Everton 1 - 0 Arsenal

A massive day for Everton and new manager Sean Dyche as Goodison Park witnesses a tremendous win over Premier League leaders Arsenal under former star, Mikel Arteta.  

But for the Blues, it's very much the same old players who had become so bereft of everything that was needed to even come close to winning games in the Premier League, with no fresh blood for the new manager to use as a catalyst. 

Michael Keane and Nathan Patterson have been ruled out through injury while both James Garner and Andros Townsend are still some way from making full recoveries from their longer-term issues.

Dyche goes with just one striker in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, while Demarai Gray and Neal Maupay are left on the bench, and Abdoulaye Doucouré returns to the side after being disciplined following a fall-out with Lampard that saw him excluded for the defeat at West Ham Utd last time out. 

Sean Dyche received a massive reception from the packed Goodison crowd after the teams had walked out and before Arsenal got the game underway. 

Mykoleko got stuck in on Odegaard for the first foul. Everton took possession and were immediately looking to play forward balls to Calvert-Lewin, while Coleman kept great pace to marshall Martinelli.

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Arsenal looked for slow and steady buildup play to break down the Blues but Mykolenko and Coleman had other ideas and Calvert-Lewin tried to advance with the ball, but Onana took a head knock. 

Everton put in a good break and McNeil had a chance to shoot with Calvert-Lewin following in but he was flagged offside the ball wouldn't run to him and Arsenal were quickly on the counter, but that roused the crowd and the Blues quickly reformed the defence with really good shape, Partey could only shoot at Pickford from distance. 

No farting about at the back when Pickford cleared the ball, he tried to find Calvert-Lewin straightaway. Doucouré tried to cross in for Calvert-Lewin but it was blocked. Gueye handed off Saka with a poke in the eye that needed attention. 

From a Blues throw-in , some really good break-out play and Iwobi swung in a decent cross that won the first corner, superb from McNeil to the far post, Onana denied but a second corner, Iwobi from the left, Tarkowski again at the far post forcing a third. And again an excellent far-post delivery, Three of the best Everton corner seen all season! 

McNeil forced a fourth corner, switched to the near post and met well enough by Calvert-Lewin but absolutely no finesse or direction off his top-knot, well over the bar.  Everton repelled another attack and Calvert-Lewin had his first shot from a narrow angle that was gathered by Ramsdale.

Everton had their best spell of pressure but there was still not enough guile in the final ball. Some excellent work by Calvert-Lewin on the breakout, winning the ball, holding the ball, and getting the throw-in. The defensive discipline and work ethic had been excellent in the first half-hour but Saka finally beat Mykolenko in a right old tussle and Nketiah snuck in but whacked it well wide. 

Doucoure did well to win the ball in midfield but was slow to make use of it until he was fouled. McNeil swung the ball in well but Ramsdale tracked it all the way.

A superb interception by Onana created a fantastic opening for Calvert-Lewin who didn't get anywhere enough and could not turn it in from 1 yard!!! Then McNeil played a beautiful cross onto Doucoure's head unmarked but, with the goal gaping, his contact was all wrong – and he knew it.

The Blue shirts were chasing every ball now, doing a great intimidation job on the Gunners who were increasingly tentative in trying to protect their possession of the ball. But a deep cross found Saka free and his shot, deflecting off Mykolenko's shin, was bound for the left corner but for Coady getting back to clear brilliantly off the line. 

Gueye tackled Martinelli aggressively and foolishly grappled his face again, giving up a needless free-kick that Xhaka headed over. Calvert-Lewin again did very well to hold up the ball and win a throw-in. Arsenal pressed again for a first-half goal as 3 minutes were added on. 

A horrible ball back to Pickford gave Nketiah a half chance to block his clearance. At the other end,  a brilliant McNeil cross picked out Calvert-Lewin and his header should really have found the net but it went agonizingly wide. 

An excellent first half of football under Sean Dyche who had, as expected, completely transformed these players: xG Score should be Everton 3 - 1 Arsenal. 

More good work by Calvert-Lewin after the break set up Gueye for a deflected shot that Ramsdale did well to react to, but the offside flag was up. McNeil was lucky, playing backwards in defence under pressure, and playing it out – should have been a corner to Arsenal – not given!

Onana fed Gueye well but he should not have been the player breaking through, and Everton had to defend again, Onana getting fouled. 

Calvert-Lewin did very well again with his hold-up play but pushed the ball out too far for Iwobi whose cross was poor. At the other end, more good defending from Mykolenko but an Arsenal corner,and two shots well blocked. Arsenal were playing with a lot more intent but Everton eventually got the goal-kick. 

Everton tried to build again but Mykolenko's attempted volley from distance was terrible. Tarkowski cleared straight to Zinchenko but Onana was in well to intercept. However, Arsenal continued to press Nkeiah setting up Odegaard who screamed one yards over. 

Everton worked it forward and Iwobi won a corner, swung over superbly by McNeil to the far post and power-headed in by James Tarkowski!!! Great goal — Made in Burnley!!! 

A poor pass was intercepted and it forced Mykolenko to trip Saka, the ensuing attack winning an Arsenal corner taht was taken by Trossard, but he could not beat the first Everton defender.

Arsenal looked to get free in the Everton area but were swarmed upon by Blue shirts, Maupay baulking Gabriel into Gana. Odegaard got a run in on goal, superbly tackled by Coady. 

It was now more competitive than ever in the midfield, the jeopardy of one mistake, Onana going in with his very long legs all around Ben White for a yellow card.  Maupay and Xhaka got into a bit of a spat over something. 

Arsenal won a corner that Onana was very happy to head clear, as the Gunners looked to crank the screw on the so-far solid Everton defence. But out-balls to Maupay were nowhere near as effective as they had been with Calvert-Lewin in that role – why not Simms?

Arsenal got bolder and went for a far post cross but Pickford snapped it out of the air. Still, it was nerve-wracking every time they came forward. Maupay was fouled (not given) but McNeil won a corner and almost got a good ding-dong melee going inside the Arsenal goal area but the ball was cleared. 

Arsenal attacked, Trossard shooting at Pickford, deflected off Iwobi and well stopped by the Sunderland man. But Arsenal created another chance when the ball fell to Saka, McNeil in quickly to mess up his shot.

Into the final 10 minutes and Trossard fired high and wide after Saka had fouled McNeil (not given).  McNeil won another Everton corner after a fine Tarkowski steal; the Blues lost out on the ensuing scrap after being called for a foul. 

Into the last 5 minutes and a very nervy Goodison Park absolutely desperate to hold on for what would be a famous win – but not through Pickford's silly time-wasting. 

Another Arsenal attack, another fantastic Gana interception to steal the ball in the Everton penalty area. Arsenal probed again, but Gueye was across to block it out for another corner, smashed clear by Coleman. Zinchenko trying to shoot from a long way out, and missing, as 6 minutes of added time were signalled. 

A tremendous run by Onana down the wing set the tone for those final minutes. But another Arsenal corner was given away, a set-up for Zinchenko wellied nice and high over Pickford's goal. 

Some fine battling saw the ball won and lost until Everton won a free-kick that Pickford again took plenty of time over. Then there were two balls on the pitch as Zinchenko and Maupay sparked an excellent session of handbags all round. Zinchenko should really have been given a red for his reaction, jumping on Maupay and shoving him down. 

Everton continued to play out the final seconds and celebrate an excellent first win for new manager Sean Dyche with the Premier League leaders soundly beaten.  

Everton: Pickford [Y:86'], Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko [Y:63'], McNeil, Doucoure, Gana, Onana [Y:69'], Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin (61' Maupay [Y:90+5']).

Subs not Used: Begovic, Holgate, Gray, Mina, Godfrey, Davies, Vinagre, Simms.

Arsenal: Ramsdale, White (85' Tomiyasu), Saliba, Gabriel, Zinchenko [Y:90+5'], Martinelli (59' Jorginho), Partey (59' Trossard), Xhaka, Saka, Odegaard (77' Vieira), Nketiah.

Subs not Used: Turner, Tierney, Holding, Kiwior, Cozier-Duberry.

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Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
1 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:25:11
Can someone please post the team for me? 

Dog's done a runner somewhere in the forest!

Iain Johnston
2 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:32:44
Oh great, the usual one up front... again!
Sean Smythe
3 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:35:06
Everton XI: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, Doucoure, Onana, Gueye, Iwobi, McNeil, Calvert-Lewin.
Craig James
4 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:36:10
Everton team news…
Team to face Arsenal: Pickford, Coleman, Coady, Tarkowski, Mykolenko, McNeil, Doucoure, Gana, Onana, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin.

Subs: Begovic, Holgate, Gray, Mina, Maupay, Godfrey, Davies, Vinagre, Simms.

John Daley
5 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:37:31
Like an Everton transfer target, Michael!
Fran Mitchell
6 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:37:51
4 at the back. I'm assuming Onana or Doucoure in an advanced role behind Calvert-Lewin. Iwobi on the right wing.


Dennis Stevens
7 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:44:21
Is that a 4-1-4-1 formation?
Mike Corcoran
8 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:48:08
That's how I'd see it, Dennis.
Mark Ryan
9 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:51:37
If he plays Calvert-Lewin up top on his own, I'm going to fuckin' scream till my head goes purple, enlarges and explodes all over the floor.

Has he not seen what happens when we play a lone striker. Christ on a bike, Sean, get a grip!

Tom Bowers
10 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:53:41
It's not about which players are out there but more about how they play as a team unit.

We know about all these players and what they can do or can't do but as a team they have been underachieving in most games this season even against other poor teams.

Whilst I don't expect an overnight remedy from the new gaffer, it would be nice to see some improvement soon.

On a negative note it does seem that Calvert-Lewin will plough a loan furrow which is too much for this lad with his limitations.

Jim Bennings
11 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:56:27
Hasn't taken Dyche long to realise that we have zero attacking options.

Clearly Ellis Simms and Neal Maupay aren't the best runners or trainers.

Christy Ring
12 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:57:57
I see Stubbs on the pitch with BT Sport, doesn't need a ticket from our bully chairman.
Michael Kenrick
13 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:58:08
Glad to see the pre-match protests against the Board are in full flow outside Goodison Park.

Can't agree with the thoughts expressed that they should somehow reign it in until the end of the season. It's fresh and it's raw and it's genuine.

Dave Abrahams
14 Posted 04/02/2023 at 11:58:20
Mark (9),

Dominic will have auxiliary strikers coming up to support him. You might be screaming your head off with a goal or two for the Blues and possibly a point or three.

And when you scream, do it with a Scouse accent, you know the score!!

Christy Ring
15 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:02:32
Are our cowardly board taking their seats, or are there more propaganda stories?
Rob Jones
16 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:04:47
I like the line-up. There will be clear instructions to bombard them from the wings, with Doucoure instructed to come in off of Calvert-Lewin's knockdowns.
Mark Ryan
17 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:09:22
Auxiliary strikers? We don't have any actual strikers other than Maupay or Simms and they are not on the pitch.
Alan J Thompson
18 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:26:13
I thought Godfrey was injured.
Robert Tressell
19 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:30:19
One striker is fine. Most of the best teams only play one striker. The issue is how you support the striker.

Onana has the physical attributes to play Fellaini type role off Calvert-Lewin. Doucoure has the engine to run in behind. Let's wait and see how it plays out.

