Phil Jagielka is expected to return to the starting XI after recovering from injury
Everton return to Goodison Park following two disappointing away games for a clash with Brighton that has taken on much importance than it otherwise might.
The Blues' run of poor form, just two wins in the last 11 in the Premier League, combined with the Seagulls' own improved results, means that they will begin the weekend sitting below Brighton in the table and just seven points above the relegation zone.
That has heaped more pressure on Sam Allardyce to oversee a third successive home victory that would significantly ease fears that Everton could dragged into the scrap to beat the drop this season.
Though he will be missing a first-choice centre half in the form of the suspended Ashley Williams, the manager has been boosted by the return to fitness of Phil Jagielka, Ramiro Funes Mori and Leighton Baines, all of whom are now available.
“Our injury list is not too bad at all,” Allardyce said in his pre-match press conference. “Obviously, we've got a couple of long-termers in Mangala and McCarthy but the rest of the players are okay.
“There [is a decision to be made at centre half]. We've got Funes back as well after two or three Under-23 games [so] we've got a number of centre-halves we can choose from as a replacement for Ash.”
Baines's presence at left back and Jagielka's experience in the middle have been missed in recent weeks and it would not be a surprise to see both drafted back into the starting XI but whether Allardyce would be tempted to drop Michael Keane and replace him with Funes Mori remains to be seen.
Up front, Cenk Tosun's goalscoring return to the side last weekend will surely have earned him a place and Dominic Calvert-Lewin could also keep his spot if Allardyce opts to keep the same attacking unit as that which faced Burnley and bring Wayne Rooney in at the expense of Tom Davies.
The manager will be treating Chris Hughton's Brighton with plenty of respect if the comments in his presser and then to the print media afterwards are any indication. He is all too aware of the costs to him personally if Everton don't win this important home game given how poor they have been on their travels and that the next two visitors to Goodison are Manchester City and Liverpool.
“I can't continue to lose football matches. It is as simple as that,” Allardyce said. “There is no point beating about the bush and saying you can have as much backing as you want. There is great backing from the owners but I have to win matches to reassure them that I am the right man for the job.
“Brighton are picking up points home and away so it'll be a hugely difficult game for us and it's not one we can underestimate at all,”
“We all aware of the disappointment [in our form] away from home but we have to look at the home results and say that's where our bread and butter lies. That's where we've been good.
“We've won the last two home games and I think we've only conceded two goals that were penalties so we've played well at home but our away form is the big problem we have.
“We have to put that behind us, make sure there's no legacy from the disappointment of the last two games and be in top form on Saturday because we need to get a win.
“We have a put a bit of pressure on ourselves because of the last two away results and we have to cope with the pressure and deliver for the fans who are very, very important to us, home and away.”
Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 10 March, 2018
Referee: Roger East
Last Time: Everton 2 - 2 Brighton & Hove Albion (October 1982)
Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Gueye, Rooney, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Walcott, Tosun
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1 Posted 09/03/2018 at 07:21:52
2 Posted 09/03/2018 at 07:52:54
I do believe we will actually get back to winning ways with this one. Brighton will be feeling cock sure, and over confident possibly, after their Arsenal performance coming to an out-of-form Everton. I am predicting 2, maybe 3-1 this week. The first 3 of those 20 points I am looking to Allardyce and the team to bring us between now and May.
If we lose this then succumb to Man City and the RS, the consequences are chilling.
3 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:03:02
4 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:06:20
I also hope there is a massive display of discontent with Allardyce shown by the Goodison faithful. We do not want this man anywhere near our club after season's end.
5 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:14:26
We need to win this game. The players and management will be well aware of this and if they can't get themselves up for this game, then they don't deserve to play this sport.
6 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:15:56
7 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:16:44
All of us are amateur managers and we all have our opinions of what constitutes the best line up. However, it is equally outrageous that we don't have a regular and settled starting eleven who can be backed up by reliable replacements if injury or suspension demands. What sort of manager chops and changes for no obvious reason. Answer... a useless one.
Desperately hoping we may sneak a win. Given our current plight that is all that matters. Find safety and immediately find a new manager.
8 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:27:43
The hierarchy may have agreed to such a thing in their panic a few months ago.
9 Posted 09/03/2018 at 08:31:23
Failure to win then you might as well say we won't be winning any of the next four because the next four read as below.
Manchester City Home
We already know we don't win away games and certainly we don't possess the backbone to win away to sides who will be fighting tooth and nail for survival whilst there's no way this spineless Everton team are good enough to beat man City or Liverpool, let's be brutally honest.
Failure to beat Brighton will be 2 wins in 13 and will quickly become 2 wins in 17 following that four-game batch.
Anyone trying to say that is not relegation form??
10 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:16:15
I thought tomorrow was a must-win before I read your post... but now!
The crowd have a massive part to play tomorrow.
11 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:23:28
Really cannot see anything but a home win, providing that is our lineup in defence, not too bothered if Keane misses out but if he starts at least we have Jags in there.
12 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:24:38
An even more chilling prospect if/when we then lose to Man City and the RS. Puts even more emphasis on this weekend, but I do think we will do it.
13 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:26:39
I'd like to see:
Coleman - Holgate - Jagielka - Baines
Sigurdsson - Gueye - Davies
Walcott - Tosun - Bolasie
Subs: Robles, Funes Mori, Kenny, Rooney, Schneiderlin, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse
i just feel Bolasie running at their right-back and putting some crosses in to Tosun could prove fruitful
14 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:27:27
In terms of the line-up, I think which particular individuals we choose is far less important than the attitude and motivation of whoever takes the field. I dont mind any two of Jagielka, Funes Mori, Holgate and Keane, I mind that they are focused and committed for the whole match. The biggest criticism of Evertons season is that there is genuine doubt over whether that will be true of the eleven who are picked.
