Manchester City 1 - 1 Everton

Everton travelled to the home of the Champions on the back of a string of defeats that were piling pressure on the manager, Frank Lampard, who was able once again to call upon  Dominic Calvert-Lewin in his role as striker. 

But the star of this show was Demarai Gray who produced one of his all-too-rare moments of brilliance to score an excellent goal that tied a typical Haaland effort and the Blues (looking pretty in Pink!) survived a tremendous City onslaught to steal a point from the Etihad.

Four changes were made from the team that lost in the final minute to Wolves. 

Gordon and Mina are out sick. Keane pulled up in the pre-match exercises, and was replaced on the bench by Isaac Price.

Everton kicked off but lost possession until Godfrey accidentally caught Haaland's ankle. The big man stayed down in pain. Gray gave up a soft free-kick with a gentle shove on Lewis, the ball eventually overhit as the game got off to a very slow start. 

Gray and Iwobi combined down the right and almost got a cross in but it didn't reach Calvert-Lewin. Patterson put in a good block on Grealish. as City worked the ball around and around... until a brilliant De Bryune cross flew inches high for Haaland and was headed clear by Everton. 

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Next was an equally slick move by De Bruyne playing in Haaland with Pickford pushing him wide. Calvert-Lewin's first touch didn't stick as he was surrounded quickly. Silva was booked for diving over Patterson's raised leg. Calvert-Lewin's second touch came when he was offside.

Grealish drew a foul from Patterson, De Bryune's absolutely brilliant delivery punched away by Pickford with Stones fully committed, Godfrey landing on top of him.  City switched sides and Mahrez fell over, the Citizens screamed for a penalty. Nothing in it but De Bruyne played in another teasing ball that Pickford was quick to clear. 

City went back to their left, probing ever deeper and Mahrez somehow found Haaland who could not miss despite being surrounded. 

Another attack, Silva crossing for Haaland, but too high, Mykolenko giving away the corner, Tarkowski heading it behind, Gueye then blocking a shot from the corner. 

City's attacks were relentless now, Everton utterly incapable of clearing their lines, save the long hoof to Calvert-Lewin that turned over possession. Iwobi went on the attack and De Bruyne badly fouled Onana. Gray took the free-kick and Everton almost got their first touch in the City area before it was cleared.

Calvert-Lewin gave the ball away very cheaply but Everton were trying a bit harder to move the ball forward. Another Paterson challenge on Grealish was punished with a yellow card.

Everton played a series of passes that finally got them into the City area after 34 minutes but Calvert-Lewin was out of position when the cross came in. More pink possession play ensued but mostly sideways and backwards, the forward run of Patterson shamelessly ignored by Iwobi. 

Everton were definitely having a lot more of the ball but taking far too long to get it into the danger area, although Gueye's cross to Calvert-Lewin looked a lot better, but the Everton forward was called for a foul. 

Gueye won the ball but the move broke down with a poor pass to Patterson. City resumed their forward play and won a corner. Some awful defending by Everton stopped them from clearing the ball until Godfrey fouled Haaland, who he had been tussling with and sledging.

De Bruyne's brilliant ball in was headed by Stones onto the face of the post with Pickford beaten and Haaland lunged in from behind on Mykolenko, with some afters resulting, with Halland and Tarkowski getting yellow cards. City finished the half in complete control of the game; Everton failed to produce a single shot.

One-way traffic resumed after the break, Patterson tackling Grealish for a corner that Iwobi cleared. But it came right back, as it did when Patterson booted it out. Mykolenko got free in acres of space but Calvert-Lewin ran in behind his marker who won the ball.

After a long, long delay (6 minutes) for sorting out the Linesman's radio gear, with the crowd and the players getting quite antsy in the Manchester rain, the game finally resumed until Iwobi and Grealish collided at the knee for another stoppage, soon followed by Rodri and Onana, who was booked for the clumsy challenge (his 5th yellow card of the season). 

Gray found some space and ran forward onto a great pass from Gueye but Calvert-Lewin had overran the defenders, and Gray slipped as he turned, but then sprung up like a spring chicken to swing in a fantastic shot over Ederson and into the top corner of the City net. What a goal!

This brought the game briefly to life with some excellent play from both sides as they each pushed on, Onana's wayward shot deflecting for Everton's first corner on 68 minutes, bizarrely headed out by Tarkowski. 

Lampard then made two seemingly unnecessary but typical like-for-like changes, and Haaland gambolled forward down the left, Pickford getting vital fingertips to his wicked cross. 

Coleman did well to block Grealish, and some great Everton defending stalled the now very determined City attack. Gueye relieved the pressure but Gray lost the ball and City attacked again... Everton resolute again, but the pace of the game was telling on Onana and Godfrey. Davies replaced Gueye, who ambled off casually.

Everton were now giving it a good go, Coleman rescuing a lost ball and Haaland swinging a backhand smash at Tarkowski's chin. No second yellow!

An incredible City barrage, shot after shot, blocked, defended, scuffed, parried – what a sequence of play, Pickford pulling off a fantastic save from Mahrez and the Everton goal somehow surviving. But this game was building to quite the climax with who knows how long to be added on? 

Everton were slow to build when they got the ball, an attack finally seeing Gray cross low straight to Ederson. A triple change ensued from Pep. Godfrey went on a great run and looked to have been fouled by Ake, not given, and Foden was able to cross in, cleared. 

Akanji then fouled Maupay, as Godfrey went to ground again as 11 minutes were added on, while extended discussions were held on the touchline, Doucoure replacing Godfrey. 

The lines of attack and defence reformed for the umpteenth time, Everton looking to retain their shape. Pickford had to make a tremendous save, then Iwobi headed a wicked cross behind, and the corner was cleared, but not very far. 

A Rodri shot from distance rolled out and City were denied the corner, giving Everton momentary respite from the attacking onslaught. Foden seemed to get behind the Everton defence but Coady's headed clearance of his fearsome cross was excellent. 

Huge City frustration met every decision that went against the Citizens as Everton's confidence in winning a vital point seemed to grow with each minute of added time. Maupay was booked for his tackle on Ake. 

Foden burst through but it was driven behind. Mykolenko then had to foul Foden, giving away a very dangerous free-kick that Pickford punched away. De Bruyne swung in another excellent ball and Coady had to head it behind. 

Mahrez saw another shot blocked, then from a corner, a fantastic chance for a glancing header at the far post flew inches beyond the post and Everton had survived a tremendous battle to go home with a very valuable point. 

Manchester City: Ederson, Lewis (87' Gundogan), Stones, , Ake, Rodri, Silva [Y:17'] (87' Alvarez), De Bruyne [Y:30'], Mahrez, Haaland [Y:44'], Grealish (87' Foden).

Subs not Used: Ortega, Walker, Phillips, Cancelo, Gomez,  Palmer.

Everton:  Pickford, Godfrey (90+1' Doucoure), Coady, Tarkowski [Y:44'], Patterson [Y:32'] (69' Coleman), Mykolenko, Gana (78' Davies), Onana [Y:63'], Iwobi, Gray, Calvert-Lewin (69' Maupay).

Subs not Used: Begovic, Holgate, Keane Price, McNeil, Vinagre.

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John Graham
1 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:06:52
No Gordon??

And Simms recalled, but not even on the bench??


Ray Roche
2 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:09:07
John, Simms isn’t available until tomorrow apparently.
David Connor
3 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:09:18
Batten down the hatches, folks, it's about to get ugly...

Realistically we should get well beaten. But let's hope Lady Luck smiles down on us for once. Instead of The Devil sticking his pitchfork up our arses!

Paul Kossoff
4 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:09:53

Simms can't rejoin until 1 January, but I'm sure Bill will be rubbing his hands at the thought of not having to buy a striker!

Kieran Kinsella
5 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:11:55

Gordon is sick.

John Graham
6 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:16:14
Oh yes, I remember that now. Let's hope Calvert-Lewin can last the whole game.

Backs to the wall, all hands on deck, park the bus, do anything for a win or a point.

Going to be a long afternoon.


Craig Walker
7 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:19:56
I don't see anything other than a heavy defeat (4-0 to City).

I've seen some terrible Everton teams down the years but have always been optimistic that we'd come good one day. I don't have any positives these days to cling to other than the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

It's not fun anymore. It's like a bizarre experiment to see how much dejection a football supporter can take. Last season's ending was miraculous but I don't see lightning striking twice.

Yet again, we sold our best player and haven't replaced him. How daft we looked when we were licking our lips at an Iwobi, Onana and Gueye midfield. Even the worst Everton teams of the 90s had Big Dunc, Hutchinson, Speed etc.

Even if we signed genuine quality, they wouldn't perform in a blue shirt. Desperate times. I think our last season at Goodison will be in the Championship.

Tony Everan
8 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:20:50
I want positivity on match days. The team Frank has selected looks the strongest available to me, would have secured a win against Wolves.

Man City are light years ahead of them though so this is a difficult day for us. Brentford went there and got a win so there can be aberrations. Man City got kicked all over the park against Leeds so will be nursing some bruises only a couple of days later.

It would be one of the biggest surprises of the season form wise but, get right at them and give them no space, take our chances when they come. Show no respect at all.

COYBLUES! Here's to a better 2023!

Tony Abrahams
10 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:23:35
Surely you would only consider not buying a striker if you could get one or two on loan, or you was thinking of having the club sold in the very near future, Paul K?

Simms can't do any worse than what Maupay has contributed so far, but surely Everton need better, especially with the way Calvert-Lewin has constantly been injured for the past 18 months.

I've got massive concerns about today, but I'm not worried, (which is a worry in itself) because I'm beginning to feel like I'm past caring and only think my interest will really return once our club has got new owners.

It's a funny old game though, so if City don't put seven past us, then maybe we might even sneak it, with a couple of clever goals on the counter-attack.

Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:32:44

I've said it for a while now, Kenwright wants us relegated. He will hoover up all the shares and make himself life-long Chairman.

He's made millions out of us with no cash input. I will bet you he will have Moyes or Martinez in before February.

Matthew Williams
12 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:37:46
A comfy stroll for City sadly... 3-0.
Paul Kossoff
13 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:38:33
Here is a question for you, Tony:

World Cup winning keeper, World Cup squad member and class player, class striker... connection?

Rob Dolby
14 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:41:42
Let's face it, it's damage limitation today.

Any attempt at attacking will only leave us vulnerable.

In the voice of Mrs Merton: "Where did it all go wrong for the multi-millionaire Bill Kenwright's Everton?"

Recalling Simms is admitting a mistake in persevering with Rondon.

Simms is a big lad so maybe the penny is dropping that we need to go more direct and fight for the 2nd ball instead of the defensive triangle of death we have all had to put up with.

