Barnsley 3 - 5 Everton (aet)
Everton came back from 2-0 down to win for the first time since that game against Wimbledon 21 years ago, eventually overcoming a spirited Barnsley thanks to three assists by Gerard Deulofeu and two decisive goals in extra time.
Together with Ross Barkley, the Spanish winger came on at half time to inspire a desperately-needed fight-back from the Blues after they had fallen behind 2-0 by the break on the back of shambolic defending.
Kevin Mirallas lashed home to start the recovery before Deulofeu laid on a perfect cross from the right for Steven Naismith to dig the Blues out of a large hole and bring them back to parity just before the hour mark. And the former Barcelona man was on hand to tee up Lukaku to make it 3-3 and force extra time after the Tykes had retaken the lead less than a minute later.
An own goal by the unfortunate Roberts in the first half of extra time, again the result of Deulofeu's trickery, and another Lukaku strike on the counter in the second sealed the Toffees' passage to the third round but they had survived an almighty scare against the League One side.
As it happened
John Stones started the tie at Oakwell despite having handed in a transfer request at Everton yesterday. There were also starts for Joel Robles, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith, Muhamed Besic while Matthew Pennington was handed his debut at right back in place of Seamus Coleman who, like Gareth Barry, was rested.
Bryan Oviedo made his first start since February at left back and Mason Holgate, also back at his old club, was on the bench alongside Deulofeu and Ross Barkley.
A fairly even first 10 minutes saw Josh Scowen bounce a shot wide but McGeady should have put the Blues ahead in the ninth minute when Mirallas's shot was parried into his path but the Irish international side-footed straight at the goalkeeper.
Romelu Lukaku then side-footed high over the bar before allowing a half chance to evaporate when he mis-controlled Pennington's cut-back in the box in the 13th minute.
The Blues were in command by the quarter-hour mark and a nice move involving McGeady and Mirallas ended with a weak from the Belgian that was easily saved from a difficult angle.
A dangerous Pennington cross then flew just ahead of Naismith and then Lukaku before skidding out for a goal kick.
Barnsley struck first, however, when a cross from the right wasn't dealt with decisively by Stones, Jagielka couldn't dig the ball out from under his feet and Sam Winnall capitalised to fire into the corner with 21 minutes gone.
Mirallas tried to deliver an immediate response when he latched onto Lukaku's lay-off but though he tumbled to the turf under Cowen's shoulder charge, referee Hooper waved play on.
The Tykes doubled their lead in the 28th minute when a cross to the back post was headed back across goal and Robles fluffed his lines as Marly Watkins challenged for the ball and it ended up in the net off the Barnsley man.
Needing a response, Everton almost found way through when Naismith seized on a half-clearance but was forced too far wide and couldn't get a shot away. His cut-back found Lukaku but the striker's goalbound effort was blocked by a defender.
McGeady then had a chance from 20 yards but his placed shot was comfortably saved and Mirallas saw another chance from a tight angle charged down.
Mirallas forced a corner with a determined run that was cleared as far as Besic but his impressive shot also hit a defender. Everton kept the ball but Mirallas drove untidily over from 20 yards.
Martinez made two changes at half-time, going to a back three supplemented by Cleverley dropping back to right back when needed, taking Pennington off in favour of Gerard Deulofeu and replacing McGeady with Ross Barkley.
Barkley had an early chance after good work by Deulofeu but when his first shot was blocked, he ballooned the second over.
Everton halved the deficit soon afterwards, however. A deep cross from Oviedo came off a Barnsley defender's head and fell invitingly to Mirallas who rocketed a half-volley past Ben Davies.
After a one-two between Lukaku and Deulofeu ended with the Spaniard’s scuffed shot being saved by Davies’ feet, Barkley couldn’t steer the rebound on target with his head
Watkins then fouled Oviedo just outside the area but Mirallas’s set-piece was cleared.
The much-needed equaliser arrived on the hour mark after more great work by Deulofeu with two men on him. His eventual cross found Naismith and he headed powerfully home.
The Blues were caught cold straight away, though, when Crowley profited from good work by Watkins and converted his cross from the right flank to make it 3-2.
Back at the other end, Deulofeu almost teed up Lukaku but his centre caught Roberts and the ball was hacked away before it could end up in the home net.
