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1 Posted 08/12/2019 at 16:44:10
And you are absolutely right... no way we'd have seen a remotely similar performance under Silva. He simply wasn't capable of generating this kind of passion from the players.
2 Posted 08/12/2019 at 16:53:49
3 Posted 08/12/2019 at 17:12:07
Duncan has admitted himself at the moment he isn't the long term answer, but a few more results like yesterday and whose to say he wont be the long term answer. But if they do appoint someone else lets make sure they have the same attributes that Ferguson displayed yesterday. Many like me have questioned what Duncan did at Finch Farm, and how did he survive when he was part of the coaching team which has lost managers. Well I didnt see any of our previous managers brave enough to play 4-4-2. So maybe he has been stifled in what input he has been allowed to have. Lets also hope that Ferguson is allowed more involvement with the first team than he has over the last 3 or 4 years.
4 Posted 08/12/2019 at 20:45:35
Although you must have had many disappointments recently, after making the effort as many do to travel to every home or away match. Probably questioning, is all this time, effort and money being rewarded with entertainment and seeing a decent game of Football?
Your loyalty and patience were rewarded yesterday, in buckets, not a brilliant display but a brilliant result, a blood and gutsy performance that completely took the wind out of Chelsea's sails.
I can only endorse what Mike G @1, requested, regarding your email to the Club, and more importantly the response you received. We as fans get fed little enough information as it is, which leads to speculation and conjecture.
More often or not based on whispers, via a mate of a mate, who works at the Club, said this or that. While the story most probably does have credibility, like Chinese Whispers at a party, by the time the message has reached its final destination, it bears little or no resemblance to its original form.
Like the old story which I think happened in the First World War where the technology was almost non-existent, field telephones which had to be wound up to produce some power to transmit or receive and was often garbled and difficult to decipher, if it had worked.
"Send reinforcements, we are going to advance."
Interpreted as "Send three and fourpence, we're going to a dance"!
5 Posted 08/12/2019 at 20:51:09
But I'm amazed you were so upset at Silva's departure that you emailed the club. I don't know a single blue who wanted him to stay. Even his few supporters caved in last week.
You make some good excuses for him, but what about his complete inability to change tactics (until last week!!) playing the same ineffective way every single week? What about not being able to motivate players? What about playing poor performers every week? What about total lack of real organization throughout the entire team?
We were at serious risk of a relegation battle with him in charge. It was such a clear decision to make.
6 Posted 08/12/2019 at 21:48:12
Let's be honest, we rode our luck yesterday but in this age where a tendency to over-analyse football exists, you capture the moment & sentiment.
It was just great to walk away feeling good that the team gave 100% effort and won the game. Passion, desire, commitment.
7 Posted 08/12/2019 at 22:21:18
It's amazing how lucky you can get when you bring those elements to bear.
8 Posted 08/12/2019 at 22:25:23
9 Posted 09/12/2019 at 00:36:37
I would draw attention to Duncan's subbing on Davies for Richarlison. It was an effective tactical sub at a time when Chelsea had a bit of momentum, and it swung things back our way.
Regarding 'mixed' reactions among the players to Silva's sacking, the post-match interview onfield with Calvert-Lewin and especially Theo Walcott was quite revealing. No mention of Marco and lots of 'This is how we want to play, keep it simple, get out and have a go' talk. Suggests they were over him and hadn't bought in to whatever it was he was trying to do.
10 Posted 09/12/2019 at 06:18:44
I never really 'got' Ferguson as a player. I may be way wide of the mark but it appeared to me that he turned up for the big games and then often seemed disinterested when we played the so-called smaller clubs.
But on Saturday he was exactly what we needed. Passion and drive won't always get you the whole distance but it will take you a fair way down the road.
11 Posted 09/12/2019 at 07:19:36
Regarding Ferguson the player. that's an interesting point. I seem to recall reading that he was a reluctant player; that he'd rather have not been a footballer. Whilst I appreciate the injury problems, maybe that was also a contributing factor to why he never lived up to his potential if true. Arguably the character was bigger than the footballer; as Joe Royle coined it: there was a danger that Duncan would become a legend before he became a footballer.
12 Posted 09/12/2019 at 12:33:04
Well done, Dunc.
13 Posted 09/12/2019 at 12:58:36
14 Posted 09/12/2019 at 14:12:14
I am not sure about the word “mixed” as used by Duncan. It's implied everywhere that mixed means the players were for and against Marco Silva. But, if that was the case, why would he have to pick them up off the floor? Could the ambiguous word also mean a conflict of emotions such as upset, anger, frustration determination to put things right. Who knows?
15 Posted 09/12/2019 at 16:16:01
Richarlison has more tackles (41) in the Premier League this season than Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez combined (29).
16 Posted 13/12/2019 at 09:44:20
pride thanks to to one man backed by 39,000 fans dont under estimate what we fans did on Saturday, lets see how the team performs without that tremendous support on Sunday. That is in no way taking anything from the magnificent support Everton have at every away game, it just doesnt get the performances from the team that it warrants.
By the way I always appreciate your take on the game Paul, carry on, your reports are always welcome.
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