Everton out of the bottom three with massive away win

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Leicester 1 - 2 Everton

Vitalii Mykolenko lasered home a beauty on the volley from 20 yards to give the Blues an early lead before he was forced to depart with an injury in the second half

Vitalli Mykolenko scored his first goal for Everton and Mason Holgate headed home the winner as the Blues won away from home for the first time since August to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

The Ukrainian international fired home a sumptuous volley with just five minutes on the clock and though a defensive calamity gifted Leicester an equaliser soon afterwards, Holgate was on hand to convert from range after Kasper Schmeichel on the half-hour mark while more heroics from Jordan Pickford at the other end made sure of the points against the backdrop of unbelievable support from the away section.

The Toffees had to survive a scare with barely two minutes on the clock, however, in a moment that, had it gone the other way, might have completely changed the direction of this contest. Patson Daka was probably sure he had opened the scoring with barely two minutes on the clock when he beat Pickford with a shot that was destined for the empty net until Mina made a goal-saving intervention by sliding across to divert the ball behind.

Four minutes later, it was Everton who got off to the perfect start. Iwobi's cross from the right sailed invitingly to Mykolenko in space just outside the penalty area and he caught it sweetly, lasering it back across Schmeichel and inside the far post before wheeling away in unbridled celebration.

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And, in a minute of play that, again, might have proved pivotal on another day, it was almost 2-0 at one end before it became 1-1 at the other. Doucouré broke forward, found Demarai Gray down the left and when he squared it, Doucouré arrived to try and guide it past Schmeichel. The Dane got an instinctive hand to it but the ball spun underneath him and was dribbling over the line via the post when he pounced on it just in time.

Unfortunately, on the Foxes' next attack Daka capitalised on a mixup between Seamus Coleman and Yerry Mina to equalise for the home side. The Irishman needlessly collided with the Colombian as he tried to deal with a bouncing ball and Daka stole in to grab it and fire past the stranded Jordan Pickford in the 11th minute.

Mina was replaced by Michael Keane with just 18 minutes gone when he felt a twinge in his calf but alongside Mason Holgate, who insisted on playing despite illness, the substitute provided a seamless transition and the Blues reclaimed the lead on the half-hour mark. Gray's corner found Richarlison who headed goal-wards, Schmeichel parried it on the line and Mason Holgate powered in the rebound with a purposeful header.

Everton were uncomfortably open at times and nagging memories of what happened at Newcastle in February tugged at the consciousness but this time the Blues carried a constant threat on the break. Nevertheless, it was Leicester who had the only real chance for the remainder of the first half when Pickford saved low from Kelechi Iheanacho.

The pattern continued in the second period, with Jonny Evans booked for an ugly stamp on Richarlison before blocking an effort from Anthony Gordon while Nampalys Mendy forced the save of the game from Pickford.

The midfielder's bending, 25-yard shot in the 64th minute was heading for the top corner when Pickford turned it around the upright with a one-handed save at full stretch.

Mykolenko's afternoon was cut short by injury shortly afterwards but Pickford was called into action almost immediately. Daka headed the ball across goal to substitute Harvey Barnes but Pickford foiled him with a point-blank save to bundle it behind.

Barnes then unleashed a fierce drive that Pickford palmed behind and Iheanacho tried his luck from distance but the keeper was there again to gather the awkwardly-bouncing shot well

Everton had their moments on the break where they threatened to increase their lead but, typified by Iwobi's seemingly endless energy, spent the majority of the closing stages in an effective low block where they frustrated their hosts until a final whistle that was greeted with gusto by that unrivalled away contingent who milked the occasion for all it was worth.

 

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Alan J Thompson
1 Posted 08/05/2022 at 14:59:40
A very strange start and the fiddling around seemed to be in midfield to start with and then Mykolenko, the left back on the edge of their box hits a pearler after at first thinking he'd put the cross too far behind Richarlison.

Then the the light should have been flashing when the linesman took an eternity to put the flag up for offside and I wonder if this affected Coleman or is it that coming to the twilight of his career he still doesn't understand the offside rule. He should have let the Leicester man go but no he had to play him onside then stand 10 paces directly behind Mina before running into him.

Fortunately we got a second but I was wondering if Holgate had anticipated the ball going there or if he had just again moved away from the play.

Whatever, Frank needs to get up Gordon during the break and tell him to get in the game as he looks almost disinterested and Gray is wandering around like it's a practice session. And the midfiel or somebody must find a way to stop their midfield running through our lines into as much space as they want.

So far, so good the score.

Colin Malone
2 Posted 08/05/2022 at 15:01:45
How many goals have come from mistakes? Fucking learn, Everton... learn.
Ernie Baywood
3 Posted 08/05/2022 at 15:45:23
This is a tired effort now. Gordon is being run into the ground every week.

Come on Blues!

Ernie Baywood
4 Posted 08/05/2022 at 15:54:17
Absolutely massive...

Steve Brown
5 Posted 08/05/2022 at 15:55:32
Get in there you beauties!!!!
Geoff Lambert
6 Posted 08/05/2022 at 15:58:06
And out the bottom 5.
Ernie Baywood
7 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:09:42
Not quite as desperate as recently... we were the better team and arguably could have made it more comfortable with a bit more commitment to attack rather than just have possession in the second half. Leicester were either pretty poor or we made them look poor.

Iwobi my MOTM. That guy just keeps on going - couldn't have imagined he'd ever be a cult hero.

Massive effort from Richarlison too. Pickford excellent. We were good across the board. And another big tick for our support. Just incredible.

The maths is starting to turn in our favour. From being a side that suddenly needed to massively improve their form to get maybe 10 points from 6 games, we now probably need 4 from 4 with the most attractive part of that run in over the next 3 games.

No let up now blues. The job's not done yet.

Alan J Thompson
8 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:11:31
I don't think I've ever broken out into a sweat so much as I did in that second half. Did we have any efforts on goal? We started fiddling again at the back but quickly stopped it but again not only MotM but showed why he is the best keeper in the Premier League. Did anyone see in the entire game Holgate challenge for any defensive header and Rondon for Gray seemed the wrong move and did he ever sprint for the entire time he was on?

Still, the right score and move up the ladder but we still need more. Not pretty but pretty effective.

Sean Roe
9 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:17:14
WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE SAY WE ARE TOP OF THE LEAGUE. GET INNNNNNN!!!!!!!
Mal van Schaick
10 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:19:54
Lampard has made the difference. We looked organised and determined. Let’s get some more points in the bag and finish the season strongly. Great result.
Dave Lynch
11 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:21:58
Yeeeeee fucking Haaaaaaa
Derek Moore
12 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:23:21
Just a huge win, especially as we may have lost Mina and Myko from it.

Obviously Pickford was the man again, another stunning performance. But would like to give some credit to Delph who kept us afloat in the middle of the park especially in the first half.

It's been an incredibly stressful and trying time so to watch that today felt very sweet indeed. Roll on Wednesday.

Neil Copeland
13 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:23:57
Truly massive result for our immediate future. Huge credit to Frank, JP, Iwobi, Richy in particular. We are very difficult to beat all of a sudden.

Special mention to the support - like a home game, absolutely fucking magnificent. One thing though, make sure that piece of coal is safe.

Another 3pts and great weekend so far.

Rest, the reset and go again at Watford - let’s finish what we have started

UTFT!

Tom Bowers
14 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:23:58
With the problems all season in attack it was so good to see the defenders getting us home.
Mykolenko should have scored last week so it was nice to see him atone today. He seems like a real good signing as Digne was not playing well although to be fair nobody was up till the time he went.

We win two in a row against 2 good teams and not surprisingly Frank started the same team as last week.

Everton can get a maximum 47 points and Leeds only 43 so it's looking a lot better now.

Colin Malone
15 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:25:06
Now let's get the Brentford game moved back to its original time.
Brian Murray
16 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:27:02
need a carlsberg weekend now for city to top it off
Steve Brown
17 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:36:18
Pickford, Holgate, Keane, Delph, Doucoure, Iwobi and Richy were all superb today.
Fran Mitchell
19 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:36:44
Immense result.

All credit first to the Manager who has dealt with th massive pressure, and the ridicule he was getting (from outside the club). He was being written off, and pundits scandalously saying how 'with Benitez, Everton weren't in the relegation places' as if Everton's issues were of Lampard's doing.

After some initial nativity, he has learned how to get the best out of this set of players.

Pickford is like a man possessed. A legend. The saves and the games management tactics giving us the edge and defeating opponents spirit.

A good performance today,with a few ripples of both good play and dodgy organisation, but we deserved the win and I was generally confident we'd get it even when Leicester dominated possession.

Iwobi for me was excellent. His touch and composure when winning the ball, over and over. Excellent again.

And Keane too did brilliant when he came on. Well done.

And Myko what a way to get your first goal. What a goal. Congratulations that man.

3 winnable matches before the last game of the season. Let's fucking do this. Let's aim to take over Southampton, and then for 14th or even 13th. What a great feeling that would be.

Gary Jones
20 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:37:06
IF we do stay up, Jordon Pickford should get a statue outside the ground. What a man!

Got to hope Myko injury is minor, because we looked vulnerable when he went off. Too many crosses from that side.

Go all out to win now at Watford, and use the squad a bit….

Dermot O'Brien
21 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:37:12
What a set of fans though, eh?
Unreal
Pete Clarke
22 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:38:22
We made hard work of that but out of the bottom and now the pressure is on both Leeds and Burnley.
I said to my mate once Mina gave that goal away that he would limp off within 5 minutes and he did just that. Absolute shithouse and Lampard must be wondering who he can actually trust as I think a few others looked like they also wanted out.
Pickford luckily in top form but we need to really wake up and put Watford to the sword and help secure our safety. Special mention to that great support of ours for keeping this club going.
Neil Tyrrell
23 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:40:13
What a great way to start the day! A massive away win, much needed goals from unexpected players and Pickford immense once again.

Our away support is unbelievable. Sounded like a home game on the DAZN broadcast, well done drowning out those clackers. Take a bow, every one of you. I'll be singing Spirit of the Blues all day 💙

Bill Gienapp
24 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:43:09
I'm not going to feel comfortable until we're mathematically safe, just as I never feel comfortable until the final whistle has been blown... but you can sense the self-belief finally taking hold. On top of the fans, who've been absolutely incredible, and took it to yet another level today.

Massive result, and not just in the immediate context of the table. We've been terrible all season at building any sort of momentum on the back of a big win, so to go on the road and get the job done was absolutely huge.

Kieran Kinsella
25 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:43:39
Professional performance but we did move the ball better as you can see the confidence is starting to return. Amazing the difference a week makes. We were on 29 points and Osman among others was saying if we lost to Chelsea we were down. It’s not over but we have a little cushion. Credit to Frank for identifying those up for the fight and sticking with them (bar injuries)
Steve Brown
26 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:44:25
Fran @ 19, agree the coverage of Lampard has been ludicrous. He has won seven games in his three and half months in charge. Not perfect, but better than the one win that Benitez managed in his last three and a half months in charge.

It has been fuelled by the media's desperation to have the big story of Everton getting relegated. Sorry to disappoint you!

There is also a real connection between Lampard and supporters that I have not seen with an Everton manager in a very long-time.

Michael Lynch
27 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:44:46
That was incredibly painful to watch, but what a result. The odds are in our favour now, just hope the lads can keep up this momentum.

Iwobi and Pickford MOTM for me, though I don't think anyone let us down.

I love the way we've discovered that being the best fans in the country makes us feel better, and makes the team play better. Evertonians have always been a bit special, but these last few weeks I've never felt prouder to have been chosen.