Frank Sheppard
15 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:45:50
Looks like a strong sensible team selection. Let's hope we can keep it down to less than 5. Then get stuck into a relegation fight early.

Not pessimism, just realism.

Alan J Thompson
16 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:48:06
Is that three or five at the back?

Whatever, I don't know if five at the back or five in midfield will outplay this opposition but at least it looks like we are trying something different.

Eddie Dunn
17 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:49:44
Tony, what in the world would suggest that these serial bottlers could take a point?

Frank's post-match chat will be about how great City are, Pep etc, and we are where we are! It is what it is.

Then Brighton will win at Goodison and he will tell us that there are still 60 points out there.

Danny O’Neill
18 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:51:31
Good luck today, Blues.

I've got everything crossed.

Richard Lyons
19 Posted 31/12/2022 at 14:58:19
Carnage coming, for sure,
Michael Lynch
20 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:00:11
If we can keep them to less than four at half-time, then we might not concede double figures.

Colin Malone
21 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:31:36
Ellis Simms. Another Unsworth prodigy. Just launch the ball football. Imo, he done a lot of damage at the Academy.

Getting battered by City. Midfield shite.

George Cumiskey
22 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:32:50
Disgraceful... no intention of attacking.
Danny Baily
23 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:37:44
We needed to hold on longer if there was any chance of us picking something up.

Having said that, keeping it at one and going into the last 10-15 and you never know.

At Chelsea last season, we barely got out of our own half and came away with a point.

Brendan McLaughlin
24 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:39:21
At least Southampton are losing...
Colin Malone
25 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:45:36
Gray off for Maupay.
George Cumiskey
26 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:52:29
Pickford's fault for the goal. For me, Coady had it covered.
Michael Lynch
27 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:54:16
I didn't realise Haaland was such a prick. He looks like he's on steroids.

We're going to lose of course, but 1-0 at half-time is commendable.

Godfrey has stood up to Haaland well, but it's probably best not to wind the fucker up too much, he's bound to get a hat-trick.

Alan J Thompson
28 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:57:11
Again, Optus crap service means I've barely seen half the first half including the goal but it seems we've come to defend and haven't done it which should have been expected.

When we have got forward, it has been a long ball and Calvert-Lewin has tried to lay it off but there is nobody with him and, on the odd occasions I've seen us forward, nobody seems to want to get in the box. Damned if I know what we should do about it.

I would have liked to have seen more players supporting Godfrey by getting in the Ref's ear during his early altercations with Haaland.

Garry Martin
29 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:57:44
5 at the back, a bank 4 in the middle and one non-match-fit forward... absolutely fed up with EFC now!
Robert Williams
30 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:57:52
Considering who we're playing and that sod's antics, I am not overly disappointed at this stage.

Yes, we are under constant pressure – but this can only be good for us going into the transfer market and New Year.

We will survive.

Ernie Baywood
31 Posted 31/12/2022 at 15:59:10
Jesus, George. You're criticising the guy because he didn't just let it go past him? You can't possibly be for real?
David Cooper
32 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:01:30
Haaland might be a great goalscorer but he is also a dickhead.

Wound up because Godfrey had the temerity to stand on his ankle in the first minute.

Celebrates because he got a foul against Godfrey and then taunts him after scoring.

Add to that flying challenge on Mykolenko which had to be dangerous play but only a yellow.

Kudos to Godfrey for getting in his face. Pity he lost him for the goal and ended up on the goal line.

But at last some fight, some passion. Glad to have him back!

Ernie Baywood
33 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:01:37
I've seen enough of Calvert-Lewin's input in a game where he'll get precious little. It's light years ahead of anything we've had from anyone else this season.

Maybe we get something from this game. The effort is there and we could get a chunk of luck. But for crying out loud, can we please keep our only viable centre-forward fit??!!!

Tony Abrahams
34 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:03:31
A bit more belief and who knows – we might even get something today. I'm aware this is a long shot but, if we can be a little bit braver on the ball by recycling then turning, especially from the middle of the park, where there's space.

Very defensive, but at least we have got structure, but have we got enough to go and cause City a few more problems by being brave?

George Cumiskey
35 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:08:15
Ernie, if he goes for it, he's gotta save it.

Diverted it into his own net. Now that's for real!

George Cumiskey
36 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:12:27
Problem is, we play like this every week – not just against City!
David Cooper
37 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:12:55
It's tempting to compare our performance with Leeds from earlier in the week. Two different ways of trying to stop City. Interesting to see who loses with the least damage.

I guess we have to play to our weaknesses which is a lack of speed of movement and thought in midfield. So we hang off them till they get to the penalty area. Leeds lost but they gave them a game.

Paul Kossoff
38 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:27:02
Goooooal!!! 👮🎄🎅
James Flynn
39 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:28:48
Where Gray belongs every game, in the middle of the pitch.
David Cooper
40 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:30:12
Did I speak too soon!
Paul Kossoff
41 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:31:14
Demarai Gray robs it off Rodri, carries it down the right, cuts back inside and curls it beautifully into the far, top corner.
Colin Malone
42 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:42:41
Gueye off. What the fuck are you doing, Lampard?
Phil Smith
43 Posted 31/12/2022 at 16:48:06
How is Onana still on and Gana comes off again?! He's been our best midfielder.

Onana looks injured, will miss our next game and is gonna get sent off here! Crazy management…

Michael Lynch
44 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:06:53
Brilliant point, Demarai Gray MotM – give the lad a knighthood!
Danny Baily
45 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:07:16
Posted a few times in the last week that Gray should be up top!

Great result.

Tony Hill
46 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:07:46
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. An absolutely superb result from which we must derive confidence and which we must make pivotal.

What an utterly fabulous goal. Great credit to manager and players in the teeth of a storm.

Steve Brown
47 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:08:52
Ah Lampard, given a tactical masterclass by Guardiola. Haha, get in there!

Crazy management indeed.

Jim Lloyd
48 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:09:35
Well! Having watched that fighting display, we've got a chance.

A great goal by Gray and stout defence. Well played, Blues!!!

Tony Hill
49 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:10:09
Ben Godfrey and the rest of that defence, brilliant.
Danny O’Neill
50 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:10:19
I couldn't be there or even watch it today, so I'll wait for the opinions of those that did.

Written off for a beating by many, we've got a valuable point.

I've spent the last half hour detached from social media.

Spirit. Forever.

See you with the near 10,000 next week.

We love you, we live you.

Dermot O'Brien
51 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:10:22
Well done, lads. Great defensive display, if we had a bit more up front, we could even have nicked the win.

What a goal from Gray!

We need that determination every time.

George Cumiskey
52 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:10:28
Champagne is a-poppin!

What a second-half performance! 🤣😆

Paul Smith
53 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:10:57
Amazing. Well done, Everton.
Joe McMahon
54 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:13:08
Just wondering where Chris Sutton has gone with his 5 - 0 prediction?

Brilliant work by the team today, and good to see Godfrey back. Win against Brighton now lads to get us fully back on track.

One proven striker in would make a lot of difference.

Phil Smith
55 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:15:36
Well, we deserved that.

A big Fuck You to Haaland who lost his head a bit today. We wound him up and, goal aside, he never looked in it.

Brilliant performance. Simms up top with Calvert-Lewin next match.

Derek Knox
56 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:16:02
What a difference from Monday, why couldn't we have played like that then?

Didn't create many chances but stopped City creating many of their own. That is the sort of spirited performance that no-one can complain about. Let's see more like that and get up the Table.

Stefan Busby
57 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:20:20
Godders was immense today. Stuck into Haaland early and didn't let the big cunt wind him up.

Great win.

Happy New Year :)

Jim Lloyd
58 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:21:52
A couple of points:

The supporters who out-sang the home crowd never gave up and deserved to see our team perform the heroics that they did today.

Gray played brilliantly. I'm sure we can make more of him, playing in that role alongside Calvert-Lewin, or whoever. He's got one of the best, if not the best, shots in the team.

One thing above all: They all pulled their tripes out, played for each other; we want at least that in every match, Blue Boys.

ps:, Haaland was a dirty sulky bastard! And we handled him well. Great stuff, lads.

Barry Rathbone
59 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:22:23

I had us down for an absolute hammering with Haaland scoring at least 15 in the first 20 mins but there ya go. Everton making heads fall off for all the right reasons for a change.

A little hope when peering into the abyss is always a joy.

Alan J Thompson
60 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:22:58
Through a stop start service we came out of it with a valuable point but there is still an awful lot wrong.

A piece of brilliance from Gray that makes you wonder what he could be and made more so as, at that moment, my picture froze and it looked as though he had stopped to pick up the ball when actually he had slipped.

Couldn't make out the reasoning behind the substitutions. Davies on made sense but not for Gana going off, and who in their right mind would put Maupay on?!

On top of that, it appeared to me that Patterson was one of our best and couldn't believe he'd been taken off but it might have been a touch of brilliance because City then seemed to target Coleman and that wing.

A thoroughly welcome and unexpected point.

And what now that a game can be delayed for 10 minutes owing to a Linesman's faulty earpiece, Heaven help us!

Neil Copeland
61 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:24:08
Fabulous result, shows what staying focussed and a bit of positivity can do! I even had 1-1 in my Super 6 this week – yaay, 5 points but much happier with the 1 Premier League point.

Well done, Blues... UTFT!

Tony Hill
62 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:25:19
Stare long enough into the abyss, Barry @60, and, as that German lad nearly said: the abyss blinks.
Paul Birmingham
63 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:26:22
True grit, fight, spirit and belief and well done Everton, you got in City's faces, and they couldn't cope with Everton today.

Keep this spirit and belief and Everton can build on this reduction today. It's a massive step in the right direction.

Great to prove the media wrong today.

"What's Our Name?"

UTFTs, all take care and have a great party tonight! 💙🤍🍻🍻🍻🙏👍🍻🍻🍻

Robert Tressell
64 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:29:19
Well done, Lampard.

Nice to see Calvert-Lewin and Godfrey contributing again. Good players both who will benefit from a run of games.

Gray – the sort of brilliant goal he's capable of. A very good result going into the next few fixtures.

Christine Foster
65 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:29:34
Nearly 3:20 am and what a start to the New Year! Well done, Blues: spirit, fight, a wee bit of luck and a bit of magic.

Great, hard-fought point, it's still an 11 v 11 game, where those who fight together will always stand a chance against quality opposition.

Haaland should have had a straight red for his tackle and even a second yellow for the elbow on Tarkowski late on... A great point, but a greater turning point?

Ian Edwards
66 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:32:35
That could be a massive point – not only in points total but also for confidence.

If we can turn in performances against Brighton and Southampton, the table will look brighter.

Happy New Year, everyone btw.

Steve Brown
67 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:33:29
Thought the 3 Gs – Gana, Gray, Godfrey – were all tremendous today.

Massive effort by the whole team.

