Martinez prepares for 'defining week'

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Romelu Lukaku is expected to return to action when the Blues take the field at Anfield on Wednesday
Roberto Martinez is banking on his returning stars to re-inject a competitive spirit into a team that goes into two important fixtures on the back of a run of just one win in seven games.

The Everton manager was without the suspended James McCarthy for Saturday's 1-1 draw with Southampton and he rested Ross Barkley, Romelu Lukaku and Gareth Barry but all four are expected to return to the starting XI for the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Wednesday.

Martinez elected to take some of his stars out of action this past weekend rather than rest them for the clash with Liverpool, a move he hopes will give them some continuity going into next weekend's all-important FA Cup semi-final.

The Blues face Manchester United at Wembley in a tie that will determine whether they get the chance to go for cup glory back under the arch next month or whether another disappointing season on the Premier League front ends in complete failure.

"Every team has a defining week," Martinez argued, repeating his rhetoric around the importance of the cup. "We are going to have our defining week in mid-April. Other teams have defining weeks in February when they are out of the FA Cup.

"We are going to be as strong as we can be [in terms of personnel]. I don't think you can switch on and off. You have to perform well before you go to a semi-final, create a competitive nature in every game. We will get that from players coming back from suspension and injury."

Seamus Coleman is ruled out of the trip to Anfield but he, along with Phil Jagielka, will be tested as late as possible before the semi-final to see whether either will have overcome a hamstring injury in time to play. Aaron Lennon is also a doubt with a hamstring problem of his own.

It means that Martinez is unlikely to be able to field his strongest XI against United as he bids to deflect the mounting pressure and criticism that has been coming his way in recent weeks.

"I always say football is not about managers," the Catalan continued. "As a manager my job is to allow my players to enjoy their football and enjoy the opportunity we have in front of us and be as good as we can be. Then we will see where that takes us."  


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Jim Bailey
1 Posted 18/04/2016 at 07:32:59
Different day, same baffling waffle.
How much longer?
Martin Nicholls
3 Posted 18/04/2016 at 07:53:14
To claim that "football isn't about managers" doesn't absolve you of any blame, Roberto.
Jim Bailey
4 Posted 18/04/2016 at 07:59:29
Martin, thought the same. If it's not about managers then that means we don't need one, unless I have misinterpreted the comment.

So close the door on your way out Bobby.

Jim Bennings
6 Posted 18/04/2016 at 08:12:12
Just please quit the talk..

Now is all about action and making things happen and PLAYING a good game not just TALKING one.

Huge week, defining for many players and the manager to salvage pride otherwise the damage could be irreversible after these two matches, at least in terms of supporters forgiveness.

Brian Harrison
7 Posted 18/04/2016 at 08:24:52
"My job as manager is to allow my players to enjoy their football. But the players are not enjoying their football, as Baines has said and no doubt other players feel the same."

Martinez knows his job is hanging by a thread and in his mind I think he believes if he can win the cup his job is safe. I don't know what he would say if we lose against Man Utd, surely even doctor spin won't find anything positive to say.

Playing the other lot 3 days before a semi final isn't ideal but it is what it is. We need a positive result on Wednesday otherwise its off to Wembley with no win in the last six... or is it more.

Ian Brandes
10 Posted 18/04/2016 at 08:51:46
Let us hope it is his defining week, followed soon afterwards by a not so fond farewell.
Ian Burns
11 Posted 18/04/2016 at 09:01:15
If he spent as much time getting the players fit; working on the team's chemistry as he does spouting b/s in every article/interview, then we wouldn't be in this mess.

Everyday, switching regularly to the sports news to see if he has been sacked, such is my frustration.

Jim Bennings
12 Posted 18/04/2016 at 09:01:49
What I want is for Everton to just surprise us over this next week.

Do something that barely any of the fans think we are capable of and get two shock results rather than the same old predictable outcome followed by the same boring lame excuses.

