Fine exhibition for a solid Everton win

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Barnsley 0 - 3 Everton

Phil Jagielka's hamstring flare-up means he missed out along with John Stones

Everton started their preseason game at Oakwell with a number of youngsters in the side. Tom Davies, Mason Holgate, Kieran Dowell and Brendan Galloway all got a chance to impress new manager Ronald Koeman.

John Stones and Club captain Phil Jagielka miss out with knocks, while Romelu Lukaku is still on leave.

Barnsley kicked off and got the ball forward but Galloway covered it well. The home side pressed again but Everton got possession and a great ball from Davies found Deulofeu who set up Mirallas for an early shot on goal.

Everton were starting to move the ball around nicely, with Davies looking sharp and Besic getting forward. But Barnsley looked to deny the visitors space. Hammill fouled Mirallas and got a talking to from the ref. Mirallas casually lashed in a superb delivery to open the scoring from the set piece.

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Barnsley got a corner from which they hit the post, then a cross was headed wide by Winnall. But another sharp Everton attack saw Dowell feed Deulofeu and his shot was tipped wide. Mirallas's corner was overhit.

It was fairly competitive, with Besic unyielding in his desire to take on the opposition, who won another corner off Galloway. Robles pulled off a good save to keep out the long shot from Yaidom.

Deulofeu tried to curl a clever attempt past Adam Davies in the Barnsley goal, but it was parried behind, with no-one challenging for the ensuing corner. A poor backpass saw Robles lose the ball behind for an unforced corner.

Galloway was solid in breaking down a persistent Barnsley attack to regain possession and almost released Deulofeu. Some scrappy work from Holgate and then Gibson put the blues defence under some pressure but it was relieved yet Deulofeu got double-teammed.

Hammill did well to cross to the far post where Yaidom had half a chance coming in. Lennon and Deulofeu were struggling to connect under some lively pressure from the Tykes, who were whipping in some good crosses for Everton to defend.

The game became quite scrappy as the tempo dropped, and mistakes started to mar the play after the half-hour. A good long throw needed firm hands from Robles, who almost messed up on the edge of his area. Barnsley won another corner, Hourihane swinging it well into the danger area.

Besic played a great ball forward for Deulofeu who danced in on goal from the right but his lay back was deflected away from Dowell. At the other end, Robles had to be alert to save from Lee.

The first half ended with Barnsley again coming close, Galloway clearing off the line.

Barkley, Funes Mori and Coleman came on but took time to settle, and Winnall almost beat Robles with a free header. Barkley fed Deulofeu well but the Spaniard stumbled over the ball and a great chance was lost. Better movement saw a nice cutback for Lennon whose shot was deflected wide.

Gibson picked out Barkley and gave him a run into the area but the cross was delayed from Ross and he was tackled. A great piece of play by Deulofeu deserved a goal but he curled his shot just wide of the post. Winnall got himself booked after a poor challenge on Funes Mori.

Barkley played another great ball for Deulofeu, who kept it simple this time and slotted past Davies for the second Everton goal. That signalled mass changes in the line-up, which caused a lull in the tempo as they settled in.

Conor Grant was well involved in the middle of the team, doing well to resist some spirited stuff from Barnsley, with a couple of shots going narrowly wide.

Lennon danced in nicely and played a direct ball to Barkley's feet inviting him to turn his man and lash in a wonderful strike for the third goal. Tremendous stuff from a hopefully rejuvenated Ross Barkley.

Barkley and then Coleman tried their luck from distance, firing over. Tom Cleverley was unrecognizable, playing with skill, speed and precision. Shani Tarashaj was also doing well to show some decent skill and desire. McGeady, however, looked just the same, getting a great ball from Barkley, only to lash it over wastefully.

All-in-all, a fine display from the Everton players in front of 2,106 Evertonians in a crowd of 7,410. They performed well for the new manager who is demanding a higher standard of play than most of them have been used to...

Scorers: Mirallas (9'), Deulofeu (60'), Barkley (73').

