Everton 1 - 0 Brentford

Everton are back at Goodison Park following back-to-back away fixtures that, unfortunately, only yielded a point as they face in-form Brentford in what is another must-win game.

Dyche named an unchanged side, with Calvert-Lewin still not involved.  James Garner is on the bench but not Nathan Patterson.

It was cold and wet as The Bees put the game in motion, kicking toward the Gwladys Street end.  Everton got the ball, went straight up the other end, and Dwight McNeil powered a very well-placed and perfectly struck shoot home past the desperate Raya off a great driving pass from Doucoure. Fine start for the Blues!

Godfrey tried to overlap down the left but Godfrey's cross was over-hit. But Everton were showing some real bite in midfield to close down Brentford and win the ball back, Doucouré a fraction late with his lunge. 

Godfrey gets a free-kick for a dangerous high kick in his face and the ball in bounces in, headed back to Raya. Everton were doing well to win possession in midfield but were stalling their forward play, going sideways and backwards instead of pressing a clear advantage they had to generate more chances. 

Brentford came forward in response and won the first corner, out deep and then wasted, thankfully. 

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McNeil couldn't get a clean cross but won Everton their first corner. Gray played it a little short but got a second chance to cross as Eveton applied some pressure. Gray put in a great ball and Keane got too much of it with Ria missing it completely.

McNeil fouled wide left, setting up a chance for Brentford to cross in, Coleman just about clearing it for an Everton throw-in. Some good play saw a break on but Henry was far too fast for Iwobi. 

Out of very little, Iwobi fired in a wicked cross that was deflected at pace to Onana but he could not get his foot around it and an open goal was squandered. 

Brentford won a corner that was very well delivered but very well defended by Everton, Gray overpowering his man. But Brentford came back and put in great cross that Toney would normally have scored but Tarkowski did a great job of putting him off. 

Mee needlessly gifted Everton a corner, McNeil sending it to the far psst where it was a bit of a scramble but Godfrey drew a fol from Toney.  McNeil swung it in from the left this time, but over everyone. Everton were not cashing in on the limited advantages they had been given, with Brentford growing in confidence. 

Gana was easily ambushed and a shot was taken cheaply on Pickford, in another dire warning that the next goal would go to the Bees. But McNeil bucked the trend with a decent run down the left that won a throw-in but then Godfrey was offside.  

Gana fired a tremendous pass to Gray who tried to go near post but the keeper was up for it. The corner caused havoc, Iwobi getting a close-range shot that Raya stopped with his foot on the line. 

Everton looked to break again but Godfrey hit a terrible pass for Onana. He then went the other way and hit his long cross-field pass too high for Iwobi to control. Brentford applied more pressure but their cross was overhit. 

Iwobi tried to release McNeil again down the left channel but the winger took his shot too early this time and hit a defender. A free-kick against Toney was swung deep right and headed in very strongly by Tarkowski, it hit a defender and bounced in off Gray's chest or arm... arm, said the VAR.

Gray was then fouled by Nørgaard, Gray clipping the free-kick off the wall for a late corner that was headed weakly goalward by Keane as Onana and Tarkowski clashed heads. . 

Huge disappointment to end a half that Everton had played well but could have been 3 or 4 up if they had really pushed the advantage home. 

Doucoure got the game restarted, but it was Brentford who might have scored, Henry set up for a close-range header that Coleman did very well to block. Gana was clipped for a free-kick in midfield that Gray sent in but Keane could only ballon a soft header to Raya. 

Some great pressing was cheered enthusiastically by the Goodison crowd. But another good Brentford attack saw Coleman the only man who could stop them scoring, which he did by leaping to head the ball behind. Keane cleared the resulting corner.  Iwobi had a chance to start a break but inexplicably stalled his run. 

McNeil lost the ball too easily when he ran into Mbueno, and Everton struggled to get forward, Onana eventually giving up a free-kick that was overhit. 

Iwobi played a great ball to Gray who could only pass it to Raya. But NcNeil did well to win a corner, Gray putting it deep but Raya punching clear. However Brentford broke, evading COleman's late lunge, and Godfrey did very well to stop the charge. 

Doucoure lost it momentarilly over Hickey's close attention. Brentford pushed the Blues back again, looking hard for their equalizer but Gana and Iwobi broke well down the right, yet there was nothing in the cross. 

Everton were continuing to concede astounding amounts of possession to their visitors, almost inviting them to come down the Park End and ruining this one, while the Blues attacks lacked cohesion.

Toney cleverly bought a very dicey free-kick, Tarkowski giving him enough rope. But the free-kick flew off the Everton wall for a corner. That came in and Pickford missed it, McNeil clearing desperately off the line. 

Another dangerous cross was fielded well this time by Pickford but he could not find Gray with his forward kick and Everton were on the back foot yet again. 

Henry did really well to beat Coleman and his cross to the back post went wide off Onyenka, thanks to good marking by Godfrey.  Another overlap and cross needed defending but Brentford kept coming back for more chances, with no relief coming from the Everton defence. 

A probing forward ball for Toney just evaded him as Davies came on for Amadou Onana, Gana Gueye had his usual weekly useless shot at goal rather than passing to someone more capable and the ball was rapidly back for a Brentford corner, Pickford punching out to nobody staying up in a Blue shirt. 

Back again for more Brentford pressure and increasingly desperate Everton defending. A free-kick for Everton allowed only a brief respite but McNeil got it forward only for Davies to lose it. But Davies was then fouled, allowing more changes. 

Maupay did well to tackle and win the ball but was judged to have fouled his man, much to the aggravation of the Goodison crowd. More backs-to-wall, Tarkowski having to give up a corner, only to head it clear before Brentford were flagged for offside… more precious relief. 

Doucoure did well to draw a free-kick from Mbueno, giving the Blues time upfield as 5 minutes of added time was announced.  Iwobi walked off slowly for Mykolenko.

Another Brentford corner, Raya up for it but he heads it wide with 2½ minutes still to go. More fantastic defending from Coleman wins a vital free-kick to burn a little more time before the whistle finally goes to great relief and Everton leaping out of the relegation zone, up to 15th. 

EvertonPickford, Coleman [Y:60'], Keane, Tarkowski, Godfrey, Onana (80' Davies), Gana, Doucouré [Y:71'], Iwobi (90+2' Mykolenko), McNeil, Gray (86' Maupay).

Subs not Used: Begovic, Holgate, Mina,  Coady, Garner, Simms. 

Brentford: Raya, Hickey (74' Onyeka), Pinnock, Mee, Henry (86' Ghoddos), Nørgaard [Y:45+1'] (74' Wissa), Janelt, Jensen (62' Dasilva), Damsgaard (62' Shade), Mbueno, Toney.

Subs not Used: Cox, Jansson, Ajer, Baptiste.

Reader Comments (605)

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Kieran Kinsella
1 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:03:00
No Calvert-Lewin in the squad.
Brian Hennessy
2 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:06:17
No Calvert-Lewin in the squad. Wonder if they think he is just not ready or is he injured again after training?
Denis Richardson
3 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:09:11
My god do we need a win today.
Kim Vivian
5 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:11:00
...and a missed penalty from Salah. Is it a conspiracy?
Kevin Naylor
6 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:11:04
DCL's playing record is getting worse than Fergusons.
Jim Bennings
7 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:13:20
How can Calvert-Lewin still not even make the squad I ask you??

What is the problem?

Keane clearly a Dyche boy?

Robert Tressell
8 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:14:00
A defensive 451 with no striker at home to Brentford. Totally understandable yet somehow unbelievable too. Forget Bournemouth let's just win our games. COYB
Anthony Hawkins
9 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:14:52
I don’t care who makes the squad right now, as long as they win
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:15:55
I think we are clearly learning now also that Ellis Simms is not ready/not good enough to be a top flight striker.

Seems a complete waste cutting short a productive loan at Sunderland for the fella.

Derek Taylor
11 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:15:59
The bench looks stronger than the actual team ! Given that Bournemouth got a jammy win, it is crucial we get three point today !
Alex Kay
12 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:20:34
Kim Vivian agree
Kim Vivian
13 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:23:36
Is the l/forum on holiday?
Rahul Gandhi
15 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:25:17
Live forum showing solidarity with Lineker?
Jack Convery
16 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:25:31
Has the Forum joined in and told TW it won't be available today in support of Lineker.

My - "It couldn't be a conspiracy" could it ? keeps providing more evidence today at Bournemouth. Good on Bournemouth, they are still attacking even though they are only a goal up !! Take note Everton.

If we all thought today was a must win game, WELL IT IS NOW !!! Phil Billing has 6 goals in recent games. Nearly a third of our goals scored.

Please EFC win this. You must.

James Marshall
17 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:26:23
That's a choker Bournemouth beating the RS. Not a good start to the footballing weekend
Jay Harris
18 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:27:33
Pressure is on us now to start getting results.
That will be difficult with Michael Keane in the back 4 and no DCL.
Kunal Desai
19 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:27:53
Bournemouth won. Great. Be typcal if Leeds and Leicester were to win and Everton lose.
Eddie Dunn
20 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:28:25
I think Bournemouth winning is a good thing, if they had lost we would have been more relaxed..instead, we know we have to win.
Mick Davies
21 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:30:35
Our neighbours are not keen on doing us any favours
Jonathan Tasker
22 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:31:33
Good afternoon everyone and welcome to the forum’s replacement.
Prediction. Brentford to take the lead. Everton to force a 1-1 draw with a late equaliser
Kim Vivian
23 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:32:00
@20 - Now there speaks a man with a glass half full...
Alan J Thompson
24 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:33:05
Team selection is fast becoming, "Stop at a Loser".
Bill Gall
25 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:33:22
Cant understand considering with our poor scoring record, why did they bring Simms back from a loan where he was gaining experience and just putting him on the bench. This seems normal with DCL who is always close, but doesn't even make the bench. Did training with the first team give him a nervous breakdown
John Hall
26 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:35:13
Mixed emotions about that Bournemouth win. We love RS losing. However, not to a relegation rival!! C'mon toffees time to show some balls and take the game to Brentford! UTFT!!
Kieran Kinsella
27 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:35:13

It's because Moshiri said "if they want a striker we get a striker." Nothing in there about the striker being good or experienced.

Danny Baily
28 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:36:11
No sugarcoating, that's a rubbish result for us.
Kim Vivian
29 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:37:41
Any of our links/streams gurus got anything to offer yet?
Will Mabon
30 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:43:59
Kim, one of the usuals is connected, broadcasting soon.


Will Mabon
31 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:44:42
Any hints of why no LF?
Mick O'Malley
33 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:47:09
Absolutely typical, the only time I’ve ever wanted that fucking shower to get a result and they lose to a one of our relegation rivals, and as for that penalty, come on Blues we desperately need a result today, no Calvert Lewin again and Maupay who’s on a run of 1 in 20 stretching back to last season, I’d have played Mina so we’d have more of threat on corners cos Brentford are good in the air so he’d help in both boxes, oh well fingers crossed, come on boy’s fight for that result
Matt Byrne
34 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:48:05
A call to arm here. Raise the roof. Bear pit needed. Every blue must do his or her duty. Make the opposition desperate to get off the pitch. The alternative? Subdued silence and a step nearer relegation. CoYB.
Jim Bennings
35 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:48:51
Fair to say the today is win or bust in my opinion.

We aren't winning away games and we are looking at needing at least four more wins plus a handful of draws.

Kevin Molloy
36 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:49:06
holy shit just seen that Liverpool result. thanks ALOT!!
Well, no one is going to be riding to our rescue this season, that's for sure. We just need to win and then keep winning for the next three months. the crowd need to try and summon up the energy of last season (if that's possible)
Peter Thistle
37 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:49:27
Why is Keane playing ? I'd take Coady every time, he's got passion and is twice the player Keane is. Also give us a live forum ffs :)
Will Mabon
38 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:52:05

I guess Mina is either not fully fit or Dyche is not integrating him too much as he will likely be away. Best defender here... and a corner threat etc.

* did a post disappear?

Paul Tran
39 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:53:17
No forum today?
James Hughes
40 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:54:40
Why is Toney still allowed to play, been found guilty of betting and banned
James Marshall
41 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:55:00
Its been win or bust for weeks really, but we're running out of games, winnable or otherwise - we HAVE to win our home games!
James Marshall
42 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:55:16
Toney can play because the investigation is ongoing.
Lee Courtliff
43 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:55:22
It just feels like a chore and has done for quite a while. But, come on lads, we can beat these!!
Peter Thistle
44 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:56:41
we can't beat them without a live forum :P
John Hall
45 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:56:53
Mina might come on as a late forward sub. I'm surprised Sean hasn't turned to Mina yet. Why not? Have they had a spat?
Will Mabon
46 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:57:12

not sure if it's been sucked into the fetid sump that is the Lineker/MOTD "controversy"... or maybe a valid technical reason.

