Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 5 Everton

Doucoure scored after just 34 seconds and Everton went on to register a 3-0 lead by half-time with an exquisite volleyed second from Doucoure and clever play from McNeil, who went on to score a brilliant 5th with the last kick of the game! 

Sean Dyche makes two changes to the side that drew at Leicester last Monday as Yerry Mina and Nathan Patterson start, with Keane and Onana on the bench.

Seamus Coleman is out for what remains of the season but Andros Townsend turned out for the U21s at Finch Farm this afternoon on his long road to recovery. 

Brighton started off in practice passing mode but Everton stole the ball, Iwobi found Calvert-Lewin who rolled Dunk with a very smart wheel turn to then cross for Doucoure and a nice side-foot in after just 34 seconds. Great start!

Brighton tried to settle things down and pass the ball in a more controlled manner, a good cross almost falling for Welbeck at the far post.

Everton were continually tested in every structured Brighton surge forward, and sought to make the most of the rare midfield possession they saw. Another prolonged spell of pressure was ended by Iwobi stepping in, McNeil getting fouled. From the free-kick, Pickford found McNeil but he could not find Calvert-Lewin ahead of him. 

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Mina was well up for it and got hold of a bit too much of Undav, earning a first speech from the referee. Mitoma was then caught by Iwobi but the free-kick was defended. Mitoma got past Patterson. 

Everton got the ball up the other end ad looked to complete an intricate counter but it was too close to Steele. Buonanotte was too rough on McNeil and Pickford launched another mortar ball upfield that eventually fell to Calvert-Lewin who shot wide when he could have hit it more cleanly. 

Everton had been doing well but Mina was then shown an early yellow card for protesting a foul on him by Dunk. Patterson was also treading a narrow line, having to foul Mitoma, but the free-kick was defended well enough. 

Everton had been able to cope with most of the Brighton build-up play, with the diagonal cross in being picked up off Mina or Tarkowski. 

Dunk was drawn into fouling Calvert-Lewin and referee Cooper levelled up the yellow card count with Dunk going in the book. But Everton were eventually offside following the free-kick. 

Doucoure forced a good turnover but McNeil's shot was blocked behind for a corner that Doucoure laid back to Gueey whose shot was blocked by Mitoma and Gueye was late diving in on him: yellow card.

McNeil got a great chance to shoot on a cutback from Doucoure, a certain goal blocked by Webster. Brighton countered but Gross tugged McNeil's shirt to end that threat. Pickford was forced into a dreadful clearance but the ball did not stick for the Brighton player.

The tempo of the game was high and it favoured Everton who countered well from a Brghton attack, a good move down the left, McNeil driving purposefully, waiting for Doucoure wide right who gloriously smashed his cross first time past Steele for a brilliant second goal to Everton. 

Another massive onslaught from Brighton again saw that diagonal cross headed behind for a Brighton corner that was only partially cleared.

Another Brighton attack came a lot closer and needed a vital interception by Tarkowski, but the Seagulls kept coming forward... until Everton countered, Iwobi and Doucoure seemingly set to score a third...  Surely not. But McNeil kept it alive and played a brilliant shot in off Steele's leg for a very clever own goal!!!

Calvert-Lewin got a chance to run with the ball but somehow got his feet all twisted around and the chance rapidly disappeared. The big danger for Everton is always giving dangerous free-kicks away which is what Patterson did on Mac Alllister, but Brighton played the set piece too wide. 

Everton had time to play some possession ball but it was quickly pounced upon by the Brighton press. Everton still had to be supremely disciplined against the tricky Mitoma, who won a corner off Patterson. From the corner, a quick VAR check was made after Dunk went down. 

Into added time of an amazing half for Everton, and they still needed to be very disciplined in defence to make sure the clean sheet was preserved. Calvert-Lewin was shown a late yellow card but created an incredible chance that somehow did not create a 4th goal from Garner, whose shot was blocked clear.

De Zerbi reacted with four changes for Brighton at the start of the second half. They tried to play through Everton but could not get past Pickford. After not getting a single shot on target in the first half, Brighton found March free on the right and forced another save from Pickford. 

Brighton kept coming forward in waves but Everton defended resolutely, a short corner being passed right across the Everton area. Mykolenko then did remarkably well to anticipate Ferguson's run and to stall him without apparently committing a foul. 

It was relentless Brighton pressure, Doucoure getting a stupid yellow for screaming at the referee about where Brighton were taking a midfield free-kick from.  But anything to maintain the concentration and intensity levels as Everton needed to be absolutely committed. 

McNeil did well in defence but gave away a free-kick by the corner flag that then led to a corner, headed behind. Pickford pulled off a brilliant save off the post before Ferguson was flagged offside. 

Past the hour mark and Everton were defending corner after corner, in vain trying to clear out to the lonley Calvert-Lewin who was often back to head those corners away. Brighton kept coming out to the right through March who made space for a fantastic shot that Mina got his head on to clear with Pickford making a frantic air-save behind him. 

Ferguson got some space on the left of the penalty area and a shot that Pickford fingertipped onto the bar. From the corner, Mac Allister's header also hit the bar with Pickford beaten. 

Brighton piled in a gain, winning another corner, again taken short and quickly, trying everything they could to catch out the Everton defence. Everton simply could not get out of their own half. 

Everton had perhaps weathered the worst of the Seagulls' onslaught as they got more ball in midfield, albeit breifly, until the Brighton attack won another corner, that saw Pickford pull off a tremendous save off a header by Mac Allister.  

And Everton broke well through Gueyye, Iwobi and McNeil, which saw McNeil dribble around Steele to score a wonderful 4th goal. 

Brighton got a goal back with a dangerous cross to the far post, Mitoma hitting the post and the ball going in off McAllister's head on the ground. 

Everton were losing concentration, unable to clear it when they could, then more Brighton corners, Mitoma's goalbound volley deflected over by Colwill. More corners and more goal threats but Everton still unable to relieve the pressure as Brighton kept up their attacking effort. Dyche finally found a way for a brief respite through some late substitutions. 

But Brighton attacked and Ferguson's close-range shot was batted away by Pickford. Brighton tried something different from the corner but Gilmour's shot was blocked. In one attack, Pickford came out a long way to punch another cross clear, then barged Mac Allister down as he tried to recover his position in goal. Not entirely legal perhaps but the referee didn't seem to mind! 

Into added time and another Brighton corner but Mitoma puts it well wide at the far post. Buuyed on to the final whistle by a tremendous rendition of Spirit of the Blues, Everton almost set up a fifth with a break but Docucore was denied. 

But not the next time, when McNeil went on a lovely overlap and absolutely belted it past Stelel into the roof of the Brighton net for an absolutely fabulous non-hat-trick. 

Brighton & Hove Albion: Steele, Gross.  Webster (46' Colwill), Dunk [Y:21'], Estupinan, Buonanotte (46' March (), Caicedo, Mac Allister, Mitoma, Undav (46' Encisco), Welbeck (46' Ferguson).

Subs not Used: Sanchez, Ayari, Gilmour, van Hecke, Mora.

Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Mina [Y:18'] Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Iwobi, Garner, Gana [Y:23'] (87' Onana), Doucoure, [Y:56'] McNeil, Calvert-Lewin (87' Maupay).

Subs: Begovic, Holgate, Keane, Gray,, Davies, Coady, Simms.

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Allen Rodgers
1 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:19:11
We'll never have a better opportunity to climb out of the bottom three.
Will Mabon
2 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:20:23
Chris, now is the time to do ourselves a favour.
Shane Corcoran
3 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:22:03
Mina starts instead of Keane.
Jeff Armstrong
4 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:24:00
Mina starts instead of Keane!
Will Mabon
5 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:25:26
Jeff... and... breathe.
Brent Stephens
6 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:32:47
Patterson and Mina start. No Keane.
Alec Gaston
7 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:33:10
Let’s hope we don’t regret calling for Mina to start COYB
Neil Humphreys
8 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:34:08
That's more or less the team we've been asking for.
If they don't turn up, it's not on the manager.

Good feeling about this one!

Kieran Kinsella
9 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:35:05

Mina starts… but will he finish?

Kim Vivian
10 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:37:11
Maupay knows his way round the Amex - Any hope of a "super-sub" today?

COYB - BHA1 - Blues 2

(Although that does go against my previous predictions but the Runes are telling me....

Brent Stephens
11 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:40:45
Kieran, my hope is a left foot finish in the opposition box on 90 minutes to win the game.
Denis Richardson
12 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:46:25
Fitness aside, that 11 isn't actually that bad a side. On paper certainly not relegation fodder. Shame Calvert-Lewin and Mina have been MIA most of the season.

Leeds and Leicester losing was the first ask this weekend; now can we get something from this game?

Got a feeling we'll need min 34 points as Leicester and Leeds could win their very last games, both at home to clubs with nothing to play for. Getting something today massively takes the pressure off the Man City and Wolves games.

Brighton are a decent side, though, but here's hoping.

Stephen Davies
13 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:52:00
Mina plays???!
Brian Wilkinson
14 Posted 08/05/2023 at 16:58:31
Kieran, I will be happy if he makes it to half time mate.

Be Everton subs 26th Minute, 83 mins and maybe a double sub 88 mins

Phil Bickerstaff
15 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:01:34
Playing Iwobi again after all the rubbish performances. He will lose the game for us.

Constantly losing the ball that leads to goals against,
it should be Gray.

Christy Ring
16 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:03:43
Surprised to see Dyche start Mina, long overdue but lacking match practice, still it's a positive sign, need to be up for it today. Disappointed to see Ferguson back on their bench. Silva has done us a big favour and Leicester have our neighbours and Newcastle in next 2 games, still hopeful.
Tony Shelby
17 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:10:35
Phil (15),

Funny, just watched replays of Iwobi making a goal scoring chance for Calvert-Lewin in the last game and getting one himself.

Fucking armchair managers.

Phil Bickerstaff
18 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:16:02
Tony @15,

Blah blah blah… Iwobi does more mistakes than any other member of the squad, looses it all over the pitch.

He is fucking shite.

John Dingle
19 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:23:08
I had Gray for Iwobi and Onana for Gueye.

I prefer my team.

Jerome Shields
21 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:24:17
Keane was too much of a risk, errors and playing deep. Mina makes less errors and, though he hasn't the pace, he does know the value of pushing the defensive line up.
Tony Shelby
22 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:25:28
Phil (18) - Did you type that yourself or did you get your Vietnamese housekeeper to do it?
Ernie Baywood
23 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:28:45
At least with Mina playing we might get a substitution out of Dyche.

COYB. Huge opportunity now.

Tony Shelby
25 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:34:03
Get the fuck in!!!!

Nice pass by Iwobi, Phil?!

Simon Dalzell
27 Posted 08/05/2023 at 17:48:46
It's going to be a LONG game. Patterson getting skinned. Stupid booking for Mina.
Ernie Baywood
28 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:02:34
It's just fucking brilliant!

Can't believe he volleyed it.

Tony Shelby
29 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:03:26
Yeah baby!!!
Ernie Baywood
30 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:08:30
I don't know how to compute this.
Bob Skelton
31 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:15:39
Nicolas Piñon
32 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:16:58
Someone explain if this is reality or science fiction please
I can't SEE the Match
Ernie Baywood
33 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:22:24
The only negative from that is that we should have had about 5.

Just incredible.

Oliver Molloy
34 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:24:21
Brilliant first half display, it really should have been 5 ! - please more of the same second half, we can not lose this now surely !
Jerome Shields
35 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:25:59
The right Everton has turned up!!!

They are not defending deep either.

Craig Walker
36 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:26:00
Please don’t concede! Keep this and we have a massive chance to preserve our Premier League status. Massive second half. Worries me the yellow cards we’ve picked up.


Tony Shelby
37 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:26:03
Half time change of pants.
John Dingle
38 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:28:28
Phil (18) it’s spelt loses, just one o. The other one means loose as in slack.
Simon Dalzell
39 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:30:26
Could have had 6. Should have had at least 4. Hope the misses don't come back to haunt. COYB.
Pete Clarke
40 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:32:18
How good was that ?
We’re doing to Brighton what most other teams will do to them if they get into Europe for next season.
Doucouré finally coming of age and Iwobi playing well.
Just got to keep 11 men on the pitch which is looking unlikely.
Alan J Thompson
41 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:32:54
Brilliant counter-attacking football aided by Brighton's almost all-out attack with almost everyone forward. Had to stop myself when Garner missed the fourth, was I asking too much.

My only worry now is that we might run ourselves out, Calvert-Lewin looks at just walking pace when we don't have the ball. Mina makes the defence look even better as they all seem to play/position around him and Brighton want to get Mitoma taking on Patterson but having no joy. Take note, Mr Dyche, and use the subs well.

Ernie Baywood
42 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:34:44
If we can keep this lead it's going to make sense to take Calvert-Lewin off at some point.

