Everton coast to another home victory

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Everton 2 - 0 Burnley

Seamus Coleman scored the second after Ben Mee had deflected Richarlison's shot in for the opener three minutes earlier
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Everton's final home game of the season ended with a mostly comfortable 2-0 victory over Burnley thanks to two first-half goals.

Richarlison put the dominant Blues ahead in the 17th minute when his drive deflected in off Ben Mee and Seamus Coleman doubled the lead three minutes later.

The Clarets didn't manage a shot on target until there was more than an hour gone and they pressed in the second half but it was Everton who had the better chances to add to the scoreline. Unfortunately, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Theo Walcott and Ademola Lookman passed up late chances to put the icing on the cake.

The Blues were unchanged from the team that started at Crystal Palace last weekend, with Morgan Schneiderlin continuing in midfield in place of the suspended André Gomes.

Everton started on the front foot and Gylfi Sigurdsson had an early sight of goal with a half-volley off a corner that was blocked and Richarlison was threaded in by the Icelandic international but his shot was blocked behind by Ben Mee and Idrissa Gueye's effort was also charged down.

Enjoying almost all of the possession, Everton pushed again in the 10th minute but Richarlison fired over from the edge of the box.

That merely served as a warning for the visitors, though. Good work by Calvert-Lewin as he came inside saw a neat interchange with Sigurdsson lay up Richarlison and the Brazilian lashed a deflected shot home to make it 1-0 with 17 minutes gone.

Three minutes later, it was 2-0. Lucas Digne raked a shot goal-wards from just outside the box, one Tom Heaton could only palm in front of him and Seamus Coleman was there all on his own to head in from close range.

Burnley began to make a few inroads inside their hosts' half for the first time in the contest and they had the ball in the net from a well-taken volley by Ashley Barnes but his "goal" was chalked off for offside.

Back at the other end, Digne centred again but Calvert-Lewin couldn't keep his header down in the 35th minute and Lee Westwood escaped with just a yellow card for an over-the-ball tackle on Schneiderlin that, thankfully, only grazed the Frenchman's thigh.

Bernard came to life in the closing stages of the first half with a lovely disguised pass to Sigurdsson but the No.10 eschewed a square ball for Calvert-Lewin and went for goal himself, smashing over from a couple of yards out and a tight angle.

Gudmundsson half-volleyed narrowly high and wide and Michael Keane put a tame header on target off a corner early in the second period before Richarlison was forced off with a recurrence of the rib injury that necessitated his withdrawal against Manchester United. Walcott was his replacement again.

A couple of minutes later, Schneiderlin had to be alert to cut out Westwood's low cross and 10 minutes later, Jack Cork headed on for Chris Wood but his shot was easily dealt with by Jordan Pickford.

Barnes then whipped the ball in from the Burnley left but Gudmundsson couldn't convert at the back post, the ball looping over the crossbar.

Everton had lost much of their urgency but they attacked with purpose with 63 minutes gone and Calvert-Lewin found himself with a chance to put one on target from 25 yards as Bernard's cut-back was diverted clear by a defender but the striker side-footed well over.

Marco Silva removed Bernard with 17 minutes left and introduced Ademola Lookman looking to seize the initiative back from a Burnley side who had the upper hand in terms of momentum by this stage.

One of the Clarets' own substitutes, Matěj Vydra, then went down in the box shortly afterwards under the attentions of Keane but there was no reaction from the officials.

When they did carve out good openings, Everton were making hay down their right but time and again the delivery from Coleman failed to find a blue shirt and he spurned the best opportunity with six minutes to go when he tied to chip a cross over Heaton rather than slide it square where there blue jerseys queuing up to make it 3-0.

Digne put Calvert-Lewin with an excellent pass but the striker scuffed his shot and the goalkeeper claimed comfortably while Lookman jinked back and slammed a shot towards the top corner that clipped the top of the crossbar.

Then, after Walcott failed to beat Heaton one-on-one, Lookman had a gilt-edged chance to score his first Premier League goal in over two years but sent a shot at the keeper.

Kick-off: 8pm, Friday 3 May, 2019
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Last Time: Everton 0 - 1 Burnley

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Jagielka, Davies, Walcott, Lookman, Tosun

Burnley: Heaton, Lowton. Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor, Gudmonsson, Cork, Westwood, Brady, Barnes, Wood

Subs: Hart, McNeil, Gibson, Long, Hendrick, Crouch, Vydra


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Jay Harris
1 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:10:31
Thought Davies might have been given a chance in this game as Ive never been a big fan of Schneids.

Should be good enough to beat an average Burnley side.

Christy Ring
2 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:19:38
I would have started Davies, don't know what Silva sees in Schneiderlin. McCarthy dropped from the bench, that should make up his mind in the summer, unfortunately.
Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:20:52
Disappointed that no young player has been promoted to the bench even, talking about lads who have never played before, mind two of them would only get five or ten minutes, the way Silva uses the subs.

Don’t like to criticise Silva too much but he appears very bland and without any imagination.

Stephen Brown
4 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:30:07
Baines and Jags on bench! On for a swan song?!
Frank McGregor
5 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:31:35
Dave #3,

I have to agree with you, it would have been an excellent opportunity to give one or two of the Under-23 squad a chance to show what they could offer the club in the future.

Andrew Kennedy
6 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:35:32
Probably the strongest side for 3 points. Would love to have seen McCarthy on bench at least, but 7th place still up for grabs. COYB
Justin Doone
7 Posted 03/05/2019 at 19:45:00
Disappointed to see Schneiderlin in the squad never mind start. Hopefully playing for a higher transfer fee but these are games are perfect to try something different.