James Hughes
47 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:57:31
James M, thanks I thought it was finished
Will Mabon
48 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:58:23
Peter, you're right!
Christy Ring
49 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:58:44
Would definitely have preferred the redshite to lose to Utd and win today. I don't think I've ever seen a worse penalty, it nearly went over the stand. Need a big result today, and massive help from our trojan fans. I thought DCL would have made the bench after 2 days training. Patterson had 3 games with u21's and still not in the squad?
Paul Tran
50 Posted 11/03/2023 at 14:59:07
As long as the players turn up today, eh Will!
Will Mabon
51 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:00:29
Paul - Yep, we need it!
Mike Gaynes
52 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:01:51
Good morning, all! Any optimists in the building?
Mick Davies
53 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:02:12
Mike Gaynes
54 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:02:35
Mark Ryan
55 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:02:46
Get in Macca !!
John Hall
56 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:02:46
Nobody injured in the warm-up? We're getting better! COYB!
David McMullen
57 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:13
James Newcombe
58 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:22
We want three!
Tony Everan
59 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:26
Bookkkkaasa, Great finish McNeill
Will Mabon
60 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:33
James Marshall
61 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:37
1-0 in 40 seconds!!!
Dale Self
62 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:03:39
Waiting in sniper position Mike. Dont give away my location
Steve Shave
63 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:04:20
No way!!!! Get in, anyone got a link?
Mick Davies
64 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:04:30
Richie's helping us too
Peter Thistle
65 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:04:37
fuckin have some of that !
Gavin McGarvey
66 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:04:41
Great goal!
Gavin McGarvey
67 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:10
Will Mabon
68 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:13
That ball from Iwobi was Messi level.
Mike Gaynes
69 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:22
In one of those early-season website player interviews -- I can't remember which two players, it's been months -- the interviewer asked who surprised them with the best shot in training. Both players instantly said McNeil.
John Hall
70 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:28
A goal? Am I dreaming?? 89 mins to hold on!!
Paul Tran
71 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:43
Nice ball by Iwobi, lovely finish. All Dwight on the night?
Mick Davies
72 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:05:57
Richarlison goal ruled out
Mark Tanton
73 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:06:35
Toney delighted as he had McNeil first to score.
John Hall
74 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:06:49
Duke laid it off to mcneil but what a shot and goal!
Tony Everan
75 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:06:51
The lad has been a revelation since Dyche joined.
Andy Burke
76 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:07:10
I don't want to get carried away but do you think we could manage two. I would be stoked.
Mike Gaynes
77 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:08:50
That initial first-time ball from Alex to Duke was simply elegant.
David Hallwood
78 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:09:15
I've just seen what hell looks like: I'm rooting for the shite to win.. come on yoo shittee and they get fooked by Feckin Bournemouth
Ian Linn
81 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:09:50
Hope Lineker is watching
Tony Everan
82 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:10:04
Andy, I’ll take one goal, as long as we win the match!
Will Mabon
83 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:10:30
Wonder if Toney had a bet on that back header?
Kevin Molloy
84 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:11:04
let's not be greedy here. One goal is more than enough
John Hall
85 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:12:29
Don't sit back boys! Try and score another!
Michael Boardman
86 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:13:50
Where's the Forum? And is Toney only banned from RS matches?
Andy Burke
87 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:14:41
Tony. I'm with you.
Iakovos Iasonidis
88 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:15:07
missed the goal...no problem with that! keep them coming!
Geoff Trenner
89 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:15:19
No forum?
Gerry Quinn
90 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:15:49
Chilwell booed by Leicester fans (his old club) - then scores for Chelsea - ha, ha, ha
Ian Edwards
91 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:16:33
Wot no forum? Come on you mighteeeeee Tofeeeees
Charles Brewer
92 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:16:43
This is looking like the match you would expect from an Everton Brentford fixture
John Hall
93 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:17:43
Would like to see Garner at some point - he likes to attack
Peter Thistle
94 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:17:45
half a chance
James Marshall
95 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:17:53
Keane 50p head
Will Mabon
96 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:18:17
BIG chance there...
Stu Gore
97 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:19:16
Just had to glance it Keano
John Hall
98 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:19:49
75 mins to go! :)
Jerome Shields
99 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:19:57

In sympathy with Gary.

Andy Burke
100 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:19:58
Haha. 50p head is a classic.
Mick Davies
101 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:20:17
Spurs 1-0
Paul Tran
102 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:20:18
He glances that, it's in
Mike Gaynes
103 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:21:07
Oh, Nana. What a chance missed.

But now that's four clear chances created in 20 minutes. Not bad.

John Hall
104 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:21:39
This game is for George (who's attending his final Everton game today before he moves to Italy)
Stu Gore
105 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:21:53
Onana should score.
Tony Everan
106 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:21:55
Onana ! Wtf , should have buried it.
Charles Brewer
107 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:07
If they keep missing these easy chances we're going to see another fucking Forest result
Peter Thistle
108 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:14
oh no no no, cmon onana ! shoulda scored
James Marshall
109 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:16
We're all over them like a cheap suit
Will Mabon
110 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:38
Bad miss.
James Hughes
111 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:39
Oh my fuckin god. what a miss
Mick O'Malley
112 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:22:56
It’s a pain having to refresh the page, McNiell really stepped up since Dyche came, made up for the lad, UTFT !!
John Hall
113 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:23:29
Why do we always miss our chances in the first half and get punished in the second? At least we scored one of them this time.
Paul Tran
114 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:23:34
He shinned it
Iakovos Iasonidis
115 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:23:37
exactly Charles Brewer. we play lively though
Andy Burke
116 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:25:19
These are cheating diving bastards and the ref is already awful
Peter Thistle
117 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:25:20
this ref is so anal over the ball being in the quadrant from corners. 90% of corners have the ball outside the line, why does he give a shit ?
Christy Ring
118 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:27:33
We should be out of sight at this stage.
Charles Brewer
119 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:27:39
It's very depressing watching professional footballers who can't receive a ball, hit a shot properly or hit it hard enough to get past the attackers.
Peter Thistle
120 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:27:47
fook, thought toney would score there
Tony Everan
121 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:27:51
We are going to need two goals, these will sneak one at some point.
Will Mabon
122 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:28:10
Brentcelona there
John Hall
123 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:28:25
Onana not been at the races since the firdt Arsenal game. I think Garner deserves a chance to replace him
Dale Self
124 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:28:49
Whats depressing is being up 1-0 and hearing incessant whining
Will Mabon
125 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:29:28
John, he doesn't look at his fittest to me.
Charles Brewer
126 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:30:17
Dale, Everton should have scored 3, and we know that the second half is usually a shitshow where we let 2 in
Kim Vivian
127 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:31:03
Yes, Dale. Pathetic.
Jerome Shields
128 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:31:42
Onano still not in tune when needed.
Peter Thistle
129 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:31:50
only 28 minutes gone, feels like an hour
Mike Gaynes
130 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:32:22
Damn, another blunder in possession by Gana. This is a consistent problem.
Tony Everan
131 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:32:58
Gana brushed off the ball there, got to be more careful
Mick Davies
132 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:33:34
Brighton beating Leeds
John Hall
133 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:34:19
Why is Onana still being picked if he's not 100% - Does Dyche not trust Davies and Garner not ready for a full game?
Kim Vivian
134 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:34:23
Who are the commentators on Peacock?
Mick Davies
135 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:35:14
Leicester o Chelsea 2
James Newcombe
136 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:35:19
We all know the script here
Mike Gaynes
137 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:35:23
Oh Alex. Sitter. Great save, but still
Michael Boardman
138 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:35:56
Not sure, but they are spitting feathers Kim
Alan McGuffog
139 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:36:09
Peter...probably because its in the laws of the game. Why do players feel the need to edge the ball forward by an inch ?
Could it be that players are by nature, cheats ?
Gerry Quinn
140 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:36:15
Spurs 2-0, Chelsea 2-0...c'mon Everton, join them
John Hall
141 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:36:45
Their goalie is pretty good! What can we do?
Gerry Quinn
142 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:37:41
We can beat him, John :)
Ernie Baywood
143 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:37:46
That's two deliberate and very clear fouls in the area on Onana now. You can call them 'soft' but they're fouling him in the box rather than risking him getting to the ball. Surely VAR gives the next one?
Si Cooper
144 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:38:16
Disappointed Garner doesn’t seem to be staking a claim. Wasn’t he a key player for Forest last year?
Think they are waiting until DCL is 100% on the basis it will be better to have him playing 10 straight games when there are still 10 games to go rather than 2 back, then 4 out, another 2 back and injured again to finish his season.
Need 3 points today! COYB!
Charles Brewer
145 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:38:42
Ernie, surely you konw that the main purpose of VAR is to check the badge?
Michael Boardman
146 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:38:52
They will Ernie, and guess in which box
James Hughes
147 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:39:00
feels like this first half started an hour ago, shows how its going
Mick Davies
148 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:39:11
We're 15th as it stands
John Hall
149 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:39:26
Godfrey having brainfarts!
Mike Gaynes
150 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:40:07
Si, Garner's been injured a long time, and back injuries don't allow for any conditioning.
Charles Brewer
151 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:40:16
Is Onana on mogadon?
Paul Tran
152 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:40:33
I think Dyche has this old-fashioned idea of waiting for injured players to be properly fit before bringing them back. Hop it catches on.
Gerry Quinn
153 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:40:57
Bollox - Chelsea goal disallowed and Leicester then equalize - AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHH hate football
John Hall
154 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:00
We're still in this! :)
Peter Thistle
155 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:12
can iwobi stop pretending to be a footballer and actually be good for a change... waste of space
Michael Barrett
156 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:21
These have realised now that we're shite..
Kieran Kinsella
157 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:21
Leicester level. You couldnt make it up
Andy Burke
158 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:30
Commentators praying for a Brentford goal
Soren Moyer
159 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:41:44
Just when you think we are going to string a few passes together, someone fucks up!
John Hall
160 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:42:17
Mcneil having another stormer today! He's a man rejuvenated!
Andy Burke
161 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:42:26
Onana has shown very little since arsenal. This game is passing him by
Peter Thistle
162 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:43:08
mcneil is the only one who looks decent in this team
Mick Davies
163 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:43:14
Max Fine
164 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:43:31
Goal 2-0. COYB!!
Mike Gaynes
165 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:43:39
2-0 BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Stu Gore
166 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:17
Yes Gray
Andy Burke
167 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:29
Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!!!!!!!!!
Gerry Quinn
168 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:35
James Marshall
169 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:41
Mike Gaynes
170 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:45
Great knockdown by Tark.
Tony Everan
171 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:45
Oooooooooooh. Yes ! 2-0
Kunal Desai
172 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:48
Will Mabon
173 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:44:54
What was the ref pointing at?
Mick Davies
174 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:00
VA fkn R
Charles Brewer
175 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:03
Gray deminstrating that if you are in the right place good things may happen. Good lad!
Stu Gore
176 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:09
This is no for hands I reckon
Tony Everan
177 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:19
Hand ball ?
Tommy Meehan
178 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:25
Fuck yeah!!!
Kieran Kinsella
179 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:30
You couldnt make it up either
Ray Said
180 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:47
scabby, jammy goal-great stuff by 'Demarai on the spot'
Dale Self
181 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:45:52
Thi is obviously Dyche’s fault cmon admit it
Tony Everan
182 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:09
Chest : by the looks of it, should stand
Ernie Baywood
183 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:19
Wtf? We saw what they saw and they couldn't see it touch an arm.
Charles Brewer
184 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:34
Badge check complete
James Marshall
185 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:36
That was never handball surely!?
Nick Lacey
186 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:39
Clear and obvious was it.
Tim Greeley
187 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:39
Need proof they want us down- there it FUCKING IS
Mike Gaynes
188 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:42
Too bad.
Mick Davies
189 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:55
Gray having a good game
John Hall
190 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:46:55
'Don't worry lads, these don't know how to win a game!' Dyche's famous words, let's hope they don't come back to haunt him
Peter Thistle
191 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:00
did hit hit left hand then went onto his shoulder, bastard tho, grrrrr
Andy Burke
192 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:15
Dirty horrible cheating bastards
Dan Parker
193 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:16
That was a goal, shocking from VAR
Ian Price
194 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:21
Corrupt to fuck!
Kunal Desai
195 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:32
That isn't a clear and obvious handball. Fucksake
Joseph Terrence
196 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:47:45
What a crock of shit. How can anyone say that it was clear and obvious that it came off his arm? This obsession with technology is retarded
John Hall
197 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:48:21
So happy to have Gray up front - he's doing well!
Kieran Kinsella
198 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:49:05
Leeds level, Leicester level, Liverpool threw their game. dodgy VAR in ours.
Stu Gore
199 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:49:26
Keanes had two very good chances this half
Ken Williams
200 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:05
We need to stop missing the sitters, should of closed the game of the first half.
Mike Gaynes
201 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:16
Huge knot over Onana's eye.
Charles Brewer
202 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:20
I wonder why VAR didn't see Iwobi being sexually assaulted
Nick Lacey
203 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:40
Look at the number 2 on Iwobi, all over him
Max Fine
204 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:43
HT 1-0
Peter Thistle
205 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:46
this half seems to have lasted ages, going in 1-0 at half time, i'd have taken that before it started.
Ernie Baywood
206 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:50:54
Onana's shirt off his shoulder again for that ball in. Don't know why we're not all over the referee.
Stu Gore
208 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:51:49
Good half that. Lots of chances went begging though.
Simon Dalzell
209 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:51:49
Only Everton would have that goal disallowed. Disgraceful.
Mick Davies
210 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:52:13
Chelsea 2-1 GET IN!!!
Kevin Prytherch
211 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:52:37
How does VAR pick up on a handball you can’t really see, but ignores about 5 Brentford players with handfuls of shirts every corner?
Peter Thistle
212 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:52:44
can we hold on ? fuckin hope so.
Michael Boardman
213 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:52:48
The porn I am watching has also seen a disallowed orgasm via CAR, so nothing is going to plan today
Jonathan Tasker
214 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:53:20
Amazing all the shite about lineker
The big issue is the ongoing corruption of VAR
Tim Greeley
215 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:53:45
Theyre saying it was OFFSIDE now!?!?
Iakovos Iasonidis
216 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:53:52
It was clear goal. we should be winning 3-0, we play well, I just hope we won't get punished 2nd half.
Tony Everan
217 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:53:59
I’d like to have another look at that VAR decision, didn’t look clear and obvious handball, looked like it bounced off his chest. Maybe they have a clearer picture, or it is another shocking decision.
Charles Brewer
218 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:54:06
So an extremely dubious arm/chest deflection gets the full VAR treatment, but Iwobi being assaulted isn't visible apparently
Jim Bennings
219 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:54:43
I remember saying in August before the season started that Dwight McNeil would score more goals than Anthony Gordon this season, I'm still backing my prediction.
Terry McLavey
220 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:55:39
It hit his chest for the disallowed goal, Iwobi nearly had his chest pulled off in the area, proof of bent refs on the continent how long before it's discovered here?
Charles Brewer
221 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:56:10
Another couple from Everton in the second half and I will be able to enjoy MoTD without Shithouse Lineker!
Peter Thistle
222 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:56:22
speaking of porn, if you wanna see an Everton supporting chick showing her tits outside goodison before the game, then getting banged, look up Jane Berry. She's so hot and such a slag
Iain Johnston
223 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:56:42
If that's disallowed for handball we should have got a penalty earlier for the same thing by a Brentford defender.
Paul Kossoff
224 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:56:44
I joked last night that the shits would allow Bournemouth to win to help us along out of the premier, what a bunch of shit houses they are. I can just hear the dark side supporters saying it's a bonus or a positive defeat.
Lee Courtliff
225 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:57:04
Good performance overall but I'm terrified those missed chances will come back to haunt us.