15 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:38:36
Funes Mori for Keane, who is awful.
Rooney for Calvert-Lewin, who offers nothing out left.
16 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:41:13
17 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:44:43
18 Posted 09/03/2018 at 09:52:09
Keane just doesn't have what it takes to be a top Premier League player and also, importantly, Funes Mori is a natural left-footer, something we are crying out for at the back.
19 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:01:42
20 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:05:03
21 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:06:45
22 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:10:50
I know, I know.
23 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:11:23
The appointment of a manager with very limited ability whose only claims to fame are as a rank average player who has built a reputation of not managing a team to relegation and was manager of England for one game.
I genuinely fear relegation. Where are the wins coming from? The negative 'we mustn't lose' attitude of the manager are more likely to bring defeats rather than victories. We really need some luck over the next few weeks.
24 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:12:27
25 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:31:47
However, if we lose this game we should boo Allardyce all the more because, if we don't win this game, I can't see where our next points will come from... If so, we need a change in management asap to shake the players into life.
26 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:32:20
Coleman Holgate Jagielka (c) Baines
Walcott Sigurdsson Bolasie
Robles, Keane, Kenny, Klaassen, Rooney, Calvert-Lewin, Niasse
Gives us some pace out wide & some physicality too. If Bolasie isn't ready, then play Calvert-Lewin, and play 2 up front.
27 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:34:51
That alone should see him sacked.
28 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:40:03
29 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:41:47
“There is no point beating about the bush and saying you can have as much backing as you want. There is great backing from the owners but I have to win matches to reassure them that I am the right man for the job."
It seems from Allardyce's prematch comments, that the meeting with Moshiri was one about the ultimatum "start winning or get the sack".
30 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:49:01
31 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:49:58
32 Posted 09/03/2018 at 10:50:58
As Martin (#20) points out his crossing is terrible too. The only thing he seems to offer is unpredictability ie, neither he or his team mates have any idea what he's going to do next.
Thinking of the good wingers we've had over the years (Thomas, Steven, Kanchelskis etc...) makes watching him even harder. Yet another in the litany of mediocre players bought in the last couple of years.
33 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:01:48
Me for one, and a good many Evertonians I know, will be singing as loud as we can, because we feel it's just unacceptable to have this vile bastard anywhere near our club.
If the players don't like it, they should've pulled their fingers out their arses way before this rat was even mentioned and we wouldn't be where we are right now. So fuck the players they should be stronger men than being affected by a few songs or booing.
34 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:09:32
For all the pessimists, we are 50/1 to be relegated (Betfair). We will be a lot less if we lose this match!
I can't believe we will not get another 2 to 4 pts though, that will ensure we are playing in the Premier League next season.
35 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:21:24
36 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:22:36
37 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:31:01
38 Posted 09/03/2018 at 11:43:55
It's become a really important game for us after our poor form since the turn of the year, and those players are only human. We need the three points, and then he can feck off...
40 Posted 09/03/2018 at 12:02:44
I find it pretty hard to select an exciting team these days. Might be tempted to throw in Anthony Evans from the U23s who has been doing well, a debut always gives the crowd a lift which we badly need.
We really lack pace in all departments, especially in midfield. Absolutely baffled how this was not addressed in the Summer where we bought Rooney, Klaassen and Sigurdsson who are all unbelievably slow!
Coleman Holgate Jagielka Martina
Davies Gueye Sigurdsson
Walcott Tosun Evans
41 Posted 09/03/2018 at 12:04:43
42 Posted 09/03/2018 at 12:17:14
43 Posted 09/03/2018 at 12:25:25
This isn't all down to shitty signings, there is something deeply rotten at Goodison, and I think the players and coaching staff who are causing unrest need to be identified and shipped out in the summer. We need a full clear-out. Top to bottom. We also need someone at the top to employ said person to carry out the cull. Massive job, absolutely no time to waste.
44 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:01:50
Worst of it, your line-up contains 10 full or ex-internationals, so it isn't the honest journeymen of 20 years ago totally out of their depth, but players with no heart or fight and they probably think they're too good or too big to be getting down and dirty with the plebs except that they're the reason we are where we are.
And Big Sam who delights in playing one-dimensional agricultural boring ugly football as long as we keep a clean sheet except we don't.
So, for the first time in my life, I'm past caring about the team; nobody in the club seems to be arsed so why should I be? Yes, it's a must win game; will we get the 3 points, probably not, but even if we do, unless there's a comprehensive change from the DoF down it'll only delay in inevitable. Think Aston Villa and shudder.
45 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:05:17
46 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:07:52
Why? Because the players have no confidence, can't be bothered and the manager hasn't got a clue.
If we don't win this one, we are in big trouble. The thing is... why should we think we will beat Brighton?
47 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:20:01
I just can't sit there, as I think the supporters in the ground have a responsibility to the hundreds of thousands of Evertonians all over the world who, for one reason or another, can't get there, to drive this rat out.
That's just the way I feel, Johan, and I know many don't, but everyone is entitled to protest in whatever way they choose.
There seems to be a small percentage who are willing to let things carry on which is their choice, so I'm making my choice tomorrow, if that's alright?
I'm not asking for anyone's approval or backing, it's something I feel I need to do along with a good few fellow Evertonians I know personally.
Fellow supporters don't have to join in, do they, Johan? But please, I can't agree that the players will be affected by booing or singing to chase this rat out of our club. I'm more inclined to believe Ray Roche's suggestion that the players are more likely to join in.
48 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:26:34
Save it for half time or full time when the players are leaving the pitch so everyone knows how you feel without it effecting what is happening on the pitch.