Conor Hourihane went very close with a direct free kick shortly afterwards while Deulofeu skied a shot from distance into the stands at the other end.
The visitors had a decent shout for a penalty with 21 minutes to go when Watkins put an elbow across Oviedo as he raced into Mirallas's pass but the referee was unmoved by the protests.
The match turned again on an intervention from Deulofeu with just over 10 minutes to go, however, when the Spaniard served a chance on a plate for Lukaku and the Belgian side-footed home.
Barkley came within a whisker of giving the Blues their first lead on the night but his first-time shot bobbled inches wide before Stones's poor tackle gave Barnsley another set-piece chance but the free kick hit the wall.
Another chance fell to Barkley after he exchanged passes with Mirallas in the Barnsley box but again he smashed it far too high as a blocking tackle came in.
Lukaku then turned and looked destined to score but his shot cannoned off a defender for a corner and a Deulofeu cross almost found Jagielka's head but Roberts got there first.
Still Everton pressed and Mirallas glanced Lukaku's cross agonisingly wide with a minute of the regulation 90 left.
Deulofeu had a chance to cap an impressive half's work as Everton broke in the final minute of stoppage time but after collecting the ball from Mirallas, he clipped a curling shot just over.
Everton were slow to impress themselves in extra time and Barnsley had the first chance that Robles spilled and a blue shirt hacked clear. Naismith's shot at the other end flicked off a defender and flew over and from the resulting cormer, Deulofeu caused problems and forced an own goal off Roberts with Lukaku on hand to tap home if the defender hadn't got a touch.
The Blues broke away again through Lukaku soon afterwards but Mirallas and Naismith got in each other's way and a clear chance on goal was lost as Deulofeu made a mess of his shot and blazed over.
Martinez's men began to slow proceedings down and make their tiring hosts work to win the ball back but they were almost caught out at the end of the first half of extra time when a cross from the right almost found a Barnsley head in front of goal.
The home side came out for the final period in purposeful mood and forced Robles into a parried save before Hourihane smacked the bar with an impressive left-foot shot from distance.
Martinez then withdrew Mirallas with 11 minutes to go to shore up midfield with James McCarthy but still the Tykes came as Hourihane's shot from the angle was tipped behind by Robles. Rothwell's shot from the resulting corner was blocked and the ball pinged around the Blues' box before it was eventually cleared.
Lukaku forced another two-handed stop from Davies with a curling effort from 25 yards shortly before Barkley led a breakaway and eventually released Lukaku to slide home Everton's fifth with five minutes to go.
Stones had to block the ball on the goal line as Barnsley continued to ask questions of Martinez's back line while Everton broke again with a numerical advantage but Lukaku's fatigue saw him caught in two minds between shooting and passing and his cut-back was intercepted before either Barkley or Deulofeu could convert.
Everton: Robles, Pennington, Stones, Jagielka, Oviedo, Cleverley, Besic, McGeady, MIrallas, Naismith, Lukaku
Subs: Howard, Holgate, McCarthy, Deulofeu, Barkley, Browning, Kone
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1 Posted 26/08/2015 at 18:55:12
2 Posted 26/08/2015 at 18:56:51
On another note, I'm not too sure about this team! Please not another early exit!
3 Posted 26/08/2015 at 18:58:56
Martinez is obviously sending a message with inclusion of Stones.
4 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:05:12
5 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:06:01
For me this is a real hotch potch selection with far too many changes.
Only hope this is good enough to beat Barnsley as a defeat is unthinkable at the moment.
6 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:07:18
7 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:08:21
I think he wants to do well in this match for both sets of fans, and I wouldn't be surprised if he approached the boss and said he was still up for it, and hence the trust placed in him.
8 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:09:56
(1) There has been no transfer request and the media/Chelsea are full of it;
(2) There is a transfer request and Martinez has told Stones "You are not going, son, so now we need to figure this out with respect to the fans... do you want them to know for sure you handed in a transfer request or stay and let them think you pulled a Bainesy?"
(3) There is a transfer request and we are waiting to see if Chelsea (or Man Utd) meet our valuation and what kind of replacements we wind up with;
(4) There is a transfer request and it will be resolved Ă la Rooney at Man Utd where he gets a new contract with us for increased pay. And in this version, I would think a 㿔 million buy-out clause or something like that.
