Hat-trick hero Lukaku back with a bang

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Sunderland 0 - 3 Everton
Romelu Lukaku ended an 11-match Premier League goal drought with a quick-fire hat-trick at the Stadium of Light as Everton put David Moyes's sorry Sunderland side to the sword.

The Belgian had the best chance of a fairly dreary first half when his free header was saved superbly by Jordan Pickford but, after going close to converting Seamus Coleman's wayward shot early in the second period, he struck three times in 11 minutes to blow the contest wide open in the Toffees' favour.

Lukaku hadn't scored for the Blues since the FA Cup quarter final against Chelsea in March but he began to make amends for the barren run on what turned out to be an excellent evening for Everton in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The 23-year-old might have come off the field late on with more than just three goals to his name because, in addition to being foiled by the 'keeper with that first-half effort, he hit the woodwork, blasted another shot over and almost converted Seamus Coleman's shot in at the first post with the scores still level.

Manager Ronald Koeman had drafted Coleman straight into the starting XI following his return to fitness for this evening's televised clash at Sunderland. The Dutchman's team was otherwise as expected, although there was no place in the squad for new loan signing Enner Valencia who, like Bryan Oviedo, was one of the players who returned from Latin America later than the other internationals.

Ramiro Funes Mori was on the bench, however, alongside Mason Holgate who made way for Coleman despite an impressive start to the season deputising for the Irishman at right back.

Everton's start was a patchy one, with an early opening off Coleman's cross almost falling for Lukaku in front of goal and Gueye dragging a long range shot tamely wide

It was Sunderland who had the first sight of goal when Defoe beat the offside flag as he latched onto a deflected shot that looped over the Everton back line but he sliced over the bar with Stekelenburg to beat.

A chance to Lukaku at the other end just before the quarter-hour mark was even better, though. The Belgian rose to meet Bolasie's excellent cross from the right but Jordan Pickford made an excellent one-handed save to push the ball over the bar.

Lukaku was in the mix again five minutes later when Barkley rolled the ball into him near the penalty spot but falling backwards under the attentions of Lamine Kone he couldn't get enough power behind his shot to trouble the 'keeper.

Koeman's men began to assert their control of the contest as the half wore on but found creating chances challenging, with Bolasie's repeated deliveries from the right routinely finding Sunderland heads in the centre.

Lynden Gooch caused a problem for Stekelenburg late in the first period in a rare foray forward by the hosts but the 'keeper was equal to his curling ball into the box as he palmed it behind for a corner.

Following a poor first-half performance, Barkley was withdrawn in favour of Gerard Deulofeu, with Bolasie switching flanks and Mirallas coming into a more central role off Lukaku.

The Blues immediately looked better going forward with more movement and they came within a couple of feet of going ahead when Deulofeu's shot was blocked, Gueye fed it to Coleman and his drive was almost turned in by Lukaku.

The same combination served up the opening goal on the counter-attack a few minutes later, though. Deulofeu's persistence as he marauded away, won the ball back and laid it off to Gueye ended with Lukaku heading the Senegalese midfielder's beautiful cross past Pickford.

The Belgian almost doubled his tally soon afterwards but when he rolled onto another Gueye pass, his shot came back off the crossbar.

Lukaku would not be denied his second, though, and when Bolasie drove to the byline in the 68th minute and floated a ball to the back post, the striker was there again to head home.

Three minutes after that, Lukaku grabbed his hat-trick. Mirallas's through-ball at the second attempt found his compatriot in a gaping hole in the home defence and he made no mistake, sliding the ball past the stranded Pickford to make it 3-0.

Pickford had to beat away a powerful drive from Bolasie as Everton went in search of more goals and Lukaku smashed a right-foot shot over the bar after he'd been played in by Bolasie again.

That would be the Congolese international's last involvement before he was withdrawn because of a bout of cramp in favour of Tom Davies.

Deulofeu came close to making it four when Mirallas lofted a ball over the top but the Spaniard's shot a was deflected past the far post and following the resulting corner, Lukaku tried to bend a shot into the top corner but Pickford was able to pluck it out the air.

Arouna Kone replaced Lukaku late on and he forced another save from Pickford while Deulofeu was put in the clear once more in stoppage time but a poor touch saw the chance to put the icing on the cake go begging.

3-0 represented a terrific night's work for Koeman and his men, however, and the result lifts them into joint second place with Chelsea in the early Premier League table with four matches in the books.

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Mark Gardiner
1 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:11:54
Disappointed that he has dropped Holgate. I think that he has been outstanding so far.
Jimmy Sørheim
2 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:12:36
I wonder how the fitness issue is throughout this squad, as Moyes was always tough on fitness.

I have a feeling we will win though.

Anthony Flack
3 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:13:11
Maybe Ronald remembers Coleman's goalscoring exploits for Southampton a couple of years ago?
John Crawley
4 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:24:36
Poor decision to drop Holgate who has played well and improved with every game. Why on earth can't managers pick people on merit? If their form drops then give him a rest. Doesn't send a good signal out to players in general and particularly younger ones.
Damian Wilde
5 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:28:49
Coleman is better going forward, though Holgate had done very well.

Moyes on the game:

"Sunderland manager David Moyes: "I see something similar between the clubs, but I don't want to be banging the drum every day saying 'Everton this, Everton that'.

"I'm only using it as an example to say if we can follow that route, we will not be far away. That will come from getting the recruitment right, and getting an understanding of the players we need to bring to the club.

"I'm hoping we can get that over the coming windows."

Unbelievable. Speechless.

Paul Kossoff
6 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:31:46
No place for Valencia, but Koeman thinks Kone is the better option? Makes you think that Kenwright wants his £6 million worth from the underachiever.

Why did we bring in Valencia then? Oh, I suppose he's not fit?

Tom Bowers
7 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:36:02
Holgate has done well but Seamus must get the nod at the moment. Everton have to attack this bunch early and show them who's boss. Moyes has a great record of disappointments with Everton, Man Utd and Real Sociedad so why would Sunderland expect anything different than what they have had for a few years now?

Football is a funny game and sometimes throws curve balls at you. The alarming goofs that refs are making already this season could be the only reason for Everton to come unstuck here so it's very important to stick it to them first.

Frank Thomas
8 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:36:59
I really hope he does not regret dropping Holgate. My concern is that Coleman may push up to the opposition's goal leaving a gap for Moyes's team to exploit. Coleman has not had time to get used to Koeman's tactics.

This also sets a precedent that some players have just to be fit to get a place.

Dave Pritchard
9 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:38:09
Definitely a surprise that Holgate has been dropped but I will trust that Koeman knows what he is doing.
Stephen Brown
10 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:44:08
Moyes can't help himself can he!

They are one of the big boys now with the spending power they've got!!!

It really is all about him!

Craig Fletcher
11 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:55:01
Can't help but feel the first goal is all-important here. If Moyes's team nicks it, he'll shut up shop and try to hold on for the one-nil. Especially with Kirchoff and Rodwell sitting in front of their back four.
Tony Abrahams
12 Posted 12/09/2016 at 19:58:49
Stephen, he's now warning us about having to deal with higher expectations, just after saying he could have won us the league, if he would have had a good centre-forward!

Roman Sidey
13 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:00:21
Having a few years experience on a selection committee, I'd agree with RK's decision here. You have your incumbent players, and when they become available again they go back in.

In the situation where the replacement has impressed, you take that knowledge, and if the incumbent doesn't match that level, that's when you drop the player.

Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:04:29
It's one of those where everyone will have an opinion but it's not a straight forward decision. It's not like he's done something unforgivable like bringing in Niasse. Koeman is the boss and he'll have his reasons.
Ciarán McGlone
15 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:27:57
Poor match this... Not a lot of quality on show. Barkley having a nightmare again...

If Koeman is as decisive as we think, then he needs to try something different.

Ernie Baywood
16 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:41:14
We're on top but not sure exactly what Lukaku wants. We try playing it into feet and he's the wrong side of the defender. We play direct into the channels and he looks like getting a sulk on.

What's the plan? Does he think he'd be a great striker if only his teammates would just give him simple chances 10 yards out?

Gordon Scott
17 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:41:16
Barkley needs to come off. He is doing nothing at all.
Colin Hughes
18 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:42:25
We will lose this 1-0. We never score many goals at this venue no matter how poor they have been in the past. I would like to see us try to blitz one of these relegation outfits for a change rather than just staying in the game and trying to nick it.
Anthony Jones
19 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:44:08
Deulofeu in for Barkley. The lad is our most talented player and he could do a job behind the striker.
Ciarán McGlone
20 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:46:22
I agree Anthony.. He's the only option we have for that position.
Dave Pritchard
21 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:49:55
Our frustrating players are so frustrating ie Rom, Bolasie, Barkley.

Gueye is great and Barry is such a great pro.

Christopher Dover
22 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:50:07
Barkley, Mirallas both poor, Barkley keeps losing possession and Mirallas not in the game, Lukaku... well, is still Lukaku.

Need to up the pace and make some half-time changes.

Ernie Baywood
23 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:50:23
Barkley's had a bad day but not sure we can afford the 'unpredictability' of both Bolasie and Deulofeu.

'Unpredictability' means constantly gives it away, right?

Mark Morrissey
24 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:50:34
Get Mirallas off, move Bolasie to the left side and put Deulofeu on the right. It's just not gelling...
Ken Skint
25 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:51:15
I don't want to slate Ross but he's been poor; Barry outstanding.
Ciarán McGlone
26 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:52:41
Barkley has been giving it away the most.

He deserves to be dragged off.

Oliver Molloy
27 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:57:07
Bolasie, Lukaku, Mirallas, Barkley – very poor first half.

The two guys waiting on that huge bet would have been cursing Lukaku for missing that big chance – he should have scored, and they should be dancing on tables!

Ciarán McGlone
28 Posted 12/09/2016 at 20:59:34
Kone is warming up. Great news.
Ernie Baywood
29 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:02:11
Deulofeu is coming on for Ross Barkley.
Ciarán McGlone
30 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:02:47
Good on you Koeman. No fuckin about. Yer playing shite, get off.


Ernie Baywood
31 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:03:33
The way we've lined up it looks like Mirallas down the middle.
Kevin Rowlands
32 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:21:02
Yeeeessss, I've always loved and rated Romelu!!!
Ciarán McGlone
33 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:26:20
Completely different second half without Ross.
Mark Morrissey
34 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:33:18
I predicted yesterday we would win 4-0 and in 3 games time we would be top of the league and I was told I was a dreamer or words to that effect.

I was close!!! Get in!!!

Anthony Newell
35 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:38:26
Decisive Koeman ditching Barkley.

Bolasie repaying the investment.

Things are starting to look interesting...

Iain Jones
36 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:39:56
Much better second half. Bad news for Ross. We look so much better.
Colin Hughes
37 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:44:14
Remarkable that we hadn't won our first two away league games since 1919 considering we have almost always been top flight in that time.
Gerry McGuirk
38 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:44:30
Very pedestrian 1st half and Ross shocking for a player of his talent – beginning to wonder if he's one of those guys full of potential but never manages to live up to it. Great decision by RK to hook him. Sends a clear message that the lads need to take on board – perform or you're off!

And guess what – a sparkling performance in the second half, decent service to Lukaku, and he bangs in a hat-trick! Jaysus one more and we're second!

Early days yet and an easy run of games but I like the look of the team and this manager. Dare we believe?

Brian Williams
39 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:55:12
Anyone hear or know the words to the Bolasie song, sung at tonight's game?
Craig Walker
40 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:56:46
Brilliant performance. The new signings look superb. Ross was the weak link tonight but RK recognised it and changed it. Very pleased!

I wouldn't swap Williams for Stones. He was a rock tonight and Jags looked better having him there.

Another clean sheet. Still need to be more ruthless though. We could have had 6 and we won't get those chances against better teams. Let's keep our feet on the ground and enjoy this. COYB

Karl Parsons
41 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:57:37
Yannick Bolasie, run down the wing for me!!!!!
Brian Williams
42 Posted 12/09/2016 at 21:58:06
Colin (#18).

You've gone very quiet since your "We'll lose this one nil" comment!

Stephen Davies
43 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:01:06
It's simple.

Give Lukaku the service and he will score.

Ian Bennett
44 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:01:57
Very satisfying win. Clean sheet and could/should of scored 6+.

Man of the Match is the little man, Gueye. Absolutely brilliant.

Paul Conway
45 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:02:23
Barkley, Deulofeu, Mirallas are all like fizzy drinks! Sparkle for a few minutes and then go flat! Notice how the game changed dramatically when Barkley went off?

Noticed how Gana was there to mop up, after that dreadful pass from Deulofeu, and play a pinpoint cross onto the head of Lukaku?

These 3 players will soon be history. I honestly can't think of how it would have been without the new players and having to rely only on the Three Musketeers!

Dave Older
46 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:03:32
Feeling good about this team after tonight, solid at the back, bite in midfield, Yannick looking scary on the wing, and Lukaku finally playing to his potential in the second half.

Ronald Koeman made a great move by hauling Ross off, he needs dropping permanently for a while methinks. Good times ahead for EFC. NSNO!!!

Tony Hill
47 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:03:35
That man Gueye is just superb. Delighted all round. The ability to change our form like that with pace and incisiveness after a disappointing first half is a huge boost and a significant change from recent times.
Lev Vellene
48 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:05:20
Colin (#37),

Wasn't that about a new manager not winning two first away games in his first season since 1919?

Jason Broome
49 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:06:54
When Deulofeu came on, we were a different side. Such a talented boy. Gave us balance with Bolasie on the other wing.

Very happy with Gana. Played his arse off. Vital win away from home.

Andy Walker
50 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:07:23
Post #6 attempts to suck the energy and enthusiasm out of the fans. You won't win.
Gordon White
51 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:07:26
Everton win. Lukaku get's a hat-trick and I get me a new bike helmet courtesy of the bookmakers. Tad hah!!

Hang on a minute fellow optimistic Blues. Can you hear that? ..
It's the sound of silence.
Where have all the moaners and groaners gone?

COYB.... Woo hoo!!!

Grant Rorrison
52 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:08:54
Typical Everton. Only needed one more goal to go up to second place and they let you down. :(
Everton Wint
53 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:10:48
Ronald Koeman is the best manager in the Premier League. When we got him, I knew we would be a proper team. He's an analyst and knows the game and makes the changes to win, no mater who or what.

Fasten your seatbelts, guys... Ron's army means business! COYB

Bjoern Haall
54 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:10:57
A trying first half with intent followed by more directness and a little bit of deserved luck. Best performances were Gueye, Bolasie, Koeman and Barry, in that order.
Ernie Baywood
55 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:11:04
Well that was impressive in the second half. We were on top but things were breaking down. Koeman makes a change and suddenly we were unbelievable. Credit to him – and I reckon Coleman justified his selection too.

We barely need to talk about the two centre-mids. Performed to expectations again.