And a great tactical set-up by Lampard.

Colin Glassar
68 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:33:34
Not wanting to blow me own trumpet but I did predict a draw yesterday (thread has disappeared along with post) and was heartily laughed at.

Everton are a weird fucking team. Don't be surprised if we get a result against Man Utd as well. It's the crapper teams we can't fathom out.

Pat Kelly
69 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:33:55
Fighting spirit we haven't been showing got us the result today against an arrogant, cheating City.

We won't go down if we keep up the fight. This has to be the turning point.

Andy Crooks
70 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:34:01
Thought there might be a hero.

Well done, Gray; well done, Everton!!

George Cumiskey
71 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:36:04
Everyone saying we're desperate for a striker, which is true, but I think we're more desperate for a genuine playmaker.
Kieran Kinsella
72 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:36:25

I was thinking about your prediction at full-time.

Kieran Kinsella
73 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:38:05
That has to restore some confidence in the team and the manager. A great platform for us to reset and kick on in the next few critical games.

There is character in our ranks, the manager can come up with the right tactics and line-up to get a result. We just need to keep doing these things...

Steve Brown
74 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:39:37
Colin G, I read your prediction of a draw and believed it.
George Cumiskey
75 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:41:51
Well said, Christine.

Happy New Year! ☺️💝

Rob Dolby
76 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:42:49
Good shape and discipline today. Let's hope it starts some momentum.

Feels more like a win than a draw. Gray has a worldie in his bag.

Thought Pickford had a strong game with good decisions from him. In fact, all of the team and subs put a shift in. Davies blocking Rodri on the back post with the last touch of the game stopped a certain goal. Gray MotM.

Brian Denton
77 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:43:58
Mike Hughes on Radio Merseyside's phone-in is really getting stuck into a Blue who criticised Kenwright. It was quite offensive of Hughes actually – you'd think Kenwright was his relative, for fuck's sake.
Jim Lloyd
78 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:44:23
Hopefully, Christine. I think there will be a different atmosphere at Goodison in the next home match.

You're spot on about Haaland. I couldn't believe he'd gotten away with that tackle.

I'm not saying that Tom Cannon and Ellis Simms are Premier League players... yet, but just to have them to call on in the squad will be a morale booster.

We may well bring someone in, but who knows what our financial position is? However, if it's dire, then at least we've got fighters and goalscorers.

Chris Leyland
79 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:44:26
I thought we'd do well to stay above West Ham on goal difference today but my 17-year-old son was convinced we wouldn't lose.

I put it down to youthful optimism but he remained steadfast when we went 1 down and he said "We will get at least a point from this."

Robert Williams
80 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:45:13
This is what I said at half-time:

"Considering who we're playing and that sod's antics, I am not overly disappointed at this stage. Yes, we are under constant pressure –but this can only be good for us going into the transfer market and New Year. We will survive."

Anyone disagree?

Tony Hill
81 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:45:33
Here's the remarkable thing: our goal came from one of our players running confidently at the opposition and then shooting accurately in the direction of the other side's net, also with confidence.

Must have been planned at Finch Farm.

Danny O’Neill
82 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:47:04
Demarai Gray, Ole.

3 points on Tuesday and into the 4th Round on Friday night.

Results going our way.

All of a sudden, the season could look very different this time next week.

Paul Birmingham
83 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:48:03
Lol, my comment at 64, should have said 'result', not 'reduction'.

I'm useless at typing fast on phones.

H N Y 2023!

Darren Hind
84 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:48:25
I can't call MotM. It could have been any of our 9 centre-halves… Ha Ha!

Seriously, this is the perfect example of what can be achieved when 11 players play with a fist-shaking defiance. City were empty. Out of ideas.

Sometimes when you play against superior opposition, you have to play like men.

Happy New Year, everyone.

Made up..... Fucken made up.

Derek Knox
85 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:50:14
Tony @ 82,

"Must have been planned at Finch Farm."

I heard a rumour that they hired a shaman to exorcise the evil spirits from the Old Indian Burial Ground that Finch Farm was built on. It worked, but my source didn't say how long it will last for! :-)

Ed Prytherch
86 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:51:24
What a great scrap. Godfrey winding up Haaland in the first minute. He scored but he was off his game.

Godfrey is a tough fucker. Tarkowski involved in everything, Patterson standing up to Grealish. And Iwobi finishing the game at wing-back.

A possible goal of the season from Gray. He would be worth £30 million if he could do that regularly.

That was the best team performance since Crystal Palace.

Eddie Dunn
87 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:52:28
Man City have messed-up quite a few games with a lack of tempo and weird subs. Perhaps the media might have to accept that Arteta and Arsenal have a chance.

I recall (last season at Goodison, or the one before) when we held on with a few minutes left when we got caught out. Usually the mistake happens... thank God it didn't this time.

Robert Williams
88 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:52:58
Steve B 68 - yea agree - the G-Men.
Paul Birmingham
89 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:53:03
Colin, I and many more were with you yesterday, amongst many naysayers.

Take the same mindset in versus Brighton and Man Utd.

40 years since we got pipped in the quater-final in 1983, I'm confident of a good week of results.


Terry Farrell
90 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:53:40
Great spirit, great point. Thought Gana, Pickford, Onanna and Gray were the standouts and Seamus was superb. Everyone else put a shift in.

Maupay, I'm sorry, is very poor even when working his socks off! Great away support. We must win on Tuesday to follow this up.

Mick O'Malley
91 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:58:11
I heard that presenter defending Kenwright, Brian, he wouldn't have a bad word said against him, must be related or gets club favours of Kenwright.

Anyway, a decent fighting performance and a valuable point, We're due a good performance at home so let's hope we beat Brighton and start the New Year in better spirit. UTFTs

Colin Glassar
92 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:58:18
This is the problem with Everton. On our day, we are a match for anyone… but when we are crap, we are awful. We need consistency and self-belief and then we could go places.
Peter Mills
93 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:59:03
Cracking 2nd half display.

When Andy Crooks messaged me this morning to say he fancied us to get a result, I thought he might have been on some mind-altering substances. But he was spot on.

Absolutely made up with the fight and skill shown, and especially for everyone who travelled there today. Sorry Danny couldn't make it.

Rick Tarleton
94 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:59:47
An absolutely stunning result. I do not believe it. Gray saves these wonder goals for top teams.

A valuable point and we need this to boost our fragile confidence, especially mine!

Tony Abrahams
95 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:59:58
Brian @78, this doesn't surprise me in the slightest mate.

There's a bit more to this story, and I'm certain someone at the club has been onto this radio station to complain about the stick our great chairman has been receiving. Things like this help to show why Kenwright has survived so long.

But today is about Frank Lampard, getting his team to work hard, fight, and to play with real structure. Well played, Everton!🙏

Danny O’Neill
96 Posted 31/12/2022 at 17:59:59
Absolutely made up.

We can do the politics all day long, but when it matters on matchday, we all want the same thing: a performance and a result.

I'm off out in an hour or so. I don't think I'll sleep tonight as I will watch Everton into the early hours.

Steve Brown
97 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:00:37
We restricted Man City to three shots on target in the entire game.

Well done to a great defensive set-up and performance by the entire team.

Tony Hill
98 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:02:55
Derek @86, Kenwright’ is almost there, as a sham.

Another major factor: these players don't want Lampard to be sacked. Absolutely massive that.

Jerome Shields
99 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:08:28
Everton are back to being hard to play against Top Six sides that give them space in midfield and attack. A long wait since last October. Just getting them higher up the pitch and not so deep, with space to move into.

Still need better forward and midfield play to unlock teams that set up shop and push them deep.

I don't really expect much in the January Transfer window. They will be thinking that Frank has the right formula to stay in the Premier League and can make do with what he has.

Simms to replace Rondon and maybe a attacking midfielder.

Larry O'Hara
100 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:08:42
Usual biased BBC: their report mentions Godfrey's “physical” approach but no mention of the De Bruyne and Haaland thuggery.

And some people wonder why I hate them…

Danny O’Neill
101 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:12:32
Before I have a few too many sherbets tonight, Blues, the very best to all and every one of you.

Have a great one tonight and a prosperous New Year.

Everton forever!!!

See you all next week!

Brian Wilkinson
102 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:12:54
Great result that, pure backs to the wall at times but, when you come across a team like City, who can bring 5 internationals off the bench towards the end, that really was one hell of a result.

I never expected anything today, doubt many did, but the effort was certainly there today. Stats will show for large parts we were defending, but it was down to City to try and break us down. I thought we stood up well today and refused to be bullied or lay down.

Had deserved stick against Wolves, but you cannot fault the effort today, that's all we ask for Everton, to get stuck in.

Jay Harris
103 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:14:42
The first 15 minutes, we were camped out in our own half till they went ahead.

I don't know why it takes us going behind to get going but we then started to compete a bit more and, although they dominated the game, we looked dangerous on the break and defended stoutly.

Kudus to Pickford Tarkowski and Coady with honorable mention to Gana Gray and Iwobi. Couldn't understand why he took Gana not Patterson off and neither could the players.

We've got a potential 6 points coming up so I hope we use today as a platform to move onwards and upwards.

Jeff Armstrong
104 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:16:14
Thought Frank got away with it today when he took Gana off, he did the same against Wolves and lost, and yet he goes and repeats the mistake, he's very lucky tonight imo.

But great battling performances from all the team, don't think anyone had a bad game.

New Year's Eve tonight, all the best to all ToffeeWebbers, great result, have a great night!!!

Derek Wadeson
105 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:17:32
Great result, shows what quality we do have. Wolves should've been a draw also. Thanks to Steve Brown for pointing out the positives.

But why spoil it when we can moan about someone supporting Bill Kenwright on Radio Merseyside instead?

Andy Crooks
106 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:27:59
I didn't see the match but got a good insight from disconsolate City supporters.


Anti football
Kicked us off the park
In our face, cheating bastards.

Love all of those but the best is: "dirty as hell and very intense"

I didn't think Frank had it in him but proud he did. In our position, if you can't beat them, beat the shit out of them.

Seems City don't like it up em.

Tony Hill
107 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:29:07
Yeah, I think we can have a few tonight, Danny @102.

Many, many miles to go but that was steel on show, and it's what you build with.

Paul Kossoff
108 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:32:41
Wish all a great New Year and best of health to all good people.

Thanks to the lads who keep this site going for us,
Happy New Year, Blue Boys, God bless! 🎅🎄😀👮✝️

John Keating
109 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:33:30
No way I thought we'd get anything today.

Great determination and spirit shown by all... but why can't we show this every game?

Brighton and Southampton wins a must now. Let's get points and confidence up!

Well done everyone

Steve Brown
110 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:33:54

What about Lampard's tactical set-up throughout the entire game? It was spot on and limited them to three shots on target – that is City at home. There was zero luck involved.

