Everton's game against Liverpool at Goodison Park has been rescheduled for Sunday 28 October. Due to the visitors playing on the preceding Thursday, the Merseyside derby has been put back 24 hours by the Premier League. The game will now kick off at 1:30pm on the new date and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
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430 Posted 03/09/2012 at 17:10:23
432 Posted 03/09/2012 at 17:21:38
Another 24 hours away from Gerrard's two footed tackles.
434 Posted 03/09/2012 at 17:30:29
Imagine where we would have been over the last few seasons if we didn't make a habit of losing both derbies. How many times have we been a couple of points off a European spot (usually being occupied by Liverpool), that 12-point swing makes a massive difference. We finished 4 ahead of them last year, imagine if it had been 16!
Something has to change; as usual, we have the poor fixture draw of being at Goodison first but just for once it would be nice to have a full team in good form who play to their potential and just do a job on an inferior Liverpool side and we could have one of those routine Goodison wins.
For us to win a derby, it seems to take a Herculaneun effort, whilst they can seem to play whoever they want and perform however they like; how they did the double in 2009 despite being battered home and away is beyond me. I wouldn't even mind if we were battered for 90 minutes then Fellaini handballs one in, anything for a win... surely it's time for one.
435 Posted 03/09/2012 at 17:37:30
443 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:07:27
1) Playing them at home makes it easier to give them the hiding they deserve, backed by fervent home support.
2) New signings should be bedded in by then, Mirallas etc having found his stamina and shooting boots for the Prem.
3) Giving them a doing at home, á la the 3-0 when AJ tore them a new one, will set us up nicely confidence wise to get the long overdue win at Anfield that Moyes's Boys owe us.
The past ain't the future, this is a real power shift, finishing above them last year was not a fluke (we fucked up in both derbies, were shit for the first half of the season before improving the team in January — and we still finished above them).
BRING IT ON.
451 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:28:10
454 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:37:59
457 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:42:48
12 point swing?????
What are you on about?!
458 Posted 03/09/2012 at 18:55:34
Last season, we finished 4pts ahead of Liverpool. However, if we had won both derbies last season, take 6 points off the Red Shite and add those 6 points to us; the difference in points, at the end of the season, we would have 12 more points than them. So those 4 points we finished above them would have been 16 points ahead.
462 Posted 03/09/2012 at 19:31:37
Last season the defeat at Goodison was marred by a refereeing mistake, made at a time when we were on top (though that in itself means nothing). But the defeat at Anfield, in as much as the side put out was weak, which handed them some belief such that they have no fear in the subsequent semi final - despite their appalling league form at that time.
On balance I think Moyes works minor miracles, but if there is a criticism it's his safety first attitude, particularly against the "bigger" teams, and particularly away from home. We've all watched much worse sides than this win in Derbies, including at Anfield, win at OT, Stamford Bridge etc.
465 Posted 03/09/2012 at 19:24:22
I feel however that come October this year, things will be totally different. Reasons being;
a) barring a complete melt down, we will have a better start this season than in reacent years so our confidence will be up.
b) our squad is much better and carries a higher goal threat
c) moyes will not have forgotten the reaction of the fans after chucking away the 2nd derby last season and will want to put things straight
d) Rogers is a decent manager but I don't think he's right for the RS, they look really really ordinary at the minute and just had their worst start in 50 years (granted they played arsenal and city in their first 3 games) I cannot see it getting better for them anytime soon (put a cheeky bet on with a RS mate of mine that rodgers would be gone by xmas).
So lets hopefully enjoy the next few weeks and hope that gibbo, jelly and the hair are not injured (or suspended) come derby day next month.
563 Posted 04/09/2012 at 09:27:50
566 Posted 04/09/2012 at 09:39:07
579 Posted 04/09/2012 at 11:00:13
580 Posted 04/09/2012 at 11:19:56
You still in blighty by the way mate, would be good to catch up, I'll FB ya!
727 Posted 04/09/2012 at 21:14:42
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