10-man Everton hang on for narrow win at Huddersfield

Tuesday, 29 January, 2019 140comments  |  Jump to last
Huddersfield Town 0 - 1 Everton

Richarlison's 11th goal of the season was enough to lift Everton past Huddersfield although they had to battle to the end with 10 men after Lucas Digne was sent off
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Everton dug in to claim a much-needed victory over the Premier League's bottom club despite Lucas Digne's second-half sending-off.

Richarlison scored the game's only goal inside three minutes and while it wasn't a stellar display by the Blues they were comfortable enough until Digne, on as a substitute for the injured Leighton Baines, brought down Adama Diakhaby as the last man and received his marching orders from referee Stuart Atwell.

Jordan Pickford was called upon to make two excellent saves to preserve the victory, his best a diving one-handed stop to deny Elias Kachunga's header in the closing stages.

Cenk Tosun led the line after his goalscoring cameo on Saturday but the most noticeable absentees from the team sheet were Idrissa Gueye, the subject of a transfer bid this week from Paris St Germain but officially out with an unspecified injury, and Digne who was presumably given another rest with a packed schedule of games coming up in the next week or so.

Tom Davies came into central midfield to partner André Gomes while Baines was recalled at left-back and it was the young midfielder who served up the opening goal with just two minutes gone.

Davies ran onto a smart ball from Bernard and crossed from the right where Richarlison scored his 11th of the season at the second attempt.

Huddersfield responded by assuming control of the ball and playing the better football but, apart from forcing Michael Keane into a nervous header that went out for a corner, they weren't troubling the Blues' back line.

At the other end, Tosun went down clutching his face following a foul by Jorgensen but Sigurdsson's free-kick was despatched straight into arms of Lossl before Kongolo was forced into covering action to clear a Richarlison cross that was searching out Tosun in the centre.

A good turn in midfield by Sigurdsson opened up space for a shot a few minutes later but, again, the shot was fired down the keeper's throat.

Everton grew in stature as the first half progressed without ever threatening to score a second until Tosun's backheel put Coleman in for a shot but he sliced a left-footed shot well off target.

Mounier dragged a shot across goal and a yard wide with a rare opening for the Terriers in the 45th minute but there was no further scoring before the interval.

Davies had been one of Everton's best players in the first half and he had the first effort on goal early in the second with a stinging drive that Lossl had to parry and control.

Baines was forced off shortly afterwards with an apparent hip or side strain after coming off worse in an innocuous coming together with Jason Puncheon, Digne coming on to replace the veteran.

With 11 minutes gone in the second period, Sigurdsson was felled by Puncheon 10 yards outside the Huddersfield box but Richarlison ballooned the resulting free-kick high over the bar.

A good move the home side created a chance for Kachunga but he couldn't keep his header down off a left-wing cross but they were handed a huge advantage in the 67th minute when Digne was sent off.

The Frenchman was caught out as Diakhaby was released behind the defence with a ball over the top and with the Terriers man bearing down the Everton box, he got tangled up in his legs and sent him sprawling giving referee Stuart Atwell no option but to show him a red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity.

Substitute Aaron Mooy took the free kick just outside the box but Jordan Pickford was equal to it, diving to his right to push the shot wide of goal.

Silva responded to the set-back by taking Tosun off, bringing Jonjoe Kenny on to play at left back before Mounier easily drifted off Keane but could only glance a header wide from a cross from the right.

Huddersfield kept pressing and when Diakhaby skinned Kenny to get to the byline and cross, the resulting header looked bound for the bottom corner until Pickford made a brilliant diving save with his right hand.

Silva threw Calvert-Lewin on for the closing five minutes instead of the tiring Richarlison while Jan Siewert put on big striker Depoitre to add more height to the Terriers' forward line.

But Huddersfield's lack of quality in the final third, their undoing all season as they have prolonged a run of six consecutive home defeats, was a continued hindrance and Everton were able to see out the game and claim all three points.

Kick-off: 7:45pm, Tuesday 29 January 2019
Referee: Stuart Attwell
Last Time: Huddersfield 0 - 2 Everton

Everton: Pickford, Coleman, Keane, Zouma, Baines (55' Digne [R:66']), Davies, Gomes [Y:87'], Sigurdsson, Bernard [Y:31'], Richarlison (86' Calvert-Lewin [Y:90+5']), Tosun [Y:43'] (70' Kenny).
Subs not Used: Stekelenburg, McCarthy, Lookman, Walcott

Attendance: 23,699

Quotes sourced from ToffeeWeb match page


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Frank Sheppard
1 Posted 29/01/2019 at 18:57:34
Difficult to comment on team selection . no matter what team put out recently, ones with no changes, or several changes, the performances have been underwhelming ( and that’s being generous) but really pleased to see LB in the first 11.
John Malone
3 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:01:19
No Gueye in squad so that’s him gone then!

Why does Silva persist with 4-2-3-1 even though it’s not working for the player’s we have got??

Iain Johnston
4 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:11:59
John#3 Because he's an idiot.
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:12:01
Two battlers on the bench, .Kenny and McCarthy, might come in handy later tonight.
Bill Gienapp
6 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:12:21
With three matches in an eight day span, it makes all the sense in the world to give Digne a rest and let Baines have a go. I probably would have started Kenny for the same reason.

If Davies proves ineffectual, I hope McCarthy gets a crack in the second half. My specs are extremely UN-rose-tinted when it comes to the guy, but if Gueye does end up leaving, it would help if we actually knew what he can do.

Mike Gaynes
7 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:13:32
Bill, my guess is Digne's being punished, not rested. And rightfully so.
Neil Lawson
8 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:15:43
I am with you, Bill.
John Hammond
9 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:17:28
Frank I'm with you there.

I think it might be a pretty open game. Huddersfield have nothing to lose. Strap yourselves in lads.

Bill Gienapp
10 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:17:53
Mike - you may be right. Either way, I'm glad to see Baines getting some gametime.
Phil Sammon
11 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:17:59
Surely the player most in need of a rest is Gomes.

I’d have put Baines in centre mid. I’m convinced he can play there for the rest of his career.

But what do I know. I’m no expert like Marco.