We must be the only club in the Premier League that has no surprise element anymore. We fail to win the games we always fail to win and fail on the biggest occasion time after time.

Just for once do something out of the ordinary, be different for once and win against the odds.


Dave Lynch
13 Posted 18/04/2016 at 09:08:52
Jim.

That line sums us up perfectly mate.

"Get two shock results"

Shouldn't be that way, should it?

Jim Bennings
15 Posted 18/04/2016 at 09:27:08
You are right, Dave.

It's a measure of the level we are at now and it's a sad sorry state of affairs but I feel I have no chance of seeing a good Everton performance at Anfield let alone a win and we all expect the hard luck story at Wembley.


Danny Burke
16 Posted 18/04/2016 at 10:00:34
"As manager my job is to allow the players to enjoy their football and enjoy the opportunity we have in front of us...." Ah how nice, we can all have a nice time and enjoy ourselves. There was me thinking as manager his job was to set the team up to win and get the best out of the players. Do you know what the fans would "enjoy" Roberto?

Wining games
Holding onto leads
Decent football
Not being treated like idiots
2 wingers every now and then
A good old fashioned clearance into row z instead of pissing about with Cruyff turns in your own box
Never hearing the word phenomenal again

John Raftery
17 Posted 18/04/2016 at 10:52:09
The derby game is meaningless. Saturday's game is the defining match of the season. It will be pointless risking any of our key players less than 72 hours before we play at Wembley. Pointless and stupid.
Peter Lee
18 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:11:32
Morning John, can't understand anyone disagreeing with you on this. Our only route to European competition and perhaps keeping some players who would otherwise want away means beating Man Utd on Saturday.

Couldn't care less about local bragging rights.

Jim Bennings
19 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:14:18
John

No derby is pointless mate!!

We have an embarrassing record against that lot, the kind of record Leyton Orient would have against Arsenal.

Are you seriously happy for that to continue??

I think the very least we can ask for is two big performances from the players considering they have barely turned up since the glamorous break in Dubai they had.

It could be my own opinion but I just don't see how losing the derby helps confidence going into Wembley on Saturday.

Defeat at Anfield will just throw another coal in the fire and serve to cast more self-doubt and unrest amongst fans and players.

Rob Halligan
20 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:26:19
Jim, as John pointed out yesterday, he has seen us win 5 times in 46 visits to Anfield. What difference does 5 times in 47 make?

Not sure how many times I've been to Anfield, will be well over 30 times though, and I've seen us win twice!!

No point in risking injury to anymore key players is there. Looks like we've already lost jags and Coleman for Saturday. You can bet your bottom dollar them bastards will try and nobble the likes of Barkley and Lukaku on Wednesday.

I would play the U21s on Wednesday and keep all our Wembley squad away from that shit hole. Klopp made ten changes yesterday and still won. Why can't we?

Nick Page
21 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:36:23
Here's an idea how to prepare, Roberto. LEAVE
Shane Corcoran
22 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:44:50
I'm genuinely toying with the idea of watching the all of a sudden interesting la liga season on Wednesday night to save myself some frustration.

Two chances of it actually happening of course.

Franny Porter
23 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:48:17
I'm with Jim, I want us to play our strongest available eleven at Castle Grayskull, win, and then go to that London on a high and play our strongest available eleven again.

I don't get this bollocks the Derby isn't important, it's fucking important to me and my fifty two quid ticket! Also, why should the players get a "pass" for this game of all games just because we play again on the Saturday, half of them have done fuck all this season, they fucking owe us these two games.

Rob Halligan
24 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:55:33
Franny, we all want to play our strongest eleven and beat them bastards. Like you, I will be there on Wednesday, same as I have for the last 20 odd years. Same as I have for every game, home and away this season. The derby is as important to me as any other game we play. You just know, however, that something will happen to one or two of our key players.
Paul Conway
25 Posted 18/04/2016 at 11:58:55
"As a manager my job is to allow my players to enjoy their football and enjoy the opportunity we have in front of us and be as good as we can be. Then we will see where that takes us."