Can't wait for next Sunday. Like the song says, football's coming home.

Martin Mason
28 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:49:13
I would like to see our board showing some appreciation to these wonderful fans who may just have saved their asses. Great performance today but the injuries are just really annoying. First or second on the team sheet from now on? Alex Iwobi! What a job they have done on him and on Moloko, what a buy.
Christopher Nicholls
29 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:51:31
Pickford, Ritchie, Iwobi are all digging deep for points. Gordon looks like he might need a break and anyone asking for Rondon to start should watch him lumber around for the last 20 mins.
Watford comes right on the heels, might need to freshen up the team, especially with Myko going off. Hope he's OK. Maybe Cole can get his boots out.
Special moment from Mykolenko today.
Christopher Nicholls
30 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:51:36
Pickford, Ritchie, Iwobi are all digging deep for points. Gordon looks like he might need a break and anyone asking for Rondon to start should watch him lumber around for the last 20 mins.
Watford comes right on the heels, might need to freshen up the team, especially with Myko going off. Hope he's OK. Maybe Cole can get his boots out.
Special moment from Mykolenko today.
Kevin Molloy
31 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:51:41
he's really saved our bacon hasn't he, Mr Lampard. Fair play, he took on a job with unbelievable pressure attached, and handled it. Just imagine, every time he's filled up his car in the last three months he'll have had people coming up to him 'don't let us go down Frank'. I wouldn't have done it for a big clock.
Paul Birmingham
32 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:51:59
A fantastic result, another very special Everton weekend, in an emotionally draining week.

What’s been achieved by the Everton manager, his coaches and the players the last few weeks, is incredible.

But the desire and heart has been born from the best football supporters in the country, and without doubt, Evertonians have made the most significant difference to the fortunes of Everton FC.

Goodison Park, was on tour today in Leicester.

Let’s keep the spirit and form and do the same at Watford.

Keeping the good form and momentum will help strengthen the resolve of the squad for preseason.

But now to get 3 points at Watford.

UTFT!

Soren Moyer
33 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:52:54
Great win today. Now, come on Citeh, Come on Carlo. Do not let RS to win another cup or the league this season.
Brian Murray
34 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:54:34
soren lol 😂 I just said the same on live forum. not asking too much is it
Paul Birmingham
35 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:56:27
Soren, and by all Evertonians!
UTFT!
Steve Brown
36 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:56:53
Soren, it would be HILARIOUS if they only ended up with the Carling Cup after all the talk of the quadruple.
Andy Crooks
37 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:58:51
Brilliant stuff from coach, players and the best supporters in the world.
Christy Ring
38 Posted 08/05/2022 at 16:59:36
Massive win credit the team, thought Keane was immense when he came on, fans absolutely brilliant again, as Tony Bellew said last week all local fans, unlike the redshite with there plastic fans and iPads.I have to say I wanted Lampard from day one, you can see the passion he brings and he definitely has turned it around. Hopefully another great performance at Watford Wednesday night.
Kieran Kinsella hope you’re in good form, and the result was icing on the cake
Ian Edwards
39 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:13:02
Let's not waste such a huge 3 points by losing to Watford. We need to back up and keep it going. Hopefully the players that went off are not injured and back for the remaining games.
Nick White
40 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:15:40
It has taken a lot of time for Lampard to get this squad going, but thankfully it looks like he’s done it just in time! A few more wins and we are safe. Maybe if Benitez had been removed earlier we wouldn’t be in this position at all.
Steve Brown
42 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:22:50
Wow, what supporters we have!

Link

John Cook
43 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:22:52
Absolute great team performance today.Top marks to Frank who got the tactics spot on.Apart from Pickford who had another unbelievable game,I thought Alex Iwobi fantastic today.He gave great cover for Coleman and a superb ball for Mykolenko,s goal.
I went to bed last night after listening to Van the man singing Into the mystic.
Had a dream that NASA had finally got in touch with other alien intelligence.They managed to decipher a message that said,quote "Once Everton has touched you. "
Sorry lads, had a good drink today,love everyone of you.UTFT !!!
Sean Roe
44 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:27:22
I can't remember who slated me for choosing Begovic over Pickford but the last two performances have proven me wrong.
Bill Fairfield
45 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:28:45
Another massive win. Another brilliant performance by Jordan Pickford. Great support once again from our fantastic fans. Another big night to come v Watford. Let’s keep it going. COYB.
Mark Ryan
46 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:30:11
Just need to focus their minds on a tricky game at Watford. That's a potential banana skin now that they have no pressure to play under. We have to be fully on it against them. WIN that and we can breathe easily. This stress is killing me lol !!
George Cumiskey
47 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:32:56
Something I thought I'd never ever say Iwobi MoM !!
Tony Everan
48 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:37:57
Away support immense today, take a bow.

Pickford motm excellent match winning saves again.

Richarlison and Gordon left it all out on the pitch, great fighting for the cause.

Credit to the whole team for holding strong, especially after the defensive cock up and then losing Yerry and also Mykolenko. Keane and JJK did well in difficult circumstances.

Another great day to follow up from beating Chelsea. No complacency allowed, onwards and upwards.

Mike Gaynes
49 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:46:59
George, we've all been saying things about Iwobi we couldn't have imagined.

Frank has performed a miracle with this player.

George Cumiskey
50 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:52:20
Mike deffo and Keane was immense when he came on! Wonders will never cease ! 👍🤣😃
Terry Farrell
51 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:53:12
Best away support in the league. Picko World class. Never spills the ball and electric reflexes. Super Frank
Jerome Shields
52 Posted 08/05/2022 at 17:53:44
4 points from the Leciester games. Would have taken that all day long prior to the run in. A away win to boot which is a bonus with two home games to come.

Frank set up the same as the two previous games, but Leciester where afforded too much space, by Everton's defensive players who where anything but tidy in their play.

It really did take the Everton.12th Man to get them through.

Raymond Fox
53 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:03:40
Well done lads, its a pleasure to be a supporter for a change, another 3pts and I think we are safe.
Its the games where we are expected to win like this game at Watford that we manage to balls up.
Not this time though surely, but thats football expect the unexpected.
I don't see Burnley or Leeds, especially Leeds getting many more points if any.
We are now best priced 12/1 with plenty of 10/1 for us to be relegated now, I think your throwing your money away if you take it though.
Neil Copeland
54 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:06:47
Suddenly, everyone (not just Evertonians) is giving our support the credit it richly deserves. Imagine what we can achieve if we have the raucous backing from game 1 every game thereafter. The YouTube link provided by Steve Brown above is fantastic, can’t stop watching it.

We go again on Wednesday, another winnable game, we can do this blues - bring it on!

UTFT

John Keating
55 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:07:46
Absolutely fantastic result.
Lets's all enjoy it until midnight then forget all about it!

The most important thing now is the Watford game, same application, same determination and another 3 points on the board as soon as possible.

Hopefully Lampard's pre game planning will include a watch of the Goodison game just to remind them that they owe us big time for a horror show!

We need to ensure survival before Arsenal away as they may still be going all out for a CL spot

Fran Mitchell
56 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:09:01
Uncomfortable with the comments on Mina.

Firstly, he saved us in the 2nd minute with an excellent clearance off the line and then excellent clearance from resulting corner which really could have changed the game.

The mix up in defence, imo, was Coleman's mistake primarily.

Then we went off. The referee, as they are obligated to do when it comes to head injuries, called for the doctor to come on and assess him. Mina was saying he was fine, but clearly the call was made by the doctor. Was he seeing double? Was his vision blurred? We don't know. But with all that has come out recently on the impact of head injuries and the links to dementia in former footballers (something like 7 of the 11 English world cup winning players suffered or suffer from the disease). Calling players shithouses and such for it seems a little bit twatish.

Derek Moore
57 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:12:57
Fran Mitchell, mate Mina went off with a calf problem. Another soft tissue non contact injury for a bloke who has missed more than his share of games from just that.
Terry Farrell
58 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:14:06
Fran 100% first goal was seamus error he needed to drop off and pick up the bits but went all in. Think Mina has another leg muscle injury. Love the guy but 10 15 games a season isn't going to work.
Jon Harding
59 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:14:57
Sean@44 everyone to be fair mate but don't beat yourself up, it's all forgotten now
Hope those Leicester stewards are on overtime !
Tom Bowers
60 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:14:58
It's been an awful time for all of us over the last few months with us sliding match after match but finally with that late win against the Barcodes, the win against Manure and now Chelski and Leicester not forgetting the late draw against Leicester at home, things have taken a big turn back the right way.

Leeds will now have Ayling suspended and he has been a mainstay in their defence so they could be for the drop now.

Robert Tressell
61 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:15:04
Having been quite critical of Lampard, I think it's fair to credit him with our upturn in fortunes.

We're on a good run now because he's got the side well motivated, compact defensively and working very hard.

If you do that you've got a chance in every game you play.

I believe he has matured through adversity and will be a much better manager for it.

Just need to make sure we address the (on paper) easier looking games with the right attitude and tactics.

These are the sorts of games where we might need Alli or the lesser spotted El Ghazi to conjure something up with their technical ability.

But it's been a brilliant weekend of results which really couldn't have gone better. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Mark Ryan
62 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:34:02
Southampton not out of it totally. Rather see them go down rather than Burnley or Leeds tbh
John Raftery
63 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:34:33
Fantastic result! A great performance by the 12th man. Congratulations to the team for their effort and the manager for learning we can be a better team with less possession.

The victories over Man United, Chelsea and Leicester have been achieved with a third or less possession, a compact shape, defending deep and of course some superlative goal keeping. That will do for the rest of this season and indeed until we can add more quality to our attacking play.

Steve Shave
64 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:34:40
Not always pretty but who cares, massive 3 points. Credit once again to Pickford who was outstanding. The fans were amazing by all accounts and from what I could hear on the stream they out sung the home support.

Big shout out to Mykolenko who is fast becoming a bit of a favourite of mine. He's learning fast and boy did he come into a baptism of fire. I for one applauded this business done by the club i.e. made a profit on a player (Digne) and replaced him for a cheaper one with high potential. Myko is going to be dynamite next season, along with Patterson in my opinion.

I thought Delph looked assured and classy, nothing fancy but effective. I find it massively ironic that the stars of our potential great escape could be Iwobi, Pickford, Delph. We just need Rondon to pop up with a last minute winner to secure survival!

Still a small mountain to climb but we have momentum. COYB!

Jeff Armstrong
65 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:38:53
Mark 62, given the choice, for me it would be Leeds because their supporters are more Neanderthal than the Newcastle lot, Burnley because their ground was half empty even in a relegation battle,then Southampton because they stopped playing weeks ago and melted at Burnley a few games ago.
Dave Abrahams
66 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:40:16
Another win and that will do me, never saw the game only two minute highlights so can’t judge any of the players but the one who will never let you down had a big hand in it today: The Everton Crowd, brilliant again starting yesterday and most probably still singing on the way home now, if we stay up, and it’s looking a lot better, it’s down mostly to us and especially the away fans, simply the best.
Jim Wilson
67 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:46:19
Robert @61
I agree with what you say. My confidence in Lampard grew with the way he handled the Derby. I thought his team selection and tactics were as good as they could be. We should have been rewarded with a pen and playing ten men but that couldn't happen could it.
And it seems to have been carried on in the next two games.
But the supporters have really played their part. They have galvanised the club in some way illustrated none better than in Pickford's performances.
Injuries to two players today has to be a worry but a win at Waford would be enormous now. COYB!
Oliver Molloy
68 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:47:35
MASSIVE - now onto Watford - one game at at a time - no defeats from now until end of season please!
Brian Murray
69 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:53:27
many a scary away day at leeds in the 70s, total cavemen won’t be missed. Are we about to grow under frank in the pitch. just need the rest of the club sorted.
Tony Everan
70 Posted 08/05/2022 at 18:55:19
Nice gesture from Frank, going back out after the game to the fans to say thank you for the unbelievable support.

