Yerry Mina has another knock that makes him doubtful for the game at the London Stadium
Everton make their first trip back to the Capital since the opening day of the season to take on West Ham at the London Stadium this weekend.
It's a fixture that pits the Blues against their ex-manager, David Moyes, once more, almost two years on from the Scot's only victory over his former club, shortly before he was unceremoniously dumped as the Hammers' boss and Sam Allardyce, his opposite number that day, was also jettisoned by Everton.
Moyes is, of course, back in charge at West Ham and looking for a second win after replacing Manuel Pellegrini and thrashing struggling Bournemouth in his first game at the helm. That was followed by injustice at Bramall Lane last time out where Robert Snodgrass's dramatic injury-time equaliser was wiped out by VAR and it's a smarting Hammers team that Toffees will be going up against.
Everton, meanwhile, returned to winning ways following the debacle at Anfield in the FA Cup with a narrow triumph over Brighton and, led by their own new gaffer, Carlo Ancelotti, they will travel south hoping to repeat their performance in this ground last season.
That 2-0 win over West Ham was, perhaps, their best away performance of Marco Silva's 18-month reign and it came amid an impressive run of form at the back end of last term that portended much better things than eventually unfolded under the Portuguese between August and December.
The victory over the East Londoners by the same scoreline at Goodison Park earlier this season was also one of the most complete performances under Silva and it hinted that he might finally have stumbled onto a winning attacking formula but things started to unravel again soon afterwards.
Nevertheless, it was a display that could provide a blueprint of sorts for Ancelotti to study as he prepares for this one, particularly given how impressive the Blues' two Brazilians were on the day. Bernard would suffer a knee injury at Brighton in the next game but he scored the opening goal against the Hammers and his showing against the Seagulls in the reverse fixture last weekend demonstrated that he is getting back into his stride.
Both he and Richarlison have the potential to be key figures for Everton but it is the ongoing lack of options in midfield that will continue to vex Ancelotti until one of Jean-Philippe Gbamin and André Gomes is fit enough to play. Both are back in training at Finch Farm undergoing individualised regimens to gradually bring them up to full fitness but, in the meantime, while Alex Iwobi is also sidelined and Mason Holgate is needed in defence, the Italian has to perm two from Tom Davies, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fabian Delph.
Davies and Sigurdsson started against Brighton and Delph came on as a second-half substitute and the same approach could be employed by Ancelotti this weekend as well, particularly given Delph's on and off injury issues.
In defence, Yerry Mina is a doubt with what appears to be a minor injury and that will preclude the manager from rotating Holgate out of the side like he had planned to last week. Ancelotti is hopeful, nevertheless, that the Colombian will make it.
Moyes will make late checks on Arthur Masuaku (knee) and Felipe Anderson (rib) but Michail Antonio and Ryan Fredericks are both ruled out with hamstring problems. Darren Randolph, the goalkeeper West Ham just re-signed from Middlesbrough, is expected to go straight into the team to replace Lukas Fabianski who suffered a recurrence of a hip injury.
This will be an interesting test for Everton under Ancelotti but one that offers an opportunity against a team that has exhibited something of a soft centre this season and who were easily brushed aside in the first meeting between the two sides in October.
A repeat of the performance and result at Newcastle at the end of last year would be a welcome one given that the Barcodes are next up on Tuesday meaning that the Blues could take two big steps towards the top six in the next few days if they can pull off a couple of victories.
Update Richarlison and Sigurdsson have been ruled out with injury.
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday, 18 January, 2020
Referee: Andre Marriner
VAR: Simon Hooper
Last Time: West Ham United. 0 - 2 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Sidibé, Holgate, Keane, Digne, Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard, Walcott, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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1 Posted 17/01/2020 at 05:24:25
We will have to be stronger in the middle of the park and hopefully the weeks rest after so many games together will have given the lads time to recharge their batteries. Plus Carlo has had more time to spend with them which it is hoped will bring further improvements.
Sidibe has been a bit off the last couple of games so I would go for Lyndons team with this change at RB.
2 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:06:47
Personally Id drop Siggy. Schniederlin and Davies, Bernard and Walcott as a diamond.
Bonnie and Clyde up front. Its West ham, we always win against them
3 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:24:30
Off topic but rumour has it that Antoinee Robinson is wanted by AC Milan. I love this kid and Mike Gaynes has been banging on about him also. I want him to go right to the top but hoped it would be with us. That said I'm a big fan of Digne and his form will return.