They've all been brilliant but he makes such a difference to us.

I still can't believe what I'm seeing.

Raymond Fox
43 Posted 08/05/2023 at 18:39:55
I did say that 7/1 was a daft price for a win for us, but not in my wildest dreams did I see 3-0 at half-time.

Referee, blow that final whistle now.

Ernie Baywood
44 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:09:50
Ernie Baywood
45 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:11:17
Iwobi was the one who headed it out at the near post and then set up the goal.
Ernie Baywood
46 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:14:18
VAR didn't seem to even check whether that came off his arm.
Neil Lawson
47 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:31:00
Where did that come from? Magnificent.

McNeil and Mina Magnificent.

Pickford Magnificent.

Everyone Magnificent.

Ernie Baywood
48 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:31:22
That's hard to believe.

Come on Southampton!

Christine Foster
49 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:32:47
Bouncing around the living room at 6:30 am.

What a game! Everything came good... what a boost!

Dermot O'Brien
50 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:33:00
Barry Rathbone
51 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:33:47
I said we'd get tonked.
Kieran Kinsella
52 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:34:04
Some positives despite failing to keep a clean sheet.
David Hallwood
53 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:34:05
Big shout out for Patterson!

He started off all over the place and ended up with Mitoma in his pocket.

Francis van Lierop
54 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:34:05
What a crazy match, what a wonderful result!!
Mike Gaynes
55 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:35:13
I just sent an email to Rob Halligan telling him how happy I am for him and the rest of the traveling Blues.

After all the misery they have experienced this season -- and all the roaring, singing spirit they have displayed along the way -- they deserved this day. A thousand times over.

Mike Gaynes
56 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:36:11
Kieran, you crack me up every time. Perfect.
Fran Mitchell
57 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:36:17
No idea what just happened. Unreal.

Dwight McNeil – what a performance. If he can continue his improvement, he's a real baller. Unreal.

Pickford, absolutely brilliant, some excellent saves.

Mina and Tarkowski as a backline.

So much good about that performance.

I was worried about Patterson vs Mitoma but, after we went 2-0, Patterson had him in his pocket.

3 more points and we're safe!


Ernie Baywood
58 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:37:00
4:30 am here, Christine... Reckon I might just roll straight into the Forest game before heading to the office.

To the travelling Blues and all those at home – enjoy your Bank Holiday evening!

Neil Lawson
59 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:38:42
Broke my Pooang chair when 4th went in. Think I will frame the broken bits.
Christine Foster
60 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:38:46
Danny, that was for you... you deserve that for the support this season... for every blue at the game

Thank you, just brilliant... I had forgotten how to smile.

Denis Richardson
61 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:39:07
Well fuck me backwards with a feather. What a performance and what a result, only our 2nd away league win all season and first in 7 months.

Mina back made a big difference, Patterson and Myko had decent games as well but McNeil and Doucoure had immense games. Gueye had a great first half as well, Iwobi also put in a massive shift.

All round a great performance and can only wonder where we'd be if DCL and Mina had not missed most of the season and we'd gotten rid of Lampard during the WC - or never hired the guy in the first place. Easily our worst manager in the last 20 years.

Our first team is decent, when fit, just have no depth at all. Our bench was pathetically thin.

However, no complaints today, massive result and now in our hands. Win at Wolves or home to Bournmouth should do it. Couple of draws may even be enough.

Not over yet but well done Dyche and team.

Joe McMahon
62 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:39:13
Christ on a Bike, I never saw that coming.

Brilliant play from all the team but special mention to Dwight McNeil – he got some stick at the start of the season, but Player of the Season for me, he never gives up.

If Yerry is fit, he has to start! Solid performance! Everton – 5 goals away against a very good team. Sean Dyche gets a 10.

Paul Kossoff
63 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:39:49
My son's birthday today and I said to him hope Everton give you and extra present, he just said I did not expect five!

Thank you, Blue Boys. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐👮

Dermot O'Brien
64 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:40:08
Well done travelling supporters, fantastic as usual.
Brent Stephens
65 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:40:46
Coronation weekend and who had the best Duke?!
Paul Smith
66 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:41:12
Finally get there. Dyche has taken his time but picked the right team in the end.

Where has that performance been all season… and who the fuck are Brighton???

Please never again play Kean or Holgate.

Tony Waring
67 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:42:09
Absolutely fabulous. Lost for words.
Jerome Shields
68 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:42:59
What a performance! The away fans deserved that.
Garry Martin
69 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:43:34
Well, whete do you go from there ?
James Byrne
70 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:44:20
That has to be the relegation game of Premier League history.

No point singling out any players, every one of them was outstanding.

Phil Smith
71 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:44:23
What a performance! Stick that up your arse, Chris Sutton (god I hate that cunt)!

McNeil my player of the season, closely followed by Pickford.

Pete Clarke
72 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:44:27

Keep it tight and nick 5!!!!!

Dermot O'Brien
73 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:44:42
Come to Goodison and beat us 4-1 will ya? Get that up yis!
Alan J Thompson
74 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:45:15
We won 5-1 and they still give me nightmares.

Second half, we did just what I didn't want and sat back and I was sure that, if Brighton scored early on, then it would still be a nailbiter, and I felt that even when our 4th went in.

McNeil must be an almost shoo-in for MotM but for me it has to be Pickford as, with any lesser keeper, they'd have scored 3 or 4 in the second half.

And how much better the defence looks with Mina. If we stay up then we have to look at keeping him. Oh and all the Mykolenlo and Patterson knockers, they were magnificent but then few weren't.

It is unfortunate that a team like Brighton get caught for pushing so many men forward but it is a game of many dimensions. Let's hope that fills us with the confidence to carry that forward.

We shall not be moved!

James O'Connell
75 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:46:14
Huge respect to the Everton fans who travelled to Brighton today. Great to see the players' commitment match yours.

Christy Ring
76 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:46:21
Delighted for Rob and Danny and the magnificent travelling fans, who go through thick and thin.

Mina made a huge difference but 1 to 11 were brilliant. Have to say McNeil was a steal at £20M still buzzing and credit to Dyche for his formation, a word about our midfield and Calvert-Lewin leading the line.

Dave Lynch
77 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:46:27
I'm fucking speechless.

In a good way, that is.

Christopher Timmins
78 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:48:18
Christine Foster
79 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:51:11
Get my breath back… one of the best games I have seen from Pickford, some brilliant, just brilliant saves.

McNeil – what a finish, but cannot single out others because that was just fabulous.

Interviewing the players on the pitch, the away end is rocking!

Dave Abrahams
80 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:51:14
Well, they've had some stick off me and quite a few others this season.

Not tonight, not a moan in sight. 5-1 looks like an easy win but it wasn't because everyone of those Blue Boys had to pull their tripe out for every minute they were on the field. They worked like Trojans for 96 minutes, so take a bow, boys. I could pick my MotM but in the end they won as a team together, fought for each other and wanted to win that game.

Play like that for the next two games and we might not have to worry about the last one. You gave us all a lift tonight, lads, proud of you and that performance.

Nick Page
81 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:51:37
Dominic Calvert Lewin - absolutely unreal. Well done that man, and thank you. 🙏
Jeff Armstrong
82 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:53:19
What Dave said at #80, every one of them MOTM, not a bad performance from anyone.
Come on Saints make it a perfect day.
Denis Richardson
83 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:53:41
Just heard on BBC that Brighton had 77% possession.

Reminded me of the Bobby Brown Shoes days…

Alec Gaston
84 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:53:41
Patterson and Mina 👍🏻
Geoff Trenner
85 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:53:47
Just got back from work, followed the match on the Live Forum. What a result. I really didn't think we'd get even a point. Totally in our own hands now!

Happy Blue, going to pour myself a large single malt before an early night ready for an early start in the morning.

Jerome Shields
86 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:54:08
It will difficult to get Danny back from Brighton.
Brendan McLaughlin
87 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:54:12
What a difference a Dyche makes!
Roger Helm
88 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:54:27
Football, bloody hell. I posted earlier, as did others, that we were as good as down. Football is like the movies in that no-one knows anything.
Robert Tressell
89 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:55:15
Not just an excellent result but the beginning of a team and structure coming together under Dyche.

What a difference Mina made to the defence. Just see it through till the end of the season, please, Yerry. Alan @41, as you say, everyone looked comfortable positionally around him.

The 5 in midfield worked immensely hard as well as posing a threat. Brilliant from Doucoure and McNeil.

Dominic "weak as piss" Calvert-Lewin looks like he was just injured all along. Lo and behold, he did want to play football after all.

Grant Rorrison
90 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:55:30
Just home from work. WTF? 5-1?!! Get the F in.
Peter Jansson
91 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:57:22
Yes!! 😀
Jack Convery
92 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:57:47
Oh what it is to be a blue. You never know what's coming. great performance, great, great belief. Dyche game plan worked a treat. Take a bow Everton you deserve it. As for the fans - just brilliant and a great reward at last.
Lee Courtliff
93 Posted 08/05/2023 at 19:58:24
Well done to all concerned, that was incredible and everyone played well. But Mina made a HUGE difference along with an excellent performance from Nathan Patterson.

It's in our own hands now.

Oliver Molloy
94 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:00:05
Unbelievable performance, ALL players eight out of tens. Special mention for McNeill ( a guy I have said was useless and paid way over the top for ) - he was fucking immense as was Calvert Lewin and Doucoure. I was very surprised that Dyche gave Mina a start to be honest - he obviously had a word with him and trusted he would be committed to the fight.

We should have beaten Leicester, this has made up for that, but more of the same required for the last three games.

Over the fucking moon tonight for a change, our away support are just brilliant.

Now for a Southampton win!


Paul Armstrong
95 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:00:57
Of Sean pulls this off .
Dale Self
96 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:01:45
Words fail but Everton fucking did anything but.
Neil Tyrrell
97 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:03:25
Made up for the long suffering away fans, well deserved celebration day for them.

Great from McNeil and Pickford, and every one of them really. Was that Onana who put Dwight in for the 5th? FIFTH!!

Come on Saints, get at least a draw here

Si Cooper
98 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:03:41
Kim (10), one of your runes was upside down!?!

Yes, one for our magnificent away support (and all the emphasis on the word ‘support’).

All season I’ve despaired at the opponent’s clinical finishing and our ability to fluff chances. Today the opposite was true.

At last some proof there is some real heart and ability in our players. Three more performances like that and we can hope that just the stark reality of another really close encounter with the spectre of relegation is catalyst enough for the necessary changes at the club to happen double quick.

Brian Hennessy
99 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:05:21
Simply stunning win. Dyche showed he is not stuck in his ways by picking Mina and the big Colombian was fantastic. So many good performaces.

I can see us beating Wolves and Bournemouth, followed by the icing on the cake when Billy The Liar gets his marching orders from our new investors.

Paul Armstrong
100 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:05:47
If only we had ditched Lampard earlier
Chris Gould
101 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:05:58
We'll fight them on the beaches!

And gun down the Seagulls!

Magnificent performances from everyone. Tough to choose a mom. Pickford was outstanding in the second half, Mina solid as a rock, Garner is really growing into his role, Iwobi was always looking to cause damage, Doucs was superb, Mcneil out of this world, DCL absolute brilliant number 9 performance.
Special mention for Patterson. He got turned inside out in the opening 20 minutes, then found his feet, and placed their best attacking threat into his back pocket. Everyone was fantastic.

Did anyone else predict that scoreline? Just me then.

Kieran Kinsella
102 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:09:48
That must be our first away 1-5 win since Dyche was on the receiving end in 2018 right? Massive momentum shift tonight. Leicester conceding 5 and losing at home, us doing the opposite. I think Leicester with their remaining games are all but done along with Soton. So it's likely between us Leeds and Forest for the unwanted spot. After tonight our chances seem much much brigther.
Tony Everan
103 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:10:08
An outstanding team performance, all Motm performances, we wanted them to step up to the plate and boy did they, an incredible effort, quality and work rate in abundance.

More of the same against Man City. DCL with Doucoure in support is a handful for any team, this system works. Especially with Mina adding some quality and stability to the defence.

Paul Birmingham
104 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:10:31
" I guess, thats, why we call it, The Blues!"

Outstanding Everton performance, and I am made up, and my bet is good, as a bonus, for Everton to win today.

Genuinely, there's a very good chance to win this relegation, fight, and I've never wavered, in believing Everton, will stay up. But no doubt, its been a granite hard season, and survival, in this League is a must.

The power of Everonians, across the globe, is a special power within the Universe.

Celebrate well, and enjoy this success, and take good heart for the next battle v City.

" What's Our Name?"


Jay Harris
105 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:11:55
What Dave Abrahams said.

Great job really puts the pressure on the others now.

So pleased for Danny, Rob and all the away boys who were also outstanding.