"They pushed the players and that is why we celebrate with them at the end, nothing's done so I went back out there at the end because they don't want to go home, they want to stay here and have a party.”

Ed Prytherch
71 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:16:04
I was worried when Michael Keane came on for Mina but Michael was flawless. What a change from the nervous wreck that he has been lately and Kenny filled in fine for Mykolenko. Our escape will not be torpedoed by a couple of injuries.
Jerome Shields
72 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:18:19
I agree that Frank got the tactics right in the Liverpool game, but necessary counter tactical change in the second, was too big of a leap of faith for Frank, given the players and their form, that he had available. Alot can see where he is coming from on that one.

He developed them further, working with the players in training and managed to outplay Chelsea. Everton today even with a ropey defence where worth their win. They did not play as well as against Liverpool and Chelsea, giving more space, but looked more a attacking threat. He was more effective with his Subs today.

Frank will be glad to see the Summer to develop better football, with better players.

Jerome Shields
73 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:18:20
I agree that Frank got the tactics right in the Liverpool game, but necessary counter tactical change in the second, was too big of a leap of faith for Frank, given the players and their form, that he had available. Alot can see where he is coming from on that one.

He developed them further, working with the players in training and managed to outplay Chelsea. Everton today even with a ropey defence where worth their win. They did not play as well as against Liverpool and Chelsea, giving more space, but looked more a attacking threat. He was more effective with his Subs today.

Frank will be glad to see the Summer to develop better football, with better players.

Jerome Shields
74 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:18:24
I agree that Frank got the tactics right in the Liverpool game, but necessary counter tactical change in the second, was too big of a leap of faith for Frank, given the players and their form, that he had available. Alot can see where he is coming from on that one.

He developed them further, working with the players in training and managed to outplay Chelsea. Everton today even with a ropey defence where worth their win. They did not play as well as against Liverpool and Chelsea, giving more space, but looked more a attacking threat. He was more effective with his Subs today.

Frank will be glad to see the Summer to develop better football, with better players.

Dave Williams
75 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:47:58
What a marvellous weekend. The sight of those fans singing and waving a pair of crutches in the air brings a tear to the eye.
But it’s not done yet- Watford may be disinterested or they may want to put on a show for their fans. We must be feeling tired but this is another must win. Win it and we could well secure our position with a home win v Brentford. Mina won’t play but I think Myko will. Richi and Douc will be keen to put one over their old club but Frank has to ensure they are fully up for it.
What has he done to make Alex, Myko and Delph into such vital players?
Keep going everyone especially those fantastic fans!
Dave Williams
76 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:48:19
What a marvellous weekend. The sight of those fans singing and waving a pair of crutches in the air brings a tear to the eye.
But it’s not done yet- Watford may be disinterested or they may want to put on a show for their fans. We must be feeling tired but this is another must win. Win it and we could well secure our position with a home win v Brentford. Mina won’t play but I think Myko will. Richi and Douc will be keen to put one over their old club but Frank has to ensure they are fully up for it.
What has he done to make Alex, Myko and Delph into such vital players?
Keep going everyone especially those fantastic fans!
Mark Ryan
77 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:50:13
I get the issue with people wanting Leeds to drop but they provided me with lots of great moments as a young boy in the 60's and 70's watching their team play Everton with players such as Bremner, Hunter, Lorimer etc and there was a game some years back when I had travelled all the way to Southampton we lost heavily. As each Evertonian got up to leave the ground somewhat early, very disgruntled, having travelled all the way from Merseyside and other far flung Northern abodes, the toss pots started waving "bye bye walkers, walkers bye bye" and for those reasons alone, I fucking hate them. They have provided fuck all to the Premier League or Div 1 as it used to be for my lifetime so I hope they drop out and never return. I'm not bitter ha ha
Peter Mills
78 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:51:28
An excellent day.

9/10 to everyone except Pickford, who gets a 9.5.

And a 10 to the the travelling fans. Simply magnificent.

Peter Mills
79 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:51:28
An excellent day.

9/10 to everyone except Pickford, who gets a 9.5.

And a 10 to the the travelling fans. Simply magnificent.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
80 Posted 08/05/2022 at 19:57:34
To answer Phil Rogers question on the live forum (I was hiding all afternoon) the answer is Mina has been injured in the 1st half 3 times this season and only twice in his first 3 seasons.

When you look at his record - games where he played 90 minutes
18-19 9 of 10 starts, 19-20 24 of 25 starts, 20-21 20 of 23 starts
21-22 8 of 11 starts. I am sure this has not gone unnoticed at FF and offers may be sought.

Lee Courtliff
81 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:02:17
Great interview with Frank after the game, he really is becoming the most popular/likeable manager we've had since the first season under Bobby. I just hope his second season works out better than it did for Martinez.

We were superb in terms of commitment today but the second half was very frustrating. We had so many opportunities to create a clear cut chance and failed to capitalise that I was sure it would come back to haunt us. Thankfully it didn't.

I've got a feeling Leeds, with home advantage, will get points from Chelsea and Brighton so we need Spurs to hammer Burnley next Sunday. If we take 4 points from our next 2 games then we'll be alright.

Probably.

Bill Gall
82 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:10:05
I guess I will not be allowed to watch anymore games until we are safe. I watched from the start went to the bathroom come back Everton had scored, watched for while Leicester scored.

To day in Canada it is mothers day, watching the game our daughter came around with 2 of our granddaughters and 3 great grandsons, so had to go outside with them came back in, Everton had scored, so I stayed outside with the kids thinking if I go back in and watch Leicester may score, they didn't, so I think it will be better if I don't watch. Got it on tape so will watch it later.

Congratulations to the manager and players and a big THANK YOU. to those supporters who have shown the club, they don't believe in defeat,

Julian Exshaw
83 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:14:42
I was a nervous wreck watching that, particularly in the first half but we weathered the storm and deserved the three points. I can only repeat what many have said already, the fans were truly magnificent and the effort of all the players was excellent; but can they please start like that next season to save our collective blood pressure?
Mykolenko's goal and Pickford's saves made the day. Great stuff. I'll sleep better tonight but it's not quite there yet. Thank you boys for a great day.
Eddie Dunn
84 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:17:26
I was mightly pleased with the win. I said from the start that Myko was going to be a decent player and he has certainly announced his arrival - if Salah has scored that it would be headlining on all the usual places.
As for our performance, I thought Coleman was at fault for the goal and he mamaged to have a mix-up with Holgate later. Delph was steady but Doucoure looks like Bambi on ice. How Gray went off when Gordon was shattered was a mystery.
Leicester created more but our game plan worked. However, once more it was only Pickford's heroics that got us over the line.
Our midfield was ponderous, too slow to get to their men and the defence was exposed too often.
It will be tough at Watford, pressure off them and they can play(2-5).
I hope we play it as tight as possible as every point now is gold dust.
Thankyou to any of you who went today- it sounded like we were at home!
Matthew Williams
85 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:23:13
I'm currently wearing the retro '87 shirt with tears my eyes...thank you Super Frankie and the lads for making my day absolutely fucking beautiful...time to do it again down at Watford in midweek.

As for my fellow Blues... simply magnificent yet again!

COYB

Terry Farrell
86 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:23:37
Eddie I must have been watching a different game I thought doucoure was excellent. Love him
Brent Stephens
87 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:29:00
I don't know what that sounded like on the telly but the noise at the away end was brilliant. Pretty much non-stop. A couple of times I actually felt the stand trembling under my feet - really. Tremendous three points. Before the game I would have settled for one. What has Frank done with Iwobi? Where is he? And who is that on the pitch that looks like him?

Did Mina chicken out of that game once we conceded? As he seemed to a few games ago? Keane stepped up and did us proud. Tremendous saves from Pickford, that first one just breathtaking.

Chris Corn
88 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:38:27
Don't think anyone can call Mina a coward. He just seems to be one of those players whose body cannot stand up to the rigours of top class football, like Darron Gibson, Chris Kirkland, probably Gbamin as well...been plenty over the years...
Neil Copeland
89 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:44:38
Brent #87, you and the other supporters were fantastic - thank you for another great performance. It sounded brilliant and loud. Lots of stuff on YouTube also that’s worth a look (Steve Brown #42 for the link).

Frank really has brought the team and the fans together and deserves huge credit. We still have plenty to do but what a fantastic weekend.

Eddie Dunn
90 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:44:49
Terry -I thought he would do a good thing, then play a short pass or slip slightly, and have to stretch and make a corrective move, And when he had the odd opportunity to play a quick forward pass, he would take an extra touch and the chance would be gone.
He has a good engine but in my opinion, he is a poor footballer. I don't think he'd get into this Leicester side.
Soren Moyer
91 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:45:04
We still need a couple of wins to be absolutely safe. Just don't forget to show up at Finch Farm with blue flares the day before the Watford game.
Bill Fairfield
92 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:47:54
Our fans truly are world class.
Chris Corn
93 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:48:42
Wednesday is the big one for me. We have to put them away. We are notorioisly generous to teams who can't buy a win and the pressure is off Watford who will probably have a go knowing our luck. Need to put them to bed.
Brent Stephens
94 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:51:14
What about that Youtube video of the fans singing and the guy waving his crutches in the air! Almost a metaphor for the way the team has thrown away the crutches and are now dancing on the turf. Frank the miracle worker.
Terry Farrell
95 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:51:17
Eddie its all about opinions no sweat mate.
Peter Neilson
96 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:51:39
Best away day in donkeys years. Cracking atmosphere, I wish we could bottle it. I didn’t speak with one blue before the game who wasn’t positive. What a worldie from Vitaliy and once again Jordan to the rescue. Delph again demonstrating what we signed him for just been a shame about the injuries. Top stuff, job not done but headed in the right direction.

Altogether now “when you hear a copper shout hey, put that candle out’”

Joe Corgan
97 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:55:33
First back-to-back wins since we beat Burnley at home on 13th September.
Brent Stephens
98 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:57:12
Peter #96 "I didn’t speak with one blue before the game who wasn’t positive".

And for the first time this season, Peter, when Leicester drew level I didn't for one moment think the game was gone.

Brent Stephens
99 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:57:17
Peter #96 "I didn’t speak with one blue before the game who wasn’t positive".

And for the first time this season, Peter, when Leicester drew level I didn't for one moment think the game was gone.

Neil Copeland
100 Posted 08/05/2022 at 20:58:20
Peter, “We are the Goodison Gang”.

Is this the first time that Delph has managed 3 consecutive games for us?

Peter Neilson
101 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:16:34
Could well be Neil, at the very least starting 3 games, I’m sure someone will be able to confirm the stat. Classy player when fit, has awareness of who’s where on the pitch and buys himself a little extra time playing the ball. I think the fans who’ve organised the Finch Farm send off, the reception to the team bus against Chelsea, and yes the fireworks before that game have done a great job. Well done all. We’ve woken up as a club.
Neil Copeland
102 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:24:13
Sure have, in a big way too that is getting some great media coverage for a change. All of a sudden the general consensus appears to be changing, lots of work to do but things are definitely looks brighter than they were.
Brian Wilkinson
103 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:32:00
If you look at the last couple of games and the home game with Arsenal, one thing stands out, on all three occasions, the fans have got right behind the team even more from start to finish.