Pete Jeffries
20 Posted 04/02/2023 at 12:45:13
Their back four bring the ball up to the halfway line.
Ours don't get out of our own penalty area.
Rob Jones
21 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:05:57
Pete, their back four is better.

We're doing well.

Dean Cooper
22 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:22:18
A few guilt-edged chances that half. Win, lose or draw this one, if we play with the same desire and commitment for every single half for the rest of the season, we’ll stay up. Do we have it in us? Time will tell.
Michael Kenrick
23 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:23:03
Night and Day from what Frank was getting out of these players.

Still boggles the mind how incompetent he proved to be as a manager.

Alan J Thompson
24 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:27:09
Well, if you were ignorant of who led the League and who were next to bottom, you still would be.

We looked a lot more organized, players seem to know what was expected of them, and the only winger on the park didn't make it look obvious that that was what he was. And amid all of this Onana looked superior to all on the park.

A lot still to be done and Calvert-Lewin needs to stay central when we attack but Arsenal look set up for something we are not doing and if this is down to Mr Dyche then more power to his elbow.

Bill Griffiths
25 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:32:29
Much better performance, hope we keep it up second half.

Calvert-Lewin looks much better though several cretins on the Live Forum slagging him off.

I think and hope he will get back to his best under Dyche.

George Cumiskey
26 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:34:07
Not one play out from the back, brilliant!
Mark Ryan
27 Posted 04/02/2023 at 13:57:05
Much better all round & Calvert-Lewin will grow from his performance today.

I would love to see Maupay score today, more than any other player.

Mark Ryan
28 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:21:28
Fuckin hell… I'm in dreamland!
Dean Cooper
29 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:26:51
Was it pretty? No, but who cares? It's what we've been missing all season.

Entire midfield were fantastic, McNeil and Doucoure look like different players. Defence tight and compact, with special mention to the wide players, especially Seamus.

Maupay cannot be played up top by himself, but if it's for the greater good of the team, fine by me.

Not often you can have a smile on your face after an Everton game these past two seasons, but this is one of them.

They are top, we were bottom. Key word: 'were'.

How good!

Mark Ryan
30 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:27:46
And if ya know yer 'istory, it's enough to make....

Thank you, Sean, for this. Thank the Lord. The Holy Trinity are smiling down on you! UTFT's

Mike Gaynes
31 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:29:37
Simply magnificent.
Mark Ryan
32 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:30:28
Bring on the RS!!!
Dale Self
33 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:33:06
Yeah? Yeah? Fuck yes we’re back. On with it, building it up from here.

The nerve of those fucks that sneered at us. UTGDMFT!!!!!

Jack Convery
34 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:33:08
Congratulations to Sean Dyche and his staff for that immense result and improvement in the team's performance.

We still want you out, Bill. Don't forget that, will you — wherever you are!!!

Nick Page
35 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:33:52
Where have these players been? Wow. In bits…

Forza Everton

Steve Brown
36 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:34:01

Organised, disciplined and hard working – they actually looked like they'd been coached.

5 more wins.

Fran Mitchell
37 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:34:20
Unreal. amazing performance.

Sean Dyche — take a bow.

Bring on the derby!!

Ernie Baywood
38 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:34:25
Incredible effort all round. I thought Onana, McNeil and Calvert-Lewin were immense in amongst some huge performances.

Yes, we're still lacking in plenty of areas and looked completely pointless once Dom went off but for now, it's three very valuable points.

Enjoy your weekend for the first time in a while, fellow blues.

Steve Brown
39 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:35:10
Onana, Doucoure and Gueye immense.

Also who was that new lad McNeil. Haven't see him before.

Tony Shelby
40 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:35:13
Well, fuck me sideways!
Kunal Desai
41 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:35:32
That was a Moyes type performance.

Grit, determination, flight, passion. Everything that has been missing for sometime aside from the Palace game.

Onwards and upwards.

Alan J Thompson
42 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:36:25
We had them well and truly on the back foot and for whatever reason, taking Calvert-Lewin off, was it necessary? And bringing on the midget Maupay just released Arsenal's back four to come into the game.

If anything, Simms should have come on, a big bloke they would have been wary of as they would have known little about him.

We played well but nearly let them off the hook. Why did we play well? To me, organization, nothing complicated just do what you are there for and play for each other. Oh, and the one corner that counted delivered properly.

And MotM, by a country mile, Onana,

David Vaughan
43 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:36:51
Stop it, Everton! Just stop it! Don't give us hope again!!! UTFT
Kieran Kinsella
44 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:37:03
Totally changes the whole dynamic of the season.
Bob Parrington
45 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:37:04
Well done, Everton Fans, Sean Dyche and Everton players for a remarkable result.

Great support from the fans in the ground. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You! From Adelaide, Australia!

Will Mabon
46 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:39:01
It appears there might be a football team at Everton again.
Chris Leyland
47 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:39:11
Well, well — There's life in the old dog yet!!
Mike Price
48 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:40:57
Unbelievable. Lampard was a fraud.
Simon Crosbie
49 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:41:01
That was old Everton, hard as nails Everton, relentless Everton, Everton playing with the expectation that they can win irrespective of the circumstances.
Will Mabon
50 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:41:11
Side note – who was calculating the possession stats today? Looked way off to me.
Brian Hennessy
51 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:42:12
Simply outstanding. Hard work from every single player but it was much more than that.

No needless backwards passing
First-time crosses rather than messing about with it.
Most of all – plenty of players in the box when the crosses arrived.

Special word for all you fans inside Goodison today, you were fantastic.

Sean Dyche – take a bow.

Bob Parrington
52 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:42:28
Alan @ 42. Yes. I agree.

I reckon Simms would have been a better decision but - eh - we won! What a fucking great result!

John Graham
53 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:43:00
We had a dream.

Yes great result, but importantly a great performance too.
Everyone played their parts, but apart from being a very annoying little man, I can't see what Maupay brings to the team.

Onana – Man of the Match and great work also from McNeil and Iwobi to get up and down the wings and also help out the fullbacks.

Well done to everyone. Now just keep it up, lads.

Iain Johnston
54 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:47:48
I found that most satisfying.
Lee Courtliff
55 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:49:51
I just knew we'd win today, as much as you can possibly 'know' what's going to happen in the future. It was just our kind of game at Goodison.

Put £50 on us to win and cashed out for £200... should have let it run.

Well done to all concerned, especially McNeil.

Neil Tyrrell
56 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:50:36
Dyche as advertised then, better organized, hard work, set pieces. Onana fantastic and McNeil very good too, helping Mykolenko keep Saka relatively quiet.

Fantastic result and performance from the team. COYB

Joe Corgan
57 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:51:07
Loved that. Everything Dyche said he'd do, he did. Grit and determination. Fighting for every ball.

But that was only part of the story. We didn't try to play through Arsenal. Pickford launched his kicks upfield. We got the ball out wide and tried to get early crosses into the box. We kept it simple and direct without playing hoofball.

I'm shocked at how much Dyche managed to change our attitude and style of play within a week.

There is a long and bumpy road ahead. Today is only the start. But there is a route out of this relegation mess.

Steve Brown
58 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:51:32
Dyche obviously told Calvert-Lewin to give him 60 minutes of full intensity, then he would replace him. Subbed bang on 60 minutes.
Roger Helm
59 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:51:39
And there we were, worrying.
Denis Richardson
60 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:53:06
Amazing what having a football manager in the dug out can do.

Lampard should never have been appointed in the first place. Nice chap, utterly clueless manager.

Great result and much needed. Did exactly what was needed; kept it simple, compact and worked bloody hard all over the pitch.

Excellent start for Dyche, can now kick on and get away from the truly shite teams around us.

Si Cooper
61 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:53:40
Brilliant result, yes, but brilliant performance? Well, if you are talking effort and commitment then okay, but that should be the minimum every game anyway no matter who the manager is.

I suppose what Sean Dyche got right was utilising Gueye, Onana and Doucouré and telling Iwobi and McNeil to stay wide and work hard helping out their full-backs.

I thought that made Iwobi more peripheral than he was under Frank Lampard and his performance was ‘bitty' as a consequence as he seems to be more vulnerable to unforced errors when facing towards his own defence.

Still, let's focus on the positives and enjoy the result. Maybe Sean Dyche simply has the ability to pump up the players in the right way? Maybe it's just the ‘ginger' magic at work?

Larry O'Hara
62 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:53:42
No fluke either: well deserved.
Bob Parrington
63 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:55:16
Iain @ 54. Don't get too excited mate!
Ray Smith
64 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:56:55
Same players, different ethic!

Let's not hang Frank Lampard out to dry. It's the board that need to be continually reminded of the venomous feelings towards them.

Sharp looked pensive and worried sitting on his lonesome.

Derek Knox
65 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:58:01
Anyone still having doubts over whether Sean Dyche is the right appointment?

Almost unbelievable, the change in attitude, purpose, game plan, passing, working both for each other but, more importantly, as a Unit!

Bob Parrington
66 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:58:02
Joe @ 57 Agreed 100% mate.
Brendan McLaughlin
67 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:59:18
What a difference Sean Dyche makes
To all at Toffeweb Towers
Brought the sun and the flowers
Where there used to be rain…

And there was me intent on prolonging Dry January into February...


James Alder
68 Posted 04/02/2023 at 14:59:28
The best thing for me was the chances that we created. Okay, we missed most of them but, under Lampard, we hardly created anything. Better finishing will come with confidence!
Kevin Molloy
69 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:00:44
If only we were still in the Champions League.
Alan J Thompson
70 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:00:48

Never know, might make it back to the Lockleys one day. Let me know if you make Perth.

Kieran Kinsella
71 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:01:33
Coady, Tarkowski and Mykolenko are all old-fashioned solid defenders. Dyche realizes that and sent them out to play that way and they did very well.

Frank seemed to think he could ask them to play like Beckenbauer and Baresi which was never going to happen.

Christine Foster
72 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:01:46
Yes! 4 am and I am buzzing! Great win, organised, commitment and chances... Everton – where have you been?

So pleased to see the board stayed away – not for them the exhilaration of a good win, they don't deserve it.

Dare we hope for the same next week? You bet your life! COYB!

Mike Gaynes
73 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:01:55
DK, agreed.

The sun will come up brighter this morning.

Bill Gall
74 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:02:59
To me it wasn't just a win – it was proof of what Dyche said: we have some good players, and they look as though they are taking his words of, "You have to fight for the shirt with maximum effort and be committed to the cause."

It looked to me (and others may disagree) that, although it was a defensive formation, they still made enough chances for one or two more goals. It is 3 points and now the battle starts.

It is a different style of management than Lampard but it is a style that is more suitable with the players he has, plus the timing of his subs was correct, even if the personnel could have been better.

The most amazing thing to me was for once my weekend is not ruined right from the early kickoff.

Kevin Molloy
75 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:04:26
The likelihood of the players buying into Sean Dyche's method has just gone up about 1,000%.
Ben King
76 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:06:20
Superb! Brilliant!

How wonderful to have a proper manager in charge and the players responding

Dwight McNeil: a player reborn.
Doucoure: give him a contract extension.
Onana: our new figure head – superb.
Gueye: still got it in a system that suits him.
Iwobi: decent.
Calvert-Lewin: did well enough but clearly still not fit (I can't believe people question his commitment when he's clearly playing when less than 100%)

Defence excellent: Coleman absolutely brilliant and Mykolenko, marking the most in-form player in the Premier League, did great

Gotta say we were great. Come on, you blues!!

