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David Pearl
1 Posted 30/09/2019 at 15:11:47
Good report and fair player ratings as per usual Paul. Pickford needs to start being the rock we need him to be, maybe then our fortunes can change. This was the first time this season that Silva tweaked his formation so he proved he can do it.

Much more to come from the players (and the manager). We were shit scared at the start of the game but grew into it when they suddenly realised they are good players too. Glad to see Coleman play well, my MotM.

I'm guessing you won't take part in sober for October Paul?

John Raftery
2 Posted 30/09/2019 at 15:27:28
Thanks for the report, Paul. I am no fan of Pickford.

At the time in the Park End, I thought either Pickford or the defensive wall must have been at fault for the goal. Having seen it on TV it appears Pickford was unsighted by Delph standing to the right of the wall. It seems to me the wall should have been further to the right.

Of course, the positioning of the wall is primarily the keeper's responsibility but it is impossible to cover the whole of the goal. I think we also have to give credit to Mahrez whose shot was very well placed.

That was in contrast to Digne's effort a yard over the bar in the first half from an identical position.

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 30/09/2019 at 15:47:17
I liked the way you picked out Michael Oliver's refereeing, he is possibly the best English official at the moment and as you say tries to keep the game flowing, he also a referee who seems to listen to the players instead of waving them away.

Everton improved their game from previous performances this season, Silva said it proved the earlier games were only a blip, well Mr Silva keep it up at Burnley and future games, the season has been very poor for us supporters up to now.

Jay Harris
4 Posted 30/09/2019 at 15:49:43
Enjoyable report and very appropriate player ratings, Paul.

Good to see more effort all round but we have to improve our contribution from midfield. We are far too reliant on playing down the wings and we don't have a strong enough midfield. Enough of this 4-3-2-1.

I give Iwobi a pass because he was suffering from the same illness that wiped Bernard out apparently.

Martin Mason
5 Posted 30/09/2019 at 17:37:14
Thanks for being positive Paul, when I'd watched it I was quite positive with caveats but the overall response was negative so I assumed I'd misread it.

We must not sack Silva now or we are finished. When 4 reasonable managers perform so badly at the club, it would seem that the club is the problem — not the managers?

Steve Hogan
6 Posted 30/09/2019 at 17:57:55

I honestly wished I shared your unbridled enthusiasm for the future. But to suddenly believe that we are about to 'come good' based on what I have seen this season is pure conjecture I think.

The ongoing problems we have converting defence into attack means our strikers are being fed on a diet of bread and water.

We are ponderously slow moving the ball from back to front and I don't think an improved performance against City, will suddenly see us playing fast, free flowing football.

I WANT us to succeed, but I'm not convinced Silva even knows what his best starting eleven is, before we even get onto the subject of tactics.

The next month or so will I believe, determine his future.

And by the way, I don't want us to become a club changing manager's every year, but this was the season we were supposed to be challenging the top four/six, we seem an awful long way off at the minute.

I hope I'm proved wrong.

Martin Mason
7 Posted 30/09/2019 at 18:10:16
I hate to say but I think that what holds us back is having overpaid and overrated players like Schneiderlin and Sigurdsson in the team.

Gylfi has talent but doesn't fit into any system, not good enough to be a striker and doesn't have the motor to function as a midfielder.

Morgan has moments but 2 minutes in 80 isn't good enough and he lacks intensity which you need to succeed. Look at Liverpool and Man City, they have intensity. Playing Everton must be like being savaged by a dead sheep in comparison?

Andy Crooks
8 Posted 30/09/2019 at 20:48:30
Top stuff, Paul, as usual. Your fan's day experience continues to be a great read.

Martin, that is an interesting post and I think you might be right. Why do you not post an article and develop your ideas?

Brian Porter
9 Posted 30/09/2019 at 23:53:53
I can't share your optimism, I'm afraid, Paul. The last three games, have for me, epitomised the weakness of the manager in his general demeanour, as witnessed on the touchline and in the dugout. His body language has been that of a beaten man, and I can't see how he can be an effective motivator of men, when he displays such characteristics for all to see.

We actually have some very good players but Silva appears incapable of getting them playing together as a team. I want us to be up there challenging for a top six place at least but I can't see Silva getting us there.

He's had plenty of time to make this onto HIS team so he must take responsibility for the current state of affairs. Yet all we hear from him are these pathetic attempts to make it sound as if we've played better than we have, and that we've been unlucky not to get something from games. He's beginning to sound more like Bobby Brown Shoes every week.

