Gutless. Spineless. Witless. Hapless. Choose your adjective. Everton’s long-suffering fans have witnessed some pathetic performances at Anfield in recent years but this one, against a Liverpool team featuring nine changes and stuffed with inexperienced kids, takes the biscuit.
Everton turned in a second-half display so bereft of fight, quality, spirit and urgency that it left you wishing half the players could all be thrown out the club tomorrow. Sadly, as the imminent financial accounts will show, the club is counting the significant cost of almost four years of horrendously expensive and just plain horrendous recruitment that will no doubt ensure that Carlo Ancelotti will need all of the four-and-a-half years of his contract to fix it.
The second 45 minutes in particular was indescribably bad from a group of players who, you felt, couldn't get much worse than some of the dross they have served up already this season but whether through fatigue or a simple sense of the futility that has embodied this fixture for Everton for two decades, they appeared to just give up.
No doubt due to the knock the veteran picked up against at Manchester City on New Year’s Day, Fabian Delph was only named among the substitutes but in his stead, Ancelotti might as well not have fielded a midfield at all given the black hole that existed there for much of this contest.
Against such youthful opposition, Gylfi Sigurdsson — has a player ever suffered such a precipitous drop-off in production and form from one season to the next? — and Morgan Schneiderlin should have bossed this game from start to finish; instead, they turned in two of their worst performances in an Everton jersey which, based on everything that has gone on already this season, is quite something. Both are on massive six-figures-per-week salaries but neither are deserving of another minute in an Everton jersey. Sadly, though, unless there will be incoming personnel this month, the manager will have little option.
They were deployed in the most important area of the pitch but they weren’t alone in their ineptitude, their lack of strength, passion and effectiveness. Djibril Sidibé, first as a wing back and then as full-back after the equally terrible Seamus Coleman had been withdrawn, was shocking for 90 minutes. His compatriot on the other flank, Lucas Digne, a pale shadow of the player who was deservedly named player of the season last year, wasn’t much better.
The remainder of a jittery defence that looked scared of its own shadow in front of Jordan Pickford and his awful distribution embarrassed itself trying to play through Klopp’s high press and was frequently forced to whack it aimlessly long or give possession away by giving to the duo in midfield who either weren’t showing for the ball or who proved similarly incapable of consistently finding a blue shirt with a pass.
For so much of this increasingly dejecting match, the team full of kids was the one playing with all the composure while the one with four players 30 or older and stuffed with internationals was struggling just to do the basics. And it was a reliance on the basic, later abandoned, that had served them so well in the first half hour of the game, one which they looked capable of winning, either through a moment of superior quality or simply attrition.
One of Sigurdsson’s only meaningful contributions, a sublime ball into the box for Theo Walcott, set up Everton’s first chance, a low drive from around the penalty spot from Dominic Calvert-Lewin that was perhaps too accurate in that he put it down the middle and Adrian was able to save with his feet.
Then, after Calvert-Lewin had been fouled in a dangerous area, Holgate latched onto a whipped free-kick from Sigurdsson but he planted a free header straight at the goalkeeper.
Everton’s strategy of going direct and bypassing midfield was proving productive at times and they picked Walcott out down the right flank in the 27th minute where the winger was able to the ball back from the byline for Richarlison but he, too, was denied by Adrian’s foot.
Four minutes after that, Walcott came within an inch or so of connecting with Calvert-Lewin but his cross was just too far ahead for the striker’s diving header to connect and steer goal-wards.
Apart from Yerry Mina’s glancing header off a corner and a Calvert-Lewin effort from the edge of the area that he dragged wide with Sidibé calling for it in space to his right, the Blues didn’t really threaten for the remainder of the first half. But with Liverpool failing to unduly trouble Pickford, it felt as though it was only a matter of time before Ancelotti’s men made the breakthrough.
The very early stages of the second period followed the pattern of the first and Sidibé’s neat chested layoff from a corner to Schneiderlin gave the French midfielder an opportunity to find the target but he swept his shot disappointingly over the crossbar.
Then the tide started turning and Everton gradually disappeared from the contest. Neco Williams tested Pickford with a powerful drive and Pickford was forced to push a bouncing, speculative effort from Divock Origi before Curtis Jones produced the moment of magic that the match had been sorely missing, particularly from those in blue jerseys.