Alan J Thompson
77 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:07:25
Neil Tyrrell (#56),

Any relation to Chris?

Daniel A Johnson
78 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:07:51
As someone said, The Charity Shop that was EFC is now under new ownership and the 'Closed' sign is on the door.
Oliver Molloy
79 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:08:18
Over the moon!

We haven't had a decent Saturday in ages, the first in a long time! Dyche will give us a chance, I reckoned we needed at least seven wins to give us a chance, that's one down.

There can be no slacking, now let's hope we get a few favours today.

Jerome Shields
80 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:08:57
Dyche set up Everton as a traditional English football team. Something that Everton are. The direct play helped the midfield and forwards no end. Especially McNeil and Onana. Great result.

The Board should stay away from all matches. Really got egg on their face today, need to go.

At last we have the right manager, next we need the right Board.

Christy Ring
81 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:16:11

Did you forget about Seamus!

Still buzzing, what a result, deservedly beat the Premier League leaders. The pressing game was brilliant, Arsenal couldn't deal with it.

They are supposed to have a great midfield, completely outshone by Doucoure, Onana (MotM) and Gueye.

McNeill looks a great signing now. Can't wait to watch again on Match of the Day. Dyche deserves all the credit, and to see him so animated on the line, a breath of fresh air.

Paul Hewitt
82 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:16:55
Well, after 7 years, we finally have a manager.
Barry Rathbone
83 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:17:14
Err. Been busy all day and just logged on… is this an early April Fool prank?

Obviously I'm not falling for it; no way does a new manager come in and immediately nail the Champions elect, Arsenal, it just doesn't happen.

Seriously, are we playing tonight or something?

Neil Tyrrell
84 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:18:52
Alan J Thompson, no relation
Steve Brown
85 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:21:02
That is the first time I have seen a properly coached Everton team since Ancelotti.

And Cristy, Coleman had Martinelli in his pocket at game.

Kieran Kinsella
86 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:21:40

I didn't forget Seamus but didn't mention him as he has been a bit more all rounded throughout his career whereas the other 3 are very much just defenders so they more than he struggled with playing it out from the back.

Soren Moyer
87 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:24:23
Rule #1 for any coach wannabe:

If you want your players to perform, have a fucking plan!

Rob Hooton
88 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:29:14
Great result and performance – I'm over the moon.

Si, we were playing the Premier League leaders and have been shite for months; we were never going to be expansive but we still created several great chances and could easily have won by more.

I always hope the RS lose and today is no different – I think we will be okay regardless so I hope Wolves spank them and we do too. Could be instant cult status for Dyche if we beat them!

George Cumiskey
89 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:29:59
Fantastic result, the complete team performance, brilliant. COYB
Tony Everan
90 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:30:30
Massive win this, changes the mood entirely. Well done to the manager and the players, incredible stuff.

What difference it has made having a manager who can organise and get the team playing to its strengths. There was no weakest link today, long may it continue.

Such a good team effort but Onana stood out as the best on the pitch today. What a player we have got.

One of the best things today was to see Dyche lambast the players after 20 minutes. Telling the midfield in no uncertain terms “LINE OF FIVE, LINE OF FIVE!” – Imploring them to keep the shape and discipline.

That's like having an extra man on the pitch keeping the players focussed. Job done well today and an impressive start. In a week, Sean Dyche has brought back some optimism for the future.

Christy Ring
91 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:35:49
Nothing on the Live Forum or here from Jonathan Tasker or Ian Edwards?

Oh, I forgot… we WON.

Colin Glassar
92 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:37:49
Chuffed to bits for the much maligned Gana and McNeil. Both brilliant today but Onana was my MotM.

Everyone played well today to restore a bit of pride and belief. Well done.

Mike Gaynes
93 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:38:00
Don't know if anybody has posted this yet, but Sean Dyche is just the second manager in Premier League history to take charge of a club and beat the league leaders in his first game.

Curbishley did it 16 years ago at West Ham, beating Man Utd.

Jerome Shields
94 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:38:20
Well done, the attending fans today.

Checked the table and then checked the results. Why am I happy Liverpool are 2-0 down? We could really turn the tide at Anfield next week. Football is a funny old game for sure.

Christine Foster
95 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:38:41
Onana, Immense... great game, well done Blues, well done that new manager!

Only negative I think was the subbing of Calvert-Lewin for Maupay, I am hoping it was either tactical or being careful with him and he isn't injured. Maupay looked very lightweight and ineffective in comparison.

Jason Li
96 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:38:53
Absolute joy!

Happy for Wolves to win, and at the end of the season see if we can be higher than Liverpool in the Premier League.

I wasn't keen on Dyche but, with better players for him to work with, I'm sure the football can be a bit more inventive around the box. I don't think there's anymore relegation fears when you look at the quality of the first team.

At the end of the day, if we sacrafice pretty football but keep ourselves on the right side of goal difference every match – who cares. In fact, a lot of similarities to Carlo's team on keeping it tight and well drilled and not pretty football in every game – so very pleased.

A Doucoure all-rounder type suits Dyche, so we might need a younger version soon, but that's a long way off. Iwobi, is not a proper wide player but a great engine and loads of skill so, if Dyche can find a way to make Iwobi find a cross out wide, then this drilled Dyche team can be a very good team that no-one fancies playing against.

Onana – if that Brighton lad is worth £70 million and the new Chelsea boy is £100+ million, then we've got one hell of a player here, as he's up there with the best in the Premier League.

Dan Murphy
97 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:38:55
Imagine watching the last 20 minutes of that game and not appreciating the role Maupay played getting us over the line and rushing on here to slate him.

The mind boggles…

Andrew Clare
98 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:39:32
Well done, Everton.

I can enjoy the weekend for a change.

Brian Hennessy
99 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:42:24
Spot on, Dan. Maupay wasted about 5 minutes of the game (in a positive way) and drove the Gunners crazy.

I believe Dyche said Calvert-Lewin came off as a precaution with a tight hamstring.

Derek Knox
100 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:42:41
Christine, hypothetical I know but where would we be, if they had sacked Frank after Bournemouth?

Still, like everyone, I imagine, this has lifted us all and more importantly the players and the team. Atmosphere sounded great there today, and I agree if we go into the derby match with the same attitude, I think we can get something.

Peter Jansson
101 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:44:09
Wow and wow. What happened? This was a seriously good performance!! If this is what we look like under Dyche, we will move up the table! 😀
Alan J Thompson
102 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:44:36

It's not necessarily slating Maupay but more recognizing that the Arsenal back four came more into the game when Calvert-Lewin went off; they had nobody to worry about. How many long balls did Maupay challenge for, never mind win?

Bill Fairfield
103 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:46:51
More energy and urgency in Everton, in that game, than all the previous games put together.

Just kept it simple. Excellent display and well-deserved victory. Impressive start for a very animated manager. Well done, Sean.

Colin Glassar
104 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:48:53
I thought we were going to be steamrollered today tbh. I just hope this is not the expected ‘new manager bump' only for them to down tools again after a few games.
Christine Foster
105 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:49:41

Thank you, I was just about to say the same thing. It wasn't slating him but, in comparison to Calvert-Lewin, we lost our threat and allowed Arsenal to take off a back four player and put on an attacker… We lost our impetus.

George Cumiskey
106 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:52:57
One of the great things about today was no playing out from the back, Dyche soon realised we haven't got the players for it.

I wonder how Frank felt watching it, maybe he thought, “Why didn't I think of that?”

Gerry Quinn
107 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:53:07
Dyche comment during post-match interview: "Our plan? Stop it going in our net, put it in their net."
Paul Tran
108 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:55:23
This was what I expected. Organisation, energy and good pressing that gave space for our better players. And the 13/2 was a bonus.

Big question is how long these players can sustain this. With this manager, I'd say likely, though there'll be many ups and downs for the next 3 months.

Hoofball, anyone?

Francis van Lierop
109 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:55:54
Tremendous! And vitally important.
Christine Foster
110 Posted 04/02/2023 at 15:56:09
Derek, granted, we looked better organised and tactically managed. If we hadn't have lost so badly, twice, Lampard would still be here and we probably would be in the same mess.

That's football… lots of hypothetical stuff fill with hindsight. Many wanted it to work but many thought it wouldn't. Now, we will never know, but the indications are the latter.

Kieran Kinsella
111 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:00:07
Gerry, 118,

I saw that lol much different than the ramblings of Koeman or Martinez.

Also, quote of the week must be Onana: “I ain't leaving the ship.” Young fellow from Belgium has been here all of 5 minutes but is dedicated enough and professional enough to publicly honour his commitment to the club and rebuff the easy option of jumping ship.

Mike Gaynes
112 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:05:08
Kieran, agreed. I have been massively impressed by that young man from the moment he first put on the shirt. Everything I see from him says he's the future, the one player we build around. (If we can keep him.)
Kevin Molloy
113 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:09:51
I'm not giving him that much credit, Kieran, he's only been here 3 months.
Barry Jones
114 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:11:54
Elated! They looked good value for the win too.

I loved the whole approach to the game. Get the ball forward early and men forward too. The most obvious improvement, because of this, is that we created way more chances. We got crosses in early and got men in the box. It was not the stagnant football we have witnessed all season.

Onana was immense but I was also really pleased for McNeil and Doucoure who also shone. The whole team perfomed well and what's more, they looked like they enjoyed it too.

Thank you, Sean! I know that we need to temper expectations but I believe that we can survive the drop this season.

Kieran Kinsella
115 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:14:04

That's my point. “Our Anthony” the local lad is off at the first opportunity, Onana could've done the same and given his brief tenure at the club – who could have blamed him?

But he refused and showed greater loyalty than “one of our own”.

Gerry Quinn
116 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:15:10
Shin-pads, hoodies, hats in training? Nae feckin' chance! Love everything that Sean Dyche is saying and doing – proper bloody way to treat these pampered overpaid twats. Will make them better characters too...
Oliver Molloy
117 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:17:06
I wouldn't bank on Onana being at Everton next season even if we stay up. He certainly is attracting attention from many clubs...

And money talks, especially with us these days!

I take all the badge slapping with a pinch of salt these days,; no doubt he is committed to the cause right now – as all the players should be.

Greg Kelly
118 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:23:02
Looked like team with a plan, great work keeping their wide men quiet. Everyone played their part.

The crowd sounded amazing on the TV. Now to beat some of the teams around us.

Jamie Crowley
119 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:23:22
Had to watch on delay - up a "wee" bit too late last night.

Fucking fantastic. I was thrilled when Dyche was appointed. He is such a perfect fit for Everton. I'm over the moon at the effort and result.

Particularly loved Maupay and his little rat tactics. We need more of that snide shit out there. Anything to win, anything. Keep it up you beautiful little shit Maupay.

We will NOT get relegated. I think Sean Dyche is Davey Moyes Mk 2. He's going to be at Everton a long, long time, and the style of play will be better than it was under the ginger one.

Great game! Absolutely fantastic.

Andy Meighan
120 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:25:16
MotM. The eleven of them.
Jeff Armstrong
121 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:29:26
I too thought Maupay did quite well when he came on, he was a wasp, a nuisance, and showed a bit if shithousery here and there.

I don't think Simms would've provided the same kind of performance, although our long balls would've suited Simms rather than Maupay.

Anthony Murphy
122 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:30:10
Great result – trying hard not to get too carried away as other teams around us are picking up big points, so it'll be a battle until the end, but keep key players fit and we'll be in with a big chance of staying up.