Let's give credit where its due.

Neil Copeland
111 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:34:04
Andy #107, ha ha love it!

Haaland couldn't hack it either, Godfrey had him wound up tight.

Anyway, fuck ‘em!

Tony Abrahams
112 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:38:46
"Cheating bastards" is the best one, Andy, when you consider that Bernado Silva got booked for blatant cheating when he was in a dangerous position and could have caused us real problems instead of falling onto the ground.

Our back five all played well but, if I was Lampard, I'd be looking for a good left-wingback right now. I thought Mykolenko did brilliantly taking away the defender with a strong run forward which really helped Gray when he came inside for his goal, but I think our Ukrainian is much better defensively and him and Godfrey might eventually give great balance to a 3-man central defence.

Jeff Armstrong
113 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:40:11
Steve 111, agreed, 95% of today’s tactics were spot on, but what did you think of the Gana sub?
Ray Roche
114 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:41:50
Andy @107

Everton committed 14 fouls, City 13. Now, what was that City fan saying again? 😁

Do you know, there are some contributors to the Live Forum who must be absolutely gutted tonight. Which makes me as happy as the result does. 🤣🤣

Happy New Year to all Blues everywhere.

May 2023 be full of happiness, love and good health to us all and our families too.🙏

Danny O’Neill
115 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:42:10
I'd go with that, Tony.

Godfrey and Mykolenko either side of a commanding centre-back leader in a 3. That could work.

I'm smiling tonight.

They might upset me, but when they make me happy, there is no other feeling.

Ajay Gopal
116 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:43:14
Unbelievable result! Just when you are ready to throw in the towel, this club never ceases to surprise you.

Happy New Year to all ToffeeWebbers. Here is hoping for a better 2023.

See you all the other side of the New Year. Thanks, Michael and Lyndon, for keeping this wonderful Toffees fan site going.

Christopher Timmins
117 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:44:35
A fantastic performance by all involved and we must back it up with 3 points in midweek.

Whatever else, today showed that the manager has not lost the dressing room!

Enjoy the festivities tonight!

Tony Abrahams
118 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:52:05
It's been staring me in the face for ages, Danny, although Mykolenko will have to start getting a bit more power into his headers if this ever happens. He's a good defender, Godfrey will also hopefully grow into a good defender, but my favourite thing about today's game was the discipline shown by little Gueye.

I'd also take out Iwobi and put Doucoure into the position that Alex played today, and make Onana realise that a kid with his potential should be trying to get right in amongst the thick of the action and demand he gives us at least one hour of real intensity every game.

We need more players, it's a squad game now, but if Everton play with intent and intensity, you will only ever hear boos at Goodison Park when they are being directed at the referee!

Happy New Year to every single Evertonian, except one man of-fucking-course!! 💙🙏

Tony Hill
119 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:52:43
Ajay @117,

You will never throw in the towel, it's not in our nature. Happy New Year to you too and to all on here.

Fucking immense result and performance that, wait and see.

Derek Wadeson
120 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:54:03
I thought once again today Frank Lampard got his subs spot on.

Andy Walker
121 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:55:14
Colin G,

I came on here to give you credit for your call yesterday, well done.

You have however blown your own trumpet. Shame mate. But well done again.

Oliver Molloy
122 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:56:08
I couldn't believe it when I checked the final scores.

I was expecting another defeat given the run we have been on so a point away to the current Champions is very welcome.
Haven't seen Gray's goal yet but its a cracker according to everyone.

Happy New Year ye all – hope it's all good.

Nick Page
123 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:58:31
Just when I thought I was out, they go and pull me right back in.

Missed the second half, left the lucky mascot in charge who had been tidied away! Sounds like we actually had a go so fair fucks to Frank. That's what it's all about after all. Have to follow through now against Brighton.

Happy New Year, Evertonians!

Rob Halligan
124 Posted 31/12/2022 at 18:59:53
Well, just walked in the house, and can't really describe the feeling coming out of that ground this afternoon. A real smack in the eye for those predicting a hammering today, and more so Chris Sutton who predicted a 5-0 hammering.

Never underestimate the power of a proper Scouse following who saw the team over the line again today. One question though… why the fuck wasn't Haaland sent off?

Straight away, we could see his intention as he set off from the middle of the 6-yard box, running and launching himself, with every intent of causing serious damage. If that's not a red card, then I don't know what is.

Anyway, fuck the Manc shithouses, a more than deserved draw.

Andy Walker
125 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:03:04
It was a fantastic result and we defended admirably, but please let's not get carried awa,y hey, we had one shot on target, albeit a screamer, but one shot.

We'd have lost the match 99 times out of 100. The same huge relegation-threatening problems in the team still exist. I can only hope today's result gives more confidence to the players and they step up in the second half of the season.

If they don't, we are down.

Nick White
126 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:03:30
Great and unexpected point today. Just watched the Gray goal, superb finish!

A big Happy New Year to all ToffeeWebbers! I hope you all have a better 2023 on and off the pitch! Thank you to the TW team, great site and community. 👍

Tony Abrahams
127 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:06:39
In a nutshell, Andy W.

We have got to build on this because games like today prove that we are a much better team when defending our own half, but we are not so good when we open it and begin to leave gaps that even average teams expose.

Jeff Armstrong
128 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:08:41
Andy 126, if you can’t get carried away on a New Year’s Eve, with a result like that today, then when do you get carried away? When we win something?

Some of us are 60+,

Results like today are getting carried away results!

It might be as good as it gets.

Dave Abrahams
129 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:09:11
Rob (125), made up for fans like yourself who never give up, so enjoy the night, the same goes for all the Everton fans who were there today.

A fantastic goal earned us a very welcome point. Let's see if we can take confidence from this result and win the next two home games.

Still can't believe Gana Gueye went off and Onana stayed on for the last two games!!

Jeff Armstrong
130 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:13:06
Dave 130,

Same as you regarding the substitution of Gueye twice running, it does worry me as to what Lampard is actually seeing and thinking, it is bizarre.

Tony Everan
131 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:14:44
Derek @86,

Are you sure it wasn't an old Indian takeaway that it was built upon?

Geoff Lambert
132 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:15:10
Well, who would have seen that result coming, Colin? Haha!

Really got into them today. I thought Godfrey was excellent against the big gobshite.

Please, Everton, keep it up for the rest of the season. All the best all you Blues worldwide.

Alan McGuffog
133 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:16:17
Did anyone watch Final Score? If so, who was the bloke, other than Beckford?

Spoke sense and was rational and quite decent about Everton. Given that the media view the non-fashionable sides like us beneath their contempt.

Raymond Fox
134 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:16:41
That's why Gray should start every game, he always carries a threat.

Push the boat out for a striker or preferably two on loan, regardless of what the cost is, and we stay up.

Colin Glassar
135 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:17:13
Had to do it, Andy. I shall refrain from any trumpet-blowing in the future!
Andy Walker
136 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:19:38
Jeff, why would I get carried away, it was a fluke result.

I'm absolutely delighted with a draw but, if I'm honest with myself, I know we were very lucky. I watched the 90 minutes.

If we'd been at home, played like that against away opposition and only drawn, we'd have been up in arms about the injustice! One thing I think our club needs more than ever is reality, not fairy tales.

Enjoy your night though, mate, it does feel good not to lose for once. But I just can't get rid of that feeling based on what actually took place on the pitch today…

Tony Everan
137 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:25:47
This picture shows Haaland out of control with both feet off the ground as he flies into the tackle.

Manchester City may have been lucky Erling Haaland wasn't sent off

The referee and the VAR should explain how that is not a red card?

Allan got sent off for a far less dangerous tackle than that last season, with a three-match ban, a decision that could have sent us down.

Nick Page
138 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:26:09
Mike 78,

There are loads of soft-in-the-head Evertonians who think Kenwright saved them. It's shameful but, as long as the lying bastard has their support, he won't be going anywhere.

It's like an Orwellian novel with Everton. If there was any hope, it must lie with the proles…

Andy Walker
139 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:26:31
Far enough, Colin, I'd have probably done the same as you in fairness. It was a great call mate.

Happy New Year. Let's hope we can use this result as a turning point.

Brian Wilkinson
140 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:27:16
Andy Crooks,

On the cheating bastards, I hope you reminded them of the Rodri handball last season, and the time when the ball went out by a good foot in the cup game a few years back, but no goal kick given and a City goal standing from the cross.

Brian Denton
141 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:28:00
Derek Wadeson (106),

But why spoil it when we can moan aboat someone supporting Bill Kenwright on Radio Merseyside instead.

It wasn't Hughes's supporting Kenwright which was the problem: it was the way he did it, as though the supporter – you know, the sort of person who makes phone-ins possible – had sworn on air.

If you didn't hear it, don't jump to conclusions.

Andy Walker
142 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:28:58
We can't all be as clever as you, Nick.
Peter Mills
143 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:29:13
One of the great pleasures of this site is reading the cool, calm, post-match analysis of someone who has been at the game.

Well done, Rob #125. Made up for you tonight.

David Cooper
144 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:33:22
Haaland should 've got a second yellow for smashing Tarkowski across the face. Friggin Madely was only 3 steps away. Stone cold sending off for 2 yellows.

Not surprised he got away with it. Can't have the poster boy of the Premier League missing games through suspension. Lineker and co would piss their pants on MotD!

Nick Page
145 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:36:05
Agreed, Peter @144.

Thanks to Rob H @125. Great stuff. UTFT

Duncan McDine
146 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:39:02
Fabulous goal from Gray and a galvanising point. We need to use this feeling to pick up 3 points at home on Tuesday night. UTFT

ps: Good lad, Rob!

Peter Carpenter
147 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:41:13
Alan (134), 'rational?' - he won't last long on BBC then.

I listened to a radio reporter interviewing John Stones, roughly, it went like this:

"The delay for equipment failure didn't help you, did it?"

Reply, "It didn't help either team."

She tries again, "Then they employed all the dark arts, didn't they [goes on to list some]... It must have been very frustrating for you."

Don't know the reply, I turned off.

Why does the BBC, and 5live in particular, employ fawning, star-struck, desperate-to-be-liked, know-nothing morons who are incapable of asking a fair, open question? They are crap.

Paul Tran
148 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:41:26
They played their hearts out for us, the shirt and Frank.

For me, it's a mid-table squad that has been underperforming. I'm not convinced the squad is good enough to play that well every week, but today's commitment should be a given for every game. If they give that, we'll finish in the 12th position I thought we would.

A great end to the year and let's build on it for 2023.

Happy New Year to all Blues everywhere!

Gerry Ring
149 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:41:57
I can understand criticising substitutions when they don't work but, in the case of Coleman for Patterson, it was a brilliant move.

