James McCarthy will undergo a fitness test to determine whether he is fully over a hip injury
Everton return to Premier League action for the televised Monday match with the incentive of sitting in sixth place by the end of the evening if they can overcome Crystal Palace at Goodison Park.
Results over the weekend have pushed the Toffees out of the top half but the congested nature of the table means that a victory over Alan Pardew's unpredictable Eagles would lift them up five places and back onto the coat tails of the pack of clubs contesting the top four.
The continued fluctuation of fortunes for the top flight's supposed elite clubs has left both the race for the Champions League and the Premier League title itself wide open and there is opportunity for a club like Everton that can put a run of wins together. The challenge, as ever, is to grind out three points week in, week out and the Blues' last League outing was a harsh lesson that there is no room for complacency or scope for easing off the accelerator during matches.
Roberto Martinez will be hoping, however, that the comfortable Capital One Cup victory at Middlesbrough last Tuesday has banished the disappointment of the 3-3 draw at Bournemouth in which his charges twice squandered a precious lead and that they rack up a third successive home win.
Continuity in the side seems to have been an important under-pinning of the Blues' recent run of good results and that was reflected in Martinez's line-up for the trip to Boro. Unlike in previous rounds where he made extensive changes, the manager made just three alterations, one of them forced upon him by injury to James McCarthy.
Though he wasn't missed quite as much against Championship opposition in the cup, the Irish midfield linchpin's absence from the field for the last half hour of the game at Bournemouth has been highlighted as being a significant factor in Everton's defensive vulnerabilities that contributed to them throwing those two points away.
Coincidentally, it was the surprise omission of McCarthy from this fixture two seasons ago that was seen as being key in Palace effectively ending Everton's push for Champions League qualification in Martinez's first year in charge. The 25-year-old was in the line-up for the same game last season – one which also ended in a frustrating 3-2 defeat – but he was powerless to prevent individual errors from sinking the Blues on that occasion.
Coming into this Monday's game, McCarthy is Everton's biggest injury doubt and he will undergo a late fitness on the hip injury that forced him off after an hour of the draw at Vitality Stadium 9 days ago and kept him out of the cup tie at the Riverside. In both instances his replacement was Tom Cleverley and the former Manchester United and Aston Villa midfielder would be a good bet to continue in the role should McCarthy not make it.
At the back, Leighton Baines continued his patient return from long-term injury with a substitute's appearance against Boro and he is likely to be named on the bench again for this one given Martinez's reluctance to throw him back into action too soon. Though Brendan Galloway lacks Baines's natural instincts as a fullback, the 19-year-old continues to be an impressive deputy for the England international and he will offer height and physical presence against what is always a robust Palace outfit. Tim Howard will almost certainly return in goal.
Further forward, Arouna Kone is expected to come back into the side at Leon Osman's expense to resume his increasingly fruitful partnership with Romelu Lukaku and with Gerard Deulofeu on the right flank and his Ivorian foil alongside him, the Belgian will be hopeful of equalling Peter Beardsley's feat of scoring in six consecutive games for Everton in the Premier League era. Lukaku is joint-second-top scorer in the League coming into this fixture, four behind Jamie Vardy.
Palace, meanwhile, will be forced to do without one of their wing threats after Wilfried Zaha triggered a one-game ban for picking up five yellow cards for the season, while Bakary Sako is ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Even without those two players, they will be no easy proposition, particularly given how successful they have been at times on their travels so far this season where they have beaten Chelsea, Watford and, most recently, Liverpool. But, as their last five games in all competitions have shown, they have also been inconsistent, losing heavily to Manchester City in the League Cup and falling to Sunderland at home before hammering porous Newcastle 5-1 in their last game.
For Martinez and Everton, the equation should be a simple one: perform with the attacking freedom and invention that has characterised their last few games – the last five matches have yielded 16 goals – and retain the defensive solidity they exhibited against Aston Villa and Middlesbrough and they should win.
Kick off: 8pm
Referee: Craig Pawson
Predicted line-up: Howard, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway, Barry, Cleverley, Deulofeu, Barkley, Kone, Lukaku
Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb Match Report
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1 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:11:16
We've got enough in the team to beat Palace but they're no walkover and it's a chance to really show we've got the winning mentality under Martinez.
2 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:25:58
It will be a tough game, but one we need to win if we have any thoughts of attaining a top six finish.
