Burnley 2 - 1 Everton
Another three o’clock kick-off on a Saturday so we had a leisurely run up, had a look around and nothing seemed to have changed since we were last here two years ago. It seems to me one of those places that time sort of stands still. Nice friendly people and always a good welcome in the ale house.
The teams were pored over as they arrived and no major shocks, just two changes, including Barkley for Cleverely. Most approved of that and we all hoped Ross could finally find some form and run the show. He had a good go I will give him that.
They kick off and right away we win the ball back and attack which saw Burnley have a mix up at the back which allowed Mirallas a shot on goal but straight at the keeper. We kept up the pressure and a ball up to Lukaku saw him execute an exquisite turn and in one movement leave his man and sweep the ball to Bolasie whose shot was blocked for a corner. From the corner the ball was worked back to the taker Mirallas who had his shot blocked but it went back to Bolasie who fired in an overhead kick wide.
Burnley worked a breakaway and Lukaku was back to help defend but made a hash of an attempted clearance which resulted in a melee in our box and we scrambled out for a corner which, when taken, the Burnley man shot over bar. All this before the 15-minute mark and really it told the story of the game. Everton would have all the attacking; Burnley would have breakaways that we would not defend well and so it was.
I noticed we were trying a different corner routine today with Barry standing close to the taker who was Mirallas and he would pass to Barry who would then try and find the best ball to get us in on goal but I think it needs a tad more practice as it was no more successful than any other we have taken. It maybe the start of something, who knows. I checked my watch with around 20 minutes or more gone and more of the same taking place. Everton attacking well and reaching the edges of their box but always breaking down at the last for a variety of reasons. Poor touch, shot off target or straight at keeper, lack of care and vision plus a lot of damned good Burnley blocks.
From the half-hour mark Burnley started to look more of a threat and it started with a terrible free kick from Jags who tried a ten yard pass to a Burnley player instead of one of ours. This led to a bit of panic as Burnley now looked for an opening and worked the ball wide but our man Stek coming out well and gathering to relieve the pressure. We went up the other end and Lukaku looked clear onto their keeper but a defender slid in and took the ball off his toe. Another poor free kick by Jags gave the ball to Burnley who broke forward but Oviedo did well in tidying up his mess.
No doubt Burnley were gaining in confidence as, although we had all the attacking, our failure to hit the net was giving them that feeling they could nick one. Lo and behold, Lukaku failed to take the ball clear from the half way line and Arfield profited, running on goal with a shot which he seemed to scuff but our keeper seemed bewildered by the miss-hit and went down a bit late, only weakly parried the ball into the path of Vokes who netted. Oh, the disappointment. Stek, saint last week sinner this week, eh?
From the goal we looked visibly shell-shocked, which was reflected in our passes being without much conviction and were either too strong or too weak. This led to a bit more panic when they attacked and Coleman was soon booked for a daft challenge. I thought I will be glad for the H/T whistle but not half as glad as Big Ron. The whistle went just as another miss-hit cross sailed wide. How apt, I mused.
H/T 1-0 down
The H/T chat wasn’t very constructive as that feeling of we have been here before many times and know only too well that feeling of disappointment laced with, ‘Here we go again’
We were first out for the second half and we were full of hope that the H/T team talk would see us mount the fight back and gain all the points. Well it should have done but...
From the off we attacked and earned a corner and again we used our new routine, Mirallas short to Barry who looked up and found Ross on the edge of the box. He got a shot in but not a very good one and the keeper easily dealt with it. We got to around the hour mark and it had been all Everton. Surely a goal is on the way I thought as we gain a free kick. Mirallas took it and gained a corner as the travelling faithful reached full voice in support of our lads. You might say trying to suck the ball in. The corner came over, the whistle went, Ashley was deemed to have fouled. Drat.
Just a minute later and Barry found the pass of the match to slide Lukaku through on goal and then the comedy bit as Lukaku found Bolasie running alongside him and had the temerity to outmuscle him and speed on goal and hit a shot across the keeper and into the net. The roar was heard in Spellow Lane, L4. I believe that was his first goal for us. The fans sang the Bolasie song and many other chants. Now we could turn our superiority into more goals and a win—well we should have done but...
