Everton finally prevail in classic FA Cup ding-dong goalfest

Everton and Tottenham went head-to-head in a real ding-dong FA Cup tie at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening in the FA Cup Fifth Round, 4-4 going into Extra Time.

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Everton 5 - 4 Tottenham Hotspur [AET]

Everton and Tottenham went head-to-head in a real ding-dong FA Cup tie at Goodison Park on Wednesday evening in the FA Cup Fifth Round, 4-4 going into Extra Time.

It's the first meeting between the two clubs since the opening day of the 2020-21 season when the Toffees triumphed 1-0 at Tottenham Hotspur stadium and they come into the tie sitting alongside each other in the Premier League table.

Everton's medical staff were assessing James Rodriguez this afternoon to see if he can play any part in the game but the answer is No — Everton's brilliant playmaker is not even on the bench.

Carlo Ancelotti names a fairly strong team but only seven players are named on the bench, two of them goalkeepers, including harry Tryer in the senior squad for the first time.

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Spurs did most of the early running, and saw a fine header superbly saved by Olsen. Mora firing the parried ball well over Olsen's goal. That was followed by the first corner by Son, and the first goal, so easy for Sanchez high above everyone to glance into the Everton net.

Spurs continued to run at pace headlong at the sluggish Everton players who still seemed half asleep. Tom Davies gave Ndombele a good old-fashioned shoulder barge that left the Spurs player on the cold Goodison grass for a couple of minutes.

Everton had some decent possession but Richarlison could not find Doucouré and Iwobi's cross in was cleared, and then Keane gave the ball away cheaply, allowing Son a shot at Olsen.

Everton finally structured a more worthwhile attack that saw Richarlison's shot blocked by Sanchez before Godfrey tried to finish off with a strong shot from distance forcing Lloris to save low down by the post. From nothing, the ball fell to Calvert-Lewin at the far post and Lloris was lucky to push his slightly deflected shot onto the post and away. Nothing from the corner.

Some cultured football from Spurs set up Son for a fierce shot that forced Olsen to palm over. Olsen then had to save low and wide from Lamella as Spurs were getting some decent sights of the Everton goal.

Davies tried a pass that was too easily intercepted and decided to go in hard to recover the ball but the Spurs defender had danced away from him easily. Bergwijn stung Olsen's palms with another chance off a blocked Son shot. Another midfield surrender, Godfrey this time, saw Spurs scamper way and Kene deflected the shot behind.

Iwobi's cross was deflected behind for a corner. Mina jumping too high as HHøjbjerg pushed him. From the clearance, Spurs gave the ball away and Calvert-Lewin strode forward and put some tremendous power on the shot that overpowered Lloris to put Everton right back in the game.

Then, a simple attack, once touch off Digne to Calvert-Lewin, cleverly flicked back to Richarlison, who drove his shot beyond Lloris and into the far corner. A great turnaround inside 3 minutes!

Sigurdsson did well to play in Calvert-Lewin who was caught by Højbjerg and a penalty awarded, Gyfli Sigirdsson converting with aplomb!

It looked like Everton could well get a fourth before the break as Richarlison had a chance to chase down a loose ball but Lloris was out very quick to clear as Richarlison visibly hung back and avoided the challenge.

But Lamella was allowed to dance his way through and fire past Olsen after a slick one-two with Son before the break.

Everton got things going after the break but both sides seemed determined to keep making mistakes, Sigurdsson repeatedly dragging Moura ack by the shoulder until he was booked.

Doucouré got forward but passed to a defender rather than taking a shot, and Harry Kane then replaced Bergwijn as Calvert-Lewin needed treatment, then going off to be rather worryingly replaced by Coleman, Calvert-Lewin straight down the tunnel.

Son hammered in an excellent cross that Keane was well positioned to clear behind but from the corner, such as simple goal for off the corner, although Sanchez may have been offside?

Digne got the ball to Sigurdsson inside the Spurs area but he could only drive it at a defender. Coleman overlapped well but could not find Iwobi with his cross. A better move saw Sigurdsson trying a difficult volley that flew high over the goal.

Mina stood on Son's foot for a yellow card and a set-piece, played straight to Olsen. Bernard was brought on in place of Iwobi, who had faded from the game. But before that happened Richarlison got around the back and from a great ball by Sigurdsson, fires an excellent finish beyond Lloris, a great goal.

Spurs pushed hard for another equalizer. Olsen had to palm away another tricky Son corner but Lamella could not keep his shot down. Mora fouled Digne, giving the Blues a set-piece to swing in but Kane clears, however, the ball finds its way to Bernard who delivered a peach of a cross perfect for Keane to head straight at Lloris with the goal gapping.

Evereton were forced to defend for long spells as Spurs tried everything they could, with those wicked corners the greatest danger, but Richarlison headed the next one away well. Olsen had to punch away the next and Lamela fired back in, Doucourébrilliantly clearing off the line and it came back out to Son who somehow picked out Harry Kane for a close-range diving header to make it 4-4.

Lamela forced his way into the Everton area but lost control and fell over, then Dele Alli went down but the referee decided he had dived and showed him a yellow card. Richarlison was next in his book for dragging back Son as the game went into added time. Kane was fouled by Digne, yellow, then Kane on Davies, yellow.

Everton could not create a final chance and Spurs won another corner for Son to take before the game moved into Extra Time at 4-4.

Kane came closest to scoring in the early stages of extra time after Everton's forward play had not created anything approaching a chance. But then Coleman picked up a loose ball and SIgnurdsson was well-positioned to play in a lovely chip for Bernard who had incredibly stayed onside as he ran through and fired a wonderful shot beyond Lloris to give Everton the lead.

Spurs won another corner but Everton cleared, Winks fouling Coleman for another yellow card. Yet another corner, headed hind by Mina. Rinse and repeat: Keane cleared this time as Everton looked to play out the 2 additional minutes in the first half of extra time, with Sigurdsson unable to volley in a 6th as the whistle went.

In the final phase of this crazy game, Mina blocks a certain strike from Kane, Everton break and Sigurdsson fairly lashes one at Lloris, with Richarlison screaming for the pass, and Digne is replaced by Holgate. Sigurdsson played in a good set-piece that Keane headed just wide.

Everton tried to play it safe, rather than attacking again, but totally made a mess of it, Holgate forced to foul Vinicius but Kane could only rattle the wall... or was it Davies's arm? The Blues continued to live rather dangerously, getting a goal kick that should perhaps have been a corner. And that's what Holgate had to give away as Spurs attacked again ad almost forced a chance as the Blues tried to stay calm.

Winks crossed in but Kane could only head wide as time ticked away with Everton still clinging on to the lead. Into the final minute with Spurs still working it for a final corner, with one added minute as Keane heads the corner away. A last free-kick for Everton, surely they could hold on to the ball now? Yes they could! The fairy-tale tie was finally over with the Blues through to the Qurterfinals for the first time in 5 years.

Scorers: Calvert-Lewin (36'), Richarlison (38', 68'), G Sigurdsson (pen 43'), Bernard (99'); D Sánchez (3', 57'), Lamela (45'+), Kane (84')

Everton: Olsen, Godfrey, Mina [Y:66'], Keane, Digne [Y:92'] (107' Holgate), Doucouré, Davies, Sigurdsson [Y:47'], Iwobi (70' Bernard), Richarlison [Y:91'], Calvert-Lewin (56' Coleman).
Subs:Subs: Virginia, Tyrer, Nkounkou, Onyango.

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Doherty (79' Sissoko), Alderweireld, Sanchez, Davies, Højbjerg, Ndombele (91' Winks [y:102']), Lamela (98' Vinicius), Bergwijn (53' Kane [Y:93']), Lucas (77' Dele), Son.
Subs: Hart, Dier, Rodon, Tanganga.

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Thomas Richards
1 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:20:41
Formation lads?
Danny Broderick
2 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:24:06
Gutted Rodriguez hasn’t made it. Kane is only on the bench for them though so hopefully we are stronger without Rodriguez than they will be without Kane.
Andy Walker
3 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:25:13
3 at the back with Iwobi and Digne as wingbacks maybe?

Surprised if he plays Godfrey at RB.

Anthony Murphy
4 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:25:57
Let’s hope there’s no need for extra time as the bench looks a little lightweight
Thomas Richards
5 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:27:24
Godfreys pace against tbe counter is vital tonight.
Looks like he may be right back.
I would like to see him central
Neil Lawson
6 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:27:58
Gomes injured ? No real options it seems. Team pretty much picks itself. Everything crossed. Barnsley at home in 6th round ?!!
Chris Williams
7 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:29:38
Same formation as against Utd.?

4 at the back
Diamond in midfield
Split strikers

It’ll be what it’ll be and then change. A few times

Steve Shave
8 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:34:58
So its 4231 with Godfrey as RB.
Carl Rutherford
9 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:35:02
Only 7 on bench, including 2 gks, 3 defenders one 17 year old. Let's hope we don't need extra time.
Robert Tressell
10 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:36:32
I'd assume 532 with iwobi as RWB.
Danny O’Neill
11 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:37:43
Looks 4-2-3-1 for me.

Davies & Doucoure with Iwobi, Sigurdsson (no 10) & Richarlison behind DCL.

Jeff Armstrong
12 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:39:23
Delph injured again then, must have got a splinter in his arse at the weekend.
Kieran Kinsella
13 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:39:50
Kane is like a real life Roy of the Rovers. That worries me but I am hoping we can do it
Thomas Richards
14 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:42:30
Hes not starting Kieran
Kieran Kinsella
15 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:42:52

Yeah that bench doesn't offer much if we need to chase a goal. We'll just have to make sure we score a good half a dozen or so early on to kill the game.

Stephen Brown
16 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:44:33
Godfrey has been superb but asking him to play so many positions is tough on him.
Bill Gienapp
17 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:45:20
Hopefully we take care of business early, because there ain't much help coming off that bench. I take it Delph sprained something while sitting with the subs over the weekend?
Ray Roche
18 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:46:16
NO King?
Ray Roche
19 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:47:22
Cup tied!🤦🏻‍♂️
Jay Harris
20 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:53:44
One thing I can’t understand is the constant need to have 2 gk on the bench. Some teams don’t even have one.other than that no complaints. Let’s just hope the lads are up for it.
Brian Wilkinson
21 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:54:16
Can have 5 subs in the cup, surely we could have put Broadhead and Besic there, just to make the numbers up.
Ciarán McGlone
22 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:57:38

Pretty weak bench there... but standard enough starting line up.

Start like did last week and don't let the heads drop.

Dave Abrahams
23 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:57:56
Your allowed nine substitutes and he, let’s be honest, has only used four, are Besic and Broadbent not fit, Bernard out of favour, it really shows how weak this squad is, still let’s see how we go.
Paul Birmingham
24 Posted 10/02/2021 at 19:58:08
Here’s to getting into Spurs and getting their back four looking over their shoulders and being turned by our forwards.

This is winnable and with the passion and guts shown at Leeds and Old Trafford, Everton can be in the draw for the quarter finals.

Let’s see the whole team start with energy and belief and to stick the chances away, when they happen.

Jay Harris
25 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:13:19
Anyone know what the iPad picture Digne is showing around is for?
Andrew Keatley
26 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:16:22
The fact that Mourinho has bucked the trend of playing Hart in the FA Cup is an indicator of how seriously he is taking tonight. Hart is a total liability these days, and Lloris is a big improvement. Annoying.
Alex Gray
27 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:21:44
Havent gotten out of first gear and look at all the wonderful options on our bench today...
James Fletcher
28 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:33:01
Looking decent now, shame it took a goal to get them going but looking pretty tasty.

Godfrey showing that he has a good shot on him too!

Danny Baily
29 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:37:31
Sounds like we've got a few chances in us today.
James Fletcher
30 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:47:46
We're giving away a hell of a lot chances.
James Fletcher
31 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:51:00
Cracking goal that
Kevin Dyer
32 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:51:27
Get in, great finish Dom!
James Fletcher
33 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:53:36
And another. Really nice play and nice goal for Richie
Kevin Dyer
34 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:54:10
And a pile-driver by Richy!!
Lester Yip
35 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:56:00
Wow! Back in the driving seat in the space of 2 mins!
Ernie Baywood
36 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:57:10
Incredible turnaround. Spurs' speed out of the blocks shocked us. But we've dragged ourselves back into it.
James Fletcher
37 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:58:23
And Gylfs gets one too. Amazing ten minutes.
Michael Kenrick
38 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:59:34
Nice! I think we can thank Højbjerg for all three goals!!!
Kevin Dyer
39 Posted 10/02/2021 at 20:59:39
What a reaction from the team.
Peter Mills
40 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:01:33
What a strange game.
Ciarán McGlone
41 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:04:31
Incredible game.. so many mistakes.
Alex Gray
42 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:04:56
What on earth is going on?! How is this 3-2??
Ernie Baywood
43 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:05:57
Definitely Peter. Both are odd teams capable of shooting themselves in the foot. Spurs have real ability and speed - they also collapse without warning.
James Fletcher
44 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:06:01
Terrible mistake from Mina there, incredibly basic stuff to mess up but thankfully we're still ahead. Need to a strong start to the second half.
Ernie Baywood
45 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:06:05
Definitely Peter. Both are odd teams capable of shooting themselves in the foot. Spurs have real ability and speed - they also collapse without warning.
Thomas Richards
46 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:07:02
Sickener but after first 15 minutes you would have got big odds for a 3-2 lead.

One slight variation for me second half.
Leave Sigurdsson out of the two man press. Needs to make the extra man in center midfield.
Getting overun in there

Kevin Dyer
47 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:08:44
Our defence has looked wobbly, thankfully Olsen is playing well. Awful, sluggish first 10-15, then started to play, but defending gas continued to look shaky. Great couple of goals and very close to going 4-1 but for good reactions from Loris. Poor to let them back in right at the close of the half but feel we can kick on and win this.
Kevin Molloy
48 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:08:50
if we want to proceed I'd say we need another three goas
Nicolas Piñon
49 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:10:43
For all the Richarlison critics: he May not be in his best days, but he still scores that kind of goal.
I believe you should be more thankfull.
Jay Wood

50 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:13:43
FFS Mina!

That could have been a great half for Everton but for a terrible lapse by Mina at the death.

Dozing in the opening two minutes. Spurs dominating initially, then gradually we got a foothold in the game with Spurs still looking good on the counter.

Good chasing down by Siggy initially, helped by Doucoure on the first. Good lay in to Dom by Siggy. WHACK! Pick that out.

More good collective chasing on the second. Good flick on by Digne. Excellent back heel by Dom. Richy at his best on the finish.

And if the Gomes and Davies penalties we conceded v Newcastle and Arsenal are pens, so is our 3rd. Again, good lay in to Dom by Siggy whose run brought the pen.

So pissed at Mina though. The game was virtually won at 3-1. Now, it's still game on.

Tony Abrahams
51 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:15:18
Exactly Jay, my nerves are shot because of that inexplicable piece of defending.
Roger Helm
52 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:17:02
We need more presence in midfield but we have no one on the bench, shows how threadbare the squad is, unlike Spurs with Kane and Dele
Paul Birmingham
53 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:17:46
Frightening how the way Everton contrive to give away the initiative.

Massive 53 minutes now, character and guts needed.

Thomas Richards
54 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:17:57
Cant be scoring three at home before half time and tbe game still in the balance.
I don't like the Mina/Keane partnership at centre half
Oliver Molloy
55 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:18:28
Lucky to be going in half time a goal to the good in my opinion. We have to stop Spurs in midfield and tighten to fuck up at the back.
More mistakes and goals to come, lets hope we make less mistakes and score more.
Calamity would probably have saved their second.
Sean O’Hanlon
56 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:19:38
Awful defending. We'll be overrun if we don't sharpen up.
Saw a replay of their first goal. DCL stooped down instead of leaping - he would have headed it clear
John Dingle
57 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:20:55
Can’t stand that cockney twat Hoddle
Alex Gray
58 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:29:35
Dcl off injured. Nightmare
Kevin Dyer
59 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:30:51
Do not like that sub, very negative.
James Fletcher
60 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:31:09
Looks like a knock, seems precautionary.

More shite defending from us...we have 3 CBs on the pitch and can't win a header in our own box.

Kevin Dyer
61 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:32:25
That went well...
Alex Gray
62 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:33:37
We just cant attack and defend well at the same time can we?
James Fletcher
63 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:35:39
Our lack of bench is shocking, but we are at least giving it a go
James Fletcher
64 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:42:38
No idea how but back in the lead
Kevin Dyer
65 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:44:37
Happy to see Bernard coming on, Iwobi looks awful on the left, despite it being his preferred position.
James Fletcher
66 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:45:28
Iwobi on the right is good, think we'd have been better off leaving him there and maybe switching Godfrey up into Midfield.

I really hope Bernard has a good game.

Kevin Dyer
67 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:46:24
Richy is back!!!
John Dingle
68 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:47:13
2/3 goals left in this game yet
Phil Wood
69 Posted 10/02/2021 at 21:58:10
Too much stress.
Jay Wood

70 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:14:02
Yep! Mina's mistake on the stroke of half time proving decisive.

We are all over the shop from Son's corners. Very unlike us.

They are very much in the ascendency and we have no spark and very little left on the bench to change it.

Chance for someone to step up and be a hero...or get there on pens?

Ian Hodgson
71 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:14:17
Oh my days, do behave. Can’t tell how this is going to go
Danny Baily
72 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:14:31
Sounds like spurs have too much firepower on the pitch for us to hang on here but you never know. Played our part in a great match though.
Craig James
73 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:14:34
5 words

Zonal marking is killing us

Why oh why do managers persist with this?

Over the last few years defending set pieces has been our achilles heal why not go man on man? Shocking

That said entertaining for the neutral

Thomas Richards
74 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:15:09
We need to get a defensive mastermind coach in here.
Paul Birmingham
75 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:15:32
This is the game to define this season, so far.

Focus and fekkn guts will win this.

