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Martinez and Lukaku call for response against Sunderland

by | 04/05/2015  Comments (51)  jump

Lukaku: "We we gave them the game, especially in the first-half."
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Roberto Martinez says that his team can't afford to demonstrate the lack of intensity they showed against Aston Villa, a match that Romelu Lukaku admits Everton "gave" to Tim Sherwood's side", over the last three games of the season.

The Blues lost their first Premier League match in seven when they went down 3-2 at Villa Park, a scoreline that masked the poverty of their performance, particularly in the first half when they failed to create a single chance.

The result ensured that the highest Everton can finish this season is ninth but the manager insists that every point is worth playing for in terms of preparing for next season.

"We just can't afford to perform with the lack of intensity we did in the first half again," Martinez told the Liverpool Echo.

We were in the middle of a good run, to get 16 out of 18 points was great, but now we want to make sure we put this result to bed and focus on an important game against Sunderland.

Not fighting relegation and not fighting to get into the Champions League doesn't mean that every point doesn't matter. Our final points tally has a lot of meaning towards what we want to achieve.

Though poor defending was at the root of two of Villa's goals, Martinez was keen to stress that it was a below-par performance that ran right through the team.

"It wasn't just the defenders, it was an approach," he continued. "We didn't have the intensity, we didn't keep the ball well enough, and we didn't create enough threat or get into the final third enough. The whole performance wasn't up to the level we expect.

Lukaku, who scored his 19th goal of the season with a 59th-minute penalty, was equally critical, saying that, "we gave them the game, especially in the first-half.

We kept fighting to the end but they didn't win the game, we gave them the game and we need to work harder next week and get a result back at home.

The fit-again Belgian will go in search of his 20th goal of the season when Sunderland, another relegation-threatened side, come to Goodison Park on Saturday. If he can reach the milestone, he will be the first Everton player to score 20 or more goals in a season since Yakubu seven years ago.

I would have five or six more (if I hadn't been injured) but that's football, Lukaku continued. I want to keep on scoring but I also want to win games.

I am a team player and though I'm happy to keep scoring but I'm in football to win games."  

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Oscar Huglin
4 Posted 04/05/2015 at 20:24:10

Bad performance brings acceptance of the negatives and determination to improve. This is what we missed earlier in the season, and is hopefully a sign that Martinez has learnt from that.

Joe Clitherow
5 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:07:35
Sorry Oscar, not specifically meant at you, but will you stop with the "hopefully Martinez has learnt" crap? He hasnÂ’t, he doesnÂ’t, heÂ’s been pulling the same crap for years.

In fact, every single sentence of this nature always has the word "hopefully".

I don’t want "hopefully" to hang my hat on – I want rigour, discipline, diligence, competence, planning, tactical nous, timing, business aptitude and man management skills. I expect these attributes for a multi-million salary, not hope.

If you want "hopefully" then "hopefully" our next manager has at least some of these qualities because the current clown certainly doesnÂ’t.

Doug Harris
6 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:20:08
We have all put up with this so-called response from the players and the manager all season long. Bit late now in fact it was probably a bit late in September after a shite start to a season we all had hopes for of at least improvement on last season.

Enough of this 'response' crap. It is you and the players that are responsible for the crap we have had to put up with.

Guy Hastings
7 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:29:28
"I was worried about exactly what happened," says Martinez after AV game, followed a couple of days later by Â’Â’We just canÂ’t afford to perform with the lack of intensity we did in the first half again."
Captain of Titanic: Â’I was worried about exactly hitting an iceberg,Â’ followed by Â’We just canÂ’t afford to hit one again.Â’

What the fuck does he do for his money?

Steve Chesters
8 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:38:05
More utter tripe from Martinez, he must think we are all fools.

As for Lukaku, he would have had 5 or 6 more if he hadnÂ’t been injured? ...... DonÂ’t make me laugh, heÂ’d have had 5 or 6 more if heÂ’d shown a bit of effort on a consistent basis, you mean?

Ross Edwards
9 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:41:17
More drivel from Martinez. If he was worried about the lack of intensity, why didnÂ’t he do what a decent manager would do and actually motivate them sufficiently?

Now heÂ’s saying Â’We canÂ’t afford to do it againÂ’ when by rights we shouldnÂ’t have had that lack of intensity in the first place.