Everton attacked and attacked again but that final ball or piece of magic in the box was absent and move after move ended in sorrow rather than a goal. I think one now could have opened the flood gates but getting one was proving elusive. Time was ticking on and we put a move together where I thought, "this is it". Coleman and Bolasie combined and made ground up our right, Coleman overlapped Bolasie who fed him in at just the right moment and Coleman from the by-line put in a great cross that looked like a tap in for Lukaku until a sliding Burnley centre back got his toe to the ball a fraction before Rom and a corner was all that great move was worth.
Clock ticking down fast, it was all Everton but a determined Burnley threw heads and bodies in where angels fear to tread. With 15 minutes to go both teams made subs. For us it was Deulofeu for Mirallas. Deulofeu was soon running at them and either getting a good cross in or a poor one which was a shame as he was seeing plenty of the ball. We were peppering their goal now and doing everything but score.
Bolasie tried a long range thunder bolt to try to catch the keeper off his line but the keeper did well and got back and tipped over. Burnley made another sub and Flanagan came on and the whole travelling end booed — I wonder why? Then Big Ron subbed Gueye for Cleverley. I didn’t quite understand that one as I thought it weakened us a bit in midfield but Gueye could have a twinge or tweak I suppose.
With the clock ticking, we continue to pepper their goal. Lukaku shot, Barkley shot, Bolasie shoot, among others, but all shots are either blocked or deflected as we go into 4 minutes of added time. All of a sudden I felt cold as we gave away a foul near the half-way line and their keeper sent everyone forward and prepared to take the kick.
I came over with a horrible feeling that said to me, ‘surely we can’t give it away now’. The keeper took the kick. I seemed to view things in slow motion as first we half-cleared and the Burnley lad shot and hit the bar with some pace and came out into play but straight to the Burnley man Arfield who hit it back into the net. I joined in with the hush then finally realised we had LOST.
I don’t remember much after that. Oh yes for two minutes Enner Valencia replaced Jags. A horrible feeling. We battered them to a 2-1 defeat.,MotM – Barry and Gueye were as good as any.
Well, that game will take some forgetting but all we can do is hope that Big Ron and his staff can work wonders with what we have now and try to strengthen window by window. On today’s showing we are a few players short even for the short term. Still crazy game this football and in a league where anyone can match anyone and consistency is fleeting who knows?
See you for breakfast in L4 a week tomorrow and hope it is our day.
UP THE BLUES
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1 Posted 23/10/2016 at 10:04:36
Ross is not scoring; Mirallas has gone right off, and Deulofeu can't hit the side of a barn. Roll on the January window.
2 Posted 23/10/2016 at 10:32:11
3 Posted 23/10/2016 at 11:19:39
At least when Kone partnered Lukaku in October last year, it was one of our few bright spots last season at home v Villa and Sunderland.
4 Posted 23/10/2016 at 11:31:52
I don't think Ron fancies either of Mirallas or Deulofeu. Expect them to be gone before next season.
5 Posted 23/10/2016 at 12:39:34
6 Posted 23/10/2016 at 12:42:58
I was sat next to our fans in the Burnley end so obviously had to keep my gob shut when we scored but the Blues fans were so quiet during the game, even when the goal went in.
A couple of the Burnley residents even commented between themselves remarking how quiet we were.
7 Posted 23/10/2016 at 13:02:44
It appears that not losing has become more important than winning. A draw has become a good result. One proper forward on the pitch. What's next? No forwards at all?
The idea of removing a DM to put on another attacker has become an anathema to modern managers. They'd sooner watch their lone striker huffing and puffing against four/five defenders than risk putting a second attacker up front to give the defenders something to do.
More than half the clubs in the Premier League are happy to grind out bore draws or narrow one-nils just as long as it keeps them in the Premier League and the all that lovely money rolling in.
Until the offensive minded players start to outnumber the defensive minded players in the first eleven, these kind of results will continue to happen.