Jay Harris
12 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:19:57
Mike,It may be that Digne's head has gone as he feels so guilty about being the main catalyst for us losing at Millwall.

I am also very disappointed that Gueye has been left out. Huddersfield are strong in MF but weak up front. Personally I would have gone with 3 at the back and a stronger MF (with Gueye in or at least benigeme).

Tony Everan
13 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:25:02
Bringing Baines back in is a good call, he played very well a couple of weeks back and looked sharp enough.

I too think the midfield we have chosen is not strong enough and Huddersfield will out-battle us in the centre of the park . We will lose possession too much in important areas and they will be creating chances from it.

I think it is another 3-2 sort of a game, hopefully the 3 is for us this time !

Ian Lloyd
14 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:36:17
Marco and expert in the same sentence??!? Hahahahahahah
Simon Dalzell
15 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:38:37
looks like Gueye is off, which I feel relieved about. He has been tremendous, but, his heart is set on PSG, so let him go. Lets hope we've got someone lined up, of course. 2 or 3 nil win tonight. ( Optimism or delusion ? )
Per Anders Stumo
16 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:40:30
Baines for DMF! Can tackle, can read the play, can pass, willing runner and a cool head. Sorted.

I guess we'll find out how we do without Gana in the middle. If we manage to keep possession and get it to click up front it might not matter so much.

Clive Rogers
17 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:40:51
Lookman and DCL had to go after their woeful performances. Baines deserves a run after being the best player against Lincoln. Mina looks like a poor buy. Davies, Gomes and Siggy look desperately short of pace. Tosun deserves a run now the others have failed.
Steven Astley
18 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:41:51
Is Gana the only player on our books that has tasted relegation?
Ashley Roberts
19 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:44:59
So he has just gone with the same 4-2-3-1 formation. The coach must see that this set up is just not working? Stupid or blind?? Huddersfield are going to come flying out of the blocks tonight and so I just hope we can hang in there for the first 30 minutes or so. If we can we might get something from the game, if not this will be another painful defeat.
Anish Dosani
20 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:48:14
Why not just play 4-4-2. Gives us balance and can accommodate all our players.
Derek Cowell
21 Posted 29/01/2019 at 19:50:52
Pickford and of course the boss were also relegated.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

22 Posted 29/01/2019 at 20:43:05
Not pretty, not always fluent, but at least there is some energy, bite and fight in the team tonight which since the Derby defeat has largely been absent.

The team look compact again as they did up to and including that Analfield defeat, strangling the space and time for Huddersfield to play in or through.

Interesting that Gomes continues to be employed deeper whilst Tom Davies has the licence to go box to box - and it paid off with the stress-busting goal in the opening 3 minutes. Good play between Bernard and Davies and good determination by Richarlison to get the goal.

A special mention for Tosun. What a difference a true centre forward can make as the focal point for the attack. He is battling for everything and not giving their backline a moment's respite.

He has also displayed some nice touches and link up play.

All good so far, but this is Everton. We need a second goal to give us a safety margin.

Arild Andersen
23 Posted 29/01/2019 at 20:47:17
I know a lot of people don’t agree, but I liked the 4-1-4-1 from Moyes’ best years. You’ll need a Lee Carsley-player in front of the defence though.
Ian Lloyd
24 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:11:15
Here we go .
Dermot Byrne
25 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:38:32
So..we win.

Oh hell

Steve Ferns
26 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:40:16
duplicate - please delete
Steve Ferns
27 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:40:17
Very far from the performance of the season, but only one thing mattered: 3 points. Now to beat Wolves and then to hand the title to the RS.
Mads Kamp
28 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:41:24
Keanes ball distribution is really awful!
Michael Lynch
29 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:44:15
Happy with a scrappy win, to be honest, we've been so dire lately. Any other team in the division would have beaten us tonight, but fair play to the defence for holding out.
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

30 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:44:17
I'll take that, all the more so playing with 10 men for the last 25 minutes.

Some much needed fight and cussedness which has been lacking since the start of December won us the 3 points tonight.

That should be a given and an absolute minimum.

And did I hear in-commentary that Silva hasn't given the squad a day off since the festive season?

Admirable on one hand, suspect on another, if true.

George Cumiskey
31 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:45:38
Absolute dross good job Huddersfield can't score a goal, the same exact tactics week in week out and it's blatantly obvious they don't work .
Christy Ring
32 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:46:57
Will take the win, and then watch Newcastle take the lead against City sickened.
Gerry Morrison
33 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:47:55
George, we won.
George Cumiskey
34 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:49:23
Oh my god Gerry are you proud of that win ?.
Gerry Morrison
36 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:51:19
I would be less proud if we had lost.
Darren Hind
37 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:53:35
In crisis. Win with ten men . . I'll take it
Robin Cannon
38 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:53:51
Not a great performance, but at least a certain bloody-mindedness about the team which has been missing in recent weeks and months. Effort there, for an ugly win.
Jay Harris
39 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:53:57
Another abject performance albeit with more effort against a Huddersfield side that cant score.

At least thats 3 points towards the 10 we need.

Brian Williams
40 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:57:32
Me too Darren, though I admit I feared before the game that we wouldn't get it.
Watching City hand the title to the RS has made me realize it's not just us that seem to stroll round with no urgency when there's a lot at stake.
City continued in the last ten minutes of their game tippy tapping it round and it wasn't just three points at stake in their game.
I'll gladly take our three points thankyou very much.
Steve Ferns
41 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:58:33
Jay, we just matched the points total of the sides that went down last season. 34 points is enough to stay up. So don't sweat it.

I would hope we can take heart from the effort and use that to put together a good performance against an erratic Wolves side, at home.

Rob Marsh
42 Posted 29/01/2019 at 21:58:35
We were very fragile tonight any opposition with more firepower would have done us tonight.

Digne showed a total lack of good instinct with his posistioning to get sent off, defenders must be able to defend it's what they exist for.

Tom Dexter
43 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:02:07
3 points with 10 men against a gritty northern team on a cold and windy Tuesday in January - worth its weight in gold!
Chris Gould
44 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:04:14
There was a lot of effort tonight. An away win with a clean sheet, and a bit of grit when we were down to 10 men. Happy enough and up to 8th.

Hope Baines is ok for Wolves. I missed his injury. Anyone know what it was?