And one last thing. Can someone actually provide a clear case for Martinez based on this season only? All I see is a lot of uses of the words Â’hopefullyÂ’ Â’I believe... etcÂ’. The evidence from this season is clear, that RM has failed miserably in terms of results, performance and tactics.

As Joe says, I expect competent management, a hard working, fully motivated team and a clear tactical plan and organisation. This season, we havenÂ’t seen any. I certainly donÂ’t hope for it either, it should be guaranteed.

Colin Glassar
10 Posted 04/05/2015 at 21:55:12
What are they supposed to say? The first half performance was pathetic so of course, as professionals, they want to react. It wouldÂ’ve been worse if they "who cares? WeÂ’ve already booked our hols".
James Marshall
12 Posted 04/05/2015 at 23:42:43

He openly criticises the players and you still blame him? Surely his statement shows heÂ’s equally as pissed off with the players for not doing as theyÂ’re told as we should be? I still donÂ’t understand this mentality of bashing the manager, even when he comes out and states, "It wasnÂ’t just the defenders, it was an approach," he continued. "We didnÂ’t have the intensity, we didnÂ’t keep the ball well enough, and we didnÂ’t create enough threat or get into the final third enough. The whole performance wasnÂ’t up to the level we expect."

That to me sounds like a damning indictment of the players not doing as asked by the manager.

I suppose youÂ’ll argue that he somehow has failed to motivate them, right?

Patrick Murphy
13 Posted 04/05/2015 at 23:48:46
James - I agree with you but that still doesnÂ’t explain why he failed to change the team earlier in the match there is no rule that states substitutions can only take place in the first 45 minutes if a player is injured.

He could quite legitimately have taken off Mirallas and Naismith after 20 minutes and many Blues wouldnÂ’t have complained or had a go at the manager for taking such action. It may well be that Roberto is using or has used the last few weeks to test the character of certain players in his squad, but the manager canÂ’t carry out all of his actions in private, sometimes a public statement has the desired effect. The same situation arose at Southampton in December and he didnÂ’t alter things out on the pitch, again nobody would have batted an eye if he had taken three players off at half-time.

Gerry Quinn
14 Posted 04/05/2015 at 23:55:13
James, probably one of the most sensible replies on here for a long time. The bashing of the Manager seems to be the norm here - the whipping boy - probably because Hibbo has been injured and absent for most of the season!

The players have been totally inconsistent, their attitude stinks at times and there doesnÂ’t seem to be any leadership or geeing up on the pitch. CanÂ’t begin to imagine what Peter Reid would have done to these players around him!

Having followed this team for over 50 years IÂ’ve seen brilliance, effort and dross. This team seems to have had all of those moments, the latter more than the former. CanÂ’t wait for this season to end - I have never been so confused and disappointed in a team that, on paper, should be a lot better than this.

Andy Crooks
15 Posted 05/05/2015 at 00:27:59
Colin # 10, I would disagree with you on most things Martinez but you always make me consider my views, and if Martinez should deliver us success I will be mightily pleased to congratulate you on foresight and openmindedness.

Gerry, I think that whipping boy is part of the managerÂ’s role. I wonÂ’t reiterate my dismay at what Martinez offers but he defends his players in admirable fashion. They owe him big time.

James Marshall
16 Posted 05/05/2015 at 00:36:21
Patrick - I agree he should have perhaps made a change, but that doesnÂ’t detract from people complaining about the effort of the players by having a go at the manager. TheyÂ’re the ones running about kicking the ball, not him.

I was there at the Southampton game in December, screaming at him to do something as he stood there on the touchline watching us go 3-0 down while not making any subs, so believe me IÂ’ve been part of the anger aimed at him when itÂ’s warranted - I just donÂ’t see that giving him further stick when heÂ’s openly/publicly giving his own players stick is helpful or justified.

HeÂ’s not brave enough to make early changes, perhaps because of conviction bordering on arrogance at times, but that doesnÂ’t mean itÂ’s his fault when players donÂ’t try hard.

Gerry - I think weÂ’ve all been left confused and disappointed quite a lot this season. I feel your pain. IÂ’m a 33 year supporter in his 40Â’s so IÂ’ve seen some good times as well, mate. Attitude is just as important as motivation, and I personally donÂ’t believe that our manager is always at fault - he takes a serious amount of flack that the players should be taking, but somehow have dodged all too often this year.