Barnsley: Davies, Yiadom, Roberts, Mawson, White (85' Evans), Hammill, Moncur, Hourihane, Lee, Bradshaw, Winnall.
Subs: Townsend, (46' Bree) Scowen, Nyatanga, Watkins, Payne, Tuton, Evans, D-Almeida.

Everton: Robles, Davies (46' Coleman), Holgate (83' Pennington), Galloway (46' Funes Mori), Baines (61' Oviedo), Lennon, Gibson (61' Grant), Besic (61' Cleverley), Mirallas (61' Tarashaj), Dowell (46' Barkley), Deulofeu (61' McGeady).
Subs: Stekelenburg, Garbutt.

Referee: Peter Bankes

Attendance: 7,410.


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Pete North
1 Posted 23/07/2016 at 14:28:16
Anyone know where Kone's got to? Please let it be China. He was listed as going to Austria but wasn't in any of the training pics, nor the team vs Jablonec. He's not in the squad today either.

At least Gareth Barry was seen talking to Ronald even if he hasn't ventured onto the pitch.

Kevin McNab
2 Posted 23/07/2016 at 14:50:31
A Link for today's game for those that need one.

£3.99 isn't bad, but free is better!
Ian Glassey
6 Posted 23/07/2016 at 15:54:23
Fox sports 2 on Kodi great pic but the sound in Dutch but better than Everton tv..
Mike Allen
7 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:03:48
We've got to find a keeper who can command anything in the six-yard box. Robles's first move is backwards, coaches have got to get this sorted. He's rooted to his line or on his heels, it's poor keeping.
Jim Hardin
8 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:14:10
Belgians = goals! Get more Belgians! Better players than their waffles.

Watching on a live stream and the announcers just said no gimmes for Everton this pre-season. Barnsley and MK Dons? If they aren't expected victories then Everton are in big trouble.

Charles Brewer
9 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:33:17
Wow! Nice one from Ross Barkley. You can see why he was left out of the England team!
Jim Hardin
10 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:34:28
Went to Reddit and found this site. three choices, this is the third link through ESPN and works great, no freezing.

Amit Vithlani
11 Posted 23/07/2016 at 16:54:31
Refreshing to watch us play with tempo, even though it was a friendly and the players are still working up their fitness levels.

Very impressed with Barkley's cameo. Mirallas and Geri were good too, whilst Tarashaj looks a bundle of tricks.

Robles is not a No 1. Can't command his box.

Helen Mallon
12 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:04:31
Amit, I agree about Robles.
Mike Mulhall
13 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:07:20
Probably the three goal scorers you wanted to score aswell to boost a little confidence.
Jay Harris
14 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:07:24
Good performances from Ross, Gibbo, Mirallas, Grant, Davies, Holgate and Tarashaj. Patchy performances from Deulofeu, Lennon, Oviedo, Funes Mori and Robles.

The rest didn't stand out at all but as expected McGeady was poor and Galloway's concentration continues to be a concern.

Conor Skelly
15 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:11:26
Good run-out that provided the manager with plenty of information.

McGeady, as we already knew, is finished in an Everton shirt. I wish him well but he has no place even competing for a place on the bench.

One person who will be warming the bench come August 13th is Robles. He lacks the confidence and command to be our Number 1.

The team however, played with more confidence than I've seen in years. Quick incisive passing, lots of one-touch stuff with no fucking around at the back. Gerry will be deployed as a striker from now on I suspect – which explains McGeady's inclusion (to confirm he isn't a ready-made replacement for the right wing).

Barkley was head and shoulders above everyone else and one suspects on that evidence the England Euro fiasco only encouraged him to kick on. Classy Everton performance all round. So far so good, Mr Koeman.

Michael Kenrick
17 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:15:17
Some good after-match interviews on the official feed, if you kept it on. Koeman, Mirallas, Davies... I expect they'll all be up on

Great comments from Koeman about wanting to see balls played forward and not back to the keeper. Interesting comments form Tom Davies about being asked to play right back.

Dan Davies
18 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:16:50
Thought the boys did well. Del Boy took his goal well as did Ross, that Tarashaj looks keen. Overall a decent workout.
Anto Byrne
19 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:30:40
Expect the centre-halves to clear away crosses. Far too many free headers... not Robles fault. He was only hesitant once but again, faced with a free header, where was the defending? Won't matter who is Number One if we're still not dealing with crosses.
Olalekan Taofik
20 Posted 23/07/2016 at 17:45:37

Good for the boys.

