Seamus Coleman says that Everton have to do themselves and the fans justice on Sunday when they travel to Anfield in search of a rare Merseyside derby victory.
The Blues haven't tasted victory against the reds since 2010, a record that Coleman describes as "embarrassing" but he insists that Marco Silva's approach means that the team will be going into the game looking to win.
“Mikel Arteta and Tim Cahill scored. I remember it so well," Coleman says reminiscing about that last derby win, a 2-0 triumph in October 2010. "It was a great game and a great atmosphere. It is quite embarrassing that that is the last time that we beat them.
“Look, I don't want to say the same old things I have said before every Derby and then we don't turn up. We don't want to make all the headlines and the fans go, ‘we have heard that before'. We have to turn up.
“We are full of confidence. We won't change the way we play, like maybe we have in the past. It won't be a case of going for a draw. Marco Silva sets us up to win every game and hopefully the lads will step up.”
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1 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:08:45
Words won't cut it this time, it's all about turning up and leaving everything out there on that pitch at the final whistle.
Too many times at Anfield we have gone there and lost that match in the tunnel listening to YNWA and you could visibly see the trepidation and fear in many of our players' faces.
October 2010 is an utter disgrace since our last win against them.
We have not won any of the last 17 Merseyside derbies since, SEVENTEEN!!!
That's a sick joke and it's something that this club desperately needs to end this season so another summer doesn't pass with that embarrassment hanging over us again.
2 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:22:28
3 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:58:06
4 Posted 26/11/2018 at 08:58:57
This team is very good and strong in every department with no weaknesses that I can see. I think our midfield will be the key, we have pace and the ability to score. But it is important that the players stay calm and we keep our players on the pitch.
No doubt Marco will have a "cunning plan" and we should come away with a win at last.
5 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:08:41
6 Posted 26/11/2018 at 10:54:34
7 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:12:53
8 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:13:15
He played in the 2-2 in January 2011.
Not sure about afterward if he's played again but I remember that one clearly because he had our first shot after 2 minutes.
9 Posted 26/11/2018 at 11:25:18
10 Posted 26/11/2018 at 12:17:55
11 Posted 26/11/2018 at 12:38:49
“To complete the task it requires a steady hand and a cool head”
I think cool heads are something that we haven't had enough of in this fixture and it's time to start using our heads to give ourselves a chance.
12 Posted 26/11/2018 at 14:31:24
this fixture still fills me with dread; I would be very happy with a scrappy draw!
13 Posted 26/11/2018 at 14:58:35
14 Posted 26/11/2018 at 15:02:01
Like every other Toffee, I want to see us win at the weekend but, although I hate to say it they are second only to Manchester City in quality this season. It's going to be a tough game.
15 Posted 26/11/2018 at 15:05:32
Frank, I think a win is what's required – nil satis nisi beat the RS – it's about bloody time!
16 Posted 26/11/2018 at 15:05:42
I think so yes!
3 league derby wins (plus the 2009 Tic-Tac Cup match) Moyes had in 11 years, at the time I thought that was bad but looking at the last 5 years Im not sure Id say no to 3 wins in the next 11 years lol.
17 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:41:22
"It's my first derby so it's going to be very special. I want to see and to feel the atmospheres in these derbies. I'm looking forward to it. I know just one Evertonian. He said to me when I was at Stoke, ‘You have to come to Everton.' I said, ‘No!'"
Does he live in Norway then?
18 Posted 26/11/2018 at 16:42:17
19 Posted 26/11/2018 at 17:27:04
We have been to the Old Trafford and the Emirates and failed to get anything because of our failure to be clinical in the final third. Even against Cardiff, we were again guilty of not finishing off moves that would have killed the game off.
I would move Richarlison out to the left for this game, and play Lookman on the right with Calvert-Lewin in the main striker's role. Neither Walcott nor Bernard have played well in their last 3 games; even though he helped contribute towards the goal, I think Walcott was mainly anonymous against Cardiff. Lookman has shown enough when he has come off the bench to warrant a start, he seems to have a calmness in the box that Walcott doesn't.
I would also be tempted to bring in Zouma for Mina as I think he is a bit quicker than Mina and Liverpool are all about pace in their front 3.