Colin Metcalfe
45 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:04:25
A good win tonight just the tonic when the confidence is low, sometimes the team needs to dig in and get a result .
Tom Davies played well tonight and my MoM I would love to see him develop into a real top player but he hasn’t really kicked on in the last few years .
If we can beat Wolves and it’s a big if we might start cement 7th and get a run going and reel in Utd who should of lost tonight they have had their bounce and will start to drop points now, they are a poor team and only marginally better than us .
Paul Birmingham
46 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:08:20
A wins a win, and hopefully this win will help the team get some belief and pride back.

Wolves will be tough, but for now it’s nice to have won away, clean sheet and with 10 men.

Oliver Molloy
47 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:08:50
Steve @ 41
" an erratic Wolves side ", that made me laugh considering the season we are having with Silva !


Tony Abrahams
48 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:10:49
For the first time in a long time, I saw a fullback, (Kenny) covering inside for his centre half, and just fucking launch the ball away from danger.

The team started like a house on fire, got a goal and stopped playing on the front foot, but football is easy when it’s easy, so when it’s not, you just have to keep battling and they definitely did that tonight.

Huddersfield might not be far, but Everton’s away support is fantastic, fantastically unique, it’s one of the few things that makes our club so special, right now.

Kieran Kinsella
49 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:11:37
I think the "crisis" talk was over done at the weekend with relegation discussions. Ourselves, Bournemouth, West Ham, Watford and Leicester are all much of a muchness Jekyl and Hyde. None of us will be relegated but we will bounce around until may at which point one of us will end up in 7th and one of us will be in the bottom half.
Tony Twist
50 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:11:54
Good result, a win is a win and all that but I just can't shift the feeling that that's the best this team can do. Don't see much progress from Silva, he is weak like his team. Hope our luck changes and we can put this nightmare run behind us. Can we have a centre forward please Mr. Brands.
Steve Ferns
51 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:11:54
Erratic would be an improvement Oliver. We are simply below average. Wolves have had some good results, we haven't.
Joe McMahon
52 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:12:08
Steve, wolves have fight and play with tempo, and Everton .
Jim Bennings
53 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:12:32
A win is a win but you got the feeling it was one of those “stay of execution “ results for Silva.

Things are bad at Everton right now let’s not be clouding our judgements.

We are a pretty shit team with no real cohesion and we managed to scrape the win tonight because we came up against the worst top flight team since Derby County in 2007/08.

Darren Hind
54 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:12:44
Dont think we'll see Baines next time out Chris, He knew straight away he couldn't carry on tonight
Jay Wood
[BRZ]

55 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:14:53
Ehrm, folks...we won, playing away with 10 men for the last 25 minutes.

Aesthetically pleasing performances are not needed at this time.

Give me more of what we saw tonight, the stomach for the fight and determination to keep what we held with Richarlison's goal, in adversity. The pretty stuff can wait.

And Jay @ 39 and others still wanting the mythical 40 points to, I presume, be safe from the spectre of relegation this season.

Don't look at Everton and our remaining fixtures in isolation. Take a look at what seven teams from Newcastle down are averaging per game points wise.

Stop fretting and scaremongering. The 'R' word ain't happening...[caveat added] this season.

Darren Hind
56 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:19:45
Some make you laugh. We lose they criticise us. we win, they criticise the opposition
Steve Ferns
57 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:22:17
Indeed Darren. I had a terrible weekend. Been in a bad mood all year and some on here don’t seem to want to cheer a win?
Rob Marsh
58 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:22:44
Tony Abrahams #48,

Yes, good solid defending by Kenny and not doing silly things with the ball. A defender should be able to defend first and foremost, he should show Kenny's performance to Digne.

I believe though this is not enough for Silva and the continental way, Kenny at some point will have to prove he's hybrid defender/winger to Silva.

Andy Crooks
59 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:27:07
That will do. It is disappointing that we are not playing with the style that seemed possible not that long ago. But it is what was needed.

I called for Silva to go because he didn't seem capable of this. I was confident we would win tonight, for no other reason than it is the Everton way. Also, I decided not to try and win back the Southampton losses.

Results like this buy time and can just sometimes tip things the right way. I want to be wrong about him so much.

Christy Ring
60 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:28:18
What's the chances of Gana going now? I certainly don't believe he had a slight knock.
Tony Abrahams
61 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:28:46
Fair point, Rob, I've been questioning why Duncan Ferguson keeps keeping his job, especially because the only manager he seems to have had any affinity with is Sam Allardyce!

Maybe it's because Duncan understands us and hasn't got much time for some of this continental stuff that goes nowhere very slowly?

Chris Corn
62 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:29:57
Darren @56, like the old cliche, mate:

Players win matches; managers lose them.

John Audsley
63 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:32:19
Job done, pleased with the win and a number of very good performances. Davies was excellent and Tosun had his best game in a blue shirt.
Tony Abrahams
64 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:32:20
I believe Gueye, will only leave if Everton, get enough money for him Christy. We’ve read he put in a transfer request, so maybe Silva, felt he was not in the right frame of mind to play tonight?

Rob Marsh
65 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:32:42
Tony #61,

I suspect Kenwright might have had something to do with Dunc's longevity as a coach at EFC. I've got no proof of this, just a feeling.

I do like the thought of his no-nonesence approach at the training ground though.

Derek Knox
66 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:34:01
Jay @55, with all due respect, brother, I would not get too carried away with beating the worst team in the Premier League, although the 3 points will aid us, if you examine the performance, even with 5 changes in personnel, we were lucky that they had no reply.

I have not changed my mind and doubt if I ever will, we have another chancer, bullshitter of an inept manager in charge of our beloved Club.

This charlatan wasn't even born when I first started supporting over 50 years ago, yet somehow with very poor credentials gets the job!

Yes, he is not the first, but hopefully will be the last, we have suffered long enough, it's time the Board grew a pair, which is why I think Marcel brands has been elevated at such an early juncture in his time with us to the Board.

I believe they will 'tolerate' Silva till the summer and, by mutual consent, part ways. I am hoping that the next 'occupant' will be a man, and not a mouse, full of Fantasy Football theories that he doesn't know how to implement or get across to the players in his charge!

