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Moyes's Final Test

By Chris Butler  ::  05/04/2012
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David Moyes has overseen a somewhat mixed 2011-12 season so far... Some would say he has turned us around after a poor start to the season; others would ask, "Why didn?t we start well in the first place?"

With the squad we had at the start of the season, we were always likely to struggle. It?s only down to the signings of Pienaar, Jelavic and Gibson that we?ve turned things around. These three players who have come in have all performed excellently since their arrival at Everton.

The only disappointment since the end of the January transfer window was our humiliating loss to Liverpool. In the aftermath of this defeat, many Evertonians who previously were big fans of David Moyess started to wonder whether he was the right man to take us forward.

After that infamous capitulation, numerous articles appeared on ToffeeWeb, probably the most interesting was the one about his awful record in derby games. The author pointed out quite rightly that, rather than being hated by Liverpool?s support, David Moyes is actually quite liked by kopites which is unheard of for an Everton manager.

The chant of "Ten More Years!" was sung from the Kop; to me, this should be Moyes?s greatest incentive to beat Liverpool at Wembley on the 14 April. Last time I went to Wembley for both the semi-final and final, most Everton fans including me didn?t expect much. Most people didn?t give us a chance until the Man Utd team sheet was read out.

Despite the changes made by United we only managed one decent effort on goal in the entire game, but all was forgotten after the joys of the penalty shootout. In the build-up to the final, there was real optimism on the streets of the city: we?d got 2 decent 0 - 0 draws against Chelsea in the Premier League and many fans were quietly confident of beating them.

Our fans that day were a credit to the club; even at 10am in the morning, Everton fans were on the streets of London, singing away. Unfortunately, the players didn?t perform as well as the fans but most people accepted we?d had a great season and it was always going to be hard to beat a full-strength Chelsea with the injuries we had.

Now, 3 years later, we go into a game facing one of the worst Liverpool sides in history, yet many Everton fans are less confident of getting a victory than we were 3 years ago. For some reason, David Moyes has an awful record against Liverpool despite creating a side that can challenge some of the best teams in the Premier League, when they feel up to it. He has only managed 4 victories against Liverpool, which is atrocious considering they have largely been awful for the last 10 years.

It doesn?t matter how good we are or how bad they are ? they always seem to beat us. At Anfield this year, Liverpool fans were delighted when they read the team news as they knew that Moyes had let them off the hook and given his fellow Scot an easy victory.

I don?t believe Moyes has ever understood just how much derby games mean to Everton fans. he probably believes the friendly derby myth that we all hug each other after the game and we?re not bothered if we lose. Losing to Liverpool is like nothing else in life: for the next 2 weeks, you can?t enjoy any activity, you avoid reading newspapers and watching sports programmes ? anything that could possibly remind you of the defeat.

I have to say our 3 - 0 loss was the worst defeat against Liverpool I?ve witnessed during my time as an Everton fan. In my opinion, David Moyes simply cannot afford to lose the upcoming semi-final; I don?t believe even the biggest Moyes supporter could take 3 defeats to Liverpool in one season.

I think the game against Liverpool is Moyes?s final test: if he fails, I think he won?t be forgiven by the Everton support. Even his supporters will ask what the point was of playing a reserve side in the league with the view to winning the FA Cup when we lose to Liverpool again?

Employees of Everton should focus only on beating Liverpool, and not get distracted by all the talk of Hillsborough before the game. The fans going to game should show that we are the best fans on Merseyside.

Moyes needs to show the world that he really is a great manager and pass this final test by beating Liverpool at Wembley ? all his shortcomings will be forgotten, and he's always be a hero in our eyes.

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Paul Mackie
948   Posted 05/04/2012 at 14:38:19

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I'm pretty certain it will be a completely different Everton in the Semi from the one that lost 3-0.

The whole point of throwing the league game was to get to this point. There's no way that every single player isn't going to be up for it.