Congrats but you can still do better.

Andrew James
22 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:11:08

I really hope Ross can kick on this season and by the end we'll be talking of him as a player of the season. Martinez and that charlatan of a former England manager were guilty of grossly mis-managing Ross (amongst a lot of other things).

That he didn't get thrown into the mixer purely for his skill and shooting against Iceland when we looked hopeless still leaves me in disbelief.

Conor Skelly
23 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:21:21

When Hodgson didn't use him against Slovakia, that was his tournament over. I'm sure Ross felt vindicated on his resignation. On the evidence of today I'm sure the Barnsley players reminded Ross of Woy's blindness after the full-time whistle.

Bobby's mistake with Ross was allowing him to take as long as he wanted on the ball. Koeman's philosophy of quick movement and high tempo football will bring out the best in Ross.

James Kirrane
24 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:33:37
A solid and professional performance. Looking better already than last season. (Remember the friendly at Leeds?) I liked the look of Davies and Holgate. Davies looked like he had been playing in the first team for years. Let's hope his future is very bright.
Daniel Lawrence
25 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:33:52
Has Niasse hurt his wrist again?..?!
Mark Tanton
26 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:38:44
He must be a bit of a wanker Daniel. I can spot 'em a mile off.
Eugene Ruane
27 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:42:47
Very early days re both games - obviously right now all about getting fitness and Koeman and his staff looking at players playing competitive matches etc.

That said, I know enough about our squad right now to say I would feel so much more relaxed if there was the option of a couple of physically imposing, hard-case centre-halves.

Just a pair of big, fit, determined scary bastards who could get their heads on the majority of balls into our box.

Not that results in these friendlies make any difference, but it's true to say we could (should?) have so easily conceded at least two goals in both games from crosses/corners.

It's always been incredibly physical in that box when you've got big muscular strikers and (opposing) centre-halves looking to get on the end of balls and right now, I don't believe we have what we need to combat that particular threat.

Len Hawkins
28 Posted 23/07/2016 at 18:43:15
Daniel (#25),

No the coaching team have made him wear boxing gloves to give his wrist a rest.

Mark Tanton
29 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:11:17
Be interesting to hear if the gaffer has said anything about the kind of player he wants in before the Tottenham game.
Clive Rogers
30 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:12:21
Never stopped me!!!
Clive Rogers
31 Posted 23/07/2016 at 19:33:24
Looks like Kone and Niasse are out of the picture, and possibly Barry too.
Michael Polley
32 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:02:42
Great goal from Ross. Nice performance all round, but we need a keeper. Robles lacks confidence. Hopefully Koeman has got a replacement lined up.
Terry White
33 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:03:12
Don't forget that there is also a game on Tuesday, Clive, so opportunity for those who did not get a game today to show their paces; Kone, Niasse, Barry, Garbutt, the new keeper included. They cannot all play in one game. If they do not make an appearance, then I might go along with your suggestion.
Martin Nicholls
34 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:05:50
No Jimmy Mac today?
Dave Williams
35 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:06:24

I heard that Barry had a slight knock so wasn't risked but it does look like Koeman has susssed the squad pretty quickly and the other two are on their way, and hopefully McGeady with them.

Good to hear we played with more energy and pace; early signs encouraging.

Tony Abrahams
36 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:13:34
If Koeman has sussed the squad out, then I'm sure, like Eugene said, a big centre half plus a goalie will be top of the managers list.

Michael K, what did young Tom Davies say?

Paul Andrews
37 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:17:40
Koulibaly is the man, Tony. For those that like their centre-halves to play, this lad can do both. But most importantly he is a beast of a defender. He's going all the way to the very top IMO.
Colin Glassar
38 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:29:35
Martin, Macca is not 100% as he's still carrying a knock. Not to worry though, looks like the Witsel deal is back on. Zenit have accepted our £25m bid according to reports.
Colin Glassar
39 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:33:26
Oh, and Niasse is off to Galatasaray for a season – phew!
Robin Gomme
40 Posted 23/07/2016 at 20:57:58
Read that as Glastonbury at first - thought that would make a change from bloody Chris Martin. ....
James Flynn
41 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:01:21
Barry has a year left on his contract and can still play.