Patterson was on yellow and was being targeted. Coleman came on, played superbly, even outpacing Foden and was arguably Everton's best player in the last 30 minutes.

Jeff Armstrong
150 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:42:10
Mike Hughes on Radio Merseyside is exactly the type that Kenwright would schmooze and bedazzle.

Unfortunately for him, he hasn't quite realised it yet,
the rest of us have.

Nick Page
151 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:43:21
Brian @142.

This is the media these days unfortunately. I watched an interview with Chris Hitchens from 1999 the other day. Was excellent and the interviewer (American) was all over him regarding his point, rather than belittling him for his point (as today).

Journalistic integrity has all but gone, I'm afraid. Most of them are narrative towing pricks nowadays.

Mike Doyle
152 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:44:35
Brian #142,

I listened to that too. Every time a fan comes on Radio Merseyside to criticise the board or any member of it, they get the Devils Advocate response from the presenter.

It's not just Everton either, I recall listening to local media people defending the Americans who almost bankrupted Liverpool before FSG took over.

The root of the problem is local media rely on access and cannot risk upsetting the club hierarchy. You can probably trace it back to when Phil McNulty upset Joe Royle and was banned from Bellefield.

You only have to listen to the pointless questions at the pre-match press conferences to get the idea.

Jeff Armstrong
153 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:46:52
Gerry, spot on.

Seamus was outstanding in the last 30 minutes, I had no problem with him replacing Patterson. We knew he wouldn't let us down.

It was Davies for Gana that bemused me, especially with Onana being on a yellow and playing erratically.

Andy Finigan
154 Posted 31/12/2022 at 19:57:01
Well, fellow Evertonians, what a great point under our poor season so far. Remember our forward being banned for 3 games for exactly the same thing as Silva did!

I like the tenacity of Patterson, he does not take any shit, does he? I also like Ben Godfrey's handling of their so-called superstar shithouse, Haaland. The intent to inflict damage to our players was there for all to see.

At least Frank was proactive with his subs, even if I thought taking Gana off and putting our small slow striker on was wrong at the time.

I really hope this is a catalyst for us but last season, when we got these sort of results, we never kicked on.

Anyway, I will be looking forward with hope but with apprehension to 2023. A fond Happy New Year to all fellow Blues.

Ian Riley
155 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:02:40
Today showed hard work pays. Set a standard today with grit and energy. On to the next match!!

May I wish all Evertonians across the world a happy and healthy 2023.

Mick O'Malley
156 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:09:43
Alan @134,

That's the old Man City defender, Nedhum Onouha, I've definitely spelt it wrong but he does speak well, clearly and makes some excellent points; he seems a really intelligent fella.

Don Alexander
157 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:09:54
I just hope some wit states:

"Whenever other clubs start wondering how to avoid getting hammered at the Etihad, they always phone Frank, because he always gets it right!"

Well done to one and all – and a Happy New Year!

Colin Malone
158 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:30:11
Hard work, breeds confidence, as Ian Riley says.

Defensively, great. Midfield, still unbalanced. Our best midfielder was mysteriously taken off for Davies.

One game doesn't make a season. The lads left everything on that pitch today. Take notice, Anthony "I'm a Superstar" Gordon.


Pat Kelly
159 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:31:58
Should Erling Haaland have been sent off for this lunge?

Manchester City star escapes with yellow against Everton after launching himself into Ukrainian Vitalii Mykolenko with both feet off the ground.

Ed Prytherch
160 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:39:48
Those of us who watched the game in the USA had the pleasure of listening to Ossie for 90 minutes. Fair and balanced commentary.
Danny O’Neill
161 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:51:19
I'll be sat up watching this through the night with the dogs.

On to Old Trafford. At least I can be there.

Neil Copeland
162 Posted 31/12/2022 at 20:59:40
Danny #162, same here on both counts. Game of the day on Sky.

Looking forward to the game against Brighton before the blue scouse invasion of Old Trafford on Friday.

Happy New Year to all!

Rob Dolby
163 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:06:17
Ed @161,

I think Ossie has jumped on the media bandwagon. You wouldn't have guessed that he had played over 300 games for us. He fawned over every City attack.

Jeff. Credit where it's due: Gana was disappointed getting dragged off but, at the same time, it was Tom Davies that stoped a certain goal at the end of the game. Onana is suspended for Brighton so let's see if Doucouré and Davies get a run out.

Brighton have just run Arsenal close so it will be a tough one next up.

All the best, Blues.

Brian Wilkinson
164 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:07:14
Changes the whole feeling for Tuesday's game this.

Will get the fans back onside and hopefully a rocking Goodison Park, whereeas a big defeat today and it might have been a little quieter on Tuesday at Goodison. The players stood up today and put in every ounce of effort they had.

Win on Tuesday and suddenly the cup game at Old Trafford looks more promising.

A big week coming up that can make or break our whole season.

Paul Kernot
165 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:30:08
Stefan #58.

I too loved that Godfrey got stuck in to Haaland right from the start. It sure set the tone and we definitely rattled them from then on.

What a performance that was from Ben, BTW, for a first game back after such an injury.

Tom Bowers
166 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:36:16
Finally something to shout about.

Okay, the tactics were obvious, frustrate them and you have a chance. They rode their luck at times and the refereeing was inept, to say the least, but getting a point has to be a morale-boosting result after the recent poor performances.

They finally showed some grit and team spirit so let's hope this carries over to the Brighton game.

Colin Malone
167 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:37:11
Today proves that out-and-out wingers haven't worked.
Robert Tressell
168 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:42:15
Tony Hill # 99.

Best observation on the thread: you're right, the players don't want Lampard sacked. As you say, that is massive.

Some really good gritty performances today and something to build on in 2023.

Happy New Year to all and, on a positive note, bear in mind Arsenal were absolutely nowhere a few years ago, but stopped wasting money in the vain hope of a shortcut to success and put in place the foundations of a good young side instead.

Our turn can come.

Andy Meighan
169 Posted 31/12/2022 at 21:54:28
Brilliant result and I for one didn't see that coming. I was expecting a comfortable victory for City.

But what a shithouse that Haaland is – one horrible bastard. Let's face it, if Calvert Lewin makes that challenge, he's off, but let's not upset Guardiola because him and Klopp make the rules up.

It's been an absolutely shit year for me this and one I definitely want to put behind me, but that result today has got me thinking, well, maybe life isn't so bad after all.

Thanks, boys, for making my day and Happy New year to everyone. Win on Tuesday and things are definitely looking good. After watching Brighton tonight, they're nothing special.

Goodnight, lads and lasses.

Brian Murray
170 Posted 31/12/2022 at 22:31:24
Just watching Brighton on box. Certainly no mugs.

We will have to defend like today , when we restricted Man City to two chances, that was exceptional.

Spudhead Murphy is right in that Gray is needed up front with no defensive duties.

Frank Fearns
171 Posted 31/12/2022 at 22:41:20
Ben Godfrey, after a long lay-off, was brilliant. He will add so much to Everton now he's back.

As for all the Seamus knockers – "legs have gone" etc – he was outstanding, not only with his pace but his leadership. That bloke will never let the Blues down – he's Everton through and through.

Lots of key 6-pointer matches coming up; if we perform like today, we'll be out of the battle at the bottom of the Premier League.

Happy New Year, You Blues.

Ray Smith
172 Posted 31/12/2022 at 22:48:45
We saw the darker side of Haaland today. Not necessarily a protected species, but other teams will rough him up, despite his size and physique.

If referees have the conviction to address his indiscretions, he may find himself suspended every now and again.

However, not likely to happen.

Paul Hewitt
173 Posted 31/12/2022 at 22:49:10
All the best ToffeeWebbers have a great 2023.

And let's hope Everton put a smile back on our faces.👍

Don Alexander
174 Posted 31/12/2022 at 23:11:36
In his first match back after a broken leg, Ben Godfrey once again performed like a Corinthian (his debut was the first of many to me) against the allegedly best striker on the planet. He got right under his skin from the kick-off and never took a backward step.

Okay, he scored early doors but shackling Haaland seriously perplexed the City players.

I hope that sort of fabulous mentality, which more than a few displayed, is infectious in Finch Farm.

Colin Malone
175 Posted 01/01/2023 at 01:39:13
Is this the first time Frank has played a different formation?
Danny O’Neill
176 Posted 01/01/2023 at 06:54:38
I've watched that back. It shows what you can do with hard work, desire and commitment.

Haaland, as much as admire the talent, shouldn't have remained on the pitch. Nasty tackle that could have hurt the player.

Maybe his dad needs to remind him of what a sinister challenge can do to a player's career.

Great point. Maybe 2023 is going to be our 1984 turning point moment all over again.

Sorry, I'm getting carried away.

Christine Foster
177 Posted 01/01/2023 at 07:43:23
What a start to the New Year!

First of all, I want to wish every single ToffeeWebber a happy New Year and my wish to each of you is health, wealth and happiness. For those few, especially Bernie and John Mc Snr, you are sorely missed. For Michael and Lyndon, once again thank you for providing the platform we rely on.

Realistically, we would be 4 seasons from completing with Man City on a sole basis of quality, even if we could afford to even try. But today, the skill had to bow to effort, a great leveller.

I hope it's a cornerstone we can build a season upon.

Jerome Shields
178 Posted 01/01/2023 at 07:53:32
Tony #128,

That's the problem when teams sit back and pressurise the midfield against Everton. Everton do not move up collectively as a unit, with some players staying deep, and loss of possession or an error exposes them as the opposition exploit the space available.

This has been a problem for years, but at least Everton got a result against a Top 6 side where they were up against good play, rather than the pressurised spoiling play of the lower table sides. Under Frank, they were not even getting that.

Today, though Everton did play well defending, it did take Gray's Richarlison-type pull out. But it was a great relief to see Everton get a point.

Danny O’Neill
179 Posted 01/01/2023 at 08:23:28
I'll echo that, Christine. Bernie and John Senior's wisdom are missed.

I don't bet often. I put a pound each way on a horse on Saturday.

Yesterday, I bet on Everton to win. To cover my arse, I bet on a draw.

Now I will never become a millionaire in Las Vegas, but this morning I am £15.80 in credit and happy.

Stu Darlington
180 Posted 01/01/2023 at 08:58:16
A fighting performance like that is the very least I expect in every game we play.

Can anybody enlighten me as to why we don't get that? Because I just can't fathom it.

Do we follow it up with a Bournemouth, Leicester, Wolves type performance against Brighton? I wouldn't be surprised.

Tony Everan
181 Posted 01/01/2023 at 09:12:25
Hardworking and fully deserved point yesterday.

I really enjoyed Godfrey's performance from the off. Watch MotD at the start of the game, the handshakes. Godfrey means business.

He went toe to toe with Haaland and Haaland cracked in the end. He should have been sent off – flying, out of control assault on Mykolenko. I still can't believe he got away with it.

