Everton vs Hull City

Friday 17 March 2017  78 Comments  [Jump to last]
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Everton play the second of two successive home games before testing trips to Anfield and Old Trafford as improving Hull City come to Merseyside.

The Blues have made Goodison Park something of a fortress in 2017; they're unbeaten since the turn of the year and can boast clean sheets in four of their last five in home turf.

Having comfortably dealt with West Bromwich Albion last Saturday, Ronald Koeman's men face a Hull side still battling against the danger of relegation but which has been much improved since the clubs last met at the end of last year.

Since then, Marco Silvia has them looking far less like the soft touch they had become under his predecessor, Mike Phelan, although it's fair to say they were surprisingly potent against the Blues. They have won four of their last eight games, although the match winner on two of those occasions was Oumar Niasse, the striker on loan from Everton who is ineligible to play this weekend.

They will also be without one of the goalscorers in the reverse fixture, Michael Dawson, as well as Dieumerci Mbokani and Ryan Mason, while the other scorer, Roberto Snodgrass is no longer with the club. It's also worth noting that those recent wins all came at the KCOM Stadium and that their last away match was a 3-1 defeat at fellow strugglers, Leicester City.

It points to what should be another routine home win if Everton perform the way they have in front of their own fans in the League for the past 10 weeks.

Of course, there is the potential shadow over proceedings cast by Romelu Lukaku's contract situation to consider. The Belgian's decision not to extend his contract with Everton has rocked the club this week but it's unlikely to have much bearing on the contest with the Tigers.

Lukaku's focus has always been on doing his best for the team and advancing his own career and with emotion having played seemingly little part in his Blues career thus far, it doesn't seem likely that any fallout from his contract issues will affect his game.

And given the positive reaction that his interview with the media this past week has generated from many Evertonians, he probably won't receive an uncomfortable reception from the Goodison faithful either.

All being well, the 23-year-old will add his name to the scoresheet once more, become the first player to hit 20 league goals for Everton since Gary Lineker 31 years ago, and the Blues will leapfrog Manchester United into 6th place, for 24 hours at least.

Koeman will have Leighton Baines in contention again after he recovered from the back issue that forced him off halfway through the win over the Baggies.

James McCarthy is still ruled out, though, leaving the Dutchman the same central midfield options as last week. Gareth Barry started last time out and could retain his place after putting in a good performance if the manager views Hull's midfield in a similar vein as West Brom's.

Phil Jagielka, meanwhile, almost certainly did enough to warrant keeping his place in central defense alongside Ramiro Funes Mori and it's conceivable the Koeman will name an unchanged starting XI.

Kick off: 3pm, Saturday 18 March, 2017
Referee: Paul Tierney
Last Time: Everton 1 - 1 Hull City

Predicted line-up: Robles, Coleman, Jagielka, Williams, Baines, Barry, Schneiderlin, Davies, Barkley, Mirallas, Lukaku

Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb match page


Reader Comments (78)

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Anthony Burke
1 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:24:17
4-1 to the mighty Blues. Lukaku brace, maybe a hat-trick. COYB!!!!!
Ian McDowell
2 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:27:55
Interesting to see how the crowd react to Lukaku.
Tom Bowers
3 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:30:23
More of the same tomorrow as Hull, desperate for points, will obviously park the bus. Hopefully Rom will have put the pounds sign at the back of his mind and does a number on Hull from the early stages.

They have had some decent results against the Blues but surely this won't be one of those games.

In one way I am glad Niasse is on loan because if he had played he may have been a problem given that he is now finding the net.
Tony Hill
4 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:33:38
Yes, that is the likely team though I would play Gueye instead of Barry. We must win, of course. This should be an appetiser for the following two games which will show us if we are indeed still the same old Everton – that is, crap when it matters. If we fail to win tomorrow then the question will have been answered in any event.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:48:30
Hat trick for Rom. As they will defend deep I'd play three at the back.