4 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:25:56
5 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:28:24
6 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:41:14
7 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:50:56
It's going to be a Keane and Mina pairing this week as he will continue to rotate the centre-backs.
8 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:52:02
9 Posted 17/01/2020 at 07:52:52
Ive just been googling what happens when two black holes collide. I was hoping that it was going to throw up some kind of double negative situation that would end up reducing the overall size of the black hole.
Lets just stick with Sigurdsson.
10 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:01:05
West Ham are hardly free scoring and, with that new keeper coming in, we should be aiming to put him under pressure from the off.
11 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:37:20
Hope Carlo gets his substitutions right this week. Again.
Did I mention Schneiderlin ? No, no, no.
Onward Evertonians 💙
Schneiderlin - no.
12 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:42:08
Chocolate tea pot
Ash tray on a motorbike
13 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:53:28
I hope you meant Wednesday for the Barcodes NOT Tuesday otherwise I'm fooked
14 Posted 17/01/2020 at 08:55:33
As for the midfield you have to have Tom Davies in there with his energy, he tries to play the forward pass and totally outshone Declan Rice in the home fixture,
15 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:01:23
If Yerry Mina doesn't make it then options are clearly limited, but if we have a choice then he doesn't even make the bench if we get another centre back in.
Finally Southgate has realised too, although how he has so many caps is unbelievable
16 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:02:44
I thought he was past his best, which of course his best years now are in the past, hes still got a lot to offer with that left foot and football brain.
Digne could have some games to recharge himself and get himself in a better place, Id more than happily see Baines start tomorrow or on Tuesday night, hes capable of doing it.
17 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:06:46
I'm with Lyndon's lineup.
18 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:13:36
19 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:17:27
Ancellotti appears to want the ball played forward more, so lets hope the players follow his tactical instructions.
We have enough quality to beat them, but it will be an arm wrestle. 2-0 Everton.
20 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:44:17
21 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:55:52
22 Posted 17/01/2020 at 09:57:59
The key for me is shutting noble down. I would go back to the system Carlo useS that switches to a three at the back when we attack. Would allow Bernard very central and digne to push on when attacking.
23 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:03:16
24 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:19:56
Rob @ 12, too much chocolate there in midfield, not enough Crunchie in tackles, Twirl in tricks or Lion in courage.
Seriously though, I obviously want us to win, and think that can be possible but only with a fully spirited Duncan's first game style of approach. The Hammers seem to have improved slightly under Moyes, now that he is ' back home ' but they can be hit and miss!
25 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:23:44
It could be a bit of a needle match, 110% needed to fend off Moyes who will have a point to prove!
26 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:26:39
Phil@15 i'm not a big fan of Keane (never was) but you can't say he's 'not great in the air'. He wins more headers per match than most CBs in the league, beaten only by Tarkowski, Maguire and Van Dijk I believe.
Think I'd probably start the same team as played Brighton given the lack of alternatives. Hope Gordon and Kean get some minutes and maybe a goal.
27 Posted 17/01/2020 at 10:54:15
Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Digne,
Sidibie , Davies, Sigurdsson, Bernard,
Should be a feisty game, we will need to battle it out head to head. The boys in the middle of the park will have to match Rice etc. for aggression to win the match.
The way our boys are creating some good chances I fancy DC-L and Richie to bag one or two between them. Antonio is injured for West Ham and he one of their biggest threats so I am hopeful of a narrow hard earned win.
West Ham 1 Everton 2
28 Posted 17/01/2020 at 12:39:03
As for Everton, I wouldnt attempt to predict any result until the midfield is sorted out, very, very weak at the moment and not sure it will be improved when the injuries clear up, or at least to see how the injuries have affected those coming back.
29 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:01:04
30 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:14:02
The game is both won and lost in the Mid Field...always was.
Nobody here today - fit or injured, is good enough for where we need to be in 2 yrs time.
31 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:25:11
32 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:27:04
Coleman Keane Holgate Digne
Bernard Davies Baines Rich
Won't happen, but hey-ho, that's what I'd love to see.
One thing is for certain - we can not lose to Moyes. Jesus, please no.