8 Posted 23/10/2016 at 13:21:14
There are some exceptions (Wenger, despite his faults, has never succumbed to that style nor, I regret to say, does Klopp). But most games I watch now, domestic and (especially) international are mind-numbing.
Cue a 6-4 in one of today's games.
9 Posted 23/10/2016 at 13:43:46
Craig @3; I'm not sure just what Koeman's 'favourite' formation is, or if the players he might need to play it are a) at the Club; b) available; or c) affordable.
It could be a radical, out-of-the-box, sea-change in formation is called for... one as radical as the move away from the 2-3-5 of the '50s.
I used to watch all football, but now it's all a bit boring and 'meh' sometimes it takes me all my time to watch us... well live with a 2 am finish... but that could just be me.
60-odd million in the Country and BT get 400k for their Champions League games...
Does Ron have the inclination to do something even mildly out of the box? Will he be given the time or money to follow it through.
Something needs doing, but he'll have a hard job in getting the gold Bentley mob out of their present lackadaisical attitudes.
10 Posted 23/10/2016 at 13:46:20
11 Posted 23/10/2016 at 14:40:05
12 Posted 23/10/2016 at 15:07:07
Didn't one of those most improved teams very nearly win the title not too long ago in fact a whole two and quarter seasons ago (2013-14) and didn't they very nearly win the Carling Cup and the Uefa Cup last season?
It's not like the current boss took them from mid-table obscurity to the higher echelons of the Premier League without investment, is it? I'll give you Leicester City, no problem.
13 Posted 23/10/2016 at 15:08:37
Granted, the players Koeman has brought in have stood out from the rest and, with more financial backing, I think he can take us places; I just can't see him getting it.
I've set my sights on a new home and mediocrity on the field; why not both? It would be nice, but after 45 years of being a blue, any progress is a blessing.
14 Posted 23/10/2016 at 17:37:59
There is simply an obvious lack of real goalscorers in that team, Lukaku apart, and we simply don't possess any quality in the final third of the pitch.
He must be as frustrated as we are, and I believe he has probably reached a decision already on the future of the following players: Mirallas, Lennon (who never gets a game, even as sub now), Cleverley, Deulofeu, Kone, Gibson and possibly McCarthy.
Seven players in all and I might have been a little conservative there is a lot to lose from a squad, but if he wants to be brutally honest, these players have all been given ample time to prove that they can take the team forward, and most flatter to deceive.
At the moment, he can only work with what he's got, and hope for an improvement in the players he picks on a regular basis. It's tough at the moment, especially with the 'other lot' steaming ahead in the league, but their manager has had a lot longer to develop his squad than Koeman has; let's judge his team in 12 months time.
15 Posted 23/10/2016 at 17:38:57
It's good to know at least that we battered them, it sounds a very tough last-minute defeat to take. I've had a fine day walking in the hills, no angst... maybe I should spend matchdays that way.
16 Posted 23/10/2016 at 18:07:40
17 Posted 23/10/2016 at 18:45:26
Player power is more influential than ever. When Martinez took over, he had a problem convincing the old Moyes clique to change their ways (rightly or wrongly), and this current crop seemed to down tools and get Martinez the boot.
It was interesting to see Lukaku and Mirallas at the Euros laughing in disbelief at the breaking news of Roberto's appointment as Belgium boss. Guffawing like naughty schoolboys!
Koeman needs to get his own men in and quickly.
18 Posted 23/10/2016 at 18:58:07
Everything and anybody is to blame when they are not winning. When Rom fails to get clean control, the attack usually breaks down. It would be nice if Bolasie could interact with him by being closer for the long passes and I suppose he is playing under instruction but it worked fine for the goal against Man City.
At the moment a big problem is the lack of incisiveness from any of the midfield players. This was a game Everton should have won easily but they blew it much like they did at Bournemouth and came away with nothing. Barkley is a problem, looking good on the ball but generally not having the confidence to do what he used to do when he first started in the first team.