Abhishek Saha
17 Posted 05/05/2015 at 03:03:56
Although second best to Pienaar in combining with Baines on the left, Osman still played a key role in the 3-0 win over Man United. This proved to be the key difference in the game with Aston Villa.
Jay Harris
18 Posted 05/05/2015 at 03:26:31
I cant believe you guys are defending this idiot.

Who was it who stopped practising defending crosses in training.

Who was it that said corners and free kicks are not proper football.

Well guess what guys their first two goals came from crosses that we failed to deal with.

We have had three of the best center halves going this season (and yes I include Distin in that, whose treatment by RM has been disgraceful) so it cant all be them.

The players are not prepared properly for games, I have never seen the same players look so unfit, uncertain and demoralised at times.

It is not just one or two having a bad game its the whole squad.

Neil Munnelly
19 Posted 05/05/2015 at 08:31:36
What does Big Dunc do if heÂ’s not motivating players?
John Crawley
20 Posted 05/05/2015 at 09:17:08
IÂ’ve stated this a couple of times in the past but I always thought it was going to be interesting to see what happens after we were mathematical safe. WeÂ’ve had numerous rumours about some of the players falling out with Martinez, I guess weÂ’ll find out over the next 3 games.
Guy Hastings
21 Posted 05/05/2015 at 09:52:42
James 12 - if RM anticipated the performance, which he appears to confirm in his first statement, then he should have addressed the problem during training. ItÂ’s like me saying I anticipate rain coming through the hole in the roof, not repairing it and then admonishing the hole for letting the rain in.
Andrew Ellams
22 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:00:20
James and Gerry, there have been endless threads and comments this season based on LukakuÂ’s first touch and attitude, Barry being past it, Miralles being lazy, Howard being shit, Barkley being overrated and of course Osman for being born. The manager ahs had a lot of deserved ctiticism but by no means has he taken the all the blame.

One point to remember though of course, who picks all of those players listed above. (I forgot to include Alacaraz as well).

Mick Wrende
23 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:08:02
You cannot divide the manager and players as to who is to blame for such a lousy season. They are all at fault and not least the big lazy lump up front who has obviously been coached by Martinez in the art of bullshit. Going for 20 goals when most of them are in Europe or from penalties!

What we need is a new manager who can then build a more skilful and committed squad. Then we might have a team worth watching.

Jim Bennings
24 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:16:47
Sunderland have the massive incentive of knowing if they beat us they leap above Newcastle.

What exactly is our incentive??

Seems to me another damp squib of a performance on the horizon.

Eddie Dunn
25 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:07:08
I think I have a simple solution to our problems. The players are living life in a bubble. Nice cars, sound systems, good food, trendy gear, and pretty wags. Lovely training facilities, bit of banter... and win, lose or draw, they can walk in the next day and still feel the comfy furnishings and taste the nutricious smoothies.

The answer is cold showers when you lose, and cold showers all week in training (compulsory, with big Dunc standing in the changing room to make sure they are in for 5 mins). A win and you're back on hot; a draw and they are lukewarm.

I think we would see a distinct improvement in results.

Jim Bennings
26 Posted 05/05/2015 at 10:49:09
Haha, Eddie... thatÂ’s a great idea; only trouble is, after the performances this seaso,n, half our squad would have hypothermia!
Denis Richardson
28 Posted 05/05/2015 at 12:06:47
WhereÂ’s Barry and his Â’we want to go unbeaten Â’till the endÂ’?

WhatÂ’s Â’actions speak louder than wordsÂ’ in Spanish or Flemish?

Derek Thomas
29 Posted 05/05/2015 at 13:00:52
So in one corner we have, put bluntly, the "He’s shite – get rid" and in another corner we have "It’s the players not doing it for him." Which one is can’t - and which one is won’t, I’m not sure of even now.

Martinez if itÂ’s canÂ’t or wonÂ’t, then get rid.

If the Players wonÂ’t do it for Martinez, the real question is WHY!

If the Players can’t – then that’s the next guys problem.

For me, Martinez has shown that he, for what ever reason, canÂ’t get them to perform on a regular basis. Add to that; The freezing out of Distin.

GarbuttÂ’s contract; we didnÂ’t really know much about the changes or whatever it was... Is this part of the reason Martinez isnÂ’t fussed if he goes?