'As a manager', 'as a football club', 'as a football player', as a 'human being as a manager of a football club', 'as a player of a football club' – cut out the patronising shite!

The only ones enjoying our football now is the opposition!

Jamie Barlow
26 Posted 18/04/2016 at 12:23:20
What's our strongest eleven, or even a strong eleven?

It's not the shite we've been watching all season.

I was all for resting a few but I don't really give a shit now. The players that we'd want to rest are fuckin rubbish anyway.

Tom Bowers
27 Posted 18/04/2016 at 12:32:32
Certainly we want to beat the RS in any game and I for one want the strongest team playing but the so-called strongest team has been disappointing for so long now. Some of them playing on Wednesday may be thinking ahead to Wembley and that is what we don't want.

Perhaps Hibbert at right back might be a good thing as we know he will pull his tripe out which is what some players have not been doing. Young players like Deulofeu and Barkley have been going backwards for a while and not contributing as we would have expected and I think this is part of the Martinez malaise.

So often when in good possession and space they both make wrong decisions far too often which turns the ball over to the opponents. What has RM done about this? Apparently nothing as it keeps happening.

Ste Traverse
28 Posted 18/04/2016 at 12:39:15
To some of our fans, the derby is the be all and end all every season. But it is far less important than the game at Wembley.

Some of our players look knackered after 60/70 minutes. If we play a full strength side on Wednesday, there's no doubt we'll pay for it on Saturday on a typical draining Wembley pitch, and then there's the possibility of extra time.

In an ideal world, we'd play a full side at Anfield, win, and then go to the Semi-Final full of confidence, but this is Everton and we don't live in an ideal world.

With so many injuries to defenders, if the likes of Stones or Funes Mori got injured in the derby then we truly are fucked for Saturday. And with only one decent striker, you can add Lukaku to that list.

Tony Twist
29 Posted 18/04/2016 at 12:45:29
No Martinez, your job as a manager is to win matches by any means (within the laws of the game)! It is an effort by the manager and some of the players to water down the situation. He and the players have had it easy for too long. They can't get the fundamentals of football right most of the time. Get rid please.
Craig Bellew
30 Posted 18/04/2016 at 12:49:53
Danny (#16) you missed off your list so much! Add to that:–

• Providing an HONEST assessment of the teams inability to continually pick up 3 points after each game via interview.

• Treating all players with the same respect ie punishing Rom and getting him to apologise and publicly advising all of what you've done rather than singling out certain individuals for your shocking treatment.

• Making the subs yourself rather than your assistant and preferably the correct ones before 70 mins would be a bonus too.

• From time to time getting a little nasty with certain individuals via a half time rollicking rather than being Mr Nice continually to send them out second half only to get the same performance from them.

Actually I could go on and on but my fingers typing this are almost as tired as me watching us capitulate week on week. Let's just hope we can pull off to minor miracles and actually perform this week to raise a well needed smile to our faces.

ps: Note to Bill – Irrespective of this weeks results this fraud we call our manager has to go come the end of the season (that's with winning the cup too IMO).

Patrick Murphy
31 Posted 18/04/2016 at 13:09:14
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Bill Gall
32 Posted 18/04/2016 at 13:22:01
Why offer this manager an excuse to loose by playing a weakened team, it is his job to win games, did we not critize our last manager for taking a knife to a gunfight..
Mark Daley
33 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:13:12
Wondering what RM will say after we get brushed aside on Wednesday is the only reason to smile. Gerrard (?) said we were like LFC's little brother, and that hurt because it's true, just like it did when RS friends took pity on us after the 4-0.

We couldn't beat them last time when Brenda was still in charge, Mignolet was playing shockers, and we had Naismith rolling Chelsea over.

I hate this.