That he'll be played less makes sense and is likely. But why get rid of him?

James Flynn
42 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:05:09
Reading other places about today's game; Delboy played striker?

Paul Ellam
43 Posted 23/07/2016 at 21:34:53
Decent all round performance I thought. Barkley stood out when he came on and looks really hungry to impress Koeman. I think a Number 1 goalkeeper is still required and, if we're looking for a back up for Coleman, how about the Barnsley lad Yiadom? He looked a bundle of energy!

We also need Lukaku back, obviously, and a decent backup for him because I don't think Deulofeu really cuts it as a striker despite his goal. And play Davies where he wants to play – in midfield. Wasted at right back.

I had a great afternoon anyway and feel positive about the new season. A couple of high-calibre signings would just do nicely now!

Kristian Boyce
44 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:01:11
I thought Gibson was probably MotM today. If (and that's a very big 'IF') he can stay fit, he offers the creativity in midfield we were crying out for last season. Both him and Davies had some brilliant pin-point passes throughout the game.
Dave Pritchard
45 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:08:31
Mark 26, it takes one to know one they say.
Ray Roche
46 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:39:37
Len (#28), Clive (#30),

D'you know those plastic bucket type things dogs wear round their necks when they've had an operation? When I was fourteen, I had one of those on my right wrist. To save my sight, apparently.

Michael Upton
47 Posted 23/07/2016 at 22:54:50
A great afternoon in brilliant sunshine.

Great to see the lads passing it about whenever possible but not above a ball into the channel to mix things up. Let's not forget this was the regular Barnsley side against a team of Blues who can't be that used to playing together. I thought Deulofeu up front was an interesting tactic, and three pretty inexperienced defenders acquitted themselves pretty well (remember the nightmare Jags and Stones had at Oakwell a year ago).

As other posters have said, Robles has a fair bit to do to convince as a No 1, while Barkley was extremely impressive, his goal fitting the "worth the admission money" profile.

One final point - took my 4-year-old son to his first Blues game today. He wasn't hugely into the match but enjoyed the atmosphere and watched a fair bit of it. But his highlights were the lads behind us who shared their chips with him and chatted during the game, and the two little Blues who had a half-time kickabout with him. Thanks everyone for welcoming him into the Blue family. Classic Everton class.

Roll on the season proper.

Keith Glazzard
48 Posted 23/07/2016 at 23:37:20
No complaints. In fact, I can recall shambolic performances at this stage a number of times.

First thing to say was that Barnsley gave us a very good match – thank you. So did the players look like they were trying, doing well, any different to the way they had become in the last two years? Quite definitely. The Moyes team – good earners – were released to play in the first season with Martinez, but nothing happened after that. Decline set in.

I don't think this is a false dawn with this bloke. Hard-headed, a winner. Mirallas playing as he should, Gerard putting the fear of god into (very decent) defenders, and Ross doing a sort of circus act with menace are stand-out details. But there was a lot more to it than that. Set-backs to come, of course; you won over 2000 Evertonians there, and loads more of us on-line today boss.

ps – I feel sorry for Ossie. Played out of position for years by Moyes, Martinez eventually realised that he should be playing up around the box. Had he been a few years younger he would have been out there today performing with the best of them.

Andy Meighan
49 Posted 23/07/2016 at 23:51:10
Eugene (#27)

I'm shocked you never sent a link for two big scary bastard centre-halves you're right like we do need a couple.

Anthony Dwyer
50 Posted 24/07/2016 at 01:21:33
Fuck the European Championships..... Ross has been rested and looks as though he's rejuvenated, trim, fresh and happy.

Del in a more central roll, Miralas given another chance, Tarashaj and Dowell giving the youthful buzz around the team, and Mori given his first run out after a lot of game time and travelling with his country.

All in all a great day for the lads.