3 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:36:20
We're due a result against Palace and on paper we should beat them, but we never seem to make it easy for ourselves when we play them.
Fingers crossed we give a performance without any of the lapses of concentration that has seen us drop points this season.
4 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:38:43
Interesting that he's also managed to bring investment and stay in charge of football-related decisions, something that doesn't seem to be possible at Everton.
6 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:40:37
7 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:41:20
8 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:46:36
If we're a top 4 or top 6 side we beat upper mid table sides at home.
9 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:53:33
So a 6-0 drubbing would be fitting.
10 Posted 06/12/2015 at 19:58:48
11 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:04:08
I doubt whether Roberto will throw him on from the start, just because of match fitness, if James is deemed unfit. I think he will play Osman before Cleverley.
Back 4 pick themselves as does Howard, Midfield/Forwards with Osman, Barry, Ross, Kone, Gerri and Rom.
Will predict a 3-1 win!!
12 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:09:12
Personally I'd like to see more management fisticuffs: Ranieri v Pellegrini would be a dance with all pose, no punches. Hughes v Allardyce could be explosive.
2-1 to us tomorrow.
13 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:17:18
Palace are a decent team, Pardew is nobody's fool and gets the best out of his team, and like us, they are capable of beating anybody on the day. I really like Cabaye, and we will have to keep a close eye on him pulling the strings.
I don't think they will come to Goodison to sit back. They are one of the sides in and around us in the league table that we simply must beat in order to keep us going in the right direction.
Confidence is a big thing in any sport and we have a few players that have it in abundance at the moment; the more victories we get, the more this feelgood factor will spread throughout the team and squad, but this will be a good test for Everton.
I reckon there may be a few goals tomorrow night, let's hope we score one or two or more than they do.
14 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:32:30
3-1 Everton; Lukaku (2), Kone.
15 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:35:36
This sloppy tactic of only going at it for half the game will catch us out against decent teams like Palace.
16 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:37:15
This season's results are all over the place in the Premier League so anything can happen, Man City, Man Utd, Chelsea and Liverpool couldn't score a goal between them over the weekend... let's change that tomorrow night.
I'm hoping for a win and if Deulofeu is given plenty of the ball, he'll do the rest.
18 Posted 06/12/2015 at 20:42:40
I hadn't realised that. Shows how upside down the league is this season.
Aim for the moon, you may get the stars.
19 Posted 06/12/2015 at 21:12:40
Palace are a good team who will look to catch us on the break and are good at set pieces too. We tend to slip up when we have the chance to take advantage of rival slips. Hope we change that trend.
20 Posted 06/12/2015 at 21:31:11
It's usually painful when we play them. We've got Rom and Deulofeu on form this time round so there's no reason we can't beat them again if they get the ball.
21 Posted 06/12/2015 at 21:47:53
Deulofeu and possibly Cleverley may possibly be in for a night when they have help the fullbacks a lot more with the likes of Bolasie's and Puncheon's pace on either side.
We need to avoid giving away silly fouls in and around our box.
22 Posted 06/12/2015 at 21:53:10
Newcastle have been pish for most of the season and were desperate for a result. Fortunately tonight they played Liverpool's clumsy cousins, the ones we haven't met, played well and won without McClaren having to tear out any more hair.
I've heard of shock results but I don't think luck comes into it. The fact is the big boys are all beatable. Especially when they think they've already won.
Our approach is often wrong. We could learn a lot from the likes of Bournemouth and Leicester but we think we are different. It doesn't always seem obvious when though.
23 Posted 06/12/2015 at 22:22:46
I'd blame Kone for the first Bournemouth goal for not closing Smith down. IMO
24 Posted 06/12/2015 at 22:47:11
The results are all over the place this season, so I'm pretty apprehensive about this game! It's only one game, but a win would bounce us up to 6th and put us right in the mix and with it a feelgood factor.
We are definitely the most likely winners if there is one, but I wouldn't stake my life on it!
25 Posted 06/12/2015 at 22:59:13
Their left back Souare is dog shit. I'm expecting Gerry to tear him a new one. If we can get Lukaku in the middle and Kone arriving at the back post as Gerry whips some balls in, I think there are goals in this for us.
We are getting a few players back now as well, Baines will probably be on the bench. I expect us to win this one. If we do, we'll be in 6th place, and this will have been a decent start to the season...
26 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:10:53
Someone's doing something right down there.