20 Posted 26/11/2018 at 17:44:06
We need to find a solution on the right side. Walcott in front of Coleman isn't the answer. We will get ripped apart by Robertson and Mane if that's the case.
I seriously would consider Lookman starting in place of Walcott.
21 Posted 26/11/2018 at 18:02:34
Salah is a shithouse – Ramos proved that. Firminio is a cry baby. All I ask is for a level playing field, a decent fair ref, and EFC to run amok. Not a lot to ask for after WAITING NEARLY A DECADE, IS IT!!!!!
Pick Lookman – he'll have their left back on toast.
22 Posted 26/11/2018 at 18:14:40
At least I can remember that time when we went toe-to-toe with the RS and won, or at least drew, while always fighting to avoid relegation at the same time.
I feel the (natural) influx of employed mercenaries that the ever more moneyed Premier League have experienced since its inception, have watered down all the age-old approaches to the traditional derbies for the players, if not the fans.
This is why I always feel hopeful when new players seem to 'get' the Club and its supporters. Heartfelt attitude will always win me over!
24 Posted 26/11/2018 at 18:22:32
They'll come out of the blocks at pace as as they do in every game, but they don't have the capacity to keep that up for 90 minutes.
Expect some 'Rope-A-Dope' from Silva and hit them on the counter.
Bring Lookman on at 60 minutes when they are running out of steam.
25 Posted 26/11/2018 at 18:57:58
We have appeared in the past to go out on the pitch in the wrong frame of mind; once the game starts, we just appear to accept we are second best.
Maybe now we have a coach that can get the players organised... but, unless every one of those players goes out and plays with no fear and with a belief, then the result will be as per usual.
Oh yes, and we need a lotta luck!!!
26 Posted 26/11/2018 at 19:06:34
Instead of bringing the wide attackers into the game, he prefers to drop off, turn and run at defenders. That is fine in the right situation but, if overused, leaves the wide players feeding off scraps in the final third.
27 Posted 26/11/2018 at 19:13:28
Possibly a good point and I'd also add that, during the 1990s, referees tended to let a lot more go in terms of getting stuck in, imagine Barry Horne, Joe Parkinson and John Ebbrell in today's game of zero contact?
I think, whilst we were fighting relegation a lot back then and Liverpool were near the top, I never felt in terms of fitness and athleticism there was as much of a gulf as there has been in the last decade between us and them.
You would always fancy your chances of kicking the likes of Jamie Redknapp and McManaman out of their stride while the likes of an ageing John Barnes was hardly going to outrun anyone and at the back Liverpool wheeled out some serious pie-arsed nobodies back then: Ruddock, Harkness, Dicks, Kvarme, they weren't exactly cream of the crop.
Whilst we have more talent now, we must accept they have super fit athletes now as well as good players and mountain-like defenders that aren't so easy to bully anymore.
I feel we should have won more derbies when Moyes was here and Liverpool were at times in a mediocre moment again with some average players.
We are asking to break this hoodoo now against a team that is getting stronger with the year but we must keep on trying and we simply must end this run.
28 Posted 26/11/2018 at 19:41:21
I also expect Mr Silva to approach this with the counter being the outlet, at least to begin with.
29 Posted 26/11/2018 at 19:45:14
This game is huge for them: December is a huge month that could make or break their season. They play Man City in January and know that ,if they remain close to them, they just may have a chance at the title. However, if things go badly and they lose or draw 1, 2, or 3 games in December, they could be 10 points behind them come January and enter the game knowing that the title is lost.
So we must go into this game hoping to rip their season, and dreams, apart.
For the game, I'd take off Bernard, leave him on the bench, and play either Calvert-Lewin (pushing Richarlison to the left) or Lookman. The rest of the team picks itself.
One thing about our wide players is they will have a big job on the defensive side: Liverpool attack quickly, and both Robertson and Alexander-Arnold both have electric pace and excellent delivery. We have to do a job on them.
30 Posted 26/11/2018 at 20:18:20
31 Posted 26/11/2018 at 20:45:29
I've really enjoyed telling him that, for us, Gomes has been huge. I hope he continues his form in the derby!