I’m not sure about the zonal making on this game, x2 headers were freebies.

But Everton can prevail..

Cristobal Aguirre
76 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:16:18
Richarlison out now. We will loose for sure this one and we need the three points against Fulham. DCL is already out and probably he will miss the game in tbe weekend, so richy is key for us, maybe virginia can play instead of him.
James Fletcher
77 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:16:26
Tom Davies to blast in the winner, you heard it here first
Cristobal Aguirre
78 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:21:47
It would be amazing, but we always loose this kind of matches. Lets hope today history change
Cristobal Aguirre
79 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:22:42
Ian Hodgson
80 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:23:59
I can’t take much more of this
Alex Gray
81 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:33:35
Christ this is hard to watch! My heart is going crazy! Coyfb!!!!!
James Fletcher
82 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:39:34
DCL is out watching the game so hopefully that's a good sign
Keith Meakin
83 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:41:04
Gone through my finger nails, polished off my toe nails pulled all my hair out come on blue boys.
Brendan McLaughlin
84 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:51:28
Great match...Carlo Fantastico & at my age boy to I need him!
James Fletcher
85 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:51:31
Cristobal Aguirre
86 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:52:53
bernard justifying his salary! I am the happiest one today!!
Thomas Richards
87 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:53:40
God how I love this club.
Paul Birmingham
88 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:54:01
Victory! Some night, great spirit by Everton, Olsen, Richarlison took, their chances but a solid squad performance and mentally, the best win in Cup Tie for a long time, against a game Spurs.

A full GP, we’d have won in normal time. True grit and Everton, wore down Spurs.


Thomas Richards
89 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:54:23
God, how I love tbis club
Jay Wood

90 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:54:29

LA Lakers 5 Chicago Bulls 4

Brent Stephens
91 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:54:47
Football the winner. Then us. Played Carlo!!
Lev Vellene
92 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:55:20
# Cristobal

Bernard is probably even happier than both of us! :D

Darren Hind
93 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:55:25
Pulsating !

Drama. Intent. Passion, Desire. will to win This is what football looks like.

Well done to Carlo and the boys. Thats entertainment

Thomas Richards
94 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:55:58
Tom Davies

Take a bow young man

Andrew Clare
95 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:58:02
Never give up! Well done boys.
Mal van Schaick
96 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:58:31
Get in. In the hat.
Neil Lawson
97 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:58:49
And yes. Davies absolutely outstanding.
Lev Vellene
98 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:58:50
You people disgust me!

When can we get back to the Righteous Moaning again?


Chris Williams
99 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:58:55
Last 8 draw tomorrow night I think.

Win for the underdogs tonight. Couldn’t even name a complete bench.

Proper cup tie that!

Alex Gray
100 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:59:05
Have to say Tom Davies was superb tonight alongside doucore! Get in!!!
Oliver Molloy
101 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:59:38
BT Sport;
I just heard somebody say to Jermaine Jenas "oh sorry Jermaine".
No doubt in my mind, the commentator wanted Spurs to win as did all the fuckers in the studio.
Well sorry to ruin your night you shower of biased fuckers.
Anthony Flack
102 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:59:39
Haven’t posted for a while - but wow

Real backbone and resilience- - maybe some self belief developing

Back it up and beat Fulham what a week it would be

Mads Kamp
103 Posted 10/02/2021 at 22:59:49
MotM: the midfield trio - Tom, Siggy, Doucoure. Superb.
Tony Hill
104 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:00:31
Davies and Doucoure were outstanding. What a wonderful game and one which I think we would indeed have lost under other managers.

Words too for Sigurdsson (sublime chipped pass), Richarlison and Coleman who I thought was great when he came on.

Just brilliant stuff.

Brian Williams
105 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:00:38
Couldn't watch after 3-3. Thought my chest pain coulda been a heart attack!
Thank fuck we won and thank fuck it was just the lamb Madras!
Anthony Flack
106 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:01:22
Thor is knackered
Chris Williams
107 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:01:25
Some surreptitious Gylfi passing !
Dave Brierley
108 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:01:37
Jay: really?
Neil Lawson
109 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:02:44
And what a contribution by Coleman. What an inspiration.
And it was £60000 you knob Hoddle.
Ciarán McGlone
110 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:02:54
Entertainment overload.
Anthony Flack
111 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:03:51
Lescott arrogant snake
Bill Fairfield
112 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:04:34
Tom Davies very good tonight,thought seamus played very well also when he came on,showed his experience coyb
Cristobal Aguirre
113 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:05:42
You are right Lev!! Also considering what my heart suffered today I lost at least a couple of years of life
Alan McGuffog
114 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:06:04
I know this will come back to bite me on the arse but the wee bit of momentum we're gaining reminds me slightly of how the 83 -84 season shaped up. From about February we started believing, as I recall. Slainte blue boys !
Peter Gorman
115 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:06:26
Never doubted it.
Simon Dalzell
116 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:06:42
That was Incredible. I Felt really down at 3-3 and 4-4. With DCL off and not many options the game looked almost impossible. We were absolutely Immense. To a man we showed tremendous stamina and passed the ball well. Seamus Introduction gave us a massive boost. He was brilliant. Bernard also. Tom Davies was my my MOM, and Richie finding form. I've run out of of superlatives for the whole team. I honestly didn't think we had that in us. Lessons in defence, but what performance.. Awesome, especially considering the injuries. COYB.
Jay Woods
117 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:07:10
Finally, Davies is looking a proper midfielder... and also like he's been doing weights or something, which might explain his improvement.

If we had been a little wiser to their tactic of forcing corners on our right flank all game, they would never have forced extra time. We were caught 3 times with nobody on the line at the far post, which was the only major blemish on an otherwise exceptional performance.

Craig Walker
119 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:10:51
So proud of the lads tonight. I gave us no chance at 0-1 or 3-3. Davies and Doucoure were immense as were Coleman and Godfrey. Fair play to Olsen for keeping us in it. If we play with that belief we can finally beat the RS. Even Carlo’s biggest critics must give him some credit for beating a very good Spurs team with limited resources. Thanks too to Bernard and Sig for coming good when it mattered.

My 10 year old lad got out of bed at 0-1 and went upstairs dejected. Can’t wait to tell him we’re through.


David Hallwood
120 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:12:09
Jay(#117) I think it's more to do with confidence and a run of games in the same position
Jamie Crowley
121 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:12:28
THAT. THAT is EXACTLY why I watch.

What an effort!

My God.

Drink to calm the nerves. Jeez man what a game!

Danny O’Neill
122 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:12:52
I'll give my Everton opinion on this tomorrow.

What I want to say right now is what a great game of football between two teams going at each other.

A classic cup tie. Well done Everton and Tottenham.

Jerome Shields
123 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:13:00
Best game play by Everton in years. Absolutely hopping.
Tony Abrahams
124 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:14:13
Definitely deserved it in the end, and I’d go as far as to say it’s our biggest victory in years, such was the effort and desire that the players put in.

Fight,fight, fight, with all our might, for the boys in the royal blue jersey’s, Everton!

Loads have said Davies, isn’t good enough, but tonight he showed heart, desire, effort, commitment, and loads of football nouse, and this was matched by Doucouré’s engine, I just wish a packed Goodison could have witnessed a game that did the old lady very proud!

Christy Ring
125 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:15:12
So much for our weak bench Bernard and Coleman awesome Davies and Doucoure superb and Siggy great going forward.Saw Calvert Lewin walking on the pitch hopefully a good sign
Brian Wilkinson
126 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:15:26
Anyone got a spare pair of boxers, my few pairs are on a boil wash at the mo.

Bit of Grecian 2000 as well, if it is not too cheeky.

Jamie Crowley
127 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:15:49
Tom Davies. Just say it. Tom Davies.

Tom Davies.

David Hallwood
128 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:16:03
The manlove BT commentators heaped on kane was a tad stomach churning
Jerome Shields
129 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:16:07
Don't care if we are last on motd.
Stephen Brown
130 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:17:04
Am I watching Tottenham Tv on by sport ?????
David Midgley
131 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:17:07
Match commentator said early on in the match, st the start of the season Everton beat TH 1-0. He said Spurs were out of sorts when Everton played them .
Neville Wellings
132 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:18:57
Immense from the Blues. Doucoure must have run ten miles with the ball at his feet. Tom was a gem. The best goalie performance I've seen from a keeper who's let in four. Speechless! all me Xmas Scotch drained tonight as is me.
Stuart Sharp
133 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:19:31
Came on to say Davies was my MOTM, half expecting an argument. Great to see many agree! As for the game itself... it will take some time to process. It damn near killed me. I confidently predicted a tight game and few goals. I also predicted Bernard would do nothing when he came on. Love being wrong.
Tony Hill
134 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:19:59
Yes Olsen was really impressive.

Fucking hell that was great.

Thomas Richards
135 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:21:29
you need a leader who knows how to win tropbies. Everton have that in Ancelotti"

Rio Ferdinand,"you need a leader who knows how to win tropbies. Everton have that in Ancelotti"

Rio Ferdinand,,,1,23:20:06,,,ok,23848,02/10/2021 23:20:06,Tomrichards2@outlook.com,reader,,,no 1130468,40457,toffeeweb,10/02/2021,Colin Glassar,colinglassar@yahoo.co.uk,"They played like giants tonight (except for the keystone cops defending and the waste of space who was subbed first).

Tom, Sigurdsson, Godfrey, Richarlison et al left everything on the pitch. That’s all we can ask for. Oh, and Carlo is a genius. He outfoxed Jose tonight with his tactical changes.

Kase Chow
136 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:21:29

What a win! Great team spirit again and is Ritchie back ?

Come on you Blues!!!

Tony Abrahams
137 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:21:51
And Ben Godfrey, Thomas, that kid was very important tonight

To be fair to Iwobi, he looked a lot happier sitting on the bench, but not as happy as you or me Colin, especially when his replacement got us the winning goal!!

Colette Black
138 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:22:02
I tuned in to this site and couldn't believe the negative comments at 3-3. you would think we had no chance.

What a game. What a result! I love you Everton.

Tony Hill
139 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:22:39
How good is DCL becoming? I think that was one of his best performances before he went off.
Oliver Molloy
140 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:24:52
BT Sport:
It really is unbelievable - its all about how Spurs lost other than how we won, absolutely biased fuckers.
That will teach Spurs coming to Goodison and using the "their tactic of forcing corners on our right flank all game" - give your head a shake Jay !
Brent Stephens
141 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:25:18
Tony, has Godfrey had a bad game yet? Already Man of the Season! OK exaggeration but...
Geoff Williams
142 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:25:43
Too stressful to be enjoyable. I've aged a couple of years tonight.
Danny O’Neill
143 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:25:49
Okay, I said I'd wait Tony, cut I can't. What a match though. Credit to both teams.

Olsen kept us in it from the onset and played well. Ben Godfrey might not be a natural right back but had me thinking of Gary Stevens with that early strike! And what he done defensively after that just gives me a good feel about that kid.

There was most definitely a lot more urgency about us in general. Seamus rolled back the years and to be honest, watching him chase the ball all around the pitch I couldn't really tell where he was playing! Tom was outstanding as was Doucoure; much energy in midfield.

I think when DCL went off we saw the difference between having a good 14 and and good 25 (squad) was evident. They had us on the ropes but we held on and overcame.

What a ball from Sigurdsson for the winning goal.

I revert back. Great match between 2 evenly matched teams and absolutely fantastic Everton.

I always prefer to wait but tonight I couldn't. I purposely took the day off tomorrow so will relieve the nerves with a glass of a good grape. Well done blue boys. Very proud.

Frank Fearns
144 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:26:42
Pick the bones out of that. A huge change of mentality in our team. Would have lost this easily a while back but now have a will to win. Fantastic.
John Keating
145 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:28:46
Great win and well deserved, however, far too open for me
Everyone played well at the same time as everyone made daft mistakes. Weird
Only massive negative was DCL going off with a hamstring we really need him especially with the games coming up soon.
Great games but not good for the heart!
Karl Masters
146 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:29:18
I deliberately avoided the live forum tonight. Can’t stand all those negative old grizzlies moaning and arguing all match long.

I expect they were convinced we would lose almost for the entire match!

Did that Darren fella have another pop at Carlo?

My favourite moment. Everton go 5-4 up and on the touch line stands Carlo, calm as a cucumber, sipping coffee! Brilliant.

Roger Helm
147 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:29:48
Posted earlier how we had a poorer bench than Spurs but how Bernard and Coleman proved me wrong. Coleman did really well in right midfield. Tom was my MotM, again. Even the commentator praised him.

Great match for the neutral but very stressful to see us concede four! However we are getting very hard to beat.

Peter Warren
148 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:29:57
Made up to win but very stressful!

To be fair after first 30 minutes we played really well aside from defending corners and Mina’s mistake for Spurs’ second. Hopefully Richarlison back in form.

Dave Evans
149 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:30:26
Doucoure ands Davies the dogs bollocks. But everyone on it and earning their corn.
Daniel Thomas
150 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:31:05
I’m the first to call out both Sigurdsson and Davies when they play poorly. But my word they were both fantastic tonight. I can’t help but think young Tom has benefitted from seeing how Allan plays the central midfield role. Can he get to that level and maintain it for 10 years? Would be brilliant if he does.
Colin Glassar
151 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:31:49
Oliver, I prefer to stream the game nowadays (with all its deficiencies) rather than give a penny more to sky or BT with their indoctrination and biased BS.

Until they recognise there are 14 other teams in the league they can sod off!

Tony Abrahams
152 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:31:53
Probably against Southampton, Brent, but he’s the type of player who looks like he’s still going to be very useful, even when he’s not on top of his game?

He’s a winner, He’s a sinner, but without the ego of asking if you want his autograph I’d say!

I thought Spurs had more quality Danny, but Everton had more guts? Everton and guts, it’s been a long fuckin time!!

Kieran Kinsella
153 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:32:21
Live forum was like the baying mob at Biden's electoral certification when I logged out after 10 minutes. I get it, it's stressful but I had a sneaky suspicion we'd pull this one out. Couldn't watch at work but checked in on the BBC text. Good old Bernard. What a game. My Everton mad nephew (age 7) will be bleary eyed going to school tomorrow (albeit on Zoom). Fantastic.
Brent Stephens
154 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:32:29
Karl "My favourite moment. Everton go 5-4 up and on the touch line stands Carlo, calm as a cucumber, sipping coffee! Brilliant."

Yes!! How cool is that man! And I don't believe he's just standing there saying nothing.

Simon Dalzell
156 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:32:46
I don't take a shite of notice of the BS that the biased TV pundits spout. Both teams defended moderately at times, but we were the better team by a bit, even with an injury ravaged team. So proud of the whole team. We kept calm on the whole and played quality football.
Thomas Richards
157 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:34:03

Love the kid.
Captain and in top 5 centre halfs in the country next season.

(low whisper.
Im not 100% sure on his heading ability just yet)

Diid you get on him telling one if the spurs players to" shut your fuckin mouth"

Will Mabon
158 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:34:07
That is the first time, in a long time, that we've seen a real comprehensive, battling, team performance, against a strong side, and looking like a cohesive unit with fight. As welcome as any big win, and a real foundation laid, I hope. Excellent all round, overcoming the mistakes and reverses, and playing to the end without fear. Roll on Sunday!
Brent Stephens
159 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:34:14
Yes, Tony, maybe that one. But how quickly has he settled in! FEC - Future Everton Captain.
Christy Ring
160 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:34:39
How can Carlo drop Tom for Allan now?
Brent Stephens
161 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:35:21
I think that game shows we can battle out a backs-to-the-wall 1-0 win and a 5-4 win. How flexible are we?!
Danny O’Neill
162 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:36:39
Rotation Christy. It's not Tom for or instead of Allan. It might be them playing alongside each other.

The joy of having good selection problems to have. Good squads have depth.

Bobby Mallon
163 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:36:44
Bournemouth away will do nicely thanks
Bill Watson
164 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:36:59
l'm totally stressed!!!

Some great performances out there tonight particularly from Davies and Siggi who usually take loads of flak.

Colin Glassar
165 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:37:13
The highlight of the game for me was Carlo protecting his coffee from another Ferguson bear hug. What a man!
Bobby Mallon
166 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:37:28
Oh and we finally won at home
Oliver Molloy
167 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:38:00
Tom Davies is really improving under Ancelotti but right now Allan is better when fit in my opinion.
Paul Birmingham
168 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:38:17
Colin, like wise!
Michael Lynch
169 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:38:43
Tom Davies finally fulfilled his early promise today with an outstanding MOTM performance. Doucoure and Siggi were also top drawer, and how about that off-the-bench cameo from Seamus? Best right wing back at the club.

Great goals from Richie and Bernie. What a fucking night!

Tony Abrahams
170 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:38:59
I couldn’t understand him because I had my lucky Portuguese Chanel on Thomas! but he’s the type of character that’s been sadly lacking for years.

How hard is it watching this type of game on the telly? But what a win for the toffees! Goodnight everyone, what a difference it makes when Everton win like that!

Stuart Sharp
171 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:39:08
No, 'enjoyable' it was not... until the very end. Except when, after the chaotic celebrations following the 5th, it cut to Carlo, who was calmly blowing on his coffee to cool it down. Ice cool.
Thomas Richards
172 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:39:54
Obrigado Tony
Dave Abrahams
173 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:39:55
Epic match, epic performances, epic goals epic mistakes made for a very memorable night providing a game to be talked about for years and yet sadly hardly any one of us will be able to say we were there, although we were all there in spirit especially the last ten minutes willing our team, very gallant team, to get over the line and claim a very exciting victory.

Plenty of heroes tonight and I thought any of our three central midfield players could have been selected for the MOTM award, mine was Doucoure but I doubt any one could begrudge Sigurdsson getting the award, Tom Davies wouldn’t have been out of place getting it either.

Don’t know how they will get themselves together for Saturday’s game versus Fulham but the spirit of the last two games might carry us through. Oh what a night!!!