The 18-year-old collected Origi’s pass after good hold-up play by the Belgian and he sized up a shot from the edge of the area that he curled over Pickford’s despairing fingertips and in off the underside of the bar.
The effect on Everton, with all the experience in its ranks playing in front 8,000 expectant supporters, was utterly demoralising because Ancelotti’s men appeared to lose all belief and any remaining ability to string together a series of passes.
Bernard came on for Walcott, whose promising first-half display had been ruined by a truly abysmal second, and offered a couple of flourishes, Moise Kean, introduced for Coleman in the 63rd minute, ran around like a headless chicken for the last half hour before despatching a sliced stoppage-time volley into the Kop, and Delph was thrown on in a vain attempt to add some nous in the middle but none of the manager’s substitutions made much of an impact.
Instead, it was a Klopp change, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, who forced the last save of the game in the 74th minute, shooting low towards Pickford’s near post but the England international was equal to it.
Ultimately, Everton’s failure to put a single effort on target in the final hour of the match was a damning indictment of the performance and the players who plumbed new depths of awfulness in a season that will almost certainly be defined by it if things don’t change markedly over the remainder of another lost season.
Just four games into a tenure he may already be regretting, Ancelotti will have had his eyes opened to the problems that exist in this squad and the amount of work that will be required to turn it around. So early in his reign, this one wasn’t on the manager; this was squarely on a group of players who have largely escaped the worst of the criticism and allowed Marco Silva to carry the can but now have nowhere left to hide. They were handed a route into the fourth round and they bottled it. Put frankly, they were a disgrace to the shirt and the badge.
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1 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:10:50
2 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:16:51
3 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:17:48
4 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:17:59
The good thing is that early on, Ancelotti has seen the mental weakness of these players against City and against a team of Lpool youngsters.
My hope is that he now recognises the need for at least one physically & mentally strong centre mid who can drive the team forwards and teach some nous to our young players, and the older ones who are interested.
We have too many weak players who don't score goals. That must change, I'd like to think Ancelotti knows who we need.
5 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:22:40
Everton now return to normal with extra holidays, as usual, since they are out of FA Cup and League Cup, in addition to the International breaks. God help us.
Ancelotti did not learn from the Man City game and did not consult with Big Dunc regarding best tactics. He has got a right kick in the ass at Anfield as a result, which he deserves.
Everton in that second half where unfit and unprepared.
6 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:24:00
Say what you like about Liverpool but their players now have a desire to win a pride in the shirt and the club. Effort and application, pride.
We have none of that, from top to bottom Everton FC is riddled with mediocrity, gutless, spineless and disgraceful.
Everton FC left me feeling ashamed tonight. Ashamed.
7 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:25:41
Whoever gave the massive contracts to Sygi, Schneiderlin, Walcott etc need to hang their heads in shame.
Not just the inflated salaries but the actual length of their contracts is disgusting. They need to leave the club this season, no if's or buts, they simply have nothing left to offer the club as player's.
As soon as were safe from the dreaded R word, Carlo has to give the likes of Anthony Gordon and some of the other highly rated youngsters a run in the team, can they honestly fare any worse than the three above?
I hope the manger is ruthless, he needs to be.
9 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:26:54
10 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:30:12
Never in all my years watching Everton, have I witnessed a 2nd half display as bad as that, ever.
A midfield so bereft of any idea whatsoever, against a bunch of kids who, "ran rings around them."
That display summed up the disgraceful mis-management of the clubs recruitment policy of the past 4 years.
Carlo genuinely needs a new 11, these spineless fuckers should be replaced by the under 23,s in the league.
11 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:33:04
Klopp schooled Ancelotti today, starting on Friday by letting it be known he was playing the kids. That saw Everton odds tumble and we became favourites to win the game. Pressure now on us... What Ancelotti should've done is the same thing. Told the press the League was more important and chucked some of our Under-23s in. Best in the country... aren't they?
Anyhow, Ancelotti pressed the same self-destruct button as Koeman, Unsworth, Allardyce and Marco Silva loved to press. Carlo played the duds and we lost. Surely 4 or 5 of our kids could've done better than the walking dead that played today? Ancelotti bottled it and he morphed into Marco Silva today. The buck stops with him.
