Burnley 3 - 2 Everton
It’s been said all season of this Everton squad that it lacks bottle and has no leaders. While the denigration of the players’ spirit has been an easy and sometimes harsh leap to make in the aftermath of some of the Blues’ 18 defeats — EIGHTEEN! — so far, there is no question that this team is in desperate need of a Peter Reid-style general to cajole and inspire them when the chips are down.
Richarlison might not be captain material and he hasn’t been anywhere near his best this term but in terms of leadership by deed and action, the Brazilian has emerged as the Blues’ de facto Talisman in recent weeks. Tonight at Burnley, he took responsibility for two penalty kicks and, together with Anthony Gordon — the other player in the ranks with almost unimpeachable commitment — ran himself into the ground at Turf Moor.
Had he put a 52nd-minute shot a few inches to the right, Richarlison might be toasting his first career hat-trick and three priceless points; instead, in what feels, in retrospect, like the pivotal moment of a soul-crushing game, he caught the outside of the post with the left-foot shot effort from the angle with the score at 2-1 and, five minutes later, Burnley equalised. It’s a shame because, having bust a gut for 90 minutes, he deserved to be on the winning side.
There were other opportunities for the Brazil striker to fashion a goal for Everton in what will go down as a colossal missed opportunity to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone but, due to flawed decision-making and execution that seems to infect the entire side in the final third, he wasn’t quite able to.
No question, though — if Frank Lampard had half a dozen more players with Richarlison and Gordon’s attitude, the club might not be staring at the very real threat of relegation from the top flight for the first time in 71 years. There again, you can have all the spirit in the world but if the players around you simply aren’t good enough and are making catastrophic mistakes on a weekly basis, it’s going to be very hard to win matches in the Premier League.
And that, after years of dreadful recruitment that continued right up to the January transfer window earlier this year, is where Everton currently find themselves, with the added handicaps of crippled confidence and a difficult run-in to the end of the campaign, even if — thankfully! — five of their remaining games are at Goodison Park.
They dare not lose any of them. They couldn’t afford to lose this one but lose it to a rival club in the relegation dogfight they surely did. The tragedy of it was that Burnley were garbage but they did what Everton are proving incapable of doing – capitalising on key moments, finding their own players in front of goal and taking their chances.
On top of another unfortunate mis-kick in the worst place possible, there was more atrocious defending and another goal conceded from a barely-contested set-piece… all the ingredients for an Everton defeat that club’s long-suffering fans have some to expect.
And yet those two Richarlison penalties in the first half had wiped out a 13th-minute Nathan Collins goal from a corner and put Everton in the driving seat in this relegation six-pointer.
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With Michael Keane suspended following his dismissal at West Ham on Sunday, Lampard drafted Jarrad Brainthwaite into the defence to counter the aerial threat of Wout Weghorst and kept Mason Holgate in the central midfield berth he occupied at the London Stadium.
Vitalii Mykolenko and Jonjoe Kenny continued as the fullbacks the absence of Seamus Coleman who hadn’t fully recovered from illness but while the Ukrainian was instrumental in winning Everton’s second penalty, Kenny had an evening to forget and one that could cost him his spot in the side for the run-in.
Beginning the evening four points behind the visitors at the bottom of the Premier League, Burnley started the brighter of the two sides and went close when Ashley Westwood missed with a curling shot from the edge of the box after Everton had failed to clear their lines.
And it was all-too familiar failings defending a set-piece that reared their head soon afterwards when no Everton player got near Maxwell Cornet’s in-swinging corner from the Burnley right and Collins steered it home from close range to give the Clarets the lead.
The Toffees were handed a route back into the game just three minutes later, though, when Gordon was felled in the box by Westwood and referee Mike Dean pointed to the spot. Richarlison deceived Nick Pope with a stutter-step run-up and slid the ball into the other corner to level the match.
The Brazilian almost doubled his tally a few minutes later but his shot took a deflection and looped inches over the crossbar and he almost found his striker partner Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the 25th minute after being played in by Alex Iwobi but Connor Roberts blocked off the pass.
Everton did take the lead five minutes shortly before the break, however, when Richarlison tucked away his second penalty of the evening. Mykolenko was tripped by Aaron Lennon as he tried to manoeuvre around the winger and though Dean didn’t initially award the spot-kick, he did so after consulting the pitch-side monitor.