Robles
Holgate
Williams
Funes Mori
Coleman
Gana
Schneiderlin
Baines
Barkley
Lukaku
Mirallas

Anthony Burke
6 Posted 17/03/2017 at 22:55:44
I hope the crowd react well to Lukaku; he wants trophies and Champions League and who can blame him he's good enough so I say support him and hopefully what he wants will come true with Everton!!!
Will Jones
7 Posted 17/03/2017 at 23:03:41
The problem now is the lack of credibility, all this talk of top 4 is great and motivational and all, but we need to demonstrate it.

This talk of Rooney coming back, I mean really, he is on currently double Lukaku's contract offer. It does not take genius to work out Lukaku want's more than Rooney when he comes back (if true).

Jay Harris
8 Posted 17/03/2017 at 23:03:58
Colin,

That would be my pick for this game but I think he's trying to give Barry his last hurrah so that he gets the record for number of appearances and he may give Jags another shout and keep Funes Mori as a potential sub for Bainesy in case of recurrence of his back trouble.

Who said the team picks itself?

Brian Wilkinson
10 Posted 17/03/2017 at 23:25:31
The only change I can from predicted lineup will be Lookman from the start with Kev m on the bench.
John Pierce
11 Posted 17/03/2017 at 23:36:54
With 5 assists/goals from his last 7 games Mirallas is likely to start. Actually think Lookman will too. 4-3-3 Jags retained, Barry dropped.

Hull deffo have a threat in behind and from set pieces, diminished since the departure of Snodgrass.

3-1 the Ev

Kunal Desai
12 Posted 17/03/2017 at 23:38:53
Probably the same side that beat West Brom. Jags at the back with Williams and Barry tidying up in midfield.

Worth noting that hull have scored two away goals since October. One of those goalscorers is no longer at the club. They are woeful away from home. We simply have to capitalise and what an opportunity to push Arsenal and Man Utd for a top 6 spot.

Jon Cox
14 Posted 18/03/2017 at 00:27:10
Right guys, everyone get changed.

Er, Rom, what the fuck are you doing, why are you here?

3 - 0

Oh, and by the way, your locker belongs to... er, what's 'is name...

Jon Cox
15 Posted 18/03/2017 at 01:01:59
I don't want Lukaku to play tomorrow er, because as it stands with the true supporters his feelings might just be maligned and we cant have that can we.

The world has to know that we (Everton) are massively bigger than any one media constructive footballer called Shhhh... you know who.

I've had enough of this guy now and by the way if your reading this you are becoming a total bore.

You bore me with your style of play, you bore me with your attitude to my club, you defo bore me with your drama queen I hate Donald trump because he objectifies women but you never got on the street when it came down to Clinton, i.e. Monica...

In short I'll bet you are as thick as pig shit, and you know nothing about the world and the way it works.

Here's a really good contract for you, it has this for you to sign.

Everton are not good enough for me and that goes for their supporters. signed ROM

I want you out of my club as fast as possible,

Because you are a twat.

Signed Jon Cox

Robin Cannon
16 Posted 18/03/2017 at 01:07:11
Please give the "true supporter" thing a rest.
Clive Mitchell
17 Posted 18/03/2017 at 01:42:53
So he spews out all that drivel trying to make it impossible to keep him at the club, and come Saturday he's in the team and we're supposed to support him and hope he does well.

Not for me.

Bob Parrington
18 Posted 18/03/2017 at 02:13:38
OMG. What an over-reaction from some!
Darryl Ritchie
19 Posted 18/03/2017 at 02:20:59
I think Koeman's focus will be on keeping another clean sheet, so I think Lyndon is spot on with the Barry selection. 3-0 sounds about right.

As for Lukaku, he will leave in the summer, so I don't give a shit what he says anymore. I hope he scores a hat trick in every remaining match this season. Every goal adds a couple million to his selling price, so fire away, Rom.

Phil Sammon
20 Posted 18/03/2017 at 02:31:41
Big night, Jon?
Kieran Kinsella
21 Posted 18/03/2017 at 02:52:02
I'd like to see us win 9-1. It seems far fetched but down the years I've seen Man Utd and RS run up that score line. I'm a bit tired of trying to pass off the occasional 3-0 as a trashing. I'd like us to really turn the knife.