Still completely confused by Rom. He seems to need it on a plate, but average players don't score hat tricks or the goals he's scored.

What a start to Koeman's reign.

Nicholas Ryan
56 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:11:18
Apparently Rom was miffed over some travel arrangements in midweek:

Memo to Management: 'Make bloody sure you upset him EVERY FRIDAY AFTERNOON!!!

William Cartwright
57 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:11:29
Chelsea and Everton equal 2nd on 10 points. Chelsea placed above us on alphabetical order. No problem.... Hang on a minute.... Liverpool, Hull and Arsenal all have 7 points and look whose placed in front? You guessed it, Liverpool of course. Nice one BBC!!! No favoritism there then??????????

Ciarán McGlone
58 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:11:36
Haha Gordon... Was actually thinking about your hat-trick bet. I was on 0-3...
Mark Morrissey
60 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:12:36
Absolutely right for Ross to get the hook. I felt Mirallas was poor but can't explain why. Deulofeu did well when he came on but Gana Gueye ought to have been given the MotM award. He was outstanding.

And the best smacked arse face goes to Moyes. Delighted we beat 'em and I hope he can finally stop talking about being our ex-manager. He will be sacked before Christmas because he won't be given the time.

I hope Ross can pick himself up. In 2 games time, we will be top of the league. Well done, Romelu, and well done, Koeman, for having the balls to change things.

Alan Burnham
61 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:13:11
Liverpool have scored more goals – that's why they are top of the 7-pointers.

Geoff Evans
62 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:13:13
Great win.
John Crawley
63 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:13:24
William 57 come on, Chelsea are in front of us because they've scored more goals!!
James Welford
64 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:13:39
Barkley needs to raise his game – urgently.

All our buys in the window excellent again tonight. Big up for Stekelenburg –seems to convey calmness to the defence. I hope he's our new Nigel Martyn.

I think that Koeman may prove to be the best bit of transfer business this club has done for quite a while.

John Audsley
65 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:14:06
Happiest I have felt in a long time as a Blue and it's not Lukaku who is making me feel like this (hats of all the same, dear boy) – it's Mr Koeman.

This man is a winner.

Incredible stuff, boys.

Mark Morrissey
66 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:14:39
Absolutely right for Ross to get the hook. I felt Mirallas was poor but can't explain why. Felt GD did well when he came on but Gana Gueye ought to have been given the MOTM award. He was outstanding and the best smacked arse face goes to Moyes. Delighted we beat em and I hope he can finally stop talking about being our ex manager. He will be sacked before Christmas because he won't be given the time. Hope Ross can pick himself up. In 2 games time we will be top of the league. Well done Romelu and well done RK for having the guts to make the decisive change
Patrick Murphy
67 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:15:37
Chelsea are ahead of Everton because they have scored 9 times to our 7 with both clubs having a plus five GD. Should have been five or six tonight.
Tony Hill
68 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:16:11
Great interview from Ronald. Direct answers, complaining about our dodgy first 45 minutes and telling everyone we're after European football. Beautiful.

By the way, I hope Bolasie's just got cramp.

Kevin Rowlands
69 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:16:20
When it comes to my beloved blues I am always happy to eat a bit of humble pie. Well done Rom, now keep it up for the rest of the season please!

As for Barkley, absolutely terrible 1st half, he really needs to start shaping up and living up to the hype – otherwise, I fear his Everton career will be over sooner than later, especially with young Davies and Walsh ready to step up.

Great night and win for the blues, I'm loving this season already.

Gary Reeves
70 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:16:57
William (#57),

If goal difference is the same it goes to goals scored. Chelsea are above us because they've scored one more.

(Koeman, in his interview, has just given a thinly disguised damning assessment of a certain Everton player – and about fuckin time!)

Bjoern Haall
71 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:17:47
Oh. Forgot Lukaku. Great scorer. Provide him with chances and he will score.
Andy Walker
72 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:19:25
Yes Brian (#42), another energy drainer. This site seems to be massively populated by fans who simply only see negative in everything EFC ALL the time and based on nothing more than prejudice, not actual evidence.

Our future changed massively the day Moshiri bought in, yet only a few days ago there was a talking point on this site about how nothing has changed under Moshiri. Simply ridiculous, and I struggle to understand how such indefensible narratives actually get the credibility of being published on this site.

Sure we all have opinions BUT giving additional validity by publishing extremist, no evidence based views, as some sort or credible main stream article does our club no favours. It just encourages the negative drainers in our fan base to keep it going.

Ian Cowhig
73 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:19:33
Koeman's interview on MNF was just what fans want to hear.

Saying he was angry at half-time. Told the players that they are clever enough to know it wasn't good. Said he made a tough decision of the sub to change the impetus, and got the reaction from the players he wanted.

Also, challenging for European places is the realistic aim. But said if we keep repeating first half then we will be looking at 14th.

Brian Hennessy
74 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:21:06
That was my first time seeing 90 minutes of Idrissa Gueye and oh my God what a player we have. His energy, defending, vision and passing was incredible, I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a player.

He just looks so comfortable on the ball with his low centre of gravity, brilliant.

Andy Meighan
75 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:25:30
Brilliant 2nd half performance And I'd like to apologise to all those I doubted saying it would be 3 or 4... It actually could have been 6 or 7 in the end.

Brilliant service in to Lukaku who, on another night, might have got 5 – hey but 3 isn't too shabby, is it?

Great move by Koeman replacing Barkley who quite simply was awful. The lad has not got any awareness of what's going on around him an looks lost. So much talent but not a clue how to use it. A long spell on the sidelines will do him the world of good.

Still early days and I'm not getting carried away by us murdering a poor Sunderland side. But you can only beat what's in front of you and that's what we are doing. Looking good – and it's a long time since I said that!!!

William Cartwright
76 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:25:54
Apologies chaps, a bit premature on the goal difference thingy, goals scored also count. Looks like we need to wait a week or two to move up a place then.
Andrew Clare
77 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:27:10
Very happy. A top class second half performance. Gueye is one helluva player and Bolasié is such a threat. Lukaku showed why he is so valuable.

Best of all we have a real manager at last. Well done, Ron.

Patrick Murphy
78 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:27:10
I love the fans who proclaim to be the true defenders of the faith, I oscillate between being pretty down and pessimistic about EFC's chances in any given game, to being elated, like most fans.

I wasn't unhappy with the first half but fortunately the man whose job it is to set the bar for the team, was... and he decided to change it – and my, how it paid off. We still need too many chances to turn games; with a bit more ruthlessness, we could and should have had five or six tonight.

There is little doubt that we have got off to an excellent start and I hope we can keep it going for a good while yet. At least with Koeman you know there won't be any slacking by the players tolerated.

Jay Wood
79 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:27:48
Very accomplished 2nd half, bitty 1st half with the ball coming back too quickly because the boys up front weren't holding up the ball well enough.

In total cruise control by the end and what totally, totally refreshing after match comments by Ronald Koeman. IMMEDIATELY admitting to a poor 1st half for which he gave the players a rocket at half-time and hooked the most underperforming player in Ross.

What a steal, what a player we have got in Gana.

Rom back in the groove. Bolasie and Lukaku could be as deadly a pairing as Thomas and the Latch.

Good times!

Lewis Barclay
80 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:29:05
Koeman. Gueye. Bolasie.
Three reasons I'm beginning to believe we can do something special this season.
Kevin Hudson
81 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:29:08
Knife to a gun-fight..
Julian Wait
82 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:30:07
Anyone else think that – despite having 3 put past him – Jordan Pickford might be a good investment, especially if Sunderland go down?
Simon McCann
83 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:30:48
Phenomenal! We're in a great moment right now.
Ian Bennett
85 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:32:28
Nick 56 - Graeme Sharp disputed this 'fact' on radio tonight. No issue on travel with Rom.
Eugene Ruane
86 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:32:49
Well I imagine not too many would be unhappy with that.