Happy days.

Ray Jacques
106 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:13:25
Knock me down with a feather, didn't expect anything today. One more win needed as I don't see two of the other three teams getting two wins and that has done the goal difference the world of good.

Mins the difference today, organised and spreads confidence to the rest of the back four.

Neither Keane or Holgate must ever play for us again.

Win at Wolves and save the last day nerves please.

Grant Rorrison
107 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:14:10
Another 5 against City and that should be that.
John Keating
108 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:15:45
Phenomenal and totally unexpected
What a performance
Now Wolves and Bournemouth to save us
Forget that Coventry lad we should go for the Brighton guy Ferguson!

Proves, like many posters said “go for it”
We don’t have the players. We can counterattack! Stick to it!!!!

Derek Thomas
109 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:17:09
I've just woken up to find this result, or am I still dreaming.

Now back it up.

Bill Gienapp
110 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:18:06
Good grief, how can a 5-1 win be that stressful - my sphincter was in my throat for most of the second half. I did that thing where I drift away from the TV and start furiously cleaning... then I came back in time to see the fourth goal and exhaled... only to see them almost immediately get one back and was like "Nope, nope, nope!" and started furiously cleaning again.
Rob Baker
111 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:19:18
This is why you don't bet on Everton. Amazing performance with counter-attacking goals. Only 23% possession but it's what you do with the ball that counts. The relegation ball is now back in our court. I wonder if we can match Citeh for another home point. Leics and Leeds now sweating!
Neil Copeland
112 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:20:48
Just got back to the car.

Wow, wow fucking wow! Where did that come from? The final score could have been 7-5!!!!

Long journey but who cares, blues songs blasting full volume out the car window. It feels fantastic to be a blue tonight.

Back in our own hands now.

What a difference DCL makes to this team and Mina is awesome. And Jordan Pickford, I have no words for his performance, again!

Head is all over the place and it feels fucking brilliant.


5-1, 5 fucking 1!!!!!!!!

Kunal Desai
113 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:21:32
I didn't think they played cricket at the Amex.

Superb. Everything you want to see from an Everton side. McNeil, Doucoure and DCL absolutely immense.

Pickford also with some vital saves in the second half.

John Keating
114 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:22:17
Who doubted Patterson?
Forget City
Need same against Wolves and Bournemouth
Forest are safe so we need 2 more wins
John Charles
115 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:30:36
Watched in flahertys in Barcelona. 5 blue in there. What a great night.
Can’t see forest or Leeds getting another point after today.
1 more win.
Suddenly looking forward to the game on Sunday. Even us park end moaners will be bouncing.
Paul Washington
116 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:34:42
Excellent performance from all concerned – fans, players and staff.

Got to keep that intensity for
the rest of the season.


Mark Taylor
117 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:34:46
A game of two halves.

The first was one of the finest counter attacking performances you will see. We stood back, closed the lines, but always ready to pounce if the chance game, and when it did, we won the second ball, then bodies up the pitch in numbers that I have not seen from us for very many years. Forget possession stats, we could easily have been 5-0 up at half time.

It's a shame we had a break because that shifted momentum. From having little to do in the first half. Jordan was the busiest guy on the pitch, a succession of worldies. I've been open to selling him, given we have to sell someone to balance the books, thinking it's easier to get a decent keeper. But had their keeper been in our goal, we would have been 3-3. I can even forgive the miskicks from the back which will one day end badly.

All did well within the context of their talents, but a shout out to 3. Mina for proving me wrong about his likely commitment. DCL for bringing back real CF capability into the team. But above all, McNeil who was awesome, and has actually been the best of an average bunch for several games now.

Dave White
118 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:36:50
The team was unreal but I think a lot of credit has to go to Sean Dyche for that win. He completely out thought De Zerbi leading him to make FOUR substitutions at half time. There were some great shots of De Zerbi looking absolutely baffled by seeing his side being picked off again and again. I’m in fucking dreamland
Christy Ring
119 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:37:04
Still on a high, a huge confidence booster and our position a lot better now. I only relaxed after the 5th goal.
Terry Farrell
120 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:38:45
Game of halves we won the first and the second ha ha.

In The Cherry in Chester and the place was rocking. It's been a long time since I felt this good.

Bill Fairfield
121 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:40:00
A perfect performance and Brighton off their standard. Dreamland. Superb performances by the whole team. We’ve given ourselves a great chance now.
Danny O’Neill
122 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:45:10
More than life itself.

Hugged two strangers near me, gave the lady in front of me a big hug at the end and the young kid dancing on her chair to Spirit a pat.

I'm still on adrenalin and still in Brighton waiting for Mark and Martin.

Ill say something more coherent tomorrow. Right now, I'm running on adrenalin.

Spirit Forever. I hope you could hear us. Fantastic blue army

Raymond Fox
123 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:47:51
Very well done lads, its time we had something to be happy about.

I did say I fancied us to get something out of the game, but 5-1 – I didn't see that coming. They had that freak 6-0 Wolves win and then beat Man Utd, they would see us as easy meat!

We need to reset again for the Man City game, they won't be all that confident coming to Goodison now but they will as sure as hell be focused.

Today's result gives us every chance of staying up but the job's not finished yet.

Neil Tyrrell
124 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:48:21
Danny 122 apart from the odd "Albion" the away end was all I could hear in Limerick's Pub in Calgary.

Spirit of the Blues came through loud and clear. Enjoy the rest of your day with the traveling Bue army!

John Daley
125 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:49:49
I thought Mina was immense considering it was his first appearance for many a month.

Credit also to Doucoure, who i'm usually critical of for passing and shooting like Alan Patridge after he's pulled his foot off a big spike, but who turned it on today. That second goal was a thing of beauty.

Even so, Man of the Match surely has to go to Dwight McNeil who, when you consider how one-paced he appeared earlier in the season, now seems to be playing with the training wheels taken off.

Julian Exshaw
126 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:53:24
Probably the most unexpected result in my 50 years as an Evertonian. Every player a hero.

A truly excellent performance which will boost our confidence no end for the last three games. To see the joy on the faces of those magnificent travelling fans was worth its weight in gold.

John Atkins
127 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:54:19
We need 4 points, if we get them I think that should just be enough

There will be some other surprise results, you wouldn’t be surprised if Leicester beat the shite next weekend … thank fuck they’ve won the last few games and have something to play for

Dennis Stevens
128 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:56:21
Likewise, Raymond #123. I fancied us to get a result today. But what a result!
Christine Foster
129 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:57:37
Just reading the comments from blues all over the world, USA, Australia, New Zealand..Ireland, Canada.. where are you smiling from?

Hey Bernie, hope you're adding this! Best pick me up in years!

Brendan McLaughlin
130 Posted 08/05/2023 at 20:59:17
Christine #129

Ear to ear!

Neil Tyrrell
131 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:01:58
Christine #129,

The bottom of my blue heart. 💙

Okay, pink today.

Rob Dolby
132 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:02:47
Where did that performance come from?

Good decisions keeping Garner in the team and dropping Keane.

McNeil outstanding, shading Pickford for my MotM.

Correct tactics, not sure why we haven't been playing like this all season. Calvert-Lewin makes a massive difference.

Maupay still looks like an Under-11 in a man's game.

Another win might just be enough.

Stan Grace
133 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:02:54
The perfect response Brendan #130. Same for me.
John Daley
134 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:04:29
Phil Sammon
135 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:05:15
Just woke up in chilly Melbourne. Absolutely floored by that result. Incredible stuff. Wish I'd been up at 2:30 am to watch it!
Steve Cotton
136 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:05:20
What is the super computer predicting now...
Mal van Schaick
137 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:06:07
Excellent match report, thank you, Michael. Our away support was fantastic and did spur the team on.

Great performance, full of commitment, passion and desire and result that stands us in good stead for our remaining games. It's in our hands.

More of the same please for the remainder of the season.

Peter Moore
138 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:06:15
That was an Everton away performance!!! The lads showed they have the nads to match the manager's steely resolve with an on the pitch performance that was congruent.

Massive shout out to the fans that made the ground sound like a home match such was the volume for the whole match. Different class.

Team selection spot on. Patterson and Mina both shone and added to the quality and fight needed. Well done to them and every single player today.

We needed to be clinical and absolutely were! Abdulaye Doucoure great runs and great finishes to put us two up, Wow!

The class shown by McNeil together with his immense work and running. 10 out of 10 from me.

Brighton are a good team in great from, to do that today, properly superb effort and execution. They hit the woodwork three times and Pickford was flawless and made great saves.

After the draws where we arguably deserved wins in some games recently, maybe a bit of evening out of the luck today.

Same application in every of the last 3 games now should see us safe. Well done Everton team! Well done Everton Manager and staff. Made up for Dyche and Woan too. They are giving their all and deserve to succeed.

The DCL return is critical obviously. If we can get this done over the coming games. First action of close season must be to get Viktor Gyokeres in please lord 🙏 Coventry made the playoffs today so if he comes up with Coventry maybe we missed our chance to get him in January.

Anyway, summer transfer worries for another day! Well done Everton today, they drag us through the absolute depths of emotions and mental wellbeing don't they today's euphoria is more than welcome. UTFT. 💙

Jim Lloyd
139 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:11:01
What a display! The two young full-backs both had two of their most dangerous players to cope with. I thought they really grew up in this game. Well done lads, and well done all the lads. Every one of them put a tremendous effort in; and on top of that, we marmalised Brighton!

They've given us a better chance of staying in the Premier League; but more than that, they've given us the makings of a good team

I thought we'd do well to get a point today (mind you, I've been thinking that for most the season. Well, here we saw a team who could counter-attack brilliantly. No matter what happens; if they can repeat this effort and this cohesion, then we've got something to build on. None of our goals were flukes (well maybe the one in off the goalie, but he left his goal line, and we could have had more!) Good work by the defence and superb performance by Pickford.

Top marks to Sean Dyche as well. A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking we'd picked a manager who couldn't save us. Well, I was wrong.

Me last bit is for our bloody brilliant fans who've gone through a nightmarish season and sung their hearts out in every away ground and seen a lot of dire games. Well, the team matched their brilliant support. We've got a decent chance now!

John Pendleton
140 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:17:26
Neil (112) and Danny (122), I wrote this on today's forum and it's for you.

Just a word about our away support today and the whole season tbh. I think I'm happier for them than for me at today's performance and result. On R5 Live, they were all you could hear before kick-off to the final whistle. Oh to be there tonight.

Many will be just starting on the road now with many hours travelling ahead whilst we're sipping our booze of choice with our feet up at home. I salute your resilience, commitment and eternal faith when others falter. Bravo Blues and UTFT!

Jim Lloyd
141 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:19:40
Christine (129) Kirkdale!
Peter Warren
142 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:23:20
I mentioned who are our heroes and singlesdout Pickford for his heroics and McNeil for his effort. I take it back as didn't realise McNeil had that much class too.

A big well done to McNeil. We love players with character. A lot of Everton greats over the years have had to ensure stick and I'm not saying McNeil is a great but fair play to him, the performances compared pre- and post-February are like chalk and cheese.

Rob Hooton
143 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:23:36
Danny we could hear you loud and proud all game long! I was singing along with you all at home, brilliant stuff from you all at the ground.

Overjoyed with that, was hopeful of a draw and maybe a lucky win so am over the moon.

Brilliant performance from every single player today, Pickford made a number of world class saves to show us all just how valuable he is.

Mike Price
144 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:24:15
Unbelievable away support!

I was so shocked with that result, it felt almost too emotional. We need to keep focussed, we're a long way from safety yet.

Fran Mitchell
145 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:24:56
Calvert-Lewin's return cannot be underestimated. He may not yet be scoring goals, but having a striker with pace, strength, ability to turn defenders and hold the ball, completely transforms our attacking play.

He enables us to play on the counter, and occupies the attention of the defenders which thus gives more space for the likes of Iwobi, Doucoure, and McNeil.

No surprise that since his return, we've been much more of an attacking threat.

Credit to Dyche for not rushing him. he looks for and raring to go, and doesn't look like he'll break down at any point. Under Lampard, he was rushed back at every opportunity, which in turn resulted in him being out for more time afterwards.

If we do stay up, really hope we get to keep Calvert-Lewin and get a full season of a fully fit version.

If we had Calvert-Lewin for every game of Dyche's era, we'd be on 40 points by now.

Colin Glassar
146 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:25:16
I am more than happy to eat humble pie, crow, shit whatever you want. There was no way in hell I expected that result although I did say, head 2-0, heart 0-1.

Every single one of them was magnificent tonight. A 9/10 for all of them but a shout for our two young defenders, Mykolenko and Patterson, who both stood tall and became men.

And a huge cheer for our away fans who were, once again, fantastic.

Neil Copeland
147 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:26:40
John #140. Cheers mate, it was absolutely brilliant.