If we get 7 by half time then bring on some fringe players so as not to totally humiliate them with a 2-1 in the second half. Three for Rom, 2 Mirallas, 1 Davies, Gana, Williams, Lookman, Valencia. Their consolation is a worldy so there's no criticism of Robles.

Ernie Baywood
22 Posted 18/03/2017 at 03:08:10
Rom hasn't ever shown that he's taken the club into his heart, we haven't really taken to him either. Most players who have scored anything like his goals have been thought of as legends.

A marriage of convenience. Keep scoring goals until transfer do us part.

There's no big problem is there?

Ernie Baywood
23 Posted 18/03/2017 at 03:17:12
Kieran #21... that might put us above Arsenal too!
Mike Gaynes
24 Posted 18/03/2017 at 03:48:15
A few on here are spewing so much indignant spittle that their laptops must be covered with foam because, ah, well, Rom rejected his contract. What an outrageous insult to us all.

Yeah, right.

Agree with Lyndon's prediction... Hull play a similar style to West Brom and our lineup will therefore be the same as last week. However, I hope for one change... Davies needs a break. He's barely missed a minute in two months. He's 18. Growing boys need rest.

Tony Draper
25 Posted 18/03/2017 at 03:58:10
Ernie @22.

Genuinely believe that those days are long gone. Different culture around football nowadays. Not least to mention our barren period since 1995.

Paul Johnson
26 Posted 18/03/2017 at 06:34:08
I know why don't we do something really foolish and sing his name from the rooftops and show him we want him here. If we want to reach the top we need players of Rom's quality.
Steve Woods
27 Posted 18/03/2017 at 06:42:36
Just one change for me, I would bring in Gana for Barry. Hull are more likely to come at us than WBA who were happy to sit in and KITAP, Barry's lack of pace could be a factor in this game.
Karl Masters
28 Posted 18/03/2017 at 06:49:36
Jon Cox. Don't go attaching your views to the rest of us (Everton) – that post was embarrassing to read. Sorry.
Adam Luszniak
29 Posted 18/03/2017 at 07:02:22
Whilst I don't think the lad deserves to be booed, and I agree that I have a certain amount of detachment when it comes to Lukaku, I can see why people are angry.

Not signing the contract is one thing, but his interview was quite another. It was unnecessary, and frankly despite the fact that many fans agree with what he was saying, it was insulting to the club and designed to be so. This just at a time when we're working so hard to change our image. Rom said what he said in order to make the club sell him. It shows a lack of respect. I know it's always been a marriage of convenience between player and club, so I don't expect him to love the club, but I do think he should respect the institution which pays his wages. After all, we have always done right by him.

It's really changed the way I think about him. I always knew he would go, but I thought he would do so showing some class. Turns out I was wrong.

Darren Hind
30 Posted 18/03/2017 at 07:43:20
WBA had already been heavily criticised for thinking their work was done when they reached forty points. Their players didn't do much to suggest that criticism had stung them when they came here last week. They offered nothing at all.

Hull will come with a different attitude. They are fighting for their lives. I expect another victory, but it will be harder to come by. I'd trade an uninspiring 3-0 for an exciting match where we won by the odd goal.

Eugene Ruane
31 Posted 18/03/2017 at 07:49:44
Wow!

Just seen Jon Cox's post # 15.

Ffs, terrifying.

Full moon maybe?

Computer night in Broadmoor?

This is genuinely what I imagined Link

The only illumination provided is about the poster - narked, bitter, completely unhinged, simply unable to (rationally) deal with the world not turning the way he wants it to.

"I've had enough of this guy now and by the way if your reading this you are becoming a total bore."

I bet in the fantasy world Mr Cox exists in, Lukaku IS reading this and pacing around nervously thinking "Maybe I should sign - this guy who doesn't know the difference between your and you're is definitely a man I should listen to"

And just in case we were in any doubt about his completely fucking nutsness, in a tirade against Lukaku, he does a sharp 'right' turn into Trump being hard done by.

Wibble wibble wibble - NURSE!!!

