Everton 3 - 0 Newcastle United

A 30-pass move set against a backdrop of ebullient “Olés” from the Goodison faithful ending in a climactic third goal against a Champions League side chasing repeat qualification for Europe’s elite competition is not what immediately comes to mind when you think of Sean Dyche.

After all, the gravel-voiced Midlander is more renowned for more direct, no-frills football and Everton’s 38% share of possession on the night against much-vaunted Newcastle was more in keeping with that reputation. But 2-0 up and deep into 10 minutes of stoppage time, the Blues’ players took the opportunity to indulge in some keep-ball with a passage of play that twice wended its way into the opposotion's half and back again, across the field to the right touchline where Nathan Patterson sent Beto away to score his first Premier League goal.

It put the icing on the proverbial cake for the Toffees who, at one stage, looked to be treading a well-worn path of missed first-half chances followed by painful home defeat before two uncharacteristic mistakes by Keiran Trippier opened the door in the 79th and 86th minutes respectively. First, the hero at the City Ground, Dwight McNeil, took full advantage with a thumping finish; then Abdoulaye Doucouré, who had scored all bar one of his goals this season away from home, gleefully swept the ball past Martin Dubravka to essentially seal the points.

Prior to last Saturday’s visit to Nottingham, Everton were mired in the bottom three as a result of the Premier League’s 10-point penalty and five points from safety; this evening, thanks to their seventh League victory in their last 10 matches, they’re clear of the relegation zone and eating up ground on a couple of other teams struggling above them. By rights, Dyche’s men should be sitting in 10th, a point and a place above Sunday’s opponents Chelsea, testament to the job the manager is doing now that he has a functioning forward line at his disposal and increasing faith from his players.

Of course, this had the potential to go a few different ways. Newcastle, for all their injuries, talk of the fatigue of their players, and their somewhat iffy away form this season, are a very good team. In Bruno Guimarães they have a top-class operator, Alexander Isak can be deadly up front and then there was Anthony Gordon — in good form, apparently starting to fulfil the promise that persuaded the Magpies to shell out £45m on him and just itching to rub his old club’s noses in their sorry predicament at the wrong end of the table.

It could have been the young Scouser’s night on his old stomping ground. Twice he had an excellent opportunity with just Jordan Pickford ahead of him but on both occasions that dubious end product that had many Evertonians shrugging their shoulders at his departure last January was in evidence and he squandered them.

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Then there were Everton’s own selection problems that meant that Amadou Onana again missed out with a calf strain and although Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Seamus Coleman returned to the starting XI, James Garner, man of the match against Forest at the weekend, was struck down with illness earlier in the day and was unable to play.

Dyche’s solution was to deploy 38-year-old Ashley in right-midfield and Jack Harrison off Calvert-Lewin up front, with Doucouré dropping into central midfield alongside Idrissa Gueye. And for most of the first half, the Blues didn’t look all that worse off for the enforced change; indeed, they looked purposeful, strong and determined to rectify a poor record at Goodison that, before tonight, had yielded just two League wins since March.

They almost went ahead from a seventh-minute corner when Jarrad Branthwaite nodded wide of goal and when McNeil dug out a superb 19th-minute cross from the byline, Calvert-Lewin met it at the back post only to be denied by Dubravka who had covered his angles well.

The striker had an even better chance a minute later. Harrison played Calvert-Lewin in nicely but the latter’s scuffed shot was saved one-handed by the keeper.

As expected, Newcastle had had the majority of the possession but Trippier had failed to trouble Pickford with a direct free-kick and Miguel Almiron’s attempt to beat the Blues’ keeper when played in by Joelinton was dealt with with similar ease.

Almiron then volleyed over from the edge of the box at one end before a lovely Everton move should have yielded the opening goal. Harrison was the provider once more as he picked McNeil out with a pass inside and the winger took one touch before trying to place a shot inside the far post but put it the wrong side of the upright.

Isak, who was well shackled for much of the game by Jarrad Branthwaite and James Tarkowski, went very close in the 36th minute with Newcastle’s best chance of the first half but, thankfully, his header dropped inches wide and three minutes later, Calvert-Lewin somehow missed the best chance he would get all game.

Young was fouled near the halfway line, Tarkowski stole in ahead of his marker to meet Pickford’s deep free-kick and Branthwaite prodded it on to Calvert-Lewin who was all alone in the six-yard box but after setting himself perfectly with control off his chest he somehow hammered the ball over the bar and into the Park End stand.