Baines's damning with faint praise remarks

OsmanÂ’s comments; Moyes's easiest training was like MartinezÂ’s hardest... The whole pre-season.

1, 2 or was it 3 "I wonÂ’t change a thing" statements?

Wall to wall Hammies.

Mass resignations by staff.

The Whole Muriel thing.

The post match shite.

Have I missed anything? Mirallas and the penalty...

Anthony Lamb
30 Posted 05/05/2015 at 13:42:48
Just by way of a slightly unrelated plea but could we perhaps stop worshipping at the altar of the "Big Dunc" tough guy image? it really does seem a little infantile to say the least. Perhaps some analysis of "Big DuncÂ’s" role in this shambolic seasonÂ’s performances would be a bit more mature and illuminating?
Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 05/05/2015 at 14:10:59
Anthony, big DuncÂ’s appointment was purely cosmetic, he had no previous form as a coach, and has done little to inspire any confidence that he has will do so in the future.

Could say more but leave it at that.

Tony Sullivan
33 Posted 05/05/2015 at 12:14:54
I agree with James Marshall (12). Savage criticism of Martinez after every defeat, labelling him a clown, judging on only this seasonÂ’s results, is unfair and disproportionate.

Clubs that regularly dismiss managers have hardly ever succeeded: look at Newcastle, Sunderland, Tottenham, Wigan (recently), Portsmouth, Blackpool et al.

Having said that, I am not satisfied with the season we have had either. But I believe the manager – who last year achieved a record Premier League points haul and produced a team that played our best football in years – deserves more time and less name-calling than many on here are prepared to give him.

Andrew Ellams
34 Posted 05/05/2015 at 15:17:46
Tony, Everton have sacked one manager in 17 years. Even if Martinez got the boot today we could hardly be described as a club that regularly dismisses managers.
Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
35 Posted 05/05/2015 at 15:18:22
Even with the standard caveat that the internet tends to carry the opinions of those with the strongest reactions and the boldest desire for voicing their views, the breadth of feeling generated by the Manager this season – from unfailing belief, to a conviction (still!) that, with him, relegation in our near future is certain – then strong expressions ranging from blind support to abject despair are to my mind understandable.

However, I would agree with Tony that name-calling crosses an unacceptable line. It would be appreciated if we could have a little less of that on here, please. Thanks.
Tony J Williams
36 Posted 05/05/2015 at 15:25:20
They are all to blame, pima-donna players (IÂ’m looking at you, Mirallas) and a manager who just canÂ’t help from tinkering with the team when there is no reason to.

Clearly Barkley and Ossie were fit, otherwise they wouldnÂ’t have been on the bench. Why change a wining side? We had six days rest so tiredness canÂ’t be a factor, especially when one of the oldest men in the team keeps on getting playing time when heÂ’s not injured or banned.

Stop tinkering and play a settled team.

On another note, starting to get concerned about Stones, as he is regularly losing his man. Granted he is young and will learn but itÂ’s happening most games.

Oh and donÂ’t get me started on that fecking first goal...... Jags has been getting buttfucked by Villa's big up-and-unders for as long as I can remember.

Ross Edwards
37 Posted 05/05/2015 at 15:22:56
WeÂ’re hardly knee jerk are we? I mean, we gave Walter Smith 4 years in charge. But expectations of the club have increased in the 13 years since then. No manager has a guaranteed right of tenure.

If he falls, he should be sacked. If he presides over a year-long decline from Champions League challengers to having us talk about the possibility of relegation, he should be sacked.

Although I feel for Martinez in one way because Kenwright put significant pressure on him unnecessarily right from the word go with that "IÂ’ll get you Champions League" quote.

Expectations have risen obviously since last season and unfortunately Martinez has fallen massively short in terms of performance, results and tactics.

John Keating
39 Posted 05/05/2015 at 16:38:47
I said on another thread that it just shows how low supporting Everton has become when supporters accept the standard of football and management we have seen this season. Not only do some accept this but they go out of their way to defend the management team.

Really sad, and as we have said on many occasions: "you get what you deserve".

Ian Brandes
40 Posted 05/05/2015 at 17:39:17
Just one observation: Chelski regularly dismiss managers, but, of course, with their money, they are in a different league to us.

Loved Martinez when he arrived, but, shortly into his tenure, my pal. a diehard Wigan supporter, warned me that he would be the ruin of Everton.

