Allan talks about getting back to winning ways

Sunday, 31 October, 2021 27comments  |  Jump to last
Midfield rock Allan has been talking to the Everton website about a reaction to the Watford debacle and expectations for a response from his fellow teammates against Wolves on Monday.

“We have been working very hard this week to improve. For example, when we go ahead in a game and are looking to get a positive result, we need to focus on the opposition's challenges we face and work hard, knowing we will be up against a lot of difficult situations.

“It's about our mentality and we need to think positively, to believe in our work and our plan, and we can't be taken by surprise, like in the last game where we conceded four goals in the last 15 minutes.

“We need to approach the game intelligently together as a team, following Rafa's instructions to have a great game and get the 3 points.

“I believe Rafa's experience, together with the players and the hard work we put in, means we will have a good season.

“The manager has added a lot. Sometimes he talks to all of us in the midfield to give guidance and sometimes he takes two or three players to one side to give some points on movement and what he wants to put in place.

“We have tremendous potential to be fighting for the top positions in the league. As a group, we showed at the start of the season what we can do. We've obviously had difficulties with this series of injuries but we have very good, experienced players.

“I believe we have the potential to go in as equals, toe-to-toe, with all the top teams. We must take our opportunity on Monday against Wolves, put the previous result behind us, and turn over a new page.

“I have been at Everton for just over a year and it's been a fantastic experience, even better than I'd hoped or expected it to be.

“Last season it was a pity that I didn't get the chance to play in front of the fans but this season I've had the opportunity to play at a full Goodison Park.

“The supporters are incredible. What I've been through so far has been wonderful, not just in terms of football but in terms of my family, living in Liverpool and being here at Everton.

“I hope to remain here many years and make my name at this club, as it's a fantastic place to be.

“We return to the Premier League on Monday and we have really had this desire to be back playing as soon as possible — but with a much better performance than the previous game.

“Wolves are on a good run. They are a team that like to play with the ball and have strong, quick players who are very suited to playing on the counter-attack.”

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Lee Courtliff
1 Posted 31/10/2021 at 17:25:23
Blah, blah, blah. Heard it all before and it's tiresome.

"Great fans", "determined to bring success", etc, etc.

Just win tomorrow night and then give an interview (I understand they have to do these things, I'm just fed up of hearing it).

Andy Crooks
2 Posted 31/10/2021 at 17:32:37
Ah, it's Allan's turn.
Mike Doyle
3 Posted 31/10/2021 at 17:37:27
Allan?? Surely some mistake - the “we must do better” statement comes from Seamus, Phil Jagielka or Hibbo. Always has done.
Tony Everan
4 Posted 31/10/2021 at 19:51:23
Cynical responses so far , and here’s another one.

Talking the talk is the easy bit, show us you mean it on the pitch. Anyway, he’ll be glad that’s his shift done for the PR dept.

I’d like to see a bit more talking or even shouting , organising and motivating during the game. I’ve seen Allan do this, it would be good to see more of it.

Kevin Molloy
5 Posted 31/10/2021 at 20:52:00
i find this kind of interview strangely depressing. How a new signing can sit through last season and talk about how much he enjoys it here, I just find that deeply weird. Its like the fans angst at that bucket of shit last season has just gone in one ear and out the other. It'l like he's not so subtlely saying to the fans 'i've got my contract, and I couldn't give a toss what happens now'
Bobby Mallon
6 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:25:38
I find all the negative comments frustrating. We have a player who actually likes our club and city and wants to play for us for a long time, but all you do is run him down. Some fans just can’t be fucking pleased.
Paul Hewitt
7 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:30:54
If players want to prove how much this club means to them, then do it on the pitch. Otherwise shut the hell up.
Kevin Molloy
8 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:31:27
I think Bobby it's because it's a load of tripe. Who in their right mind would look around at Everton and think “I just never want to leave”?
Jim Lloyd
9 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:34:21
I think Allan has played well in most games. Last week he was left to man the midfield on his own and never gave up. I think it shows in the matches, including last week, that, once Doucouré was injured, our midfield is really weak defensively.

Attacking, we've got two good, dangerous athletic wingers... but defensively? We've got Allan and not much else.

Alex Gray
10 Posted 31/10/2021 at 21:38:35
At this point, I associate these interviews with an incoming poor result sadly. The squad is depleted and even a win tomorrow we are still left with a packed Christmas schedule with no subs.

I feel myself getting dejected earlier and earlier each season. We start well then a few injuries just derail any enthusiasm.

Paul Birmingham
11 Posted 31/10/2021 at 22:39:10
FFS, let's get to the game, tomorrow night.

Each to their own view respectively, but in any situation putting the boot in, before the ball is kicked, as Evertonians, is not warranted. After the game, it's an open forum.

But jeez, Watford last week, Norwich 30 years ago, a score of the same results in between, Spurs, 3 years ago at home, we move on.

But it's Shit Creek, as it is, as facts prove in Everton's case, in terms of success, it really is. It's a fact, but back the club, in the tough times.

I've forgotten last week, the next game counts, but let's not dwell. The negativity a quarter into this season, you'd think Everton are already down.

Fucking frustrated, definitely, the best part of 30 years, but stoking the wind to blow the gas before game, after Watford, a quarter into the season.

Hope eternal. There must be.

