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Thomas Richards
1 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:34:39
Sickener... Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Allan don't make it.
Bobby Mallon
2 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:36:07
Look if Allan and Calvert-Lewin are on the bench, then they should be fit enough to start!
Tony Hill
3 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:37:04
Thomas, not sure, mate. Our bench looks stronger than theirs. The later part of the game may be important.
David Mosses
4 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:40:19
If Calvert-Lewin is fit and Allan are fit, why aren’t they playing? Don’t we want to beat the Shite???
Alex Gray
5 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:43:27
What an utter dross line-up. Why tell us Calvert-Lewin and Allan are fit and bench them both? Why can't we start with an actual striker? Why let Tosun go for King and not start him?

Our biggest chance to win in years and no striker is unforgivable. A half-fit Calvert-Lewin who can be subbed when tired is better than nothing.

Graham Mockford
6 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:43:34
Cue the amateur sports scientists...
Thomas Richards
7 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:45:44
If they were fit to start they would be starting.
Darren Hind
8 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:46:09
Hammies, David.

They probably are fit... but it's choosing the right moment. How many times have you heard about a player who has recovered from one, only to break down early in his first match back and is then out for months??

We go with what we got.

COYB

Ciarán McGlone
9 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:47:11
Give me a decent game.. none of this 3 deep lying midfielders holding hands with our centre backs and a default position of defend deep.

That mentality needs binned.

This is a derby. Treat it as one.

Thomas Richards
10 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:48:29
We will defend deep, Ciaran. Michael Keane starting dictates that.
Phil Smith
11 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:49:19
Better line up (no Siggy) but Richarlison can’t play the lone striker. He needs people up around him as he can’t really hold the ball up and we don’t seem to have anyone playing killer balls over the top for him to run on to. James should be that person but he looks off it lately. If I was Josh King there’s no well in hell I would stay at Everton beyond this season. 9 out of 10 for the 1st half of the season but I only give Mr. Ancelotti a 4 thus far for the seacond half.
Michael Lynch
12 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:51:12
Well I can see what plan A is - keep it tight and let them have 93% possession - but I'm not sure what we do when they score?

Pragmatic line-up I suppose. Ancelloti just about admitted that he didn't believe we could have beaten City, and I think he's in the same mind-set for this. See if we can nick a point and pray we don't get a hammering.

Depressing, but that's where we are at the moment.

Clive Rogers
13 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:51:34
Got to be worried with Holgate at CH.
Alan J Thompson
14 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:51:50
Sorry, who is on the bench?
Graham Hammond
15 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:57:57
I think dropping Iwobi is a mistake, I thought we did relatively well against City in the time that Alex was on the field and we were weaker when he was withdrawn. I totally understand why Gylfi has been dropped, he was dead on his feet even before the second City goal went in. I think Liverpool are there for the taking but not with this defensive formation sadly, I hope I am wrong. I feel we need Iwobi to track Robertson. This club has a massive problem with belief, if you do not believe in any sport that you can actually win then you very very rarely ever do. I just hope they have an off day, we ride our luck and decisions go our way, hate these games.
Kevin Molloy
16 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:58:31
the player the Liverpool fans are most worried about in our team (before the team was announced) was Richi. And I was impressed with his performance and game management midweek, I think he will do a job for us. Great to have a really strong bench if things need pepping up, it should be a fascinating game, am please James plays, cos we will need to score three to get anywhere today.
Nigel Peters
17 Posted 20/02/2021 at 16:58:53
Got a very bad feeling about this team news. There’s very little fight in the side
John Harrop
18 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:01:46
Match is on Sky, not BT.
Tony Twist
19 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:03:04
Got that sinking feeling again. I think it indicates Ancelotti wanting someone else other than Josh King in the summer. Play your strongest team Mr Tinkerman.
Simon Dalzell
20 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:04:37
who am I to question Carlo. Negative again though. Go for it. Start with DCL and Allan.
Danny Baily
21 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:06:18
Disappointing lineup. Still, would have said the same ahead of the Leeds match and that worked out.
Alan J Thompson
22 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:06:23
I think we should have started another striker in King or Iwobi and played them centrally with Richarlison playing off them. As per the most recent games, we look limited in attack, or should that be the only forward is Richarlison.
Richard Nelson
23 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:07:47
..looking on the positive side. There's no Iwobi in the starting XI...!
Craig Walker
24 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:10:29
Playing Sig, Gomes and James fills me with dread in this type of game. Hope I’m wrong. Be glad when this is over.
Jason Wilkinson
25 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:12:34
I suppose we have to have a different approach. The set up looks heavy on the defensive side. Maybe James Rodriguez will play off Richarlison. Could just be Ancelotti is not convinced Allan, DCL & King are fit enough for 90 minutes.
Will Mabon
26 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:13:50
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Holgate, Keane, Godfrey, Rodriguez, Doucoure, Davies, Andre Gomes, Digne, Richarlison.

Subs: Allan, Calvert-Lewin, Sigurdsson, King, Iwobi, Nkounkou, Bernard, Olsen, Onyango.

Dave Ganley
27 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:14:03
Is it 4-5-1 or 3-5-2? If its the latter then thats not a bad side with James just behind Richie

Here's hoping

Will Mabon
28 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:17:44
It's probably as middle-ground/neutral as could be selected - an attacking chance but with two more solid in the middle, in Davies and Doucouré. Let's hope Gomes remembers how he played in a derby once...
Tony Hill
29 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:18:25
Graham@15, I agree with you about Iwobi. But I think that starting line-up looks interesting and I think we may be more effective than many expect over the full course of the game.

Paul Swan
30 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:18:37
The minimum I expect is whatever team he puts out to go toe to toe with these bastards. They are not unbeatable if the team is motivated and fired up. If they go out shit scared and timid playing cowardly football then I’m finished with this lot completely. I won’t watch or listen to the game but hope and pray that I tune in later so see kliperty - with his teeth like a witch doctors necklace, moaning about cold feet, the wind or the grass. COYB
Jay Harris
31 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:19:39
Very confusing team selection again. Can only guess he wants to keep it tight then bring DCL on
or maybe he just wants to make Klopp overconfident.
Let’s hope we take this opportunity to beat the bastards.

COYB

Clive Rogers
32 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:21:49
Dave, 27, it’s bound to be 4-4-1-1
Andy Walker
33 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:21:50
DCL not fully fit then, probably not trained for 2 weeks. Allan situation is a bit weird, he’s been on the bench for the last 3 games now. If he was fit enough to be on the bench 3 games ago he should be fit enough to start today, surely. Or was he never really fit enough to justify being on the bench 3 games ago? Let’s face it if we can put 2 keepers on the bench we can put unfit players on the bench too.

Afraid I think we’re really gonna struggle tonight. Could be embarrassing. Hopefully, obviously, I’m totally wrong.

Tony Everan
34 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:26:52
Allan and DCL not ready is a blow. Maybe if is a tight game they will come on in the second half and make a difference. We could win this match from the subs bench today.

In theory.

Will Mabon
35 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:28:12
True re. Allan - not gonna be at high match fitness anyway.
Jack Convery
36 Posted 20/02/2021 at 17:31:35
Doucoure to score 1st for me.
John Graham
37 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:02:30
Come home Richy all is forgiven.
Yessssss
Simon Dalzell
38 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:15:44
Gomes has to go off. I wouldn't even wait until half time. He is a liability and has been booked. Like an old man.
Ciarán McGlone
39 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:20:54
Doucoure has been atrocious yet Gomes will get hooked because the referee has been atrocious.

Too defensive.

Ciarán McGlone
40 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:21:18
Oh and Davies has been the pick...
Ernie Baywood
41 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:23:25
Gomes doing ok I reckon, but If definitely bring him off. He's a red card waiting to happen.

Doucoure really is poor on the ball. I don't think we'll be changing that. He gives plenty outside of that though and has stood up in that half.

We look good when we push forward. It's just a case of picking those moments now. These are absolutely there for the taking.

COYB!

Ciarán McGlone
42 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:26:20
Agreed Ernie... Coleman and Doucoure off and Dcl and Bernard on for me..

That wont happen though.

Alex Gray
43 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:28:15
Bit nervy about gomes at the minute! But so far happy to say I was pretty wrong in my previous post!
Graham Hammond
44 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:28:51
I will be truly amazed if we win this with this bent referee, Kavanagh is an absolute disgrace, predictable though. Tom Davies, superb, carry on sticking two fingers up to all the 'championship at best' brigade on this very website. Please please please Carlo, take off Gomes, he is a passenger and this is a Merseyside Derby, he will be made to walk if you don't anyway! Great touch and finish by Richy, the kind of goal I would like to see more of from DCL. Better from Mason Holgate, looking more engaged at long last again.
Alan J Thompson
45 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:29:28
So far so good, but would somebody explain the offside rule to our defence. They keep running back with the sole attacker instead of letting them go into an offside position.

The Ref seems to be giving them anything they go down for while overlooking similar offences by them. It is good to see late in the half that we are getting more players forward especially Gomes who I think looks good when he joins the attack.

So far, just Doucoure needing to up his game while a couple of good saves by Pickford who looks authoritative in the box.

What a pity about that Coleman header and more power to him for getting there.

Clive Rogers
46 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:29:38
Got to be Gomes off, giving fouls away and on a yellow. Holgate has played well.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

47 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:31:51
Who else like me was waiting to see how the first 5 minutes played out to get an idea which Everton was going to turn up?

Couldn't have gone better.

We've been the better team by far, even with Doucoure and Gomes both being clumsy and careless in almost everything they have done.

What a great game Tom Davies is having. And Mason Holgate. Both being the narks we need in this game. Jordan looking very solid.

If only Seamus had headed his chance down.

Be interesting how this plays out playing into the wind.

Gomes WILL give the ref another opportunity to give him a 2nd yellow. He has to be withdrawn sooner rather than later.

Just 45 more minutes Blues.

Finish the job.

Tony Hill
48 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:35:16
That save by Pickford from Henderson was stupendous. This fella looks born again and it looks to me as though someone's put his head straight.

Davies: magnificent.

We're going to win this.

Kevin Dyer
49 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:46:43
If Allan can play he has to come on for Gomes.
Kevin Dyer
50 Posted 20/02/2021 at 18:48:58
Sigurdsson in midfield? Oh no.
Kieran Kinsella
51 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:27:44
Magnificent every player was Motm
Kevin Dyer
52 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:28:03
Immense.
Jamie Crowley
53 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:28:32
YYYEESSSS!!!!!

YOU ARE THE GREATEST FANS IN THE WORLD! YOU'VE EARNED THIS!!

ENJOY THE MOMENT BOYS AND GIRLS! I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

Thomas Richards
54 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:28:45
CARLO ANCELOTTI.

WHOS THE DADDY

Tony Twist
55 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:29:42
That's for the fans. Well done all at the club. Good job.
Andrew Clare
56 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:30:08
Fantastic! Well done Blues.
Ciarán McGlone
57 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:30:41
This ignites our season.. I'm delighted and I'm getting pissed.

Enjoy boys and girls.

Ernie Baywood
58 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:31:06
Finally.

First time in my life I've enjoyed Beglin's commentary.

I thought our defence was brilliant. I desperately want to see that Godfrey challenge again.

I can live with the defensive approach at 1-0 up. And save for the first 10 minutes of the second half I thought we always looked more dangerous. It was defence with intent.

A bit of credit to Jordan Pickford too. Made some great saves and didn't put a foot wrong.

Ciarán McGlone
59 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:31:07
This ignites our season.. I'm delighted and I'm getting pissed.

Enjoy boys and girls.

Justin Doone
60 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:31:07
40 points, phew..
Neil Lawson
61 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:32:39
A proper performance. Superb. Plaudits please for Pickford and for Davies.
Mike Hughes
62 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:33:01
YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!!!!!!!!

Get in you Blue Boys.
22 years.
Stitch that you whining, self-pitying, diving, cheating, deluded tw@ts.

Well done you Mighty Blues.
Well done Carlo.
Onwards and upwards.

Looking forward to the RS meltdown on the phone-ins, the Klopp face like a slapped arse and MOTD.

COYB

(Now for a drink or three ...... 😁😁😁)

Barry Rathbone
63 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:33:02
Fuck me blue with a billiard cue - I just checked in to see how many we lost by and thought this was a wind up. I had to check it on the live forum

Don't know what happened and don't really care just WELL IN CARLO AND THE BOYS absolutely brilliant.

Kase Chow
64 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:33:36
Boom!!!

Oh ye of little faith (me!)

Well done Blues. Som massive performances out there: especially

Pickford
Keane
Godfrey
Davies
Richarlison
Holgate
Doucouré

Awesome, awesome, awesome

Finally finally! Well done Blues!

Jerome Shields
65 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:34:01
Grea tactics by Ancelotti. Keane and Godfrey immense. Davies a star. Pickford faultless and a great effort by the rest of the team.
Alan J Thompson
66 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:34:08
Before I get into who was below par and how I disagreed with the substitutions on a night when half a bottle of white and two bottles of red (spit) were barely enough, I'd just like to shout - WHO GIVES A SHIT!
John Graham
67 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:34:30
Great win.
Up and down season for the Blues where we can beat and get beat by anyone.
Need for more consistency and confidence from the players and hopefully this will have given the that confidence.
20 years of hurt now over.
This calls for a few drinks to celebrate.
In Carlo we trust.
COYB
Brian Williams
68 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:37:22
Somebody posted last night saying "tomorrow the wait is over," Oh wait that was meeeeee!!!!
Get fucking in!
And to seal it with a possible dodgey penalty makes it so much sweeter!
Bring on the hangover tomorrow.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

69 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:37:51
Joy. Sheer undiluted joy.
David Hallwood
70 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:39:41
Elated love the result but I still hate derbies
Raymond Fox
71 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:39:42
Very happy to be proved wrong again, didnt see us winning this game.
What do they say 'yee of little faith'.
David Hallwood
72 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:39:43
Elated love the result but I still hate derbies
Paul Birmingham
73 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:39:45
No complaints from me and the squad kept their nerves and in my view controlled play. Keane, Richarlison, Tom Davies, Seamus, Hamez for his vision, immense, but collectively they played like Trojans and deserved the win, and at the end there was only one team in it.

It should dampen the verbal diahhrohea from a few in work this work.

Same again now and keep this mentality. Have a great night, TWrs!🙏👍👌🏼🍀⚽️👍🏼🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

Paul Birmingham
74 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:39:52
No complaints from me and the squad kept their nerves and in my view controlled play. Keane, Richarlison, Tom Davies, Seamus, Hamez for his vision, immense, but collectively they played like Trojans and deserved the win, and at the end there was only one team in it.

It should dampen the verbal diahhrohea from a few in work this work.

Same again now and keep this mentality. Have a great night, TWrs!🙏👍👌🏼🍀⚽️👍🏼🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

Will Mabon
75 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:41:21
Justin - subtle :)
Benn Chambers
76 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:41:35
FUCKING GET IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t care if it’s took a global pandemic and no centre backs. I’ll take it!

The Nokia Brick was the phone to have when we last won there. 37 I am and I was still in secondary school the last time we won there. 15 I was. A mortgage and kids now. That’s how long it’s took.

I wasn’t pretty and the wind made it an awful game but we coulda scored more and I’ll take it. I’m buzzing!!!!!! The beer tastes all the sweeter now.

Thank you, Carlo. Thank you Everton.

Fucking get in!!!!!!

Benn Chambers
77 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:42:02
FUCKING GET IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I don’t care if it’s took a global pandemic and no centre backs. I’ll take it!

The Nokia Brick was the phone to have when we last won there. 37 I am and I was still in secondary school the last time we won there. 15 I was. A mortgage and kids now. That’s how long it’s took.

I wasn’t pretty and the wind made it an awful game but we coulda scored more and I’ll take it. I’m buzzing!!!!!! The beer tastes all the sweeter now.

Thank you, Carlo. Thank you Everton.

Fucking get in!!!!!!

Ajay Gopal
78 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:44:01
Woooohoooo

Waited so long for this moment. This could be a significant psychological turning point for the club. Richarlison, Coleman, Godfrey, Holgate, Pickford, Keane, Digne, Davies were superb. Doucoure, James, Gomes were not so good. I thought the referee had a good game, although it should have been a red card for Alexander-Arnold. Siggy was so cool taking the penalty. Fantastic day for all Evertonians, enjoy fellow TWers.

Michael Williams
79 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:44:39
Everyone gave 100% the whole game. The defense was tremendous and so was Pickford.
Will Mabon
80 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:45:49
Think the live forum's crashed under the strain.
Tony Hill
81 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:47:24
I've opened the champagne. I'm almost in tears. Well, I am in tears.

Keane, Godfrey and Holgate superb. Davies marvellous. But Pickford was sensational - the mental strength to perform as he did and ram it all back down their throats.

Fab goal from Richi and James's reaction gives the lie to him being unhappy.

Enjoy everyone, enjoy it. Fucking hallelujah.

John Pickles
82 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:49:51
John Bishop. Ricky Tomlinson, Daniel Craig, Ugly Spice, your boys took a hell of a beating!
Kevin Molloy
83 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:50:41
Carlo cool as fuck there at the end.
Kevin Molloy
84 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:50:41
Carlo cool as fuck there at the end.
Kevin Molloy
85 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:50:46
Carlo cool as fuck there at the end.
Kevin Molloy
86 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:51:21
Carlo cool as fuck there at the end.
Rob Sachro
87 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:52:42
John Pickles @ 82. That made me spit my beer out! ha ha. But I don't care because we finally won at Anfield.
Mike Gaynes
88 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:53:24
I have been calling this all week, only I predicted 1-2 rather than 0-2. I just felt sure that this was gonna be the day.

I am thinking of you Merseysiders with deep emotion. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy. I know you will have a great time taking ten years of piss out of the local Reds.

Michael Williams
89 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:53:48
Comments on the forum and here about if you make the bench you can start. Not necessarily true. Having played, in a league of no consequence, and coming off injury I can assure you training is not the same as being match fit. Sometimes a player needs gradual game minutes to be fit to start and play at least 60 minutes. You can't start a player who can't go at least 60 minutes, usually.
Jack Convery
90 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:58:04
Guess who had a power cut and missed all the fun !!! Well done Blues just found out WE WON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WE WON !!!!!!
Gio Mero
91 Posted 20/02/2021 at 19:59:00
Admiral Michael Keane
Chris Leyland
92 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:00:00
Apparently their centre half was out tonight. Hadn’t realised he was injured to be honest.

And a dodgy pen too. I love the salty tears of the gobshites.

As for the set up, team selection and tactics:
All spot on. Controlled substitutions at the right times.

Neither of my kids were born last time we won at that shothoel. My daughter is 21 in a couple of months and my sim in 16 in a few weeks. I’ve waited a long time for this and God,
am I going to enjoy it

Ian Hodgson
93 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:01:29
😁✌🏼😁
Thomas Richards
94 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:02:04
Colin Glassar,

In respect of your request that we treat a win with dignity and respect.
I considered your request very seriously but on reflection.. . .

Fuck the duurty c**ts. I'm getting rotten but not before I call everyone of them in my contacts to tell them they are still vermin

Tony Hill
95 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:02:54
Mike @88 and Jamie @53, it's about all of us - every single Everton fan the world over. You've got longer today to celebrate it.
Mike Doyle
96 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:03:29
A day to savour. Defence excellent with Keane being the standout - as were Seamus & Davies. Sensible to take Gomes off as he was a red card waiting to happen. Also sensible to bring DCL on and give the RS defence something to think about. Carlo looking cool at the end while Duncan hugged & kissed the players.
Tony Hill
97 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:03:57
Mike @88 and Jamie @53, it's about all of us - every single Everton fan the world over. You've got longer today to celebrate it.
Graham Mockford
98 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:07:18
I said it on the Live Forum but the last time we beat them at Anfield was the day my daughter was born. Today she moved out to her city centre apartment.
If that’s not fucking symmetry I don’t know what is.
Kevin Prytherch
99 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:08:23
Davies and Keane MOM.

I was just starting uni last time we won there.

Lots of beer tonight.

Enough said.