Kieran Kinsella
34 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:37:02
Noticed McGeady has been dropped by Sheff Wed. He will be sent back in June to keep Niasse company in the vodka lounge.
Jimmi James
35 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:43:27
I think those saying the derby is pointless are just trying to lessen the blow and feel as if it doesnt matter when if as expected we get twatted good and proper, we already know Klopp is taking it very seriously with his ten changes v Bournmouth. so given the injuries what team can we expect? and will that team fucking turn up?

Just edited this to say Patrick # 31 very funny mate and its hard to laugh these days, well in.

Anto Byrne
36 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:57:30
Were on a 2-game unbeaten run. It will be incredible to take a 3-game unbeaten run to Wembley. I reckon a phenomenal effort against the RedShite will be incredible. It will be a powerful game.
Mark Burton
37 Posted 18/04/2016 at 14:58:35
Watching the last few games it seems the whole squad lacks the old enthusiasm that makes us Everton. To me it looks like training at half pace relates to the playing at half pace.

I would love to have the surprise week that we as supporters deserve but I'm afraid that holding my breath for it could cause some serious damage to my health. I will always be an Everton and would love to put one over the RS. The only wish is that if it goes pear-shaped Martinez goes without any hesitation.

Shane Corcoran
38 Posted 18/04/2016 at 15:57:25
Kieran #34, never miss a chance to bash McGeady, no matter what the thread is about.

McGeady was injured at the weekend but keep your eyes open anyway.

Ian Burns
39 Posted 18/04/2016 at 16:11:24
My eyes are shut tight, if I open them will he be gone?
Patrick Carty
40 Posted 18/04/2016 at 16:44:09
Please, Everton, give me something to shout about this week. Even a draw at Anfield will give us a little confidence going into Saturday. If the players give 100%, the fans will. COYB!
Glenn Williams
41 Posted 18/04/2016 at 16:53:20
Well after the last derby, LFC were rid of Rodgers. After this one, perhaps we will be rid our "no consistent defense" wannabee, Roberto Martinez. But is it possible to have just as good an upgrade as they got?

I see some are dreaming of Mourinho or maybe a return to Moyes. But I would be happy with a Bilic or a Koeman. Please, please find one of those.
Giacomo Trifoglio
42 Posted 18/04/2016 at 18:04:44
Seems to me his job is to wind the supporters up. Top job Roberto 10/10.

Winding the team up, 0/10.

Ray Said
43 Posted 18/04/2016 at 18:10:49
Just stop talking please Roberto. Every time you speak I feel like a man whose wife has just left, she ran over the dog on the way out and has the winning lottery ticket in her bag and he is sitting here with a bottle of Stoly listening to Kurt Cobain and looking at the noose-that what your conferences do to me so just stop talking.
Dave Ganley
44 Posted 18/04/2016 at 19:47:09
Patrick #31 excellent mate....very funny.

For me, the derby should never be forfeited. I don't care how many times we've been beat there, it hurts just as much everytime. Do you think the RS would ever throw a derby? Absolutely not and neither should we.

Reading the posts on here its no wonder we are viewed as a small club by that lot. They have pride, we seem to have lost ours a good while ago. We should be trying to win every game in my opinion. Instead we have had an awful run up to the derby and if we cave in at the khazi across the park then that's hardly grounds for optimism going into the semi.

We are just a joke at the moment. Never thought I'd hear our own fans say they don't care about the derby. Martinez's destruction job is just about complete.

I am dreading both games this week but I shall be hoping against hope we go all out to win both. Anything less and the team are just cheating the loyal fans... bit like they have been doing for the last 2 years really but its about time they gave something back.

Trevor Peers
45 Posted 18/04/2016 at 20:17:36
Our momentous week will be defined by our biggest weakness, our inability to defend, something Roberto has no idea how to deal with.

Whenever I have watched the blues this season there are always huge gaps at the back, quality players will exploit this quite easily.

Being brutally honest it's hard to see us winning either of these games with such a big handicap, we would have to get lucky........... twice! I think most of us would settle for just once, preferably on Saturday.