We know what Burnley will bring. Playing 2 defensive midfielders is a waste because both teams will try and by-pass it.

Only hope for a good fast start. 2-0 up at half-time and give the youngsters a good 30 mins to run, shoot and have some confidence building fun.

Now I've posted that 1-0 Burnley 85th min winner.

Jay Wood

8 Posted 03/05/2019 at 20:53:26
Like a greyhound out of the traps early doors. Really got the crowd going.

Totally deserving of the 2-0 lead. Burnley improved, but not enough to scare us. Next goal will go a long way to determining how the rest of this game plays out.

Some really, really good sharp interplay through midfield and upfront. Siggy and Richarlison are dovetailing together as well as they have all season.

I hope there are goals for the Park End to enjoy in the second half! Very rare to see Everton play t'other way in the second half as they will.

Justin Doone
9 Posted 03/05/2019 at 21:23:57
2nd half shows Schnides just not good enough. He's no where and then panics with the one touch he's had.

DCL has got to shoot and keep it down. Wet slippy surface skid the ball in!

Simon Dalzell
10 Posted 03/05/2019 at 21:36:11
Has become very sloppy after the great start. Two non challenges from Zouma in particular,could and maybe should have led to goals around six yards out. Minor complaints if we bag the three points.
Justin Doone
11 Posted 03/05/2019 at 21:59:12
Great win. Good first half.

Thanks Jags, good luck to you whatever your future holds?

Why did Walcott come on? He has one thing, pace. On a wet slippy surface instead of playing it 20 yards into space and running onto it he's stumbling over the ball trying to dribble.

We have too many brainless players. The same again next season fighting for 6th to 8th place.

Derek Taylor
12 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:02:13
Whatever his merits, DCL seems incapable of putting in a decent shot or powering an accurate header. He said the other day that he had been a midfielder, could that be what the future holds for him?
Terry White
13 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:14:45
Justin (#7 and 9), I guess you don't like Schneiderlin then? I thought he played very well today.
Tom Roberts
14 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:16:21
Justin Doone at 9.

I'm guessing that you have never played football and definitely not in midfield. Morgan Schneiderlin was the best player on the park tonight. Coasted through winning challenges, saved a certain goal with an interception.

Oh, I forgot — he misplaced one pass but kept the ball ticking over all game. Great performance from him. A lot of people on here just don't like the lad. He's been excellent the past 3 games. Enjoy your weekend.

Stephen Brown
15 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:18:47
I’m starting to like what Silva says! Keep our best players and add 1 or 2 high quality players!

Kudos to Seamus who I thought might be finished but he’s finished the season very well! Well done lad!

All the best to Jags an excellent pro and very good servant to the club! Good luck to him!

Steavey Buckley
16 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:20:35
The game could have been more entertaining if Burnley, with nothing to lose, came with more intent, who only became attacked minded in the last 20 minutes and 2:0 down.
Jay Wood

17 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:21:30
I was thinking the same, Terry @ 13.

After Richarlison went off - our best player in the first half – I thought Morgan was a strong candidate for our MotM.

8 clean sheets from the last 10 games and in all honesty, in most of them the opposition barely got a shot on our goal worthy of the mention.

Be nice to wrap up next week on a high against Spurs.

James Stewart
18 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:30:49
@17 Spot on, I thought Schneiderlin was outstanding. Probably just edged motm for me.

Good solid win, only negative was DCL's shooting if you can even call it that! Deary me.

John Pierce
19 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:34:23
We were very good for 20 minutes, good for the remainder of the 1st half.
We then were very sloppy in the 2nd. Less intense, wayward with passes, Burnley better.

A routine win, which in the scheme of things is quite an achievement for this side, were anything but is routine.

When the whole team, take 1/2 touches and move the ball quickly we look good, when we stay intense; quick free kicks, getting the ball back into play etc. we retain rhythm and momentum. The 1st half epitomized that sentiment.

That never happened in the 2nd half, disjointed and sloppy. A better side would have scored. We were quite vulnerable to their counters when we coughed it up further up the pitch.

That is the task for Silva, to keep the players at that level for longer in games.

Schniederlin easily the best player on the park, yes easily. I was willing DC-L to score. He had a couple of chances which he looked tight, but still did well.

Pickford's kicking was back to its erratic best tonight, belting that ball out 5/6 times trying to pick a side line pass. Such a low percentage thing to do?! Lad!!!

Overall nice to finish so strongly at home, nothing to lose at Spurs, a win there regardless would be a memory to bank for next season.

Fair dos Marco you might be into something. 😜

Derek Knox
20 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:35:39
I have been one of Schneiderlin's biggest critics, but fair play to him he has been okay the last 3 games he has played. Having said that after the horrendous tackle which should have been a Red card, I would have subbed him second half for Tom Davies.

After the two goals we stagnated a bit, and needed a bit more of a push up front, DCL love the lad but he is proving each week he is a grafter, but not a natural goalscorer.

Tony Abrahams
21 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:40:29
I don't like Schneiderlin but I thought he played okay again though, although I also thought the game was crying out for more penetration coming from the midfield, during the second half?

Gueye has added another dimension to his game, always on the move, he's now started taking the ball forwards, and the more players we can get in our team doing this, then the more effective we will become.

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:41:51
It seems like a long time ago now that we were cursing the zonal marking. Either the penny finally dropped, or our players stopped making frequent silly errors. Either way, it is nice to have that monkey off our back.
Ray Smith
23 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:46:31
Justin 7 & 9

Not sure what game you were watching?