49 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:29:58
Or is that too much to ask nowadays, do they need to consult their agents to see if its ok to actually work hard and sweat with pride and passion once on the pitch!?
50 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:33:51
Gary Drain, singing or booing Sam when he isn't there is just, how can I put it? Fucking daft.
51 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:38:45
Appreciate those words mate as I am 12,000 miles away but would love nothing more than to give it to that big good for fuck-all Neandarthal.
The players will understand anyway as he will blame them for everything that can possibly go wrong.
52 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:44:52
54 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:50:24
I'm for supporting the players during the match, and if we eventually lose (god forbid), then it's open season on the manager...
55 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:52:31
Like I said earlier, I am not asking for approval. I am just doing what I feel I have to do. It probably won't work knowing our board but doing nothing is not an option anymore.
Gary Drain, I didn't mean any offence before, and I'm not going to let the rat they call Sam, or this board's lack of ability to run our club in the way it should be, make me start arguing with my fellow Evertonians.
56 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:53:54
57 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:57:28
I feel your pain honestly. 96% of us on this site know how you feel so if it's going to make you feel better by giving it to Lardiola tomorrow then go for it.
You've paid your money, etc, etc.
I think what other posters are trying to say is don't forget about the players.
They need to hear from you as much as FS does.
We still need 2 more wins until we are safe and fans like you at the ground are imperative in us getting them.
Keep the faith mate.
This is nearly over.
58 Posted 09/03/2018 at 13:58:00
Whatever it is though, we have to have our two best strikers up top at all the remaining home games.
59 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:18:45
In more optimistic news, looking at the run in after the Swansea game, they're definitely winnable.
61 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:25:39
All this talk of formations is wasted as the players don't care – and haven't done for years! This situation is coming to boiling point after 20 years of it simmering and no decent manager will touch the place with a shitty stick!
You don't have to protest at games or outside the ground or shout abusive tirades at players or coaches either to make the owner realise that Bill, his mates, and nearly all the staff and players need removing... Just stop going to the games!!! I promise, it makes you feel better.
And realise that the Premier League is just a bullshit bubble. Go support your local grassroots football or run a team for youngsters -t he rewards are massive for you, the kids and the area.
And it's real football, played for the right reasons – the love of the game.
62 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:35:00
But what if there is a malaise in the dressing room? We suspect / believe there has been something amiss for a very long time. What if the corridors of power are more controlling and divisive behind the scenes than we imagine? Could it be that he is actually wallowing in a really shit situation which has no positives to improve it no matter what he tries?
Is hanging out the players really his last resort? Perhaps Tosun was 'not up to speed' as he claims?
Perhaps Garbutt is just taking the piss during training? Etc, etc...
I still am of the opinion Allardyce is not for Everton but crikey, we actually do not know with any real certainty what is going on behind the scenes... Do we?
63 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:39:03
There are a few home games left this season; Sam can get his reward / comeuppance then, whether we are safe or not. He won't give a fuck either way as long as he's got his pay off cheque in his arse pocket.
64 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:42:23
65 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:45:51
This is big, big game. If we lose this, it's real. We'll be in a world of shit.
66 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:48:53
Our optimism and positivity has been shredded to the point were those 7 remaining games against bottom-half opposition have many of us looking nervously over our shoulder.
It's truly a crime that a list Stoke, Swansea, Huddersfield, Brighton, Newcastle, Southampton and West Ham has us shitting our pants.
We won't get relegated, mathematically it's minute, the bookies have us nowhere near it and some of the run-ins the others have are horrendous.
As for Saturday, we'll win and it will be ugly as sin. That's entertainment, apparently, according to Fat Sam.
67 Posted 09/03/2018 at 14:57:25
So unless there's a complete U-turn in form tomorrow and we win, a slide into the relegation zone is inevitable, given those next two 'Homers', strangely enough, I think if we do improve tomorrow, being an eternal optimist, I believe it will give us a chance of taking something from them too, in spite of Fat Sam.
Unless we up our game dramatically tomorrow, we will continue on the downward slope and into relegation territory.
68 Posted 09/03/2018 at 15:04:29
I'm going to the match to cheer them on, If the team can't start fighting now, they never will, I've got to think that they will prove they do care against Brighton.
69 Posted 09/03/2018 at 15:43:01
It is also a time for the players to show they care about the supporters and show maximum effort and endeavour.
For me, Keane has been a total embarrassment all season and should definitely sit this one out and based on the enthusiasm and performance in the U23 game I would give Funes Mori a chance to reestablish his career. If nothing else, he carries a goal threat, which is more than some of our so-called forwards do.
Although I don't think Martina has been as bad as some people make out it is a welcome relief to have Baines back as our left-back. Throw Jags and Seamus in the mix and I think you have our best back 4.
Midfield is Walcott, Gana, Davies, Sigurdsson with a front two of Niasse and Tosun to rattle Duffy and Dunk.
70 Posted 09/03/2018 at 15:57:34
It has been criminal of the club not to have had a single left-footed player in the team for a majority of the season though so, for that I am hopeful we will be too much for Brighton.
71 Posted 09/03/2018 at 16:03:31
And there lies the problem.
But, ever the 10-year-old... 3-1!
72 Posted 09/03/2018 at 16:22:10
Which was unforgivable really, because Baines was back (got to be better than Martina, even having been out for some time) Funes Mori was available, having played with the U23s, (not even on the bench) Williams has been awful for most of the season (shoo-in).
Burnley picked up on our defensive frailties and exploited us. This results in the midfield dropping back to try and thwart the onslaught, and therefore not being able to get the ball forward. Resulting in us being Ecky Thumped.
If Pickford hadn't been there, it could easily have been a much more embarrassing scoreline.
