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Everton vs Burnley

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With six games left and 18 points still left to play for, Everton's quest to finish in the top half of the Premier League returns home for back-to-back home games against relegation-threatened Burnley and Champions League-chasing Manchester United.

Sean Dyche's side are up first as the Clarets bid for a victory that would move them out of an increasingly congested drop zone. They come into the weekend lying second from bottom but, with only one other team in the bottom six in League action this weekend because of the FA Cup, they can strike a psychological blow with a good result at Goodison Park.

Effectively safe from any threat from relegation themselves, Everton are looking upwards at the five-point gap to Stoke in 10th knowing that a continuation of their four-match unbeaten run will give them a chance to bridge it if results fall favourably elsewhere.

Roberto Martinez should be boosted by the return of Romelu Lukaku who has missed the last two matches with a hamstring injury. The Blues' leading scorer has trained well all week and should be passed fully fit to play. Arouna Kone, who has struggled to make an impact in his stead, is the likely man to give way.

Aiden McGeady is also in line again for a recall after recovering from knee and back problems in recent weeks but he will have to dislodge Aaron Lennon from the right wing slot and will also be competing with Kevin Mirallas for a place in the starting XI.

Lennon marked another decent display with his second Everton goal at Swansea last weekend while Mirallas was only given five minutes at the end of the 1-1 draw.

Leon Osman will undergo a late fitness test on the groin strain that forced him off after just half an hour at the Liberty Stadium but his replacement Steven Pienaar is a good bet to play from the start after coming through an hour without suffering any problems from his own various complaints that have sidelined him for much of the campaign.

Elsewhere in the side, while few changes are expected, there could be a recall for Steven Naismith, possibly in place of Ross Barkley. Tony Hibbert, Darron Gibson and Bryan Oviedo are definitely ruled out.

Burnley will be scrapping for their lives but while they held Champions-elect Chelsea to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge two months ago and came away from the Etihad Stadium with a 2-2 draw in December, they haven't won away from home since beating Stoke 2-1 back in November.

Their last two fixtures on the road have ended in 2-0 defeats to Southampton and Liverpool and if Everton can click the way they did against Newcastle and the Saints in recent weeks, they should be able to overcome any opposition Dyche's men can provide, however spirited.

Kick off: 3pm
Referee: Mike Jones

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Abhishek Saha
1 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:25:47
Coleman Stones Jagielka Baines
Barry McCarthy
Lennon Naismith Pienaar
Jim Bennings
3 Posted 17/04/2015 at 08:45:20
I donÂ’t know why but I can see us botching this one up in typical Everton fashion.

Burnley need the points big time and have proven they can mix it with better sides than ourselves so it wouldnÂ’t really shock me in the least if they came and got all three points tomorrow.

Let's face it, we have had a mini-revival but itÂ’s been nowhere near convincing; we were poor last week, pretty poor at home to Southampton but possibly caught them on a day they were equally poor, we were hardly convincing at QPR... and, fair enough, the 3-0 win over the Geordies was good but they have been on the beach for weeks now.

I still donÂ’t think we put in one single performance this season when we have really battered the opposition into submission, a match when we have loads of chances and at the end you actually catch breath and admire the teamÂ’s performance.

We just havenÂ’t had one like that all season. ItÂ’s been a weird season in that aspect: even when we have had bad seasons in the past, thereÂ’s always been the odd match where we have played totally outstanding in and itÂ’s had you looking back in regret that you couldnÂ’t do it more often.

This season though it just simply hasnÂ’t happened. No big wins against the top sides... no real great performance... it feels like the season is ending before its even started.

Ben Dyke
5 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:18:31
Jim and Ben you have made the same point there! Both very interesting too!

It will be a tough match. Burnley have got the right psychology from their manager, even if they don't have the level of ability our squad has.

I always feel a bit funny when we play the "smaller" teams as I really want them to do well and stick two fingers up to the "big" teams but naturally hope we batter them.

I would much rather have a Burnley in the Prem than a Chelsea or Man City!

Colin Glassar
6 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:23:02
This will be a scrap to the death. It wonÂ’t be pretty but we will win 2-1.
Jim Bennings
7 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:37:07
Ben Dyke,

I get what you mean, I quite hope Burnley stay up really but I want them to lose tomorrow – if only because our next home game is probably unwinnable at this moment given the form Manchester United are in.

We could still finish 13th or 14th if we start slacking off again – we have seen it too often with Everton this season: Leicester and Hull at home, even last week, we slackened off and yet another individual error cost us the win.

I truly hope next term we cure ourselves of these individual mistakes, itÂ’s been a woeful symptom that has destroyed our entire season on an almost weekly basis.

Brian Porter
8 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:51:27
Please God, donÂ’t let Martinez even THINK about dropping Lennon and bringing McGeady back into the team. Lennon has proved his value to us in the recent run of improved results and it is perhaps significant that overall we have achieved better results while McGeady has been absent.