With no changes made by either side at the break, the pattern of the game continued for the first 10 minutes of the second period, with Calvert-Lewin’s header bouncing off Jamal Lascelles and almost sneaking past Dubravka until he stopped it on the line and visitors cleared their lines.

No doubt under instruction from Howe, Newcastle then began to build some pressure as Gordon, booed and barracked throughout by the home fans on what was an unproductive night for him personally, despatched a curling effort wide and Lewis Miley flashed a shot over from 25 yards before Gordon passed two idea chances to twist a knife into his former club.

Pickford put Tarkowski into trouble and he coughed the ball up to Gordon but the winger could only fire straight at the keeper. Then, when he was sent into the clear on the counter-attack in the 65th minute, he smashed the ball high and wide with only Pickford to beat.

Having weathered that brief storm, Everton started making inroads of their own. Gueye skied a trademark effort from 20 yards over the bar and Doucouré failed to get enough purchase on a header to trouble Dubravka before Trippier’s slip gifted the Blues the chance to break the impasse.

Receiving a pass in his own half from Guimarães, the England international’s forward options were cut off by the advancing McNeil and as he tried to turn backwards, lost control of the ball and the Everton winger pounced. Driving straight towards goal, he used Calvert-Lewin peeling off to his left as a decoy before leathering an unstoppable drive across Dubravka and high into his net.

Newcastle very nearly wiped that lead out with eight minutes left when Miley’s mis-kicked shot bounced up invitingly for Almiron but his header dropped onto the roof of the net and four minutes after that it was 2-0.

Trippier’s kicked an attempted pass forward into Harrison and bounced back off him, the on-loan Leeds winger latched onto the loose ball and drove towards the box, squared it for McNeil who didn’t make contact with a shot and it fell to Doucouré to stroke it past the keeper from a central position.

Isak threatened to make a game of it in the first minute of stoppage time when he touched the ball past Branthwaite and dinked it over Pickford’s glove but, again, his effort dropped narrowly past the upright.

That left Beto to have the final word when Patterson, on as a substitute for Coleman, sent him away behind the Newcastle defence with a curling ball down the line and the Portuguese, having sprung the offside trap, made a beeline for goal and then no mistake, shrugging off Fabian Schär at the last before slotting under Dubravka's legs.

Goodison has waited a while for a night like this, particularly after this same fixture back in April ended so harrowingly. Not since that thrilling Thursday evening against Crystal Palace 19 months ago has the Old Lady rocked and roared to a winning performance under the lights and with precious few of them left before the club moves to Bramley-Moore Dock, each one should be savoured.

It may have taken a couple of mistakes from the unlikely source of the vastly experienced Trippier — mistakes needled out of him by the Blues’ relentless press — but, make no mistake, Everton, towering at the back, dogged in midfield and (finally!) clinical up front, were full value for this victory that will, hopefully, be a pillar on which Goodison can be made into a fortress again.

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Michael Fox
1 Posted 07/12/2023 at 23:56:23
Well, I've no problem saying, every one's a hero. But big shout out to Beto, we'll done. I'm in heaven right now.
Paul Kossoff
2 Posted 08/12/2023 at 00:25:09
Five star performance from the boys in blue, well done lads and supporters.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Tony Mace
4 Posted 08/12/2023 at 00:40:51
Think all that coal dust has buggered the skunks lungs.

They looked knackered for the last 15 minutes and started welling up when the ref added 10 minutes at the end.

Anyone who’s seen the last scene in Get Carter knows what a dire place these knuckle dragging inbreeds have to go back to.

With no points.

Jack Convery
5 Posted 08/12/2023 at 00:52:08
Great 3 points well done one and all. Apparently, Pickford riled them with a barbed comment at the end of the game. Seems they like to dish it out to a Mackem but can't take it, when the tables are turned.

Best two things about tonight were Beto scoring and Patterson getting the assist. That will do them both the world of good.

Mike Gaynes
6 Posted 08/12/2023 at 01:12:20
What I loved about Patterson's pass releasing Beto was that it was the 30th and final pass of a 30-pass sequence.

Ole', indeed!