I am not confident about tomorrow at all, confidence being absent throughout most of the team. Brighton have their tails up following the win over the Arse, and being above us now, will want to maintain that position.
If we do not win, we are in a precarious position with the games ahead of us, surely Allardyce will be given the Order of the Boot, Dilly, Dilly!
73 Posted 09/03/2018 at 16:22:40
All jokes aside I am all for supporting the team and the plan wasn't to just start giving it to Sam from the off. I'm one of them who isn't as confident as others we won't be dragged right in the shit, so the team does need our support.
I am not comfortable just giving this rat shit only when we are losing or we get beat, he needs to know he's just not what we want at Everton. That smirk as he walked off the pitch last week spoke volumes to me and many more Evertonians I have spoken to.
This vile bastard has to be chased because he is laughing at us, poking fun at us and purposely winding us up. When I see Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in our dugout, I get this feeling inside to run across the pitch and give him a yabba dabba doo right on his chin.
I know it's not the right way and I am not going to carry it out but honestly we have been through some shit together but this is literally taking the piss.
Dave Abrahams, I get it, mate, but I am sick to my stomach of letting these bastards off the hook. They all deserve it not just huge head, but yes, I agree, Dave, let's just see what unfolds tomorrow.
Why do I dread going to Goodison? Shouldn't it be a place I look forward going to? I hate match days all because of the whole lot of them, bastards.
74 Posted 09/03/2018 at 16:32:12
I also think Beni Baningime is an option that we need to look at in midfield... he is so calm on the ball & very good at actually defending, intercepting, tackling, as well as being very good on the ball & has a pass on him too. Kind of reminds me of Moussa Dembele.
Schneiderlin needs to be taken out the team, Baningime is the best option to replace him, and Klaassen deserves a chance top.
75 Posted 09/03/2018 at 16:47:38
Bolasie is completely and utterly ineffective in every aspect of the game. He was infuriating to watch before his injury. As for the centre-backs I'd take Keane out after what Burnley did to him last week.
76 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:14:37
The second half the players came out, basically said to Martinez "shove your game plan up your arse and we'll play it the way we want to play". Nearly worked as well.
Tomorrow the team should come out for the first half, have one of those group huddles before kick off and decide there and then to shove Allardyces game plan up his arse and play the way they want to play. Lardy Arse can shout and scream all he likes on the touchline as we romp to a 5 - 0 win.
Pickford. Coleman, Funes Mori, Jagielka, Baines. Gueye, Sigurdsson, Rooney, Davies, Walcott. Tosun.
77 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:24:22
78 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:25:37
Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines
Walcott, Sigurdsson, Bolasie.
Paul Welsby, feeling any better, mate?
79 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:26:16
I'd at least have Beni Banginime on the bench instead of the woeful Schneiderlin. Beni at least cares about Everton and will put himself about; Schneiderlin cares about himself.
80 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:35:18
81 Posted 09/03/2018 at 17:42:41
82 Posted 09/03/2018 at 18:11:18
83 Posted 09/03/2018 at 18:28:45
84 Posted 09/03/2018 at 18:31:05
We were in the top Balcony where it turns round and narrows right up at the park end. Both teams came blasting out Hearn's/ Haggler fashion and it was 2-2 going on 5-5 after about 15 minutes.
The place was empty and you could virtually choose your seat, so it was really surprising when a guy from Brighton came racing in late with his two sons in tow. They dived into the seats in front of us.
The arl scoreboard at the front of the Park End top tier wasn't visible from there and he turned around and asked me if there was any score. I told him they had both proper gone for it and it was 2-2... He just gave me a cynical look and turned back to his lads and said "That's the trouble with these Scousers, They all think they are fucking comedians."
The rest of the game was crap and Matey from Brighton and his lads wouldn't have found out it wasn't 0-0 until they got back to their car.
85 Posted 09/03/2018 at 18:36:09
I just can't sit there, as I think the supporters in the ground have a responsibility to the hundreds of thousands of Evertonians all over the world who for one reason or another can't get there, to drive this rat out.
I'll be booing from Chicago but it will be in the ether before it reaches Gary, Indiana. Great sentiments. Thank you. Hard to believe that some others would prefer to watch a bunch of English public schoolboys lose in Rugby again.
Do the globals proud mate!!!!
86 Posted 09/03/2018 at 19:04:14
87 Posted 09/03/2018 at 19:29:05
88 Posted 09/03/2018 at 19:42:14
Nonetheless, it's a home game, and oh well, it's impossible for me to ignore an Everton game. I tend to forget everything and support the club from kick-off. We can win this. COYB.
89 Posted 09/03/2018 at 19:42:25
90 Posted 09/03/2018 at 19:56:09
I believe Hornsby as the makings of an excellent target man, and Evans as been in great form in attacking midfield.
Just my opinion.
91 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:24:47
Coleman Holgate Funes Mori Baines
Wallcott Gueye Davies Sigurdsson
94 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:42:51
No YouTube (that I can find). So a lollipop to the first person to name the other scorer.
95 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:48:16
96 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:49:34
97 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:56:11
Oh well here goes.
98 Posted 09/03/2018 at 20:58:52
99 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:00:13
I think Adrian heath may have scored the other goal that day.
100 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:02:55
My fear is that reaching 40 points is going to prove difficult as we are playing awful football, our manager is awful, nobody is in good form, not one of our players shows any meaningful sign of leading us out of this slump, and we have no idea what our best XI is or which formation actually suits our players.
A win tomorrow will be a huge step towards avoiding relegation, but I am just struggling to see where any wins are coming from right now. It is more than likely going to have to be an ugly, lucky, seat-of-the-pants win that we probably don't deserve - same as we managed in the earlier home games against Bournemouth and Watford.
I'd take any kind of win tomorrow. Anything else leaves us looking over our shoulder in a pretty unhealthy way.
