Brilliant hat-trick from Sub Naismith destroys Chelsea

Besic was forced off after a tough challenge at the start, Naismith replacing him. And almost his first involvement was to score a brilliant header after playing the ball out to Galloway for a top class cross. He then made it 2-0 with an excellent low shot from distance. Matic got one back when given too much space. Chelsea fought to get back into the game but it was sewn up with a tremendous hat-trick goal from Naismith.

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Naismith with a perfect hat-trick: header, left and right feet

A tremendous atmosphere at Goodison after the exasperating Stones saga ended in the best possible way with the brilliant young centre-back staying at Everton. Time for the Blues to underline the snub with determined performance. The game was preceded by another aerial protest: YOUR FAILURES ARE YOUR LEGACY, directed at absent Chairman Bill Kenwright.

Martinez stuck with Brendan Galloway at left back, with new defender Funes Mori on the bench and gave Besic a start but that backfired when he was crunched and forced off with a leg injury after less than 5 minutes.

Lukaku did brillinatly to collect the ball under pressure, turn and play the ball forward in a manner never been seen before.

Naismith replaced Besic after 9 minutes and the substitution was to provide Everton with a tremendous boost when a good forward ball from Barkley gave the Scottsman the opportunity to play a great ball out to Galloway on the left. It was returned with interest as Naismith scampered through the Chelsea defence to plant a brilliantly simple header past Begovic off an excellent pinpoint cross from Galloway for the perfectly timed first goal.

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Another great move, this time down the right and Coleman put it on a plate for Kone, Begovic pulled off a fantastic save to be denied a certain goal. From the corner, McCarthy fired in an excellent drive that Begovic stretched to turn it past the post as the Goodison Crowd revelled in some absolutely brilliant football from Everton.

And it only goty better as Nasimith lashed an unstoppable shot across begovichh into the corner of the net to make it 2-0 with 22 minutes gome. It was another exclelent mopve with the ball being moved forwad with pace and finished in superb style.

Azpilicueta got past Kone too easily as Chelsea piled on the pressure with Stones bloking brilliantly for a corner but Everton broke with great pace through Kone but somehoe his cross to Lukaku was not converted as at seemed the big man was all set to make it 3-0.

Everton seemed to be in control but had not been able to get clasoe to the Chelsea goal again with enough pace and it was Matic who was given too much space and lashed an unstoppable shot past Howard in the 36th minute.

Chelsea attacked again and Everton's defence did just enough to deflect Costa's shot behind for a corner, the first headed behind by Kone, the second corner just over by Terry.

Chelsea were pinning the Blues back as half-time approached and the brilliant passing play had desserted them, unforced errors creeping in. More corners for Chelsea, a drive from Hazard alsmost getting diverted in. The last 10 mins of the first half were almost all Chelsea.

Chelsea tried to control the game after the break and draw Everton out but the Blues were having none of it. However, the theme of Chelsea corners resumed. Naismith seemed to release Lukaku but the ball ran away and out of play. Coleman then did well to win a corner with three defenders on him but Barkely's corner was headed over weaakly. Kenedy replaced Mikel for Chelsea.

Barkley tried to dribble in through the Chelsea backline but the ball was no longer falling that well for the Blues until Barkley did get a good ball over the top for Lukaku to run onto. However, his direct shot at Begovic was a huge disappointment. In the follow-in, Terry clearly passed back to Begovic from short range under pressure from Lukaku despite some weird acorbatics to disguise it, that fooled Marriner who denied massive calls from Everton.

Lukaku got wide right in the next attack and tried to force in at the near post but the angle was too much. Everton could then break with pace through Barkley but Lukaku was too far out wide and Kone worried about offside. At least Everton were attacking, with a shot from Kone at Begovic. Barkley went over too easily and the calls for a penalty were futile.

Chelsea this time broke at pace, Galloway fouling and Chelsea winning yet another corner. At the other end, Everton pressed better and Lukaku got another shot in, this one across Begovic but the Chelsea keeper saved it. Everton got two more corners, but Barkley played it short and lost the ball, Chelsea breaking with fearsome intent, Jagielka saving the day with a brilliant block.

Lukaku got aonther excellent chance, ball played over him to run ont, but criminally overhit a cross to Kone at the far post rather than lashing a shot over Begovic from an excellent position. Kone was replaced by Lennon. Some better movement through the middle, Barkley finding Coleman but his crooss was poor. Lennon combined with Coleman and tried to pay a great pullback but it hit a Chelsea defender.

New signing Ramiro Funes Mori came on for his Everton debut to replace Coleman as another intelligent move from Stones showed his class. But Chelsea were piling on more pressure and won another corner with 12 minutes left and a slender lead that required some dogged defending.

With Chelsea very dominant, a fantastic piece of play saw Naismith turn and score his hat-trick with a difficult shot under Begovic from an almost impopssible angle after superb play and an excllent feed from Barkley following great forward movement involving Stones, Coleman and Lennon down the right. Goodison went delirious.

Barkley tried to go for glory with a free-kick from distance that was easy for Begovic. Chelsea would not roll over, though, with Willian trying to make somethiong from a free-kick after Stones was called and booked for kicking the ball away.

Funes Mori surged foward and was hacked down by Costa, with Naismth causing havoc on a bouncing ball that Begovic came out to punch away. Marriner blew the whistle to end a splendid performance and a fantastic win for Everton, just when it was most needed to underline Chelsea's poor start to the season, with Stones imperious in an excllent display.

Everton: Howard, Coleman (80' Funes Mori), Stones [Y:87'], Jagielka, Galloway [Y:64'], Barry, McCarthy, Besic (8' Naismith), Barkley, Kone (72' Lennon), Lukaku.
Subs not Used: Robles, Mirallas, Deulofeu, Osman.

Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Terry (c), Azpilicueta [Y:88']; Mikel (55' Kenedy), Matic; Pedro (70' Falcao), Fabregas (74' Willian), Hazard; Diego Costa [Y:93'].
Subs not Used: Blackman, Remy, Cahill, Loftus-Cheek.

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 38,311

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Seamus McCrudden
1 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:03:57
£8 million for a player who scores in the big games? Wise up!!!
Victor Jones
2 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:05:41
When are people going to get off Naismith's back. He will always pop up with the odd goal. And to think people wanted him to join Norwich. Come on Everton. Make my day.
Seamus McCrudden
3 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:07:29
Get in!!!!!!
Ian Hams
4 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:09:14
Naisy 2 Chelsea 0
Paul Jeronovich
5 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:14:03
Victor Jones
6 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:14:11
Our very own wingless wonders. I was thinking that maybe Lukaku would do a Geoff Hurst. Change that now to Norwich-bound Naismith. COYBs. Don’t let this one slip.
Anto Byrne
7 Posted 12/09/2015 at 13:50:27
Sorry, Tim Howard, what the fuck are you doing?!? Your positioning for Matic was dreadful. Great keepers stay in the middle of the goal and give themselves a chance.
Tom Magill
9 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:28:13
£8million my bollocks!

Love you, Naismith!!!

Mike Corcoran
10 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:34:39
Right foot, left foot, header... perfect hatty!
Adrian Bowering
11 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:40:09
Stick that in your small arse club Jose! Great game by Stones. Well done Naismith. Well deserved
Nick Entwistle
12 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:40:32
Great result, and some dynamic passing in midfield too. Ole!
Dennis Ng
13 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:44:37
Awesome result! The difficult schedule is almost done!
Jamie Crowley
14 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:45:14
Felt terrible for Besic. But that sure worked out didn't it?!

Couldn't ask for much more.

What a performance! Fantastic,.... Er.... PHENOMENAL!!!

Joe Foster
15 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:49:13
Great great performance and result. Ha ha ha ha
John Graham
16 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:49:37
Think Michael Kenrick must be drunk with joy. Great win for the blues. Inspired tactics by Martinez telling Bisic to pretend to be injured so he could bring on our star man.

