When a Draw Feels Like a Win

Sometimes, it’s all about taking your chances. It's also about tempo, belief and courage, qualities that are going to be vital if Carlo Ancelotti’s team is to achieve its European dream this season

Lyndon Lloyd 06/02/2021 45comments  |  Jump to last
Manchester United 3 - 3 Everton

Sir Alex Ferguson knows all about taking matches to the very end. Not for nothing was lengthy time added on for stoppages at Old Trafford known as “Fergie Time” — the legendary Manchester United boss saw plenty of climactic, last-gasp goals scored by his team here over the years. Today, however, just as it was in 2012 when Everton nabbed an even more dramatic 4-4 draw, the shoe was on the other foot.

Sitting in the stands behind an ample black mask, Ferguson had to watch as Dominic Calvert-Lewin plundered an unlikely draw for the Toffees with the last kick of an entertaining, goal-laden contest. Had 3,000 or so Evertonians been in attendance it would have been a “limbs” occasion for the ages; as it was they had to be content with bouncing around on their sofas but no less pleased for a thrilling conclusion to a game that had at one stage looked well beyond their team.

Sometimes, it’s all about taking your chances. Everton were a model of efficiency, scoring with each of the three shots on target they fashioned in 90-plus minutes. Prior to that, they had trailed United 2-0 and then 3-2, having implausibly clawed themselves back to 2-2 early in the second half. The home side had been denied by Robin Olsen in the 63rd minute when the Swede saved well from Edinson Cavani and profited from the keeper’s apparent slip as Scott McTominay’s header looped in in the 70th minute.

Olsen might have played a role in the second equaliser, however — having been waved forward for the final set-piece of the evening, it was his presence and out-stretched arm that forced Harry Maguire back the half yard that initially played three Everton players onside when ball was struck and the defender remained behind the wall of Blue when Michael Keane flicked it on for Calvert-Lewin to snatch a point.

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As if it needed to be impressed on the Blues again after the win at Leeds in midweek, this was also another reminder that tempo, belief and courage are going to be vital if Carlo Ancelotti’s team is to achieve its European dream this season. It was a perceptible shift up a couple of gears that sparked the comeback after half-time and you felt afterwards that a bit more of that approach might have yielded an ever better result against a United defence that can be vulnerable when properly pressured.

But while they started well enough, Everton dropped off United after the first quarter of an hour and started giving their hosts too much respect and far too much space. The visitors had had a couple of promising forays forward and had actually shaded possession in the early going but a Paul Pogba header off a corner that Abdoulaye Doucouré had to clear away from his six-yard box and a slaloming run by Mason Greenwood that ended with him dragging a shot across the face of goal were warning signs of what was to come.

In the 24th minute, Rashford was afforded plenty of room to size up a cross from the home team’s right flank and he bent a ball into the six-yard box where Cavani used all his experience to get between Keane and Mason Holgate to nod downwards and past Olsen at the far post.

Bruno Fernandes had a shot easily dealt with by the goalkeeper and after United had passed their way through Everton’s midfield all too easily, Fred fired wide of goal. Meanwhile, at the other end, Richarlison tried to punish David de Gea for abandoning his goal but his attempt to curl the ball around the keeper into the open goal missed the far post.

Repeating the errors of the reverse fixture at Goodison Park in November, though, Everton left Fernandes to his own devices for too long on the edge of the box and he took the invitation to pick his spot in the top corner of Olsen’s net and hit it with a deft, sweeping shot from 18 yards that glided over the ‘keeper’s despairing glove to make it 2-0.

In truth, it all felt a little desperate by this point and more than a bit reminiscent of successive trips to this stadium under David Moyes that, the occasional fight aside, always had an air of futility about them. To their credit, Solskjaer’s side looked a different level, passing and moving, pinging the ball about confidently and carving through Everton’s midfield seemingly at will at times.

Another incisive move ended with Luke Shaw having a crack first time from just outside the area but Olsen parried it away to safety.

Calvert-Lewin missed when put clean through on goal with just De Gea to beat in first-half stoppage time, a moment that was more useful in illustrating that for all his predatory instincts inside the six-yard box, he still has to add composure in one-on-one situations further out from goal to his arsenal than it was pivotal because the linesman’s flag went up for offside after the ball had gone dead.

