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Gareth Barry should return to the starting line-up after serving a one-game ban last weekend
Everton make the trek to the south coast for the later televised game on Sky Sports 1 as they take on Southampton looking to kickstart their season back into life.
The Blues may not have won for seven games in the Premier League but somehow they remain in seventh place, level on points with Manchester United in sixth but five points adrift now of Tottenham who occupy the last guaranteed European qualification slot.
While Everton remain almost in touch with the top five, that disappointing recent sequence means that the cushion below them has diminished, to the point where defeat this weekend and wins for Watford and West Bromwich Albion would see the Blues drop to ninth.
Few Evertonians would argue that that would be representative of where there team is performance and results-wise, either, should things go “south” in the figurative sense when Ronald Koeman visits his old stomping ground at Southampton for the first time since he left St Mary's Stadium for Goodison Park in June.
The Dutchman was realistic in his assessment that both teams need the victory — the Saints to arrest a four-match winless run of their own in the League and potentially move into the top half; Everton to notch a sixth league win of the campaign and, hopefully, close that gap that has opened up above them to fifth spot. If Koeman's men are going to do it, however, they're going to need to show more guile and imagination than they did last weekend against Swansea, particularly if Southampton's extinguishing of Liverpool's goalscoring fire last Saturday is an indication of how well they're likely to defend.
Everton have only scored in five of their last eight in all competitions and only notched more than a single goal in one of those games, that was the 2-0 home won over West Ham. Apart from that, they've been fairly toothless up front and a far cry from the side that comfortably beat Middlesbrough 3-1 in September just days after hammering Sunderland 3-0 at the Stadium of Light.
A repeat of that latter scoreline — coincidentally the margin of the Blues' victory in this fixture last season — would go down a treat with the travelling Evertonians and go a long way to restoring confidence in Koeman's ability to manage his way out of the fallow period that followed his impressive start to life at Goodison Park.
Intriguingly in the context of his ongoing search for the best attacking combination and system, Koeman has his full complement of forward players available to him, as well as his first-choice defensive midfield axis now that both Gareth Barry and Idrissa Gueye have served one-match bans. Only Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington are on the injured list ahead of this weekend.
Who will get the nod to start is difficult to predict though. Aaron Lennon was handed a chance to impress last week but offered precious little wide on the right, while Kevin Mirallas was equally disappointing off the bench. Gerard Deulofeu was another player introduced in the second half as Everton chased a 1-0 deficit to Swansea and, while he didn't pull up any trees either, he may have done enough to earn a place in the starting XI this weekend. Either that or it's just his turn…
In defence, meanwhile, there are lingering questions regarding the form of captain Phil Jagielka who gave away his third penalty of the campaign with a clumsy challenge that gifted Gylfi Sigurdsson the opportunity to score the opening goal for the Swans last Saturday. Koeman dropped him following two poor displays against Manchester City and Burnley last month — he cited fatigue as being the reason but no one would be surprised if it was to give the veteran England international a chance to reset — but it remains to be seen if he moves back to the bench again tomorrow, perhaps in Ramiro Funes Mori's favour.
Southampton boss Claude Puel, meanwhile, looks set to be without one of his key attacking assets in Dusan Tadic. The winger has a broken nose and is rated as highly doubtful but the Frenchman expects Jose Font to shake off a foot injury and play.
He will be looking for what would be a fourth home win of the season following an emphatic 4-1 win over Crystal Palace in August, a narrow 1-0 success against Swansea in September and last month's 3-1 triumph over Burnley — three sides who Everton failed to beat, of course.
Such is the doubt creeping into a fanbase increasingly resigned to a long period of rebuilding and readjustment under Koeman that many Evertonians would be content with a
victory point from this one. The fact that there is more talent in the Blues' ranks than their record thus far suggests, however, that as long as they're capable of victory, there is hope they can pull one off.
Kick-off: 4:30pm Sunday, 27th September, 2016
Referee: Craig Pawson
Last time: Southampton 0 - 3 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Stekelenburg, Coleman, Williams, Jagielka, Baines, Barry, Gueye, Deulofeu, Barkley, Bolasie, Lukaku
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2 Posted 26/11/2016 at 06:59:12
However, I've been supporting Everton long enough to know that we don't capitalise on such advantages. So I'll be satisfied with a draw, but hoping for a win.