All-in-all, a very good sign that he is playing tonight.
9 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:12:28
10 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:13:06
John Stones can't afford to sulk.
11 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:24:02
12 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:26:40
13 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:31:44
I'm a little worried that Everton won't have the time to spend the money wisely and we'll be forced to overpay or buy middling players. I can only imagine the screams on this site if we sell for £40 million and only spend 15-20 million this window. I'd personally rather us keep the money for January than spend is rashly in the next few days.
14 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:31:45
15 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:43:31
17 Posted 26/08/2015 at 19:45:32
18 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:03:01
19 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:15:15
21 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:17:25
The wrath and histrionics that will explode from this website about an hour from now if this holds up will be a sight to behold.
23 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:21:17
24 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:21:33
25 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:24:22
26 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:28:07
The big question should be why are we waiting to secure Stones transfer money before buying players that were urgently required whether Stones left or not.
Only at Everton!
27 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:31:17
28 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:33:29
29 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:35:19
30 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:35:55
31 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:37:05
32 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:37:53
34 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:38:28
35 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:38:46
John Stones jumped over the ball for their first goal, or am I seeing things?
We need to score early in the second half or we can forget about it.
36 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:38:58
37 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:39:22
38 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:40:19
Martinez refuses to do business in January and we could be in serious trouble by then.
39 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:42:31
Any Manager who retains Robles as a keeper should have been sacked a long time ago.
My feelings are that Bill realised he's made a colossal mistake and doesn't know what to do about it. It's probably made him ill.
I wouldn't trust him to spend 㿞 never mind millions.
40 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:43:22
41 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:43:25
Absolute rubbish. I am at the game and we have not changed anything from last season's embarrassment.
1) Last season, 60-70% possession and lost. Tonight 60% and 0-2 down at half time.
2) Last season, playing a high pressing game and clubs hitting us on the break and scoring. Tonight and against Watford was exactly the same.
3) Last season, Robles had an issue where he wanted to punch everything in the air as he plays for the cameras. Tonight, exactly the same, he either hasn't been told or hasn't learned.
4) Last season, McGeady trying his 3/4/5/6 step overs and kicking it into an opposing player's legs. Tonight, exactly the same. So wasteful.
5) Last season, we played at a slow tempo and opposing players raised their temp and speed and got behind our defence so easily. Tonight, exactly the same.
I am running out of patience with Roberto's world of football where every Everton player is "unique", every Everton player is "Phenomenal". It just doesn't wash and he hasn't changed a thing.
43 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:46:34
McGeady, Besic, and Robles look particularly out of their depth, and Oviedo's road to recovery is not going so hot.
People can blame this all they want on Martinez's style of play, but the fact of the matter is that I have seen us go out and play both his style and the long-ball method, but neither is working because nobody is executing either of them with any sort of accuracy or general decent play.
44 Posted 26/08/2015 at 20:48:33
45 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:04:44
46 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:05:22
48 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:28:26
Deulofeu should be starting every game. Glad to have the wonder kid back.
49 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:33:31
50 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:35:41
51 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:36:42
52 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:41:19
53 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:42:12
Yes he is limited but he gives his all. Leave off him.
54 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:42:38
56 Posted 26/08/2015 at 21:44:35
58 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:14:23
59 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:16:29
60 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:20:35
61 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:23:31
Also pleased with Besic.
62 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:23:50
64 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:26:46
65 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:27:25
For us, Robles was desperately poor; not too much doubt about that. Oviedo struggled and in general we just didn't seem organized in defence. McGeady was utter shite it has to be said in that first half, Deulofeu was the game changer in the second half. Rom I thought played within himself a bit (maybe keeping something in the tank for Sunday v Spurs). Naismith wasn't as bad as some said on the live forum, and Mirallas perhaps showed why he should have been brought on in the second half v Man City.
66 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:27:25
For you to say his goal was is only contribution is a joke.
69 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:28:36
I accept that, but Oviedo struggled all night and left our left flank wide open at times not closing down the wide man. He doesn't seem the same player as before his injury.