We need to use two wingers in support of Rom and IÂ’d go with Lennon and Pienaar with Naismith starting and Mirallas as an impact sub, (but not just for the last five minutes, Roberto). But then after 56 years watching my team, what do I know when compared with the Â’phenomenalÂ’ manager we have in charge of team affairs?

Ross Edwards
9 Posted 17/04/2015 at 09:58:33
There is no room for complacency even though thereÂ’s a 12 point gap. All it takes is to lose the next 3 letÂ’s say and then the panic sets in again. WeÂ’re in mid-April and we still havenÂ’t got 40 points. ThatÂ’s unacceptable.

ItÂ’s going to be scrappy, as Colin says, so thereÂ’s no room for any more mistakes. 2-1 I hope.

Brian Porter
10 Posted 17/04/2015 at 10:09:09
A ps to my previous post:

Plus, Lennon has proved he can score goals, with two in the last three games. How many has McGeady got since he joined us? One, I think.

Jim Bennings
11 Posted 17/04/2015 at 10:41:46

You are correct: McGeady has scored just the one, on the opening say at Leicester – a peach it was too and who’d have thought we’d be saying in April that’s still his only goal?

I actually thought when we signed McGeady he had the look of a player who might have contributed more with goals, didnÂ’t he hit the post with a cracking effort against Aston Villa on his home debut? He really has been a big flop after reasonable expectations when signing him.

ItÂ’s no coincidence, with Lennon coming into the side more since playing for Everton, he has looked like scoring goals. I think it was Jermaine Jenas who said that he didnÂ’t get as many goals as heÂ’d like at Spurs because he very rarely ventured off hugging the wing.

I said when we signed Lennon there is a player there with quality and I think so far we are seeing it. Certainly since February, along with Phil Jagielka, he has been our best player.

Kevin Tully
12 Posted 17/04/2015 at 10:49:55
Ross - You have been on here saying we would lose the last 4 games. We have won three and drawn one. Give it a rest. Bookies arenÂ’t even offering odds on Everton being relegated. Boring.
Jim Bennings
13 Posted 17/04/2015 at 10:50:54
ThatÂ’s meaning since Lennon joined Everton heÂ’s looked like a goal threat because heÂ’s coming inside to take goalscoring positions, whereas at Spurs he was used solely as an out-and-out winger getting to the byline, obviously reducing the amount of goalscoring positions.
Declan Martin
14 Posted 17/04/2015 at 10:44:41
Will we ever see the Baines-Pienaar combo again? It was magical when it worked, but are PienaarÂ’s best days behind him?

Worth a try – especially at this end of the season

Ross Edwards
15 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:01:43
Great, Kevin. Wonderful. ItÂ’s taken us until March to win 3 games in a row. Get in Roberto. Managerial genius right there.
Ross Edwards
16 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:10:06
IÂ’ll say what I like Kevin. If you disagree, great. If you think itÂ’s boring, I couldnÂ’t care less because our football certainly has been.

We still havenÂ’t got to 40 points incidentally. Check the table rather than what the bookies think, thatÂ’s my advice. 12th, below Palace, Swansea, West Ham and Stoke.

IsnÂ’t Roberto wonderful? He kept a side that got European football last season up in the league. Hats off to him.

Paul Dempsey
17 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:17:27
Or we could take 9 points from the next three games... Glass always half empty..... always the managerÂ’s fault. Yawn.
Craig Walker
18 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:46:04
Slightly off topic but driving up to the game tomorrow. Does anyone know how late the Stanley Park car park is open until after the game and how much does it cost these days? Last time I drove up and parked there was Boxing Day 2013 and I think it was a tenner.
Craig Walker
19 Posted 17/04/2015 at 12:51:50
In relation to McGeady, I know a few Celtic fans who said when we were showing interest in him that he has tricks and can beat a man but there is no end product and he is very frustrating. I think that sums up his Everton career.
Phil Walling
20 Posted 17/04/2015 at 13:44:25
The crisis is over. I suspect Roberto has won back the support of the faithful so letÂ’s all hope that the lessons are learned and that next season will see a return to a Â’seventhishÂ’ spot... or better.

Personally, I canÂ’t stand the tedium of another year in the SpaniardÂ’s care so shall not be renewing my club tickets although I shall buy Â’a cheapoÂ’ seat in case the spirit moves me and I feel the need to see the lads in action.

Denis Richardson
21 Posted 17/04/2015 at 13:45:36
Ross, we are already safe, we can put the relegation talk aside I think. If we lose all our remaining 6 games we would still not go down - around 34-35 points will be enough this season.