Though Burnley started the second half the stronger of the two sides, with Sean Dyche’s half-time assertion that “Everton don’t know how to win a game” ringing in their ears, but it was the Blues who almost extended their lead with that Richarlison chance seven minutes in.
Twisting and turning his marker in the Burnley box, he eventually rattled the shot off the wrong side of the post and three minutes later, Kenny’s overhit cross grazed the same upright and just eluded the Brazil international as he tried to knock it in.
Two minutes after that, it was 2-2. Kenny made the critical error of committing himself against Charlie Taylor down the hosts’ left, giving the left-back all the space he needed to hare forward and deliver a low cross that the untracked Jay Rodriguez met first time and banged home from a central position.
Still, Everton had their opportunities to re-establish their lead. Iwobi jinked in towards the six-yard box but was closed down at the last, Gordon was teed up by Richarlison but the unbeatable James Tarkowski deflected his effort off target and, from the resulting corner, Jarrad Branthwaite could only guide a header narrowly over the bar.
Cornet forced an excellent one-handed save from Jordan Pickford at one end while substitute Demarai Gray had an effort deflected over but successive errors five minutes from the end led to Burnley scoring a heart-breaking winner. Kenny made the ill-fated decision to shoot from 30 yards out that led the back line completely exposed when the rebound fell to a claret jersey and at the of the consequent counter-attack, Matěj Vydra cut the ball back from the byline to Cornet who smashed it home to make it 3-2.
Salomon Rondon was thrown on in Holgate’s place in the 87th minute and the Venezuelan came very close to scoring a dramatic winner off Calvert-Lewin’s lay-off but his volley inches bounced wide.
Lampard now faces the unenviable task of picking this group of players up off the mat once more with a vital home game against a listless Manchester United coming up quickly at lunchtime on Saturday.
For a few glorious minutes tonight it felt as though things were going to be okay. The manager will have taken heart from some marked improvements in his team’s play at West Ham and Burnley over the past few days but he will be acutely aware that he is running out of time to start picking up points.
The return of Allan will be a welcome boost to a midfield lacking fortitude and invention but it might take more tinkering with personnel in order to get a tune out of the squad. Certainly Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s continued lack of productivity is a cause for concern and the fact that Rondon came closer to scoring with one chance this evening than Calvert-Lewin has since the win over Leeds is an argument for starting the much-maligned Venezuelan over the goal drought-stricken Englishman.
Beyond that, Lampard has to tighten up a defence that shipped three goals to a team that hadn’t scored in over 400 minutes of football before today. With Yerry Mina perhaps not ready to return until the home clash with Leicester in a fortnight’s time, that might be hard to do but it’s going to take every ounce of concentration and commitment to the cause to grind out something to start some upward momentum.
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1 Posted 07/04/2022 at 02:18:37
A real shame.
2 Posted 07/04/2022 at 02:20:48
When the second pen a) was actually given and then b) it hit the net, I got excited. Here we go. Six points away from the drop zone & we're gonna be ok. 10 minutes later when Richie hit the post instead of completing hit hat trick, it was no longer here we go but here we go again. Did I learn nothing from the West Ham game? A
This team has absolulutely no spirit. No belief. Nothing to call on when we're in a fight.
3 Posted 07/04/2022 at 03:44:48
I really don't see how the players recover from this and think we are down. We have 2 days to be ready for United who have had all week to prepare, they have to win to have a chance of top 4 and will relish attacking our nervy mistake ridden defenders. Burnley and Watford have both got very winnable games. We have now lost to all 3 teams below us, tonight was our big chance to stay up and create a decent gap and we blew it.
4 Posted 07/04/2022 at 06:44:58
Worst group of absolute shitbags I've seen playing for the club, not one of them has a born football brain and you look at more than half of them and wonder how the hell they even made it as footballers.
I suppose when we do go down half of them will somehow con a move to Premier League clubs.
Someone will be insane enough to sign DCL, frankly forget £60 million I'd take offers of £20 million if anyone is nuts enough to offer that for such a limited skillset striker that can't dribble, can't shoot with power and does everything powderpuff.
He's utter shite and it's a total myth that he's all this and that.
Richie will go, at least he probably just about warrants a decent fee, he's a better player than Calvert Lewin but that's not saying much really.