On a separate note – not all is well with the RS by the way – Klopp has lost the plot with his focus on Chelsea and their spending – we've got nothing to fear next week if we can believe!

Daniel A Johnson
123 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:30:28
Today confirmed what I've thought for a long long time. We have a proper manager now who knows what he's doing, with structure and tactical planning.

Frank just looked out of his depth – no structure, no plan, and just seemed to wing it every week. He should have done better with this squad.

Early doors but what a start, just wish Dyche could have faced Wolves, Brighton and Southampton.

Mike Gaynes
124 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:32:48

That's if we have the same owner when the summer window opens.

I have high hopes that we won't, that the Yanks Najafi and Moorad will leverage Moshiri's chaos and buy him out.

And trust me, those two guys will NEVER let a young player like Onana get away.

Jeff Armstrong
125 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:33:43
Mike, is that wishful thinking or have you heard something?
Peter Neilson
126 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:34:04
Cracking result and a disciplined performance, victory well deserved. If that's the result of under a week of coaching – more than happy, chalk and cheese to recent performances.

Onana particularly impressive as was Seamus using all his experience in keeping Martinelli quiet. I'd have been happy with 2 points from Arsenal and Liverpool… now thinking 6 points could be possible.

Eric Myles
127 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:34:28

'One swallow doesn't make a summer' as Linda Lovelace famously didn't say.

John Charles
128 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:35:12
First time for a while I have left the ground hoarse from cheering. Very good display. Onana will be a player.

Only negative (very minor) was I thought we lost a lot when Maupay came on.

Dyche is a genius if he can get a song out of McNeil – did well.

Coyb Ftrs

Tony Hill
129 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:37:33
Just fabulous. Let's all enjoy the moment, we've earned it.

McNeil seemed to have put on a yard of pace.

Onana is going to be a great, I hope it's with us.

Seamus Coleman — what more can you say about the fella?

Fucking top day.

Eric Myles
130 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:38:04
A Red Shite mate in Poland even thought we played well. Mind he's not like the normal twats you encounter.
Tony Hill
131 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:40:10
Mike, please God you're right.
Peter Jones
132 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:42:25
Heavenly. Cheers!
Andy Duff
133 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:42:43
Just back from the game.

I sit in the Family Enclosure, probably about 10 seats from the home dugout. The difference between Sean Dyche and Lampard in management style is incredible. Dyche and a Steve Stone constantly out barking orders at the players.

Every time there was a dodgy decision, he was in the 4th official's face. At one point ,the 4th official even agreed with him.

The telling point early on. He shouts tells them to stop the short goal kick, tells them "Go to press there!" They did and then Arsenal for ages hoofed every goal kick.

He kept telling them to press in pairs and was organising them.

Lampard nearly every game just stood there, arms folded and quiet.

Going the game has been a chore of late, going out of duty. Today, it was like we got our Everton team back!!!

Si Cooper
134 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:44:55

The point I'm trying to make is it's smaller margins between being ‘shite for months' and beating the league leaders than some people realise, and whatever tweaks a manager makes to get positives from certain players can also be to the ‘detriment' of other players input.

The key is for the manager to make the correct adjustments so the team performance overall gets better. Will people get back on Iwobi's case if his involvement is reduced significantly?

Personally I haven't seen ‘shite for months', but I've seen far too easily ‘knocked out of our stride' and far too few full 90 minutes from all parts of the team. Likewise, I didn't see ‘brilliant' today, but I did see plenty of commitment and fight.

It was still a very close run thing, however, and the manager needs to get us converting more chances or that simple inability will prevent us from surviving. Clean sheets alone won't cut it.

I like commitment and fight, I like Sean Dyche's attitude. All that matters for the rest of the season is results and I will enjoy the positive ones as much as anyone.

Mike Gaynes
135 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:45:55
Jeff, no, I've heard nothing. Just working off their reputations for showing interest only when they're serious, and for closing deals.

Bolt Football Holdings, their partnership with David Blitzer of Crystal Palace, has recently bought into four European clubs, most notably Augsburg in the Bundesliga. I can't imagine them showing up at Goodison unless they were already in the box and teeing up a shot.

I interviewed Moorad a couple times back in the 1980s when he was a blossoming sports agent and I was a "journo", and this is one focused, confident guy. We couldn't do better for ownership than this group.

Darren Hind
136 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:48:40
Onana said he wasn't jumping ship after the window closed. He was immense today. No fairy stories needed.

I thought it was a great performance from all concerned today. We should all be celebrating. Not sure why people want to discuss a player who left because he actually had the chance to.


I suspect you're right. Hopefully we will have new owners and a new board soon because, if a concrete offer comes in for Onana, I think this crew would sell him in a heartbeat.

Andy Duff
137 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:49:36
By the way, Calvert-Lewin did come off as a precaution; he said it to Dyche at the side of the pitch.

By the way, Maupay was brilliant when he came on. He's a proper snide player. He wound up their players and they were going mad. It was great to see no more nice guy Everton.

Jamie Crowley
138 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:52:46

You're 100% accurate about Maupay.

And the thing is, "pretty" teams and players HATE it when someone gets up in their gourd. Like absolutely hate it. It throws them off their game and rattles the bajeezuz out of them.

Maupay did brilliantly and purposefully drove them mad.

Robert Tressell
139 Posted 04/02/2023 at 16:54:13
Brilliant. Not Moyes Mk II; this could be the start of Royle Mk II.

You can go a long way with good spirit, hard work, good organisation and direct football. Well done, Dyche.

Andy Crooks
140 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:02:24
What a win. The fight back has started.

Silence from the ultra doom merchants who had us dead and buried. Hope is back, bring on MotD.

Joe McMahon
141 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:05:52
Unfortunately, I've missed the whole thing due to unexpected family crisis.

But this has cheered me up some what, after a very stressful day. Thanks, Sean, for giving us belief!

Mike Gaynes
142 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:10:29
Joe, best wishes... and glad the Blues cheered you a bit.
Oliver Molloy
143 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:13:06

Don't know… if Onana is chased, it would be his decision, no matter who owns us.

Terry McLavey
144 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:13:28
I said on the forum, it's like 11 new signings and – although we didn't sign any players – signing the right manager may be the answer!
Andrew Grey
145 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:16:50
Just back from the game!

Dycho Magnifico! 🎵🎶🎶🎵

James Hughes
146 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:17:23
OH MY, we won a game and played well.

Where is Ian Edwards?

Dennis Stevens
147 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:17:34
Aye, Jeff. Let's hope they're a couple of goals to the good before Gordon comes on & scores a debut hat-trick to pay Everton back a little.
Gerry Quinn
148 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:18:36
Feckin hilarious - Everton's answer to a pathetic whinge by Piers bloody Morgan.

Everton put fuming Piers Morgan in his place with perfect tweet after Arsenal win

Sean Roe
149 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:41:56
Proud. That's it.
Ian Edwards
150 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:55:03
Just back from the game so apologies if I was missed on the Live Forum… 😂

What a performance. Work ethic. Hustled. Harried. Fought. The win was fully justified. If Lampard was in charge for that game, we would have lost about 3-0.

The team was well organised. Dyche marshalled the team from the technical area and it was chalk and cheese from what we have seen this season.

I'm feeling very optimistic. Marching to Glory.

Dyche, Dyche, baby!

Dave Abrahams
151 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:55:34
Nobody could fault the attitude of the team today and it improved the performance tremendously so that we deserved the win and possibly by a bigger score.

Football is a simple game and Sean Dyche gave the squad simple instructions with the emphasis on working hard and doing it together. We could get better when Dyche has more time with them and nine days to the next game might see further improvement against a struggling Liverpool team.

It was great after the game to see so many happy faces — so different to the last home game 3 weeks ago when our future prospects weren't worth thinking about.

Christy Ring
152 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:56:29

Hope all is good.


Shows the different attitude from a blow in, Onana, fighting for the jersey, and a local lad who threw the toys out of the pram, and didn't give a shit about the club.

Mick O'Malley
153 Posted 04/02/2023 at 17:57:46
We had a few Onana doubters on here calling him shite and "What the fuck have we bought here?"

The lad has been our best player all season. He is 21 and in a new league, he is going to be immense. He was absolutely brilliant today, the whole team and manager and crowd. UTFT

Nicholas Ryan
155 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:07:55
What I'm about to say may sound incredible, but I assure you, it's true.

After watching weeks and weeks of utter dross, I woke up this morning with a bit of a hangover; didn't check my phone or TV or radio. I set off for what I was sure was a 3:00 pm kick-off, only to arrive at the ground at 2:15, to see 40,000 people streaming out with big grins on their faces!

I thought it was a bit quiet walking up to the ground!! AAARRRGGH!!!

Darren Hind
156 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:09:13

Nobody came in for Onana. He won't have his loyalty tested until somebody does.

The local boy you want to chase all the way up the A1 stayed last season. He was unanimously voted Player of the Season..... by the other players. He all but threw Seamus over his shoulder and carried him for much of it.

How many times do you want him to do that?

You do realise that the current Everton players beat the league leaders today?

Danny O’Neill
157 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:10:37
I love them. I live them. I breathe them.

Where do I start with today?

A long trip up from London. Cancelled train and late but thank you to Peter for his patience. Genuine thanks, Peter. I can't thank you enough.

On the train to Euston, surrounded by gobby Arsenal supporters shouting about my city. One of them suggested I enjoy my sandwich. I nearly rammed it down his mouth and I'm a calm person. But a fighter.

Great to meet and hug Rob today. Great to see George.

Great to see the Blues win. Absolutely made up. They were great today. Competitive and fought.

I don't know what it sounded like for those watching on the screen, but from where I was sat, it was ferocious from the Gwladys Street.

Mykolenko was first over as ever. Onana our best player by a mile. Pickford kept us in it.

Only at Crewe but smiling. Forever. The Anfield derby next. We go and fight. Especially against those bastards.

Paul Birmingham
158 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:12:25
Amazing and well done today, to Everton and Evertonians, it couldn't have gone better.

No complaints and some great shifts put in today by all the squad.

It's a great start to Sean Dyche's Everton career, and now for next week.

The same attitude and effort again at our old ground please next Saturday.

All have a great night.


Pete Ellingham
159 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:15:25
Today was the first time I have been to Goodison and WOW!

I have supported Everton since I was at primary school and I am now not too far off half a century. I do apologise for not being able to get up sooner but I live in Somerset so it wasn't easy with young children…

Anyway what an experience, what an atmosphere and what incredible fans! Everyone was amazing, the players looked like they actually loved the club again and played with passion and fight. The fans, the people… incredible!

Thank you to you all!

Tony Hill
160 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:21:34
Good to see Dyche go straight down the tunnel rather than milking the applause, as he could very easily have done.

He knows it's a tiny step against the distance we have to travel.

Still magnificent, of course.

Christy Ring
161 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:21:48

Think I hit a nerve. If you think he carried Seamus, that's your opinion. I saw a different Anthony who never supported or helped Coleman in any defensive duties whatsoever.

Personally, I thought Richarlison was our Player of the Season, just ahead of Pickford.

Pete Williams
162 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:22:10
Am I in a parallel universe? Did joint-bottom Everton just beat Arsenal top of the League? Take that Chris 'know it all' Sutton with your 0-2. I can actually watch MotD for the first time since Man City!