Keep in mind that Hull have games against 3 of the top 5 still to play and Burnley would have to win at least 4 of their last 6 games to have any chance of catching us up. Nevermind the fact a lot of the last games will be between teams below us (i.e. they all canÂ’t get 3 points..)

Personally I think QPR and Hull are down (Hull have a nightmare run in). Then itÂ’s one out or Sunderland, Burnley and Leicester. Too close to call between them, especially as theyÂ’re all scheduled to play each other in the run in.

Clarence Yurcan
22 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:26:45
Ross you say, "Isn't Roberto wonderful? He kept a side that got European football last season up in the league. Hats off to him."

Kind of exactly like David Moyes this year at Sociedad! Or last season when he took the Premier League Champions and guided them to a stout 7th place finish. Oh, if only we had dour Davey back.

Christian Gawne
23 Posted 17/04/2015 at 14:57:48
Apparently Ings hasn't scored in seven games. Absolute stick-on tomorrow.
Harold Matthews
24 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:09:49
We lacked the goal threat of Lukaku and Naismith last week but we didnÂ’t give the ball away every five minutes... In fact, considering we were up against a strong side on their own ground, I thought we performed pretty well and were only beaten by a daft handball. It will be interesting to see how we perform with the goal-scorers back.
Michael Spear
25 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:37:19
Craig (18), the Stanley Park car park is open until late, certainly for a couple of hours or so after the match, to cater for the lounge members coming out late (donÂ’t ask how I know that!). It costs ٦.

And youÂ’re spot on about McGeady. Enjoy the game.

Patrick Murphy
26 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:48:38
Alan Brazil sent out a ’get well soon’ message to Bill Kenwright – anybody heard about him being ill?

Despite him not being the best owner in our history, I reiterate BrazilÂ’s get well soon message to Bill.

Paul Dempsey
27 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:53:16
Christian (#23),

Almost choked on my coffee!! I wish you hadnÂ’t told me... I think IÂ’d best go to the bookies and get my cash on it... an absolute cert!

How about a double with Â’Stevie MeÂ’s FA Cup dreamÂ’ (all national newspapers and Sky) being Â’onÂ’ thanks to debatable penalty win?

Brian Porter
28 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:44:30
Jim #11, thanks for confirming what I thought re McGeadyÂ’s scoring prowess (or lack thereof).

Last night, I was talking to an ex-RAF mate of mine, a rampant Celtic fan for as long as IÂ’ve been a Blue, some 56 years. He told me that we were Â’bloody stupidÂ’ to sign McGeady:

"If heÂ’d been any use, do you think weÂ’d have let the boy go? YouÂ’ve signed two ex Old Firm players: ex RangersÂ’ Naismith, who I hate to admit will run his heart out for club and country, and ex-Celt McGeady who just... well... runs, and does fuck all at the end of it."

Coming from a hardened Celtic fan thatÂ’s quite an admission, but quite true when you assess McGeadyÂ’s performances. Pretty work down the wing then runs out of space and canÂ’t pick out a pass to save his life. Lennon should be a Â’must startÂ’ for us, then sign him and offload McGeady in the summer. They could virtually balance each other out, fee-wise.

Eric Myles
29 Posted 17/04/2015 at 15:55:41
Clarence #22, Moyes took over Sociedad when they were 15th in the league and already out of Europa and they are now 11th.

Surely thatÂ’s an improvement not a failure?

Craig Walker
30 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:28:37
Michael (25) - thanks very much for the info. COYB!
Harold Matthews
31 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:31:56
Patrick. I looked up BK and Brazil on Twitter but nothing mentioned. Fingers crossed heÂ’s okay.
Trevor Peers
32 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:26:53
We should win tomorrow but you can bet it wonÂ’t be easy. I do hope Roberto sorts out the squad in the summer.

Keeping players who are either too old, injury prone or simply donÂ’t want to play for us should be done quickly and without any fuss. ItÂ’s not looking good so far with the statements about Mirallas and Gibson from Roberto.

ItÂ’s looking like he wants to keep the squad together when it obviously needs new faces after this seasonÂ’s fortunes.

Jimmy Kelly
33 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:32:51
Clarence, maybe you donÂ’t recall RossÂ’s posts in the latter days of the Moyes reign, but I can be pretty certain he wouldnÂ’t want Â’Dour DaveyÂ’ Back!
Ross Edwards
34 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:57:24
Jimmy, youÂ’re absolutely spot-on mate. I definitely do not want Moyes anywhere near our club ever again.
Jim Hardin
35 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:14:58
Clarence (#22),

Except Moyes didnÂ’t have La Real last season and has improved their position this season. CanÂ’t say the same for Martinez. Also, three of Man UtdÂ’s best players are Rooney, Mata, and Fellaini, who coincidentally were MoyesÂ’s signings (one re-signing). Given time, he likely would have gotten it right, most likely after weeding out the rest of the rats there including Giggs the backstabber.