19 Posted 23/10/2016 at 19:30:38
As to the game I thought we played well without being able to make that final incisive pass or avoid shots being blocked. Burnley's 2 central defenders and goalkeeper won them the game. My worst moment came when the 89th minute shot came back off the bar and I was in a direct line with Arfield as soon as he hit it I knew it was going in.
My Burnley supporting friend said that we deserved to win and, like myself, was very impressed by our aproach play. I thought that Bolassie had his best game so far and I was amused at how easily he shoved Lukaku off the ball before scoring. Just imagine the reaction from his pal if he had missed!
Gana, as usual, was very impressive. I thought that his substitution was very strange and it may have cost us the game, as it was a foul from a tiring Barry that led to the winner. If Gana had still been on the field, surely he would have been challenging for that ball.
20 Posted 23/10/2016 at 20:00:06
21 Posted 23/10/2016 at 20:41:13
Kenwright has given Moshiri a bill of £11M to get rid of Martinez, who in turn has left a player who nobody wants and we can't get rid of at a cost to the club of £26M.
22 Posted 23/10/2016 at 21:05:09
Thanks for cheering me up. I'm clutching at straws this weekend but the memories of Crystanbul and Slippy's finest hour are still sweet. (Does anyone remember the 'Saturday Dilemma' thread on here ahead of our match with Citeh that season? What a time that was but it turned out well in the end.)
Back to more important matters the Mighty Blues. Regardless of minor blips like the Burnley result (sickening as it was and so typical of EFC down the years) as well as the re-building job required for the next season and a half, we're still moving in the right direction for me.
Getting rid of the previous clown was even worth the £10m pay-off because we were heading the way of Villa, Newcastle and the Sheffield clubs under him. Let's not forget how bad things were before we get too down-hearted.
I still think we'll finish top 6/7. Under Mr Snake Oil, Man City would have smacked us for 6 and we'd have had justifiably very low expectations of anything against Burnley (not to mention enduring the drivel that came out of the Spaniard's mouth every week).
When Koeman and Walsh have had another year together, that's when we can hopefully start to see things take shape ie, teams filling their kecks at the mere mention of our name. (In the meantime, for now, I continue to wish the current Barcelona manager well.)
Having said all that, we need a couple of quick wins to maintain momentum.
Great report as usual, Ken.
23 Posted 23/10/2016 at 21:08:11
I agree with all your players listed, Steve (#16). They all seem to be in trouble. Surprised and disappointed with Kev and Del, I thought they would have showed what they could do, but they only seem to get lazier.
Unlucky yesterday but I'm getting well tired feeling this way. Will be at Goodison next Sunday praying for 3 points.
24 Posted 23/10/2016 at 21:40:33
If Kenwright had had his way, we would be bottom 3 at the moment facing a long hard winter. As it is, we are top 6 and looking quite solid defensively; a couple of tweaks in midfield and attack and a top half finish would be a massive improvement on what was likely to happen, ie, sacking Martinez in November and scrambling around for a new man to save our season.
And I think we all know who Kenwright would now be turning to, given his current predicament... (Clue: Kendall Mk 2 all over again.)
25 Posted 23/10/2016 at 21:42:28
The new players brought in have improved the squad but we are still a middle-of-the-table team, that need 2 or 3 'star' players to make us serious contenders.
Same old story, how do we attract 'star' players???
26 Posted 23/10/2016 at 22:55:45
Certain players are showing their age: Jagielka, Baines, Barry... while others have lost form: Barkley, Mirallas, Deulofeu. Coleman has been average this season.
Martinez only really made one decent signing in Lukaku, the rest added nothing to the squad except numbers. Niasse is an embarrassment while McCarthy, Lennon, Kone, Cleverley etc are just not good enough.
Moshiri and Koeman must have now realised the size of the mess they inherited. We need a big clear-out and some quality signings. As you say, they are difficult to attract.
27 Posted 24/10/2016 at 06:01:54
I confess to being a little disappointed that Koeman doesn't seem to be trying anything new, or rotating the squad as he was known for at Southampton. Okay, we don't have great strength in depth but Funes Mori should be getting game time, as Jags is well off the pace recently and Lennon surely has more to offer than the current alternatives. Tom Davies too looked at first as though he was on the brink of at least occasionally getting on the field but is now being ignored.