We'll win tomorrow and need to make the most of the rest of this month. January looks a nightmare waiting to happen.
27 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:14:36
That being said we should play this game with confidence and an attacking mindset because we are at home and should have too much for them.
Rom and Geri are on fire at the moment so I am hoping for a blue win to put us 6th with games like Norwich (A), Leicester (H), Newcastle (A) and Stoke (H) to follow.
If we get 9 from those 4 games as a minimum we will be well placed to push for top four in the New Year just when the European games return for our competition.
28 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:15:32
This is a massive game for us and one where I will be looking to see if Martinez has really got the minerals to take us into the top four!
On another point, I'm glad to see that Galloway will be starting up against Bolasie who tore Baines a new arse last year!
29 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:20:17
We need to get them on the back foot from the start, close them down early, and not give them opportunities to hit us from wide positions, as they like to do.
An early goal would be helpful as they would then have to risk exposing their defence to the likes of Geri and Rom, and Kone if he starts.
No slip ups this time please. This lot virtually killed our Champions League dream two years ago. It's time for some payback.
30 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:45:14
I still think my thoughts on that day were true and that this, or next season we will achieve it. A few said he was a one-trick pony and made too many errors etc... Well I'm sure that they are eating their words now.
This game is probably our most important game thus far. It is imperative that we capitalise on the games over the weekend and push into 6th (imagine had we held on at Bournemouth too!)
We have a real real chance here... Grasp it, boys
31 Posted 06/12/2015 at 23:57:07
32 Posted 07/12/2015 at 00:29:22
All that said, we have to concentrate on our own game and go about our business. If we can't take this opportunity to climb the table, I fear we will fall off into mid-table obscurity.
Come on blue boys, let's kick on.
33 Posted 07/12/2015 at 00:32:48
Support and patience will be crucial.
34 Posted 07/12/2015 at 01:50:43
Barcodes beat Redshite, Cherries beat Chelski and Stoke beat City which just goes to show that the economy-conscious clubs can beat the Billionaires on any given day.
Everton of course can win this game if they play good defensively when called upon. Yes, Palace will play on the counter given their speedsters but, as long as the Everton's fullbacks don't get caught out upfield, then Palace won't be able to capitalize.
35 Posted 06/12/2015 at 02:02:15
It's imperative that we get our tactics spot on, meaning that although Deulofeu, Lukaku and Kone or Naismith will have the open space to work their magic up front. We will win this game by breaking their play up in midfield and being solid in the back (especially at set-pieces).
If we win this, Barry will probably be the MotM, as he is so good at breaking the play of opposing teams. If McCarthy isn't fit, Besic would be my choice or Cleverley due to his physical play. Since counter-attacks and speed will most likely cause us to score, I would play Mirallas on the left.
36 Posted 07/12/2015 at 02:07:45
37 Posted 07/12/2015 at 02:28:22
39 Posted 07/12/2015 at 03:47:20
40 Posted 07/12/2015 at 04:38:06
41 Posted 07/12/2015 at 06:07:27
Kone will probably start. He and Rom play well together, although I wouldn't mind Mirallas on the left.
We are fairly evenly matched vs Palace. I think it will be a close one. 2-0 Everton win, with the second goal coming in the second-half stoppage time.
42 Posted 07/12/2015 at 06:42:56
1 we can win this;
2 we would leapfrog the RS;
3 this is EFC;
So we will hit the bar and the post and miss a penalty, and they will get one on the break after 85 through Howard's legs; 0-1 Palace. Don't hope chaps, it just kills you. This is EFC.
43 Posted 07/12/2015 at 06:59:00
44 Posted 07/12/2015 at 07:28:30
The manager is not having the nightmare season some would like you to believe.
45 Posted 07/12/2015 at 08:14:21
You are obviously traumatised. I have been in that place but recent results and events have given me hope. Just hang in their and it will get better :)
You only need to know 3 things:
1 we can win this;
2 we would leapfrog the RS;
3 we can make the top 4
46 Posted 07/12/2015 at 08:48:42
I also think that Mirallas should play instead in of Kone. Kone has been a bit below par the past few games and was awful against Bournemouth so to come straight back in the side isn't the right call for me. He needs a bit of bench time and sub appearances as I think he's starting to take his place for granted.
If not Mirallas then Cleverley out there to back Galloway up as teams have started to suss our left side out just as much as putting crosses under the bar for Howard to flap at.