Darren Hind
100 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:12:07
Pickford - "Redemption ?"
Seamus -"Never stopped believing"
Keane - "Yeah, like you fuckers are scoring tonight"
Holgate - I kill you and your fucking granny too
Godfrey - "and I'll kill your fucking Granny's Granny"
Digne - "You talking to mee ?...You fucking talking to meeee ?
Tom - "Told you I could play"
Doucoure - "I may have passed like a cheshire all night, but no fucker was going past me"
James - "Let the soldiers run about. I only need one touch"
Gomes. " Hurt a few passed a few, I'm too sexy for my shirt"
Siggy. - "A run up to take a pen ? I'm a good player..didnt you know ?"
Iwobi - " What we had I was making sure we would held".
Richarlison - "So this is immortality looks like ?"
DCL - " LFC ? Looks like I've got myself a bitch for a few years yet "
Duncan Ferguson - "Who wants to kiss me ?"
Carlo Ancelotti - "Calm down boys. Wait until the REALLY important games come along".
Evertonians celebrating in the gardens right down our street - "THIS IS HOW WE DO IT"

L'chaim

Rob Halligan
101 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:12:11
Anyone notice the time of the first goal. 3 minutes, the exact same time super Kev scored the winner last time we won there! Game was over after 3 minutes!

I am physically drained, my nerves are shot to bits, my fingernails are down to the knuckle, the dogs shit himself cos of all the shouting, the missus feels sorry for whoever sits next to me at the match, but do you know what .

WE BEAT THAT SHOWER OF BASTARDS!
COYB
FTRS!

Rob Halligan
102 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:12:18
Anyone notice the time of the first goal. 3 minutes, the exact same time super Kev scored the winner last time we won there! Game was over after 3 minutes!

I am physically drained, my nerves are shot to bits, my fingernails are down to the knuckle, the dogs shit himself cos of all the shouting, the missus feels sorry for whoever sits next to me at the match, but do you know what .

WE BEAT THAT SHOWER OF BASTARDS!
COYB
FTRS!

Jay Woods
103 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:12:27
First derby win in my 2 kids' lifetimes.

First away win since I was in my 20s.

I haven't even seen the highlights yet, having missed the game (on purpose to minimise stress).

danny james
104 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:13:01
I love everything right now
Jeff Armstrong
105 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:14:44
Tonight Sky’s coverage was excruciatingly embarrassing, Tyler’s commentary and Cates in the studio was so biased, impartial? Fucking joke! Tyler was actually shocked when Carragher said the best team won, so glad those stats can now be put to bed, we fucking won and won well, great performances by every player, ( I’ll give Gomes a pass on this one ).
Fucking made up tonight.
Fuck off you red gobshites
Peter Day
106 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:16:44
Just watched Seamus interview with sky, fair play, what a pro, also fair play to Souness, comments were complementary to us
Julian Exshaw
107 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:18:47
No words I write could explain the joy I feel tonight at being an Evertonian. As Graham @98 said, a lot in our lives has changed since the last time we won there, some good and regrettably some sad. These moments more than make up for the tough times. A great performance by them all and a truly special day.
Robert Williams
108 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:03
GM 98 Do you mean synergy? Cos that what we had today.
Dave Abrahams
109 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:07
Just so happy with that win and it is great to see the joy and happiness on here that is has brought, sat watching it on my own then my great grandson called me on FaceTime when we scored the penalty, celebrating, my bottle went, ger off and phone again when the match is over I told him, there’s still ten minutes left. You never know with these jammy bastards. Thankfully we won and he got back on Face time with his mates all dancing round the house, brilliant, I imagine the same scene is happening all over the place, that win will keep me going for some time. Some competition for MOTM, I wouldn’t begrudge a few getting it but would settle for Pickford or Keane as my choice, not really bothered it’s just great to be a Bluenose tonight.
Robert Williams
110 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:15
GM 98 Do you mean synergy? Cos that what we had today.
Robert Williams
111 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:17
GM 98 Do you mean synergy? Cos that what we had today.
Robert Williams
112 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:18
GM 98 Do you mean synergy? Cos that what we had today.
Carl Manning
113 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:20:44
Despite the Amazing win people still having sly digs at some ..Ajay...... James wasn’t so good ....he set up the first goal.....clown ! he threw himself into a couple of tackles. He drew 3 Liverpool players to him everytime he had the ball.

Enjoy the win. They’re all 10/10 for me. That performance without the ball was magnificent. You don’t have to have the ball to play well. They were all outstanding to a man. If one man doesn’t do his defensive work the system doesn’t work!

Dave Ganley
114 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:22:56
I'm so happy right now, and relieved in that order. The curse is finally lifted and well deserved too. I'm enjoying my beer tonight
Colin Glassar
115 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:24:24
The first 20 odd posts are the reason why I rarely comment on line-ups and tactics. Let the game begin before you start with the repetitive, mindless, negative shite.

As for moi, I said I’d take it calmly, so repeat after me

We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We mus

Colin Glassar
116 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:24:30
The first 20 odd posts are the reason why I rarely comment on line-ups and tactics. Let the game begin before you start with the repetitive, mindless, negative shite.

As for moi, I said I’d take it calmly, so repeat after me

We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We must not gloat. We mus

Hugh Jenkins
117 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:25:07
It's been a while since I was able to say:-

"Roses are Red
Violets are Blue
Liverpool Nil
Everton Two"

Chris Williams
118 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:25:55
Better team won, a good display, well set up and well executed. Every man played his part. Amazing contrast with the last couple of games, and it also flags up just how superior City are to that load of niggling divers.

Absolutely well deserved, and great to see Pickford make such a great contribution.

I hope never again to hear any reference to that injury to The Blessed Virgil, and it’s cost to that spent force of a squad..

Matt Stapleton
119 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:26:23
Well then boys, my first post (I tried last week but didnt make the cut apparently).

Feel like I know you all already having listened to some of the garbage/wisdom from your mouths for the last 5 years or so.

I'm from Old Swan but have found myself in Mexico for 11 years, just want to let you all know that Mexico City is being painted a little bit blue tonight (If there's anyone else around please do let me know.)

It's only 2:25pm here so I have far more time to celebrate this than all of you, and oh yes I will enjoy it.

Coyb... Yessssssssss!!!

Jim Burns
120 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:26:26
Thanks Mike @88 but Tony has it right at 95!

Having said that, and having trudged back across Stanley Park 20 times over the years with the taunts ringing in my ears and trying to explain to my kids it's all going to be okay... tonight felt so good. Such a shame we weren't there shoving it in their grinning faces literally and drinking the Winslow dry.

For all Blues everywhere – here we go!

Ian Edwards
121 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:26:29
Every player in a blue shirt was a hero tonight. The win was thoroughly deserved. The tactics and substitutions were spot on. I was in my thirties the last time we we won there. My twin Sons: both blues were 3. The Edwards household is bouncing.
Will Mabon
122 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:26:42
Seamus after the game:

"It’s an amazing feeling, after coming here all those years and letting ourselves and more importantly letting the blue side of the city down. It’s been hard. We can try and brush it off but when you have lived in the city for 10 years it has been difficult to take.

"I am fed up with coming out with the same clichés after losing. I’d thank the manager for the way he set us up and the players put in an unbelievable shift. That was against the champions, so we are delighted.

"I had to follow Andrew Robertson. The last time I had a job like that was against Ashley Cole at Stamford Bridge. He’s a great player and I tried to stay with him.

"As a team it was just to compete and try and play. Dom [Calvert-Lewin] came on and made a difference. We need to start moving the club forward that goes back to the likes of Fulham at home."


And:

"It means a lot to us all, we are starting to get a bunch of players in the dressing room who are not tied down with that baggage. A great win for us, the fans and the Everton fans within the club. Delighted.

"When you have a world class manager in the dugout, you fully believe in these games, he spoke about how he did for Napoli.

"Once you are part of this club, you know the history about winning here and the last time we won a cup. We need to tidy up a little bit when they come to Goodison Park, we are still working.

"The mindset has to change and it is, not to just be beating Liverpool but being successful in our own right. I keep saying it, on a day to day basis we have to be professional and believe in the process, We cannot turn it on and off like in the last few weeks."


Telling words - and valid. This is the spirit we need.

Kevin Molloy
123 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:27:03
I'm so pleased too that Jim Beglin was with us to give his shitbag take on the highlights. James diving, the incorrect penalty, Everton not wanting the ball...

That one was for you too, Jim.

Rob Halligan
124 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:28:09
Lucas Digne took one hell of a kick right into the town halls from Trent Arnold. What did he do, just got up and played on. Every single player deserves an 11 / 10!
Barry Thompson
125 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:29:55
Well in blueboys you made us proud tonight. And don't forget to fumigate your clothes once you've left that shithole.

You've never shone so brightly.

Brent Stephens
126 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:30:48
One happy dog when that first goal went in...
Link
Jason Li
127 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:32:24
I suspected the jogging around versus Fulham was Carlo's game plan to save legs for Anfield. And now we have set in motion the belief to go there and win more often. That's worth losing 3 points over in a one-off versus Fulham – exchanged the Fulham record sequence for Mordor record – thumbs up from me. A world class manager who instills belief in his team and methods. Only Man City are the final hurdle, say in 2 transfer windows' time.

Now I'm going to party like it's Christmas Eve, as the last one gone was just crap as I couldn't travel up North to see my family and friends and have a few beers and a laugh. Got through the remains of my St Patrick's Day supply of Guiness (used to love night out with the boys on a school night at O'Neills on the Guinness and Caffreys). Now onto other things in the fridge and enjoy the meltdown and biggest outpouring this side of the Millenium Bug.

Tony Hill
128 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:32:41
The key point, Will @122.
Kev Dooley
130 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:36:36
Ohhhh YESSSSSSSSsssssssss
Thank you Everton.
Just thank you...

Graham Mockford
132 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:37:52
Jordan Pickford was outstanding tonight. I have to admit I was starting to lose confidence but, in a game where the spotlight was on him, he was faultless. Says something about the lad.
Alex Gray
133 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:39:40
I'm glad that my utterly awful post about the line-up has made me look a right idiot. Thrilled.

All of them heroes tonight but special mention to Tom Davies and Michael Keane who were absolute class today. Most of all though to Pickford who was world class. No stupid errors and numerous fantastic saved.

Let's go on a run now and, as Seamus has said, let's change the mentality and get into Europe!!!


Get in lads!!!!!

Rob Halligan
134 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:39:57
Oh, and don’t forget, new stadium to be confirmed on Tuesday!

What a miserable few days to be a red shite!

Phil Rodgers
136 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:40:04
No words. 21 years. Absolutely beaming
Thomas Richards
137 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:41:43
Graham,

Outstanding is the word.
Looked a lot calmer too.

Paul A Smith
138 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:42:13
Firstly I am made up for every blue that posts on here. All of you deserve that win and I hope you all smile the night away.

Holgate really stepped his performance up compared to recent games and Keane was solid. Yesterday I mentioned the importance of Coleman in these fixtures and he was great for us today.

Got to give a pat on the back to Pickford too. He was a proper keeper today.

Tony Shelby
139 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:43:33

Haven’t had a drink for 6 weeks. Was seriously considering going tee-total.

FUCK IT!

Gonna get twatted. I might even pour neat vodka into me fucking eyes tonight!

Brent Stephens
140 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:44:10
Interesting to hear Carlo say that Coleman role was to negate Robertson's threat down the wing. And it worked. I think this Carlo lad could go places.
Bill Watson
141 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:44:12
Just spent 96 mins watching that bloody clock slowly ticking along.

Gomes was a red card waiting to happen and I was surprised when he came out for the second half.

That apart, a superb all-round performance with special plaudits to Pickford, Keane, Godfrey and Davies who were all immense, with the others not far behind.

Frank Wade
142 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:45:45
Michael Keane won the vote for members MotM on the official site.
Paul A Smith
143 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:46:11
Great Post, Darren Hind, and your words during the week, "They won't beat us" have stuck with me since reading them.

Have a good night, bluenose.

Thomas Richards
144 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:46:37
Paul A

Best game I have seen Keane play for us. He was absolutely immense.

Simon Harris
145 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:47:01
Seamus spoke for every Evertonian. Not a world class footballer, but he gets us and always works his socks off as did the rest of the team tonight. Belief and spirit and starting to soak in and with Carlo at the helm and a few more windows of quality additions, who knows...
Joe McMahon
146 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:47:17
Chris @118 is Van Dijk injured? I must have missed that one.

Magnificent performances all round, let's hope we now go on a run. We have over a week now to get players ready.

Graham Haines
147 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:47:39
What a fantastic performance from everyone involved. My lad wasn't born last time we won there; he's 20 now. We are absolutely buzzing, what a great Saturday night feeling. Enjoy it, Blues, it has been a long time coming.
Ian Bennett
148 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:47:49
Calmness, game management and experience.

Good night.

Jay Harris
149 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:48:09
Are you sure, Rob?

Some people won't believe it until a spade goes into the ground.

In the meantime, we can celebrate making Klopp look very Klippetty.

Bill Watson
150 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:48:40
https://www.facebook.com/100009892594018/videos/1462239240782482/
Peter Warren
151 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:48:56
Best finish to a match report ever:

“Let the weeping and gnashing of teeth from those despicable redshite twats begin!”

Haha

Colin Glassar
152 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:50:02
I think the TW overseers deserve a pat on the back and a new server!
Jason Li
153 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:50:55
Welll after the media pundits debates this week on whether the RS can come back and win the league this season... mate, they are not even the best team in Liverpool! :)
Ian Edwards
154 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:52:18
My sons were both 3 last time we won there. The happiness on their faces is indescribable. I've always felt guilty forcing the club on them. Not tonight.
Christine Foster
155 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:52:36
I said in a previous post that tonight was a chance to be Immortal. Despite the naysayers, Richarlison will now take that honour with a fabulous assist from James.

Sat in front of a poor stream with audio off and grinned like a Cheshire cat all through that game... millions of Evertonians worldwide are doing the same. I am proud of my team and of my manager today, proud to see Duncan almost in tears, then realised I had tears of my own... fabulous.

At long, long last. You could see how much it meant to the players, a word for Jordon Pickford. That display tonight was world-class, with great saves.

I don't care about Europe, or the Cup, I just want to finish above Liverpool. On that basis, Ancelotti can stay as long as Moyes did.

Well done, you boys in blue; well done, Carlo.

Klopp? Sack coming up...

Don Alexander
156 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:52:38
Seamus in his post-match epitomised the professionalism and belief that carried the day. I hope the entire squad watch that match next week at Finch Farm, then take a long hard look at each other, and then dare anyone NOT to play like that every week.

The last time I remember such a great performance at their place was in 1970!

Well played the lot of us!

Julian Wait
157 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:52:40
I couldn't watch the penalty – we've blown / had stolen too many games at the death... I went for a wazz instead and came back to 2-0. He should have been sent off mind.
Peter Dodds
158 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:52:52
Magnificent Toffees! I've now cracked open a very good bottle of red and I don't even care if it aggravates the ulcer the lads gave me in the first half with every ball given away or loitered on. Keane great but my MotM was Obi Wan Pickford, who displayed a Zen-like calm throughout.
Tony Everan
159 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:53:43
Absolutely delighted with that, feels like walking on air tonight, it's been too long. Klopp's snide comments and sly digs at the club make it feel even better. Our players were right up for it and their commitment and desire to fight made us deserved winners.

Oh, and behind Man City, it's all up for grabs, there's not that much between the next teams and we'll be in there fighting for it.

Stephen Brown
160 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:53:58
Well done, boys – you've made my night / week!!

Brilliant scenes in the dressing room too!! Big Dunc looked like the drunk uncle at a wedding. Come on you Blues!!

Thomas Richards
161 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:54:43
Ian @154,

No need for guilt mate.

You have bestowed on them the greatest gift a father can give.

George Carroll
162 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:55:55
Tonight gave me as much pleasure as the 66 Final. Well done, Blues, thank you for joy and happiness in troubled times. Another G&T is called for ... COYB
Rob Halligan
163 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:56:29
Michael Kenrick, and you have the audacity to have a go at me for going overboard about the RS...

Let the weeping and gnashing of teeth from those despicable redshite twats begin!

Brilliant mate!


Andrew Keatley
164 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:56:57
It wasn't pretty at times, and Pickford played magnificently when called upon - but, in the key moments, we managed to find the requisite quality to influence the game.

Majestic pass from James, perfect finish from Richarlison.

The defence were resolute, and the effort was there throughout. Holgate was back to his best, Godfrey was tenacious and disciplined, and Michael Keane showed again how vital he is for us in these types of games.

But most of all, for me anyway, I'd like to stand and applaud Tom Davies. I have doubted him more than most, and today he again showed the sort of calm and effective all-round game in a big match when we needed it. Chapeau.

Oliver Molloy
165 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:56:57
Brent @ 140,

Robertson on the left.

Adam Gilfillan
166 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:58:06
Great win, made up for every Evertonian tonight. First derby win for me, 7-year-old daughter too, long may it continue.

Godfrey is an absolute gem, Keane's stand-out season for me so far. Calvert-Lewin worked his arse off. Tom Davies has developed so much without a crowd.

Great job the boys, great job, Mr Ancelotti. Enjoy your evening, Blues the world over.

Paul Tran
167 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:58:29
Well, I rather enjoyed that.
Brent Stephens
168 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:58:30
Michael K "a penalty called... rather harsh perhaps but all the better for it!"

How true!

Paul A Smith
169 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:59:35
Thomas @144,

He was switched on all night, wasn't he, mate. Our midfield improves and we tighten our defence up again, we could be a real force in the near future.

As someone just said to me, 8 March vs Chelsea could be massive for us.

We have to start winning at home though.

Cristobal Aguirre
170 Posted 20/02/2021 at 20:59:50
Amazing result. Last time we beat Liverpool, I was in Goodison in my one and only opportunity to watch Everton live.

Congrats to all the players and staff, mainly to Pickford and Richarlison who had bad performances recently. I would also remark the defense line and the coldness of Sigurdsson in the penalty. Fantastic day to be a blue, COYB!!

Stan Schofield
171 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:00:05
Brilliant, just brilliant.
Anthony Jones
172 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:00:29
Sourness and Dogleash just shat themselves.
Brent Stephens
173 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:00:41
Oliver, yes I spotted my mistake after posting it and corrected it.
John Keating
175 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:01:11
Haven't had a bevvy since the summer but starting now... Well deserved.

Pickford, Keane, Godfrey –what a buy – and Davies were absolutely immense. Coleman and Holgate, no prisoners taken and laughing at them. Richarlison non-stop. James, what a touch and pass for the opener.

Thankfully we have a few days off to let Doucouré have a rest. The old overpaid manager... Well, tactically he fucked Shergar right off the pitch.

Now we cannot afford further cock-ups against the lower clubs.

Finally, Mane and Salah should be banned for non-stop diving and cheating. A bloody disgrace.

Tony Hill
176 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:03:18
Stephen @160, yes, I think the dressing room is on Nkounkou's twitter or Instagram or something.

No danger of the players not caring.

Bogdan Kotarlic
177 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:04:21
A great performance, a great win! We played almost a perfect game, our defence was rock-solid and in the attack we created enough to score two goals.

We gave a clear message at the start of the match that we are going to win this time. We scored a goal and, although Liverpool had some chances later, we were cruising towards the victory.

Pickford is my Man of the Match but the whole defence was excellent. Up front, Richarlison scored a goal and created an opportunity for the penalty that Sigurdsson later converted for our second goal.

That is the spirit, that is the way to play, my Everton! I am so satisfied and I sincerely hope that we can finish in the top four at the end of the season.

Once again, my congratulations to Ancelotti and to the team, I hope we will win regularly in the future against Liverpool, we have been often unlucky in the last few years in the derby matches.
Bobby Mallon
178 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:05:03
Doucourér, Tom, Pickford MOTM
Graham Mockford
179 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:05:51
I take it all back about Davies, he was a man tonight.

Still not convinced about James though 😂

Michael Lynch
180 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:05:53
Magnificent performance from one to eleven. Pickford played a blinder!

DCL and Davies celebrating at the end - love it. And that twitter vid of the dressing room is a fucking stone wall classic!

Tony Graham
181 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:06:08
Why don’t we show this passion and resolve in every match? What a day... made up!!
Roman Sidey
182 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:07:07
Gotta give all 14 players and Carlo 10/10 for that. Magic.

I may be cloudy in my recollection but my three favourite moments were probably:

1) The 2-second glance the ref gave to the VAR screen.

