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Distin happy in left-back role

26/04/2012 |  16 Comments: First  |  Last
Sylvain Distin says that he feels comfortable deputising at left back for the injured Leighton Baines even if he admits that he can't emulate the England international's bombing raids down Everton's left flank.

Distin filled in for Baines at Old Trafford last weekend as the Blues twice came back from two goals down to draw 4-4 to upset Manchester United's cruise towards a 20th League title and he managed to keep Antonio Valencia quiet. ?I knew (the game) would be a lot of running — it's a completely different position,? Distin said. ?I didn't expect to do as well as Bainesy, or go forward as much as him — that's kind of impossible with my legs!

?So the most important thing was to stop Valencia, who is an amazing player. He is fast, sharp, he can cross the ball. He can dribble past you, so you have to try and be simple in your passing and most important try to stop him. It was difficult at the end, but it was interesting. It was a good game and I think there was a lot to learn from it.?

The veteran defender isn't sure if he will be asked to play there again on Saturday against Fulham but he insists he'd be happy playing anywhere he is asked.

?I've got absolutely no idea. Everybody is back at centre-half nowadays... The only problem is with left-back because Bainesy is still injured, but I'm sure there are one or two other players that can play there. We'll see.

"But even if the gaffer asks me to play goalkeeper, I will do it. I love football. I want to play no matter what — even as a striker, I will try."

And Distin joined Marouane Fellaini in calling for the Blues to finish the season as strongly as possible even though European qualification is effectively beyond them.

?Maybe some people feel if we finish seventh or ninth, if we don't qualify for Europe it doesn't change much," the defender said. "But personally I want to finish as high as possible — no matter who is in front, or who is behind. If you watched the training today or yesterday, you would know we are still working really hard. We finish well every season and finish high in the table. That's great.?

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Steve Woods
832   Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:46:46

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The man is a bloody star in my books. Yes there was that pass in the semi final but he is class. Great signing, true old school pro.
Trevor Lynes
833   Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:44:53

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Mr Distin is a real credit to his profession... he stays fit, is never involved in controversy and is a REAL team player... He is the best acquisition to the squad that we have made over recent seasons.

His consistency is amazing and his ability to maintain his stamina and pace is testament to his honesty! I'm sure he will always remain an Evertonian and I really appreciate his contribution to the team since he joined the club.
Philip Guy
836   Posted 26/04/2012 at 22:59:14

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Great attitude.
Bob Willis
839   Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:09:49

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SW 832 Absolutely agree a great player, true pro and in my top three for this years, in fact he is second after Johnny!
Adolf Ng
842   Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:21:38

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He said that he will be fine playing goalie... Well, I dare not to watch the game if he does play that role on day!!!
Brian Foley
845   Posted 26/04/2012 at 23:21:33

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Steve, Phil, Bob agree with your sentiments about Distin BUT sorry he can only atone for that shite backpass by doing the opposite to costing us a chance of a trophy by directly contributing to a trophy in a semi or a final. I had chickenpox that weekend only just coming out of it now. I don't have ESPN so couldn't get to the pub had to watch it on the laptop. It was the biggest weasel backpass (since Oxford to Inchy) straight into the path of the biggest weasel ever to play on Merseyside (along with Barmby) SO SORRY BUT UNFORGIVEABLE deffo should have gone into row Z.
Jamie Sweet
875   Posted 27/04/2012 at 01:43:18

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That backpass aside, which I am desperately trying to remove from my memory (although neither heavy drinking or sticking pins in my eyes whilst thinking about it are working)... I think Sylvain has been a superb aquisition and a classy professional for our club.

Maybe he has always been considered the back up to Baines... although it was basically from the left back position where he did that thing that I can't remember what it was in the Semi so perhaps he's not the ideal man for the job.

I've heard Jags is a good 'keeper so I think Distin is quite a long way down that list Adolf... don't worry!
Jeremy Benson
915   Posted 27/04/2012 at 09:03:35

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Good on him.

Although to be fair, for £60k a week I'd happily push the floaters down at finch farm, let alone play any position at goodison in front of thousands.

James Flynn
994   Posted 27/04/2012 at 13:55:31

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I'm with Jamie (875).

I remember thinking, "He didn't just do that". On the replay, switched to, "Sylvain, why did you just do that"? But can't quite remember exactly what he did. Just that what he did was really bad for us.

That aside, glad he's one of our boys. A real pro.

Barry Rathbone
064   Posted 27/04/2012 at 17:59:15

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Mr Moyes take a few notes off this lad.

He made a fecking big ricket yet his stock is still as high (maybe higher) as before.

A bit of humility goes a long way.
Ian Glassey
103   Posted 27/04/2012 at 20:58:00

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He is a star,top pro. I thought that fella who plays for City was ace when we had him, but we have`nt missed him at all..He might be 34 but is a fit as a 25yr old and good for another 12 to 18 months...
Anthony Lamb
106   Posted 27/04/2012 at 21:18:20

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The man is a credit to himself and his career. If you wanted to point a youngster in the direction of any professional footballer in order to see what is the hallmark of such a creature you could not do better than point to Dystan. Of course he made a catastrophic error in the semi-final - get over it. Messi missed a free shot at the goal in his semi - any conclusions there? And even after Dystan's error - which made the score 1-1 by the way, it did not put Everton in arrears - can any Evertonian really point to any evidence that we were capable of actually winning that game in the light of the dreadful TEAM performance for the full 45 second half minutes? He made a mistake - they all do at some time - he is an absolute credit and a damn fine footballer.
James Flynn
131   Posted 28/04/2012 at 00:00:36

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Anthony - Careful now. It was Moyes' fault, not any of the players'.

Don't you read ToffeeWeb?
Peter Barry
150   Posted 28/04/2012 at 05:51:15

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James yes Distin made an error but if Dire Davey had not instilled KITAHTN1 in the team as he has ADMITTED he did then in all probability he would never have been in the position or mindset to play such a ball. Moyes selects the team Moyes trains the team Moyes sets the team tactics and Moyes supposedly 'motivates'.
Trevor Lynes
176   Posted 28/04/2012 at 09:07:44

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Over the time he has been with us, Distin has proved to be one of the most consistent players in the squad. He is part of one of the best centre back pairings (ie, Heitinga or Jagielka) we have ever had and certainly up with the best in the league.

He very seldom gets booked, he is a very quiet individual who gets on with his job without fuss, he is super fit for his age and handled Valencia better than anyone I have seen this season. He must be one of the first names on the team sheet. A brilliant Everton footballer.
Keith Glazzard
378   Posted 28/04/2012 at 22:40:55

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To add what Trevor has said - Distin at left back has settled my nerves about living without Leighton. Pip Neville did OK, but Sylvain - for me - plays better there than in the middle. Totally solid.

Going forward? Baines is as good as anyone. I could see a few times today when our new LB might have just gone on to make himself available to play with Pienaar and the big Fella as Baines does. He must feel a bit 'heady' that far forward,. but he's a fine player - more to come.

If Hibbo can do it down the right after all these years, the lad can do it too.

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