To be serious though we played very well. Difficult to pick out a poor performance. COYB

Andrew Clare
17 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:49:45
Great performance. The team were great, the crowd were great, perfect!!!
Nick Entwistle
18 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:51:54
Not often a lunch time kick off gets that kind of atmosphere either.
Laurie Hartley
19 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:56:01
What a performance - well done to every player and the manager. And Naismith - Outstanding. Not just for his goals but for his attitude.
Craig Fletcher
20 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:56:17
Brilliant performance. Stones, Jagielka, Galloway imperious at the back, and I was impressed with our new Argentinian when he came on. Barry too was excellent, and Naisy..... Wow.

Well done Blues. 2am here in New Zealand but after that I don't feel like going to bed!

Chris Gould
21 Posted 12/09/2015 at 14:57:28
Brilliant team performance. A special mention for Barry who broke down so many attacks before they got started. Tremendous effort from him today.
Victor Jones
22 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:00:44
That was just what the doctor ordered. And to think that a number of supporters would have sold Naismith. I have always backed him. He is a valuable squad player. He can find the back of the onion bag. He can do a job from the bench. Getting fed up now with his knockers. The lad is not there for nothing. He can play football. And he is a trier. Fair play to him.

Also, credid to the whole team today. Well played. Jags was great. Stones was good. Galloway looked assured. Barry played well. Barkley has arrived. Kone had a good game. Its great being an Evertonian. Just don’t slip up next week. We need to build on this. And I have just got an early double up. Everton and Aberdeen.

And last comment on Martinez. He started with a defensive line up. And was forced to make an early change. And it worked in specticular fashion. I don’t need a footballing genius running Everton. Just a lucky manager will do. Can Martinez’s luck now be changing? Has he learnt from last seasons debacle? Let's hope so.

Paul Jeronovich
23 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:05:22
Set my weekend up perfectly COYB
Derek Williams
24 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:05:44
Kiss my arse, Jose!!
Trevor Peers
25 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:08:42
Great to win especially against moneybags Chelski, Jose lost the plot in the after match interview saying they were unlucky, what a tool he is.

We battered them from start to finish Nais the star man but they all were all excellent today. Well done, lads!

Tony Abrahams
26 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:09:35
I was cursing the manager with the sub, with so many natural wide players on the bench.

Mirallas and Deulofeu would have been cursing him when he made the second sub.

But big credit must go to the manager today, because the thing I’m reading out of his decisions, is, "I know you’ve got talent boys, but sometimes hard work, is what’s needed the most."

Gives you a big lift when the Toffs play like that, I’m off to go and get drunk!

Stephen Brown
27 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:15:52
The perfect hat trick Nais! Well done to you and we'll done to all - manager, players , crowd!!
Hugh Jenkins
28 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:16:36
I think this is the first time on TW that I have read 15 consecutive comments without a shade of negativity in any of them.

Hopefully, the team and RM can keep this up and make TW a very happy place to be.

Brilliant result today - well done to all the lads.

Charles Brewer
29 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:16:51
A new song for Jose:

Sacked in the morning,
You're getting sacked in the morning
Sacked in the morning,
You're getting sacked in the morning
Sacked in the morning,
You're getting sacked in the morning

Seriously, John Stones definitely dodged a bullet, since he'd have been blamed for everything that has go wrong so far for Chelsea.

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
30 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:17:09
Aya, John, that was splendid stuff. Exactly what was needed. Well done to the entire team.

Apologies, my spellchecker seems to have packed in. I have to rewatch the game anyway so I'll go through the report and clean it up later.

Dominic Tonge
31 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:17:41
I tell you what, from the looks of things Chelsea should have tried to get a classy defender this summer, they look suspect at the back.
Keith Glazzard
32 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:18:21
Head, left foot, right foot - a perfect hatrick, Naisy was inspired today, and the rest of the lads weren't far behind him. A very good performance, three points we didn't get last season.
Money can't buy what we showed today.
Dave White
33 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:21:49

And Stones was worth £100m on that performance!

Glen Garrett
34 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:23:30
Well done, Everton, what a great performance. Naismith proving again when it really matters, works hard for the club & for his team mates, Swansea next weekend another must need 3 points, then more of this performance in October & Everton can start looking forward to getting themselves back into Europe next season.

Well done today, give themselves a well deserve pat on the back, they deserve it. We won't be seeing any Chelsea shirts being worn out for a while.

Tommy Coleman
35 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:26:24
An outstanding performance.

As BT Sport co-commentators said, no-one would have beaten us today.


Paul Thompson
36 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:30:28
Magnificent and continued our improvement this season. I don’t think there was a bad performance.

On the BT panel, Baines referred to better resilience and I think he’s right. There’s a better balance in the team and more determination.

Aside from the brilliant Naismith, special shouts to Stones, Galloway and perennial whipping boy (of some on this site) Gareth Barry, and finally Funes Mori who slotted smoothly in at the back for a hectic last 15 minutes.

Paul Hughes
37 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:30:51
Brilliant performance well done one and all, the crowd was amazing today.

John Stones must be worth £100M now!

Jim Lloyd
38 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:31:21
Excellent team effort today and I thought Barry was outstanding. He wasn't the only one though.

Roberto for his team plan and the players for giving their all. It's been a greast day and I was so pleased for John Stones, who put on an imperious display in a game which he knew he'd be under the microscope.

Some Excellent hold up work from Arouna and he also did some great running, tackling and passing. Naisey (our very own fox in the box) was buzzing, as was the whole team. I felt sorry for Mo Besic who looked really sharp before going off with an injury.

Many other accolades to them all but I was especially impressed by Ramiro who looked composed and in no way tried to hide and had a greast surging run late on. Aaron looked just as good as where he left off.

If I'm going to be picky, I think Ross tries too hard to beat everyone when there's a more effective alternative. Generally he held on to the ball too long when he could have distributed it. I think though, that he'll's like an apprenticeship for him.

It couldn't have worked out any better today. Taking on Chelsea when all the pundoits and the journo's from London were waitng like vultures to show John Stones why he must move to Chelsea so that he can improve is game under the Special One. Hahaha! Loved it!

Tony J Williams
39 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:33:03
Perfect hat-trick. Well done, Naisy!
Brian Denton
41 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:36:26
Well, I hope that will quieten the Naismith critics, but I don't suppose it will. He is quite simply the best finisher we have had at the club for years. That third goal should be a compulsory training video - he had an awful lot to do, and he did it immaculately.
James Hughes
42 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:36:54
I am very disappointed with the result as I had 4-1 on my bet slip !!!!
Adrian Bowering
43 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:41:12
Galloway looked very composed for a young bloke. I know he will make mistakes but tonight he was excellent.
Joe Foster
44 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:43:03
Mori looks the part, did not look out of place and slotted in nicely. I know it's early days but my hopes have definitely risen.
Eddie Dunn
45 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:43:35
Lovely from Naismith, but Galloway was also brilliant and Barry controlled our play and put in quite a shift. The new boy also looks good. Glad we held them at bay, as we deserved that scoreline.

Credit to the boss for sticking to his cautious selection (I think most of us would have had a winger on) but it worked so well done to the team.

James Byrne
46 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:44:16
Superb performance, well done to Naisy and to the team for a fantastic win.

I hate Chelsea.

John Raftery
47 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:44:36
Where have all the negative contributors gone? After all the bilge spewed forth on this site about the transfer window, today's performance demonstrated that we have a very good squad with many players showing why they have been coveted by other clubs. The quality of individual and team play proved more than a match for a gang of distrait mercenaries. Let's rejoice and quit the moaning!
David Ellis
48 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:44:37
Naismith gets knocked because he is technically poor, at least at this level. But despite these limitations he is frequently very effective. It not merely that he has a great attitude and puts in the effort. He has a great footballing brain, knows where to stand, which pass to make and is a solid finisher. If only Barkley had any of these attributes.

I would have sold him for £8m, but that would have been a mistake .

Great day to day. My son and I are meeting some Chelsea fans at a kids rugby match tomorrow. We can't wait! Those glory hunters will get an earful from some real fans.