I wanted Big Duncan to stay in charge until the season end. The top-draw elite players and clubs Ancelotti is used to managing are a different animal altogether, it's a different art form. A different interpretation of the game to where he is now at Everton. Chalk and Cheese. Carlo is not cut out for this type of football.
The intensity Duncan Ferguson brought with him has vanished. Ancelotti appears as clueless as Silva on this showing. This is worse than the 5-2 loss last month. We all know the players that got the other managers the sack. Pity Carlo doesn't recognise a poor player when he sees one. That starting 11 today had Marco and Ronald written all over it.
12 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:33:50
I never thought that Shankly's boast that the best two teams on Merseyside were Liverpool and Liverpool reserves would actually come true.
13 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:39:40
What happened to Beningme? Always injured. He looked so promising when he was in the first team and the signing of the equally injured Gbamim was baffling. Gordon has to be given a serious chance ahead of Walcott. Other than this, we need to sign players and let youth have a serious chance. Letting Lundström go was clearly a big mistake. Who else will come back to haunt us from the crop of promising youngsters nurtured by Unsworth? We cant allow more young players to go without them having a chance while the first team squad is crammed full of proven failures.
Oh, and yes, we have an injury list, but this was their C team.
14 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:40:09
I do think, as fans, we dont know what we want. We criticise players for losing it when trying something going forward. The result is a midfield who always play safe, and inept performances like this.
Although Ive slated Sigurdsson, we were instantly poorer when Delph came on.
The only players to come out of this game with any credit were Pickford, Holgate, Mina and DCL - whereas Richalison was ok.
I said after the last game that wed have been better off with Big Dunc in charge for this game and the City game and I stand by that. Not saying that hes better than Carlo, but hes have had the team playing better than that.
15 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:43:14
If I was Ancellotti I'd be having them in one at a time and leaving them in no uncertain terms that performances like that are totally unacceptable. Can accept a lot of poor things but no pride in the shirt or themselves leaves a bad taste in the mouth.
Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson are far too slow as a midfield pairing, Digne is not the player of last season, Coleman's legs have gone. Tosun, Walcott and others simply not good enough. We need to stop buying other teams rejects ad buy hungry players.
16 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:47:55
17 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:51:01
Not tonight. That was as bad as it could get. No excuses for a heart breaking performance by a team who as you quite rightly say, no longer deserve the right to wear the shirt. In fact going further, I would be happy if many of them are shipped out this month. They deserve it. We don't.
A massive restructure is required and few of the current incumbents should or will survive.
I am tired of looking for others to blame for the mess we are in, but the truth is what we saw tonight was an abject display from the players. Totally unacceptable from pure effort alone.. if I was Ancelotti I would bring in every player and tell them one at a time that they have no future at the club or those who he deems fit, that they have to the end of the season to justify keeping.
I have never, ever seen an Everton team in all my days without the desire to fight. ( Moyes had me think it was poor, but this?)
Make a statement. Sack a few high profile players immediately.
Keep on doing it until the penny drops.
Angry...Upset.. embarrassed.. but most of all ashamed to be a blue. Thats how low I am. Not even relegation hurts as much..
18 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:51:28
That was a disgrace an absolute shambles and probably the most embarrassing defeat of my 60 years supporting this club.
There is not a player in that squad I could give a toss about if we sold tonight.
19 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:51:37
Strong word to use but fitting for several of our players today.
Some players played very badly and sometimes good players do, BUT there's no excuse for cowardice and it can't be forgiven.
20 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:56:13
I feel like you that I don't want to go the next match. I like most of us, sick the way we are playing. We were getting beat are still trying to play from the back. I feel the players who start playing the ball from the back. are the unfit ones in the team. Just taping the ball to each other, means they don't have to run about. Shankly did say there were two teams in Liverpool. Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves. He got that slightly wrong It should have been the youth team. This is the worse time I have been embarrassed to be an Evertonian. Even when Tranmere beat us it was not as bad as this
21 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:57:02
I agree that Everton trying to play the ball around at the back is tantamount to footballing suicide, and it makes no sense that players who already lack confidence and ability need that extra pressure put upon them. Is this due to Moshiri, asking for a certain style of play from his manager(s)? Do the likes of Siggy, Walcott and Snides have to be chosen to play, due to their salaries or because of the instructions of the owner?
