Everton 6 - 3 Bournemouth
A sunny winter’s day and all roads lead to Goodison via our trusty watering hole the temple of learning that houses the room of nonsense where we can speculate on all things match-wise and get it all wrong. The score the team the formation the subs all made to sound logical with the wisdom assembled and some backing their knowledge in hard cash in the bookies as we walk up to the ground. None would be calling in on the way back. Another sell out so all roads were busy and with eager taxi drivers using rat runs at some speed it was worth keeping a sharp eye out. Long queues at the cholesterol inducing eateries would be blissfully unaware that they would miss the first goal.
We made our seats in time to hear the drummers from a section of Everton in the community but alas I did not hear the full information about them but they were great on all those different drums and even a soaking from the pitch watering system could’nt thwart them and on reaching the dug- out they received generous applause. The teams emerged to Z-Cars and some expressed surprise at our line-up which saw Joel in goal a back four today of Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori and Baines a midfield of McCarthy, Barry (capt) Schneiderlin and Lookman then Ross then Lukaku. You could say 4-4-2 when defending but a fluid approach going forward.
From the referee’s whistle it took just 30 seconds for Schneiderlin to pass to McCarthy who had made good ground and he pinged one to Rom who from edge of box curled a shot of some power around and past the startled keeper and troubled the net — all in attendance were delighted and those that didn’t make the kick-off will tell you they did. We are not used these explosive starts (goal time 42 secs.)
Bournemouth won the toss and elected to have us kick toward the Gwladys St first half. "Spoil sports" I thought but it meant our kick off and we made it pay big style ‘serves them right I mused’ as Lookman with some sweet slight of foot bamboozled Arter but smashed a shot across goal he does seem to like that ploy of hitting them hard across the box. We were in the lead but in looking to now play on the break Bournemouth seemed to be monopolising the ball a bit much for my liking but just after the 20-minute mark we some good fortune when Lukaku got forward and got to the byline and used his strength to go between two defenders and pull the ball back across the box. Schneiderlin missed it but the ever running McCarthy seemed to stretch out a leg and hit a defender with the ball but it rebounded to him and he prodded home.
Pandemonium as the all-important second goal had been achieved and a more relaxed atmosphere was evident all around the ground and that atmosphere was reinforced just five minutes later when an Everton attack was broken up in their penalty area but there player for whatever reason passed it directly to Rom and with only the keeper in the way he calmly chipped it over him into the night. The usual celebrations culminating in the Rom chant performed with some gusto. No problem now they need three just to draw. (Oh if we only knew)
H/T was upon us but before the whistle Bournemouth cut through our defence with a little too much ease for many fans liking but Joes made his first save of the half and a very good one it was. The H/T chat was mostly fans expressing the opinion that we were starting to look more like a team of substance now that Koeman is on the road to having a team in his image. His quality players playing his way with quality cover on the bench could see us joining the elite with a successful summer window. I would like that to happen but in football who knows but hope is there.
Second half 3-0 up and we start with our foot off the gas seeming intent just to defend and let them come on and counter, well the idea was good and we saw it could work when some ten mins in a Ross surge saw him in but his well struck shot was deflected just wide the corner wasted. A little later McCarthy hit one with some venom but alas straight at the keeper. Then we had the first wake -up call as the hour mark arrived when the on loan Wilshere who had been quite anonymous up to this point threaded a beaut through our defence leaving our defenders flat-footed and Josh King left Joel helpless as he slotted home.
"Ah, never mind... we're 3-1 up" seemed to be the mind-set of a few and we did respond right away as Barkley found McCarthy who had made up good ground the Irishman controlled the ball onto his stronger foot but then seemed to let the ball get under his feet and despite a ‘Bambi on ice’ routine the best he could do was prod it toward the keeper who diverted it wide of goal but into the path of Lookman who lashed at it and only found the side netting.
Bournemouth kept pressing and causing us some airy moments so we swapped McCarthy for Davies but before he could get to the pace of the game thoughts started to go back to that famous game at their place when we ‘over celebrated’ The tension grew with each wave of Bournemouth attacks and on 70 minutes mild panic started to take over as that man King had a shot tipped over by Joel but from the corner the ball went to a Bournemouth player who just hit it low across the box and King diverted the ball home. (Defence what defence) Hell it was now 3-2 and the rattle of prayer beads could be heard and still 20 mins to go.