However, we have Martinez now and Moyes is gone so why are you continuing to take shots at him? Did he not say 'Hello' to you once or something?

Peter Mills
36 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:59:49
My name is Peter and I have just renewed my season ticket.
Brian Harrison
37 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:58:21
RM said in his press conference this week about this being a good time for the youngsters to make a mark. I wonder how many will feature in his squad for tomorrow, and how many will be given game time. I presume he didnÂ’t mean Lukaku, Stones and Barkley.

I listened to Tim Sherwood in the week and he was saying that, when he took over at Spurs, Harry Kane was nowhere near the first team as he was behind Soldado and Adebayor. He said that the kid was scoring for the Under-21s so he gave him a chance. I guess if AVB had stayed in charge, Kane would have been on loan or sold to a Championship team.

So, RM, you never know if a young player is up to it unless you play them, mind when Browning came on in the derby, he did well; haven't seen the lad since. So, for me, it's about what RM does not what he says that matters. Surely practically being safe this is the ideal opportunity to give some of the youngsters a go.

Mike Childs
38 Posted 17/04/2015 at 16:58:34
I sure do hope we win but wonÂ’t be too fussed if Burnley get a draw against us. Sunderland, Hull and QPR are the teams I hope to see relegated. Especially Sunderland who have just avoid it the last few years.

Plus, if they go, we could maybe get Pantillion from them to compete for the gloves. Mr USA has to go.

Alan Bodell
39 Posted 17/04/2015 at 18:13:22
Peter #36, ha ha, I also tried going sober for a while, it never lasted and I need to get decent pub session in before the game these days.
Brin Williams
40 Posted 17/04/2015 at 19:48:44
A recent link here referred to our missing tribes.

There has also been much talk about winning/losing matches and IÂ’m not sure which is the most important in the view of our modern day supporters.

Would we prefer a large crowd and a bad result or the other way round? What would be the best thing for the club? I suppose the answer lies in who the bad defeat was against or how poor the attendance was.

Let me explain, if we were playing against say Burnley or Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea or Arsenal would we be happy with a big crowd and a bad loss or a small crowd and a win? What would we remember? The crowd or the result?

As we all know we have suffered humiliating defeats against the shite, Man U, Chelsea and the Arse in the Premier League era and there were usually quite sizeable crowds to witness these forgettable moments.

What made me an Evertonian was in fact a sizeable defeat and at the hands of no other than the now lowly Burnley.

Evertonians have been fortunate to have retained their top flight status despite some dodgy times, Burnley however suffered and fell from the zenith of European Cup football and have struggled ever since.

So what was that match that made me an Evertonian or one of the tribe, it was a hefty 0 - 3 defeat at home to a then high riding Burnley on the 27th December 1960 with what turned out to be the highest crowd attendance that has seen since that day.

What a day, what a team we had, what an absolute marvellous honour to be at a jam-packed Goodison Park, shaking to the rafters with surging crowds of supporters all willing their team on and young kids circling the pitch on the touch line where they had been passed down by their fathers for safety and to see a truly memorable occasion.

Everton lost 0 - 3 but boy I would pay to see that all over again, time after time. Ou est le Â’lost tribeÂ’?

Clarence Yurcan
41 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:17:54
Listen, I am not saying Roberto is the man to bring Everton forward, I just think he is no worse than Moyes.
Tony Hill
42 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:20:32
Yes, Ings is nailed on to score. I think weÂ’ll nick it though.
Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:15:18
Brin (#40) I remember that day well, canÂ’t say I enjoyed it, jammed like a sardine in a tin, on Gwladys Street, expecting us to win as we had won 3-1 at Burnley the day before.

Mind you, great days werenÂ’t far away, with great players coming and some wonderful performances awaiting.

Patrick Murphy
44 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:43:00

I did listen to the TalkSport show between 09:30am - 10:00am this morning. John Parrot was on talking about Snooker and Everton. Just before the show ended, Brazil gave out his get well soon message, but he didnÂ’t elaborate on what was the issue with Bill Kenwright.

Paul Hughes
45 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:54:46
Off topic, but Jimmy Anderson has just taken his 384th Test wicket, beating Ian BothamÂ’s record. LetÂ’s hope this success for the "Burnley Express" isnÂ’t an omen!
Ian Smitham
46 Posted 17/04/2015 at 20:52:39
Patrick Murphy, I have no idea whether he is ill. But strangely at the last game, he left his seat a few minutes in to the first half and did not return. As he walked up the steps I looked at him and TBH I thought he looked ill.
Patrick Murphy
47 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:05:06
Cheers Ian - I suppose if heÂ’s not in his usual speck tomorrow he must be unwell.
Doug Harris
48 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:21:15
Well after watching Everton for 32 games this season, it's enough to make anyone ill, Bill!
Paul Dempsey
49 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:17:47
Peter (#36), brilliant... still laughing...

