......admittedly it's a bit early to be drinking on a Saturday for me but, amid all the gloom, here's an optimistic post.
We didn't play so well today but, could this be our 2004-5 season all over again with a CL place at the end of it?
Sometimes there are pivotal moments - Big Dunc's derby header and Neville's tackle on Ronaldo - that seem to transform us. Could those substitutions today indicate a similar situation?
The top 3 places are the two Manc clubs and Chelsea but 4th is up for grabs.
OK it's early days and dire times but we now sit on the same number of points as the red filth having spent £100 million or so less. (And 3 of their points were off Ale-House Arsenal). We've reduced the debt by selling at the right time with a couple of astute deals in Drenthe and Straqualasi and some good youth / fringe players coming through.
We've got Citeh next week so a guaranteed 3 points as usual (Cahill to score) before we humiliate and destroy the red filth at Glorious Goodison Park (Hibbert 30 yard wonder strike).
(King Kenny resigns due to stress with john barnes taking over in a lon-term deal).
The momentum then takes us into our "killer month" of October but I seem to recall we came out of our last season's "killer month" pretty well destroying everyone and everything in our path.
Is it so far-fetched given the missed opportunity of last season that we could sneak in at 4th place?
Or is just the beer?
P.S. Amazing what an effect a final 9 minutes like that can do even though we almost blew it after the Vellios goal!!!
Mike Hughes, Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:07:51
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1 Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:23:13
2 Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:26:43
I'll drink to you Mike!
3 Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:56:06
Ian, in keeping with the optimistic theme I will suggest that Drenthe might just provide all the qualities which you, quite rightly, say we lack.
4 Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:12:11
My heart says, "you never know." My head says, "we're you also at the herbal jazz cigarettes?"
5 Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:15:06
6 Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:08:15
Tough games to come, but at least Moyes has options - Drenthe looks ready, Vellios is keeping Saha out and Big Straka? Chased a lost cause, had one of them carried off and headed on for the last goal. That's what I call potential.
7 Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:20:55
8 Posted 18/09/2011 at 01:13:24
I like the look of Count Stracula. Got plenty of bite about him and can hopefully stake his place in the side. Him and Royston Vasey were well up for it. Good header from Vellios too; although he does reminds me of a tall Bear Grylls.
We've now got 2 big lads, actual strikers no less, up front and a pacy skillful winger. WTF is going on at Everton? Tell you what though, it was heartbreaking watching Arteta for Arsenal. And oh yeah, Lineker's a twat.
9 Posted 18/09/2011 at 05:45:59
10 Posted 18/09/2011 at 08:25:09
11 Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:30:36
Watched MOTD later, and Royston's interview post-match was positive, certainly came across as respectful, and not the loon some rumours had him as.
Read in a paper yesterday that we have an option to sign him. If he's in the last year of his contract, how does that work? His age wouldn't mean a fee was payable would it? (Assuming no one's bought us, that'd screw it up). Wondering what happens if he has a storming season and others cherry pick.
12 Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:47:23
I was only sucking the labels (and no, that's not a euphemism).
The fact is, I'm even poorer than Bill.
13 Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:42:13
Osman is back to his sparkling worst again and should be benched. Vellios, Stracq, and Drenthe would be definite starters in any other team than one David Moyes picks.
We played better against Villa and only got a point, but luckily Wigan were absolutely terrible.
14 Posted 18/09/2011 at 10:34:04
Rodwell offers very litttle other than an elegant looking player on the ball. Iniesta and Xavi never look that elegant but they see everything that goes on around them, if a player is in space the ball is delivered while they aere in space so they can move it on (no comparisons here, just illustrating a point). Rodders is predictable and limited.
I actually think Osman suffers for our lack of creativity because he is constantly in space but never sees tha ball.
Oh and Arteta played well yesterday but is maybe wondering what he's done!
15 Posted 18/09/2011 at 10:41:27
16 Posted 18/09/2011 at 11:14:55
17 Posted 18/09/2011 at 11:53:24
18 Posted 18/09/2011 at 14:59:52
Get your after-match phone-ins on for classic kopite whinging, whining and general misery.
The ref was crap etc etc etc.
I LOVE IT!!!!
What a lovely weekend.
19 Posted 18/09/2011 at 18:57:54
4-0, heh, what a game!
And this is the same Spurs side that let in 5 at home to Manchester City a week ago, Liverpool resurgence my butt, but what a great weekend to be a blue.
One thing about supporting any side is you never know what is around the corner but common sense dictates that Everton Football Club won't finish in a champions league place next spring. It's been a good start albeit with one or two frustrating afternoons but hopefully if the new faces can settle in and with a few breaks and good fortune we can carry on at a reasonable rate and see where it takes us.
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