The RS on the other hand can be as up for it as they want, take away Gerrard/Suarez and they're a relegation fodder team of average players.

I don't fear any of the teams left in the cup. Liverpool are shit, Spurs are flagging badly and Chelsea are playing some of the worst football I've seen them play in years.
Kevin Tully
951   Posted 05/04/2012 at 14:45:56

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I might get slated for this, but this is my final against the shite. I don't care what happens after this match, I just want us to twat them out of sight.

I will dine out on it for years.
Mark Stone
957   Posted 05/04/2012 at 14:57:14

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Problem is, doesn't matter what Moyes achieves ? he'll always be judged by what he doesn't achieve. For example, before the Sunderland away game, people were saying it was the biggest game of the season and that Moyes would fail as he can't handle the big occasions. Some people saying the same about Swansea away, which is quite astonishing.

Now those games are forgotten and the same is being said about the Semi. If we do win the semi, that achievement will be forgotten about almost instantly and we lose the final, it'll be because Moyes can't handle the big occasions ? forgetting the big occasions of the quarter- and semi-final. It happened in 2009.

Moyes's Everton beat Utd, Liverpool and Villa just to get to the final ? all of whom were in the top 4 at the time. A fantastic achievement ? but Chelsea, probably the best team in Europe and with loads of experience of cup finals, beat us and it's because Moyes shit out. Unbelievable really.

I'll be gutted if we get beat, especially as a ticket cost me over £200, but if we do, it's because we were second best on the day. I'll be giving him some credit for getting us this far.
Ryan Holroyd
959   Posted 05/04/2012 at 15:47:09

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I fully expect Liverpool to win. They as a club have a winning mentality. Everton don't. There is a lifetime of evidence to show they are more adapt at winning these sort of games.
Mike Gwyer
961   Posted 05/04/2012 at 15:42:35

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Mark Stone well put.

Moyes probably wants a win as much as any one on here - and from where I sit you have to believe that the lord of luck will one day give us a break, just a sniff of luck, just something that gets those red shirted norwegians screeching at the ref. I would love just one game where a decision, that was so blantantly wrong, go in favour of the blues. Just one.



Andy Meighan
964   Posted 05/04/2012 at 15:56:36

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Spot on, Chris. Good article. But I'm sorry I just know it's not going to happen against them. Moyes, in the week leading up to the game, will be waxing lyrical how great a club Liverpool are, how great Stevie and Carra are... etc etc.

Can you imagine that sour little twat from over there saying anything good about us? No, neither can I... The sad part of it is, they are absolutely shit, and well beatable. But I always get the feeling Moyes is scared of them.

And, as you've said yourself, his record against them is atrocious. I'd be as happy as anytime in my life if we do them... but I just can't see it happening. I hope to the great gods Dixie, Labby and Bally, I'm wrong but I'm bracing myself for disappointment. That's the way I am with this manager.
Tony J Williams
966   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:11:56

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"I think the game against Liverpool is Moyes?s final test: if he fails" - Final test for who? Who is the researcher, who is the quiz master?

I think you will find, like with 2009, after all of us have stopped bitching, we will move on and begin to hope that maybe next year will be our year....and the cycle continues,

"and pass this final test by beating Liverpool" - The final test will be to actually win the thing, not just beating Liverpool, it means nothing it we beat the shite and then lose to Spuds/Chelski
Dan McKie
968   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:17:34

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Mark, the Sunderland away game was dubbed so big because of Moyes' actions in the derby game, and because despite those actions, we still didnt beat Sunderland at home. He rested 6 players to get a result in that game, and didnt get. All the pressure was his own making.