3 Posted 26/11/2016 at 07:36:45
Come on boys, make us proud to wear the Everton scarf. COYB.
4 Posted 26/11/2016 at 09:38:56
5 Posted 26/11/2016 at 10:08:10
1) Jagielka has to be dropped, for either Holgate, or more likely, Funes Mori.
2) Deulofeu has to start! Mirallas has had his chance over a run of games. I don't think Lennon is a first choice starter in Koeman's mind (very useful squad player though).
Deulofeu needs to start, and play at least 60 minutes for the next 4 or 5 games.
I'd like to see Holgate start, but my predicted line-up is:
Coleman, Williams, Funes Mori, Baines;
Idrissa, Barry (c);
Deulofeu, Barkley, Bolasie;
Subs: Robles, Jagielka, Holgate, McCarthy, Cleverley, Mirallas, Valencia.
(I would love to see Davies in the team ahead of both Cleverley and McCarthy, but his time will come!)
6 Posted 26/11/2016 at 10:09:06
'many Evertonians would be content with a victory from this one.'
Surely, all of them!
I'm not wholly convinced by this 'talent in the Blues ranks' either â€“ are we under a similar delusion to England's 'Golden Generation' ?
Still, there should be enough there to compete with Southampton if we turn up.
7 Posted 26/11/2016 at 10:13:17
Think you will find that statement incorrect, Lyndon. We haven't won in the Premier League for only 2 games. We beat West Ham then lost to Chelsea and drew with Swansea.
8 Posted 26/11/2016 at 10:26:36
9 Posted 26/11/2016 at 11:14:01
10 Posted 26/11/2016 at 11:27:56
11 Posted 26/11/2016 at 11:32:51
Koeman seriously needs to earn his coin, we're a shambles at the moment.
12 Posted 26/11/2016 at 12:03:50
Damian â€“ agreed, Deulofeu wasn't great last week but he was far better than Lennon and, for that matter, Mirallas. As has been pointed out on other threads, he captains Spain U23s and has a one-in-two goal record over 32 games for them so he can't be that bad!
13 Posted 26/11/2016 at 12:04:19
14 Posted 26/11/2016 at 12:12:51
Koeman does need more time to be fair and it was never going to happen overnight but some recent performances seem to indicate they are going backwards.
15 Posted 26/11/2016 at 12:54:56
Why is he always so unfit? Does he not do the same training as the others or can he just not be bothered?
I was very disappointing to see Lennon not perform last week and you have to worry why so many players are showing such a lack if effort and commitment.
16 Posted 26/11/2016 at 13:13:50
Bringing in Lennon and McCarthy last week was a disaster. McCarthy had no idea how to go forward and got no tackles in, while Lennon didn't even try imo.
17 Posted 26/11/2016 at 13:31:33
This is a game where we will have to defend as well as attack so I would play Lennon in preference to Deulofeu or Mirallas.
Koeman needs to show his tactical and motivational skills soon and this would be a good game to start. I expect a goalless draw but hope for any sort of win for us.
18 Posted 26/11/2016 at 13:57:26
What good is it putting in a performance in the 2nd half but not in the first. Are the players so unfit that they can only perform for the half the game?
19 Posted 26/11/2016 at 14:01:53
Lennon won't be playing after last week, he was dreadful.
20 Posted 26/11/2016 at 14:07:34
I'm not optimistic about this game. And I can't see it making much difference who gets picked between Mirallas, Lennon and Deulofeu â€“ none of them are good enough for a team with the ambition its owner allegedly has. At least if we get a draw, it will leave us half way to 40 points, but I think it will be us scraping the draw.
And how demoralising to be reminded that we didn't beat Crystal Palace or Swansea or Burnley.
Now I'll go and take some more anti-depressants.
21 Posted 26/11/2016 at 14:33:02
22 Posted 26/11/2016 at 14:43:56
Personally, I think the constant line-up rotation has done little to improve the team's form.
It might be better to keep the back 4 unchanged and yes that means retaining Jags. He has to start using his brain a lot more and take up better positions to avoid being exposed for pace.
Koeman has to drill the back 4 into a disciplined unit. We must keep clean sheets given how the attack has misfired in recent weeks.
23 Posted 26/11/2016 at 15:58:52
God knows we all deserve a lift.
Time to drop Jags for a while and a few others. Get the kids in for an energy injection.