In his last 3 games he has more than acquitted himself for previous poor performances.

If we can keep Gomes, I would be happy for Schneiderlin to be retained as a squad player.

Christy Ring
24 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:47:12
Have to say Schneiderlin put in a great shift, but going forward, we need an attacking midfielder like Gomes, hopefully. Delighted for Seamus, after many fans on here, over the months, who shamelessly wrote him off.
Colin Glassar
25 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:49:03
John Pierce +1. Great post.
Andy Crooks
26 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:49:31
Schneiderlin was excellent. He was poor in a very strange period for our club. I think that any player, including those out on loan, perhaps bar Mirallas deserve an amnesty. We talk of dead wood but in my view it is pretty complicated. Yesterday's dead wood ( ]Schneiderlin, Seamus, for example) might be different players.
Tony Everan
27 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:51:00
Agree with the comments about Morgan Schneiderlin, man of the match [joint] with Gana, who has been immense since January, outstanding attitude and play yet again.

Good on him, looks like he is enjoying himself again all smiles with his wife and baby after the game.

We are performing reasonably ok without Gomes, but I wonder whether we would be as solid an outfit without Zouma.

It tells me that above all else we have to make signing Zouma one of the biggest priorities. Central defence would be sorted for the long term. [Then sign Gomes as well].

If we can sign those 2 and Mr Brands finds Mr X up front we have a squad that can really push for the top 6 and maybe even more next season. Man Utd, Arsenal Tottenham and even Chelsea are showing signs of vulnerability. We the right Mr X we can get among that lot next season.

Andy Crooks
28 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:55:31
Tony, I think that keeping Gueye would be the best thing that could happen this summer. It is not going to happen but European football would at least make it remotely attainable. Like you, I believe his attitude, after being denied his dream move, has been magnificent. He got better. A truly remarkable player.
Bill Griffiths
29 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:56:06
Tony & Derek,

Schneiderlin was a bit better than okay tonight, I thought he was a candidate for MotM.

Dick Fearon
30 Posted 03/05/2019 at 22:57:37
Derek T @ 12

You say about DCL,'whatever his merits'.

As a centre-forward, I cannot see any merits at all. This 22-year-old 'youngster' is pathetic in heading duels, same for tackling, ditto for positional play, has no presence, and piss weak at shooting.

Jim Bennings
31 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:00:56
Comfortable win without ever really getting out of first gear.

Same priorities remain this summer.

Signing Zouma is imperative, beast of a defender and best we've had since Distin at his peak.

DCL should be fed a good bowl of scouse and see if that gives him a bit more strength, for a 22-year-old fella he hits a ball with the power of me Great Grandmother.

Anthony Murphy
32 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:03:09
Andy#26 I think that’s a really good point. We have many fringe players who under the last regime failed to make the grade for whatever the reason. We need to use the summer to take a second look.
Jay Harris
33 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:08:27
I thought it was a game of two halves. The first half we showed the quality of our attacking play and pressing.

The second half Burnley were pumping more long balls over the top and we showed our defensive quality.

Thought overall we were very good and but for some wayward finishing by DCL would have ramped up another 4 or 5 goals.

Although I queried Scneiderlins choice I thought he played very well along with Gueye, Siggy, Richy and the back 4.

In fact DCL was the only disappointment today along with Bernard tiring in the second half but he does put a shift in.

Tony Hill
34 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:12:52
End of season game really. Schneiderlin was indeed very good but we need pace in midfield, a new right-back and two strikers. Anyway, I can't wait for next season, we're going to be playing some great stuff.
Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:14:02
I shudder to think what the defence will be like without Zouma next season, I think it is essential that we make him our number one target, his energy, aggression and movement are first rate plus his ability to bring the ball out of defence, I hope we get him to sign permanently.

I thought he was acontender for MOTM alongside Gana and Schneiderlin, another good result but the performance could have been better, shows I’m getting greedy, not content with a good result Inwant a good performance as well. Farewell Jags, thanks for your efforts over the years.

Jay Wood

36 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:33:32
Dave, you and fellow matchgoers probably didn't see the post-match interviews following the walkabout with Tim Cahill one of the pitchside pundits.

They interviewed Keane and Coleman. Coleman very honest about the mid-season dip and that it was understandable the supporters were subdued and a bit grumpy, but that when the team get it right the fans get on board and Goodison rocks. Again, he said this is a club that needs to win a trophy.

They interviewed Silva and it sounds as if he, Brands and the board already have their summer shopping list in place.

They finally interviewed Jags, with Cahill bigging him up saying he would give him another year, and Jags - in answer to the question was that his Goodison game - saying everything will be decided in the next 10 days. He definitely doesn't intend retiring and feels he still has more football in him, but doesn't know with any certainty that that will be with Everton next season as the final decision doesn't rest only with him.

Paul Birmingham
37 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:33:37
Good result, and always tough against Burnley, whom are always a hardworking team.

Good to see the shots going in and so to, hopefully complete the season and beat Spurs.

Hopefully we can start with the same team, but we’ll see.

For me sign Zouma and in my view he’s Captain material, immense and must be our priority signing as many have said.

Schneider was very good, Digne, Gana as well, and another clean sheet.

Hopefully this good week continues tomorrow night.