I love how Frank gets us but without sounding negative and the players excuse to hide behind Raffa, I do wonder how many more points we would have picked up, had we put all our effort towards getting right behind the team, like the last few weeks, making Goodison like that all season, than solely focusing on Raffa.

I can hold my hands up and say I never gave Raffa the support anywhere near the support I’m giving Frank, cannot fault the away support, been brilliant all season, but at Goodison, apart from the Arsenal game, Raffa never got the fans singing or backing from us, we were too quick to judge him on his past.

Only when we have been staring at the unthinkable, have we re-awoken the old lady once more.

These players now have no one to hide behind, the fans are injecting confidence in them, we are starting to get the results, we can put all this down to Lampard, but for me the supporters have made the difference.

We need to continue this fantastic backing, next season could be our final season at the old lady, let’s give her the send off she deserves, from game one, right the way through, to the end of the season.

Paul Birmingham
104 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:36:55
Hopefully a massive week in then view Everton, can get closer to safety on Wednesday night.

Keep the same passion, discipline and focus, and win this game.

Time will tell, but in hope, belief, pride and nostalgia, may be there’s a stir in the stars, and like the back end of 1983, from belief, and fight, Everton started to get an identity on the park.

Hopefully this is happening again.

Overall a marvellous weekend all in, results wise, and let’s hope for the same this week. The next game counts.

“Whats Our Name?”

UTFT!

Jamie Crowley
105 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:42:54
Brian -

Agree with everything you say, but -

Rafa wasn't good to the supporters, came from 'them', and did nothing to truly reach out to Evertonians.

Frank has lauded the fans since day one, gets us, and speaks all the right things while completely recognizing the fans.

So for me yes the fans are absolutely brilliant. But you have to give kudos to Frank, while recognizing the fan base was neutered by and under Rafa.

But blah, blah, blah. No reason to dwell in the past while we are clearly moving forward.

I KNOW this is way too soon, but I want another two wins to stay up as I'm salivating at the prospects of an entire season under Frank and a team in his image. We won't be challenging for CL or anything like that, but I'm betting the progress will be very noticeable and real. The future is exciting in my opinion.

If we stay up, which we really should now thank God!

Andrew Grey
106 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:44:23
Spot on Brian Wilkinson!
Rob Halligan
107 Posted 08/05/2022 at 21:53:50
Just got home from a truly memorable away game. Haven’t looked at all the posts above, but one thing I will say is this…………if that away support could be bottled and released at every away game from now on to eternity, then we will win every competition going. I have never ever, been more proud of our away support, and I feel so privileged to have been part of it. We have, without doubt, the best supporters in this league, country, and whatever else anyone cares to mention!!

“Marching down the Goodison Road, all the windows open wide, when you hear the coppers shout, Oi,, put the candles out, we are the Goodison gang”

Spirit of the Blues was just belted out all match, and a good fifteen minutes after the final whistle. Truly fantastic, unbelievable support!!

Brian Williams
108 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:02:21
Brian#103.
Brian, most of us, like yourself, didn't give Benitez the support we're giving Frank Lampard simply because Benitez did nothing to encourage or develop that support.
Lampard, an intelligent player and an intelligent man, saw quite clearly what was required to get the supporters onboard, said all the right things and showed the right actions. He engaged with us, encouraged us, told us how important we were and we responded.
Benitez alienated half the staff, half the players, and most of the fanbase.
Thank fuck he's just a bad memory.
UTFT.
Craig Walker
109 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:02:57
Agree Brian. When Goodison is a bear pit and bouncing then it lifts our players. Sometimes we are so desperate for success that frustration transmits to the players and they start making mistakes and it’s a downward spiral. The fans have been magnificent recently. The biggest thing we’ve got is some pride back. Pleased for Lampard because I thought we were done for after throwing a lead away at Turf Moor. That was a nadir on a season of low points. Hope we can tie up the points we need and have a root and branch overhaul of the club over the summer so that we never have to go through this again. Also, for Souness, Newcastle a bigger club than Everton, my arse. Not by any measure.
Brent Stephens
110 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:07:40
Rob #107 "Spirit of the Blues was just belted out all match, and a good fifteen minutes after the final whistle. Truly fantastic, unbelievable support!!"

Rob, I usually disappear as soon as the final whistle goes at away matches (especially this season, losing all the bleedin' time) but stayed on at the end. If you could bottle that emotion...

Could winning a title feel any better?!

Paul Birmingham
111 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:12:50
Superb, Rob, and a truly epic weekend, starting yesterday at a Finch Farm, and today, and will last till the end of time.

Immense and as you rightfully say, the power of Evertonians, has transformed this team, and through adversity, has turned around the negativity. Many of the Media Circus, would love to see the demise of EFC.

As Alan Ball and Brian Labone, said so many years, ago, Everton, once it touches you, life is never the same.

“Born a Blue, Live a Blue, Die a Blue!” FTRS!

I feel similar vibes to 1983, let’s get the points secured, and then, use this end of season, as the catalyst, to rebuild and go forward as a club, next season.

“Whats Our Name?”

UTFT!

Rob Halligan
112 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:20:40
Brent, if we’d have won the league today with that support, then trust me, we’d still be there now, belting out “The spirit of the Blues”.
Brian Wilkinson
113 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:21:08
Anyway still looking for a ticket for the Brentford game, sorted for the Palace game, so if anyone comes down with the shits, keep me in mind, not to help out with the Andrex, but to help your ticket goes to a good cause, last thing you need is sat in Goodison with a dicky tummy.
Jamie Sweet
114 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:21:34
Things were looking absolutely dire for us a few games ago. But did the Evertonians throw in the towel? Did they begin to accept our fate?

No. They grew louder and stronger as the challenge became greater. They dragged the club from the depths of despair, they took to the streets and filled the air with their songs and blue smoke from their flares.

They lifted the team upon their shoulders. They stared relegation square in the eye and cried "not today!"

"Best fans in the world" is a title often awarded without so much substance to back it up. Well in the past couple of weeks, that title has well and truly been earned.

If, come May 22nd, we have managed to avoid the drop, it will be down to each and every one of you who simply refused to allow it to happen.

Ernie Baywood
115 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:24:07
Benitez alienated the team and the fans. But I don't blame him. It was completely predictable when Moshiri appointed him - that's on Moshiri.

We're going through something a bit special at the moment. The club reconnecting with the fans. It's just a shame we had to be in the relegation spots when it happened.

One step at a time. Let's get out of this mess first - we're still only a point away from relegation. Then starting thinking about how 'never again' really means it this time.

Bernie Quinn
116 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:28:37
Had to go to hospital so missed the game. Heard Christine screaming from the A&E Ward ! Got patched up and sent home (Kidney Stones)- Was thrilled with the result - God is definately and Evertonian! I'm so proud of the Team, and more so with you Supporters - if only I could be over there with you. And I am dead chuffed that I supported Frank as Manager from day one. Now waiting for Danny O'Neill's comments on the match!
Peter Mills
117 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:29:58
Rob#107, the last time I met you coming out of a match was after the debacle at Spurs. It was a grim evening. What a difference today.

I’m made up for you today, and for Brent, and so many others who have supported us week after week.

Brian Wilkinson
118 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:34:19
Any news on a ToffeeWeb meet up, Derek came up with a good idea of the Bramley Moore, for the Arsenal game, but all games that Day kick off the same time, knowing our luck, they will have the Red shites game on.
Jay Harris
119 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:36:19
Very well put Jamie and others,
It makes you proud to see every man, woman and child belting out those songs in joy but we’ve still got to get the job done. 2 more wins will do nicely starting at Watford who we owe one to and also Palace for killing our Wembley dream and if we could dare to dream of beating Brentford too we could end up mid table. Wouldn’t that be a turnaround.
Paul Birmingham
120 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:40:25
Craig@109, Fekk Jozzer, he’s another bigoted, twisted ex RS player.

Everton are transcending the Media negativity, and soon the Blue Dawn, of Everton FC, will smother his ilk out.

We don’t care about the RS, Everton FC, is all that matters.

“Whats Our Name?”

UTFT!

Chris Hockenhull
121 Posted 08/05/2022 at 22:47:33
Chris (93). Best comment here. Today’s gone. Wednesday it is and that’s where we have to go..positivity etc. Most vital away game since Tottenham 1885. CIYB
George Stuart
123 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:14:17
"The Irishman and Colombian collided trying to deal with a bouncing ball and Daka stole in to grab it and fire past the stranded Jordan Pickford 5 minutes later".
I know our defence is slow but this is ridiculous. ;^)
COYBB
Phil Lewis
124 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:20:42
In Frank we trust. He looks the real deal. His appreciation of the fans seems genuine. Hopefully it will be a long and fruitful marriage.
Let us not forget that our most successful ever manager Howard Kendal was a only a hairs breath from the sack when, following a run of dreadful form and the acquisition of several below par players, he somehow managed to turn it all around and set us on course for those wonderful glory years of the mid eighties. Perhaps history will repeat itself.
Even through the adversity of this appalling season, I maintain that we are only 2- 3 quality players short of a good squad, once all of the current staff are fully fit. What a difference a couple of favourable results can make to the confidence of the team. Long may it continue. Proud to be a blue once more.
Derek Knox
125 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:32:06
Phil @ 124, maybe a bit of hopeful romanticism there, but there are parallels. Kendall was not a vastly experienced Manager, a bit like Frank, of course Howard had the Everton connection having been one of the Holy Trinity.

It can't be argued that Frank was a very successful player himself, albeit with West Ham, but mostly Chelsea, but I think he is realising what Everton is all about, and gets it too. I like the guy and just hope he is the New Messiah. Just get rid of Herod next, and we be on the way to the Promised Land.

If that will upset the present favourites, and Sky, bring it on, the quicker the better !

Niall McIlhone
126 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:41:10
Frank Lampard has somehow managed to light a fire in a cold, unforgiving place, and our club is transformed. He —=and has back room team -have clearly done a lot of good work on changing both the mentality of this squad, and their physicality, and application.I think next season will see us in flux, as we introduce new players, so we will need to be patient, but, just how good does Frank present as our manager eh.?
A note for Danny O’Neill: Schalke 04 are promoted back to the top flight, having defeated my German side, St. Pauli.I will bet you feel pretty damn good tonight Danny? Jetzt gets los!
George Stuart
127 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:41:41
Thinking about Frank's demeanour in the interviews and how he's a good fit for us.
Skilful player, with grit and, yes, class.

Thinking about Jurgen Klopp at the same time. He's a great manager, small g", but class ? Hmm.
Classy when things go his way but becomes a wingy kopite when he dosnt get his way.

No sooner was I thinking this when I read his assessment of Spurs in their 1-1 game. Endlessly winey. What were Spurs supposed to do ? Come and play expansive elegant football, and lose? Oh, that's exactly what they were supposed to do. Tosser.