Can you IMAGINE being 2 or 3 up and just comfortably enjoying the last 15/20 minutes?!?!?!

Will Mabon
226 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:57:10
Nice to be watching a football team, it's the total antithesis to Lampard and a reminder of just how bad things were.
Peter Thistle
227 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:58:30
somehow we're winning, keep giving the ball to mcneil, things seems to happen when he gets it
Jack Convery
228 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:58:32
Chelsea winning v Leicester. Forest 2 down - Leeds level. We should be 3 nil up - at least.

Var crap yet again. Ref gave goal. Not an obvious error. For Rodri it's not a handball.

8 out of 10 for 1st half. Need at least a 9/10 for the 3 points in 2nd half. Subs to play an important part as we will surely get leggy last 20 minutes.


Tim Greeley
229 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:59:25
Hmmm I Wonder whats gonna happen in the second half!?! Hmmm I FUCKING WONDER
Alan J Thompson
230 Posted 11/03/2023 at 15:59:37
What a start but this should be all over as a game now as we could/should be 5 or 6 up by now. A great start and full honours for whoever has been taking shooting practice at Finch Farm.

A lot of up field pressing while Brentford seem to have little idea up front despite having some promising positions.

While taking nothing away from Gray, I thought at times we really needed a big, central striker and again I thought VAR was wrong as Gray did not seem to raise either arm for the disallowed goal so therefore no intent but hey, why stop the lousy refereeing now. Hopefully, we'll keep this up in the second half, so far, so good.

Charles Brewer
231 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:00:01
Will, I was talking to my son last night and I think that the difference is that Lampard arrived expecting a team where everyone worked hard to get fit and was committed, like at his old Chelsea team. Instead he found a bunch of lazy useless bums who had landed contracts paying far more than they were worth.

Dyche, on the other hand has come in with his eyes open and probably beasts the hell out of them.

Bill Gall
232 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:01:13
You know Everton have a lot of luck the shame is it is bad luck, another shocking VAR decision. Handball has to be deliberate Gray wasn't aware the ball came at him never mind hit him.
Ernie Baywood
233 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:01:19
I've gone back and looked at what VAR put on the screen. I'm convinced they've made a mistake. Or guessed.

It definitely comes off his chest. There's no other change of ball direction.

I guess it could have brushed an arm somewhere? But they can't definitively see that on either angle. If you can't see it, you can't give it.

Basically. That's bullshit.

Rob Hooton
234 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:02:17
We could easily have been 3 or 4 up after that half, it’s disappointing that we only have a one goal lead!

Keep it up blues, get an early goal second half to ease the pressure on our hearts please.

Steve Shave
235 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:02:41
Excellent performance, solid, determined and with some attacking industry, more of that please second half blues!

The VAR decision was extremely dodgy, I've seen them given and if it had been a sky darling against a lower team it would have been allowed, no doubt about it. I can't see a hand hit the ball?

Should be 3-4 up, Onana and Iwobi's misses were unbelievable. Still, lots of positives to take from that. If Dyche's interview soundbites are to be believed after Forest then this is where we need to see the new Everton, not shitting ourselves the second something doesn't go our way. COYB.

Charles Brewer
236 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:02:58
Ernie, the question has to be, would they have disallowed that goal if it was Salah or Rashford? I think I can state with absolute confidence that the goal would have sttod.
Mike Gaynes
237 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:03:05
Bill, it's been years since handball had to be deliberate.
Ernie Baywood
238 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:03:08
For those mentioning it, handball doesn't need to be deliberate. If it results in a goal there just needs to be contact. Not my rules, theirs.

But I don't believe they could show contact.

John Hall
239 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:03:51
Please use subs early Sean - not on 88 mins like last time!
Kieran Kinsella
240 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:05:23
Andre Ayew "The one that got away" coming on for Forest. What odds on him getting a hatrick? Nah probably not
Will Mabon
241 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:06:39

that's about it. They were like depressed zombies by comparison, and they have now been awakened, it's night and day.

Martin Reppion
242 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:06:48
Watched it from all angles and could not see the ball hit Gray's hand.
Clear and obvious case of a ref in the VAR box wanting to get involved.
It may have hit either hand, but that was not seen on any of the camera angles so under VAR guidelines, once again they've gone to paragraph 19:g which reads when in doubt, fuck Everton over.
Dale Self
243 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:07:41
Yellow card Peter! And Michael youre being pulled aside.for a talking to and the ref is making a ‘no more’ gesture. Tighten it up youre in public
Paul Kossoff
244 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:07:46
BBC show the picture of the goal, and unless the ball hit Grays lower arm before it's hitting his what's now called the shirt sleeve shoulder area, so a goal it would be.
Peter Thistle
245 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:09:12
jeez, we've only won 5 games this season ? how is that possible
Charles Brewer
246 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:10:14
Fucking wake up Everton
Tony Everan
247 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:10:16
Fuck me this is going to be stressful
Tim Greeley
248 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:10:39
I am overflowing with homicidal rage over that call… I need to chill out, or something
Peter Thistle
249 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:11:00
thought that was a certain goal, eeeeek
Paul Smith
250 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:11:12
Jesus, we are so poor.
Will Mabon
251 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:11:19
Charles Brewer
252 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:11:41
Everton playing their traditional "give the other side 5 minutes to get one back at the start of the second half" tactic
James Hughes
253 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:11:46
it's a good job I am already an alckie as this team would make you drink :)
Joe McMahon
254 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:13:02
Just logged on as had to nip out, I see we have a had anothar VAR against us! this is going to be stressful. I hope Sean isn't to type, I was spakingt to my brother in law this morning (he's a claret ST holder), he's says Dyche is trade marn very late subs, even when losing!
Rahul Gandhi
255 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:13:39
Big 40 minutes for us... I am already counting down and would take the final whistle now...
Michael Boardman
256 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:15:02
Sorry Dale, apologies.
Charles Brewer
257 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:15:11
Rahul I'd have taken the final whistle at 3 minutes
Iakovos Iasonidis
258 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:15:54
Mc neil and gana superb today
John Hall
259 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:15:56
Iwobi losing the ball easily again - Sub him!
Mike Gaynes
260 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:15:58
Not winning or keeping the ball in midfield. Need to be smarter.
Tony Everan
261 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:16:01
Keep possession, for the love of baby Jesus !
Will Mabon
262 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:16:26
Tighten up!
Jerome Shields
263 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:16:31
Everton should have been ready for this intial start of the second half onslaught.It happens every game.
Charles Brewer
264 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:16:42
John, Iwobi appears to think that you play by slowing down until someone takes the ball from you
Ian Edwards
265 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:17:28
Need to step it up or we'll suffer.
Joe McMahon
266 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:17:30
is live forum down supporting Lineker?
Dale Self
267 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:17:47
Im not a prude Michael. Far from it but not here not now is all really. I mean no more than that.
Mike Gaynes
268 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:18:07
Onana's having a rough day. A bad miss and two serious whacks. Hang in there, kid.
John Hall
269 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:18:53
If we win this then no more live forums please? Superstitious lot us fans and players alike :)
Tony Everan
270 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:19:14
I know we miss DCL from a goalscoring perspective but his ability to hold the ball up and keep possession in times like this is badly missed.
Charles Brewer
271 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:19:18
Onana seems pretty tough which is a significant difference from some
Mick Davies
272 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:19:25
Leeds 1 Brighton 2
Gerry Quinn
273 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:19:27
YES - Leeds losing 1-2
Mike Gaynes
274 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:20:32
Two more lost possessions in midfield, McNeil both times.
Jack Convery
275 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:20:46
With Leeds losing, Forest Losing and Leicester losing we must take full advantage. COYBs. Get those subs warming up Sean.
Peter Thistle
276 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:20:56
we need to change something, looking half arsed and likely to concede.
Mick Davies
277 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:00
Spurs 3 Forest 0
Will Mabon
278 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:22
Onana's gonna get booked soon.
Mal van Schaick
279 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:22
Losing the ball too much. Need to get more possession.
Iakovos Iasonidis
280 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:23
I have to say fellaini was much better than onana, he was brutal force and scored goals too. Maybe when onana's hair grow longer he will get better
Ray Said
281 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:35
Too many of our players facing our goal and vulnerable to being tackled
John Hall
282 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:21:38
Definition of football: 22 millionaires kicking a bit of leather around in a field :)
Charles Brewer
283 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:22:27
Why do Everton continue to get into these 10 player mobs in the middle of the pitch with ppasses and deflections going everywhere? You don't see City doing that, they just move the ball to whree the opposition isn't.
Gerry Quinn
284 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:22:42
Big Dunc's FG getting thumped 3-1 at home - reckon he will be gone soon...maybe they need to start eating meat to beef their team up
Mike Gaynes
285 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:22:44
Not sure what subs I'd make, Jack. Everybody's playing well and there's nobody on the bench that I'm exactly dying to see.
John Hall
286 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:23:25
Other teams helping us out - what conspiracy?
David Hallwood
287 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:23:30
Don't want to harp on about VAR but what happenednto clear and obvious? It was the same for Arsenals 2nd goal. Pissed off with it
Nick Lacey
288 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:23:35
Is Onana allergic to passing the ball forwards?
Jack Convery
289 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:24:01
We need to order inhalers for half time.

Coleman booked ffs.

Tim Greeley
290 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:24:29
Live Forum is stress relief, I need it back!
Peter Thistle
291 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:24:59
so much space ahead in midfield, our players aren't running into it. look like theyre defending a 1-0 lead and hanging on
Charles Brewer
292 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:25:07
Coleman booked for playing football?
John Otway
293 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:25:11
So John Hall, off back to croquet!
Mal van Schaick
294 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:26:05
Get this win and we are up the table on current scores.
John Hall
295 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:26:05
Croquet? Why not? Far less stressful!! :)
Jack Convery
296 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:26:25
Mike I would say not yet for subs but last 15 we will be leggy you can bet on it. Just want subs fully warmed up and ready to go. We must win this with the other results, except B'mouth of course, going our way.
Ian Linn
297 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:26:41
We look tired
John Hall
298 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:26:53
27 mins to hold on
John Hall
299 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:27:16
is it sub time?
Peter Thistle
300 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:27:47
i'd put on subs but who is on the bench ? utter shite.
Daniel A Johnson
301 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:27:51
New manager bounce not working for Leeds
Charles Brewer
302 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:28:24
Did the Brentford player try to hit Doucoure in the bollocks?
Gerry Quinn
303 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:28:35
Careful, Daniel - kiss of death comment!!!! :)
James Hughes
304 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:28:47
Results in other games are going our way,
Peter Thistle
305 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:30:11
would change it to 4-51 if I was dyche, stuff the midfield with tackles and hold on for the win
John Hall
306 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:30:12
15th place as it stands - trying not to get too excited about that!
Daniel A Johnson
307 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:30:49
Were looking tired now need some fresh legs in midfield
Charles Brewer
308 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:02
Far too much Brentford being allowed to boss this.
Steve Shave
309 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:04
I wish McNeil had another yard of pace, I think we would have some player on our hands if so. He, Gana and Coleman all excellent today so far. Tired now and maybe a change needed, not Davies though please.
Peter Thistle
310 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:16
this spliff isn't chilling me out, I need a 2nd goal to do that
Mal van Schaick
311 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:22
So not put Davies or Holgate on.
Dale Self
312 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:30
The table s looking rather sexy right now. Wolves, NF and Palace to be jumped next
John Hall
313 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:43
Subs please - Davies and garner
Charles Brewer
314 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:47
Peter, we are absolutely clueless at hanging on to a 1-0 lead.
Mike Gaynes
315 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:31:49
I wouldn't sub unless I saw people getting tired. There isn't anybody on the bench who can have an impact except maybe Maupay for his pressure.
Peter Thistle
316 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:32:18
ffs theyre all over us, change it dyche !!!!!!!!!
Tony Everan
317 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:32:34
Referee wetting himself, that was never a free kick
Jerome Shields
318 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:32:50

Decision time, Sean.Stuff the midfield or push their defensive line back.

Ian Linn
319 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:32:57
John, I am.
Charles Brewer
320 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:33:18
Was that given for a good dive?
Ian Linn
321 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:33:21
Mike Gaynes
322 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:33:51
Duke's gotta calm down.

McNeil hero. Poor from Picks there.