It can't be much worse than what we have now.
24 Posted 26/11/2016 at 17:43:52
Anyway, here's hoping we start to play as a team.
25 Posted 26/11/2016 at 18:13:06
26 Posted 26/11/2016 at 18:36:10
I'd also like to see Deulofeu gave another go up top like at the start of the season but up alongside Rom this time!
I suspect it will be a hard game tomorrow ;having watched Southampton a couple of times this season, they are a decent team and their captain Van Djik is top class. I'd love us to snatch him he is twice the player Stones is!
I predict a Desmond! 2-2!
27 Posted 26/11/2016 at 18:39:25
We have waited for so long that another transfer window or two and we may just get something special.
28 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:10:14
Koeman should be getting more out of them, even though it isn't the best of squads. He messes with line-ups. He never gives the kids a chance. Where is Holgate? What about Davies? He deserves a chance ahead of poor performers like Barkley.
I'm sorry, yes we have shit players, but the manager is also currently shit. This equals utter shit, which is what we've seen the past few months.
29 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:28:40
30 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:32:21
No pride left at the end of success-not-happening...
31 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:32:49
32 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:34:55
I don't know what posters are watching when they claim Deulofeu should start, the lad is an average show pony. Baines and Coleman must have fits when he starts as he's a complete defensive liability. He belongs in the Spanish B league. No chance he survives Koeman's cull in the next two windows.
BTW a lad we should have signed will be playing tomorrow, Nathan Redmond, smashing little player who is far better than anyone we have in that position.
33 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:38:30
Man City just about beat Burnley; Chelsea struggled at times to overcome Spurs... and so it goes on game after game week by week. The odds on Everton winning a game of football in their current form is pretty high, but that doesn't mean they won't celebrate a victory in the coming weeks.
Admittedly a poor performance and defeat tomorrow will have the alarm bells ringing because, if this current group can't raise themselves for their current manager against his former club, then something is deeply wrong. Even so, as supporters, we have to believe that a victory is on its way soon, otherwise we might as well just roll over and forget all about Everton FC.
he Echo, the last time an Everton manager returned to his former employees in the Premier League was Mike Walker and that night didn't end well for the Toffees as they lost 3-0 at Carrow Road. I might do some Christmas shopping between 4pm and 6pm tomorrow evening. Who's next? Man Utd at home!!!
34 Posted 26/11/2016 at 19:57:36
All I'm saying is that, in the form we are in, there are no clear-cut wins to look forward to. Sure, we will get to 40 or more but attitude and form has to change. Koeman seems to do exactly what Moyes would do and doesn't seem to want to change from the tried and trusted.
35 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:05:22
Koeman did say after Everton had beaten West Brom at the Hawthorns and drawn with Spurs at home, “I'm very happy with the work-rate of the team and how I like to improve and what we need to do” said the Blues boss.
“They are doing a lot of different things to last season and that's good. In my opinion, fresh air for everybody is good. I believe in that way and that philosophy.
"Of course you need time to get everybody involved in that structure. But it's better a question for the players because they need to change. I don't change.â€
Perhaps in hindsight that was a mistake by Ronald as it may have created a schism between him and his players; we'll find out in the next few weeks and months I suppose.
36 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:20:21
Coleman, Williams (c), Funes Mori, Baines;
Davies, Gana, Barry;
Barkley, Lukaku, Bolasie.
37 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:21:06
38 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:27:30
Funes Mori has the advantage of being basically left-sided, and take your pick from Williams or Jagielka for the other defensive place. Robles would get my vote as keeper, Stekelenburg is either brilliant or terrible and I fear he's due one of the latter displays.
We need at least an honourable draw.
39 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:38:19
It will be hard to accept such a season without comment â€“ and, indeed, ToffeeWeb would die if criticism of the manager and his charges were to be outlawed â€“ but I guess we can only show forbearance and just add it to the seemingly endless list of years in which the name of Everton will be found amongst 'the also-rans'!
40 Posted 26/11/2016 at 20:54:55
When I've watched footage of him playing centrally, he seems to frighten defences with that raw pace Also, he has got an eye for that killer ball which we've seen on occasions.
So maybe Ronald can think this one through... because, let's face it, we've hardly been convincing of late. We looked static last week against Swansea so I hope we're at it from the first minute tomorrow. Yesterday, I predicted 1-1 or a 2-1 defeat. Tonight, I'm changing my mind 2-1 to us.