All, sorry for so many expletives in my earlier post, adrenalin running high!

Andrew Clare
148 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:29:09
A fantastic result. Well done Everton. So happy. Keep it going boys.
Tamhas Woods
149 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:29:20
John 115.

I was in there for last season's win over Chelsea. Watched it with a Blackburn supporting ex-pat mate and his missus.

At first he was pretty indifferent about it, but by the end (perhaps feeding off my raw emotion and the sort of jitters even the best A-list actor couldn't replicate) he was proper rooting for EFC.

Hopefully it will be as lucky for you as it was for me.

Jim Lloyd
150 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:45:45
Brian (99) what a great result that would be!
Dave Lynch
151 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:55:23
Exactly what Colin said@ 146, with a cherry on top of my humble pie.
Jim Potter
152 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:58:08
1 - 5!

Is this an alternative universe?

The Supercomputer and Chris Sutton can shove their predictions where the sun don't shine.

Superb. Everyone. And the fans.

Peter Carpenter
153 Posted 08/05/2023 at 21:59:28
We just realised that the last bus is leaving town. We chucked some clothes in a bag and we're running to the bus stop. Need to get a ticket and find a seat.
Fantastic result. Same for the next three games, please.
Bill Gall
154 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:04:35
I suppose our new motto should be expect the unexpected, wow what a performance from a solid team effort.
I believe thanks should go to the manager who's game plan worked, and I think most of all how he and his coaching staff handled the absence of DCL until they determined he was 100% fit. to play, he has made a difference.
The goalscorers will get the credit but a mention should go to Pickford who proved why he is England's #1.
Christine 129 Sussex, Canada
Gary Brown
155 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:04:48
To a man, absolutely brilliant today.

There’s still a huge way to go, and there will be more twists, but we’re still in the fight.

A point against City should keep us out of bottom 3 no matter what. That’s got to be the next aim.

Please God, keep us in this league going into that stadium.

Brian Hennessy
156 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:04:52
Forest cling on for the win but that could well be their last points of the season looking at their remaining fixtures.
Jamie Crowley
157 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:09:38
Just SICK!

Started watching the game while driving on the phone. When that first goal went in I literally almost hit another car! I screamed and swerved... stupid I know but just instantaneously celebrated and pushed the car to the left a bit. Oops.

Got into the office and sprinted to the computer to get the stream up. Second and third goals I yelled out, sprinted around my business pumping my fists. My employees were all laughing but thinking I'm certifiably nuts. Got a couple of high fives from my Office Manager.

What a game!

I honestly thought we'd lose. I had no hope whatsoever, and was thinking with the Leicester and the Leeds loss on Saturday, we'd squander a fantastic opportunity. I was SO negative going into this game I can't even express it. I thought today was the beginning of the end, despite all my "rainbow out of my ass" comments previously about our predicament.

Brilliant today, Everton!

This isn't over. We simply have to keep the pedal to the floor and find 4 to 6 more points this season. I think 3 will do the job, but I after today's gentle reminder that "anything can happen" we need to stay focused and see this through.


p.s. - McNeil and Pickford you were incredible today. Simply incredible.

Brian Wilkinson
158 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:09:59
Always expect the unexpected with Everton.

That 15/2 on offer was too good not to have a little tickle on it, good Day all round.

I think we can firmly put the Keane debate to bed.

Great performance from every single player today.

Same line up against City please.

Tony Abrahams
159 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:10:32
I think if we would have had a fit (like he looks now) DCL, playing for the last two years, we wouldn’t have sacked Benitez, and Lampard, would have never got to show us how bad a manager he his!

The team was superb, but what a difference having a strong spine makes, and I think the unsung James Garner, has definitely added a lot to our midfield, over the last couple of games?

Forest won, which just shows you how valuable that victory was today, but never mind relegation, let’s beat City now on Sunday, and throw the title race wide open again!

Sam Hoare
160 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:16:44
Said on the thread this morning I had a funny feeling we might get something but couldn’t have dreamed of 5-1!! Tremendous performance and an even better result.

DCL has made a huge difference since returning (when many on here had written him off) and credit to Dyche for handling his injury correctly.

Still not safe yet and no points can be taken for granted but a big step closer.

We were a touch unfortunate against Newcastle and Leicester but we’re playing pretty well. Hopefully 3 more points will be enough but who knows.

John Atkins
161 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:21:06
4 points from our last 2 away games and scoring 7 goals is beyond comprehension

Players back from injury and suspension playing with confidence, I wish this season had weeks to go

Even a win at home to Bournemouth could mean that both Leeds and Leicester need to win 2 out of the remains 3 games

Barry Rathbone
162 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:21:30
From a Brighton forum

"Once you're 0-3 down you're always going to get picked off even when you're the better side.

So, I'd rather be dignified and give credit where its due. You can only beat what's in front of you and Everton had a good gameplan and executed it and defended resolutely. Also, unlike some others on here, I thought their fans were exceptional. The loudest weve had this season"

Well in lads and lasses

John Keating
163 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:22:08
3 games need minimum 4 points
Massive massive result!
The people in the Meridien in Cairo are now fully aware we won !!!!!
Jamie Crowley
164 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:27:14
John Atkins that's why this result is massive.

If we can win a single of our three remaining games, Leicester and Leeds must win 2 of 3 to be above us. There's no other mathematical truth here. So -

Leicester must win two from El Poo, Newcastle, and West Ham.

Leeds must win two from Newcastle, West Ham and Spurs.

Due to today we are certifiably in pole position. We need one more win for an excellent probability to stay up on 35 points. Four to six points all but seals it.

Chris Hockenhull
165 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:30:27
Tangled Up In Blue here big time. Well done everyone representing Everton in that ground today. Now let’s go again Sunday. Be Big. Be Brave. Believe Big Time. COYB
Jamie Crowley
166 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:30:48
And if we stay up, IF because there's three games we have that are tricky AF - Man City (gulp), Wolves away (please be on the beach) and a final day home game against Bournemouth where anything can happen?

We need to right the Good Ship Everton and knock it off with this relegation flirting. It's heart attack inducing, and we should NEVER have been in this position last year or this year!

It's frankly unacceptable. I'm thrilled today, but Lord above there's a LOT of work to be done with this club. This shit can't happen three years in a row come next season! You can't keep screwing with death and getting away with it.

Graham Mockford
167 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:32:15
There’s quite a few players who should be asking themselves where has that performance been all season *
Jamie Crowley
168 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:35:04
Finally, what Barry says at 162 -

You could hear the fans through the stream so clearly. It was like a home game. I smiled ear to ear listening them. They were incredible, and I could hear them here in 'Merica loud and clear.

The pond today was truly that - a small pond. Because Blue noise carried over that ocean as if it were a puddle.

Two years in a row our marvelous fans have lifted this club and saved it. Without a doubt in my mind I believe that to be true.

Tony Abrahams
169 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:39:57
We have got to rid ourselves of the bastard who has had us tangled up feeling blue, for years, and then we will slowly begin to become like Everton football club once again, singing we shall not be moved💙
Barry Hesketh
170 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:42:11
I'll be honest, we've had horrible grey weather all day, I woke up in a dark mood this morning, and just couldn't shake it off and I couldn't decide whether to watch the game or not tonight, but following the disappointment of last Monday's game at Leicester City, I thought sod it, I'm going to give all the footy a miss today and wait until the games are ended.

I went straight to the official site at 10:00pm saw a picture of a celebrating Dwight McNeil and then looked to see what the actual score was - a draw would have been okay with me. I Couldn't believe it when I read it, in fact I'm still in a state of shock.

Only blot on the landscape tonight was Forest beating Saints, however, we can look forward to City coming to town on Sunday, and who knows? Thanks Marco for doing us a favour with your Fulham team that probably helped Everton to focus this evening.

Just seen the goals on the news, and that crazy travelling army of Blues, you deserved that lads and lasses for all the bad times and results you've enjoyed previously.

Let's get Goodison bouncing on Sunday and also let's see a show of colours in the stands too, it's been so dark and miserable in recent times, why not display a lot of appreciation for the guys who did the business tonight. However, we still need to pick up a few more points and a win on Sunday would be awesome.

Jim Lloyd
171 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:45:52
Well Jamie (166) We've lot's to do alright. No 1 let's just hope the lads can keep us up. A great step forward today but a lot to do.

It's afterwards though, that the Great Reset (that WEF bunch's term fr them to rule the world!) But we need our own great re set in EFC. I'm hoping that we get one of your two (or both!) interested investment companies, buying into EFC and booting out the "worlds best Evertonian" and his bunch of sychophants out.

Our club needs a thorough rebuilding right through the organsation. Especially getting the Board replaced! Then looking at the recruitment, as Brighton, Bretford and other clubs who've had a lot less money than us, have picked up some wonderful players, young and seasoned pros.

Mark Murphy
172 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:48:03
I’m on the train home with Martin Mason. Were close to comotose but very happy!
Christy Ring
173 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:48:53
Fran#145 & Tony #159 Fran agree entirely, DCL never looked as fit, and Tony speaking of Benitez, he played him at the start of the season with a broken toe, and that was the start of his injuries.
Read a comment from a Brighton supporter at the Amex tonight, he said in 12 years watching Brighton, the Everton away end was the best visiting fans he ever heard, take a bow.
Bobby Mallon
174 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:49:44
Fans were just brilliant today just got home from a fantastic day. What a result and a double in the bank. Get in there.
Iain Johnston
175 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:52:03
I owe Yerry Mina a huge apology. I was one of those doubting his return, doubting his commitment.

Today he was immense, so too Tarkowski, both laid it all on the line.

McNeil? Did more today than everything Gordon did during his brief Everton career.

I'm a proud Evertonian, I shed a little tear at the end and tonight I've been out for a pint with my back straight, head held high.

Well done to each an every one of them and a special mention to our unique awesome fans.

Pouring with rain, arms held high & lung bursting support. You never wavered, you're the heart and soul of OUR Everton.

We need to BELEIVE...!

GOD! don't you just love being a blue!!!

Barry Hesketh
176 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:53:14
Well done Bobby @174 I read your original message about the horse and Everton double at the weekend, and I thought this guys crazy! but you were proved correct and I wish I'd have had the 'bottle' to risk a few quid on that too. Aren't we due one of those 4-0 home victories that George used to bet on every time we played at Goodison?

Colin Glassar
177 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:53:42
I think 2 more points (34) should be enough as I can’t see Leicester or Leeds getting more than 1 point each from their remaining games. But let’s not stop there, let’s go all out for 9 points and finish the season on a high.

If we stay up I hope, and expect, the board to resign on the last day of the season. They are a bunch of shameless bastards who should slink off into the night.

Tom Bowers
178 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:54:30
It's not over till the large lady sings but wow, what a time to get 3 points and at Brighton.

Funny how some of their best results have come against top half teams, Arsenal, Brentford, Chelski and now Brighton. One cannot understand what happened in some of the other games this year but another sound performance against City would be terrific.

A fit Mina is a much better option than Keane and I just love the way McNeil gives cover to Mykolenko never mind his two sparkling goals.

A 1-0 scrappy win would have been great today but this scoreline and performance was just out of this world.

Well done Blues !

Ed Prytherch
179 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:56:37
Two commanding center backs, two energetic fullbacks whose only job is to defend and two solid midfielders. It is simple, old fashioned defending. Restricting a free scoring team like Brighton to one scrappy goal is impressive. Keep it simple Sean and these players will deliver.
Dale Self
180 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:58:01
Altight, this self-congratulatory stuff is getting out of control. We atill have three tough games to play

Just kidding. I don't drink much these days but I believe I'm going into town for at least a 22oz.

Feel good man. None of that hippie shit just know that you’ve helped in whatever way fans do. It is magic and the away fans are Wizards. Wizards with golden vocal chords I might add.

John Keating
181 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:58:10
How many posts did we have about “going for it” by playing 2 up top
How many posts about Mina and not playing him
Let’s forget about the Dyche out posts

This was a massive win, tactically spot on, personnel wise spot on.

We have to continue with 451, if we don’t we’re gone. This with this bunch is the right format.

I’d write off City and put everything on Wolves, that’s our Cup Final. We don’t want to go into the last game needing a win

Colin Glassar
182 Posted 08/05/2023 at 22:59:55
Shout out for my player of the season, Idrissa Gana Gueye. The little man goes quietly about his business, breaking up play and keeping the ball moving. He’s tireless and a leader on the pitch with his experience.

Just stop trying to score from outside the box, please.

Steve Mink
183 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:05:24
Great win, wonderful away support - I wish I was there - but I do worry we are all getting giddy that this is a Crystal Palace moment.

Southampton are down. We need two other teams to be worse than us.

Forest are above us. Chelsea away isn't a big ask these days. Arsenal at home is hard. Palace away on last day they won't give a stuff. Can see them getting another point = 34.