Ian Linn
323 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:34:05
Charles - dive with pike
Peter Thistle
324 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:34:26
MOTM dwight mcneil
Nigel Munford
325 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:34:31
Charles, we managed against the top of the league team.
Jerome Shields
326 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:34:54
Mike, Maupay does not inspire confidence. Simms poor in training, but can lay off a pass
Michael Barrett
327 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:35:35
Dracula strikes again...ffs.
Will Mabon
328 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:36:15
Possession needed... steady possession. Too much lumping it up.
Charles Brewer
329 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:36:19
Anyone know what Doucoure got booked for? Wearing a blue shirt, perhaps/
Tony Everan
330 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:36:19
Stress levels turned up to 11, Gray looks like he is tiring, time for a sub or two ?
Joe Corgan
331 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:37:09
Are you absolutely incapable of holding into the ball for any length of time?!
Anthony Hawkins
332 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:37:28
Leeds 2-2
John Hall
333 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:37:47
They've made 4 subs sean - what have we done?
Mike Gaynes
334 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:38:10
3rd for Chelsea, that helps.
Peter Thistle
335 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:38:10
we need to take off attacking players and put on defensive ones, hate to say it but we ain't gonna get a 2nd so might as well defend like mad
David Hallwood
336 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:38:42
Leeds 2-1 down
Charles Brewer
337 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:38:53
Gray looks knackered
Mike Gaynes
338 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:39:02
Never mind. Offside.
Peter Thistle
339 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:39:16
if Moyes was still manager we'd win this 1-0, keep it tight and nick one
Daniel A Johnson
340 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:39:18
We should be 4-0 up but now were shitting it for a 1-0
Iakovos Iasonidis
341 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:39:41
with the players we have this is the best we can do. It is much better than what lampard offered
Charles Brewer
342 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:40:02
This is exactly what happens when you do't take easy chances in the first half. If it was 3-0 at half time this would be fine
Peter Thistle
343 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:40:20
brentford lookin sharp, we're lookin tired
Jerome Shields
344 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:40:57
Brentford three subs on without response.Need to have a idea soon Sean.
Mike Gaynes
345 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:41:31
OK, I'd do Maupay for Gray right now.
Michael Barrett
346 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:41:34
Poor old shamus gets rinced time and time again
Tony Everan
347 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:41:52
Gray is decked, sub Sean !
Will Mabon
348 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:42:09
Too scared, too deep.
Peter Thistle
349 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:42:37
Tom Davis coming on, sigh
Daniel A Johnson
350 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:42:37
Were on the ropes do something Dyche you idiot
Mike Gaynes
351 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:42:37
Davies for Onana, lord help us.
James Marshall
352 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:42:59
This is painful viewing
Mike Gaynes
353 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:43:21
And there's Chelsea's third.
Charles Brewer
354 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:43:27
At least Davies will bring energy.
Geoff Trenner
355 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:43:36
At work, can’t watch, how long left
Jerome Shields
356 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:43:48
Maybe he will.
Peter Thistle
357 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:43:55
wissa looks sharp, in fact the whole brentford team looks sharp, we look jaded, cmon lads, dig in !
Kieran Kinsella
358 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:44:03
FFS our choice of sub whittle's away our hopes
Mike Gaynes
359 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:44:23
Charles Brewer
360 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:44:30
Geoff, 10 minutes to go, or 20 if Brentford haven't scored.
Tony Everan
361 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:45:08
8 mins
Iakovos Iasonidis
362 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:46:00
davies - still premier league player! Nothing personal with the kid but this is amazing. I wish him to be that lucky all his life.
Rahul Gandhi
363 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:46:35
Hanging on there living dangerously close... Big last 5 mins...
Dale Self
364 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:46:40
Fucking hell we need subs! Oh fuuuuck who is he bringing on?! Pull yer socks up.
Tim Greeley
365 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:46:58
Literally the second whistle we have gotten this half
Peter Thistle
366 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:47:15
hope davies wins us over in the next few minutes, would forgive him being shite if he gets us a 1-0 win
James Hughes
367 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:47:23
Kieran, just so predicatble
Michael Barrett
368 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:48:13
Getting well and truly twatted now
Mike Gaynes
369 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:48:28
Keane has been great today. Well in to Dyche for making that lineup change.
Will Mabon
370 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:11
Davies looking very slow.
Peter Thistle
371 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:23
behave, take off iwobi, he's done nothing this half
Tony Everan
372 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:33
Maupay for Gray …4 mins left plus Injury
Jack Convery
373 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:39
Come on Maupay show us why we bought you.

Well played Gray !!

COYBS !!!!!!

Leeds level, Leicester losing and probably sacking Rodgers tomorrow,, Forest losing.

Charles Brewer
374 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:43
Gray should have been off 10 minutes ago. Let's see Maupay wrap it up!
Will Mabon
375 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:49:56
Gray did well.
Mark Ryan
376 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:50:02
C'mon Tom, ignore them. Get us over the line son.
Will Mabon
377 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:50:49
Terrible, Ref.
Tony Everan
378 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:50:56
Great tackle by McNeill, never a foul again ! Poor refereeing
Jerome Shields
379 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:51:19
Maupay just put a effort in lad.
Jack Convery
380 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:51:30
Forest 2 - 3 with Spurs now FFS !!
Charles Brewer
381 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:51:36
I think the Maupay foul points to "consistent refereeing"
Mark Ryan
382 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:51:59
Keane is growing in confidence and has done great today
Chris James
383 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:52:26
McNeill playing very well all over the pitch. Hopefully haters take note.
Gerry Quinn
384 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:52:28
How long to go?
Tony Everan
385 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:52:37
Last minute, COYBLUES!
Peter Thistle
386 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:02
cmon !!!!!!!!!!!!!! hold on u fuckers
Iakovos Iasonidis
387 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:11
mc neil and gana motm for me
Mike Gaynes
388 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:19
5 minutes added on
Peter Thistle
389 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:21
5 minutes :(
Will Mabon
390 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:30
5 extra.
Jack Convery
391 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:53:41
5 minutes ! Were did that come from ?
Tony Everan
392 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:54:09
5 mins added, Aggggh
Mike Gaynes
393 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:54:13
Myko on for reinforcements. Nice game, Alex.
Mike Gaynes
395 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:55:37
We didn't have a plan to mark the keeper. Got a bit lucky there.
Jack Convery
396 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:55:49
Forset 3 nil. 3 - 2 fake news.
Mike Gaynes
397 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:56:07
Gerry Quinn
398 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:56:07
How long?
Peter Thistle
399 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:56:09
taking the piss sending the goalie up
Will Mabon
400 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:56:40
This rearguard stuff is dangerous.
Tony Everan
401 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:57:04
Someone please tell me it’s over !
Gerry Quinn
402 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:57:27
Hurry up and blow
Max Fine
403 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:57:57
FT 1-0
Mike Gaynes
404 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:05
DONE!! YEAH BABY, OUT OF THE ZONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Peter Thistle
405 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:09
Love the passion from 70k Seamus !!!!!
Michael Boardman
406 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:10
Ayew missed pen - gutted for him
Kunal Desai
407 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:21
Massive 3 points. GET IN!
Tony Everan
408 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:23
Thank god, a massive, massive win
Gerry Quinn
409 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:32
Jack Convery
410 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:37
TFFT !!! WELL DONE YOU BLUES !!! A Sean Dyche 1 nil !!!!
Will Mabon
411 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:38
James Newcombe
412 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:46
Thank funk for that. We made it way harder than it should have been. COYB
Denis Richardson
413 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:58:51
Thank god for that!

Well done boys - job done today.

Charles Brewer
414 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:10
That was horrible!
Svein-Roger Jensen
415 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:24
Puuuhhh!! Great result!!! Whisky time!!
Kunal Desai
416 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:27
We are staying up, say we are staying up.
Mike Gaynes
417 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:27
McNeil great goal.
McNeil clearance off the line.
Any question about MotM?
Stu Gore
418 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:31
Excellent result!!
Mal van Schaick
419 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:37
Yes. Get in.
Gavin McGarvey
420 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:42
That was a tough watch at times. Well done you blues!
Rahul Gandhi
421 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:46
Pfoooooof What a relief...
John Atkins
422 Posted 11/03/2023 at 16:59:53
The VAR caused all that agony, should have been 2 0 – the piss takers
Jonathan Tasker
423 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:00:08
Sean Dyche is doing a very good job.
Shane Corcoran
424 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:00:15
That was like watching 10 v 11. Atrocious but great.
Mark Ryan
425 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:00:17
Top effort all round UTFT's
Jack Convery
426 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:00:27
11 more of those to go. Keeping the Blood Pressure tablets close by.
Danny Baily
427 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:00:52
A couple more of those please! Brilliant result. Dyche with as many wins as Frank now.
Tim Greeley
428 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:01:19
Happy happy Joy Joy. Dear God I'm toast, completely emotionally done. UTFT!!
Michael Barrett
429 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:01:24
Great win... but we need loads of quality in the team.

Rolling your sleeves up and working hard only gets you so far.

Mick O'Malley
430 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:05
Thank god that's over, results were good for us today, good win against a team who've been on a good run, a clean sheet as well.

I just wish we could score a couple so we can relax, can't remember the last time I wasn't chewing my nails and smoking like a trooper.

Tony Everan
431 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:07
No question about it, McNeil was MotM. I thought Doucoure put in some hard work today too.

That second half was too stressful, I thought it was going to be another Forest but a lot more agony.

Ernie Baywood
432 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:12
Reckon Davies shoved it up a few of you there. He was big for us and much needed in that tiring midfield.

Huge 3 points against a good side.

Paul Smith
433 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:21
We are so bad but, as long as we stay up, we can improve next season. Sheer effort and organisation is proving essential.
Peter Thistle
434 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:25
That was like the Alamo in the last 20 minutes. Fuck me, somehow we got the result.

Massive love to Dwight McNeil, he's become my favourite player.

Max Fine
435 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:37
McNeil scored 1 and saved one off the line. He's been my MOTM the last two games!
Steve Shave
436 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:02:56
COYB!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness, great result against a very good team unbeaten in 12. McNeil is turning into our best player and a clear MOTM for me, the entire back four were excellent however. Will sleep easier tonight, shame I am boycotting MOTD otherwise I would have been keen to see it.
Chris James
437 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:04
GET IN!!!!! That'll Do Dyche-ly!

Played 7, won 3, drawn 1, lost 3 = 10 points

Four more wins from 11 games needed now

Iakovos Iasonidis
438 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:14
Well done to everyone. We are a team full of mediocre to bad players with no striker and zero quality on bench and Dyche still manages to get us points. Can't ask for more.
Kim Vivian
439 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:25
Big shout out to Will Mabon - great link, mate. Cheers.

I'm knackered now. What a battle 2nd half but should have had it wrapped up by then.

Played as a team and won as a team.

Steve Brown
440 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:36
First half, we were very good, to be fair.

Massive win.

Alan J Thompson
441 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:41
Well, we almost threw that away!

What did Dyche tell them at half-time as we came out and just sat back, no energetic high pressing and we just let them back into the game. They could have equalized in the first minute of the second half except for Pickford's thigh.

Great result but questions as to what happened after half-time have to be asked as they must have spent most of the time in our half and we let them!

Will Mabon
442 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:03:54
Still don't have a team with 90 minutes of fitness compared with other teams but it will improve.
Paul Tran
443 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:02
That second half was all about character and good defending. We're looking like a team these days.
Terry McLavey
444 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:08
Good ground-out win; as usual, shocking officials!
Kieran Kinsella
445 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:15
So Dyche is 3 1 3 versus Lampard before he came we had just 3 wins in half a season.
Simon Dalzell
446 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:37
Torture. Not quite a 'Palace' feeling, but not a mile off.

Enjoy your drinks tonight fellow Toffees. I know I will.

I agree with Lee though 447, Dyche should have changed things a lot earlier.

Lee Courtliff
447 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:41
Pathetic second half. You'd think we were playing the European Champions and Dyche just stood there watching us defend.

He was like this at Burnley so we'd better get used to it, unfortunately.

Dan Parker
448 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:50
Fabulous attacking first half and resolute defending in the second.

Never thought I'd say it but Michael Keane has been outstanding the last couple of games.

Peter Thistle
449 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:04:51
I'm made up with that.

I was debating whether to go the match today or watch a stream, wish I'd turned up, intense game.

Alan Johnson
450 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:05:03
Dwight McNeil was my MotM.
Charles Brewer
451 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:05:39
Now I can watch MotD happily. Red Shite lose, Everton win. Wanneker not droning on in the background.
Ernie Baywood
452 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:06:06
Jeez, we're 15th!

We badly needed that before the next few games.

Peter Thistle
453 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:06:25
Behave Lee, we are in the shit at bottom of league, and had to defend like there's no tomorrow. We won!
Paul Tran
454 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:06:36
Dyche is doing the job I thought he would so far!
Matthew Williams
455 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:06:53
Thank fuck that's over with. A vital 3 points but we need to do it away from home!
John Atkins
456 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:06:55
If only our useless board could have acted before the World Cup … we’d be quite clear now
Matt Henderson
457 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:07:01
Lee – surely you have seen enough to see we are a very poor team!

10 points from 6 games, having played Arsenal twice and Liverpool away, is bloody amazing results from the manager given how bad we are and playing without a striker.

Kim Vivian
458 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:07:32
MotD will be interesting. No punditry so presumably we'll see more of the actual football.
Peter Thistle
459 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:07:33
Gary who? 40 goals, we could use them!
Lee Courtliff
460 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:08:02
I know, Peter. It's just so frustrating to watch.
Simon Dalzell
461 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:08:22
Great win, but Lee is correct.
George Cumiskey
462 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:08:39
Charles Brewer, have you got your copy of the Daily Mail, mate?
Will Mabon
463 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:09:02
Kim, yes - a team.