Koeman needed to do something so he swapped Lookman for Mirallas but just moments later it was almost all square as Bournemouth with tails up and their travelling fans now in excellent voice again worked an opening for Pugh who left Schneiderlin on his backside but hammered wide and I reckon Eddie Howe would not be best pleased with that effort while Koeman must have been pulling his hair out.
The crowd were strangely quiet and then belting out the Everton –Everton- Everton such was the tension but the crowd were still with the team and willing them to get their fingers out and Joel lifted spirits with a great flying save from Arter that had goal written on it. With ten to go we seemed to snap back into life as Davies got to the pace and was putting himself about and this seemed to get others responding.
Most fans were now watching the clock as a move of purpose was started when we got a ball forward to Rom who laid it off to Coleman and continued his run for Coleman to pick him out with a chip which the big Belgian side-footed home.
And within a minute Lukaku and Barkley combined and Barkley fed our striker with an audacious back heeled pass who went passed and through defenders and slid a super shot passed the helpless keeper. Oh the relief, now we could cheer, laugh, sing and celebrate... but wait – it’s still not over 90 mins and Bournemouth player seemed to exchange passes and get to the byline the ball ended up in the net but I would need a rerun to see how but the goal stood and 4mins added went up.
In that 4mins we produced a peach of a pass from Mori down the middle at just the right weight on it and Ross powered on left his marker sidestepped the keeper and his both arms held aloft in celebration shot home into the empty net. Seeing Ross with arms aloft will stick with many of us for a long time. Final whistle and a game like no other is over.
MotM – Lukaku
On the way out all were happy. On setting foot out of the door there was the first sign of spring. It was still light. –Most conversations were of disbelief at what had transpired at the ‘Old Lady’ we scored 6 and that was great. Let 3 in not so great. Lukaku has moved to top of the scoring charts and I would not mind betting a record or two may have been broken or added after that.
Singing the Blues could be heard on Spellow Lane as fans went on their way no doubt to celebrate in their own way on what had been a terrific 6-3 victory but that doesn’t tell half the story. Still three points for us to put pressure on a couple of clubs above us so watch out big six were coming to get yer’
Boro next and maybe another rollercoaster. See you then
UP THE BLUES–
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1 Posted 04/02/2017 at 00:01:41
The most satisfying thing for me though was Ronald making the changes when needed when we were on the ropes in the second half. Fair play to Bournemouth they made a (great) game of it (though the ball was out for their third).
After a game at Stoke in midweek that in the past two seasons we could easily have lost today reinforced that we are becoming a different, stronger, team under Ron.
2 Posted 04/02/2017 at 00:03:58
Talking of top drawer, Ross, pace, ball retention, big tackles, (really big ones... hard and aggressive), passes and, as you observe, a moment at the end that we will all remember for a long time. He looks to me to be operating at potential, I do not say full potential as he has everything, and for me, there are no limits to what this diamond can achieve.
Thanks, Ken, as always.
3 Posted 05/02/2017 at 00:07:44
Did you confuse Macca with Seamus for that wicked shot that the keeper could only parry away?
5 Posted 05/02/2017 at 01:32:34
6 Posted 05/02/2017 at 01:47:14
Anyone who tells you they didn't have visions of Bournemouth doing us 4-3 like they did our neighbours isn't being honest. Blimey. What a game!
7 Posted 05/02/2017 at 02:05:41
We stopped pressing and sat back. We needed to start winning the ball back. Better teams are not going to let us have a 3 nil break.
Holgate and Davies made the difference when they came on although I was looking for Gana to come on and start winning the ball back. I'm still a very happy blue as we can learn from this performance. Koeman you Blues!
8 Posted 05/02/2017 at 02:17:40
Yeh! What a game! What a Saturday! Everton and Ex -Everton day! We win 6-3, Moyes's Sunderland smash the Crystal Palace and Our Niasse scores against the RS. Can it get any better than this?