3-0 away?

Moyes with a gob on him like a slapped arse?

Lukaku hat-trick?


I think to be a bit miffed after that, you'd have to have had a fiver on Everton to win 4-0 at 40/1 and then watched for the last 15 mins while we just knocked the ball about (and all your mates (in the Coffee House Wavertree laughed at you each time the ball went backwards).


Paul Conway
87 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:32:58
Brian (#74 )

Precisely. I spent all the match watching him, pure class.

Looking in the mould of player of the season, he just can't seem to splay a pass astray.

Andy Crooks
88 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:33:31
Andy #72, considering that was a good result and performance, I would see your post as being pretty negative and out of place. It seems to me that many on this site complain at poor stuff and praise good stuff; a bit like our coach.
David Price
89 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:34:13
Koeman is the boss and in charge. The players respond. If they don't, he finds someone who does.

Imagine a full 90 minutes when we click. This team can really achieve something special under this manager. Brilliant.

Jim Potter
90 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:38:01
Well done Ron for bringing Ross off as he was in headless chicken mode.

The defence was excellent. Gueye and Barry top drawer. Rom finally woke from his slumbers and Bolassie looks the dogs bollocks.


Mike Keating
91 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:38:49
There is no way Martinez would have yanked Barkley at half-time and it made all the difference (if you listened to Neville before the game, Barkley is a misunderstood super star – if you watched the first half, he kept giving the ball away).

Great management decision-making to change the game but why is Mirallas still taking the corners?

I agree – Gueye was outstanding.

Olalekan Taofik
92 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:40:37

Keep it up Boys!!
Tom Hutton
93 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:40:57
1st half , not great but would have been acceptable last year.

Half time – telling a team a few home truths; substitution bang on the money.

2nd half, the boys provide what the manager, themselves and the fans should expect.

Gordon Roberts
95 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:41:38
Gueye and Barry anchored the midfield but let's not underestimate the influence Ashley Williams had on this performance.

Early days, fitness levels not where they should be, however this is a totally different project compared to the Martinez debacle.

Happy days, stay positive in the coming weeks and months

Mike Hughes
96 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:41:58
That would never have happened under the previous regime. Game-changing substitution and a kick-up-the-arse half-time team talk.

The defence looks pretty solid. I thought Barkley was the right man to take off (though it could easily have been Mirallas). But the half-time shepherd's crook approach is fine with me from Koeman.

Excellent finishing by Rom. I can't remember the last time we won 3-0 away but it feels great.

I'm not getting carried away but with the next few fixtures I'll have to buy a new calculator to tally up the goals and points. 66/1 for the league and 8/1 for a top 4 finish on Paddy Power. Fear the Mighty Blues.

Patrick Murphy
97 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:42:26
Mike (97) It's likely that RM would have pulled Ross off at half-time but Ross would have taken his place on the pitch for the second-half.
Oliver Molloy
98 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:42:57
Laughing my bollocks off Eugene
4-0 against Boro maybe?
Mike Keating
99 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:43:09
Eugene @ 91
Don't drink in the Coffee House
Martin Mason
100 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:45:26
Mark@24, you got it spot on, that's what he did.
Derek Williams
101 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:46:29
How wonderfully refreshing to have a manager who is ready and willing to make changes when changes are necessary which have a huge impact on the outcome of the game. One with a no fear mentality who looks at a game like this one and refuses to accept one point is a good result.

If Lukaku now goes on one of his scoring streaks, anything is possible. COYB

Joe Clitherow
102 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:46:41
Well done, Kevin R (#69). Personally I thought that was a perfect away performance: set them up first half, knocked them down second. We looked just so much more solid in defence throughout and then we built on that.

People slagging off the team first half just don't understand how this football thing works – it's played over the 90+ minutes. Sunderland were clearly set up well for KITAP1 first half but couldn't sustain it for the 90. <:P>Gana immense and when he had broken them in defence he took it to them afterwards, which made space for Bolasie to rip the left side apart and Rom did what he does. Perfect for an away game and I am loving it.

Moyes will keep Sunderland up, they were looking organised first half but just could not sustain that but I think he will drill them. We have now won four on the bounce though and we're looking good. Winning brings confidence, and we still have winnable games coming up.

The £200K gesture is just a fabulous one.

Michael Burke
103 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:47:45
Anyone else notice Bolasie changed his boots at half time? What a difference that made.
Ian McDowell
104 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:48:07
Love RK comments. Not accepting mediocrity in the first half and expecting more in the second.
Chris Gould
105 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:49:27
I hope everyone is now in agreement that we had a fantastic transfer window.

Stekelenburg – calm and collected.
Williams – we haven't conceded a goal when he's been on the pitch.
Gueye – the signing of the summer.
Bolasie – defenders are scared shitless of him.

4 players that have helped transform the team. On top of that, an astute and classy manager. Valencia may turn out to be class too.

Soo bloody happy and positive right now. We are going to be a handful for anyone.

Paul Thompson
106 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:50:41
Reinforces the view that we actually did good business in the transfer window. All four who played tonight, excellent. Bolasie's not the most consistent crosser, but when he does get it right, they are brilliant and Rom will put plenty away.
Ernie Baywood
107 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:51:32
Plenty of players were giving the ball away. Kev just wasn't getting involved. Ross was poor but not on his own. It could easily have been Mirallas who came off.

But what hits me is that we were still on top. 65% possession and looking like we were capable of winning. Under Roberto and Moyes I've no doubt we would have stayed the same. Why change something that is 'working'?

Credit to Koeman. He makes it clear what is and isn't good enough. It wasn't good enough and he made the changes. Was there a huge tactical difference? Probably not. But the message it sends is massive. He's setting a high standard and challenging them to perform.

Andy Walker
108 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:52:03
Andy #93, yes we were excellent in the second half and the better team in the first.

Nothing wrong with criticing based on the evidence of actual events. I spent 3 years being very negative about Martinez's appointment.

We now have a chance for the first time in 30 years or so as a fan base to take a look in the mirror and move away from the overwhelming negative stuff based on no evidence. Why? Because Moshiri joining us is a game changer for us. It's lead to Koeman and Walsh, and we now really have a genuinely realistic chance of becoming a top club and winning something.

That's my point, sure be negative, but please use some evidence to make a rational argument, not just for the sake of it, or from habit. Koeman did that tonight, we could have been better first half and he said why. This is exactly my argument.

We will undoubtably play shit again in the future and then rightly, criticism will follow but it will be based on the evidence of how shit we were and what went wrong.

My point is to get away from making totally ludicrous insupportable negative statements which happens frequently on this site.

Peter Cummings
109 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:54:00
Pretty tame first 45 with poor passing an loss of possession, Barkley being the main culprit and was rightly subbed at half-time. Cue Deulofeu who was a revelation and changed the whole picture. After he came on, the result was a foregone conclusion,

Finally, the big man was getting the kind of service missing from last season, ie, crosses into the box from both wings, and didn't he cash in, he could have doubled his tally aided and abetted by our new signings who were all superb on the night. Moyes was well and truly shafted.

As for Barkley, unless he can get his act together, he will turn out to be another also-ran for both.

Andy Ormrod
110 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:54:10
Refreshing to see our manager manage, and make the right decisions. Honest, frank and made sense in interview too.
David Booth
111 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:56:51
Are we a bigger club than Southampton again now, I wonder?

