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Mike Gaynes
1 Posted 20/10/2019 at 16:09:36
Wow, Paul, what a spectacular day you had! Nothing better than good food and good company, and then to see a strong win like that... perfect.

Not surprised you enjoyed Jeff Winter's company -- I read his book and he has a sharp sense of humor. It's funny now to see his portly photos from his ref days, because he could never get a game in the modern Premier League with the belly roll he had. I assume he has expanded further?

Jason Broome
2 Posted 20/10/2019 at 18:48:27
Nice article.

Glad for Silva that he found a pair and made the necessary changes.

One home win means nothing, though, and I fear that our away form will end his tenure.

Mark Guglielmo
3 Posted 20/10/2019 at 18:53:55
Jason I get the skepticism but let's try to be optimistic! Look at it this way; we've never played away with the lineup from yesterday (or the intensity and passion, no less). If they revert to what we've seen over the past year or so and/or go down first and start hanging their heads, then I'm with you.

I hope and feel yesterday was a turning point. Even someone as free as Silva must have seen the drastic difference in how we performed yesterday.


Anton Walsh
4 Posted 20/10/2019 at 22:06:41
A lot more fluent and imagine a proper number 9 in all that. Still very worrying all the opportunities we missed to hammer them.🤗
John Raftery
5 Posted 20/10/2019 at 23:00:59
Iwobi was key to the vast improvement in our attacking play and worth at least an 8 marking. We probably created more chances yesterday than in all the other games put together this season.

Gomes played well. The doubts about him concern fitness and consistency.

Andy Crooks
6 Posted 20/10/2019 at 23:36:26
Top report, Paul. So glad you had a luxury day. I always enjoy your fan's day experience, so, I would like to hear a lot more about this special one. Everything about it, Paul.I have read and feel like I have been with you as you battle through the traffic for an away game. So let us enjoy this one. It must have been a great day.
Paul Birmingham
7 Posted 20/10/2019 at 23:39:20
Great to win, but we’ve in the main had life times of false dawns, new eras, new hopes. This win could be a big start...But.

Let’s prepare for Brighton, take stock, and build up for the next game. Win and build consistency and momentum. Today’s game at United showed, the league is not that great, Everton, if they believe can do well.

It’s the belief of the management and squad that will be key to the rest of this season.

Jim Harrison
8 Posted 21/10/2019 at 02:38:33
I can’t believe so little has been said about Mina’s disallowed goal! I suppose if we lost or drew it would be more of a concern, but I can’t see how it wasn’t given
Michael Kenrick
9 Posted 21/10/2019 at 03:47:54
Jim, you're looking on the wrong thread...

Go back to the matchday thread:

Silva's changes breathe fresh life into Everton

... where you posted already, but read #227 and from Comment #309, onwards.

John Boon
10 Posted 21/10/2019 at 04:50:09
I have to agree with John Raftery (5). Iwobi can be inconsistent in his passing and he often holds on to the ball for too long. However he brings a dynamism and energy which we have been sadly lacking. A previous poster likened him to Cahill. While he may have a long way to go when we consider Cahill's heading prowess he does add considerable energy.

Looking at the other ex Arsenal player, Walcott is also somewhat of an enigma, He has excellent control and speed but he often runs into a blind alley. If the coach can somehow get the best out of him then he can also add something to the Blues.

Jim Harrison
11 Posted 21/10/2019 at 08:34:19
Thanks Micheal 9

Have done now.

Jim Harrison
12 Posted 21/10/2019 at 08:36:04
Still surprised it didn't warrant a mention on MotD.
Derek Thomas
13 Posted 21/10/2019 at 09:16:53
Jim @ 12; wrong team, wrong colour shirt, wrong ground.
Jim Harrison
14 Posted 21/10/2019 at 11:44:21
Ah Derek, too true.
Jamie Sweet
15 Posted 22/10/2019 at 00:55:55
This place would have been toxic on so many levels had we not come out with the win. Can you imagine the rage that would have been unleashed at the ref, the manager, VAR, Tom Davies...

If they had scored from that corner which wasn't a corner in a million years and snatched a point, after Mina's ridiculous disallowed goal and Iwobi and Davies missing absolute sitters, oh my word... can you imagine?


Dick Fearon
16 Posted 22/10/2019 at 06:27:24
John B @10, when Alan Ball Was a youngster playing for Blackpool, such was his confidence, stamina and game changing skill he was worshipped by their fans who called him 'the Little General'. Despite all that, he made his share of mistakes. The same applied when he played for Everton.

What his critics failed to recognise was the sheer volume of his workrate and passes. I am not comparing Sidibe with Alan, at least not yet but, from what I saw against the Hammers, I reckon he is heading in the right direction.

Tony Abrahams
17 Posted 22/10/2019 at 07:43:44
I always say that the more involved a player is then the more mistakes he will make Dick. Surely this is much better than not trying to constantly be involved, which is definitely the biggest mistake imo?
Mark Guglielmo
18 Posted 22/10/2019 at 17:38:45
Tony I love that you said that. I've seen some criticism of players like Bernard & Iwobi because they make more errant passes, or are dispossessed more frequently. To which I always respond with of course they are, they're trying to do things!

It's easy for pass completion %, or low dispossessed numbers, etc. when all you do is play safe and timid (I won't name names because I don't have to).

While it will make for some nerve-wracking football, I'd rather win 3-2 than lose 1-0.

Brent Stephens
19 Posted 22/10/2019 at 18:49:36
Good report, Paul. Well done on the DD Suite.

"Mina: An outstanding and courageous performance by Yerry who is getting better and better. 8"

Agree though I'd also have given Sidibe more than your rating.

Darren Hind
20 Posted 22/10/2019 at 19:01:18
Yep. Deffo an Echo in here.

I thought the big difference came from the players who havent been getting a regular game.

Davies, Gomes, Sidibe, Bernard and Walcott all had decent games. Any one of them could have received the MOTM award

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