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Jim Bennings
1 Posted 23/12/2019 at 08:26:29
Paul, good read as always but I feel you have been far too generous with player ratings there, Sigurdsson a 6? Phew, it took me half an hour to even notice him playing.

PICKFORD: Had next to nothing to do other than a routine palm over the bar, kicking seems to always end up in the paddock or family enclosure. 6

SIDIBE: My man of the match.Quick athletic and not much got past him, he’s ahead of Coleman at right back now. 7

MINA: Looked ok, always seems to be a bit wobbly when he runs to me, made a really good tackle that needed perfect timing in the box, but I wish he’d start winning some bloody header from attacking corners, the size of the lad. 6

HOLGATE: Very steady, no real problems at any stage. 7

DIGNE: Good as he was last season I think he’s been shocking this term. His corners are woeful and he just doesn’t seem to be using that left foot as well this season. 4

DELPH: Played ok but for me he badly needs legs and energy around him to look a better player, would have been marvellous next to Gana last year. 5

SIGURDSSON: Complete nonentity performance yet again, what’s happened to him? 3

DAVIES: Shuffling him out wide was a terrible mistake, he’s one of the slowest footballers in the Premier League and Dunc would even have been better bringing Coleman on and putting him on the right than Davies. Tom tries hard but he’s never going to be anything other than a grafter. 4

IWOBI: Not on for long enough to rate, 12 minutes, did nothing and went off. 4

RICHARLISON: The effort was there but didn’t look fit and I still think every time I watch him he’s completely wasted playing wide, doesn’t get in the game enough, surely he’s good enough to play in the middle? 5

DCL: Much like Richarlison, tried hard, looked knackered, if we had a better striker in the squad then he would have been having a rest now, never got himself involved like against Chelsea. 5

Subs.

TOSUN: Anonymous mannequin, couldn’t be arsed running, weak and his touch is awful for a so-called international. Needs moving on fast. 2

KEANE: Very nervous man and footballer, never looks comfortable or confident and it scares me every time I see him and jittery Jordan in the same team. 4

KEAN (MOISE): Not long enough on, ran around for about one minute, looked bladdered after that and to me looks a bit too heavy and flat footed. 4

Steve Ferns
2 Posted 23/12/2019 at 09:48:27
Great Article as always Paul. You deserved a spot in the Dixie lounge for this historic occasion.

I am disappointed you didn't hear the big group of us in the Park End that remained until after Duncan had finished his TV interview to sing him off the pitch.

Why did the club put the music on after the game? It made most go home. If they had not put the music on, the fans would have stayed and sang and Duncan would have been sung off the pitch by 40,000 not 5 or 6,000.

As always, your marks are a bit more positive than I would have given!

John Raftery
3 Posted 23/12/2019 at 10:32:37
Steve - Like you I was in the Park End. The ‘music’ is deafening. Little wonder most fans get away as soon as they can. Far from enhancing the atmosphere it detracts from it.

Steve Ferns
4 Posted 23/12/2019 at 10:37:08
John, it's fair enough most games, but surely someone should have realised that the fans might want to stay behind and vocalise their appreciation for Duncan Ferguson and so, pull the plug on the music?
Derek Taylor
5 Posted 23/12/2019 at 10:46:36
Paul, you must have been in a very small company of Evertonians who wanted to keep hold of Silva. How 'not making another change' could be in the best interests of the Club confounds me particularly when relegation was a reality !

Because I'm a cynic by nature, I have not been as enthused as most by the appointment of Ancelotti but he has clearly been a very successful manager for much of his career and we can only hope that he spreads gold dust on Liverpool 4. I have resolved to reserve further comment until we get to the last 10 games you will be relieved to know !

Jerome Shields
6 Posted 23/12/2019 at 14:40:40
I too find the musical direction. a bit bland, particularly before penalties in the League Cup. Would have put me off key with my singing and ukulele p!aying. Rudolf the blue nose reindeer would have struck a Chord better.
Jerome Shields
7 Posted 23/12/2019 at 14:40:40
I too find the musical direction. a bit bland, particularly before penalties in the League Cup. Would have put me off key with my singing and ukulele p!aying.

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