Peter Carpenter
7 Posted 08/12/2023 at 01:50:54
Tony (4) - cruel but funny, spat my toast out laughing.
Peter Carpenter
8 Posted 08/12/2023 at 01:54:21
Not shouting this out loud, but it's looking more and more like we've got a proper team.
Bill Hawker
9 Posted 08/12/2023 at 02:11:47
Ok, I'll say it.

Ashley Young played a very good game.

Peter Moore
10 Posted 08/12/2023 at 03:10:07
Unity of purpose. Thank you Sean Dyche. UTFT.
Dan Parker
11 Posted 08/12/2023 at 03:42:32
Love this Everton team. We have our identity back. It’s not super fancy but hard working and yes good to watch: well done Sean Dyche and the players. Amazing how Duke has played a part vs the Lampard tenure
Dan Parker
12 Posted 08/12/2023 at 03:45:03
That’s an epic comment Tony, saving that down for the next time my toon mate gives me shit ha
Dan Parker
13 Posted 08/12/2023 at 03:49:39
We’re seeing the best of Duke and Picks careers at the moment, proper champagne stuff
Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 08/12/2023 at 04:16:07
Dan 11

Agree mate. We have a small squad. We have a few guys on their last legs, a few held together with sellotape. But Dyche has infused an energy and determination in them that we haven’t seen since the Joe Royle days. Moyes had some decent teams but mentally they were fragile. eg in any big game Teta, Pienaar etc came up short. But Dyche has got this crew bought into his tactics and showing real character. Can you imagine if Koeman was in charge and we were docked 10 points? Ashley Williams wouldn’t be covering his face with his shirt he’d be hiding it out in Wales and going AWOL. Then there is Duke. The guy made his mark as an attacking goal scorer at Watford. For some reason Carlo deployed him as a defensive mid and everyone else since followed suit until Sean actually let him play his best role and guess what? He is better there. Meanwhile, anyone missing Gray or Iwobi? Thought not.

Dan Parker
15 Posted 08/12/2023 at 04:39:45
Spot on Kieran. And we have a starting 11 full of players that actually care for the club and go to battle on our behalf. Given the shit deck we’ve been dealt, survival would be some accomplishment if not a cup win. Horse punching kopites not mocking Picks now, best keeper in the league.
Adam Carey
16 Posted 08/12/2023 at 07:39:04
Watching the game last night, we are making a mockery of possession stats. 39-61 looks like Newcastle bossed it, but we were by far the better team.

Every other stat had us dominating, and not just xG either (which I still don't really understand).

Bring on Chelsea!

Si Pulford
17 Posted 08/12/2023 at 08:01:30

A bit harsh on Iwobi that. Young played well out wide but I imagine Iwobi (who's scored three in the last two games for Fulham…) would have loved that. He always had that energy and pressing that the rest played with last night. We would have been even better with him.

It's a long season and with a few injuries we might well be longing for an Iwobi. Agree about Gray as he never had the work rate or energy for a Dyche team but Iwobi, for all his failings, in my opinion would be excellent in a Dyche team.

Neil Cremin
18 Posted 08/12/2023 at 08:28:09
I’ll go against the tide and think that Pickford’s antics at end of game were silly, childish and will come back to bite him and probably us. No need for it.

It is unprofessional and all it will do is antagonise others when we need support to rectify the injustice of a 10-point deduction.

Chris Leyland
19 Posted 08/12/2023 at 08:37:39
Neil, you killjoy! There was every need for it. He’s been abused by a bunch of horse-punching inbreds for years. He’s taken allsorts of disgusting nonsense from them and he’s entitled to enjoy the moment. Their fanbase has become as insufferable as Kopites ( which takes some doing) and if they can’t take it then they shouldn’t dish it out.
Duncan McDine
20 Posted 08/12/2023 at 08:39:33
Si (17), I disagree with you... Iwobi was very likeable, but if you watched his "pressing" closely, you'd see that he was afraid to tackle. Yes, he closed down players quickly, but then when he got close enough to make a challenge, he just stood a yard off them. Doesn't stop him being a gifted player, but he lacked the necessary "bite" to be an effective one.
Neil Cremin
21 Posted 08/12/2023 at 08:51:24
Chris. You cant believe how I feel this morning. As an Toffee supporter I am over the moon about last night and if only we took our chances in the first half against ManU we could be in seventh heaven.
That still doesnt take away from what I believe is Pickfords biggest failing. Remember game at Newcastle where he allowed himself to be distracted by the crowd. Ultimately in the end he was the cause of the handbags at the end between the players which will give the PL more ammunition to have a go at us. A true professional would ignore it. As you gather in I'm not his biggest fan.
Steve Brown
22 Posted 08/12/2023 at 09:00:51
Neil, you are incorrect on Pickford. He wasn’t the cause of the scuffles at the end.