Brent Stephens
174 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:41:01
Tony " I had my lucky Portuguese Chanel on".

I'm sure you smelled lovely, Tony.

Will Mabon
175 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:41:26
Bobby, is it you that lives down there?
Rob Dolby
176 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:41:38
Games like this really hit home how much I miss going to the match.

A defensive horror show from both sides. With some quality finishes from the blues. I thought we had gotten over poor defending from set pieces but we looked like conceding every time.

Richarleson looks a different animal playing more centrally which he might do over the weekend if DCL is out injured.

Iwobi frustrates the life out of me, he is obviously a talented footballer but I just wish he had some heart and desire to win a game of footy.

I didn't agree with the Bernard substitution but was made up when he got the winner, he did little else.

Doucouré my motm. His tireless running for 120 was phenomenal. We are in the hat for the next round.

What a game.


Kev Dooley
177 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:41:48
Carlo, sipping his coffee away, cool as an eskimos fart,
Those eyebrows don't lie though, I'm pretty sure his left one was was doing a summersault...
Steuart Hayes
178 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:41:49
Oliver 141 totally agree it's just the big love of the supposed top 4 or 6 whatever if marine would have beaten them would have been where did spurs go wrong not how great did they play. But fuck em I'm pleased in a way as when we get proper good we can win the title and they will say where did it come from onwards and upwards coyb xx
Thomas Richards
179 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:42:06
You wouldnt coco Brent
Brent Stephens
180 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:43:00
Tea - hee Thomas
Paul Birmingham
181 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:43:06
Great character, what a match, but good survival skills and endurance skills being developed at Everton.

Long may it last, here’s to a good home draw in the quarters. 1981, again..

Let’s see whom we get, but after tonight, with luck, Everton, are a good team to back.

Seriously happy to see out the Spurs, assault and lessons, learnt, plenty of positives, to go ahead with, this season.

Gavin Johnson
182 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:43:25
Great game. I was very impressed with Davies tonight. I'll eat some humble pie there cos I have said in the past that he is one paced, and too slightly built to be a top midfielder and while I'll still stick with that assessment, he has greatly improved and with his age and wages he can do a job in the squad next season. He is looking more consistent, as is Sigurdsson. I've been counting that lads contract down since last season, but again, he can also be a useful squad player going into his final season.

By hook, or by crook, we do have to offload Delph though.

David Pearl
183 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:44:07
Best game (that we won) for as long as l can remember. Siggy was just fantastic. 3 assists and a goal is not too shabby. Davies and Doucoure, oh and Richy... and not forgetting Bernard and Coleman off the bench. Can we ask for more? Only disappointment was Iwobi. So lets hope he makes amends on the weekend.
Danny O’Neill
184 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:44:07
That was fantastic blues. Genuinely, had we lost, I liked what I saw. Character and fight.

But my word, you could see the difference between a good team and a squad in depth.

I am absolutely buzzing tonight but we really do need to continue to add depth in the summer.

But we are on to something here and I don't think this is another false dawn.

Brent Stephens
185 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:44:30
And that cheating bastard Delllli Allli (I don't know how many L's). Diving in the box. Again.
Colin Glassar
186 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:45:47
Anyone got Lawro’s phone number? I want to ask him to keep on predicting we lose almost every game.
Kieran Kinsella
187 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:45:54
Big Dunc just settled the pre match debate.

“ we want to do well in the premier league but the FA cup is the one we want”

Kieran Kinsella
188 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:46:37

I believe it is 666

Brent Stephens
189 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:46:47
The part of Davies' game that has improved (just one part) is his ability to protect the ball when in possession.
Colin Glassar
190 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:47:34
Kieran, 😂😂😂
Martin Berry
191 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:47:48
It shows we are no pushovers anymore everyone put a great shift in
James. Allan and Gomes to come in on Sunday and King for DCL, the squad is looking very tidy.
On another note Ferdinand on BT was asked what he expected Everton to do in the second half "just to protect their lead" I think he assumed we were not capable of anything else, how some of these pundits steal a living.
Thomas Richards
192 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:48:32

He looked like he had a pair of shoulders on him tonight.
Weight training?

Tony Hill
193 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:49:15
He looks generally sharper and stronger, Brent, and above all he's not rushing. I suspect that last bit has come from Ancelotti: take your time.
Brent Stephens
194 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:49:23
Very poss, Thomas.
Graham Hammond
195 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:49:55
A great win and great also to win a game where several players were not at their best. Credit to Seamus Coleman, he has been struggling and been off the boil at times this season but was absolutely superb out there tonight, wouldn't have got close to winning there without him performing as he did. Great to see Richarlison bag two very good goals, he is a terrific player for us to have and hopefully will kick on from that improved contribution and gain confidence from the brace. Hopefully, just another grade one hamstring for DCL and just ten days out, bit worried about a recurrence so soon though if indeed the strain was on the same leg muscle.
Brent Stephens
196 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:50:21
Tony - YES - body AND mind.
Danny O’Neill
197 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:50:45
Off to bed myself blues.

Yes Tony, Tottenham had more quality and they had the squad. Look at the subs they made, although ironically it was ours that won the game!

Agree, that was pure guts and mentality. That is what has changed with this squad. A combination of the players brought in and the Manager. There is a different mentality about the place. League position and performances like tonight don't lie.

Speak tomorrow Evertonians.

David Gee
198 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:50:57
Not posted in a long time Sat here in sunny Sydney, working away with the game on I thought that Davies was immense, never stopped and played some really intelligent passes.

Siggy was fantastic (my MoM) and Doucouré as well but what I am noticing this year is that when we are on, we are on never give up, every player wants the ball and they are playing for each other.

Disappointed to concede 4 but happy to score 5 watched on ESPN and the co-commentator was some former Tottenham player who was gutted as he thought when DCL went off, they would stroll to a win.

As the famous line in Galaxy Quest states - Never Give Up, Never Surrender!!!!

Thomas Richards
199 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:51:21
Its working if he is Brent.
Top of the shop for me tonight
John Tierney
200 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:52:29
What a game! A worrying amount of mistakes early on but they dug in to a man and left it ALL out there tonight.

Tom Davies MOTM for me but they all deserve a shout out.

Get in there blues!!

Thomas Richards
201 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:53:21
Great post Danny 198.

Andy Crooks
202 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:56:05
What a week. What a result. Didn't see the match live but have just sat down to watch MOTD ( it's on an hour later here). Just cannot believe that Swansea v City is first on. Truly incredible.
Robert Tressell
203 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:56:51
Look at the quality of our goals. Ridiculously good. Crazy game. Squad is very stretched but lots of people playing their part. Davies is really starting to emerge. Iwobi poor tonight but he's dug us out at times this season. Lucky Bernard didn't get that move to the Gulf, too.
Phil Wood
204 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:57:30
Tom Davies has stepped up to the big league with his last 2 performances.
Humble pie from me as I have said this season that he was a Good Championship player as he was always half a yard short.
Tom is living up to his early promise and is showing he CAN do it at this level and do it well.
Great game Tom and also the rest of the Squad who all gave everything in a really tough match.
Amazing performance after a terrible start.
Nice one Carlo!
Rob Halligan
205 Posted 10/02/2021 at 23:58:12
My nerves are totally shot after that. Great game for the neutrals, but for us fans, please Everton don't put us through that again.

Tom Davies was absolutely immense, as was siggy, and Ben Godfrey, how does he keep on producing game after game? Also Robin Olsen, some tremendous saves that effectively kept us in the game. I could literally go on and on praising every player out there tonight, but a very special mention to Bernard, apart from his first touch after coming on as sub...............


John Davies
206 Posted 10/02/2021 at 00:02:25
Made up with that one tonight. Davies, Sigurdsson and Doucouré (a colossus again tonight) were the stand-out performers for me and Olsen made a couple of brilliant stops. But the whole spectacle was just fabulous entertainment and it was such a shame the Old Lady wasn't packed to the rafters.

Dreadful defending of corners tonight but I trust the coaching team will be earning their money on the training ground over the next few days. Best "roller coaster" ride I've been on for a long time. COYB!!!

Jay Harris
207 Posted 10/02/2021 at 00:03:32
A great result against a very physical team.

I can't say bad performance because of the nature of our win and the contribution of all the players – especially Doucouré, Davies and Richy who all played the 120 minutes and were still running themselves into the ground at the end. And a special mention for Seamus but a bit of concern for Holgate whose form has dropped off and Keane and Mina who both bottled it at times.

Nevertheless, we are in the next round despite the efforts of the pundits and the officials and a few teams will not be looking forward to facing us.

Tony Ball
208 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:06:38
Sigurdsson giving away goals from corners 2 - Sigurdsson scoring or assisting 4.
Rob Hooton
209 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:07:03
Brilliant match, proper old school cup tie. So hard to choose a MotM as so many played v well. Davies great again, Duke immense, Richy with a couple of crackers, Seamus was fab when he came on.

Very happy.

Paul Birmingham
210 Posted 10/02/2021 at 00:07:21
Gavin, agreed, there’s a line, and there’s reality.

Paul Smith
211 Posted 10/02/2021 at 00:12:37
Just one word – Godfrey!

He's been a revelation and Carlo has him in every week. He gives it out too, he could be heard telling the Tottenham player to shut his fucking mouth and conveyed with pure contempt. When he arrived I remember him giving James a mouthful after being short-changed a pass, he's vile and just what we need.

Thought we were fantastic tonight everyone of them, when was the last time we came out on top in a game like that?

Live forum was good tonight as well, it gets a bad press. I find it very therapeutic and a place to practice my fickle emotional mood swings during the game, it was a Godsend tonight.

Well done, Everton.

Minik Hansen
212 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:13:56
It was fun to see Thomas Gravesen in the Danish channel and Lars Jacobsen as the co-commentator in the game. Great and fantastic win. On we go. COYB.
Danny Broderick
213 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:16:52
Could pick the bones out of it but who cares?! We’re through! What a game!!
Phil Lewis
214 Posted 10/02/2021 at 00:17:08
A comedy of errors. But what a superb never say die attitude from everyone. Full credit where it's due. So pleased for Davies. Four excellent performances on the trot. Perhaps his critics will lay off now. He's surely forced himself into the reckoning even when Allan is fit.

I'm Sigurrdson's biggest critic, but he produced some lovely touches tonight. If only he could find this level of commitment more consistently. For me, Bernard is quite simply a far superior all-round footballer to Iwobi. Tonight's game perfectly illustrated my opinion.

Just as against Man Utd, it seemed to take us an hour to wake up to the dangers. We could have easily been three goals down, only for some fine saves from Olsen.

What on Earth was Digne doing in the tunnel before coming on to the pitch? He looked like a bloody tourist taking video pics on his iPad. Unbelievable! Where was his intensity and focus of mind for his job, the crucial game ahead? I sincerely hope that Carlo, or better still big Dunc, gives him a severe arse-kicking, for such unprofessional behaviour.

Oops sorry, just seen replies, it's me who deserves a smacked arse! Haha!

Brent Stephens
215 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:19:02
Phil, I think the Digne thing might have something to do with mascots not being allowed. So it's a virtual mascot?
John Raftery
216 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:19:27
I half expected a headline such as ‘Everton scrape through despite defensive shambles’. There was some shambolic defending from both teams but the overriding feature was some great attacking play.

I thought the whole team showed a remarkable will to win and tremendous fitness levels. Davies and Doucouré kept us going in midfield with Sigurdsson adding fine touches to set up three goals.

John Atkins
217 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:20:08
Slowly but surely Carlo is bringing a winning mentality and real sense of belief to the club, he really is getting the best out of the players and just look how much the likes of Tom and Calvert-Lewin have improved this season.

It was never going to happen overnight and we still need patience as I'm sure he'll get eventually get us to where we want to be, another transfer window or two.

He's making great signings – Doucouré was superb tonight, what an engine he has. We played most of the match without our leading goal scorer and no James, Allan or King.

Thought Bernard did brilliantly when he came on as did Seamus. And finally, Sigurdsson looked like a £50M player, I could mention them all tonight.

Well done, you Blue Boys... now let's crack on and win this Cup and claim a top 4 spot.

Liam Heffernan
218 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:20:31
Phil(215), Digne was leading out the mascot, virtually,. Had good game I thought. COYB.
Phil Lewis
219 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:23:05
Oops! Sorry Digne. I'm the one who needs my arse kicking!!
Phil Smith
220 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:24:28
Buzzin' me tits off after that. Richarlison looking something like his old self. Tom (again) looking class in the middle. Sigurdsson's best game of the season by far.

Mina had a stinker though and we seriously need to relook at how we set up for corners. Man on the post stops a couple of goals today. Would have liked a couple of the kids come on for the last few minutes to give a bit of energy and give Richarlison and Sigurdsson a mini-break but I can see why he didn't risk it.

All in all an absolutely feckin' brilliantly entertaining game of footy. Hope we get Bournemouth next. Probably get Man City though.

Danny O’Neill
221 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:26:48
Phil, I was going to go to bed, but I've taken the day off tomorrow, so I can have one for the road.

I don't want to call you out, but he was bringing the virtual mascot onto the pitch and as captain trying to give him the virtual matchday experience.

He was fulfilling his duty as Everton captain. And I believe Everton as the club they are are currently giving that to kids who are facing difficult circumstances.

I hope that puts it into perspective. He was talking to the kid, likely a kid facing difficult circumstances and trying to give him a virtual experience that will lift his or her spirits.

Derek Thomas
222 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:29:56
The 5th goal goes in and what does Ancelotti do? Blows on his 'King' Bovril – No passion, too old, doesn't care, only ever managed good teams, never had to build one, only here for one last payday.
Karl Masters
224 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:33:43
Digne was doing the video mascot duty. It's so the mascot, who can't attend for obvious reasons, gets to virtually experience coming out to Z-Cars etc.

Tourist photos? Haha😂👍🤣

Jack Ledwidge
225 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:34:02
What a heartwarming performance that was!

Two words: Tom Davies. He was absolutely superb. Constantly wanted the ball, intuitive in everything he did, and an engine that didn't need stopping for recharge. For all the grief he has taken, tonight he was MotM.

Dale Self
226 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:34:57
Wrong, Derek, look at his reaction to the Calvert-Lewin goal. As spirited a fist thrust as you'll see from an old man. A very clever old man at that.

Take a look at the reviews, they're all loving Everton football now. Get in line, take a number, cmon Blues!!!!!

Gio Mero
228 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:52:51
Nerve-wracking? I am a thrill-seeking bastard. Many times when they were chucking ball after ball in our box, I was imagining Pickford in goal
Brian Wilkinson
229 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:57:30
Some of the goals, Olsen was left more exposed than a Clapham flasher, but he made some very important saves and for me had a decent game.
Dale Self
230 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:57:55
And by the way David Pearl wins the prize!

David Pearl
10/02/2021 : 22:05:05
Yep, Bernard winner on 95 minutes

Paul Jones
231 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:58:00
Shame we cannot say "Sorry for ruining the dream final" just yet!
Mark Wilson
232 Posted 11/02/2021 at 00:58:23
Come on Toffewebbers! Really just 228 of us? You have to wade in on this one, it's 5-4 and the first time since 1961 there's been that score between top-flight clubs in the cup. It's one of those “I commented on ToffeeWeb the night we beat Spurs 5-4. Something to tell the kids. too much?

Okay but bloody hell – that was wonderful, aweful, exciting, dire, unexpected, amazing, and Tom Davies was MotM for a scintillating shift. How often have you seen those words here in the last 2 years ?

My throat's sore from screaming at the defence and everyone else for giving the ball away too much or scoring fabulous goals. For the number of times I found myself saying to my wife “Glyfi's run that midfield and yet found time to cost us a couple of goals but he was still very, very, good and the lob for the winner, sublime." Fernandes, De Bruyne who are yeh?

Tom Davies yes MotM, bizarre and Carlo is getting a tune out of both these guys. Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison really look back from their short downtime and Doucouré box to box like we know he can be. Coleman so good when he came on and Bernard, stunning winner.

There, I've done it, got myself a piece of ToffeeWeb history, tee-shirts in a generous 6XL please just cos I like em roomy. Fulham at the weekend, 0-1 here we come !
Staysafe all.

Phil Lewis
233 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:02:32
Danny #222, Karl #225,

Ah eh Boys, you're making me feel worse! First I find out it's a virtual mascot that Digne was taking pictures for and then you tell me it's an underprivileged kid. Now I feel guilty as well as stupid!! I thought he was making a home video for his folks in France! Haha!

John Hughes
234 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:05:01
Andy Crooks. MotD started at 10:45 pm so, in fairness to the production team, they probably did well to get it on as the second game!
Phil Rodgers
235 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:16:16
Great game, shame about the toxicity in the live forum. Gonna give that miss from now on.
Rob Dolby
236 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:23:51
Mark 233. Made me chuckle.

Generally we are a right bunch of moaning bastards on here. Pint is mostly half-empty, but what a game. If we had been beaten we would have another 100 comments on here.

The game was end to end, Kane slipping when just about to score was a big turning point.

Great that Tom Davies is getting plaudits but ffs what was he doing for their 4th goal. He did it again 2 min from time. Sigurdsson sets up 2 and scores a pen but gifted them 2.

Doucouré was immense, he finished the game and didn't look like he had broken sweat.

Coleman has to start right mid on Sunday he still has the right attitude to compete.

Hopefully Rodriguez and Gomes are also fit as there will be some sore limbs tomorrow.


Mike Gaynes
237 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:30:04
Dale #231, and the funny thing is, David missed his prediction coming true. He got too nervous and stepped out for a cigarette. I'm not sure he believed me when he popped back up on the Forum and asked who had scored, and I told him he had been clairvoyant.