Brin Williams
49 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:44:51
Great all round team performance.

Stand-outs:- Stones, Naismith, Galloway, Jagielka, Kone, Barry, Martinez & Funes Mori (I liked from what I saw).

Disappointments:- Lukaku & Howard.

Lee Courtliff
50 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:50:07
Come on, hands up. Who else said, "Why the hell is he bringing on Naismith?"

EVERYONE knows Ivanovic has been awful this season. Every winger he’s faced has rinsed him. We ALL knew we needed Mirallas or Gerry to run at him and tear him a new one. Not Naismith, even though I’ve always liked him.

Just goes to show what we know. Wonderful stuff all round.

Especially as I put a fiver on us to win either 3-0,3-1 or 3-2. That won me £75.

Well done Blues.

Mike Powell
51 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:52:30
Barkley was outstanding today; Stones was Brilliant. Galloway great... in fact everyone of them we’re superb! COYB.
Paul Mackie
52 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:54:23
What I'm taking away from this is that we need to hire a plane at the start of every match.
Jim Bennings
53 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:55:58
£8 million for a player who always pops up with goals??

In this day and age dream on, if Shane Long is worth £13 million!!!

Naismith is as good if not better than him, games like today he’s fucking priceless and he does show that Rom still has much to learn in the art of being a top striker.

What a win!!!



Eric Myles
54 Posted 12/09/2015 at 15:59:33
Loved the gob on Mourhino when he was trying to say that Chelsea were the better team and should have won it. He knew he was talking nonsense.
Jim Bennings
55 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:02:19
Every last one of them was top drawer today, absolutely top class...

Howard had nothing to do really did he apart from pick the ball out of the net for that Matic goal, we defended far better than we did last season, a little bit of organization goes a long way..

I'm truly thrilled with this win I really am, I so wanted to beat these today and what a pleasant change for Everton to make our dream true.

Andy Riley
56 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:02:34
Can they sort out one of those planes to fly over before every game. When that happens we score three goals and win!
Mike Hughes
57 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:04:22
Get in there!

Absolutely brilliant start to the weekend.

Well done, Nais - a cracking hat-trick - and to the entire team.

3rd in the table as I write with Chelski languishing far, far beneath us where they should be.

That whining spoilt brat Mourinho seems destined more and more to be a future rs manager. Good at giving it out but he doesn’t like it up ’em. Stitch that, Jose (and don’t mess with the big boys.)

Now for Manure to stuff the RS.

Dave Ganley
58 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:12:55
Never saw that coming....great performance and great atmosphere.....great game by Naisy..........Fuck off Mourhino......well in you blues
Steve Brown
60 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:14:24
True hat trick from Naisy, left foot, right foot and header.
Phil Hoyle
61 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:19:22
Outstanding.....thought every player was superb today! Naismith should take the plaudits but I thought we were great throughout the team. On paper we have an awful run of results but if we can get a few points on the board we will put ourselves in a great position for the rest of season........
Jay Harris
62 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:19:57
Great performance, brilliant result.
Really pleased for Nais,Barry and Barkley who have been the recipients of a lot of negativity.
Just shows what we can achieve if we close down and get players to go for goals.
Hope you learned a lot from this Roberto.
Let's have more of the same.
Alastair Donaldson
63 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:20:42
Maybe there is some justice in football (right!)

Well done boys, good start to the season - all to play for.

Thomas Surgenor
64 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:28:02
Humble pie being dished all around.

I always liked naisy but thought he was no more than a huffer and puffer - squad player at best...

I'm sorry lad, you've made me regret my words today.

Mick Howard
65 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:28:26
Well said, John (#43) great positive atmosphere today. Away games have been brilliant this year (even Spurs) when the lads aren’t having to listen to all the moans and groans you often get at Goodison these days. Let's just hope we can keep this form going until the next home game....
Mike Gaynes
66 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:28:31
Jay Harris, brill post at #54, superbly written. Can't figure out what you mean in #57, however... Roberto isn't the student, he's the teacher. He taught Mourinho that class wins out... and he taught his skeptics here something about his ability to prepare a team, substitute smartly and change plans on the fly. This was a master class.
Jimmy Sørheim
67 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:29:22
I think this was down to Naismith, this guy has heart and knows how to finish once he gets the ball in the right area.

I too wanted Deulofeu to start the game, I actually did not notice Lukaku until Naismith scored.

Martin Mason
68 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:34:00
Wonderful to see John Stones, such a natural player and so easy on the ball. Seamless switch to right back too. A very narrow formation but it worked really well and it was good to see them closing down quickly, very well organised at the back. I'm not sure about McArthey but perhaps I'm being unfair.
Andrew Tomlinson
69 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:35:17
Wonderful performance from the Toffees & if it wasn’t for Naismith’s hat-trick, I’d have had Stones as my MotM... simply outstanding & classy performance there.

Speaking of Naisy though; for me, he’s the only one in the squad who can display that "nasty", up & at ’em type display, vital against the likes of the RedShite & Mancs etc.

What a brilliant day!

Brian Abbott
70 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:36:38
Thomas @ 59 Well said mate. You, me and loads of others. Apart from being a brilliant finisher, I love the way Naismith just buzzes off the idea of getting in the other teams faces. We could do with a few others like that.

Listened to Moorinho after the game. What a deluded prat. Lose a couple in Europe and he will be more available than a Soho whore.


Jim Potter
71 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:37:03
Top performance by everyone. Well in Bobby with the Nais call!

Kone continues to surprise me - very effective. Stones and Jags superb. Funes Mori looked good.

But for the Magic super strike and the lift it gave them - I never felt they were too threatening.

Jose after - no class - just like his club.

Sorry moaners - but we were excellent.

James Peter
72 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:38:49
Money can't buy you ...... Class!

Isn't it great to stick it to Chelsea and the Media today. From Roberto's professional comments prior to the match to our player's attitudes including working hard, not getting drawn in to Costa's antics and doing our talking on the pitch.

Well done to you Blue Boys in the crowd today as you were as important to the outcome as the players and manager. Let's hope we can kick on and have a season to be proud of COYB's

Jim Potter
73 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:39:24
I wrote Matic but it changed to Magic. Spell checker!
Mike Manchester
74 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:39:26
Barry was a giant today
Ron Sear
75 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:40:53
Hell and Damanation, the one game we miss due to being holiday in Wales. Watch it in the the local pub with supporter of virtually every other team in the premiership. Guess what? everybody without exception is cheering Everton on. Crtitics of Naismith may karma catch up with you.
Xavier Spencer
76 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:43:39
Hold my hands up I was one of Roberto's many detractors but that was absolutely top notch. Well played one and all. Love it.
Des Farren
77 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:44:58
"Hope you learned a lot from this Roberto" Surely Martinez was the architect of this win.
If he is going to get flack for poor performances he certainly deserves the credit for this one.
Andrew Jones
78 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:46:43
Great performance from all of the boys. Naisy was superb never stopped working!
Joe Foster
79 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:46:44
Messi the Argentinian Naismith
Mike Corcoran
80 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:48:43
I hope they can bring that passion and fight now to every game. 5 tough fixtures til end of October could set the tone for the rest of the season. Barkley has worked out the slide rule pass. Stones was a joy to watch. Jags proper captains game. Barry did not look slow. Kone looks like a player at last. Rom had control. Galloway great cross. Nessi nasty and all over it. Coleman sharp on the flank. McCarthy buzzing all over. Fun head slotted in like he's been here years. Lennon boxed of covering the full back.

Great game from all. Keep it up

Steve Brown
81 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:50:28
"Barry did not look slow"... no he didnt, he was excellent.
Brent Stephens
82 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:51:16
MotM - two of them - Nais and Roberto.

Hesitate to type this so soon but the few touches from Funes Mori really excited me. He couldn’t possibly be a great buy could he?

Chelsea last on MotD tonight?

Mark Andersson
83 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:54:54
Haven’t watched the match yet. But loved the match report, had tears of laughter, knowing that Michael must have been on cloud nine.