At the full-time whistle Guimaraes and Schaar got in his face and jostled him simply because he was celebrating the win. Why should he back down to those dickheads on his home ground?

Support you own players instead of justifying the thuggish behaviour of those gobshites.

John Chambers
23 Posted 08/12/2023 at 09:52:47
Just been reading through the comments and there are a few things I'd like to reflect on.

Possession stats – I agree the 39% vs 61% is misleading last night. What that doesn't show is how much of that possession is in “safe”areas. Lots of teams play the ball around in their half of the pitch whereas under Dyche we are much more direct than most (although we do still mess around on the edge of our box, Tarkowski!). It means much of our possession is in more advanced areas of the pitch.

Squad size – I agree we have a relatively small squad but I think that is definitely to our advantage at the moment. It may be an issue if we have lots of injuries/suspensions but there is clearly a consistency to our play because of the continuity. Before last night my real area of worry was centre midfield where I thought we were really short but Harrison's performance showed we have some options within the squad.

Pickford – regularly takes loads of abuse so no problem with him making the most of the win. From what I saw it was the Newcastle players who seemed more wound up, especially Schar, Joelinton and Guimares.

Iwobi – always frustrated me, the nearly man. Nearly made the killer pass, nearly scored, nearly tackled. He has loads of energy but rarely delivered, 99th minute against Newcastle excepted. Harrison may not be as skilled as Iwobi but is more consistent, which I think is something Dyche values.

Brian Harrison
24 Posted 08/12/2023 at 10:21:20
I thought at half-time: "Here we go again, guilt-edged chances not taken, and that will probably see us struggle in a game that should have been in the bag".

Certainly Newcastle started the 2nd half much better without causing too much concern and two of their best chances came with Tarkowski trying to dribble on the edge of the box and Branthwaite hitting their attacker and it rebounding past him.

But I needn't have worried as McNeil opened the scoring with a sublime strike, quickly followed by Doucoure scoring yet again and then Beto finishing a great spell of possession football.

I thought Garner missing it may really affect us and, while Doucoure is better in a more forward role, I thought we did okay. I still have concerns over Harrison's lack of quality and, in other games, if Calvert-Lewin keeps spurning these chances, it will come back to hurt us.

Great to see Seamus back and he was so good, Newcastle switched Gordon to the other flank, were he got no change from Mykolenko who I keep saying is, for me, the best left-back in the league.

I would just like to say well done to Gordon, who ran over to shake Seamus's hand when he had to go off and, although he would have been disappointed with the result, he still had the good grace to shake hands warmly with Patterson, Young and Tarkowski.

So Chelsea next; I hope it was just a bit of cramp that caused Coleman to come off as he is head and shoulders still our best right-back. I thought Gana Gueye ran the midfield, yes he misplaced the odd pass but he was also the first to retrieve it after the bad pass.

To think Lampard banished Doucouré to train on his own, and Dyche has turned him into a goal machine, now just has to work that magic on Calvert-Lewin.

Goodison was really rocking at the end… it will be sad to leave the Old Lady next season.

David West
25 Posted 08/12/2023 at 11:12:21
Yes we got a bit of luck

from trippier but you make your own luck. The hardest working teams are usually the luckiest and its no coincidence.

Newcastle tried to up their game second half, but I thought we kept them to half chances and we looked solid yet again.

The Dyche hate mobb can say oh we are not playing like City or we are wasting chances but he has to work with what he's got and he's working wonders in my opinion.

He's getting more from players who didn't look good enough last year.

Doucouré, Gana, Mcneil & Mykolenko who I thought was brilliant again last night.

Harrison looked more at home more central and was the first one to press them, his workrate infects others.

I don't care about possession, having the ball means nothing if you don't do anything with it. West ham beat spurs with 15% possession, we are out creating most opposition without having massive possession.

Without the point deduction Dyche would have us top 10 now. With a very similar first team that looked shot to bits last year. He hasn't done it with a cheque book or signings he's done it with organisation, training & tactics.