I don't know what to think about the club and the players at this moment in time, but for a brief period of a fortnight or so we thought the team was back in shape and ready to fully represent us out on the pitch. But the last two games have shown us all that it was a blip and the reality is what we have witnessed for much of the last five years.
Money hasn't solved the problems it has made things worse, but someone has to take ownership of the issues facing the club and they must think long and hard about what the 'project' actually means.
I'll be happy when I see eleven players on the pitch able to pass a ball correctly more often than misplacing or under/over hitting them, shoot accurately more often than not and eleven players who fall to their knees at the end of a match because they've given their all for the cause - I fear it may be a long time before I feel happy again.
22 Posted 05/01/2020 at 20:59:44
Coleman has gone, whatever combination of central defenders you choose thay totally lack pace and confidence under pressure, Schneiderlin,Sigurdsson and Delph are ravaged by age and injuries, they are useless and Richarlison plays on his own, I've yet to see poor Kean get five touches in the cameos he's played. Ancelotti and Brands will earn their corn if they turn this lot round.
Are Davies, Tosun andBernard really worse than the pathetic lot we put out today.
Liverpool and Liverpool Reserves! He was right.
23 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:00:34
24 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:02:37
25 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:06:08
Really need to adopt a more direct approach.
Imagine having to vote a player of the year for this lot towards the end of the season...
26 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:08:30
I hope Carlo has some answers where the others failed. This performance reeked of mental weakness and no confidence. The more I watched the more I felt there was no beating heart of this team. We are weak physically, for speed and mentally in the middle of the park. Tom Davies comes in for some stick but he is head and shoulders above Sigurdsson and Schneiderlin who have done absolutely nothing to be starting ahead of him.
Some serious wheeler dealer-ing needs to be done to get some players out that need a fresh start to reignite their careers. Most of all we need to get a quality central midfielder in until our first choices Gomes and Gbamin return. Ancelotti will step up the search from tomorrow, guaranteed.
Sigurdsson, Schneiderlin, Walcott , Bolaise, Tosun, Niasse and one or two more are now journeymen, earning a massive wage, and have not and never will, improve the team. Brands has the impossible/difficult task of selling or trading them. Our immediate future is tied to his success at doing it. Best of luck to him.
27 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:09:43
28 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:10:51
Never has there been such a disconnect between Everton fans and the team
Occasionally in the past, Everton may have been a poor team in the eyes of other supporters. This game has made us a laughing stock.
29 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:10:58
30 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:13:37
31 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:14:16
Absolute bunch of losers. I can understand the manager picking that side and expecting better but completely agree that he isnt blameless either. But seriously, how can professional footballers, pretty much all Internationals come out and play like that. Id be fuming if my 3 year old daughter passed like these idiots. I dont get it.
Bin the lot of them, starting with the dickhead in goal. Most overrated keeper ever and get rid whilst we can still get a decent fee for him. Its only a matter of time before everyone realises how crap he really is.
I never want to see Sigurdson, Walcott or Schneiderlin in the shirt again. Need a whole new midfield bit if we cant buy this January, play some kids. They really cant do any worse.
32 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:15:10
I dont really blame Ancelotti, now knows the dross he has and their complete lack of pride in the shirt and respect for the fans. In 59 years of watching and supporting this club, I have never felt more embarrassed. The only possible positive I can take from this is that you need to reach rock bottom before you can make your way up. I hope this is rock bottom.
33 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:16:03
I want to go out on loan for two years!
I shall return to a team that can pass, control and the shirt actually means something!
Knowing my luck, my transfer request will be turned down. Morgan schneiderlin will be given a three year contract and Gomes is like a new signing. Everton fans are not chosen. They are handed down by their fathers as punishment. Even friends once made jokes take pity. Carlo must be in shock. Welcome Carlo to our world. The doctor will see you soon.