33 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:31:22
I like Michael Keane. Keane's problem is he was put in a Silva system that plays a higher line. When poor Michael is back-tracking and turning like the QE2, he's comedically ugly and ineffective.
When Keane is played to his strengths, playing deep and just defending, he's a more than capable, dare I say damn good CB.
Play him deep. Keep everything in front of him. Old fashioned CB. He's fine.
34 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:38:18
Not good news. Yerry Mina is available, but both Richarlison and Siggy out. Could be available Tuesday.
35 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:40:10
He really is the one player who has real, top class talent. That's trouble.
36 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:43:19
Holgate will move into midfield with Siggy out, and pair with Davies. Holgate was excellent with Davies the last time they paired up.
37 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:45:24
Like I said before I hope we do win, and believe even with what we have got available, we can do it, but will have to be on the top of our game.
The added spice of having Moyes in the dug-out should be the spur for most of the ones that remember him, although there are not many left that do.
38 Posted 17/01/2020 at 13:53:51
On transfer speculation, very specifically the Everton Soares rumour, he was quite curt. "Just to be clear I am not going to talk about players that are not here."
When pressed again, he replied: "We are looking at a lot of players and there are a lot of good players around the world."
No hints as to who is being drafted in for the injured players.
39 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:04:51
Gotta go with Holgate in for Siggy in front of the back four -- Mina's return makes that an obvious move.
And yes, definitely Baines in this game. Give Digne a bit of a break.
Not much firepower in that lineup. Tough game.
41 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:13:04
I think that glorious win at OT in December 2013 (I will love Oviedo forever) was the last real Moyes "revenge" game. Since then he's just been another opposing manager.
42 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:14:11
Id plat Baines for his tactical nous, and delivery, as Digne, as effectively lost his delivery skills he showed so well, last season.
But the forwards will get opportunities and they must take them.
Im sensing a few goals tomorrow so Ill settle for a 1-3, victory and no doubt Ginger Gollum, will have his plan, but also Duncan, will be key in his nous to counteract this plan.
Hopefully a good game tomorrow and victory for EFZc.
43 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:18:44
Sam - 26
Interesting stat but I had a look and Keane wasn't near the top ten for headers won for what I could find. In fact Zouma and DCL have both won more than him this season
Jamie - 33
I completely hear what you are saying and I think when he played for Burnley he looked better due to the reasons you mention. However, we want to play a higher pressing game and it appears to be the most effective philosophy in the league at present.
Therefore, I think it only substantiates why he isn't suited for us
44 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:19:03
He knows he's on a decent contract and will milk it like many others until it runs out!
As for that other waste of space Cuckoo Martina, that was another Koeman getting mates in on the Gravy Train, with little concern that he would not improve Everton one iota!
45 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:27:22
46 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:35:55
Last time I looked at the betting we were still 6/4 favs, I don't think they have factored in our injury news yet.
I was just about favouring us to get a result, but now I would take a draw all day long.
Can we give the 'I hate Scheiderlin' fest a rest please, its become boring.
47 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:40:10
And Niasse has every right to reject Championship loans if what he wants is to be sold. Meanwhile, according to Unsworth, he's working with young Ellis Simms as he did before with DCL on work rate and movement.
Sam and Philip, not sure about overall headers won but Keane is currently 18th in the Prem in headed clearances with 44.
48 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:51:40
Just to wind people up, if things go well I'm sure we'll see Schniederlin come on midway through the second half to shore things up...
49 Posted 17/01/2020 at 14:57:16
Carlo is clearly mindful of playing players with knocks. That's why he has managed Mina's game time as he has.
They are clearly our three best centre backs at the club. A big step up for the likes of Feeney and Gibson (himself just returning from injury).
Constantly playing all three together, if one or more gets injured it leaves us seriously depleted at the heart of our defence.
50 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:03:27
51 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:17:49
He has some serious issues upstairs with his confidence and lack of awareness.
Concentration throughout the game is key to CBs and he just doesnt have it.
With Mina carrying an injury it would be dangerous to play them both together but we may have no choice if Holgate has to play MF.
With our 2 best goalscorers out I feel far less optimistic than I did last night but hopefully with the rest they've had the lads can put some energy into this one. I see a low scoring game with us winning by the odd goal (hopefully).
Arent we unbeaten against Moyes since he left. Perhaps one of the stattos can confirm this?