Also, I remember coming away from the 2009 final with different feelings to the 'Moyes shit out' ones you describe. I thought on that day we were very unlucky to go in without so many of our best players, and still give it a go. The biggest criticism I had that day, was that I thought after Howard got a full hand to Lampards shot for the second goal, he should have palmed it wide.
Dan McKie
969   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:36:49

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I agree with the original post though, it doesn't usually matter how good/bad they/we have been, they generally step up and do us. That wanker Gerrard has been a mix of injured and crap this season, yet still got a fucking hat-trick when playing us! Sadly Everton haven't had a player who really takes a derby by the scruff for some time now.
Andy Codling
971   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:45:38

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"Show that we are the best fans on Merseyside." ? Yeah, the best fans on Merseyside... who are currently trying to fleece fellow fans for anything upto 500 quid for a ticket. I'm so proud.
Ray Roche
973   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:59:32

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Mark Stone.
It's also worth remembering that the Final in 2009 saw us without the spine of our team, Jags, Arteta and the Yak.
Steve Sweeney
974   Posted 05/04/2012 at 16:57:37

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Andy, Well said my friend,
I was fortunate to be at the finals in 84,85,86 and 95.
I also had spare tickets for each game, through having a season ticket and also through work.
On each occasion my ticket went to a blue on Wembley Way for Face Value.
If No-one offered the £500+ then they would have to sell them for less.
As the saying goes Hold Your Nerve>
Brian Hill
976   Posted 05/04/2012 at 17:03:04

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Andy Codling, according to my never to be named anonymous inside source, 85p of every £1 spent on a £500 ticket will be donated to Robert Elstone for the sole purpose of future player acquisitions.
Dennis Stevens
979   Posted 05/04/2012 at 17:01:17

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"Moyes needs to show the world that he really is a great manager ..." ??!! Surely, after all this time it's clear that Moyes has shown the world he is not a great manager. I doubt that he'll suddenly change into one at this stage of his career.
Jimmy Sørheim
983   Posted 05/04/2012 at 17:06:07

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Moyes has a big problem against the red shites, no doubt.
He respects them way too much, he never goes out to attack them head on, always that God boring 4-4-1-1/ 451 formation that makes any football fan want to vomit

He even reverts back to being ultra defensive when pressured.

I am so sick of it, no wonder they want him to go on another 10 years.

Hold out and nick one is what Moyes reverts to during these games.
Just like he did against Man.City.

Watching the Blackburn-United game I heard the fans screaming:ATTACK,ATTACK,ATTACK,
it made me think, how often do we as Everton fans demand that Moyes goes out to attack,attack,attack during a game?
Never.

We have the ultimate chance to beat Liverpool in the semi final, they are on a really bad streak, and seem to have lost it.

Problem is the derby game gives them the chance to strike back and hit form again, and we all know what that means.

Moyes pulls all his players back into his own half defending and that makes us so easy to beat.
Cahill is a midfielder, not an attacker, when we do not have the ball he becomes a defensive midfielder chasing after the ball.
While Jelavic is left to chase lost causes never getting a touch of the ball.

I pray that we do not get beat, but looking at Moyes and his history with the red shites I have to say I fear we will not reach the final.
We must start the game lively and get the first goal, that is our key to beating them.
Brian Hill
986   Posted 05/04/2012 at 17:52:23

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Jimmy, you are right. This is the worst RS team I have ever seen. If we cannot beat this bunch of no-marks then we do not deserve to win a raffle.

Imagine if exactly the same players that currently represent them all played for, say, Stoke, and we were drawn against Stoke in the SF. Would any Everton fan expect to lose?

No chance, we'd all be booking our weekend in London on Cup Final Day. Only Moyes can cost us this game if he sends us out with that sickening inferiority complex that grips him against the RS.

Man for man, we are far superior, especially with Reina suspended. If we play with that shameful defensive mentality in this SF then we will lose, simply because Moyes will have brainwashed the players into believing that we cannot win.