Ancelotti had identified some of the issues behind his team’s first-half under-performance and with the second half just a few minutes old, it was clear that he had demanded more forward momentum from his players and instructed Doucouré to press further forward.

Tom Davies, who, without support, had been caught between the need to close Fernandes down and block a possible shot from the Portuguese for United’s second, was lively and alert in the first period and had his best game for a long while in defensive midfield. He epitomised the uptick in tempo early in the second and, striding out of defence, in the 49th minute, he played a one-two with Lucas Digne and then threaded a beautiful pass behind Harry Maguire for Calvert-Lewin to take to the byline.

The striker prodded the ball across goal, De Gea could only bat it into the path of Doucouré who had galloped forward in the interim and then cut across the box behind Shaw to seize on the loose ball and knock it over the line from close range.

The French midfielder’s impressive movement was key to the equaliser just three minutes later as well. It was he who collected a pass from James Rodriguez to fee to Digne overlapping down the left and when Victor Lindelof glanced the full-back’s cross on to the other side, it was Doucouré who picked up possession.

He spotted James at the top the box and may have over-cooked the centre, but the Colombian controlled it expertly and elegantly drilled a perfectly-placed shot wide of De Gea to make it 2-2. Proof positive that you can have spent much of the first 45 minutes on the periphery of the action (with an increasingly tight calf, it seems) and even a little out of place in Everton’s system as Rodriguez did but still weigh in with a telling moment of sheer quality.

Predictably but no less unsettlingly, it was Man United who responded more purposefully and once again Olsen was called upon to make an important save when he foiled Rashford at his near post in the 63rd minute.

Their third goal was avoidable and unfortunate in equal measure. Despite the Blues’ recent success with Mason Holgate at right back, the Yorkshireman is an uncomfortable presence in the role and this afternoon was far from his best performance, although he was often a willing outlet down the right flank.

It was his needless foul on Luke Shaw near the touchline that handed the United left-back the chance to swing a free-kick into the box with 20 minutes to go, one that Scott McTominay rose to meet in the zone you felt Yerry Mina would have dominated had he been playing and guided a header inside the far post. In real time it looked to be an awful lapse on Olsen’ part but replays would show he lost his footing with his left boot and couldn’t get the purchase in the turf to prevent the ball looping over his gloves.

Rashford lashed a decent chance wide after being played in and cutting back on his left foot and Fernandes dropped a direct free-kick narrowly over after Keane had committed another annoyingly unnecessary foul right on the edge of his area but it was Everton who went closer to scoring in the final 10 minutes of the regulation 90.

Digne drove a low, left-footer off the outside of the post and then after Calvert-Lewin had out-muscled Maguire and fed Richarlison, the Brazilian failed to even find the target, smashing wide.

If that felt like the last chance, there would be one more when United failed to keep hold of possession as the game ticked past the allotted four minutes added for stoppages on account of Solskjaer’s decision to replace Greenwood with Axel Tuanzebe to waste a few more seconds.

Ironically, it was the substitute’s foul on Josh King, an 81st-minute introduction for Doucouré, that set up the decisive free-kick. Olsen joined the attack for the final push, Keane got a crucial touch and after knocking it down off his midriff, Calvert-Lewin showed superior desire to lurch forward and hook the ball past the advancing De Gea into the goal.

Cue wild celebration in the corner tinged with the usual fear that it might all get called back by the Video Assistant Referee but there would be no hairline decision based on arbitrary markers on a screen 200 miles away in Stockley Park — this goal was going to stand! It marked only the second time United have failed to win in the Premier League era when leading 2-0 at half-time. It’s also the first time since that 4-4 draw with Everton nine years ago that they have not won at home when 2-0 up.

As one of those thrilling draws that feels like a win, this could be a catalytic result for Everton going into an important FA Cup Fifth Round tie against Tottenham on Wednesday and one that will hopefully stand them in very good stead for upcoming League matches against the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the next month.