The rest I'm not even arsed anout, Pickford is replaceable, the whole defence is pathetic anyway and our best defender by a country mile (Yerry Mina) is never fit.
The midfield is the worst I've seen since 1997/98 and apart from Anthony Gordon, and even he has no real end product despite the hard work, I'd just banish the lot of them if offer come in.
The whole club from top to bottom is a disgrace and it's nothing that any manager can come in and solve anymore.
This is the reason Carlo Ancelotti left because he seen what was coming towards the back end of last season, add to the fact he knew our financial restraints, nobody should blame him for leaving.
I don't even think the stadium will be finished when we go down, what's the point ?
We might as well just sell the land.
This club is dead and it's going the same way as a Sheffield Wednesday or a Sunderland now, it's staring us in the face.
Sad thing is it's been on the cards for a good few years since our bundling buffoon of an owner and his group of cardboard cutouts on the board have been here buts it's never been addressed by anyone at the club.
5 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:22:35
One of those games is completely unwinnable at Anfield, let's face it.
Arsenal away on the last day is close to the same.
We have won three football matches since September, taken just 2 away points sine August, yet fans think this Everton side will get enough points with 9 games left to somehow stay up?
It would be laughable if it wasn't so sad.
6 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:28:03
We just look disjointed in midfield, prone to errors in defence, and lacking quality creativity up front.
All we can do is re-group, get injured and suspended players back into the squad asap, and work hard in training. Then its up to the manager, his team selection and tactics.
Other teams around us still have difficult fixtures as well as Everton. It could go down to the last game? Who knows?
7 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:40:23
You then ask who is sellable? Richarlison works his socks off, he's committed, but not the coolest head when it comes to finishing, Calvert-Lewin, worth perhaps £50 million a year or so ago, now, I doubt if he's worth half that. Pickford? England keeper, but I wouldn't put him in the Premier's top ten keepers. Gordon, he has potential, but is far from the finished product. And the rest a job lot of £ 10 million would just about cover it.
I weep for Everton, he is dead,with apologies to Shelley.
8 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:47:57
The same on the third. Awful botch by Godfrey. Kenny has to see him out on the dead ball line. Cross comes in for a totally unmarked finish. Why not mark you man? What the fuck are you doing unless your marking your man.
I read somewhere that it's one mistake is killing us. It isn't,it's multiple mistakes are leading to the goals. Multiple things above coughed up the goals.
It's kids football to continually have that much space free to finish in the box against a bang average team. We don't get it.
9 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:49:36
And Rick, Pickford is too error prone to play at any level of the game. We should have cashed in after his first season. The Joe Hart route beckons for him.
10 Posted 07/04/2022 at 07:58:37
"Everton do not know how to win!"
The rest (including our top flight status) is history
11 Posted 07/04/2022 at 08:28:37
Not counting Leicester City, only Leeds outside of the current top 7 have failed to beat Everton at least once this season, Chelsea, Man United and Arsenal will likely get their single victories to add to the number of clubs who have beaten us and of course it's unlikely that Leicester City won't beat us at least once in their games with us.
Defeats like last night's against the other sides around us, has and possibly will cost us dearly as even draws in those games against Norwich, Brentford, Watford et al, would have given us enough points to make a fist of fighting off the dreaded drop as it is, we are looking odds on for relegation.
Of course nothing is a foregone conclusion, but sadly, it is very difficult to make a case for Everton getting enough points to ward off the drop.
12 Posted 07/04/2022 at 08:40:49
Surely Doucoure must be dropped. He staggers around like an old cart-horse giving the ball away all the time.
Gray looks scared coming on the pitch, no confidence.
Kenny another big liability.
Only Richi and Gordon give 100%.
We battled Man U over there and were unlucky not to win.
On Saturday we need a repeat of that performance.
13 Posted 07/04/2022 at 08:43:25
But, the fact is, without some comical individual errors we would have picked up 2 points on the road over these last few days.
At 2 apiece, we were in the ascendancy and should have made more of our dominance but the last pass/shot just wasn't up to scratch. We've been far more competitive than in our previous away defeats.
We simply have to remain positive and support these players all the way. We can't just give up!
Burnley are nothing special and will drop points themselves during the run in. Same with Watford. If we can use the Old Lady to pick up 6 points from next 2 games then we're in with a good chance of survival.