I said it on the Forum, and I'll say it again, this is a game we will remember for the rest of our lives, and talk about where we were when we saw it. Long after Siggy has played out the end of his career at Heerenveen or Vitesse, we'll remember a goal and three assists in one of the greatest Blue midfield performances in any FA Cup tie ever -- and how Sanchez overpowered him twice on his own goal line. (Has any one Everton player ever been so directly involved in six goals in a game?) And long after Bernard has been shuttled off unmourned to Belenenses or Boavista or Montpellier, we'll remember that left-footed cracker that ticketed us to a Cup final. Which I firmly believe it will.

Today was the stuff of legend. Flawed, thrilling, agonizing, heartstopping, ultimately magnificent.


Jay Wood

238 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:34:55
With extra time dinner was running late in my house tonight. And I'm the one making it! So only just now back on line.

Delighted to see so many giving praise to some of the usual scapegoats and not dwelling on their errors.

Yes, you could focus on Siggy's part in allowing Sanchez two headed goals.

Yes, you could comment on Doucoure winning the ball, making ground then hitting a dreadful pass at times.

Yes, you could recall Tom giving away the ball dangerously around the penalty and unnecessarily flying into a tackle the Spurs players skipped around to set up a dangerous attack.

But all three of them had outstanding games and as many have noted it is difficult to pick one over the other as MoTM. Siggy had a mega role in all our goals. Richy's two goals were a reminder of what we have been missing. Bernie's winner a very cool and immaculately hit and placed finish. Coleman leading by example when he came on. Olsen blameless on all the goals.

And Carlo Ancelotti? Calmly blowing on his coffee whilst all around him are going ape shit with the winning goal...an iconical moment.

I feared for us in extra time. In truth, I thought it was the most controlled and dominant we looked in the entire match. They were the ones looking goosed and out of ideas, whereas we defended well and managed the game and the pace of it so much better.

Only the fans were missing tonight. They'd have lifted the roof off the Old Lady.

Nine wins out of our last 13 league and cup games. This team is learning a winning habit. AND how not to get beat.

Kieran Kinsella
239 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:39:02
Phil Rodgers 236

Me too. There are a few decent and funny chaps in there like Colin Glasar and Mike Gaynes. Even Tony Marsh doesn't bother me — I think Old Tony is just one of those blokes who walks around with a sandwich board saying “The end is nigh”.

But all the “Sig is a cunt, not fit for the shirt” crowd with 85 minutes left to play was a bit much for me. I get we all get frustrated but it doesn't make for a great read.

Si Cooper
240 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:39:09
Cursing effing BT and no pubs open combination. Enthusiasm of radio commentators only made it more annoying. A game that deserved a bigger viewing audience?

Can't comment on performance of players except to say the team spirit seems to be there along with a desire to keep having a go. Hope that can translate into 3 mammoth efforts in the remaining games in this competition.

Rob Dolby
241 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:43:49
Jay spot on about extra time. My kids were saying about the Spurs strength and depth substitutes but the lads they brought on never looked up for the fight.

Coleman came on and gave us an outlet. He held the ball up and linked up play. Holgate came on and put some great blocks and defensives headers in and obviously Bernard scored even though I thought he was pretty poor.

Let's hope for a kind draw in the next round.

Steve Brown
242 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:47:15
Thrilling game, amazing entertainment, calamity defending.

Four superb finishes and I have to shout out the brilliant ball from Sigurdsson for Bernard's winner. Hopefully that will give Richarlison's confidence a massive boost. Looking at our bench compared to theirs, I was worried, but Coleman and Bernard were excellent when they came on.

They were very cute where the centre-backs moved into space on corners to combat our zonal marking. Sanchez managed to match up with Sigurdsson for the first goal and Alderweireld with Digne on the third. We saw a bad Yerry game from Mina and to leave Kane unmarked in the 6-yard box for the fourth? Wouldn't mind a return to our structured game management after the last two matches to be honest.

Surprised there are only 240+ comments when we win an amazing 5-4 cup tie. Maybe everyone is too emotionally exhausted!

Will Mabon
243 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:57:26
Different perceptions, eh?

I too Rob, thought Bernard did not so much overall (though more than usual), save for the great finish and the perfectly timed run to stay onside. Yet fan votes on the BBC website had him as MotM! Understandable I guess.

Sigurdsson played about the best game I remember from him, effortless, finding space with ease, great passes. Reminiscent of so many performances for his country, which I always hoped to see at Everton. It's in there, and criminal we've seen so little of it really.

Coleman immense, Davies and Doucouré excellent, Richarlison "back" - those finishes fantastic. Olsen's saves, Digne pretty tidy. Calvert-Lewin better than recently.

Imagine what a performance like that would do to Fulham...

Jamie Crowley
244 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:00:01
Tony @ 171 -

How hard is it watching this type of game on the telly?


Welcome to my world.

Mike Oates
245 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:05:40
What a fantastic game of football. Can't sleep, got up to watch again knowing we've won, great feeling. Davies immense, and I've been his fiercest critic, yet my MotM was Doucouré, he must have a Rolls-Royce heart, tireless running, supporting players, tackling every bugger.

But what are we doing when we can only field 7 subs, including two young goalkeepers and no forwards at all. We can't keep losing players to injuries when we've only got at best a squad of 20 players.

What's really happening with Allan, Delph and Gbamin? To lose Gomes and Rodriquez to light knocks as well doesn't bode well for the final push. All our light knocks have taken weeks to repair.

But a night to remember, the spirit was immense, only missing a 40,000 crowd to sing us off.

James Flynn
246 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:08:52
Watched an unusual Mourinho team. He sent them out to attack, attack, attack.

Which provided Sigurdsson the atmosphere that best allows him to display his own attacking skill. He was terrific tonite.

Jay Wood

247 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:09:56
I saw the player ratings on BBC also Will. They are always a nonsense. Always.

On Saturday v United for example Tom was one of our worst rated players. Even Josh King who had about 10 minutes playing time got a higher rating.

Safe to totally ignore them.

Will Mabon
248 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:15:42
Jay, I'm not sure of the veracity or how faithfully they're compiled. Sometimes about as expected, sometimes way off, I've found - but then that too, is judged by my perception!

Just something else to absorb for no particular gain :)

Jason Wilkinson
249 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:29:05
Defence was shocking. Tom Davies had a fantastic performance in midfield. He was at fault for Son's cross but I thought Coleman dwelt when he could have got closer. We posed Spurs problems on the left. Iwobi offered little on the right.

I thought Spurs got away with some bad fouls. The ref was straight to his pocket for our misdemeanors but gave their players a bit more benefit of doubt.

Overall it was a gritty, dogged performance. Let's hope we get a favourable draw and a chance of getting to Wembley.

Tom Bowers
250 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:31:16
Had to laugh when Bernard scored and Carlo looked uninterested just blowing on his coffee as if to say ''We score, they score'' no need to get excited just yet.

Let's face it, both teams were a shambles defensively. Good job we weren't playing Man City.

Rob Dolby
251 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:41:33
Tom 251 Ancelotti has been there, got the tee-shirt etc. If we can't back him in the summer, we may as well all pack in.

This is the best chance that we have had of competing for 25 years.

Jamie Crowley
252 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:42:17
I've read many, many comments on TW over the years.

Paul Smith @ 212, take a bow, sir.

Regarding Ben Godfrey:

...he’s vile and just what we need.

Fuckin' right.

I said on the Live Forum, Ben Godfrey can sleep with my wife.

Brent Stephens, somewhere up there in the comments, rhetorically asked if Godfrey had put a foot wrong since he signed?

I can't remember him doing so. The kid is just everything this team has been crying out for for a decade / quarter century / pick your amount of time.

Finally -

I can not, ever, remember a thread so full of happiness, vitality, positivity and joy. Long, long may this continue.

Tony Marsh told Mike Gaynes he loved him on the Live Forum tonight. I think I also saw Jesus. And pigs fly.

Lester Yip
253 Posted 11/02/2021 at 02:55:19
Did Godfrey's recovery run catch up Son? Oh my God!

I am sure there's some eyebrows raised when Bernard was being subbed in. But he provided a beautiful cross to Keane (mind you, it's Davis who switched that ball before that) which should have gone in and also the vital goal. Carlo does know how to rotate the squad and utilise each player as best as he can.

While Olsen redeemed himself from his "mistake" in last game, I wouldn't be surprised Carlo rest him and give Pickford a nod if he has recovered. Now Pickford surely knows he's not the absolute No 1 and can be replaced. Hope this drives him to stay focus.

Adam Fenlon
254 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:18:20
Not much else to say given we mostly seem to be in furious agreement. But it is a great sign that we seem to have been able to find an extra spark to get back into games after the opposition has got well on top. Wouldn't have been many who backed us to take game by scruff of its neck in extra time after Kane's equaliser. Especially without a traditional striker on the field.


Mike Gaynes
255 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:22:28
Jamie #253, that was a moment, wasn't it?
Dennis Stevens
256 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:43:07
What a phenomenal match all the players deserve a pat on the back, to say the least, but none more so than Olsen. He kept us in it in that first half hour when we were struggling to get a foothold in the game & without his efforts we could have been dead & buried long before Calvert-Lewin scored. The outcome could have been so very different.
Mike Gaynes
257 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:44:08
Lovely ESPN.com article on this game and what it meant to see it:


"Mourinho once ridiculed 5-4 as a "hockey score" after Arsenal beat Spurs by that margin in 2004, but that was the scoreline he was on the wrong end of when substitute Bernard scored the ninth goal of the game, seven minutes into extra-time, after converting Sigurdsson's pass."

John Boon
258 Posted 11/02/2021 at 03:45:45
I find it amusing that we win 5-4 in a fantastic football game and posters complain about defensive mistakes. With such a score there are bound to be defensive mistakes. Long may we have defensive mistakes if every game could provide 9 goals and such entertainment.

The only loser was my nerves. I didn't know whether to sit, stand or jump around the room. Time for bed.

Christine Foster
259 Posted 11/02/2021 at 04:00:20
It's taken me all day to calm down... some great posts (Jamie, did make me smile) for so long we wanted to see the grit, passion and sheer bloody-minded will to win.

I don't care how many mistakes anyone made because, in my eyes tonight, just this one night, is when every man in that team played a blinder. I could single out some players too, but again, it was a team performance but on individual grit and desire.

They brought on five substitutes, we brought on three and we were lucky to have them. Such depletion but such effort and a special mention for Coleman, absolute brilliant performance and what a substitution!

So I raise a glass to Bernard and smile, I am for one glad he is still here, as are all those who wanted him shipped out a couple of weeks ago!

Well done, Blues... well done... I haven't stopped grinning all day!

Jamie Crowley
260 Posted 11/02/2021 at 04:04:37
Mike Gaynes - I about fell out of my chair.

Christine Foster - Considering the number of times I've asked for your hand in matrimony on these pages, only to receive icy silence, making you smile has made my day. 😜

I just now, for the first time, saw Carlo blowing on his coffee. Legend.

Adam Gilfillan
261 Posted 11/02/2021 at 04:15:48
It's unreal to see the differing opinions of our own Tom Davies. In my opinion, it's an absolute disgrace.

I hate the impatience of modern football fans in general and how it has infiltrated our club. I see it on this forum time and time again, as I'm sure you do.

Tom Davies has given his all for 3 different managers since he graduated from the academy. He has been selected each time to the first team on merit. Goal of the Season and Young Player of the Season 2017 at the age of fucking 18?! Youngest player to captain the club at 20 years and 60 days. This kid wants to play for Everton. End of. Why the hate?

He will do a job anywhere when required, regargless of ego. How many first-teamers can you say that about? This young lad is of a new breed of Everton player (along with Calvert-Lewin and Holgate) who would play in goal if asked! Regardless of salary.

Surely this is the type of player we need to breed for Everton, not single out and persecute??

Carlo Fucking Ancelotti sees the lad as a talent, end of. Morgan Schneiderlin would still be here otherwise? Would he not? Easily my MotM (and a lot of other readers) for the last 3 games he has played.

Understudy for Allan and Gomes? Yes. Great prospect player still learning his trade? Aged just twenty-fucking two! Undoubtedly. Trees, Forest, ToffeeWeb. In that order.

Paul Ward
262 Posted 11/02/2021 at 05:21:43
Bravo! Adam Gilfillan #262

I think your message might just get through to the Davies haters as we all revel in the euphoria of this great win.

Chris Hockenhull
263 Posted 11/02/2021 at 05:45:44
Adam, 262. Spokesman for a generation there. You said there exactly how I feel yet could not say myself. Well done to you and well done recently to Tom Davies. Giving someone belief in life has incredible magic powers and behind the scenes, others, including Carlo Ancelotti have been doing this and it does not happen overnight but gradually and recently we have seen the results.

Well done, Adam... well done Tom Davies... well done, Carlo for keeping cool (especially his coffee), and massive well done to the team. COYB

Ernie Baywood
264 Posted 11/02/2021 at 05:52:10
There are players who get dog's abuse on here, week-in & week-out. They may not have always shone but they've never been some of the things they've been labelled on here.

Tom Davies is one. You just saw a lad work his socks off. In the initial 'shock' first few minutes, he was the one who stood up to be counted. Guess what? He's always done that. He's always given a few passes away too... guess what? He did it in this game as well. The trick is playing him with players who can do the things he's not good at and let him play to his strengths.

Gylfi Sigurdsson is another. I think he's a bit slow and can't defend. And he was those things in this game too. He jumped out of tackles and turned away from headers. But he also creates in the Number 10 role. The assist for Bernard would be the headline if it was done by James. It was just an exquisite game-winning moment. Again, play him to his strengths and find complementary players for his weaknesses.

That goes right through the team. It always does.

Andy Walker
265 Posted 11/02/2021 at 05:53:19
My God what a game! It was so stressful to watch though.

Doucouré pinched the MotM for me closely followed by Davies and Sigurdsson . On Davies, that was the best performance I think he's put in since 2017 when he burst onto the scene. He was positive and passed and ran forward, light-years away from what he's been producing.

He was decent against Man Utd, but went up a level today. If he puts in that type of excellent performance more regularly, as opposed to once very 3 years, he'll become a legitimate first-choice first-teamer even when we have a fully fit squad. Well done Tom.

Coleman came on and showed Iwobi how to play right midfield. On tonight's evidence, Coleman is a better option, which on the face of it is bonkers, but reflects Iwobi just lacks something.

Godfrey peerless once again and when you consider he cost the same as Iwobi it highlights how well money can be spent, or not, in the transfer market.

Olsen has got to be given a run now surely. He makes me feel calmer and I'm just watching so he must help the defence (maybe not Mina based on his game tonight though!).

Well done, Carlo, you can see players developing, not just tactically but mentally getting stronger, the latter being a weakness we've seen for 25 years or so.

Bob Parrington
266 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:16:18
Great win. But I managed to miss the game and beIN Sports doesn't seem to be doing any replays of it here in Australia.

Can anybody please suggest where I might find a recording of the game on-line?

Christine Foster
267 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:18:23
Jamie, funny you should mention Jesus, I could have sworn I saw him sitting behind the goal in Gwladys Street stand, with a blue and white beanie over his halo. You should have seen him when Bernard scored, hand out, taking money off the devil..
Scott Bennett
268 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:25:53
Bob Parrington @ 267. It was on ESPN here in Oz.
Andy Walker
269 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:29:08
I should have mentioned Richarlison as well, two super goals and back to something like his best. Let's hope it's the turning point of his season and he finishes with a flourish. If he does, I think we'll be at least top 6 and maybe even a cup final.
Brian Murray
270 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:35:40
Andy Walker, post 266. From day one Davies has drawn attention to himself by being brave and playing on the half turn and attempting the forward pass. When it doesn't come off, it puts us in trouble unlike Gomes Sigurdsson etc who until recently would always take the safe option.

I have always admired him for that but now a mixture of maturity and belief from Carlo he's getting is so right with his decision making. Maybe it's just maturity but the manager's influence undoubted. Coyb, I'm so proud to be a blue. Even if it's dragged off us today by a hard cup draw, it's still a pleasure to see Carlo's methods finally being listened to.

Annika Herbert
271 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:56:31
Fantastic performance and a huge effort from every player! Credit where it's due, Sigurdsson played very well and Olsen also. But every player deserves credit for that win.

So pleased to see Davies getting praise too, he really seems to be maturing now and may well become a fixture in the team if he keeps up that level of performance.

Paul A Smith
272 Posted 11/02/2021 at 06:56:56
Couldn't believe some of the empty digs at Coleman in the Live forum last night. Its a place for over reacting petulance that live forum. Full of Kevins and Perrys.

Coleman's running for our winner was about as good as it got last night. He showed he still wants to win silverware and he's running out of time.

Iwobi on the other hand played like he has 30 more years in the game.

Great win with as good a character I have ever seen from the blues. Almost everyone was as poor off the ball as they were as good on the ball.

Doucouré is a machine. I'd want to run more if he was my team mate.

Terry Farrell
274 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:10:18
Adam 262, well said, mate. I have defended Tom Davies, Calvert-Lewin, Holgate and all young players over the years on here. The snap judgements are ridiculous and the idiots who boo at the ground instead of encouraging them.

Doucouré was immense, Seamus fantastic... nerves in tatters!!!!!!! Olsen needs a run.

Oh and a man on each post would have stopped Wilson's goal and 2 last night from corners. Just do it!

Jason Wilkinson
275 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:11:13
Maybe Seamus can't last 90 minutes these days. He put a real shift in when he came on last night. He still has some decent pace. We played with 10 men for most of the match as Iwobi contributed very little.

Don't get me wrong. I'm not giving up on him just yet. He has shown glimpses of his ability. He is still young and can improve.

Spurs did well from set-pieces. Something they must have worked on. Our weakness is at right-back and I'm sure Ancelotti & Brands will look to resolve it long term. Could Niels Nkounkou be converted to right-back?

Godfrey is best as a centre-half. Lucas Digne is happiest as a left-wingback. I don't think Mason Holgate can play right-side or right-back.