Steve Brown
51 Posted 24/07/2016 at 06:06:44
I'm just seeing a grown-up in charge of the team to be honest.
Dave Abrahams
52 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:08:16
Never saw the the game so I can't comment, I was impressed by the managers after match remarks, he kept it very simple, told it like it was, or how he saw it.He also played Deulafeu in the role quite a few of us have asked him to be payed in, I would like him to be given that position full time.

It was only Barnsley we played and the results don't really matter at this stage of the preparations, let Koeman get the team and squad ready in his own way he at, the very least, seems to know and understand football, which makes me more comfortable about the way the club is going.

Karl Meighan
53 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:44:48
I agree with most comments concerning the need for centrebacks to be brought in, but would also like to see alot more work done to stop the crosses coming into the box.

Whilst long balls played into the box should be easy enough for a big strong dominant figure at the back to deal with, I just feel both fullbacks and wide midfielders can do alot more to close the space and stop danger before it happens.

Colin Glassar
54 Posted 24/07/2016 at 09:54:01
Bruno Indi Martins for me Karl. Has all the necessary skills and would cost a third what Koulibally would.
Paul Ellam
55 Posted 24/07/2016 at 10:38:50
I agree Colin #54 that Koulibaly is over priced and we could get 2 equally good centre backs for the same price combined.
Martins-Indi, De Vrijj, Williams or Van Dijk would be just fine.
Eddie Dunn
56 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:27:31
Paul 55. They are all good players and just what we need.
Christopher Timmins
57 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:29:16
Folks, what the state of play with Browning, is he anywhere near a come back?

Ray Roche
58 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:32:09
Paul, Van Dijk , although possibly the answer, would cost an absolute fortune, firstly because he's recently signed a new contract extension, and secondly because Southampton would want top dollar following our taking Koeman off them. We were also linked with him before he went to Saints so that was the time to buy him.
Brent Stephens
59 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:36:45
Ray #46, rather than lose your sight completely, you could have asked for the protective "bucket" to be taken off just occasionally and then have worn glasses.
Ray Roche
60 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:38:57
Brent, I risked one eye....
Brent Stephens
61 Posted 24/07/2016 at 11:49:43
Never one to make a spectacle of yourself, Ray!
Dick Fearon
62 Posted 24/07/2016 at 12:41:14
I viewed the entire game and did not think it was a solid performance.
Barnsley put in 5 or6 ordinary wide high crosses that could or should have scored. At least half dozen PL standard strikers would have buried them.
Last season our full backs allowed wide attackers far too much space and time.
Against Barnsley it was the same old problem.
Koeman had better get it sorted and quick or our hopes will suffer.
Mark Roberts
63 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:02:56
Jay (#14) – completely disagree. I thought Galloway was very switched on; he seems to have an innate sense of where the danger is, much like Jags does. He was in the right place at the right time several times and the timing of his challenges was excellent. He's not a left-back certainly.
Anto Byrne
64 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:07:42
Definitely not happy with how crosses are dealt with. Lack of height and brute force is missing. Duffy would have been okay.
Colin Glassar
65 Posted 24/07/2016 at 13:32:47
It was interesting to hear Ronald talk of the need for "more communication" between the players after the game. This is something we spoke of a lot last season, ie, the lack of leaders on the field, being too quiet and polite, not arguing 50-50 decisions which went against us, etc...

I saw a photo of the coaches yesterday and they looked like a mean bunch of sods. I hope they can instill that attitude into our nice bunch of lads.

Alan Jones
66 Posted 24/07/2016 at 15:45:30
We should buy Lewis Dunk from Brighton. WBA offering £7 million. He's committed, passionate and wants to be a winner but needs to learn discipline from Ronald Koeman. That's the kind of player we need, then cheers for the £50M from Man City!

Nice goals from the lads yesterday – I can see all three scoring for fun this season! Always an optimist and always a blue! COYB!