James Baker
46 Posted 18/04/2016 at 20:27:50
I am as depressed as anyone and whilst he is a genuine human being, Martinez is out of his depth for a club such as ours with the expectations and demands it has as a bottom line.

But the players will rise to the occasion on Saturday if not Wednesday. The crowd and tradition and heritage and history of the club will see to that. We will probably beat the Mancs and that doesn't make anything bette ... in fact the opposite that the players are not behind him but can give 20% more if they feel like it.

Let's not prolong the agony. His position is now untenable and for the health and well-being of everyone (including my own) let's make the decision and let's move on with enough time for next season to have a fighting chance.
John Graham
47 Posted 18/04/2016 at 20:32:56
Well, does that mean he's putting all of his eggs in one basket? Let's hope he doesn't drop it and everything come clattering down around him.

These two games should be his defining moment. If we win both then we lay off him for a bit, but if we lose both he hands his notice in.

If, as is being suggested, he is going to be given another season and some money to spend, then let's hope he buys some players ready for when we are in the Championship.

Jimmi James
48 Posted 18/04/2016 at 20:37:07
Just read the Echo fully... what 2 competitions is he on about? The cup, yes... until Saturday, but what's the other?
Don Alexander
49 Posted 18/04/2016 at 21:02:27
Once again I am in total agreement with Dave Ganley at #44. "Big" teams want to win big matches and a derby and a semi are close to as big as they get.

"Small" and smaller is what Martinez has done to us and it will get way worse if he's allowed to remain.

It pains me to say it but Klopp has shown him up as the charlatan he is and, in most people's opinion, except Blue Bill's of course, always was.

After only six months Klopp's well on the way to transforming a squad of mainly moderate players into fit, passionate winners and I expect they'll be better next season as well.

He came to them with the pedigree of a proven serial winner of league games and I hope and pray Mr Moshiri finds someone even better for his/our beloved club.

John Aldridge
50 Posted 18/04/2016 at 23:16:42
It's tough being a blue, always has been since the halcyon days of the 80s faded into a distant memory. Throughout it all, I've always had a belief that things will get better – sometimes they did sometimes they didn't.

For the first time in my "career" as being a Toffee, that belief is gone. Goodison is a horrible place to be at the moment – sitting in virtual silence with nothing but the sound of the away fans. The odd groan or roar of disapproval as yet another pass goes astray, or a loss of possession leaves us wide open for the counter. The brief moment of belief as a goal gets banged in that "this is it, the turning point" – only to be torn away minutes later when the inevitable capitulation happens. The boos as the team leave the pitch after yet another dismal performance. And through all this, our illustrious manager stands on the touchline and just watches it unfold.

I actually dread going to the match now, I know what's going to happen, I know the atmosphere is going to be shite. But I'm a blue, so I have to grin and bear it.

What Martinez has done to this club, it's fans, it's players is nothing short of a demolition job. And through it all, BK just smiles and – as if to add insult to injury – THAT quote... "What a manager"!

I actually considered letting the season ticket lapse – why would I want to go through the same old crap every fortnight? Well, because I'm a Blue.

I hate the fact that I dread going the match, I hate that I'm sat there surrounded by other blues groaning, holding their heads in their hands, roaring at the players, booing them off. It shouldn't be that way, and it's all down to the incompetence of one man and his coaching staff.

I read the stories about the apparent quotes of Kenwright and Moshiri on the train to London about Martinez' job being "safe" – I sure hope to god that isn't true. The players are lost, the fans are lost. –The only logical conclusion to all this is a relegation fight next season – and we all know how well that went last time for Señor Martinez.

I don't give a toss about the derby – I can sense a total humiliation in the offing from the way we've been playing this season. I am focussed on the Semi – a must win. Chins up Blues – it can only get better from here can't it???

Anthony Dwyer
51 Posted 18/04/2016 at 23:52:16
If it's a defining week then all my daft kopite mates are right.

The derby is our cup final.