Ian Hollingworth
32 Posted 18/03/2017 at 07:53:35
COYB – an emphatic win will help us all get over this week's news.
Kim Vivian
33 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:08:54
Niasse won't be playing so I've gone 4-0 today! Don't mind who scores.
Andy Meighan
34 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:14:18
Kieran (#21) – brilliant. Love it to happen.... 7 up by half-time. Made me laugh that. I'll go for The self obsessed lump 1st goal and 4-0. Should get at least 50/1 for that. Worth a bluey of anyone's hard earned.
Teddy Bertin
35 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:46:18
John Cox (#15), Yeah he bores me scoring all these goals every year for us.

He's definitely thick as pig shit too, I heard he only speaks 6 languages fluently. Moron.

Give the guy a break John. From a young age he said that his hero is Drogba and his dream is to win things with Chelsea.

It didn't happen for him there and we paid him a lot of money to come here. You can't buy loyalty. He really likes Everton and wants us to do well (which is why he's banged in more goals than any striker we've had in the PL era and regularly urged the team to do better) but ultimately his ambition has always been to win trophies at Chelsea (who are about to win the league again).

If he gets the chance to go there, and we get a big payout out, then good luck to him and thanks for the goals.

Paul Conway
36 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:47:21
Jon Cox @ 15

This is the only post I have ever read that actually makes more sense when read backwards.

No shit, try it!

Paul Birmingham
37 Posted 18/03/2017 at 08:50:21
Let's take inspiration from the perceived adversity, at the club, and roll on with a good win today.

Let's do the business and crank up the pressure on those above us.

Roger Helm
38 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:00:15
Please don't discourage Jon Cox – he is hilarious, albeit unintentionally!
John G Davies
39 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:19:44
In Koeman's first season, a season of transition the important thing is results. The performances won't always be great to watch but progression into developing the squad into his own team is paramount.

I will take three points today regardless of performance,in the knowledge that every game is a step towards the team that we will have next season.

Jon Withey
40 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:23:53
Not sure to what extent all the contract waffle will affect focus of the team, bad blood? – it's not just Lukaku, it's Barkley too.

Maybe contract negotiation should only be allowed in the transfer windows too.

1-1 and the end to another one of our brief moments of form before the players want new contracts for actually playing well.

George McKane
41 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:36:29
Saturday morning early - - starting the lovely process and rituals of Saturday 3.00pm KO's - - my favourite football time and day - - looking out of my windows onto the waking world - - sun just beginning to break through the grey - - some clouds rolling across The Waterfront like a Sisley painting - -creating a slither of silver across The River creating dips of brightness on the grey waters as if Monsieur Monet - - Claude to his friends - - has left Giverney behind and settled in New Brighton - - Morning Monsieur Monet - - just see the Sun Lightening The Hair of The Old Lady giving her a touch of white on top of The Blue - - just finished my second coffee - - a bit of Odilon Redon - - on my coffee table at the moment alongside The Outsiders Colin Wilson - - a regular read - - at my writing desk now with a bit of music in the background - - Bailero by Canteloube - - beautiful - - uplifting - - sensuous - - then a little bit of Renata Tebaldi - - and now The Youngbloods - - "Come on people Now Smile on Your Brother - - - Some may come and some may go - We will surely pass - When the one that left us here - Returns for us at last - We are but a moment's sunlight - Fading in the grass".

Most days I read a little Van Gogh and Primo Levi just to set me up for the day - - β€œWhat would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”.

So will get ready for my trip to Le Maison Noir and onto Goodison - - have to cross The River today - - my wife is out all day - - either by bus or maybe I will call Pegasus and ask to be taken to Olympus and partake in The Golden Ambrosia (I drink a pint of Golden) - - gives me chance to put my headphones on and listen to some music - - once across The Mighty River Gateway to the Gods and where a Future Palace will be built for those who worship The Blue Gods - - I will get off by Greatie Market and walk along Scottie - - down Smith Street - - along Wessie road to El Dark House - - past what is now Thomas Winder Court where I would set off for Goodison in my youth - - - "Take me back Take me way way back to Great Mersey Street and Mrs Jones Corner shop - - a single rasher of bacon and an egg for Dad's breakfast - - neck ends from the butchers for Saturday scouse after the game - - feeling lit up" - - thank you Van for your wonderful inspiration - - past the stables where men play football now on plastic pitches and past the fire station which for a short time was "Rooney's Bar" - - now all locked up and derelict - - and then into TDH to talk Blue with old mates - - been an interesting week for me - -The Guardian did an Interview with me about Everton and modern football and Lukaku - - will post link when I get it - - and Talk Sport rang me on Wednesday - -hoping I think for "neggo waves" about Romelu - - my take was players, managers and directors come and go - - Fans are Forever.