Dyche has performed a miracle. Total change in attitude and players giving everything. I hope the new manager bounce continues into the next game to really make Klopp unhappy. That'd really make Dyche smile.

Julian Exshaw
163 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:22:55
What a start for Dyche's reign!

We made Arsenal look ordinary through hard work, discipline and a lot of heart. Confidence is restored for today at least. There were times in games when we did show some fight under Lampard but it was never consistent and rarely lasted for 90 minutes, the draw at Man City apart.

We now know that these players can do it; Dyche was not bullshitting us when he talked the other day about there being quality in the squad. Now it's all about consistency and showing this level of effort until the end of the season because it is really tight in the bottom half of the league.

My favourite part of the day was seeing not only joy on the faces of the fans but on the players'. Loved it!

Paul Birmingham
164 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:26:11
Joe, we TWrs, are with you in spirit, during this tough time.
James Hughes
165 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:29:09

It's nice to see you have something positive to say about our club for a change, I hope you continue.

Dom Kearney
166 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:30:48
What a result!

Danny, glad you made the game and thanks to Mick and George for well wishes. As I posted earlier on the train up from London, first home game in 22 years – absolutely buzzing!

Also got 15/2 odds. Nothing quite like winning when nobody gives us a chance! COYB!

Jonathan Oppenheimer
167 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:32:33
Unfortunately, I missed the second half, but even by halftime all I could think was, Dyche might be our guy for the next 5+ years.

If Calvert-Lewin can stay healthy, we're in good shape. That to me is the biggest question mark going forward. Great to see Doucoure back and firing — he could also be vital if he gets in top form.

McNeil too was a different player. And as others have mentioned, Onana was and will be immense for us.

In addition to the structure of the team being night and day from before, there was a confidence and crispness to our game, not making stupid mistakes, that was pretty evident.

Remarkable what a difference a top manager can make. Time to ride the momentum into Anfield next week.

Rich Evans
168 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:33:39
Just watched the game on a huge screen on Jumeirah Beach, Dubai.

I wasn't going to, to be honest, given the shit-show orchestrated by the Board over recent months, but I'm sure everyone knows the feeling when the game is getting close; “I'll just go and watch for a bit, love, probably be back pretty soon…”

Anyway, glad I did, cracking performance from the team and new hope for the future. Right, off to celebrate with a £20 pint of Stella!

John Keating
169 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:42:02
Still got the usual suspects arguing about players not here.

All respect to Dyche and the players who are here and wear the Blue of our great Club.

How the same bunch of wasters we've watched all season can turn a great performance in today is down to the manager and the one week he's spent with them.

I have no doubt whatsoever that we will be moaning and groaning at times during the rest of the season due to shite individual and team performances but let's make the most of what we have witnessed today.

Everyone put a shift in, which though the minimum expected, is what we have not seen so far this season.

I must admit I was hoping at best not to get embarrassed today and thought an outside chance of a point. I was surprised at the starting eleven and even more surprised when Maupay came on but now I can see what a great substitution it was at the time.

Now everything must be about us and our results and performances, we have to forget about the teams above us. I still think it will be really tight come the end of the season.

A fantastic 3 points today; another 3 next week and our confidence will be sky high!!

Well done to everyone today, team, management and supporters.

Darren Hind
170 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:44:44

This should be a day of celebration, but you cant stop talking about the guy who doesnt play for us anymore.

Having claimed he wouldnt stay for the fight, it must be difficult for you to be reminded that is exactly what he did and the players (those who were on the pitch) unanimously voted him Player of the Season.

Seamus voted him player of the year for the way he fought the drop. So either your boy (and the rest of the squad) are talking nonsense... Or you are.

Let's hope Onana gets Player of the Season for helping us to beat the drop this season.

Kieran Kinsella
171 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:50:41
John Keating,

Your second paragraph is key. Dyche was astute enough to assess the team, figure out what they can and can't do, and get them playing effectively within their ability levels. Frank sadly couldn't quite grasp their limitations and focussed on game plan and tactics first, and then tried to shoehorn the players into it.

I don't expect an easy ride from here as everyone is fighting for their lives. But a heavy defeat (as predicted by many in the media) would have left us adrift with Southampton. Now, we are very much in the mix but, with 17 games left, there's enough football to recover from a few setbacks here and there as long as we generally do as well as we can.

Ian Edwards
172 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:58:31

Before today, we were joint-bottom without a win since October and I wasn't into polishing turds.

Christy Ring
173 Posted 04/02/2023 at 18:59:26

There you go telling me I'm talking nonsense. I didn't say anything about who the player's picked, I just gave my opinion on Richarlison.

By the way I was just agreeing with Kieran's post. That's my final word on it, and agree completely, it's a day of celebration, and looking forward to watching us again on Match of the Day.

Darren Hind
174 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:13:30
I wouldn't have picked him as Player of the Year either, far from it.... but that`s not the point. Player of the Year is always a matter of opinion. Its`s also a football matter

But you accused him of not having the loyalty or the fight...I saw him do it. So did the players (clearly) and so did the crowd.

Onana is a more talented player. Let's hope he fights just as hard.

Tony Hill
175 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:21:05
What a superb interview from Dyche post-match.

I'm too old and stupid to link to it but I'm sure others can. It's the one where he talks about the fans and the need for him and the team to earn respect time after time.

He has true humility, not the fake sort.

Jerome Shields
176 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:21:09
I am so pleased that, on the football side, Everton can move on. As stated by others, it is back to basics, doing what the players can do.

A standard game plan does not work at Everton. Dyche knew what to do. Set Everton up as a traditional English team which suits the ability of the players. You can even see players being stretched to play for the team.

Calvert-Lewin was being pushed all the time, with Dyche giving him personnel instruction to keep him at it. Former Burnley players knew where to put the effort in and the whole midfield was gearing to getting forward early.

This really suited Onana and both Iowbi and Gyeue contributed well, with the defence snuffing out the effectiveness of Arsenal attacks. Dyche is the thinking man's Duncan Ferguson with the added confidence that he can do the job.

The crowd where immerse and their contribution to this performance cannot be under-estimated. The Board cannot claim credit for anything since they were not there. But today is for the manager and team; the Board can wait for their day of retribution.

Stuart Sharp
177 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:30:14
Up the fucking Toffees!!!

Sorry, not long home. What a performance. Only one game, yes, but I saw exactly what I wanted to see.

Amen. Wine time.

Bill Gienapp
178 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:32:41
I think the big takeaway today was that – lack of reliable firepower notwithstanding – this is not a poor squad. Everyone's levels had dipped under Lampard.

As much as I liked him personally, it's clear he'd completely lost the plot. Everyone was sticking forks in Mykolenko, but he showed what he could do today (defensively anyway... I think he's going to be trying (fruitlessly) to recreate that Leicester City goal for the rest of his career).

The only worrying thing – and the reason the transfer window debacle still rankles – is Calvert-Lewin's fitness. As good as Maupay is at making a nuisance of himself, he can't really do much of anything as a lone striker.

Oliver Molloy
179 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:41:36
Seems to be a few that think we will beat the drop after today's performance, I wish I was that confident.

It's going to be a battle all the way, and we will need favours.

For instance, we could have done with Wolves, West Ham, and Leicester getting beat.

John @ 148 said that Wolves & Leicester were never going to be in this relegation battle – go look at the table, they are very much in it right now – all from Palace down are in the mix.

We need to pick up points every game we play – has to be the bar from now till the end of the season.

Christy Ring
180 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:43:25
Bill the back four were excellent today, Coleman had Martinelli in his pocket, and Mykolenko with help from McNeil did a great marking job on Saka.

I said it here the other day, Mykolenko is way better as a left-back than a wing-back.

Brendan McLaughlin
181 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:43:54

In spite of the failings of Finch Farm, the rampant nepotism at the club, the disinterest of Moshiri, the inadequacy of Barrett-Baxendale, the lack of money, the limitations of Thelwell, the insistence on not playing youth, and the obstacle of Blue Bill clinging on... Sean Dyche and the players showed how to win a game of football against the Premier League leaders.

Not that changing the manager makes much difference like...

Peter Carpenter
182 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:44:09
Now is the moment, Bill. If you really love Everton as you claim, now is the moment to announce that you will go at the end of the season, taking Sharp and the CEO with you.

This would end the war you started with the fans, add to a sense of change for the better, and we might even let you back in to watch.

Do it and prove that you are not a selfish, arrogant ego-maniac. We are waiting.

Kieran Kinsella
183 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:47:38

On the firepower front, Michael posted our xG which emphasized that. I think that's why it's important McNeil keeps doing his Hinchcliffe impression and looking for goals on corners.

David West
184 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:51:07
A small step in the right direction I'd describe this as. I'm not getting carried away as we have all seen these players beat the big teams then get played off the park by so called lesser teams a week later.
It's 3 points nobody was expecting us to get from the remaining games so a good start to the fight needed.

Alot in Football hinges on the narrowest of margins. A referees decision, a var, one bad challenge. take today we score from a corner for first time this year ( if I'm right), coady blocks a certain goal off the line, dcl inches away from netting and dyche plays to them percentages.

Pressing when we have the right opportunities to gain the ball back not recklessly. Not playing little passes between Pickford and back 4 or short goal kicks ( just invites pressure) our back 4 are not that technical. Dyche played to the players strengths.

Positivity goes along way with players, telling them to do what they are good at. Onana was inspired again, dacoure looked like had a point to prove and mcneil gave his best performance in a blue shirt.
We know we struggle with goals so midfield will be so important. We need a few of them to chip in with a few goals( I know its a big ask) but that maybe the difference between staying in the leauge. Dcl and maupay are not going to score our way out of this.

We have more than a fighting chance if we keep this up.

Phil Wood
185 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:53:12
Wow! Great performance from the Team, Fans and Manager.
Sean Dyche's contribution was immense. He is a quality manager who has been so under-rated by many but not all.
Keep up the great work from today. We look a different proposition now.

Brought pride and hope back to Goodison Park.
Onwards and upwards.

Rick Tarleton
186 Posted 04/02/2023 at 19:57:04
It is simply marvellous to feel proud of Everton. They were simply the better team.

You could pick any player and extol their performance, but I'll pick three:

McNeil who I previously thought a waste of space and money, but whose defensive work was superb.

Coleman who has never lacked commitment, but who put in a display that reminded me how good he was a decade ago.

And Onana who was for me the Man of the Match.

We're in with a fighting chance. Typical of Liverpool when we could have done with them winning, they blow it. Still they just might be in a real slump when we play them.

Tom Bowers
187 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:04:42
Just finished watching he game for a second time and have to say they were unrecognizable from the dross we have been watching over the last 2 months.

Right from the start, the defensive setup was so totally different as was the work rate. I think Frank was running a holiday camp compared to what Dyche wants.

Yes we should have scored 2 goals early in the game but Arsenal should have too.

The Gunners came out a different team in the second but Everton had steeled up and worked so hard for each other to keep their threat to a minimum.

One game, I know, but surely this is a turning point.

Denis Richardson
188 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:16:57
34 points probably enough at this rate so 4 wins 4 draws from 17 games. That is very doable thanks in no small part to today.

Hopefully avoid a loss at Mordor (if not win!) and kick on against Leeds and Villa, both at home and both massive games. With any luck, by the end of February, we will be clear of the drop zone with a couple points buffer.

What a difference a week makes, ey?