United have been poor and Leicester have nothing to play for, they're comfortable in mid-table. We can still pull this off.
14 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:00:39
We are a very poor team with too many players not up to the standard required. Contrary to what is often said there is no shortage of effort or ‘spirit. Every player last night gave everything on the pitch. Some of it was misguided, such as back four players running up the field with the ball when their priority should have been holding their defensive positions. Getting a draw last night was more important than a win and we should have played accordingly. For that failure Lampard is culpable.
Burnley are also a very poor team. Watford are as well but they look the best of the bottom four.
15 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:16:39
There is no composure at all and everything is panic stations, they need to take a step back and gain some positional sense all over the pitch and do the basics properly, play into space, dont let the ball bounce, use row Z and actually shoot.
At the back we are all over the place and yet at the front we just hit a brick wall when we reach the final 3rd because we are too slow, dont use the width and just hold the ball too long.
Crossing has been awful for close to 6 years now, with the exception of Rodriguez last year. Corners and free kicks are pointless.
As someone posted previously, there is all that effort but at the end of the day we just lack the quality (and confidence), when strikers get a chance against us recently they generally hit the target (and score), when we do actually get a shot in (hardly ever), its either weak as piss, over the bar or into the side netting.
Its all very worrying but the headless chicken approach isnt helping us.
16 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:30:03
As a player I rate Ben Godfrey, one mistake should never mark his card. He gives 110% every game and is a shining light in the darkness of Goodison.
We have been absolutely shat on this season by refereeing decisions and VAR and the inconsistency of VAR for the so called big six.
The Premier League is a hotbed of scandal and fraud and bias. Maybe a season away in the Championship maybe a good thing for us, after all we might have the chance to win a trophy!!!
I just wish that the players would respect the family that Everton Football Club is, the honest hardworking fans that follow the club all round the country, those that still follow even though this country is fucking them and their families over, the kids that save their pocket money to buy the merchandise of the club, supporting their heros. Think of the kids at school, who for their heart and soul support the Blue side of Liverpool, the shit they get everyday from the red shite fans because the fucking spineless c**ts that claim to be players cant do their FUCKING JOBS!!!!!!!!! THE CLUB SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF ITSELF. The fans are the lifeblood of the club, and they are getting shit on every fucking day!!!
SHAME ON YOU MOSHIRI, AND THE PLAYERS THAT HAVE ZERO FUCKING SPINE
17 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:31:54
18 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:34:49
19 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:37:02
20 Posted 07/04/2022 at 09:38:37
I'd agree with you in general about VAR, but last night Everton got the benefit of the doubt, not once but twice and the team still couldn't manage to take something from the game.
21 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:07:36
Injuries and suspensions have cost us dearly. But I just wonder whether, despite all that, we should have been going with a more settled formation if not tactics...
Players have been finding themselves in a different position, often in a different formation, week in and week out. I wonder whether our players have the versatility to be able to cope with playing in constantly changing formations.
Another side not a million miles away plays the same formation every game, and that surely means players don't need to rethink, every game, where and how they individually are meant to be playing; all that becomes second nature.
But I do acknowledge the part injuries and suspensions have played in disrupting a settled approach.
22 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:10:01
We got the breaks last night, two penalties given and scored to put us in front. We were simply not good enough to see the game out after that. Every team that plays us, no matter how bad they are, feel that if they hang in there that the mistakes will happen and they can get something from the game.
Given the week that's in it, Koeman being reappointed as Dutch coach, Silva on the verge of promotion with high flying Fulham, Carlo on the verge of the Spanish title and a Champions League semi final and David Moyes in with a shout of bringing West Ham to the Europa League semi final, the book just has to stop with the players and with the individuals who signed them.
11 points from the last 22 games, we average 0.5 point per game over that period, more than half a season. The table does not lie and while we are by no means down and out it will take a major upturn in performances to save us now. Watford and Burnley have more winnable fixtures between now and the end of the season and should finish above us.
We will become a case study on how not to do things. Kenwright will regret his comment about other clubs wishing to copy the Everton way. There are very few clubs
with directors who are thinking what Everton would do in this situation unless of course to rule out a particular course of action.