52 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:19:20
Some tittering about selecting Schniederlin early in thread for my team.
You are all right, he should never play again for Everton. However, we have two games in 4 days and Ancelotti will pick him for one of those games. Its more likely the away fixture rather than at home, were we are less likely to have the ball.
Ancelotti to date has picked a team with balance and selected players in their given position. The idea of Holgate playing CM is unlikely simply because we lose more from him not being at centre back than we gain him being in centre midfield imo. Moreover, mix in Minas fragile fitness, you want a centre back on the bench, like for like, rather than moving the team around if Holgate is in midfield.
Revised after injury news 4-💎-2
Sidibé, Mina, Holgate, Baines
53 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:19:41
Richi will undoubtably be a big miss though. Surely our luck, with injuries has to turn soon?
54 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:28:24
Chin up guys this ones there for the taking.
55 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:35:53
To just abandon him is a joke, especially as bare bones as we are in midfield.
We all need scapegoats and Siggy and Schneids seems to be our double act at the moment.
56 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:38:11
57 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:39:28
58 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:39:48
59 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:42:08
If fit we have to use him. Plus you cant compare Schneids to Shandy Andy.
Cant comment on Schneids being a prick don't really know the lad.
60 Posted 17/01/2020 at 15:45:56
However it doesn't happen against RS where Kane missed last week and Rashford may miss the Sunday game so that makes it even easier for the likes of Dick Van Dyke.
With the inconsistent squad Everton have at the moment they are not to be trusted.
61 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:03:24
Most people seem guardedly optimistic. And that's good. It seems every single time we think Everton can bank 3 points before a ball is kicked, we shit the bed.
Here's hoping they are confident and hungry.
Three points, climb the table, nothing less please.
62 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:11:19
Agree Holgate comes into the centre mid position.
Think he may give Richie's role to the more experienced Walcott, initially.
Coleman Keane Mina Digne
Sidibie Holgate Davies Bernard
Walcott / DC-L
Kean on for the last 30mins and scores the winner
63 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:12:52
The thing is, Ancelottis pragmatism will see him pick Schniederlin. One of the key reasons we won both the Newcastle and Burnley games in short order was utilizing the squad even if several of them are not up to snuff.
This double header is no different. It is also very likely hell have a couple more players to choose from come Newcastle.
Lets also remember he paired him with Siggy v the RS. For me that had so much down side, I was surprised he did so. Thats a very valid point you make.
Right now he is the only genuine holding midfielder we have available. Hell deffo get picked, regardless of how bad he has been. Asking others to play there is not a good idea, play players in their preferred position. Occasionally a guy can pull a performance out of the bag playing out of position, but its a big ask.
Who is the alternative without taking away the balance from the team?
64 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:16:03
I attend every football match with an open mind, hoping that the Gods are on our side. Of course, I'm disappointed when things go against us, but accept that this is the way of football. At the age of 81, I have come to terms with the vagaries of the game, and enjoy or suffer whatever comes my way.
65 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:17:22
A game next Tuesday coming quickly, why risk having a rookie centre back on the bench and a centre back in midfield?
Surely its more likely to pick Holgate and Keane, with Mina benched and give him the time to heal properly? Play him Tuesday, when Ancelotti will have more players to pick from?
66 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:25:18
Any combination of midfielders we out out tomorrow are a match for them. The player of theirs I really rate and fortunately isnt playing tomorrow is Antonio. I think the key will be down our right side. Sidibe and Coleman will need to keep an eye on creswell when he raids forward.
We will get several chances against them due to their defensive issues. If we can score twice we win I think.
67 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:25:32
Coleman, Keane Mina. Digne
Davies Holgate Delph
Walcott Calvert-Lewin Bernard
I think the manager will play safe to get points and have Sidibe,Kean Baines on the bench for cover.
68 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:30:27
With regards Holgate playing at CM ahead of MS, my heart just sinks when I see Morgan's name on the teamsheet. I would feel more confident of a result with Holgate. As you say though, Mina's situation will determine it.
69 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:35:57
Key defensive matchup will be Digne versus Lanzini, who has caused us problems in the past. Keep him quiet and we should be able to keep a clean sheet.
70 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:36:15
In the home v Der Hammers, our midfield of Davies-Gomes-Iwobi ran them ragged. Rice didn't get a sniff all game. We coasted to a 2-0 win.