70 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:28:42
71 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:28:57
72 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:30:16
73 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:31:10
74 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:31:27
Gerry was superb and Ross's confidence grows with each game. Thin and fit Lukaku looked terrific in the second half and ET.
I hope Gerry starts on Saturday, that Barry is on the bench (we look so much better going forwards without him and 1 in defensive midfield), and that either Besic or Cleverley is moved to the middle.
Well done blues and those fans were out of this world singing - and boss banners to boot!
75 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:31:29
He closes with Stones "not for sale"
76 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:31:54
Our defence is gash and needs sorting but lots of positives: Barkley WAS phenomenal. Good finishing from Rom. Get creativity from Del Boy. Mirallas good. Besic impressive.
77 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:32:03
78 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:32:24
79 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:34:58
Robles is a weak powder puff for such a big guy. He is petrified of the physical side of the English game.
McGeady is also weak and surrenders possession all over the park.
See them off Roberto.
I also think Besic had a solid game. Was I watching another match or something?
80 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:39:46
81 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:39:50
Barkley & Del Boy made the difference in the 2nd half. Both outstanding.
Lukaku on a goal scoring run
Let's hope are energy levels are not sapped for the Spurs game.
82 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:39:52
Barkley & Del Boy made the difference in the 2nd half. Both outstanding.
Lukaku on a goal scoring run
Let's hope are energy levels are not sapped for the Spurs game.
84 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:42:55
85 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:45:19
86 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:49:13
I remember him saying that If Spurs sold Bale they would be showing they have no ambition - he's a joke.
87 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:51:38
88 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:51:47
89 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:52:05
90 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:53:27
91 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:53:55
92 Posted 26/08/2015 at 22:55:42
93 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:00:16
94 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:00:17
95 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:03:26
Martinez said: “Today was a matchday, the game was more important.
"We have not rejected the transfer request - yet. We will do it in the morning. Sometimes money can't buy everything."
96 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:03:45
They were well up for that - bet they lose their next league game!
97 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:04:35
98 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:04:51
2-0 down and I think we were outstanding. Credit to Martinez, his subs at half time were spot on. Only one worry: Robles. I think should have had both goals.
99 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:06:02
100 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:06:03
Martinez looked pissed off and made the correct changes, especially Deulofeu who looked like making something happen every time he got on the ball. I was screaming for the defence to concentrate and for us to get the ball to Gerard as often as possible.
It was great to hear Marinez once again state his intention to keep Stones at the club in the post match interview!
101 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:07:10
Oviedo was also a liability, but you get little protection in our left back position and maybe he isn't fully fit. Jagielka and Stones looked pretty bad and were slow to pass the ball when 2-0 down.
Barkley looks class this season. Yarmolenko instead of Naismith and we would have a great attack.
103 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:12:13
Remember back to when RM was asked would we be signing Lukaku "YES of course we'll get him!!".... It had the same feel tonight when he was asked AGAIN if Stones was for sale to which he replied" no not at all". If Stones is still here in 6 days then my estimation of Bobby will have went up a great deal.
Furthermore, I'm still fairly convinced that Stones is happy here. Too many people asking why keep him when he doesn't want to be here but there is a massive difference in wanting to play for Chelsea and not wanting to play for Everton, they are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
"money sometimes cannot buy everything" the best statement to come out of this club in years
104 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:13:44
It was a bit disjointed. Jags, JS and Robles all a bit shaky but overall a great cup tie.
105 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:15:12
That is so good on so many levels.
106 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:15:50
107 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:21:41
If gets run he will come good again.
108 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:22:05
The game was the priority today. He's led from the front when Bill K and the Board have gone missing. Now let's get some pride back into our club and get quality players in.
109 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:22:35
110 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:23:09
Hopefully this is the start of them beginning to gel again and we'll see them continue this into their league form.
Now, if only someone could find Bobby a book on the art of defending...
111 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:24:19
112 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:24:22
113 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:25:04
I'm looking forward to seeing Deulofeu this season. He is a wonderful talent.
114 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:25:43
115 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:26:31
The manager keeps coming out and saying No he's going nowhere.
For the good of football it would be great if we could hold on to him for this season at least.
116 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:26:38
Robert has also gone up a notch after what he said to night but only if we keep John.