23 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:17:43
I have read on here that Iwobi isnt good enough. I dont disagree but in his last three appearances, has put in the kind of performance we all hoped for. Kenny has never been good enough, Keane and Holgate always have a mistake in them and whoever made the decision to bring Alli and El Ghazi on board are culpable if the unthinkable happens. They may be decent players but well never know until they are selected to play.
All the talk of playing the youngsters could destroy them, not a great position to be in when we need them next season. Well need to sell the likes of Pickford, Richarlison and DCL, and others, to stave off FFP sanctions. Someone needs to think very carefully about the contracts that are up. Mina is our best defender but cant set foot on a pitch without getting injured, Delph is another one. We have had an horrific season with injuries and needed a squad to help us. I never thought Id say that Im missing Tom Davies.
Ill be there on Saturday in my seat and end up hoarse getting behind the team. We have to believe. It isnt over yet, it is looking perilous but COYB! Wiping the smirks of RS faces will be as good as a trophy. Can someone slip something in the tea for Ronaldo, Fernandez and Pogba? Theyve been useless for weeks but, Welcome to Everton Football Club. Belief Blues, belief.
24 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:26:47
He's got the heading ability of a pigeon and his reading of the game is nonexistent.
Good defender's, Dave Watson, Alan Stubbs, Richard Gough, Davie Weir, thats what a defender is.
If Godfrey was tidier with the ball he may just pass as a defensive midfielder but he ain't.
It's just another example of modern day footballs clamour for athletism over actual technical ability.
25 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:29:22
The other thing that has killed us are the individual errors. They have been spread right across the team, so it is not even as if you can drop a single player.
We have actually played quite well at home against the better sides, therefore all hope is not lost. Focus on the home games, starting on Saturday. Five our remaining nine games are at Goodison and that is where our survival in the PL will be decided.
26 Posted 07/04/2022 at 10:51:42
27 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:08:55
However, his finishing is woeful. He could not, as my late Father used to say, Hit a barn door with a cow's arse from 3 feet!
And each time he hits the post or scuffs the crossbar, look how many times there was a colleague perfectly placed for a tap in!
28 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:18:33
29 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:44:36
30 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:44:57
"The other thing that has killed us are the individual errors. They have been spread right across the team, so it is not even as if you can drop a single player."
Yes, this is our problem, isn't it – it isn't as if we have a significant pool of players who can step in and make a difference.
Exclude the U23 players (apart from possibly some minutes at the end of a game) – they had a decent game against the likes of Chorley pre-season (and I know they've developed somewhat since then) but that's a million miles away from playing Vardy, Salah, or Eriksen in the EPL.
Exclude those U23s and we're left with dregs to replace dregs.
31 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:47:54
To be fair he did lay off a couple of passes last night.
32 Posted 07/04/2022 at 11:52:14
If its not working Frank, change it! Drop players, try a different formation, but at least make it look like the players know what they have been instructed to do.
33 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:01:34
However, I wish sometimes they were greedier and actually shot at goal but just put there foot through it, head over the ball as I am sick of every shot flying over the bar, these are professional football players.
34 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:06:54
35 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:19:56
I suspect a big part of the problem for us is actually changing too many things when not forced to through injuries or susopensions. Unsettling.
36 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:21:38
37 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:22:03
I like Gordon, I knew wed miss his defensive work the minute he left the pitch, but sometimes I want Anthony to be more clinical, although Im aware that its not easy playing in such a struggling team.
38 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:26:17
39 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:27:00
What a fiasco of a club.
50 years of support and I now hate the place.
From the owner and his 'dealings' to the phoney halfwits on the board down to the hapless players relegation will be richly deserved.
How not to run a football club, a model lesson, that is EFC.
Disgusted and ashamed.
40 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:33:49
41 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:45:07
What neutral would want us to stay up? Big spending Everton or gutsy Burnley?
But its not done yet. From out of left field I backed Brighton to go down at 130/1. They have points on the board but on a brutal run and three away games in a row coming up. Newcastle also slipping back down.
42 Posted 07/04/2022 at 12:51:05
43 Posted 07/04/2022 at 13:34:19
Theyre a mere 75/1 now.
44 Posted 07/04/2022 at 13:36:57
Dominic offered very little last night and should have substituted after the hour mark for Rondon who was ridiculously brought on with four minutes remaining but still nearly scored with his effort on goal, more than DCL had done all night and no other substitute was used, a common occurrence under Lampard.
We are not done yet but who or what is going to stop the decent into oblivion?