Dave Speed
112 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:56:54
Koeman is doing what he said. He is getting them fitter and more tactically aware, well most of them anyway. I can only see it getting better, when he works on our last-third passing and movement.

Some of the first-half passes had a big stamp on and a postcode, it was that easy for their defence to see where they were going. Ross especially needs to work on his game. He lost the ball too many times and allowed the Black Cats to counter attack.

Overall, though, a fully satisfying and well earned win.

Mike Moore
113 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:57:24
Andy #121, brilliant mate agree with every word, well said
Terry White
114 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:58:59
Mike (#106), not long, we won away 3-0 last season at both Stoke and Koeman's Southampton.
Stan Schofield
115 Posted 12/09/2016 at 22:59:50
Every time I see Gana, he reminds me of Alan Ball and Peter Reid. A true midfield dynamo, superb.
Christy Ring
116 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:01:38
Delighted with the 2nd half performance, and Lukaku's hat trick, but Gueye was a revelation, and the buy of the season.
Mike Hughes
117 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:01:38
Terry (#128), Well-spotted.

I've been suffering from post-Roberto stress disorder and blotting out large parts of last season from my memory.

Clive Lewis
118 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:02:11
Massive difference in defence, Gueye was fantastic. Sunderland were worn down by brilliant defending.

Great passing midfield Barry and Gueye, Ross was off again trying to be too precise daudling on the ball.

This was good especially second half after riding the storm. We can get better than this, so looking forward to more.

James Lauwervine
119 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:02:30
The exact fucking result I wanted!
Nathan Snell
120 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:06:59
Three wins on the bounce? Happy days!
Steavey Buckley
121 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:07:03
Bringing on Gerard for Ross Barkley was a game changer if I've ever seen one. Suddenly, in the second half, the ball was moved much faster upfront. And the whole team responded, while Bolasie, Lukaku and Gerard were 'on fire' - I said all last season that Gerard should replace Ross, because he brings more urgency and pace.

Gueye is one hell of a footballer, and a great buy by Koeman. He is not only a good footballer with the ball, he also has a great footballing brain. Reminds me a lot like Peter Reid.

Sunderland's best attacks in the first half came about when Everton lost the ball to Sunderland that set off their attacks. But as Everton gained more composure and confidence in the second half inspired by Gerard, Sunderland look like a team ripe for relegation.

Eddie Dunn
122 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:09:06
Well, I got back from 5-a-side and caught the second half. I saw a superb performance and wondered where Barkley was! We have a decisive manager!!!

Great stuff... and Bolasie and Lukaku are developing an understanding. So solid all over the park... and Mr Moyes very sad. Sacked by Xmas?

David Israel
123 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:09:55
Brian (#74), and yet, when we signed him, quite a few people on here were saying he was probably shite, coming as he was from a relegated team...
Tom Bowers
124 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:10:57
Cannot understand what's wrong with Barkley. When he gets possession and makes runs down the middle, he so often makes the wrong decision. Passing instead of shooting or the other way round.

He has the ability but just doesn't deliver often enough. On defence, he gave the ball away twice in 30 seconds by his own goal line.

Having said all that, Mirallas is no better but it is so comforting to have good options on the bench these days.

Gordon White
125 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:11:47
Agree with all the comments regarding the stand out players. But the most encouraging things for me were:

1. The manager made the right decision at half-time.
2. The team played well together as a team, for each other.
3. Lukaku found his scoring boots.
4. We kept a clean sheet.
5. I've still got my nails!!

It felt like a long time waiting for this game, but boy, it was worth it. You can almost feel the confidence, both in the team and the fans. YES!!

Mike Green
126 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:13:17
Still early days in a run of fixtures that are kind for us but you've still got to win them; this is just the sort of fixture we'd normally throw away with the chance of going 3rd but not with Big Ron in charge, it looks like we're starting to get our bottle back. Need to build on it and continue dispatching teams on the way, things looking really.positive.

A hat-trick, clean sheet and 3 points away from home, topped off by the club's donation, which if true is a truly outstanding gesture. Hats off to all at EFC.

Martin Mason
127 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:14:14
I think we all have to realise that losing possession is the number one sin now in soccer as sides are so good now you get punished badly. Tippy Tappy to avoid losing possession is great.

On the other hand, winning possession in midfield like the magnificent Gana and Barry did today and like Man City did in the first half against Man Utd is the key to winning.

In the second half, we destroyed Sunderland today and the ground was almost empty in the end, we could have put them into relegation trouble already.

We mustn't expect this every game though; after the first half, I was happy if we ground out a 1-0 win or even a draw. The important thing now is keep up the great defensive work and not getting beat as a habit.

Our transfer window signings were great as was our team spirit. The future really looks Blue.

Ciarán McGlone
128 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:20:21
"People slagging off the team first half just don't understand how this football thing works"

Fairly churlish comment. Do you include Koeman in this group?

John Daley
129 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:20:26
"Cue Deulofeu who was a revelation and changed the whole picture"

Only so far as it led to Bolasie being switched to the left. Deulofeu himself was pretty wasteful in possession, lost a couple of chances to hit the target thanks to heavy touches and bottled out of a couple of challenges that he should have been nailed on to win. The game changed with Bolasie swapping flanks (although, I'm sure the kick up the arse that was delivered at half-time will have helped).

He was the pick of the front four in the first half, purely on the basis of the other three being piss poor and he was at least getting the ball in the box as often as he could. Operating from the left though, he looks a much more difficult proposition for defenders to deal with as they don't know whether he's going to take them inside or out (don't think he even knows himself which way he's going to go half the time).

"By the way, I hope Bolasie's just got cramp"

The cameras caught him clearly mouthing the word "cramp" to the other players as he was coming off, so no worries there.

Eugene Ruane
130 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:21:30
Tom (#140) – 'Cannot understand what's wrong with Barklay.'

There's a rumour he reads TW and when he sees his name spelt incorrectly, it enrages him so much, he decides to deliberately play shite in the next game.

(So if he plays like a twat against Boro, I'm blaming you!)

Ray Roche
131 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:24:49
Stan (#129),

"Every time I see Gana he reminds me of Alan Ball and Peter Reid. "

Aye, only their mothers could tell them apart .

Rob Hooton
132 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:31:08
Thought all of our summer signings were excellent, especially our manager who I hope doesn't seem too good to be true.

Experienced back line with close connections to the Club is great, nice blend of youth and experience through the squad.

Kevin Tully
133 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:32:02
I never understood the unwritten rule most managers use when it comes to making a substitution – wait until around 60 minutes have elapsed, then make the change. It's like waiting to be proven correct in your initial team selection instead of admitting you have maybe got it wrong, or it's not working against certain opposition. Great to see Koeman change it twice now before that point.

Although, Martinez waited two whole seasons to change Howard, so maybe some of these managers are on another planet?

Gordon Crawford
134 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:32:21
Second half performance was very good. First half we were mediocre. The manager was spot on to take off Ross. I really am concerned that Ross might never make it to the top. Just doesn't have the spunk to grab games by the scruff of the neck. I really hope I'm wrong though.

Gueye is a fantastic player, what a performance. Barry was also immense tonight. Lukaku got the goals which was great to see. And a clean sheet is just the icing on the cake. COYB

Simon Smith
135 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:33:47
Love the feeling of pride that comes from a great away win.
Especially when you think how far we have come from this fixture last season!
Ste Traverse
136 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:38:25
Yet more paranoia from Cartwright # 57. Embarrassing post.