While disillusioning lapses like the defeats to West Ham and Newcastle keep cropping up, a top-four finish will remain somewhat optimistic but when this Everton side decides to turn it on, they can hurt anyone on their day. If only they believed it more often.

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Dick Fearon
1 Posted 07/02/2021 at 07:34:24
An excellent report on what I saw from my sick bed. What a marvelous tonic it was.

From several picks for MotM, I could not go past the determination and wholehearted performance of Tom Davies.

Ajay Gopal
3 Posted 07/02/2021 at 08:12:30
Sorry, Lyndon, I am posting this, not having read your match report or the matchday report and reactions. I willed myself not to look at TW and just finished watching the match 'live' – after 12 hours. I wanted to post my thoughts without being influenced by others' views of the game.

What a great comeback and superb fighting spirit shown by the Blues. Although we were 2nd best in almost every department for long stretches of the game, Everton had as many genuine chances as ManUtd did, probably more, if you count the horrendous miss by Calvert-Lewin in the 1st half and Richarlison not being able to capitalise on his opportunity in the 2nd half.

In fact, Man Utd's goals were the result of 2 fantastic strikes in the 1st half and a very poor goalkeeping error by Olsen.

Davies and Gomes had good games, Doucouré showed his ability in patches, but overall, Everton's composure on the ball needs to ratchet up big time.

Richarlison needs dropping, and Iwobi tries hard but is not athletic enough and scrappy enough to win the balls back for the team.

Holgate had a poor 1st half – I would hold him partially culpable for the 1st goal – but then he showed his fighting qualities in the 2nd half and won a lot of free-kicks for the team.

Godfrey tried valiantly, but did not show enough composure on the ball and kept giving the ball away. But probably that is an overall team confidence issue.

Calvert-Lewin – what can you say? He frustrates and delights in equal measure, but boy, am I glad that he plays for Everton!

Digne and James were repeatedly out-fought, out-run and out-muscled all through the game, but then they have those moments of sheer quality that gets you those all-important goals (and points!).

On the whole, it was totally worth it for me to stay away from the internet and watch the game 'live', albeit 12 hours late.

Lee Brownlie
4 Posted 07/02/2021 at 08:16:37
Unable to watch the match live (it was on at 3am here where I currently live and work in Chiang Mai, in the north of Thailand) I was understandably a bit concerned about this game at Old Trafford, especially considering our two fairly recent home defeats to the same United team.

And then, clicking on YouTube, as I do for such late games, to watch the highlights, I was instantly touched with a 'gutted' feeling, to read Man Utd 3... but then... wow!! ... Everton also 3!!! Even, or especially, as I'd actually thought that we could beat them, considering our away form, and their own hardly world-beating home form at times.

Yeah, okay, so many in the media are claiming United are back to SAF days cos they've had a decent run – and they absolutely stuffed (ten-man, 9 out) Saints at home last time out. But let's be totally honest here: I think Ole's been very lucky that this current bunch of stop-start players have been putting in a shift, more often than not of late (he could easily have ended up where Frank Lampard is now, down the Jobcentre, just a few weeks back!).

Also 0-1 at home to Sheffield Utd shows how far they are from anywhere 'great' again, still! So, yeah, I reckon we coulda done em... but sod it, we didn't. So from 2-0 down I'll absolutely take 3-3!!! Anyway, sod United (just saying, is all, lol!).

Regardless, going by the highlights and reports, we should have had Mina in there, for sure, but great to see Doucouré and James grab excellent goals, plus Dom hopefully getting sharper again!!.. 'A draw that feels like a win' – Absolutely!! COYTs!!!

Christine Foster
5 Posted 07/02/2021 at 08:19:52
Hope it's nothing serious Dick, but you are right, just the tonic!
Ajay Gopal
6 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:02:01
Lyndon, just read your report – excellent and very thorough as usual.

I think you are too forgiving to Olsen – he didn't inspire confidence in me at all. All through the game, his kicking was poor, his judgement of where his goal was was also poor, he needlessly gave away 2 corners. And okay, he might have lost his footing for the goal, but he should have at least tried to palm the ball away instead of trying to catch it.

We do seem to be weak in the goal-keeping department. I look at Emiliano Martinez at Aston Villa and wonder what might have been if we had landed him.