9 Posted 05/02/2017 at 03:01:52
10 Posted 05/02/2017 at 04:17:00
11 Posted 05/02/2017 at 06:21:23
First half, great efficiency. We had four shots according to the half time stats on TV. 75 % conversion rate. Of the 10 that were on target throughout the whole match, 6 went in. Of the 15 in total 66% were on target. And I may be wrong about this final one, but I reckon Rom scored with every attempt he had?
What a performance from the big lad. For his 4th one of the defenders throws himself into a desperate challenge, just bounces off Rom who ploughs on through, great strength. I hope this is the start of a scoring streak for him.
Jimmy Mac looked good too, he seemed to play further forward, I wonder if Koeman sees him in a more advanced role?
12 Posted 05/02/2017 at 07:41:25
We have momentum and if we keep it up it he can attract the signings he needs in the summer. I'm ecstatic that Ron's tough love has turned Ross around and Davies is the real deal. Gana, Morgan and Tom have engines that will destroy all other midfields in the Premier League.
Nice report, Ken, and I'd love you to interview Ronald Koeman.
13 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:21:40
On the game, MotM clearly Rom, head and shoulders the difference on the pitch today and just maybe, with a strong finish, European football, a good summer window (dare I say a stadium announcement), we might be able to keep him and more importantly motivate him to put in these type of performances for us on a regular occurrence.
Having said all that about Rom, I make no bones about saying Ross is my favourite player. I love watching his intricate skill, strength and vision. He is an absolutely quality player that feeds on confidence, which by his flicks, tricks and goal celebrations is back and it's great to see. There are green shoots of a proper team / squad here and reasons to be hopeful for the future.
Looking forward to next week already. COYBs
14 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:31:23
Of course he'll do some good things, he's a professional footballer, but he offers very little. I would play Holgate before him at centre -back.
15 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:40:45
16 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:45:17
Long should it be so. It hurts when players don't show up as they didn't in the FA Cup the shame is all theirs!
17 Posted 05/02/2017 at 09:56:34
The Ross naysayers were also doing my head in. When our crowd are the 12th man, we are so strong, but too many times the groans have the opposite effect.
18 Posted 05/02/2017 at 10:55:01
Many of us voiced doubts based on what we were seeing and I certainly won't "hang my head in shame" for doing so. I didn't call him names, I wasn't vitriolic and neither was Phil or most other posters.
Thankfully it looks like I was wrong and Ron is now getting a grip on the players who appear to be responding and what a great day yesterday. Ron is clearly putting some serious work in with Ross I can't recall ever seeing him tackle like he is at the moment and if he can only realise his potential, we will have the playmaker we need.
Great report, Ken you have a marvellous turn of phrase!
19 Posted 05/02/2017 at 11:04:16
Thankfully, knee-jerking short-termism lost the day and patience appears to be paying off as the time Ron has been given has allowed him to assess the squad, ship out those he doesn't want, bring in better quality, coach several of the existing squad to improve and integrate some youngsters too.
20 Posted 05/02/2017 at 11:16:05
I was a doubter but am delighted to have been wrong. There is work still to be done but I can now see that we have the right man to do it. I think there is a very clever brain under that blond hair and he had me well fooled!!
21 Posted 05/02/2017 at 11:46:58
Bit scary that we let in 3, but still, what entertainment. We have the makings.
22 Posted 05/02/2017 at 12:01:08
"You did not win the day." Those saying they did not want Koeman here knew he wasn't going to be sacked. It's a football forum, we don't get to "win/lose the day."
I loved yesterday I've watched it three times now, but if I had a say in it Koeman would not be manager. I saw absolutely nothing there to change my mind.
Let's get something clear here. Koeman after naming seven defenders and being handed two gifts from a team on the slide, was in danger of looking a complete mug. Bournemouth swarmed all over us. He threw on a centre-half in a desperate attempt to stem the tide. Only a world class performance from Lukaku (not a signing of his) saved him and us from one of our most embarrassing days ever.
Let's by all means enjoy the game and the performances of some, but spare us the "I told you so" stuff.
23 Posted 05/02/2017 at 12:19:43
24 Posted 05/02/2017 at 12:27:42
SIMPLY SUPERB, thank you.
25 Posted 05/02/2017 at 12:39:06
Like all blues, I was over the moon with that performance, although cause for concern is how we almost let it slip, at three up, and seemingly took the foot off the gas, and nearly ended up sharing a point, rather than securing all three.