That 'result' tonight may have just saved him from the Hangman's Noose, but only temporarily.

Rob Marsh
67 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:35:31
I'm happy to back Silva on this one. Any player who says "I don't want to be here" should not play. Anyone have similar memories of Lescott?
Dave Older
68 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:37:09
3 points badly needed and with 10 men too. A big sigh of relief from me. Digne seems to have lost the plot lately.
Neil Copeland
69 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:39:00
All things being considered this was a very good result. The determination and effort shown hopefully provide a springboard for us to kick on. Then perhaps the quality of football will improve.

It would be good to go into the derby on the back of some good results and improved confidence.

John Keating
70 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:39:00
I agree with John @63.

We needed that win and Tosun and Davies deserve a mention.
We really do make it hard for ourselves. Huddersfield were very poor and it just goes to show where we are at present.

Danny Baily
71 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:41:31
We needed that win. Two wins and a draw and we're over the line.
Roger Helm
72 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:41:37
We will not get relegated. We are second in the table of "the Rest", two points behind Wolves, who hopefully we will beat on Saturday to reclaim our rightful position of Best of the Rest.

The top six are of course miles away, as usual, and there seems no way we can catch up. We will just have to hope for another two or three good windows, getting good recruits and ditching some deadwood, and Silva either shapes up or is shipped out.

All is not lost! The lads showed good grit tonight.

Keith Dempsey
73 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:41:38
That's the 3rd time this season we've had a man sent off and we've yet to lose...

Could this be his plan B???

Alan Bodell
74 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:42:26
We held a very high line tonight, at last they've got the message and Pickford's reflexes twice were paramount. More energy than I've seen for many games. Great to see Tosun making his mark. But I won't sleep well tonight thanks to the fucking barcode bastards.
Drew O'Neall
75 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:42:56
Silva made the mistake of not showing more understanding of Tosun's barren spell when Richarlison was suspended at the beginning of the season. Had he left Tosun in when Richarlison came back then Tosun would have enjoyed the supply and kept banging them in.

As it worked out, he played Richarlison out of position up front in place of our orthodox Number 9 and Tosun was never given another run.

Small moments can blow a developing team off course and I believe that was one.

Neil Copeland
76 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:43:26
Rob #67, yes mate a 1-6 thrashing on the opening day. Agree 100%
Andrew James
77 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:44:01
Well done to Davies and Kenny. For Tom to return after that undeserved withdrawal at half-time vs Lincoln and play well, and for Jonjoe to go and play in the left-back role.

If all our players had the willingness of those lads, we'd be higher up the table.

Chris Gould
78 Posted 29/01/2019 at 22:48:44
Darren #54, thanks mate, that's very bad news. Where's Cuco when we need him?!

The one game suspension for Digne may do him some good, just bad timing for Baines to get injured.

Oliver Molloy
82 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:00:24
Steve, so Wolves are erratic and Everton are below average, I will have to disagree with you at that one.

On tonight's result, yes we won... but too little, too late for me: If I could have had a choice, I would rather have lost tonight and won on Saturday — especially with the cup draw.

Sorry for my pessimistic view but I just cannot excited about beating fucking Huddersfield away by a goal.

John Boon
84 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:02:30
Up to Digne's Red card, I thought we were by far the better team, as we should be. I felt we showed far more tenacity and grit. Davies played his heart out as did Tosun.

Looking at other results, I think that at this time of the year it is always difficult to predict the expected results, and all teams are inconsistent. A perfect example is Burnley who we thrashed a few weeks ago, and yet they drew with Man Utd, and should have won.

However I am only interested in Everton and, even if it was a crappy game, it is always good to win. Same again against Wolves.

ps: I wish we could sign Mooy before the deadline.

Paul Swan
85 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:03:01
I'll take the three points all day long but by all accounts yet another piss poor performance with ill-discipline and no creativity.
Andy Crooks
86 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:03:13
Duncan Ferguson absolutely "understands us", Tony. He knows exactly how to scrounge a living out of the teary-eyed fraud who has fucked us over for years.

While the "legend" and his lamentable patron suck us dry, we will remain feeble and amateur. How, in the name of God, have this pair not been run out of town?

Jay Wood
[BRZ]

87 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:08:13
Derek @ 66.

I don't see anyone getting 'carried away' with either the victory or performance. I certainly haven't in any of my posts in this thread.

I think there is more an expression of relief. I really don't understand why you wrote that comment, or addressed it specifically to me.

Me? I'll celebrate any and every Everton victory no matter how it comes, or whoever the opposition is, in whatever competition, at any time of the season.

I recommend such an attitude to other Blues who seemingly struggle to take pleasure in the same.

Jamie Crowley
88 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:08:31
I watched the second half, and only caught glimpses while listening to the first half. What I saw was Tom Davies having a darn good game.

I've backed this kid before. He's 20 years old. Let that sink in for a minute.

I think he'll develop into a very, very good player if we allow him time to do so. I like the kid. I really hope he does well.

And on this Gueye thing, he's good as gone. Too much smoke, there has to be fire. I absolutely loved watching that kid play, and I think we will miss him. Best of luck in Paris, Gana.

And last note! For all the criticism of Pickford I read, I simply do not, nor ever have, understood it. He's a great keeper in my opinion and he saved us 3 points this evening – of that, I have no doubt.

Jay Harris
89 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:08:32
Steve and Jay (Wood), don't get me wrong: I'm happy with the win and I don't think we will be in the relegation mix but, let's be honest, we were absolutely crap against the poorest side I have seen this season. But for two great saves by Pickford, we wouldn't be coming away with a win.

We are still not playing like a team and we rely on one or two individuals to raise their game.

Rob Dolby
90 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:13:42
A win is a win especially away from home with 10 men for 30 mins.

Pickford made a couple of great saves.
Davies looked assured and passed the ball well. Tosen linked up well and put a shift in.

Looking forward to Saturday now.

Jamie Crowley
91 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:14:57
People submitting "negative" remarks after this game is an understandable thing. We certainly didn't look to be world-beaters this evening.

I don't believe anyone isn't "happy" with the win, but posts cautioning about being overly happy by winning a game where we looked decidedly average, certainly seems reasonable.