Leicester got Liverpool at home and the Geordies away, so let's predict zero for that, but West Ham at home on last day who won't give a stuff. Can see them winning last day = 33 points

Leeds have got Newcastle at home, West Ham away and Spurs at home final day. Spurs will have flip-flops on final day so = 33 points

Leicester have a better goal difference than us so we need three points before final game to be OK. I would love to beat City but I suspect this will mean we need to win at Wolves.

The final day is always mental - don't want to leave it until then.

Michael Lynch
184 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:05:52
Outstanding performances by Mina, McNeil, DCL, Pickford, Doucoure and - in fact - every player, but MOTM just shaded by our fans.

The noise today in the away end was fantastic.

We're not down yet! COYB!

Steve Mink
185 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:28:18
Shout out with Colin Glassar on Gana Gueye.
David Hallwood
186 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:32:43
I'll go with you on that Colin #182 a solid 7/10 every game.

Ps does anyone else think their goal was offside?

Peter Carpenter
187 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:34:59
City is a free hit now. The crowd will be right up for it. City will be between two semi-final legs. They won't like it up 'em. Play the same as today. It's not impossible to get something from that match too.
Tony Everan
188 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:40:23
The catalyst is Calvert-Lewin, he is getting better and better, match by match. Winning possession, causing problems, laying it off, it’s all been missing whilst he was out.

Since his return he looks like he has improved and matured a bit as a player, more composed on the ball, and not just content to hold the ball up but turning the defender too.

He set the tone for the whole day today with that turn after 30 seconds that left Dunk floundering, then an intelligent run and cross for Doucoure to score.

Doucs finished it well, but top class work by Dom to manufacture that huge opening goal. Like for like quality striker is essential in the summer to keep the system strong when Dom is out or needs a break.

Absolutely outstanding performances across the whole team. The euphoria has to stop tomorrow and get back down to business, this result will mean nothing if we don’t back it up.

Colin Malone
189 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:42:19
Im still getting drunk. COYBB
Dale Self
190 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:45:04
I see security has not cleared you out yet. Ok, I’ll read a few more. The drunk ones are good.

And Tony, a couple of tight linkups along the touchline were crucial for possession when Brighton were gearing up. That allpwed to take some pressure off the back. DCL dows make the key difference.

David, the ball from the initial pass did not touch Mcallister and only that touch would make Mitomo offside. He was on with the initial pass. Frank said the ball hit Mac in the arm though.

Tony Byrne
191 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:51:22
What a difference a team looks like with a proper target man, also, taking a defender out of the back four who is a liability in most games he plays in, eradicate mistakes, you have a chance.

Special mention to:


Who were my men of the match.

A point on Sunday isn't impossible at a bear pit Goodison! I can't wait for this game, they won't fancy it with it being slap bang in the middle of a two leg semi final of the european cup!

We still have a pulse in this league people, I just can't see Leicester getting another point with the fixtures they have left, Leeds may get three points on the last day against Spurs, who knows how they turn up that day! maybe Richie will grasp the importance of the moment for us Evertonians.

Final mention to our utterly fantastic, amazing, long suffering away fans! a credit to the team, a credit to the club, a credit to us all, A credit to your good selves,pity our shithouse board coudn't hold a candle to any of our fabulous supporters, that's for another day.

Up the blue boys.

Ernie Baywood
192 Posted 08/05/2023 at 23:59:01
Completely agree with Tony. It's Calvert-Lewin. Ignoring the fact that he's quite a good player, just playing with any striker is a huge difference. We've spent most of the season effectively playing a second forward off no forward.

It's sad that this is what it came down to... if DCL got fit then we might have some chance of staying up. Never forget that is what the club did.

A striker was more important than a change in manager, more important than some wizard tactics, more important than snoods, more important than a 150 step plan. We sold Gordon and signed no-one. They quit on the season and on us.

And we're not safe yet, by the way. We could be back in the drop zone next week!

I was going to say that tonight is just about enjoying a great performance and win... but it really isn't. The recent past and the immediate future hang over us too significantly.

Lester Yip
193 Posted 08/05/2023 at 00:09:32
Wow, I can't believe the score line. With a team can't hardly score got 5 goals in an away game against one of the better team this season.

Doucoure's 2nd goal is very technical. I am surprised he pull it off. Great goal. Mcneil has a blinder. Round the keeper, what composure. I always like him for his work rate and his crossing ability. But I don't know he dribbles and shoot so well too.

This one has to be the spark for the rest of the game.

David Currie
194 Posted 08/05/2023 at 00:10:30
Huge win and made up for all the travelling blues, we must have the best and most loyal fans in the country.
DCL has made a big difference and hope that he can play in all of the next 3 games. Garner is a better player to have in there than Onana who is better used as a sub, the back four that played tonight is our strongest and hope Patterson and Mina can stay fit.
We need 5 more points and get to 37.
Forest to beat Chelsea and draw at Palace gives them 37.
Leicester to beat West Ham and RS and get 36.
Leeds to beat West Ham and Spurs and get 36.
Soton are down.
Paul Birmingham
195 Posted 09/05/2023 at 00:29:32
Jamie, @168, and, Tony@168, there’s n o truer words said.

Let’s focus on the next game, and secure our place in this league, next season.


John Raftery
196 Posted 08/05/2023 at 00:33:38
A great day. The manner of this win was in many ways a statement of how meaningless possession stats can be. According to the BBC it was 78/22 in favour of Brighton. For the first half hour of the second half it felt like 95/5.

With less than a quarter of possession our lads delivered what in many ways was a smash and grab win with five breakaway attacks finished with a ruthless precision rarely witnessed in recent times. Indeed we might well have scored a couple more. As such a critical element of the win was the defensive play, the determination of Mina and Tarkowski not to be beaten, the doggedness of the two full backs and Pickford’s second half saves.

The midfield provided the necessary shield. As others have mentioned DCL’s presence was vital. The goals came from fast attacking runs by the forwards and the clinical finishes applied by Doucouré and McNeil. McNeil is our leading scorer with seven goals. Apart from his goals and assist today he was instrumental in the own goal and his work rate in supporting Mykolenko was tremendous.

This was the toughest 5-1 win I have ever seen. At no stage until time added on were we ever comfortable. That makes the win all the more commendable. Of course there is still work to be done but this was a massive step towards salvation.

Phil Lewis
197 Posted 09/05/2023 at 00:50:31
An incredible inspired victory. We were simply irresistible. Brilliant in every department today.
As has already been said, our travelling supporters were once again magnificent. I'm proud of them and delighted for them. How many countless journeys have they made only to face a long return slog empty handed? Not today! They'd be singing all the way home.
My Grandson was amongst them, as he is whenever his work permits him to travel to away games. He's a young man who is desperate for a season ticket yet has never seen Everton come close to winning a trophy in his whole lifetime. No doubt there were thousands of others just like him urging the Blues on today at Brighton.
I questioned the wisdom of him making the trip to the south coast.
His reply? "I'm an Evertonion Pop, what do you expect me to do?"
'Nuff said...
Brian Wilkinson
198 Posted 09/05/2023 at 00:51:19
I took some stick when most were calling McNeil under Lampard and I was defending the player.

It took Dyche to come in for the penny to finally drop that McNeils strength is on the left hand side, I lost count the times I was pulling my hair out over McNeil being played on the right.

Iwobi likewise when he is played more central than out wide.

Godfrey can also get slated, but that’s what you get, when you play a left footed player at right back.

Today we had a well balanced team, a natural right and left back, two centre halfs, good balanced midfield, and a centre forward.

We are in a better position now, but the powers that be need to have a good look at themselves, for failing to bring in a top class centre forward in, when every man and his dog knew Calvert- Lewin would be out for a while.

Survive this season, press the reset button and have a damn good clear out at the top, the fans have done their bit, we simply cannot go into next season with the current board who have taken us to the brink of relegation, two seasons running

Brilliant result today, enjoy fellow Blues.

Up the Toffees.

Steve Brown
199 Posted 09/05/2023 at 01:28:01
Well done to the team, but most importantly, our amazing fans.

They stuck with it through thick and thin, never giving up hope and backing to the team.

Thought 3 players who get relentless stick on here were brilliant - DCL, Iwobi and McNeil. We should all give players more of a chance as confidence is like magic. It transforms them.

Paul Ward
200 Posted 09/05/2023 at 02:08:11
100% right Steve Brown.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
201 Posted 09/05/2023 at 03:08:48
Still haven’t watched the match, but wow what a feeling to bask in the glory of such a big win. As others have said, this one goes out to the away fans. There is nothing that puts a smile on my face more than hearing you sing. Even when we’ve been shit, you’ve kept signing. So when we find a way to come out on top like tonight, or last year at Leicester, you are the real winners. Your voices and passion ring across the globe.

Hard to say much about the match without having watched it, but a few random thoughts. It’s good to see what we’re capable of with a fit DCL — the stick he’s gotten from some corners the past couple years has been totally unjustified and I now believe he’ll carry us over the line. Glad to see Patterson and Garner and Mina in the squad. Leaving Patterson out those few games was madness. Garner will be a good player for a long time and just needed a run of games. And Mina — is there some scenario where we bring him back if we can offload Keane and Holgate and maybe Godfrey, while bringing Branthwaite back? Maybe some incentive-laden contract based on matches played — do they ever do that?

Doucoure owed us this one after the red card. McNeil is proving every single one of us wrong. And while I was a bit down on Dyche with some of those lineups when we were losing, I’ve never lost the faith; he’s the man to lead us next year.

As others have said, let’s not get carried away here, still work to do. But damn was it a good day! The sun was shining here in Minnesota, my kid scored his first ever goal to win the match for his u-9 squad, and we did the unthinkable away to Brighton. Not sure it can get much better!

George Stuart
202 Posted 09/05/2023 at 03:43:59
Wow !
A bit of a tussle with 5yr old granddaughter over phone possession meant I got to see the score before I watched "as live".
Probably a good thing for my heart as I was still nervous at 3 - 0.
A striker. I'd stick with that tactic.
Patterson. I was not liking him. The Japanese lad had all over the place.
So, then he had a bit of a bite at him to keep him under control. Then he completely read his runs and turns and put him in his pocket. Spawny goal notwithstanding. So, should I like him or not ?)
The first 20 minutes of the second half was a master class. Then on 25 they got tired and sloppy and then came good again for 10 - 20 minutes. Very encouraging for City.
Pickford ? He can be a bit if a twat sometimes. I mean that in a good way ;^)
Jobs not done yet. COYBB
George Stuart
203 Posted 09/05/2023 at 03:52:03
Oppy. Just read that about Doucoure.
I don't think he owes us a thing about the red card. It was pushy pushy until his hand slipped up and caught Kane's face.
The only award that twat should get is an Olivier.
He should piss off to Saudi and miss penalties there.
Never to darken the hallowed halls of a venerated holy place where we know a little something about real goal scoring records.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
204 Posted 09/05/2023 at 04:20:47
George, I should’ve been more clear. It wasn’t so much that I was mad at Doucoure, as clearly he didn’t mean to hit that twat in his face. I meant it more in the sense that he was playing so well prior and his red card coincided with our dip in form, and so upon his return he needed to make up for his absence, deserved or not. Which he is clearly doing. And watching him smile as he does it feels so good. I’ve always thought he’s played hard when healthy, and seeing him push forward is clearly where he’s at his best. It’s those games where he can’t make the simple passes that are maddening, but we can pretend they never happened if he helps to keep us up.

Also, love the Oppy shout. You must know it’s what everyone’s called me and my siblings since we were wee little ones.

Geoff Trenner
205 Posted 09/05/2023 at 04:21:43
Couldn’t sleep last night. Eventually got a couple of hours and up now for an early start. Still haven’t watched the game but absolutely buzzing.
A couple of employees who are facing a disciplinary this morning will be glad we didn’t lose last night!!
Sean Roe
206 Posted 09/05/2023 at 04:31:30
Good first half, rubbish second. The story of the last few seasons, we're capable of a performance in half a match.

It has given us hope and our future is in our own hands. It will mean nothing if we don't back it up in the final three games.

Frank Fearns
207 Posted 09/05/2023 at 05:59:46
Brilliant performance away to a team looking to get into Europe. Just confirms how essential it is to have a quality striker and DCL showed this from the outset of the game. He took Dunk apart. Added to this the rest played with pace and purpose so lacking all season. Hopefully confidence built in this game develops for the last three.

Another brilliant performance from the supporters. They have been exceptional all season and must give the players a massive boost.

Frank Sheppard
208 Posted 09/05/2023 at 06:26:12
We were spectacularly good. What a performance. All the players put in a terrific shift of work, with real quality. What a pleasure.
Brian Denton
209 Posted 09/05/2023 at 07:30:32
Sean (206) I think "rubbish 2nd half" is a bit harsh. We were always going to be under the cosh at some stage, yet still won the 2nd half 2-1.
Colin Glassar
210 Posted 09/05/2023 at 07:41:21
For those “worrying” about Leeds picking up points against Spurs (last day) I wouldn’t worry too much, it’s Harry Kanes’s swan song and I think he’ll have other ideas.