Not even a mention on MotD. Sky 6 are a protected species.

Mike Hughes
182 Posted 01/01/2023 at 09:41:20
A great result for us yesterday.

And 2023 starts with the 1989 title decider on ITV 4 right now – Liverpool v Arsenal. Lovely.

Happy New Year to all Blues.

Tony Abrahams
183 Posted 01/01/2023 at 09:51:32
This is why I said that I think Lampard should be looking for a good left-wingback, Jerome.

I've never been a lover of 5 at the back but any formation, should be about getting the best out of your squad. For the reasons I gave yesterday, I think this is a system that could get us higher up the pitch if we could find the right left-sided player.

Our three midfielders played with a much better shape imo yesterday; if Calvert-Lewin can stay fit, either Gray, Gordon or Maupay could play off him?

If we could play like yesterday but get ourselves 20 yards higher up the pitch against the lesser teams, my own view is that we would be much harder to play against and we would start winning more games.

Joe Digney
184 Posted 01/01/2023 at 10:19:24
Bit rough this morning but I can still remember the match luckily.

Much better fighting performance… it's all we ask for on a weekly basis. Not a huge fan of the 5 at the back but I have a feeling it's Frank's preferred system, and having Godfrey back at the back gives us that insurance with his pace.

Feeling better about Tuesday now.


Gary Johnson
185 Posted 01/01/2023 at 10:23:28
I'm surprised and chuffed at yesterday's result. Some real shoots of hope in performances of plenty in pink – Godfrey, Gray, Pickford, Onana especially all utterly top drawer.

My concern though is that “not losing” isn't the same as “winning” and, for me, Tuesday is still an absolute must-win for Frank.

Assuming they're fit, I'd stick with 3 at the back, but maybe more 3-4-3 than yesterday's 5-4-1. Simms off the bench, and:

Godfrey Coady Tarkowski
Patterson Iwobi Gana Vinagre
Maupay Calvert-Lewin Gray

Ray Smith
186 Posted 01/01/2023 at 10:38:44
A bonus point which lifts the spirits.

The next 6 fixtures should produce a run of results that steady the ship. There will be slip-ups along the way but, without getting carried away, we should be able to lift ourselves away from our current position.

I would love to know what Kenwright has over Moshiri; otherwise, why is he still here? All part of the deal, I expect. I just wish he would go, but that's not going to happen, is it?

Michael Kenrick
187 Posted 01/01/2023 at 10:43:12
I never give any credence to the Player of the Match marks given out of 10 by someone (who exactly?) to each player on the BBC Sport website... and the ones attributed for this match perhaps explain why:

Every single Everton player is given a higher average mark than every single Man City player! How on earth can that be anywhere near true?

The worst Everton player, Dominic Calvert-Lewin (them saying this, not me!) who did nothing in 69 minutes, gets 6.86; the utterly brilliant Kevin De Bruyne gets a pathetic 5.70!

The only explanation can be that – because they failed to win against "plucky little Everton" when 'expected' to do so by all the fucking pundits – and a painfully disgusting number of our own miserable fans, I might add – then they must all have been utter crap!

Shane Corcoran
188 Posted 01/01/2023 at 10:52:02
Michael, what’s disgusting about the majority of Everton fans thinking that City would beat them?
Mark Murphy
189 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:01:34
I predicted 1-1 before the team was announced, then changed to a win when Calvert-Lewin was included. In all honesty I expected a fighting defeat.

What I can't understand was the almost gleeful piling on of posts predicting an almighty battering on the pre-match live thread. It's like some enjoy the misery.

Yes, we're not very good at the moment and we've a long way to go but I can't understand the bizarre comments I read yesterday right up until Gray's goal and even after.

Yesterday was a great battling performance and, at 0-1 at half-time, I personally thought it was on. If we can channel that bloody-minded Dogs of War mentality for more games to come, we'll have a base to build on.


Bobby Mallon
190 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:04:58
Brighton showed against Arsenal how good they are. We will have to be at our very best to get a result.
Terry McLavey
191 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:04:59
I've just watch MotD on iPlayer, the only time they showed us with the ball in the whole match shown was when we scored! Shame on you, MotD, so transparent in your bias!

It also shows that we have to play 11 men and 3 officials, I wonder if we would have gotten away so lightly with the antics City got up to, especially that flying challenge the long streak of piss committed on Mykolenko. He should have walked but we all know that won't happen!

Rob Halligan
192 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:21:36
Just watched the first half on Sky's Game of the Day.

Who the fuck does Haaland think he is? Great goalscorer, yes, but he's not untouchable.

That first-minute clash between him and Ben Godfrey was a total accident. Both players had their eyes on the ball, and it was just unfortunate that Godfrey caught Haaland.

After that, Haaland started losing his rag, culminating in that disgraceful challenge on Mykolenko. The fact that he didn't catch Mykolenko is totally irrelevant, the intent was there. He could just have easily caught Mykolenko and done some serious damage.

There was little niggles and shoving between both players in the first half, and also words between the two. The easiest way to wind any player up is talking into his ear all the time, sledging if you like.

Maybe in future, more teams will follow Ben Godfrey and wind Haaland up, rather than making it too easy for him. After all, why should we, or any other team, just roll over for City, and Haaland?

I'm sick to death of people such as Pep and Bingo saying teams spoil the game just because they make it difficult for them. If you're that fucking good, then you will find a way to cut through any defence, no matter what tactics they use!

See you after the second half!

Bobby Mallon
193 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:28:07
Terry 292 – and the De Bruyne tackle before that.
Andy Crooks
194 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:38:08
Terry @192,

Man City fans think the BBC pundits are biased against them. They think the referee was biased against them as are all referees. Many of them think that it is time for Pep to go. Some want Haaland sold because the team have changed their style to accommodate him.

There is not a group of supporters in the Premier League who think the media and referees are fair to their team or that the coach always knows better than them.

However, they are all wrong except us.

Allan Board
195 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:45:31
Good point, forget the blatant media bias, concentrate on Everton and beat Brighton Tuesday night.


Mike Doyle
196 Posted 01/01/2023 at 11:49:12
Tony 184,

Like you, I'm not a fan of it either, but as you (and others) have said, we need a system that suits the resources available. We need points and yesterday showed a way to get them.

If Godfrey's pace can get us 20 yards further upfield as a unit, that would be a big help.

Key thing though – as the late Don Howe used to preach – is not to be outnumbered in midfield. Whoever plays in the forward role does need better service from the wide players.

Martin Mason
197 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:10:19

Good point. It was like our cup final where we did amazingly well not to get buried. It wasn't a near win though just holding on brilliantly after a great goal.

Superb performance, btw, but not sure how we transform this into wins against weaker teams than City.

Martin Mason
198 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:16:46
Michael @188,

You answered your own question really, it was based on performance compared to potential rather than absolute performance compared to the average on the field.

Perhaps it was also based on defensive qualities which all of the Everton players showed in spades. Not sure whether it's the right way but it's a subjective thing however it's marked...

Martin Mason
199 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:30:56
I thought that our two best players were Iwobi and Pickford who were both magnificent.

I will hate it if we sell Pickford to raise some money to buy poor players, as we tend to do.

Shane Corcoran
200 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:32:37
Very well put, Andy.
James Hughes
201 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:33:32
Terry #192

It would be difficult to show us with the ball as we only had 24% possession and most of that was us clearimg our lines!

I thought MotD was a fair analysis with Shearer and Potato Head Murphy saying it was a good battle between Godfrey and Haaland.

If you look just after his tackle on Mykolenko, for which he should have been sent off, you can see Haaland running away from Tarkowski and hiding behind the Ref. :-)

There are a few media reports saying that it should have been a red card and, if it had been the other way round, it would have.

Happy with a point as they put in a shift and, whilst I never agree with 5 at the back, if we can get Gray or Maupay up supporting Calvert-Lewin, we can get some points.

Tony Abrahams
202 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:43:44
Exactly, Mike, and for the first time in ages, I thought our midfield had a much better shape.

Onana could definitely do more. I thought City tried to target the space on our right side more than our left, possibly because Iwobi has a tendency to get sucked towards the ball. I also thought Gana Gueye was very disciplined playing slightly out of position on the left.

A good left-wingback could see us playing much higher up the pitch and done right, I think this would make us very, very compact in midfield.

Rob Halligan
203 Posted 01/01/2023 at 12:45:54
Just watched the second half. Seems like Pep may have told Haaland to calm down a bit for the second half, although I think he was lucky to escape a second yellow for flinging his arm back into Tarkowski's face. It looked like he meant it as well, so a bit lucky there.

It looked like we were starting to defend a bit higher up the pitch in the second half, and our goal came as a result of this. We weren't giving City any space whatsoever, resulting in a poor pass by Rodri, enabling Gana Gueye to release Demarai Gray, and boy, what a finish.

We did start to defend a bit deeper going into the latter stages of the game but, let's face it, which team wouldn't when holding onto a point at the Etihad?

To restrict Haaland to just about the only chance he had, and scored, showed what a great job our defence, and Ben Godfrey in particular done on him, and City overall. Other than the save by Pickford from Mahrez, did they have any other meaningful shots on target?

A very creditable point in the end against the best side in this league and one of the best in Europe.

Mark Murphy
204 Posted 01/01/2023 at 13:17:17
Bingo!! Brilliant Rob!
Robert Williams
205 Posted 01/01/2023 at 13:40:18
I now believe that Herr Haha has now shown the footballing world his Achilles heel. He is a baby, he is easy to wind up and he is a dirty fucker.

He easily shows all those traits and anyone coming up against him now will know how to get the better of him. Pep will be aware of these shortcomings and plan accordingly. He will be restrained, he will be gagged, and he will not score at the same rate as before.

He has been sussed; well done, Godfrey; well done, Tarkowski; well done, Everton. Job done – now for the next job.

Oliver Molloy
206 Posted 01/01/2023 at 14:37:24
Micheal @ 188

So I would be one of the disgusting number of fans you refer to regards my opinion to expect nothing at City.

Doesn't make me or any other Evertonian disgusting for expecting the worst given the way we have been playing, and I ask you how many weekends have you been "miserable".

We have seen it all before so get a fucking grip!

Matthew Williams
207 Posted 01/01/2023 at 14:37:40
After yesterday, we're at least back in the spotlight, Blues. The lads did us proud but we must build on this and beat Brighton and the Saints too.

It looks like City were rattled yesterday and now look like graceless Champions who aren't up for a scrap. I honestly believe we could do 'em it home, once the siren goes off with all the Blue flares too, then Haaland will shit himself!

Mike Dolan
208 Posted 01/01/2023 at 15:11:06
Given the circumstances of the run-up to our game against City, Everton's balls-to-the-wall approach was just perfect

It was so great to see Godfrey and Tarkowski winding up the opposition which is something that's been missing from our game for a long long time.

