jamie Barlow
7 Posted 12/02/2015 at 03:09:39
I hope the red wasn't premeditated.
Peter Z Jones
8 Posted 12/02/2015 at 03:28:57
I just want to know what he's blackmailing his way into the team with. It has to be epic.
Dominic Tonge
9 Posted 12/02/2015 at 06:06:18
Any chance of us appealing in a frivolous way and getting it extended?
Phil Sammon
10 Posted 12/02/2015 at 07:50:23
I thought Barry actually played pretty well last night. I've been on his back all season, but credit where it's due, he did well. I'd still have McCarthy and Besic in there over Barry all day long.

Next game I am desperately hoping for Lennon and Mirallas on either wing. We have two good wingers for the first time in a while. Let's take advantage of it.

Guy Hastings
11 Posted 12/02/2015 at 08:08:14
It's bad enough that the BBC football site employs 'upcoming'. Must TW stoop to their level?
Jim Bennings
12 Posted 12/02/2015 at 07:59:50
To be honest I’m really not arsed anymore!

I keep pinching myself thinking it’s a dream that Walter Smith’s Everton has returned, pedestrian dire attempts at attacking with a midfield that has no goals in it.

Barry, Besic, McCarthy, not one has scored a goal all season and Barkley just one.

We have maybe three guys who score goals, Mirallas, Lukaku and Naismith and even they can hardly be described as prolific.

I think this has to be as bad as any season under Walter Smith, how many games have we failed to score in now? How many goals have we scored since the end of October? Our attacking problems are being overshadowed by Aston Villa being the pits, but in reality our goalscoring since Autumn has been pathetic!

What the media don’t pick up on is Villa haven’t spent 㿈 million pound on a striker like Martinez.

I’m sorry but it’s just the sane discussion that we have had for years with various managers... Negative football, no attacking threat, manager playing favourites, no impact away to to top sides even when they are there for the taking as Chelsea were last night at times.

Nothing has changed under Martinez, it’s different players since a few years ago under Moyes but the same dire shit.

Neil Pickering
13 Posted 12/02/2015 at 08:50:44
Even though he's banned, Martinez will just slap a fake muzzie on him and play him under another name.

So watch out for new signing 'Barry Gary' making good his debut next game.

Liam Reilly
14 Posted 12/02/2015 at 08:50:16
Very disappointing comments on here about Barry. The reason he has so many bookings is because he regularly takes the for the team to prevent the side being exposed.

His experience is invaluable beside either Besic or McCarthy and we need him.

Colin Glassar
15 Posted 12/02/2015 at 08:56:15
Liam, I think Barry picks up so many yellows is because he is painfully slow and has to foul constantly to avoid being skinned time and time again.

I agree with you, to an extent, about taking one for the team and his experience but in such a vital position it's sometimes painful to watch him struggle so badly.

Andrew Ellams
16 Posted 12/02/2015 at 08:57:42
Liam, the reason he gets so many booking is that he is a yard off the pace and mistimes so many tackles because of it. He is fast becoming a liability if he is not there already.

Now is the time to play Besic and McCarthy together so that they can gel before season end and be our engine room for years.

Jim Bennings
17 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:02:12
When all is said and done, we can blame Barry for last night's red card but really Martinez could have taken charge and swapped him like with Gibson but he allowed the decision to be made by what was already showing itself as a fruitless faggot of a referee.

Barry has given his all for us, I don't ever doubt that but in the modern era you need players who can move and players who are mobile, box-to-box men. Barry's first booking last night, it was like watching a hippo chasing a cheetah, he just flung himself in front if their man.

I don't blame Barry. I blame Martinez for not backing up all the big words of "no fear" and "we want the players to be arrogant and express themselves." It's all shit, Roberto.

I'm not criticising last night so much, I'm judging the woeful dross that we have been subjected to all season. The clueless attacking football played at a snail's pace, the amount of defence minded players in the team at home to crap like Hull or West Brom.