Pete Clarke
128 Posted 08/05/2022 at 23:53:16
This is definitely not the football Frank Lampard wants to play and it’s going to be difficult for him to change things with these players but right now he has them all doing the hard work of battling and keeping discipline. That’s what is going to save us.
I mentioned earlier about Mina being a shithouse which is too strong a word maybe but he has form on this. He comes on the pitch pretending to be a leader and gets up to so many antics that it frustrates the hell out of everyone but as soon as things go a bit wrong he looks for a way out. Lampard needed leaders on the pitch today and luckily Pickford and the rest of them stood up.
It was an uncomfortable watch with so much space given to Leicester and yet at the same time we were given a few opportunities to break away but then lacked and kind of belief once near their area.
So the team soldiers on with that amazing support behind them and have given us hope that most of us thought had gone. Frank Lampard is definitely showing signs of stress on the touch line probably because of our inability to hold the ball for too long and poor distribution but he’s got them fighting as a unit and that’s been key.
Jordan Pickford MOTM again.
COYB
Jim Lloyd
129 Posted 08/05/2022 at 00:01:32
Well said Brian Wilkinson, (103)

I think there were people on here and on the match forum who were saying that Frank wasn't a good enough m,anager and needed the push. Hopefully they've changed their mind now. I think there have been sectors of our support, only too quick to say a manager isn't good enough but after less than a dozen games?
We've got a young manager with a decent team working with him, and it might take years to get rid of the players who have been like lead weights on our club and build us up in to a better team capable of challenging for a top six place. He reminds me, like he has others, who is "One of Us"
Like Howard come from "Forrin parts", and Bally did, I think, a Cockney, Frank Lampard "gets" this club.
This season isn't over yet and the couple of home games will be monumental ; but whatever happens, I think Frank Lampard will build up a team and a squad. He's already got players pulling their tripes out, like some of them haven't done for years. If we come through this, then we need to back him in the hard times to come, when we possibly have sod all to spend. Whatever happens, we've all seen how us, the supporters can massively influence our own team and I hope we keep it up, not just until we're safe...If we make it of course.
On another topic mentioned, a get together down at the Bramley Moore or whetrever, sounds an excellent idea.

Kieran Byrne
130 Posted 09/05/2022 at 01:23:38
While it would be easy to praise individuals today, I thought that was an awesome Team performance!!!
We were for the most part strong in the spine with everyone having a real good game.
Roll onto Wednesday, think we have that team momentum going now & I’ll include the awesome support with waking the giant out of its slumber, if you can’t play for this crowd ya shouldn’t be playing...
Coyb
Christine Foster
131 Posted 09/05/2022 at 01:31:48
Went to bed at 3.30 am, head hit the pillow with a smile and I was gone.. happy.. there have been on;ly a few days like that this season but no shouting today Bernie, just a big smile! I hope all went well in hospital, take it easy, the best tonic for you was those three points!
The game.. Pickford, just massive.. Myko, what a finish, the hug and smile Frank gave him at the end said it all!
I have oft criticised Iwobi, Delph in particular this season and if I am honest probably a couple of seasons at least. But both players have found their mojo under Lampard, god knows how or why but they are the players someone must have seen when we bought them. Mina is immense, so annoying he is injury prone, but when he plays our defence looks that much better, great game changing stop in the first few minutes..
In a way it will be sad to break the team up but it still needs to happen if Frank wants to play in the style he wants. We still need a hit man in the forwards, Richarlison runs his heart out but you need a centre forward to hold it up or win the balls in the air.. not his forte.. Gray and Gordon, both are a menace to teams but Gray is a little off the boil and Gordon still needs to deliver more (literally) but his running and speed terrify defences, his final ball (and his set plays) need work.
The fans.. so bloody proud of them. had to turn the tv down as the bass was thumping with noise even 14000 miles away..brilliant, every blood one of you!
Watford down, suspect we will have changes against them, same back four as finished the game today, I suspect Frank will go for this one though, a higher line and attack, DCL on in place of Gray, Richarlison out wide, probably keep Delph and Doucouré in the middle, bring back Braithwaite with Keane and Holgate.. Three points at Watford would be the order of the day. Well done everyone.. well done.. so nice to feel I can face the week again!
Paul Kernot
132 Posted 09/05/2022 at 01:49:55
A while ago I posted that I want one of those T shirts that Danny has, the logo on which reads 'I'd rather walk alone'. I've changed my mind. I'd rather walk with us lot any day of the week.
Lester Yip
133 Posted 09/05/2022 at 01:51:13
Work done. Great 3 points to get us up the table with some breathing space.

Glad to see Lampard learn quick to protect the lead rather than keep chasing another goal when our defence is susceptible to counter-attack. I know if it's not Pickford we might have lost the game. But that's what we've counted on.

Pickford's current form reminded me the time when Martyn was in goal. As long as the shot is from outside the box, he would keep it out. COYB!

Mike Gaynes
134 Posted 09/05/2022 at 01:51:43
Rob #107 and #112, you and your 3500 colleagues were magnificent again today. The NBC studio commentators were awed -- they kept coming back to the TV shots of the otherwise empty stadium with the traveling Blues singing their lungs out in genuine emotion. I hear Frank came back out afterwards to clap you.

My only disappointment was that in all the camera angles, I couldn't spot you. I kept winding back my DVR in hopes of spotting that towering figure, but the cameras seemed to be drawn to fat old guys and pretty young girls, so I missed ya, pal.

Spirit of the Blues, indeed!!!!!!!

Kieran Kinsella
135 Posted 09/05/2022 at 02:24:59
Bernie

Hope all is well mate. Christy, Jamie, Nicholas, Neil and others. Thanks for the well wishes this weekend. Thankfully it was a GREAT weekend regarding all things football. We won, everyone else lost including the RS. Had a great phone call chat before the game with Derek Knox too. I was so overjoyed today that my typical half empty glass is now in danger of spilling over and I even found myself scouring YouTube for Everton games from the good old days. Think Scrooge Christmas morning for my change in mood. All of a sudden I’m not just optimistic about survival but hopeful about much greater goals.

Lastly, Brent, Rob, Danny. Not sure who went today but watching on TV the 3,000 sounded more like 30,000. Someone (maybe Danny O’Neill?) challenged the fans to replicate the Chelsea game atmosphere at Leicester. I almost made a smart ass comment about how that would be impossible but our 3,000 thankfully made me look very foolish today as somehow they pulled that off. Well done. As Frank said you played your part in the win.

Jamie Crowley
136 Posted 09/05/2022 at 02:25:30
If you got in your time machine and went way, way back - like a month and a half to two months ago (read sarcasm), what was "the narrative"?

The narrative two months ago was:

Go to Goodison, get an early lead, and the fans will turn on the team. The Everton fans are toxic. Evertonians will eventually bring the team down when the team is not on their game.

That was the narrative. The gospel truth we were told. And it really was damn close to the truth!

So what changed that dynamic? How did we go from certifiably toxic to the best fans on earth, pulling our team up and willing them to victory? 11 vs 11 plus 40,000?

Frank did that. He exorcized the previous demons, got behind the fans, understood the Club, waxed lyrical about the fans, etc. And the fans responded.

You show me a manager or set of them that don't "get" the team, don't understand what Evertonians want, don't respect them, and don't try to see them as a KEY component of the Club - a Club that functions properly with everyone pulling in the same direction, and I'll show you toxicity.

You show me someone who gets "it" / Everton, loves the fans, sees them as integral to the success process, speaks to the fans respectfully, and tells the players to play for those fans, and I'll show you Frank Lampard.

Then I'll post umpteen videos on YouTube of those fans- Evertonians - singing their hearts out because someone "gets" them and the Club they love dearly.

Frank Lampard, in like six to eight weeks, has turned the narrative upside down. From toxicity to "greatest fans in the world, willing their Club out of the relegation zone."

I can't overstate enough what a remarkable feat that is! It's a near miracle and something incredibly difficult to do. There's been a complete culture flip in like two months!

So to all those people who might bemoan Frank's tactics, substitutions, or anything Frank is doing, ponder that narrative flip for a bit genuinely - and I mean really think about the enormity of that narrative flip - and tell me you're not impressed!

It's shocking what Lampard has done in so little time, with the landscape he inherited. Shocking.

Phil Smith
137 Posted 09/05/2022 at 02:48:28
I know, Jamie lad. It’s bonkers. And some idiots were calling for his head a week or two ago. The fans wanted him. We got him. Let’s stick with him (I’m done changiing managers every season and I’m sure the players are an’ all) and back him, but sensibly. Even if he takes us down we should rebuild with him. I like him. A lot.
Jim Harrison
138 Posted 09/05/2022 at 03:08:46
It took Frank a good few matches to get it sorted, but he has done a good job so far with limited resources. The commentators yesterday kept banging on about Leicesters injury woes this season, they pale next to Everton’s.

Those pushing the Should have stuck with Rafa narrative must have been on the wind up. His record for Everton ended up being a win % in the low 30’s, Frank having inherited an utter shit show has got as many wind in 5 less games. But more importantly the team looks committed now. Even in the derby loss you could be proud of the efforts.

Tense match yesterday. Never felt comfortable, and getting more goals from across the team is important going forward.

Ernie Baywood
139 Posted 09/05/2022 at 04:09:26
I'd be happy to see our club invest a bit of time and trust in Frank. He'll need both.

At the end of the day, what makes a football manager? It's not like signing a striker who either has physical attributes or they don't - a manager is a leader who needs personal qualities to go with their footballing acumen. Then you back them with time, support, funds etc.

Frank seems to have the leadership skills - he's aligned the most fractured version of the club I can remember. Everyone did their bit - but he did it from the accountable position. He knows what it takes at the highest level.

What's not to like?

Now finish this season's job and get on with the next bit.

Sitting 16th and feeling more positive about this club than I have in a while.

Kieran Kinsella
140 Posted 09/05/2022 at 04:27:46
Jamie/Ernie

I was laughing today to see Watford relegated and know it all Ben Foster who slated the Everton fans blaming all his teammates.

I think Frank aside from tactics and management skills has three things in his favor. 1. His parents, grandparents grew up in the East End. Working class, hard working folks on limited means, close community with a love for their local club West Ham. Different city similar dynamic at Everton. Secondly he has passion. That was the one thing fans loved about Big Dunc as he shared our emotions. Thirdly he is a winner. Now I know what you’re thinking, but some of us — I’m 45 and can remember a time when I EXPECTED Everton to win the league. There are many a generation or two older than me still around who hold similar views and we try to pass on that belief to our kids and Grand kids. Will it all all end well? Who knows but I bloody well hope so and despite our dire league placing and finances feel more optimistic than I have since that 3-0 win over Arsenal under RM that briefly last looked like it might get us in the champions league

Mike Gaynes
141 Posted 09/05/2022 at 04:44:01
Kieran #140, there are two other elements to Lampard that should be recognized.

One is natural leadership. There are certain men other men follow. Frank was that at Chelsea. He was never the best player on the pitch or even close to it, but he was the guy everybody else on that club naturally looked to when the shit was extra thick.

The other is work ethic. I recently read "Journeyman" by Ben Smith, a onetime Arsenal academy player who wrote a startlingly honest memoir of knocking around the lower leagues for a decade. He trained with Lampard as a youth and wrote that he never stood out for his natural talent -- but did stand out for his enthusiastic attitude towards training.

Now, through his natural leadership, he has successfully incorporated that work ethic into the squad. May he long continue to do so.

And whatever you're dealing with, may you continue to feel much, much, much better!

Kieran Kinsella
142 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:08:05
Mike

Cheers and don’t worry I plan on sticking around for a while. I can’t disagree with what you added about Lampard. I feel this fellow has a bit of magic about him be it will or skill. I always respected him as a player and he’s pretty quickly made a mockery of the idea he’s a tactically naive coach.

Makes me chuckle that two weeks ago Ian Edwards was demanding he be sacked and replaced with Sean Dyche. Almost as funny as the fact that his partner in crime arch Carlo critic now limits himself to posting a single pro Holgate live forum post per game. Today he piped up with a rant about how Mina was to blame for the collision leading to Leicesters goal as opposed to Holgate and missed the fact Holgate wasn’t involved at all - it was Coleman.