42 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:00:15
There is a slight autograph mistake in Miracle's name, as that is how the predictive text on my tablet spells the name of Mirallas. I didn't bother changing the error, because Miracles makes me howl with laughter and is exactly what we need.
These players have hoodwinked the fans for far too long now.
They even have names on Everton Jerseys, that fans have bought in good faith. Yet, they haven't delivered over 90 minutes (because they can't last that long!), or even in the role as substitute.
IMHO, I think these jokers should reimburse the fans, who bought their jerseys as a sort of sanction, or be fined for underperforming.
Tomorrow, as sure as eggs are eggs, these dudes are going to substitute each other (intertwined with Barkley). As per usual. Enough, is enough. Cough up, or shape up!
43 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:12:48
I have always commented on our habit of not being able to put in a full 90-minute effort instead of two different 45s. When they finally did v Chelsea it was a full ninety of absolute shambolicism.
As unlikely as it seems, I think we will get a result at St Mary's, ether positive or negative; our fantastic away support deserves a whole lot better.
44 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:19:02
The Saints have their Europa League fate in their own hands as a goalless draw or a victory in their final fixture, will see them progress â€“ so not out of Europe just yet.
45 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:19:36
For the money they receive, that's not much to expect, eh?
46 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:24:47
What could Holgate have done so wrong? Maybe ran over Ronny's cat? I thought he was fantastic.
48 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:42:00
Tomorrow Koeman will return to a club where he is despised. I expect someting special from him. I expect our players to perform as though defeat means relegation. I expect them to be up for this more than any game this season. I expect a victory. I expect a bold ferocious show.
49 Posted 26/11/2016 at 21:42:48
50 Posted 26/11/2016 at 22:16:58
Austin's effort, Redmond's speed and them wanting to put one over on Koeman could decide it.
Hoping for the best: 1-1; fearing the worst: 0-2.
51 Posted 26/11/2016 at 22:18:56
One thing is for sure:â€“ if he gave Holgate and Davies a start, they would play for him.
52 Posted 26/11/2016 at 22:38:54
We need to find that passion hunger and confidence again
53 Posted 26/11/2016 at 22:49:34
54 Posted 26/11/2016 at 23:17:26
I think Davies more so than Holgate. He played McCarthy instead of Davies when McCarthy was just coming back from injury.
No way will he play them tomorrow... I hope I'm wrong but I doubt it.
55 Posted 26/11/2016 at 23:40:05
56 Posted 26/11/2016 at 23:42:56
Yes, they aren't the best of talented Premier League players we would like to see at our beloved club but none of them are showing any pride in the shirt. The manager should drill into his players that they might be at Everton for a few seasons but we the supporters are here for life.
Pride is a big part of an Evertonian's life. When you get beat, as long as you've given everything â€“ and I mean everything â€“ then that is acceptable. When you don't, like the present squad are doing, it is totally unacceptable.
Okay, we're not blessed with the greatest crop of players but there's no excuse for not giving your all for the shirt... and that rests totally with Big Ron.
I would love to see him give the kids a run-out. Their enthusiasum and pride just might rub off on the seniors. We need freshening up. I would like to see a happier Goodison at the moment, it's like a chore watching the blues... Is there an Andy Gray and a Peter Reid out there?
57 Posted 26/11/2016 at 23:57:47
I'd hope they'd feel as shite as those who paid to watch their shite last week and, if they have one ounce of integrity, come out tomorrow determined to put themselves on the line from the kick-off, no excuses, no cowardice, and no agenda other than to win three points for the fans and the club and themselves, in that order.
58 Posted 27/11/2016 at 00:28:51
59 Posted 27/11/2016 at 01:16:18
60 Posted 26/11/2016 at 02:54:48
61 Posted 27/11/2016 at 06:22:59
I totally disagree with the Echo's journos who are saying he should be allowed to play himself back into form. How many more penalties or defeats before they get real?
Funes Mori, a now regular Argentine international, deserves a chance to build an alternative centre-back partnership with Williams, who also lacks a bit of pace. We can't afford two ageing centre backs in the team at the same time.
Funes Mori can offer a natural left-sided balance and a goal threat too. I remember last season when people were chanting his name. Now many of them have turned against him despite his relative lack of game time this season.