Shaun Robinson
38 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:41:05
Who was the last team to score against us at Goodison? Can't be arsed looking it up...
Tony Hill
39 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:47:43
Jay @36, that's interesting. To be honest, you could feel the atmosphere droop a bit tonight and it's still on a knife-edge when we play teams like Burnley. If the players fall off, or they have to make the pace against a defensive opposition, then the crowd flags as well. But that's all part of our overall development from recent lows.

There's a change brewing, a good change, I think we can all sense it, near to Goodison or far away. Our appetite is back. Those making the effort to boost the volume and zip at the ground - the Originals 1878 - deserve massive credit, and it's working.

Dave Abrahams
40 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:48:26
Jay (36),

No, I never saw any of that. I joined the crowd in giving Jags a great ovation as he came on for probably his last game for Everton at Goodison Park. He's always given 100% and rarely let us down.

In all honesty, I think it is time to let go, hopefully he will get a contract elsewhere. Bainsy maybe another year.

I didn't wait for the players to run around the ground, it's a long walk home. Nice to end the last home game with a comfortable win; it could have been a close finish if the referee had given the penalty after a stupid push by Keane, but we got a walkover with that to finish with another clean sheet.

Peter Mills
41 Posted 03/05/2019 at 23:48:50
We had one of the highlights of the season when Seamus scored and, as his song was being sung, our match-day pal who sits in front of us turned round and in all seriousness asked “How much did we pay for him?”.
Jon Bentley
42 Posted 03/05/2019 at 00:01:10
Man City on 6 February.
Peter Mills
43 Posted 03/05/2019 at 00:03:21
Shaun #38, you will be interested to know that the last player to score against us at Goodison was Jesus.
Christy Ring
44 Posted 03/05/2019 at 00:06:48
Tony Hill @34,

Are you for real?

A new right back... clueless.

Joe Corgan
45 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:12:56
I'm not sure who Sky Sports gave the Man of the Match award to but inside Goodison it was given to... Morgan Schneiderlin!

We definitely dropped off the pace after the second goal but I felt that both sides considered the match over and done with at that point.

At no point did the atmosphere feel tense or nervous as it has done at other times this season when we've had a 2-0 lead. Everybody seemed to accept, from the 20th minute onwards, that both teams were playing out time.

Tony Hill
46 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:16:47
Christy Ring, Seamus has done well to get back to a level of performance but he is not at all as sharp as he used to be, he has lost at least half a yard of pace and his crossing is currently woeful. I don't think any of those things will improve.

Don't be sentimental and partisan because that way lies continuing failure. I suppose you think Leighton should still be at left-back because, er, he's Leighton and we all love him.

Drew O'Neall
47 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:26:16
Jay - I also had the feeling Jags was off to find first team football by the fact he was given that swan song and by his expression and comments to this point.

I think Baines has taken the cash but Jags wants one last hurrah and good on him.

Will we have established if Sheffield United will be in the Premier League next season within the next ten days?

Shaun Robinson
48 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:32:22
At least the last goal conceded at home was in a good cause
Steve Ferns
49 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:37:09
Drew, Baines is back up to Digne now. But injury and he's in. Loss of form and he's in. Jags is fourth choice at the moment. He needs two injuries to get a game. He's also two or three years older. Baines ain't taking the cash so much as he still has a big role to play.

Personally, I think Feeney needs to be developed inside the first team squad next season and be 4th choice. Losing Zouma seems inevitable with a transfer ban for Chelsea, so the question is who is third choice without Zouma? Do we buy? Do we loan? Could it be Feeney? Or maybe Holgate?

I'd be tempted to loan someone. To give Feeney every opportunity possible. To give Holgate a chance and so Jags would still be needed as his experience in a bad run could be crucial. I favour a loan, as if the Chelsea transfer ban does mean they keep Zouma, I bet they don't play him enough and so we can sign him in 12 months time.

Christy Ring
50 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:43:00
Tony @46 I'm not at all being sentimental, Seamus has been excellent in the last 7/8 games, we differ in our observation, and mentioning Baines, ridiculous.
Ray Smith
51 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:43:41
Tony 46

You need to lighten up.

Some of your comments had merit pre Xmas, however, we are going in the right direction with or without certain members of our current squad.

Some abysmal results earlier in the season have left us where we are, however, look forward and be positive, not negative.

Pre Xmas I decided not to renew my season ticket, however, I have renewed and am looking forward to my 55th season as an Evertonian through the good times and bad.

Tony Hill
52 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:48:33
Feeney is a superb prospect. He has a hard streak and I think he is going to be a major player for us; he has the capacity to be a captain.

I think something similar about Holgate, I think he could thrive under Silva. He's a bit of a nasty, arrogant sort and I think he has it in him - if he concentrates - to be a truly great central defender in the Des Walker mould,

While we're at it, we have a very fine midfielder in Baningime who has a beautiful, elegant, languid style all of is own. Things have gone wrong somewhere for him, we need to get him back on track. That kid is gold dust,

Tony Hill
53 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:51:25
Christy @50, we do differ in our observations. No harm done and I entirely respect your view of Seamus. I love him myself, lest there be any doubt.
Fran Mitchell
54 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:57:43
I didn't get to see this one, but appears to be a very solid performance. We are probably for the first time in a long time actually ending the season in really great form, which is a nice change. Silva has certainly saved his job, which in February looked doomed, and we can have a positive and hopeful summer.

One interesting player is Schneiderlin. not long back he was probably the first on all 'get-rid' lists. Now he appears to be playing to the level we always knew he could. Do we keep him, or do we sell while he still has some value?