We have shortcomings in midfield. So do they. That's why they are still in the sticky smelly stuff.
71 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:39:06
I would have preferred to see young Holgate playing the defensive midfield role but Carlo seems determined to rest one centreback each game. Pragmatic and sensible as we have the geordies midweek.
It will be interesting to see if Moise gets a start up top with DCL or if Walcott gets the nod out wide.
We will miss Sigurdsson. He has often been harshly criticised by those that fail to spot the numerous well timed passes which present chances to our front men.
He isn't blessed with the speed of a young box-to-box midfielder and he thrives when some of those menial tasks are taken by other willing workers.
Siggy and Richie were out top scorers last season, and now we have to hope that Domenic can continue his scoring form.
72 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:39:41
73 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:53:30
74 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:54:29
My team would be:
Sidibe Kean Holgate Digne
Walcott Davies Delph Bernard
Mina seems to be a doubt. We should consider bringing in Baines at left back and pushing Digne to left midfield if we need to shuffle things around. Id be interested to see him on the left side of midfield, Im sure he could do a job there, a bit like Sidibe has done on the right.
What I dont want to see is Schneiderlin, either from the start or as sub. He has let us down too many times. Id literally play anyone at the club there ahead of him. Sigurdsson is on borrowed time also unless he miraculously picks up. Lets hope Kean can get a goal, theres not many goals in this team so we could do with him breaking his duck...
75 Posted 17/01/2020 at 16:55:53
76 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:02:03
That's an excellent point. Rich's backtracking will be sorely missed.
77 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:31:43
78 Posted 17/01/2020 at 17:37:34
79 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:12:10
I always look season on season and I know Siggy hasnt been on fire this season and DCL has started to knock some in but I still consider Siggy more likely to score than DCL.
I agree Kean has to break his duck soon and cant wait for it to happen especially given the opportunity of a less than capable west Ham defence.
My concern for some time has been our MF even before the injuries. I would have hoped Gordon or Adeniran would have warranted some first team game time.
80 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:27:46
Jay, have you seen Adeniran play much? I don't think there is anything he does very well, and if you consider him to be an elite Premier League player, then I'm afraid he's not good enough. He's a kid and he can get better, for sure, but better players for the u23s than him have failed. It says a lot that he remains with the first team, but it also says a lot that he's failed to make the bench even once this season.
If Richarlison and Tosun are not available for West Ham, then surely that's Niasse and Gordon coming onto the bench. Can't see room for anyone else. It'd be great to see Simms in contention though.
81 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:42:27
82 Posted 17/01/2020 at 18:50:49
83 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:08:14
I have watched Adeniran in quite a few U23 games and what I like about him is he is safe with the ball and has good short range passing ability> I don't know whether he is ready for the Prem, very few U23s are, but I do see him as a better alternative than Schneiderlin.
84 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:16:43
Dunc an£ his insight of working with Moyes is also key, but I still expect EFC, to win.
Jordan Pickford and the defence wont be playing any kamikaze back or side passs in or across the box, and Id start Baines for his guile, experience and deadball prowess.
A tougher game but still winnable. Win this one with such a depleted squad, the confidence and belief will set us up nicely for the Barcodes.
Tomorrow first and Moise to break his duck.
85 Posted 17/01/2020 at 19:23:10
86 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:32:02
We go with what we got
87 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:35:55
88 Posted 17/01/2020 at 21:45:16
You mean...He does fuck all.
89 Posted 17/01/2020 at 22:58:22
As John senior says it's hard to predict games but I'm hoping we win.
The Frenchman must play and play well to get his move away.
Carlo I trust... it's the players I doubt!
90 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:18:42
91 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:26:55
Everton have to get a grip on midfield and high press, because Moyes is going to try to push up and compress midfield.
92 Posted 17/01/2020 at 23:59:53
Playing Schneiderlin tomorrow will only signal one thing to me, defeat!
I would rather play the tea-lady, who can boot a mean muffin across the floor to it's target, with more accuracy and purpose than that overpaid piece of detritus.
93 Posted 17/01/2020 at 00:10:06
I also apologise for starting a running theme now, but try and lay off knocking the players on here. i'm sure they get to know what the fans think anyway. Give them your opinion but try not to denigrate them; we just don't know their personal situation either, never mind their apparent footballing skill level.