34 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:20:55
Shrewsbury 2 Everton 1 (the year Shrewsbury were relgated to Conference)
Everton 0 Tranmere 3
Everton 0 Wigan 3 (missed opportunity in Cup)
Semi v Liverpool at Wembley (1 up at HT and still lost)
Many thrashings in Europe by not even the top teams and in the league, Blackburn, and WBA scoring 4 at Goodison.
For me the best football on the eye in that time was Martinez first season, and the 2008 season. Even when we finished 4th winning 1- 0 mainly the football was not great to watch.
Todays performance however was shameless and as bad as it's been, but it's also been 20 years in the making. Even when I saw both starting line ups I had a nagging feeling we won't do it with S&S in the team. I was reminded of the FA cup semi v UTD when we could only beat a much weakend UTD team on penalties.
I just don't think Mosh has the money for what is required even now finally we have a manager who has dined at the top table.
Looking at the hight standard of the young Liverpool players of the future, it looks like our B Team, U23s is not fit for purpose. What are they doing that we are not?
35 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:22:27
A complete utter embarrassment.
Lyndon, you write so well but I must disagree with you on 1 thing: this was DEFINITELY on Ancellotti. How could he think we were good enough to play through their press? Especially after seeing the first half?
We should have played longer passes to get them turning OR he should have put an extra midfielder in there to change our 442 to a 433
Duncs team wouldnt have been as disgraceful
What next? If I were Klopp Id play my 4th choice team against us. And I bet we would fare just as badly
There is NO excuse for that today. Today I hated being an Evertonian. Its just been disappointment after disappointment
The red lot wanted it more and are a credit to their club. Our lot were pathetic and I will never ever forgive them for today. There is nothing they can realistically do to redeem themselves
Bunch of cretins
36 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:23:51
And Ancelotti, for all his credentials, has, like all of his recent predecessors, failed to understand the importance of winning the derby, going by that supine surrender in the second half. What did he say at half time? "Careful now, they're only kids."???
We're at the point now where a derby win is not to be considered a luxurious topping to any season; rather, it's an absolute demand on which any Everton manager's tenure must stands or fall. This run of derby failures is utterly unacceptable.
37 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:25:29
38 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:25:52
One third of the inept midfield was his, both full backs, the headless one who cane off the bench and Bernard - who is becoming more and more invisible every time he plays. Granted Mina didnt do a lot wrong today, but hes not exactly been a £30million defender. Our best 4 players today (Im including Walcott for his first half performance) were Holgate (Martinez), Pickford (Walsh), DCL (widely believed to be Rhino) and Walcott (Allardyce).
39 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:26:54
Liverpool took our ground, Shankley robbed our jokes, and now there fans are after our soul?
I saw the 1995 banner I heard the song and watching on my telly I was thinking we havent won in Europe since they killed 39.
Horrible thoughts for this ultra, politically correct, phoney,
modern world, but dont let them take our soul, surely we are made of much stronger stuff than a lot of the cowards who dont give a fuck for our shirt?
40 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:27:26
It's a ticket to perpetual embarrassment and dismissive mockery.
Today was the latest rotting cabbage to be hurled at our rotten bonce.
We've got too many career footballers at the club, going through the motions and banking the salary. They don't care about Everton too much, its a job. That kind of detached mentality seeps into the squad at all levels. It shows itself for what it is on match days. We are a bunch of players, and not a team.
41 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:28:41
'All they have to do, is pull on a blue shirt, and pass the ball to another guy in a blue shirt... but none of them can do it'.
…… well, quite!
42 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:29:07
Everton have lead for a total of seven minutes.
43 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:35:05
It really worries me that Carlos put him and Sigs together in the midfield.
44 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:35:16
A few beers helps sooth the pain but its life time pain and embarrassment.
Tony@40, spot on, thats the way it is as an Evertonian.
Its like a parable from the Old Testament, but the facts behind the consistent let down, which is EFC, are all true.
And Old Nick rises, and is ascending to greater achievements.
I hope that the board provide Carlo a war chest this summer, as a total overhaul of the squad is needed.
Not many of todays squad should survive the cull, if and when it comes.
45 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:35:47
This is how you get loanees like Sidibe working harder for the shirt than full time contracted players.
Brands is looking increasingly like a phony DoF who buys more duds than winners.
I don't buy that getting a top striker is hard.