In regards to a right-back, only if there is an opportunity to get a real top class one, such as Wan-Bissaka. Otherwise, we have a solid performer and solid back-up. After (we hope) further progression in one years time, then we could look to sign someone. Any signings have to be real top quality, and we have to be patient.

Tony Hill
55 Posted 04/05/2019 at 00:59:37
Ray @51, you're probably right, I do need to lighten up. I get too agitated about it all, even at my age. Have a look, though, at mine @34 and @39 for some positive comments. Also recall my (admittedly belated) support for Silva when most people on here wanted him sacked.

Anyway, who cares: our beloved team is coming good, my friend.

Bob Parrington
56 Posted 04/05/2019 at 01:20:23
The title of this article is apt. I was thinking "cruise" but I'll go with "coast" Lyndon. Totally under control while seemingly the foot only half pressure on the pedal.

Christy, I think your first comment on Schneiderlin was unfair in the extreme. I agree with Terry #13, Jay #17 that he played an excellent game and I had him down as joint MotM with the indefatigable Gana Gueye.

Ray Smith
57 Posted 04/05/2019 at 01:44:21
Tony 55

34/39 in total agreement.

What happened between posts 39 & 46?

Team is coming good my friend.

Bill Watson
58 Posted 04/05/2019 at 01:47:30
Some great football in the first half and then we, perhaps understandingly, dropped off a little. Having said that, we had three or four really good chances which were spurned.

I thought Schneiderlin was excellent as he has been since deputising for Gomes.

Coleman got himself into some great positions but his crosses were appalling as they have been for most of the season.

DCL remains an enigma; tremendous work rate and holdup play but his finishing was worse than Speedo Mick's.

Don Alexander
59 Posted 04/05/2019 at 02:15:42
Tony Hill, well said on the full-back situation. I'm always interested in your opinion and have no idea why you've been so personally lambasted for stating it when it comes to our club. I just wish other contributors who extend their opinion to lambasting other contributors, rather than football and the club, would share your manners.
Tony Hill
60 Posted 04/05/2019 at 02:34:00
Thanks, Don.
Brian Wilkinson
61 Posted 04/05/2019 at 02:57:24
What is it with the Schneiderlin comment before a ball has been kicked?

I defended the guy when he got stick before a ball was kicked in the previous home game.

I will say it for the last time this season, he has not put a foot wrong since coming into the team this season, has done a job every time he has been called into the team.

Certainly not the same player we saw in previous seasons, certainly my man of the match tonight.

Give the guy a break.

Anyway now that is off my chest, I thought we worked well tonight, yet again Zouma was a beast in defence, Bernard was everywhere and looking great linking up with Digne.

Gaye is a must keep hold of, Lewin made some great moves, especially for the first goal, he will come on but we certainly need a 20 odd goal striker for next season.

If we can keep hold of Gaye, Zouma and Gomes, add a striker, then we could be a big threat next season.

Derek Thomas
62 Posted 04/05/2019 at 03:13:06
All hail (baring the odd slip up) Silva's 17-day break / Kevin Brock moment. This is where it turned around for him and us. It seems once he got some time to actually coach the team, a lot of our problems went away, maybe not totally, this is after all Everton, but the wins and clean sheets might lead us to suspect he's on the right track.

Next week vs Spurs will be interesting for both teams, depending on how it goes midweek.

Steve Brown
63 Posted 04/05/2019 at 03:21:57
Every player that Brands and Silva signed has proved a major improvement on what we had – the exact opposite of what we experienced in the previous 4 years and the main thing that gives me hope for next season.

This is a rebuilding job with 10-15 players needing to be shipped out or loaned out again, while bringing in 3-5 astute signings on a par with this season. The squad is young, so if the club (and fans) don't go knee-jerk when there is a turn of poor results then something positive and sustainable could be built here.

Mike Gaynes
64 Posted 04/05/2019 at 03:48:20
Tony #46, I would point out that Seamus was an awful crosser of the ball before he got hurt. Per the official Premier League stats, his career crossing accuracy is 21%. This year it's 22%. (They don't record the percentage that go directly into the stands.) By contrast, Digne -- who leads the league in crosses this season with 264 -- has an accuracy rate of 30%.

Anyway, watching him carefully I think Coleman has every inch of his pace back. I predicted many times here that it would take two full years. And that's exactly how long it has taken.

Derek #62, don't we wish we knew what Silva said to them and showed them during that long break. Sure as hell worked, whatever it was. If he could put it on a DVD, it would be a best-seller.

John Boon
65 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:04:39
Silva was under constant criticism for Everton's play and performances just a month or so ago. Those same people have suddenly vanished. Let us at least be humble. The way we have been playing of late has to be due to the players and also Marco Silva. He could just be on a roll and we may revert back to the dreadful football we were playing. However we must give him his due because of late we are playing the best football we have played in years. Keep it going right through to next season.
Bob Parrington
66 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:13:01
As per Paul #37 Zouma would be my first target to sign permanently, then, for me, a top rate striker and then Gomes. in this order. The defence is looking so much stronger than for many seasons and I believe this is supported by the number of clean sheets in the last 10 games or so!
Darren Hind
67 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:40:26
Peter Mills @41

I'll be sending you the bill for a new lap top.

I was using mine for the first time this morning (only got it yesterday). After taking a huge gulp of strong wake-me-up coffee, I read your post and sprayed all over it.