My nameÂ’s Paul and IÂ’m an alcoholic... no I mean IÂ’ve renewed my season ticket.... (cue shuffling, coughs and embarrassed silence)

Mark Frere
50 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:24:14
If Mirallas is fit and fully committed to the club, he should start. Pienaar, in the last game against Swansea, came on and showed what our team has been lacking. We have really missed his link-up play this season.

As for the headless chicken (Lennon), he should be on the bench. The other players just need to follow his example of working hard for the team – not too much to ask for is it!

I would like to see Garbutt more involved in the remaining games, but I canÂ’t see him being selected unless Baines is moved into midfield.

The interest in this season ended in Kiev, but the higher up the table we finish means more money for the transfer kitty. And it would be nice to see a big improvement in performances between now and the end of the season to at least show we might be heading in the right direction. Like it or not, Martinez will be here next season, so we just have to hope heÂ’s learned some harsh lessons and can display in these last few games that heÂ’s capable of getting more out of the players. At least then, with some good signings in the summer, we might have some fresh hope for next season.

I would play:

Coleman Jagielka Stones Garbutt
McCarthy Baines
Mirallas Barkley Pienaar

Dave Abrahams
51 Posted 17/04/2015 at 21:43:35
Mark, quite a good team that, IÂ’d have Lennon instead of Mirallis though.
Patrick Murphy
52 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:04:01
This is worth a watch for all of us who take visiting Goodison Park for granted. Only quibble is when the lad comes outside the Adelphi there is some Kopite saying "Stupid Evertonian" – surely they could have dubbed that out of the final film, they would have done if the shoe had been on the other foot.

South Africa - Goodison

John Malone
53 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:15:11
Patrick that is brilliant that mate, really good! I love the fact he loves big Dunc put a smile on my face before bed that!
Tom Bowers
54 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:15:49
I would like to see the Blues see out the season in style but somehow I sense it will be more of the same sputtering that we have witnessed all season.

Yes, they should beat Burnley on paper but, if they do, it wonÂ’t be pretty as the Clarets will be fighting like hell and have proved they can be a handful in many games just like Leicester.

There are no easy games where Everton are concerned and I would hope some of the players will be playing for their jobs next season. Very few of the Everton squad could claim form consistency this season and in fact I would say almost all of them have been consistently inconsistent, hence the poor season.

James Flynn
55 Posted 17/04/2015 at 22:55:41
And if Ruane is following this thread: Matthysse vs. Provodnikov this Saturday.
Harold Matthews
56 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:47:05
Patrick. Brilliant video of a true fan. Thanks. Adelphi business too faint to notice.
Michael Winstanley
57 Posted 17/04/2015 at 22:58:53
I agree with Dave and Baines would be at left back with Barry in the middle. ThatÂ’s our strongest first eleven in my opinion and itÂ’s what I expect to see on Saturday.

A win is all I want, Burnley donÂ’t keep many clean sheets so I expect us to score a few goals.

Fran Hawkhead
58 Posted 17/04/2015 at 22:32:56
WhatÂ’s going on?? All this "Oooh I hope Burnley stay up" garbage. Do you hope the Everton players share that feeling on Saturday as well? Burnley want to beat us. WeÂ’ve got to go at them and score one and go for another and then another and then another.

I still hope that Martinez will get it right again. He hasn’t gone too far down the road of no return to extinguish the potential I believe he has with Everton. But I believe that to scrutinize him on this season’s performance only and bizarrely judge him against himself from last season – and a lot are – then do not forget the impact that two games a week have had on the team due to the Europa League.

You play Thursday. Travel back/rest on Friday. Light training Saturday. Match Sunday. Rest/"recover" Monday. Training Tuesday. Light training or fly out to another country Wednesday. Match Thursday.

You tell me on that schedule when the manager and his staff can get stuck into drills; methods; some actual coaching on plays?

Maybe we could judge Martinez better from next season – after a pre-season not disrupted by a World Cup and no Europa League. Don’t forget, the Europa League has a more significant impact on one's domestic league performance than the Champions League. The Europa League clearly involves more games than the Champions League. But it also includes a more significant amount of travelling. In the Champions League you’re playing teams from Spain, France, Germany, Portugal, Italy etc. In the Europa you’re travelling additionally to more teams in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey.

Since that competition has ended for us, we have achieved seven points from nine. LetÂ’s just see how we get on between now and Autumn. If weÂ’re struggling, then yes maybe itÂ’s time to question the ManagerÂ’s appointment. But maybe with no European football hindrance, Martinez may thrive with Everton, given the same circumstances as his peers.