Derek Thomas
12 Posted 31/10/2021 at 22:49:22
We have heard all this before in one form or another and I have no idea exactly where Allan lives, or if its even within 30miles of Goodison, but thank him for his kind words with regards to the Club and City.
Ancelotti apparently though Crosby was a little slice of heaven...which I'm sure it is...and that didn't end at all well.

This weekend we've seen being a sky darling...which we are the very opposite of...or reputation, high league position is no guarantee of 3pts, anybody can and is beating anybody.

But you have to apply yourself to the task...because if you don't - and West Ham, Watford and tonight Wolves do??

Deeds not words mate, Deeds - you and your team mates apply yourselves to the task.

Jim Lloyd
13 Posted 31/10/2021 at 23:10:06
Well said, Paul.
Chris Hockenhull
14 Posted 31/10/2021 at 23:21:33
Bobby (6). Spot on. The endless shite poured in here about “Club mentality is dreadful, needs to change, blah blah etc". Well doesn't it run both ways???
Steve Shave
15 Posted 31/10/2021 at 23:49:55
I think Kevin Malloy in comment 8 sums it all up perfectly.
Jim Lloyd
16 Posted 31/10/2021 at 00:00:24
I think Allan has applied himself in the matches I've seen. If the criticism is aimed at the club for asking or demanding players to come out with "stirring words" then I'd much rather the club didn't.

If it's criticism of the club regarding it's "We're a family" mantra, I'd rather they'd shut the fuck up about being a family and have one mantra, that being "This club has one purpose, that is to win.

All the rest shouldn't need to be prattled off, it should just be accepted that our club is a great one. Whether it's playing football or anything else.

As far as the players are concerned, they most likely have to do interviews as part of their contract. I don't think Allan is going to come out and say "some of these players are shite!"

No-one can guarantee a win but, as long as each player plays like he means it for the duration, then that's good enough for me. Allan does that.

Until we can bring better players in, then we only have the players we've got available. When we've got all the first-team squad fit, then we are a decent side.

But it's the bare bones and, rather than give grief, I'd much rather give them support.

Paul Birmingham
17 Posted 01/11/2021 at 00:08:59
Good Spirit, Jim.

Pete Clarke
18 Posted 01/11/2021 at 00:41:24
It's not Allan's fault that it's his turn to face the fans – nor is it his fault that the speed of the Premier League has left him behind and, without Doucouré, he gets overwhelmed.

I would like to hear our dear owner tell us that he intends to fix the deeper problems at the club that he has so far failed to address. He has shown us nothing but pure naivety so far and has been hoodwinked by the teary-eyed one.

Rafa has the experience to deal with keeping us in the top flight, which is all Moshiri wants, but sadly, with players like Allan, that's about all we will achieve.

This may seem harsh on a player that I actually like but my wish is that I see us challenge for some silverware before I die... and, even at 57 years of age, I cannot see that happening if we go on running the club like this. A new stadium won't change anything and that's all they are hiding behind right now.

I want to hear Moshiri tell us his thoughts.

Kieran Kinsella
19 Posted 01/11/2021 at 01:20:57
Bobby Mallon 6

I get what you're saying mate and Allan did nothing wrong. It's good he likes the fans, the club, the city. The problem is perception. We've heard this kinda thing going back to Jags under Moyes: “It's a head scratcher, cause we have great players.”

In this day and age, you need a PR man. If he had one, he'd have said “I love the club, the city and the fans... But last year we came up short and last week was unacceptable so I'm working hard to improve my game to pay back the wonderful fans.”

But even then he might get brownie points but, as others have said, it's results not talk that matters so in truth he might be better to say nothing at all.

Alan J Thompson
20 Posted 01/11/2021 at 04:04:57
He may have drawn this week's short straw but it worries me that he didn't mention the "project" or the new ground. The manager hasn't appointed a new script writer as well, has he?
Danny O’Neill
21 Posted 01/11/2021 at 06:58:13
Standard corporate PR release, probably with a bit of a personal message in there.

What did people want?

He thinks Everton are a badly run club and he wishes he'd never signed? He can't stand the city or the people? Napoli may be a shithole, a tough, crime infested place with economic depravation and a port. But at least it's sunny and warm and he wished he'd stayed?

Most of this will have been either pre-prepared or vetted by the PR department to push positive vibes out there. Seems a few of us need it!!

Dale Rose
22 Posted 01/11/2021 at 08:58:06
Bobby #6.

Well said mate.

Andrew Ellams
23 Posted 01/11/2021 at 09:30:48
You can read this statement on the website of any team that had a poor performance the previous week. It's the equivalent of a column filler in a daily newspaper.

Probably not worth getting too excited either way.

Soren Moyer
24 Posted 01/11/2021 at 18:47:36
What!!!!? Seamus has passed his duties on to Allan now!? Yeah right. Whatever you say champ!
Ralph Basnett
25 Posted 02/11/2021 at 08:12:53
Get back to winning ways?


Jerome Shields
26 Posted 04/11/2021 at 17:57:42
Allan's turn to be wheeled out, simple as.
Derek Knox
27 Posted 06/11/2021 at 12:17:21
With you all on this Everton Bravado Speak, but start doing it, rather than spouting what you should do. We all know, we have supported Everton long enough, what should be done at all levels. Even when one or two do fulfil the fan's criteria (100% commitment will do for starters) there are always one, two, three, or more, who haven't even read the same hymn sheet let along sing from it.

Mind you, what do we expect for £500M ? :-)

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