Peter Mills
189 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:23:24
What a great place Goodison is on a day like today.
Mark Taylor
190 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:35:45
I would have settled for barking dogs today. A win is beyond wildest expectation, especially a fully merited one.

Perhaps our board staying well clear is a lucky charm.

Mark Ryan
191 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:43:40
This was not simply the new manager bounce.

Bleep tests in training makes a massive change from the 6-a-side tippy-tappy bollocks under Frank and Benitez. They need to be properly worked and drilled.

Robert Tressell
192 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:48:58
Denis # 201, I'm hoping we can eke out a few more draws than that from the remaining games. And maybe another win or two.

At home in particular we're going to be tough to play against. Could even have won 3-0 today.

For those that like this sort of thing – there's an interesting Tifo football analysis called "Sean Dyche is not what you think" on YouTube. Really worth a watch.

Steve Shave
193 Posted 04/02/2023 at 20:49:21
Fantastic performance, shame about Liverpool but one thing I am sure of is we are probably the last people they want to see after our performance today and their current slump. I think we should go with a view to winning the game, we might just do it.
Derek Knox
194 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:00:00
3 points we previously realistically would have had little chance of getting, maybe a draw, but this, not only the result, but the way it was achieved, has surely given us hope. Someone posted the other day, with a list of the remaining fixtures with a loss by the side of most of them.

I hope he is eating copious amounts of humble pie now, this is just the start, and although we have only moved up a place, a look at the Table shows just how a run of a few wins could catapult us up to where we should belong. After seeing Liverpool's abject showing the last few games, I see no reason why we can't get something there too.

Peter Warren
195 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:05:20
Onana is quality. I also thought Doucoure made a big difference as Gana can't do it himself anymore, if he gets wrong side, he can't get back.

McNeil's deliveries were superb today. So nice not to see Gordon – I only want committed players and he became a big time Charlie for no reason.

Brent Stephens
196 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:33:19
Smart set-up today. A team and formation that was able to defend as a unit but also able to quickly get forward as a unit.

Dyche isn't all about dour defensiveness. I thought his role for Doucoure was a smart one. And I doubt Gordon would have started for us today.

Onana immense.

Gary Russell
197 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:33:51
Talk of relegation, who'll go down, who'll win the Premier League and whatnot? All nonsense at this stage, no? 'Tis a long way to go, 17 games apparently, and for some, we are already relegated.

We may well go down, but for me, we more likely won't. April is when we normally see who'll 'probably' be the Champions and who'll be chumpions. We see it play out, season, after season, after season, after season.

And Anfield, now that would be tickety-boo. And maybe, my post has the most commas ever, like. Great win today lads. Keep the faith.

Tony Abrahams
198 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:38:07
I was quietly emotional walking up the stairs of the Upper Gwladys Street stand towards the pitch today. Two of the ‘kids' who probably used to want Everton to lose, so they could have a little laugh at my lunatic Evertonian ways, were now “men” and suddenly in charge of Everton's fortunes.

I had a little bit of silent reminiscing to myself, because I was proud of what these kids (they were kids when I really knew them) have achieved in football, and it was nice to think and begin to try to put my once very deep footballing head back on.

I don't think Gueye touched the ball during the first 10 minutes but it was noticeable for a reason to me. He hadn't gone chasing, he had stayed very central, and it was great to see this discipline in our team.

We had condensed the space between the lines, and it was extremely difficult for Arsenal to play through us. I also saw more midfield interceptions in the first half, than I've seen in all the other games we have played – put together this season?

Other than the goal, my favourite moment came in the first minute of the second half, and it was great to read what the manager had told them at half-time, when I started reading on my iPad after watching more football this afternoon.

You have had a good half, but it's already gone, and you have got to do the same and even more again (or words to that effect) Dyche told his players, and watching today, it was the first thing I noticed in the first minute of the second half.

Lampard has gone, but his team rarely played for 90 minutes, and never, ever, came out looking ready and focused at the start of the second half. (Palace – I know!) My thoughts today were that Lampard was actually trying to set us up like he was actually ‘playing against us' rather than trying to concentrate on what suited this squad of players the most?

Partnerships? We actually witnessed partnerships. Iwobi and McNeil, constantly tucking in and tracking back, and we even witnessed a threesome in the middle of our midfield!

Early days, a long way to go, but hopefully Dyche went straight down the tunnel thinking “I could really do something with this club, and it's absolutely mad, but brilliant supporters, and when I do, I will go and celebrate with them then!!”

Rob Hooton
199 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:38:32
Si, thanks for your reply – I agree with pretty much everything you wrote. I guess it was an exaggeration of me to say we've been shite for months, there were some decent performances here and there but only sporadically.

Today we looked to have a plan, purpose and style (of sorts), which is something we have lacked, very early days under Dyche of course.

Looking forward to the next match now, which seems forever away. After that we see what we can do against some of our fellow strugglers.

Danny, glad you got to the game, result! Nicholas – what a tragedy of a hangover! That is hilarious though.

Christopher Timmins
200 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:42:02
A good day all told. Danny, I hope you enjoy the trip home, you and so many like you deserved today. Tony, the battle against the Board can be successfully carried on while supporting the team.

The manner in which the manager reacted to the win was impressive, straight back into the dressing room and on the next game.

Andrew James
201 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:45:03
Sean is being very pragmatic and from what he said post match, I think he is reminding the players that they have to redouble their efforts.

Our side has too often risen to the challenge under caretaker coaches or the likes of Frank or Ancelotti before fading away a few games later.

One suspects that Sean is aware of this and is not going to let them suddenly think they are on Easy Street by defeating the Premier League leaders. He is absolutely right because this lot have the nasty habit of great one-off performances before sliding into oblivion.

Dennis Stevens
202 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:45:13
I hope you're right, Tony #209.

We're long overdue for a manager with no limit to his ambitions and a realisation that he may be able to achieve many of them at Everton.

If Dyche turns out to be that man, who knows – it may be the catalyst to the much-desired changes in the Boardroom and maybe even in the Club ownership.

Jeff Spoering
203 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:45:55
Brilliant day!

Random question for anyone at the game:

It looked like the pitch had not been watered today prior to match and at halftime. If that’s the case, wondering if another subtle, yet noticeable, move that took some of the zip out of Arsenal’s passing game and made it a bit easier for us to sustain the fast paced running play all game?

Danny O’Neill
204 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:50:35
I forgot to mention the young lad, stood next to me, probably not much older than 20 years old, who grabbed hold of me.

I love those young Evertonians. They deserve more than me.

Rob Dolby
205 Posted 04/02/2023 at 21:53:23
The result breathes life back into the club. Today could have gone one of two ways: throw the towel in or fight for the shirt.

I was happy with the formation. Calvert-Lewin worked his socks off for 60 minutes. Doucouré helped cover loads of ground in the midfield.

Onana and Gana were fantastic. McNeil was back in his usual position and had his best game for us.

This is the standard going forward.


Jim Wilson
206 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:00:47
Tony @198,

Brilliant – you summed it up perfectly

Kieran Kinsella
207 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:02:01

It must have been a strange feeling. Was Woan there at the same time as you? Alan Myers says he's an Evertonian. So maybe you're influence and his will rub off on Sean.

Andrew James
208 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:04:21

I've been meaning to ask this for months but from your posts are you based in London?

I get the feeling I might have been on trains out of Euston with you when I had a season ticket pre-pandemic...

Bill Watson
209 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:05:58
Glad to see the end of fannying around trying to play it out from the back. We rarely ever got over the halfway line doing that!

Calvert-Lewin had a decent hour and looked full of energy but demonstrated, once again, that he's not an instinctive striker.

An all-round much improved performance and Dyche had them doing the simple things well.

Tony Hill
210 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:11:28
I agree with those who recognise the contribution of Maupay. He is in a side which has never played to his strengths and yet he always makes a damned nuisance of himself. I have never seen him give less than his absolute best and he was cunning today.

McNeil has been dismissed routinely on here and yet we should note what confidence can do.

We're a great fan base but sometimes, with individual players, we're an absolute disgrace.

Back them and they will thrive. Or if they don't, then we will have given them the best chance.

Brent Stephens
211 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:20:29
Yes, Tony #204 — really good post.
Paul Birmingham
212 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:30:44
Topping up the day, preparing for the next day, but what a day today, has been for Everton FC, and Evertonians, everywhere.

On the Vino Tinto, now, to save space, and listening to the Isley Brothers – This Old Heart of Mine – one of many tunes that resonates with Everton's fortunes the best part of the last 50 years.

Hopefully, true grit, guts, courage, the best Partizan support in the World, and this is effectively the start of Everton's season, today.

Celebrate well and enjoy as suites; today has been earned and merited.


Tony Abrahams
214 Posted 04/02/2023 at 22:50:25
I just missed Woan, Kieran, but I have already said on another thread, that he gave me a lift home from Nottingham, after he had just signed for Forest, and he really went out of his way to drop me off at the top of our street, and these are things you don't ever forget.

He told me he was signing for Bournemouth, but then Forest came in for him, but his biggest regret was when Colin Harvey, came to watch him playing for Runcorn, and he had a nightmare of a game.

It's probably ended up working out better for him because he obviously met a mate for life, with Dyche, and had a very successful career at Forest, which isn't bad for a kid who was playing for Runcorn. Hopefully his destiny with the Blues is going to be the icing on the cake for all three of them!

Jay Harris
215 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:00:41
I have been saying for a while that the players needed inspiration and proper leadership. Little did I imagine that Dyche would achieve that so quickly.

In a matter of a few days, he has transformed these players into an effective unit.

Well done, Sean Dyche, for giving me a weekend where I was not totally depressed and falling out of love with football.

Michael Kenrick
216 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:16:38
Sorry, Kieran, I totally made up the half-time xG numbers based on my take of the balance in decent chances up to the break.

Gawd knows what the real twats use to come up with their bizarre numbers... but I'm sure they'll tell me on MotD.

Bobby Mallon
217 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:23:44
We have seen that type of performance before. Man City, Crystal Palace, then the next game we get twatted.

Let's just hope that this performance is not watered down at that lot's ground next week. Keep that intensity up and we stay up. 6 more games to win.

Barry Hesketh
218 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:32:42
Arsenal – can we play you every week? But obviously only at Goodison Park. Four wins and one draw for the Toffees at home against the Gunners and today, at least for me, the most satisfying victory.

The result wasn't in doubt as far as I was concerned: only if Everton did an Everton did I think we would relinquish the points. A great win, a great atmosphere, and a great 3 points.

Unfortunately it's only one stop in what's going to be a testing few months. one small step for Everton thanks to one giant leap from Tarkowski. Only downside, none of me or my mates took the odds of 7-1 on an Everton win prior to the game.

Barry Hesketh
219 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:37:19
Jeff @203,

I don't know about prior to the game, but at half-time there was a great deal of watering going on in both halves of the pitch.

Ernie Baywood
220 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:38:19

Maupay played his role and gave everything he could. But that role was only to wind them up, not to really offer anything in terms of the football. We ceased to exist as an attacking threat when he came on.

As a lone striker option – he's barely an option. He would be more effective with a partner but with only two senior strikers I can't see that happening. I thought his performance highlighted exactly why we needed to sign a striker who can take some load off Calvert-Lewin (who I thought was revitalised for an hour).

We need to enjoy this but be careful about getting carried away. It's not suddenly a great team and the same weaknesses were there.

We will struggle to create chances and score goals. We lack quality on the ball and will make mistakes. Our full-backs will struggle to impact the game going forward.