Putting my neck out here but I can’t see Leicester or Leeds picking up any more points this season. But that’s not to say we need another three points to breathe easy.

Pete Neilson
211 Posted 09/05/2023 at 07:48:46
Great result. McNeil a different player under Dyche. We were always going to be under the cosh in the second half but prevailed. Pickford heroics, Englands number one but still under appreciated. Onto City now. Let’s prove the Eeyore doom merchants wrong again.
Tony Abrahams
212 Posted 09/05/2023 at 07:51:33
The best thing about last night, is that we can all get up and feel just a little bit calmer this morning. The people who traveled will be tired, but once they wake up, the first thing that they will do is think about how good last night was. Absolutely brilliant!
Derek Knox
213 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:03:04
Aboard the Danny yesterday, so missed the Match live, there was another Evertonian on board as crew, so we were trying to get updates in a bad signal area, but almost couldn't believe the news that was filtering through. Virtually the same group of players bar one or two, that have been under-performing, most of the season. At least it gives us hope and a realisation that 3 more repeats, or as close to as they can get, will see us safely escape the dreaded 'R'.

City won't be easy, but a lot depends on how they stand against Arsenal, they have a match in hand, but that has to be won. Can't imagine Pep doing us any favours, but without tempting fate we have a decent record against them.


Peter Mills
214 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:04:50
A fantastic performance by the team and the fans, well done to all concerned.

Today is a new day, and the players’ attention needs to be totally on their performances in the next 3 games. It is they who have got us into the position we are in with some utterly feeble displays, yesterday they showed their capabilities - repeat, repeat, repeat.

Jim Lloyd
215 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:23:16
Top marks to the Boss, he had two of our better players available Mina and Dom, and what a difference they made. I also thought he was brave playing Anderson against their brilliant Minimo, or whatever his name is.

The whole team were top class, Anderson and Mykilenko had real hard jobs and stood up well, I think they matured tonight and are going to be good players for years. Well lads, what a team performance.

The Blues who follow our club all over England were absolutely great (as usual!!!)

As for McNeill, I thought we'd bought a bit of a pudd'n to be honest. Dead wrong! He's turning out to be the cream.

We've got a chance now. Keep it going Blues.

James Lawton
216 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:46:14
Sean Dyche was correct. These are good players. Last night was no fluke, although the scoreline was a surprise. The manager has been steadily improving the team, and last night it all came together. Very, very pleased for the travelling supporters.
Christopher Timmins
217 Posted 09/05/2023 at 08:52:13
Clinical in execution, a truly amazing counter attacking performance. Right from the off when DCL wiped out Dunk in the lead up to the first goal to the calmness of McNeill's finish at the death we took our chances, we defended well and we rode our luck at times and we prevailed!

On the back of the Leicester performance we are showing definite signs of improvement.

The manager is learning on the job, he is getting to know his players and given the talent he has at his disposal he has now found his best available back four. It was a brave decision to start with Mina given his lack of match time. Mina owed us one and when he departs the boy at PSV will surely return.

Patterson, Mina, Garner and DCL all need a run of games so further improvement can be expected.

The players need to be at over the next three fixtures as the job is not done.

A big thank you to the away fans, you have suffered so much disappointment this season and last, you deserved yesterday!

Colin Glassar
218 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:01:03
Jim Lloyd, when did we sign this Anderson fella? He sounds really good.
Russelll Smith
219 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:03:04
Though hardly mentioned due to the outstanding performances of others I thought that both Gana and Garner were immense and very disciplined sitting in front of the back four, which is what Onana isn’t. Garner is quite quick too allowing him to get forward to support the attacks but get back into shape if the attack breaks down. His sprint back to catch Mitoma in the 80 odd minute was epic. Same tactics against City could see us get another “surprise” victory.
Brian Harrison
220 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:07:15
Firstly delighted for our magnificent away fans who deserved a performance and scoreline that they got last night. Its very easy to follow a team that is always fighting for trophies its a completely different to following a team that hardly ever wins away.
I think its also worth reflecting that Lampard had Doucoure training on his own, and McNeil looks reborn under Sean Dyche.

I said after the Leicester game that the mindset of this group had changed, as against Leicester and last night when they got the ball the first thought was attack. Sean Dyche deserves a lot of credit as he has talked about changing the mindset and its starting to pay dividends. Tactically last night the got it spot on they allowed their CBs to have the ball and waited till they played the ball into midfield then swarmed all over their midfield to win the ball and start an attack. I am sure thats exactly how we will play it against City.

I definitely think Garner in midfield has made us more competitive in that area and he is always looking to start an attack. I certainly don't think this relegation battle is over, as with 3 games left all clubs will be giving it their all, just as we are. Do I feel a lot happier today than I did before the weekends results absolutely. For those on here trying to predict how we or our rivals will fayre during these last few games is futile. Even Danny Oneill in his most optomistic wouldnt have predicted a 5-1 result against Brighton who have been out footballing many good teams this season. But I know if we put that much effort into the last 3 games then we should survive.

Mark Murphy
221 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:11:28
The Echo are making a thing of us singing over the National anthem as if it was a protest? I wasn’t even aware they played the National Anthem - we were singing for our team! Sore head this morning - what a day and what a night!! UTFT
Ernie Baywood
222 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:11:49
Just reading the Echo's player ratings. Don't get me wrong, right now I'd pick him based on a lack of alternatives, but Mykolenko wasn't good last night. They have him as an 8, same as Patterson and Iwobi.

He was poor in possession, including failing to control a ball passed straight to him in space. And he got skinned repeatedly once Brighton realised he was the weaker link of the fullbacks. He would have been happier than anyone to see March pull up injured from chasing McNeill. I'm just thankful they never switched Mitoma onto him.

I don't doubt his effort. He actually plays the position. He makes some decent tackles. Seems a good lad too. But I'd hate to think that decent team performances will mean he lines up for us in either league next year. He's still so far off the standard. He's the ultimate indictment of our recruitment teams. No-one had scouted him properly.

Andy Crooks
223 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:37:29
Just so pleased for Rob Halligan, Danny O'Neill, Neil Copeland, John Rafferty and every travelling Blue. You deserved that beyond words. That was an amazing night.
However, as John said, it was a tough 5-1 and there is work to be done. Those Blues relentlessly predicting relegation for months are not wrong yet.(They mustn't be up yet!) Seriously, though, it was hard to see where another win was coming from. We have given ourselves a chance and last night was a pocket of joy in a sea of misery. Every Blue in the world slept a bit better last night.
Dave Williams
224 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:43:04
Marvellous performance and the rearguard action in the second half was outstanding. Mina dominated the defence well supported by Tarks. DCL shoved the doubters words back down their throats with a display reminiscent of Graeme Sharp at his peak. McNeil was amazing and Iwobi, another boo boy target had a cracking match.
It’s not done yet but this team looks like the best we can field with everyone doing their job to a high standard. As others have said the young boys at full back overcame dodgy starts- Patterson in the first half and Mykolenko in the second when March looked dangerous until Myks figured him out- and Pickford made wonderful saves.
As for the support- wow,just wow!!!!!
Pete Gunby
225 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:45:30
Anything can happen in football. Let’s determine our own fate and not rely on Leeds and Leicester sticking to form.
Martin Mason
226 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:49:17
Great day yesterday for the Horsham Chapter, stunning performance and I had the great pleasure to put faces to names especially Danny. Mark, Gareth and the rest of the group were just great company and a big help after my leg op. The best display of pressing counter-attacking football that I've seen in many years and what a pleasure to see the happiness among the fans during and for long after the game. It's not over yet but we can savour this moment and go forward with confidence. A really great ground to visit too.
Lee Robinson
227 Posted 09/05/2023 at 09:59:55
Although everyone to me played fantastic, there were so many unsung hero's for me last night. James Garner adds a lovely techincal calmness to the midfield, and really compliments Gana. Those break aways were all from nice tidy and perfect weighted accurate passing exactly where we needed it. Mykolenko, gets some stick but if you look at him for what he is a defensive left back he is great.

Mina makes defending look effortless, and what a difference he makes, his positioning is world class and stood out a mile after watching Keane struggle the last few weeks.

I thought Patterson was outstanding, and should be our number one choice going forward. No easy task dealing with Mtoma this season and did it comprehensively. We need to start building the side around these young players.

McNeal I'm pleased to say I never doubted him. Whisper it quietly but his impact to this season is on par with Richarlson's last season, and have no doubt if we do stay up it's mainly down to him. His goal at Southampton, Brentford and assists have been vital points for us, and he stood up when his confidence must have been on the floor following the abuse, over the moon for him.

Finally Iwobi, had a great game and was great on the counter, his final ball though is terrible. I'd have him working all week in training on his crossing.

We deserved that result after years of poor displays away from home, I can't remember the last time we ran riot away from home.

Looking at the remaining fixtures it's pleasing to see Forest, Leeds and Leicester all have tricky run ins, can only see 1 win for them which means a win and a draw could be enough. I thoiught we were gone. If we do stay up this is bigger achievment than last year given the players we've lost and playing 75% of the season without a striker, we might just get away with this.

Raymond Fox
228 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:06:49
Well put Andy, we were due a little happiness and we have experienced plenty in the last two games especially yesterdays.

Psychology in sport is a big thing, I think some of the fellow old gimmers on here we back me up when I say you can smell results sometimes.
Brighton had slaughtered Wolves and beaten Utd and probably thought we were dead meat.
Thats not trying to take away from a wonderful performance from our players they had to show up and do what they did.
It probably makes our next games more difficult though, but hey what the hell I'll take it.

Pep will be on red alert, more so now when they come to Goodison but that comes with the territory. We drew at their place and for certain the old ground will be rocking louder because of the last two results.

Paul Cherrington
229 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:23:14
Outstanding result and performance from the players yesterday. Winning in the way we did and scoring 5 goals away against a very good Brighton side is an excellent achievement.

For me it was influenced by the selection of 3 key players who have not always been in the side. DCL is the obvious one and needs no explanation really.

Mina though I think was a big factor in this win and is just a better player than Keane. I think there is a stat somewhere which shows our win percentage is usually better with Mina in the side. His constant injuries aren't great for stability but I think he must stay in for the remaining matches. Wrap him up in cotton wool outside of games like they used to do for Paul McGrath.

Garner in midfield was the other key man for me. I like Onana but Garner is just better on the ball and better out of possession right now from what I've seen. We just look a lot better in midfield with him there. Got to keep him in for the remaining games too.

I'll hold my hands up and admit I thought we were down after not winning at Leicester but we are back in with a chance again now. Whatever Dyche did for this game in terms of motivating the players and getting a performance from them, he must do again moving ahead.

Eddie Dunn
230 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:24:43
Lee, good point about Garner. The team have functioned better with him as the beating heart.
There were obviously some eye-catching performances from Duke, DCL and Mc Neil but he was instrumental in keeping Brighton's midfield at bay and distributing the ball neatly for our counters.
James Marshall
231 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:31:43
Garner, Mina and Patterson make a huge difference to the balance of the team. Playing with 2 fullbacks as fullbacks eh, who'd have thunk it?!

Garner is a better footballer than Onana by a mile, so play him! I think Dyche plays Onana because we paid £33m for him and he's a big unit, but he doesn't actually offer a huge amount in a footballing sense other than long legged tackles, fist pumping, arm waving and cajoling supporters.

Garner is a ball player who tracks back as well so he offers way more, especially offensively and he gives the midfield better balance too.

Yesterday was a bit of a freak result in truth, especially when you consider we scored 18% of our seasons tally of goals in one game!

I've been a doom monger since Christmas but yesterday lifted the veil ever so slightly. We can't fuck it up now it's back in our hands, surely..

Steve Brown
232 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:35:03
Reflecting on a wonderful result and re-reading the brilliant comments on here.

But, then I had a flash on concern. I haven't read any post-match comments from Danny "we were relegated in November and tonight it will confirm it" Baily or Pat "3-0" Kelly?

I assume they are just emotionally exhausted like the rest of us, or possibly very busy. But, perhaps a TW welfare check is in order?

Dave Abrahams
233 Posted 09/05/2023 at 10:35:23
The whole team were superb last night every single one of them but one performance I delighted in was the player I’ve berated plenty of times on here, IWOBI, what a game he had, is he enjoying playing football now? He wanted the ball, showed for it and when he got it he went forward nearly every time, he protected Patterson, helped him and used his energy in a most progressive way.