Where we will and have struggled is against the likes of Son, Mane & Sterling. Two former blues will give us that headache to solve on Sunday. Lookman & Antonee Robinson have looked like Fulham's best attacking options from what I've seen of them. It will be another tough game. I just hope we can keep the spirit we showed last night.

Davies, Doucouré & Sigurdsson played really well against a decent Spurs midfield. Richarlison was miles better than he has been. He ran them ragged and got his rewards. I don't think Olsen had much chance of saving any of the goals. He did produce some good saves early on.

Steve Shave
276 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:28:16
Tom Davies, MotM two games in a row, well done, son. Really pleased for him. I suspect after running like that for 120 mins, Gomes will replace him next game but wow, brilliant.

The game was blood and thunder, I felt weirdly relaxed about it. I clearly know nothing about football after wadging onto my Spurs mates about what a tight affair it will be, 1 goal from a set-piece will seal it, blah blah... The game was wide open, expansive and full of attacking endeavour.

If Carlo and his team can get some balance between the side with the attacking verve we saw at the weekend and last night and the team that had previously looked so defensively solid, then I think we can still mount a top 4 challenge, why not? Hell I'm even thinking of backing us for the cup!

Much to be optimistic about really: Richarlison, Davies, Gomes and even Sigurdsson (yes, I said it; please nobody take a screenshot and lambast me for it when I start moaning about him again) are coming into some form at an interesting time. Allan is soon to return and with him, I hope, some balance. When he does, then Carlo will have a midfield headache. COYB.

Derek Knox
277 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:50:47
I think Frankie Valli summed last night up in that song way back in 1963: Oh What A Night. I'm sure the neutrals got their money's worth but for us, it was edge-of-the-seat stuff with a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly.

Some of the goals were by way of errors, especially Spurs first, which I initially thought "Oh No this is going to be one of those nights" well yes it was, what teamwork, team spirit and the will, not to be outdone. How long is it since we saw that? Just when you thought we had edged in front, back came Spurs, in all fairness who made it a FA Cup thriller.

Great to see Richarlison, what appeared to be back to his best, and getting in on the goals, hope Calvert-Lewin's withdrawal was only precautionary, and he'll be available for Sunday. The other aspect of last night that pleased me and I'm sure others too, was that was wasn't our strongest eleven, mainly due to injury and Carlo's selections. Shows that we now have strength in depth.

So if Calvert-Lewin can't make it, we at least have "reinforcements, we are going to advance". Not the like old wartime story on the front line, with a poorly transmitted/received signal " send three and fourpence, we are going to a dance" !

At least we have dispelled another myth that Spurs win the Cup (FA) when the year ends in '1' yes Spurs will win FA this year! Sorry Jose, close but no cigar! Hopefully too this will boost us spirit-wise in our bread and butter run in, with games coming up ahead. Oh Yes, what a night indeed, even Carlo's Bovril got a blow job! :-)

Phil Wood
278 Posted 11/02/2021 at 07:55:33
May I just apologise to the morning Talksport Team and last nights TV pundits for ruining Harry Kane's career at Spurs.

If it wasn't for our 5 tap ins that Lloris should have easily saved then Harry would be fulfilling his destiny. Now, he may have to move on to win things.

I thought I watched 2 Teams play out a fantastic match which was full of quality goals and excitement. Our finishing was brilliant but all the pundits saw was a disastrous goalkeeping performance only lifted by a sublime one-yard diving header by the prodigal son from the greatest cross ever.

You couldn't effing make it up.

Ernie Baywood
279 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:03:56
Bob @267 It will be on Kayo.

Just warning you that you will have to endure the phrase "He was the accidental villain here at Goodison when Andre Gomes suffered a terrible injury. He's just not that sort of player though".

Yet in the last game our commentator was going on about VVD.

Stephen Brown
280 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:04:32
I'm going to watch it all again today and enjoy it as last night was 2 hours of torture !! Wanted the win so badly!!

Godfrey and Doucouré surely our best two signings in a long time!

Tom Davies – take a bow! What a great example of not letting the bastards grind you down!

A superb performance from a fantastic Evertonian in Seamus who clearly realises his chances of glory are running out!

Hopefully Richarlison now back to form too.

Allan, James and in-form Gomes to come back into the squad too. This is looking good but my nerves in every game now will be in tatters!!

Mike Doyle
281 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:19:57
Great performance in one of those freak games that come around once every 20 years or so. Tom, Sigurdsson & Doucouré all have claims to be MotM – and Seamus was like a man possessed when he came on.

In the interests of balance, what a player Son is.

Derek Knox
282 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:45:54
Mike @ 282, yes mate great little player (Gomes incident excepted) just imagine what he'd be like with his eyes open. :-)
Christy Ring
283 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:49:26
Great result last night, still beaming. Only downside: How serious is Calvert-Lewin's injury with massive games coming up?
I have to say, I won't be on the Live Forum again, some of the abuse is unreal. Before Seamus came on, the abuse and negativity was unreal, and what a game he played.
Roger Helm
284 Posted 11/02/2021 at 08:59:37
Agree Terry, when I was playing, at a low level, we always put defenders at the posts for corners.

Carlo said DCL's sub was a "precaution". Still haven't recovered from last night. We seem to have a great spirit in the team now, and lots of players, like Tom, Siggy, Seamus, and Gomez are playing better.

Derek, I hope your post doesn't mean what I think it means?

Marc Hints
285 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:01:30
I think Carlo is slowly bringing a winning mentality to the players and having a never say die attitude, with a good summer recruitment I think we can be looking at top 4 regular attendees
Robert Tressell
286 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:01:36
We've just put 8 goals past Man Utd and Spurs in 2 matches. We don't know where we'll end up this season but the whole feel of the club with Ancelotti here is different. Players are genuinely improving. In some respects the squad trimming is forcing players to take responsibility. We're still light on numbers and quality so there'll be dips but you get the sense we can keep bouncing back.
Stuart Sharp
287 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:03:01
Derek - what do you mean about Son?
Bobby Mallon
288 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:04:42
Gilfi Sigurdsson was easily MOTM last night. He scored a pen which he set up. He assisted in three goals also and that ball for Bernard’s goal was just magic. He had an immense game last night
Peter Mills
289 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:06:10
Absolutely made up for all the players, staff and us, a great result.

The reports and comments have covered almost everything, but I would just add:-

Our centre forward who can’t shoot kicked the ball very hard when he scored his goal.

In the past, when we have won epic FA Cup ties we have often gone out with a whimper in the next round. That’s another piece of the Club’s mentality that needs to change. Given the shifts in mindset that are taking place in front of our eyes, that is achievable.

Brent Stephens
290 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:09:34
My wife had a go at me for not putting the bins out last night - I just blew on my coffee!


Mike #238 - lump-in-throat stuff!

Barry Rathbone
291 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:11:58
Andy Crooks
292 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:31:55
Nice to be heading out to work smiling. What a game. John @ 235, good point. Didn't occur to me as MOTD started here at 11.50.
Have a great day every blue in the world!!
Christopher Timmins
293 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:34:47
Just happy to be so wrong about last night's game. I thought it would be a drab affair, how wrong can you get.

I am absolutely delighted for all involved in the victory. The contributions made by those who started and those who finished off the tie was immense.

There is a great spirit developing within the squad at the moment and even if DCL is out for a period of time we will find away, we will find away to get the job done.

There are a lot of players who had a tough time over the past year or so who are now starting to play really well and that's a great sign as we enter the final third of the season.

I expect more changes at the weekend, Holgate, James, Gomes and King may start which will keep a bit of freshness in the team.

Mike Kehoe
294 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:40:36
Speechless, fantastic performances all over the park, Godfrey immense, Davies superb, even Gylfi looked impressive. At last we have a manager who is qualified and up the task.
I have seen many false dawns in my time; this feels different.
Paul A Smith
295 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:42:20
You can't say that Bobby you have to go from one extreme to the next. Tom Davies was better than he has been for a long while so he was "outstanding".

I am with you, I think the things that actually make the difference in games determine who stood out from the rest.

I thought Davies had a good game but I can't just flaunt words because I didn't like recent reviews of him.

Standards must be shocking if an outstanding performance could be found last night.

Chris Davies
296 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:54:27
Andy Crooks @203
Check the time the game finished against the time broadcast??
Or, enjoy the epic football? The great win?
Nah,.. just the bias media?
Thomas Richards
297 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:58:24
Paul 296

I found three outstanding performances last night.


Paul A Smith
298 Posted 11/02/2021 at 09:59:03
One thing I have realised about not being able to go the game is the amount of detail you see that a TV screen doesn't show.

Off the ball runners, players out of position etc some of BTs camera work is diabolical.

Thomas good for you mate. I don't agree. They can all play better and Tottenham strolled through our midfield time and time again.

On the ball they were much better.

Rob Dolby
299 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:03:44
Derek 283 What does your comment mean about Son's eyes open?

It sounds full on racist.

Thomas Richards
300 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:05:35
Paul A


Siggurdson playing high up the pitch meant more room for Spurs midfield i agree.

After DCL injury Siggy went deeper. We looked a lot more solid then

Stan Schofield
301 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:09:47
It was a fantastic game. We were technically superior in attack, each of our goals being very well worked. Sigurrdson’s assist for Bernard’s goal was world class.

The goals from Spurs were from decent buildup by them, but primarily came about through our defensive mistakes, which hopefully Ancelotti will address in training.

This performance was so encouraging for us. Superb technical play in attack, and grittiness and not giving up to ensure victory.

And Carlo Ancelotti is such a cool dude. The way he blew on his coffee was priceless.

Ernie Baywood
302 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:30:58
Stan, I'd be interested to see the ToffeeWeb response to conceding a goal like DCL's.
Colin Glassar
303 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:33:55
It was the best of games, it was the worst of games. It was a game that epitomised the greatness of the FA cup. Terrible defending, brilliant attacking.

Thank you Everton. Thank you Spurs. What a game oh, and bravo Carlo.

Brian Harrison
304 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:39:11
WOW what a game that was, if we had been inside we would have took the roof of at the final whistle. This game literally could have gone either way, so absolutely delighted it was us who came out on top. The Statisticians say that is the highest scoring FA Cup tie between 2 top flight teams since Sheffield Wednesday beat Man Utd 7-2 in Feb 1961. So that just emphasises what a special game it was.

Tom Davies was outstanding and massively assisted by Doucoure, they hardly put a foot wrong all night. And wasn't it great to see Richarlison back to his goal scoring best. Just a shame that DCL has picked up what Duncan Ferguson thinks is a hamstring problem, as his goal turned the game.

Strangely as well as some of the great performances last night both Mina and Keane were below their best last night, but seeing both have been so consistent this season it would be a bit churlish to criticize too much.
There were times last night when it looked like we had reverted to Marco Silvas time when every time the opposition got a corner they scored or created a chance. Hopefully that was just a blip and Carlo and the coaches will put that right pretty quickly.

Whatever happens for the rest of the season, Evertonians have a glow about us at the moment and some of our pride has also been restored. I think its been far to long since we have been allowed to dream.

Paul A Smith
305 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:45:04
Thomas we conceded 4 mate I can't throw a name in as outstanding where actual skill is involved because the game was littered with mistakes.

I find it kopite like and I know people wont like that but thats exactly how they behave.

I have nothing against Godfrey but my god what is going on with this hype. We have conceded 7 in 2 games and hes played both.

Just to be clear though and before all the Kevin and Perrys wake up, it wasn't all his fault either.

Outstanding my arse I don't want Everton becoming a hype machine Thomas it just creates fase hope.

Lets stick with supporting the team, smile and grow in confidence as a club.

Stan Schofield
306 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:45:07
Ernie@303: I don’t it would be interesting mate, because we already know what it would be. Many would do their nut, especially on the Live Forum. But many more would be more balanced about it, as always the case. It’s just that those who do their nut tend to shout louder.
Tony Waring
307 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:45:40
Thank heaven I recorded it all !
Jerome Shields
308 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:47:17
Davis has really matured in his midfield role, with his own style and skills. It was noticeable opposition players where weary of rushing into tackle him, for fear of been left for dead. Sigurdsson last night played as the player we all hoped he was. Richarlison regained his mojo and it took the special skills of Bernard to get the winner.

Doucoure and Colman on the right where always dangerous, really powering the attack. Calvert Lewin, Godfrey, Digne, and Keane where competant and Mina and Iowbi took a step back in progress, their weaknesses resurfacing. Need to do more work on set piece defending. Olsen was Ok, but won't cut out a cross. Holgate put in a similar after injury performance.

Thought Spurs did play well, though where given too much space in midfield, but Everton had that special edge. The spirit of the previous game continued.

Brent Stephens
309 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:48:01
Paul #306 "I have nothing against Godfrey but my god what is going on with this hype. We have conceded 7 in 2 games and hes played both."

Which goals were down to him?

Thomas Richards
310 Posted 11/02/2021 at 10:50:27
We scored 5 mate.

Kopite behaviour?
You know where that statement belongs?

Hype machine?
For praising the players in a great win?

Jim Harrison
311 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:01:05
I know every goal counts the same, but great to see some well taken ones. A lot of ours this season have been from DCL sliding in to crosses in the box. Cut the crosses out and kill the goals.
Martin Mason
312 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:03:57
I want the media to have us as second best plucky blues as long as we keep tearing up the script.
Derek Knox
313 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:08:15
Brian @ 305, hypothetical I know, but good point what the atmosphere 'may have been like in an almost packed Goodison' !

When I saw the team sheet, I thought yes at least we have a strong defence, we should be okay here, and we have some decent in-form attackers. However, after they scored, my thoughts were that my initial feelings were completely incorrect and over confident, and feared the inevitable was about to happen, but going that early goal behind seemed to galvanise them.

Again on the hypothetical theme I would have imagined the atmosphere to have been similar (inside a packed Goodison) to that against Bayern Munich where we were a goal down at half time. The Stadium lifted those players who became demi-gods in the second half, the rest is history, but that was the greatest feeling, and atmosphere I have ever experienced at Goodison Park.

Sean Callaghan
314 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:23:31
Paul, I feel sorry that you missed what everyone else seemed to see. It was because we conceded 4 and yet still prevailed that makes it such an incredible match. Without the mistakes (from both sides) we'd all have been quite happy with a clinical 1-0 win and looking forward to the next round, but it wouldn't have been the same.

A clinical 1-0 would not be being talked about by long suffering Evertonians who yearn for entertainment and excitement as well as success. It wouldn't have had neutral supporters taking to the airwaves and the comments sections of sports sites to thank both teams for playing out one of the best FA Cup matches in years.

Football is about the passion, the hysteria, the hype, shouting at the TV (for now) that Bernard is shite and offers nothing and then, two minutes later when he cracks in the winner, what a star he is and what a twat you feel for ever doubting his utter fecken genius.

Mark Murphy
315 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:29:35
I too thoroughly enjoyed that game and I am very much of the opposite view of some on here and most on the Live Forum - they scored 4 goals BUT we scored 5.
We've conceded 7 goals in two games BUT we've scored 8.
The defence WILL play better but now we know that the attack actually CAN play better.
I loved that game last night and I love that Tom Davies got the M.O.M.
The only downside last night was the drivel and smart arse snide on the Live Forum.
Siggy was getting the usual tripe after only 5 minutes - it was 0-1 with 85 (+30) minutes to play.
Seamus got dogs abuse before he'd even got on the pitch - he played his part with energy and enthusiasm and loads of quick feet skills and his detractors went quiet, no doubt sharpening their poison pens for the next game he plays.
Our goals were described as lucky, mistakes, iffy and after only 5 minutes Carlo only knows one way to play and its shite. I know this is frowned upon but I'm convinced half the posters on there are gobshites.
IF any of those had season tickets at Goodison they'd find they had new neighbours every new season. They are the misery arse voice in the crowd that we all get sick and tired of.
Rant over UTFT!! and Long Live Seamus sixty grand Coleman!
Paul A Smith
316 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:31:27
I didn't say you in particular Thomas I am talking as a whole. Talking players up like they are Maldini after 7 goals conceded is either hype or ridiculous.

Exactly what the other lunatics done for years.

Remember when according to most of them they had the best player in every position but couldn't win the league.

The Scouse Cafu played for them, they all had pet names, Zidane supported them blah blah.

It just gets silly after some decent performances and it should be based on standards.

Outstanding is a soppy over the top phrase for someone who has played well. Its as bad as saying he is championship after a bad game.

James Marshall
317 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:34:03
I think what this thread proves, is that a massive amount of the joy of football has been beaten out of people - a lot of people still seem to look at the negatives (we conceded 4!) and not look at the joy of the game.

Yeah we all want to win to nil, but scoring a last minute equaliser at the weekend, then winning a joyous 9 goal game 5-4 with no annoying VAR rubbish to completely destroy the flow of the game, and thus reduce it to a spectacle based around technology and not football is something to behold these days.

My view is that a lot of people have lost the joy of football, through no fault of their own, due in no small part to VAR (I hate VAR) and also due to the constant 'keep-ball' football that all teams now insist on playing at all times, no matter how dull it can be.

Football used to be about the purity of sport, with the simplicity of the game being it's major draw. That's been eroded and is killing the game as a spectacle in my view.

This now appears to have turned into an anti-VAR rant.

Thomas Richards
318 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:43:27
I had a look at threads Paul.

Cant see anyone mentioning Maldini.
Except yourself

Danny O’Neill
319 Posted 11/02/2021 at 11:56:09
Well, the morning after the nigh before and I don't have a lot else to add.

Reading some of the above, sounds like mainly staying away from the Live Forum has been a good choice. Thinking of microcosms, it has been hijacked and become the epitome of writing off team selection before the team has walked on the pitch and kicked a ball. Writing the game off after 5 minutes and putting the season on the "another failure" shelf after a bad run in October. I don't mind a bit of passion and accept in the moment frustrations, but it has become increasingly toxic.

Anyway back to last night. Still buzzing.