Moyes has to stand up and be counted and finally learn what it means to be the manager of the greatest football club in the world.
Gareth Morgan
988   Posted 05/04/2012 at 18:17:28

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"While Jelavic is left to chase lost causes never getting a touch of the ball". Have you been watching any of the recent games Jimmy?
Peter Mills
991   Posted 05/04/2012 at 18:36:04

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This is a pretty tired article, regurgitating much that has been posted over recent weeks. Stop making with those negative waves.

And as for this being a final. No, it isn't. It's a game we need to win to reach the final, then we need to win that.
Tony Marsh
992   Posted 05/04/2012 at 18:29:01

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Yes, the last few weeks have been a lot better but we still need to win when it really matters. Forget Sunderland away, as that job should have been done at Goodison Park after what Moyes did in the Derby surrender at Anfield. My main concern is the Moyes mindset for the Wembley Derby? Will Moyes revert to type and go back into his shell and not let his side rip into the Shite like all the other teams do the these days?

I have terrible nightmares over this game... One part of me believes we can win but my mind then wanders back to all the derbies I have seen over the Years... I am 50 in June and we have never ever beaten the Shite when it really really mattered, ie, in semi-finals or finals.

I have been present at them all stretching back to the bad old days of semis at Maine Road... Clive Thomas, McDermott's chip, Milk Cup replay defeat (again at Maine Road), Wembley twice, Rush the heartbreak of 89 ? it's all fresh to me. I despise the twats and just this once pray for us to beat them... I just don't trust Moyes to do the right thing.

Johnny H dropped or played in midfield, Hibbert given a start... etc etc etc.
Adam Luszniak
014   Posted 05/04/2012 at 21:20:06

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"Only Moyes can cost us this game" - what a load of codswallop
Dave Lynch
015   Posted 05/04/2012 at 21:27:50

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Peter 991.
Moyes has been making the negative waves for years.
He's our very own Oddball.
Jimmy Sørheim
017   Posted 05/04/2012 at 21:47:39

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Read my post Gareth!
I am talking about the semi final against Liverpool, not the recent league games.
Andy Meighan
019   Posted 05/04/2012 at 21:54:37

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You can understand where the negativity of our fans comes from and I'm afraid it's only down to one man: Moyes... because his record outside of Goodison against the so-called big clubs, and I use that term loosely, is absolutely shocking.

The only reason we got to the final last time was because SAF played an almost reserve side... well, at least an under-strength side... and despite having virtually no chances in the whole game, we just got through on pens.

That's why Moyes fills me with a sense of paranoia whenever we play THEM! It's so negative from me, this, I know... but I just know it's all going to end in tears.

FFS, just once please let it be us!!!

The hard part to take will be knowing that they are a truly awful side so please Moyes be positive... and, well, you never know!
Andy Meighan
022   Posted 05/04/2012 at 22:24:32

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Ryan (#959) ? brilliantly put, my friend. That's the one reason why I so don't fancy us>
Mike Southworth
026   Posted 05/04/2012 at 23:29:13

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So, if Moyes is Oddball, who's Kelly and where are the heroes?
Derek Thomas
027   Posted 05/04/2012 at 23:24:32

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' Moyes has overseen a somewhat mixed season so far' No Chris Moyes, has yet again rolled out his bog standard 50% season. This one has been a reverse of 04-05 bad start decent finish.

Most if not all of the others are the same 50% the proportions vary good 1st quarter poor 2nd quarter etc. some have had 2or 3 good games and 2 or 3 bad ones. They mostly come in at 50something points and an 11th to 5th place finish.

They all seem to taper off towards the end as the 40+ ' target' is passed and for the last 3 - 4 or is that 4 - 5 seasons he has refined them with the poor start.

Yes I know all the outside reasons he can do nothing about. It's the stuff that he CAN control and change if he wanted, but doesn't that keep him in the ' merely' good catagory.

He is never going to be great, he has too much KITATTN1 to do that.

Harry Catterick is rightly remembered for all his good works, but the Alex Young / Joe Royle thing and selling Alan Ball are mentioned as well.