Made up for Naismith, shows all his knockers they know fuck all about football. Which makes me realize that either Martinez is a genius or just got lucky today.

Hope this result and performance is a turning point and we can kick on and have a good season.

Mike Hughes
84 Posted 12/09/2015 at 16:54:56
In addition to The Mighty Blues trouncing Chelski, my Scottish team - Stenhousemuir - won as well, absolutely stuffing Stranraer 1-0. If my Lucky 15 comes in with a Man U win to boot, I might push the boat out and have half a lager while Singing The Blues tonight. You only live once.
Raymond Fox
86 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:04:00
Martinez is rubbish, Naismith is crap, Barry is past it!
Something tells me there are a few on here who don't have a clue.

Humble pie anyone?

Harold Matthews
87 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:05:41
Still in shock. What a brilliant performance. The passing and movement for the third goal had me on my knees. The perfect hatrick and the first against Chelsea since Dixie Dean. Well done boys. Well done Roberto Martinez.
Jay Harris
88 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:06:01
To put my comment into context I think we would all agree we saw a change in tactics and approach today that for me was a welcome relief.

I have harped on and on about the way we did not close the opposition down and did not trouble the opposing keeper.

We more than corrected both of those today and I want Martinez to realize that we should play like this every game. Fairly solid defensively and adventurous going forward.

Steve Jenkins
89 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:10:43
Great team performance, Naismith... take a bow son!

My initial thoughts were - 'oh for fuck sake' when Besic went off and Naismith came on, I bet I wasn't the only one, but he was tremendous today.

He can be unbelievably frustrating, and last season he was pretty dire, worked hard but, gave away possession far too often. One thing you could never question though was his commitment.

Today to go with his effort and industry, he kept the ball in possession, won a lot of tackles, his movement was good and finishing first class!

Thought the whole back 4 played v well today, Galloway looks another v composed player and athlete.

Barry had the best game I can remember since, well, anyone...? and I thought Barkley put in another quality and mature performance, a lot less of the flashy stuff, his first thought is keep possession but if it's on he goes for it.

He's still young and learning, but his decision making is much better.

Rom was a real threat, but with no end product today.

The two injuries are the only disappointment of the day, hopefully neither will be more than 2/3 was.

Great start to the season, we'll done lads and we'll done Roberto

Sam Hoare
90 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:13:34
Not that I have been a particular detractor of Martinez or Naismith or Barry but one excellent result/performance does not mean any previous criticism is invalid!

Superb day today but the key will be consistency and managing to find a way when the going is tough, the crowd are not so riled up and the passes not finding their mark so regularly.

But as an Everton fan living in West London...thanks Roberto and the lads!

David Barks
91 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:15:43
Great win, and dare I say, a game we should have expected to win with Chelsea's troubles this season.

I'm thrilled we kept Stones, thrilled we are closing teams down again, and thrilled the team is showing attacking intent.

I am still not sure why he persists on starting matches with three defensive midfielders when every single time our game improves when one of them goes off. But, at least the introduction of Naismith was a positive move.

Great win.

Joe Foster
93 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:18:39
Harold my knees could barely take it.
Brin Williams
94 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:19:17
Oh, I forgot to congratulate Bill on today's performance - I bet he felt quite smug as he looked to the SKY to give thanks.
Graham Hammond
95 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:19:53
Great win and some really good performances too. Thought Barry was immense today and Galloway had a really good game too which bodes well for our future. Naismith obviously deserves all the plaudits and should be selected for our next game on merit. Lukaku was poor for me and should be the player to make way. Thought McCarthy was abysmal in the first half, yet again failing to close down the player for the (Chelsea) goal. One really good second half tackle is not enough for me in such a key position. Many posters on here have Barry down as the weak link which I think is wide of the mark. He was a class above Jimmy Mac again today.
Brent Stephens
96 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:20:49
Saw a (police?) drone over Stanley Park before the game. Heard one after the game try to excuse his team's loss.
Jim Harrison
97 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:21:37
David Ellis, technically poor? What are you talking about?! A perfect example of how good a player he can be today. Watch his role in the build up to the first two goals. Ronaldo? No he ain't, but technically he is one of our better players. As someone else highlighted, his hat trick contain a left and right foot finish, both executed perfectly and a good header as a result of a one two and a move he instigated. He gets stick because allot of fans don't appreciate players like him, in the same way they haven't appreciated Osman over the years and brand them as shit because they are not world class.
Joe Foster
98 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:23:09
Barry is a seasoned vet. I bet most of his yellow cards are from professional fouls where he knows a break is on for the opposing team. That's his game and it's part of the big picture.
Victor Jones
99 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:31:01
No need for anybody to eat 'humble pie' just yet. Martinez was utterly clueless last season. And deserved the critism aimed at him. He was lucky to keep the job. But I admit that he seems to have learnt from last season. And that can only be good for Everton. So for now I applaud him. The question is , can he keep it going? Lets hope so.
Peter Cummings
100 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:34:15
Well worth getting up at 5 this morning to watch a truly great performance by one and all, including the fans who nearly took the roof off Goodison,

While the whole team more than earned their keep today one name was largely missing on the site today, Seamus Coleman was my MOM along with Naisy especially in the first half when his runs caused chaos and panic in their area. please don't let today be a one off,as was often the case under Moyes, Lets Go Blues!!

Joe Foster
101 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:42:18
In a way the need for us to produce youngsters because of money restraints by the board is a forced positive. If we could buy anyone maybe we would not be watching some of the youngsters now. Which does feel better than some expensive import. It's all swings and roundabouts I know but I am having a multiple conversation dissecting the game and feeling good.
Tony George
102 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:46:58
Some on here would have had a new team signed in the window and Naisey flogged off to Norwich. I would have been happy if the manager had gone there as well.

Just shows how wrong you can be. But will the KO Brigade be able to afford the Plane of Inspiration for every game ?

Roger Helm
103 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:47:11
The knob Shearer must be feeling a bit foolish - Stones to go to Chavski so Terry and Cahill could teach him to play centre half? He's already better than both of them.
Joe Foster
104 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:53:09
Love the " plane of inspiration" ha ha
Ajay Gopal
105 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:58:26
What a game! What a result! An evening to remember. I have a smug grin of vindication as I write this - for my persistent defence of Naismith & Roberto!

My player comments for what they are worth:

Naismith - enough said - a day he will never forget in his life!
Lukaku - brilliant effort for the 2nd goal and generally worked tirelessly for the team - couldn’t ask for more.
Barkley - great game! I loved the way he protected the ball today and was that 2 assists today? He is growing with each game.
Kone - worked tirelessly (note the reputation of this phrase) and but for a world class save from Begovic should have had a goal.
McCarthy - made some super blocks and was quite adventurous going forward, but honestly, I did not notice him too much.
Barry - brilliant, fantastic performance - joint MotM for me with Naismith. Is he turning out to be our own Pirlo?
Coleman - back to his best, marauding down the right flank and also defended superbly.
Jagielka - a captain’s performance.
Stones - oh my God! I think now the whole world knows why we fought so hard to keep him - brilliant by the club! John, don’t waste your time with the Chelskis, Manures and Man Citys - Barcelona beckons you in 2 years time.
Galloway - I was apprehensive to see his name in the starting line-up, but what a fine, mature performance by the young lad. He was cool as a cucumber and his cross for the 1st goal was Bainesque.
Funes Mori - too early to get excited, but he looked calm and confident in a high pressure situation and won a number of crucial headers. I think we might have just got ourselves a gem here.
Lennon - looked like he never left us. Played with the same enthusiasm he showed last season.
Howard - couldn’t rate his performance - because he didn’t have anything to do the whole game! Ha.. ha.. I could have been the goalie today with the same result! Oh, wait a minute, the only time Howard was under pressure was when Stones hit a rocket of a back pass - Howard controlled it superbly with his feet and smacked it out of danger (and saved young Stones some blushes) - I think I might have struggled with that one...:-).

Celebrating with a Double Black! Cheers ...