The reason being, this is the squad Carletto has to work with. (For now) We have injury problems for tomorrow/today. This is the last double header with a four day turn around for a while, so Carletto will have to utilise his remaining squad members the best way HE sees fit. In order to try and win the game for EFC and the Fans! Then he can properly rest and coach/train the squad.
Try and get behind the squad, the whole squad, and cheer the lads on!
Confidence, as we know, is low and very fragile, just try and get behind whomever gets picked. If a mistake is made don't boo the player, urge them to try again and rectify it. If a player does some good work, applaud it. If we score, or win, go nuts!
As John McFarlane Snr. said @64 (With a little editing, and no permission to repeat.)
"Attend every football match with an open mind, hoping that the (Football) God's are on our side. Of course be disappointed when things go against us, but accept that this is the way of football. At any age come to terms with the vagaries of the game, and enjoy or suffer whatever comes my way."
May the best team win, which of course is EFC :D
Good luck and good wishes, Simon
94 Posted 18/01/2020 at 00:18:28
95 Posted 18/01/2020 at 00:24:53
Steve@80. Tosun???? Isn't he at Palace now?
Annika @75 , I have noted your views on Sigurdsson but I am of the opinion that the lad is very talented but needs the right set-up. I fear we may rue him missing tomorrow. I hope Bernard can get on the ball in that No 10 position. It's a big pitch out there in Stratford.
96 Posted 18/01/2020 at 02:03:13
West Ham are a crap team who may well be relegated. We should beat them tomorrow.
97 Posted 18/01/2020 at 03:42:19
98 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:02:52
Derek and Brian.
You can beat him up all you want, but if you really want him taken out, you need to hire the services of a proper assassin.
99 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:15:29
100 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:20:23
101 Posted 18/01/2020 at 07:45:02
Snodgrass is fantastic at set pieces and will cause our defence all sorts of problems.
You've also got the othet reasons not to play him, he's a non trying, couldn't care less, deliberately hides from receiving the ball, waste of space.
We'd be better starting with ten rather than him.
2-1 win, DCL and Keane.
Enjoy the day blues.
102 Posted 18/01/2020 at 08:23:54
103 Posted 18/01/2020 at 08:27:54
104 Posted 18/01/2020 at 09:41:03
I have no doubt he was telling the truth, but what is more worrying to me that there could only have been one person, who initiated that interview. It is highly unlikely that Marcel Brands or even Moshiri would have had any part in it.
The sooner Kenwright is booted off the Board with his poodle DBB, the better. Okay DBB has done well with EITC but did that merit a place on the Board?
105 Posted 18/01/2020 at 09:44:33
I can imagine Brands sitting there during it thinking "Hmmm wonder what's for dinner tonight" and "Why am I having to sit through this shite, next!"
And just to put things into context Brands told me my interview was the best that day.
Mind you he may have said that to stop me stalking him around WK marine lake. 🤪
106 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:30:50
On the train looking at the beautiful English countryside, and although I havent been for years nothings changed because its still full of familiar faces everywhere, drinking beer when Saturday comes, so lets hope we see a good performance full of spirit, which will only happen if certain players get nowhere near the pitch.
Thats not a criticism, we all know thats a fact, and although we will all get behind anyone who is wearing our blue shirt, its also a fact that this only happens when the players have a proper go. If they cant do it for us, I hope they can at least do it for themselves, because nobody really wants to give the players stick, its much better when were all on the same page!
107 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:42:03
108 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:46:45
109 Posted 18/01/2020 at 10:51:16
Speaking to a Hammers mate this morning and apparently a protest is planned around 1215 outside the stadium against Gold and Sullivan, so things could get interesting if its a repeat of last season.
I'm going as its like a home game for me, 25 minutes to Stratford. COYB.
110 Posted 18/01/2020 at 11:04:54
Thanks for the info
Someone better let the webmaster at EFC know as they still have the Newcastle game on Wednesday 22nd KO 8.30 !!!
111 Posted 18/01/2020 at 12:22:54
112 Posted 18/01/2020 at 13:02:19
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115 Posted 18/01/2020 at 14:14:34
Gordon apparently stalling/refusing to sign a new contract which expires in July, wonder if today's inclusion on the bench is to persuade him he is in the future plans?
Not a bad side with what we have available, just hope we get all 3 points again.
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