45 Posted 07/04/2022 at 14:25:11
It is something that I never thought I would hear or read but sadly it is a good call as DCL has been woeful and offers no goal threat whatsover. He appears to have the lost ability to jump and he is weak and feeble when trying to win the ball back.
Whatever happens we the fans should not let the clubs mistakes be forgotten or brushed under the carpet. We are here due to an inept board, terrible recruitment and a meddling owner.
It must start with KENWRIGHT OUT
46 Posted 07/04/2022 at 14:42:41
We need to bring in someone who knows how to make us hard to beat. Playing this suicidal 'open game' week after week has destroyed the team.
The constant mistakes are a direct result of constant team changes and the defence being completely exposed by lack of cover from the midfield.
The concept of the wide men or wingers protecting and helping the full backs is completely alien to a young manager who is completely out of his depth.
Lampard has failed miserably and we don't have any time left.
47 Posted 07/04/2022 at 15:45:43
48 Posted 07/04/2022 at 16:42:45
Any chance you can play on Saturday, lad?
What a player you were!
49 Posted 07/04/2022 at 17:27:51
When's the last time we had anything apart from the odd win to cheer about? We can't live off passed glories. Those days are gone and they'll only return with rebuilding.
We'll probably have more to celebrate and get excited about every weekend in the Championship instead of hoping to hang on to the coattails of teams scrambling for European places whilst throwing hundreds of millions at the attempt. It's immoral.
I don't want a club that uses a business model that relies solely on being owned by a billionaire owner.
I'd rather start again, build a team of young players (local lads preferably) who want to play for us and would be proud to do so. I want a team and a club to be proud of.
Top flight football has moved on and we've been left behind.
50 Posted 07/04/2022 at 17:40:47
I wonder why all of those Championship clubs care so much about getting promoted to the Premier League? Could it be for the Kudos, Money, fame, TV coverage?
Everton have spent so long in the top-flight, we are all guilty of taking it for granted; however, I can assure you that relegation will alter the fortunes of the club forever.
And the fans, particularly the kids who haven't yet started attending will take little or no notice of us. I only pay a passing interest in the Championship and rarely bother to watch the games live on TV.
If it happens it happens but it will have a profound effect on the club and its future. I'd much prefer to struggle on a few seasons in the Premier League for all of its faults than spend even one season in the Championship.
52 Posted 07/04/2022 at 18:08:33
This isn't new either, it was just as hard to watch last season but we had a bit of quality in the final 3rd (Sigurdsson, James and Digne) and we KITAP1 most of the time away from home.
I've never known a bunch of players who can't pick a pass; they play it behind so the receiver needs to check back, they can't cross...
Why is it we give away corners consistently and we can't defend them? Everyone against us is on the money yet with time as space no one can put a ball in?
We concede the same goals every week. The amount of times someone cuts it back and there is a player there unmarked while Godfrey runs the other way, not one of them looking where the danger is.
This team will not pick enough points up ,I'm afraid.
53 Posted 07/04/2022 at 18:45:44
54 Posted 07/04/2022 at 19:10:31
We have to hope he doesn't succumb to injury. If so, the precarious situation we find ourselves in will become impossible to overcome, he simply offers so much all over the park.
I'm amazed at how he and Gordon just keep going when so many others are ready to throw the towel in. It can't be easy to persevere when you look around and witness teammates downing tools at the drop of a hat.
It was clear he was goosed going into the final 10-15 minutes, as his contribution began to wane so too did our hopes of getting anything from this fixture.
Defensively we are a shambles. Kenny had a disastrous night and Ben Godfrey, who has pace to burn, shows great tenacity in closing opponents down but sadly is found lacking in technical skills, his passing is quite poor and positional sense is questionable.
Perhaps his greatest weakness, however, is his lack of heading ability which is a must for any central defender. For that reason alone I doubt he will ever be able to perform that role effectively; however, I do believe he has role to play as a utility player – assuming of course he‘s prepared to accept that.
55 Posted 07/04/2022 at 19:29:38
Whilst we need his prowess up top, it might allow Rondon, Dobbin or Dele Alli to go alongside Calvert-Lewin and add something different up top too. Richarlison could still get up on the attack at times too, so not massively different than his 4-2-3-1 position, just with more discipline to stay and work in the middle.