Last night buys them plaudits for losing narrowly but it's again the result of not sticking away a glorious opportunity, a chance that a striker should dream about, regardless of the fee paid for him.

I'm sorry but whatever is being coached into these guys by Martinez and his staff, it clearly ain't working.

Jim Bennings
18 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:18:04
We have scored just TWO goals in the league since we lost at Newcastle on December 28, and just four goals since the win at home to QPR nearly a fortnight before Christmas.

Anyone thinking the Leicester game will be a gimmee is in for a shock I'm afraid, they have not got the results that their play has deserved lately but if they play like they did at Anfield or Spurs in the Cup, they will fancy their chances of a point at Goodison at least.

We are 5 points ahead of 18th with away to Arsenal following the visit of Leicester, you get the feeling there will be more twists and turns yet in the relegation battle.

James Martin
19 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:38:23
We really can't get a break can we? Grandad Barry will be back in the team in no time.
Ray Roche
20 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:36:06
Jim, I've been saying that for some time; if you look at Leicester's performances, they are in a false position. They don't mind taking the game to the opposition and have been very unlucky this season. You can bet that their luck will change when they play us. They have too much pace and desire for this Martinez side.
Michael Polley
21 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:42:29
The guy is a liability. He should be used only as a sub. He can come on towards the end of the game to consolidate a result. Too slow and off the pace for the full 90.
Ross Edwards
22 Posted 12/02/2015 at 09:55:39
He's finished. His legs have gone. He's an absolute liability yet plays all 90 minutes each week. He's been absolutely useless yet he gets a guaranteed starting spot. Sticking to his favourites all the time.

He must have something on Martinez or a clause in his contract requiring him to play all 90 minutes regardless of performance.

Andrew Ellams
23 Posted 12/02/2015 at 10:00:37
What I don't get about Barry is that at his age, even if he was standout player for Footballer of the Year, why is he playing so many minutes? We have options in midfield, yet he is undroppable. Even when he was injured in December, he was rushed back too soon.
Ian Burns
24 Posted 12/02/2015 at 10:39:32
The bad news just keeps coming – I was expecting at least 3 games.
Dave Abrahams
25 Posted 12/02/2015 at 14:39:48
As someone pointed out the other day, when you have McCarthy, Besic and Barry in midfield, it leaves a big gap between midfield and the forwards so the movement is slowed down and playing that style just doesn't work and leaves us short of attacking ideas and consequently short of goals.

Barkley is still lacking confidence but should be the link between defence and attack and play alongside McCarthy and Besic.I understand what Barry brings to Everton's game but he surely needs a rest which will do himself and Everton some good.

Lee Gorre
26 Posted 12/02/2015 at 14:48:44
I think everyone is missing the main point here and that is that only a bunch of absolute knobs running football could come up with a rule that you end up getting less of a punishment for getting two yellows = red in a game than one yellow. Unbelievable!

Michael Kenrick
27 Posted 12/02/2015 at 15:01:26
No, Lee, the punishment is not less, it's just delayed, as he does not in fact have 10 yellows... yet! The punishment for a second yellow in a game is a one-match ban.

When he does get the next (single) yellow (a dead cert), he will miss two more games for accumulating 10 yellows.

Total punishment will then have been three matches missed, instead of two.

Jim Hardin
28 Posted 12/02/2015 at 14:36:51
Liam 14 forget reasoning with most of these posters. They somehow think Barry and Besic play the same role. They don't.
Besic is not a holding defensive mid and doesn't think like one. Last night, when Barry due to the run of play went forward with the ball and then, as he should, stayed near or went into the Chelsea box, Besic needed to drop back to cover the mid. He didn't and twice within the first 20 minutes, Chelsea countered straight up the field through the middle where Saint Besic should have been. Further if you watch, Barry directs the shape of the defense, mids forward, telling players where to go and when to press high or to double, etc. Besic doesn't do that. McCarthy can but he too likes to get forward a little more. The farther aaway Besic is from a defensive midfield role (true defensive mid) the better for Everton.