I'm not overly impressed with Koeman's apparent inflexibility, a fault often exhibited by OFM. I hope it's not a case of history repeating itself.
28 Posted 24/10/2016 at 09:33:17
Of course, I always thought Martinez to be a football idiot (I suspect he now has as the job of Pep's scriptwriter they spout the same shite) and he took the club for c £26M!
Of course GIVEN TIME and Moshiri's hidden money, Koeman MAY be able to restore almost forgotten glory to Goodison but he's a long way from the magical manager we welcomed back in June. Idrissa Gueye apart, it's the same old, same old. But, given time and fill his pockets and, who knows, we might make top eight... given time....
29 Posted 24/10/2016 at 10:47:44
I will always think that the manager should do this or that, buy x and y, and shift out a and b, and until I get the job myself, I will be pissed off at times. I would like to see more of Davies, who Unsworth was happy to play, and like Brian above, can't understand why Lennon has been underused. Lennon was treated the same at Spurs, and we don't see them in training so who knows what Koeman is seeing that we don't?
I am hopeful that he will get it right,and I for one like the look of Bolasie; I would like to see us play 4-4-2 with Bolasie up there with Lukaku. It was a better performance on Saturday but a win against the Hammers is essential to keep the spirits of the fans and the players up.
30 Posted 24/10/2016 at 11:09:53
Someone has got to get in where it hurts and score a few and I'm sick of people on ToffeeWeb giving excuses for players who plainly are not performing. That said it was criminal we came away from there with nothing.
The honeymoon is over for Koeman, though. I expect changes for the next game and youth to be given a chance at least.
31 Posted 24/10/2016 at 11:34:57
I agree with you to an extent about players reinventing themselves. But, these are rare cases. Plus, those players probably had a decent team to carry them.
The situation with us is we have far too many average players, all playing at the same time. There's no chance of carrying them. We would need a Dr Frankenstein type on the coaching staff, to do some brain and limb transplanting!
32 Posted 24/10/2016 at 11:37:40
Much of the anger and frustration expressed here comes from the perception that some players are not trying hard enough and there is a sense of lethargy again about us. People would be more patient, and perhaps take a somewhat longer view, if the basic commitment and cohesion were more obvious.
33 Posted 24/10/2016 at 11:58:40
But to do that, Koeman would have to bring a player like Drinkwater or Shelvey into the squad. A vocal, physical, player with a passing range and ability to tackle is what we are lacking at the moment.
34 Posted 24/10/2016 at 12:17:58
Phil, unfortunate to refer to Ginger and the 11 years in trying to make your point against "giving manager and players more time". Koeman's few months doesn't equate to Ginger's 11 years. Give him more time!
35 Posted 24/10/2016 at 19:17:36
36 Posted 24/10/2016 at 19:49:18
Our teams of 1970 & 1985 had it in bucketloads. Gueye, Barry and Williams have nous. The rest of them haven't.
More nous, asap, please, Ronald.
37 Posted 24/10/2016 at 20:17:32
I'm home to serve my 'ninety days' next week but with no great longing to see this dreary lot up close, I can tell you!
38 Posted 25/10/2016 at 01:06:55
Lennon hasn't been on the magic roundabout, he has hardly had a sniff of a game to try and impress the manager. He will certainly do a lot more than the other three you mention, who have quite a few chances to show what they can do, but have failed miserably to prove they can do a job consistently.
Lennon certainly deserved a run of games, he can't be written off without a chance, that's for sure.
39 Posted 25/10/2016 at 10:15:26
I saw Barkley reluctant to put a foot in and Lukaku watch the ball harmlessly passed around him at times on Saturday: it appears to me Lukaku already has his sights set on another club.
I don't know what you do with Barkley, I would dearly love him to succeed at Everton but at the moment there is no end product from him.
40 Posted 25/10/2016 at 13:27:35
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