Truth is we wouldn't have seen that more than once or twice a season under Lampard if he stayed for years - another world. The soul is back, just in time...

Will Mabon
465 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:11:14

I just don't think we have the fitness to last a full game yet, but it will/should come.

Christine Foster
466 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:12:10
It's 6 am for me in New Zealand and finally I get to go to bed with a smile on my face. Too long in coming but that was a massive win deserved, the effort put in was outstanding.

I have to admit that the disallowed goal made me wonder if we were ever going to get a break.

Well done, Blues. Well done, every supporter lifting them at Goodison, Proud of you all.

Fran Mitchell
467 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:12:18
I only saw the second half. The team defended solidly against a dangerous in-form team and Pickford had few actual saves to make. McNeil saved with one clearance off the line.

Gueye and Doucoure stood out for me, they ran and battled and made vital interceptions. A lack of an out ball meant we would then lose it and they'd come back on us, but the players left their hearts out on the pitch. A massive win.

James Head
468 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:12:38
Thats got to be the worst second half to watch in the history of Everton, absolutely nerve-shattering.

So many poor decisions by Onana, Doucoure and Gueye, constantly giving the ball away and putting us back under pressure. The back four were immense, bodies on the line for the whole of the second half.

Tom Davies comes on and looks knackered immediately and Maupay is dogshit, my blood pressure must be through the fucking roof!

Need a favour from Villa at West Ham tomorrow. Pass the booze, please!

Kieran Kinsella
469 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:13:08
With games in hand based on points per game averages, we are on course to finish 17th. Party time!
Ian Edwards
470 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:13:35
Most welcome 3 points but next three games are Chelsea, Spurs and Man Utd. We must get points from them.
Ajay Gopal
471 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:13:42
Matt (457), that is 10 points from 7 games by my calculation:

Arsenal (W)

Liverpool (L)

Leeds ((W)

Aston Villa (L)

Arsenal (L)

Not Forest (D)

Brentford (W)

Stilll, pretty decent, But I would like us to be putting away more chances. We should have been at least 3-0 at half time – but some unbelievable goalkeeping from Rays and a very dubious handball decision by the VAR denied us the luxury of a relaxing win.

But all credit to the players for fighting tooth and nail for the win. Well done, blues!

Will Mabon
472 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:14:49
Bottom 8 of the table incredibly close, could be the most exciting finish in Europe.
Pete Clarke
473 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:15:06
That second half was like 45 hours!

How is it possible for a club, any fucking club, to have 4 central midfield players and yet not one of them can play football?

Just think about that. They are all millionaires because of their profession and yet not one of them can pass a ball properly, hold or shield the ball, control the ball or even win a header???

I was going to add that they don't score goals either but some of them have scored 1 goal.

Massive 3 points but last season's nerve-wracking end was nothing compared to this drawn-out one.

Mick O'Malley
474 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:15:32
We're on a 2-game unbeaten run, it's our best sequence since October but you've got to start somewhere!

We're looking tough to beat at home. Let's hope it's enough to carry us up the table., I'm a happier blue tonight.

Bobby Mallon
475 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:15:54
Get fucking in there!
John Pendleton
476 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:16:03

On the day we win and they lose, MotD choose to be silent for the first time in their history.

Robert Tressell
477 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:16:13
Ian #470, that's fine because we can get points. We're making plenty of chances to win every game now. We'll pick up points.

Without the stupid refereeing decision, it might have been 4-0 today.

Geoff Lambert
478 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:17:34
Big shout for Godfrey today – he never put a foot wrong.
Lee Courtliff
479 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:19:06
Will, surely that's all the more reason for Dyche to make a change? Even if he'd just brought Simms on to try and hold the ball up, it would have been something!

I'm from Burnley and all my family and friends have complained for years about how stubborn Dyche can be and his refusal to make changes even when it's obvious that the game is slipping away.

I know this is very negative from me but that second half was ridiculously one-sided considering we were the home side.

Matt Henderson
480 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:19:12
Ajay at 471. 10 points from 7 still decent with this team and especially with no striker and the teams played. Dyche also now won as many games this season as Lampard!
Julian Exshaw
481 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:19:29
All heroes for me today. Coleman, Gana excellent, McNeil a revelation under Dyche. Fans magnificent too.

Not always pretty but this is more than good enough for now.

Will Mabon
482 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:19:40
Geoff, also looks like the speed is returning.
Peter Thistle
483 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:20:24
Possibly the most hard-fought win of the season. Loved Coleman's reaction to the fans — intense stuff!!
David McMullen
484 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:20:55
Torturous second half. But we actually battled to stop Brentford from scoring. Just a shame we had that goal
VARed off.

We need to get something at Chelsea though.

Christy Ring
485 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:25:07
Massive relief and brilliant result – should have been out of sight at halftime.

A fair few teams in the mix now, and we're getting stronger. I know the complaints about our 2nd half performance, but look at the massive results Brentford have had this season? Credit where it's due! Brilliant

I see Cannon scored again today, did we keep the wrong striker?

Barry Rathbone
487 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:25:41
Very happy this afternoon – there appears a strengthening heartbeat to this erstwhile cadaver of a club.

And good news about the builder who fell through the ceiling of my local Indian restaurant, landing in the kitchen. Although motionless, he wasn't dead – he was just in a Korma.

I know – the chemist said the meds are en route…

Will Mabon
488 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:26:49

I hear you. Perhaps he was scared of too much disruption. Half the team were knackered and could barely press or cover.

The antidote to this is to keep possession but we are a little limited here too when the pace is slower.

No easy answer yet. I hope as we improve it isn't all in the direction of previous "typical Dyche" but for now, it's about survival. We pulled it off today but it was sort of close...

Joe McMahon
491 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:33:28
Lee @479, exactly the same: my wife's family are all from around that area, and yes, Dyche won't make subs.

Phew, it's another one down, but this is gonna be hard. Pleased for McNiel, he has taken so much flack. Enjoy a Saturday night blues!!

Lee, I do also see a fair bit of Burnley, their fans do want Everton to stay up, but they are certainly enjoying the football with Kompany. Hopefuly Everton will play Burnley next season!

Lee Courtliff
492 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:33:28
Yes, Will, I understand, mate.

I was just getting angrier and angrier as the second half progressed and I could just see them scoring a late equaliser as Leeds scored an even later winner!!

Thankfully, neither happened. On we go.

John Pendleton
495 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:40:01
Free-scoring Everton (20) are off the bottom – now above Wolves (19).

Anyone know who stayed up on the fewest goals scored?

Dennis Stevens
496 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:40:25
I never felt more like singin' the blues,
When Everton win and Liverpool lose!

Oh Everton,
You've got me singin' the blues.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
497 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:41:04
And to think I had put £100 on Toney scoring the winner.
Andrew Merrick
498 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:41:42
Sky say Demarai's goal correctly ruled out.
BBC say we were unlucky to have the goal chalked off.
And the officials were poor all through... No consistency.

But if Dyche's mental confidence coaching sticks, we're staying up.

Dwight McNeil was my MotM.

499 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:41:58
Bees fan here... well done, Everton, a deserved win if only for the great effort and commitment your team displayed.

Brentford didn't really turn up in the first half, much better second but couldn't turn loads of possession into clear chances.

Still if we're going to lose, I'd much rather lose at Goodison than Oldham or Tranmere. The bonus is that Leeds are now well in the mire.

Will Mabon
500 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:42:53

Same, I hate the OTT rearguard stuff. I don't know whether a detailed analysis has ever been done but it often seems to be little more effective in preventing conceding, than playing further forward with the ball.

It's an easy trap to fall into but is sometimes the only real option when a team is shagged out and not blessed with players that can hold the ball well. Btw, Gana was excellent in this area today, couple of mistakes aside.

Will Mabon
501 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:46:11
To the Bees fan - thanks.

You can take the long journey home satisfied that your team at least left some damaged underpants in their wake.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
502 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:47:18
If only we had a bench to go to, these 1-0 wins — which is what we'll have to rely on to see us through — would be a little less painful and heart-stopping. Some blaming Dyche for being stubborn with subs, but who could he realistically have put on today that would've made a difference and that isn't young and might buckle under pressure.

We still have to hope Garner and Calvert-Lewin can make a difference for us this season. Beyond that, I'm glad he's going with Keane over Coady, and that he figured out Gray needs to be on the pitch. Gana and Doucoure will continue to scare the daylights out of everyone when on the ball, but it's all we've got; if they can keep us up, neither will be playing next season.

The rest of the season will be a roller-coaster for sure, but we've got a shot. And I trust Dyche is the man for the job, whatever happens.

James Flynn
503 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:48:32
Best team performance of the season.

Gana was terrific today.

Dyche was the correct hire.

Chris Gould
504 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:49:32
For anyone complaining about lack of subs, or timing of subs. We won and kept a clean sheet. So how on earth can you criticise when, quite possibly, any further/earlier changes could have changed the result in Brentford's favour?

In previous games we've been worse after substitutions because of how dreadful our bench is. Maybe Dyche realises that a tired Coleman, Doucoure etc is still better than the shite on our bench.

If they had equalised then complain, but they didn't, and Pickford barely had to make a save, so appreciate the fantastic performance. If we had Brentford's bench, we'd have made 4-5 subs. But sadly our bench is an absolute embarrassment.

Also, do you honestly think that Dyche isn't aware of what Simms can or can't do? Do you not think that him and his coaches know how Simms can or can't effect a game? Or do you think he just can’t see what you can? When in actual fact, you don't see what he sees each day in training, and you have no idea how Simms scores in all of Dyche's many tests and indicators.

Dyche got it right, and we won against a team that hadn't lost in 12 matches.

Kieran Kinsella
505 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:50:32

I agree. It's easy to say "make a sub" but none of the otpions would be an improvement except maybe Garner who is probably not match-fit.

Andy Meighan
506 Posted 11/03/2023 at 17:51:04
Pete 473. See where you're coming from. But a bit harsh, that's a great result against a side who have been on a great run. Likewise Arsenal.

Also we haven't beaten them in the league before today since they came up. As someone said earlier if this idiotic cretinous board would have sacked Lampard after Bournemouth, we wouldn't be in this mess.

But they didn't so we are. But we're fighting though and winning big home games without conceding. Great result.

Philip Bunting
507 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:03:39
Next 3 games are seriously tough. Let's see what Dyche and the boys are made of.

It was vital, absolutely vital we won that today. If we can get something from next 3 games, our run-in is favourable. Coyb

Will Mabon
508 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:08:53
Philip, it's never easy being Everton...
Dale Self
509 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:09:55
It appears that we are getting the defence in order just in time when we need it most. It will not be aesthetically pleasing but we will be where Dyche is most dangerous, low block competent and looking for the counter.

Surviving this the way we did may help. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Dyche set out to attack in measured episodes. Just glad to see some competence really.

David Hallwood
510 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:10:42
Couple of points:

The Steve McMahon lookalike ref was unbelievably shite. The VAR was introduced to overturn clear and obvious errors by the ref and today and against Arsenal we had decisions go against us that were neither clear nor obvious. The only thing that was clear and obvious is that most of the VAR decisions go against us.

Great win, but you've got to admire the courage Brentford showed in attack: when they broke, they had 4 men in the box. Hopefully, one day, that'll be us.

Jonathan Oppenheimer
511 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:16:16
Kieran, still I understand the sentiment because it was painful to watch those guys completely exhausted in the last 20-30 minutes.

A clear picture of the shit we're in, holding on for dear life at home against fucking Brentford just to stave off relegation.

Andy Crooks
512 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:16:18
For the first time in ages, I can look forward to MotD and for once enjoy the punditry.
Will Mabon
513 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:18:22
Well, Dale,

some of the play in that first half was anything but what is usually attributed to a Dyche team – he's obviously not shackling them at all when they are capable.

Fitness, cohesion and belief will grow I think but it still has to be safety first for now. We've seen more attack since Dyche arrived than maybe the rest of the season under Lampard.

Brian Williams
514 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:21:30
Holding on for dear life at home against fucking Brentford just to stave off relegation.

Fucking Brentford who, before today hadn't lost in twelve.

Andy#512. 😉

John Keating
515 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:24:59
My God – another nerve shredder!

How do we make it so difficult for not only the players but for all supporters?

We should have had it wrapped up at half-time and 3-0 would have been a fair reflection on chances.

Still, at the end of the day, we can't complain, a win and a clean sheet and a little step towards survival. Just a pity Leeds drew and Bournemouth… well what can be said?

Chelsea next, who seem to be getting their act together, unfortunately. Still, with full blooded commitment and a bit of luck hopefully we can get something there.

Well done to everyone today, players, management and, as usual, supporters.

Kieran Kinsella
516 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:25:45

I just hope we survive, then we can jettison a number of these who are out of contract: Docuoure, Mina, Davies, Simms, and maybe offload those with just a year left: Gomes, Dele, Gbamin.

With the Kean and Richarlison money, that should put us in a position where we have the chance to make some sensible acquisitions. If we go down, the sale money will be swallowed up just paying bills.

Derek Taylor
517 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:32:09
When football resumed around Xmas, I vowed I would never criticise anything Everton did as long as they won.

Given that that is all that manners, some on here should keep their fingers in their pockets, not on the keyboard!

Lee Courtliff
518 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:32:45
Chris Gould, I'm far more familiar with Dyche than most on here as I've watched him at my hometown club for many years.

Let's just see what you make of his subs in a year or two's time. Or, just ask Burnley fans and every single one of them will point out that he's unbelievably stubborn with his selections and loathes to make changes.

Burnley fans would be crying out for Vydra to come on in place of Wood or Barnes, who were both offering nothing to the game but Dyche wouldn't budge.

But, you'll see for yourself as we go forward (hopefully in the Premier League).