I'm happy! But if someone comes on and says we looked shit, and there's still a hell of a lot of issues to address, they won't get a big argument from me.

John Pierce
92 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:15:32
The expected result: a win, with little further to gloss a very workmanlike performance. A decent first 20 minutes and we did show an intensity and tempo. It waned, and the game became a disjointed ‘I'm worse than you' fest.

Digne, rightly dropped, showed he was still in the dressing room and was reminiscent of Alec Cleland

The attitude was right and endeavour was there but post sending off Silva had them withdraw a touch too much and we just booted the ball clear bar one dribble from Davies and long ball from Bernard.

The players will have fed off it more than the fans. It should given them a touch of confidence. I'm relieved not to have dropped any more points.

Derek Knox
93 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:17:48
Andy @86, how are you doing mate? In answer to your question why they have not been 'thrown out of town' is possibly because there are more in the conspiracy than those two and an 'expose' would shed too much light in their collective direction?

Moshiri, has been our benefactor and should have been our 'saviour' but, because of his naivety, he has also been sucked into the lesser scheme of things, at great expense.

I do believe that Moshiri, who, let's face it, can't be a mug, unless he's a crook (pardon the inevitable association) or a money launderer(!), must surely realise this by now, I believe, come the Summer, which is why Brands is now a Board Member we'll witness major changes. If not, I give up, Andy!

Neil Copeland
94 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:18:02
Jay #89, fair enough but we did win and tonight that was all that really mattered. We need to restore confidence and hopefully tonight will help us get another result on Saturday and so on until the confidence returns and we start playing better football.

I am not claiming for one moment that we are now a good team but good teams get results any way they can when not playing well. I think most if not all of us would have settled for 1-0 before kick off.

Frank Wolfe
95 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:19:30
I thought we played okay tonight. No game is easy in the Premier League, especially midweek after losing in the cup and then going down to 10 men. The team looked more determined and I was impressed with Davies and Tosun who are often criticised.

We really need to get behind the team on Saturday, and not on their backs, for what should be a tough game against Wolves.

Andrew Presly
96 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:21:21
We always win the game after the game that matters.
Eddie Dunn
97 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:21:41
To put it into perspective, the great Man City managed to lose to Newcastle, so all teams can play poorly. Huddersfield had a new coach and a rather shell-shocked Everton visiting.

We did enough, and probably would have done the job a little more comfortably had Baines not got injured and Digne introduced. The lad switched off but having made the error, at least he managed to trip the striker before he got to the box. In a way he (Digne) took one for the team.

A win is a win, and I'll take it all day long. Good to see Davies play so well, also Zouma, Keane, Pickford, Baines and Tosun. The midfield operated well without Gueye until fatigue settled-in and Mooy came on to give them the upper hand. Still it was a tonic after such a shitshow in the Isle of Dogs.

Jamie Crowley
98 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:26:05
Eddie,

I was so incensed about Digne's fouls at Millwall, I never even considered the viewpoint of him taking one for the team.

Although his back was to the player at the center of the pitch, and he still fucked up royally, you are correct in that he took one for the team.

If he doesn't get sent off, Huddersfield are most likely level at that point.

Of course Jordan was a brick wall tonight, so he probably would have made a save. But Digne did actually do the right thing after screwing up. He has to take the man down really.

Dick Fearon
99 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:27:57
I was bored stiff watching us vs Huddersfield and, for the first time ever, I switched channels to peek at what was happening in the rest of the Premier League.

Should other Evertonians follow my lead, they would be dismayed. The tempo of our game and our players fitness plus technical standards were so far behind, I could cry.

Ste Owens
100 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:28:56
Happy with the 3 points tonight although I wish I had a pound for everytime we cheaply gave the ball away – especially Bernard Sigurdsson and Gomes who, six weeks ago, could do no wrong.
Peter Mills
102 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:30:02
Just what we needed tonight, a tough, scrappy, fighting 3 points.

Kenny, Coleman, Davies, Pickford and Baines did particularly well.

Jay Harris
103 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:32:32
Eddie,

I hate to disagree but after an early goal we surrendered the high ground to Huddersfield after about 20 minutes. Huddersfield took over way before Digne was sent off.

What was worrying was Andy Hinchcliffe saying Silva hasn't given them a day off since Xmas. If that's true, it's no wonder they look knackered.

Danny Broderick
104 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:35:07
There were positives tonight. It was obvious the team had had a bollocking. We played with tempo for the first time in ages. We also pressed better. And credit where it’s due, the manager tweaked the midfield, with Gomes holding, and Davies and Sigurdsson playing just in front. We played well for an hour, and even after the sending off, we hung in there. I thought Keane was immense, and there were good performances from Davies and Pickford in particular.

We are by no means out of the woods yet, but it was good to watch us battle for every ball, playing with tempo and pressing the opposition (at least when we had 11 men on the pitch). Those qualities should be evident every week, but they have sadly been missing since the derby.

Don Alexander
105 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:35:48
Three points are more than welcome but to take this game in isolation risks avoiding the points many sage TWer's have been making for a long time about the inadequate mentality of way too many in, and out on loan from, our squad.

We have 14 more games to go, and have 33 points. If our players can be arsed I'd like to think they have a minimum of 55 in mind before the season ends.

"Nurse, more tablets please!"

Derek Knox
106 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:44:42
Jay @87, I wasn't inferring that your post invoked my comments, it was just a general observation which I presumed that you shared, so no offence intended!
Trevor Peers
107 Posted 29/01/2019 at 23:47:13
We showed a bit of fight tonight at last, victory is always sweet. If only we could go on and win our next three home games. I'd really take to Silva then, I think.

"Nurse, more tablets please!"

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
108 Posted 30/01/2019 at 00:23:32
Can people on here learn to look outside of Everton when it comes to whether we will finish in the bottom 3.

I really do despair at the stupid worries people have that we will not be playing Premier League football next season.

Let me help you. There are 3 clubs out there who are really poor. We all think we are bad, but there are 3 clubs much much worse: Huddersfield, Cardiff and Fulham.

Let me spell out how poor:

Huddersfield are 9 points worse than this stage last season, when they finished on 37 points.
Fulham replaced West Brom. They are 9 points worse off than West Brom were.
Cardiff replaced Stoke. They are 7 points worse off than Stoke were this time last season.