I think he'd give us more stability than Jagielka at present and just needs a run of games to forge the partnership I mentioned earlier. It's worth mentioning that he was part of the defence that saw us through our unbeaten start to the season only to be dropped when Jagielka returned from injury, and look where that's got us!
62 Posted 27/11/2016 at 08:27:06
Now Koeman may turn it round and we do regularly have better players either on the bench or youngsters in the background than what starts but his keenness to play the same 11, same clueless tactics and one good or okay half for each 90mins every game this season tells me he probably won't.
63 Posted 27/11/2016 at 08:27:09
Time to stop whinging and support the team and management. Full stop. I done with the crap!
64 Posted 27/11/2016 at 08:29:56
Just seen Klopp winding the shite supporters up. I thought the Germans didn't have passion, for fuck's sake.
65 Posted 27/11/2016 at 08:39:32
I echo your sentiments, Premier League footballers are some of the fittest athletes we've got the mispleasure of watching at the moment, for them not to run, harry, chase people down and then generally look like they don't give a fuck either, is imho, unforgivable.
But where the route of the problem lies is anyone's guess, but to coin a phrase (I just made up), first rule of management â€“ everything is down to you, Ronny.
I think he can turn it around, but with different players, don't know if that's a luxury we can afford. But, at this moment in time, with one win in eight, it's shit being a Blue.
66 Posted 27/11/2016 at 08:46:15
67 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:05:10
I'm a bit wary of playing too many youngsters at the same time; however, I have to agree with you â€“ the team needs shaking up out of the lethargic state it is in, therefore I would take a chance on Kenny at right back and Davies in midfield, maybe Holgate could come in although I would play Funes Mori. Where some of the present players need a kick up the backside to get them going, and even that doesn't work in some cases, these young lads would be fighting to get on the pitch and have a go.
While I'm in this mood, I would also put Liam Walsh on the bench ready to come on for one of the under-achievers, this lad would have to be told to keep his exuberance under control, he would show a lot of the players up and in no way would he let the team down.
It will not happen, of course, unless Mr. Koeman has been on the road to Damascus this week, but something has to be done; the players are plainly not doing what the manager wants them to do.
68 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:10:57
69 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:23:20
The problem is they're on long and lucrative contracts and there lies the problem. They need to be got rid of before we can bring people in... any suggestions?
70 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:31:02
We do not have a team of poor players playing at their level. We have a team of able players underperforming.
71 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:33:03
I think that their energy could be the infectious catalyst we need. Worth a go anyway.
72 Posted 27/11/2016 at 09:40:08
A year ago, the German was showing plenty of passion, mainly doing his nut with some dire performances and failure of players to follow his pressing style (Coutinho in particular, who was crap and couldn't last more than an hour). How times change though...
So let's see if our players (and they do have plenty if ability, in my opinion, at least as much as our neighbours) can adapt similarly to the pressing game.
73 Posted 27/11/2016 at 10:08:47
I am certain that things will change but it will take time. It's amazing how a group of players can appear to be so inept and then slowly things start to fall in place and they look formidable.
It just takes time for the manager's philosophy to work. It may be that the catalyst for change will be two key players in the transfer window. Koeman must now have a good idea of what's required.
We just have to be patient.
74 Posted 27/11/2016 at 10:09:09
75 Posted 27/11/2016 at 10:17:49
76 Posted 27/11/2016 at 10:32:45
I think you've worked it out. I was fuming last Saturday, he wasn't trying. He's got a three-year contract that will see him out and doesn't care now.
77 Posted 27/11/2016 at 10:51:05
Goalkeeper â€” two so-so journey men; full backs â€” good; centre halves â€” poor; midfield â€”ponderous, old, negative, lacking ability, speed etc; forwards â€”abysmal; wingers â€” flatter to deceive; main striker â€” can't control a ball. We are a poor club side.
We don't give our youth a chance (I think as fans we are as much to blame â€” we want them to perform without error). Why do we take players who cannot even get into teams of a lesser level? Then we are linked with players well past their best because the clubs challenging no longer require them?
Not holding my breath today would love a win but am resigned to keeping the defeat low.
78 Posted 27/11/2016 at 11:29:28
I'll go 0-0 on this too. You can thank me later. :-)
79 Posted 27/11/2016 at 11:38:57
This negativity doesn't work for me.
Go out and give it out best shot.
I agree with Bob Parrington's post.