It will be the greatest escape of all time when we stay up.


Barry Hesketh
26 Posted 08/12/2023 at 11:45:00
David @25

I think both the critics and the fans of Sean Dyche have made valid points during his tenure. The Arsenal and Brighton home matches, had the likes of myself livid, because giving up large parts of the pitch and allowing the opponents to dictate the game, isn't a plan, it's a surrender.

However, Sean seems to have learned from those two matches, as the performances against both United's, Newcastle and Manchester, showed that Everton can play resolutely without resorting to long punts up the pitch and backs-to-the-wall defending.

We all know we lack a fair bit of quality, we all know that we won't be playing glorious football akin to Manchester City, but if the performances and attitude shown last night, fail to materialise or be replicated in future matches, then people like myself will complain loudly about it, purely because we want what is best for the club.

I believe that football matches are won and lost by managers and players, having the correct attitude, last night we had it, and hopefully we'll see it many more times during the remainder of the season.

Robert Tressell
27 Posted 08/12/2023 at 11:58:02
Barry # 26,

I am convinced the Arsenal match played out that way because Arsenal did a job on us tactically and we didn't have the quality to overcome it. I don't think Dyche will have learned anything he didn't already know.

They used the 3-6-1 formation which has seen Girona top La Liga this season and it meant we couldn't string two passes together and were forced long and aimless. The flip side is that Arsenal had almost no chances despite all their possession and it could easily have been a nil-nil with two teams neutralising each other.

In the end, a bit of luck and quality won the (boring and frustrating) game.

Interestingly Luton used their much greater physical prowess / athleticism (and Barkley) this week and nearly overcame Arsenal. They still lost though.

David West
28 Posted 08/12/2023 at 12:31:33
Barry 26.

Of course we will have defeats, and I know it wasn't losing that Arsenal game but the manner in which we lost it that got a lot of fans thinking that's how Dyche wanted to play.

He's seen the error of his ways, unlike Lampard, corrected it and learned from it. It's what a good manager should do.

I believe the Arsenal and Brighton games did show him that as a team we are better with an aggressive approach, even against the better more talented sides, without being gung-ho (a la Lampard). It's a balance, a balance Frank couldn't achieve.

I thought the timing of the press was excellent last night. Nevermind who the opposition is, let them play with it until they hit the halfway line and then go win it back, which we did several times. Then the opposition get nervous about playing out. Playing backs to the wall, longballs no outlet is for the last 10 minutes when protecting a win.

Teams like Arsenal, Man City, Chelsea, Liverpool will eventually find a way if you let them have the run of the park.

It won't work every week, we will lose games playing this way too. But I'm sure you would agree, I'd rather lose playing this way than the way we played against Arsenal?

James Hughes
29 Posted 08/12/2023 at 12:43:43
My opinion on Pickord is that he was rightly taking the piss out the away fans. He is a Mackem and would have loved that result last night.

On the post-match spat, he just stood his ground when confronted by a couple of twats.

The only concern I have is that he will get a shed load of abuse on the return fixture, 3 April 2024.

He played up at their place in 2019 and cost us the game. We went from 2 up to losing 3-2 because he was getting wound up by the skunks

I really hope he has learnt that lesson.

Barry Hesketh
30 Posted 08/12/2023 at 13:03:11
James @29,

Not yet a concern, but I realised this morning that we could face Newcastle in a two-legged Semi-Final or even play them at Wembley in February – which is why Jordan should have remained calm and just enjoyed last night without any reaction to any provocation.

He doesn't have anything to prove, to us, Newcastle or the media, but the media will once again have him back in their cross-hairs, following last night's events.

Dale Self
31 Posted 08/12/2023 at 13:20:05
Players like Guimares and Joelinton try to use physicality and aggression to throw opposing players off their game. Getting into them early and letting them know isn't a bad move at all.

And if they insist on that behavior, introduce them to Tarkowski.

Brian Williams
32 Posted 08/12/2023 at 13:26:37
Listen. To those who say "he shouldn't do this, he shouldn't do that." The lad has taken dog's abuse from those Geordie maggots, and his family have too, personal hurtful abuse.
So when he has the chance to give it back then good on him.

If they hand it out, they should be big enough to take it. And talk of not getting them wound up in case we play 'em again is a bit "wet" IMHO.

