I watch a lot of Everton games. Recently, I have noticed differences in Jordan Pickford’s demeanour before games. As the players line up in the tunnel, most look relaxed but focused. For most games, Pickford conforms and he looks attentive. However, in other games, normally against lesser opposition, he looks disengaged and perhaps too confident. Worst is his over-friendliness with the opposition players.
Before this week’s Carabao Cup match against Lincoln City, Pickford was cocky, pally with the opposition, and not concentrating on the game. Within 20 seconds of play, Lincoln City had scored.
Though Pickford could do little to save the shot, the goal was indirectly his fault. His body language filters through to the rest of the defence and that collective nonchalance allowed Lincoln City to score.
In future, I ask you to look at Pickford’s behaviour before the game. Is he twitching around like a naughty schoolboy or is he attentive and focused? Does he joke with the opposition or is he readying himself for the challenge ahead?
Pickford is an experienced player in a key position, the rest of the team look to him for leadership. He ought to set a more focused tone to cut out the lazy defending early on in matches.
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1 Posted 30/08/2019 at 14:46:12
He was indirectly at fault for the early goal because of (your reading of) his body language and concentration in the tunnel?
Sorry to be blunt, George, but I think this is pure malarkey. Or, as you folks would say, utter bollocks.
You dislike our players chatting with an opponent. Fine, I get it. Personally, I couldn't care less, but if you do, OK.
But this? No. Just no.
2 Posted 30/08/2019 at 14:56:48
Blaming any of the goals on him is an absolute joke.
3 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:03:45
4 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:12:57
5 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:17:29
Every player has his own psychological set up.
Some of the very best are laid back before games. Indeed in previous decades some had a ciggy.
I think you may be searching for something that isn't there mate.
If you want every player to stand next to opponents like some kind of fantasy gladiator I think you are best out of management.
Watch Rugby Union.
Decency, talk, handshakes etc but they manage to batter the shit out of eachother for 80 mins.
It is about remembering sometimes if this had become a totally image game and not a sport then what is the point.
May as well support Amazon!
6 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:32:13
The editors have thrown you under a bus by making your post a standalone topic.
It really should have gone straight to the bin. It really is that nonsensical.
7 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:36:22
George I have to say that Toffeeweb has, for me lately, become a bit of a dirge.
Moaning and negativity by the bucketload and personal arguments one way then the other.
I was getting a bit fed up of it all to be honest.
Then I read you post, submission, admission of madness, whatever you call it, and it made me laugh and realise how entertaining and just downright funny TW can be.
Thanks mate. 🤣
8 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:40:26
9 Posted 30/08/2019 at 15:47:27
Brian, dang it, you're right as usual. I missed the satire completely.
10 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:16:39
As a goalie myself I have chatted to opponents in the tunnel and found the edge on them by doing so.
11 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:34:24
12 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:39:03
13 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:47:03
14 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:48:49
We've got off lightly :-))
15 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:48:53
Joey Barton also claiming that Everton took Fleetwoods chief scout off them pre season promising to loan them an Everton player in return, Joey saying they thought they had Connolly lined up, but he went to Lincoln instead. Everton denied Joeys claim.
16 Posted 30/08/2019 at 16:54:29
Im afraid you failed the audition,George.
17 Posted 30/08/2019 at 17:00:14
18 Posted 30/08/2019 at 17:00:20
Have you sobered up yet George?
19 Posted 30/08/2019 at 18:00:03
20 Posted 30/08/2019 at 19:36:05
21 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:37:15
If you had confined yourself to his animated juvenile and unfocused behaviour in the tunnel minutes before games, you would probably have received some level of agreement.
Then again, he is the England goalkeeper!
22 Posted 30/08/2019 at 20:42:23
23 Posted 30/08/2019 at 21:14:41
Legend has it that Dixie used to have a swifty on Scottie BEFORE the match.
Around about the Coe/Ovett time We used to be riveted to athletics in our house.
In the very early days. I remember me arl fella shouting "Get in here ! come and have a look at this cheeky bastard" we all raced in and there was this fella lying down having a kip. . on the fucking track !!!
It was the very great Edwin Moses. The Yanks clearly already knew about him by then, but we had no idea at the time that the "cheeky bastard" was about to get up and blow a world class field away.. or that he was going to do it over a hundred times
When asked after the race by a BBC commentator about his preparation, Moses simply replied. "You gorra do whats right for you"
24 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:11:18
Didnt Jagielka and Baines get slated for years for being too pally before a game with many posters saying it was no wonder we failed to win anything with their attitude?
Double standards anyone?
25 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:14:38
26 Posted 31/08/2019 at 00:26:53
IIRC it was against city and he was MotM that game.
27 Posted 31/08/2019 at 08:29:23
So it would be strange only if you'd identified individual posters being inconsistent on this topic, and if you had then you could direct your comment to those particular individuals.
28 Posted 31/08/2019 at 08:56:29
That said I remember a LFC player before a derby at Anfield joking in the warm up and Gerrard went mad at him and he said he realised from that moment on, that on derby day total concentration needed and no time for laughs.
As for Pickford I was vocal and annoyed at his antics at both Newcastle and the incident when he was provoked a little after whilst out in Sunderland (many disagreed
with me that the off field incident was anything wrong). Since then, his levels of concentration and calmness have been second to none - I think hes been such a better keeper, kicking better, no rushes of blood to the head and he appears more mature since both those incidents. There was a silly run and grab of opponent on Wednesday which was unnecessary but hopefully he will just continue to learn.
I think Pickford needs to improve, if possible,(and I dont see why he cant) on crosses and if he does, I think we have one of the best keepers in the league.
29 Posted 31/08/2019 at 10:01:55
Theres nothing wrong with what Jordan did in the tunnel- its what happens once the game starts that counts and no one can doubt his passion- its there for all to see.
30 Posted 31/08/2019 at 18:15:54
31 Posted 03/09/2019 at 21:04:01
32 Posted 05/09/2019 at 04:57:40
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