Ashamed to say it but a top striker wont touch us with a barge pole, only a mercenary that wants a big payday.
As a club right now we are doomed.
47 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:38:34
It is the spineless tossers on the pitch to blame for this.
Senior players such as Coleman, Walcott and Sigurdssen should have been screaming at the players that this was a great chance to beat them, instead they don't lead but hide.
48 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:42:16
We will always be Everton fans, And they know it thats why they hate us.
49 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:46:54
The lack of professionalism and care today, in my view suggests that theres some thing missing at a Finch Farm. What the hell happened in the second half, ?
No pride and unforgivable today. I hope theres no, more apologetic remorse stories in the media, from these players.
It wont wash any more.
Patience is needed but EFC, cant wait forever.
This defeat today is legend, and increases the pressures on a very daunting job for CA.
50 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:49:17
Any good boozers in the town centre that doesnt have a telly??
51 Posted 05/01/2020 at 21:49:41
I don't give a monkeys f++k what they hate.
I do care that the present team are disconnected with what Everton fans and their team are all about.
52 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:05:14
We mention a lot about playing for the shirt! But very few among the top clubs do so these days. Our shirt represents our history and directly represents those of us who have an immovable passion and love for Everton. Only those who are born into and raised with this club, aside to some very special players who come here and become one of us and embrace the club ( Howard, Bally, Unsy, Sheeds, Sharpy, Duncan, Tim among many others) will truly play for the honour of representing the Everton shirt. As much as we expect it of all of our players it's not the case. They are playing for the benefit of their own career ambitions along with team they are a part of. We need to invest equally in bringing 'our own' through again so that an Everton team has its identity equally as much as it has journeyman outstanding players from around the world.
That lot across the park seem to have got the blueprint!
53 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:06:18
As brutal and as honest an indictment of the players as I could imagine.
54 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:08:24
When we were lads growing up, you were judged on your actions and on your loyalty and bravery toward your peers and your own self respect. If you failed to show these, you were ostracised to the extent of becoming irrelevant to your peers and labelled a loser.
There would be no big forgive and forget so you were screwed.
These are the type of losers I saw playing for our club today. In life you must have the 3 D's- desire, discipline and determination to even have half a chance of succeeding.
I did not see anyone in a blue shirt with that today.
I have no respect for anyone who can't show respect to their family, work or performance.
What I saw today were a bunch of expensively assembled, spoilt, childish, disrespectful and work shy men I only have a deep pity for as they are short of moral fibre and heart.
Out muscled by kids, out thought by kids, with not the bravery to run harder, fight more, contest anything and do anything to gain the upper hand.
What I saw today was a team of snowflakes who always melt when the heats on.
They have managed to attain the 3 D's though-unfortunately the 3 know one wants-disrespectful, dire and disloyal.
To question a man's integrity and pride is the ultimate, but tonight I question everyone of theirs.
Good luck Mr Ancelloti, you have been dealt a poisoned hand.
55 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:12:19
56 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:13:25
What an odd and pointless thing to say?
Theyre siting there rightfully proud of their 1st and 2nd teams and in shoring here (like many blues) totally ashamed of my lot
In the last 20 years theyve had players that stand up for the shirt and win trophies. And win REPEATEDLY away at Chelsea & Arsenal & Utd. We dont (weve won once at OT)
Eric. What are you talking about man????
My Liverpool mates dont hate me - they PITY me!!!
‘It must be awful to support a club that never wins trophies, cant win away at any decent team and always pee the bed against mighty Liverpool
You know what? It IS awful. I hate it. My club and its wretched players are useless. None of it deserves pride. Only some yesteryear brilliance if youre old enough to have loved it (Im 40, in not old enough)
So why why why in gods name would they hate us? We are an irrelevance, nay, an easy 3 points to them. Trust me - they dont hate us. They love us
57 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:15:34
58 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:16:50
Everton obituary. Everton FC died today. The body will be cremated and the ashes taken to Anfield.
59 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:19:35
Now we are spineless coward mercenaries who dont really give a shit if we win or lose. We lost a cup tie 1-0 playing a non league side. Wow thats never happened before has it. Know your history my arse.