Harold Matthews
59 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:58:32
Coleman Stones Jagielka Baines
Lennon McCarthy Pienaar
Lukaku (Kone)
Victor Jones
60 Posted 17/04/2015 at 23:41:04
Mark Frere, thatÂ’s a good team that you picked. Although I also would have Lennon playing in place of Mirallas. Martinez should be trying out new formations, because let's be honest, nothing has really worked this season. The football has been mainly dire. Our few wins have been nothing more than a struggle. I have seen no improvement.

I have seen nothing to suggest that next season will be any better. As we are relatively safe. Martinez should be looking for more energy. He should be looking to try something different. He might just be surprised by a Garbutt - Baines combination. But we all know that he will try nothing. We all know that he will plod on with the old tried and tested plodders in midfield. We might win tomorrow. But I fear for Everton next week. I would have a go at Man Utd, with a few youngsters in the team.

A few wins, and some Everton supporters reckon that Martinez has turned things around. If it wasnÂ’t for his efforts all season, nothing would have needed turned around. Short memories from some supporters. The defeats at Christmas should never be allowed to happen, ever again. This season has been dire.

We need to start next season on the front foot. We need to show more energy. We need to show more passion. We need to be higher in the league. We need to be winning football matches. I give Martinez to October. If he has not got things right, then he goes. No more chances. But I do hope that he gets everything right. I hope he gets this team playing. Because this is all about Everton. Nothing else.

One of my earliest memories of watching Everton, was also a game against Burnley. It was a win for Everton, around 1969-70. Burnley had a good team then. And TBH I have always had a soft spot for them. They had some very good players, back then. We all remember Martin Dobson.

Never mind about Ings scoring tomorrow. If Frank Casper is still knocking about. He would also score. As usual, I do not trust that Everton will keep a clean sheet. I expect Burnley to give Everton a tough game. But I believe that we have better players. I believe that we will turn over a team before the end of the season. It could be tomorrow. This is now egg on face time, I am going for a 3-1 or a 4-1 win for Everton. Why not?

What would we all give, for the days when we knew that Everton only needed to turn up against teams like Burnley, and the win was guaranteed. I think that was maybe 30 years ago. Those were the days.

Get well soon, Mr. Kenwright (should he really be ill). For all his faults, he is still an Evertonian. COYBs

Andy Crooks
61 Posted 18/04/2015 at 00:40:02
Patrick (#52), that was really good. IÂ’ve watched it a few times and it makes me feel good and proud.
Ross Edwards
62 Posted 18/04/2015 at 01:00:36
Is Kenwright ill? WhatÂ’s all this about? I havenÂ’t seen or read anything? Enlighten me please.
Victor Jones
63 Posted 18/04/2015 at 00:36:55
I know that I am going off topic. But reading about some fellow older supporters talking about wishing to go back to the large crowds of the 1960s. Should a time machine ever be invented, then I am first in line to go back, to see the great Dixie Dean play. Especially in his 60-goal season. That would be something.

I believe that my old grandad saw some games back then. And I remember reading that Dean scored 4 goals in a 5-3 win over Burnley that season. (I am a self-confessed nerd, when it comes to all things Everton.)

Okay, thatÂ’s the history lesson over. Let's beat Burnley tomorrow. And try to get some momentum going into the Man Utd game. Try and finish the season on a high.

Brian Wilkinson
64 Posted 18/04/2015 at 01:05:30
I am going for a 4-1 win, scrappy at the start, then two quick-fire goals followed by an arse-twitching Burnley goal. A third goal and finally an 88th min 4th goal to put the game to bed.

Villa to get nobbed by a late own goal, then the final kick in the nuts, losing a couple of players who will be assessed before the Man Utd game, none coming through and ending up playing Man Utd with no fit forwards.

That's the life and times of us Evertonians: up one minute down the next.

Steavey Buckley
65 Posted 18/04/2015 at 01:20:28
Good managers should never sacrifice width to unbalance a team. An Everton team with Steve Pienaar on one side and Aaron Lennon on the other will provide a good attacking team tomorrow against Burnley, even if it just has Lukaku up front by himself.
Dave Long
66 Posted 18/04/2015 at 01:30:18
Thank you, Patrick! Teary eyed, inspiring me to bring my lads over from Japan for their first game.
Laurie Hartley
67 Posted 18/04/2015 at 03:27:27
Harold @ 59 – now that is an interesting set up! Putting McCarthy in front of Barkley is not something that I have ever thought about. No doubt there is sound logic behind your choice so I have to ask why? – Is it because you want them both to take more responsibility?
Michael Parrington
68 Posted 18/04/2015 at 07:01:28
Rather than trying to win the rest of the games this season, after today and 40 points, IÂ’d like to see Martinez drop the likes of Barry, Pienaar, Baines, Coleman, Ossie, and perhaps even Jags, and play the next generation of youngsters. Give them a real chance to prove themselves and see if they can cut it or not.