I was very impressed, and have been, from what I have seen of Lookman, our own baby-faced assassin in the making. I would have liked to have seen Gana back, but I imagine Koeman is creating a hunger for places, which has to be good in the long run.
26 Posted 05/02/2017 at 12:57:20
Of course you are entitled to your opinion, I just wonder what your expectations are, and who should the club look to appoint?
Please note, any reply that contains 'nil statis' or mention of what the club did 3 decades ago or suggest that we are currently in a position to recruit a coach of let's say Pep's standing will automatically be ignored.
27 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:14:39
I very rarely have a bet, but was in the ground earlier than usual yesterday and decided to stick a fiver on us to win 3-1 at 12/1. I mentioned this to my pal (a keen punter) at half-time, so when Bournemouth scored he nudged me and said "that'll do, boring rest of the 2nd half, we get 3 points, you're quids in". I replied "no chance, I want to see us score 6". I think he was quite disgusted with me.
It's had me thinking since the final whistle, what price would we put on getting a result like that, and seeing one of our players score 4? Off hand, I can remember Bally doing it at West Brom, Joe Royle against Southampton, Big Bob a couple of times, and more recently Louis Saha. These occasions are priceless, and I'm made up for everyone who witnessed it yesterday.
I know Mike Gaynes on another thread has asked for a couple of 7s when he comes over on his pilgrimage in April. That may be asking a bit much, but I hope he sees something memorable.
28 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:17:47
"It's a football forum â€“ we don't get to win/lose the day."
Come along now. You will post and post and post and post some more in an attempt to "win the day" if someone disagrees with you. Someone double-dared you not to have the last word recently and you came back and treble-dared them not to. ðŸ˜‚
Who were the 7 defenders he named in the starting 11?
29 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:22:27
Well we got through in the end, thanks to Lukaku having one of his games when he was unplayable.
There was a great little cameo when the players lined up for the start of the game, Lookman had his head bowed standing very still, two or three players came over to give him words of encouragement, he listened to them without moving or lifting his head up. After the players had moved away from him, he blessed himself and was ready for the game to begin.
30 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:31:04
Hopefully a few lessons have been learned:
Barkley can put himself about, dominate and pass brilliantly all at once! Keep it up Ross.
When he's fit, McCarthy can move forwards and with purpose. Can he stay fit?
Funes Mori and, particularly Williams, need to concentrate. They also look better with Holgate next to them.
Bournemouth are a great team for us to play. Crap defence, love to attack and leave space. Let's see if we can open up the bus-parkers.
Lovely to watch a team of free spirits. Good to know we can do that as well as win ugly.
31 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:41:58
We are not the finished article but are moving in the right direction. Change takes time.
32 Posted 05/02/2017 at 13:51:51
33 Posted 05/02/2017 at 14:01:17
It was interesting to note yesterday that of our five senior signings in the summer (Gueye, Stekelenburg, Williams, Bolasie and Valencia) only Williams was involved yesterday. There are doubts about whether or not he is good enough for the long term but there can be few about Schneiderlin based on the evidence of his first four appearances. I think the other central midfielders are now competing for the one or two places alongside him which is a great position to be in.
As one or two others have suggested, the real test of our progress will come when we play the likes of West Brom or any team which parks a circle of wagons around their penalty area, when space is restricted, when there is nowhere for our forward players to roam, when the crowd switches off and frustration reigns. The solution lies in playing at a quick tempo from the start, first-time passes, early crosses and shooting on sight.
34 Posted 05/02/2017 at 14:18:48
Not shouting from the rooftops but a bit of balance on here would be fair in giving credit where it's due. We are showing promise and that has to be commended.
36 Posted 05/02/2017 at 14:49:27
All of a sudden, when we are in danger of throwing it all away, we decide to start passing the ball again, and Bournemouth collapsed like a house of cards. Bonkers!
Other odd events:
The ref (who in general had an awful game) blowing for a free-kick for no apparent reason after 2 seconds.
Barkley making more crunching tackles in 10 first half minutes than he has done across the last two seasons.
The programme having an article about fast goals, and warning people to get to their seats by kick-off, just in case.