Ps Jeff Armstrong who often makes decent points declared a week ago that Everton’s relegation was confirmed when we lost at home to Watford! Come on Jeff I am a sky is falling type and even I thought that post was silly

Danny O’Neill
143 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:08:54
I couldn't attend or even watch yesterday so have just caught up on the highlights.

Lovely strike from Mykolenko to compliment his continuous improvement of recent weeks. It was really good technique. He didn't smash it, just put it towards the goal in the corner, using the pace of the cross. A pin point "pass" from Iwobi to pick him out or a mis-hit cross that was supposed to find Richarlison at the far post? Who cares, I'll vote for the pass. Great spot!!

Shocking defending for their equaliser. For me, Coleman has to take control of the situation. He could have shouted for Mina to leave it, but I think he's got to leave Mina to that and back off 5 yards to cover any 2nd ball. Basics really and they should not be going for the same ball either way.

But anyway, we got the points, although once again, Jordan Pickford made a few ridiculous saves.

Amazing scenes of the supporters long after the end of the match, now all over the internet. No other club.

I hope those crutches being punched in the air to the endless rendition of Spirit of the Blues were still with the owner or at least found him before he needed to leave the ground.

Jerome Shields
144 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:28:42
Lampard was always going to go down the good football route and that is why he was favoured by Evertonians. Frank from the start fitted in, even getting his name plaster gaffitti like on the wall at Goodison. The ultimate recognition of being a Blood Brother, a possible merging of the Lampard Football tradition and the Evertonian tradition. Evertonians must never forget that it was them that selected Frank Lampard, not Moshiri &Co or Kenwright & Co. . That is why it is easy for Evertonians to buy into Everton under Lampard.

Fortunately Everton has proved a steep learning curve for Frank. His team on the training groud have proved able. The Anfield game was the turning point. Frank came of age playing the right defensive formation, which should of resulted in a draw, given the robbed penalty. . The work and preparation that had gone into that continue prior to the Chelsea result. Though the same formation was still there in the Leciester game, there was a return to a more open attacking style of football, which proved the on doing of Leciester. This all combined with unprecedented Evertonian supporters has dragged Everton's under performing players through a relegation dogfight and will continue to do so.

Lampard reign has started in the troes of relegation. It will continue as a battle through the Summer to establish his philosophy on the football going forward, against the backdrop of players pass their sell by date and other players not wanting to join them. Additionally is a Club run by muppets to contend with.

Being a young Manager time is on Franks side as the Muppets age, but next season will be equally challenging. Frank will continue to learn and progress bolstered by Evertonians who always believed in him and where perpared to help him through the rough patches, of which there will be many.


Kieran Kinsella
145 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:28:47
Danny

Glad I’m not the only cynic who thought Iwobi sliced that pass to Richarlison. But what a strike from Mykolenko. Difficult enough on a technical level to pull off in training much less an EPL game. Even if there was no war it’s difficult enough to drop into the EPL from Ukraine mid season into a relegation battle. I’ve been very impressed with this young fellow. With a good pre season under his belt he could be a key man next year.

Laurie Hartley
146 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:33:42
I didn't want Frank - I've changed my mind. A manager that can have that impact on Iwobi and Delph has won my respect.

Dave # 66 - "but the one who will never let you down had a big hand in it today". I am guessing you are referring to the South American Scouser who loves us. They kick hell out of him every game but he just gets up and keeps going. If it was up to me I would give him a pair of white boots.


Kim Vivian
147 Posted 09/05/2022 at 06:52:31
Weds is truly a massive game for us - I was thinking this is our 'game in hand' to bring the games played level but see Leeds are also playing on Weds. Win that and the psychological damage to Burnley and Leeds will be virtually non recoverable. Lose and they gain renewed hope.

What troubles me about Weds is that we step up against the stiffer opposition - City, RS, Chelsea, Arsenal, ManU etc - and a sort of complacency sets in against the weaker opposition - Burnley, Norwich, Watford etc. I think Frank has gone a long way to stopping this but we need to approach the Watford game like we have against Chelsea and Leics.

Win on Weds and I will start sleeping better.

Jeff Armstrong
148 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:10:01
Kieran, you got me there, I was at a real low point after the unlucky Derby defeat and Chelsea to play, I had felt from the Watford home defeat that it would be a relegation battle, but I didn’t need to be Einstein to think that, these last few games have brought Franks hard work together, he tried this and that but was getting the fans onboard along the way, the “have you got the balls” comment seemed to work, he now knows who he can trust and who not to trust and I think he has a core team in his mind that he can rely on, this, and the fans have dragged us to a points total I didn’t think we’d reach, but even this is not enough yet, my glass is just starting to feel half full.
4 more points please.
Martin Mason
149 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:31:28
Everything said above is true but this isn't it yet and we must keep this up to the end and pray that it isn't a bitter one.
Peter Neilson
150 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:32:52
Same level of commitment showing on Wednesday and we’ll win. I heard that Watford have set a new record with 11 straight home defeats (this might just be PL as we know football didn’t exist before that). As others have said can’t just turn up thinking the points are in the bag. A big week, after next Sunday we might be able to put this season behind us and start rebuilding.
Alan McGuffog
151 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:41:58
Eleven defeats at home in a row. Who would you want to play next 😬?
Steve Brown
152 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:55:33
First back to back league wins since 14th September - we have had no momentum in the league at all but we do now.

If we win our games in hand we are 2 points behind Newcastle, after Eddie Howe spent 93 million In January and was hailed as a managerial genius.

Frank has got this club pointing in the right direction.

Bernie Quinn
153 Posted 09/05/2022 at 07:56:30
Thanks Kieron for your comment about my health and to all you guys from the States; you write fantastic messages - true Evertonians and truly are "A Band of Brothers " Its wonderful knowing you love the Club - may you keep your messages flowing.
Eddie Dunn
154 Posted 09/05/2022 at 08:09:19
Lampard seems a nice guy, more approachable and affable than the former incumbent(but who wouldn't be?) He seems to understand the fans and he has scraped more out of the squad in terms of effort and tactic nous.
However people are getting way over the top about Frank's influence on events. He has taken far too long to be pragmatic, in fact we could have been way out of trouble by now if he hadn't had us playing too open. He clearly didn't know enough about us and which players could do certain jobs and which couldn't. "From afar" was the buzzword of his earlt press meetings. It shows that out of our Blue bubble the rest of the Football world pay cursary attention to the details of all things EFC. Frank simply hadn't done his homework and it took him ages to see what we all knew.
Frank deserves credit for introducing a work ethic and creating (with his staff) a pleasurable environment after the toxic Rafa experiment went predictably wrong.
Our fans are the reason that this team has got it's shit together. This is a squad that has failed miserably for too long. The fans made sure at Goodison that they knew we had their backs and by hook or by crook(Pickford,Gordon) we ground out the results.
The marvellous send -off from Finch Farm and the amazing away support at the King Power helped to carry us through.
However, on the pitch we have little goal threat, our midfield is lacking quality and our defence continues to give away gifts.
Pickford has single- handedly amassed the points of late. Our poor midfield cover and gormless defenders have still made daft mistakes.
Frank still surprises me with his in-game changes and many of us think that Richie on the left with a number 9 in the middle instead of both Gray/Gordon might get us more goals give us an outlet.
The fans and Pickford are the reason for our change of results. The lads have all worked harder too, and that is also down to the new regime but I am not getting too excited till I see us safe.
Alan McGuffog
155 Posted 09/05/2022 at 08:11:14
After playing at Mordor we were looking at a run in which included our last two fixtures. Most of us would have settled for one, maybe two points. Six exceeded all hopes and expectations.

I demand and expect three points at relegated Watford. Okay, it’s not a given but if we show the same attitude as of late we will win.

Side issues are vengeance for that dismal game at Goodison, and putting the boot in on an annoying little club who claim Z Cars as there own.

On another note this " marching down Goodison Rd with coppers and candles stuff " Whats the tune ?

Pete Clarke
156 Posted 09/05/2022 at 08:29:09
I think Frank Lampard has been putting on a brave face throughout this very difficult spell in charge of Our club but it has showed. He has had to endure taking control of a totally dysfunctional team and back room staff that have had their slippers on for years. Deep down he must dislike a lot of those players for their lack of commitment (and ability).

I could see in his demeanor after each game that it was getting to him. Can anyone imagine trying to get a tune out of these players who had constantly let us all down and even the last two games we have relied on Pickford's heroic displays to pull us through when the ball has fell to the opposition in areas we should be controlling. We gave so much space to Leicester yesterday, I was just waiting for the inevitable but gladly it never came.

Call me cynical but I thought the body language of some of our players yesterday was borderline fragile. Anthony Gordon and Gray looked both looked ragged at times as did Richarlison. They did however keep at it and against a weakened but technically good Leicester team and we did well and even could actually have had another goal or two of our own with a bit more composure.

I think what Lampard has done has been miraculous with these players because they have had us all on a rollercoaster to hell and back. Our future has been very much in the balance due to the piss poor recruitment of players and running of the club but we now have a big chance of salvation in the next few games. Let's hope we keep the mistakes to a bare minimum and get the points needed.

Long term I don't see a place for many of these players in Frank Lampards preferred team but given the dire running of the club and it's consequences he may have little choice to try and keep working miracles with the same bunch next season. Hopefully in the Premiership.

Frank Lampard is a born grafter and winner whose longer term thoughts would be on winning trophies. His intelligence and leadership is exactly what this club need. This has been a very hard lesson in his young managerial career but one that should benefit him in the long run. He now knows the fans are behind him for sure and that's a massive thing to have on your side.


Mike Doyle
157 Posted 09/05/2022 at 08:52:12
Pete # 156,

Agree with most points - but particularly the last para. In a session addressing the Oxford Union, which you can find on YouTube, his uncle (and former 'King of the Jungle') Harry Redknapp identifies Frank as the hardest working footballer he has ever encountered (his dad, Frank Snr being the 2nd hardest working).

He certainly has the fans onside which, as you say, will be a massive asset.

Ray Smith
158 Posted 09/05/2022 at 08:58:13
Derek 125

By ‘Herod’, I take it you are referring to Bill Kenwright?

I wish he would just up sticks and go, but I get the impression he will stick around at least until the doors at BMD open.

Anyhow, Frank is doing a grand job, but we mustn't take Watford for granted.

Dave Lynch
159 Posted 09/05/2022 at 09:12:20
2 more wins and I reckon we're safe.
Watford and Brentford will be tough games but we have it in us now.
Winning is a habit but so is losing and we seem to have kicked the later...thank god.
Rob Halligan
160 Posted 09/05/2022 at 09:13:44
Alan, here you go…….

https://www.facebook.com/evertonsthekendallend/videos/we-are-the-goodison-gang/177996397426229/

Alan McGuffog
161 Posted 09/05/2022 at 09:34:02
Thanks Rob...hey its not bad. The video looks to be from the 60s ? I don't recall hearing it at the ground and I've been going since 61.
Dave Abrahams
162 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:25:13
Laurie (146), No Laurie I wasn’t referring to any of the Everton players, but the Everton fans, not enough adjectives to describe those incredible supporters.

It’s not a time to cause arguments but to enjoy what is happening at the moment, regarding the support we’ve all shown in our hour of need I’ve never ever needed any manager to tell me or show me how to support the Blues, same as any Everton fan it just comes naturally, being doing it since I was seven in more bad times than good, just take it as it comes.