In my eyes, the semi is now the most important game of Roberto's reign, but to call this week a defining week is crazy.

Stupid daft Spanish balloon head needs to quit now.

Mick Davies
52 Posted 19/04/2016 at 04:29:06
I agree with Dave (#44), to those who don't live local, the Derby may just be another game, but to us who all our lives have to suffer them lot lording it over us at school, work, in the pub... even at home! It is the biggest game of the season (twice).

Our players have hardly run up a sweat this season, so I'm sure 2 games of giving their all to justify their obscene wages won't kill them.

And I agree for once with Roberto: this will be defining week, possibly culminating in him visiting the Job Centre.

Mark Andersson
53 Posted 19/04/2016 at 04:58:19
Only Martinez could come out with "football is not about a manager". If every thing he says was a Monty Python script, we would all be pissing ourselves laughing.

Some great and funny posts, Some rather sad posts by loyal fans.

So just who are these key players, that we should be resting tomorrow and saving them for the semi. Not a single one them have performed anywhere near what they should be doing since the Chelsea game.

Klopp is preparing his team to give us a good beating. This will ensure we still have our inferiority complex for next season so they can get 6 points off us.

I predict that we will get relegated if Martinez is still the manager and Liverpool will either come close to winning the league or at least make top 4.

I am no dreamer and not hopeful of a miracle; I simply can not see us winning either game. Or, for that matter, the last few games of this season.

John Aldridge, why do you punish yourself knowing it's not going to change. Just because your a blue, Kenwright relies on people like you to blindly hope things will all come good.

I live in Australia now, but there is no way I would waste my time and money to watch Everton for another game while Martinez is manager.

Richard Lyons
55 Posted 19/04/2016 at 06:31:46
Oh God it's all so awful we're going to lose we're going to looooose and then we'll all die anyway... what's the effing point???
Phil Walling
56 Posted 19/04/2016 at 06:53:44
Reading through this thread, I've come to believe that most of us pray for two wins but dread what they will mean for the long-term future of this club.

But all things considered we can only live for the day.... whatever it brings!

Darryl Ritchie
57 Posted 19/04/2016 at 07:39:57
I'm having a trouble getting my head around the "enjoy" bit. "Enjoy" is poor choice of words. Right now the players are so tight, I don't think it's possible for them to enjoy anything, much less a derby and a Wembley semi-final.

We're still bleeding goals at the back and the forwards, to a man, have run out of ideas.

Nobody, not the players, not the fans, not even the manager, is "enjoying" the football this season.

Earlier in the year, I looked forward to each match, no matter who we played, with cautious optimism. If we played well, we could beat anyone. Now,with our present form, I'm not sure we'll even get another point, much less win the derby and long overdue silverware.

I don't care if the players enjoy the game while they're playing; the enjoyment can come after they win it.

Cautious optimism has been replaced by nervous pessimism.

Brian Porter
58 Posted 19/04/2016 at 09:57:39
"We will see where that takes us." Straight into the Championship, Martinez, you clown. This idiotic buffoon has no more idea of managing a successful Premier League team as I have of piloting a lunar moon landing module.
Peter Barry
59 Posted 19/04/2016 at 10:18:31
What a sad state of affairs when as an Evertonian you don't look forward to seeing the games any more because of the incompetent going through the motions, the humiliation you witness from the team, and the anger that gives you.
Peter Barry
60 Posted 19/04/2016 at 10:22:10
Some words that should never be heard at Goodison ever again 'What! A Manager?' 'Phenomenal' 'Exciting weeks ahead' ' the next 10 /5 /38 games will show what we really can do" and on and on and on never ending.
John Belshaw
62 Posted 19/04/2016 at 11:33:49
"Coulrophobia" is defined as the irrational fear of clowns. Clown-wise we have two possible candidates - Señor Martinez & 'Boy's Pen Bill'! Never fear as sufferers can vent their frustrations on sites such as ihateclowns.com; clownz.com & ToffeeWeb.com
Xavier Spencer
63 Posted 19/04/2016 at 11:36:51
I have mates who support other teams (Villa, QPR, West Ham, RS etc.) and what amazes me is that some of them are still surprised when I describe Martinez as a fraud who is taking us nowhere (apart from the Championship).