As for the game, well they couldn't live with us once we clicked into gear. They simply don't have the class or quality. It was men against boys.

The hammering we took up there last season seems a very long time ago now.

And with Boro and Palace at home to come, we should be able to keep this momentum going. Early days yet, but we are moving in the right direction under RK, and his honest interviews after the game are refreshing.

Steve Hartwell
137 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:39:54
Excellent result, back down to earth with a typical half-empty glass... What will we be like during the Afcon when some of our best performing players are gone for a few weeks?
Roman Sidey
138 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:40:58
Hate to get too ahead of things, but Gueye looks to be one of the smartest footballers we've had since Arteta, and is probably more talented.

Another striker in the window would have been great, but Gueye and Bolasie have fixed issues we've had for a very long time, and Williams adds depth we haven't had since Jagielka, Distin and Heitinga were all playing well at the same time.

The only thing missing from Koeman's interview on Sky is when asked what the aim is, I honestly think I could see him wanting to say "Win the league", which should be every manager's aim from Sunderland and Stoke to Manchester City. Professional that he didn't, and he's bang on about European places.

Tony Hill
139 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:42:35
Williams makes us look very solid. His calmness and positional instincts are big pluses and I think Jagielka looks more confident as a result. I would still like to see more from Baines and Coleman generally, but that's being greedy on a night like this and both of them are still getting back into their rhythm. I no longer panic every time the opposition runs at us or takes a corner.
James Marshall
140 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:51:25
Idrissa Gana Gueye, take another bow son.

The kid is class – Koeman has made some astute signings and brought in exactly what we were lacking under the previous (no names mentioned) manager.

We have shape, balance, bite, solidity at the back, pace on the wings, attacking intent from different areas, players working hard, covering each other, and looking like they enjoy playing the game together.

Simple really.

Joe Duffin
141 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:52:24
At last a manager where Nil Satis... means something. Change the game completely at half time – turned over a weak Sunderland, that in the past we would have conspired to lose or draw with.

Next 4 fixtures: Boro (H), Norwich (H), Bournemouth (A), Palace(H). Aiming for 10-12 points again.

Who knows, only Man City and Chelsea in the months of October and November... with Burnley, West Ham, Swansea and Southampton.

The opportunity to cement a place up in top 4 is coming in these next 3 months – fingers crossed.

Dan Davies
142 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:55:55
Great result, great hat-trick. Three points in the bag. Thank you very much. Any Lukaku haters out there tonight?
Dave Abrahams
143 Posted 12/09/2016 at 23:57:25
Martin (#144) I have said it before, stick to football, you are okay, you know the game, leave the politics of Everton alone and stop winding people up.

It was only the fact that Ross was so poor that the rest of the front four stayed on the field, any one of Lukaku, Bolasie or Mirallas could have been hooked after that first half display. Williams and Jagielka were excellent, as were Gana and Deulofeu, very good second-half performance.

Koeman is maybe taking us to places we haven't been to for a long time and the club's class, with the donation to the young boy, makes you proud to be a Bluenose.

Onwards and upwards.

Michael Polley
144 Posted 12/09/2016 at 00:00:36
At the game. One word – Epic! The atmosphere amongst the Evertonians was electric from start to finish. Great to see a manager make changes that can change the game totally.

In a negative note, Barkley was dire. Koeman needs to hammer out the young lads' repetitive poor passing. On the bench for me in the next game.

Gordon Crawford
145 Posted 12/09/2016 at 00:02:14
On another note. Sunderland's Kone had an absolute mare as did the rest of their defence. But he kept getting caught out of position. Maybe we have got away with one there, just a thought.
Jonathan Miller
146 Posted 13/09/2016 at 00:08:10
Koeman made four signings – each a nailed-on starter.

Gueye is a joy to watch – not only does he have a great engine and tackle ratio, he knows what he is going to do with the ball before he receives it. Such is the quality of his passing, the receiving player's job is easy due to the weight of the pass.

If he plays like that till the end of the season, he will regretfully undoubtedly be heading for Real or Barca! No wonder McCarthy was prepared to throw the towel in on transfer deadline day!

Jamie Crowley
147 Posted 12/09/2016 at 00:23:46
A lot of comments from folks loving RK's comments.

What I loved were Lukaku's post-game comments. Saying we weren't good enough in the first half and we simply have to do better.

He's 100% correct.

And the wonderful thing about this interview is... you can almost hear Koeman's voice emanating from Romelu's mouth.

Koeman is creating an environment where only the best will do. Sounds familiar...

Anthony Burke
148 Posted 13/09/2016 at 00:34:03

Norwich play in the Championship, mate.

Kevin Rowlands
149 Posted 13/09/2016 at 00:36:27
Don't think I've seen in mentioned on this thread but Stekelenburg – £1.25 mill? Are you fucking kidding me? I know TDD was a bit of a disappointment but fuck me, if Valencia is half-decent, we have had a fantastic transfer window.
Jamie Crowley
150 Posted 13/09/2016 at 00:37:46
And a quick personal note.

A friend of mine (er... mate) who lives in cul-de-sac land here in my Florida neighborhood, flew over for a wedding in Wales this weekend, then booked it over to Sunderland for the game.

What an away game to make a Herculean effort to see.

Hope you had fun, Stevie la!

Seamus Crowley, RB, Everton Football Club.

Jamie Crowley
151 Posted 13/09/2016 at 00:40:33
Amen Kevin @167.

Stek's distribution, never mind his near-flawless keeping, has been stupendous.

What... a... buy! Filthy value!

Colin Glassar
152 Posted 13/09/2016 at 01:14:02
Just got back from the game and all I can say is, what a manager!!!
Peter Gorman
153 Posted 13/09/2016 at 01:26:48
Yeah yeah, well done Rom and all that but seriously...

...how good is Idrissa Gana Gueye!

John Mckay
154 Posted 13/09/2016 at 01:34:22
Great performance great result, very happy. First half was always going to be difficult, Sunderland were up for it, have probably been drilled hard and to have discipline which showed. They haven't been hammered this season, only lost by the odd goal, so I think first half went well considering.

Lukaku did miss that first-half header. I thought he'd done well to keep it on target and with the power on the ball; it was just a good save... on another day, that goes in.

We were solid first half; Sunderland didn't really get any clear-cut chances that I can remember. I thought Lamine Kone looked great in the first half, did Moyes sub him at half-time with the rest of their defence? I was hoping we would have signed him up but maybe it was just the rest of their defence.

Barkley was too pedestrian in the first half and rightly got subbed. What's happened to that early promise when he used to get the ball and drive at teams like his solo goal against Newcastle a couple of seasons ago? He needs to get that back in his game. I think Martinez has messed him up by all that tippy tappy shit from last season where he was just getting his passing stats up by doing sideways passes back and fourth all game.

Sort it out Barkley you can be a world beater need to get back to when you broke on the scene, the risk taking and drive you had seemed to be coached out of you by Martinez's possession football.

We destroyed them second half; I can't fault any of our players. The second half result says it all really, we could and should have had 5 or 6 goals today but I'm so happy we got the 3.

That Watmore looks like a decent little player; passion, hunger and drive from him was unreal, and he didn't deserve to be on the losing side!

I expect us to win all our fixtures for September – it's about time we start rolling over these lesser teams if we want to achieve anything. I think Koeman is the man to do it.

Onwards and upwards!

ps: That Gana is a cracking little player and Bolasie, while a bit wasteful and frustrating at times, scared the crap out of their defence this evening, taking 2 and sometimes 3 markers out the game giving space for others.