I wanted Frank Lampard to manage Everton not because he was Frank Lampard but for the simple reason I didn’t want the one who was being foisted on us by that hooky agent who has Mr. Moshiri’s ear, Frank might turn out to be a very good manager for us, let’s wait and see there are no guarantees but if we stay up he deserves the chance to carry on.

Tony Everan
163 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:41:01

Magic moments

Mykolenko’s volley, wow, that’s some serious technique, anyone who’s played knows how difficult that is. Pickford has been other worldly in these last two games. He’s a keeper that is still young and improving. Just entering his peak years.

I agree for their goal, Coleman has to be either screaming for it or back off.

Some other moments that have stuck were Gordon’s determination that won the corner leading to the winning goal. Then Richarlison getting the crucial powerful downward header that created the goal.

Finally Iwobi bringing essential energy into the side. He’s improving but he can still, and must, do more. I loved the desire he showed when tracking back a full pelt to catch and smother out a dangerous Leicester attack down their left. He blocked cross and forced a throw in. Such play really contributes to winning the match. Credit to Alex Iwobi and the manager for tapping into his potential.

Oh sorry one more, Delph in the first half under pressure near the Halfway line. Cool as a cucumber, total control of the ball a little turn and he then has time and space to pick a pass to calm things down and give us some possession. A little moment but a touch of class on show there from Delph.

The biggest magic moment was seeing our fans singing and enjoying the win after the game. I am certain that our fans have been the biggest factor in trying to save the club from the black hole of relegation. Massive respect to all who travelled to the game .

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
164 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:47:40
Ah yes, Frank and Phil, if only after. . .

Real difference with Kendall nearly getting the sack was the team he put out for the 3rd game of the season (Friday night on the box @ Chelsea) had an average age of under 24 and I a combined cost of less than Bryan Robson. Sunday's team averages over 27. There are too many to clear out while the 84 team was just starting to click.

But we can but dream.

Danny O’Neill
165 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:49:41
I was on the fence with Lampard. I've been on the fence and more with the majority of our post-Moyes appointments. Most alarmed me aside from Ancelotti and Koeman, hindsight being a great thing with the latter.

But, we have to give something time and stop the revolving door.

Also, in his short time and under the most difficult of circumstances, Frank has managed to unify the players and the fans. Yes, he made early mistakes, that could yet cost us, but he inherited a dis-functional squad (it still is) and a club almost at war with itself. He has pulled us back from the brink, although that cliff edge is still too close for my liking.

For me the damage, if it happens, was already done when he arrived. And I don't think it was just the style of play he tried and got his fingers burned on. I said dis-functional; on top of that it was a battered squad incredibly low on morale and extremely fragile in mentality. He has had to turn that around as well and get the fans onside. I saw it at West Ham; we lost, but the fans stayed and applauded because they saw effort and commitment. Compare that to Brentford and Norwich, where it went toxic.

See this storm through and let him reset in the summer when the waters will be calmer and Bramley Moore is on the horizon.

Anyway, closer to home, let's see what Wednesday night brings. See a few of you there.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
166 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:56:52
Just thinking through the comments about the future. Let us start counting some chickens

For a young side to take us forward
Pickford (28), Patterson (20), Branthwaite (19), Godfrey (24), Mykolenko (22), Iwobi (26), Calvert-Lewin (25), Richarlison (25), Gordon (21).

Like the look of that but what is missing is the middle of the park.
Yes, we might need short term replacements but that is the serious gap. Having bought a plethora of #10s a few years ago, we have none left and that is Frank and Kevin's main issue - we have had nobody to create goals in 2021/2 and need to solve it for 2022/3

Andrew Keatley
167 Posted 09/05/2022 at 10:57:53
Frank Lampard was a supremely talented footballer - one of the best of his generation - but his chief talents lay in some of the less hyped areas of top-level sport. His stamina, his energy, his work-rate, his will-to-win, his ability to grow rather than shrink in the big games, his timing, his decision-making, his striking of the ball - Lampard was in the very top group of footballers for all of these characteristics. He also was incredibly reliable, on and off the pitch - and missed very few games over the course of his career through injury or suspension. Basically his intelligence, attitude and ability combined to turn him into a good young footballer into one of the best players the Premier League has seen. I doubt we’ll see many midfielders capable of getting even close to his goal scoring records.

As for his managerial career, it’s still very early days, but the last few games have shown some promising signs. If he can bring those same qualities to management then I feel confident that time will reveal a very good manager, and maybe even a great one.

Christopher Timmins
168 Posted 09/05/2022 at 11:07:13
Let’s not count any chickens, it’s not done until it’s done. Watford on Wednesday and if we put in a performance then we will have 38 points going into the weekend.

Showing great resolution and fight at present, lets start adding the much needed quality in the summer.

Dave Williams
169 Posted 09/05/2022 at 11:12:31
Absolutely spot on Phil. Frank is picking a team for a purpose but Coleman, Delph, Allan and Keane will have to go plus the deadweights of Tosun, Gomes, Sigurdsson and one or two more. That will get the age down to a youthful squad and as you say the frame is already there apart from midfield.
We need players on their way up and avoid those on big wages on their way down.
Steve Brown
170 Posted 09/05/2022 at 11:17:11
Eddie @ 154, "He has taken far too long to be pragmatic,."

Bit harsh Eddie, Martinez and Silva never learned to be pragmatic during their tenures as manager!

He could have shifted to his new tactics after the 5-0 hammering at Spurs. That game told him exactly what the squad was capable/not capable of. But since that game, his record in the league is W4 D1 L4 - with victories over Newcastle, Man Utd, Chelsea and Leicester. If he had shifted tactics sooner we would be 2-4 points better off (draw v West Ham/win or draw v Burnley?).

Keith Thelwell is making changes to the footballing structure, Lampard and his team seem to fit that philosophy and there will be a major overhaul of the squad in the summer. Developing a squad suited to a manager's style of play takes years (it took Klopp and Liverpool four years), so I think all Everton fans are now buying into that process after the disruption and turnover since 2016.

James Newcombe
171 Posted 09/05/2022 at 11:30:10
Absolutely Christopher 168. It would not be unlike this squad to win the hard games and then lose to Watford! A couple more wins should do it, we can't rest until we have the points in.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
172 Posted 09/05/2022 at 11:39:08
19:45, just north of London.

Here is the difference in the two teams based in Liverpool.
We know how much difference the support of the fans has made. Ours have no trains at that time of night to get home but if it was theirs, the underground runs for at least 2 hours after the game would be finished so no problem for them.

Thanks one and all - you go again - and I hide behind an internet blackout again. I think you will understand when the mobile rang just before 4pm yesterday, I knew it was our kid and I knew we had won.

Laurie Hartley
173 Posted 09/05/2022 at 12:26:05
Dave # 162 - Apologies for jumping to conclusions - I have got a soft spot for the lad because his heart and soul is in it in my opinion.

I watched the build up to the game, the full game, and the aftermath on Optus Sport. For once the broadcaster didn’t interfere with the sound. Our fans never stopped before, during or after the game. It was like a home game. It must have been demoralising for our opposition.

I have always been proud of being an Evertonian but that show from our away support brought a tear to my eyes. They were absolutely phenomenal.

The other thing I noticed that I thought was special was how many women and young girls were in our crowd singing their heads off.

As for Frank Lampard if he keeps us up, then I think he definitely has earned the chance to stay on.

Lester Yip
174 Posted 09/05/2022 at 12:31:29
Iwobi transformed this season! Most noticeable is that his half-arsed challenges, worrying to get injured type of tackles, have been replaced by legit committed challenges which won the ball back. It was before Lampard joined. So there must be some coaching that he finally realised those tackles he learned during his Gunners era must go!

Hope he keeps improving!

Derek Knox
175 Posted 09/05/2022 at 12:52:37
Lester, agree regarding the improvement in Iwobi, but he still seems very hesitant, when in the opposition 18 yard box, he also seems very reluctant to shoot when in a decent position and opts to pass to someone who is in a worse position. Whether this a confidence thing, or lack of it, because he does have a decent shot on him, when he tries on the odd occasion.
Raymond Fox
176 Posted 09/05/2022 at 13:09:44
One more win will keep us up I think, two and we are certain to be in the Prem. next season.
I doubt very much that Leeds can win two of their remaining games, plus we have a better goal difference.
If we cant get enough pts from here we deserve to go down. I do think we will do enough to stay up, but nothings certain is it, strange things happen.

We have had some good fortune for a change, plus Pickford has made some miracle saves which makes all the difference to the results, long may it continue.

Daniel A Johnson
177 Posted 09/05/2022 at 13:36:48
Why do people say Lampard is an inexperienced manager. He's now had over 158 matches as manager and has managed in the Championship, Premier League, and the Champions League.

Brenda managed his 600th yesterday but I wouldn't swap him for Frank.

Danny O’Neill
178 Posted 09/05/2022 at 14:19:47
I watched back again earlier. We shouldn't underestimate the importance of that early block from Mina.

Bren, I'll listen for that whistle in O'Neill's on Wednesday. I don't think you will have stopped by then.

Dave Abrahams
179 Posted 09/05/2022 at 16:18:54
Laurie (173), no problem Laurie, I think all the players have upped their game recently with Pickford obviously being the standout player but those supporters just unbelievable and I got more of it when my great grandson came back from the game singing his head off coming through the door and never stopped talking about what a fantastic day he had at Leicester, the best day of his life he said, then my grandson came in and started off about his day at the game with both of them saying how many Leicester fans had praised the support of the Blues with the two of them singing together until my granddaughter came to take Alfie home and by then it was “ Lovely to see him come and even better to see him go”. I hope the two of them are just as happy on Wednesday!!
Bill Watson
180 Posted 09/05/2022 at 16:27:50
Two more wins should do it as that would mean Leeds would need to win all their three remaining games to finish above us.

I certainly hope it's sorted before the Arsenal game because my mental health wouldn't be able to cope!

Matt Henderson
181 Posted 09/05/2022 at 16:42:55
Two more wins and I reckon we will finish above Southampton. But two wins still hard enough to get we have to go again at Watford and hope they have their feet up.
Brian Wilkinson
182 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:00:58
What a weekend every result perfect, followed by Wigan beating their arch rivals St. Helens, in the semi final of the challange cup, could anything even top that, oh yes, after years of waiting received this email this morning, get in.

Congratulations you are eligible to buy a season ticket, you will receive an email tomorrow to select your seat for next season.

Just need a Brentford ticket now to top it off.

Brian Harrison
183 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:07:09
I was talking to a few fellow Blues today, and was recounting all the emotions I went through inside the King Power.

One friend said it got too much for him so he went into the garden with 20 minutes left, and kept shouting to his wife, who was watching the game, "Are we still winning?"

He only ventured into the house when he knew we had won.

Another said at half-time, he took his dog for a walk and only came back when he knew the game was over.

Who would think 11 men kicking a ball could be responsible for grown men to get into such a state? Thank heavens it will all be over in 2 weeks.

Neil Copeland
184 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:14:23
Brian #182, great news mate.
Brian Wilkinson
185 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:16:48
Watching that clock in the top left corner above the score seemed to drag like hell, after 70 mins, even more so when we started to defend deeper, Brian.
Neil Copeland
186 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:24:49
I watched the full 90mins again at 10pm last night and the various clips of our fantastic support over and again. I was so hyped up I couldn’t sleep with “Spirit of the Blues” and “We are the Goodison Gang” going around my head endlessly.

Got up this morning still well hyped and still humming away to myself. I am out walking the dog now with tears rolling down my cheeks listening to the support again.