Andy Crooks
106 Posted 12/09/2015 at 17:58:48
Brilliant show from players and coach, just brilliant. We outplayed them, and could have won by more. For me, that was the best resultin many a year. We outclassed a team with no class. They are an odious club with a whingeing toddler
as a coach and today we made it unlikely that they will defile football by being champions again. Bring on MOTD. Let us enjoy again the humliation of scum like Costa and Terry.
Peter Morris
107 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:05:45
The team deserve great credit today, and yet we know all the media focus will be about what's gone wrong with Chelsea. Who gives a fuck??!!
Stones is a pure Rolls Royce and he is affecting Jags, who is clearly relaxing more in his company.
Well done too to Naisey. I love the way this guy gets under the skin of opposing players. I wish some of the other players would observe and learn, and those who argues that £8m in the bank was a better outcome I hope will now eat some humble pie. This lad may be limited, but he works his socks off and knows where the onion bag is. Our best teams in 1980's needed players like Kevin Richardson, and Alan Harper, and Naisey is just as important. The perfect hat trick-a header, left peg and right peg-enjoy your night Steven, you deserve it.
Tony Hill
108 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:05:53
Funes Mori, admittedly on the strength of 15 minutes, looks very interesting indeed. He’s built like a house, has a great leap and is able to bring it out with some pace, touch and confidence. Early days but he could be a proper bargain.

That is the best I have seen Barry play for us and the other stand out (apart from Stones who was glorious) was Galloway – another very young man with a fine future ahead of him. He may prove to be our best defensive left back as well as having power and speed in attack.

Brilliant all round and the best atmosphere today at Goodison for a long time.

Matt Ostnes
109 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:09:05
Well, I woke up early (8am in Argentina) to see the match. Great game from the defensive line especially Stones and Galloway. I had a good laught watching Funes Mori doing his trademark move and being tackled by Costa.

Well done toffees!

Brin Williams
110 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:10:33
Did you notice the excitement of Stones's face at the final whistle - he really enjoyed himself out there today.
Jim Bennings
111 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:15:44
Wasn't it a win against Chelsea in Martinez first season that truly ignited a successful season thanks to that man Naismith again?

Only time will tell, I'd take a point at Swansea if we got the win at West Brom at the end of the month, before the derby on October 4, watching Liverpool tonight, how shite do they look now?

If we don't get a derby win this season we never will!!

Ste Traverse
112 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:17:40
I was one of the beauts saying we should have snapped Norwich's hands off at £8m for Naismith.

Plenty of humble pie for me tonight.

Apart from the 10 mins up to half time just after they scored, we were the better side and really deserved the three points.

'Money can't buy me Stones'....haha love it!

Dave Pritchard
113 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:19:53
Yesterday my main worry was our left hand side. How wrong can you be?
Great credit to the team and the manager.
James Marshall
114 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:23:08
Brin - it was probably much like my face at the final whistle!

What a great game of football, aside from the result. Cracking entertainment, and brilliant performances from our entire team.

Chelsea for all their defensive frailties are still one of the best teams in Europe with quality players from back to front and we matched them and more in every department.

Shame we picked up a couple of injuries, and fingers crossed for Coleman in particular.

Great to see Funes Mori come on and look like a beast. He's a big old unit and seems to have a good touch to go with his strength and aerial ability. Only a 15 minute cameo, but on that alone I'd rate him. We'll see on that score.

Barkley looked boss today, aside from a couple of moments of overplaying, but I suspect that'll be in his game his entire career - 9 times out of 10 he played the right balls and released it at the right time which was great to see. He appears to be starting to 'get it'.

I was worried all game about how narrow we were, as we afforded Chelsea loads of width but then realised it was a deliberate ploy which worked perfectly. We made the pitch big/wide for them and let them play out there while packing the middle of the park and they didn't know what else to do other than play wide, and force untold useless corners.

Good tactical nouse from Bob, so a not to him tonight.

Can I also say that my adoration of John Stones took another leap today. The kid truly is a Rolls Royce of a defender. I particularly enjoyed his Cruyff turn in the penalty box to leave Costa for dead and play a beautiful pass out to the middle of the park. He's an immense talent.

Kase Chow
115 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:23:56
Fantastic match

Fantastic performance

Fantastic win

Buzzing tonight. Just buzzing

Congrats to Mr Martinez - I do criticise him but credit where it's due - super management today

Les Martin
116 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:25:05
Being a Naismith fan, I am so pleased for the man, hopefully the "Naisayers" are finally put to rest. Those who said he was a trier but of limited ability will now reconsider the latter. After all, when will we have a player who scores a hat-trick against the current Premier League Champions again?

The best quality about Naismith is that he never stops working; not everything always comes off but, sooner or later, he creates chances. His ability allows him to link the defence, midfield to attack and he is so difficult to mark. Our new Tim Cahill!!!

I also would like to commend Stones and Barkley who I also thought were excellent. Seamus had some magic moments too and Galloway is looking assured.

Time for another Chang!!

Max Levy
117 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:25:49
I blame Martinez for not bringing Naismith on earlier.......
Gavin Johnson
118 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:25:57
Fantastic result. I nearly bust a blood vessel when the third goal went in.

I've always been a Naismith fan and feel he's unfairly maligned on TW. Even still, I would have taken the 8m Norwich offered on deadline day, but on today's performance it looks like it was the right decision to keep him. He's always has the knack of scoring vital goals and being industrious but he was involved in absolutely everything today and put in a real shift as well as scoring 3 top drawer goals.

We've had a great start considering the fixtures, and while I have no expectations other than finishing in the top half, I think we might surprise a few people come the end of the season. especially some of the David Moyes fan club on TW

Craig Walker
119 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:31:03
Great write up Michael despite the typos. Looks like you had a few jars to celebrate. Pleased for Roberto and Naismith. We weathered a storm and deserved the result. Some great performances today. The crowd went quiet at 2 - 1 and it seemed like the Arsenal game last season. Might be wrong but think we've now beaten Chelsea four times out of the last six at home. Don't like Chelsea but will always have a soft spot for Demba Ba and Vialli (for beating Bolton on the last day). The likes of Terry and Mourinho are odious though as are their glory-hunting fans. I've no problem with Chelsea fans who were cheering on the likes of Vinnie Jones. I know a Chelsea fan who watches them everywhere but supported them from the day they signed Gullit.

Proud to be a toffee today. Well done lads. Let's not get carried away though but enjoy this result.

John Mckay
120 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:33:59
Great win today, had a feeling all week that we would win this game.
Credit to all the players today, I thought Barkley had a really good game especially second half, held the ball up really well and used to wisely, looked a lot more confident than usual.
I know some people said he tries to take on too many players and I agree that was evident at times during this match but thibk in a whole he had a really good game.
Everyone played brilliant today, special praise has got to go to the obvious Steven Naismith and to think some people wanted to bite Norwich hands off for £8m! I know he is a squad player at most as lulaku is the main man but he is a player who has heart, fight and an incredible attitude, decent footballer as well.

Pleased with stones and young Galloway as well. All the other players didn't put a foot wrong either and I don't think Howard will get a more quiet game all season. Nothing he could have done about that goal as it was a bolt out the blue, Barkley maybe could have closed him down but most would have allowed a player to have a shot from that distance and the keeper be able to deal with it, sometimes when they are hit that sweet there really isn't anything that can be done to prevent it hitting the net.

Great game - 1 happy Evertonian, let's not waste this performance now and hammer Swansea next week :-)

David Greenwood
121 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:41:08
Fantastic day. Made up for them all.
James Marshall
122 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:48:44
If anyone wants to taste the icing on the cake, get yourself over to the BBC site and watch the Special One's rambling interview - it's gold.

He's losing it, he looks terrible and rattles on about a load of deluded shite for about 6 minutes. It's glorious! Talk about projecting everything you believe but attempting to say you don't believe it.

Possibly my favourite ever Maureen interview!

Mike Gaynes
123 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:51:49
Harold #82, GREAT info on this being our first hat trick against Chelsea since Dixie. Lovely to have a historian on hand.