At the moment, all three clubs are unlikely to even reach 30 points let alone 40. 40 points for safety is becoming a myth. 37 is certain safety these days and this season it is lower than that.

Even if you want something more simple. Cardiff need 14 points from 14 games to match us where we are now. This is after 19 from 24.

So stop all this crap about being worried about relegation. If that is the only thing in your life that is making you worried – be very grateful and find something that may happen to make you worried.

Peter Jansson
109 Posted 30/01/2019 at 00:30:25
I think overall today we played a decent game, thinking of the circumstances.

I did not see what happened to Baines. He got injured? Too, bad... I would have liked him to have a couple of games.

We were better than Huddersfield so we deserved to win.

Good to see Tosun bouncing back, and good to see Tom Davis playing again.

I think Bernard was doing good, he actually made some good defensive interferences today.

Good 3 points, I did not expect that.

Bill Gienapp
110 Posted 30/01/2019 at 00:41:14
I'll take the three points and the clean sheet. There were some sloppy/disjointed spells in the first half in which we'd likely have been punished if we were playing anyone else, but there was a genuine fighting spirit on display today. Tosun looked like he was ready to run through a brick wall. The opening goal was very nicely worked by Bernard, Davies and Richarlison.

Huddersfield aren't quite as dreadful as their record suggests – they play hard, they're decently coached... they just have zero firepower and if you can't score goals in this league, your prospects for survival are pretty hopeless.

Simon Dalzell
111 Posted 30/01/2019 at 00:48:25
Jay #89 / Jamie #91. My sentiments exactly. We shouldn't need to reply to this patronising twaddle. A very welcome 3 points, but it was pretty grim.
Soren Moyer
112 Posted 30/01/2019 at 00:52:50
Let's not get carried away. It was only Huddersfield after all. Far more tougher test coming up on Saturday.
Per Anders Stumo
113 Posted 30/01/2019 at 01:06:25
I only got to watch about 40 mins of the first half and 5 of the second but, from what I saw, Davies was much improved. It seemed like he'd been given license to roam? He certainly seemed to be more offensive than Gomes. For the first time in a while, he looked like the player we all want him to be.

Quite happy to see Baines given another start, but bummed that he had to come off injured. With him out injured and Digne suspended, we pretty much have to look to Kenny or Galloway to cover the left-back position. Both are capable but neither can match the two that are out in that position.

Fran Mitchell
114 Posted 30/01/2019 at 01:47:45
A win is a win, the manner of the win doesn't matter, that was proved when we hammered Burnley and thought it signalled a corner being turned.

Hopefully the battle, and clean sheet, will provide that grit and determination that has been so lacking to turn this season around.

IMO, Silva has until March (before the dreaded derby). We failed in the Cup, but now we have won a game and follow with Wolves, Cardiff and Watford (as well as Man City, but – even with their loss today at Newcastle – I wouldn't judge a manager's position on a game against this Man City side).

Wolves, Cardiff and Watford: an absolute minimum of 5 points (for Silva to still be manager for the derby)

Bill Watson
115 Posted 30/01/2019 at 02:12:47
Not a stellar performance but a clean sheet, and 3 points, was just what was needed after the recent horror shows.

Nice to see Baines stepping up, again, and a great shame if he's now missing for a spell. With Digne now out vs Wolves will Kenny get a start at left back?

Has anyone else noticed Coleman appears to be getting a bit of form back? He wasn't the worst vs Millwall and I thought he had a half-decent game, tonight. Not the Seamus of old but a huge improvement on recent games.

Someone mentioned Keane as having a great game; well he was okay in the air but his passing was woeful; one of his misplaced passes led to a Huddersfield break from which they went close.

Finally, a mention for Tom Davies who grafted for 90 minutes and also set up the goal.

Ed Prytherch
116 Posted 30/01/2019 at 02:23:19
It looked like a rib injury to Baines and those things can be painful.

When Tosun arrived last season, I thought that he looked like the real #9 that we were missing. After a long barren spell, he looked the part again today. He deserves to start a few more games to see if he can find his old form.

I thought that too many of our players looked knackered towards the end. Being in shape requires training hard and resting properly. I would hope that Silva understands that.

Alan J Thompson
117 Posted 30/01/2019 at 04:25:57
I don't usually comment if I haven't seen the match but reading through the above comments it is notable that Tom Davies's usual critics are missing. Indeed, the only criticism was before the game started and was for being named on the team sheet.

The lad needs to be encouraged to play HIS game and not overly worry about being a "defensive" midfielder.

Paul Richards
118 Posted 30/01/2019 at 04:45:25
I'm glad we won but, boy oh boy, was that painful to watch?!?

Davies had a good game? Really? Just no care for the ball. Sigurdsson, Gomes, Bernard, Tosun... they were all just as bad. It would come at them and fly off in random directions.

But when we score early like that, it's all about game management. My mind always goes back to 2009 and the FA Cup Final where Saha scored almost from the start. I was so happy... until I realized the Master Muppet Moyes would try (and fail) to sit on that lead.

God, I hate that man with a vengeance. Why do people on here keep talking about him? Oh shit... guess I just did too!

Bill Watson
119 Posted 30/01/2019 at 05:49:32
Paul #118

Were we at the same game? I thought Davies put in a really mature shift and brought much needed mobility to the midfield. Was it a coincidence that Gomes had his best game for weeks?

Upfront Tosun, although he lacks a bit of pace, played a real centre forwards game; he held the ball up well and brought others into the game. A certain starter for Saturday.

Bernard was good in flashes and played a part in the build up to the goal. He also put himself about, defensively.

Of your five I'd agree that Sigurdsson never really got going and his shooting was way off the pace.

All things considered it was a competent all round performance that got us, together with a couple of outstanding Pickford saves and a little bit of determination, the three points.

We, and I include myself, are quick to criticise but tonight they did what was required and that was to get something out of the game.

Steve Croston
120 Posted 30/01/2019 at 06:09:44
Good result at a difficult time. Resolute in defence when we easily could have folded. Only change for Saturday is put Bernard in the 10 role and swap Sigurdsson for Lookman. Our hand may be forced with Digne suspended and Baines possibly injured, so Kenny, who did a good job last night, coming in at LB.