What an absolutely magical football club we support. Truly blessed, the lot of us.

Right. Back to business, let’s get another win under our belts at Watford.

UTFT - I fucking love you!

Neil Lawson
187 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:34:35
Brian 183 ( and others too ). I share your pain. I am abroad and wasn't in a bar. I can't bear to listen on the radio so I set target times where I look at BBC Sport. I refuse to deviate from those times lest it jinx the outcome. Clicking onto the ap is shockingly tense. Just how sad am I and many others?

Last Sunday, my iPad was temporarily on the windowsill when Richarlison scored. It and I stayed there until the end, uncomfortable as it was.

Whatever it takes to guarantee the points we need!!

Mike Gaynes
188 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:36:50
Neil and Neil and Brian, great posts.

It is a glorious form of insanity, isn't it?

Tony Abrahams
189 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:41:41
We are definitely tapped, Neil. I fell out with every single person in our house yesterday except my daughter, but I even had to chase her in the end because she was being too positive!
Neil Copeland
190 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:55:41
Mike, absolutely and I wouldn’t change it for the world.

I really admire those of you living such a distance away, it must be torture at times but I suppose it’s a case of “once Everton has touched you….”

Gary Jones
191 Posted 09/05/2022 at 17:55:51
Over the last 3 games we've been playing the ‘park the bus' 5-4-1 really well, sitting very deep with 2 lines and hitting on the break. My worry is against Watford that may not have the same effectiveness.

Whilst it's tempting to say “same again” I'd go for a system that's a bit more adventurous, but with same personnel. Assuming they're fit:

Pickford
Coleman Keane Holgate Mykolenko
Doucoure Delph
Gordon Iwobi Gray
Richarlison

Mike Gaynes
192 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:18:30
Neil, it's a whole lot easier to be an international Blue. We don't have to encounter sneering RS at work on Monday morning or walking the dog!

You guys are the brave ones.

Neil Copeland
193 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:21:26
Mike, the sneering RS are easy to deal with in the main. I just remind them they were an afterthought and ask if everything is okay at home.
Brian Wilkinson
194 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:23:19
Only change I would make is taking Gordon off set pieces.

One other thing of note, the ball from Iwobi was inch perfect for Mykolenko, not just a hopeful punt in the box, that guy has stood up and been outstanding over the last Month or so.

Been saying it for weeks, get someone just outside the penalty area, waiting for any second ball coming his way, it normally falls to Allan, Mykolenko was in the perfect place, even if a header was cleared, chances are he would get a half chance, Simply by not getting in the box, but waiting for the ball to come out of the area.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
195 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:35:56
Mike, we don't have to suffer sneering RS on a Monday morning as we live near Liverpool.

And Neil try når er flyet ditt tilbake til Oslo?
Ner ear flit-et dit till-backer till Oslo.

Phil Greenough
196 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:37:48
I must admit, at 62 I can't watch or listen to the match anymore, my nerves can't take it! I don't even check the results on Sky, I wait for my mate to WhatsApp me several balls and thumbs up emoji, or the dreaded sad face.

Like everyone else, the result affects me for the rest of the weekend. Is it only me who only watches MotD if the Blues win? Can I even regard myself as a supporter anymore?

I give kudos to everyone Blue who goes through the grinder, home or away. I suppose I've done my time from 1975, the last match I went to was the 2-0 loss to Man Utd a few Christmases back.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
197 Posted 09/05/2022 at 18:48:17
Phil - same here, except I am a few years older.
Tony Abrahams
198 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:19:58
MotD Phil, with all that (unfair) analysis, just so they can justify being in the studio? I just watch any highlights on my iPad nowadays.

I bet you I'm not the only one who has watched the clips of our great supporters, a lot more than they've watched anything else regarding football this weekend?

Christopher Timmins
199 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:30:46
Gary ~ 191

Agree with your team selection and sentiments. The game on Wednesday poses a different kind of challenge than the ones against Chelsea and Leicester. We need to be more positive and take the game to Watford.

Once we put in a performance I am more than confident that we will get a positive results. Before the Chelsea game I could see a pathway towards a 40 point total, we are more than capable of beating that total, however, in saying all that, we need to take it a game at a time.

Phil Greenough
200 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:32:38
Yeah, Tony, I was on a late day in work on Sunday and did watch the YouTube video of the goals on the computer.

I still watched it on MotD when I got home though, for once, Alan Shearer waxed lyrical about us. Force of habit I suppose.

Robert Tressell
201 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:44:56
I can't stop looking at the fixtures:

LEEDS 34pts -35gd

- Chelsea H (11 May)
- Brighton H (15 May)
- Brentford A (22 May)

BURNLEY 34 pts -17gd

- Spurs A (15 May)
- Villa H (19 May)
- Newcastle H (22 May)

EVERTON 35 pts -19gd

- Watford A (11 May)
- Brentford H (15 May)
- Palace H (19 May)
- Arsenal A (22 May)

What sticks out at the moment is just how bad Leeds' goal difference is. The last time a team stayed up with goal difference anywhere near that bad was Huddersfield with -30 and that was an anomally. So the stats are against Leeds at least.

Big chance on Wed v Watford. COYB.

Brent Stephens
202 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:57:36
Gary #191 yes same team and as you say more adventurous - as far as is safe to do so. A couple of weeks ago I was calling for 3 proper midfielders but Iwobi is now playing with such bite that Decoure and Delph are sufficient.
Jamie Crowley
203 Posted 09/05/2022 at 19:58:54
Robert -

This Wednesday is pretty much it. If we beat Watford, and Leeds lose to Chelsea, our odds of going down become infinitesimal.

I said weeks ago it would be Leeds.

My wife is a Burnley fan. We've been talking about how this nightmare could end up win-win in the Crowley house for a while now.

I want Leeds to go down. I'd like to seem them pop right back up under an American manager frankly, but I think they're in the most danger by a long shot.

Tony Everan
204 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:02:29
Gary 191 , I agree that we will need to adjust for the Watford game under normal circumstances. I have the feeling that a Frank will stick to the 541 and consider it as being a point in the bank with a great chance for three. Especially as Iwobi and Mykolenko have attacking instincts. I’d like to see Doucoure getting forward and supporting the attack a bit more in this one and bagging a goal. I’m confident we can get the job done if the same application as the last three games is shown, Watford 1 Everton 3.
Neil Copeland
205 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:09:44
Phil 195, ha ha, yes that would work perfectly. They may even reply in Norwegian!
David Currie
206 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:27:49
We have to win at Watford, Leeds will be well up for Chelsea who have had 3 poor results in their last 3 games and play the Cup Final 3 days later. Leeds did well at Arsenal being 2-0 down and played 70 minutes with 10 men and got it back to 2-1. I always look at the worst so if Burnley and Leeds win all 3 games they both end with 43, we need 2 wins and 2 draws to get 43. We beat Leeds on GD.
Christopher Timmins
207 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:28:13
Robert # 201

I don't know if it make much difference but Burnley are away to Villa. Just like you I am looking at the fixtures and working out the various possibilities.

If, and it's a big if with end of season fixtures, as one has to take into account the fact that certain teams are on beach, but on form Burnley will do well to accumulate 3 points in their remaining 3 games, a home win at against Newcastle and Leeds will do well to accumulate 3 points a home win against Brighton. What might work in Leeds's favour is the closeness of the Cup Final to the Chelsea game, they might take something from that game.

Brian Wilkinson
208 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:36:17
Robert, Brighton are playing well, have been for a good few Months and do not give much away, that one for me will be tougher for Leeds, than the Chelsea game.
Rob Halligan
209 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:52:04
David # 206. I think Chelsea would sacrifice winning the FA Cup if they could guarantee a Top 4 finish. They will see beating Leeds as the ideal opportunity to cement their place in the Top 4.

Should Spurs beat Arsenal on Thursday, they then finish against Burnley and Norwich. Chelsea can't afford to take any chances, and will be going all out to beat Leeds.

Jeff Armstrong
210 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:55:58
Chelsea need to win at Leeds, FA Cup Final or not. Arsenal and Spurs will possibly catch them for 3rd and 4th if they're not careful, so beating Leeds is vital to them this week.
Robert Tressell
211 Posted 09/05/2022 at 20:57:20
It is big, Jamie, but the main thing for me is not to get too desperate chasing the win.

It'll be really interesting to see how Frank approaches the game.

Neil Copeland
212 Posted 09/05/2022 at 21:10:18
It’s important that we keep the momentum going, we are not safe yet. Frank will see this as a great opportunity I am sure but will be wary of Watford’s attacking threat. Watford have nothing to lose and may just go for it which I think would play into our hands. It wouldn’t surprised me to see the same team other than Keane in for Mina.

Perhaps change things around in the second half if necessary.

Another winnable game though.

UTFT

Ernie Baywood
213 Posted 09/05/2022 at 21:10:49
I figured we needed 3 from Chelsea, 3 from the two away games, and 4 from the home games.

Winning the first two in that run means there's a small cushion now.

A point at Watford would be decent in the grand scheme of things. I expect we'll be playing the same cautious style with the hope of taking more.

From being convinced we couldn't turn this around, I'm getting confident now. A draw at Watford wouldn't change that.

Paul Birmingham
214 Posted 09/05/2022 at 21:18:52
Carry the Spirit of the the last week to Vicarage Road, and hopefully Everton can secure a vital win.

Some crazy scores down there over the years, hopefully Everton get at least 1 point, 3 points would be tremendous.

UTFT!

Rob Halligan
216 Posted 09/05/2022 at 21:33:56
If ever there as a team that we want to take revenge against, then it’s Watford. That crazy defeat by them was the start of our nightmare run, and I’m sure every Everton player that was involved in that game will be seeking revenge against Watford.
Jeff Armstrong
217 Posted 09/05/2022 at 21:41:28
I think I would rather be playing relegated Watford, more so than, in with a chance of staying up Watford.
David Currie
218 Posted 09/05/2022 at 22:05:20
Rob @209,

Hope you are right and Chelsea get a result and that Spurs get something against Arsenal so they go into Burnley game having to win that one.

Just feeling nervy for this Watford game just like the Coventry and Wimbledon games from the past. I just dream of Wednesday night with Everton on 38 and Burnley and Leeds on 34.

Eddie Dunn
220 Posted 09/05/2022 at 22:37:52
Robert 201, Burnley are away to Villa!
Bill Watson
221 Posted 09/05/2022 at 22:57:10
Providing everyone, bar Mina, is fit I'd move Richarlison to the wing, where he's much more effective, and bring in Rondon or Calvert-Lewin. down the middle at the expense of Gray.

The problem with the current set-up is we rarely win headers from long, high, balls and are immediately under the cosh, again.

If we're chasing the game Gray would make an excellent impact sub.

Pete Clarke
222 Posted 09/05/2022 at 22:57:58
Big pressure game v Watford and another must-win in my eyes.

Watford have some real pace in their attack and have little pressure on them so we will need to keep our shape and defend as a unit but we will get chances because they do leave space for the likes of Gordon and Richarlison to exploit. They just have to take any chances they get.

The middle of the park is critical and Doucouré not only needs to win his battles but needs to start finding a blue shirt.

It doesn't have to be pretty though, as we just want the points. Frank can work on the nice football once we are safe.

COYB

Mike Corcoran
223 Posted 09/05/2022 at 00:06:07
I can see Allan coming in for Delph, surely he can't manage 2 games in 4 days.

I would prefer Richarlison on the left but don't know whether either Rondon or Calvert-Lewin have the legs to start. We need someone strong at No 9 to hold the ball up with their back to goal but there's no-one else.


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