The older generation need replacing at some stage. TheyÂ’ve had their opportunities. Henen, Galloway, Browning, Dowell, etc. playing with Oviedo, Besic, Stones, Lukaku. IÂ’d like to see that... At least for one game!

Tom Dodds
69 Posted 18/04/2015 at 07:14:41
RE Â’Kenwright illness...Â’

WasnÂ’t Brazil involved with Andy Gray in the Dubai owner takeover bollocks exactly this time last season??

Looks like the shyster is going for a Â’sympathyÂ’ vote for this season's ticket renewal deadline.

Anto Byrne
70 Posted 18/04/2015 at 07:13:40
I think we need to play our best team and get up the table, we need the money from finishing in the top ten. Bit of a spurt and we could get 8th. I predict a 4-0 thrashing of Burnley.
Pete Edwards
71 Posted 18/04/2015 at 07:25:10
Mark, I wouldn’t mind some more headess chickens on the pitch if they match a record of 2 goals in 3 games. Amazing how some people canÂ’t see past their pre-conceived thoughts of players.
Brian Furey
72 Posted 18/04/2015 at 07:57:26
I watched that video and it made me cry. Football is amazing how it brings together people from all over the world. I remember the first time my now wife came to a game with me and we stayed in the Adelphi. She hates football but cheered for Everton all day.

Anyway, IÂ’m totally amazed at how many of ye have caught the Martinez BLIND positivity bug. One of the most important attributes of a football manager I think is being able to see whatÂ’s happening fast and be able to change it. Having the balls to change it. Yes, it's important sometimes to be stubborn and stick to your guns but also be man enough to admit you got it wrong.

At the start of this year I loved RobertoÂ’s positive outlook. I was optimistic for McGeady but as the season went on, I could see Roberto was not the man I thought he was. His inability to say we were rubbish, we canÂ’t play this style, to see Lukaku needed early balls into him. The two best full backs in the league have been poor this year.

In my humble opinion RM hasnÂ’t got the know how to get the best out of the players we have. Yes, he's got lots of ideas of how the game can be played but doesnÂ’t see the facts in front of him.

I think heÂ’s learnt nothing this year and his obvious stubbornness to keep playing players like Barry, Howard, McGeady has proven to me he is not ruthless, honest and canÂ’t see where we are going wrong.

McCarthy has so much potential and if he played for Man Utd or Chelsea heÂ’d be driving forward much more and be the new Roy Keane.

I hope IÂ’m wrong Roberto

Alan Bodell
73 Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:16:21
Patrick, take a bow, mate, that vid is superb.
Shaun Laycock
74 Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:14:34
Coleman Stones Jagielka Garbutt
McCarthy Baines
Lennon Barkley Mirallas

Subs: Robles, Galloway, Barry, Naismith, Pienaar, Osman, Kone.

Denis Richardson
75 Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:14:53
IÂ’ll join in the fantasy formation... personally would like to see;

Coleman Jagielka Stones Garbutt
Mirallas McCarthy Barry Pienaar

4 across the midfield for a change

Harold Matthews
76 Posted 18/04/2015 at 08:03:13
Laurie. IÂ’m not in the habit of putting line-ups on TW. ItÂ’s not my kind of thing. However, I have been driven to it by something known as "TW exasperation."

Like a few other lads, you failed to notice that, in the Swansea game, Martinez had lined up McCarthy directly in front of Barkley which allowed him to get involved in the much improved passing movements in the final third, including the goal assist. (Lukaku and Naismith were missing, which lessened our goal threat but helped us keep the ball.)

Of course, there were times when he did chase back, especially after attacking dead-ball situations when Jags, Baines and Stones moved upfield. His defensive mentality will always drag him back but I was thrilled to bits with his attacking link-up play.

I donÂ’t buy into this "responsibility" thing. TheyÂ’re doing their best for the team out there and, as far as IÂ’m concerned, theyÂ’re doing okay. For a million and one reasons, weÂ’ve had a season to forget and I confidently look forward to more successful times. As the boss, Martinez has taken a hammering but certain recent events have caused me to see him in a better light.

Andrew Presly
77 Posted 18/04/2015 at 09:46:18
Thanks for sharing that link, Patrick. Happy the guy made it for one of the few decent performances of the season.

The Adelphi abuse wouldÂ’ve been kept in due to the right (wrong) production staff on the film being RS. Sad but true. Same ilk as the non-entity at ITV that cut to a Tic-Tac ad when Gosling knocked them out of the cup.

Here in London, Liverpool fans are like rats, youÂ’re always within 10 feet of one.

Dave Abrahams
78 Posted 18/04/2015 at 10:16:42
Very moving that, Patrick, made up for our South African bluenose. To see the absolute joy on his face with all things Everton, just lovely. It took me back to the first time I saw an Everton first team game, versus Arsenal in 1948.