2) Richie's and Carlo's extended hug when he came off.

3) Certain out of form players - Pickford, Richarlison, Holgate, Coleman - doing their jobs to an absolute tee.

Brent Stephens
183 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:08:52
Roman, and what about that Godfrey sliding tackle outside the box.
Steve Shave
184 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:09:57
Absolutely thrilled by this result. I feel I am somewhat cursed watching Everton. I have missed one game all season on the live stream and today was my 2nd. I was moving my business premises today ready for launch on Monday so I had absolutely no choice but to miss it. Still it was a wonderful surprise to see the score. I cannot WAIT for MOTD tonight :) COYB!!!!!!!
Peter Mills
185 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:10:26
I’m made up for every Evertonian in the world tonight.
Thomas Richards
186 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:10:26
Was just going to post Brent.
Christine got her wish.
He was dying to smash into anyone.
Steve Cleary
187 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:11:29
Tom Davies the 2nd of the Championship at best players proving people wrong?
Colin Glassar
188 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:11:29
Just how good is that Rodriguez fella, eh? Vision, sublime skill. Who cares if he doesn’t run around like an unhinged nutter? As long as he can influence games, that’s good enough for me.

I also have to confess that I’ve criticised Tom Davies since last season. I honestly thought the lad would never make it at this level. But Carlo seems to have found a role for him and he’s starting to exude confidence. Good luck to the lad and long may it continue.

Everyone was brilliant today, so I won’t criticise any of them. Let’s just enjoy the moment.

Si Cooper
189 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:11:39
Simon Harris (145), disagree. I think Seamus has been world class for much of his career. In his pomp there are perhaps a handful of right- backs you would absolutely have had to relegate him to the bench for. Showed today he can still do a decent job against a world class attacking wing-back, even getting very close to that valuable second goal with fantastic awareness.
Ovation for the whole defence today including the goalkeeper. Tom Davies and DCL’s cameo outstanding, Richy in flashes. Everyone else gets a pat on the back / hair ruffle for effort.
Oliver Molloy
190 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:11:45
Over the moon and can't wait to Tuesday to rub it in even more.
Friends of mine who have been listening to the radio are telling that red fans were going off and saying they want Klopp sacked and Gerard in - yes please I say.
Bobby Mallon
191 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:12:32
Ian Edwards 154: I gave my son 3 chances to change allegiance. Every time he said no dad I’m an Everton fan. Don’t ever feel bad about Everton. I know tactics are a part of your mentality and you want flowing football but Everton is all that matters. My lad said he would follow them in in any division COYB well done for giving more Evertonians
Brent Stephens
192 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:15:15
That twitter feed from Nkounkou is tremendous - who said the players don't care!!
Rick Tarleton
193 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:15:35
Utterly brilliant. We won with about 5% possession, we got a dubious penalty and I thought with Liverpool having 51% share in VAR, that manslaughter by a Liverpool player only merited an indirect free kick.
I feel fantastic.
Brian Hennessy
194 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:16:16
I cant think of anyone who deserves this result tonight than Michael K and Lyndon.

We can post when we feel like it or not on here and bury our heads on bad days but the two lads are here keeping this site going with their excellent reports, through good times and bad.

Boys, this one is for you, enjoy.

Will Mabon
195 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:16:48
"but my MOTM was Obi Wan Pickford, who displayed a Zen-like calm throughout."

Peter, you're right. You remind me that I noticed once or twice in close-up that he looked calm, even calmed Holgate (I think it was) one time.

That save in the very bottom right was incredible - more like the reason we bought him. Perhaps his psyche has settled.

Tony Hill
196 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:16:50
There is Justice, after all. Pickford and Richi did for them, the whining gobshites. That's Karma.

That Thiago, though? Best in Europe/the World.

Colin Glassar
197 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:17:25
What’s his Twitter handle, Brent?
Bryan Houghton
198 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:17:32
Brent 183 and others - that tackle from Godfrey - for me the moment of the game. That is the tackle that makes a team believe. That is sort of tackle that your team mates look at each other, and think Fuck yes.. we are gonna have this. He took out Wijanldun (i think) with a tackle so clean and so hard, on the edge of our box that it took my breath away with its precision and FUCK YOU aggression. Absolutely loved it.
Graham Hammond
199 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:19:01
All the very best to all the Evertonians on this site and all around the world, this long-overdue victory (due in part to many poor and biased past refereeing decisions) is for each and every one of us, have a great evening!

John Keating #175, Salah and Mane are a disgrace and rightly should be called out, the media make me puke.

Brent Stephens
200 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:19:29
Colin...
Link
Robert Tressell
201 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:19:52
I'm having none of this harsh penalty business. Big clubs get big decisions. We should expect this.
Thomas Richards
202 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:21:56
https://twitter.com/TonyBellew/status/1363205204926160897?s=20
Brian Hennessy
203 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:23:49
Funniest thing I have seen tonight is the post from Oumar Niasse.

He has put up photo of Everton after beating the RS and a photo of Keoman after Bara beaten 4-1 by PSG - Oumar's caption "What a week"

Will Mabon
204 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:24:07
Tony - Thiago... who?
Kieran Kinsella
205 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:24:36
Two years since the shite beat Everton in the league. Whose the bogey team now?
Brent Stephens
206 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:25:01
I think after that win anybody currently serving a ban / suspension on ToffeeWeb should be granted a full pardon.
Thomas Richards
207 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:25:07
WE ARE EVERTON

THIS MEANS MORE

Roy Johnstone
208 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:26:07
My lad has just seen us win a derby for the first time. I couldn't stay in the living room for long today, but we had them over. Totally deserved. Whatever happens from here on in, I see a defensively outstanding team with a couple of outballs whenever we go forward. Seamus has nailed it tonight with his comments. I was at the amex when Brighton did us in late 2019. This is a different team, and I thank Carlo for sending me and my son forward with hope.
Kieran Kinsella
209 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:26:58
And five years and counting since Liverpool won away at Everton
Tamhas Woods
210 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:26:58
From the bottom of my heart. Thank you. Every one of you.
Colin Glassar
211 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:27:58
That’s insane Brent, cheers👍
Ed Prytherch
212 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:28:42
I am so happy for all of you who live and work on Merseyside. Please rub their noses in it on Monday.
Kieran Kinsella
213 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:29:07
Brian Hennessy that’s brilliant
Tom Harvey
214 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:29:17
Before the game I was praying for a draw tonight and trying push any thoughts of thumping out of my mind and then they go and play like that????

What's going on???????

It's marvelous when the formation works like it did tonight, even when errors were made there was always cover.

A few signings with little bit more energy and cunning in midfield and a forward, we'll be able to go up against anyone playing like that.

Kunal Desai
215 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:29:26
I remember soon after graduating from university asked a local mate of mine (a red) if he'd fancy watching the game that evening. He couldn't make it in the end for a valid reason. So went along to a pub nearby, although a 10 min walk from where I then lived, it was dodgy as fuck. Never looked back and cheered as loud as anything when Super Kev banged in that winner.

Never envisaged taking another 22 years for that feeling of elation.
Thank you Carlo Ancelotti.

John Pickles
216 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:31:19
Norway have announced that tomorrow will be a National day of mourning.
Duncan McDine
217 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:33:22
Panic on the streets of Oslo.
Paul Birmingham
218 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:33:24
Great spirit, kept their calm, and played to their strengths.

The decisive interventions in our box and distribution in the second half was impressive.

It’s the Agony & The Ecstacy being an Evertonian, but tonight, Everton played their game and deserved their win.
The world has seen Mr Ed and his team revert to type and taking dives all over the place.

They look like their bubble has well and truly burst.

No excuses tonight, Mr Ed, RS. media at Sky, MotD, Etc.

If Everton can take the spirit and goodness on, that they earned tonight this can give Everton a chance of getting into Europe and prepare for the run in to this strange season of football.

Next game please and let’s getinto them, the same again please, Everton..

No more home freebies and a clinical victory over Sheffield United.

Jerome Shields
219 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:33:33
I will be watching MotD tonight. I will ignore any nonesense about Van Dijk, other injuries and the penalty, which the Ref was certain about. All teams have injuries. Everton were the better team with the better manager.
David Pearl
220 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:33:38
Thank you blues.

Now go fix the home form please.

A bit of a rest now. We are putting together a strong squad.

Watch us go next season.

Kevin Molloy
221 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:33:50
suddenly Everton look like a top side. Just look at those fucking goals. First one fashioned in South America by the two outstanding players of that continent, pitch-perfect.

And then that lethal second, just like a rapier. We led them on, led them on, led them on, then BAM!

Thank you and good night.

Will Mabon
222 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:34:02
Seems Oumar Niasse completely gets it!
John McFarlane Snr
223 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:35:02
Hi all, my approach of going to games with an 'open mind' and that 'anything can happen in a game of football' bore fruit tonight. I learned a long time ago that making predictions is a dodgy thing to do, it can on one hand lead to ecstacy, or on the other hand a feeling of despair. Plus the embarrassment of 'Egg on the face', especially if your prediction is the opposite of the eventual result. Something else I quite often say is 'nothing lasts for ever' even though some claim eternity, and I must admit that 1999 to 2021 seemed like an eternity, and I say to all Evertonian's revel in the moment, you deserve to.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

224 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:35:03
And...Zen.

So pumped up on adrenaline at the final whistle I had to take Toffee the Mutt for a good long walk to stop the excited trembling.

The whole street, indeed, anyone living within 3 blocks, knew there was a game on today.

As I walked Toffee, singing a reportoire of Everton songs, normally friendly neighbours peeked nervously from behind curtains or crossed the street as I approached.

They probably thought me and the missus engaged in an almighty Barney for two hours, what with my screeching and agonizing and her screaming in fright whenever the reds approached our penalty area. (Yup! She's a convert).

So many positives from that game.

Pickford, with so much focus on him, outstanding. His best ever game for Everton for me. Jordan was pivotal in an obvious tactic Carlo employed all game. Hitting a long ball very tight to Robinson's touchline where both Richy and Dom time and again kept it alive to create problems for them.

The accuracy of Jordan's kicking - even against the strong wind in the 2nd half - was exceptional. And then you have the saves and the bravery.

The three centre backs...WOW! Just WOW! Not a single back step by any one of them. Mason back to his very best from last season. Who else picked up on his grinning and laughing at Mane who went in the book out of sheer frustration for getting so little change out of Mason?

The blocks and headers of Michael Keane all game. The speed and shepherding of Godfry, plus his memorable thunderous sliding challenging on the edge of our penalty area which saw the ball rocket to the centre circle.

TA-A discovering Digne has mighty balls. Seamus playing with all the years of hurt from previous Derby games. He would have kicked the Kop boardings to pieces if his header had gone in!

Tom Davies. Immense. Quite a few on here need to open their eyes and mind to just how well he is playing in recent weeks. For me, he was the closest in composure to James on the pitch today.

The Colombian's mega contribution was how he gathered Doucoure's headed pass and was so calm on the ball with the technique and the eye to play Richy in for the first goal.

Time and again, Tom played with the same calmness on the ball in a much more sharply contested area of the pitch than James plays. Tom's tackling, interceptions, perceptive passing...he was outstanding. He brought that altogether on our 2nd goal.

We had been whacking it long to simply clear our lines. From just outside our 'D', Tom received the ball, calmly turned, looked up and played a delightful pass for Richy to turn his man.

You could sense immediately 'summat is on here!'

Richy raced away, Dom got into his stride to support him and the Brazilian played a great ball in behind the defence...and the rest is history.

Richy was another outstanding performer today. He really is getting back to his best. His run, touch and finish on his goal, top drawer.

When you consider how poor both Doucoure and Gomes were both with and without the ball, it's remarkable really how easy it was for us. Siggy did a better job than Gomes when he came on and his pen now gives him 5 goals at Anfield.

Also, huge, huge credit to the manager. The game plan, the subs and the timing of them. All pretty much flawless today.

Throw in Klippity's ranting at the 4th official at Everton's audacity for competing and playing better than his team and I can hear a Lou Reed tune coming on.

'It's Such a Perfect Day.'

Robert Tressell
225 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:35:30
By the way, really pleased for you Ian Edwards because you've been so pissed off and it's nice for your kids to finally get some satisfaction. But dare to believe Ancelotti is a proper manager. By no means perfect, none of them are, but a proper seasoned professional who is taking a patched up side in the right direction
Colin Glassar
226 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:37:08
Just had a peep on rawk- comedy gold. Apparently, Holgate has a potty mouth and should be punished for his filthy language on live tv.

At last we have a winner for a manager, unlike the deadbeats loser club members ie Moyes, Martinez, koeman, Silva and fucking big Sam.

Ron Sear
227 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:39:25
Well at least the RS have one compensation, Salah is now the leading contender for the Golden Raspberry acting award.
Paul Birmingham
228 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:42:00
Some great banter out on the web tonight, Evertonians around the world, rejoicing!

Now to do this again,again, for years and when the crowds are back.

Tom Harvey
229 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:43:02
For some strange reason there's been no fireworks going off locally tonight?

The 5000 thousand Dark Side supporters who actually do live in the city have gone quiet?

John Raftery
230 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:44:37
Let joy be unconfined. Not every player had their best game of the season but collectively they all stuck to their task as they have in the previous seven away wins this season. Pickford had arguably his best game since he joined us. Keane was magnificent but man of the match for me was Tom Davies who read the game superbly, tackled, covered, intercepted and when in possession dictated our tempo in midfield. He will not be easily displaced by anyone.

Richarlison is a fantastic player. The way he scored the all important opening goal confirmed his star status at our club. He is the sort of player we need to win silverware and climb the table. Likewise Ben Godfrey, a player with the pace and the determination not to be cowed by the opposition.

The question for the remainder of the season is whether or not we can overcome home disadvantage especially against lower and mid table teams? That twenty six out of forty points have come in games away from Goodison suggests we might have

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
231 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:46:55
Thanks, Brian @194. Very generous words and thoughts.

And I loved your Oumar Niasse post @203. Splendid!

Keith Meakin
232 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:47:32
I’m thinking after reading most of these comments that like myself most toffee fans are Pish Heads god bless yeah
Bill Gienapp
233 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:48:34
The pre-match negativity always makes for amusing reading after the fact, though, to be honest, I thought most of the comments were pretty thoughtful. Nothing wrong with a little pre-match skepticism/analysis... it's the people who have a profanity-laden meltdown before a ball is even kicked that open themselves up to future ridicule.

Personally, I was a bit underwhelmed by the lineup as well. If Allan and DCL were deemed unready to start, fair enough... but it just felt like we were sending out a minimum of attacking power when Liverpool's defense was like a wounded animal.

That being said, Carlo's tactics were spot-on, even if didn't make for particularly stress-free viewing. I think if we went back and re-watched the match, we'd find that we were actually pretty calm and comfortable defensively... though in the moment, it felt like we were constantly playing with fire.

Just about everyone earned major plaudits tonight, though Gomes was pretty dire and probably should have been hauled off at halftime. Doucoure had a bit of a stinker initially, but was much better in the second half. And James seemed oddly gunshy in possession, but all it takes is one pass and he provided it.

BTW, am I the only one who thought that was a clear-cut penalty? DCL had a clear chance at the rebound and Alexander-Arnold hauled him down. If anything it should have been a red card, which is what I thought the VAR check was for (echoed by the commentators here in the States).

A final word for Ben Godfrey, who seems to be exactly the sort of snide, take-no-shit bastard this side has been crying out for for years.

Mike Gwyer
234 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:52:05

One of the biggest games in world football and Everton have won. We will celebrate.

Brian Hennessy
235 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:52:36
Not at all Michael K, well deserved. A great night for all Evertonians.
Ray Said
236 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:53:13
some excuses I expect to hear in work on Monday;
it was too dark,
the ball was round.
the grass was green.
the ref didnt give them a pen when they told him to.
it was too windy and the wind didnt change ends when they did which was sooooooooo unfair to them.
we got a penalty and that cant be right can it?
Richarlison hit his shot too hard and that was dangerous for their goalie so it shouldn't count
Holgate laughed at Mane and he should have been sent off for that.

the ref blew the whistle before they scored so that cant be right


Christy Ring
237 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:55:50
Fab massive result delighted for our Captain Seamus immense, Pickford was brilliant, but for me Keane MoM can't wait for Match of the Day
Bill Gienapp
238 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:55:52
Nice tweet from Idrissa Gueye - "Well done lads @Everton! The town is Blue [blue heart, blue heart]"
Ian Edwards
239 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:56:08
Thanks to several posters for their kind words tonight. I've only ever wanted a successful team. Up the Toffees.
Ian Riley
240 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:56:13
I have left a message on my psychologist's answering machine. "Take the night off, we won."
Thomas Richards
241 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:56:24
Fantastic to see all the lads and girls on TW happy tonight.
Team needs to keep winning 😁

Enjoy it. Its been a long time coming

Keith Meakin
242 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:57:22
I’m proud to say that Ben Godfrey was in the same class as my niece in York. The young man is beginning to look a bargain as far as I’m concerned, and isn’t it great to have a defender with pace at last.
Brent Stephens
243 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:58:24
Good man, Ian. Up the Toffees.
Duncan McDine
244 Posted 20/02/2021 at 21:59:31
39 Italians can’t be wrong. Make that 40... Carlo played a feckin blinder. Murdered the murderers
Jay Woods
245 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:00:14
Maybe we've misjudged Richarlison and he is, in fact, a tricky central striker rather than a winger, because he's looked much better in his new role than he did all season - bar the first 5 games - in the latter.

Davies' improvement continues to pleasantly surprise, which might (or not) be due to his apparent bulking up in recent months.

But Pickford looks like a new man, like he's been in a secret goalie training camp or something. The recent absence has done his game a world of good.

John Raftery
246 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:01:49
The drink is clearly having an effect. I meant to add in my final sentence at 230 above ‘we might have a better chance of winning if we play all our home games away from home for the rest of the season’.
Ian Riley
247 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:02:11
Thomas, let's enjoy tonight! The ups and downs of supporting Everton!!

It's been too long!

Thomas Richards
248 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:04:18
Ian 247

Im enjoying it that much I'm struggling to get up for a piss.

Danny O’Neill
249 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:04:33
Or maybe Jay, some have been judging him in the context of the odd off performance or two.

His goal against City was described as a lucky rebound. No credit for positional nounce on his part.

I still need to digest and calm down before commenting with any kind of credibility. Still buzzing on fumes!

Pat Kelly
250 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:04:58
I missed the game. Did we win ? I can't figure it out from the comments.
Colin Glassar
251 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:05:14
The bum fluff has done Pickford a world of good. He looks grown up and his game has matured. He’s actually now starting to catch the ball and not flap, or panic, as he used to do. Long may it continue.
John Keating
252 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:06:05
Jay 224 spot on
Brian 194, Fully agree. Special mention to Michael and Lyndon tonight - and the 2 cases of Tennent's Special which are presently being demolished!
Rob Halligan
253 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:10:27
Michael Kendrick, and you have the audacity to have a go at me for going overboard about the RS

Let the weeping and gnashing of teeth from those despicable redshite twats begin!

Brilliant mate!


Jay Woods
254 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:11:32
I just don't want this day to end... I'm 100% compos mentis, but I'm drunk on some kind of online euphoric group hysteria mumbo jumbo...
Danny O’Neill
255 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:15:54
Success isn't one game Ian. Just as much as failure isn't one game either.
Thomas Richards
256 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:17:21
Best Evertonian night for me for a long, long time.
All the boys played well but a few for special mention.

Pickford. Looked a top class keeper tonight.

Keane. Best game I have seen him play for us. Immaculate.

Davies. What can you say about a kid who has had criticism (off me included) but has the plums to play like that tonight.
Made up for the young man.

Ancelotti.
Kidded the bollocks off Klopp tonight.
Voided one of thier biggest threats easily.
Played balls into the channels and messed thier press up big time.

All in all a great, great night

Duncan McDine
257 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:22:00
Last on MOTD
Brian Wilkinson
259 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:29:10
Absolutely brilliant Everton, Pickford laid a few ghosts at that ground, hard to pick a manor the match.

Please announce the thumbs up for the new stadium on Tuesday.