Steavey Buckley
67 Posted 24/07/2016 at 17:28:52
There is something definetly wrong with the defence. Last season even with McCarthy and Barry supporting the back 4 (making 6 defenders in total) Everton still managed to conceded 59 premier league goals. So Koeman needs to sort out the defence before the season gets under way, otherwise, Everton will be shipping in more goals a plenty.
Colin Glassar
68 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:03:00
Stevey, our unwillingness or inability to stop crosses into the box, the constant chopping and changing of the back four (injuries and lack of concentration), lack of a decent goalie, our MF players getting constantly caught in possession and losing the ball unnecessarily, the amount of injuries to our MF players, the lack of tactical discipline (either too high or too deep), the slowness of Barry and our over dependence on him etc..... There are of course othe factors but Roberto never addressed them, for example Ross not having a defined role so he wandered aimlessly around the pitch not helping anyone.

Looking back in hindsight we were a shambles last season. We could, and did, score goals but our MF and defence were a mess. Injuries played a part as we never had a settled team and Roberto didn't help himself with his playing players out of position and out of form.

Jay Harris
69 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:18:03
Thats your prerogative but you cant deny the number of times the opposition got in behind Galloway.

OK he recovered to make a challenge in most of them but in the Prem he would have been skinned.

He has also had a poor run in the reserves where his concentration in particular was being questioned.

I think the lad has ability but needs a lot more awareness and concentration before he can be considered for the first team.

By contrast Holgate (who I consider to be the lesser player) was a model of consistency reading the game well and making a number of good interceptions and passes.

Phil Walling
70 Posted 24/07/2016 at 18:47:03
Galloway won't smell the first team in the coming season. Regular U21 followers have told us he's 'gone back' since early last season.

Leave it to the manager, he was a star defender, after all !

Martin Mason
71 Posted 24/07/2016 at 19:33:57
Sorry, I thought we won 3-0 in an away match yet we are again blessed with our unique brand of negativity, which amounts to why find anything positive from a pre-season friendly when we can be negative instead. Why do we do this? Why can we not look at the positive aspects, why can we not say that we could just be wrong about Barkley? We have a new manager and coaches and luckily it is only what they will take from the match that matters.

A great result guys and I hope to see us ramp up our quality as we play ever higher quality of opponent. I look forward to a slow improvement next season, hopefully good signings that will improve the squad but even more so, the blooding in of our promising youngsters into the squad.

Nobody can win anything with kids Hansen said about MU and he was wrong and this route is far more credible for Everton given the stupid prices being quoted for rubbish players. I will respect Everton for not overpaying for the rubbish that is available just now. There is value and we will find it.

Steavey Buckley
72 Posted 24/07/2016 at 19:34:33
Colin Glassar: defending is not rocket science, especially when there is a solid line of 4 defenders at the back who cover for each other. The basic problem with Everton defenders last season they were not just good enough, their covering was not good enough while not being able to dominate the opposition either in the air or on the ground in a lot of games , irrespective who was the manager at the time.
Colin Glassar
73 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:07:22
4-5 full internationals in that defence Steavey, surely they can't be that bad? At the end of the day the buck stops with the manager and that was a very disorganised defence IMO.
Trevor Lynes
74 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:30:50
We need a tall centre back like a young Distin. Some of the centre-backs proposed on here are only 6 foot tall. To cope with guys like Carroll, we need a centre-back of his size.

Steavey Buckley
75 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:47:14
Colin Glassar: both Baines and Coleman had bad defensive seasons, while Stones, Jagielka and Mori could not dominate the opposition. That is why McCarthy and Barry were forced to play so deep in their own half.
David Pearl
76 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:49:42
I think the defence was good enough... but they were being asked to over play. Over coached and not under coached. That and toxic fumes coming from the arses of certain big headed players. RK's first job he is working on and that's attitudes and that chemistry that was lacking. By all accounts nobody else at Everton knows who he is actually wanting to buy as he's keeping the cheque book close to his chest. It's never easy being a blue.
Steavey Buckley
77 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:55:47
David Pearl: good defenders do not concede 59 premier league goals in a season.
Jay Harris
78 Posted 24/07/2016 at 20:58:17
I cant agree with your conclusion at all.

Martinez had Coleman and Baines pushing up over the halfway line and Barry and McCarthy coming back to pick the balls up from the back 4.