Robert Tressell
519 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:41:44
When Dyche has quality options on the bench, I'm sure he'll be happy to make changes.

We have a really crap team with nothing like the attacking quality of Brentford.

Denis Richardson
520 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:49:30
Given our predicament, no complaints. Home win and clean sheet – that's all that was needed.

Next 3 are tough but I don't need to worry for another week.

Enjoy the weekend.

Andy Crooks
521 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:53:43
John Keating, so, the directors played no part?!
Dave Abrahams
522 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:53:44
Some terrific performances out there today with the defence battling away. Pickford didn't have a lot to do but that save just after half-time was excellent.

The midfield players Gana, Doucoure and McNeil were tireless and Gray did his bit upfront. Yes, our nerves are shredded but we are still standing.

I'm getting on a bit and can only manage four or five manic cheering efforts and that bleedin' VAR left me knackered for nothing!! Still, all's well that ends well – and it did today.

Jerome Shields
523 Posted 11/03/2023 at 18:57:58
Great result. It is clear Dyche is not confident in his options off the bench. I don't think any of us are. It was less fatal errors that won the day and a good performance from Keane. Though McNeil was my MotM.

Great performance in the first half and done his bit in the second. Of course, Coleman'spositioning on the line saved the day for us.

Maybe Onana is being targeted after his Arsenal performance. There is a determination to spoil his play, which may be of value, creating space for someone else. Everton, if they could get a tune out of him, would have an additional threat. The opposition seems to think so.

Better timed subs by Dyche, at least he got a chance this week.

Ernie Baywood
524 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:01:55
It didn't affect the outcome, but I'd still like us to kick up a stink about the VAR in that game.

The 'handball' needs an explanation. Did they call it on the left arm? Because it definitely didn't hit that arm. Did they think it hit the right arm? Because the video didn't show that clearly either. And when they played them both at the same time it looked like it just came straight off his left tit.

Did they take a probabilistic view after the footage being inconclusive? Because that would be an abuse of the system.

Then there was Onana's shirt literally being pulled off at a corner (one of many). They didn't fancy zooming into that footage.

The VAR is failing and it is going to end up sending someone down. Whoever makes those kind of decisions against us needs to know we'll make them very accountable for their guesswork. Make them think twice before they screw us.

Tony Everan
525 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:08:25
Six points separate the Bottom 9 teams. None of those are safe in any shape or form.

Ernie, it would be interesting to hear what Gray had to say about it. On the slow motion, it looked like it came off his chest. There was not a clear and obvious handball on the replays.

Neil Carter
526 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:10:28
Just watched the clock on the screen at Goodison crawl slowly for 2 hours. Thought we could breathe for the first time in a long time before the VAR did us yet again.

Great result – deserved after the first-half performance and the fastest Everton winning goal ever at Goodison? True, anyone?

I'm ageing very quickly watching this every week!!!!

Dennis Stevens
527 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:13:24
Ernie, it's not the VAR as such, it's more that incompetent or biased officials don't get any better just because they've got a bit of new tech to play with – they're still incompetent or biased.
Jeff Armstrong
528 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:16:12
Special mention to Michael Keane today, he was very good, as were Gana, McNeil, Doucouré, and Coleman.

Onana and Iwobi were awful second half.
Bill Gall
529 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:17:03
Watched the game, just finished reading the comments of we should have played this player we should have brought this player on, we should have made our substitutions earlier, and so on.

Instead of saying what we should have done, how about what we have done, and that is beat a team that has not been beaten in their last 12 games, and we picked up 3 points that got us out of the relegation zone.

And on the plus side, we have a manager that is installing confidence in his players and the only future he looks at is the next game.

John Keating
530 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:17:25
VAR for clear and obvious errors.

The biggest set back in football. Killing the game.

Alan McGuffog
531 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:20:32
Neil... swiftest I ever saw was Howard's against Chelsea in 1970.

Under 10 seconds I think 🤔. But as we only won 5-2, I guess it didn't count as the winner.

Dale Self
532 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:22:12
Beat Chelsea and we move up to 12th Simples oh wait that was some commercial thing. Make that ‘Dig it’.
Steve Shave
533 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:28:39
Well said Bill Gall, some are never happy.

We must pick up points in the next two games though, shame Chelsea have started playing again.

Brian Denton
534 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:51:05
Alan (531),

I think that goal by Howard was 14 seconds. I was in the Park End that day, and another lad let me share his crate to stand on. Imagine that nowadays!

Jerome Shields
535 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:54:58
Bill #529,

For survival, Everton have to beat Brentford and improve on previous match performances, where they fell short. Fortunately, they did improve in some of the necessary areas.

Many of the posters are aware of the shortcomings and observe and comment on the needs for improvement. They are happy that the improvements have resulted in this result.

But they are aware where more improvement is needed and the need for Dyche to manage players who fall short in their performances, which could cost much-needed points in future games.

Tom Bowers
536 Posted 11/03/2023 at 19:55:37
Make no mistake – this was a priceless win against a very very strong team. I ask the question though why is Toney still playing??? Did I miss something.?

We all thought the same thing after the win against the Gooners but we just seem to struggle hot and cold.

However, after the nearly win against Forest and this one, surely they can creep to safety somehow.

Joe McMahon
537 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:11:41
Agreed Tom, I'm feeling a bit more optimistic now. If only we could have kept hold of the lead at Forest, but nevermind. Brentford are a good team.

So pleased for Dwight McNeil, he may just prove more useful than Anthony Gordon.

Paul Tran
538 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:17:58
Tom, Tovey's been charged. He needs to have a hearing before he's given his fine and ban. That's why he's still playing.
Brendan McLaughlin
539 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:23:26
Well done, Sean and the boys.

George McKane... enjoy "la dolce vitae" although the city of Liverpool will certainly be that little bit less colourful.

Stuart Sharp
540 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:27:35
Not long in. Folks, we should argue about immigration and free speech more often...

With Brentford unbeaten in 12, it was hard to see that coming. 2nd half was not good for my health. But great to see a proper fighting performance again. Doucoure was excellent.

I've been very critical of Gana, but he only really made one dodgy mistake today and I thought he was brilliant. I almost feel optimistic. Amen.

Kevin Molloy
541 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:32:41
I feel ridiculously relieved after that. To celebrate, I am very much enjoying West Ham fans panicking on Claret and Booze on YouTube:

"How the fack are we gonna get rid of 'im!"
"It's gotta be darn the ground."
"I reckon 10 minutes of 'were fackin' shit' on a loop directed at the boxes."

Raymond Fox
542 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:43:44
Thats a precious result, no doubt about it. It gives us a chance now of surviving, it was a must-win.Credit where its due, Dyche has instilled a lot more belief into the team it seems.

Leicester are suprising me: for a team with some class players, their results are really poor.

Unfortunately I think it will go right to the end of the season before we can stop fretting about relegation.

Dale Self
543 Posted 11/03/2023 at 20:54:28
Aye George, travel safely and send us a postcard!
Pekka Harvilahti
544 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:32:17
It is different with Dyche, he knows how to play when there is no money.
We only could do loan deals in the window and the market said no go. Now we have no main striker so we just have to do without one and do the best with what we got.
Great result today!
Ian Riley
545 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:33:02
Great win! A real team performance! VAR will never be successful as the officials simply aren't good enough. Confidence will improve with positive results. Next 3 games, we need points but for now we relax as fans!

After a very nervous 2nd half I seriously think life expectancy as an evertonian will be short or a cardiology referral will be required.

Andy Crooks
546 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:33:13
George Mckane, wishing you all the luck in the world. Will never forget sharing the taxi to Lime Street with you and Derek Knox. Neither will the taxi driver! Top man, George.
Christy Ring
547 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:50:00
A tremendous result against a team who have beaten all the top sides, no need for negativity, we've had comments here for the last 6 weeks who have us relegated, look at the positives, and we're getting stronger under Dyche. I thought Keane, Tarkowski, Coleman and Gana were superb today, and a player who most were saying here was a total waste of money, McNeill MOM.
Ed Prytherch
548 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:53:38
So many players have lifted their game since Dyche came in. We thought that bringing in McNiel was a mistake, that Michael Keane and Seamus were finished, we could not wait for the end of the season to get rid of Doucoure and today we beat an in form team despite the best efforts of the officials. There is light at the end of the tunnel.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
549 Posted 11/03/2023 at 21:59:18
Brian 512, I think you missed my point. No one is saying that beating a solid Brentford team is a minor feat. My point is that we as a club should have never been in the position where we are fighting off relegation, and even worse that it would mean not even being a threat in the second half, having no bench, and feeling complete relief that we held on against a mid-table team while playing at home.

To Jerome’s point 535, we can be both ecstatic about the result and proud of our boys, while lamenting how far we’ve fallen and how far we have to go to get back to respectability.

Mike Gaynes
550 Posted 11/03/2023 at 22:22:17
Andy #546, I'll bet that cabbie could write a memoir on that ride alone, and I've never met George. Just from knowing you and DK.
Dom Kearney
551 Posted 11/03/2023 at 22:36:17
What a win! I teach round the corner from Brentford stadium. I said all week to everyone: we must win so we will!! Loads of banter both ways.
Respect Brentford FC a lot and pleased that loads of my pupils actually support their local team, QPR and Fulham.
This is what I sent to my fellow Belfast Toffee mate last week after the draw at Forest:
Brentford, Fulham, Newcastle, Bournemouth
Chelsea, Spurs, Palace, Leicester, Wolves
Let’s see, but great win - onwards and upwards we go!! I actually think we will beat Spurs now. UTFT!!

Paul Birmingham
552 Posted 11/03/2023 at 23:17:30
A mentally draining day the second half went on for an eternity, but the tempo of the first half, was very good, physically drained but a great result and so for Chelsea, nextbup.

Great effort, and a precious hard earned 3 points, and a clean sheet.

Spirit and belief, and some better composure in the box, and it could have been, less pressured in the second half.

But good to be able to look down from a slightly higher position.

Now to build on this unbeaten run, applaud the great long range strikes - Gray, Seamus and McNeil, long may they continue.

George, The Very Best for your move to Italy, you’ve brought light, hope and banter to this TW forum for years, and to Goodison and away grounds, and it’s not arriverderci.

I’m sure you’ll be able to compose one of your fine ditties, to commemorate your Everton adventures and surely new great adventures in Italy.


Tony Hill
553 Posted 11/03/2023 at 23:33:31
A fine result.

I have no wish to reignite the Iwobi debate, but this strange player continues to be important. Note his line-breaking first time pass for the goal, his excellent cross leading to the Onana miss, and his instinctive effort which was very well saved by their keeper.

Then note his really poor second-half – though there was a fine pass for Gray which put him in.

Anyway, the crowd roused itself at a crucial time and saw us through. We must not underestimate how vital our contribution is: we did it against Villa and then we just stopped, with fatal consequences. We do that a lot and we mustn't.

Colin Malone
554 Posted 11/03/2023 at 00:21:39
During our successful days. I went into St. Anthony church, Scotland road, every match day and light a candles.

Unfortunately its not open,

St Anthonys is to me, like Everton FC..

It maybe mad.

But just saying.

Barry Jones
555 Posted 12/03/2023 at 01:52:51
Like everyone here, I was incensed with the VAR decision. Clear and obvious it was not. Why wasn't the ref called to view the screen?

McNeil was MoM. I have always rated the guy when he was at Burnley so I am pleased to see him winning people over. I thought Onana and Iwobi were poor again. I would love to see Garner get a chance.

Laurie Hartley
556 Posted 12/03/2023 at 06:18:06
A man on each post to defend corners and our goalie coming off his line. It's music to my eyes.

A great defensive display against a team who threw everything and the kitchen sink at us in the second half. Credit to Frank and his team but more credit to our lot.

Also, I enjoyed James McFadden's commentary on Optus Sport. He can talk football that lad.

Sam Hoare
557 Posted 12/03/2023 at 07:39:14
If only Dyche had been appointed before the World Cup, we'd probably be around 10th and all sleeping a bit more soundly!

A good result against a good team and our performances over the last month or so really shows what a difference a well-suited manager can make. The sad reality is that Dyche is the first sensible appointment we have made since Silva and hopefully it's not too late.

Very tough little run of 3 games now and we very seldom pick up points from those fixtures. I'd probably take 3 points and more than that would be great.

We look solid at Goodison but picking up points away will be crucial.

Jerome Shields
558 Posted 12/03/2023 at 08:27:27
Laurie #556,

Good point on defending the near and far post on corners. So many goals against Everton have been because of the absence of just that.

Dyche pays a lot of attention to data and detail – and it shows. Actually, Dyche is by luck the better choice over Potter and Howe. For Everton.

Eric Myles
559 Posted 12/03/2023 at 08:34:53
Laurie #556 "A man on each post to defend corners and our goalie coming off his line. It’s music to my eyes."

It's what was drilled into me as a right back for my school team as a 10 year old, and something I insisted on as a goalie in secondary school.

Nice to see it making a comeback after 50 years.

Alan Johnson
560 Posted 12/03/2023 at 09:32:30
Anyone seen the Police cctv footage re... Bill's photo being vandalised. As Alan Myers reported.
Rob Halligan
561 Posted 12/03/2023 at 09:59:23
Kevin # 541……….I had to watch the You Tube you mentioned about the West Ham fans, attacking Sullivan, Brady, but most of all Moyes. Lots of similarities between us and them. If anyone is interested, the link is below, but it does last nearly 45 minutes., but I think it’s worth watching, just to see fans of other clubs moaning!


Christopher Timmins
562 Posted 12/03/2023 at 10:06:10
Yesterday was a prime example of what Sean Dyche is all about. Hard to beat, no longer a push-over but still with issues up top.

