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......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, Wirral     Posted 17/09/2011 at 17:07:51

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Ian McDowell
1   Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:23:13

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I like the optimism Mike its amazing what a win can do for your Sat night. My mood was totally different at 5pm from 4.30pm. Today was painful to watch though. No wonder the very low attendance. There just doesn't seem any pace, urgency or imagination in the side.
Kevin Hudson
2   Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:26:43

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Something of a departure for MiseryWeb - a positive article. 3 wins from 5 games - one flukey defeat, but some people would have us believe it's the end of the world.

I'll drink to you Mike!
Andy Crooks
3   Posted 17/09/2011 at 23:56:06

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Sometimes it#s good to have one's half empty glass topped up . Thanks Mike.
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.
Tony McNulty
4   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:12:11

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My heart says, "you never know." My head says, "we're you also at the herbal jazz cigarettes?"
Tony McNulty
5   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:15:06

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And sorry for the misplaced apostrophe (we're shoud be were) I've been at the Nuits St Georges myself.
Keith Glazzard
6   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:08:15

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I said last week that if Vellios had been brought on earlier we might have taken the points, and it looks like Moyes thought so too. After all, you can't leave a £250,000 signing sitting on the bench too long, can you.

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.
Keith Glazzard
7   Posted 18/09/2011 at 00:20:55

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Jeez Tony, if you're on Nuits St Georges have you thought of making Bill an offer for the club?
Peter Webster
8   Posted 18/09/2011 at 01:13:24

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"Chased a lost cause, had one of them carried off and headed on for the last goal. That's what I call potential". Made me laugh, that Keith.
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.
Saegaran Kana
9   Posted 18/09/2011 at 05:45:59

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Disappointed with Rodwell and Osman but Billy takes the cake...must be sold asap to recoup some of the 10mil we threw away, just not good enough for EPL. Barkley never got any minute, Magueye not even on the bench. Is this how Moyes rewards hard work and performance on the pitch? MOM is defo Hibbo for putting in so many excellent crosses. I bet he has read the many criticism about his crosses and worked on for the illusive 1st goal..Hibbo scores we riot!!
Guy Wilkinson
10   Posted 18/09/2011 at 08:25:09

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Hibbo was immense. Rodwell should be dropped and barclay started
Matt Traynor
11   Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:30:36

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Peter #8 - puntastic.

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.
Tony McNulty
12   Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:47:23

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Keith @7

I was only sucking the labels (and no, that's not a euphemism).

The fact is, I'm even poorer than Bill.
Tony Cheek
13   Posted 18/09/2011 at 09:42:13

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Midfield must be changed before wednesdays game. Rodwell and Fellaini is a bad combo. If they are really considering giving Fellaini a new, improved contract, then I would demand a different attitude. He really seemed to be floundering yesterday. Think he is still looking for Arteta as a way out. Jack is becoming the most boring player I have seen in an Everton midfield. Despite a good start to the game, he just dissapeared again. Christ, even Lee Carsley had more imagination than Rodwell has.
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.
John Ford
14   Posted 18/09/2011 at 10:34:04

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Tony Cheek...couldnt agree with you more son!.....a glass of Nuits St George for you sir.

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!
John Ford
15   Posted 18/09/2011 at 10:41:27

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EFC sponsored by Nuits St George

Tony McNulty
16   Posted 18/09/2011 at 11:14:55

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For fuck's sake John, it's red.
John Ford
17   Posted 18/09/2011 at 11:53:24

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heheh,,,niceone Tony!
Mike Hughes
18   Posted 18/09/2011 at 14:59:52

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What's a kopite's favourite drink?


Get your after-match phone-ins on for classic kopite whinging, whining and general misery.

The ref was crap etc etc etc.


What a lovely weekend.
Dalziel Kane
19   Posted 18/09/2011 at 18:57:54

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Did those pricks lose today at Spurs, seriously, don't know what happened. (Has a look)

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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