And as I'm along those lines Joel would be in goal for me:
Robles, Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Galloway, Besic, Barry, Deulofeu, Barkley, Mirallas/Cleverley, Lukaku.
We're at home, let's go out there and attack them right from off and get the crowd rocking.
47 Posted 07/12/2015 at 08:50:49
That's impressive, just goes to show, Kim, if you have ambition, business acumen, do not expect things to happen overnight and be handed to you on a plate, then significant progress (in stages) is possible!
We need a win tonight, there's nothing in it points wise if we do, and there's nothing to fear with any team this season.
We need to watch for them hitting on the break and be compact and close them down, when we don't have the ball.
As others have said - need to pay special attention to Cabaye and Bolaise, and I agree with whoever said, that it may be a good idea to bring Besic in for this one on a man marking job.
A win today really sets us up nicely.
48 Posted 07/12/2015 at 09:35:48
49 Posted 07/12/2015 at 09:47:58
We must start strong, and attack them from the first whistle to the end. We cannot afford to sit back and wait for an opportunity as they can and will punish us.
I'd like to see Besic start alongside Barry (who is always a cert to start).
My team would be
Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines;
Deulofeu, Barkley, Mirallas;
I know it won't happen but I'd like to see Howard dropped for Robles, who played well in the cup game against Middlesbrough.
50 Posted 07/12/2015 at 10:38:12
51 Posted 07/12/2015 at 11:53:56
I'm not a fan of Mirallas (lack of effort, bad attitude) but he is a talented player who scores goals. I know he is hardly an unknown quantity but Palace will not be expecting to see him and his presence will give them more to worry about. So I would go with an attacking line up.
Results are all over the place this season with only Leicester and a dour Man Utd team showing any consistency. The league is wide open and there for the taking if we can put a run together.
52 Posted 07/12/2015 at 12:42:31
53 Posted 07/12/2015 at 12:59:02
54 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:01:16
If we play well, and don't take 35 passes to past halfway everytime, then we will stuff them 4-1.
55 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:05:22
He was probably drafted in so they can spend the first hour drooling over RS victory at Newcastle, but it probably won't get a mention now.
56 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:09:04
Oh Kevin Mirallas...
Oh, and Besic in for McCarthy if he fails his fitness test.
57 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:10:34
58 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:11:09
Remember seeing him at traffic lights when he first signed for Liverpool. I was signalling for him to wind his window down, and he was looking at me as if to say, who the fuck are you. When he finally did, I said you have signed for the wrong team. He laughed and said I probably would have signed for Everton, if the manager would have stopped talking about himself, instead of the team.
He gave a totally different slant on it, when I read an interview, about him meeting David Moyes, but that's how they probably get the job. By reigning it in, and being very careful with the truth. In saying that he's done a lot of good things for charity.
59 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:15:32
I know it's still early-ish in the season, but the league is starting to take shape. It's absolutely crucial that we don't give ourselves too much catching up to do in the second half of the season.
60 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:19:27
61 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:29:56
Way too much emphasis put on these fellas on the telly, anyway. I find it pathetic that people will go on about what such and such said, rather than the actual incident itself sometimes.
62 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:40:17
Cracking player on his day. Yes, he could be a nasty fucker, but we've had a few of them down the years. A player who'd have definitely improved us.
63 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:45:30
With these next six weeks being crucial, I would prefer to see us use our subs a bit earlier in games, and also rotate the odd player, rather than trying to continue conserving energy, when a game seems won.
A few good performances would really get the crowd onside, and once the crowd get behind the team at Goodison, then anything is possible.
64 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:52:03
COYB! This would be a huge win.
65 Posted 07/12/2015 at 13:58:26
He probably played his best footy for Newcastle, so I'm sure they will still give yesterday's game a mention!!
It's mad, but if I didn't have to take my godson, and give me dar a lift home, it wouldn't bother me staying in the house and watching this one on the telly. I used to love Goodison under the lights.
66 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:04:29
Didn't he also make some disparaging remarks about Terry in a post-match interview?
So you're telling us that you Americans actually KNOW where London is? ;-)
67 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:11:07
68 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:12:48
Have you put pipe and slippers on your letter to Santa?
I've missed the last two home games being abroad so quite excited to be going tonight.