We will be competitive in all our remaining games, we will win some, lose some, and draw one or two, but ultimately we will be safe. We will survive!

Bobby Mallon
563 Posted 12/03/2023 at 10:18:12
David Hallwood, but they lost 1-0.
Martin Mason
564 Posted 12/03/2023 at 10:54:36
Rob @561,

The West Ham video is not bad and the lad comes across as reasonable. West Ham are like us though in that they are a small club with limited resources and hence you'd expect them to be where they are.

I reckon we are absolutely where you'd expect us to be this season. We all blame the board but how much can the board really do to improve us significantly?

Brighton probably show that a well run club can do better but they have reached a resource-based ceiling I think. It's going to be a very exciting run-in and 12th down all look vulnerable.

Larry O'Hara
565 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:00:39
Schadenfreude in action:

As we walked past Satan's Pit back to our car yesterday, I couldn't help but tell happy-clappy tourists getting their selfies taken that there is a great song the locals sing — “Never felt more like singing the blues, when Everton win and Liverpool lose”.

Hard to gauge their reactions as my Swedish is as good as my Norwegian…

Brian Hennessy
566 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:26:49
Glad you mentioned that, Laurie #556. I can never understand teams not having a man on each post for corners.

I have been really impressed by Dyche. Lots of great performers in blue yesterday.

A shout-out too for Tom Davies. It's not easy coming on in a tight game like that and getting up to speed straight away. He did it perfectly yesterday. He put in some good tackles and won a free kick to relieve the pressure.

Derek Knox
567 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:32:19
Apart from the weather, I had a great day yesterday.

My mate was up from Worcester for the match (a lifelong Evertonian who can't get to many games). He knew some of the lads through the TW Golf days anyway, but also got to meet George McKane before he departs for Italian soil.

I expected a bit more second half from us as most of the action was in their half. I never like these 1-0 leads as they are so precarious, one or two slips and 3 points have suddenly become 1 or none. Couldn't understand Demarai's goal being disallowed either, poor refereeing and the VAR are killing the game as we know it, and the inconsistency is almost a lottery; some give it and some don't.

Still, we managed to get to the final whistle with our slender lead intact, through a bit of luck and some resolute defending. Dyche is proving to be the tonic we needed for our gin, although criticism still has to be his timing of substitutes and the personnel he chooses.

Out of a bench of 9, he brings on Harpo and Skid Marx? What the fuck? Simms was warming up along with Garner and Holgate, then we see the Chuckle Brothers (Maupay and Davies) come into the fray… sorry, but I don't get it! They are both about as much use as go-faster stripes on a snail.

Steve Brown
568 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:41:33
Tom did alright when he came on, Derek.

Dyche will need to start trusting the bench, as he handed over momentum to Brentford by not bringing on fresh legs.

Our midfield was blowing bubbles after 60 minutes.

Danny O’Neill
569 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:49:47
Martin @564.

I respect your views, but West Ham are like us and we are small club?

I'm not having that, Martin. They are similar to us in terms of the area they originate from and I like their fans in comparison to many other London clubs.

They have never won the league, have won 3 FA Cups and a European Cup Winners cup. Their last trophy being 1980.

They managed to steal a shiny new stadium practically for free to give the perception of being a big club, but you need binoculars and megaphones to see and be heard as you are that far away from the pitch in an athletics stadium.

They may be a small club that has bounced up and down tiers one and two over the years.

But we are not. We are Everton. It might be generational (I don't know your age, by the way), it might just me being delusional, but I set my comparisons and exceptions for Everton with that lot, Manchester United and Arsenal.

And forget Tottenham and Newcastle. Once we achieve success, those Sky luvvies will not know what has hit them.

The singing in the bars around Goodison yesterday almost filled me with tears. And that was a 1-0 win against Brentford in the midst of a relegation fight.

Imagine when we achieve success. The city will explode and you won't be able to see through the blue smoke.

Dave Abrahams
570 Posted 12/03/2023 at 11:53:28
Colin (554),

St Anthony's is not open when there are no services but it is still a parish church and is open for mass, funerals etc.

Unfortunately it is closed during the day because of the activities of certain people using the church facilities for their own pleasure.

Martin Mason
571 Posted 12/03/2023 at 12:08:34

History gives you zero points and is thus a bit irrelevant now, would you not agree?

Everton has at times historically been a big club but size can only be based on financial power, cash flow, debt and in the end spending power. We were a big club until 1970 and we are now a small club by Premier League standards and, even with money behind us, it's money we can't spend because of FFP restrictions.

I think one of the most important things that we Evertonians should accept and which would help a lot is to believe that, as a big club, we should be successful. As a smaller club, we should accept that success isn't something we should expect.

As a Premier League club, we are up there worldwide because of Sky income but, in Premier League terms, we are down in the weeds. Our fans are what a big club would pray for though.

Danny O’Neill
572 Posted 12/03/2023 at 12:28:02
Martin, pet hate, we are not bound by FFP. that is applicable to teams in European competition.

We are subject to the Premier League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules. They might be one of the same, but we don't come under FFP.

I read today that we are still, somehow, ranked in the list of top 20 wealthiest football clubs in the world. I'm not sure how. Our match-day revenue and seasons ticket prices are a pittance in comparison to the likes of Tottenham and Arsenal. And we don't compete globally or on the marketing front with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United.

Manchester City rolled out the lawers and told Uefa to do one.

I know the likes of Paul the Esk appears way more educated than me, but the conspiracy theorist in me does often wonder: Are our board and owner using it as a smoke screen because they don't want to spend as opposed to being able to spend?

We may be behaving like a small club. But we are not a small club and I will never accept that.

That is straying into being sucked into Kenwright's and Moyes's "plucky little Everton" territory. Be happy with your lot and don't expect a lot. Turn up, be happy and go home.

Even though they won't.

I'd rather quote Sir John Moores. I do expect. I expect Everton to compete amongst the best. Of course they won't win everything, but we should be competing. That is my expectation.

Colin Malone
573 Posted 12/03/2023 at 12:32:54
Dave # 570.

It used to be open every day till around 4 pm. Every Saturday, people who went to Greaty market often called in to light a candle. We lived in Wilbraham House. I found it relaxing sitting there, when it was quiet.

Yes, you're right, the few spoil it for the rest of us.

Thanks for your reply, Dave.

Dave Abrahams
574 Posted 12/03/2023 at 12:45:28
Colin (573),

I replied in case you thought the church was closed completely. You are correct. I find an empty church very relaxing and peaceful for getting your thoughts together.

Wilbraham House, I didn't live far away from there. Everton Brow and my church was St Mary of the Angels in Fox Street – better known as The Friary run by Franciscan Priests.

I went to Anfield and Goodison when St Anthony's had a great school football team with Jimmy Melia, Bobby Campbell and Connie Phillips in the 1950's.

One game between St Anthony's and St Sylvester's, there was about 8,000 estimated fans watching the game. Sorry to say your school lost, possibly you might have been there or even played!!

Nice posting to you, Colin.

Peter Mills
576 Posted 12/03/2023 at 13:48:51
Colin, Dave, you may already have done so but, if not, try and visit the crypt underneath St Anthony's, it's a fascinating place.
Dave Abrahams
577 Posted 12/03/2023 at 14:09:56
Peter (576),

Yes, I've heard of viewing the crypt in St Anthony's, view by appointment. They also held a beer festival in St. Anthony's not so long ago, last few years.

Bishop Tom Williams used to do a lot of funerals at St Anthony's, he was a local boy who attended the school as a boy. He might be retired now, he is a massive Evertonian.

Peter Mills
578 Posted 12/03/2023 at 14:36:47
Dave #576, my visit was for the beer festival. Ale only, no spirits.
John Keating
579 Posted 12/03/2023 at 14:48:31

I think my first ever footy match was for the Friary infants against St Anthony's in the school yard! I must have been 5 or 6.

I can only remember Miss Bishop the headmistress and Fr John – another local lad from the parish – shouting for us to get stuck in!

Not much Catholic compassion against local schools those days!!

Dave Abrahams
580 Posted 12/03/2023 at 15:37:28
John (579),

I was never late for school in the Friary infants. I lived just across the road, 10 seconds away.

I remember playing football in the schoolyard, one goal was the wall of the back of the toilets, great games there from a very early age.

Miss Bishop and Father John are well remembered from my childhood. The Friary – what a school and what characters went to that school. I was sorry to leave it, and my mates, when I went to college, got even worse when I realised they played rugby and not football!!

Bill Gall
581 Posted 12/03/2023 at 15:45:21
Dave #574

I may have mentioned it before but my wife went to the Friary School and reminds me of the time the Nuns sent her on the playground on the roof and it was raining, and as she keeps telling me she was soaked right through – even her knickers were soaking. She said Miss Bishop taught the 5-year-olds.

Peter Mills
582 Posted 12/03/2023 at 16:03:46
I've just been watching a great clip of video, taken from the back of a church.

The Irish priest has a group of kids on the altar, preparing them for their first Communion.

Priest: “Now, children, you must always remember that Jesus loves everybody”.

Small boy: “Except the Rangers, Father”.

Priest cracks up.

Dave Abrahams
583 Posted 12/03/2023 at 16:09:02
Bill (581), yes Bill I was thinking about you and your wife as I wrote my post, your wife came from The Four Squares was alive with characters in each one of them not forgetting Burkett St. which had another tenement block just over the road, most of my young years were spent there, playing football, gambling with dice schools and card schools or up to the Bully ( Bullring) which had the best toss school,heads and tails, they always played with three halfpennies so there was a result with every toss, two heads or two tails.

Only on ToffeeWeb could you go from praying in church in St. Anthony’s to playing Toss in the Bullring!!

Nigel Munford
584 Posted 12/03/2023 at 16:29:25
Not a bad weekend for us really, a win and three points and all teams directly above and below either lost or drew; just waiting on Barcodes to beat Wolves.

We now need to get points out of the next 4 games to keep moving away from the relegation zone.

Christy Ring
585 Posted 12/03/2023 at 17:25:55
Martin #571,

"We were a big club until 1970."

You're probably older than me, but were we not the No 1 club in the mid-'80s, until our neighbours ruined us with the Heysel disaster?

Howard left, some of the first 11 left, because we couldn't show our class against other top teams in Europe.

Andrew Kennedy
586 Posted 12/03/2023 at 18:51:11
I have been watching Everton since 1967 and without doubt the disgraceful behaviour of Liverpool fans at Heysel destroyed a team that, in my opinion, would have won the European Cup in 1986, if we were allowed to play.

For all those too young to remember, there was no group stages against lower-ranked teams, it was a straight shoot-out over two legs, home and away. We lost the momentum as a football club at the most crucial time in English football history, and somehow Tottenham, a team that hasn't won the league since 1961, for fuck's sake, are regarded as a 'big club'.

Andrew Kennedy
587 Posted 12/03/2023 at 19:13:54
Let us not forget the press conference in 1991 by the board of LFC, with Dogleash present, admitted that the Heysel disaster was primarily caused by Liverpool fans, which, conveniently, has been airbrushed from history
Christine Foster
588 Posted 12/03/2023 at 21:35:52
Dave A & Colin M, your posts made me smile, sorry I hadn't seen them until now but you are quite right, to me Scotland Road is as blue as it gets, my mum was brought up in Wilbraham House ( the Ruths and the Hughes) in Oswald street (grim) behind and up Mile end to Portland Gardens, (The Rising Sun was the local) then back over the road again to Virgil street.
Mum lived through the May Blitz in Wilbraham house, terrified, and would be forevermore by thunder and lightning as a result. Mum and Dad were born around Scotland Road, got married, lived and died within 800yds of the place they first met. The furthest they lived was Netherton, but they soon returned to Titchfield street.. where Portland gardens once stood.
St Anthonys was a cathedral to a kid like me.. wonderous place where mass usually took a minimum of 1.5 hours and daily mass seemed obligatory..
Ingrained in every cell in my blue body.. history, its what we are built on.
Christine Foster
589 Posted 12/03/2023 at 22:01:25
Martin 571#
"West Ham are like us though in that they are a small club with limited resources and hence you'd expect them to be where they are.

I reckon we are absolutely where you'd expect us to be this season. We all blame the board but how much can the board really do to improve us significantly?"

I often wonder why I fail to agree with you on so many occasions over the years, but to me your lack of aspiration or unwillingness to put responsibility on the board and owners of this club for our fall in standing, stands out.

We are not and never have been a small club. Winning and losing goes in cycles to bigger clubs, finance too, Man City, Chelsea, Spurs and now Newcastle have all been bankrolled, but the difference is clear, its how the club is managed and always has been. Success has its foundations in ownership and aspiration, they are cornerstones. Aspire to mediocrity and thats what you will get. We had an owner without aspiration and financial acumen and that alone ensured the barren years of his tenure, something you only now appear to get despite the many years of denial and even with financial backing and change of ownership, the stuffs ups continue on a larger, costlier scale, because he was left in charge.
But to liken us against West Ham is more a measure of your expectations than mine,
You ask Evertonians to accept we are a small club and then we would all be happier..

Andrew Kennedy
590 Posted 12/03/2023 at 22:31:19
Christine, no truer a word said. Due to years of mismanagement we are in the position we are.

West Ham have always been a team I look out for but, since being given a (free) stadium, I think their fans are disillusioned that they're a massive club. There is no comparison.

Danny O’Neill
591 Posted 12/03/2023 at 22:36:40
We are not a small club, Christine. Never have been, never will be.

Badly mismanaged to put us in this current situation yet again. But I think this regime's grip is coming to an end. They can't even be bothered turning up to Goodison. Not that they are wanted.

The impasse between the supporters and the board is irreversible. They have cut their cloth, made their bed. The silence is deafening and there is no going back

It's our club, not theirs and we will back that team to the hilt. That is unconditional.