Geoff Cadman
260 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:33:22
The dressing room celebration, absolutely brilliant. No doubt cos its us the killjoys will be out in force tomorrow.
By all accounts Klipperty had a go at Duncan for laughing at one Salahs dives,
Duncan's reply" We are allowed to talk or is that just you Jurgen".
DCL has won two Penalties at Anfield now, we have only had 3 since the war.
Rob Dolby
261 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:36:17
Ian 239. We all want the best for the blues. Your opinions are as welcome as anyone elses, that's what is so great about this site

I love the fact that blues from all over the globe are celebrating a long overdue victory against the establishments very own bunch of gobshites. Ex players like Niasse, gana, Pienaar, Kilban, heitinga, Victor et al. are all celebrating.

We have played a lot better over the years and got stuffed but against that bunch of gobshites I take any win no matter how we do it.

It's hard to pinpoint or fathom out why certain things happen in football. Ancelotti seems to have an ability to win games that others don't. As a fan I can't work out how he manages to do it but he does, maybe he is a lucky manager. If Moshiri bankrolled him we would get results and not just playing catenaccio.

Utft.

Mal van Schaick
262 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:44:33
It’s a dream come true.
Mike Hughes
263 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:45:16
Just watched MOTD.

I noticed VVD was sitting the match out.
Is he injured or something?
Genuine question.
LOL.

Not one reference to any diving from their lot.

The RS 0 - Everton 2

The expression on Klopp’s face was priceless.


Colin Glassar
264 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:46:43
Get Ross Barkley back and add Isco and Rabiot to our MF and we will definitely be title contenders next season. Also Max Aarons at RB.
Chris Hockenhull
265 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:50:35
Well let’s enjoy this but it really should have happened long long ago. If we had gone the route of getting a decent manager down the years it could should have happened a while ago. All those punters on ToffeeWeb who constantly and regularly shouted for superb managers like Owen Coyle... Eddie Howe...Dick Emery...to come lead us out of the dark wilderness...we could have felt this feeling long long ago instead of 21 years. No use looking back I guess. I suppose it’s a bit decent to be reasonably happy tonight...a bit
Stuart Sharp
266 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:51:13
How magic to see a united TW. I've only just calmed down and come on for a look. Loving the comments about kids. My son, STH for a few years, is 12 and has no memory of beating them. He had tears in his eyes when the final whistle blew. And then gave me grief for being so pessimistic all morning. Have a wonderful night folks.
Thomas Richards
267 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:54:31
Thats who I am made up for Stuart.
The kids.
They will all be made up tonight.
Rob Halligan
268 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:55:22
Colin # 264. I'd have Ross Barkley back tomorrow!
Rob Halligan
269 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:56:43
Thomas what did you think of my performance in goal tonight? Overall I thought it was a piece of piss!
Thomas Richards
270 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:58:52
Safe hands Halligan.
Never in doubt Rob.

The save off Henderson mate.
Was it as special as I think?

Tom Harvey
271 Posted 20/02/2021 at 22:59:21
Wouldn't touch Barkley with a barge pole after the way he used us.

He can't get in the Chelski side and he been subbed in most of the Villa games I've seen and it's not hard that's bringing him off, we can do better.

Rob Halligan
272 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:00:39
To be honest mate, I was a bit disappointed I couldn't hold on to it, but it's always better to be safe than sorry!!
Soren Moyer
273 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:03:14
What a performance! From Pickford to Richarlisson. Well done to all of the boys in blue! Thats what we want to see. Fighting spirit, organization and discipline. By the way, that WAS a penalty because that twat Arnold raised his right leg after DCL had jumped over him. So a righteous decision. Well done ref.
Thomas Richards
274 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:03:17
😁😁

Mad you keepers.
Fuckin mad.

Mike Gaynes
275 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:04:24
Big Rob, I am so made up for tonight... you and Pete Mills and Kev Johnson and Andy Crooks and Derek Knox (with ya, my friend!). I know how you lads have suffered over the past decade, and I've wished so much for this day for all of you. Enjoy it, and enjoy your verbal destruction of the red side of Liverpool this week and well beyond. Give it all back to 'em, gents.

Geoff #260, where can I see that celebration? It wasn't shown in the States. Got a link?

Bill G., the rules change at the start of the season took out the "double jeopardy" red card. Although there are exceptions, generally speaking they won't give a red on a penalty anymore.

Ian E, nobody has teased you more than I have, so I'll join the applause. Well in.

Pat #250, we're still in it!

I am now going to have one of my two-a-year Guinness with some pizza and watch the game again.

Barry Rathbone
277 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:06:18
First time I've watched a footy show (motd) in about 10yrs and Danny Murphy has morphed into a boozed up uncle Festa with his flaccid gob and sunken eyes. unless todays whipping has been too much to take
Jeff Armstrong
278 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:07:59
Great write up by Phil Kirkbride on the Echo online tonight, not a publication I would normally advocate but this guy gets it, better than the usual RS reporters they used to employ as EFC corespondents.

Just opened the Talisker single malt, had for months, buzzin tonight

James Fletcher
279 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:08:44
Don't get the people saying it was a dodgy pen, it clearly wasn't intentional but it was also almost certainly a goal if he didn't trip DCL up.

Excellent performance from pretty much everyone (Doucoure having a bit of a mare early on but otherwise grand)

Paul Birmingham
280 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:10:55
My lad, it’s the 2nd time we’ve beaten them, and this is the first time he can acknowledge, as in 2010 he was 1.

Sacred, special and savoured, and here’s to many more, victories this season.

All considered, Everton are a work in progress but in my view are going in the right direction, and I’ve said on another thread, perpetual “Agony & The Ecstacy”!

To show the same courage v the Toon, West Ham, City, Etc.

But there’s some good signs and Tom Davies is emerging to be a butterfly.. Great character, and spirit, and fekkn superb, a combative, intelligent hardworking CM.

Well done Everton, first team squad, TWrs, all in all, a very good day.

Enjoy the night, and the hangovers, into Monday by the, cargo.

Fekk the RS, now to keep this boost going.. That’s all from me, and a day to remember, for Evertonians.

Next game counts, let’s see, which Everton, turn up.

🍺👌👍🥃🙏🏼🍀🍀🍀


Rob Halligan
281 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:11:44
Thomas, next time I'll only have ten pints the night before a match! 😁😁😁
Paul Birmingham
282 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:16:12
Lev Yashin...Rob, ! Great team work, and onwards and upwards.

Interesting to see how today’s result goes in the media tomorrow.

Thomas Richards
283 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:18:14
And rice with the curry beef not chips.

As I said earlier mate, mad as hatters all of you. 👍

John Skelly
284 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:18:44
That result just makes me feel good all over 😃
Rob Halligan
285 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:19:01
One of the best Paul, if not the best. Superb goalkeeper.
Paul A Smith
286 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:21:23
Maybe rest Doucoure for the Southampton game and bring Allan in fresh

We have Southampton on the 1st of March. West Brom on the 4th and Chelsea on the 8th.

That is a tough week for us and the squad will need to be fit and ready.

Geoff Cadman 260 great pen stat mate. When you put it like that it makes DCL start to sound like a nightmare for them.

Geoff Cadman
287 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:21:43
Mike #275. There's a link on Brent's post #200
Thomas Richards
288 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:22:01
Couldnt lace your boots Rob
Rob Halligan
289 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:24:32
Mostly slip on boots now, Thomas, could maybe hold the shoe horn for me! 😁😁
Paul Birmingham
290 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:25:41
That’s spot on Rob, a magnificent day, and let’s make it the weekend, and all next week.

The RS, will remember today, and 1923!

UTFT!

Thomas Richards
291 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:25:47
Im sure he would consider that an honour Rob
Rob Halligan
292 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:27:53
We've scored twice as many goals at anfield as Liverpool have this year!!
Rob Halligan
293 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:29:46
To be serious though, playing in goal was brilliant. I absolutely loved it.
Thomas Richards
294 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:32:25
I got more injuries from my own keeper than I did off opponents Rob.
Bastard would come right through anyone in his way to get to the ball.
Loved him to bits

Anyway, thats me. Slightly polluted.

UTFT

Rob Halligan
295 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:35:32
That's the way a keeper should be Thomas. Take no prisoners. Nine times out of ten he will always get a free kick awarded in his favour. For me, denying the opposition a goal was better than scoring a goal.
Stephen Brown
296 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:36:50
Soton and WBA games are huge now ! Come on blues win those and we are well in the top 4 race!

Team spirit looks amazing on twitter and James looked to me to be fully involved in it !! Contrary to recent reports

Michael Barrett
297 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:39:47
I've been so stressed about this match all week, and I just couldn't bring myself to watch it...I am lying in bed now drunk and happy...and tomorrow I will be hungover and happy COYB.
Martin Berry
298 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:41:12
The defence was superb, great saves by Pickford who has dispelled my nervousness compared with some of his previous performances.
The Dukes batteries still running on duracell and Richy putting in a shift upfront for most of the match.
We just have to stop giving the ball away which we did so often in the game. That said we should enjoy the time and thank Carlo for his cunning plan.
Mark Murphy
299 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:42:21
I was a left back
Last thing I said before kick off to our keeper was “if I’m in the way clear me out, your the boss of this box”
My knees still hurt but it worked.
Paul Birmingham
300 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:42:43
All matters and facts considered which is difficult, at any time but with copious amounts of ale tonight, this can be the start of Everton’s, escape from Purgatario, and better days ahead.

It’s a step, and in context hopefully a significant step for Everton FC, and Evertonians, across the World, we will find our Evertonian Garden of Eden, at least in hope for better times ahead.

I think so, but patience, will be needed.

If.

Ian Riley
301 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:45:18
Did someone say get Ross Barkley back? Got to be the alcohol talking there? Thought he was better than us. Well Aston villa won't be buying him. Taken off every game. A game changer? No!!!

Actually Everton have moved on!!!

Got to say match of the day were very complimentary about Everton tonight. Makes a change!! Even klopp had no complaints. The most pleasing part about the result was everyone put a shift in. We must and must take this forward. The work rate must be 100% if we have any chance of top 4. The ability is there to see.

Rob Halligan
302 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:48:13
Martin, the duke was solid if unspectacular today. I think his batteries may need a full recharge. By the way, I've seen your fantasy football team in a league full of RS. Shame on you!! 😁😁😁
Tony Abrahams
303 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:48:47
I’m late to the debate, I’ve honestly just finished having a laugh on Wattsapp, (4hrs) but this takes the biscuit, Sourness saying no player could accept that it was a penalty? Until you think back in time, and remember this washed up pundit, saying Richarlisons overheard kick against United should have been disallowed for dangerous play!
Graham Hammond
304 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:57:33
Ian Edwards #239. You have taken a fair bit of flak these past few weeks which must have been tough to take at times so I sincerely hope you are enjoying the victory as much as I am tonight! Never stop your posts or your views or your criticisms, we should never expect or settle for anything other than the best, it is our motto, we are Everton, we should always be Everton.
Paul Birmingham
305 Posted 20/02/2021 at 23:58:04
Tony, that bitter dishevelled Yozzer, will never change, like the RS, brethren, they cannot take defeat.

UTFT!

Kieran Kinsella
306 Posted 20/02/2021 at 00:00:18
Tony 303

Souness is either going senile or has decided to play the pantomime villain

Lee Courtliff
307 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:05:40
Trevor Steven won the other back in 1989.

Great win today. I'm more relieved than thrilled...the Curse is finally over!!

Now to end another one by actually winning something.

Brian Wilkinson
308 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:07:34
10 Days rest now for the lads, while we sit back and wait with bated breath for Tuesdays announcement of the stadium.
Ian Linn
309 Posted 20/02/2021 at 00:07:57
Carragher the moaning c**t was saying no way it was a penalty. But it was, and it was given, so he can go do one.
Peter Roberts
310 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:13:42
Well that has just crowned off a pretty amazing week for me.

My wife has been battling breast cancer since July, and got the all-clear on Wednesday. And now Everton have got one over the old enemy, at Anfield, for the first time since I was in high school.

Absolutely brilliant. Thank you Everton for making a 35-year old man cry.

For the record, it was never a penalty but as I said on social media, try finding a Blue who cares!!!

Kieran Kinsella
311 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:15:06
Peter 35

Wonderful news for you and your wife best wishes

Rob Halligan
312 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:16:38
Peter, excellent news for you and your missus.

But it was Deffo a pen!!

Rob Dolby
313 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:17:54
310 Peter. Footy brings out all of our emotions, I am made up for you and your wife but must disagree that it was a cast iron pen and should have been a straight red...utft, coyb.
Matt Woods
314 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:20:59
Christine Foster, I am sure I have read you live in New Zealand??? It’s not Wellington is it?? I meet a fellow Blue every Monday at 6pm for a quiet couple of pints at Little Beer Quarter. If you are local or ever in Wellington pop in, my pal is 80 and played with the Cannonball Kid at Ellesmere Port. He is an absolute treasure with some wonderful stories. He are both going to be laughing tomorrow tea time!!!!
Anthony Fitzpatrick
315 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:30:38
Pickford looked commanding and never looked like making an error.
Coleman gave it all, legs aren't what they used to be but is important part of the squad.
Digne: lots of attacks come down his side but his composure really helped breaking out.
Holgate and Godfrey: don't give a fuck about reputations and are what we love in a player.
Keane: leader
Doucoure: would be our Patrick Vieira if he could improve his passing.
Davies: allan replacement but improving.
Gomes: love him but not seeing the player we signed.
James : no more on the wing, number 10 role
Richie : looks a different player when more involved up top.
Phil Bellis
316 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:38:31
Paul (290) Don't think there's a kopite who knows F'all about 1923 - most can't name their manager before Shankly!
Paul Jennings
317 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:41:35
The best thing about this result is the bleating out of analfield. Believing in Carlo is hard because we are always under the cosh, it worked brilliantly tonight but GOD it's playing havoc with my health, but absolutely loving it and getting the belief. Will it work back at Goodison ? I think so they say the shite are shit without the kopshites but we haven't fared so well
Christopher Nicholls
318 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:41:49
Leapt off the sofa when Godrey played the biggest 'nope card' of his life with that slider!!!
No dodgy penalty, clear, blatant and, to my mind entirely cynical, and deserving of a straight red.
Salah and Mane are cheating bastards and should be called out loud and clear.
That tackle sums up every player today. The skies in LA here are even more blue today!

Ernie Baywood
319 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:43:28
Christopher 318 - such an awesome challenge. I'm not sure Shaqiri went anywhere near Godfrey again after that!
David Pearl
320 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:44:15
What a night. Still buzzing.
Thinking Carlo might be sticking to a 352 now?? Hard call to either leave out James for DCL or else move Richy. I cant see it, lets keep him up top, and scoring goals.

Defensively surely he has to keep that same 5 but play more on the front foot. Thats if Digne is fit.

Great time to be blue. Now he has to sort out who to play with Davies... what a player he is turning into. He just needs some white boots!!

Christopher Nicholls
321 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:45:11
Ernie, he was heard to call out 'Taxi!!' as he picked himself up. Was seen leaving a back door from the stadium shortly after.
Christopher Nicholls
322 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:46:39
My other favourite bit was Doucoure breaking that 'legend in his own lunch hour' Henderson, just by making him run a bit.
Dave Lynch
323 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:46:47
The Don had earned every penny of his salary after that performance.
John Kavanagh
324 Posted 20/02/2021 at 00:47:33
I want Saturday 20th February to be my Groundhog Day and to wake up every day to see the goals again, Souness's face after the match and Klippety with a 'smile' like a bust Steinway keyboard at the final whistle.

Oslo and Essex are not under lockdown, they're just scared to come out for the next year or hopefully 20 years.

Special thanks to Tom Davies for beginning to justify my faith in him, Pickford for finally burying his Great Post Anfield Brainfart psychosis, Godfrey for that tackle, Richy, Keane, Captain Seamus, Digne for still having the balls to carry on (sic) and everyone else involved.

Finally, to show how fair minded I am - Thanks to Robertson, Salah and Mane for demonstrating live to the whole world what a shower of dirty cheating graceless arseholes the RS really are, despite what the hordes of ex RS media pundits tell everyone.

Tim Gerrard
325 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:50:50
Great result and performance. Keane my man of the match, just shading Pickford and Tom Davies, while Godfrey also immense. He must be worth double what we paid for him now. Thought this was real 'coming of age' performance by Davies tonight. I have never been a fan, I could never work out what type of midfield player he was supposed to be. But, his performances recently have been a great improvement and tonight, particularly in the first half, he played his best game in a blue shirt. I really hope he uses this as platform for greater things, along with the rest of the team. It's always great when there is a local lad in a successful Everton team.
Graham Hammond
326 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:53:13
Peter #310. All the very best to you and to your wife, sorry to hear your story but very pleased to hear about your good news, life must have been tough for you both, onwards and upwards now though, enjoy the weekend!
Ed Prytherch
327 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:54:25
One advantage of living in the States is that there is more time to celebrate after an historic win. We had a rack of lamb with a bottle of Cabernet followed by a glass of Port for dinner and an espresso and there is still 4 hours until midnight. I expect to sleep well.
Paul Birmingham
328 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:54:54
Phil, (316) your right...

What a life time sketch, but what a great day today for Everton FC!
🍀👍🙏🏼🍻☘️☘️☘️☘️ hopefully the start of a new era for Everton FC.

Paul Birmingham
329 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:57:07
Good on you, Ed, same again tomorrow, and all next week!

We’ll celebrate we’ll, and to good times ahead for Evertonians!

Tom Harvey
330 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:02:41
Had a quick peep at RAWK, wow they're blaming the referee, the tea lady, the car park attendants, everything but the performance of the team and EFC's superiority.
Jamie Crowley
331 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:04:08
So sitting here cracking through TW after finally arriving home from the Orlando area for a kid's soccer game.

Watching on (two) laptops on the way down. We arrived around 1:40 pm, and the boy's kickoff wasn't until 2:30 pm. So I told the boy I'd be there at kickoff, I had to watch the game, good luck son. Long story short:

For Gylfi's PK I couldn't sit. I opened the door of the car, sat the streaming laptop on the passenger seat (not to be confused with the Live Forum laptop), and stood outside the car to watch the PK.

FUCKING BOOM!

I literally ran around the car screaming in joy. People looked at me with that total, "What in the holy fuck is wrong with that deranged man?" look. I didn't give one flying fuck. I was in knots the whole time, and when that PK went in I knew it was over. The wait was over.

I was so, so happy for the TW veterans. The Blue Liverpudlians gone through hell since 1999. All the Blues - the fucking cradle born that the DNA is just stamped into their being - everywhere.

My Blue mate who passed away who played in the FA Youth Cup for Everton - his son texted me. Then the text from his brother came. Then his wife texted. Then my sons texted.

I welled up, just overcome with emotion, then realized I was in a fucking parking lot in Kissimmee, Florida about to go to my 11 year old's game and I'd best pull it together, as I'd just ran around screaming at the top of my lungs.

I'm half surprised the fucking paddy wagon didn't show up, wrap me in a snug white suit, and take me away.

Oh Lord, the happiness.

And a final thought - I was cracking through Twitter and to see Steven Pienaar, Tim Cahill, and Johnny Fucking Heitinga tweet out UTFT or some such shit just made me smile ear to ear.

Once Everton has touched you.

Drinking myself silly. Fuck yes.

Kris Boner
332 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:09:12
Just for those questioning the penalty, MotD highlighted it. After Calvert-Lewin passes over Alexander-Arnolds head he hooks him with his right foot. He actively trips him. You see it best from the behind angle.

Should have been a red card as well, but I suppose the ref decided that discretion is the better of valour instead of pissing of Klipperty.

Derek Thomas
333 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:12:27
Permission to gloat in a smug condecending manner Capt. Mainwaring?

A good by the numbers away win. A correct 11 selected, who all turned up.
A bit of a shock VvD not being fit...they kept that quiet, never seen a thing about that in the papers.

This may yet go down as 'The Richarlson Derby', the thing is to do it again next season so its just one of many.

Tom Davies is in a photo with Richarlson for my MotM. Doucoure had a few iffy moments, but steadied as he went on.
Good management of Gomes on a yellow.

A mention of the Referee too, whoever he was, not 1 of the usual suspects

*looks wistfully at those 12 pts dropped at home, shakes head and can only wonder.