117 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:27:16
118 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:28:49
119 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:32:06
120 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:34:50
Would he stay with Everton to continue his project or would he be off.
121 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:37:37
I was one of the people criticising Martinez for putting Howard straight back in the team last season but now I see why - Robles is just too unpredictable, he can pull off a great save one minute but look a clown the next. I'm concerned about Stones' performance though, did he just have a bad game or was his head not right? It reminded me of when Moyes forced Lescott to play after he handed a request in.
I see Martinez is saying h'es not for sale...is this now a good thing or a bad thing? It will be interesting to see how he performs at Spurs!
122 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:38:51
Let's hope we stick to our guns on this one.
Great positive substitutions too which turned the game on it's head.
Looking forward to seeing a lot more of Deulofeu once he's fully match fit. Plus is a certain Mr Barkley getting his mojo back?
I certainly can't see this being another boring season!
123 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:39:13
124 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:40:26
125 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:41:00
I know others have mentioned this, but may I congratulate our manager(who I have criticised regularly) on talking with such sense about the Stones situation. Hats off to Roberto, and well done the team for turning that game around, showing commendable spirit and averting a disaster.
It would be a great thing for football in general if Chelski and their spoilt brat of a manager don't get their way.
126 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:42:04
127 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:46:53
Deulofeu looked good with room to get very, very good. A good night in the end with a good interview from Roberto.
128 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:47:55
129 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:52:11
I really don't see what is so hard to understand. Stones signed a five-year contract last year, he's got to perform to a high standard to get into the Euro squad next summer, which means he can't sulk if we hold him to his contract, and Martinez seems serious about not selling. Unless Martinez and Everton have a massive change of heart in the next six days, Stones is going nowhere. We couldn't be in a stronger position to keep hold of one of our top players, so if we sell Stones now it is a total sign of weakness.
130 Posted 26/08/2015 at 23:54:17
131 Posted 26/08/2015 at 00:00:22
Would be nice to add a keeper ...
132 Posted 27/08/2015 at 00:09:43
Also, I never understand why some people don't like us in all blue ,it's one of the reasons why I look forward to Arsenal and Man Utd away.
133 Posted 27/08/2015 at 00:10:06
136 Posted 27/08/2015 at 01:12:37
Thought we were tyical Martinez book on defending but looked good going forward.
This was more a game about individuals than team performance.
Thought Stones and Oviedo looked particularly shaky defensively. although Pennington looked decent.
Besic impressed although not match fit.
Barkley, Delofeu and Mirallas showed why they should be the first names on the team sheet.
137 Posted 27/08/2015 at 01:25:42
It's been a good day!
138 Posted 27/08/2015 at 01:34:33
139 Posted 27/08/2015 at 01:58:38
141 Posted 27/08/2015 at 02:22:46
If I'm wrong, good. I will have no problem eating this humble pie.
142 Posted 27/08/2015 at 02:55:00
The one thing that I will say about this; now that I've had time to ponder. I keep having to remind myself that this was Barnsley, not Villa or somebody. However, there were extenuating circumstances going on, and the boys fought back, and never quit. Which is exactly what we needed.
Hopefully we can see some positive transfer activity in the next couple of days to keep our momentum going.
143 Posted 27/08/2015 at 03:47:55
Joel was unceremoniously dropped for a keeper who had been playing poorly all season. I'm sure you don't agree with that and you probably think Howard was rightfully reinstated judging by the posts that explain away every goal he lets in, in your use of variables like goalkeeping style - I'm guessing the silly star jumps are classed as Howards style of play. Or being stuck on his line and not commanding the area?! Yes, this could also be deemed as Tim's style of putting extra pressure on defenders when crosses come in.
We can all explain away any players mistakes away with the benefit of hindsight and allocate blame to others. It's opinion on a football forum. I personally agree with the statistics that emerged last season that Howard's the worst goalkeeper in the league. I also agree with the pundits who said Howard could have done better at the near post on Saturday... But that's just me!
Someone can be in the goalkeepers union, and sound like uncle Albert off 'Only fools and horses' talking about the time they misjudged a shot for a cross. and use all the mitigating factors like the speed or flight of the ball. Ben Foster made a point of it last season, by saying you just don't know unless you're a goalkeeper. He didn't convince very many though when he let in a howler the very next game much to the amusement of the layman commentators.