Not quite yet, but surely on the basis of this season, he has to be sacked.

Tony Sullivan
41 Posted 05/05/2015 at 17:51:18
Ross Edwards, I think that is the sort of logic that fed the decision-making at the likes of Newcastle, Sunderland, Aston Villa etc.
Gavin Johnson
42 Posted 05/05/2015 at 18:07:31
Jay Harris (#18).

Distin was initially frozen out for no other reason than heÂ’s not up to standard any more. HeÂ’s lost a yard of pace and itÂ’s shown whenever heÂ’s played. ThereÂ’s no mystery, the guy's 38 and not good enough.

In terms of his treatment – banished from the first team and asked to play with the U21s. This might have something to do with not accepting the manager's decision that he’s no longer good enough to be in the first 11, and spitting his dummy out.

I for one, believe the rumour that he (Distin) along with EtoÂ’o were divisive characters in the dressing room; if this was the case, Martinez was right to sell EtoÂ’o and freeze Distin out.

Joseph Clarke
43 Posted 05/05/2015 at 18:28:45
Martinez should be sacked now, but he won't be. The backroom staff should go also, particularly that cheat Ferguson. This won't happen.
Paul Ferry
45 Posted 05/05/2015 at 18:37:38
I agree wholeheartedly with Anthony LambÂ’s weariness with the Big Dunc as hero-savior-knight in shining armour thing (#30). But Joseph Clarke (#43): Â’The backroom staff should go also, particularly that cheat FergusonÂ’.

How exactly is Duncan Ferguson Â’a cheatÂ’?

Ian Brandes
47 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:07:19
The divisive influence is most likely Martinez. Brabin quits his back room post not long after arriving. It was his dream job.

How strange.

Darren Hind
48 Posted 05/05/2015 at 18:45:12
"It wasnÂ’t just defenders, it was an approach. We didnÂ’t have the intensity, we didnÂ’t keep the ball well enough, we didnÂ’t create enough threat, or get into the final third enough. The whole performance wasnÂ’t up to the level we expect."

No shit, Sherlock. WeÂ’ve been telling you that all season and all youÂ’ve done is watch on with that gormless look on your face

Can somebody please tell "Robbie" that its HIS job to do something about it. It's like sitting in a restaurant listening to the chef bleat about the quality of food heÂ’s just cooked for you.

Jay Harris
49 Posted 05/05/2015 at 19:21:07
I have to fundamentally disagree with you about Distin.

He did not lose half a yard of pace. He could still see off many a rapid winger even at the start of this season.

His concentration and application dropped but so did Jags and Bainsey.

Call it the World Cup hangover, shambolic preseason or what you will, but the players and a number of established backroom staff obviously havent bought into the "Martinez philosophy".

Sandra Bowen
50 Posted 05/05/2015 at 20:08:35
Fair criticism from the manager, I say. Yes, itÂ’s his job to motivate the side but letÂ’s be brutally honest about this, the players let him down badly with that performance.

IÂ’m talking about this game in isolation as I donÂ’t for one second think that Martinez asked them to go out with any less desire than last week and expect such a half-arsed effort like that. Villa absolutely wanted it more and fully deserved the win so I respect a bit of honesty from the boss on this one.

On the first two goals conceded, I actually think the first is a bloody good goal. Every goal could be defended better but itÂ’s difficult to stop a man mountain getting on the end if a cross like that.

The second is just pure shit defending, simple as. No coaching should be required for something so basic, itÂ’s pure application and laziness from the markers not following the most dangerous striker in the league at the moment. Last week, the defending had the exact intensity required and this week, they just couldnÂ’t be arsed. I blame the players this week, not Bob.

Patrick Murphy
51 Posted 05/05/2015 at 20:37:42
How much time and effort goes into giving interviews with the press and how much time and effort is spent improving the players performances? Every time I read something that Roberto says, the more confused I become as to what he means... and what he wants to achieve at Goodison. HereÂ’s his latest views on what happened at Villa:

Carried Away.

