First on Match of the Day!

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I can’t remember when we were first on Match of the Day for beating the Premier League leaders! Answers on a postcard to ToffeeWeb!

It will be very interesting to hear what the experts say as I can’t see anything negative they can say about us today. Doesn’t that make you feel better and allow us to enjoy the rest of the weekend? Icing on the cake is Liverpool getting spanked even if it gives Wolves 3 points and puts us back in the Bottom 3.

It makes you question and answer: Why couldn’t Frank do this? One of Frank’s faults – and not often talked about – was his selection of players he liked which was proved today. Despite improved performances from everyone, three players looked like new signings in the January window.

First, there is Abdoulaye Doucouré who has been left in the Finch Farm wilderness for whatever reason and, because he confronted Frank, was made to train on his own. Today, he was back to The Duke of previous seasons. His combination with Onana made me think of calling them ‘The Twin Towers”. Even better now as Brighton have just taken the lead!

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Then, the much maligned Dwight McNeil who was back to how he performed when he was at Burnley. Why couldn’t Frank get that out of him? Lastly, there was Gana Gueye who looked like he really cared and was back to his best. Under Frank he never looked interested.

Others such as Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Vitalii Mykolenko had their best games for a long time. In fact, Sean Dyche got the best out of everyone, had a game plan which the players understood, and even managed to set up a goal from his mate James Tarkowski off a McNeil corner. I always wondered why McNeil never took inswinging corners. Oh, I know… he wasn’t on the pitch! 

Last thought: what does Demarai Gray do now?

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Lyndon Lloyd
1 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:29:18
Apparently it's only the third time we've beaten the League leaders in over a decade, two decades, I can't recall.

Also, Gray was carrying an injury so wasn't risked today. We're going to need the whole first team over the remaining 17 games, I think.

Keith Barrett
2 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:37:16
What a brilliant and solid performance from Everton today under Sean Dyche! All the players played with meaning and purpose and the desire to win, this is more like it lads!

This is what Everton should be like! Well done, Dyche, and well done all the squad! Let's hope that this will continue, and we get out of this relegation battle situation.

I am fully behind this quality squad, manager, and the whole team! Keep it up, lads! 👍👍😎😎💪💪👌👌

Dennis Stevens
3 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:39:09
MOTD chat will be a bit about Everton being the new Burnley & then whether Arsenal are starting their regular "bottling it" process.
Peter Carpenter
4 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:40:48
No wins since October, lost to the bottom team three times, sold a good player, brought in no one, sacked manager, gave new manager 4 days to work with team, board too scared to turn up = deserved win over league leaders.
Pass me the oxygen.
Darren Hind
5 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:55:39
I think Seamus had his best game for long time too

He tested Pickfords nerve with one bouncing back pass, but he was up against one of the fastest players in the world today. Three times Martinelli tried to go past him down in front of us in the first half, but Seamus was able to get his shoulder into the speedsters chest and make him go the long way round by easing him off the pitch.

I feared the worst before the game. I thought our boy would be run ragged today. Simply didnt happen.

The legs may have gone, but he was still a little too cute for one of the brightest young stars in the game.

Still buzzing

Sean Roe
6 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:09:14
We'll get no credit whatsoever on MOTD, it will all be about how Arsenal had an off day.

MOTD can ram it's script firmly up it's behind. COYB!

Peter Mills
7 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:19:09
Darren #5,

I have to echo your sentiments. I kept waiting for Seamus to blow up. Didn't happen.

Colin Glassar
8 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:53:46
Football is a simple game, ie, round pegs in round holes, play to player's strengths etc…. Too many managers try and over-complicate and copy the Guardiola playbook.

Fine if you have the players to play in that system but, if you don't, just keep it honest and simple.

John Raftery
9 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:56:34
Which channel is Match of the Day on?!
Jerome Shields
10 Posted 05/02/2023 at 16:56:03
Motd always hedge their bets with a top four side, by saying they have had a off day, with the proviso that it may or may not be the beginning of a trend.Lampard really did get a easy day on Motd.End game with little comments. Moyes also was always doing the best with what he had.

The truth is that with the wages the Managers and players are on, they should be producing . Ex player presenters should be giving correct analysis, rather adopting the norms of whatever What's App group they are on, to stay connection to the inside of football.The whole thing is a sham.

They had no option but to put the Everton/ Arsenal game on first, such is the Media interest.Didn't get to see Motd , but hope the empty Directors Box was scanned.That would have been worth while.

Brian Hennessy
11 Posted 05/02/2023 at 18:04:41

Not only did they show the empty seats, but they also showed the aeroplane banner saying "It's time to go, Bill".

Peter Neilson
12 Posted 05/02/2023 at 18:17:59
Every time the plane with the banner flew over a bannerless one followed it. Was this occupied by the Board, looking down,with Sharpy giving Bill and The Professor an update on proceedings?

And what was with the copper in our technical area? I thought Dele had turned up in fancy dress.

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:02:51
Brian #11

Good News. Bill will braisingly try to look as if nothing has happened in the next games.But it will look very hollow, with no way back.

Still need a new Board. It would be better if Moshiri sold up, but it is more likely a new investor will join. Hope they now know change is needed in the club management.

Though Dyche has a better football formula than Lampard, he will need a better Club Management to develop the team beyond premiership survival.


The copper in the technical area would have been at the club's behest. I bet there were lots drawn at the Station for that . An absolute gift of a day's policing.

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