David Pearl
68 Posted 04/05/2019 at 06:57:36
Schneiderlin has started 5 games this season I believe... have we conceded a goal in any of them? Yes most of his passes go sideways and back, some of them find players in space ahead to set us on our way. He reads the game better than anyone we have and saved a certain goal yesterday. He allows everyone ahead of him to play a pressing game. How many players would of got straight up again with a scrape the whole length of his thigh from that challenge? If his confidence remains high there is even more to come from him.

I thought we tired in the second half. Walcott keeps trying, is still short of his swagger but it’s in there somewhere. Silva yet to try him through the middle. And DCL, if we had more games left I’d give him a rest. Here’s hoping we have an agreement for Zouma in place already. Do we need another striker or another goal scoring forward? Do the RS have a striker or 3 top class divers.., I mean forwards? I don’t think Tosun has played to his potential either. I also think long term Richarlison will play in the centre too.

Silva has done well, he has his faults but next season hopefully won’t see too many changes. With Holgate, Vlassic and Onyekuru coming back he has a job to recruit a bit more class and keep this momentum.

Next year could be a breakthrough year for us. I only made 6 home games this season, hope to get to more next. It’s good to see live games... then you can witness for yourself the positional sense of certain players. Ahem.

Sam Hoare
70 Posted 04/05/2019 at 07:12:37
Zouma is not coming.

Chelsea need him and he will likely be first pick for them next season. Unless they spend big on a CB or two this summer but he is PL proven so I think it highly unlikely.

He will be sorely missed but I do believe we need to buy a replacement as none of our other CBs (bar Holgate possibly) have the pace.

The key thing I think is Silva. Now that he’s had a full season nearly all of these players look much better than they did 10 months ago. Even Schneiderlin looks very decent! So I hope that whichever faster CB we get will be coached well into the team by Silva.

Drew O'Neall
71 Posted 04/05/2019 at 07:16:46
Well said Paul @ 37 and Bob @ 66.

You can’t do anything until you’ve got the back shored up and Zouma is a rock in our defence.

Confidence in the men behind him, particularly in Zouma who is so proactive in snuffing out danger, is the reason for 50% of Schneiderlin’s transformation in my view, the other 50% coming from the much higher standard of work rate set by our front four since Bernard became fully fit and DCL established himself.

It could be another expensive window for Moshiri and the money men even if we only sign the players we already have! I think this is what Silva means by having the summer’s targets identified but I have to temper my excitement with the fact Chelsea have David Luis and Gary Cahill out of contract in the summer which makes it seem likely they would at least command a significant fee.

I agree that Zouma is the most important loanee to secure and that an energetic, mobile, tireless centre forward (Vardy, Mandzukic?) is the next most important acquisition before we sign Gomes but getting Gana’s long term commitment to Everton is right up there too because he is a one of a kind.

I’m very excited about what we can do next year if we do all these things and add a couple of promising youngsters of the right profile (any from: Wan Bissaka, Zaha, Abraham).

Bill Griffiths
72 Posted 04/05/2019 at 07:58:00
Like most others here I agree the first and best bit of business we could do would be to sign Zouma on a permanent basis. Given Chelsea's situation this may not be going to happen.

If we do end up losing him, hopefully Mina will step up and effectively take his place. I know to date he hasn't looked the part though he did have a decent game against Chelsea. We've got to remember that sometimes for various reasons players take time to adapt at their new clubs. Even at the early stages of this season several posters on here were slaughtering Michael Keane saying get rid he's a Championship player at best.

So if we do (& I hope we don't) let's hope Mina fulfills his huge potential to justify Silva & Brands faith in him.

Derek Knox
73 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:10:38
Sam @70, unfortunately your first line is probably correct. However Chelsea have this Transfer Ban, however their Appeal has not yet taken place, so as it stands they won't be able to buy anybody.

There are a lot of balls in the air regarding Chelsea, Abramovich has been denied a Foreign Investors Visa, so basically is not allowed into the country, and has not been at Chelsea since last season.

Furthermore, it is generally believed that because of the Visa denial and other issues, he has lost interest in his plaything, and wants to sell to the highest bidder.

I have a sneaky feeling that Chelsea may have a partial ban imposed after the Appeal, directed at signing under-age players, which is what the present ban came in for.

Of course a lot depends on whether Chelsea changes hands, but I believe should the aforementioned all happen before next season, we may still have a chance of landing Zouma but it will probably be late on in the Transfer Window, or possibly not till next season.

Martin Berry
74 Posted 04/05/2019 at 08:39:27
Its no coincidence that since DCL has played at the striker and Richarlison back to the wings, the whole balance of the team has improved, along with the defences understanding of the tactics, the results prove that.
Great credit must go to Marco and the players for that and a great finish to the season.
Yes we know Zouma is a must but his impressive form is obviously noted by his parent club, it may be down to his desire or not to stay,Gomes I am sure will stay, especially after his move to Barca went sour, would he risk it with another club when now settled at Everton ? I doubt it.
What also excites me is the Marcel list of players already identified as needed in addition to the loanees.
It all looks good for next season, I think its going to be very interesting
David Pearl
75 Posted 04/05/2019 at 09:22:20
Bill, I have a lot more faith in Mina after his first year than I did with Keane after his. He needs to improve his strength and fitness but I'm sure he will come into his own next season.

I hope lookman gets rotated with Bernard more next season. Bernard flatters to deceive, though looks good not much end product. I thought he was a bit off yesterday. We have Walcott Tosun and Richarlison that can play through the middle do it will be interesting to see the type of forward or striker Brands has identified.