I'm hoping and praying he can turn things around but hold out no great hopes, when all I can think of when I think of Silva is Hull City and look what he did with them.

Frank Wade
10 Posted 30/09/2019 at 00:18:29
Thanks Paul, very good report as always.

Some positives to take from the game, but a lot of work still to do. When we play against the better teams like Man City who employ a director of operations at the base of their midfield, Rodri in this case, Jorginho and Pogba key examples from last season, Silva seems to allocate Sigurdsson a role to shadow them and keep down their impact. He does this very well and lessens the impact of this quarterback-type player. This has helped greatly in our displays against the better teams at Goodison late last season.

The Silva system works best against the teams who take the game to us. We haven't been able to up the tempo and attack with any fluency against teams who are prepared to sit and wait such as Palace, Bournemouth, Sheffield Utd etc. If we can be more assertive and dynamic when in possession against these sides, we can begin to get a few results.

Our tendency to play to wings rather than mixing it up and finding Sigurdsson in pockets of space, lessens the impact he can have as he gets very little service in the No 10 position. Unfortunately the one time his run into space was picked out by Iwobi in this game, he made the wrong decision and fluffed the chance. He can make a big impact with players moving off him, making darting runs, as per chance created for Dom, which I also felt on first viewing, he should have taken on his left.

Nice to see you give some deserved credit to Schneiderlin, who played well and covered a lot of danger as best he could. What a pity we couldn't replace Gana. We had come to rely on him so much. I can see him in my dreams appearing on top of De Bruyne as he received that ball from Mahrez for their 1st, nipping in to whisk the ball away from De Bruyne before Mina committed to the tackle which led to the 2nd and he would certainly have been in position to clear away the Pickford deflection, before Sterling could score the third.

In my almost 60 years of watching football, I haven't seen such anticipation and athleticism; only Kante in his Leicester days comes close. I was expecting to see him line up in the 5,000 m World Championships final in Qatar earlier this evening.

Derek Knox
11 Posted 01/10/2019 at 05:03:09
Good report as per usual Paul, and no Sat Nav problems this time. Never expected to get anything from this game, especially after the recent showings, which quite frankly have been diabolical.

It seemed that City had to score before it galvanised any sort of response from our players, it was always going to be a monumental task, even if we had been on good form.

I thought Mina was extremely unlucky with his headed goal efforts, hopefully he will be working more on his direction of headers, but having said that, Ederson pulled off a couple of top class saves.

It will be interesting to see how the response to a better performance, in which ironically we were beaten by a top class side, carries over to Burnley, who themselves seem to be on a decent run of form.

Martin Mason
12 Posted 01/10/2019 at 08:30:41
Andy @8, Many thanks, I often think of doing a write-up on why I think Everton are so ineffective (or is it why Liverpool and Man City are so good) but when it comes to it I'm just a layman with the dreaded enough knowledge to be dangerous. Let me think what I can do that would be of interest.
Danny Broderick
13 Posted 02/10/2019 at 01:27:39
A very well balanced and fair report, Paul. Some of the match day reports were riddled with criticism of the players, fans accepting mediocrity, calls for the manager to be sacked. It’s nice to read a much more balanced and considered report.

The only thing I think is harsh is Michael Keane’s rating - I thought him and Mina kept Jesus well shackled throughout, except for when he allowed Jesus to have half a yard for the first goal. Even then, I don’t think he did that much wrong - it was just an absolute peach of a ball from De Bruyne...

Anyway, let’s hope October is kind to us and I look forward to your next report.

Dan Murphy
14 Posted 03/10/2019 at 02:22:57
Good to hear views of someone who watched the game objectively, not through their own biases. Schneiderlin was excellent. Liked the way he dealt with De Bruyne. Richarlison was very good too. Both put in lots of graft.

Our defensive shape and work was excellent. However, in games like this you will concede lots of corners and free kicks outside the box and you can't afford mistakes like Pickford’s for their 2nd.

Bit more luck and class in front of goal and we'd have got something out of it.

Jim Harrison
15 Posted 03/10/2019 at 05:38:11
I thought Richarlison was good too, and was happy to see him run with the ball more. Recently I have thought there needs to be a bit more of that, players taking on defenders, running at them rather than always trying to play incisive passes that to my eye are getting cut out too easily

Against Sheffield Utd there was far too much of that, balls being played from deep in not Iwobi or Richarlison that were cut out, conceding possession and turning forward movement in to counter attack, where they just ran at our midfield.

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