Micky Norman
7 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:08:43
Great result. Some excellent performances from our lads too in that second half.

I can't for the life of me understand why managers make needless substitutions during stoppage time. It doesn't run the clock down and brings a cold player into a tense game. Just thankful that this time it worked in our favour. Was it their sub who fouled King?

COYB – No more shite performances for the rest of the season. Consistency, Consistency, Consistency.

Bogdan Kotarlic
8 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:17:01
I am very satisfied with a draw. We could have lost but we showed a great spirit and we deserved a point.

Next game is against Fulham at home, we are a better team but we lost to Newcastle at Goodison Park few weeks ago and this time we must play at 100% in order to win.

Calvert-Lewin has become our talisman, he is so important for us and scores goals regularly. A really good season for him, I hope he continues that way.

We play Tottenham in the FA Cup in the midweek so I hope we can progress further, they are in crisis. Still, Spurs are a very good team, they are unpredictable and let's hope we win this one as well.
Geoff Williams
9 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:25:08
A draw was well earned and justified. I thought the fact that Everton were misfiring in the first half was due to their inability to retain possession. Holgate and James being the main culprits. I thought Davies and Gomes worked hard and had good games. I wish the team was more consistent. Fingers crossed for the game against Spurs.
Martin Mason
10 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:48:39
Very good performance in coming back from behind twice and in learning how not to lose games even when being under the cosh for long periods as we were last night. Exceptional performances from Gomes and Tom Davies and less so from Godfrey, Doucouré (gave the ball away a lot) and Mason Holgate. Still massive difficulties in getting the ball forward from midfield to Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison, who aren't playing badly, just receiving no service.
Benjamin Dyke
11 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:49:59
It was, Micky – it was his foul that gave us the free-kick! Couldn't have written a better Blue script.
Robert Tressell
12 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:52:10
Sets us up very well for a huge game against Spurs.

More and more players are digging out good performances. It's possible Carlo has been playing a sub-par Gomes to get him fit. He's had two high-intensity games this week and unexpectedly done well.

Right back is a problem whenever Allan is missing (most of the season) and Rodriguez is playing. That is our most exposed position (ie without a covering player) and Coleman, Godfrey and Mason have all been targeted as a result.

I do think we need a new right-back, but we also need better covering from midfield.

I don't think our goalkeeping was worse than Man Utd's. Henderson and De Gea have been iffy all season and De Gea dropped a big clanger last night for our opener. Pickford would have been crucified for that.

Olsen slipped which is not a mistake of judgement. The worse sin was our packed defence allowing McTominay to win the header.

Lots of encouraging signs ahead of Spurs.

Joe McMahon
13 Posted 07/02/2021 at 09:59:06
I was pleased to see Tom Davis running forward, and I think his best performance yet. Much better midfield performance by everyone, and James's left-foot strike was brilliant.

The only concern for me was Holgate and Calvert-Lewin not taking the chance in the first half. Like the Leeds chance, this surely has to be worked on in training.

Peter Mills
14 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:05:49
I saw that Olsen had gone up for the free kick, but hadn’t noticed he was instrumental in the goal. Thanks for pointing that out, Lyndon.

What a shame that such a moment should be tinged with a shadow of doubt around the possible intervention of VAR. Also, that no Blues were in the quadrant in the corner, it would have been up there with the Oviedo night.

Rennie Smith
15 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:06:52
This game was a perfect example of the fine margins of the Blues. I have to disagree with Carlo this time as I don't think we deserved a draw, not because we were poor but we just have to admit that some teams have that bit of class (James aside) that we don't when it matters. But I will take the point and run!

My point is if that DCL goal hadn't gone in this site would be full of people screaming the house down about how shit we are, Carlo is a dinosaur etc. etc. As I've said before, we need some balance, we're not a great team but we're certainly not a shit team. Let's support what Carlo's doing and realise it's not an overnight transformation.

Special mention for Davies who gets bundles of stick but is a true, honest and as shown last night, a good player when he's given a job to do.