Also, if Barry's yellow was because of lack of pace, he can always play the guy off. But many of his yellows are like McCarthy's, taking one for the team to stop a break. Besic, on the other hand according to the experts on here can run like the wind so his yellows are poor judgment. So again, you leave the veteran on who knows his role and does it very well versus the reckless young player who doesn't know how to play that role.

Jim Bennings
29 Posted 12/02/2015 at 16:05:04
Jim Hardin

I find myself agreeing with you in a strange way.

I like Besic but I have stated many times that he only stops the opposition from playing, much in the same way Barry did fantastically well last season.

Besic offers truly nothing going forward, same as Barry and same as McCarthy.

Most teams have a central midfielder capable of creativity and playing telling passes aswell as scoring some goals, most teams have a central midfielder capable of 8-10 goals a season.

Who can do that for us?

Andrew Ellams
30 Posted 12/02/2015 at 16:29:28
Jim B, Barkley could if he was allowed to play in that central position.
Andy Meighan
31 Posted 12/02/2015 at 18:39:17
We could well beat Leicester 3-0 or 4-0 and Barry would walk straight back into the side for the next match. ItÂ’s getting beyond a joke how much Martinez has his favourites... in fact, itÂ’s embarrassing.

Oh and, by the way, I was exaggerating about putting 3 or 4 past Leicester. We donÂ’t look like weÂ’ll score 3 or 4 from now until the end of the season

Mark Farrar
32 Posted 12/02/2015 at 20:55:39
We really do suck at the moment. Wolfsburg away last time I gleaned any excitement from us.
Lee Gorre
33 Posted 12/02/2015 at 21:13:22
Michael, the fact that that he now receives a one game ban instead of two means by definition the punishment is less, everything else is supposition. So yes Michael the punishment is less.
Mike Allison
34 Posted 12/02/2015 at 21:44:32
At some point we have to let younger players like Besic learn the game. It's ridiculously negative to leave players out because of things they can't do, we should be picking them because of what they can do.

Besic doesn't have Barry's experience and nous, that's going to be obvious, but you don't necessarily need it. Football is about having a balance of different qualities and each player has their strengths and weaknesses, but at the moment, Barry looks done, and Besic looks like he'll develop into a hell of a player. For one thing, he receives the ball on the half turn and looks to go forward, that in itself is so much more encouraging than watching Barry.

I can't wait to a see a team with neither Naismith nor Barry in it. Not that I've got anything against Naismith, I like him, but it seems like these two players are guaranteed to play every minute they're available for, and neither should actually be in our starting XI. Naismith often looks knackered around 60-65 mins and you can see him visibly slumping more and more and his lags drag as he tries to move.

I'm looking forward to seeing Besic, McCarthy and Barkley in midfield, with two from Mirallas, Pienaar, Lennon, Atsu or even McGeady on the wing. At the moment, we seem to be handicapped by at least one and often two of the most limited players in our squad at all times.

Michael Kenrick
35 Posted 12/02/2015 at 22:37:41
Let's try it this way, Lee: So what you actually wanted is that he get's his 10th yellow, therefore must serve a two-game ban. Then he gets a second yellow in the same game (his 11th of the season?) which then merits a red and that's another game missed.

I know the jokers on here wanted him on a three-game ban but that ignores the logical mechanics by which two yellows in a game are no longer two yellows but instead are converted to a single red.

The point you seem to be failing to grasp is that the two yellows no longer exist. You saw them brandished but they are no more. In a moment of transmogrification, they became one red.

This is the bit I think you are struggling with. No supposition involved here: He's still sitting on nine yellows for the domestic season.... even though he's seen eleven. But the last two were magically wiped from the record the moment that the ref produced the red card.