It's strange but some of them actually still think he's a decent manager and I think this is also true of a large number of journalists who have allowed themselves to be hoodwinked by his inane psychobabble. I think this applies especially to the London based media who view Everton as a provincial club who are probably lucky to have a manager as urbane. forward thinking and sophisticated as Roberto.

Finally, one of my mates asked me what it was like being an Evertonian at the moment. I gave him a one word reply – EXHAUSTING.

James Hughes
64 Posted 19/04/2016 at 11:49:42
If football is not about managers then why do we pay him £3m per annum/ apart from to fuck things up.

If all we need is great players then why do the galacticos of Real Madrid not sweep all before them

Jimmi James
65 Posted 19/04/2016 at 14:19:45
For my sins, I'm just taking in the press conference of Klopp... clever bastard how he says things regarding EFC and the derby. Sadly, I have to say I wish we had binned RM and got Klopp. Yes, sorry guys but I have to admire the way he does things.

He stated that it's important not to get any red cards on Wednesday but the way he says it is putting doubt into the refs mind that his players won't go and want to kick us off the park but accidents happen! I thought bacon face was good at the mind games... soddin hell.

Roberto – are you listening, that's how you deal with the press and get them on your side, you fuckin' nugget. Still, anything can happen in a derby, it's the hope that kills you.
Dean Peamum
66 Posted 19/04/2016 at 14:35:59
The act of defining, or of making something definite, distinct or clear is subjective.

For example, last week I was bored (c'mon you've all done it), and typed into Google the words 'massive tits'. Imagine my surprise then when it gave me a link to Everton.com official website and a picture of Kenwright and Martinez

Jim Bailey
67 Posted 19/04/2016 at 14:41:34
Shame on you, Dean.
Jay Harris
68 Posted 19/04/2016 at 15:21:17
They are not even that good Dean.
Lee Brownlie
69 Posted 19/04/2016 at 16:11:03
Does RM do Aikido? He makes more deflective moves than Steven Segal every time he opens his mouth!!!
Jim Lloyd
70 Posted 19/04/2016 at 16:13:33
I think it could well be a defining week, unfortunately. It's the timing of the match that will make it so. If I was a betting man, the odds against us getting a win must be massive. They are on a massive high, while most of us could do the limbo without any effort and our team doesn't look like it can scrape together a win to save their lives. .

It isn't our Cup Final, though the reds would love us to fall for that one, while they pretend the games against the Mancs are their derbies. It's one of (if not the) oldest derbies in England and as long as there are Derby matches, we'll want to win them

I can stand getting beat (just) but getting humiliated is what I fear because what that will do to the players for Saturday. So I hope we can put together a battling display and that out players can come away from there, proud.

Anyway, as I was wandering through Stanley Park before, I noticed that a new footpath is being built from the Car Park (by the looks of it,) right up to Anfield Road. They have chopped loads of nice trees down all round the perimeter (with the promise that they'll plant others!

Well, to me it looks disturbingly like a processional way leading to Mordor...and using our bloody park to make a shrine of that place! Hope I'm wrong. Anyway, that's an aside but it looks like the Council have given them the Park after all... bastards!

Patrick Murphy
71 Posted 19/04/2016 at 16:18:55
Jim (70) Wait until Everton have left Goodison for a new location then you will see the 'football theme park' that they have dreamt about for at least two decades.
Jim Lloyd
72 Posted 19/04/2016 at 16:35:22
Yes, Patrick, I agree. After seeing that today, they have already begun. Of course, the football "theme park" will have them as the centre piece. A sort of modern day temple to them.

At least we might get a plaque in the theme park. Just to let people know there is another club in the City...

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