We're Everton! IYKYK.

Robert Tressell
33 Posted 08/12/2023 at 13:53:06
I thought Pickford was great last night. Nice to see some personality on the pitch and rapport with the crowd. It really added to the occasion.
Barry Hesketh
34 Posted 08/12/2023 at 13:58:19
Brian @32,

I'm not arsed if we played Newcastle every week, at home or away, but I am concerned if Jordan helps to motivate them and his game suffers because of it. I'm also concerned about the negative media having the opportunity to have a go at Pickford, and thus helping to undermine his confidence.

All I ask of Jordan is that he takes a leaf out of Neville Southall's playbook and ignores the Geordie idiots on or off the pitch.

As you will know if you have read many of my previous posts relating to Jordan, I am a big fan of his and also of Everton – there's nothing wet about my support of Everton or its goalkeeper.

Neil Cremin
35 Posted 08/12/2023 at 14:44:56
I started it so I will try and end it with this post.

I wasn't at the game but Jordan's theatrics for the crowd were a distraction and got Newcastle fans and players riled up. Their problem… but drawing that attention onto oneself is silly and will come back to bite him.

There is no 'i' in 'team'. I don't agree that he should give as good as he gets. I read somewhere on a post that despite Gordan getting dog's abuse from us, he went to shake Seamus's hand when he had to go off. No fan of his for the way he behaved with us but that would be for me a far better response to the abuse than Jordan's reaction.

Hopefully we can keep the momentum going on Sunday and improve our goal chance conversion rate because, if we do, we will have nothing to fear.

Kieran Kinsella
36 Posted 08/12/2023 at 15:04:58

I am not saying Iwobi is useless. But when he was here, it was often pointed out that he was the most creative player, albeit with very meagre numbers for goals and assists. In his absence, playing a style of game he is unwilling or unable to play, we are creating many more chances and goals.

So my point is we traded off the "luxury" of his fleeting moments for a more productive team-wide effort that is yielding better results.

Similar with Gray, he was a very occasional bright spark for us when we seemed to have no creativity or goalscoring ability. But he's gone and been replaced by more industrious players with a net benefit to the team.

David West
37 Posted 08/12/2023 at 15:05:37
Isn't it moments like Pickford's yesterday that endear players to the fans??

I'd love it if, when we win at St James, he plants a massive Everton flag in the centre circle, Souness style!! I don't think Galatasary fans were worried that it would wind up Fenerbache fans!!!

It's showing that it means something to him, that he cares.

In this age of robot footballers, who just talk in clichés, the fact that Pickford's got and shows his personality makes him stand out.

Let's face it, he's never going to stop getting it full on from the Geordies, and they can't give him much worse, so it's not going to really have an impact, other than making loads of Evertonians love him even more!!

So who cares if it winds up a load of scruffy in-breds!!

Robert Tressell
38 Posted 08/12/2023 at 16:05:30
Barry / David, I think Dyche would have been delighted if Arsenal gave up possession and left huge gaps to counter into like Newcastle did last night. Howe was probably gambling on scoring first - and would probably have won if they did (as Man Utd did).

Unfortunately Arsenal were a completely different opponent.

Rob Jones
39 Posted 08/12/2023 at 16:15:04
Did Pickford go to Newcastle players to wind them up? No.
Did he go to their fans to wind them up? No.

He celebrated a hard-fought win against a club whose fans have given him nothing but grief for years. Some of their dickhead players then chose to pick a fight, because they're entitled bastards who have become less accustomed to losing, and couldn't handle it.

Rick Tarleton
40 Posted 08/12/2023 at 16:15:31
Three nil was a bit flattering, but Newcastle are the most unpleasant and cynical team around. Time wasting, professional fouls and holding at every setpiece. The barcodes are in a class of their own. So to see Newcastle being goaded was lovely.
Branthwaite reads the game like, Labone of old and I can think of no higher praise.
I was delighted that my son and grandson made the 250 mile round trip, my health battles have ruled me out this season. But Tarletons were there continuing the tradition that began with my Uncle Nel, a red, tap dancing with W.R. Dean for charity.
Jay Tee
41 Posted 08/12/2023 at 16:56:41
Ashley Young played better in this game than he has done in recent games.
John Raftery
42 Posted 08/12/2023 at 17:12:21
A big factor in last night's success as in many recent games was our team's willingness to fight and win the physical battles around the pitch. Before Dyche arrived we were often a soft touch. Now we have the players with the physique and attitude to win a scrap if that is what is required.