Davies was good, as was Gomes. I don't think we'll miss Gana too much, he is a poster boy for donkey footballers everywhere; great at running and tackling, but then he has to be as his atrocious passing gets him into trouble so, so often.

A happy Wednesday. Up the blues! 👆😁

John G Davies
121 Posted 30/01/2019 at 06:36:39
Steve, 120,

Davies had a good game. Gomes had the least impact last night than in any game he has played for us.

Brian Porter
122 Posted 30/01/2019 at 07:08:21
Paul #118, you were clearly at a different game to most of us last night or maybe you inhabit a parralel universe? I thought Tom Davies had a really good game, especially after being out of the first team for a while. His foresight and quick feet were instrumental in us scoring the match winning goal after just three minutes and his non stop running helped to keep Huddersfield on the back foot for long periods. Why do people talk about the lad as if he is a long time seasoned pro. Ffs, he's still only 20 years old. He has plenty of time to mature, which he will only do with game time, and should be encouraged, not put down by our own fans every time he pulls on the shirt. Unlike some I could mention, and we all know who they are, he plays with an unbridled passion and pride in the shirt, exactly what we've been demanding of the first team for weeks now.

Cenk Tosun led the line like a good old-fashioned centre forward and caused the defence plenty of problems and was kicked around the pitch when they couldn't stop him. He had a fire in his belly that neither Richarlison or DCL has shown on the role in recent weeks. One of his best games for us I thought.

Huddersfield may be the worst team in the Premier League but you can only play to beat what's on front of you. The boys did good. Don't knock it. Enjoy it when Everton won, and save the vitriol for when we lose and maybe deserve it.

Liam Reilly
123 Posted 30/01/2019 at 07:19:11
Digne shouldn't have put himself in that position but he took one for the team there.

Do we have a back 4 for the weekend; who's to be shoehorned into LB if Baines doesn't make it or will Jags return to Back 3 (as Mina is also injured). That won't be pretty.

Ian Jones
124 Posted 30/01/2019 at 07:47:51
I have looked again at Digne's tackle and sending off, and whilst it had the desired effect and prevented a chance to score, it seems to me that it was perhaps more a case of Digne trying to get back and his legs got tangled up.
Jim Bennings
125 Posted 30/01/2019 at 07:53:57
Depending on the length of the Baines injury (a massive shame) I think it could have been worth giving Digne four or five games out the side to recharge, he’s not been at this year so far.
Mal van Schaick
126 Posted 30/01/2019 at 08:47:11
A gritty performance under the circumstances. Well done Tom Davies for putting in shift in. The save by Pickford on 78 minutes was crucial. Let’s hope this creates good team spirit going into the game against Wolves. The opposition weren’t the best, I’m hoping it’s a turning point in the season to go a run of results. Seems like recent woes and a bollicking worked.
Paul Mackay
127 Posted 30/01/2019 at 09:12:27
#125 Jim- one of the ‘undesirable’ national newspapers named Digne in their team of the season this week, based upon average player ratings. He’s had very poor week but there is still a very good player in there.
Sam Hoare
128 Posted 30/01/2019 at 09:35:51
Harsh to blame Digne really. It was a good run and perfectly timed pass. Very hard to defend against that when you're the last man as you are told to hold the line. More an issue of giving their midfielders too much time on the ball whilst playing a high line.

I don't think he meant to bring him down, more a tangle of legs. Digne has been very good this season, he made some bad decisions at Milwall but lets cut him some slack.

A very good win away against a desperate team with a new manager 'bounce'. I'll take those 3 points and clean sheet every day of the week.

A tough game against Wolves but if we beat them then we'd likely be in 7th.

Dave Abrahams
129 Posted 30/01/2019 at 09:40:51
Never saw the game, listened on live forum, which can
make you laugh, put the shits up you, make you scream at some of the deranged comments on there or just say a silent prayer as the game progresses, anyway very happy with a hard fought victory and apparently some decent performances from Tosun, Pickford and better
still from two young lads ( and Scousers ) Davies and my
favourite Jonjoe Kenny, well done lads.

Huddersfield might not be a very good team but when they played at Goodison earlier in the season they stopped and started the game with niggly fouls and falling down at the least thing, not a team to play or let the opposition play, so will never be involved in an open game of football, so to me, a very welcome victory.

John Keating
130 Posted 30/01/2019 at 10:01:28
Dave
you didn't miss much by not watching.
The second half could be summed up by casting your mind back to the second half of last season. One shot on target and basic schoolboy football al la Marco Allardyce.
The main thing was we ground it out against a poor poor Huddersfield team and got the 3 points.
The new exciting football era is a long way away.
David Ellis
131 Posted 30/01/2019 at 10:40:53
We will finish 7th. Marco's going nowhere.
Steve Ferns
132 Posted 30/01/2019 at 10:54:27
Do you remember two years ago, Koeman's first season. We had an up and down start to the season, then came January, February and March and we put a little run together and eased into 7th, chased down 6th, but ran out of gas well before the end of the season. We finished well clear of the rest, but well behind the top 6.

Could that be about to happen again? If it does, it means we need to win away, albeit against sides we should be beating, and get some big results against the top 6, albeit on home turf.


Last night's game was not one for the purists. The only thing that mattered was 3 points,. They are in the bag. The battling display should give us all hope that the players do actually care.


Let's hope for a big 3 months, an upturn in fortunes, some good results against the top 6 and that we can finish the season off with something to build on over the summer that can allow us to really get in amongst the top 6.

Steve Croston
133 Posted 30/01/2019 at 11:06:44
That was the 8th game Huddersfield have lost by a single goal this season... Don't understand ANY negativity over last night's game. What do people expect? Lose against Millwall then 3 days later turn into Brazil?
The high defensive line played against their free kicks worked well and proved Solva has learnt some kind of lesson and had been working on it the past few days.
Let's look for green shoots of growth instead of weeds. COYB 👌
Colin Malone
135 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:00:43
Please, please, please, give Gomes a creative partner.
Paul Bernard
136 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:01:03
Exactly the type of performance we have been crying out for. The three points are priority, but we needed to show we have the balls to grind out a result.