I'll never ever forget running up those flight of stairs in the Boys Pen and gazing at the wonder of Goodison Park. Even though we lost 2-0 I was captured by the magic of Everton. Lovely pictures, Patrick, took me back all those years ago. Thank you.

Tony Hill
79 Posted 18/04/2015 at 10:35:18
Yes, Patrick, thanks for the video. What a lovely man he is and what an Evertonian.
Max Wilson
80 Posted 18/04/2015 at 10:32:51
Burnley last won at Goodison in 1976 according to the pundits. If we donÂ’t win at the Old Lady to-day it will be an embarrassment. Why, even shit shirts (Lawro) has us down to win. Bloody hell....

I see a few of us are beating the Robles drum again. He lacks match practice and Howard (Mr "You're talking bollocks") has been reasonably reliable lately even if his Swansea penalty dive was a bit humiliating. I expect to see Pienaar continue the great come back he showed those of us that made the trip to Swansea. You couldnÂ’t see it on MotD but if you were on BT no doubt you know to what I refer. Just a month coming back from a hamstring seems a bit hasty, but we hope to see Lukaku. Two-nil at least please, With a clean sheet!

Sam Hoare
81 Posted 18/04/2015 at 10:38:02
Okay, my turn. I'm still not sure Ross has enough creativity to play AMC and I would like to see him play more box to box. With that in mind:

Coleman Stones Jagielka Garbutt
Barkley McCarthy
Lennon Mirallas Pienaar

That is a team that will create chances and sacrifices a modicum of solidity for enterprise. IÂ’d like to watch that team.

Kelvin Thomas
82 Posted 18/04/2015 at 11:35:36
Go on, Roberto, put a smile on Evertonians faces, choose youÂ’re strongest side and we will beat Burnley today:

Coleman Stones Jagielka Baines
McCarthy Barkley
Lennon Mirallas Pienaar

Winston Williamson
83 Posted 18/04/2015 at 11:36:01
I like that team Sam, but IÂ’d make a slight change to the formation:

Coleman Stones Jagielka Garbutt
Lennon Barkley Besic Pienaar
Mirallas Lukaku

Jamie Crowley
84 Posted 18/04/2015 at 12:33:10
Civil War in the Crowley house today. Burnley is the MrsÂ’ team.

I want Burnley to stay up. But IÂ’d like to see a 7-0 thrashing today! Gotta win this one to save me from the bevy of snide comments my wife will lob my way!

Mike Childs
85 Posted 18/04/2015 at 12:58:25
Great video and they couldnÂ’t have picked a better game for him this year.
Ross Edwards
86 Posted 18/04/2015 at 13:19:14
There are no excuses today. We should win at least 3-0 today hopefully. As Lennon is in my fantasy football team I hope he scores a couple!
Colin Glassar
88 Posted 18/04/2015 at 13:46:59

4-4-2 please.

Ross Edwards
89 Posted 18/04/2015 at 13:57:50
Barkley instead of Barry, please, Colin.
James Marshall
90 Posted 18/04/2015 at 14:02:05
That video of the guy from South Africa made me a bit teary too - great stuff, great bloke and good on Stevie P for coming out to meet him on the pitch.

Ross @86, what makes you think we Â’should win at least 3-0Â’ today? Burnley have given lots of teams a good game this season, despite their league position, and theyÂ’ve beaten Man City, drawn with Chelsea and narrowly lost 1-0 to Arsenal. I see no reason to think weÂ’ll roll them over.

Sean Dyche has them right at it, and to think weÂ’ll simply brush them off seems a little blue-tinted if you ask me. I wouldnÂ’t be at all surprised to see us lose today, although I think a draw is more likely.

Ross Edwards
91 Posted 18/04/2015 at 14:08:23
At Turf Moor theyÂ’re tough to beat but I think we have enough to beat them.
James Marshall
92 Posted 18/04/2015 at 14:15:54
Howard, Baines, Jagielka (c), Stones, Coleman, Barry, McCarthy, Mirallas, Barkley, Lennon, Kone (Subs: Robles, McGeady, Lukaku, Naismith, Besic, Garbutt, Alcaraz)
Rahul Sreekumar
93 Posted 18/04/2015 at 14:28:34
Pienaar is injured?
Brian Porter
94 Posted 18/04/2015 at 16:01:26
Why isnÂ’t Baines taking penalties any more? CanÂ’t believe how poor BarkleyÂ’s effort was.
Laurie Hartley
95 Posted 19/04/2015 at 01:38:59
Harold thanks for your explanation about the Barkley / McCarthy set up. I will be watching the recording of the Burnley game shortly and look at their performances in the light of your comments.

As far as Martinez is concerned, I was one of the ones giving him a hammering. My confidence in him is very low but we will see what the future brings. If he turns it around, great.

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