101 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:14:36
Positive on paper but I thought the same last week and then we kicked off and there was no one within 10 yards of Tosun.
We can but hope.
And can someone check on Paul Welsby please?
102 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:18:16
I remember all too well the Wimbledon game I actually crashed my car into a pillar in an underground car park when I switched the radio on and heard we were 2 down and I was at the Coventry game. The feeling on those two days was gut-wrenching to the point of almost being physically sick and I do not want another day like those two.
A win tomorrow should see us almost safe and the players simply have to go out and fight. Sidwell of Brighton said they went at Arsenal from the start as they knew they wouldn't be up for a fight and they are bound to do the same tomorrow.
We need to have bodies in midfield to stop them from playing through us but more than anything we need scrappers to get hold of the ball so we can play. Baines and Coleman will help by pushing forward and keeping the ball on the floor.
We can't play a back four just back from injury and Mori would be handy on the bench if Baines needs replacing:
I must say, I have changed that team four times so far, such is the paucity of players who are in form or who will scrap. Davies and Baningime will fight though I can't see Beni starting. See if Rooney is up for it if he plays well, we will win.
Above all, we need a noisy and passionate crowd to get behind the team from the start- the time for recriminations is once we are safe or, heaven forbid, when the worst happens!
103 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:20:59
104 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:25:37
I just had a quick look at that particular season and it brought back a lot of memories of different games that season, not least the cup run that saw us virtually treble home attendances for FA cup ties, this was a time when cup football was so much more interesting and exciting than the dross served up in the league games. Different times... oh for a cup run, not on many manager's (Bison head) agenda these days is it? More of a hindrance to the perceived excitement of (still dross,unless top 4) league games.
Fuckin hell, in 1982 no-one had a pot to piss in, it was purgatory, no work, the game was dying on its arse, 16,000 was our norm, only aided by derbies and Manc visits that brought our average up to 21,000 – really sad times, just before Howard kicked on; even then, attendances where poor compared to now.
105 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:32:24
I can't be bothered attempting to name a team as this clown has just destroyed my enthusiasm and any hope I had. Let's see if we are happy tomorrow after the match with the result? Maybe then if results go our way we can relax in the knowledge we are near as damn it safe.
Night, ladies and gentlemen, early night for me in preparation for a bumpy ride tomorrow at our beloved Goodison Park. I can't remember the last time I looked forward to going? That's how fucking grim it is.
106 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:37:27
107 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:50:34
Give that man a lollipop!
108 Posted 09/03/2018 at 21:55:57
Coleman Keane Jagielka Baines
109 Posted 09/03/2018 at 22:02:11
110 Posted 09/03/2018 at 23:01:38
Coleman Jagielka Keane Baines
Walcott Gueye Sigurdsson Bolasie
111 Posted 09/03/2018 at 23:06:36
This must be a positive omen:.
I have followed The Blues for over seventy years. Moved to Canada in 1963, but never lost my fanaticism even in the worst of times. Today, Friday, I took my grandson to take his test for his driving licence. Waited over three hours openly complaining about the wait. There were at least 60 other people in the room. Guy next to me said, "Are you from Liverpool?" When I said "Yes" he immediately said, "I hope you're not Red. It was amazing that, in a packed room 4,000 thousand miles from Goodison, I met a true blue Evertonian.
We get every game here on television. Tomorrow with my two sons, John Everton and Andrew Goodison, we will be joined by one more scouse git who is Evertonian to the core. It was like a Blue Aangel fell from the sky. We have to win!!!
112 Posted 09/03/2018 at 23:08:25
113 Posted 09/03/2018 at 23:50:38
If he's made captain, he'll have it for years. He's made for it.
114 Posted 10/03/2018 at 01:17:22
How the two tactical geniuses we've had in charge this season (Rhino excluded) think he's a winger/wing-back is beyond me. When he's played wide, he is basically non-existent or cack. It also does him no favours with the fans whatsoever.
115 Posted 10/03/2018 at 01:31:08
We pay top dollar for players nobody else is interested in and Bolasie was one of them. The personification of the one-trick pony and it's not even a good trick!!
Hopefully he'll be one of the ones out the door in the summer along with Allardyce.
116 Posted 10/03/2018 at 05:31:33
117 Posted 10/03/2018 at 05:42:23
118 Posted 09/03/2018 at 06:02:38
Obviously a must win game but caution has to be exercised so as not to upset the delicate souls of the players. As ridiculous as it may seem, their on x amount a week and all that, their heads will go down and tension will become so toxic they will not be able to drop the ball on the floor without missing.
An Everton win then Lardiola out today
119 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:02:42
I have always, always believed the old maxim about the league table never lying . . .until now. This one is telling us a whopper. Some of the teams below us are nowhere near as bad.
Andy Crooks made the same point about a month ago and was shot down by the search engine merchants. Our luck has been astonishing this year, I can barely think of a game when our woodwork has not been rattled.
We have to embrace that luck, the future of the club is almost relying on it and fuck knows we've had very little of it over the last 20 years.
You're second paragraph is a short one, but it says everything.
John G and Christy
Thanks for the conformation. I cant believe I don't remember one of the scorers in a game we have laughed about so many times down the years.
The old lady will be rocking today and if we can score first, thee crowd will roar the boys home to safety, but their is so much anti-Allardyce feeling, I shudder to think of the crowd reaction if they score first and we start to struggle.
120 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:32:01
On one hand, we are desperate for a win to ease those 40-point concerns... but, on the other hand, none of us want to see that smug and arrogant face claiming how well he'd done to get the win.
If we get to 37 points by 5pm today, then my advice is to switch off your TV, phone etc and wait for him to pass. You'll feel better for it and as we move to the season's conclusion we can then all wave him goodbye in our own chosen way!
