Duncan Ferguson has called for Goodison Park's famous bear-pit atmosphere to help push the Blues to three much-needed points this Saturday as they take on Aston Villa in the lunchtime kick-off.
The Scot is back in temporary charge of team affairs at Finch Farm following the dismissal on Sunday of Rafael Benitez and he will lead the players for a second caretaker spell starting this weekend.
Ferguson's first assignment as stand-in boss in December 2019 was a memorable, adrenaline-fulled 3-1 win over Chelsea and he is hoping that once again the Everton faithful will be there backing the players all the way for what he admits is going to be a difficult match.
“We are Evertonians. We love our club and fight as hard as we can for it,” the 50-year-old told evertontv. “We need everyone in our corner. We all know it's been a difficult time. Results have not been great. Results have been really, really poor, to be honest with you.
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“So we need to make sure that we're all together — everybody at Finch Farm, everybody at the stadium, everybody in the City… they need to get behind us and I'm sure they will.
“The atmosphere [against Chelsea two years ago] was one of the best I've ever experienced at Goodison, and I am sure [the supporters] will be well, well up for it.
“We really need them to push us across the line for the whole game. I really can't emphasise enough how important they are for the 90 minutes and I know they will be with us.
“That support lifts you; it gives you confidence. We are all going to make mistakes, that happens in football but people have got to keep behind the players as much as they can.
“I know at times it's been difficult but they need to stay behind the players and keep going to the 90 minutes because the players are going to have to keep going to the 90 minutes.
“It will be an incredibly tough game for us and everybody needs to be in that stadium and to keep going to the final whistle and hopefully, we will get the right result.”
Assisted by Leighton Baines, John Ebbrell and Alan Kelly, Ferguson has been leading the squad through training this week, where he says he has been impressing on them the need to show the requisite fight that appears to have been lacking on too many occasions in recent weeks.
The Blues have only won one League game in 13 and have slumped to 16th place but with key players now fit again after their injury problems, the platform is there to reverse fortunes and start moving up the table again.
“The players have always worked hard,” Ferguson stressed, “but I am pushing them as hard as I possibly can. Then they will feel great coming off the training pitch, as we all do when we put in a good day's work.
“They are upbeat sessions, with hard work and clear and simple messages. I am getting among the players and telling a few home truths because the past has not been good enough.
“But it is in the past. We move forwards. The game is coming and let's get ready for it.
“The [players] should give everything. They should run themselves into the ground. They should roll up their sleeves and fight for the club in every single game.
“Imagine if you asked a fan to put a shirt on and get on the pitch, what would they do? We need to be doing that.
“I have to improve the tempo and aggression of the team, keep chipping away at the players about how important it is to get the victories.
“I have confidence in the players and the team and think they can win every game and that will be no different on Saturday.
“We have a lot of great players in there and they will step up, I am sure.”
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1 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:07:11
2 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:19:10
3 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:21:00
4 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:23:25
5 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:27:43
Having listened to Ferguson's interview he does not give the impression that he wants the job on a long term basis. He just couldn't be as bad as those who have preceded him.
However after the Villa game I am sure that Toffee Webbers will be ready with their many diverse perspectives. Amongst them there will be those who still cannot handle anything that is not in total agreement that with just what they think. One of the beauties of TW is that it allows for individual points of view. NOBODY is always "Right" all the time. The Everton Board have consistently proved this FACT, particularly over the last eight years.
C.O.Y.B for Saturday. We will support YOU, but you will need to support US.
7 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:33:25
8 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:33:56
9 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:37:43
Ive got every confidence in Duncan and Bainesy its just the "one or two" that worry me.
Its a pity El Ghazi can't play as he would be keen to prove a point.
10 Posted 20/01/2022 at 17:49:40
11 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:02:04
12 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:06:55
Stick one on him Dunc! No ball-boy will be safe!
13 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:13:42
14 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:19:53
15 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:28:56
16 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:47:29
17 Posted 20/01/2022 at 18:57:12
18 Posted 20/01/2022 at 19:07:32
If I'm right, it worked a treat as £Millions in' FO money' has made for a comfortable retirement.
19 Posted 20/01/2022 at 19:29:27
It's all about the score. I don't care how we play as long as we don't lose. the nightmare scenario is they score first.
20 Posted 20/01/2022 at 19:53:19
I'm concerned about this match to be honest.
All the pressure is on us and Gerrard will be making sure his team know this.
This is a MASSIVE fucking game lads!
21 Posted 20/01/2022 at 20:01:46
Lets see a positive formation, with real intent to win. Imagine its going to be a 4-4-2 but ideally a 4-3-3 would be my preference. Assuming theyre all fit, maybe something like:
Patterson Godfrey Branthwaite Mykolenko
Townsend Allan Doucoure
Gray DCL Richie
Allan needs to sit and destroy, and the other two need to be conscious of covering their fullbacks bombing up one at a time. If DCL still off the boil, but Richie in the middle, Gray on the left and give Gordon or Dobbin a go on the right.
Desperately need a real left footed DCM if we have anything left in the kitty.
22 Posted 20/01/2022 at 21:05:05
23 Posted 20/01/2022 at 23:47:57
He could go 4-2-3-1 :-
Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko
Gordon, Richy, Gray
or 4-3-3 :-
Coleman, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko
Doucoure, Holgate, Gomes
Richy, DCL, Gray
Holgate has played DM before under DF and did well. Godrey is another option there.
24 Posted 21/01/2022 at 06:47:06
I' d also like to pitch that Andros Townsend needs to be appointed as Team Captain with Seamus as Club Captain. For me, AT' offers professionalism and a good level of commitment, and he appears very popular with the squad. With Seamie's place now less certain, I think we should be re-building our midfield around Townsend, and Doucoure.
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