There are some parallels with the autumn and winter of 1983-84 when Howard Kendall built a team that learned first how not to lose and then win matches.

David Cooper
43 Posted 08/12/2023 at 19:01:57
I am so glad for Sean Dyche and his coaching staff who between organized an almost perfect display from an Everton side that we couldn't have dreamed of earlier in the season. Our rightful position is in the top half of the division with possibly the best record in the last 6 matches.

Many of us and others have not given Dyche the respect over the last 10 years. A manager who has created teams in his own likeness and convinced the players to trust his judgement. With limited resources he is very good at analysing what our players do best and when he has enough available play them so that they can use their own individual skills for the betterment of the team.

Dyche has more premier league nouse than many of his more Highly praised managers. Last night he went head to head with one of the most praised coaches, Eddie Howe, who some of us would have loved to have in charge at EFC.

Newcastle's insistence to play out from the back could not handle our very impressive press. Dubravski continued to play the ball short despite us gaining possession high up the pitch and converting their errors into goals. Maybe he knew there was no point pumping it long as Branthwaite and Tarkowski won every header which was then picked up by our industrious midfield.

Doucouré settled into a deeper role and still scored. Harrison looked a different player from playing more centrally and a bit higher. He was our best presser.

Dyche has certainly used Pickford's kicking ability to miss out our midfield with Calvert-Lewinchallenging every long kick which unsettled Shar and Lascelles.

80 minutes of anxiety followed by 20 minutes of Christmas joy!


Andy Meighan
44 Posted 08/12/2023 at 21:14:43
Si @17.

Iwobi played for Dyche and did absolutely nothing, like he'd done for the previous managers he'd played under. He had a good few months spell under Frank and then reverted to type.

We grossly overpaid for him (thanks, Brands) and we're lucky to get back what we shelled out.

Average player, and a coward to boot and I for one was glad to see the back of him.

Danny O’Neill
45 Posted 08/12/2023 at 21:18:05
John @42,

Keep talking like that and you'll have me rambling after watching Howard's Way yet again.

Andy Meighan
46 Posted 08/12/2023 at 21:25:31
Neil Cremin. You really need to have a word with yourself.

The stick that Jordan has took off them insufferable gobshites down the years has been unbearable.

Oh and by the way you're talking about one of our greatest modern day keepers, certainly no big Nev, but up there if not as good as Martyn and Howard.

The times this gem has bailed us out has been incredible.

And not once has he ever looked to get out or desired a move elsewhere.

Already in my eyes an Everton legend.

And that's not faint praise.

Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 08/12/2023 at 21:49:44
Si @17,

Iwobi has great energy, but his pressing was always half-hearted imo, although it doesn't seem that everyone has this opinion mate.

It's no coincidence that the “real hard yards” are now being completed by our team, and for all Iwobi's energy, I never saw him produce the type of desire for the team, that Harrison showed to get back and defend, just before he won back the ball, to help create our second goal?

All about opinions I know, but I personally think that Everton have suddenly become a much harder working team, now that we have got players who don't mind doing the real dirty work?

John Raftery
48 Posted 08/12/2023 at 22:39:14
Andy (44) You are wrong about Iwobi. Dyche picked him for every game for which he was available and went on record saying he was not a player they wanted to sell but given our parlous finances and the player’s contract situation the club had no option.
Brian Williams
49 Posted 09/12/2023 at 13:52:19
Has Iwobi left has he?
Paul Birmingham
50 Posted 09/12/2023 at 14:46:28

” Things can only get Beto, can only get Beto”


Jeff Spiers
51 Posted 09/12/2023 at 15:29:54
Is it Beeto or Betto?
Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 09/12/2023 at 15:42:29
Jeff (51),

Beeto or Betto or even Beto are a lot simpler than his real name — Norbeto Bercique Gomes Betuncal!

Kieran Kinsella
53 Posted 09/12/2023 at 15:44:13

I think we've beet this one to death. Beto move on to other topics.

Dave Abrahams
54 Posted 09/12/2023 at 15:49:48
John (48),

Stop it. No matter how Dyche described Iwobi, he wouldn't have fit into the team you talk about in your post @(42).

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