Peter Bell
52 Posted 05/05/2015 at 20:46:06
Sandra, so you blame the players for no-one being on the posts at every corner?
Sandra Bowen
53 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:10:01
Nope, thatÂ’s obviously a tactic. A very common one used by plenty of teams now I might add. Not one I necessarily agree with but seems to be the modern way these days. Must be something in it I guess. IÂ’m pretty sure that not following Benteke is the biggest issue here though.
Peter Bell
54 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:25:29
Sandra, teams who have no one on the posts generally have centre halves who attack the cross at corners, but we have neither. Benteke won't score two easier goals in his career, no matter how well he is playing.
Sandra Bowen
55 Posted 05/05/2015 at 21:50:33
CouldnÂ’t agree more on the centre halves Peter. WeÂ’ve missed a no-nonsense dominant header of the ball years now. Disagree on the first goal though, itÂ’s a good cross that puts the defender on the back foot and favours the attacker> As I said, you can find fault with every single goal scored, but IÂ’ll stick with giving that as a good goal scored, rather than crap defending.
Jim Hardin
56 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:06:27
Sandra and the others, I have to disagree with you. The goals were obviously HowardÂ’s fault because if he could fly and ghost through solid objects like defenders he should have stopped the crosses. Or at least that is the opinion of several "experts" on here. Nevermind the reality that Jags and Stones committed errors and Baines has no chance of outjumping Benteke even if Howard had boosted him up. Nevermind also the Sunderland game this past weekend where their GK tried to come out, collided with his own player, failed to catch the ball and gave away a goal.

As for the post regarding teams changing their managers, the interesting point was the Wigan (recently) reference. Wigan didnÂ’t change one particular manager for four years and look where that stability got them. They were progressively worse until relegated.

If a manager cannot motivate the players then he cannot be the manager no matter what his tactics. If the players cannot be motiviated because they have no competition from the back-ups then the manager, if he selected them or retained them, is to blame. If the team finally finds form and the manager tinkers and gets it wrong then he is again to blame. How much time such a manager is given depends on the Board. But if they wait too long, then they must also share in the blame but it is the fans who will suffer.

Peter Bell
57 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:31:09
Sandra, Tim Howard is classed as a defender, do you not think he should have come for the cross in the 6 yard box for the first goal. Big Nev would have wiped out Benteke, Jagielka and Baines and still caught the ball.
Darren Hind
58 Posted 05/05/2015 at 23:22:22
Sorry, Sandra,

I agree with some of your points but "The players let down the manager"?

DId Ossie and Barkley him down? Or did he let them down by benching them after decent performances? Did young Garbutt – who seems to be getting frozen out after letting it slip that we didn't have a game plan at Newcastle – let him down? ... What about Robles, has he let him down?

Robbie's half-arsed approach to the season and his reluctance to reward good performances have let down the players and the fans since last May. Saturday was just the latest example?

How can a talented young player like Stones know what his responsibility is at corners when heÂ’s only been practicing them for a few weeks?

Why is Besic forced to watched Barry have Weston after Weston?

Why on earth was Mirallas allowed to insult everyone who traveled and the players who were benched for him, with his disgusting lack of commitment on Saturday? The single most gutless performance I have witnessed from an Everton player.

What about Naismith? Ok heÂ’s not Alex Young, but he isn't stupid. Can anybody come on and say what his instructions were on Saturday ?

We can make excuses for Martinez all season - and some people are clearly going to do just that - but he has confused the hell out of his younger players with his idiotic comments, One minute he is telling them they are going to be world beaters, the next he is benching them indefinitely in favor of a has been, or never will be.

Sometimes I think we (the fans) are the only thing keeping this club afloat, We are stuck with a board who cant help/won't help. We need a strong man at the helm just to stand still, we don't have one, that, imo, is why we are going backwards.

BTW, Sandra, I haven't seen many posts from you before. Welcome, we need a few more ladies around here if only to keep us neurotic, hysterical arl drama queens in check.

Andy Meighan
59 Posted 06/05/2015 at 15:54:15
Why fix what isnÂ’t broken? A great performance against Man Utd, so he changes it. Not because he had to but because he can. Sunderland on Saturday and, as someone earlier said, what an incentive in an early kick off to go above Newcastle.

Oh and weÂ’ve never won a game when on live on BT sport. 2 seasons now I think. IÂ’ll bet thereÂ’s not another team in the Premier League who can match that miserable record. We all know the Spaniard wonÂ’t be dismissed so expect more of the same next season. Because his idea of good footballers differs a lot from most of us on here. Look at his transfer record.

Max Wilson
60 Posted 07/05/2015 at 09:47:32
Lukaku would like to see the ball, please! This means the team who played last time at home.

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