Distin filled in for Baines at Old Trafford last weekend as the Blues twice came back from two goals down to draw 4-4 to upset Manchester United's cruise towards a 20th League title and he managed to keep Antonio Valencia quiet. ?I knew (the game) would be a lot of running — it's a completely different position,? Distin said. ?I didn't expect to do as well as Bainesy, or go forward as much as him — that's kind of impossible with my legs!
?So the most important thing was to stop Valencia, who is an amazing player. He is fast, sharp, he can cross the ball. He can dribble past you, so you have to try and be simple in your passing and most important try to stop him. It was difficult at the end, but it was interesting. It was a good game and I think there was a lot to learn from it.?
The veteran defender isn't sure if he will be asked to play there again on Saturday against Fulham but he insists he'd be happy playing anywhere he is asked.
?I've got absolutely no idea. Everybody is back at centre-half nowadays... The only problem is with left-back because Bainesy is still injured, but I'm sure there are one or two other players that can play there. We'll see.
"But even if the gaffer asks me to play goalkeeper, I will do it. I love football. I want to play no matter what — even as a striker, I will try."
And Distin joined Marouane Fellaini in calling for the Blues to finish the season as strongly as possible even though European qualification is effectively beyond them.
?Maybe some people feel if we finish seventh or ninth, if we don't qualify for Europe it doesn't change much," the defender said. "But personally I want to finish as high as possible — no matter who is in front, or who is behind. If you watched the training today or yesterday, you would know we are still working really hard. We finish well every season and finish high in the table. That's great.?
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832 Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:46:46
833 Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:44:53
His consistency is amazing and his ability to maintain his stamina and pace is testament to his honesty! I'm sure he will always remain an Evertonian and I really appreciate his contribution to the team since he joined the club.
836 Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:59:14
839 Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:09:49
842 Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:21:38
845 Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:21:33
875 Posted 27/04/2012 at 01:43:18
Maybe he has always been considered the back up to Baines... although it was basically from the left back position where he did that thing that I can't remember what it was in the Semi so perhaps he's not the ideal man for the job.
I've heard Jags is a good 'keeper so I think Distin is quite a long way down that list Adolf... don't worry!
915 Posted 27/04/2012 at 09:03:35
Although to be fair, for ¬£60k a week I'd happily push the floaters down at finch farm, let alone play any position at goodison in front of thousands.
994 Posted 27/04/2012 at 13:55:31
I remember thinking, "He didn't just do that". On the replay, switched to, "Sylvain, why did you just do that"? But can't quite remember exactly what he did. Just that what he did was really bad for us.
That aside, glad he's one of our boys. A real pro.
064 Posted 27/04/2012 at 17:59:15
He made a fecking big ricket yet his stock is still as high (maybe higher) as before.
A bit of humility goes a long way.
103 Posted 27/04/2012 at 20:58:00
106 Posted 27/04/2012 at 21:18:20
131 Posted 28/04/2012 at 00:00:36
Don't you read ToffeeWeb?
150 Posted 28/04/2012 at 05:51:15
176 Posted 28/04/2012 at 09:07:44
He very seldom gets booked, he is a very quiet individual who gets on with his job without fuss, he is super fit for his age and handled Valencia better than anyone I have seen this season. He must be one of the first names on the team sheet. A brilliant Everton footballer.
378 Posted 28/04/2012 at 22:40:55
Going forward? Baines is as good as anyone. I could see a few times today when our new LB might have just gone on to make himself available to play with Pienaar and the big Fella as Baines does. He must feel a bit 'heady' that far forward,. but he's a fine player - more to come.
If Hibbo can do it down the right after all these years, the lad can do it too.
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