I had the opportunity yesterday to use my brother-in-law's lounge tickets (he couldn't make it) which means watching the game in relative comfort ? and being fed to boot.
It was a toss-up between that and watching my 11-year-old son play for a team he's recently transferred to, for the first time.
I opted to watch my son.
Him and his mates played in driving rain, high winds, and bitterly cold weather. I was wrapped up like I was going to the Arctic and was still freezing.
His team won 12-1. He scored twice and had a good game.
My point is that he, and his teamates, and even more so the poor lads who were on the wrong end of a 12-1 hiding, showed plenty of the traits I list below:
Desire, determination, the will to win, guts, the bottle to never give up, even in horrendous conditions.....
What a pity that even a couple of these traits weren't evident in anyone wearing a blue shirt at Goodison yesterday.
To be beaten by a journeyman team like Stoke is an absolute nightmare. To be beaten by them without so much as a whimper is a disgrace!
Maybe I should invite the team to my son's next match because I tell you, those 11-year-olds could actually teach the Everton players more than a thing ot two if yesterday's performance was anything to go by... and amazingly my son only dreams of one thing ? wearing that shirt and playing for the club!!!
Brian Williams, Posted 05/12/2011 at 17:28:19
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1 Posted 05/12/2011 at 21:03:03
2 Posted 05/12/2011 at 21:06:50
3 Posted 05/12/2011 at 22:22:46
4 Posted 06/12/2011 at 09:01:08
Really? I remember the heritage and tradition being questioned just as much if not more when we spent the whole time under Smith perilously close to the trap door. All the same rhetoric but with much more cause back then.
An embarrassment and a joke?! We're 10th for God sake, you're speaking as if we just got releagated having been thumped on the last day 8-0 by Wigan!!
For the first time in ages we have 3 players in the England squad. We also have some really decent young players in a team that feels like it failing to not be in the top 10.
I know Sunday was bloody depressing and yes Moyes is unbelievably negative and predictable but he is only using the same tactics that hauled us up from being certain relegation fodder to a club that most other penniless Premier League teams aspire to be.
Toffeeweb is even more rife with over reaction this week than usual.
5 Posted 06/12/2011 at 10:32:36
Hear what you say - just a few differences between Moyes of the past and Moyes now...
Where's the passion? Where's the drive? Where's the fire? Where's the personal motivation to forge his name?
All gone Sam.
Many people are calling for Moyes to go not just for the tactics/results...but for the clear lack of interest and motivation he is now regularly displaying pre/during/post match.
He's too safe, complacent and stale and enough is enough.
6 Posted 06/12/2011 at 10:40:51
"My point is that he, and his teamates, and even more so the poor lads who were on the wrong end of a 12-1 hiding, showed plenty of the traits I list below"
They have the traits but were still twatted 12-1, what does that tell you?
You are also criticising Everton without even seeing the game.
Look at result - Check
Moan about result - Check
Moan about the players passion even though I didin't actually see the game - Check
The fact that you are right is irrelvant here, you are slating the players without even knowing what went on in the game.
Next time, got to the lounge and then your points will become more valid.
7 Posted 06/12/2011 at 10:52:54
You might be right, things may have gone a bit stale and more than anything this is what i attribute the malcontent that fans are feeling to.
Maybe it is time for a change, depends on who that change would be. But things are simply not half as bad as most of the naysayers on here are claiming. I think people are bored more than anything but it riles me when i hear people claiming that the end has come when we sit in 10th with a reasonable squad of players. Wasn't that long ago that our centrebacks cumulative age was about 80 and we had the likes of Ginola and gazza trying to turn back the clock. Now that was embarrassing!
8 Posted 06/12/2011 at 14:14:37
- Employ a midfielder who can actually strike a ball and have a few shots! Last night, Charlie Adam had more shots on target from outside the box than we have done all season. Same with Clint Dempsey, who made space and shot at every opportunity. We don't even enter the raffle when it comes to having a pop... Can you imagine Fellaini, Osman, Cahill or Rodwell constantly hitting the target from 25 yards??
- Leave at least one player up front with pace when defending a corner; it will stretch the opposition and you can break quickly.
- Get the fullbacks and centre backs to bring the ball out, don't just hit it 50 yards every damn time, bring it and get involved.
- Make a point of appealing every time one of your men is fouled or complain if a decision goes against you. Act together don't wimp out, let the ref know you dont agree (within reason) show some balls.
- Finally, play the percentage game with knock-ons, free-kicks, etc. We give up and never expect anything to come off. end of rant
9 Posted 06/12/2011 at 14:03:09
Face the truth, Moyes has fucked up this year, especially with his transfers in and out of this club, and I include Pienaar in that.
Now knowing all this are you still keen to defend Moyes, for all the bad things he has done this calendar year, I want him out, based on selling Yakubu and Arteta without getting ANY replacement in at ALL.
You just can not get passed that, idiotic at best.
10 Posted 06/12/2011 at 14:42:24
Transfers, I will not and can not agree that Moyes would willingly reduce his squad and bring in no-one to replace him, no matter how much he is on a week. the leaked e-mails seem to back this up, as it was the bank calling the shots (allegedly)
Also Jimmy, the year we finished 4th, we were closer to the relagtion zone than we were to finishing top, so 5 points here, 10 points from this place means nothing.
The only thing that matters is the position you are in when the final whistle blows on that 38th league game.
Would you have even mentioned Yakubu if he hadn't scored 4 this weekend? Goldfish memories some people and are easily distracte....... oh look a squirrel!
11 Posted 06/12/2011 at 15:27:39
I didn't say I didn't see the game. I'd never have a go on the word of a newspaper or just the result.
I saw the game, and that's what gives me the right to comment.
12 Posted 06/12/2011 at 15:34:19
Internets a wonderful thing but I doubt I could find a full recording of a game that was not on Sky or ESPN.
You can get 20 minute highlights on Everton FC or possibly 50 on Football First (if it was on Sunday?)
Geniunely, what is the site because I would want to use it?
13 Posted 06/12/2011 at 15:53:53
14 Posted 07/12/2011 at 06:57:37
Moyes bleats on about needing a cutting edge but what do you expect when your defence and midfield play so deep it leaves the forwards without any support meaning the likes of Saha has virtually playing in midfield this season.
If these rumours of investment ever come true he deserves a bite for one season but you can bet Moyes would get found out then as him and his other defensive boys don't have a clue about attack
Never have, never will.
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