121 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:35:52
I thought he did ok last week, some good touches and took his goal well. He will come on a bit for that game and another weeks training. I fancy him to get on the scoresheet again today.
122 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:36:28
123 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:40:25
This game is also going to be fascinating on a number of other areas.
1. The Managers: Why Chris Hughton was not considered when we sacked Koemann. Experienced in the premier league, proven winner, dignified and get his teams to perform as a cohesive unit. Certainly far less risk than
2. The centre halfs: Interestign to see how our pair compare with ex Everton Shane Duffy. Hope he doesnt prove to us what a stupid short slighted decision of Martinez to sell him when our own centre halfs at the time were the wrong side of 30.
3. Baines vs Martina: Martina has become the whipping boy for our woes on many of the TW threads. I will be very interested to see if Leighton offers more defensively than Cuco if selected today.
Make no mistake losing this game and we are in big trouble.
124 Posted 10/03/2018 at 07:48:51
125 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:00:34
As for the left, it has been our problem all season. Leighton returning will help, but we all know he has been reluctant to push forward for some time now and the likes of DCL, Vlasic, Siggi and Bolasie has all flattered to deceive in that position.
I expect Sam will beef-up the middle of the park and onlt play one up top. If it is Tosun it will be improtant for Walcott and Siggurdson to get near to him as he isn't a hold-up targetman.
Look out for Schneiderlin in from the start. I'm not a fan, but if he is on the teamsheet, I hope the crowd don't boo him as we need them all to be in as positive a mood as possible.
127 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:10:14
I hope you are well enough to get give us a post then get to the game George.
As a fan base we can blame Sam Allardyce for all our current woes - but the players can't.
They will have 35,000 fans turning up for the badge tomorrow - the players need to also. They know our plight, they need to stand up and be counted.
Goodison needs to put all the other stuff to one side for this game and get behind them.
I hope Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines, Davies, and Rooney start. If they do we should win.
Coleman, Jagielka, Funes Mori, Baines
Gueye, Sigurdsson, Davies,
subs: Niasse, Vlasic, Holgate, Baningame, Martina.
Up the Blues!
128 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:11:03
First things first - - thank you good friends for you best wishes while I was ill - - much appreciated and I am well on the mend now. First game for a while and I have been up early but can barely see The City or The River or the roof of Goodison through the early morning mist - - sitting at my writing desk - - raring to go - - just heard a fog horn in the distance:
We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Ere the bonnie boat was won
As we sailed into the mystic
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly
Into the mystic
And when that fog horn blows
I will be coming home, mmm mmm
And when the fog horn blows
I want to hear it
I don't have to fear it
Mmmm - - feeling good -- it is a pleasure and deep joy for me to be able to go the match - -to The Dark House - - to be with friends - - to be around those you love - - nothing can ever take that away from me - - ever - - I am sitting here - - surrounded by my dream things - -cards, notebooks, pens, photos, books - - my wall is full of postcards from my favourite artists, writers poets and of course framed images of Goodison - - I have a little “snow shaker” with Goodison inside on my desk - - Van Gogh is looking down at me right now:
Fair play to you
Killarney's lakes are so blue
And the architecture I'm taking in with my mind
Tell me of Poe
Oscar Wilde and Thoreau
Let your midnight and your daytime turn into love of life
It's a very fine line
But you've got the mind child
To carry on
When it's just about to be
And you say "Geronimo"
On my other writing desk - - I am at my Apple Desk - - my camera is charged- - harmonica cleaned and ready to blow- - pretty soon I will have to get ready - - I am going to The Wirral heritage Show at Birkenhead Town Hall for an hour before going to The Dark House - - my wife Gosia will take me and drop me off - - its a big day ahead - - I havent had a pint for about 2 months - - I will drive along in my chariot towards TDH - - passing St. Anthonys where my sister Joan was buried - - she was married on the day Everton beat Cardiff 8 -2 and I moaned at her for making me miss the game - - memories - - memories that touch your heart, that lift your spirit and let your “soul and spirit fly into the mystic” - - along Scotty - - Great Mersey Street, St.Alphonus (Holy Communions - - Weddings) Smith Street, The Landings - - Whittle Street - - the Holy 33 Bus - - Lenny Mc Cluskey, Peter Walsh, Pat Calrke, Bancy, Pob Mc, Micky Curren, Jimmy Kennedy - - swopping stories and messing around on the bus - - up stairs to Solzhenitsyns Cancer Ward - - where you could barely see each other through the smoke - - along Westminster Road with a glance up Lambeth Road towards Harcourt Street - - Mary Walsh - -beautiful - - a cool dancer - - with her Mary Quant dress and me with me shot silk Otis Redding suit and ox blood commos and black silk hankie in my top pocket - - loved dancing then - - especially The Impressions Its Alright - - it felt so good - - it felt so good and the music on the radio - - had so much soul and you listened in the night time on Radio Luxembourg - - it felt so good - - Im gonna blow my harmonica now - - there you go - - just like Sonny Boy - - passing Wessie Road baths - - Saturday morning with your woollie cossie on under your kekes trying to be “first in” - - just onto the turn in the road and there it is - - TDH - - like a North Liverpool Notre Dame - - only with the gargoyles on the inside - - Sammy with his lovely one and only central tooth - - John Potter sitting upright on his stool - - arms folded like Papa Tungay - - and the Moustache Guys in the corner taking a break from The Battle of Britain - - The Kirkby Gang and Mick The Bookie ( 4 - 0 for me today as always) - - Gaffer at 1.00 on the dot - - Fathers and Mothers and Sons and Daughters and Grandkids - - everything feel right and so good and so right and so good - - this is Our Place - - this is Our Club - -We are The true Owners
Beyond the place where time is still
Beyond the place where time is
Beyond the place where time is still
Night is day
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream
Along the path where heaven lies
Along the path where heaven
Along the path where heaven lies
All is clear
Ahead where home awaits the heart
Ahead where home is waiting
Ahead where home awaits the heart
Peace is near
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream
Close your eyes in fields of wonder
Close your eyes and dream.