144 Posted 27/08/2015 at 04:33:01
145 Posted 27/08/2015 at 06:21:58
From half time onwards, a fearless all-out attacking performance.
Well done to the manager and the team.
146 Posted 27/08/2015 at 06:55:34
147 Posted 27/08/2015 at 07:32:05
148 Posted 27/08/2015 at 07:49:02
It's going to be an interesting few days, lets hope the battle to keep Stones does not deflect from the grim reality that we need to bring in 3 players between now and 6.00pm on Tuesday. My fear is that BK will hold on to Stones but not add to a depleted squad and spin same as a victory.
Del Boy should always start, there will be good days and bad days with him but every team we play will fear him.
149 Posted 27/08/2015 at 09:19:14
Also, I have to give a lot of credit to Martinez for that statement Ă˘â‚¬â€ś well done for at least putting a fight up even if he does go in the end. but here's hoping we are really sticking to our guns and he stays.
150 Posted 27/08/2015 at 09:19:38
Would like to see Everton players working on getting their head over the ball and keeping shots down. How may chances do we have where we just blaze the ball over the bar? Ross and Rom are the main culprits. You don't have to break the back of the net to score. Just pick a corner or send the keeper the wrong way. The top finishers don't just put their laces through the ball.
Was ironic to see Peter Beagrie in the Sky studio because he's the player from Everton's past that McGeady most reminds me of. Talented and tricky and can get to the byline but there is no end product and he infuriates me more than players with far less ability. If the rumours of Celtic's interest were still true then I'd offer to drive him to Glasgow myself.
Still not sure about the Stones saga. The lad could be some player in the future but there are times when I long for a centre-half who will stop the opposition scoring and command the back line. Some of the defending in that first half was keystone cops. Every time there is a set-piece near our area, my heart is in my mouth. I personally think Chelsea will bid £45m and he will go.
As far at the goalkeeping position, Robles will cost us points during a season, just like Howard. I would have liked to have seen us go for Lindegaard at United. I don't think he would cost that much and always looked good when I saw him. Moyes couldn't decide between him and De Gea for ages.
Roberto looked bereft of ideas at half-time and apart from his words to Barkley and Deulofeu, he didn't seem to be communicating at all with the players. It looked like he'd given up. Fair play to him for making the changes which changed the game.
151 Posted 27/08/2015 at 09:52:24
I mean what do they do in training. Sometimes its embarassing listening to the commentators say over and over again how bad the defending is.
It doesn't matter who we have as a defensive unit because under Roberto he has no interest in working on defending/ defending set pieces or the shape of the back four, in terms of marking and being aggressive to the ball and the player. It's obvious that he just lets the back four work it out for themselves which is a sign in my eyes of poor coach. If Roberto can't do it then he should employ a defensive coach who can. In my opionion this lack of detail will get him the sack.
He has turned one of the best back four units (3rd or 4th in the league during many seasons) into the one of the worse. He gets away with it alot because we have an experienced back four so any mistakes the press and commentators see it as there problem and not Robertos and then he will say we have an experienced back four who should do better.
Guaranteed if he purchased four brand new defenders he wouldn't get away with it and we would be relegation candidates.
152 Posted 27/08/2015 at 10:15:14
As an Everton supporter, I so want him gone - to the Championship, or wherever he belongs
153 Posted 27/08/2015 at 10:28:36
Some great goals from Everton - now 8 in 2 away games - and we could and should have had more, plus a penalty.
I enjoyed the performances of 2 non-regulars - Besic and Deulofeu - both of whom must have a chance of playing at least some part against Spurs.
Also liked the anti-Mourinho chant - just wish it could have gone on all game!
154 Posted 27/08/2015 at 11:01:38
155 Posted 27/08/2015 at 12:11:46
Cleverley filled in competently at RB but I'd rather have him and either McCarthy or Besic as my defensive 2 with Barkley, Mirallas and Deulofeu the 3 ahead of them.
Barry and McCarthy are too alike and offer nothing going forward.
156 Posted 27/08/2015 at 15:35:45
157 Posted 27/08/2015 at 15:36:31
158 Posted 27/08/2015 at 15:44:50
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