Some will shoot me down for this but I'm glad Digne will be suspended. He should of been dropped weeks ago. He often tires around the 70 minute mark. As a result he gets caught positionally and gives daft fouls away. The millwall goal proved that.

I also think we need to realise that Gana Gueye is also a liability. He gives the ball away needlessly and then loses his discipline and goes chasing the ball, this often leaves us exposed through the middle time and time again. Getting £40m for him and replacing him with a disciplined 'enforcer' or a more athletic/powerful player like Doucure would be an improvement IMO.

Last night we had more discipline in Davies who picked his forward runs more intelligently. Having Tosun upfront is a plus (his finishing 1 vs 1 is deadly). There is still a lot of work to be done, players, manager and coaches, lets wait until maybe next season before we talk about Silva in or Silva out.

Stability is required now.

Danny Baily
137 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:13:02
Steve 132, that Koeman season you mention was not a good one. We had nothing to play for after January, unless you consider the chance (7th place is not a given) to qualify for the Europa League as success, which a lot of people don't.

I'd sooner hark back to Martinez's last season with the two semi-final's.

It's all about being in the mix to win competitions. As it looks likely we'll stay up this season our next big game is in the League Cup, many months from now.

John Hammond
138 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:20:44
We were fairly decent for most of the first half and Tosun really put himself about. There was a bit more fighting spirit in the team. Seemed to me like Davies had a licence to roam but then would drop back alongside Gomes when they had the ball. I thought he was great. He was in the CF position at times which threw me and just looking at the stats made 3 tackles and 4 interceptions and had the highest pass completion rate of anyone on the pitch.

While there were a fair few promising performances overall nothing's really changed. Too many wrong decisions, too many lapses of concentration and not enough consistency or creativity.

John Keating
139 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:44:28
Steve 132
fully agree with your last 2 paragraphs.
It's just such a pity that we were so expectant at the beginning of the season. Not regarding a top 4 or 6 finish, more that we would find a balance in our team and our play and see a more positive approach to games.

Last night wasn't greatly different, apart from a bit more determination from the likes of Davies, Tosun, a good cameo from Kenny, than previous games.

Possibly we were expecting too much from Silva, I don't know. Personally I was, and that has really affected my opinion of him so far.

I hope your optimism until the end of the season turns out to be correct, I really do, however, from what I have witnessed so far I expect things to remain as is.

Paul Cherrington
140 Posted 30/01/2019 at 12:48:29
A much-needed win for the boys last night and a performance that showed some character and fight at last. So well done to them and the manager for that. However, as many people have noted, we were still not great and could have come out of the game with nothing but for Pickford.

Glad to see Tosun and Davies do well – at least they put some effort in and look like they want to win. Sigurdsson is the one who needs benching most for me. Huddersfield were bad but he still couldn't make any impact on the game really.

Derek Taylor
141 Posted 30/01/2019 at 13:25:18
Play like we did against the bottom team last night under Allardyce and it would have been classed as shite. But because there is still some goodwill in the bank for Silva (whose managerial record in England is also abysmal) there are plaudits all round.

Truth is, of course, that the opposition were garbage and you would be hard pressed to find (Pickford excepted) too many above average in our team.

But a win is a win is a win and we now stand a reasonable chance of finishing top half. There's exciting for you!

Steve Ferns
142 Posted 30/01/2019 at 13:53:29
Danny, my point is not that was a great season, but we are in a similar position now to we were that January, two years ago. Then we suddenly clicked into gear and had a great run of form to carry us well clear of the chasing pack, which we had been very much in and amongst. Just as we are now.

So no, I'm not saying it was great. I'm not saying this season would be great if we repeated it. I'm saying that if we did repeat it, and comfortably got 7th, then we could build on it and maybe do something next season.

Koeman, for me, made a massive error that summer. He was far too ambitious in trying to rip it all up and spent a load of cash and expected his tactical acumen to get us into the top 6. He thought too much of himself. He should have built on what he had. The side was solid enough in defence and him and Walsh should have spent that summer getting in 3 decent forwards, and not much else.

I suspect that if we delivered a similar second half of the season, then Brands is more likely to ensure we keep what we have and carefully build on it, with one or two careful additions. He will certainly not repeat what happened that summer when we went all "football manager" in the transfer market.

Speaking of the market, has anyone got any good rumours, there's barely 24 hours left and I hear we do have money to spend and that we are looking to sign someone.

Pete Edwards
143 Posted 30/01/2019 at 15:00:17
Derek, what the hell has Silva's birthdate got to do with him managing Everton!! Or do you just want people older than you in the position!

Moronic comment if ever I saw one!

Pat Kelly
144 Posted 30/01/2019 at 15:39:39
Scraping a win against dire Huddersfield is not a yardstick to measure our performance. The next few games will show whether Silva has any future at the club.
Bill Watson
145 Posted 30/01/2019 at 15:55:32
Don't knock it, Pete. I'm now near the end of the road which will come when 'Woy' retires.

First all the players were older than me, then all the referees were older than me and then it was the managers. Most have since gone and I think Roy is the last one. When he goes I'm done!!

Apologies to Pastor Niemöller

Max Murphy
146 Posted 30/01/2019 at 19:23:32
Totally agree with you Pat (#144). The same thing happened after our lucky win against Bournemouth. We lost the next 2 games against Southampton and Millwall.

The laws of probability will ensure that, every now and then, a team will get lucky and win, despite terrible form.

Let's just see if EFC can put 2 wins together and beat Wolverhampton at home. Wolves are showing form at the moment, and a victory would help Silva's case... but I'm not very optimistic.

Mark Andrews
147 Posted 30/01/2019 at 20:18:47
Yay! We eked out a win against the most impotent team in the Premier League and our combative CDF wants to leave.

What a time to be a blue.

Mark Pridgeon
148 Posted 30/01/2019 at 22:43:29
I must say I never wanted Marco Silva, but was prepared to give him a chance, he's used it up and more in my books.

We will limp through to the end of this season and hang on to our premier league status, sign a few players in the summer and by November we will be struggling in the lower half, the club will make the decision to remove Marco Silva; hopefully we will then get a decent manager.

It may sound elitist but I do not think we should not be struggling along with some of the "smaller" clubs, particularly with the backing we have and of course our large base of supporters.

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