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Peter Mills
1 Posted 12/03/2017 at 22:42:57
Thanks Ken. I am in darkest Italy, I have read quite a few reports and comments about the game but have been waiting for your take on things.

I am now content that we took 3 points from a competent, professional performance. Nothing wrong with that.

Also, I have gleaned a bit more about the Alex Young tribute. A lone piper sounds appropriate.

Ian Smitham
2 Posted 12/03/2017 at 22:58:21
Thanks as always, Ken. You manage to set the scene both outside and inside the ground. My view of the game from the Main Stand was as yours.

I also reckon that yesterday will prove a change for the England football team. I have always wanted Ross to succeed and assume every other Evertonian wants him to do so also, yesterday, in front of the England manager, he was superb. The build up by the team and then the hold-up play and cross by Ross for the third goal was a pleasure to watch.

I reckon he will be selected in the next England squad and once in that squad, the way he is playing, it will be a long time till he is not. I appreciate that some may not see that as a good thing.

Anyway, thanks again Ken.

Derek Thomas
4 Posted 13/03/2017 at 00:38:08
Well done again Ken; You neatly side stepped and solved the Kenrick comment conundrum with one word, It wasn't boring and uninspiring it was 'Technical'...although I have to say some of it 'technical-ed' me to tears...It had to be done though.

On 'technical' I thought Saturdays performance by Lukaku was his best ever, he cushioned it, laid it off deftly, without being a blue arsed fly he moved enough to drag 2, 3, and sometimes 4 of The Baggies groks with him.

Interesting the comments by your new found Brummie best mate. We went to Spurs (or so it seemed) with much the same KITAP1 attitude, then bemoaned after the fact that we did and why didn't we take it to them a bit more; a constant theme of the Moyes years.

Were they happy with the way Pullis set them out or did they say... "Why the fuck didn't we have a go – we got stuffed anyway." Is it our expectation that's false or is theirs set, for them, quite rightly, in mediocrity/reality mode?

Christopher Timmins
5 Posted 13/03/2017 at 13:14:07
Ken, thanks as always for the report. Ross, with the benefit of some tough love from Ronald, is certainly starting to look the real deal.
Terry Underwood
6 Posted 13/03/2017 at 14:35:20
Always an honest report from Ken. No axes to grind with any player.

I watched MotD and will admit to getting a bit emotional when I saw the piper and the "Golden Vision" banner...

Dave Abrahams
7 Posted 13/03/2017 at 14:57:40
Good report as always Ken, but I've got to admit, when anybody starts talking technical regarding football, I tend to switch off. I never ever switch off when reading your reports of Everton's matches, especially the away games.
John G Davies
8 Posted 13/03/2017 at 15:02:03
Good and as accurate report, as always, Ken.

A bit of moaning and groaning re Barry and Jags selection but the clean sheet, three goals and three points more than justified their selection.

As you say, Barry conducted the performance and we looked solid with Jags back. European competition secured – onwards and upwards.

Jay Harris
9 Posted 13/03/2017 at 15:08:55
Always a diamond in your report Ken and I'm not talking about Ross.

"Why are the police allowed to not have or use ‘Pooper Scoopers'?" – Class.

Laurie Hartley
10 Posted 13/03/2017 at 22:10:06
Jay (#9) – "where two defenders bounced off him" is pretty good also. Classic Buckley.
Clive Mitchell
11 Posted 14/03/2017 at 01:52:53
That's exactly the game I saw from Bullens Road, Ken.

In the second half, Everton were saying "We're 2-0 up and we've got the ball and you're doing nothing about it; well, we're not going to hand you a way back in; this isn't last season."

I can't remember the last time a 2-0 lead 30+ minutes out felt so secure. A lot of the lads did well but, as you said, Ross was just excellent.

Geoff Williams
12 Posted 14/03/2017 at 08:55:00
Jagielka is, despite his limitations, a much more accomplished footballer than Williams or Fumes Mori. Too many make too much about the age of players.
Tony Draper
13 Posted 14/03/2017 at 09:39:18
Always thoroughly enjoy your characterful reports Ken.

I note your remark about the Baggies fans taunting our quietude. It's becoming a regular thing. My seat is directly opposite our visitors and we hear the same things every home game.

The tribute to Alexander the Great, the Golden Vision was entirely appropriate.

An observation, however, it seems that no game at GP begins until we observe in silence? I recall a time not too long ago when games started with the crowd all pumped up.

My suggestion is that we fans "pay tribute" at the commencement of half time, rather than just before the game. Also, perhaps those we pay tribute to need to be more significant (clearly Alex Young would be a fine example of most significant).

Not wishing to be curmudgeonly, it almost seems that there is a hunt to seek someone to honour before each and every home game. Is this truly necessary? It definitely was last Saturday, but, surely not so every week?

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