And beating us down over the years into thinking we are a small club with low expectation will never ever wash with me.

They obviously don't understand Everton or Evertonians.

Martin, you are right about the supporters so fair credit. They don't deserve us but they have us. Through thick and thin. Till death us depart. To hear the proud singing and rendition of "I guess why they call it the blues" in the Winslow yesterday was emotional and made me smile.

A long way to go, but we can get there.

Andrew Kennedy
592 Posted 12/03/2023 at 22:42:16
I would rather die as a Blue, than live as a Red 🙏🏻
David Currie
593 Posted 12/03/2023 at 23:03:32
Everton FC are one of The Biggest Clubs in England!
A sleeping giant that hopefully will get a new owner and a new board that can get this big club back where it belongs.
Paul Birmingham
594 Posted 12/03/2023 at 23:22:33
Christine, well spoken,.

More than ever all Evertonians, to focus on the priority requirement for this season, follow and support Everton, to try and win the next match, and through good form, get enough points to stay up.


Paul Birmingham
595 Posted 12/03/2023 at 23:31:08
Andrew spot on, and I’m told only last Friday, that’s their London Stadium, rights are in review, right now, the contract is up at the end of this season.

Big stakes, and that’s from a very good old guard m8, who is an ST at West Ham. I trust he is telling me in what was a concerned, good faith.

I preferred Upton Park, and the atmosphere it brought, and match day experience, which I think and West Ham supporters know, is missing, from where they reside now.

Football is now all about the media...and money.

Phil Sammon
596 Posted 12/03/2023 at 23:56:38
Paul 595

Your writing style, hurts, my brain.

Paul Birmingham
597 Posted 13/03/2023 at 00:15:41
Phil Sammon, welcome.

So, tell me, what’s a good writing style, and what’s yours?

Lee Robinson
598 Posted 13/03/2023 at 09:47:31
Over the moon for Dwight McNeil and his latest form. Just what we have been crying out for for years, a proper left winger. He's really stepping up to the plate when it matters and, against all the stick he was getting, shows great character.

Not that I'm advocating players getting stick, quite the opposite, but it does seem strange to me how some players almost instantly get a free pass. Doucoure and Godfrey in particular seem to get lauded by most of the fanbase quite regularly, while the usual suspects have to play out of their skin to get equivalent recognition, or get slated.

For me, Doucoure, although it's good to see someone with athleticism in the side, is a key part of all our issues. Lack of possesion, creativity, silly fouls, a massive part of our problem – especially second half in just keeping the ball.

Onana not too dissimilar apart from one or two stand-out perfromances all season. Godfrey can't do any of the basics and is a problem at left-back and is nowhere near the level of Mykolenko.

To me, Tarkowski seems like one of the best centre-backs we've ever had. He blocks everything and is a leader, and the main reason in my opinion why we are scraping these wins, yet many seem to hold back praise on him also.

Dave Abrahams
599 Posted 13/03/2023 at 10:08:49
Christine (588),

Yes, you can't beat reminiscing about the old days – it never goes out of style – especially when you recall all the happy days of long ago. Yesterday is the place to go to.

Looking back at Saturday mornings going along the sprawling Great Homer Street with the market at the beginning from Fox Street to all the dozens and dozens of shops, barrow boys and women, the street was alive and stayed that way until late at night.

The whole area was alive with Soho Street the same with London Road bustling with shops and pubs, not to mention all the picture houses around the area which told multiple stories and a lot them nothing to do with what was showing on screen.

Life seemed much livelier then and happier by far but maybe age has something to do with those feelings.

Christine Foster
600 Posted 13/03/2023 at 11:14:46

I used to have a personal race on a Saturday night, that I could get out of Goodison, and race back to the newsagents at the top of Rachel Street to wait for the Pink Echo... then over to Portland Gardens to watch Dr Who.

As a kid, I used to go to the original site of Paddy's market, I must have been little admittedly, and see the piles of everything on sheets on the cobblestones and struggling home with a bag full of King Edwards for the Sunday roast.

It never struck me as a hard place or harsh living. I suppose it was, these days when I get to go back to Greatie, now on the site of where we lived, in Virgil Street, opposite the Ffyffes Banana warehouse, I drink it in, look around at the familiar faces of people I don't know, but seem to know me... my tribe.

Dave Abrahams
601 Posted 13/03/2023 at 12:10:17
Christine (600),

I'm back with my shawl on!! You could go on forever about those days but the old Paddy's Market was the place to go and see how life was lived in the Third World countries and watch “The Johnies” – foreign seamen buying loads of second-hand clothes to take home to their families.

Cilla Black's mam was one of the stall holders there. Across the road on Scottie was Thorn's Cafe where a steaming hot bowl of pea soup went down very well, followed by hot cake and custard if you were good!

Taking my shawl off now, Christine, and starting, slowly, to get ready to go for a few pints in The Soveriegn Cross. (Ned Kelly's) in Victoria Street and ready for some banter with a few Liverpudlians over the weekend footy.

Even that's not the same with too many characters gone up or below and having a good laugh wherever they finished up. Make yourself a nice cup of tea now, Christine, and take your mind back to the lovely Liverpool you knew… or cross Liverpool out and insert Everton instead!!

George McKane
602 Posted 13/03/2023 at 12:55:23
Dave & Christine,

I used to make lemonade from sherbert powder and sell a glass to The Johnnies and then walk with them to Paddy's for a shilling towards my match money,/ cinema, baths. It felt safe and good and “work”.

What a tremendous wondrous childhood. Memories.

Danny O’Neill
603 Posted 13/03/2023 at 12:59:15
Good to briefly catch you on Saturday, George.

Sorry you had to dash off quickly.

I do hope that is not your last trip to the Grand Old Lady and we meet again.

Stay in touch.

Dave Abrahams
604 Posted 13/03/2023 at 13:21:43
George (602),

I've got a nice comfortable cardigan on talking to George, that sherbert powder made into lemonade. We used to buy them in certain shops, they were advertised in the shops as penny vantasses, delicious, sherbert and water.

You conned those poor Johnies, George, but I bet they enjoyed them so no need for contrition!!

Rob Halligan
605 Posted 13/03/2023 at 14:04:21
So the “What makes a Big Club” debate has sprung up again.

If some think we're a small club, what does that make Spurs, Newcastle, West Ham, Wolves, etc etc etc? Teams that have won sweet fuck-all for donkey's years.

In fact, out of the four aforementioned clubs, Spurs were the last club to win anything, the League Cup in 2008.

We are still the fourth most successful in terms of League Championships, we've spent more years in the top flight than any other club, the list goes on and on, and everyone knows our history.

Some may well say it's all we do, live in the past, but let me tell you, at least we've got a history to live on! The likes of Spurs, Newcastle etc, barely have a history, and they won't be winning anything in the future any time soon either.

Spurs have won the league twice, the last being 62 years ago. They even list hospital charity cup wins in their honours list!!

There won't be a person alive on this planet who will remember the last time Newcastle won the league title, a massive 96 years ago! Their last major domestic trophy was 1955, their last trophy of note was 1970.

Newcastle have a banner at St James's Park with “One City, One Club” written on it. For a city the size of Newcastle, to only have one club, their honours list is a total embarrassment.

No way are either Spurs or Newcastle a bigger club than us, and in about 18 months time, we will have a bigger stadium than Newcastle.

Get this season over and done with, with survival of course, a complete clear out at the top, an overhaul of the playing squad (may take a year or two though), get the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock finished, and watch the Phoenix rise from the flames!

So I'll ask again, if we're a small club, what does that make Spurs, Newcastle, West Ham, Wolves, etc?

Barry Rathbone
606 Posted 13/03/2023 at 14:15:49
Rob 605,

I was nodding in agreement till you got to the "Newcastle won't win anything soon" claim. I'm afraid they are now fully paid-up members of the buying silverware club – it won't be long.

Dale Self
607 Posted 13/03/2023 at 14:15:57
Good stuff, Rob.

In case more evidence is needed, those who think we're small should consider why so many coaches and players feel compelled to reference their time at Everton in interviews. Seems like we wouldn't even come up in the conversation if we are not a big club.

Mick Davies
608 Posted 13/03/2023 at 14:26:42
If I'm not mistaken, Everton are 4th in the list of top domestic trophies won, and second only to Arsenal as the longest spell in the top flight.

We also have the record of the most seasons spent there too, and our record attendance of 78,000 is only beaten by one or two clubs. So how anyone can describe us as a small club is baffling.

When Man Utd spent years in the doldrums, including relegation, I never regarded them as anything but one of the English League's elite.

Pete Clarke
609 Posted 13/03/2023 at 14:26:48
Some great memories coming back to me with the talk of Scotland Road.

I grew up in the Denbigh Castle pub in Cazneau Street which was the street of the original Markets.

They were great days growing up as kids around there and our playground extended from Everton valley, City Centre, The lanny and all along the Dock Road. We would go out at 8 on a Saturday morning and not come home till 5 or 6 o'clock, filthy and starving.

Although my local parish was St Joseph's I often went to The Friary or St Anthonys.

The walls of our pub actually had bullet holes in them from the air raids and the cellar below was used as an air raid shelter. Everyday was a big adventure back then and I'm so glad I'm not growing up today with the iPhone / iPad robbing me of my childhood.

I was born in 1964 so probably a little younger than some on here but the year '64 brings me to another story.

I live in Perth now and was at The Greek Hellenic Club this morning where the company I work for are doing a small job. Whilst I was there chatting to our workers, the President of the club came out for a chat.

He heard my accent and asked was I Blue or Red to which I replied Blue. “I'm a blue also“ he said, "and have been since 1964."

Turns out that this old guy played against Everton when we did an Australian tour that year and he fondly remembers meeting lots of the players after the game and fell in love with our club.

I'm 59 but this guy made me feel very young and also very happy. He was playing against Everton whilst I was still floating around in my mam's belly.

I read the full story of that tour once I got home and it's a great read.

George McKane
610 Posted 13/03/2023 at 16:15:19
Dave - never thought of conning - we used to walk them to Paddy’s and chat and they would give us a few pennies. Nice days for me as an adventurous kid.
Danny O’Neill
611 Posted 13/03/2023 at 16:26:46
Get in Rob. We are a big club. Of course we know we know we need to wake up but with the stadium rising above the Mersey, we are going to.

Mick, 4th in terms of English league titles.

Manchester City catching us up, but all being well, we get that 10th one soon at Bramley-Moore Dock.

Christine Foster
612 Posted 13/03/2023 at 18:13:05
Pete 609#, my granddad used to walk me along Cazneau street and the walls of the fruit market were peppered with hundreds of bullet holes, big ones, and used to tell me that people never realized that it wasn't just the bombs it was the straffing as well, something I never forgot.
The Denbigh Castle, I remember it well, before the tunnel was built, a thriving pub.. mind you show me a pub that wasn't thriving then!
Which reminds me, Dad always used to say that the main cause of the demise of Scottie was the tunnel, tore the heart out of the community and turned it into a tunnel entrance, sadly that's exactly what it did, it destroyed a community where bombs and bullets did not.
Christine Foster
613 Posted 13/03/2023 at 18:23:22
George, for the life of me I cannot remember the name of the shop on the Rotunda (end of Scottie road) next to Blossoms the florist? I think, where you could buy a green cream soda with ice cream in it.. or 2oz of orange sherbert you would stick your finger in and lick, until your finger was orange and your tongue was too..or a frozen jubbly..that would last forever and you your face would ache trying to suck the flavor out..no wonder we had poor teeth..

PS.. just come across this link to The Rotunda, it's history..what a great little read about a forgotten landmark ..


Graham Mockford
614 Posted 13/03/2023 at 20:23:12
How good a player has Seamus been for us? One of our greats.

This century, we've been pretty limited but I'd have Seamus up there with Baines, Cahill, Jagielka, Pienaar, Howard and Osman as the best.

And to think at one point they all played in the same side.

Derek Knox
615 Posted 13/03/2023 at 21:51:46
Graham, he was one of the best players on the pitch Saturday too, alongside McNeil and Gana, most played okay and as a unit, but those three went above and beyond for me.
Joe McMahon
616 Posted 13/03/2023 at 22:07:57
Graham, personally I'd also add Richie, Distin, Martyn and because he's by far the most prolific (and the best) striker we've had in the PL era Lukaku.
Mike Doyle
617 Posted 13/03/2023 at 22:11:10
Pete # 609] you mentioned you live in Perth now. Do you ever bump into Mick Lyons who, I understand, lives in the area?
Pete Clarke
618 Posted 13/03/2023 at 22:50:48
I used to bump into Mike Lyons quite often a few years ago in the pubs around Joondalup but have not seen him for some time now.
He has dementia now sadly and there was a function put on for him down in Mandurah last weekend. My mate went down to it ( he’s a red ) and he lived right next door to Mick in Croxteth all those years ago.
I met Mick one time when he had Mick Walsh with him and shared a few drinks with them.
Also worked alongside Ken McNaught for a while here. He was the accommodation site manager at a mine site I worked at.
Peter Withe lives over here as does Gary Stevens.
Lester Yip
619 Posted 14/03/2023 at 04:09:50
Yes, Graham. Coleman is on a mission. His younger years were signatured by his forward attacking moves. Now it's his wit in defending and sheer determination. What a captain we have!

I saw some comments about Thewell's acquisitions so far. I think they're pretty good in the sense of right character for the team at a right price. Tark, Coady, McNeil, Maupay. Yes, Maupay. He might be limited but I like his grittiness and work rate. As long as he keeps getting into the box and trying, once scored, it will flow. I'm worried about DCL. It takes so long to recover. I wish he stays committed and like to see him play again.

We had a pretty good record against Chelsea. Bring it on!

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