One of my favourite coaching comments is “Win as a team and lose as a team”. But, although it is inclusive and sounds good, it is rarely true!
This morning, I forced myself to watch the last 5 minutes of regular time and then the 6 minutes of added time against Newcastle — although only 4 minutes were held up on the board. So where, Mr Hooper, did those extra 2 minutes come from?
We conceded the first goal at 3 minutes and 30 seconds of added time but Mr Hooper blew his whistle to end the match at close on 6 minutes of added time. The second goes in at 94 mins and 35 seconds. By then, we are 2-2 and suicidal. The game finishes at 95 mins and 57 seconds. But where did these extra 2 minutes come from?
No subs, no injuries and 2 goals. How long did he add on for the 2 goals and why? It must have been a minute per goal. I don’t think Mr Simon Hooper has been around long and took that perennial refs view of “l will see how this attack plays out and then blow my whistle.” Where in the reffing handbook does it say that?
So, having got that off my chest, where or who lost us the match? Or, as the saying goes, did we “lose as a team”? Well, let’s look at Carlo Ancelotti and his substitutions. I can just about accept Tom Davies and Seamus Coleman... but why Oumar Niasse? The way Carlo hugged him as he came on, it felt like he was saying “This is the last time you are going to play for EFC so go and enjoy the occasion!”
Sentimental, good guy, and the fans cheered as Oumar came on. What does this tell us about Carlo? He is a nice guy. The kind of guy you wouldn’t mind as an uncle! He is a little bit arrogant. Well, why not with his track record! But maybe he had forgotten about our track record of seeing out a game.
Okay, who else does my spotlight fall on? It has to be the guy in the banana skin outfit. Yes, England’s #1 keeper well until the next team is picked. There are many adjectives we can all choose to describe him but I will just focus on one - he is too short to be a top goalkeeper. How many times do we have to watch him toss points away? We need a 6'-2" minimum goalkeeper with the ability to deal with high balls into the box. Every team from now on and before is just going to lob the ball into the 6 yard box and see what happens.
Next- Luca Digne. With minutes to play, he takes a well-positioned free-kick and whacks it over the bar. Why not play it into the corner and play out time? Also with Tom he conspires to mess up the clearance which leads to a corner which leads to their first goal. Plus he was captain and should have been telling everyone to get the ball up the field.
The only person apart from Pickford who has a mouth on him is Mason Holgate. No one else says a friggin word. Delph a leader? No way! After conceding the first goal with only seconds left to play, he gets the ball from the kick-off and floats it towards the right-hand touchline where we lose possession. And we all know what happens after then. And I don’t think you can blame Tom for the tackle that leads to the 2nd goal or missing the header with Mason before the 2nd goal.
What about Oumar? 91 mins and 30 secs he charges down-field but cannot run it into the corner.
Maybe we shouldn’t lose sight of the good things that happened in the first 93 minutes. Moise Kean, Calvert-Lewin, Bernard... but why is it always Everton that do this and will Carlo ever learn!
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1 Posted 23/01/2020 at 17:07:05
Its not his fault, but it might of been his fault, doesnt matter, because its a team game, and its usually only the winners who dont need/have to look for excuses.
Davies should have done better, (Im paranoid and didnt think it was a foul, but definitely felt the whistle happy ref knew what he was doing, giving Newcastle one last attack?) Delph, showed none of the winning experiences that hes gained at City, Davies got under the ball, and Pickford, went backwards, instead of playing on the front foot, and in the blink of an eye, two massive points were thrown away.
A team game, played by individuals, but for the team to win, every individual has usually got to do his job properly, thats football!
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