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1 Posted 09/02/2020 at 22:44:20
2 Posted 09/02/2020 at 23:20:43
The main thing is that these kind of things are kept to an absolute minimum.
I know some fans are ready to lynch him no matter what but there aren't that many top class keeper's out there.
Leading up to the goal Keane lost out on a 50/50 header before the pass to Benteke caught Digne way out of position.
Everton are still a mess at times in defence and until Richarlison scored they were under the cosh and all over the place.
It's totally unfair to blame the keeper all the time when goals are conceded.
3 Posted 09/02/2020 at 00:01:46
There are definitely not. Saying that, Pickford is not a top-class keeper.
4 Posted 10/02/2020 at 00:36:55
Calvetrt Lewin 6
Agree with the rest, Sigurdsson did play well as his stats for the game show.
5 Posted 10/02/2020 at 00:41:16
Correction on the previous post, It was Schniederlin that played well not Sigurdsson!!!!!!!
Morgan Schneiderlins stats vs C Palace:
Touches - 66
Successful passes - 37
Successful forward passes - 20
Successful attacking third passes - 12
Successful long balls - 6
Pass accuracy - 86%
Recoveries - 4
Successful tackles - 4
Interceptions - 4
Clearances - 4
6 Posted 10/02/2020 at 04:13:08
You have to give Carlo credit, he's truly getting a tune out of this squad, even the ones so many of us had written off (myself included).
7 Posted 10/02/2020 at 04:46:47
Paul, great report as usual. Ta!
8 Posted 10/02/2020 at 09:28:08
I thought Keane and Schneiderlin both played pretty well. We just seem to lack overall cohesion. It's not so much about individual players but how the team clicks. Maybe off the ball movement is lacking when we have possession but we're not quite firing yet. Still the recent results are very welcome and help build momentum and confidence.
9 Posted 10/02/2020 at 14:15:56
10 Posted 10/02/2020 at 16:14:08
Had to put the stats in to recover my cock up in the previous post.
Agree with you regarding Colman and Sigurdsson. Colman was playing at the best international level in his position in the game. Could not get stats on Sigurdsson, but I am sure they would support your analysis.
11 Posted 10/02/2020 at 16:43:49
Defensive tackles 0
Defensive Clearances 1
Attacking passes final Third 2
Successful long Balls 4
Pass completion 77. 8%( back and sideways passes dominate. )
Explains Crystal Palace getting the upper hand in midfield. Actually be has had a lot worse performances this season. Schneiderlin was working overtime incomparison on the stats available.
12 Posted 11/02/2020 at 14:10:54
Dunno why folk get on Pickford's back so much. There's few keepers in the PL would've made that save so soon after his error. What he possesses in abundance is confidence and the ability to bounce back quickly; traits of a fine keeper.
13 Posted 11/02/2020 at 20:55:08
If Pickford lets a howler past him as he did against Palace but then makes three or four wonder saves to keep us in the lead or even, it's the howler the fans will focus on.
Whereas up the other end the miss of the season (while we were winning) took place with Calvert Lewin showing his limitations, but he's had a few good games recently so all is forgotten (and forgiven).
In general fans do forgive keepers less, but there are some on here who have taken a less than subjectively critical dislike to Pickford.
To answer the main question of this thread, yes we can qualify for Europe, assuming we keep playing like we are and there's the odd slip up elsewhere?
14 Posted 12/02/2020 at 00:48:00
Re Calvert-Lewin's miss, you're probably a bit harsh. His goal was similar and he did react in time. Concentration maybe dropped as he'd just sealed the win. His one against Newcastle was top draw, Kane-esque, 1 touch and bang! He is getting really good at this level.
15 Posted 12/02/2020 at 06:46:39
17 Posted 13/02/2020 at 17:39:09
18 Posted 13/02/2020 at 19:47:53
I am one who criticised pickford but so what?
Does anyone genuinely think we can win anything with him in the sticks?
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