Ive got to put a bit of Mr.Lennon in here - - cant resist:
“There are places I remember all my life
Though some have changed
Some forever, not for better
Some have gone and some remain
All these places have their moments
Of lovers and friends I still can recall
Some are dead and some are living
In my life I loved them all
And with all these friends and lovers
There is no one compares with you
And these mem'ries lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
And I know I'll never lose affection
For people and things that went before
I know I'll often stop and think about them
In my life I loved you more”
Into TDH - - into the corner by the dart board - - tingles down the spine just thinking of it:
Take me back, take me back, take me back
Take me way, way, way, way, way, way, way
Back when I, when I understood, when I understood, yeah
Oh, ah, take me way back, when, when, when, when, when, when
When, when, when, when, when, when, when
I was walking down the
Walking down the street and
It didn't matter
Cause everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt, everything felt
Everything felt, everything felt, everything felt so right, ha
And so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, ah
Everything felt, so right, and so good
Everything felt, so right, and so good, so good
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now, in the eternal moment
In the eternal now
Everything felt so good, so good, so good, so good, so good
And so right, so right, so right, just
So good, so right, so right, in the eternal
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment
In the eternal moment, in the eternal moment
When you lived, when you lived
When you lived, in the light
When you lived in the grace
In the grace, in grace
When you lived in the light
In the light, in the grace
And the blessing.
Lots of Van on here today - - in the mood for it - -seriously missed the game - - laying in bed for weeks on end - - thinking about whats important in life and then realising it - - “Can you feel the silence”.
I have to tell you all that when I was laid up and I read the comments from you all on TW my spirit was lifted and I am not ashamed to say your thoughts that came to me over the astral brought tears to my eyes and touched my very soul - - filled my Blue Heart - - we are an incredible bunch - - linked by nothing except a group of men we do not know kicking a round ball of leather on a patch of green grass - - in many cases 1000s of miles away - - but being Blues allows us to partake of the “holy wine” - - behind our worldy façade of toughness and distance - - we are poets, artists, lovers - - we care for each other (in spite of The Live Forum) - - there is a beauty - - a spark of humankind - - a strength between us - -a bond - - we are tied together with a Blue Ribbon - - Kevin Tully asked me to go with him to Goodison today for a meal and a drink in The Main Stand 500 thingymagig - - I had to refuse - - The Dark House Blows its Feudal Horn - - and Kevin understood - of course - - he is a Blue Angel - - I sincerely thank you all for your good wishes and I can assure you all the cosmic grooves were caught and held and helped with my slow recovery.
I wanna know did you get the feelin'
Did you get it down in your soul
I wanna know did you get the feelin'
Oh, did you get healed?
I begin to realise
the magic in my life
See it manifest in oh so many ways.
Every day it's getting better and better.
I wanna be daily walking, daily walking close.
It gets stronger when you get the feelin'
When you get it down in your soul
It makes you feel good
And it makes you feel whole.
Rave on John Donne, rave on thy Holy fool
Down through the weeks of ages
In the moss borne dark dank pools
Rave on, down through the industrial revolution
Empiricism, the atomic and nuclear age
Rave on down through the corridors
Rave on words on printed page
Rave on, Walt Whitman, nose down in wet grass
Rave on fill the senses
On nature's bright green shady path
Rave on Omar Khayyam, Rave on Kahlil Gibran
Oh, what swine, sweet wine we drinketh
The celebration will be held
We will partake the wine and break the Holy bread
Rave on let a man come out of Ireland
Rave on on Mr. Yeats,
Rave on down through thy Holy Rosey Cross
Rave on down through theosophy, and the Golden Dawn
Rave on through the writing of "A Vision"
Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on, Rave on
So off to the game today - - but of course sending all my Cosmic Blue Grooves All The Way from New Brighton to our Blue Brothers Around the World.
As Yoko said - - and God Bless John - - just look into the clouds and you can see me - -everywhere - - thats us - - Blues - - even The Skys Blue.
Call out the instigators
Because there's something in the air
We've got to get together sooner or later
Because the revolution's here, and you know it's right
And you know that it's right
Keep it cool - - keep it cosmic and keep it custy - - Evertonski - - With a Firm handshake - - Your friend - - George
129 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:20:07
And Eddie, don't worry, Schneiderlin isn't starting.
Up the toffees.
130 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:20:42
131 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:24:04
Even a bit of Thunderclap Newman thrown in
And you know its right
132 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:42:52
George you have come back accentuating the positive and eliminating the negative, so we are already to roar the Nlues to victory today.
Matt(130) try that last paragraph it might help you to believe in an Everton win.
133 Posted 10/03/2018 at 09:51:37
We've just got to get it together, now.
Let's hope we do, starting today.
134 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:00:31
If we lose and lose bad as has sadly been the case the last 3 years, then wheres the points coming from in the next few games?
We are on the very edge of free fall. Today is massive for EFC and SAs stock value will be further scrutinised.
Lets get behind the team and be positive for 3 points. Its almost become a forgotten feeling to win a game..
135 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:00:48
That was mystical that George - thanks - I feel better now.
137 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:02:54
138 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:05:27
139 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:17:16
Did you catch the documentary in the making of Tubular Bells last night?