Everton have been a ‘nice' team for too long. It was good to see a little cynicism from our players and the gaming of the referee went a long way to keeping the calls almost honest.

I'm just hoping that we go into every game playing to our strengths and, at this moment, our strength is a rock-solid defense. Play like that home and away and just don't get beaten.

We can develop a team with a more expansive style when we have the players to do so.

David Currie
209 Posted 01/01/2023 at 16:19:30
Rob 193,

Great post regarding Pep and Bingo.

I remember Howard saying after we drew 1-1 at home to Forest in 84-/85 with Bracewell scoring the equalizer late in the second half. He was asked if he was frustrated by Forest's tactics.

His response was "It is a great compliment when teams come to Goodison and sit back and it is up to us to break them down.''

Howard always acted with class and respect in his interviews.

Danny O’Neill
210 Posted 01/01/2023 at 16:30:45
Quality reference David @210.

Oliver, it's just reference to supporters who go into matches with negativity.

Conversely, optimistic fools like me are labeled and criticised as being happy clappers. It works both ways.

I criticise the club as much as many. But come match day, it's about the team and getting a result.

Bring on Tuesday.

NSNOW. 36 / 28

Christy Ring
211 Posted 01/01/2023 at 16:31:37
Still on a high after yesterday's result.

Haaland was a disgrace, should have been gone for the first assault, but getting away with the elbow on Tarkowski and him already booked was shocking refereeing. Also constantly shouting in Godfrey's face, inciting the crowd, full of arrogance, he thinks he can't be touched.

I thought Frank's subs were spot on, Gueye was great but he's 32 now, and probably ran out of steam, and Davies made a crucial block at the end.

City tried to target Seamus, but he was superb, for a player written off here many times, and his pace supposedly gone, getting back and taking the ball off Foden, with only Pickford to beat, outstanding.

Tuesday night won't be easy, but having Calvert-Lewin fit, makes a massive difference.

John Keating
212 Posted 01/01/2023 at 17:03:42
Obviously we were set up to defend and frustrate City.

Even when we went 1 dow, we didn't go for it and try for an equaliser, just seemed to continue and make sure we weren't embarrassed.

Remember when Ancelotti was here, our away form was better than at home. He set us up to play counter-attacking football, a bit like yesterday.

Our problem is and has been trying to get a better balance between defence and attack.

Quite rightly, at home, we wouldn't expect or accept tactics like yesterday, so Lampard has to get the balance right against Brighton or the team will be getting the same chorus as after the Wolves game.

David Currie
213 Posted 01/01/2023 at 17:08:32
Danny 211, I prefer fans like you who understand that in every game there is always a chance.

Yesterday, we had 2 important players back for us and we need Godfrey and Calvert-Lewin to stay fit and help this team to climb the table.

When I look at the League Table the positive in me says let's get after the likes of Brentford and Fulham and catch up to them. Frank has to continue to make us hard to beat, like yesterday.

Shane Corcoran
214 Posted 01/01/2023 at 18:10:21
So is it good or bad for a player to wind up the opposition?
Christy Ring
215 Posted 01/01/2023 at 18:29:37
Godfrey stood on Haaland's heel accidentally when they were jumping for the ball in the first minute. He started winding up Godfrey for the rest of the game, and should have been sent off – if not for the first cynical tackle on Mykolenko, then the elbow on Tarkowski.

Then there was De Bruyne's shocking lunge on Onana, was it not City who were the instigators?

Danny O’Neill
216 Posted 01/01/2023 at 18:42:21
As a player you always have a word in the opposition players' ears, Shane. Just as they will do in yours. We all know that.

And you put your mark on them and win your personal battles. Earn the right to play football.

Wind them up? Just do what Tarkowski done yesterday. Let them get wound up. Looked after his players, smiled and laughed at the opposition when their players had lost their heads and cried at the ref as well as an over exaggerated goal celebration in the face of a player who dared to tackle and foul him. It’s football. Great to see. Let them have it. Keep your nerve and keep your calm.

Well done, Ben, and most importantly, amazing you were back and fearless only 4 months after breaking a leg. Respect.

Mike Doyle
217 Posted 01/01/2023 at 19:58:41
Danny #217,

Happens in all sports – and regarded as a test of focus and mental toughness. Be it Aussie cricketers sledging or the Wimbledon of Fash & Vinnie – it's always been part of the game.

Jimmy Greaves used to talk about the Leeds teams starting the verbals before the game had started.

A relative of mine was a decent standard middle-distance runner and he said it happened in track and field all the time.

Shane Corcoran
218 Posted 01/01/2023 at 20:07:59
I agree, Danny. I've no problem with it to a large extent. It's just Haaland is getting criticised for doing it whilst Godfrey is being lauded.

Haaland is dirty but we have to love Maupay's shithousery.

John McFarlane Snr
219 Posted 01/01/2023 at 21:58:29
Hi Christine [178] & Danny [180],

I have been on a self inflicted absence from posting recently, because of some of the negative views posted. I have no problem with individuals expressing their opinions, but it appears to me that some take pleasure from a poor performance, or delight in criticising players. I have been ridiculed on this site for saying that footballers are not machines who can be programmed, but I stand by my opinion which is, "We win as a team or lose as a team".

I learned some years ago that anything can happen in a game of football, I attend matches with an open mind and leave Goodison Park feeling either elated or deflated, and if the worst thing that happens to me this year is that Everton lose games, then I will consider that I've had a good year.

Brendan McLaughlin
220 Posted 01/01/2023 at 22:05:32
Speaking of regular posters who we haven't heard from in a long time... where is Brent Stephens?
Brent Stephens
221 Posted 01/01/2023 at 22:33:32
Hi Brendan, I'm occasionally lurking!

Not as much time for ToffeeWebbing as usual - my wife had a bit of bad turn so (a fall causing a broken shoulder, added to her Parkinson's etc) is taking a fair bit of my time.


David Cooper
222 Posted 01/01/2023 at 22:34:01
For the first time this season, Frank was able to put his best starting XI on the field. Maybe upsetting some who think Gordon would be included in our “best” team but I don't see him scoring a goal like Demarai hit home.

We have to make one enforced change due to Onana's suspension. If yesterday is anything to go by, then Tom Davies will play. But if Frank wants like for like then maybe Doucouré will get a chance to either show us the Doucouré of recent years or put himself in the transfer window.

Recently, we have been frustrated with Gordon, so, until he sorts himself out or get the move he wants, then when we have all of yesterday's starting XI fit and healthy, he will have to make do with a place on the bench.

One of Gordon's strengths is his willingness to tackle back but I thought Demarai did this very well. But can he recover by Wednesday?

If those players can keep themselves fit (big ask) then we have every chance of enjoying a happier. 2023!

Hopefully we can play with confidence at home to Brighton and the crowd are patient. With the players we currently have, we are rarely going to dominate possession, so expect Brighton to see a lot of the ball. I know this is not how we want to see us play, but we are very much a counter attacking team at the moment.

Happy New Year!

It will be very interesting to see how many of the XI play on Wednesday. Hopefully all of them except Onana but, will DCL or Godfrey have a reaction?

David Currie
223 Posted 01/01/2023 at 22:45:47
David 222, We play on Tuesday.
Brendan McLaughlin
224 Posted 01/01/2023 at 22:46:55
Really sorry to hear that Brent #221

Certainly illustrate's what John Mac says above: "if the worst thing that happens to me this year is that Everton lose games, then I will consider that I've had a good year."

God bless..

Dave Abrahams
225 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:02:26
Brent (221),

Sorry to hear of your wife's fall and her other ailment, wish the both of you better health and news in the New Year, I thought there was something wrong when you hadn't posted for a few weeks and missing the youth and U21s games.

Hope to hear from you soon, very best wishes to you and hoping your wife recovers from the fall.

John Jeffrey
226 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:17:44
Brendan. Dave. Thanks to you both for those kind words. A strong and supportive family network helps a lot - at least I can get to some games!
John Jeffrey
227 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:20:45
And I don’t know why my last post of thanks to Brendan and Dave has John Jeffrey as the poster!!
Brendan McLaughlin
228 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:24:28
Hi John #227

Never liked that pratt Stephens anyway...

Seriously Brent keep posting...despite everything it may help a little...

Kieran Kinsella
229 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:29:15

Best wishes to your wife and yourself. John Jeffrey who are you?

Paul Birmingham
230 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:31:26
All The Very Best, Brent, your a Die Hard Blue, and we hope your wife's on the mend.

Top Class, Die Hard Blue Brent and Family, our, prayers are with you.

Paul Birmingham
231 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:43:58
John @219, great to see your post.

Eddie Dunn
232 Posted 01/01/2023 at 23:47:51
Brent- so sorry to hear of your poor wife's troubles. Nice to see your name again and hope to see it more often as things improve. Best wishes from Wales.

Also great to see John Mc Farlane on here too!

Brent Stephens
233 Posted 02/01/2023 at 00:07:34
Thank you Kieran, Paul, Eddie. I must try to get back to posting a bit more regularly.
Derek Knox
234 Posted 02/01/2023 at 06:08:24
Great to see both Brent and John McFarlane on TW again. That goes for many others, Jay Woods (BRZ), George McKane (I know why, we still keep in touch), John Daley and many, many more.

I regard TW as an extended Family but unfortunately there are a few that don't share my philosophy. We all, allegedly, support the same side and I fully appreciate we have differing views about certain aspects, but no need for verbal abuse etc. Unless in jest, but make it clear it is!

Bob Parrington
235 Posted 02/01/2023 at 06:16:28
Brent, as others have posted, really sorry to hear about your wife's fall. I hope she recovers quickly. Make sure you also look after yourself, too!
Danny O’Neill
236 Posted 02/01/2023 at 06:30:11
Good to see you back, John Senior. Keep up. As Derek says, we all support the same team and cause even if we differ on opinion and views.

You rightly point out it is a team game. Individuals can be praised or criticised for individual performances, but teams win and lose football matches.

Neil Copeland
237 Posted 02/01/2023 at 07:05:50
Brent, good to see you back on here. Sorry to hear about your wife's fall and I hope she has a speedy recovery. Look after her as I am sure you will.

John Mc. I hope you are well and good to see you here also.

Tony Everan
238 Posted 02/01/2023 at 07:06:45
Brent, wishing you and your wife all the best and that she makes a good recovery.

I can sympathise as I am trying to look after my dad who has Parkinson's, he had a fall last week but got lucky.

Martin Mason
239 Posted 02/01/2023 at 07:19:10
I don't believe that thinking we will lose is negative as long as we have hope and we support the team even if we do lose.
Tony Abrahams
240 Posted 02/01/2023 at 07:55:36
Very sorry to hear about your wife's problems, Brent, but lovely to hear that John Mc's only problem is the negative posters, and he still remains healthy, especially upstairs, because I think the Manchester City game, proves his theory about anything can happen in a game of football, correct.