Max #105, good 'un. Don't know what the hell he was waiting for.

And I hope we ALL liked what we saw of Funes Mori, because pretty certain he'll start next week with Coleman out and Stones at RB.

James Marshall
124 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:52:03
Also, he continuously just makes up stats! Ahahahaa! Nonsensical drivel and comedy gold!
Tahir Abdullah
125 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:55:07
No humble pie here; Martinez did exactly what us "moaners" have been advocating for what seems like ages on here. 38% possession, 14 shots on goal (vs 15 from Chelsea) and attacking midfielders effectively tracking back in defense; is he ready to abandon his much vaunted possession for possessions sake approach? A fantastic win nevertheless; only concern was Lukaku who looked off the pace and disconnected...
Paul Ellam
126 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:55:42
Quite glad we didn't take the £8m for Naismith now!
Well played everybody involved, we must strive to keep up this level of performance in every single game, including the cups, and we may yet see some silverware coming our way soon!
Lewis Barclay
127 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:55:43
Aside from the obvious performances already recognised.
I'd like to mention how impressed I still am with Konè. Two years of bad luck would knock down a lot of other players I feel and he is looking like a real asset to me.
James Marshall
128 Posted 12/09/2015 at 18:59:40
Tahir makes a good point - we do well against sides who keep the ball and play. Less so against teams when we have more of the ball - without wishing to take the shine off it, I do think we'll see plenty of games where we're dull as dishwater again.

Anyway, back to watching Maureen lose it again...

James Marshall
130 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:00:41
Oh, and the shite are 2-0 down.

I have to go to bed.

Harold Matthews
131 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:01:16
Cheers Joe. Dead right about Barry too.
Phil Walling
132 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:05:43
Just want to say 'Congratulations ' to Naisey, the team and Roberto on a fantastic performance today.

I swear I was the proudest man in Cyprus this afternoon. I didn't think they had it in them!

Barry Pearce
133 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:09:04
It just makes your whole weekend so sweet. Fantastic blue boys.
Paul Mackie
134 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:13:32
Just watched that last goal again. Absolutely sublime stuff.
David Hallwood
135 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:15:53
What is making the weekend better by the minute is watching the RS. They are piss poor and Man Utd aren’t much better. Benteke just scored a wonder goal, but overall the worst RS team I’ve seen in years.

The ’special’ one’s post match interview showed how well he’s suited to Chelsea — both Classless Chavs.

Brian Hennessy
136 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:22:41
What a fantastic result, I’m just delighted for Naismith, a totally underrated player.

It is worth reading some of the pre-match comments here on ToffeeWeb after the line-up was announced this morning around 12 noon, and particularly a few comments around the time Naismith came on, priceless.

Ged Simpson
137 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:23:01
It must be frustrating to have hired that silly plane. Needed for the derby though
Sean Kelly
138 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:27:03
I'm made up. The set up of the team had me worried but what a performance throughout the team. Whether it was Maureen's Terry's or Cahills antic during the window that was our inspiration I'm not sure. The one thing that's not in dispute though is that this squad is capable of top top performances now all we need to do is do it every week.
Milos Milenkovic
139 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:28:10
Martinez is rubbish. His decision to play with 3 defensive midfielders was awful. We would never score with that line up. Last season he did the same on a few occasions and we scored 0 goals and won 0 points. Martinez was lucky that Besic got injured. We are having great squad but if we continue to play with defensive set up and players out of position we will not be as succesful as we could be.

Fantastic game by Stones, probably his best match so far and game of life for Naismith.

Gerard Carey
140 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:33:19
Brilliant, everyone deserves a pat on the back, we are a joy to watch going forward when we play with a fast tempo. Thought Jags was great. Let's keep this up.
Bob Benson
141 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:34:04
Top result. Over the moon.
Brent Stephens
142 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:34:57
Milos, once we had to make a substitution, it was Roberto who decided to bring on Nais instead of anybody else. The rest is history. Well done Roberto.
Martin Mason
143 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:36:35
As I said previously though, we've shown that we can decimate teams who attack us on the break, what we have to do now is show we can grind out results against teams who defend deeply. It's great though that we're stringing results together even though we've had some poor performances. The 1980's great team didn't happen immediately only by hard work in stringing together results and getting used to not losing.
Andy Meighan
144 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:38:23
Haven’t read any of the other posts yet but sometimes life can be great. Brilliant from the Blues today and our loveable neighbours getting walloped in the Champions League final... er, sorry League game at Man Utd.

You could say ours was by default with Besic going off and Naismith coming on but sometimes these things happen. I for one certainly never saw that coming and I bet I wasn’t alone.

But what a brilliant performance from Naismith – the perfect hat trick. All in all a great day, I think.
Brian Hennessy
145 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:38:24
It's just as well Jose did that BBC interview in the confines of Goodison Park.

If someone spoke nonsense like that on the street they would be locked up. The man is losing it he really is.

The only believable bit of the whole interview was when he said he hasn't looked at the table. I wouldn't want to look at the table either if I was anything to do with Chelsea this season.

I'm still laughing and then the crowd across the road go and get thumped as well, it just keeps getting better

Alan Bodell
146 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:41:38
I'm drunk now and gonna get drunker,long time since I cant wipe the smile off my face... Jose suck on this you twat.
Ian Smitham
147 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:45:10
Enjoyed the whole experience today. Great atmosphere and an excellent performance as outlined in the report from MK and earlier contributions.

Tim’s control of the back pass/shot was excellent. Coleman really was good especially as that Nark Costa kept having a go. I leave Stones to the rest of you, the song echoing around a packed Goodison was unreal, on a par at least with the "Sacked" piece. I worried about Galloway up against some World class bod or another they have, worry not. He is the biz.

I can add no more to the Naisy comments, really just happy for a player who gives his all each and every time I see him. Good man.

Ross, to be critical he gave the ball away a couple of times, he is and still is a young player and developing, and from what I saw today, he really is developing, whatever it is, it is there for him to grab. He has it all.

Barry, for me was MotM, really good. No problems with pace or getting a foot in.

A really enjoyable afternoon, looking forward to MotDs interpretation along with Ken’s report.

Kone I also thought was really good, like having a new player, but as for new players Funes Mori looks the real deal. Over time him and Stones will be an exceptional unit, hope so.

Brent Stephens
148 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:46:04
The measure of our performance was how poor were Fabregas and Hazard. No mean feat to keep that pair quiet, as well as Costa.
Ben Jones
149 Posted 12/09/2015 at 19:48:59
Sorry, but I hope that shuts up the 'Naismith is only championship level' people up. What a performance!!

Great result. Special mention to Galloway as well, great assist and always solid against Pedro.

Colin Glassar
151 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:02:32
Wow, I chose a good game to go to Goodison for my first home game this season (thanks to my mate who gave me his ST). As I’m just getting back home from a very long round trip I’d just like to keep it short. That was FUCKING BRILLIANT!!!!

Milos, you were joking right? I haven’t seen, or heard, the Maureen interview. It’s always sad to see a grown man lose his marbles.

ps: I suppose we will be second on MotD tonight? I forgot to bloody record the sodding game.

David Greenwood
152 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:08:20
First on, Colin.
Peter Bell
153 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:09:06
Colin, we are on MotD first, followed by the RS second, just ordered the takeaway for home delivery.
Mike Crawford
155 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:13:15
Hope we/re not last on Mach Of The Day!
Bill Gall
156 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:15:37
Really good performance. I do not think many people would have had a bet on Naismith scoring 3 goals, but congratulations to the man for the hard work he puts in.

My only observation: I hope the manager takes note of, is the stats, Everton 34% Chelsea 66%; possession football is not always the way to win games.