32 Posted 26/11/2018 at 20:49:36
33 Posted 26/11/2018 at 21:06:04
34 Posted 26/11/2018 at 21:40:58
Still, I'd like Lookman on for Walcott or Bernard this next game! Lookman was even awesome while playing for Allardyce (!) on his last outing at Anfield!
Let's give the boy a chance well before the closing 15 minutes!
35 Posted 26/11/2018 at 21:56:46
Composure is the key to getting a result there... Gomes needs to dominate the midfield.
36 Posted 26/11/2018 at 22:09:13
Lookman couldn't wait to get out the door after such a stupid managerial decision and who could really blame the kid? Gomez had been excellent for Liverpool until Lookman showed him up for what he was which was a centre-half playing full-back.
I was asked by a kopite today, "Are you looking forward to the game?" And when I replied "Yes," he said it was because it was our cup final. "Some cup final, mate, considering I wasn't the one to bring the game up," is what I said, after also telling him, "I look forward to every game right now."
Fuck fear, it gets you nowhere. Work hard, be calm, and make sure your opponent knows he's been in a game... It's the new Everton, hopefully!!
37 Posted 26/11/2018 at 22:48:34
We know they will come at us strong for the first 20 mins; after that, it's anyone's game.
38 Posted 26/11/2018 at 23:53:31
I just hope we find our newest signings aren't yet swamped by the Kenwright miasma that's permeated the club for all of this century and more. No more "knives to a gunfight" bollocks might just see an occasional 3 points at the grounds of the "top six". It can't come quick enough... as my wife repeatedly tells me for some reason.
39 Posted 27/11/2018 at 09:14:05
Ffs, there are bang average sides taking 4 points out of a possible 6 off Liverpool every season, we have no reason to fail to do this, especially this season with such an expansive manager.
This has to be our season to turn the tide in derbies or it simply never will be our season.
40 Posted 27/11/2018 at 11:01:07
We still lack real composure in the final third, we have no killer instinct yet, our passing in general is average at best & sloppy at worst, our set plays never yield goals even with decent delivery into the opponent's box, we always seem to go missing in big games that really count, vital crunch games we need to win always end in disappointment.
I not only want us to beat them, I want an Everton team that fucking destroys them, heaps misery on the fuckers, I want us & only us to completely shatter any slim title hopes they have on Sunday by giving them fuckers a severe defeat at our old home ground.
Sadly, as it stands, we are simply way too nice as a club, so expect the usual outcome & go again against the Toon at home for our next three points.
If we were truly going places, folks, we'd be traveling down to Leicester tonight!
41 Posted 27/11/2018 at 13:29:56
I don't care how we do it and neither should any Evertonian, not with a record like ours at Anfield.
Lie, steal, scratch, cheat (yes, I said cheat), surround the referee, contest every decision, time-waste, feign injury, stand on their toes at corners and pinch them under the arms whilst pretending to pick them up.
Leave something on them after every tackle. Hate them passionately no matter what until the final whistle. Remember what they are and what they've done to our great club over the years, particularly in 1985.
Don't talk to me about 'the Everton way' either. That way hasn't succeeded at their place since 1999. We can go back to the Everton way once this monkey is off our back.
42 Posted 27/11/2018 at 23:03:22
But the most important thing is: you have to want to more than the other lot and for that, you need passion. If we got that, our boys will win the game at Anfield, our old own ground where we won the first of our Championships – and I got a medal (though a copy) to prove it.
43 Posted 28/11/2018 at 00:28:16
44 Posted 28/11/2018 at 11:52:07
Looking at the record books in the head-to-head in the last 20 years in the Merseyside derby is a horror show for Everton FC.
Since Kevin Campbell scored the winner there in 1999 we have won just 3, yes THREE, Merseyside derbies home and away.
That's 3 wins for Everton from the last 37 Merseyside derby matches.
That's a sick joke and a measure of how we have suffered in this fixture now for too long and you would struggle to find a more regularly played one-sided local rivalry anywhere in Europe than this, it's embarrassing.
45 Posted 28/11/2018 at 13:14:03
I think of all the local rivalries we must have the worst record of any club has against our nearest neighbours. I think they have won more derbies at Goodison than we have, and let's not even talk about our record at their ground.