Dave Abrahams
76 Posted 04/05/2019 at 09:31:27
Bill (72), the worst point of how very good Zouma is, it’s how average he makes Keane look, fans keep saying Michael has improved, I just don’t see it, the lack of pace, never knows where he is position wise, too placid, give me a twenty six year old Jagielka any day of the week, and that penalty he got away with, what was he thinking?The advice I’d give to Michael would to buy a pair of racing shoes and practice sprints throughout the summer break,that would give you a couple of yards on your present slow pace, as for the other faults I’d leave that to Silva, failing that sell him and get as much as you can for him. That’s just my opinion of course.!!!
Derek Knox
77 Posted 04/05/2019 at 09:35:35
David, I agree regarding Mina, and as you say I think we will see a different and even better player next season after a good pre-season.

I also agree with Lookman being afforded more playing time, that is if he is still with us next season. I feel you may be a bit harsh on Bernard (was a bit below normal against Burnley) who again I think will be better next season, I would like to see more goals/attempts on goal from him though, but feel he is a cracking player who is full of tricks.

Paul Hughes
78 Posted 04/05/2019 at 09:36:08
My thoughts after last night:
The siren and flags were great again.
I thought DCL played well. Yes, he needs more composure in front of goal, but his hold-up play is excellent. Both goals came from him receiving the ball with his back to goal, controlling it, and then bringing others into play. Compare and contrast with Lukaku.
Zouma was excellent. At one point he made the biggest leap i’ve ever seen on a football pitch. I did notice, though, he was the last player to leave the pitch at the final whistle. I fear it is the last we have seen of him.
Particularly in the first half Schneiderlin and Gana ran the show. I doubt we’ll see Gana next season either.
James Hughes
79 Posted 04/05/2019 at 10:00:59
Dave #76, you may recall my opinion on Zouma at the beginning of the season. I was dead against him mainly because he was so poor at Stoke. also wasn't too keen on developing a player for Chelski by giving him another season of experience only for us to have to develop again next season.

Zouma has been awesome and developed a great understanding with Keane. I hope that I will be proved wrong and we get to keep Zouma

Bill Griffiths
80 Posted 04/05/2019 at 10:28:36
Still a few posters criticising DCL and Bernard. While I agree that both may be lacking in certain aspects of their game I don't think it matters to a great extent.
DCL was involved in setting up both goals last night and Bernard left the field to a standing ovation. I see it as the sum of the whole being greater than the individuals.
Other than the horror show at Fulham & slight aberration at Palace we have played great football, scored goals and beaten 3 of the top 6.
You don't do that if you have crap players in the side.
Christy Ring
81 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:01:38
Tony @53 Nice comment, and I respect your view. I agree with you about Baningime, but I can't understand why he hasn't got any game time at Wigan, apart from one appearance.
Derek Thomas
82 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:28:12
Dave A. @ 76; That won't work with Keane, or anybody. By all accounts you can put stamina on to sprint, but you can't put sprint on to stamina - different types of muscle fibre or summat.
Dave Abrahams
83 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:32:29
Derek(82), fair enoughDerek, I give in to your knowledge, is there anyway you can increase your speed?
Paul Tran
84 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:39:08
That was the routine win that good sides achieve on a regular basis. A very good spell with two goals, followed by seeing the game out.

Much to ponder next season. Keeping Zouma would be my priority, though I'm not convinced that'll happen. Next priority is keeping Gana, which depends on the offers we get. Then the priority is someone else who scores goals. Then it's about signing up Gomes.

Much to ponder this summer. And remember folks, it's not about who we 'should buy' or 'should be in for', but who we can persuade to stay/come here.

Rob Halligan
85 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:41:37
A few comments about the fact we need to keep Zouma. Totally agree although it is going to be extremely difficult bearing in mind the situation with Chelsea's transfer ban. Their current centre halves are Gary Cahill, aged 33, David Luiz, 32, Anders Christiensen, 23, Antonio Rudiger, 26 (but likely to be out for the start on next season) and Ethan Ampadu (who?) aged 18.

So unless they win their appeal against their transfer ban, they are very unlikely to want to sell Zouma.Even if Zouma puts in a transfer request Chelsea will probably knock it back.

So step forward Yerry Mina!

By the way, does anybody know exactly what's happened with the Chelsea appeal, as it seems to have gone quiet?

Mike Kehoe
86 Posted 04/05/2019 at 11:51:08
Like many others on this thread I would love to see both Zouma and Gomes secured with the addition of an established striker. Last night would have been much more convincing with a greater cutting edge. I have growing confidence that Silva can develop the talent we have and Brands can bring in quality; backed up with Moshiri’s money. We are on the up and hopefully can continue to make progress next season.
I remain unconvinced about Silva as he seems to have no plan b, formations do not change and I cannot recall a second half transformation or tactical change that could be accredited to him, unlike many top managers.
Personally I’m not arsed about Europe this year. I would prefer a cull of all the shite currently on loan to be sold off with some quality brought in.
Paul Smith
87 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:02:04
Teams in the top 6 don't have loan players in their team they can attract permanent quality. We need to keep Zouma and not take anymore loans its a statement of intent at least.
Raymond Fox
88 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:35:18
Another good winning performance, I could get used to this. If we can find some more players like Digne for next season I will be delighted, he's the real deal.

The downside of us performing very well is it sparks interest off the money clubs. I fear Zouma and Gueye will depart, while Richarlison, Gomes and Sigurdsson could also be targets.

On the other hand, if players have a choice about where they want to play their football, they should be able to see that Everton as a club is on the up and want to be part of it.

Brian Harrison
89 Posted 04/05/2019 at 12:45:29
Well another season nearly over and I am sure that during this season many will have altered their opinions over certain players as well as the manager.