As for Olsen, I'm sure the rabid Pickford haters will be keeping their heads down today. He made a mistake, they all do, it doesn't make him a shit keeper. Pickford saves that last goal all day long, but that doesn't mean he has his flaws either. That's our fine margins and we just need to accept them at the moment.

Dale Rose
16 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:12:52
Great result, Gomes and Davies excellent last night.
Jerome Shields
17 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:15:30
As you say Lyndon it feels like a win. I think its because of the fight back attitude we are not use to. It gives us hope that we at last have a competitive side.

Davies for me was motm, with good performances from Doucoure and Gomes. Holgate was weak in the first half, but did improve. Calvert Lewin is a six yard specialist and not great outside that. Richarlison was poor both in his attacking role and helping out in defence. Godfrey was ok.

Thought the defence was ok, but the amount of space explains Mina's rushing about in the previous game. Both James and Digne quality got them through.

The Commentator( Hes goal) did say that the everton goalkeeping role is to be rotational from now on , Pickford not number one , according to reports. I had not heard this before ???? Olsen was Ok. Jim Beglin is a prat and a Man U supporter, who was silenced which helped make it feel more like a win.

The team is increasingly believing in Ancelotti.

Tony Hill
18 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:18:58
Nice report, Lyndon, especially the last paragraph. Rennie @ 15 also gets it right I think.

We mustn’t let the season slide, though, having got to where we are. Realistic expectations, but maximum concentration and effort are required.

Dave Abrahams
19 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:54:48
Great detailed report Lyndon, I knew McGuire had kept Dominic onside but didn’t notice Olsen’s involvement, made up partly for his slip, some good performances and plenty of spirit to snatch a draw, although I thought United were the better team, but I’m happy enough to overlook two or three poor performances that could have provided an even happier outcome, but that’s being greedy I think, keep this determination and spirit up and it could grow into a very interesting season for us long suffering Blues supporters.
Dan Kemp
20 Posted 07/02/2021 at 10:57:06
Just a note on the ref. After Man U had brought on a sub in injury time and then De Gea took forever with a free kick that pushed the time beyond 4 minutes, I felt sure he would just blow the whistle. To his credit, he did actually allow for the stoppages and played the extra minute. Thanks ref.
Eugene McLoughlin
21 Posted 07/02/2021 at 11:22:48
I'm watching the game again, and Tom Davies played really well, especially loved that tackle on Fernandez the little c**t, all we want is the consistency!!! you canforgive an odd bad game or two...
Steve Mink
22 Posted 07/02/2021 at 11:23:31
Midfield still a huge issue without Allan. Doucoure is rangy and a powerful runner but not really a 'holding' midfielder.

Conceding the lion's share of possession and relying on being "efficient" with chance conversion isn't really a long-term strategy.

James Head
23 Posted 07/02/2021 at 11:38:16
Still buzzing off that comeback last night and just want to give credit were its due, I've called Tom Davies fit to burn but he had his best game in a blue shirt in that game, if he can continue to show the bottle and press forward and pass constructively like that then the fans will be right behind him, he obviously has the ability to do it but has too often been taking the easy option maybe encouraged by seeing more senior players doing the shithouse shuffle and passing backwards and sideways, well done Tom treat yourself to a new skateboard.
Also thought Holgate once again stunk at right back, looked far too casual, lacked concentration and was a liability diving in and giving away needless free kicks, bit gutted for Olsen after he made some decent saves at Leeds in the week to then look pathetic for Manu's 3rd, was it worse than Pickfords blunder against Leicester?
Finally thought Michael Keane had a poor game after playing so well recently and Richarlison was once again well below par.
John Hammond
24 Posted 07/02/2021 at 11:44:38
We had zero belief in the first half. Too scared to make a forward pass. We should be doing much better against this United defence who've conceded the most in the top half of the table and have a keeper who's gone from best in the world to a mistake waiting to happen. Much better in the second half but again we conceded too much possession. United were lucky with their third but had numerous chances to put the game out of reach. It's just not happening for Richarlison right now - seems the norm for him to have a couple of these difficult periods each season. He's at least getting chances though.

Looking forward to Spurs on Wednesday.