I think the key will be cutting off supply to their wide players because I think we can definitely get after their back four. 15 goals in our last five games is pretty encouraging.
The next five games are key, all are winnable and 11 or 12 points would put us in a very tidy position at the half-way mark of the season.
69 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:18:42
70 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:24:22
I said he needed replacing after last season, and Martinez has let himself down badly. At least give Joel Robles a run, or buy a new 'keeper in January. Robles at least tries to quicken our play up, Howard is far too hesitant and erratic. Just not good enough for a top 4 side.
71 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:33:25
Martinez - drop him, he's making a fool out of everybody.
72 Posted 07/12/2015 at 14:46:18
I also think that Palace will be looking at our side and thinking, "Ah, this is tricky." Everton have got the Big Belgian up front, scoring goals, hard to handle. Kone has started to come good and seems to be a good foil for Lukaku, and he bagged a hat-trick the other week.
Baines is back so, if he plays, the threat from set-pieces he offers, either direct or as delivery, can really hurt a team. (For me, he shouldn't play as Bolasie vs a half fit Baines will cost us.) Barkley is looking good and has the capability to run that midfield, and then there is Geri.
If we can win our battles, and approach this game in the professional manner we did against Boro, who were another potential banana skin, then I think we can click against Palace. We are better man for man in every department.
73 Posted 07/12/2015 at 15:07:58
Tonight is one of those games where we will all be worried but end up winning 3-1 or 4-1. I'm hoping for Rom to bag a brace as my bet on him winning the Golden Boot at 90/1 is looking quite promising!!!
I would look to be 2-0 up at half-time then let Mirallas at them and prove his worth. This will allow any momentum to continue into the second half which clearly against Bournemouth we struggled with. We have the ability and players to kill games such as this off but we seem to go into relaxed mode. We have done it a few times over the last two years or more and that aspect needs to change.
Granted, if you're 4-0 up with 20 minutes left, I'm all for showboating and passing it around. But 2-0 is a massively dangerous score because you relax, you get hit and the pressure is suddenly piled on you. At 1-0 you know you need to be switched on and the concentration levels seem to be higher.
Anyway, 4-1 with Lukaku (2), Coleman and Deulofeu.
75 Posted 07/12/2015 at 15:17:56
Kone should and will start, as he links up well with Lukaku especially very well. Galloway will probably keep his place tonight over Baines. He's shaped great saying his lack of experience, he looks destined to play for England in 2 or 3 years, don't think it will at fullback though.
I doubt if RM will risk Besic; he seems like an accident waiting to happen too much, I like the lad but I don't think he'll get the nod over Cleverley if McCarthy's not fit for this game.
Mirallas will be on the bench again, I fancy, but what do I know!
77 Posted 07/12/2015 at 15:23:47
Tonight we have Referee Craig Pawson who, in 43 matches has issued 8 reds and 43 yellows..... don't know much about him so I don't think he's pissed us off too much. Or we'd remember him.
79 Posted 07/12/2015 at 15:51:24
I don't think the park-the-bus mentality will come into it. In fact that type of approach seems to be less common this season. The possibility of a dull 0-0 with the cancelling out effect of equal bundles of talent and caution may happen.
I would love to see Robles play but that is fantasy football logic. I dread to think what would be the reaction if we throw the game away with Howard at fault, flapping about in the back of the onion bag. I would love to know what exactly it is that goes on the dressing room?
Obviously Mirallas and Distin crossed Roberto but Howard has not. All the other players think the sun shines out of his proverbial? There must be something the rest of us mere mortals are missing... COYB!
80 Posted 07/12/2015 at 15:58:27
81 Posted 07/12/2015 at 16:30:04
Jesus what am I saying, more than one person getting a hat trick for Everton in the same season, is this fantasy football?
Seriously though, this is another of those have-to-wins when others around us slipped up!!!!
But we are Everton so.......
82 Posted 07/12/2015 at 16:39:01
This is a game crying out for Mirallas but I'm not holding out any hope as RM's favourites hit the road again.
I just hope Ossie doesn't get anywhere near the pitch as this game will really show his lack of pace.
We need to keep hold of the ball and give it away as little as possible as they are lethal on the break.
Thought Galloway has looked a little bit jaded the last few games so hopefully Bainesy is up to par.
83 Posted 07/12/2015 at 17:00:02
If we are to seriously compete for the top half of the table, teams like Crystal Palace must be dispatched convincingly. We are plodding along thanks to some impressive individual displays, against the lower-order teams.