Will it change on Sunday? Well despite the great strides Marco Silva has made with this team it will still be a tough ask. I know Jim Bennings said this record has to stop soon, but I thought when Rush left we might have a chance but seems whoever they play they seem to be able to get a result against us.
I think for many years the thoughts of us Blues whenever we played there was lets hope we don't get battered, and sometimes we did get an honourable draw but that seemed the best scenario. When you have such an appalling record as we have against them its hard after so many defeats there to feel optimistic.
What I do know is that, unlike many of our recent managers, Silva will have a go and it won't be 10 men behind the ball and hope we can keep them out. We will create chances as we have in nearly all our away games, let's just hope that when the chances come along we take them. unlike at Arsenal and Man Utd were we squandered far too many chances. Let's hope on Sunday evening we will be celebrating our first win there in a long time.
46 Posted 28/11/2018 at 13:23:54
Competitive start, all equal until they get one or all of the following:
1. Dodgy sending-off;
2. Offside goal;
3. Crap penalty awarded.
Sorry but experience makes me pessimistic!
I have booked Monday off work, just in case...
47 Posted 28/11/2018 at 13:38:58
I felt the same though when Steven Gerrard left them as when Rush left.
I stupidly put two and two together and our worst record ever in derbies was when Mr Redshite Gerrard was there between 2000-2015 but even since his departure we still can't make that game our own.
Our record is abysmal and it's gone on for too long now to bemoan even bad luck, it's just bizarre now.
We have not won a derby that Liverpool have scored in since 1995 (2-1 at Anfield).
We have not come from behind to win a derby since Peter Beardsley's winner in December 1992.
It's unreal really.
Even when Man City were ordinary and light years behind Man Utd, they won their fair share of Manchester derbies.
Everton's record in derbies has become quite repulsive reading.
48 Posted 28/11/2018 at 14:30:47
49 Posted 28/11/2018 at 15:19:28
It seems to be a real problem with teams in who wear red, doesn't it?
51 Posted 28/11/2018 at 18:36:07
Their defence has had some dodgy moments but, as we know, their attack hasn't, so we need to take any chances we get – instead of squandering them, as we have in previous games.
At last, we don't seem to roll over anymore and now have some quality on the pitch. The tide has to turn someday? ... Please!
52 Posted 28/11/2018 at 21:17:24
53 Posted 28/11/2018 at 21:31:30
54 Posted 28/11/2018 at 22:28:59
Was it 1987-8 when they were unbeaten in 32 games and going for a record and we beat them 1-0? (Wayne Clarke or Dave Watson?)
If we have the right attitude, then we will win this as we have the better midfield. Big test for Marco — if ever a team needed the right approach and attitude, it is the one that plays on Sunday.
Go for them boys — no surrender!
55 Posted 28/11/2018 at 23:26:17
If we perform with the balls, heart and soul we Evertonians expect, rather than the oh-so-convenient "rationale" of the "knives-to-a-gunfight" mentality pervading Finch Farm for decades now, I'll cut them some slack – even if we get beat.
Let's see, lads... Over to you.
56 Posted 29/11/2018 at 09:07:52
To an extent I think you are correct.
I think its almost got to the stage now where my mindset before Merseyside derbies is “I wonder can we get a draw today”.
Whereas years ago we went in and hoped for a win, these days its all about just trying to hope we dont get annihilated and a draw is celebrated like a win almost.
57 Posted 30/11/2018 at 14:42:44
I detect a little cynicism.
Would you expect the captain (on the field) to say nothing and show no leadership?
58 Posted 30/11/2018 at 16:20:41
No shit, Sherlock!
I detect you're a "fan" that hasn't watched many derbies over the last 20-plus years.
59 Posted 30/11/2018 at 20:46:48
I detect a sense of superiority
From a fan of 50 years since the 1966 FA Cup Final.
60 Posted 01/12/2018 at 12:46:55
It's not the years that matter, it's more personal to each fan as the next and it's us fans that give our club such a wonderful sense of togetherness.
You are one I am ashamed to share the moniker of "Everton fan" with.
There's no comparison here, nice try though.
62 Posted 02/12/2018 at 14:12:25
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