Edit; Re the Penalty - nailed on, especially from the rear view, DCL, just had to reach the ball and poke it in, the offender...and everybody else knew it.

All the rs would have been screaming FOR it if reversed.

Rodriguez didn't look too unsettled at the end did he, looked very happy.

Don't throw this away Blues - One game at a time.

Phil Lewis
334 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:14:31
As Pickford's biggest critic I am happy to announce that tonight Jordan, you have made me eat my words. Your performance was nothing short of brilliant. A calm, commanding, brave display of perfect concentration and athleticism, which just eclipsed Michael Keane for my man of the match award. Ben Godfrey continues to impress, as does Tom Davies, whose skill and tenacity reminds me more of the legendary Colin Harvey with every game he plays.
On the minus side, apart from a few nice touches, Gomes is still looking lacklustre to the player he was and we know he can be. Also Doucouré in the first half particularly was a liability, losing possession and passing poorly, continually putting us under. It's becoming habitual and he needs to address these aspects of his game. But for effort, nobody could be faulted. They should all take a bow for putting smiles back on the faces of long suffering Evertonians.
Paul Birmingham
335 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:16:40
Well in Jamie, and have a Ball, well earned, and a great night for Evertonians.
🍀👌✌️🍾🍺🙏🏼🍺🍺🍺🥃🥃🥃⚽️
Tom Harvey
336 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:19:33
Jamie Crowley @ 331

Well done Jamie the fans over here are very proud of our blue teammates over the pond.

Have a few more beers knowing we might of just have turned an important corner and there's more of these games to come.

By the way I noticed you predicted this win earlier and was thanked for your optimism, but the sentiment beneath was no champagne this time!

Well your siping the bubbly now!

I'm off to bed now to sleep of my what I've drunk. See you tomorrow.

Steve Brown
337 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:28:56
So happy to read some brilliant comments from ecstatic blues - my lads are also amazed and delighted.

UTFT!

Graham Hammond
338 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:30:24
Like Phil Lewis (#334), I have also been critical of Jordon Pickford in the past, justifiably in my opinion, however, tonight and to a lesser extent against Manchester City, it was like having a new keeper between the sticks, and a damn fine one too! A lot more relaxed and composed but most importantly, focused also too. Well done Jordon, couldn't have done it there without you! Great through ball from James, Richarlison really showed his class though with his perfectly timed run, great first touch and his great finish. These are the positions and runs that I want and expect to see from DCL, he may very well never be the greatest finisher we have ever had but I do think that there is more to come (injuries permitting) from Dom, hopefully, that is the case.
Ernie Baywood
339 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:33:55
Ed - the have was 4.30am here in Melbourne. Still waiting to be able to crack a beer to celebrate, but there won't be a word written about the game that won't be read before I get there!
Mark Wilson
340 Posted 21/02/2021 at 01:43:10
I’m still taking it in, a Derby with no shameful pathetic performance but a skillfull, gutsy never say die display. We just beat the shite. I honestly thought I’d never see this agsin in my lifetime snd hopefully I’ve still got a couple of decades left.

Davies, has had an injection and I don't mean a Covid one. I know says Carlo, I won’t sell him cos he’s a blue and despite a few hundred thousand voices telling me otherwise I’m going to setup with him deep, niggling away at the oppositions forwards all game, winning tackles, playing short but accurate balls fwd. works a treat. Massive improvement so shut up the everyone inc moi and yes, to the twenty fans shouting against the majority view, you played a blinder !

Keane, just superb, England’s centre back with Godfrey alongside him.

Pickford ? Seems to have lost weight, looks fitter, less combustible, brilliant game. Who knew.

Rodriguez sheer class and like his superb pass to Richarlison and that finish, a game changer.

DCL and Richarlison back up top together for the end of the game, looking forward to that v Southampton

Carlo smiling, Duncan kissing every player !

Made up, just bloody made up. At last !!

Carl Rutherford
341 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:11:51
Just to add to the stories about kids' first positive derby experience. My son is 10 (he was a month old when we beat them last) and said to me today 'Dad I don't think I'll watch the full game' (he later admitted this was because he was nervous about us losing). He watched the full 90 minutes and was dancing around to Spirit of the Blues at the end. Priceless!
Jamie Crowley
342 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:13:20
How about a word for the referee?

Quite seriously. Clattenberg wouldn't have had the guts.

Time and time again they dived, simulated, cheated. The ref, God bless him, was having none of it.

In years gone by, the whistle would have blown.

Not today. Today the ref was spot on, and we were not getting conned out of our victory. No Lescott mauling, no what the fucks, no redshite bias.

We beat them. And despite the calls for the penalty being a bad call? It absolutely was a pen. No question. The ref got it right.

Off to have a Bushmills with a splash of lime juice to kill the whiskey ass-taste, as is my wont.

God I'm on cloud 9.

Mike Gaynes
343 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:26:14
Peter #310, even a Derby win can't measure up to news that good. Warmest congratulations and mazel tov to you and your wife from another survivor.

Ed #327, your celebration dinner sounds perfect. I had my twice-a-year Guinness and watched the sun set into the ocean, and it was the best celebration possible.

Jamie, please post video of your circle dance around the car, somebody must have recorded it on their phone... and hey, did your son's team win that game in Kissimmee?

And yes, the ref did get it right. Pen, no red.

David Currie
344 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:40:25
Great feeling, Carlo picked a well balanced team tonight and got the right subs on at good times.
Well done lads and lets press on from here and make it a good season to remember.
Albert Perkins
345 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:48:40
That was a good penalty decision. Can't see how anyone cannot spot the red fullback, what's his name?, lifting his arm to trip DCL. The ref was right behind the incident and was completely happy with his decision. That Red fullback, what's his name?, didn't complain. He knew.

Would have been happy if it was a bad decision, but the correct one will do.

Nicholas Ryan
346 Posted 21/02/2021 at 02:53:06
All 3 pundits on Match of the Day said the penalty decision was correct - including ex-LFC midfielder, Danny Murphy.
So, end of debate!

P.S. Someone told me, that the official stats. say that Rodriguez still hasn't registered a single sprint.

Imagine, going through an entire PL season, spraying world-class passes left, right and centre, without once breaking into a trot. How cool is that!!

Kieran Kinsella
347 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:07:50
Jamie

I thought the ref had a decent game too — even before full time. Couple of errors (wrongly judged Iwobi and Digne to have knocked the ball out of play) also unclear how TTA wasn’t sent off. But he didn’t entertain all the diving, he played the advantage well, it wasn’t a dirty game and he didn’t make it all about himself as many refs do.

Kieran Kinsella
348 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:10:10
Nicholas Ryan

Yes most of the reports I read had it as a pen. Just Souness, Klopp and RS fans dissenting.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

349 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:11:32
Another nice James stat from today's game.

Their 'creator' Thiago has yet to have a goal assist at Anfield in his entire Liverpool career.

James took less than 3 minutes to do so in his first game there.

John Boon
350 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:12:15
Eighteen years is well worth the wait. Superb performance and supplied by a manager Ancelotti who knows more that the far too many nay sayers. Correct team and intelligent substitutions. Why waste space by repeating what all posters have already said. COYB and make the City BLUE.. DELIGHTED and correctly so
Bill Gall
351 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:17:58
On the penalty, when M Owen admits it to being a penalty it was a penalty.
What a start for the weekend not only did Everton win, the covid 19 restrictions were lifted and family members were allowed to visit and we got to see are granddaughter and our 2 great grandsons. The second half I was that nervous I went outside to shovel snow and kept peaking through the window, longest 45/50min of a half I can ever remember, and when my wife shouted out they have got a penalty the air went blue as I thought the other jammy lot had got their usual gift at the last minute, till I looked in the window and seen Siggy stroke it in. Wonder if he was as cool as he looked.

Thought for the rest of the week. I think Ancelotti knows what he is doing.

Si Cooper
352 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:26:10
The ref, Kavanagh I think his name is, is from Manchester and is pretty new on the scene.
I thought his performance was mixed (they got a lot of dubious decisions about who the ball last hit that can only have been guesses) but absolutely fair and he wasn’t swayed by reputation. I can’t work out how Henderson got a free kick where he eventually fell down when Doucoure hadn’t laid a finger on him for about 10 yards, and if you don’t give a penalty when someone has thrown themselves 2 foot up in the air then surely you have to book them?
But he did book their rubbish new centre-back on totting up when he hadn’t fouled anyone for about 10 minutes and he’s obviously judged TTA to be actively interfering in DCL’s attempt to get to the ball when I am still inclined to say ‘How can you tell what he has meant to do?’
David Currie
353 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:26:42
Jay 349,
With Richy and Bernard both from Brazil do any of the Brazilians support EFC ? What area do you live in ?
Jamie Crowley
354 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:27:03
Gaynes - the boy's team won a cracker 2-1. It's been a damn good day in the Crowley Compound. No vids of my crazed exploits, thankfully.

Regarding the pen - Stevie Nichols over here on ESPN even said it was a pen.

When TAA raises his arm and leg when DCL is going for the ball? TAA knew EXACTLY what he was doing. He's trying to trip him to stop a goal. End of.

BUT! I disagree with most posters. He should not have been sent off. It was not a CLEAR scoring opportunity, and being on the ground with his back to the contact from DCL, he should not have been sent off. Your mileage may vary.

Kieran Kinsella
355 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:27:29
Bill Gall

I was nervous too but somehow I resisted the temptation to hide behind the couch. Wonderful that you got to share it with the grand and great grand kids mate COYB

Jay Wood BRZ

Another cool stat, Everton have scored more goals at Anfield this year than Liverpool

Kieran Kinsella
356 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:31:06
Jamie

I was satisfied with Lee Dixon calling the pen but if Steve Nicol — miserable old RS git and as Bill says Michael Owen agreed — then fair to say not only was it a pen it was a declaration of war far worse than the massacre of St Virgil of James groin

Si Cooper
357 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:34:44
Jamie (354), that is confusing. If it’s deliberate (which is what I can’t say I’m sure of) them what difference does it make which way he is facing?
Mike G has already explained why it isn’t a red card at 275 hasn’t he?

I’m not calling for a red card by the way; personally I think the award of the pen is quite generous but I’m not complaining.

Jamie Crowley
358 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:35:38
Kieran - HAHAHA! Too true.

A word for m'man Hamez.

This dude is just class. I've now rewatched that pass to Rich like 15 times at least.

He brings the ball down, on a dime I might add, and in a millisecond looks up, sees the space between the defenders, and threads Rich through. It's just world class. It's sublime.

Anyone saying James might be a liability? Never!

Put the man in the "right 10 spot", let him roam, don't expect defensive track backs or masterclass defensive effort, let the man do what he's paid to do: create something out of miutherfucking nothing.

Then?

Sit back and enjoy.

God is he sublime.

Kieran Kinsella
359 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:38:49
Si

Yeah I’m glad it wasn’t a red as being down to 10 men would give them an excuse

Jamie Crowley
360 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:39:04
Si - it's not confusing at all. He didn't deny a CLEAR goal scoring opportunity.

He dipped into the dark arts. He lifted his leg to trip after feeling contact, making it look like it was part of a natural motion.

But as a ref, you can't say the end result of that would be a clear goal scoring opportunity. It wasn't a "breakaway" as I'd say in American parlance. There was a tangled mess of humanity: striker, keeper, defender, ball rolling.

Ergo, pen, no red. I think the ref nailed it.

Kieran Kinsella
361 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:41:48
Jamie

The pass was great but it’s James’ control of receiving the ball that I most enjoyed. Someone was saying yesterday none of our players have a good first touch — you can’t say that about this dude.

Si Cooper
362 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:44:23
Jamie, yes but what does ‘being on the ground with his back to the contact from DCL’ have to do with it since you firmly believe it was deliberate?
Jamie Crowley
363 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:48:49
Si - As a ref, you can't send a man off if he is bulled over from behind on his arse. Even if he's a cheeky fuck and employs the dark arts and "mistakenly through momentum" trips the attacking player.

End of.

More importantly, it's almost 11 pm here in 'Merica. I always thought you were in Blighty. It's 4 a.m. there. Are you somewhere other than Merry Ol' England? Or are you just jacked and up at 4 a.m.?

Enquiring minds want to know.

Si Cooper
364 Posted 21/02/2021 at 03:51:38
Kieran, who said none of our players has a good first touch? They may not go it all the time but I’d say Richy, DCL, Digne, Davies, Siggy, and even André Gomes can all perfectly cushion a ball. Well, for DCL it’s probably his ability to leap and cushion the ball on his chest that really stands out.
Jim Hardin
365 Posted 21/02/2021 at 04:00:36
Happy times to all the Blues over there (and also here). Started following Everton seriously after Maxie joined in November of 1999, so this (1st for me) win really means something. I cannot imagine what it means to those who are used to Everton beating Liverpool in the old First Division. Commentators for NBC were alluding to Timmy H. in the studio so I wonder if he was going crazy during the final minutes of the game?

Strong performances all around. I think when the game is watched again by some, Doucoure and Richarlison will get even more credit, as both worked their socks off. Love the grit and attitude in some of the younger players in defense. Think Darren Hind got the attitude and flavor of them spot on.

Regarding the penalty, the pace of the ball off the keeper was not going to take it over the end line into touch before DCL was going to get there. Neither DCL nor the ball were going too far away from goal on the angle of the ball's travel, so a simple shot at goal without the (foul) attempt to stop him. To me, obvious red as a DOGSO as refs are not allowed to consider if the player would convert it or not. I actually think this one could make it into our recert and original certification classes for referees over here. I only hope I am at a class (when they resume in person) with a Liverpool fan.

CYOB!

Ed Prytherch
366 Posted 21/02/2021 at 04:07:44
Klipperty said that the penalty did not matter as, without it, they lost 1-0. Historic!

I agree that the ref has to be at least a little brave to deny the diving Mane and Salah and to award us the penalty. There are others who don't have the balls to make those calls.

I thought that Tim Howard did a good job of keeping a straight face in the post-match analysis. You know that he was glowing with pride.
COYB.

Si Cooper
367 Posted 21/02/2021 at 04:10:08
Jamie, just off a block of night shifts so I'm still ‘transitioning'. Truth be told, I come from a family of night owls so it will be a few days before this seems like the small hours.

Are you sure about that rule for refs? I see that accidental contact doesn't necessarily stop it being a foul or penalty but surely a player has the right to try to get to his feet without that being penalised (or does a player have to remain prone and unmoving until he is sure he won't trip someone)?

If the ref is sure Arnold's movements were solely intended to entangle Calvert-Lewin, then that is a judgement that it was deliberate and, if so, Arnold's orientation should make no difference.

I would say it was a definite goal-scoring opportunity if Calvert-Lewin can stay on his feet but I accept Mike G's view that they tend not to give red cards when a penalty is awarded.

Jamie Crowley
368 Posted 21/02/2021 at 04:21:43
Truth be told I come from a family of night owls so it will be a few days before this seems like the small hours.

You, Sir, are the man. We live similar lives and have similar families.

I think the penalty is best left to attorneys. It's swimming in a sea of gray. Personally, I think it's harsh AF to send a player off who's on his arse and not even facing the important bit of play. He's on his back, feels the contact, and thinks he'll raise his leg to stop a goal in an honest moment.

Maybe this is my issue – I'd not have the balls to send a player off for doing that in the spur of the moment. It's not like he was beat and hacked a dude down to stop a clear "breakaway".

Either way, Liverpool 0, Everton 2.

Fuck YES!

Si Cooper
369 Posted 21/02/2021 at 04:55:05
Jamie, like you say ‘Either way, Liverpool 0, Everton 2. Fuck YES!'

Just intrigued by your assessment of Arnold's deliberate attempt to foul being mitigated by his relative position. I'm not bothered whether the ref was right or not (we've had plenty not go our way in the past) nor am I bothered that there wasn't a red card.

Here on TW I'm happy to admit that, if it had been against us, I wouldn't think it was a penalty for the simple reason that I don't think Arnold could possibly know that Calvert-Lewin would try to hurdle him nor do I think any defender would instinctively try to blindly obstruct an attacker by raising bits of body / waving legs about rather than instinctively try to gain his feet as quick as possible.

Don't be fooled by the slow mo. The clunk of Calvert-Lewin's knee on the top of his head was only a split second before the clash of feet and gave Arnold no chance to ‘range find' / work out what Calvert-Lewin was doing nor where he was going to place his feet. In my view no opportunity to exercise the dark arts, unless he has eyes in the back of his head. I'd be seething if that was given against us.

Just an open exchange of views and the most important thing is ‘Either way, Liverpool 0, Everton 2. Fuck YES!'

Jamie Crowley
370 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:03:56
Si -

Fuck the ref analysis. Just watch this on a loop:

Link

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

371 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:17:42
If you enjoyed that locker room video, Jamie, you'll definitely like this Tweet by Dom:

Tom, can you give a quick message to the fans tonight?

The final words are brilliant, probably thinking 'me mam's gonna see this!'

And being a big Tom Davies fan, Jamie, I'm sure you'll enjoy this club video:

Tom Davies - Scouser

And yes it's gone two in the morning here in Brazil and I'm still hyper.

Derek Knox
372 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:29:07
I knew I would see it again, a win at Anfield! It was not only the win that pleased me, but the manner in which it was achieved, there was no cheating, going down easily to get a cheap free-kick (undeservedly, how many times have we seen that from them?) No, we did it on merit. I was proud of every one of our boys out there. They deserved all of that, and possibly more.

Furthermore, such is the narcissism of Klopp, I doubt very much whether his shattered and already crumbling ego will be able to endure this. I will be very surprised in the coming days or weeks, that he says his position is untenable or he gets fired from Big Bertha!

The end of the game summed a lot up for me, Carlo was there proud, and rightly so, ready and eloquent, to give a pitch-side, post-match Interview with the now trademark raised eyebrow. Where was the defeated Klopp? Locked in some toilet kicking the shit out of the door while contemplating what excuse he could possibly prevaricate, and hopefully get away with.

Let's hope too that a marker has been laid down today, and in years to come the Commentators will be saying "Liverpool haven't beaten Everton, home or away, since all those years ago"! Well, I can but dream, can't I?

Paul Kelly
373 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:36:29
Oh fucking yes! Take that you dirty cheating red scumbags cunts.

So fucking happy. Still rewatching the game and celebrating like it was live, even now, at nearly half-five in the morning.

Rob Halligan, you carry on abusing those scumbags cunts as you're as equal to me in your hatred of those horrible twats.

It's been a long time coming, so every Blue revel and rejoice, you've waited long enough. To think my lad who is 18 has never seen us win at Mordor is shocking, but makes me want to celebrate all the more.

Jamie Crowley
374 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:42:52
Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the Lord, my soul to keep.
And if I die before I wake...
FUCK IT! WE WON AT MORDOR!!!
Paul Kelly
375 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:44:55
And my take on the penalty decision, for what it's worth, through my blue and very drunk blue-tinted glasses, is that Calvert-Lewin was cynically upended (as he was about to score) by a carefree reckless attempt to end his career by a desperate lunge from some ork looking Middle Earth-dwelling red twat.

Penalty to us! Sorted.

Paul Kelly
376 Posted 21/02/2021 at 05:48:23
I've never felt more like singing the blues,
When Everton win and Liverpool lose,
Whoa, we'll be singing the blues.
Laurie Hartley
377 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:10:28
Sitting here in Australia late Sunday afternoon, I am feeling very happy for Evertonians all over the world but the ones I am happiest for are the ones who live on Merseyside. They are about to have a very happy week.

Sing your song, Tony Abrahams – especially sing it to your ould fella. 😉

Pickford man of the match for me – there, I have said it. Our players wanted it and boy did it show.

I have gotten myself in trouble on here in the past for saying that the derby games are the two most important games of the season for us. I do believe it. This will be a turning point for us, I am sure.

Carlo Ancelotti – thank you for what you are bringing to our club – belief that we can compete again.

Up the Blues !!!

Dave Long
378 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:12:49
My 53rd birthday out here in Japan. Hello to all the Evertonians around the world!
Brian Porter
379 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:27:06
Ten MotMs for me; sadly can't include Gomes in that number. I thought he was always a mistake waiting to happen: silly fouls, niggling fouls, and a red card almost inevitable. We'll done, Carlo, for subbing him when he did. Rest of the team were magnificent and Carlo was actually quite effusive for him, at the end.