Ben Godfrey did put a foot or two wrong - there was a particular instance where a stray pass led to a Spurs attack. And he held his head in guilt as he caught the glares of his team mates. But, he yet again showed what a gem we have bought. I'm a massive fan, but he still has developing to do. Most of the team put a foot wrong last night as they do in most games. That's football. But the grit and determination not to be beaten was outstanding, considering the quality Tottenham had. I thought Son in particular stood out.

In reflection, Doucoure tipped the scales for me on our side. He must be running on duracel plus plus.

Phil @234. No need to beat yourself up. I've said things on here and elsewhere that in hindsight I realise I called wrong.

Once again, credit both teams there for putting on a blockbuster of a cup tie.

Paul A Smith
320 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:06:59
Thats because I said (Like) Thomas. This isn't ToffeeWebs first thread either mate its been going on a while.

Same shit happened with James McCarthy and Schide.

Then it becomes the total opposite and players are hated because they were overhyped by the now haters.

Each to their own though I find it much better that we are happier with the side but i'll be staying humble until we actually achieve something.

Jon Harding
321 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:08:57
Sad to read the comments about the awful, biased punditry last night.
I was lucky and enjoyed the game on 5Live with the excellent Pat Nevin (maybe a little bit biased) who particularly sang the praises of Doucoure and Sigi.
Then I switched on MOTD to see Leon Osman smiling like the Cheshire Cat.
I guess I'm saving myself some agitation as well as over £20 a month by not subscribing to BT in particular. Although I will cough up when we make the Champions League group stages (not just the qualifying round).
Thomas Richards
322 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:15:14
Fair enough Paul A.

Understand where you are coming from there.

Dave Abrahams
323 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:17:18
Danny (320), Your last line sums it up for me. “Credit both teams for putting on a blockbuster of a cup tie” That will do me after such an absorbing thrilling encounter,that game will be remembered forever, like the famous 6-4 cup tie with Sunderland.
Danny O’Neill
324 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:18:30
I had the match on my BT App on the laptop Jon and didn't have the sound on. That's through choice; I can just focus on the game.

Wife was watching a really good drama which annoyingly, almost kept catching my attention!!

Dave Long
325 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:23:08
Looking at our bench didn't fill me with hope. but Seaumas and Berni were absolutely brilliant. Tell me ma
Dave Williams
326 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:24:55
Wonderful stuff and an occasion to celebrate what we did rather than pick holes in the performance.
Chuffed to bits at how we seem to have discovered guts and determination and I have to admit, as a constant critic of Siggy, that in an attacking sense he showed me for the first time last night the skill set I expected when he signed.
Others have praised Tom and quite right too. The lad always gives his best and he is now starting to blossom. I hope he stays in the team and Allan can play further forward which I believe he prefers to do.
As others have raised the subject of the Live Forum I will add my thoughts. It is not for the faint hearted and I followed it last night as my TV was down for a while. Strong language is part of the match experience, rightly or wrongly but the frequent use of the C word by some is pretty dreadful on a forum where female supporters sometimes contribute. How any real supporter of the club can use that word against its own players is beyond me and it speaks volumes for those who do it. One guy was banned years ago for a diabolical attack on Tim Howard and his medical problem and there are a few more who deserve to go the same way. As ever, the minority get the forum a bad name which is unfair because the vast majority of posters are humorous and good natured.
Rant over- what a great performance- well done boys!!
Graham Mockford
327 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:29:47
Doucoure was our best player last night, I’d like to see the distance covered because he seemed to be everywhere in the second half in particular.

Sigurdsson was the most influential given the quality assists he provided.

Danny O’Neill
328 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:29:58
Well said Dave Williams. I should have added the "minority" tag as many of the accomplished posters we see here frequent the live forum, so no intent on my part to suggest the majority on there are toxic.
Jay Wood

329 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:32:39
There wasn't a player who appeared in an Everton shirt last night who was faultless, immaculate, perfect.

You could focus on that and conclude no one was 'outstanding'. Or you can focus on the many good things they did and be joyous and celebrate an 'outstanding' result. An historic one. Possibly a defining one in the evolution of Everton under Carlo Ancelotti.

Your choice. Your mindset. Your perception.

In the meantime I see the Everton players have a new nickname for Tom Davies which, judging from some posters views on the player, will not go down well:

The General

Dave Abrahams
330 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:38:24
Danny (325), sensible Danny, pressing the mute button, you learn more that way, concentrating on the game and letting the idiot commentators and pundits leave your ears alone.
Danny O’Neill
331 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:39:02
Good Lord Jay (BRZ) surely not. To steal your phrase that often makes me laugh out loud "Order, Order".

What is going on? The General. The Duke. Are we going to christen one of our South American contingent "El Capitano" next? We will soon sound like some kind of 19th Century aristocratical military regime at this rate.

Could get controversial if we sign a German.

Please stop it!

Colin Glassar
332 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:40:13
For a team that has struggled to score recently 8 goals in two games ain’t bad. I’ll (conveniently) forget the 7 goals conceded. I could happily watch football like this every day.
Jay Wood

333 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:40:20
There was a video of the players celebrating in the dressing rooms after the United game on Saturday.

Iwobi posted another from last night's game. Just 15 seconds long, it shows Bernard behind hoisted in the air by team mates and manic screaming.

Inside Everton's Changies

A (winning) team is bonding here.

Danny O’Neill
334 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:43:19
I know Dave. Clearly being an exile, whilst no substitute for being there and the added nerves it induces, I've grown to appreciate that the upside of watching on the tele is that I actually watch the football. Without the commentary, you are even more zoned into what you see.
Jayne Skeech
335 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:45:23
Sat here in Fuerteventura watching the lads on the edge of the sofa, screeching at the amount of corners they had and how open the defence was. But hey-ho they showed true grit to stuff it up em in the end! As for Barnard, cracking player when he gets the chance, Ancelotti would be a fool to let him leave. Give him more games Boss!!
Paul Randall
336 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:51:25
Here in Spain, we at the Oliva Everton Supporters Club cant stop talking about last nights game. So many great performances and a spirit from the team we havn't seen in a long time. No doubt, 2 years ago, we would have lost that match, maybe, just maybe we may be starting to see the beginnings of a winning team again. COYB. In Carlo we trust..
Andrew Ellams
337 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:53:07
Talking about the biased punditry. Anybody else notice that at the end of the game the host on BT actually apologised to former Spurs player Jermaine Jenas for mentioning it was Everton that actually won the game.
Thomas Richards
338 Posted 11/02/2021 at 12:59:33
As Jay mentions.
We are developing a great spirit. Never say die.
Great to see.

Paul 337.

Where is the club based?

Dave Abrahams
339 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:00:06
Jay (various), Thanks for the links Jay, feel like a dickhead, you’re sending me links from Brazil to me here in Liverpool from the Liverpool Echo, only excuse is not many people get the Echo anymore, it’s only use is the death column,even then bringing bad news!!!
Tom Bowers
340 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:06:02
This Everton squad really is an enigma in itself.

They are showing so much that we haven't seen before and yet on occasions such as the two Barcode games they are terrible.

If they can get a run going they could finish in the top four but the competition is fierce and defensively they need to get it together.

Anyway they should be able to take care of Fulham but with RS and City to come they will need to be at their best to get anything out of them.

Jay Wood

341 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:06:59
Dave, the Echo is one of the most annoying sites imaginable. So many pop-ups, video ads that play automatically that you don't want to see. A real clutter job that makes it a hard read.

You have to filter out so much shite when searching for Everton content. And then, of course, there is their in-house bias.

There is currently a 30-second video of Duncan Ferguson in a post-match interview from last night, talking about Tom Davies. It then goes straight into a tedious slide show about t'other lots Thiago. WTF???!!!

They really have no idea on serving up the appropriate content to their different target audiences.

Danny O’Neill
342 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:17:31
Terrible website Jay (BRZ). Stopped using it a while back for that as much as it's unashamed bias.
Bill Gall
343 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:27:12
After the game and analyzing it what amazed me the most was I had just watched a 9 goal thriller that was coached by 2 well renowned defensive coaches. Yes there were defensive mistakes and outstanding individual performances, buy the pleasing thing it was a team performance, with every player supporting each other. The negative I suppose is the concern over DCL, who produced one of the hardest shots that the keeper couldn't stop, that he has not really shown before.

Let us see if the transfer of King is going to be a smart move as Richarlison seems to be coming back into form, and I think he is better out wide than a central striker. We can concentrate on the league with some difficult games coming up.

John McFarlane Snr
344 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:30:15
Hi Derek [278] I believe that every goal can be traced back to a mistake, I was ridiculed on this site when I wrote that 'Footballers unlike machines, are not programmed' I also believe that no matter what the transfer fee might be, or the salary a player receives, will make him immune from making mistakes.

Hi Stan [307] What I don't understand is the fact that some people turn a positive into a negative, I tend to look for positives following an unimpressive performance. However last night for me was a match to remember, and both teams deserve credit for producing a truly nail biting contest, one that the neutral will have enjoyed, my enjoyment came when the final whistle went. Regarding the 'Fan's Forum' I have never logged onto that and as a so-called "Snowflake" it would appear it's wise not to.

John Atkins
345 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:39:00
Just heard that last night was the coldest temperature we’ve had since 1995 that’s got to be an Omen
Colin Glassar
346 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:39:01
I rarely read the red Echo (it was better when it was pink) but I’ve just seen the video link. Iwobi screams like that every time the ball comes anywhere near him, “don’t pass to me, don’t pass to me, aaaaaaaghhhh!!!”
John McFarlane Snr
347 Posted 11/02/2021 at 13:58:39
HI Colin [347] it appears that you have little time for Iwobi, in his defence he doesn't pick the team, and I imagine that he tried as hard as his team-mates
Andrew Keatley
348 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:01:18
Not much to add to the general buoyancy about last night’s result and performance that hasn’t been covered throughout this thread; Davies was excellent throughout, Sigurdsson was hugely effective, and Doucoure was absolutely everywhere. Losing DCL could have led to a capitulation, but Coleman was completely brilliant, and Richy really responded terrifically to the chance to move up top. Bernard took a few minutes (and cheap concession of possession) to get into the game, but when he did he proved to be the match-winner. What really struck me was that we could easily have crumbled - and previously have crumbled - to the extent that many of us surely expected that to happen again last night - but instead we managed to find a path to victory. Well done Olsen for keeping us in the game in the first 30 minutes - and well done Carlo for not burning himself on his coffee (amongst other things)...
Danny O’Neill
349 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:04:14
Used to love the Pink Colin. Gwladys with her rattle and Kopite with his prick!

Just watched the highlights again. Shows that even though I say I watch the game more on TV, you still miss things.

Do we all realise how influential the much maligned Sigurdsson was last night?

1st goal: cute pass through to DCL to smash home.
3rd goal: sublime take down on the left and pass through to DCL to earn the penalty. Takes the penalty with composure and scores.
4th goal: pass to put Richarlison in.
5th goal: back heel, turn and reverse pass to put Bernard in for the winner.

The only goal he wasn't directly involved in or influential with was the 2nd.

Danny O’Neill
350 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:07:56
**prick as in needle / point type thing.
Derek Knox
351 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:08:34
Rob @ 300, what exactly is a full on racist? People that know me are fully aware that I don't have a racist bone in my body. This so called political correctness only seems to work one way, as with so called racism. I am Scottish, and many on this site are Welsh, Irish and of many other places of origin.

I never hear anyone protesting or alleging racism when they say Scots are all mean or tight, that the Irish are all allegedly thick, and the Welsh prefer the woolly buttocks of a Celtic Ram to a hetero experience. No we all take it as a joke, and that is exactly what it is a joke. People jumping on bandwagons about this that and the other, makes me sick to be honest, it has gone too far with some.

I have many friends who are black, Moslems etc, and many different races, but they know that I like a laugh and a joke, but equally they also know I would be the first there to help them in times of difficulty or need. Please don't play that racist card with me, it doesn't work!

Paul A Smith
352 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:16:44
Thomas I hope we talk about the game or club again mate I have nothing but respect for civilised replies thank you.

Better than posting based on my posts but not replying or acknowledging me like a big baby.

The edited images of Carlo with his coffee today are class mate I hope you come across some of them.

Danny i am one of Siggurdsons biggest critics but last night i couldn't ask more of him.

I metioned to a few people last night how fit he and Dacoure looked and how strong was he late on?

Fitness and professionalism are things we could never take away from Gylfi to be fair.

Made up for Bernard too. He must know there is doubts about him and the manager prefers athletes but what a positive and clever player he is.

Danny O’Neill
353 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:30:22
I was one of his biggest defenders until about a year or so ago Paul, but lost faith in him. I pretty much transcended into the can't defend the indefensible camp.

Likewise with Davies, I've been genuinely please to see him come good again as given my earlier enthusiasm, I thought he was going to end up on the could have been so good pile. Although I maintain, I have always thought he was worth keeping in the squad.

Perhaps this is down to the management of those players and a management team that is finally getting the best or at least more out of them.

I said earlier. Doucoure runs on duracel plus plus, That seems to be backed up by a Rolls Royce 747 engine generator just in case the bunny runs dry.

Jamie Crowley
354 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:36:41
Christine @ 268 - hilarious and brilliant.

Sean Callaghan @ 315-

Football is about the passion, the hysteria, the hype, shouting at the TV (for now) that Bernard is shite and offers nothing and then, two minutes later when he cracks in the winner, what a star he is and what a twat you feel for ever doubting his utter fecken genius.

I couldn't agree more with that. There are a lot of posters slating the Live Forum, or at least some of the comments on said Live Forum. I think Sean's statement encapsulates the Live Forum.

It's a place where people speak quickly, decisively, emotionally, with little forethought. Before you go on, just know you're going to get a bevy of, "He's shite", "Carlo's shite", et al. I'd about promise you it's someone in the throws of passion "sounding negative" because they'd give their fuckin' spleen for a win.

Yes, there's a posse of boo-boys. So what? Often times those negative fuckers are brave enough to say what we know but don't want to believe.

People who don't like the Live Forum are a conundrum for me. I can't understand what there is to dislike? All viewpoints, piss, vinegar, roses and honey balled into one conscience stream of intelligence and shit, humor (humor) and bile, affection and Godfrey Fuck Off - they all live peacefully and brazenly together in Live Forum harmony.

It's gold.

Kristian Boyce
355 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:40:46
Jamie, to fully encapsulate the live forum, you should have ended it as "It's Gold(fish)"
Colin Glassar
356 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:43:28
John 348, no time at all. I don’t mind honest, limited pros who at least put in a shift and work for the team. We’ve had lots over the years, Carsley comes to mind, but players who are obvious shirkers and cowards etc... I have no time for.

This gentleman, I don’t know if he’s talented or not as I’ve never seen any evidence for either, offers (IMO) absolutely nothing. He’s not particularly fast, has no passing/crossing ability, appears to be weak and is terrified of physical contact.

I could go on but surely it’s evident to everyone that he’s a useless waste of a shirt. Give me Oumar Niasse, or Denis Straqualarsi any day.

Most managers seem to have a blind spot for certain players who offer next to nothing. Carlo seems to have found his in Iwobi.

Graham Mockford
357 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:45:17
Dave #340

My dear old mum used to love reading the births and deaths. You’ll never guess who died by Peter Kay was bang on the money.

Jay Wood

358 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:49:09
Siggy's considerable input on our goals has been well noted, Danny @ 350.

Compare all four Spurs goals to our five. Whilst of course every goal is preventable if you look hard enough, their four were all down to our poor defending rather than creativity.

I can't believe a couple of posters blaming zonal marking when it has been functioning so well for us under Carlo. Under Marco Silva there were always feelings of dread when the opposition won a corner or a free kick around our penalty area. And time and time again they duly scored.

That is far from the case under Carlo. Last night was very much the exception. Typically, both Richy and DCL are our near post men and more often than not it is that pair that clears the ball out before reaching the 6-yard box.

Son's delivery all night long from corners was exceptional. Clearing those near post players and reaching that highly dangerous zone, centrally in the 6-yard box.

The tactic of Siggy on Sanchez didn't work and how Siggy 'marked' him was equally woeful. That will all be analysed and worked on in the coming days, of that you can be sure.

Now look at our goals. The first starts with Siggy pressing Alderweireld whose attempted get-out ball to Højbjerg is picked off by Doucoure. How Everton ruthlessly exploit this turnover is impressive. Doucoure's one touch pass to Iwobi on the flank. Iwobi one touch pass to Siggy, with his back to goal and Alderweireld in close attention, takes one touch to control the ball and - noting the run from Dom - plays a delightful and perfectly weighted round the corner pass into Dom who hits the ball powerfully and early with a one touch finish. Ruthless, as I say, and incisive.

For the second, more ruthless and incisive play. Both Richy and Dom challenge Spurs defenders which results in Digne playing an accurate one touch pass from a difficult dropping ball into Dom. Great awareness and technique by our #9 with his one touch back heel to Richy. GREAT play by Richy on the finish. He actually lets the ball initially do a lot of the work and only touches it twice. Once to shift the ball a tad and then - WHAM! - to quickly get the shot away at an angle that gives Lloris no chance.

On the pen, great ball down the line by Digne to Siggy. Superb control and lay in to Dom. Cool as you like by the Iceman from the spot.

The fourth goal, good initial pressure on Spurs defenders by Iwobi and Siggy whose poor clearance is cleanly headed back by Tom to Siggy. Silky control and lay in to the excellent movement from Richy, who again takes the shot early to surprise Lloris.

Final goal, Seamus picks up the ball on the right and plays it across field to Bernard. Seamus continues his run to offer Bernard an overlap pass, but Bernard calmly plays it centrally to Siggy just outside the 'D' of the Spurs penalty area. Superb drag back and awareness by Siggy to dink the ball over the Spurs back line to Bernard whose run is excellent. As is the wee man's finish, calmly letting the ball drop and shaping well for another one touch finish across Lloris.

Yes, the cheap concession on the Spurs goals was annoying. It will have annoyed the manager and the players, of that I've no doubt.