Is this making any sense at all...?

Colin Glassar
36 Posted 12/02/2015 at 23:05:14
You lost me at transmogrification Michael. Not that it's a real word mind but it sounds great.
Colin Glassar
37 Posted 12/02/2015 at 23:09:19
I take that back, Michael. I googled it and it does exist therefore I shall transmogrify and disappear.
Colin Gee
38 Posted 12/02/2015 at 23:07:32
It does seem rather bizarre that a player facing a two-game ban for his tenth yellow card, can get himself another yellow card in the same game and therefore get sent off and only face a one game ban.

I like I think a lot of fans was expecting it to be three games.

Mohammed Horoub
39 Posted 13/02/2015 at 08:29:11
I guess the Besic sub makes sense now as I imagine Barry had planned to get sent off at the end of the game. The rest of our players should have known this and let those Chelsea muppets attack the ref. instead we got sucked in by their cheap tactics and lost our composure and a deserved point.

13 games left to this crap season. Instead of allowing us to enjoy the Europa games all we can think about is the 6 pointer we have got on Sunday the 22nd. I agree with those that say that we are stuck with Bobby for 1 more season for financial reasons.

Our only hope is that it usually takes him 3 seasons to get a bad team relegated so hopefully we will see a new manager in the summer of 16 because he probably needs 4 seasons to destroy our club. Till then we can enjoy the worst football Goodison has seen for a long time and hope we maintain our prem status.

Sam Hoare
40 Posted 13/02/2015 at 09:34:28
Andrew, I think a major rebuild is needed anyway!

The players I would least like to lose are probably Stones, McCarthy, Coleman and possibly even Besic. Barkley and Lukaku have both been pretty dire this season and their value will plummet unless that 'potential' begins turning into consistent performances. I'm not saying that I would try to actively sell but if we received stellar offers then I don't think i'd be too devastated to see them go.

Of course it would be hugely galling to see them, Barkley in particular, hit the heights elsewhere but I'm not totally convinced that either of them necessarily will. They've certainly gone backwards this season but maybe that's just because the team has been below par in general.

Tony Abrahams
41 Posted 13/02/2015 at 09:35:59
Jim 28 I think you would have a point if Gareth Barry would have not been so reckless the other night.
DJ Staunton
42 Posted 13/02/2015 at 09:00:03
Love reading the FA’s rule-book re. the "logical mechanics" behind the accumulation of yellow and red cards. One colour "transmogrifies" into another. Etc.

Like many Evertonians, perhaps, I would like to see Barry, on the basis of most his performances this season, banned from Everton’s first team for the remainder of his contract. He’s Phil Neville transmogrified.

Darren Bailey
43 Posted 13/02/2015 at 10:42:22
ItÂ’s ok, heÂ’ll replace Rom as heÂ’s after a move to a "Top club"!

HandÂ’s up who knew that was coming?

Andrew Ellams
44 Posted 13/02/2015 at 10:46:19
Sam, you're a right a rebuild is needed but I fear some of those players that you list as must stays (I agree on all of them) may have their heads turned in the summer. What we be left with then? Barry, Distin, Alcaraz etc. kept on because we can't afford to replace everybody?
Lee Gorre
45 Posted 13/02/2015 at 20:12:57
Michael, take your points. I see it from a different angle. All I would suggest is just try not to be so full of yourself and a little less triumphant in making your points.
Pete Edwards
46 Posted 13/02/2015 at 20:17:41
Clever Barry!!! Maybe he’ll be one of those who we will only realise what he does when he’s not there! Guess we will find out as he’s surely getting booked before amnesty!
Ant Summers
48 Posted 17/02/2015 at 11:24:44
So if he did know the situation, the man was looking for an opportune moment late in the game... Shame he cost us a point, but he won't care, he is now 100% guaranteed to play against Arsenal, if he ain't injured. Any chance someone does us a favour? I can't wait to get shut of him.

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