Well done, Blues, and especially Tom Davies, Jordan Pickford and most of all, Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey. James's pass to Richarlison for the goal was sublime and Calvert-Lewin's run to earn the penalty scared their defence to death.

Loved every minute of the game. Would any other manager have masterminded such a win? I think not... Carlo the Magnifico!

Julian Wait
380 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:30:53
The second goal (penalty) was from a pass out by Davies to Richarlison, not a clearance from Keane to Richarlison. Tough call for MotM - but Pickford had 6 or 7 good saves with a couple of those being as good as you will see all season, so for me he edged it.
Danny O’Neill
381 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:34:15
Well, 0615 here and I've been up 45 minutes with our 8-week old puppy. My 3-year-old boy isn't taking too well to the new presence, so dealing with canine territorial issues in the O'Neill household!

Anyway, enough of my domestic woes, it gave me an opportunity to read through the joy that is resonating on this thread. If one thing can unite us unanimously it is a derby win, especially the gold dust that is said win at Anfield.

A great team performance and the manager got his tactics spot-on: he schooled Klopp. Difficult to single players out as each and every one of them showed up. If I do, then I was torn between Tom Davies and Ben Godfrey. Pure class from James for the first goal (the take and the pass). But that's what happens when he has runners in front of him. Mention for Pickford too. The only question mark, surprisingly, was Doucouré in the first half. He's been one of my players of the season so far, yet – as my brother put it on WhatsApp at half-time, he was in danger of being Liverpool's most creative player!! No need to dwell on that though. All through that, I genuinely have never felt so comfortable watching a derby and that's not hindsight-fuelled bravado.

On the penalty, even at the time, I thought it harsh and expected it to be overturned, but it wouldn't have mattered. Guess it was the momentum of the defender, but will need to leave that to those more qualified in refereeing. It wouldn't have been a red card as didn't they change the rules on that a season or 2 ago to avoid "double jeopardy" punishment for penalties?

I privately hoped for 4 points from the last 3 league games, we got 3. Still on target, still in touch.

Mike Gaynes
382 Posted 21/02/2021 at 06:58:34
Now here's something I wouldn't have believed.

ESPN compiled a ranking of what Premier League teams have benefitted most from VAR this season.

We're on top.

And Liverpool are at the bottom:

https://www.espn.com/soccer/english-premier-league/story/4182135/how-var-decisions-affected-every-premier-league-club-in-2020-21

See, I love VAR!

Danny O’Neill
384 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:14:20
On a serious note, Mike, I've been advocating the introduction of video assistance for years to right the wrongs of poor officialdom in football. I would wager that we, more than most, would be in relegation danger if there were a similar "league table" for non-VAR decisions over the years, especially pertinent to this fixture!!
Darren Hind
385 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:35:07
Ricky Tomlison, Sue Johnson, John Bishop, Mel C, Daniel Craig, Les Denis, Jimmy Tarbuck and all the other Kellys who show up every time the shite get near a trophy.

Rowdy Yates, Ian St John, Bill Shankly, Emlyn Hughes, Jimmy Case, Phil Thompson, Graham Sourness, Jordan Henderson, Kenny Dalgliesh, Rat boy Robinson. Jamie Carragher, That twat over the road from me...And his two twat sons.

Darren Lewis. Jamie Carragher. Graeme Sourness, Jim Beglin, Danny Murphy, Mark Lawrenson. Stevie Mac Lar. Michael Owen and Tony "Twat" Evans

Your boys took one Hell of a beating... Your boys took one Hell of a beating.

Paul Birmingham
386 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:39:31
Well said, Darren, the vermin will be lying low in their sewers for few days now.
Teddy Draper
387 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:45:31
Well done Neville Pickford. What a game, so calm and in control.
Steve Brown
388 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:47:36
Darren @ 385, you can add Milton Keynes and Tunbridge Wells to the list!

Great post.

Bobby Mallon
389 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:51:38
Just looked at Sky Sports main page. The first 3 articles are all about Liverpool – nothing about us beating them.
Alan Donougher
390 Posted 21/02/2021 at 07:52:16
At 387 or thereabouts, I'm not sure how many people will read this, or be able to read it!!!! Good luck to you!

A little personal history. I was born in Waterloo in 1946. Transported to Australia in 1955.

Only saw 2 Everton games. First was their first mid-week game after being promoted from the 2nd Division. And we won 1-0, against Arsenal. John Buchan wrote there were only 4 policemen at the game! Shows trust in our followers. Follower for life.

2nd game was a 1-1 draw against Chelsea, probably in 1956. But I have never lost my commitment.

The last years have been difficult as I grit my teeth, but last night... Memorable!!!!! It will keep me going for a LONG while!


Ernie Baywood
391 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:00:28
While we're onto stats...

Sheffield United... the worst Premier League team in history at this stage of the season... have more points than Liverpool over the last 10 matches.

I know we don't care about them. But we do really!

Paul Smith
392 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:01:28
Up early this morning, MotD on again. That ball by James was exquisite, really was, and the finish by Richarlison, who's finding form again. We've not lost a league game away from home since early November, Fantastic! How did Seamus miss that? Our home form is shocking and needs to improve. A special mention to Pickford and Keane – both absolutely immense.

Today myself and all my toffee peers are the Pride of Merseyside.

Danny O’Neill
393 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:03:21
You're right, Ernie, deep down I do care about them and I always keep an eye out for their results.

A good friend of mine is an avid Blades fan.

Terry Farrell
394 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:03:44
Good morning, my blue sisters and brothers, it's a beautiful day... Hey, hey, it's a beautiful day.

Fantastic win yesterday and a long time coming but, with Carlo at the helm, our form against top 6 is more assured. Davies, Holgate, Godfrey and Calvert-Lewin are fantastic young players. Keane, Digne, Coleman all committed quality players. Richarlison world class on his day.

Doucouré a great player who gives his all, James smooth as silk, Sigurdsson, Iwobi, Gomes and Mina all have roles to play. Pickford and Olsen decent keepers... and a new ground on the way. We are going places!

Derek Thomas
395 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:21:54
Darren @ 385; I'm mellow and magnanimous today...but to be honest I never minded Rowdy Yeats, The Saint or Shankly - match day excepted obviously (or Roger the Dodger, The Flying Pig and a few others of that era - not Smith though, I draw the line at him, he was the proto rs...the ones before him just played for liverpool)

We sung/ still sing about them in 'The Royal Blue Mersey' for a reason and I don't care what anybody says, deep down we knew they were very, very, good at what they did...The rest and many besides, all and sundry, can all fuck right off though.

Edit; before, nobody could do it. But once its done, many could and did do it...4mins - then 3mins 59.4secs, now 3mins 43.13secs - its all about belief.

Go out and believe you can beat City - win that cup...you have nothing to fear but fear its self...and you just had your Roger Bannister moment, now beat it again.

Steve Brown
396 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:25:22
Cast iron penalty last night. Watch it again and you see TAA hook DCL's leg after Dom steadied himself. He knew what he was doing and then feigns a blow to his head to try to cover it up.
Brian Murray
397 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:32:42
Winning at that loft conversion and the the location and grandeur of the new ground even if I was a neutral or tourist you would say to yourself this is the city’s club with all its facilities from the town centre no doubt leading up to bmd it will be a joy to behold and really rub their noses in it. Hated them more than love the blues for what they done and changed our landscape in 85 but now I just want to focus on us and be a serious player in this league so eventually sky etc won’t want or need to employ every ex shiester who wants a job talking cack.
Martin Berry
398 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:41:44
Rob #302
That must be a different chap using my name. I don't do fantasy football apart from when Everton beat Liverpool in their back yard.
Kim Vivian
399 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:55:16
Whoa - Steve 388. Why Tunbridge Wells? - We're all Blues down here!
Colin Glassar
400 Posted 21/02/2021 at 08:57:52
So, after the euphoria subsides (slightly) and after watching the game again, here are my ratings:

Pickford - 9. Probably his best game for us since joining from Sunderland. He didn’t put a foot wrong and commanded his area.

Holgate - 7. Solid game from Mason after a few iffy performances. This kid has so much potential but he needs to cement his position in the team.

Keane - 8. Micheal’s game goes unnoticed as he’s a quiet boy but he’s now a leader (by example) on the pitch. He organised the defence beautifully yesterday.

Godfrey - 8. Houston, we have found ourselves a new Galactic! What a buy he’s turning out to be. Two- footed, quick, strong, reads the game well etc... I just hope we can ward off the sharks this summer.

Coleman - 7. Mr. Everton. Seamus has a heart bigger than Goodison. I keep writing him off and he keeps on roaring back.

Doucoure - 6. Not one of his best games. I think the nerves got to him as he was jittery throughout. His work rate is phenomenal and maybe he’s a bit tired.

Davies - 8. I’d have given Tom a 9 (and motm) but once or twice he was caught daydreaming on the ball and lost it. But there’s no two ways about it, Tom has found his niche in the team.

Gomes - 6. I really want this guy to succeed but I don’t know if he ever will. He shows flashes but then makes stupid mistakes, fouls too often, is negative in his passing etc... Will the real Andre stand up, please?

Digne - 7. I was going to give Luca a 6 but he took one in the balls for the team and carried on with a Gallic shrug of the shoulders. He’s still not back to his very best and still has to improve defensively.

Rodriguez - 7. James will never get more than this because his game is all about stealth. He’s constantly on the move looking for a killer pass. His game’s not about blood and thunder. He’s more the silent assassin type.

Richarlison - 8. Another oft criticised (by me) player who starting to regain his early season form. Richi has it all to be a world class player if only he would smile! Jay Wood might be able to tell me if Richarlison is the only Brazilian player in history who doesn’t seem to enjoy his football.

Subs:

DCL - 7. Terrified the rs defence when he came on and got us the killer pen. Love this lad.

Siggi - 6. Gave us a bit more energy when he came on towards the end. Cool as an Icelandic glacier taking the pen.

Iwobi - 2. The less said the better. I give him a two for his celebration of the goal.

Carlo - 10. Absolutely got his tactics and team selection right. Carlo is the only manager around who constantly beats Herr Klopp.

Man Of The Match. Jordan Pickford.


Phil Lewis
401 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:02:05
Colin#400
Spot on assessment!
John Keating
402 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:04:02
Some great performances by the players
Special mention for the ref who was not conned by the evil little bastards Mane and Salah
I think Ancelottis management of Pickford has been great
He saw he had faults and issues and no serious backup to make him think
In comes a good keeper in Olsen who gives Pickford something to think about culminating in last nights performance
Great to see the players, all the players, and staff, especially Ancelotti and his lad, show they really do care about our Club
Danny Baily
403 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:05:00
Colin, agreed but Doucoure did settle as the game went on.
Darren Hind
404 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:15:08
I know what you are saying Derek.

I was looking for something on You tube then stumbled across the most Hilarious gloating of all time. I guess someone as arl as you will know I stole my post from that.

For those too young to have heard or seen the clip from the Norwegian commentator after they had beaten England. Have a look on you tube. Just type in "Your boys took a hell of s beating".
It was the moment I realised I didnt care about the England team

"Clement Attlee, Henry Cooopoor". Still makes me laugh now forty years later

Bill Gienapp
405 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:19:25
"Iwobi - 2. The less said the better. I give him a two for his celebration of the goal."

Ha ha ha - never change, Colin.

Martin Mason
406 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:21:42
Amid the justifiable joy that this morning brings we need to remember the gorilla in the room that is our home form and which needs to be sorted out.
Rob Halligan
407 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:30:08
Martin # 398. Are you not the same Martin Berry I know and used to work with? There was a post from a “Martin Berry” a couple of years back, referencing me, so I assumed you were the one and same that I know?
Colin Glassar
408 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:31:18
That’s true Danny but still not his best game for us IMO.

Bill, and I was being generous 😉

Now we need Spurs, Villa, Man City and Newcastle to do us a favour today.

Terry Farrell
409 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:33:02
Darren always had Les Dennis down as a blue?
Brent Stephens
410 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:48:09
Peter #310 - great news for you both.
Bobby Mallon
411 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:51:26
Colin and co. I think Gomes contribution was immense yesterday. His job yesterday ( I think ) was to make those niggly fouls away from our area to break play up and stop them getting their passing game going. He did it magnificently. I called it at half time to my mates that he would get ten mins in the second half then be taken off for sigi. He’s a silky player who is integral to our overall play. He should not be sold.
Paul Swan
412 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:52:08
Glad we ruined the weekend for the twats at the BBC. First few seconds of the MOTD commentary last night cut to Saint Virgil sat in the stands ‘here to say hello’ to Jordan Pickford. ’ interesting no order player/team gets this treatment and we don’t hear any mention of Andre Gomez in the same context to spare Mr. Son any further trauma. Hope we push on after this result now...
Gio Mero
413 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:54:52
We haven't won at Anfield since 12 hours ago
Ian Edwards
414 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:08:27
Yes. I woke up this morning and double checked and yes...It really happened!!!
Jason Wilkinson
415 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:08:55
My head hurts
Jason Li
416 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:11:12
Amanda Holden happy on the Everton Gin in black negligee vs Sue Johnson.

Another win!

Stephen Brown
417 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:11:58
Paul
I was just about to post something similar! Why was he there ? He should be done for breaking covid guidelines!

He was there to try to intimidate Pickford and the disgrace of a media lapped it up!

Delighted for Jordan Pickford and just hope this can be a turning point for more consistency.

Still buzzing today !!!

Derek Knox
418 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:27:41
BREAKING NEWS : Harry and Meghan have contacted Liverpool FC for advice on losing their titles 2021. You heard it here first folks! 😛
Stan Schofield
419 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:48:27
Paul@412: Good post. There’s more to Gomes’ game than he’s given credit for. He’s a classy, silky ball player, but he’s also a niggly nuisance to the opposition. To have such an effect, the niggliness needs to be on the edge of acceptability to the officials, and with Gomes it is. That’s why he gets booked, then looks on the verge of another booking. But he’s never had two yellows, and never been sent off.

We keep saying on ToffeeWeb that Everton need to be niggly, to avoid being ‘too nice’, and to handle cheating and cynicism from other teams like the RS. That’s precisely what Gomes did yesterday. He’s a player who, with the ball, has similarities to Rodriguez, but he’s also a big physical presence and a nark, a very subtle one. He’s very valuable to us.

Neil Copeland
420 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:52:31
Derek, very good!

What a performance from us. Went at them from the kick off and never allowed them time or space to recover. Carlo and the team got it absolutely spot on. I was lost for words yesterday, too excited and just watched it over and over. Couldn’t sleep either and will watch it again today. Had to check the date this morning, thought it must be December 26th!

Bjorn-Ivar Pedersen
421 Posted 21/02/2021 at 10:59:18
Everybody behave like we never beat the shits before. Weird!
Ok I am not from Liverpool so I don't feel it on my body every week, but still I think it's weird. After all we have to get used to it. With Carlo this will be the everyday in the future, just let him do his magic, for years to come.
Derek Rye
422 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:03:39
Richarlison deserves to go to the Copa america AND the Tokyo Olympics for that goal!
George McKane
423 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:06:33
I wrote before the Game yesterday that being an Evertonian was being in Love - - True Love - - what a night for Lover’s - - for True Blue Lovers.

The night wind revolves in the sky and sings
The Night is shattered and the BLUE stars shiver in the distance

And now it’s Sunday morning here in New Brighton - - the weatherman says Grey today - - don’t believe him - - I look out of my window with my Lovers Eyes and see nothing but Blue Skies - -everywhere.

Rave on Carlo Ancelotti:
“Down through the weeks of ages
In the moss borne dark dank pools
Rave on down through the industrial revolution
Empiricism, atomic and nuclear age
Rave on down through time and space down through the corridors
Rave on words on printed page
Rave on, you left us infinity
And well pressed pages torn to fade
Drive on with wild abandon
Up tempo, frenzied heels
Rave on, Walt Whitman, nose down in wet grass
Rave on, fill the senses
On nature's bright green shady path”

I told my wife in midweek that being an Evertonian was something special - - about loyalty and trust and something special that glory hunters” and “bandwagonners” just don’t get - - that special bond we have going to the match together - - talking about our Club - - it is a measure of who we are that we persist with our Love - - I can see the Goodison Rooftop from my side window:
“Way over yonder, yeah in the clear blue sky
That's where flamingos fly
Well we're here and we're waiting
For that morning light to shine
And I'm looking at you, looking at me, looking right back at you
And I'm anticipating
Sounds along the way
Looking at you, looking at me, looking right back at you
Somewhere, somewhere, somewhere way over the rooftops of the houses
Heard it one time in a lullaby”.

I am reading Anna Akhmatova - - again and again - - she was a True Blue Lover:
“We thought we were beggars, we thought we had nothing at all
But then when we started to lose one thing after another,
Each day became
A memorial day --
And then we made songs
Of great divine generosity
And of our former riches”.

I am dwelling - - floating - - flying - - high up into The Blue Astral - - I float above the River - - over The Blue Liver Buildings - - high above those treasured Streets of Memory - - passing those places of friendship and drinks and songs and of everyday Lovers Artists and Poets - - that us - - me and you - - I am flying through Our City - - towards Our Home - - I see my Ma - - she waves me forward - -Maggie Brady - - “go on George - - it’s your time” - - I look upwards and written on the Blue Sky are your word from TW - - like a Holy Scroll - - there are moments of pain and moments of Joy - - I see Marley’s Ghost flying around with the chains and padlocks and weights of the past keeping him from Heaven - - somehow our chains - - may - - have been dropped and released so that we can now float and fly upwards towards our Blue Heaven - - my goodness - - there’s Howard and Colin and Alan - - smiling at us - - they nod as if they knew it would all change - - they knew - - and dixie and Tommy - - it feel good today to fly free like a bird with no weights or worries to drag me down:
And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed
All around the world
And we sailed, and we sailed, and we sailed
Looking for a brand new start
And we sailed
And we sailed, and we sailed
All around the world, a brand new start

My dearest thoughts and wishes go to All You Blues - - to Dave and Tony and John Snr and Derek and Darren and Laurie Hartley and all of us - - it’s been a long wait and we have to put up with some dreadful rubbish - - but here and now we seem to have a man of quiet strength and obvious dignity and its our time to celebrate and enjoy:
I will walk out of the darkness
And I'll walk into the light
And I'll sing the song of ages
And the dawn will end the night

It’s our time for singing and dancing - - for poetry - - safe in the knowledge that we have created this ourselves with no need for using dark side tactics and no need for us to call each other names - - we are the singers of our own song - - the makers of our own history - - the writers of OUR own stories.

I am having a walk out today with my wife - - Gosia - - so I will “top of the morning” gang :

And we'll walk down the avenue again
And we'll sing all the songs from way back when, yeah
And we'll walk down the avenue again and the healing has begun
And we'll walk down the avenue in style
And we'll walk down the avenue and we'll smile
And we'll say:
" ain't it all worthwhile when the healing has begun?"

-- and I am sending Blue Cosmic Grooves All The way to you all - - with a firm handshake - - your friend - - George

Ian Jones
424 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:21:51
Great performance by all yesterday. I looked at the team sheet and thought we had already conceded the game but glad I was wrong.

The difference in managers response to defeats is often interesting. I feel our manager is happy to praise the other team and give credit where it's due...for example after the Man City game. On the other hand, Klopp yesterday in the interviews I have seen seems to offer no credit to Everton and how we performed. Probably shouldn't be surprised.

Peter Mills
425 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:27:09
Lovely post George #423, as ever. May every Blue enjoy their day.
Brian Harrison
426 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:31:17
I suppose in a way you could ask why we are so surprised given the fact that Professor Ancelotti has now won at Anfield with 5 different teams, its no big deal to a serial winner. Thats why when others were jumping up and down at the end he was his usual calm and collected self, some of the players said after the game that Carlo in his team talk had told them they would win.

He has only just started us on the journey to again competing at the very top, and it will take time but at last we have hired a top gun, who knows exactly how to build a side. No at present it isn't the free flowing football we would all like to see, but we should take heart that practically all Carlos side played attractive winning football, at the very highest level. So to his critics I would say if we have given time for all of his predecessors from Kendal onwards then surely we need to give a man of Carlos ability a little more time to build and refine this team.