I said from day one that I was delighted we had got Marco Silva and it looks like he just might be the man who gets this club back winning things. I think we have seen a glimpse of the type of football he wants to play in our last 10 games. Also 8 clean sheets in the last 10 games, being able to do that is massively important if you want to break into the top 6.

I think we have had 5 stand-out players this season Gana Gueye, I don't care who comes in for him we must not lose him, double or treble his wages if need be.

Sigurdsson for me apart from De Bruyne he is as good a number 10 as there is in the Premier League, 13 goals numerous assists.

Richarlison again 14 goals from mostly playing out wide and still learning at 21 maybe hard keeping him out of the clutches of the likes of Barcelona in a couple of seasons.

Zouma he has been a rock at the back he is quick good in the air and on the ground. Just hope the transfer ban on Chelsea is suspended for 12 months and allows us to sign him permanently again only a young man

Digne again another young man and for his first season in the Premier league he has been outstanding. Not an easy job replacing Baines but he has done that and will only get better.

So a lot to look forward to but we need to start with the same squad that finished the season with a couple of additions. I didn't include Keane in my 5 stand out players but he has improved immensely this season and his partnership with Zouma has been key to keeping clean sheets.

Finally 3 months ago I said the sooner we get rid of Scneiderlin the better, but whether its down to Marco Silva or just the player himself his performances over the last few weeks has changed my mind completely. He will be an important part of the squad next season I feel.

So at long last I feel very optimistic and excited about next season, the whole feel of going to Goodison has changed in the last few months. I feel the group called the Originals 1878 have had a lot to do with that. The fans now believe that when they start a game making so much noise the players have certainly fed of that support.

John Pierce
90 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:21:25
So basically we want to keep Zouma, I’d argue Moshiri sends them his best lawyer to get their ban rescinded.
John Pierce
91 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:30:58
Look here's the thing about Coleman. We don't want this to become a saga like the Baines thing did.
This isn't about him, it's about his skill sets and are they fit for the modern game?

Full backs need to live in the opposition half nowadays, there also need to be at the heart of our creativity, especially when ‘their' winger is an ‘out to in' who likes to score rather than assist. This is both Richarlison & Walcott to a tee.

It comes down to delivery and as well as he has played in the last dozen or so games, consistently getting in a position to cross, the delivery has been no better than a schoolboy. Harsh, maybe? But that cross at Palace, Lordy! Last night he had 5/6 opportunities all poor decisions or technically awful. That aspect of his game is never getting to level we need to match Digne.

I think we invest or promote Kenny, his crossing and passing range is better, and we fade Coleman out gradually.

David Pearl
92 Posted 04/05/2019 at 13:32:17
Paul 87. Nitpicking but Higuian is on loan at Chelsea. You have a point but it does open up doors otherwise shut.

We cant attract the top players because of not being established in the CL. Leicester didn't do a great job of adding to their squad though that one chance they had. It's a gradual process but the whole of Europe knows we've been spending money and are making waves. Or trying to. I remember how pissed l was at the time we only bought Phil Neville to see us through to the CL proper.

Bob Parrington
93 Posted 04/05/2019 at 14:12:03
Drew #71 Good point about Gana Gueye. He is developing in to a top class player ND WE NEED TO KEEP HIM, NO DOUBT.

Sam and others re Zouma. Don't forget that Chelsea put him out on loan. How many of our loaned out players have come back to fit in. Could be the same with Zouma and Chelsea.

Can anybody please explain to an ageing Aussie Pom what the politics are with the "no visa" for Abramovic and the "no transfer" ban? Seems to me from far away the Chelsea are being treated as if they are Everton??!!!

Do City have an inside man in MI 6, 7 or 8 (whichever nr they're up to these days? 😠

Andy Meighan
94 Posted 04/05/2019 at 14:54:16
Justin @9:

"Schneiderlin just not good enough"?

He was absolutely outstanding last night and everyone at the game and in the pubs after the game said the same. I've been his biggest critic but, credit where credit's due, since he got back in the side, he's been faultless.

I really don't know what some of you watch at times. He looks like the player we first signed. And those of you asking for a couple of kids to be brought in... Why? We've been brilliant at home the last couple of months, so why change it???

Neil Copeland
95 Posted 04/05/2019 at 14:57:11
Did anyone else notice the possession stats after 15 mins played last night - 92% for us.... 92%!!!!!! Fuck me!
Tony Abrahams
96 Posted 04/05/2019 at 17:54:36
I noticed we were relentless for that early period of the game Neil, and therefore also very enjoyable to watch.
Dave Abrahams
97 Posted 04/05/2019 at 19:07:15
John (91), according to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are interested in Jonjo Kenny and also James McCarthy.
Derek Knox
98 Posted 05/05/2019 at 08:11:22
Dave @97, we must have been seriously after Wan-Bissaka as he has made a statement to the effect that he is staying at Palace for the time being.

I'd love JJK to make it, but when he has been given the chance to impress he has had mixed performances, I know he's still young and learning, but is he good enough to hang on to?

Harry Hockley
99 Posted 05/05/2019 at 18:07:02
8 clean sheets out of the last 10. I think Silva deserves credit for that. You fickle people calling for his head should have your own checked. Roll on next season.
Matthew Williams
100 Posted 07/05/2019 at 11:53:01
Good win, but the second half was painful to listen to!

Still a long way to go for me and I can only see a repeat of this poor season next season.

So will we win at Spurs folks?

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