Bournemouth's 3rd goal being out of play I could see so from 20 rows back in the Main Stand.
They should have had a penalty at the end 6-4 anyone?
The laughs around the seats when we realised Niasse of all people had scored against the RS.
I'm off to find the wormhole back to the dimension of reality.
37 Posted 05/02/2017 at 14:53:52
Do you not think the change of Holgate was a tactical masterstroke by Koeman to move back into a formation we are familiar with and allowed Coleman to bomb on and supply Lukaku with the game clinching 4th (something Eddie Howe acknowledged later).
Under Martinez, this would have been a draw or defeat but, again under Koeman, the tactical switch paid dividends.
38 Posted 05/02/2017 at 15:05:08
At the time of the substitution, we were proper under the cosh. They were swarming all over us and Koeman wanted another body in there to stem the tide.
Bournemouth were risking more and more bodies in an attempt to get the equaliser their play had, up to that point, probably deserved.
I don't like complicated claims. I prefer the simple evidence of my own eyes. Lukaku's performance won the game for us and I was absolutely buzzing.
If people want to give the manager credit it, that's up to them.
39 Posted 05/02/2017 at 15:07:51
40 Posted 05/02/2017 at 15:11:41
Holgate was brought on because Barry's legs were gone and we needed more energy. It was a good substitution but he should have been taken off before James McCarthy.
41 Posted 05/02/2017 at 15:19:17
"It was a strange final result after half-time” he added. “I think we dropped our intensity a little bit but it's also a big compliment to Bournemouth, who played good football in the second half and made it really difficult by playing really offensively.
“We had difficulties in stopping that but now I'm really happy that I changed the system to five at the back because then we got the control back in the game."
43 Posted 05/02/2017 at 15:55:18
What a contrast reading your reports against Darren Hind's posts.
Just like comparing Koeman's Everton with Martinez's Everton.
Some real beauts in there, Ken, and all positive enjoyable reading.
Well done, mate, and long may it continue.
For the record, Darren, I could watch yesterday's game all day long unlike the shite that was being played last season.
44 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:00:38
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46 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:12:13
Football is a game, for the spectator, of opinions and opinions are like arseholes in that each and every one of us has one. Because they're opinions, none of them are right, just as none of them are wrong.
Unless that opinion is mine, because mine are always wrong, ask my Mrs!
50 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:22:09
Talking of Martinez, did you see the cheeky fucker on "Goals on Sunday" or whatever it's called?
Talked of our defensive fragility blah blah... You'd think someone who'd mugged their previous employer of close to 㾶m wouldn't be bitter, but that's exactly how he sounded to me.
51 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:29:09
52 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:43:12
53 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:47:01
Robles also decent but what happened to our central defense for 30 mins?
Respect to Ron for managing rotation but still keeping the points rolling in.
54 Posted 05/02/2017 at 16:54:20
55 Posted 05/02/2017 at 20:42:18
I read that with incredulity. It is sad to see he is still wallowing in his own bullshit.
An amateur Jose Mourhino.
56 Posted 05/02/2017 at 20:50:01
My Mrs is no Cameron Diaz either but I'd still chin any of her ex-boyfriends who said as much... if you get my point. ;-)
57 Posted 05/02/2017 at 22:13:59
Dave Watson had to defend deep and he was excellent at it. I saw a young Michael Owen skin him and I understood why. Williams is, in my view, a siege player, essential for our current stature at this time, but as we hopefully aspire to more I would like our opponents to require siege players.
58 Posted 05/02/2017 at 22:22:14
Fully agree, spot on.
59 Posted 05/02/2017 at 22:29:55
60 Posted 05/02/2017 at 22:43:53
That's a good point. I think Koeman is well aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his players and he will regularly play different players and rotate the squad as well as tactics according to the teams we play and the situation during the game.
Of course, it won't always come off but it shows he's flexible, aware, and knows his players. He showed some of that awareness yesterday when he changed it when it needed to be.
61 Posted 05/02/2017 at 23:48:40
63 Posted 06/02/2017 at 11:14:04
Happy you enjoyed it, it was only a small troupe out of our 90-piece carnaval drumming... come have a bang with us next time!
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