80 Posted 27/11/2016 at 11:39:20
Paddy Power only offering 6/1. Have gone for Everton winning 1-0 HT, and 2-1 full time. 35/1.
Everton mints for all â€“ if it comes in!
81 Posted 27/11/2016 at 11:42:41
Absolutely no reason we shouldn't take 3 from this but likewise previous games. Potentially another bit of a "should 'ave...", "could 'ave...", "would 'ave...'' type match.
Hopefully it will be a "did it...!"
2-1 Everton my predictor this week.
82 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:03:51
What does the manager actually want the players to do? Most of them are internationals so should be able to do the basics without being told â€“ like closing space down when the opposition have the ball. We gave Swansea so much space and time, we made them look like Barcelona at times.
Does Lukaku give a fuck if we win lose or draw? He should take a look at the way Costa plays.
83 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:10:21
85 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:22:22
Those five get rotated in and out but we never see any change just the same old inept showings gong forward. They can all go as far as I'm concerned. It's scary to say that because those are all supposed to be our most creative players but I don't think that any of them make the grade.
I believe that the manager has a much bigger re-building job on his hands than any of us originally thought although the kind of players that we are being linked with doesn't give me a great deal of hope either.
I hope that I'm wrong I really really do.
86 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:31:33
87 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:33:24
Mark, I still think Koeman is unsure about which is his best starting XI but I still hold out hope for Gerri and Ross. But he needs to give both of them a defined role in the team.
As for Bolasie, Lennon and Mirallas, they just aren't good enough to start. We paid way over the odds for Bolasie so I'm just glad we didn't blow another 㿊m on that prick, Sissoko...
88 Posted 27/11/2016 at 12:59:23
I wonder if Geri and Ross will ever improve beyond what they are now to be honest. Both, more so Ross, have been in the first team for several seasons now but I honestly think that neither have improved since they began their respective Everton careers. Indeed, I think that Ross has actually gone backwards in his development.
I wonder how many more seasons we can keep watching them contribute little and continue to say that they need time, a regular place a defined role etc. I hope that you are right and I am wrong but I feel that that might not be the case.
89 Posted 27/11/2016 at 13:10:38
Dropping points is one thing but, in the manner they have been doing, is totally unacceptable.
90 Posted 27/11/2016 at 13:25:01
We don't demand a win, or even a draw. We just ask that you run, fight and give a shit. Run until your legs can't carry you anymore, fight for every ball and give nothing away cheaply, and give a shit about the fans, your manager, and your own performance. We ask for no more than that.
91 Posted 27/11/2016 at 13:44:40
Not asking for them to play like Barca â€“ just show some pride COYBS
92 Posted 27/11/2016 at 14:34:52
You've got to be really special to play every game for Spurs, they're stockpiling players for when they all get knackered at the end of the season (which will be Liverpool's shortcoming, by the way).
Martinez bought too many players who would be good if there were better players around them. Koeman is stuck with this and some of ageing players who look past their best.
The rebuild will be a long-term job. He still should be doing better with what he has now.
93 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:15:20
94 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:16:30
Lennon's game last week was the first time he had started a league game this season, didn't have a good game, but ran out of steam, maybe because he hadn't played a full game for months But you are entitled to your opinion.
95 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:21:18
96 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:37:45
I was out early so I'm feeling no pain at the moment. In fact I'm even buying into the gospel according to Tully and Lloyd. I've decided to give Koeman more time. Hopefully that's not the ale talking...
Plenty in the fridge and after listening to Shite of the red variety for the past few hours I'm gonna need it.
After a week of indifference, I'm now well and truly up for this.
I'm on Bainsey to notch!
97 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:38:15
98 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:40:50
99 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:42:10
You forgot to tell them that they are allowed to shoot as well.
100 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:47:32
Play as a team, support one another. Win lose or draw, if the effort is put in the fans will be right with you.
101 Posted 27/11/2016 at 15:52:05
I'm uninspired so far, but we're 7th without playing well. What will happen when we do? What will happen when he strengthens the team? That's what I'm hanging on to for now.
In the meantime, for today my heart says a win, my money has said a draw. Hope I'm wrong in the right way.
102 Posted 27/11/2016 at 16:33:51
We have had glimpse of what's to come from Koeman so let's show a bit of restraint â€“ not like we have won anything in 20 years now, is it?
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