When Moyes wins the Cup he will be lauded and rightly so, but his faults and mistakes will always be trotted out.

A sort of footballing...nobody remembers when you were right and nobody forgets when you are wrong.

The FA Cup is about the Glory on the day it's a one off. Yes, plenty of better managers than Moyes have won it true, but plenty of Ordinary ones have as well.

One hit wonders. You could cast Moyes as the 60's group the Tremeloes, did well yes, but not be mentioned up there with the Beatles and the Stones.

Moyes wins the 2 games that count this season, that will be the high light of his career. But it won't redeem him, remove all his faults or make him ' great' I will await your post in 2027 to tell me different.
Derek Thomas
028   Posted 06/04/2012 at 00:06:46

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I think you will find that it is Oddball who is exhorting everyone NOT to have negative waves, aint that right Doddy.
Colin Grierson
030   Posted 06/04/2012 at 00:16:07

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Moyes has overseen some terrible football during his 10 years and I will never forgive him even if we beat the shite at Wembley. He loves Everton, like me, but I also love football not just survival.
Adam Luszniak
031   Posted 06/04/2012 at 00:15:42

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The point of this post and some of the comments seem to centre on the assertion that Moyes is particularly crap against Liverpool.

I had a quick look at our results against Liverpool over the last 10 years (excluding this season) and compared them to those against Man U and Arsenal over the same period. (info from here: www.evertonresults.com)

Against Liverpool - W4 D6 L10
Against Arsenal - W3 D4 L13
Against Man U - W2 D4 L13

My point is that Moyes doesn't have a particularly bad record against Liverpool compared to other teams who also consistently finish above us in the table. In fact our win record against Liverpool is better than that against Arsenal, despite the fact that Arsenal have the higher average finishing position of the two.

"I don't buy this It doesn?t matter how good we are or how bad they are ? they always seem to beat us" attitude.

Personally i'm looking forward to showing them how it's done.
John Daley
034   Posted 06/04/2012 at 01:35:46

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Well thanks for that Adam,

So we're supposed to feel better about our poor record against the RS during the Moyes years because our record against Utd and Arsenal is even worse?

It's like saying James Corden isn't THAT much of an annoyingingly smug fat twat when you consider that Chris Moyles and Johnny Vegas are still breathing.

Christine Foster
039   Posted 06/04/2012 at 03:00:58

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I believe we will beat Liverpool in the semi-final. The way to do it will be to stop Stevie G and play higher up the park to stifle their midfield and stop the creativity to open us up.

Distin and Heitinga at the back, Gibson and Fellaini man on man, Drenthe and Gueye in the wide spaces of Wembley will cause all sorts of trouble.

We can do this.. it's all about tactics.
Derek Thomas
041   Posted 06/04/2012 at 03:20:36

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Aye Christine tacticS (plural), Moyes more often than not uses the same tactic (singular). If the Sunderland (A) Moyes and Team turn up, we are in with a very good chance.

We must also walk a fine line Re Hillsborough. We know what we can do as seen Vs Sunderland on the field, that is a known. What is unknown is how much or how little to buy into the pre-game off-field goings on.

I think a couple of well respected non-playing 'names' will have to 'take one for the team' and be embedded into the whole Hillsborough cavalcade and leave the boys to get on with it out of the lime light.
Jimmy Sørheim
045   Posted 06/04/2012 at 04:13:09

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I suspect Drenthe will not be back against the reds, or if he is he has been away for some time now, so Moyes will probably go for Anichebe and Gueye on the wings.
Now that scares me.

Add to that Moyes typical defensive showing against teams he fears, then we are in for a fight to say the least.

I fear a repeat beating, only not by as many goals.

The only way for Moyes to enter the top manager class is if he starts using his best youngsters the right way, and not let them rot away along with their potential in the reserves.
ALso he has to get rid of crap players like Mcfadden and to an extent Anichebe.
Cahill and Neville should be faced out slowly, not play every game like they are now.
Cahill is regarded as a striker, but in truth he is a midfielder who has lost his form due to overplaying, he needs more rest, as do Neville.