Roman Sidey
155 Posted 13/09/2016 at 01:54:52
John, 100% agree with you about Watmore. I think he'd be a great addition to any club on attitude alone. His post-match interview was near heart-breaking, and nothing like I've ever seen from any of our lads after a loss. He's also a very talented footballer who could add value to an already classy midfield/attack.
Mick Davies
156 Posted 13/09/2016 at 02:20:59
Joe @ 159, "Next 4 fixtures, Boro (H), Norwich (H), Bournemouth (A), Palace(H).

Aiming for 10-12 points again."

I think the Norwich game is League Cup, so the max would be 9.
As for the £200,000, it doesn't surprise me at all. I've been involved in raising charity money for a very ill young relative who needs treatment abroad. Everton have been fantastic with donations of merchandise and free tickets etc, Tranmere have also helped out, obviously in a smaller way, but the richest club on Merseyside have done sweet FA. This despite the lad being a red!!! And this is not just because I'm a blue, other fundraisers have told me similar stories.

Getting back to the match, anyone else here think that Bracewell must have been secretly admiring what he was seeing tonight? I hope for his sake Sunderland crack on and show better against our rivals for the top 4.

Jamie Sweet
157 Posted 13/09/2016 at 02:30:46
The thing I love about Gana, is once he's won the ball, that isn't job done for him. Far from it. He's always looking to make something happen with a clever ball forward or a quick one-two before driving on up the pitch.

A quite delightful little player we have there!

Gordon Crawford
158 Posted 13/09/2016 at 03:22:24
I thought exactly the same tonight about Watmore. Never gave up and at times was the lone figure trying to drive them forward. How he reminded me of Ross from three years ago. His interview after the game was heartbreaking, I actually felt for the lad.
Terry White
159 Posted 13/09/2016 at 03:32:35
Mick (#174), what you have said is so true regarding the club's charitable work. I know it's a bit much to expect but perhaps someone can actually pay credit to Kenwright and EitC for the £200k donation and the other positive similar behind-the-scenes activities?

If you don't think he and Moshiri are behind this donation then I despair of the inability of our so-called fans to say something nice once in a while rather than the usual vitriolic trash.

Bill Gienapp
160 Posted 13/09/2016 at 04:01:35
Not going to lie - rather enjoyed seeing ashen-faced Moyes slumped in his chair there at the end.

Will be curious to see how things unfold with Ross. Koeman is ruthless and won't hesitate to drop a player if he's not up to snuff... but he also seems to have a vested interest in unlocking Barkley's potential. He's referenced it several times as one of his primary challenges/goals as manager.

Ernie Baywood
161 Posted 13/09/2016 at 05:52:06
Well he's talking a different approach Bill. Our old manager backed him, the new guy drags him off if he under performs.

I don't think there's any need for criticism of Ross. Koeman's move told him and the rest everything they needed to know. Ross will have bad days, just like the rest. But he's far from a forlorn case.

Eugene Kearney
162 Posted 13/09/2016 at 06:14:43
Brilliant result – well done to the lads.

Geri brought a spark, Bolasie sparked plenty too. Well done Mirallas – and, of course, big Rom for his hat-trick.


David Chait
163 Posted 13/09/2016 at 06:59:56
Brian (#74), embarrassingly my first 90 mins watching us this season... and I also looked out for Gueye. The one moment encapsulated him: supported Baines on the left and 2 minutes later was supporting Coleman in defense on the right... brilliant.

But besides his defensive attributes is his going forward. He is still forward-centric and wants to drive forward when in possession where possible. To me, he is everything I hoped Besic would be and knew McCarthy wasn't. Saying that, I would love to see Besic and Gueye together. If organised well, they could be a handful.

Ross had a poor game, but we can't write off his season yet. He has had some very good games too this season and I'm sure will have a deep look at his performance this week. He can't keep performing like that though otherwise it won't only be the England team he can't get in to. Ronald needs to coach into him what we believe is there.

Bolasie was my Man of the Match. Only one in the first half giving it a crack and absolutely pulled them apart in the 2nd half.

Dave Bickley
164 Posted 13/09/2016 at 07:12:07
Gana Gueye was magnificent, get him in the office and re negotiate his contract because we all know Sky's chosen are going to come crawling very soon. Tremendous second-half performance with great vocal support from the traveling away fans, followed by the donation to young Bradley from God's own club. NSNO
Steve Hartwell
165 Posted 13/09/2016 at 08:42:27
Only disappointment of the night for me was Baines and Lukaku interview; Baines hasn't quite shaken off Roberto just yet, a quote of his about Lukaku...

"His goalscoring record is PHENOMENAL"

Aaarrrghhh, stop it, stop it now Baines!!!

Sam Barrett
166 Posted 12/09/2016 at 09:06:13
Gueye, the new Peter Reid.
Frank Banterwaite
167 Posted 13/09/2016 at 09:09:53
Great performance, we looked organised, committed and every player obviously knows their job.

Makes a complete mockery of those supporters who have said we had a bad transfer window!!

Dave Abrahams
168 Posted 13/09/2016 at 09:10:31
John (154) – regarding Watmore, what a cracking player. he joined Sunderland while studying for his degrees at University and didn't have a great contract sorted out. Once he got into the first team last year, his new contract was well sorted out. He is going to be a very good player but he will not come cheap now.
Tony Dove
169 Posted 13/09/2016 at 09:47:23
Gueye seems to get all the praise but Gareth Barry was superb as well. Is he really 35?
Joe Foster
170 Posted 13/09/2016 at 09:47:51
Great result and great second half.

If Barkley does not pull his socks up, he is going to end up at Sunderland.

Phil Walling
171 Posted 13/09/2016 at 09:50:05
Terry@ 159, I'm still getting over Saintly Uncle Bill's generosity to his beloved Roberto and star striker, Niasse!

Watched a recording of the game without knowing the result and thought we were abysmal first-half half. Rodwell looked different class to Barkley – which says it all.

But Koeman is nobody's mug and sorted it out at half-time. Should be enough to see Uncle Bill double his money and give him a new five-year contract and many on here would praise him for it.

One good half does not a season make. But we can hope!

Andrew Clare
172 Posted 13/09/2016 at 10:12:07
Koeman reminds me of Harry Catterick. He knows exactly what is required and acts accordingly.

I keep saying it but at last we have a proper manager. He doesn't mess about; if it's not working, he changes it.

Great second-half performance last night. Gueye is awesome.

Sam Barrett
173 Posted 13/09/2016 at 10:39:29
We took a gun to a knife fight...
Shane Corcoran
174 Posted 13/09/2016 at 10:42:18
Tony, I thought Barry was outstanding in the first half.

He wasn't required as much in the second half when we took control of the game but first half he was the best player on the pitch, in my opinion.

Paul Tran
175 Posted 13/09/2016 at 10:46:52
Phil, I think you'll find that Bill's generosity to Martinez was based on employment law and a poorly designed contract than anything else.

As for last night, we were awful in the first half, yet were so solid at the back that we were rarely in any danger. That mean we stayed in the game until our class told.

Gueye is living proof that midfielders don't have to run round like headless chickens when they have the intelligence to read the game and anticipate the play. He's also taken the pressure off Barry, who is better than ever, just like Williams' strength and assuredness has taken the pressure off Jagielka.

A good start, with bigger tests to come. It'll be hard to judge what Koeman and this team are made of until we lose a game and have the odd injury.

The opening signs look good to me.

Paul Conway
176 Posted 13/09/2016 at 11:15:58
You can compare Gueye to a lot of players, but, IMHO he is incomparable and totally unique.