So ready for the off soon - - "Can you surry, can you picnic?
Can you surry, can you picnic?
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
Surry down to a stoned soul picnic
There'll be lots of time and wine
Red yellow honey, sassafras and moonshine
Red yellow honey
Sassafras and moonshine (moonshine)" - a normal day in TDH

Rave On - - have a good day Blues - - I will doing my 4-0 - - cosmic grooves all the way.

Patrick Murphy
42 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:38:15
According to some reports it was Rom's mother who influenced his decision to reject the new contract when he was allowed to miss the Dubai trip and travel home.

Romelu, you have ten matches left to make your Goodison mark and then you can leave – if the club allow you to – so keep scoring and earning points for the blues and as long as you keep mum about the club, the supporters will support you or at least tolerate you.

It's pointless the crowd giving Rom a hard time, that won't help Everton FC or its points tally, let's try and get behind the team and help them to finish as high as possible in the league as we can't influence anything else that's left to the owners et al to sort out.

Jason Bowen
43 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:46:37
Yeah, what a load of bollocks, he should be booed on a biblical scale, until his ears are bleeding, until he runs out of goodison crying and never comes back!

For the good of the team my arse.

Peter Mills
44 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:53:04
Mike (#24), it's been a long, costly day for many following the slower horses at Cheltenham, some of the posts are simply tired and emotional. You may get a flavour of such angst when you arrive in Liverpool for the first time on the evening of Aintree Ladies' Day!πŸ‘
Tony Cunningham
45 Posted 18/03/2017 at 09:55:42
Quite often after a big night out I wonder what rubbish I was coming out with but usually it is all forgotten in the mists of time... Alas for Jon Cox he put his drunken thoughts onto ToffeeWeb.

I say play lLukaku for as long as he scores goals and positively impacts on the team. Then if need be sell him in the summer for as much as we can get. More goals equals better chance for him of being bought and bigger money and better league place for us.

Not sure if those thoughts allow me to be a true supporter or not!

Brian Harrison
46 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:01:57
I have been impressed with Marco Silva, he has lost some of his better players yet his team is certainly a much harder team to play than it was under Mike Phelan.

I hope we start well and do what we did to Hull, I don't think there will be a reaction to Lukaku, I think most of us have accepted that he will be gone in the summer. Lets hope he uses the remaining games to demonstrate to all his possible suitors that he is Champions league quality. Which will in turn result in a strong finish to the season for us.

Ray Roche
47 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:08:10
I think Jon Cox has spent a huge wedge trying to impress some bird and she's knocked him back at the doorway. And it's all Rom's fault, not signing his contract.

Eugene (#31). That link. Me at my computer last week when it imploded and refused to do my bidding... pissed myself at it. How accurate. The link, not my PC.

Eugene Ruane
48 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:15:27
George (#41) – This is how I (now) picture The Dark House Link

Have a wonderful day, hope your bet (always) comes in.