Colin Glassar
157 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:16:35
Cheers lads. Apparently we’re on first Mike. Still buzzing. I always said last season was a massive learning curve for Martinez; now he just needs to remain focused.
Steve Brown
158 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:18:30
Milos 137, you've already made an absolute fool of yourself on the Everton v Chelsea link with your comment that you hoped we would be 3-0 down at half-time. Time to stop typing before you disgrace yourself any further.
Steve Brown
159 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:20:07
Wishing Everton to lose to prove a point.... not on.
Colin Gee
160 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:25:08
"Ohh I’ve never felt more like singing the Blues, when Everton win and Liverpool lose"

I'm going to enjoy watching MotD tonight!

Richard Farrington
161 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:31:56
What a great day. Got back from Majorca yesterday and took my Dad into The Peoples Club lounge today, he has declared it his best day at Goodison since the title clincher in 1963.

Great hospitality, the Manageress came and had a chat and listened to his tales of being lifted over the turnstiles and the game was brilliant, the atmosphere was brilliant.

Great day, can't wait for MOTD. UP THE TOFFEES.

Julian Exshaw
162 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:32:18
Not enough adjectives to describe how good we were today. Spare a thought for Mo Besic though. The poor lad was almost in tears, had been waiting for his chance, finally gets it and breaks down after 10 minutes, having started a good move. We may not all be convinced of his talents yet but nobody can deny his commitment and desire to get involved. Let's wish him a speedy recovery.
Peter Ferns
163 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:33:17
When we signed Naismith, I was less than impressed. How wrong was I? Top player, top toffee, top man.
Ian Smitham
164 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:34:18
Can I also express the opinion that the Referee Marriner was magnificent this afternoon, a true professional at the top of his game, especially not falling for some of the play acting primadonnas.

Also, a bit of recognition of their Goalie, at Two nil up he made two fantastic saves and without them we really would be talking about a humiliation.

Malcolm Dorr
165 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:35:02
Don’t think anybody’s mentioned it but Naismith was on the cover of today’s programme. If that’s what it takes let's put his picture on every cover until the end of season!
Kunal Desai
166 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:37:00
A solid performance, other than a strike which Howard could do very little about he was merely a spectator for most of that game. He was marshalled superbly by the back four. I thought Brendan Galloway was excellent considering he only just returned back from injury and previous to the injury he was taking a hiding from City in the last home game.

We raise our games against the bigger sides but its important we keep that level of intensity and consistency, we must not fall flat in the next two games, let's grind out wins away at Swansea and WBA.

Mike Green
167 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:37:49
God I’m glad Naismith didn’t go to Norwich – what a bloke! Everyone played their hearts out today, you could even see by Besic's body language at having to go off how up for it they were. Now let’s replicate it in the derby....... :)
Michael Polley
168 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:49:45
Great result, but if it wasn’t for Besic’s injury, Naismith would never be on the pitch, but when he did come on – Oh Boy !!!

Everyone was outstanding. Everyone won the Man of the Match Award in my book.
I’m going to celebrate all week, and watch a few reruns of MotD. Proud day for the Toffees

Peter Bell
169 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:50:21
Ian @163 I think you are well wrong over the referee. Andre Marriner was woeful, and only booked Costa in the last few minutes.

And the two saves from Begovic were at 1-nil not, when we were 2-up.

Mike Childs
171 Posted 12/09/2015 at 20:54:08
Got to say Harold’s lad Mr. Kone is in serious contention for Player of the Season if his form holds. Congrats, Naisy; I’m not one of your biggest fans but for your work out there weekly, no-one deserved the hat-trick more. Where do we send money for the next plane? We've got to use one against the RedShite.
Colin Glassar
172 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:04:29
That's why I said Martinez needs to stay focused Kunai. On his day he can outwit most managers with his selections and tactics but he needs to do it consistently to become a great manager.

There's still a long way to go but I think he and the team are on the right track.

Tony Hill
173 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:04:31
We've got to be careful of fickleness and I'm as guilty as anyone else, writing off the team one minute and wildly celebrating the next, but I'm starting to feel in my bones that this might be a serious squad Martinez is putting together.

We still need strengthening, of course, but when you think that we have the likes of Browning, Ledson, Holgate and - the biggest hope of all in my opinion - Dowell, waiting in the wings then we're entitled to think that we 're at last building something significant, possibly very significant.

Still finding it difficult to come down after that today, and I don't want to.

Ian Smitham
174 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:21:49
Peter #169, cheers for putting me right on the Keeper. Though the kept them in it.

Regards the Ref, he kept a lid on a game that at one point I thought was about to ignite.

Anyway, no worries, roll on MOTD.

Andy Meighan
175 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:32:42
Just watched the post match interviews and I’ve got to say I’ve been a big critic of Martinez but, my God, that was brilliant. The man spoke the most sense since he touched down at L4, absolutely quality.

Contrast that with that other arrogant moron, Mourhino. Was he actually there today because if he was he watched a different game from me? And what’s all that shite about not looking the interviewer in the eye and looking down at the floor while he’s talking complete and utter shite? Incredible it really is.

Overrated if you ask me and as me and my mates have said for a long time, I'd love to see him manage a club on Everton's budget. Let's see how fucking special he’d be then.
James Byrne
176 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:39:56
A quick question to all of the Statto's out there.

I'm just wondering how many players in this league or D1 have come on as a sub and scored a hatrick?

Tahir Abdullah
177 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:51:47
From BBC website "Naismith is the sixth player to score a hat-trick after coming on as a sub in a Premier League game."
James Byrne
178 Posted 12/09/2015 at 21:59:42
Thanks Tahir
Milos Milenkovic
179 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:02:28
Steve Brown, if you have something to discuss than go on with arguments. Once again, line up with 3 defensive midfielders never brought us a single goal. That was the case again today although it lasted only for 10 minutes.

So, that line-up was shameful for EFC and there is nothing to suggest anything different. I was extremely angry because that line-up would lead to my team losing again. You are calling me fool because of that?

You are creating your opinion only based on final score and you are ready to insult me by pretending that you are big Evertonian and that I am not.

That is very poor play, Steve, and you should be ashamed of yourself.

Mark Pringle
180 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:02:51
My train is rolling in as we speak as I return home after leaving home at 6:30am to go to the game. Don’t get to many games but I certainly picked the right one today. The much maligned Naismith with the perfect hat-trick added a nice touch of Scottish significance for us as I stay 10 minutes from where he is from in Ayrshire. The perfect hat-trick which gave us a perfect result against those classless bastards!

The atmosphere was superb today and I wanted to give a mention to another player who gets a hard time but was fantastic today: Gareth Barry! His experience around our quality youngsters, especially in big games, is clearly why Roberto continues to play him.

Stones is an absolute colossus in the flesh and will be ours and England’s future captain for years to come without a doubt!!

Great result, great day and always magic to get down to the Old Lady. Perfect just home in time for us being on first on MOTD, get in!!

Alan Bodell
181 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:03:01
Andy #175, spot on there mate, with the budget he has he is so far from ’the special one’ he thinks he is but I’m still getting drunker after that today.

I can't wait for MotD when the ’experts’ will tell us why Chelsea were shite and that we were not so good... time for another tin.

Ste Lewis
182 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:08:21
Last sub to score a hat-trick was Lukaku for West Brom v Man Utd (5-5)
Neil Thomas
183 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:19:56
Great game. Everyone of our players deserve credit, they all put a shift in.
Brent Stephens
184 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:23:01
Andy #175 "I'd love to see him manage a club on Everton's budget. Let's see how fucking special he’d be then."

Good point. I was actually wondering earlier, in one of my madder moments (ok, most of them are mad) how Jose would fair if he ended up with us. Shudder.

Victor Jones
185 Posted 12/09/2015 at 22:25:10
Sorry for earlier stating that Bob Latchford also scored a hatrick in a 6-0 win over Chelsea. I was wrong. He only scored two. Me old memory is playing tricks. That was in 1978. And the Chelsea supporters that day, cheered him. How times have changed.

So Harold is spot on. The last Everton hat-trick against Chelsea was by Dixie Dean. Who would have thought that a narky wee scot would be the next to do so... And he could have been Norwich bound.

Just read a few supporters having a little pop at each other. People people people, this great club and game will always divide opinions. Kiss and make up. Enjoy the win.