I hope you're both okay, and we just need to hear that Bernie, on the other side of the world, is also okay, and is hopefully just suffering from the same symptoms as John Mc.

I can't help but feel negative towards Everton whilst Kenwright remains at our club, and I'm almost certain I get under quite a few people's skins on this website because of it.

If anyone can give me a list of the good things our chairman has done for the benefit of our once great club whilst he's been in charge of Everton, I'd love to read it and be convinced to change my opinion of the man.

Neil Copeland
241 Posted 02/01/2023 at 08:08:31

I started preparing the Blue Bill positive list but I am stuck at No 1!

Sorry, mate, can't help with that…

Bill Griffiths
242 Posted 02/01/2023 at 08:24:17
Good to see you back, Brent and John Mc.

I guess, John, we should all agree that we are lucky if that is the worst thing that happens to us. Hard to put into practice sometimes but I will try and think of this more going forwards.

Best wishes to ToffeeWebbers and Blues everywhere.

Danny O’Neill
243 Posted 02/01/2023 at 08:47:01
Negative about the club and the way it has been run for 30-odd years. In fact, we're gradually approaching 40 years.

Negative on failing to capitalise on getting ourselves back to the pinnacle of English football and winning a European trophy. We can point to the obvious constraint, but it didn't constrain Manchester United, Arsenal or the perpetrators of what contributed to the setback that impacted all of English football for several years.

Bitter Blue? Possibly… and with cause. But it's not the root cause of what exists at Everton.

Blasé took over. Mismanagement. Two of the clubs I mentioned overtook us in league title counts... significantly. I dare not look at FA Cups. Another 2 or 3 now have stadiums that are significantly different to the Stamford Bridge and Maine Road I went to. Man City capitalised on an opportunity, but the point is vision and that starts at the top. We have lacked it, hence where we are.

The positives (always end on a positive as they say): I exchanged messages with a fellow poster and one of the biggest Evertonians I know this morning. I agree with him. I have a feeling we could have a good second half of the season. The Ruckrunde as the Germans would call it. Turn it around, Blues, like it's 1984.

And the thought of that stadium next year. Complete with the Liver Birds lit up in Royal Blue looking over it. The bird is blue. The city is ours.

Happy New Year All.

Tony Abrahams
244 Posted 02/01/2023 at 09:11:51
I hope you're both correct, Danny. I was delighted with us getting a point at City, but was it really any better than the point Everton got at Chelsea, whilst playing a very young team, just over a year ago?

We need to bring in a couple of players at least, and we need to stay compact, and we need all eleven players to work as a team; otherwise, nothing will change imo.

Danny O’Neill
245 Posted 02/01/2023 at 09:27:04
Players in the short-term, Tony, and in the areas we all know about.

But longer term, change in the club.

Now I'm getting boring!!

Brent Stephens
246 Posted 02/01/2023 at 09:29:52
And thanks to all the others who've posted in support since last night. As Derek #234 says, TW is something of an extended family,

Tony #238, my regards to your father.

Tony Abrahams
247 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:06:43
It's infectious, Danny, unless you're happy with our very long-term mediocrity, mate.

Hopefully he sees this post, Brent, because if he does, I'm sure he'll respond to you himself.

Hopefully things get a little bit easier for you soon, Brent, has this also stopped you going to the game since the restart?

George Cumiskey
248 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:13:54
Top of the list for me is a playmaker then a striker.

You can have the best goalscorer in the world but he will struggle without someone to give him that killer pass.

Dave Abrahams
249 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:25:25
Tony (247),

I sent a post to Brent last night and he answered me under the name of John Jeffrey – which was the name he used when he worked for MI5... a man of mystery and many disguises is Brent!!

Brent Stephens
250 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:25:46
Tony #247,

I missed the game before Xmas but got back fro Boxing Day (not a good return). Danny did send me a separate text.

Martin Mason
251 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:33:48
Tony @240,

Kenwright is a massive millstone around the neck of the club, aided and abetted by the owner that is. How do you get rid of them though, they own the place.

Jim Lloyd
252 Posted 02/01/2023 at 10:35:15
I don't think it's negative to look at our club, see it wallowing in the mire, and want to see it where it belongs, not where it is.

It is not negative to look at how it has been run for a generation and think what Sir John Moores would have done with the current Chairman and CEO (actually, capital letters don't seem appropriate for the job that's being done!); he would have run the Chairman out of the club years (decades) ago.

The way we played against Man City was heartwarming, stirring and will hopefully unite supporters and players against all-comers again. I thought our lads fought for everything; and played well too. I also thought our sup[porters were magnificent... a credit to EFC.

I hope that John Senior will come back and post because to read good, well thought out posts is an antidote to what is happening to our our club!

It is good to know that there are many others who think this club has been and is being damaged by the current crew in charge.

There are two aspects of our club, the football and we are all entitled to our views of how we're doing at that; but there's also the state of our club and that's casting its shadow over the football side. They are intertwined and indivisible, and one is squeezing the life out of the other.

What on earth are we doing bumping along at the bottom of the Premier League, no cups in our cabinet for 20-odd years? No Championships for even longer.

It was a great fighting display against Man City, and hopefully he lads will carry it on for the rest of the season, but something has to be done to turn this club around... and fast!

Derek Taylor
253 Posted 02/01/2023 at 11:19:39
Whenever our hopes of 'corner turning' have been boosted by a display such as in the Man City game, they have immediately been washed away in the next engagement with an 'ordinary' team. So don't count on anything different from the Brighton fixture!

'Broken Hearts' should be our club song, whilst Lampard demands ever more patience from us. Cheeky bugger, just do your job and inspire your charges to string a few good performances together. It is our right to demand this!

Rob Halligan
254 Posted 02/01/2023 at 11:38:41
Good to see you back, Brent, but to be honest, I didn’t know you had been missing! 😁😁
Brent Stephens
255 Posted 02/01/2023 at 11:50:44
Love you too, Rob! I thought you and your mate were going to come to blows at the Etihad, arguing about Pickford!
Rob Halligan
256 Posted 02/01/2023 at 12:36:04
I know, that's why I didn't get a chance to speak to you!

All ended well though. ❤️❤️

Tony Abrahams
257 Posted 02/01/2023 at 12:39:01
I haven't even watched Everton since the restart, Brent (I watched the Man City game on TV), and I honestly haven't even missed us playing, if I'm being totally honest.

I've been watching Morecombe playing, the game is a bit different, but they've got some good honest young players (mostly from bigger clubs on loan) and I've been enjoying it.

I'm going through a stage of really despising the fraud who has always been more concerned about himself rather than the club who he professes to love, and I can only see darkness whilst he remains.

I'm a little bit crazy at times (but I'm not stupid – I love the way you never blew your own cover with Dave before!) and my biggest worry is that Kenwright will be around for the opening of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock. If he his, I genuinely think he will curse this new ground, just like he's been cursing Everton for many, many years now.

I think Kenwright will only leave once Moshiri sells, Martin, so I'm praying every single day that our books (because of the way we have been run since he arrived at Everton) don't spook these latest Americans, who are allegedly showing great interest in our once great club. 🤞

Tony Abrahams
258 Posted 02/01/2023 at 12:41:29
Come on, Rob, that's a proper schoolboy error that, mate.

I'm actually shocked that you haven't got 💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙💙 on whatever technology you use, mate.

Rob Halligan
259 Posted 02/01/2023 at 12:43:19
Sorry, Tony. 😀😀


Danny O’Neill
260 Posted 02/01/2023 at 13:10:16
Drinks on you, Rob, for those red hearts — even though I know you have the biggest of big blue hearts.
Sean Kelly
261 Posted 02/01/2023 at 14:30:52
Tony A...
Sean Kelly
262 Posted 02/01/2023 at 14:32:47

My previous comment says everything old tear eyes has done for the benefit of our club.

Christy Ring
263 Posted 02/01/2023 at 15:26:11
Great to see John Mc and Brent posting again, hope your wife makes a quick recovery.
Brent Stephens
264 Posted 02/01/2023 at 16:42:05
Tony #257

I know what you mean about watching our lot. I don't think I've felt as low as the Wolves game for a long time.

Christy, thanks mate.

Dave Williams
265 Posted 02/01/2023 at 17:32:53
I'd add my best wishes to Brent and his wife – a fall is no fun when you get older, regardless of other issues, and I hope she gets better quickly. John has indeed also been sorely missed. He is a great antidote to some of the nasty comments which appear all too often and long may he continue.

I have just finished watching the whole Man City game and, whilst the three centre-backs and Pickford were fantastic, a word for Onana who had his best game to date and looks like he may be settling into things – what a shame he is suspended tomorrow.

A great point, which shows what we can do when the team gives its all and the fans get behind them. More of the same please, everyone!

Peter Mills
266 Posted 02/01/2023 at 21:05:34
Very best wishes to Brent and his family, I hope 2023 is kind to you.

As an aside, for those who haven't read the tale of Pelé arriving at the gates of heaven, he sees a football match taking place involving Cruyff, Maradona, Di Stefano, Eusebio: “Wow, who's the little ginger guy running the show in midfield?” says Pelé to St Peter.

St Peter replies: “That's God. He thinks he's Alan Ball!”

Rob Halligan
267 Posted 02/01/2023 at 21:09:02
Danny #260.

Clerical error, nothing else. I made plenty of those during my time working for a government department. Don't tell John Raftery though!!

John McFarlane Snr
268 Posted 02/01/2023 at 21:10:28
Hi, to all who have expressed their kind comments regarding my occasional posts, it's true that football has played an important part in my life, but age has allowed me to recognise that there are more important things in life than football.

When I was younger, an Everton defeat could spoil my weekend, but now I can accept any result because, other than encouragement, I can have no influence on the outcome of games.

You may have noticed that I have never posted a critical comment directed at any Everton player because, no matter how poor their performance may be, it's my opinion that even the least talented professional player is head and shoulders above my level.

I steer clear of off-the-pitch postings, mainly due to the fact that I have absolutely no idea of what goes on behind closed doors.

In closing, I will repeat what I have said in previous posts, "For the best part of two hours on match days, my world is 120 yards long and 70 yards wide, when all that matters is what happens on the pitch."

Brent Stephens
269 Posted 02/01/2023 at 21:16:46
Dave #265, Peter #266 - and very best wishes to you both. 2023 perhaps better for the blues.
Julian Exshaw
270 Posted 03/01/2023 at 22:09:33
Brent @255, I wish you and your wife well.
Brent Stephens
271 Posted 03/01/2023 at 00:16:06
Thank you, Julian.

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