But there was also some sublime football on pretty much all our goals last night.

One more thing. For those who have access to the extended highlights of the game on the club site, watch Tom Davies as he leaves the tunnel to restart the game in the second half.

He raises both hands to touch the 'Welcome to Everton' plaque at the end of the tunnel then beats his palm on his shirt badge.

You can't buy that sort of passion. That's inbred.

Bill Gall
359 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:53:27
I think the people who bring up the negativity of giving up 4 goals are missing the playing in the F.A. Cup. this competition is one of the oldest competitions worldwide and every team that is eligible to play in it want their name on it.
Name any supporter who would not want to watch their team at a Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. The only negativity to me now is holding the Semi Final's at the same venue.

The difference in a cup game is you only have the 1 chance,win you are through, loose you are out. In the league you can afford to loose some games but still go on and win the league, not in a Cup Game. That is why defense sometimes goes out the window when 1 team goes behind, its all or nothing.

Maybe last night's result was the result of this games high score as, we had 2 coaches who are often criticized for their defensive tactics who wanted to win, regardless of the score as playing more defensively may have meant a 1nil scoreline would have been risky.

The F.A. Cup is full of surprises so when you win sit back, get your blood pressure back down and enjoy it, it's a lot better than loosing, especially if you watch it over again and appreciate how entertaining it was.

Rob Halligan
360 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:53:39
I have been speaking to Carlo Ancelotti's son in law in the local park today while walking the dog. I have some good news, and some bad news to report what he told me!!I

The good news is, his son in law works with the medical team at the club, "Recovery" as he put it. I asked him about DCL, and he does have a hamstring problem, and was taken off as a precaution, and was having a scan this morning. At the time he didn't know the results of the scan, but they are hopeful DCL will be ok for sunday!!

Dennis Stevens
361 Posted 11/02/2021 at 14:58:07
Spot on, Bill #360 - it's all about the winning!
David Graves
362 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:04:09

Good analysis.

But "that highly dangerous zone?"
Is that anywhere near the Erogenous zones?

Duncan McDine
363 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:05:10
Sky Sports News... Ancelotti family ask for restraining order to be applied to local stalker. Mr Halligan was unavailable for comment. Seriously though, firstly - nice one Rob, and secondly - DCL available for Sunday would be a very pleasant surprise!
Jay Wood

364 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:07:26
To confirm something I wrote earlier, Michael Keane in interview has also expressed disappointment in conceding the four goals - in particular the three from corners.

'We've been defending well from corners all season, so we will look at and analyse that in the next few days.'

Michael Keane on Everton's Qualities

Graham Mockford
365 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:10:02
Jay 359

Silva definitely gave zonal marking a bad name.

I certainly wouldn’t blame zonal marking for the goals. I would blame poor execution which has been admittedly rare this season.

The three players lined up across the six yard box are specifically there to clear out balls in that area. They got done twice, the first one DCL for some reason seems to duck under the ball, the second one Digne seems to come forward which seems to impede Keane getting a header in against Alderweireld.

And of course as you pointed out Siggy didn’t cover himself in glory however it did seem a bit of a mismatch.

Derek Knox
366 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:15:08
Colin @ 357, Iwobi is a bit of an enigma I must admit, but I have seen him in games when as you say, he has been virtually anonymous, then in others when he has been a contender for MotM.

Not sure if it's a confidence thing or not, but I can't see Marcel Brands getting the go ahead to sign him, for what I must admit did seem an excessive fee, if it wasn't in some way justified. I am hoping there is more to come from him, and yes he was pretty anonymous last night and did deserve, to be hooked. Maybe he's a late developer! :-)

Barry Williams
367 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:15:22
The last few games have shown that I really do not know much about football.

The Leeds game, I looked at the midfield and thought it had no legs to it, and that the energetic Leeds team would just simply out-hustle Everton - wrong!

Then, the Man Utd. game. Two-nil down, wondering why Everton cannot string a decent move together, thinking that it will be a rout - wrong again!

I thought last night would be a tight game between two defensively set up teams. 9 goals into the game confirmed that I don't have a clue; as did looking at the subs bench and wondering how it could help Everton if needed, especially when comparing it to Spurs' subs bench.

So, a few games ago, Everton looked like they were defensively solid, and a little too unspectacular for some; however, 15 goals in 2 games puts that theory to bed, for the time being.

I have also had periods of questioning the passion, as at times the team seems to switch off, and not look too bothered. Well, maybe I was very wrong there too.

What a weirdly eclectic team we have become!

And how unknowledgeable am I!!??

John McFarlane Snr
368 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:16:00
Hi Dave [324] I wish I had a pound for every time my Uncle Tommy told me about the 6-4 FA Cup replay against Sunderland. I've just looked it up, and after drawing 1-1 at Roker Park in front of 45,00, [Jimmy Cunliffe scoring] The replay took place at Goodison the following Wednesday afternoon, and the attendance of 59, 213 was astounding considering this was long before floodlights. The goal scorers were Jackie Coulter 3, Albert Geldard 2, and Alex Stevenson. In the League that season Everton won 6-2 on [Christmas Day], Jimmy Cunliffe 2. Jackie Coulter, Dixie Dean, Albert Geldard, and Alex Stevenson. The following day, [Boxing Day] Sunderland won 7-0. at Roker Park, if ToffeeWeb existed it would have been in melt-down. I could do without another game like last nights, my nerves were shattered at the end.
Graham Mockford
369 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:20:37
Barry 368

Very true how unpredictable we have become. Consistently beating or drawing the top teams and then having a brain fart in home games you expect to win.

Bad thing it’s Fulham at home next

David Hayes
370 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:21:48
Jay # 359. As you say sublime team goals all of them, and your skill
description in recreating the play lifts my heart, wonderful stuff re TD that sums up what Everton means to me and what I've always yearned to see.
Paul A Smith
371 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:23:59
Jamie 355 you seem like a chirpy fella with good personality. Your posts in the forum may be the better side of it and your tolerance may be greater than most.

That forum is littered with rash comments and quick shots at anything that can sound bad towards the manager or team.

The serial posters in the forum must miss half the game typing anyway? No way are they seeing the game properly when one eye is on a forum.

They will beg to differ of course and I bet there are many good posts but what is anyone doing in a forum when they have access to the game.

I'd have thought the reason to enter a forum in the first place was because someone is really interested in the club or game.

It appears their biggest interest is not watching the game?

Paul Randall
372 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:25:08
Thomas 339, we are a group of Everton mad guys and girls in Oliva, Valencia always looking for new members!
Thomas Richards
373 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:25:54
Ancelotti on Tom Davies.

Carlo Ancelotti has told Tom Davies to keep things simple.

"Play the right pass and don't take too many touches."

Have to say its working

Paul 373,

The way its going youbwill get plenty more mate

Thanks .

Kev Jones
374 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:28:55
Rob#300 thanks for your question to Derek#352

First defence of a racist: some of my best friends are black, Muslim etc. Similarly Derek’s four white nations example ignores the difference between prejudicial white national stereotypes and racism, which is prejudice plus power and which works in favour of all white people against black and people of colour.

What’s your answer to Ron’s question?

As for the juvenile sexism of your comment #388 on the United draw thread and the pathetic response by Graham @389...I’m sure you both love and respect women too.

Rob Halligan
375 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:36:27
Just to add after talking to Ancelotti's son in law.

I asked him if he thought Carlo would see out his contract? His reply was, and this is the bad news for all the Carlo bashers, and three in particular, is that Ancelotti wants to stay at the club for another ten years!! The family didn't really know what to expect when they first arrived at the club, but having seen the size of the club, and the history, and everything else, Carlo is determined to get Everton back where we belong. He wants to emulate what Man city have won over the last few years and wants to leave his own legacy at the club!!

Rob Dolby
376 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:37:56
Derek, 352.

I didn't accuse you of being racist. I just asked for an explanation of your post like a couple of other posters had.

Your post mentioned how good Son would be with his eyes open.

You have explained that you meant it as a joke and that you don't have a racist bone in your body and that you have lots of multi cultural friends.

If I have offended you I apologise but your earlier post is racist.

Jay Wood

377 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:41:52
Rob @ 376.

Now THAT I like to hear. I think I could live with that.

'Once Everton has touched you...' and all that.

Christy Ring
378 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:46:39
Rob#361 It would be great if DCL is available for Sunday, leave him on the bench and start King, especially with the two big games after that.
Chris Williams
379 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:47:00

That is certainly brilliant news to this Old Evertonian!

Jamie Crowley
380 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:49:36
Paul Smith regarding the ability to watch the game while participating in the live forum -

I can’t speak for others, but personally I watch just about every game on my computer, and I have a dual screen set up. So I can watch on one screen while quickly glancing over to the other screen which has the live forum on it. So I believe I miss very little, if anything at all.

You’ll also notice the majority of the comments come when the ball is out of play, when there is a sub, when there is an injury, etc. In short, when there is a break in play. Almost all of the other comments are very succinct. “Nice tackle Tom!” “Well done Dom”. Things of that ilk.

John Keating
381 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:57:49
you've just ruined someone's day
Mike Gaynes
382 Posted 11/02/2021 at 15:58:31
Rob #376, you are truly the insider's insider, and that's brilliant news to me too!

Furthermore, I am dazzled by Carlo's son-in-law's quick absorption of the Scouse linguistic variant. He understood your accent!

I must say, however, I'd be horrified to see DCL in the lineup on Sunday. The risk massively outweighs the benefit. Especially against Fulham.

Jamie #355, the Forum is like a commune without the hashish to mellow things out. More like an online cult with steroids. Y'know, "roid rage".

John #382, excellent. I had the same thought.

Mr. Brewer, wonderful summary. You did have some great comments on the Forum too, as usual.

Brian Murray
383 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:00:38
Rob. Doesn’t his son know we don’t do dynasties although the 80s domination was cruelly taking away through no fault of our own. Howie s words to me in a bar in formby a while ago believe or not. Coyb Carlos ability hot as his bovril.
Charles Brewer
384 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:00:42
Last night's match was, without question, one of the best I have ever seen. It had a couple of teams whose attacks dominated the defences they were up against, neither defence was poor, but, for once, the attackers - Richarlison, Son, DCL were dominant, and that made for a fantastic spectacle.

I don't think there was one bad or spawny goal amongst the 9 - probably the least impressive was the penalty, but only because there isn't much chance for anyone but the goalkeeper to really shine.

Both midfields had excllent performers, Sanchez, Ndombele and Lamela all had good games, while Davies, Doucoure (is he actually human?) and Sigurdsson were terrific.

With the exception of Everton's first goal (and the power of DCL's shot certainly had a lot to do with it), I doubt that either goalkeeper could have done much better.

The game was a credit to both sides, both managers (judging by Mourhino's face rather than his words, I think he loved it), both clubs and the English top flight.

PS I was on the Forum for only a few minutes and didn't see any abuse, but I don't think anything said in the midst of that match should be taken seriously.

PPS And on the subject of Ancelotti. In evolutionary biology there is a "Ha ha only serious" saying known as Orgel's Second Law which goes "Evolution is smarter than you are." - If I may be immodest I'd like to adapt it perhaps as "Brewer's First Law" and we should remember it when we criticise the introduction of "Past-it Coleman" or "Brings nothing to the team Bernard", "Championship at best Calvert-Lewin" or "Shit Tom Davies". It goes: 'Carlo is smarter than you are'.

Barry Williams
385 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:06:09
Graham Mockford - 370

I have stopped having either low or high expectations, stopped predicting what I think will happen with certain line-ups and just sit back and see what happens.

I suppose when you go back to Coleman, the squad has been assembled by Moyes, Martinez, Koeman, Silva, Allardyce and Ancelotti. Six managers, hence why we cannot predict what is going to be served up, maybe!!??

However, after just over a year into his reign, Ancelotti has Everton going in the right direction. He has improved players like Lewin, Davies and Sigurdsson even, and has at least give us weirdly pleasant match-day experiences - well, more often than previous.

I'd like to see Holgate get back to his pre-injury form though. He was the number 1 centre back then.

Rob Halligan
386 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:07:16
Mike he did ask me to repeat a couple of things, but overall his English was excellent, considering they've been to Spain, Germany and France, as well as their home country, Italy. I was also pleased when he kept on referring to the club as "We" rather than "Everton".
Danny O’Neill
387 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:09:11
As always Jay (BRZ) you add that extra layer of detailed analysis that mortals like me can't go into! Excellent insight.

Normally I would say that if you play more attacking, you risk conceding more because you open up more. I think that is, in the main, a fair and logical statement for most teams. Only the very best can smash teams without conceding many goals. It's the risk you take to go and win the game vice keeping it tight and nicking it.

But agree, last night that wasn't necessarily the case as we mostly succumbed to set pieces rather than open play, despite the possession and pressure from Tottenham. Unusual because we have actually been showing confidence and ability in defending corners and free kicks of late.

So, I'll agree that last night that some of the goals were preventable but have to disagree with the statement that all goals are preventable. That's a debate I often have with my brother who believes that and a few of us discussed it when defending Olsen after the United match. If all goals were preventable, we'd be watching 0-0s every week.

Thomas Richards
388 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:17:11
Paul A.

Look forward to it mate.

Up the toffees 👍

Justin Doone
389 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:27:17
I want to pick up on all the negative comments and also have a moan.. but I'll not be a plonker, at least for a few minutes.

Looking back it was a great game but I admit that I couldn't get comfortable or excited watching live because I was so worried and frustrated by the mistakes which is unlike me.

I wanted a goal back before half time, we got 3 and I was still expecting it to go to extra time and penalties from about the 40th minute.

Bernards goal was a worthy winning goal. Well done that man for being positive and shooting. Siggy great skill, awareness and vision to play the ball.

Disappointed we got bullied at corners, but at least we avoided giving away any penalties.

Into the next round, thats all that matters.

Tony Abrahams
390 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:32:31
Good thread this, I like reading what Paul A, has to say, agree with his point about going overboard on players, but thinking about the game after reading post299, I personally thought Everton were the better team on the ball, for much of last nights game.

I said I won’t go overboard, but Godfrey, had to deal with Tottenham’s two best players imo, both of whom were very skillful and also very direct. Bergwin, I was delighted when he went off, and Son, is just a delight to watch, and I don’t think we had another player in our ranks who could have dealt with these two all night, so credit to Ancellotti, for playing Godfrey right back, which is not something I’d agreed with when I first saw the team sheet.

Tottenham probably have a better squad, and also some very good players, but I loved some of the football Everton played last night, which was definitely more effective than the easy on the eye stuff Spurs created imo, once the first twenty minutes had gone?

Paul A Smith
391 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:49:39
Tony A nice one mate. Even when I sound like a tosser to some I am still made up yous are all getting some joy out of Everton.

I just want to give my honest view and always strive to find where we can do better. Hype kills the joy in the end mate we were never like that until social media came along.

I am proud this season overall and i'll be honest, I have got more than I expected and don't think I will take a lot of disappointment until the end now.

This squad has give its all this season whether that be defending hard or putting more press in the forward positions. Last nights clinical finishing showed signs of a team that is evolving.

I'll be checking over the small details in the hope my energy helps keep that up with no offence intended. 👍

Thomas, stay well mate. COYB

Brian Wilkinson
392 Posted 11/02/2021 at 16:57:50
Graham@370, sometimes you have a hoodoo over a certain team, one thing I can guarentee is we have got one hell of something of a curse over Fulham at Goodison.

Apart from their cup win in the seventies at Goodison, Fulham’s last win at the old Lady was around 1920.

Each year I think they are going to end that run and each year, we turn them over at Goodison.

So as regards to fixtures, this is one game I fully expect Everton not to shoot themselves in the foot.

Chill out and do not panic, Fulham will not be returning to London with three points.

Brent Stephens
393 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:03:37
Paul #392 "This squad has give its all this season whether that be defending hard or putting more press in the forward positions. Last nights clinical finishing showed signs of a team that is evolving."

Yes, there were times when we were ahead last night but we were still pushing 4, 5, 6 men to their last third of the pitch.

Danny O’Neill
394 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:09:55
Last paragraph sums it up nicely Tony.

Tottenham certainly were more dominant in possession and had more shots etc.

But we were definitely more decisive and effective in what we done. We managed the game very well and despite them having depth of squad, more of the ball and throwing their bench at us, I genuinely never felt overwhelmed.

That's not an "after the Lord Mayors party" statement nor is it dismissing our need for depth, but just how it felt watching it last night.

Shows how close we are without yet having the strength in depth.

Graham Mockford
395 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:13:20
Brian 393

We’ve actually won our previous 14 home games in the League against them. Quite a run which I’m fairly certain we have never equalled against any other team.

Don’t want to jinx it but hey it’s Everton.

I was at the Cup game in 75 in the Lower Bullens when Vic Busby knocked us out. One of my first memories of bitter disappointment.

Paul A Smith
396 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:17:13
Thats right Brent and apart from the actual outcome there were other things I was buzzing with regarding the teams progression.

That never say die attitude has evaded us for years. Especially against such dangerous opposition.

At 3-2 I was gutted. Sat thinking oh dear the same old same old is coming, 3-3 had me thinking we had become frightened but we kept going at them and it paid off again.

At 4-4 with Spurs having a couple of Everton boogie men on the pitch and more goalscorers than us, I was sat there wondering if we could go again?

I walked out of the room and came back to 5-4 Everton. I was buzzing mate. Proud for the first time in ages about our hunger. Something about the teams body language all the way through, stopped me short of thinking this is over for us.

Sigurdsson is a player I have always admired for his professionalism more than ability. His fitness levels are superb and I was looking at him and Doucoure thinking, yes lads, you look like you could do another 12 rounds.

Ball number 6 tonight Brent, lets hope its a lucky number.

Tony Abrahams
397 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:19:51
I went over the small prints last night Paul A! and found a lot to like, although I was totally exasperated with Iwobi, (he only looked happy once he’d been subbed?) and even more so at Sigurdson’s disgraceful efforts, not even knowing where the ball was going from corners, because incredibly, he wasn’t even looking at the ball? which was bad as I’ve ever seen if I’m being honest.