Doucouré still struggles with the ball and Gueye still goes into reverse when he gets the ball. The only player who really surprised me was McNeil, who looked like he was 3 yards faster and 100% more determined.

They all put in a monumental effort – the sort that simply can't happen every week unless you're caffeine dosed or falsely diagnosed as asthmatic.

Hopefully we can get a similar effort next week. That lot look very vulnerable. I'm always wary of thinking there's any good time to play them... but it feels like a good time to play them!

Quick note on corners. They looked comfortably our biggest threat. Back to the days of Joe Royle and him identifying a key advantage (remember "Ooh, it's a corner"?). There wasn't one amazing delivery – it was the opposite.

Hang it long, nothing flashy, away from the keeper and give our tall timber something to fight for. Calvert-Lewin, Onana, Tarkowski, Coady, Doucouré are going to love that – who in the league would want to match up against that kind of size onslaught?

It's playing with a plan. You don't need to whip in pacy corners and screw half of them up when you've got that kind of size. Those players want the ball stood up for them to attack.

Barry Hesketh
221 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:42:47
Ernie @220,

I posted on another thread but, given your post, it's better suited here.

Maupay, what is he good for? Absolutely nothing, he might prove me wrong over time but I just can't see what he offers to the team.

Danny O’Neill
222 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:48:20
Andrew, yes, I live in Uxbridge.

Absolutely delighted with the boys today.

I'm still disappointed at the overt Police presence in the ground, both on the terraces and the concourse at half-time. Two stood in front of me looking at us as if I was going to cause trouble. And more stewards than I'm used to.

Anyway, it doesn't distract from a great day and result.

David West
223 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:53:26
Tony @204,

Yes, mate, these young Bues who never seen a trophy are amazing. Goodison rammed with youth. Groups of young lads. Kids with parents, every week.

These don't remember the glory days. I'm too young myself. Yet they are there week-in & week-out through all the shit management, shit teams, shit football. That's what the board should see, these young Blues deserve better.

Let's hope this result is the start for them!!!

Paul Birmingham
224 Posted 04/02/2023 at 23:56:49
Bobby, deffo, never underestimate the opposition, and regardless of form, the next game counts.

Too many times in the past, and so I hope next week Everton play their game, and fuck the RS!

The survival plan for this season, salvage has started well, and so now to our old ground.

Take a point, and hopefully beat them, I'm taking McNeil to stick in a cross in the Kop goal and Calvert-Lewin to get a couple.


Danny O’Neill
225 Posted 04/02/2023 at 00:12:05
Pete @159. Welcome to the madhouse that we all love.

Dom, it's always worth putting the miles in to follow the blues. I often get asked if it was worth it.

It always is, even when they upset me. They made me proud today.

I may not sleep a lot tonight.

Tony Hill
226 Posted 04/02/2023 at 00:16:38
Sorry, this is a very local point. The parking at the massive Stanley Park facility has become an utter disgrace.

We were well over an hour getting out today for reasons which are unclear but it was particularly ridiculous and it is always awful.

For £10 every time it is not acceptable. Parking is generally terrible for the "privilege" of watching the team but I strongly recommend alternatives to the Stanley Park traffic jam. It would be quicker to travel by pogo stick.

Kieran Kinsella
227 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:33:12

No worries, I don't even know where to find the xG. So I'll just go with your unofficial version.

Neil Copeland
228 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:34:42
Tony #226,

I normally in the one off St Domingo Road that is about 300 yards up from Everton Valley on the left-hand side. Secure, £7 (cash only) and takes about 10-15 mins to get out.

Paul Birmingham
229 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:45:47
In honour of such a vital victory against massive odds, Evertonians together bequeath our own subject to approval! Our own Goodison Park Blue Medal of Honour, to Sean Dyche and his team, for achieving the pre-match almost impossible result.

A great day for Everton! True Grit, and The Best Supporters in the World.


Tony Hill
230 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:49:50
Thanks very much, Neil @228, I'll give it a go.
Cristobal Aguirre
231 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:53:57
Dyche is a master tactician. He really turned things around. Now we have a chance not just to avoid relegation but to build a strong squad.

We did not add a player during January but we have the best transfer period of all the Premier League teams. I wanted Bielsa but Dyche was the answer.

I know it is only one game but we watched a team with an attacking and defensive system. Dyche in 5 days did more than the illiterate in a year.

Paul Birmingham
232 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:58:42
Danny, - well earned rest, mate, and safe journey home.

Epic, Everton, is a lifetime journey, but what a journey... Never a dull moment.

Fair dos from Arsenal mates, who came up today, and had no issues with the best team winning today. As they said, we would win due to the manager bounce in mid-week.

They didn't fancy the ultimate Everton of all natural causes. Everton today at times were supernatural in context of their focus. That stuck to me today: the players played like their lives depended on that game.

Everton stopped Arsenal playing, squeezed them out of space. Regardless, all stick together, and this is the start, and we have Real Hope.

Very well done, Sean Dyche and his team, and the Everton first-team squad.


Andrew James
233 Posted 05/02/2023 at 00:59:44

I reckon I might have seen you getting on the Metropolitan Line a lot a few years ago. Your references to your age fit in with that.

I'm Finchley Road and I bloody hate it there when we play Arsenal! Until today...

I think getting from Uxbridge to Euston to Lime Street is one heck of a journey so fair play there!

Paul Birmingham
234 Posted 05/02/2023 at 01:10:28
Editor Team, genuinely superb, service.

My gripe, the adverts, coming up on TW, with Mr Ed, on some kitchen installation firm?

The last week, it's default on request...

Not previously, noticed, but now on every access attempt to TW.

Thank you,

Tony Hill
235 Posted 05/02/2023 at 01:20:47
A word for Mykolenko who I thought was excellent today. I veer around in my opinion of him but there are times when I think he's a naturally gifted and athletic defender. Today he certainly showed it.
Mike Gaynes
236 Posted 05/02/2023 at 01:28:07
Barry #221 and Ernie #220, it is definitely weird to have a striker who provides absolutely zero attacking threat, but Neal was more than a wind-up merchant today.

By my count, his defensive pressure up top forced four Arsenal giveaways in his 30+ minutes on the pitch.

Brian Wilkinson
237 Posted 05/02/2023 at 01:36:38
Thank you, Everton, I needed that win. Thank you also to Jim, Bill, Steve and Derek, and lots of other posters who have been magnificent.

Up the Toffees.

Kieran Kinsella
238 Posted 05/02/2023 at 01:47:14
Onana tunnel video entering the game today yelling “I ain't fucking going nowhere.”

He must have read Darren's comments. Proper blue. Born not manufactured.

Martin Mason
239 Posted 05/02/2023 at 02:33:00
Very impressive Blues. A real gloom lifter.
James Flynn
240 Posted 05/02/2023 at 03:01:20
Onana today.


Kieran Kinsella
241 Posted 05/02/2023 at 03:27:37

Love it!

James Flynn
242 Posted 05/02/2023 at 03:58:02
That Sean Dyche, he's stone cold:


Lester Yip
243 Posted 05/02/2023 at 04:15:15
So happy! I watched the game down under and I was dancing like a fool after the win!

I sort of felt it is the game that we might get something out of because The Gunners did not have an impressive record at Goodison. And also, they have a 5 points buffer up top so the players must feel a bit lax. For us, no one expects us to win so, as long the players gave everything, the crowd would be pleased. And we actually did it! Yay!

Doucoure is my MotD. He is both attacking and defending. His long legs did help to just nick the ball away at times. And he could find an outlet to pass to when crowded in our own half. I think Lampard writing him off was a mistake.

To credit Lampard, he did fix our defence this season. What he failed with was to over-complicate things when attacking. Also, perhaps trying too hard to get that winning goal and, as a result, open up our defence to the counter-attack.

Dyche, however, is a pragmatist. Keep solidifying our defence and play simple direct balls to the top, forcing corners. The set-pieces must have been drilled as the ball was delivered again and again to the far post.

I think the logic is that, even if the defender won the header, it either goes out as another corner or a clearance that won't go too far (likely to be still within the box). Highly likely to get a second chance or forcing any silly challenges to lead to a penalty. Well thought-out!


Kieran Kinsella
244 Posted 05/02/2023 at 04:21:15
Next week Sean v Klopp


Bob Parrington
245 Posted 05/02/2023 at 06:16:13
Alan @70.

I'll be there in July – doing the India Pacific from Sydney with some good friends from Victoria. Planning to go to Margaret River, which we've never before visited.

If you're in Adelaide any time let me know, too. It's a while since I've been to the Lockleys.

Martin Davies
246 Posted 05/02/2023 at 06:59:38
Fantastic. Watched from Perth, Australia. Hard to believe that this was our first win since October 2022, when I was on a trip “home” and was at Goodison to watch the last victory, over West Ham (still Maupay's only goal).

The only thing is … I'd transitioned painfully through disbelief, anger and denial, settling firmly in resignation to relegation. I was sure we'd be one of the 3 worst teams in the Premier League. Now I'm not so sure. Straight back to disbelief.

Dammit, it's the hope that kills me.


Garry Martin
247 Posted 05/02/2023 at 07:52:17
The proof was there today that, this 'shower' of players CAN put together a half-decent performance and, maintain a level of energy that has been missing for years.

Onwards & upwards!


Neil Thomas
248 Posted 05/02/2023 at 07:58:00
I can't believe that he done all this in just 5 days. He got energy out of all the players, aggression, positioning, and what a change he's made with our awful set plays. Every corner we looked like scoring, and everyone against us didn't have me biting my nails.

He said he knows this club's identity, and he was right. We're not a tippy tappy team, never have been. We're a team that have always been, through our history, a bastard to play against.

Neil Thomas
249 Posted 05/02/2023 at 08:04:36
So was it really new signings we needed, or just a new mindset?
Sam Hoare
250 Posted 05/02/2023 at 08:14:09
I'm a fan of Dyche but I did not expect that!

I said before the match that I thought there was still a very good chance we may get relegated but that even so Dyche would prove the most popular manager we've had in a long time.

One swallow does not a summer make and all that but I suspect Dyche may continue to make it clear what a dubious choice Lampard was by the board (and a fair few fans); very nice guy but very mediocre manager.

This team has more recently not lacked hard workers but it has lacked solid organisation and identity. Hopefully we have seen the start of those vital elements being restored. Long way to go yet.

Jason Hewly
251 Posted 05/02/2023 at 09:42:02
I was sceptical about the appointment of Dyche, but credit where it's due, that was the best performance I've seen since Ancelotti.

Passion, teamwork, discipline, skill, organisation, and hard work.

His game management was spot on too. Swapping wingers after the adrenaline spike wore off, changing formations throughout to deal with problems, and rotating the number 10 role. He was like a conductor at times. Early days, but very impressed.

Bill Watson
252 Posted 05/02/2023 at 10:01:40
Paul #234

I've no idea why but I don't get any ads, at all.

David Hallwood
253 Posted 05/02/2023 at 10:39:34
Tony Hill(#235) bang on. Mykolenko is from the Tony Hibbert school which has sadly gone out of fashion and been replaced by more attacking FBs. But give him a marking role and he's up there with the best.

He had Saka in his pocket, like he had Salah last season, it's just going forward where he struggles.

Amazing win, all's you can say is, Everton that; turned over by the bottom club and the struggling 'Ammers, and beat the runaway leaders quite comfortably.