Thomas Richards
25 Posted 07/02/2021 at 11:51:51
Lee #4

What is the situation there re covid?
When are the authorities saying tourism will kick back in mate.

Tony Everan
26 Posted 07/02/2021 at 12:08:50
Huge credit to the team, to score 3 goals in the second half is a testament to the fact that we won’t lie down anymore.

I agree in the first half we lacked a bit of belief and confidence, at the same time Man Utd had an abundance of it. The second half we shook off the insecurities and looked like real competitors.

As usual the pundits were more interested in Man Utd and were gushing about Bruno Fernandes’s goal. James Rodriguez’s goal was just as good. The ball came to him high and at pace, to get meaningful control on that was real skill, the instant shot he got in was perfectly timed and accurate.

Tom Davies deserves a lot of credit for his performance yesterday. I think the lad is improving and maturing as a player. He is a bit calmer a bit more assured, the mistakes are becoming much less frequent. He seems to be finding a higher level of consistency and that bodes well for his and Everton’s future. Gomes is playing much better too and Doucoure is undroppable so Ancellotti will have a welcome dilemma with Allan’s imminent return.

This improvement in the central midfield is huge for the club, it has been the weakest link of the team , but the fringe players are stepping up and staking their claim . It makes me feel optimistic that we are live contenders for maybe 3rd or 4th and certainly top 6.

Against Tottenham on Wednesday we need to be confident and show belief from the off. There’s no need to be reticent, they are no better than us.

Mal van Schaick
27 Posted 07/02/2021 at 12:47:14
Rollercoaster game and a satisfactory point. With players returning from injury, let's hope we can maintain a push for the top four.

A few difficult games coming up but, with a positive attitude and fit players, we have every chance of getting some results.

Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 07/02/2021 at 12:51:27
Good summary as always Lyndon.

We are work in progress and there will at the moment be the odd relapse to old ways and frustrating set backs such as Newcastle.

But in the main, we are improved from just over 12 months ago. Keeping ourselves in the fight to stand a chance of getting something out of the game. The game that isn't over until the ref blows the final whistle. Everton of recent seasons capitulate in games like this.

Pleased with the performances of Davies and Gomes. I'm starting to expect it from Doucouré, so no singling out of him; that was the standard he has set.

Bill Gienapp
29 Posted 07/02/2021 at 13:03:50
Rennie (15) - can't disagree with that. Some people on here even joked that they had their venomous post-match comments locked and loaded, only to hastily rewrite them the moment Calvert-Lewin's equalizer went in.

Also agree that maybe folks should cut Pickford just a teensy bit of slack. He certainly has his issues, but too often people act like he's the only keeper who has a clanger in him... especially when you consider that United is coughing up, what - 400k a week for De Gea to make mistakes like that?

David Pearl
30 Posted 07/02/2021 at 13:15:55
I think both our full backs had bad games. Holgate giving the ball away so many times but he can actually play this role, its not as if he hasnt played it well many times for us and West Brom.

Digne; well he was hung out to dry really by having a diamond midfield and James and Richy floating about so too exposed.

We also missed Mina, and l think the solution could be that before long Carlo could give a back 3 a go.

Big game on Wednesday l know but the league is bigger for me this season. I have to wonder how many players our manager thinks we are short of before we are allowed to take the game more to our opponents. A right back yes, a creative midfielder? A winger? I hope our summer shopping includes Isco, Bailey... and l don't know who at RB.

Danny O’Neill
31 Posted 07/02/2021 at 13:28:34
What about Cash, the Aston Villa Right Back? I don't like getting carried away with flavour of the month or having a good season players, but he's impressed me every time I've watched him.

And I do watch Villa with the wife and large percentage of the in-laws being Villains.

Nicholas Ryan
32 Posted 07/02/2021 at 13:35:48
Amidst all the excitement and 'hoo-ha' of the last 2 games, I can't help noticing the slow but steady improvement of Andre Gomes. Physical recovery from a terrible injury is often the easy part; it is the mental and emotional rehabilitation that takes time. Could it now be well underway?
David Pearl
33 Posted 07/02/2021 at 14:00:19
Danny, not seen too much of Cash. Seems excellent defender, whats his crossing like? Rumour have us looking at Lamtey and the kid from Norwich.