Needless to say this tactic is very easily sussed out and teams were able to push forward on the break and get in the space behind the full backs and exploit the back 4.

Stones, Jagielka and Funes Mori were regularly pulled out of position by trying to cover the full backs. In other words, chaos ruled. It was never like that under Moyes.

You watch the difference under Koeman with some evidence of it at Barnsley, even though quite a few of the kids were playing. There was a more assured comfort about our play.

Colin Glassar
79 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:00:11
Steavey Buckley: why couldn't these three excellent players dominate the opposition? All three are experienced (in varying degrees) defenders and are coveted by other teams. Why didn't they function as a unit?
Steavey Buckley
80 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:07:20
The first responsibility of Coleman and Baines as full backs in the last line of defence is to defend properly, which they did not do well all of last season. That cannot be blamed on them doing other football things – Oviedo comes into that reckoning as well.
Brian Mahoney
81 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:10:36
Was there anyone else stuck in that bloody car park behind the ground for nearly an hour?
Steavey Buckley
82 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:11:31
Colin Glassar: when it comes to dominating the opposition there was no better player than Kone of Sunderland last season, who is a beast of a player. Scored 2 goals against a feeble Everton side and sucked the life out of what Everton considerd their best attacking options.
Ernie Baywood
83 Posted 24/07/2016 at 21:57:51
The way we played (possession high up the pitch) put defenders in difficult positions. It took one long ball forward to pitch a defender in a one on one chase with a forward. You're going to lose some of those battles no matter who you are. That it happened time and time again showed it to be systemic rather than about individual poor judgement.

I'm talking about the first 20 or so games when we were still scoring - the team got worse when Martinez tried to do something about it as he was so out of his depth.

Steavey Buckley
84 Posted 24/07/2016 at 22:22:04
Ernie Baywood: in games against Liverpool (away), Arsenal (home), Sunderland (away), Bournemouth (away), Manchester United (home), West Ham (home), Chelsea (away), Leicester (away), they were games when Everton conceded plenty of goals because of poor defending.

The goal Everton conceded against Watford (away) in the last seconds of the first half was down again to poor defending. Nothing whatsoever to do with playing high up the field and getting 'caught out.'

Phil Hoyle
85 Posted 24/07/2016 at 22:39:38
@Martin Mason #71 - please post more. Love the enthusiasm and positivity. #restoremyfaith
Jay Harris
86 Posted 25/07/2016 at 00:52:12
Steavey if it was poor defending in all of those games don't you think the manager should have done something about like review it in training or change personnel or the system.

No instead he said he does not believe in admonishing players who make mistakes and he doesnt believe in clean sheets.

Any clues there for you as to who was responsible for the 3rd best defence in the country to become a shambles.

Please just give RK a chance and you will see a major difference in those players especially Stones if he stays.

Derek Thomas
87 Posted 25/07/2016 at 01:30:05
I counted 8 'free headers' that we got away with, mostly from our LM, better players might've converted 1 or 2.

In the old days, 'little teams' got pasted, but nowadays not so much due to their better preparation, fitness, orginisation etc, aka, 'Good Habits'. These are the things that you can do something about.

Yes I know there were always cup upsets and giant killers but that usually said more about the beaten team than the winners.

By the time of the Chelsea 3-6 result early in the 2nd season, Martinez had coached all the Moyes out of the team, aka 'Bad Habits'...and we all know that bad habits are easier to form than to get rid of.

Koeman's had them for a couple of weeks, we're not going to thrash Spurs with our new found brand of Total Football...or what ever it is that Koeman will instil into them...I also don't see them thrashing us either, before people accuse me of defeatism.

It's going to take a lot of work and repetitive practice until Defending becomes, once again, 2nd nature.

As somebody never said; Rome wasn't burnt in a day.

Tony Draper
88 Posted 25/07/2016 at 17:55:51
Wasn't it great to see our Kev playing as a forward again ?
That free kick ?

FFS, he can be a right sparkly pink Princess. But, he can play football.
He can play football at terrifying pace.

An undervalued lad called Vardy did that last season with an easily dismissed club. Be careful what you wish for ? Be even more careful with all that you dismiss.

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