He started last week at Leicester the way he usually plays, stunk in the first half, then in the second he became a new man like St. Paul on the road to Damascus, he carried on from that game last night with the same attitude, I couldn’t fault him, if he carries on like this he will definitely be like a new signing, only one and a half games but there is a different player there, carry on like that lad and I might even start a fan club for you!!

By the way he still wasn’t my MOTM, the whole team were and they were second to you, the astonishing, amazing, awesome fans who roared our team on all night, proud of the lot of you.

Lee Robinson
234 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:11:12
Two things which I'm not sure have been mentioned. I thought we could have made subs earlier, the game was won and Brighton were putting pressure on. I'd have liked to see Dyche stall the game and make a few subs here and there, although it worked out for him, it could have went the other way if a goal went in, and the players looked like they needed a break.

Also Brighton's goal came off his arm, why was this not picked up by VAR.

Kevin Molloy
235 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:15:57
that could be a club saving performance. Stay up for the beautiful stadium on the river, go down and switch off the lights on your way out. The pressure has been horrendous so for us to get a performance like that is just remarkable. What must Sean Dyche be thinking. So many conflicting emotions. Vindication for his strategy of managing DCL, who has been absolutely pivotal to our recovery. Just having 'a target man' has made a massive difference, but one playing as well as he is could well see us safe. Dyche deserves huge credit for seemingly getting him fit (touch wood). I must admit I was very frustrated with him, especially after the no show for Fulham, but we may just get away with it. So proven right here, but also shown to have got the calls at centre back and right back badly wrong in recent weeks, but having the courage to change it. Thank god he changed the centre back.

And the final triumph for Dyche, the form of Doucoure. bombed out by Lampard, now key. Oh,

and ditto McNeil.

But, we aint out of the wood here by any stretch. I think Leicester and Soton are done, but Leeds are very much alive. I hate to say it, but I think it's going to go to the final day.

oh, ahd to cap a perfect day, Millwall are going nowhere (thank god)

James Marshall
236 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:20:38
This from the BBC sport site (edited):

Before the weekend, Everton were second favourites to go down (60%) and now they are the outsiders of the five on 26%.

Nottingham Forest's win against Southampton (100%), who are effectively down, has reduced Forest's chance of the drop from 53% before the weekend to 34%.

Leeds (73%) and Leicester (68%) are now favourites to join Southampton in the Championship next season.

Amazing what a win can do.

Brian Wilkinson
237 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:32:00
I would be putting a request in for Everton to play in those Pink shirts for the remainder of the season.

Tore Leicester a new one and unlucky not to win, another excellent performance yesterday, in the same shirt, and a very good goal from Gray at the Etihad wearing the same Pink top, to earn Everton a draw whatever colour it is described as, I would bin the Blue top for the Wolves trip, and stick with the pink top.

Big shout up to Danny, Rob, Neil and the likes who have had some away Days to forget, but yesterday you got your just rewards, and it’s moments like that, that make it all worthwhile.

If we stay up and face Brighton away, my bucket list is to go to Brighton, travel down on a Vespa, with sunglasses, a parka, and an Everton away Pink top, cheering on the Blues :-)

Jim who is this Anderson? is it Garner you are thinking of?

On a final note the design and noise from the Amex is unbelievable and has a similar design to Bramley Moore roofing, the Amex holds 31,800.

Imagine the noise coming from Bramley Moore, with 52,888 inside it, over 20,000 more than the Amex, and over £12,000 more than Goodison.

Kunal Desai
238 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:39:19
Lets get the next 3 weeks now out of the way and get the neccessary points to stay up.

Then as soon as the Bournemouth game is out of the way, the priority and its absolutely paramount the attention and focus swiftly moves on to the bastard of a board. That needs homing in on. A board which needs dismantling very quickly.

Dan Hollingworth
239 Posted 09/05/2023 at 11:49:40
@Kevin 235

I agree with you wholeheartedly about Dyche and DCL. I was in the brick for the Fulham game when the teams were announce and most around us couldn't believe DCL was not in the team. Then with the chances Maupay missed, it made the situation even worse. But to be fair to Dyche, his answer has always been the same. I am going to get him fit, proper fit, fit so he can last games and play the way I want him to play. Plenty we're getting upset about him (Myself included). I don't think the club handled the communication of it all correctly, but there's nothing new there.

Dom was only in this situation anyway because the manager (FSW) we don't talk about any more ignored all the advice of the medical team, and I also read online this week that Lampard was letting him train Fridays only before sticking him in.

Dom has come back and really looks the part. There was a 30 min period in the first half yesterday he was the complete forward. Dyche has done superb with how he's managed/handled that. I owe him an apology. Hopefully he gets a couple of goals before the season is over.

Still need another striker if we get over the line mind you.

Raymond Fox
240 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:12:30
As James 236 says we look the least likely of the bottom 5 to go down at the moment. Thats what the betting view is anyway.

While last nights result was a joyous occasion anything can happen yet, obviously we didn't want a Forest win but maybe thats greedy.

Its still going to be close and a nailbiting job before we know we are staying up.

Mark Taylor
241 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:13:05
It's odd that people on here seem to believe McNeil has been one of the most criticised players on here. Granted he lacks pace (though didn't seem to so much last night) but I think he has been one of our better performers in what has admittedly been a dire season.

You can tell because, at least in recent games, when people name their expected/preferred teams, it pretty much always includes McNeil. There is always debate about most if not all of the others, notably Keane, Iwobi, Duke, Onana, Gana, Myko, but rarely him.

Shane Corcoran
242 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:15:26
I asked a few times, but I’ll try again, why wasn’t the Brighton goal offside. Surely when the touch on to the post happened, McAllister was in an outside position?
Michael Kenrick
243 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:22:11

I think it may have been because Mac Allister was behind the ball and actually behind Mitoma when he played the ball onto the post. So, although Mac Allister was ahead of the last defender, he was not offside in terms of where the ball was played to him.

Could be wrong though…

Rennie Smith
244 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:23:01
This season gets more bizarre by the week, what's the point in trying to predict things when you get results like that?

They all played well but got to say, what about Dwight's fitness, that lad never knows when to stop running. And I don't mean jogging around, actually top sprinting after a hard 90 minutes. I'd like to think Dyche will be giving him a rest but he's probably got him doing bleep tests today!

Kim Vivian
245 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:28:21
Comment D.B.M

I see Michael answered your question above.

Brian Wilkinson
246 Posted 09/05/2023 at 12:57:30
I just cannot see Leeds or Leicester winning 2 of their three remaking games, another win I reckon will see us safe for another season, might not even need that.
Pete Neilson
247 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:08:23
McNeil is starting to show why at one time Burnley thought they’d build a team around him. Easy to forget he’s only a little over a year older than Anthony Gordon. On yesterdays game, and others under Dyche, maybe we got good value on both transfers.
Mike Hayes
248 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:09:12
Absolute brilliant score line - where has this team been for the last 35 games? No wonder the majority of fans on here are on oxygen heart pills alcohol and anything that helps a blue get through a season! More of the same as last night NO MORE of the last 35 games. Well done to the traveling fans who have endured the most of failed away trips - nice to travel home with a smile. Fingers crossed the board can be got rid of and not have Kenshite claiming this is one of those good times 😡 get them out and start a rebuild before BMD
Bobby Mallon
249 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:09:40
I saw Liverpools goal that Salah scored against Brentford. Why was it not called offside. He was in an offside position when the ball was played to him and the ball was played forward
Laurie Hartley
250 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:16:45
They all played great today but my man of the match was Doucoure. He was all over the pitch today and the ground he covered to get on the end of McNeill’s cross for his second was amazing.

I think Doucoure is very passionate about Everton - it’s got him in to trouble in the past but he is blue through and through.

Michael Lynch
251 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:24:11
Dwight McNeil or Anthony Gordon? For me, McNeil offers way more.

Barcodes bought the wrong player.

Colin Malone
252 Posted 09/05/2023 at 13:47:06
DCL. Brilliant. If you can keep us up and still want to go to Arsenal. I would love to stay.
I will carry you on my shoulders on broken glass, then walk over to White Hart Lane and bring Ritchie back with me.
Just make sure Dominic, you save us. Great performance from you and the rest of the team.
Bill Watson
253 Posted 09/05/2023 at 14:07:55
The consensus on the way down to the match was how important it was going to be to avoid too much damage to our goal difference and that a scrappy draw would be a huge bonus.

Today it's really sinking in that the win, the margin of the win and its importance to our football and financial future was potentially the most important in my 65 years of travelling with Everton.

A fantastic all round performance with McNeil, Doucoure and Pickford being outstanding but everyone putting in a tremendous shift, my only reservations being the acres of space we were allowing Brighton on both flanks.

Even at 3 and 4 nil we were watching the clock so agonisingly, slowly, ticking down, being very aware that one misjudged tackle could see us down to 10 men.

The icing on the cake was McNeil's 96th minute impersonation of Geoff Hurst's 1966 WCF goal.

Survival is now back in our own hands and we need to ensure it remains that way.

Mick O'Malley
254 Posted 09/05/2023 at 14:09:58
What a pass by by Onana for the 5th goal and what a finish by McNiel, he’s turning into a real goal scoring winger, Yerry Mina was brilliant, got his head on everything and organised the defence, my MOTM, especially after being out for so long, Patterson and Mykolenko were both excellent also, every single player subs included all played their parts, it’s in our hands now, and if we stay up ( I’m 100 confident we will ) let’s hope we have no more seasons like the last 2, I don’t think my heart can take it anymore, and just a final word about our magnificent away support, I was delighted they got to see a performance and result their support deserved, they have packed out every away end at every game so I hope they enjoyed that last night. UTFT!!
Mick Davies
255 Posted 09/05/2023 at 14:10:58
A fantastic performance by all, but for 3 players, desperately short of match fitness, I feel a special mention is deserved: Mina looked like he'd been there all season and was one of the reasons we had such confidence to bomb forward with abandon: Patterson, after a slow start, also contributed to this air of confidence, bottling up their most creative player, whilst Dom was absolutely awesome, with his flicks and turns twisting their defenders all over the place, and his aerial ability evident in his battles with Dunk, where he must have won nearly every challenge.
The fans though were awesome. Urging the team on from the opening seconds with their raucous support, and who cares about the National anthem? It doesn't mention the people, except to slag off the Scots, and a disgruntled Brighton fan posted on social media that the only highlight of the day was hearing the Evertonians singing 'Fuck The Tories'
What an amazing day
Lee Robinson
256 Posted 09/05/2023 at 14:36:36
I've just been filling in the premier league predictor all morning looking at different scenario's. It could be the case where 4 teams could be on 36 points to stay up on goal difference. Last night's result is just sinking in whilst doing this how huge it is, not only for the unexpected 3 points but the impact on goal difference is has made we have caught up over a 10 goal deficite with Leeds now with what looks like a nicer run in.
Shane Corcoran
257 Posted 09/05/2023 at 14:46:01
Michael that’s all I can think of but I haven’t seen the replay since it occurred to me.
Andy Crooks
258 Posted 09/05/2023 at 15:09:47
Don't underestimate Maupay's role in this. Image how morale sapping it was for the Brighton players to look at our bench and see what we still had up our sleeve.
Tony McNulty
259 Posted 09/05/2023 at 15:49:47
Bill (#253)

The Geoff Hurst comparison also occurred to me.

The words: "They think it's all over. It is now.", certainly crossed my mind.

And I wasn't thinking about our Premier League future.

Mark Taylor
260 Posted 09/05/2023 at 16:28:03
Bill 253 and a few others mentioned the space we were leaving on the flanks. Especially early on, with Mitoma skinning Patterson, this looked like a threat.

But I think it was part of the game plan. We had a lot of success crowding the midfield, with Gana, Garner and Duke supported by Iwobi, McNeil and the full backs playing tight. Effectively crowding a small space with up to 7 players, each trying to cut the angles for a pass to stop them playing through us. That is what created the turnovers and made our counter attacking such a threat.

Of course balls out wide to their wingers could damage us, but I think the key there was the speed at which Iwobi and McNeil raced over to support their full backs. This still couldn't entirely stop the inevitable crosses into the box, but you can't stop everything and I think Dyche reckoned Mina and Tarks were better suited to deal with that incoming than fast interplay and through balls on the edge of the box.

So that folks was the classic Dyche narrow, low block

James Hughes
261 Posted 09/05/2023 at 16:30:30
Andy, that is one of the best posts in a long while -Oh no they they are taking DCL off and bringing Ropey on LMFAO
John McFarlane Snr
262 Posted 09/05/2023 at 16:35:32
Hi Derek [213] as I have said on various posts I always approach games with an open mind, sometimes the result causes disappointment and on the other hand a degree of pleasure. Last nights display was superb and although some players may have been nominated for special mention, I place them all in the same category, each of them being equally worthy of the 'Man of the match' award.