Let's hope in years to come, great players will be trying to emulate and aspire to him, Idrissa Gana Gueye... The Everton veteran of numerous campaigns and achiever of every honour the game had to offer!

Tony Kost
177 Posted 13/09/2016 at 12:59:25
I was really pleased for Lukaku – his ability has never been questioned; his work rate and attitude have been (and justifiably so).

Well done for those towering headed goals! His attitude to going for headers can be poor. But he took his 2 headed goals with panache. It's fair to say he wasn't really challenged for them, but he took them well!

He must now show consistency in this area. His third goal showed quick feet and thinking – well done, Rom!

A great second half showing by all the players – superb!

Brian Furey
178 Posted 13/09/2016 at 13:01:09
Lukaku scores 3 goals and could have had 5 or 6. Some of the anti Rom brigade could argue the headers were put on a plate for him but this is what you want from your striker, put away the chances. His confidence came flooding back after the two goals and so he was able to tuck away the third one, all within 11 minutes.

Now don't get carried away that he's gonna suddenly be much harder working, have a better attitude, improve his control etc. It's all about scoring goals and that is what he'll give us more than anything else which we will miss when he finally does leave but let's not give him reasons by pushing him out the door.

It's always great to win 0-3 away from home, even if it was against a rather poor team. Besides the first day of the season the fixture list has been very very kind to us but you still have to beat what's in front of you. I was worried we could mess that up last night but we didn't and we look very tight at the back now.

My first time to watch Bolasie (on tv) for a live game and he sure creates a lot of panic and can whip in some great crosses. Mirallas seemed to have gone back to his not interested old self last night.

Geri always flatters to deceive for me where he often loses the ball at the final stage or takes too long to shoot or pass. I'd like to see Lennon get a chance but I think RK doesn't rate him as highly.

Chris Leyland
179 Posted 13/09/2016 at 13:11:36
Brian F - whilst the fixture list does appear to have been kind to us, it is interesting to compare these 4 games to the corresponding fixtures last season:

Spurs Home this season 1-1 last season 1-1
WBA away this season 2-1 last season 3-2
Stoke home this seaosn 1-0 last season 3-4
Sunderland away this season 3-0 lat season 0-3

Chris Leyland
182 Posted 13/09/2016 at 13:15:06
Sorry - computer has gone mad and repeatedly posted whilst I was mid typing:

So, we have a net gain of 6 points on the same 4 games last season. We have scored the same number of goals - 7 in these four games as we did last season but we have only conceded 2 against the 10 we let in during the same four fixtures last season.

Brent Stephens
183 Posted 13/09/2016 at 13:33:47
David #163 "Gueye. the one moment encapsulated him.. supported Baines on the left and 2 minutes later was supporting Coleman in defense on the right.. brilliant."

I chuckled at that because it sounded as if it took him 2 minutes to get across the pitch! I know what you mean, though. I'm equally impressed. Great cross from him for Rom's goal - I leapt from one side of the room to the other in all of 2 minutes!

Tony Kost
184 Posted 13/09/2016 at 15:14:34
It could be said that Idrissa Gueye is our N'Gola Kante. Except he's probably better! Leicester couldn't hold on to Kante. We can't let that happen to Gueye.

As they said in the Godfather (I think) "Got to make him a long term offer that he can't refuse!"

John Malone
185 Posted 13/09/2016 at 16:30:28
What a great feeling, a three-nil win away from home gives you it's like Prozac! I've been buzzing all day!
Paul Conway
187 Posted 13/09/2016 at 18:57:28
After seeing Koné playing in the Sunderland defence, anyone bothered that we didn't sign him?

On last night's performance, Moyes is welcome to him.
Gordon White
188 Posted 13/09/2016 at 19:08:35
It is so utterly brilliant to hear everyone so pleased and buzzing. What a great feeling. That donation was the icing on the cake.

I think some people have come in for criticism recently, rightly or wrongly. But hats off to them all. They've done us proud.

On a separate matter, Ross is a good player. He was also loyal to the club when others were thinking of luring him away. I think it is only a matter of time, like Romelu, before he finds his touch.

Confidence is everything in this game. His must have taken a knock and it's had more of an effect than people realise. I have faith in him to come back and realise his potential. I think Mr Koeman does too.

Stephen Brown
189 Posted 13/09/2016 at 20:30:30
A question I have to ask is do any of these football journalists watch the games??

In The Mirror, Gueye 6/10 – the same mark as Januzaj!!

Blues class second half!!

Brian Wilkinson
190 Posted 13/09/2016 at 20:44:33
Spot on there, Gordon. Lukaku had a barren spell but we knew he would come good; same with Barkley. Fans have to be patient and stick with Ross.
Brian Wilkinson
191 Posted 13/09/2016 at 20:46:39
After seeing the players we brought in, not one has let us down.

I'm looking forward to seeing Valencia soon.

Jamie Crowley
192 Posted 13/09/2016 at 23:42:56
Stephen Brown at 189:

ESPNFC rated Gueye a 10 out of 10. They said his performance was flawless.

Couldn't agree more.

Dan Egerton
193 Posted 14/09/2016 at 05:34:10
Koeman seems to just rotate players, as needed. I doubt he "dropped" Holgate in that sense.
Brian Furey
194 Posted 14/09/2016 at 11:48:54
It looks like we have quite the settled team already under Ronald especially the back 4 and DMs. You would imagine by his selections that he prefers Coleman to Holgate and Funes Mori is probably his third choice centre half, so it's back to where he was last year hoping to get his chance again unless he plays a back 3 against some teams.

The four forward players is what is really up for grabs although you would imagine Lukaku will start most games unless injured. Bolasie, Mirallas, Deulofeu and Lennon have all got pace and can score goals (as can Ross) but all of these guys are also quite hit or miss.

I suppose it is the hardest job to take men on and get in good crosses or shoot yourself. It will be interesting to see what role Valencia and Tom Davies have to play in the Norwich match.

Colin Glassar
195 Posted 14/09/2016 at 11:54:19
Just read post# 18, and that made me laugh. I hope you are not a betting man.

Jamie, he missed one pass all game so I'd give him a 9.

Barry Sherlock
196 Posted 14/09/2016 at 15:46:30
Chris Leyland,

Well done! I like to compare the results for the same fixtures. It doesn't make sense when some people say "after "X" number of games last year we had "this" many points but this season we have "?" etc.

I like to make direct comparisons. That said, there is no comparison! We just look more professional, more mature.


Dale Rose
197 Posted 15/09/2016 at 08:21:27
Great result, not the best first half for us. Second half just brilliant. In Koeman we trust.

Ross Barkley... more time and less haste. A quality player who I predict by the end of the season will reach full potential.

Tony Kost
198 Posted 15/09/2016 at 13:29:50
Ross has great potential & ability. He showed his ability & potential from 2011 onwards – up until last season when his performances and fitness fell away.

I would say he needs to show big improvements in the more immediate short term rather than by the end of the season.

Koeman will improve him – but he won't be an immediate first choice anymore if he doesn't progress.

He has a lot to live up to – I hope he's able to cope with the level of expectation put upon him. The team has more all-round ability now and with a bit of luck this burden will be lessened.

Tony Hill
199 Posted 15/09/2016 at 16:18:09
Hard stuff from Ronald in the press conference about Ross. "There is no escape" from the need to improve.

We must all get behind the player on Saturday, more than ever.

Steve Guy
200 Posted 15/09/2016 at 16:26:50
Koeman will be the making of Ross. No more anyone blowing smoke up his backside. My money is on Ross to make good

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