Maybe for Saturday:
Godfrey Keane Branthwaite Mykolenko
Iwobi Allan Richarlison
Dobbin Calvert-Lewin Rondon
Long diagonals from Godfrey and Pickford towards Calvert-Lewin, Rondon and Richarlison ganging up on McGuire and whoever's is their right-back, with Dobbin looking for the flicks.
Be sad to see Gordon lose a place, but plenty of scope for him and Gray to come on later against tired legs maybe.
Ultimately, I just want to see something different tried, because keep doing the same = we are down.
56 Posted 07/04/2022 at 20:20:02
57 Posted 07/04/2022 at 20:49:07
Not to say I haven't missed something – it was hard enough to find what I did find amidst the search results, defaulting as they did to skirts and handbags features. He's been a busy boy in that world, and now lauded for his fashion fluency among other things.
Just the dynamic we need to commit to the battle, 'cos he is apparently comfortable enough in his own masculinity and identity.
May as well blame Kenwright, I guess.
58 Posted 07/04/2022 at 20:54:59
59 Posted 07/04/2022 at 20:55:02
60 Posted 07/04/2022 at 21:19:13
Like Will I can find nothing other than a reference to the rumour that he may go to Arsenal.
DCL says nothing about it.
61 Posted 07/04/2022 at 21:29:27
62 Posted 07/04/2022 at 21:34:49
63 Posted 07/04/2022 at 21:46:53
64 Posted 07/04/2022 at 22:11:56
65 Posted 07/04/2022 at 22:29:39
Maybe Holgate could have also tried to do more, but I personally thought it was on Godfrey, along with a few other players, and again for the third goal, the biggest thing lacking is the concentration levels.
The better the concentration levels, the better the defender, is something that should be constantly getting drummed into these very young defenders, from both the manager and the goalkeeper, with my own thoughts being, that part of the problem could be the very erratic goalkeeper?
66 Posted 07/04/2022 at 22:43:20
Most of all... to think, if we are relegated I have a responsibility. I am am stuck in the Championship, my career is on hold. They don't.
If we are relegated there will be a line of them walking away, but hoping to walk away with our blessing. Who could blame him, he at least put a shift in, it's a short career, he deserves premier league football etc.
If we are relegated it is down to them. If they want premier league football, play better. If they want European football, play better still.
If this collective pack of c**ts do a Martinez ( relegate us and fuck off to greener pastures) they should be held in contempt for the rest of their days.
Stand up and be men.
67 Posted 07/04/2022 at 23:13:28
68 Posted 07/04/2022 at 23:40:56
Frank should have brought Rondon on 4 games ago. If he doesnt start on Saturday I will loose all confidence in his ability as a manager.
Bollocks to massaging egos - pick the players who have the mental fortitude to dig in and play for each other and the shirt.
69 Posted 07/04/2022 at 23:52:59
But once Joe Royle took charge and got the team organised properly the defence with the same players became one of the best in the business.
In 1994 there was nothing in midfield to stop the opposition from taking charge of a game. In 1995 Joe Royle turned the midfield into the 'Dogs of war'. Parkinson was a central defender with very limited ability. Joe Royle turned him into a ball winning midfielder.
Remember how bad Gary Ablett was against Wimbledon and then remember his great run and cross for Amokachi a year later in the Spurs Semi Final.
In 1994 the players confidence was shot in 1995 Joe Royle had the same players playing with confidence.
The right manager could do the same with this team.
It is not the players it is all on the manager to pick a sensible formation (451), stick to it, motivate the players and give them the confidence to go out there and perform to the best of their ability.
70 Posted 08/04/2022 at 01:01:27
DCL has lost all interest in playing for us, at least Rondon will stick his head in where it hurts.
71 Posted 08/04/2022 at 12:30:58
72 Posted 08/04/2022 at 14:49:46
Some would say it was sooner, but we are genuinely at a defining moment. Having calmed and reflected, I don't think Wednesday was make or break. Lost and we are right in the mix (we are). Won and we are safe (we're not).
But (and this is the real last chance saloon), we still have it to play for.
Watford, Brentford, Leicester x 2 and Crystal Palace. Plenty of points to be had there.
Ignore United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal.
On paper, that's how you would look at it. Knowing Everton, they'll do something totally odd and 180 degrees to that but somehow still scrape through.
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