I shouted at Bernard through the telly fifteen seconds before he scored, to have more belief, and although I’d give my own motm to Doucoure, but because I don’t think Tom Davies, has got a big head, (I’ve met him, he definitely hasn’t) I’d say his performance had little bits of my favourite ever Everton player, (Reid) which is a big and bold shout, but after the stick this kid has taken, those bold shouts, might just do wonders for his confidence!

Danny O’Neill
398 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:21:44
You're fine Paul A. Just applying the brakes and adding perspective. Just as much as hysteria can get out of control on the back of a bad result, there is nothing wrong with being slightly (and rightfully) bah humbug the other way. Very easy to get too carried away.

We are all enjoying the moment as we are in a good spot. Season isn't over yet but we are well placed to challenge rather than survive or be also rans. It's in our hands.

Thomas Richards
399 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:24:52
Brent, 394

I recall Keane being in their last third in open play, think it was after our 5th goal.

Be honest mate.
I was screaming at the telly telling him to get back in.

What do I know 😁

Tony Waring
400 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:26:10
There's a Spanish language report on Youtube saying that Sergio Ramos might be wanted by Everton????????????????????
Paul A Smith
401 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:26:26
Agree about Iwobi Tony I don't know how much he wants it because he rarely breaks sweat.

His goal at Wolves is exactly what he should be and he comes across like he can't be bothered.

That was a great goal that night, busting a gut to follow his own pass and making sure he was available to shoot.

Where is that man? That hunger? Its easier said than done of course but the desire has to be there for every game.

Danny 399 i am enjoying it too mate but totally avoiding hype. Quick example Fellaini v Man City a few seasons back. That was a midfield performance. One we all remember.

He dominated an expensive opposition and we he got better as an Everton player throughout his stay. Thats the kind of level we need to compete up the top end.

When the current players put that level in i'll be there praising it. These lads are competing with the best now and doing it well. More dominant performances will take us to the next level.

I hope these lads can keep stepping up.

Thomas Richards
402 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:28:11
Tony Wareing.

The Ancelotti connection?

Martin Mason
403 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:29:51
We aren't there yet but learning how not to lose is a massive step towards greatness. I really think it's coming, it isn't quite 1984 and it is a different world now in the game but we're the talked about side now. Being plucky is fashionable.
Jerome Shields
404 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:30:07

Thank you for the information.

Brent Stephens
405 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:31:17
Paul, I'll take Number 1 or Number 3 at home!
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
406 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:31:22
Tony - he is out of contract in the summer. Played for Carlo.

Sort of player who would shoulder the responsibility to keep Salah quiet.

Kieran Kinsella
408 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:33:39
Ramos would be great for the derby. he'd injure half the RS, feign injury to get the other half sent off, and score the winner. That game apart he's a bit of a liability
Tony Abrahams
409 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:34:23
I said after that Wolves game, that I wish Iwobi, had as much confidence in himself as Rodriguez, seemed to have in him Paul A, but he’s come from Arsenal, and he was playing against Spurs, last night, and still couldn’t find any belief, or desire? and this is why I’ve praised Tom Davies, because I think he’s improving and it’s because of his overall desire?
Robert Tressell
410 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:35:40
To be fair to Iwobi he's been one of our best players in short spells. I could see him being effective against Fulham certainly. Decent player to have as back up to cover a few positions. Seems best on the right flank ahead of Coleman. Obviously you want miles more from a £30m player but he was never that calibre and probably never will be. Could see him going to Fulham once he's got about a year left on his contract for circa £8m. In the meantime he will blow hot and cold.
Paul Smith
411 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:38:13
Still buzzing btw. Knackered and the excitement has affected my day job today. I have to add the hypocrisy on here is boundless, there is literally a racist comment on this thread and posters are calling out the live forum for being brash. I have never seen one racist remark on there, ever.
Tony Abrahams
412 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:40:41
See Robert, that’s were I disagree with you mate, because if people stopped being fair to Iwobi, and could get inside “his head” and make him realize how good he could be, then my own personal opinion is, that we might just have another very serious player in our squad?
Darren Hind
413 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:43:42
Carlo and Jose in a You Play / We play thriller.

I'd be lying if I said I saw that coming ! This match deserved a crowd.

For me this was a better game than the 4-4 game against Liverpool all those years ago. It was Ali/Frazier. McEnroe/Borg.. Thistlecrack/Many clouds (Try watching that one without crying)..It was Sport the way it was meant to be. Spiritually uplifting... Nothing was left on the field of battle.

It would be unrealistic to expect a classic on a regular basis. But there is room for many more minor classics.

I would like to say thank you to Spurs too. It takes two to tango, but I want to focus on us.

Our manager AND our players showed us they are capable of serving up entertainment of the very highest order and I loved it.

We`re like that brand new dance - The locomotion. Everybody is talking about us today

More please.

Paul A Smith
415 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:54:59
Tony 410 I don't think Davies has ever shown a lack of desire. Thats the one thing I always give him. He never hides and shows for a ball all the time.

I have doubted him as in i'm still not convinced he can play high level football as a main midfielder?

I think its been about the physical side with Davies and whether he could go through the gears? Hes fully grown now and at an age where he needs to keep his levels up.

Can he start driving through teams once his game comes together? Is he fleet footed enough to be like a Kante? Its still hard to see what type of player he can be on top form.

True that Darren Hind, the amount of lads on site that told me the game was great last night has never happened before.

Barry Williams
416 Posted 11/02/2021 at 17:58:25

Iwobi, he is inconsistent, but I don't think he is an enigma: skilful, but just inconsistent. He does make a great Right wing back though. Also, it would be interesting to see him as a winger with a regular right back behind him. He's not really had that!

Tony Abrahams
419 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:04:37
Agree with everything you say regarding Davies, Paul A, but it definitely looks like Ancellotti has simplified everything for Tom, and he now looks like he’s starting to grasp the nettle, becaus
Paul A Smith
420 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:06:01
Tony, Is it a brain thing with Iwobi?. I think you just hit the nail on the head there saying its getting inside his head.

Sometimes I think thats all it takes. I'd love to have pulled Barkey to one side and put more fire in him. Sounds mad but I think some players need a pint with a fan or a Peter Reid to ask questions of their hunger.

Iwobi is blessed with natural skill and balance but hes got less direction than Peter Beagrie. And his motorbike for that matter.

Arm around the shoulder has surely happened in his career so I am now doubting his mental ability?

Simon Dalzell
421 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:06:23
Ex Evertonian Don Hutchison nailed it when he said Davies and Doucoure out ran all the Spurs substitutes. They were immense.
Tony Hill
422 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:08:14
Tony @413 absolutely. Iwobi gets insufficient praise when he does well and too much vitriol when he doesn’t. He’s still young but needs to develop an edge and courage, as you say. I think we should back him, very poor though he was last night.

He had built up some rhythm culminating in his fine performance against Wolves and then it was broken.

Tony Abrahams
423 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:08:57
My iPad is playing up can’t edit, so to finish my previous post Tom, definitely played like he was a lot older last night. More mature, more wisdom and definitely more football intelligence, so hopefully he can keep it up🤞
Rob Halligan
424 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:13:38
Chinese New year tomorrow. It's the year of the Rat. Wasn't it the year of the Rat in 1984 when Ratcliffe lifted the FA Cup?
Tony Abrahams
427 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:21:49
Stop it Rob! Oh when the rat went up to lift the fa cup, we was there! Belief is the key, Kendall said it was the year of the rat, in 1995 coming out of Ashton gate, I started to get that same belief, and Duncan Ferguson has come out today and said we want the FA cup, so why not mate!
Graham Mockford
428 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:23:06
It was Rob #425

But unfortunately next year is the Ox. Last year was the Rat

Danny O’Neill
429 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:26:57
On Iwobi, I don't think a player has confused me as much since I can remember.

I see a talent in there somewhere. But he is so erratic and as I've said previously, so unpredictable. We don't know what is coming next, let alone the opposition.

To unlock the talent and potential, that has to come from within. Both in terms of mentality but more importantly from what I see, the desire. I know both are linked.

I witness a very casual and laid back individual who is without doubt a popular team member and great lad. But he needs to want it more if he is to realise the clear potential.

Tony Abrahams
430 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:28:15
Its definitely Doucoure’s year then Graham! Anyone who could beat Duran, definitely had more than just talent Barry, because he was one of the greats imo mate.
Tony Abrahams
433 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:32:02
Agree Danny, but what a contradiction though mate? A casual and laid back individual, who never seems totally relaxed for whatever reason?
Danny O’Neill
439 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:39:23
I think we are unpicking this Tony. Casual, laid back, yet as you say, that contradicts him never looking relaxed.

So, too casual in many ways, lacking the desire and fire in his belly that would go some way to unlocking the potential. But I think what you touch on is key; confidence and belief in that ability. That is why he comes across as casual but not relaxed.

Therefore, doing the maths (and I'm no mathematician), desire + belief = a much improved Iwobi!!

As you say, it's about getting into his head.

Rob Halligan
441 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:40:47
So it is Graham, # 429. Still a lucky omen though, the year of the knOX. Derek Knox can be our lucky omen!!
Robert Tressell
442 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:43:13
Tony @ 413. Interesting way of looking at it. My point was really to maintain (as I tend to) that Iwobi isn't crap (which he's often accused of being). Whether he really does have it in him to go higher I'm not sure. DCL and Tom D have found some consistency once they hit a good level, Iwobi less so. So I'm kind of resigned to him blowing hot and cold. Really I'd rather we promoted Gordon ahead of him, who potentially has a higher ceiling anyway and is, of course, home grown.
Brian Wilkinson
444 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:45:01
Year of the Ox, hey? Well let's just pretend it was Oxo that Carlo was drinking then.
Kase Chow
447 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:49:00
What a brilliant win

It’s hard to believe but maybe (maybe) Carlo is building a team here

Danny O’Neill
448 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:50:47
When Rats goes up to lift the FA Cup, we'll be there!!

I've said this before but being at Wembley in 1984 to see Everton lift a trophy for the first time in my life was magical.

I can still see my father on the footage trying to scale the fence at the end to get onto the Wembley track. I remember being just behind wondering how the hell I get home if he succeeds. But at the same time, not caring too much!!

Barry Williams
449 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:51:18
I watched the Everton highlights today in the cold light of day. Four of the goals were really top class in terms of either execution, or team play.

You wouldn't have known that by the commentary alone, or a lot of the write-ups. The commentary I was watching even tried to make out the keeper should have saved Richarlison's second – and that was Matt Jackson!!!!!

Brian Wilkinson
450 Posted 11/02/2021 at 18:51:25
I mentioned a year or so ago that football is an easy game, made complicated by tactics.

I think what we are seeing now is Carlo first telling Calvert-Lewin to get in the box and take one touch instead of three, in the last week or so, he has done the same with Tom Davies, one touch instead of trying to take two or three players on.

What we are seeing now is a player that used to run down blind alleys, now looking to play a pass.

Fair to say Siggy and Gomes have also upped their game.

Whether you like Carlo or not, he is certainly getting across how players can improve.

Give this guy a few years and I have no doubt we will be a force to be reckoned with.

Danny O’Neill
453 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:00:20
Some of the more educated and people who have played the game to a higher standard than me may have more to offer on that Brian, but here's my take.

See it, play it. The first pass is usually the best one because that is what the instinct tells you. Keep the one thing the other team wants for too long and you become the target.

Obviously there is a balance because you don't want to treat the ball like a hot potato and just kick it for the sake of "getting rid". But, usually that's what good players and midfielders in particular will see and do.

And the really good ones have that magician like ability to slow the game down in their head to pick out the right pass. But again, normal done with minimal touches as necessary.

Paul Birmingham
462 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:26:45
Well said Darren, @414, spot on.

If only there was a crowd in the Old Lady, last night, and it was normal times.

It would have been one hell of a celebration by Evertonians.

Hopefully plenty more good days an£ nights to come this season.

Let's see who's available for Sunday v Fulham.

Dave Abrahams
463 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:28:57
Graham (458) yes, same with me mam, say the name and then proceed to tell us the story of the deceased person’s life, not caring whether we were listening or not, then stop, and half an hour later come with the next one she knew, kept her happy!!! I think that’s why I stopped buying the Echo, in case I started doing that,I’m a bit of a rambler myself, and I don’t mean walking!!
Dale Self
465 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:31:11
Bob Parrington 267 ( way the hell back there )
not sure about the safety but it hasn't set off any alarms when I've watched some PL replays.

It should be made into a movie. No screenplay, no commentary just a title and action.

Joe McMahon
467 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:40:11
I didn't get the score til this morning as had to leave forum at 4 - 4 due to an early start (in the frost) this morning. But wow, what an attacking performace (don't need to mention the defence). Lets hope DCL not out for too long as we have some momentum again. Richie 2 strike slast night were fab and we are gonna need more of this with DCL out.

on another note, the game last night went to nearly 11pm on a midweek night, Sky and BT just ruining the game season after season. 8.15pm kivk off is ridiculous for a cup tie with potential of extra time. And our name game is 7pm on a Sunday night, can we please have a 3pm Saturday kick off. And don't get me started on Cup Final at 5.15pm.

John Keating
470 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:47:58
Everton home to Man City
Paul Smith
471 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:48:24
Oh shit!
Brian Williams
472 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:49:34
Put the suits back lads. 🤣

Sooner play em now like rather than the final.

Dale Self
473 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:49:47
Might as well do them in the quarterfinal.
Michael Barrett
474 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:49:49
Are well that's us out
Bobby Mallon
475 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:49:55
Come on Everton ffs it couldn’t get any worse
Simon Dalzell
476 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:50:35
We just knew it. At least at home.
Don Wright
477 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:51:19
To win the cup you have to win every game no fear coyb
Dale Self
481 Posted 11/02/2021 at 19:53:10
Did you think they would let us play Barnsley? Of course we get the tough assignment and when we kick their ass it will be because they had an off night or something.
Mike Gaynes
486 Posted 11/02/2021 at 20:07:23
Pete #480... I love your optimism, my friend. I do not share it. Very disappointed by this draw.
Danny O’Neill
487 Posted 11/02/2021 at 20:10:16
I fancy us against anyone on our day.

As said above, in this competition you have to win every game.

In 95, we had to overcome a then very powerful Newcastle and went into the semi final against Spurs as underdogs.

In 2009 we had to get past Liverpool and Manchester United to get to the final.

Everton are suited to doing it the hard way!

Thomas Richards
503 Posted 11/02/2021 at 20:50:44
Bill 502

Thanks mate

Dale Self
515 Posted 11/02/2021 at 21:09:05
Bob 267, sorry but I just noticed they have not loaded the full game yet only highlights and pregame. It should be viewable later according to the site.
Andy Finigan
531 Posted 11/02/2021 at 21:41:48
Got to say I was a nervous wreck watching us. It must be an Everton thing as I have never sworn so much. "Fuck this shit"... "Fuck him" etc. But I was over the moon to get through.

I need to say there were players playing superb for us like Davies and Godfrey but I was very disappointed with our goalie.

Andy Finigan
533 Posted 11/02/2021 at 21:50:15
Sorry mods pressed submit before I had finished. Yes Olsen frustrated me, his punching is atrocious and he gets no power or distance.
But for a six foot 5 inches tall player his commanding of the six yard box was also poor.

Although he made saves he was expected he is inferier to Pickford in his kicking and handling of the ball.

Never though I would say it but bring back Pickford.

Jamie Crowley
544 Posted 11/02/2021 at 22:33:54
I just watched the extended highlights, again.

A few things I just can't get over.

The pass from Gilfy to Bernard for the winner was just sublime.

The effort Bernard put in was superb. This is a guy who we just tried to offload. He's not pouted, you've not heard a single negative word or thing about him, he's just put his head down and gotten to it. When he scored, he slid on his knees in the corner, turned around to hug teammates, and yelled, "FUCK YA!" Can you ask for anything more from his attitude? Brilliant.

Seamus Coleman was fantastic. I just can't understand how anyone can say a negative word about the man. Over the hill? Age wins in the end and we all grow old. But that looked like a 25 year old Seamus out there last night. He ran his socks off. When he came on for DCL, I can't believe any Blue wasn't like, "what attacking threat will he offer? Sub him for Calvert-Lewin? That's us fucked, we won't score." That's what I thought in an honest moment, and shame on me! Seamus was our attack down the right from the minute he came on the field. He changed the game for the better, offensively. What a fantastic game he had. He is, for me, an absolute legend. Every single player from here till death takes me, that dons an Everton jersey, should be compared to Seamus when it comes to effort. Match Seamus' effort, and you'll do just fine wearing the Royal Blue.

I'm still buzzing, and will probably watch the highlights 4-5 more times. Why not?

What a game. I honestly feel fortunate to have seen what I saw last night. It really was one of the best adverts for football I've ever seen. A real blessing to have watched that.

Tom Bowers
545 Posted 11/02/2021 at 22:49:35
Gylfi laid on two wonderful passes for two goals but the finishing from Everton was tremendous even Gylfi's pen.
Barry Williams
548 Posted 11/02/2021 at 23:34:34
John McFarlane Snr - 547

Harry Scott fought 5 world champions in all, and without checking the records, I think he beat Rubin Carter too!

Mick Davies
549 Posted 11/02/2021 at 01:44:01
City are involved in 4 major competitions, so will be suffering fatigue and injuries and rotating players. I think we can do them if all or most of our first 11 are fit.
Tony Abrahams
551 Posted 12/02/2021 at 09:28:01
Great ball that from Sigurdson, Jamie, but I thought Bernard's adjustment was tremendous the way he arked his body to stop the ball from hitting him, and then hit the ball early, hard and low. I'd just been criticising Bernard, to have more belief, because this is what he's got in his locker, so hopefully he's going to be very useful between now and the end of this season.

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