140 Posted 10/03/2018 at 10:21:25
141 Posted 10/03/2018 at 11:22:46
Looks like a 0-0 to me with both sides afraid to concede.I'm tending towards the belief that we shall avoid the drop with five draws. Then bonuses all round for Sam and his crew.
142 Posted 10/03/2018 at 11:36:32
So I think were where we should be, based on results, albeit with little margin for error. We've played poor football for three seasons, what dragged us down this season is the absence of Lukaku. I think there's enough relative quality in this squad to eke out the points we need, though it should never have come to this.
Where I would agree is that we've had more luck thus season than any I can remember- and that goes for all three managers. The team and club needs a ruthlessness and identity transplant, that can only be achieved with new management on and off the pitch.
I can confirm that no search engines were used in the construction of this post!
143 Posted 10/03/2018 at 11:38:13
This is the least interested I have been about a game for, well, ever! As kick off approaches Im drawn back in as we desperately need a win today - to do it in style would be better but there is no bacon in the sky.
COYB, pull yer fingers out!
144 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:00:06
He'd land on his wallet.
145 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:24:20
146 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:32:03
147 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:32:19
Good observations Paul. And a really neat analogy comparing the compressed 7th-20th placed clubs to the Cheltenham card.
Are we are poor team to watch? Absolutely!
Can anyone discern what is our 'identity' this season? Our style of play? What we are trying to achieve, by whoever is on the pitch? Because I can't. And that charge can be made of all 3 managers who occupied the hot seat this season.
As you point out to those continuing to insist we are the worst team in the league, destined to be relegated, there's plenty of evidence that suggests otherwise.
If you are talking mere aesthetics, yes - we are awful to watch and a case could be made that we are 'the worst team in the league'.
If, however, you are claiming we are the worst team in the league based on data, well patently that is incorrect.
As I continue to argue, many people are looking at Everton in isolation - their performances, their results, their remaining fixtures - and ignoring that of the teams lumped together in that 7-20th pack.
If Everton get relegated this season, from the current position they are in and with the remaining fixtures they have (when compared to all other teams) then quite frankly, they deserve to be relegated.
For that to happen we will have to have a virtually ZERO point return in our remaining 9 games. So those fretting about relegation effectively believe Everton will end the season with its worst ever form in the club's 140 years history.
Similar, Paul, your observation about 'luck' is one I have also made in reply to those trying to project the idea that 'luck' has only played a part in Everton's season on Sam Allardyce's watch. It hasn't.
THE stand-out luckiest result of the season for me happened on David Unsworth watch versus Watford, something some on here refuse to acknowledge.
I totally agree with your closing remark Paul, that the team and club needs a 'ruthlessness and identity transplant, that can only be achieved with new management on and off the pitch'.
Because if not, carrying current form and personel into next season WILL see us under serious relegation threat.
And like you, no search engines were necessary to make my observations. But being a betting man, Paul, when it comes to laying your hard-earned I'll wager you don't go with your 'gut-feeling', but carefully study available data and form to guide your judgement.
How 'impure' of you!
148 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:43:59
149 Posted 10/03/2018 at 12:58:48
And rs 2 down.
150 Posted 10/03/2018 at 13:06:21
I dont care who plays alongside him but when fit our only dependable defender should be first on the team sheet until others learn how to organise themselves and their colleagues.
The whole defence needs overhaul in the summer.
151 Posted 10/03/2018 at 13:26:56
Why could Rom never dominate Loveren like this when in a blue shirt?
152 Posted 10/03/2018 at 13:28:07
Sorry Mate you are wrong, we are the worst team in the league and we are the worst by some considerable distance.
Where we differ from those below us is the quality of our individuals. The signings may have been a huge disappointment in the main, but non of those below us have individuals like Rooney, Sigurdsson to produce moments completely out of the blue to win games when their team have been second best.
Those below us cant afford a Pickford to win points at the other end, none of them were able to spend 200m in the summer window and I didn't see any of them able to splash out 50m for more fire power in January.
We have superior individuals to those at the wrong end of the table and moments from Sigurdsson, Pickford, Walcott and Rooney in particular will be the difference between us and those who do go down, that and the incredible luck we have enjoyed since Sam got here . . but make no mistake, as a team, as a unit, as a collective, we have been the poorest team in this league a complete rabble and that's why so many are so fucking despairing at the moment.
The search engine merchants will talk about those fans who fear we may get drawn into a dogfight as if they have stated categorically that we will go down. It's utter bollocks designed to make them look all knowledgeable when they state what the bookies see as the blindingly fucking obvious.
They talk about those who recognise that we are no sort of a unit/ team and those who fear a relegation scrap as if they are the same people. . . I guess they are unable to find a search engine which will explain the difference to them.
153 Posted 10/03/2018 at 13:45:59
In fact I would love every game to be like that, we would wind up being the highest scoring champions ever despite missing all those sitters and every game would be a must watch
154 Posted 10/03/2018 at 13:52:02
Delicious irony. And contradiction. And hypocrisy. And selective recall.
155 Posted 10/03/2018 at 14:07:45
156 Posted 10/03/2018 at 14:09:01
157 Posted 10/03/2018 at 14:10:42
158 Posted 10/03/2018 at 14:16:09
I also wished we played like that every game because we had a go and fought like tigers. A rare occasion where we made our luck.
I think we've been the worst managed team this season, but there's plenty worse actual teams
Enjoy the game and let's hope we're smiling at 5pm.
159 Posted 13/03/2018 at 22:07:28
They were leather-soled and cost about £4 from Saxone (Timpsons did a cheap copy that was crap).
I have campaigned long and hard to get them back on the market & the guy in Cavern Walks almost resurrected them but it never happened. They were timeless in style and I would love to wear a pair one more time.
Glad you are well.
160 Posted 13/03/2018 at 22:40:49
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