Raymond Fox
49 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:17:52
Jon (#15), I think you need to grow up son, what a load of drivel!
George McKane
50 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:27:26
Eugene - - absolutely - - I often say Star Wars Bar Scene was filmed in TDH without any need for make up or costume - - I take my notebook and pen with me every game and write down random thoughts and bits of scenes I see and hear - - I have my notebooks in order for over 30 years - - mind you I always say TDH is like One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest - - many in there call me Mac Murphy - - I love it - - the whole ritual and warmth of it - - from around 11.55am to 9.30pmish - - with the Everton quiz around 8.00pm - - its wonderful.
Eugene Ruane
51 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:33:52
Ray (#47) – If his post is any indication of his state of mind and how he deals with disappointment, she'd have probably got wind of this early on and texted/phoned ahead to make sure her dad, brothers and a couple of strapping coppers were waiting in that doorway (with tasers hopefully).
John Keating
53 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:38:56
George, you can't have learnt all that stuff at Cardinal Godfrey??
Stan Schofield
54 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:39:57
No wonder the media gets away with all kinds of shite. This is supposed to be a thread about the Hull game, but some have turned into yet another tedious 'Lukaku is a gobshite'. To those, get a life.

I predict (for what it's worth) 7-0, Lukaku and Barkley getting a hat trick each, and Robles scoring one direct from a goal kick. There's nothing like being positive!

Clive Rogers
56 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:50:04
Patrick (#42),

Well said. If Rom wants to go good luck to him. Nobody is irreplaceable. It's not as if he grew up following the blues. Once a blue always a blue.

Tony Hill
57 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:50:54
I hope Calvert-Lewin gets on at some stage today. I know it was for about 15 minutes only but I thought he looked the part playing in his proper position against Southampton, strong and threatening.
George McKane
58 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:57:47
My goodness John - - would get the 33 ( you know 33 is a magical number) bus to Cardinal Godfrey in Whittle Street with Lenny Mc Cluskey ( a Red I'm sad to say - - but a decent man - -still see him now and then) - - that's where The Pitz are now - - no didn't learn all that at CG but as Ezra Pound said " The great educator is the man who teaches you to think for yourself" (or something like that - - he was drunk and in TDH). Be good to see you. Cosmic grooves all the way.
Paul Birmingham
59 Posted 18/03/2017 at 10:59:18
Game on let's do the job and win the game. The hype and aftermath of what was or wasn't said by Rom, has been well versed and debated. The club and Evertonians everywhere move on.
Paul Setter
60 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:00:54
Personally this has banana skin all over it, hull are fighting for their league status and silva has installed a bit of belief in them. I think we will win but not by the score lines that most are predicting. 2-0 and it won't be comfortable. 3 points is 3 points however you get them.
Karl Jones
61 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:01:54
This game is massive for us. A win today and we would go above Man Utd into 5th. If Arsenal were to lose at WBA (KO 12.30PM), we would be level on points with them.

Our biggest game of the season by a mile. I would appeal to all of us to get behind the team 100% today... Who knows what will happen with Rom, lets just support the team and forget individuals. Everton will always be here, players will always move on.

Darren Hind
62 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:10:10
George, CG was in Breckfield Road South.

Reading these Saturday morning posts of yours is becoming part of my matchday routine.

Wonderful stuff!

Rob Halligan
63 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:30:37
I agree with Karl #61. We all support the shirt, not the individual inside that shirt. I will be cheering Lukaku all game, even better if he scores. But at the end of the day, I am cheering the shirt.

COYB.

Tony Sullivan
64 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:33:24
Darren, he caught the 33 bus in Whittle St.
Tony Hill
65 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:35:11
Yes, George's posts are a real boost and joy and put things into perspective for the likes of me who take it all too seriously sometimes.
Brent Stephens
66 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:35:34
George (#41). Wonderful. Cosmic grooves.
George McKane
67 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:36:16
Just on 432 through the tunnel - Revolution by The Beatles - I was John Lennon's sister when I was young - thank you all for lovely comments - Up The Blues.
John Wilson
68 Posted 18/03/2017 at 11:59:28
Lukaku is just saying: to the board's money men, look I know your tactics, and you know I know; you know the manager knows I know, too. I will not play at a mediocre club. Stop looking after the share-holders and get some decent players in or am out of the door. If Lukaku says he knew we could have got certain players in and it is factually based, you cannot blame him for speaking his mind.
John Wilson
69 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:06:26
Marco Silva is a master tactician, it's like watching a baseball coach. He is still directing his players whilst they're on the pitch with sign language that would be sufficient to keep the hearing impaired, watching the match, motivated.