Usually the first task of a new manager is to improve the players he inherited and I think he has made a big impression on a few players that were here when he arrived. In fact some of the players he has improved, if many of us had our way would have been out the door by now. I personally never ever thought we could build a side with Michael Keane at the heart of the defence, now he lokks one of the best CBs in the league. Now a lot of the improvement in these players is mainly down to the player himself but all the players mention the impact he has had on them. Tom Davies another who has come in for a lot of stick on here, but in the last 5/6 games looks a completely different player, more assured in everything he does, again Tom says Carlo told him not to take to many touches and move the ball quicker and the difference is there for all to see. I also think DCL has improved under Carlo and others as well.

I think his demeanour to the players is saying yes enjoy your victories but if we are to be were he wants us to be, victories over teams like Liverpool should become our expectation and not our hope.

Derek Knox
427 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:32:24
Yes George, great to hear your lovely words again, haven't been on for a while myself, let's hope your poetry and yesterday's result and performance puts any negativity to bed for as long as possible. Great to see too, the players after-match celebrations, which proves they do care and it is not just a job to them, long may it continue.
Graham Mockford
428 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:49:01
Maybe it’s too early given the sense of happiness pervading these threads but Ancelotti will know there is a lot to be done with this squad if it is to become truly competitive.

We have become a much more resilient side in the last twelve months able to go against good sides and hold our own. On the flip we have not nearly been as good against sides who need to be broken down. So perversely we are having one of our best seasons against the top sides for ages and having a distinctly average season against sides you would expect us to put to the sword.

That means only one thing, recruitment of three of four top quality players, mostly in attacking areas but also a right back.

And let’s just hope City have a very rare off night in a few weeks time.

Colin Glassar
429 Posted 21/02/2021 at 11:58:42
Spot on Brian H and Graham M, yes we are on the right track with Don Carlo, and yes there’s still a lot of work and rebuilding to do.

If it wasn’t for our home form we’d be breathing down Man City’s neck right now. So Carlo, as well as the players have to learn from these mistakes.

Depending on the summer transfers we could be seeing the beginning of a new Everton dynasty.

Martin Mason
430 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:00:18
Yes, don't forget that no matter how well we do, what milestones we achieve, etc., there'll always be room to complain about it.
Jason Wilkinson
431 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:03:39
Reflecting on yesterday's game. Pickford finally put a performance worthy of his status as England's No.1
Michael Keane is surely back in contention to be a regular for his country. Ben Godfrey looked like Kevin Ratcliffe. He ran and ran and ran all night. Tom Davies is becoming a very good player. We forget he is very young for a player in his position. Seamus Coleman & Lucas Digne put fine performances in last night. Richarlison put it all together last night. His runs were clever. He took his goal well. He held the ball up well and brought his teammates into the attack. Doucouré & Gomes struggled to get a grip in midfield. Both worked hard but it wasnt their best displays. James Rodriguez looked sharp. He played some great through balls. He needed a little more help to be more effective. A shrewd tactical set up by Ancelotti.
A great win but we must kick on and get wins against the lesser lights of the EPL. Can we get some other monkeys of our back? A win away at Arsenal & Chelsea?
Dave Abrahams
432 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:06:22
George (423), wile you were soaring through the skies and looking up at Heaven, I hope Indidn’t hold you back too much I was flying with you hanging on to your coat tails and singing with you, did you hear me singing up to you “ Oh what a night” what a night indeed, been a “ Long time coming” but well worth the wait.

Enjoy your walk George with your wife and whisper to her “ I love you more than I love Everton” she’ll “ Never believe You, that from this great big world “ you’ve chosen her, but she’ll know she comes very close.

Blue cosmic grooves back George, I think they will be staying for quite some time.

Dave Williams
433 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:13:02
First of all congrats to Peter on the great news he had concerning his wife- it reminds us that health of loved ones always comes first.
I have to admit I couldn’t watch yesterday. I am seldom if ever in a bad mood but seeing them celebrate a goal against us with their equally odious fans is guaranteed to put me in a pretty black mood and I decided to avoid this and keep up with events via the live forum.
What a great result. I have seen the very brief highlights on BBC and am looking forward to seeing the whole game later on the recorder.
I have forgotten the feeling of beating them and woke this morning scarcely believing what we did, but feeling like a huge weight has been lifted. My sister is a red and strangely has not been in touch this morning. Red friends are silent though anyone who is not a red seems delighted that they lost- I wonder why??
The game plan was what I thought it would be though with no Dom or Allan I thought we might struggle.
Great defending, cracking attitude, Davies,Godfrey and Holgate seemed to set the tone from what I gather. If we can keep this going then we have the makings of a really good side. Tom looks set to save us a good £25m or so and I am so delighted that he is starting to ram the criticism down people’s throats in the same way as DCL has done. On the subject of DCL what about his pace giving Arnold a head start and beating him over fifty yards- spectacular!
Sean Kelly
434 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:22:23
George #423 well said lad. It's fairly crowded up here "floating - - flying - - high up into The Blue Astral" A great piece George and peace at last.
Danny O’Neill
435 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:22:45
Beautiful George. There are grey skies here, but I know that blue ones sit high above them.

I've just watched the highlights again. Our goals are something to purr about.

For the first, James showed his class. Taking a headed pass out of the air and makes the pass early on the half volley. He was able to do so because of the run by Richarlison who finished with a text book sweeping "pass" into the far corner. Football poetry worthy of words that only you can probably conjure George.

The second starts with composure from Tom Davies. When, at that stage of the game, many would have gone for Rugby style territory percentages and smashed it, Davies swivels in our own D with the team under pressure and picks out one of his team mates rather than the corner flag. Richarlison cleverly rolls his marker and then plays a lovely weighted pass into the path of Calvert-Lewin, leading to the penalty and second goal. Great counter attacking move; 2 passes from the edge of our own box but clever football, not long ball.

Still enjoying the moment and can watch the Sunday football with the dogs very relaxed.

Tommy Carter
436 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:23:08
So many on here wanted us to sell Tom Davies in January to Southampton for the £15m that was reputedly on the table.

An embarrassment.

A real statement of intent. No inferiority complex from Carlo. What a privilege it is to have him as our manager, and equally he believes it’s his privilege to be here.

He just needs to find the way to pick up victories against teams who close up against us and counter. I think he will get this right as it is our only undoing so far this season.

Derek Knox
437 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:29:35
Colin @ 429, an 'Everton Dynasty' don't tell me we are thinking of signing Joan Collins mate. Cor Blimey! :-)
Tony Abrahams
438 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:44:01
I’ve just read this thread from start to finish, and honestly didn’t know I posted last night, after finishing two bottles of beautiful red wine.

Some brilliant posts, Jamie C, that’s a cracker running round the car park, but sums up what it’s like to be a lunatic Evertonian mate, and for Evertonians all over the world, I’m just delighted the monkey has been taken off our backs.

I can’t wait for the first Liverpudlian, who tries to engage me on the penalty, because my straightforward answer will be, why did Arnold, keep running with Lewin? Maybe if he’d had the nouse to step up, he might have caught Big Dom offside!

I got what I asked for Laurie, I'm sure a United fan base will help bring the glory days back to Everton, even if I felt that Carlo, was to cautious at times last night, and was thinking Ian E, has got a point, because if you give Rodriguez, runners, you just know he’ll find them SINGING WE SHALL NOT BE MOVED, EVERTON!!!!

Colin Glassar
439 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:44:30
Derek, back in the 80’s she could’ve shown us a thing or two.

Today, I got up late, had a late breakfast, started watching the hammers/Spurs game and I thought to myself, I’ll go online and read the back pages of the dailies.

Surprise, surprise, almost all of them concentrate on the rs injury problems and klopps disappointment at yesterday’s result. Even these stories are hidden half way down the page.

Who’d like to bet that if the shite had won every single one of them would be screaming, “Liverpool back in title chase”? It’s really pathetic.

Thomas Richards
440 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:55:05
One for you Dave A.

https://twitter.com/kevin_m_murphy/status/1363460664153567235?s=24

Dave Abrahams
441 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:55:47
Danny (435), you’re description of the lead up to the penalty is spot on and almost the same as we the one we got under Allardyce at Anfield. Jonjo Kenny got the ball and instead of lashing it anywhere, he beat a man then picked out Wayne Rooney twenty yards away wide right, Wayne took it forward on or two paces then hit a long ball for Dominic Calvin Lewin to run onto and force a penalty out of the pass, a penalty to cause Klopp to go mental on the sidelines, Rooney kept his calm and literally banged the ball past the Liverpool ‘keeper, good job the goal didn’t try to save it, he would have gone in the back of the net with the ball.

Derek Knox (various) glad to see you back on ToffeeWeb, you and your gentle humour have been missed, glad you are okay.

Dale Self
442 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:57:42
And to think this lasts until the next time we kick off against those bastards Well done Blues, we are in the run for the Cup and a CL spot in Feb I think it is ok to believe they could damn well do it on both fronts
Tony Abrahams
443 Posted 21/02/2021 at 12:58:50
I told a lie, I stopped to post before I read George’s post, because I thought it might be a cracker, and I wasn’t wrong, that post was up there with his finest, on this beautiful day to rejoice, and especially for Peter Roberts and his wife Rejoice🙏
Darren Hind
444 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:15:52
George

I posted on the match day thread asking if you had had the chance to paw through a book called "The lost tribes of Everton and Scottie Road" By Ken Rogers. Unfortunately the thread was replaced by the usual update immediately after I pressed send, so I doubt you would have seen it.

The reason I asked, is because it is all about an area you (as a former CG boy) will know like the back of your hand. Wonderful images of streets, Buildings and people, from Margaret Street Baths, to Vauxhall.

I gave a copy to My Dad before he passed on. He was besides himself. He loved it. He knew many of the people and streets so well.

I looked for it after he passed, but when it came to the inexpensive family "treasures", my light-fingered sister was always a step ahead of her thicko brothers and it had vanished.

You conjure up similar images in my head every time I read your pre-match post.

Another great post from you today. No coming back to earth after yesterday's hysteria, just a transition to a more sustainable state of bliss.

Derek Knox
445 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:17:12
Thanks Dave, it feels good to be back, especially after yesterday, a lot of the Old Song and Film Titles seem appropriate and come back, I'm In Heaven, Blue Moon, The Blue Light! The list is almost endless but all encapsulating how every Blue must feel, from the final whistle to present, and all over the World where we have ambassadors!

Maybe we could start a theme on Songs and Films! 👍💙

Dave Abrahams
446 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:22:24
Tony (438), Two bottles of red wine in one night, we won’t see you ‘til about Thursday then, fuckin’ hell, two bottles of milk gets you singing’.
George McKane
447 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:23:16
Darren - thanks - I tried to answer you yesterday but the post closed - I know and have the book and know Ken reasonably well - a nice man who helped supported Ronny Goodlass with his book - great place and times and like you am wallowing in all things Blue - Up The Blues - hope you are your family are all good.
Billy Roberts
448 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:25:15
What a great feeling to finally beat them at Anfield, and just to beat them.
Tony A, you said the next bit for me virtually. I've read all the posts and Jamie's story was brilliant amongst some corkers.
I loved the fact like Danny O says the goals were class, ok one was a penalty but the movement up to it was.
Colin Glassar its not all bias in the media ( I do agree generally) if anyone can see the Times headline " Anfield in ruins " it is worth keeping.
A couple of posters mentioned VVD being at the game ??? Spot on, I didn't think spectators were allowed? And as for the MOTD commentator keeping up the sob story " maybe hes here to stare at Pickford blah blah" well that worked a fuckin treat didn't it VVD?
Finally in a match with so many plus points I have to say Pickford's save from Henderson was world class, absolutely top draw.
Thomas Richards
449 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:27:36
Klopp has made the following statement this morning.

"i am convinced god is a Man City fan. He sent the wind down.
You cant play against god"

Lester Yip
450 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:29:20
Really happy for Pickford and Davies.

It seems that Pickford being out for a few games did him well. Perhaps get away that complacency that he's always no. 1? It seems his concentration is back. Perhaps Carlo's instruction is to keep things simple at the back. Clear the ball if you're unsure. Just don't over play it.

For Davies, he is my MOTM. Break down play, drive the ball forward, making the killing pass to find Richy for our second goal. I'd wish he can keep this consistency week in week out.

Perhaps if Allan is back in, Doucoure can be rested for a couple of games? He looks tired as it's shown by the mistakes when not under pressure.

Tony Abrahams
451 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:31:00
I didn’t even sing Dave. The posts on my WhatsApp kept me smiling all night, and except for a few little jigs, and plenty of🙏 this, I got my enjoyment from joyous Evertonians. Life is always better when people of the same heart, are enjoying themselves! Fuckin gerrrin Everton, you made “us all” very happy last night!
Neil Copeland
452 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:40:55
It’s not very often I think a player deserves a rating of 10 but in Jordan Pickford case I think it is fully merited.

His form has not been the best and had rightly received flak for that. But he has been abused from all corners of the media and so called football experts. He has received death threats for fucks sake. This in addition to having the burden of “that goal”.

So, to overcome all that and play the way he did yesterday is fully deserving of a 10 in my opinion. Hopefully he has reached a new level now and help us kick on.

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

453 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:41:03
Like many Blues I imagine I am reading and viewing repeatedly many good bits and pieces on line.

Another match stat: The number Everton did on Salah and Mane reinforcing just how good that triumphant of Holgate, Keane and Godfrey were last night. Salah had just 1 shot, his fewest at Anfield this season. It was the most Mane has been tackled and lost the ball while dribbling in more than 3 years. And when he did so, he looked up into the gurning grin and laughter of Mason Holgate to the point he got himself booked in frustration.

Talk about James being unhappy at Everton, laughingly dismissed in Carlo's pre-match presser. He had been off the pitch 30 minutes, wrapped up in his snug club coat. Before the final whistle he took off his club coat on a freezing night then joined his team-mates on the pitch to celebrate joyously with them. Showing his true colours in more than one sense.

I think I'm most made up for Tom Davies. Another cracking game last night. Within this article on the club site - Tom's post-match comments - are embedded two great videos of the lad. A Tweet posted by DCL and a club video on what the club and the city mean to Tom. A good read and viewing:

Tom Davies: Scouser & Evertonian

Joe McMahon
454 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:47:28
A crazy day day yesterday for me, a issue in my home life took unexpectedly took many house to sort (thankfully it's fine now). However beacose of all this I didn't get to chack the score until HT. To be honest i'm slightly still in shock. I remeber ater the 1999 win the next hoem game I think ws against Coventry and the atmosphere at Goodison was "Happy". Unfortunatly though we were brought down to earth at it was only a draw. But the point is it's a nice feeling wehn we beat em. My fave was with Joe Royle with Limpar and Kanchelskis on the wings at Anfield taking then to the cleaners.

If i've not remembered all that correctly abpout the Coventry game just forgive me. We all all high today!

Derek Knox
455 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:50:57
I think having read nearly all the posts, a special mention must go to Jordan Pickford, some have already mentioned it I know, but Pickford has and rightly so come in for a lot of criticism with his mixture of brilliance and erratic goalkeeping in the past.

Yesterday he looked to be the keeper we paid a record fee for back in June 2017, with not a hint of a brainfart. I truly hope he can maintain that and hope it wasn't a one-off. Maybe he has been seeing a Psychologist, he certainly appeared the epitome of calmness and reliability, between the sticks. Again, long may it continue.

He was certainly a contender, if not the actual MoM yesterday, but that would give the impression that we were under the cosh, far from it, but without his magnificent saves the score line may have been different. Godfrey, Keane and Davies all had a considerable shout too. I have often been one of Tom's critics, but I don't know what Carlo has done with him, but he is certainly a player transformed. Keane too, has been a rock in defence.

Hope the non-appearance of Allan and King was purely tactical, but it's great to know we have so many options now at our disposal, for the run-in both League and FA Cup. COYB

Danny O’Neill
456 Posted 21/02/2021 at 13:58:39
The Kanchelskis one was good Joe, but the Grahame Sharp one will always live we me. I also enjoyed the one when Ratcliffe scored a rare and deflected goal in the League Cup. What was equally as memorable that evening was having a very drunk older Evertonian manhandle my half time sausage roll off me in the Anfield Road and lecture me on how it was bad enough having to pay the admission fee, let alone fill their coffers with more of our own money.

I also thoroughly enjoyed last night. I still am doing so.

Brian Murray
457 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:09:21
To think the stick that Tom got or gets just shows he might come across as a bit timid but on the pitch he has from an early age been the only one of the midfield to try a forward pass. Now, he's really maturing, especially after the Old Trafford game, and his belief is he's here to stay. It's up to the likes of Allan to stay fit and then challenge him. All good for us.
Graeme Beresford
458 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:21:38
It’s taken me until now to compose myself enough to write this message. Also, it’s taken until now for me to feel half human as my hangover was well and truly kicking my arse. I ended up walking home 5 mile last night, rotten drunk, singing ‘Carlo fantastico...’ at the top of my lungs. I’m 35 and it’s been far too long but the game itself brought a few things to the forefront that I have to mention.

They are; the first, early goal is so so important in any game but in a Derby it is vital. Confidence rises, and the other team will have to spend most of the game trying to equalise. This is what we did so well yesterday, we battled, we chased, we worked hard and we showed class. Speaking of class, James Rodrigues, there were fans saying it’s not the game for him. How wrong they were. It was the perfect game for a player of his class to do exactly what he did. Put a killer ball through. Fantastic.

Speaking to fantastic... what about our Carlo hey. I hope the negative ToffeeWebbers will now understand he is exactly what we need. He is the best thing to happen to this club in donkeys years, 16 lost games in 52 since he took over and now an away win at Anfield. We are in dreamland with this guy. Yes, there are things we need to work out, home form and then breaking poor teams down and beating them but all in all we are doing great.

What a win! What an evening! My wife and all of her family are reds and they aren’t speaking to me and have removed me from the family whatsapp group. I guess they really can’t take it, and I have been waiting for years to send them the videos, pictures and meme’s that I’ve endured for years. My father in law got it good last night and my own Dad appreciated it when I sent him a picture of my recently passed Grandad with the words, that was for you, written on it. Que, me getting a video back from him opening a bottle of champagne with my brother. Just stuff you love to see isn’t it.

So all in all, we deserved that win. And how refreshing was it to see Everton get a penalty against them, at Anfield, it’s mad when you think of how many decisions over the years have gone against us. It was only the other day I was watching the video of Carragher hauling down Lescott in the box in a game where Liverpool scored 2 penalties and beat us 2-1. Nothing ever goes for us. But I’m going to credit the referee as I thought in the whole he did really well and it was a definite penalty. I loved Salah’s diving antics being fobbed off and I also love the fact on Graeme Souness and the quietness from Carragher was he even commentating?!?

You could almost feel sorry for Liverpool couldn’t you?! Nahhhhhhhhh!!!! FTRS COYB!!!! Well in ToffeeWebbers! Well in all of you!!!!

Darren Hind
459 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:22:51
They'll all good, George.

Same to you.

Barry Jones
460 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:35:28
Magnificent performances by every single player who set foot on the pitch. Special mentions to Michael Keane, Ben Godfrey, Tom Davies and Jordan Pickford, and last but not least Seamus Coleman. Robertson didn't get a sniff.
Brian Murray
461 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:41:52
The players and staff looked like they really enjoyed that. Now, do they have the hunger for more nights like that?

Carlo I'm sure now knows even mid and lower teams need the same intensity and respect. If he cracks that, the likes of Richarlison won't have to go anywhere.

Now is not the time to say we need this or that – just let's bask in this and look them shiesters in the eye.