Nicolas, the form of Gomes hasn't gone unnoticed. He is more complete at the moment and confidence seems good again. Last night he was a bit mixed, playing some good balls and other times turning back to play it safe. Although he has a tendancy to grow into each game.

On the whole all the squad have improved this season... with the exception of Richarlison, though can't fault his effort.

Danny O’Neill
34 Posted 07/02/2021 at 14:00:43
That's a very good point Nicholas, that anyone who has had to recover from a serious injury will understand. My brother called me out for that a few weeks ago when I was being a bit critical of him. And I should know better.
Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 07/02/2021 at 14:13:03
Watching him this season David. he has been solid defensively.

But, he grew up in a village not far from where I now live and started at Wycombe. He is a converted winger, so I would imagine he's got the attacking instinct in him too.

Tony Hill
36 Posted 07/02/2021 at 14:44:16
I'd try for Aarons, and Godfrey might give us an edge. But I agree Cash is a good right-back. Can't see Villa selling him.
John Magor
37 Posted 07/02/2021 at 23:18:19
Re James Head, well done Tom Davies treat yourself to a new skateboard. Haha, classic comment that. The boys done good.
Pete Williams
38 Posted 08/02/2021 at 12:30:09
Fantastic spirit and attitude to get a result. Even if you aren't as good you can still get results. Hope we can keep that attitude against Fulham! In training I hope Dom practices some one on one's so he can score them too. Also loved Ferguson's bear hug on Ancelloti! Carlo didn't know what to do!

Time to rest a few for Wednesday and give others some game time? Coleman, Allan, King and even Bernard could do with a game to get the rust out. Sig can come in for James so he can be ready for City and the lot across the park and Gomes probably needs a breather!

Lastly, really nice not to be hoping just to reach 40 points and avoid relegation. Getting anything out of the big six used to be beyond us. Just wish we didn't keep losing our way against the bottom half teams.

Brent Stephens
39 Posted 08/02/2021 at 13:12:55
Danny "What about Cash, the Aston Villa Right Back? "

Yes, he's caught my eye a few times (not deliberately you understand!). I can't see Holgate making it as a permanent fixture but you never know.

Michael Jones
40 Posted 08/02/2021 at 14:36:28
Thaught josh King showed his pace in the 10 minutes he was on and drew that important stoppage time free kick. So how about playing him instead of Richarlson for the Spurs game?
John Burns
41 Posted 08/02/2021 at 15:25:25
Michael (40) I believe Josh is cup tied.
Jay Harris
42 Posted 08/02/2021 at 16:01:35
Aarons seems to have gone off the boil a bit this season. My favourite would be LAmptey who is amazing going forward. We are also rumoured to be in for Celic but cant see Cash leaving Villa.
Tony Everan
43 Posted 08/02/2021 at 16:54:21
A few of our ToffeeWeb scouts were flagging Matty Cash up last June. He stood out in the Forest team. A good buy for Villa a bargain at 14m.

Saying that though I agree with Jay above, I’ve been impressed with and would prefer Lamptey. He would be a great signing for us and make us very strong down the right for years to come. Wonder if he has a release clause in his new contract ? Either way he won’t be 14m, more like 40. He’s still only 20 though and would be an investment.

Terry Murray
44 Posted 08/02/2021 at 21:02:40
Does anyone know the story behind Godfrey swearing at Maguire during the third goal celebrations? I think Ben Godfrey tells Maguire to "Fuck Off"!
Danny O’Neill
45 Posted 08/02/2021 at 22:16:24
I think it is just a general "behave yourself" shout at the calls for a handball / offside / just please don't give the goal cries from the United players. They are going to call it, he's just politely suggesting that they shouldn't bother.
Bob Parrington
46 Posted 09/02/2021 at 06:37:02
Bill @29 And look at the absurd goalie errors in the Liverpool v Man City game, too!

Must admit having that warm, fuzzy feeling when we scored with the last touch of the game at the very home of the team that possibly has the record of such (maybe barring the RS, of course).

And well done, John Moss and Andre Mariner, for deciding our way!!

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