Koeman in contrast makes decisions too late, ie the last Tottenham fiasco. We struggled to manage the threat right up to the end of the first half but he still put exactly the same team on in the second half. The threat that Kane was in the first half should have indicated to Koeman's brain, 'look, we're in shit street here. Do something, do it now. No, I mean everyone else's now, not yours. mental note: you do look like a fat Benny Hill. I digress, change it now. End of cognitive review.' You just couldn't make it up!

Dave Abrahams
70 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:07:33
George, like many on here, love your posts, your looking forward to Goodison on Saturdays reminds me of myself as a kid and later on in life, I still look forward to the match at Goodison but unfortunately not with the same love and zest as yourself, I envy you that and long may you continue your love of life and Everton.

I still love The Blues as much as I ever did but find football and a lot of people connected to it hard to stomach, that includes players, managers and the media who hype them up then knock them down, I wish I was like you and just laugh at football and carry on enjoying the game.

Hope you have a great day with your friends, betting and a victory for 'Our Team', very best wish George, you've put me in a good mood just thinking of you and your day.

Chris Williams
71 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:14:52
Aaah George,

The wonderful Laura Nyro. Great song, great voice, great memories.

Setting off myself from Neston now, a couple in Rigbys and on to that wonderful place.

Lovely emails on a Saturday as always.

Everybody get together and love one another right now.

Kiern Moran
72 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:14:58
Were we even on Football Focus? I feel that I forgotten going in and out of the room and missed it.

It is back to football today. Contracts are for the board room. Everton to keep showing their ambition on the pitch.

John Hazlewood
73 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:19:24
George, cosmic grooves all the way, great post!
Mark Morrissey
74 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:19:42
Whilst he is with us and scoring for fun, we ought to get behind him. Why? It's obvious.

Do I hope he stays? Yes. Why? it's obvious.

Will he score today? Hopefully and yes, I think he will. Will I cheer him as he scores? Of course. Why? It's obvious. We support Everton and want to get as high up the table as possible and he can take us there.

If he walks at the end of the season to join "a Champions League Club" how will I feel? Disappointed but "fuck him" – who are we buying with the Β£80 million? Happy days. What else can we do?

The players either want to stay and do well for us or they don't. If they do I'll support them. If they don't I couldn't care less about them. 3-0 today COYB (including Romelu)

Andrew Clare
77 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:32:01
Great stuff George.
Sam Barrett
80 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:47:35
Absolutely brilliant again George, your posts make me feel like a 7-year-old kid again. πŸ˜€ Cosmic grooves
Sam Barrett
81 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:49:18
Good post too, Dave, but Georges matchday posts somehow make me forget all that and turn me back in time...
Stu Gore
82 Posted 18/03/2017 at 12:54:35
We seem to save our crap results for the game before the international break. That way we have a full two weeks to moan about it properly. Not this half hearted week long moaning. A real proper whinge. Anyway hopefully today will be the exception. 3-0.
Eddie Dunn
85 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:37:02
On today's game- I think we should be able to overcome Hull, but I expect a tougher day than West Brom.

It will be interesting to see Rom's body language after this week's news, especially if he scores, or if someone else scores. We might see what kind of effect it has had on team morale.

One thing that has crossed my mind. if we want to dine at the top table, then we may have to get used to big names holding the club to ransom.

Imagine any of the top 5 being happy with our last two transfer windows!

To keep top player interested, then we need to be more successful in getting in our targets.

James Hughes
86 Posted 18/03/2017 at 13:39:26
Off to the game now. First time in a couple of tears so I hang my head in shame.

Hoping for the win and the atmosphere ain't toxic after Lukaku's comments. COYB

Laura Round
87 Posted 18/03/2017 at 14:04:52
Baggies doing their part for us..
David Midgley
88 Posted 18/03/2017 at 14:54:15
George. Soporific Songs of the Auvergne drifting across the mighty Mersey. The cranes at Seaforth Dock shimmering like Omar Sharif riding his camel towards the oasis in Lawrence .

I've stopped reading Van Gogh. It was double Dutch to me.

Wonderful. As Eugene at #31 so aptly says "Nutsness"

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