Bill Gall
462 Posted 21/02/2021 at 14:48:20
Long way down from cloud 9 but made it. How many of us had the same team as Ancelotti chose, I know I didn't, again, he never seems to agree with my selections, I suppose that is why he is the manager. One person who seemed surprised was Klopp, who during the interview before the game he was asked, what did he think of the Everton team, his answer was, I don't know I haven't seen it yet, and asked, was DCL and Allan playing, and when he was told no, he laughed and said, that Ancelotti old poker face, so I think even he was surprised. M.Owen in the studio was surprised that he had used Coleman to stop Alexandre Arnold from coming out of defense to support their forwards, but surprise, surprise, old poker face got his tactics spot on.
He may make mistakes now and then, but to me that just shows he is human, so anyone who thinks Ancelotti is not the man for Everton, ask yourself why ? . I cant wait to see what his team will be like when he gets the 2or 3 players he wants, and here's hoping we get into Europe for next season, preferably not the Europe league.
John McFarlane Snr
463 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:01:25
Hi George [423] thanks for another masterpiece, I think I understand the frustration of the younger fans, but prior to yesterdays magnificent victory, there were claims that the present squad was the worst ever. I truly do understand, their yearnings and impatience, and wonder what's worse. having enjoyed success from 1963 to 1970, and the magnificence of the 80s, for fans from the generation of Dave Abrahams, John Boon, and myself who have only memories to cling to. Or to be fans of today who have precious little to pass on to their children, I think there's pain in both groups, and hopefully now is the time for optimism.
Mike Gaynes
464 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:26:31
Dave and Tony Abrahams, I'm getting a special pleasure out of reading your posts today (especially teasing each other).

Our Pickford-tinged trip to Anfield is still a pleasurable memory thanks to Dave's company and Tony's generosity on that day -- but the memory of yesterday will be a whole lot different!

Craig Walker
465 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:26:58
Graham. Agree totally about Carlo. There have been setbacks and poor performances but we are definitely on an upward trajectory.

This week sums up being an Evertonian. Poor performance against Fulham and a long-running winning streak disappears. A decent performance against City but a massive gulf in class. Trepidation about going across the park, especially after the starting Xi was named.

Everton then deliver a memorable performance with a lot of derided players giving everything we’ve asked for. One proud record gone. One embarrassing run that has lasted decades finally over. My lad finally got to witness us beating them lot after 10 years. Superb stuff, Blues. Let’s lose this inferiority complex and get behind this manager. Hoping for some good BMD news to rub salt in the wounds. COYB

Dave Abrahams
466 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:30:46
Thomas (440), I tried that formula but it never worked, Tony and my grandson Sonny both sent me one of a priest starting mass with his Everton scarf around his neck, took it off and spread it wide offering it up to the altar, is that the one? I am curious about which church the priest was saying mass in, I imagine it was in Liverpool but it could have been anywhere.
Thomas Richards
467 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:34:09
Not too sure but I think it was the Cathedral Dave.
Absolutely brilliant.

That link will be a mess up from me mate but well worth a watch

Dale Self
468 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:46:12
I think it was Gabriel Ricci who laid out the tactical trust Carlo was working to instill into this squad. After some early adjustment pains it appears we have a core squad capable of the work rate, defensive aggression and box sense that allows Carlo to neutralize their attack. We are in this and don’t let any pundit or posester tell you any different.
Dave Abrahams
469 Posted 21/02/2021 at 15:49:06
Mike (464), yes I think about that and wish it had turned out differently, especially for you, you made many plans to get there that day, never mind you can treasure yesterday’s game, like the rest of us Blues, for a long time.
Jason Li
470 Posted 21/02/2021 at 16:05:18
Being a dad myself, TW'ers will understand, imagine how proud if you were Unsworth and Big Dunc and what it must be like in seeing DCL, Davies and Holgate in their development from U23 young lads into men who won each individual battle and won at Anfield?

Well done to all the staff who took part in their development of these well-developed down-to-earth club ambassadors (plus Coleman coming over from Ireland into the U23s, and staff who help a 20 year old Brazilian Richie bed-in to the club) over the years into career legends at the club - from kitman and tea ladys to coaches and doctors and so on...

James Head
471 Posted 21/02/2021 at 16:42:58
Excellent tactics from Ancelotti keeping Coleman and Digne as wide as possible to deny the RS the width and the referee deserves some praise, others would've caved in to the diving and whingeing, Arnold should've walked for the pen though i'd rather have seen DCL tap into the empty net,
been to work this morning and the gobs on the armchair reds was a site to see, lots of bitter remarks from them too, as per no class.
PS Check this out-https://twitter.com/Kevin_M_Murphy/status/1363460664153567235
Tony Heron
472 Posted 21/02/2021 at 16:58:24
Thomas @ 467. Definitely NOT the Cathedral.
Annika Herbert
473 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:01:59
Absolutely ecstatic with that result! Well done to every single player.

We were at anchor off the Falkland Islands so was able to watch the whole game live thanks to the BFBS service. What an absolute delight made even more pleasing by having 2 fellow crew members who follow the RS.

I had managed to stockpile 16 beers in readiness for this game and drank my way through most of them. Everyone was so enjoyable too. For once I actually felt comfortable watching a derby from the moment Richarlison scored.

What a delight to read so many happy posts here on TW! Long may it continue, it’s just amazing to realise we truly have beaten them again at long last

Annika Herbert
474 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:02:04
Absolutely ecstatic with that result! Well done to every single player.

We were at anchor off the Falkland Islands so was able to watch the whole game live thanks to the BFBS service. What an absolute delight made even more pleasing by having 2 fellow crew members who follow the RS.

I had managed to stockpile 16 beers in readiness for this game and drank my way through most of them. Everyone was so enjoyable too. For once I actually felt comfortable watching a derby from the moment Richarlison scored.

What a delight to read so many happy posts here on TW! Long may it continue, it’s just amazing to realise we truly have beaten them again at long last

Brian Denton
475 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:05:17
Moyes seems to be doing a number with West Ham. Bloody ironic if he pinches fourth place off us.
Tony Hill
476 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:22:42
Brian @475, he's doing very well. But he won't.
Peter Mills
477 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:44:41
Dave#466, I believe it’s Holy Rosary, Aintree.
Peter Mills
478 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:49:35
Bless them all
Bless them all
The long and the short and the tall
Bless wee Alex and Bally too
Bless all the boys who are wearing the blue
Derek Knox
479 Posted 21/02/2021 at 17:56:48
Annika, glad you got the chance to watch it, always meant to ask, who do you sail for? Are you on the RFA 's ? It's just with mentioning the Falkland Islands, it is remote down there, got very near there but never actually landed (ex RN) this was before the conflict with Argentina too, otherwise we would have called in I suppose.

Hopefully you will get to see most of the remaining fixtures, and hopefully too, they are all wins!

Tony Heron
480 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:13:25
Watching Arsenal v City. City players all gifted technically but my God I find their style of play so boring. If every team played like this, ( and a lot do try to emulate them), I predict football would die.
Is it now compulsory to take 500 passes to get out of your own half and has crossing a ball been made illegal?
Neil Copeland
481 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:13:34
Talking of religion, now that we have Him on our side it’s important we keep it that way. So, every blue needs to visit their respective place of worship and pay homage.
Dan Nulty
482 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:33:04
Neil, pubs are still shut mate.
Dave Abrahams
483 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:40:02
Peter, (477-478), Holy Rosary, been there a few times, for funerals unfortunately, relatively modern church. Bless them all indeed,yesterday, gave us what we have a craved for a good few years, they not only beat them but stood up to them and wouldn’t be bullied, let then know we were there and never gave them an inch, a day to savour.
Peter Mills
484 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:52:45
Michael#464, in the matches you attended you saw, in your first game, an Everton goal 32 seconds into your first game, after you had waited 32 years to be there.

You also suffered cruel and unusual punishment (illegal under your country’s constitution) when you witnessed Origi’s goal at Anfield.

You are one of us. You have experienced the euphoria and heartache that goes with supporting our club. They make days like yesterday occasions to savour.

Peter Roberts
485 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:53:00
Brian 475

I'd happily finish in 6th (if we cant get 4th) to see West Ham finish 4th ahead of the RS in 5th!

Neil Copeland
486 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:53:56
Dan #482, ha ha! Forgot about that, oh well just buy a few cans or bottle of something and say a prayer.
Peter Mills
487 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:56:44
Dave#483 - indeed. We’ve got some young players with a bit of snarl about them, it’s great to see.
Paul Tran
488 Posted 21/02/2021 at 18:56:51
That's three Derbies running Carlo has done Klopp tactically. Big difference was we scored first and early, which meant we played the game on our terms.

It'll only be a turning point once we have the same mindset and discipline every game. That will take time and more quality players.

But yesterday was one more big piece in the jigsaw. I loved it.

Graham Hammond
489 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:00:00
Peter #485. If the RS were to finish 5th, UEFA would still allow them into the Champions League, regardless of whether they win the CL or not! Money goes to money as the saying goes, the sponsors did their collective nut when we had the Porto v Monaco final, it is not what UEFA want as they are corrupt to the core. That is why they are now talking of a further safety net to aid the big clubs.
Michael Barrett
490 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:35:45
We have to play with that intensity in our next home game to lower opposition or that Derby win will mean nothing really...we have to get up for the small games aswell, I will be gutted if we don't win that next game.
Andy Crooks
491 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:39:53
This thread should be preserved for ever and be re-posted every Christmas. It will become like "A Wonderful Life"

Also, I bowed to no one in my criticism of Jordan Pickford. Now, I bow to no one in taking it all back. That was a master class of poise under pressure.

Tony Abrahams
492 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:46:58
I think you noticed that Pickford looked a bit calmer after being away with England, earlier in the season Andy, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him as calm as he was yesterday mate, so hopefully a few weeks out the team has given him time to think, because his performance yesterday showed us all, how important it is to have a good goalkeeper, and Pickford was much better than good yesterday.
Bobby Mallon
493 Posted 21/02/2021 at 19:49:34
Graham 489, you are right. UEFA are corrupt to the bone and are already in talks to keep all the Sky 6 in the champions league if they don’t finish in their own leagues champions league positions.
Graham Hammond
494 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:03:33
Well said Bobby (#493), it never ceases to amaze me how many lose sight of the big picture and the agendas that are in place. The Group Stage of the Champions League was put in place by UEFA for good reason, it allowed the RS to lose FOUR games in the competition and still lift the bastard trophy! Utter Bullshit.
Paul Tran
495 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:07:34
Tony, Pickford was everything I want in a keeper yesterday. I hope he can do that consistently.
Phil Lewis
496 Posted 21/02/2021 at 20:17:08
466#Dave
It was indeed the Holy Rosary Church in The Old Roan. The priest was Father Phillip. I've met him a couple of times, he's a lovely fella, absolutely nuts about Everton! I attended the family midnight Mass at Christmas a couple of years back and he said the Mass with a Father Christmas Blue and White bobble hat on! He often makes references to Everton in his sermons. I watched the Mass online this morning and was surprised when he'd made no mention of our victory. Then true to form he didn't let the Blues down and saved his tribute till right at the end of the service. Apparently it's all over social media now. For anyone who hasn't seen it, he suddenly produces an Everton scarf which he claims he's 'found' in the church. He lifts it above his head facing the altar, as if making a sacrifice to God, wraps it around his neck and marches off to the strains of Z Cars blasting out around the church!
Brilliant, a true Evertonian scouser!
With God on our side, bring on City, Wembley here we come!!
Bobby Mallon
497 Posted 21/02/2021 at 21:09:22
Why are we not playing Aston Villa midweek?
Danny O’Neill
498 Posted 21/02/2021 at 22:43:31
Pickford was much, much improved yesterday. I don't know if it is self realisation, working alongside and being challenged by Olsen, or coaching / mentoring (or all of the above), but his composure was far better. A lack of it has been his nemesis.

I still want to see him be more commanding of the box and re-assure the defence through this. I would use an example of the West Ham keeper today when a very good low cross came across the face of the 6-yard box. Fabianski was proactive and pounced to claim the ball as the Tottenham players were inbound. Jordan too often would be dancing on his line ready to dive one way or the other, enabling the shot on goal from 2 or 3 yards out, which will 8 times out of 10 result in a goal.

Much better from Jordan and, in the bigger scheme of things, he's still young for a 'keeper so can learn and develop.

Paul A Smith
499 Posted 21/02/2021 at 22:44:11
Bobby and Graham make good points. I have often wondered why the other 90 odd clubs aren't a bit stronger when these hints of protecting the elite come about?

Are we all kept in line? Do we all know our place? It's very worrying as a fan of a non-darling club; we are supposed to be in it for success and enjoyment.

Hearing Gary Neville the other night say "I am sorry, Leicester fans, but you are never going to win the league again... blah blah." It made me sick to be honest and I hate the fact it is probably true. My dad said to me 20 years back that football is a closed shop and nothing has changed.

The odd club has nipped in and out like Leicester of course and PSG, Chelsea and Man City have just beat FFP rules to get there but the overall look of the elite has remained.

Can we nip in and disrupt it? If we did, I'd worry something would change along the lines of what you fellas touched on.

Danny O’Neill
500 Posted 21/02/2021 at 22:58:20
The "Champions" League concept was put in place to protect the elite. It was designed to ensure that, even if the so-called big guns didn't win their respective league title (ie, they were not Champions), they could still participate and be part of the club.

The most inappropriately named competition ever. The Top Four League doesn't have the same marketing ring though.

Paul A Smith
501 Posted 21/02/2021 at 23:03:51
I see it all from a business sense, Danny, and football is just a brand now, it's hardly a sport anymore.

It's just scary for clubs outside the elite, mate, and even some in it. Look how hard Spurs have found it to win a trophy.

They have had some class squads to choose from. Arsenal also to an extent.

Danny O’Neill
502 Posted 21/02/2021 at 00:05:03
Don't disagree Paul. It is a business and all about the brand, which for the purists is dismaying. It dismays me.

In some ways I believe we have maintained a balance between the brave new marketing world of Sky TV and now BT Sports. Standby as Amazon have their mitts on this now and they are purely about world domination.

But we still have our clubs and our heritage, with that deeply rooted in our localities; this has prevailed. I would have to call upon our more learned American blues to comment, but I don't think we have quite gone down what I perceive to be the franchise model that many US sports have done.

But then again, in the spirit of competition, you could argue that the US college sports system that feeds their professional game makes for a fairer playing field, hence there are mostly different teams competing in the Super Bowl year on year. The recent Patriots run being contradictory to my point!!

Dave Brierley
503 Posted 22/02/2021 at 01:20:50
Wow! Danny 498

Just read your superb (if not a little condescending) analysis on our world class, England No1 keeper.

You very clearly have a commanding knowledge of playing in goal at a senior level and seem to have insight into the mental challenges Jordan has faced.

Please tell where this insight comes from. Did you turn out a couple of times for your school team or are you just naturally gifted?

David Latham
504 Posted 22/02/2021 at 01:34:04
Danny - American blue here. The parity in professional American football is due in part to what you identified, the collegiate football system feeding into the professional level, where the worst team each year gets the first selection in next year's draft. The rough equivalent would be to place every Premier League player under 22 into a pool of draftable players, and then give Sheffield United the 1st, 21st, 41st, etc. picks. On top of that, the NFL has a salary cap system, so teams in California, New York or Miami can't simply pay more for players than every other team.

Ironically, the Patriots run really solidifies your point. The Patriots didn't have a storied history before Tom Brady, and they are located in Foxborough, a small Massachusetts town populated by less than 20,000 people. That they could rise up based on great scouting and great salary management and great coaching proves your point very well.

I am a new blue this year, so I have much to learn when it comes to whether the Premier League is set up to allow for parity (I've heard many say it is not), but I thought I'd contribute the knowledge I had on your point. Based off what I know today about the Premier League, I would say of US sports, the US collegiate football system has the most parallels to the Premier League. Where traditional powers always seem to have a built-in advantage, notwithstanding the occasional stretch where a team outside of "the club" can finish at the top here or there.

Paul A Smith
505 Posted 22/02/2021 at 06:48:17
There is nothing wrong with his analysis of a goalkeeper that should be asked questions of, David.

I don't think you have to be a professional to ask if a goalkeeper can do better than he has shown over his time here.

Danny O’Neill
506 Posted 22/02/2021 at 07:10:40
I guess that rules out most of us on here, Dave, if that is the qualifying criteria to comment or give opinion. I wasn't being condescending so, if it came over as that, it wasn't meant.

I have said a number of times that Jordan was one of our stand-out players on Saturday. I've said many times this season that he has rescued us in games with outstanding saves, something he is very very good at.

All I am saying is that with more work on the concentration, composure and commanding of his box and defence, he will be an even better keeper than he is now. And that he is still young enough to learn and develop in the context of how and when keeper's peak.

In terms of myself, afraid my dreams and aspirations peaked at trials level, including a day at Bellefield, which I'll never forget. I'll be honest though, it knocked me for six realising the difference. I thought I was good but as much as I'll never forget the experience, I was put off playing for several years at the age of 13. I went on to play a decent standard within Army football and did get paid to play outside of that, but nothing particularly spectacular.

Tony Abrahams
507 Posted 22/02/2021 at 07:45:40
Nothing worse than getting knocked for six Danny, and especially at a young age when you haven’t had enough experience to realize that you can work it out. I’ve listened to Tom Davies, possibly alluding to many other young players being better than he was, but the kid has obviously had very good guidance, because he was told to just keep playing, which helps you keep learning, and just shows how important it is to have good people giving you sensible advice, because we can’t always be good.
Colin Glassar
508 Posted 22/02/2021 at 08:16:52
Great post David Latham 504, I’ve always thought the American draft system is a great leveller. Unfortunately, here in the UK we don’t have college football, cricket or rugby organised in the same manner.
Michael Jones
509 Posted 21/02/2021 at 09:00:25
Looking for positives ?
Another clean sheet and
We have doubled our goal diff.
Danny O’Neill
510 Posted 22/02/2021 at 09:07:25
@David Latham. I had a high level, loose understanding but you superbly explain it and fill in a lot of knowledge gaps for me. It does seem a great system and the college sports set up in general in the US is outstanding. I work for a Texas based company and I sometimes wonder whether the Longhorns are more important to them than the Cowboys or Texans! There is certainly as much excitement and anticipation for the College games as there is for NFL.

Dave, as you can probably gather, that is one of the factors in my passion about the English game's recent obsession with pace and power, although it is getting better in recent years. I was nowhere near physically able to compete on that pitch aged 13, but fast forward 5 or 6 years and I was developing into a 6ft tall 12 and a half stone centre mid / centre back who could more than hold his own as well as play a bit obviously!!

That alongside coaching one of the youth teams at Hayes & Yeading as well as my experience of the German youth system has forged my quite strong opinions on youth development. I won't beat my worn out drum again, but you probably know my thoughts on discarding talent at a young age because of a lack of physicality.

Brent Stephens
511 Posted 22/02/2021 at 09:27:28
Phil #496 I lived in the Old Roan. My wife-to-be, her church was the Holy Rosary. When she told father Meehan she was engaged to me, he asked whether she couldn’t find herself a decent Catholic! So friendly.
Phil Lewis
512 Posted 22/02/2021 at 13:50:27
Brent#511
I can go one better than that Brent. I was married in 1970 at St John's Kirkdale. Teenage sweethearts, my wife to be pregnant, we were only kids ourselves really. In those days to be married in a Catholic church a noncatholic needed to take instruction. This was given to my wife by the parish priest Fr. Hopkins, who was famous for his fierce sermons and uncompromising approach. We were terrified. He stalked us two trembling kids, firing questions. When asked what her religion was, she innocently said, "C. of E. Father". His reply thundered around the church, "What does that stand for? Case Of Emergency!!"
We wanted to run for the door, but we were too scared to move! Thankfully, we found a less bombastic priest, who was happy to marry us. How times have changed today and isn't it wonderful that we have clergy like Fr. Phillip, proud to show the human touch, waving his Everton scarf aloft on the altar! Somehow I don't think Fr. Hopkins would have approved.
Danny O’Neill
513 Posted 22/02/2021 at 14:06:29
Phil that is uncannily similar to the story my mother always told me. My parents (father catholic, mother C of E), went through a similar thing. She was "advised" by the Priest that the children should be christened Catholic, which we all were.

Just the year (1971) and location (St Christopher's, Speke) that were different, but you sparked a memory there!

Phil Lewis
515 Posted 22/02/2021 at 15:23:28
Danny#513
Without getting too deep, it saddens me that people lose their faith. Many because of evil acts by certain clergymen. For me, it's 'the song that counts not the singer'. I think it's wonderful that different faiths have tolerance for each other today.
I turned away from both my faiths (the other one being Evertonian! ) when life turned against me and things got rough. But then I realised that that's when I needed the things I truly believed in to lift me out of my misery. There's an old saying 'Once a Catholic always a Catholic'. I believe the same is true of being an Evertonian!

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