The worrying aspect of the side, is lack of teamspirit and lack of leadership which has been echoed many times on this forum. I would say we have a better squad than Leicester, but look how they've been playing this season.
For me, it comes down to the motivational skills of the manager, and his team selection. I still believe he is not the right man to manage our club which is a great shame when you look at the players we have.
Tonight a hard-fought draw.
84 Posted 07/12/2015 at 17:07:39
Stopping Bolasie on the counter-attack is what McCarthy will be most needed and with Besic not really match fit I don't think we have anyone else that will do that.
Still think we'll win 3-1.
I fear an injury to one of Lukaku Deulofeu coming on in my bones.
85 Posted 07/12/2015 at 17:22:34
86 Posted 07/12/2015 at 17:36:51
87 Posted 07/12/2015 at 17:41:42
Coincidentally, I think the first game of ours that he reffed was against Palace away in 2013-14 (a 0-0 draw). Since then, he took charge of our 3-2 defeat at Newcastle at the end of last year and the Asia Trophy game against Stoke which we won on pens.
He has officiated 11 matches so far this season, issuing 1 red card and 36 yellows which is fewer bookings than any of the officials who have reffed more than 10 games.
88 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:03:10
I am glad your excited, I felt like that last week going to Boro. I will be going though, just in case Scrooge forgets his buspass!
89 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:16:05
I'm surprised so many still talking about Robles and Mirallas. I think RM has been very clear where he stands with them two. I can see a nervy 1-0 home win.
90 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:27:17
The RS are still above us at the minute and they're having a terrible season, so come on Blue men, don't throw another chance away.
91 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:51:59
92 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:56:58
3 early goals and completely controlling the game. Oh how my bitten finger nails and sanity need it! COYB!!
93 Posted 07/12/2015 at 18:57:21
We are better than them all over the park and I'm expecting to beat them.
94 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:10:07
However, with the form of key players such as Deulofeu and Lukaku and Palace missing the likes of Zaha and Sako, we ought to be confident, purposeful and do a form-based job on them.
If we aspire to top six and beyond, we need to start displaying the confidence that goes with it. Without such self-belief, we are destined to be also-rans again, while the likes of Spurs, West Ham, the Gobshites and tonight's opponents, Palace, steal a march on us.
Time to impose ourselves and build on this momentum we're beginning develop. But a hard task, as Palace have got the measure of us at Goodison twice in a row, in games we never looked like winning from start to finish.
Time to redress that tonight, especially in the light of several results in our favour over the weekend. So believe Blues. Show some cockiness and arrogance.
Let's secure that 6th spot to push on from towards Christmas...
95 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:13:26
96 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:14:06
NO Mirallas again and Besic not even on the bench.
97 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:15:09
Some prefer to congratulate the assist man. The same four or five players leap on the scorer's back. Some look like they would sooner be back home with the missus and a cup of tea.
98 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:30:00
The weekend results highlighted there is an opportunity for middle ranked teams to break up the top-of-table cartel this season, for those bold enough and energetic enough to go for it.
Once again, the manager and players in recent days have blagged the blag.
Time to walk the walk, gentlemen...
99 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:35:27
100 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:50:05
In last seasons game against Palace, he was directly responsible for all 3 of their goals. The second one where he completely missed his catch was poor at any level.
Continuing to pick him will cost us big time this season and I just can't understand Martinez on this one...
101 Posted 07/12/2015 at 19:54:16
102 Posted 08/12/2015 at 02:06:46
Palace are a good side under Pardew. Even though I will never forgive him for that 'different league' comment. Rom was unlucky not to get a hat-trick.
I've seen comments on Mirallas; I've got to say, every time I've seen him play, for 18 months, he is only interested in himself and doesn't play for the team. That's why he isn't playing. I'm no Martinez fan but fair play to him for seeing that.
It is obvious that Mirallas needs to be sold. So we can spend the money on Yarmolenko, giving us the left winger we are desperately crying out for.
103 Posted 08/12/2015 at 02:09:55
104 Posted 08/12/2015 at 17:56:00
We missed a great chance to get into the top positions. Why doesn't Barkley run at the opposition any more? He seems to play at walking pace all the time.
My nightmare goalie playing again...and Mirallas on the bench again, how much longer will we have to put up with Martinez and his magic touch?
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