Today was not good but is anyone really surprised that we lost today? Is anyone doubting that in spite of today the future is looking brighter at this moment than it has done for a lot of years.
60 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:21:00
For me a new captain on the park, some one forcefully, firm but fare and narky, must be planned, as we are rudderless and leaderless on the park.
Scary today as well, as if the s are developing their youngsters on this scale, via home grown and international recruitment, then, it looks like we are deeper in the crap, than we realise, in view of the next 5 years.
Surely soon, Evertons fortunes will change, for the better?
I hope so, as Im past the half way house, and in reality, its not gonna happen soon, bar a miracle.
61 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:25:37
I'm sorry but if you can't see today as being on one of the darkest days in our all-time history never mind recent history then you must have experienced some very dark days indeed.
62 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:25:54
And when we did go long their kids mopped up there as well.
Kids. Who'd have 'em.
63 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:29:50
One of the worse things we have ever done is come into money under Moshiri and at the same time keep Kenwright at the club pulling strings. The money the club has spent on sacking managers alone is staggering. How Moshiri is even a "billionaire" with his so called business acumen is a mystery.
64 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:33:06
65 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:33:12
Ancellotti needs to carry some of the blame for defending so deep and inviting the pressing by the Liverpool team of kids. Worse than the semi final, worse than the 86,89 finals, worse than the 5-0 home defeat in 1980s. Ive got to go to work tomorrow and listen to a load of armchair kopites dispense their usual banter.
Apparently he is going to talk to each individual player tomorrow he should invite one of us in with him for some brutal honesty. I hope Usmanov has deep pockets because we need some quality in now. Every time I think we cant sink any lower this fucking football club breaks my heart. The Samaritans should have a special line just for Blues fans.
66 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:33:24
67 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:33:29
However, I needed to publicly add my support to Lyndon's heartfelt comments and hope those high up in the club can read the shame and embarrassment that second half performance has caused us all in the Everton community. As it was from Lyndon rather than anyone else, I hope it can reach them and make them squirm these next few days.
68 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:34:58
69 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:43:42
He played Schneiderlin. Possibly the biggest waste of space I've known in nearly 40 years of supporting the Blues.
Why do all our coaches persist with him? Tom Davies would have given us bite and energy through the middle. Instead the crash test dummy came in and, guess what, another embarrassing defeat came.
At least with Davies we go down fighting rather than this pathetic surrender that Schneiderlin is nearly always culpable for.
Similarly Gylfi. Totally pathetic.
70 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:43:50
71 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:45:36
Sorry but I will say it again. For all the eyebrow raises and experience winning with the biggest teams in the world, Carlo has never been in a dogfight like this before. I fear he is not the man for this situation. Duncan would simply not have tolerated that performance.
Now I'm off to apologise to my sons for introducing them to Everton. My Kopite brothers have always joked it was a form of child abuse - maybe they have a point.
72 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:45:43
Pickford gained a huge 5/10 whilst Siggy scored 2; the rest were either rated 3 or 4.
73 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:46:31
Duncan is probably thinking tonight , 'my hands where tied', because the current Manager won't listen to me, as per usual.
I have no doubt the result would have been different if Duncan had been in charge.
74 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:49:12
Clearly this board are pulling in different directions and something smells rotten to the core.
Cancel the contracts of the likes of Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson and Walcott. Add the extra millions to the £100 million excess loss already made if it meant not watching those poor excuses of footballers.
75 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:50:02
Why introduce that messing around at the back when we can't pass the thing.
Why not go direct to DCL and play to his strengths.
Don't get me wrong the players where pathetic and should shoulder equal blame and be able to take initiative.
Ancelotti will have to learn to play to the players strengths not that they have many.
Get Pickford to smash it up the pitch. Get DCL to win headers. Get Richarleson in the box and tell the others to fight like fuck to get the ball. It's not brain surgery.
Too many shithouses in the squad.
If we don't see a reaction against Brighton we could end up getting dragged back into the relegation battle and this current squad of gobshites don't have any fight in them to get out of it.
76 Posted 05/01/2020 at 22:51:24
We should have converted at least one of our chances, and from the quality of those opportunities, perhaps two or three of them.
If we had then this forum would not be the shitfest I am now witnessing.
You don't take your chances and