Moyes is no more than an average plus manager, his faults have become worse during his 10 year period, not better.
One can hope he will change and work on his mistakes but he clearly is too stubborn to see that.

Still we all support this club and want the best for it, I just think it is important to see him for what he really is, even if he and Kenwright has love for another.
Anto Byrne
048   Posted 06/04/2012 at 07:22:16

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I was having a few beers with some fellow Evertonians and Sunderlandites. The two blokes from Sunderland were Mike and Doug. Mike said he was singer and Doug said he was a grave digger. I asked the two scousers Rob and Nick what they did?
Peter Mills
053   Posted 06/04/2012 at 08:57:08

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Dave 015 and Mike 022, I'm more concerned about who is going to take on the role of Crapgame!
Paul Wharton
063   Posted 06/04/2012 at 10:13:10

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Derek
The Hillsborough thing should be left to Sharpy as this is something he knows about and still on the club payroll and leave the team to concentrate on the job in hand.
Andrew Clare
071   Posted 06/04/2012 at 10:58:50

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It is all about the mental approach to the game.
Liverpool will expect to win.
Moyes will hope to win.
I know that we can win but I also know that with the wrong approach we will be found out.
James Flynn
088   Posted 06/04/2012 at 14:05:58

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Wow. Talk about negative waves.

Everton 2 - Liverpool 0.

There.
Nick Wall
183   Posted 07/04/2012 at 10:54:28

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Tony Marsh #992 : I'm also 50 this year and feel the scars of those previous encounters. But this is not the same Liverpool that we faced in the 70s and 80s. This is a Liverpool who've lost their way, who will be missing out on the Champions League yet again, and are having something of a crisis of form and self-belief. I don't dread playing them the way that I've dreaded some derbies in the past. This is our time now !

As for team selection, expect something similar to the Sunderland replay, with Drenthe replacing Gueye. So Jagielka and Hibbert are likely to start on the bench.
James Fearns
363   Posted 08/04/2012 at 01:32:56

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Anto, go on, tell us the one about the hub caps... fucking hilarious.
Sam Hoare
404   Posted 08/04/2012 at 10:24:57

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Hate to say it but Liverpool were pretty unfortunate yesterday. They created a hat load of chances, hit the post 3 times and Suarez and Gerrard looked ominously good. Let us not be fooled by their current form: they are a very good team on their day and we will have to want it more than them. Butterflies are fluttering already.
John Schrempft
412   Posted 08/04/2012 at 10:36:26

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Well, I'm going to stick my neck out and say we'll win 2-1.

I'll tell you why: Alan Hansen on MotD last night
"If Liverpool win the final, the Americans will be increasingly motivated to invest more money in the club." I wonder what happened to the semi beforehand?

Last week on MotD again:

Lineker: Everton have just gone above Liverpool in the league.
Hansen replied: wait until tomorrow (which referred to the upcoming Newcastle game).

We all saw what happened there!

Yes, the dark side have been unlucky in some of the last few games with refereeing decisions going either way but that happens in most games.

What IS important the refs have cottoned on to RATatouille with his diving, complaining, handballing, getting players sent off routine, not to mention some of the other RS players.....

Please Jelavic, try to avoid the play-acting, like yesterday.
You're too good a footballer .

You were bumped by a Norwich player but the incident was commented on yesterday by that RS Lawrenson!

Everton and Moyes have been much more positive in the last few games, so let's join them and be positive ourselves COYB!!!!
Dean Adams
420   Posted 08/04/2012 at 11:33:08

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John - did you see the look Hansen got from Shearer when he said "wait until tomorrow"? It was amusing.

