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The People's Snub

By Tony Marsh :  03/11/2008 :  Comments (0) :
After looking at all the empty seats in the main stand at the recent derby game and the poor attendance at the Man Utd game at Goodison Park, was Saturday's abysmal 31,000 gate to be expected? Is the credit crunch taking its toll or have the masses seen enough of David Moyes and his shite footy teams?

If you attended the Greybok last Wednesday night, you would have every right to think about jacking it all in. As an advert for the Premier League the game at Bolton was an absolute disgrace. Ok, we nicked a late winner and I was jumping around like a Kangaroo that has just stood on a drawing pin when the goal went in but boy was that some kind of shite football match...

Saturday's horrible performance was once again overlooked by many because once again we played a get out of jail card in the last few minutes and Saha scored the winner when in all reality we should of been dead and buried. Once again, more Polyfilla in the cracks before the wallpaper goes over it.

Now I know there will be a deluge of posts all with the same theme, ie Six points and no goals conceded — what more do you want... but that doesn't tell the whole story does it? We could so easily have lost both of those games and found ourselves marooned in the bottom three on nine points. That's how close it was.

The most shocking thing about it all is that the same players, who gave the Mancs the run-around playing exciting attacking football two weeks ago, once again returned to hoofing it and playing like they belonged on a local park on a Sunday morning.

Why is this so? Who is the mastermind behind it all? Was the second half against the Mancs a blip and normal service has been resumed? Whatever the answer is, some of the natives are starting to get restless, voting with their feet and who can blame them?

The usual suspects will come out and defend the utter crap we are served up with the same worn out tired defence they love to use but facts are facts and attendances are on the decline. About 6,000 down to be exact and that's a lot of our average, isn't it?

Either Moyes wises up (HA HA HA) or, like I said a few weeks ago, numbers will continue to drop off as watching Everton these days is as much fun as watching Gary Glitter in concert.

I know people will point to money again but that's not the issue here. Being able to pass a ball costs fuck all. We all know football is a buisness these days but do you know what it's an entertainment buisness and Evertonians are not being entertained. Full stop.

I honestly believe, hand on heart, that Everton are the worst team in the Premier League to watch — and it's getting worse not better. Moyes is just as clueless now as he has always been when it comes to playing an attacking style of football. Saturday's 4-5-1 at home to poxy Fulham only confirms my fears. So many basic managerial mistakes were made by Moyes on Saturday, it's hard to know where to start... but lets try.

4-5-1 at home to a team like Fulham is an insult to paying supporters. Fulham have never won at Goodison Park in the Premier League, yet we throw up the barricades and let them get a foothold in the game by leaving Yakubu isolated as usual.

Cahill starting and then playing a full 90 minutes was another mistake as he is nowhere near fit and you could tell after 40 minutes. Playing Cahill also meant that the 4-5-1 system had to be employed. Poor tactical decision by the manager.

The substitutions.... Pathetic! Why take off Fellaini when he has been our most effective player recently? What was Moyes thinking at the time?

"I know what I will do here; bring the big fella off as he looks like he could do with a hair cut. He might just score another winner but let's chuck on Saha the goal machine. Now I know the last time Louis scored a goal there was a lace through the ball but it just might work..." Luckily enough it did but what was the thinking behind it?

Yakubu. Once again, the Premier League's most prolific goal scorer is reduced to a shell by Moyes and his sterile tactics and so once again he gets pulled off — WHY? Yakubu is the only natural goalscorer at the club and should remain on the pitch at all times. Fuck all this nonsense about running down the channels all day. Give the Yak the ammo and he will score goals. Unless of course the striker's curse has now hit him as it did Beattie, Aj and all the rest who suffered under DM's claustrophobic approach.

Add to the list James Vaughan's 6 minutes on the field, Rodwell's continued exclusion, and you have to wonder what the fuck is going on.

In the end, we had the farcical situation of finishing the game with four strikers on the pitch when all it needed was to start with two. Cahill should've been given the last 30 minutes if it wasn't working but the whole set-up reeks to high heaven. David Moyes is little more than an amateur when it comes to tactics and we have been very lucky this past week thanks to the fixture list. Any decent sides would've twatted us playing the way we do.

On a plus note, Phil Neville has been excellent recently playing in his natural position at right back and it's no coincidence that the goals have stopped going in since then. How long have we been saying this for? Please, no more Hibbert.

So make your own minds up as to why so many are starting to stay away. The pubs and clubs in Liverpool are jam packed every night and so are the shops. No credit crunch here so it can't be the money.

Let's just say it has every thing to do with a Ginger Scotsman his £65k a week wages and squad of players who look like they want to be else where..... .Just like some of the fans.

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