Regarding the subject of ToffeeWeb badges I am prepared to donate the price of their cost 60p each [excluding p&p, minimum order 100]. I would also pay the p&p if someone like yourself, took control of the ordering. I am too old to become embroiled in the on-line business of such an important task. I am thankful to Eric Myles for his information leading to the situation, and also to the person who's post led to the idea, he is 'initially' the poster who came up with the idea. I have no intention of stealing his thunder and I hope he reads this post, and comes forward to be commended for his suggestion of the idea in the first place. We can discuss the subject in the Barley Moore on Sunday.

Dale Self
263 Posted 09/05/2023 at 17:01:33
Good analysis Mark 260.

Oh yeah and I want a badge. With a fish pun inscripted on the back.

Kieran Kinsella
264 Posted 09/05/2023 at 17:05:12
McNeil baffles me because early in the season he was slower than Bilyaletfinov. Slower than a hedgehog. He seemed to only have one pace which was a slow trot. Now he looks like Landon Donovan. So I wonder if he was nursing an injury early on? Going slow in the hope more would join the attack? Or maybe Frank had some weird tactic to bore the opposition to death? Anyway the current McNeil looks like the guy I expected which was the one who terrorized us at Goodison a few years back.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
265 Posted 09/05/2023 at 17:11:34
Kieran, the other possibility is that in Frank’s desire to be best mates with everyone he didn’t have it in him to push them to be fit. But yeah, he was certainly not speedy earlier on.

The other valid criticisms of him, and Mike Gaynes may have to eat crow here I think,
even if he was just stating fact, was that his track record of scoring goals was piss poor, and he’s put that to bed. Lastly, it’s hard to imagine being truly world class when you’re that one-footed, but he may just prove us wrong.

If we survive and McNeil, Patterson, Mykolenko, Onana and Garner all continue to improve, we’ll look back on all of those purchases with different eyes than we did throughout this miserable season. Maupay will likely always be 15£ million thrown down the toilet.

Brent Stephens
266 Posted 09/05/2023 at 17:33:18
Andy #258 cracker!
Kieran Kinsella
267 Posted 09/05/2023 at 17:37:41

Based on the Minnesota game I can believe that

Jeff Armstrong
268 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:06:31
Kieran 264, I noticed that too how McNeil seems to have found a yard more pace lately, he seems to be a confidence player and he’s been excellent since Dyche arrived.
I think the yard of pace has come from his mind, he always had it, but was reluctant to push himself for fear of making a mistake.
I’d forgotten about Mike Gayne’s highlighting McNeil’s goal stats from past seasons, I bet Mike is obviously delighted with his goal return now.
Christine Foster
269 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:13:38
Only just come down from yesterday's high, watched the game again, hard to be critical in anyway of that performance but as brilliant as Pickford and Mina were, can we expect them to pull the same rabbits out of the hat against Haaland and co? A different level of class than Brighton it must be said who did create chances.
If, a big if, we can play against City like that, we will create chances and take one or two. The big questions for me is, like big Sam said, we need to stop the service from midfield. A lot will also depend on tonight's result, a narrow victory for either side means Man city will rest players, if RM thump them iit won't matter resting players..
A 1-0 to City or RM tonight would be a great result for us.
Martin Mason
270 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:22:33
Am I wrong but I see the comments section denuded of many posters when we win.
Ian Bennett
271 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:39:52
It was a huge 3 points with the blues being clinical up top and defended like lions. It was the perfect performance in many ways.

I didn't fancy us I have to admit before the game, but I did think Brighton would struggle after the United win and with a lot of games to play, and their squad would struggle to handle it. Losing the semi final would have sapped energy and mental toughness for one kf the smaller clubs.

Can it be replicated, that's a big ask. The blues scored 5 from their 5 shots on target, with Brighton scoring just one from their 5 on target. Both teams recorded 3 in their XG, so it saids a lot that we over achieved and Brighton failed.

Hopefully more points to come through though. City is a tough game, but they do have a huge Real tussle, where as Bournemouth and Wolves can be any result if they put in a performance or have their flip flops on.

It is a time when any results can be landed. That was our best XI, I hope it stays fit and we can deliver.

John Daley
272 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:46:18
I see the bbc has reduced our chance of relegation following last nights performance. Now at 26% chance of going down…

Tony Everan
273 Posted 09/05/2023 at 18:51:06
Yes John, we are out to 3/1 now, we were 8/13 a week ago before Leicester.

Southampton 1-100
Leeds 2-5
Leicester 4-9
Nottingham Forest 7-4
Everton 3-1

We’ve given ourselves a massive opportunity.

Mike Doyle
274 Posted 09/05/2023 at 19:07:12
Delighted for all those who packed the away end at the Amex. Danny, Rob Halligan and others who suffered the Bournemouth double header a few months back were owed a performance like that. Must have been a novel experience to actually enjoy the long journey home.
Pete Neilson
275 Posted 09/05/2023 at 19:19:58
Martin (270) you’re not mistaken, let’s enjoy it. It’s only a reprieve, I expect they’ll be back prior to the City game.
Nick White
276 Posted 09/05/2023 at 19:36:53
24 hours on and I’m still in shock and ecstatic! I still can’t believe 5-1!

I saw a stat today that we scored 15% of our seasons goals last night, wouldn’t surprise me.

It is actually possible with the other results that we are already safe. I wouldn’t want to rely on it though but do think 3 more points will be enough whatever.

The 5th goal definitely had shades of Radzinski about it!

Ian Riley
277 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:02:57
I keep getting texts from family members abroad! They are in more shock than I am!

Key to yesterday was the kick off. At them, with pace and our passing, best in years! That level of play with the right players shows what is possible!

Enjoy till saturday! Just lovely to win with such great play! My goodness the away fans deserve that! Well done to all the away fans!!

Peter Carpenter
278 Posted 09/05/2023 at 20:54:26
McNeil hasn't got any quicker. He's just running in the right direction.
Mike Price
279 Posted 09/05/2023 at 21:48:41
It was undoubtedly a shock result and the freakish nature of it has led to lots of understandable euphoria. I’m worried that people are getting carried away but we really have to be on our guard now.
It feels a bit like the Palace game did but it was nowhere near as definitive; we’ve got a long way to go and there’s probably a few more shock results to come.
Barry Hesketh
280 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:00:27
Mike @279,

I'd much rather be going into the Man City game with a victory last night, rater than a defeat. I think possibly our players realised that Brighton was more of an opportunity to get something and if they hadn't, they'd have been going into Sunday's match under extreme pressure.

It won't be any easier on Sunday than it was prior to the Brighton match, but at least we can have a bit of hope we might get something on Sunday.

Dave Abrahams
281 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:00:33
Peter (278),

McNeil is much improved since he's got a few more players running in the right direction with him. That's what he needed someone to aim the ball at, he's finding them and using the ball well.

Brendan McLaughlin
282 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:00:45
Mike #279,

I wouldn't worry too much. I'm not saying it can't go pear-shaped but I don't see Sean Dyche as the "getting carried away" type.

Brent Stephens
283 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:03:45
15 corners successfully defended at Brighton. Mina on Haaland for corners and we're perhaps looking to lock City out of that route to goal?
Bobby Mallon
284 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:09:25
Christine @269, it ended 1-1.

I predict Haaland will be rested with De Bruyne on Sunday and 1-0 to us.

Jim Lloyd
285 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:11:05
Colin (218)

Brian Wilkinson pointed that out to me. Gawd knows where I got that from! But Patterson or Anderson, that lad looks like he's a good apprentice to Seamus and will be a good fullback along with Mykolenko for years to come.

Last night he was getting a hard time from that Mitoma but after that he got to grips and mostly cut out that threat,

They were all excellent last night, and I'm also made up for McNeil. I said earlier in the season, that I thought we'd bought a pudd'n; last night, I realised we've got a top class player on our hands!

Peter Carpenter
286 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:12:14
I think he is a quick thinker too, Dave, seeing the options a fraction earlier than others maybe.

Brian Wilkinson
287 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:29:57
I thought I missed a sub coming on, Jim, was scratching my head thinking "Who the hell's this Anderson guy?"

Easily done, Jim, done it many times myself.

Jim Lloyd
288 Posted 09/05/2023 at 22:40:15
Hahaha! I think I'm going a bit forgetful, Brian. I think our two young full-backs are maturing well and hopefully stay with us for the next 10 years!

Mind you, McNeil is only 23 and he looks top-class as well. Dom, Ellis and Tom Cannon, Garner, Iwobi is mercurial but he had a stunning game last night and he can replicate that. They are just some of the young talent we've got.

These next few games are so important but, whatever happens match-wise, it's off the pitch I'm hopeful about; fearful as well. I hope we get a takeover or investment into the club and that starts the ball rolling in getting rid of the lead weights that have been pulling us down for decades.

Brian Wilkinson
289 Posted 09/05/2023 at 23:03:33
Yes, both full-backs look very promising.

I think what happens is we sometimes play players out of position and it looks bad on them.

If Frank was still here, McNeil would still be playing on the right wing and getting slaughtered; likewise with Godfrey, he never plays well on the right-hand side, but is a better player on the left side.

Yesterday we had a natural right- and left-back, a centre-forward to aim at. Like I said earlier in the season, Jim, watch a different player when McNeil gets played on his favoured left side, and has a target man to aim for.

We now seem to have a more balanced team, instead of playing players out of position, to accommodate other players; James Garner slotted in perfectly in the midfield.

We have to go with that starting 11 again and give them time to gel, instead of keep swapping and changing, and playing players out of position, stick to what we have and a little patience.

I only played the game at knock-about, never played for a Sunday league team, so Danny, Tony and the likes who have played at that level will have more knowledge about playing and tactics than me.

I was right-footed, was half decent anywhere centre midfield or on the right, but I could never play left-back or left-wing, it just did not feel natural for me, at a higher level maybe that is something players are fine with, but for me I could never master the art of playing out on the left side, just felt awkward.

Brian Wilkinson
290 Posted 10/05/2023 at 08:44:55
Another thing I like about McNeil, he doesn’t just get the ball and run like a headless chicken and hit a hopeful punt into the box, his awareness to look up take another another touch if need be, then put the ball to the player is something other players should be looking at, instead of hitting a first time ball into the box.

So frustrating to see the likes of Gray, Patterson and Mykolenko hit a first time cross, when they have plenty of time and space, to take a touch and pick a player out.

If Gueye could get some shooting practice in, he could bang some goals in for Everton, it’s unbelievable how many times the second ball played out more often than not falls to Gueye in space, to get a shot off.

Steve Carse
291 Posted 12/05/2023 at 11:20:36
Does anyone know the cause of the heated second half argument between Gueye and Pickford? It went on for a good few minutes and needed the intervention of Tarkowski and others.
Paul Kossoff
292 Posted 12/05/2023 at 23:17:41
Mac Allister's goal came off his arm, and should have been disallowed.

Unbelievable from the Blue Boys, 3 more points or maybe 2 will see us safe depending on what the others do. Coyb.

Danny O’Neill
293 Posted 13/05/2023 at 06:42:47

It was a much more balanced team.

To your point, don't flatter me too much. I was fortunate enough to grace Bellefield on trials and have Terry Darracott look after me. A very nice person. A great experience, although my Dad seemed to have a better one marvelling at the blue clad pool table in the canteen. He didn't watch me!

But I was too small and lightweight at the time. I thought I was playing with men, but they were the same age as me. That's why I have always tried not to judge people too soon. Wait and see.

I never reached the heights that Tony did, but I did get paid at semi-professional level and, for those who understand, played Army standard, which is a high level. I played alongside people who had played for Wigan, Newcastle youth teams, Bristol Rovers, Lincoln, Norwich and a young left back who was on Everton's books until 16 before being released and joining the Army. Cracking player.

Enough about me and my failed football experiences. Back to your point.

When I coached, I took the Dutch approach. It is important, in my humble opinion, to move players around the pitch to get a feel for where their best position may end up being. Also to give them experience in different positions so it isn't a shock when, in later life, they may be asked to play there.

The amount of times I had parents who apparently had a font of football knowledge trying to tell me what position their kids should play and being obsessed with results as opposed to me trying to develop them.

Eventually, players will settle into a natural position. You get the occasional natural versatile player. Alan Harper and Phil Neville spring to mind.

But eventually you want most players in their natural position once they are adult players. That is the balance you refer to.

Back to me. I started life as an aspiring centre midfielder. You wouldn't think it now, but although I wasn't a Usain Bolt, I was naturally pacey, so got put on the wing. Then moved to full back, before being convinced that I was naturally suited to being a ball playing centre back. In a very effective 3-5-2.

Last point. I'm left handed but right footed. Through coaching (in Germany), I was taught to use my left foot. Good players should be able to use both as I was instructed in a very German way. I ended up being able to use both equally. You wouldn't have known the difference.

It's nearly Sunday. We can do this.

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