We just have to play our game and not be afraid of them, dirty cheating scum that they are.
John Schrempft
438   Posted 08/04/2012 at 13:23:13

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Dean (420)

Yea, that was great !

Apropos: Dogleash shouldn't be whinging on about getting a hard time from referees when you think about what his team have been up to for most of the season......

On the same theme: Chelsea's manager Di Matteo saying he didn't see that their first goal against Wigan was blatantly off-side.

I've always thought that football managers watch the game pretty closely!

Why not just admit that your team maybe deserved to win but were lucky....
Danny James
448   Posted 08/04/2012 at 13:44:51

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Moyes's record against Liverpool is typical of Everton's record against Liverpool over the last 40 years. Sure there are exceptions such as an undefeated Royle but he was only there for two-and-a-half seasons. Who has an exceptional record against Man Utd since the Premier League began?

If we win The FA Cup, Moyes will be only the 8th manager in 134 years to win a trophy for Everton and only the 3rd in 40 years.

The way I see it is, if we win the cup, Moyes is a legend; if he doesn't win a trophy, he still has been a great manager.

He has done a better job with us than Harvey, Kendall x2, Walker and Smith. All of those managers during their stints failed to halt or prevent Everton from sliding. Only Royle reversed a decline during his tenure, albeit a brief tenure.

Moyes has reversed the decline since he took over and before people go on about him being here 10 years, are you suggesting if Walker, Smith et al had been given 10 years, they would have eventually improved things? And what if Royle had been here 10years? Perhaps we wouldnt remember his stint as so successful.
Barry Rathbone
456   Posted 08/04/2012 at 15:07:11

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Danny

They have Gerrard, Suarez and Reina I might take (and Reina is out).

We have Baines, Distin, Heitinga, Gibson, Fellaini, Jelavic that would walk into their team, in the years you talk about we've hardly ever had the whip hand on paper.

If Moyes does his usual, ceding the initiative, we'll lose ? they're better going forward than they are defending.

If it wasn't for Moyes's history of bricking it, I wouldn't lose a minutes sleep over beating them.
Danny James
457   Posted 08/04/2012 at 15:44:38

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Since Liverpool's fall from grace as Champions League ever-presents, I would hardly say Moyes continually ceded the initiative. Last year, we beat them and drew with them. This year we were all over them at Goodison until we were cheated. Fair enough, at Anfield, Moyes ceded the initiative as you say.

It seems to me the biggest obstacle to us beating them is not Moyes's attitude, it's the referees sending our players off unjustly, denying us clear penalties etc. Imagine the greater interest in the final overseas if its Chelsea v Liverpool as opposed to Spurs v Everton.

I also think we tend to do worse against them when we think we are better than them. When the game starts and we are passing the ball confidently and they are scrapping at our heels, I always get the impression they will scrape a lucky goal.

I just think we will be fired up for this. Hopefully Mr Webb doesn't do anything stupid. Liverpool fans have been unusually quiet on other general websites. I am enjoying not reading the drivel. They are bricking it.
Peter McIver
459   Posted 08/04/2012 at 17:09:17

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My opinion: Moyes is a fine manager. 10 years without adequate funds. Potentially we are about to win the fa cup and return to europe. After 10 years without adequate funds in the PREMIER LEAGUE (not division 1 )
However, im torn because to my mind, i have to agree; the derby day capitulation was unforgivable.
So, if we win the fa cup and return to europe. Do we forgive moyes?
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Simon Harris
464   Posted 08/04/2012 at 17:41:02

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Moyes has to send them out fired up with a positive game plan, but once they cross that line, it's the big game players that need come to the party as they did at Sunderland.

The likes of Distin, Heitinga, Cahill and Neville, need to be assured and firing on all cylinders from the start, to set the tone of the match and help the less experienced find their feet and overcome the Gerrard led Shite.

As Barry 456 alludes, player for player we're as close to them than we have been for many a year (despite net spend) it's all about believing they can do it now.

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