Bring on Swansea, and then Reading. I could do with a storming cup run this season.COYBs

Mike Jones
186 Posted 12/09/2015 at 23:09:44
I love us today.
Victor Jones
187 Posted 12/09/2015 at 23:35:15
Milos, you are fully entitled to your opinions. But to want Everton to be three down at half-time is stupid.

In supporting Everton for close to 50 years, I have never wanted to see them beat. I have never always agreed with team selection. I have been glad to see the back of some managers. And Martinez did not exactly cover himself on glory last season.

And I always dispair when we load the midfield with DMFs (Moyes also employed that tactic). But never, never did I want to see Everton get beat. In fact if we are three goals down, I always believe we can score four.

There's no fool like an old fool. I suggest to you, Milos, to adopt the same attitude. And none of this defeatist talk. COYBs.

Peter Gorman
188 Posted 13/09/2015 at 01:49:53
Let's chill out and enjoy today's win without any silly talk about humble pie. Nobody should be eating that yet when there is a good chance they'll have to regurgitate it later.

Nothing puts me off humble pie like the sight of a million knees jerking in unison.

Steven Jones
190 Posted 13/09/2015 at 03:49:01
Peter 188
Loved your post ...

There are so many of us on TW that are so fed up of negative cliché comment about our club from intelligent fans ..

Bill is great for us ... Roberto is great for as as was Davey ... and inch by inch we are pulling ourselves into a great position .. this is perhaps the greatest ever squad we have ever had and I include trophy winning sides ...

One pundit said that noe one would have beaten us today ... and that passing movement for the last goal ..

That amzing Barkley boy taking the ball to their defence, eyes wide open and slipping Naismith was a sight that was wonderous ...

I never forget seeing the green shoot sof the Kendal mid 80's side come together before my eyes standing on the GS ...

I had a similar feeling watching these guys today ...

Remember on the bench was Del Boy, Mirralas ... and the young ones seeing Galloway make his mark ..they will have to train this week in an amazing positive wave .. then go to Swansea ...

I enjoy intelligent comment, but when we have challenges, losing games but underlying the club is doing the right strategies, please recognise those rather than knee jerk cliche driven follow the negative themes, which on social media is so prevalent on any subject... we have had something brewing at our club fro a number of years and it is coming to fruition now!!

Phil Sammon
191 Posted 13/09/2015 at 04:29:59

Positivity is all well and good, but that post is straight from the Martinez school of hyperbole.

This side haven't come close to winning a trophy yet.

We did well yesterday and should rightly celebrate...but let's not lose a grip on reality.

Steve Brown
192 Posted 13/09/2015 at 04:49:05
Milos 179, nothing I need to discuss with you chap. As for me being 'ashamed' for pointing out the disgraceful posts you made, rather than you being ashamed for posting them... well I am sure there is some contorted logic to that in your mind.
James Marshall
193 Posted 13/09/2015 at 06:40:34
It is reasonable to bask in the glory of a great performance, especially as we were all so fired up for this one due to the Stones issue, but it is worth thinking about how we play against so called lesser teams.

Chelsea keep the ball very well, and I think that suits us better despite RM wanting us to be a possession based team ourselves. You watch us labour again when we play the likes of West Brom who'll give up possession.

I don't wish to be negative but the game yesterday is not going to be indicative of how we're going to play every week from now on.

Terry McLavey
194 Posted 13/09/2015 at 08:44:35
I have always thought Naismith will put in a good shift, sometimes he drifts out of a game, but would that be for lack of service?

We have always had a great tradition of Scottish players in our past and Stephen is no exception. No doubt we all love him now after scoring three but will hatchets be out if he has a bad game?

I was proud of us today, we weren’t intimidated by the "Champions" and took the game to them. I was impressed by Ross who seems to have all his confidence back some of his dribbling was stunning.

I think we have the strongest squad for a long time if you think of the players we didn’t use, gone are the days when once we fielded our first eleven we were already running on empty!

A great day for all of us which will be talked about for a long time, maybe we have "our" Everton back at last?

Tim Barford
195 Posted 13/09/2015 at 08:58:42
Massive credit to Bill Kenwright and the Board for holding on to our best players in the face of huge pressure, and for bringing in some quality additions, bringing through some excellent youngsters, whilst three of our best players sign new contracts.

Everton look really good this season, and that comes from the top. Respect.

Peter Mills
196 Posted 13/09/2015 at 09:14:58
A very enjoyable day at Goodison, it really is some place when it becomes the bear pit.

A special word for the ball boy at the Park End who was having no truck with Costa.

Also, well done to the people in front of me in the Main Stand who assisted a gentleman who appeared to be choking, I hope he has fully recovered. If anyone is aware, perhaps they could post to to let us know?

Milos Milenkovic
197 Posted 13/09/2015 at 09:48:17
Steve 192, you don't’ t want to discuss but you want to insult me. That's showing your class.
John Daley
198 Posted 13/09/2015 at 10:26:31


Give it a rest with the wounded soldier act.

You wished a three-goal spanking on the team you profess to support simply because you didn’t like the manager's team selection... and then, to compound matters, rather than swallowing a slice of hindsight-topped humble pie after a rollicking good win, you instead proceeded to pin the ’shameful’ tag on others.

As such, ’The Milos Milenkovic Master Class In Demonstrating Masses Of Class’ carries about as much weight as ’The Dennis Hopper Drug Intervention Programme’, ’The Sir Cliff School For Skilled Cocksmen’, ’The Cilla Black Bible Of Bad Cringe Inducing "Chuck" Avoidance’, or ’The Fritzl Familial Freedom Festival’.

Peter Gorman
199 Posted 13/09/2015 at 12:06:47
Steven 190

I love your positivity but can't say I share it entirely. What is fair is to post positive comments on positive threads (like this one) and keep the negative for the negative.

As much as we have been fantastic against Southampton and Chelsea, I can't ignore Tottenham. So please no more talk of pie, even with lashings of ginger ale. We can be great and this has been a good weekend.

Colin Malone
200 Posted 13/09/2015 at 12:42:41
As soon as Naismith got tracky top off, I said "For fuck's sake, what he doing bringing him on, surely it has to be Lennon or Ossie?"

HOW WRONG WAS I? Got some stick in the Main Stand.

Well done, Steven Naismith.

Gavin Johnson
201 Posted 13/09/2015 at 12:45:30
Peter - Since when as a draw at White Heart Lane been such a bad result?

We've played 4 of the top sides in our opening 5 games. Won 2, drawn 1, and lost only 1, and that's to the likely Champions. Not the start that many expected (myself included) and I count myself in the pro-Martinez camp.

Peter Gorman
202 Posted 13/09/2015 at 12:50:28
Gavin - a point tweren't bad but did you endure the spectacle? Dire stuff. But this is a positive thread so my lips are sealed from now on.
Colin Glassar
203 Posted 13/09/2015 at 13:10:35
My pre-season prediction of; Advocaat, Rainieri and Rodgers being the first three managers to be sacked should now include Mourinho. If he doesn't turn it around against Maccabi and Arsenal then I think he might be sulking in the Algarve before Xmas.

My other prediction of 10 points out of the first ten games is also looking (happily) to be off the mark as well.

Roger Helm
204 Posted 13/09/2015 at 14:56:10
I feel even better now having bought all the Sunday papers for the match reports.

I liked Stones’s little cameo in MotD analysis. Thank God we didn’t sell him. If Luke Shaw and David Luis are worth £30-35 million, JS must be worth £50 million plus; a second Bobby Moore or Franz Beckenbaur, IMO.

Gavin Johnson
206 Posted 13/09/2015 at 20:58:11
Milos - just scrolling through the comments on this thread I have to say that opening gambit of "Martinez is rubbish" after beating the champions 3-1 made me chuckle. Fair play to you. I wouldn't even expect that post from messieurs Hind and Walling.
Dennis Ng
207 Posted 14/09/2015 at 21:54:04
This just came to me: Brilliant Sub Torpedoes Chelsea.

Haven’t seen that tossed around yet!

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