However, one swallow and all that and to state the bleedin' obvious we need 20 points to be sure of survival, but I suppose if anyone can, Dyche can.

Mike Price
254 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:02:51
Just watched it back and you realise the fine margins that can go your way when you give maximum effort and have a structure put in place by an actual manager.

The one thing I noticed that I’m sure the manager will highlight was Iwobi in the second half. He was constantly on the wrong side but kept shuffling slowly back rather than sprinting back. McNeill was outstanding in the same role on the other side.

Let’s pray that the late appointment doesn’t come back to haunt us. If Dyche would have had Wolves, Southampton and Brighton at home plus West Ham away, you’d think we’d be a minimum of 6 points better right now and not in semi panic mode.

Jack Convery
255 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:06:01
In the cold light of a crisp Sunday morning, I look back on yesterdays match and smile to myself. At last 3 points and a job done on this seasons premiership darlings. Well done to Sean and all concerned.

Next it's Mordor. We all know what 'Everton that' means for Monday week. So don't let it happen blues. Win for the badge, win for each other, win for the fans but most of all win to stay up. WE ARE EVERTON. COYBs !!!!!

PS: I thought the ref had a good game. More like him for the rest of the season please.

Derek Knox
256 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:20:52
Jack, I agree about having a decent ref for a change, but we still got 3 Yellow Cards, to Arsenal's one. With a name like Coote I expected him to be bald, apologies to any follicly challenged blues out there, only a joke, so keep your hair on. Oops ! :-)
David Peate
257 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:22:11
According to my dictionary, the meaning of the word harrying is ‘persistently carrying out attacks on the enemy’. This is exactly what the Everton team did against Arsenal. They bit at the heels of the Arsenal mob with great spirit. It was so reminiscent of the days of the Peter Reid team when the Everton players would harry the foe successfully. Long may this strategy continue.
Kevin Molloy
258 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:28:15
so great to pipe down the national press, the Guardian in particular. I had to search and search through the DM to get to the Everton game, it was like it took place sometime last year.
I feel their disappointment.
Andy Crooks
259 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:28:38
I enjoyed MOTD. Good view of the plane with banner, view of empty directors seats. The message was perfect; magnificent supporters, battling team, inspirational coach and cowardly unwanted board.
Jeff Armstrong
260 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:51:34
Opinions eh, I thought the ref was crap, he is an absolute melt, shied away from the hard decisions, booked Pickford for time wasting when HE was talking to an Arsenal player in the centre circle and Picks was waiting for a carry on signal from him.
Martin Mason
261 Posted 05/02/2023 at 11:58:49
Jeff, funny things opinions. I thought that the ref was absolutely superb and never pulled the Sky 6 favouritism on us. Pickford was a total idiot AGAIN and deserved to be booked.
Barry Cowling
262 Posted 05/02/2023 at 12:04:46
Well done to the Ginger Mourinho, excellent bit of game management which is what we had lacked from Frank, I thought the subbing of DCL straight after our goal was a shrewd move, Maupay did ok, he is a busy player and we have not seen him played to his strengths yet. I thought we had not signed anyone in the transfer window, that being the case who was this McNeill chap, not seen him before, outstanding. So many good performances, but of course a long way to go yet, but we have hope now
Alan McGuffog
263 Posted 05/02/2023 at 12:04:47
Agree...thought he was a decent ref. My only real complaint is that he didn't have a sterner word with Saka in the first half for trying to bet Gueye booked or worse. You'd think he'd been thumped by Bellew. Cheat.
Ian Hollingworth
264 Posted 05/02/2023 at 12:06:07
What a thoroughly enjoyable game of footy that was yesterday. Everton were superb and really deserved the win against the current leaders.

It's only one game but my oh my Tony A's old mates from Forest could really take us on a journey we've been waiting a long time for.

A team that fights for everything and plays with passion.
How things can change in a week. Targets change with that as I now want 9 points from his first 3 games, lol.

Derek Knox
266 Posted 05/02/2023 at 12:56:02
Neil, Tony @226, and all who travel by car to Goodison on match days. It has always been difficult getting away from the Ground and Car Parks, official or unofficial. This is with a network of roads leading to and from the Ground in it's present location,, and the sheer volume of Cars, Buses and even non match goers who have got caught up in the mayhem.

What really worries me, is the New Stadium Access with an even potential larger capacity, very few Parking Facilities for the match going fans. Basically there is only one access road, which they have partially converted to a dual carriageway, which goes towards town and the Tunnels, or towards Seaforth/Bootle and access to M57/58 via Switch Island. There are some roads running up off the Dock Road to Regent Road and Vauxhall Road.

Several of us have tried getting there by train, and the shortest journey on foot from Sandhills takes approximately 15 minutes. As far as I know there are no plans for an extra Station, if there is, they have left it late! Equally, little mention of any Ferry Services which would alleviate the entry and exodus a little.

I can't foresee any solution as things are at present, but would be interested if anyone else has similar concerns, or indeed knows of any developments that may be in the pipeline.

Tony Hill
267 Posted 05/02/2023 at 13:19:26
It should be a state-of-the-art transport plan, Derek @266, but I agree it's not shaping up yet.

On a tangent, I didn't realise Dyche's son, Max, plays as a defender at Northampton.

Kevin Molloy
268 Posted 05/02/2023 at 13:24:37
Derek, agreed.

And imagine what iti/s going to be like getting away from that windy Dock at ten o'clock on a Tuesday night. So we're adding ten thousand to the crowd, and reducing the access by what, two-thirds? Then again, I'm sure a well-run club like Everton already has these intractable issues well in hand.

Danny O’Neill
269 Posted 05/02/2023 at 14:26:00

I know. I just must have bumped into the Inslington village idiots as I spend most of my time surrounded by opposition supporters up and down the country as well as at home and have no problems.

Catch you all at the next one. I'm not getting carried away, but I've not come down yet.

Danny O’Neill
270 Posted 05/02/2023 at 14:43:19
I should have also mentioned that my next door neighbour is an Arsenal supporter. I think I intrigue him as he always wants to talk about Everton. Maybe I am turning the poor man!!
Alan J Thompson
271 Posted 05/02/2023 at 14:58:16
Perhaps the only way to ease the congestion leaving Bramley-Moore Dock might be a few bars on the concourse; eases the traffic and raises a few bob while they're at it.
Dennis Stevens
272 Posted 05/02/2023 at 15:02:04
Kevin #268,

Why would you be racing off at 10 in the evening? Surely, you'd be deciding between the nightclub & the casino to while away an hour or two!

Kevin Molloy
273 Posted 05/02/2023 at 15:06:22
You're quite right, Dennis. And in fact, I don't think I'll have any choice in the matter.
David Hallwood
274 Posted 05/02/2023 at 15:08:24
Agree about Maupay.

I was wondering what happened to the snidey little shithouse who use to play for Brighton, and instead we'd got his peace-loving hippy brother.

A target man he ain't and I think he would be effective in a 2, but his wind-ups were a joy to behold yesterday.

Ray Smith
276 Posted 05/02/2023 at 16:16:38
Derek 266

Vehicle access to the Brighton Amex Stadium is basically a no no. The club run a park and ride bus service from numerous locations in and around Brighton.
They also have the advantage of a railway station (Ringmer) which has been considerably upgraded, but quite a jostle to get down onto the platform with 3or 4 carriage (can’t remember) trains every 20-30 mins. The Amex basically is in the middle of nowhere.
Not sure how many coaches are accommodated in the stadium coach park, but plenty.
Perhaps BK could have a word with Tony Bloom how to run a football club commercially 😂😂😂

Andy Seaton
277 Posted 05/02/2023 at 16:36:19
Ray at 266...I live in Lewes, about 3 miles east of the Amex stadium. As you say parking there is a no no, and there are Park and Ride buses from around Brighton. But the platforms and stairways at Falmer (not Ringmer which is a large village 2 miles from Lewes) station were built as part of the stadium development.

Falmer also serves the University of Sussex and is the 3rd station east of Brighton station, after London Road and Moulsecoomb, and one stop from Lewes (7 minutes) where many BHA and away fans gather to use the excellent pubs and local Harvey's ale in this town.

Tony Waring
278 Posted 05/02/2023 at 17:35:39
24 hours later and I'm still on cloud 9. What a great performance by dedicated pros. I notice the Telegraph report awarded every player at least 8 and a few 9s as well. Don't remember seeing that for any team recently. Obviously that's only 1 game but I have a feeling we'll get more of the same under this manager and we have the players to make it happen. I thought Onana nd Doucoure were excellent and the "real" McNeill was a revelation. Everyone played to their limits which is all anyone can demand.
Tom Bowers
279 Posted 05/02/2023 at 18:00:53
It's great to be on cloud nine but it would be even greater to be on cloud ten after the Derby match.

All points gained now will be gratefully accepted.

The formation of the midfield and hard work of yesterday is what is going to help Everton survive.

The problems up front still continue but Everton have some really tall players who can cause quite a lot in opponents penalty areas.

McNeil is a very good crosser of the ball and if he continues to show what he did yesterday then he can be a real asset to the offence.

Danny O’Neill
280 Posted 05/02/2023 at 18:38:40
We go to the Devil's pit and look Lucifer's children directly in the face Tom.

And then then we stand in the Arkles (their pub), telling them it's our City.

Sorry. Getting wound up already.

When we beat them, we won't be that far off them.

Peter Mills
281 Posted 05/02/2023 at 19:03:30
Pace yourself Danny!
Danny O’Neill
282 Posted 05/02/2023 at 19:36:44
Peter, I'll probably get worse over the next week or so and fall out (temporarily) with family, but they know me, even if they can't understand me!!

Once again Peter, thank you for Saturday. It meant so much. I owe you big time and will repay you.

True gentleman and Evertonian.

Expect a few rants off me this week or so. I'll be going into conflict with family and friends and surrounded by London reds trying to wind me up.

It's that time of year when I realise how much I despise that club.

Peter Mills
283 Posted 05/02/2023 at 19:47:39
You owe me nothing Danny, I was just a small cog in the Evertonian chain.

I share your disdain for our neighbours.

Andy Crooks
284 Posted 05/02/2023 at 20:13:17
Danny, Pete modestly understates the Everton chain. We both know it is special beyond words. I bow to no one in my bitching about our team. But.. what would we do without it? ( Be normal,probably!!!!)
Rob Halligan
285 Posted 05/02/2023 at 20:16:25
Would Aubameyang fit into Sean Dyches’s plans?…………………………


Yeah, I know, it’s a rubbish website who probably don’t speak a word of truth.

Tony Abrahams
286 Posted 05/02/2023 at 20:35:59
I don’t think Peter understates it Andy, he his just being himself. This is something I said to Danny, yesterday, when he was on his way to Goodison, and he was worried about getting there on time.

It’s one thing getting a ticket, but I hope you didn’t keep him waiting outside, but your dedication to Everton, is fantastic Danny, and genuine Evertonians, always stick together and look out for each other.

Did he keep you waiting Peter? It’s a good job I phoned him because although he’s got a ticket for Anfield, I don’t think he realised it was a Monday night game, so he definitely should listen to you mate, and start pacing himself!!

Peter Mills
287 Posted 05/02/2023 at 22:30:30
Tony, no, there was no inconvenience, I made it in for the last couple of minutes!

It was a great day.

Phil Lewis
288 Posted 06/02/2023 at 01:22:23
Out of the darkness into the light. One game dosen't make a season, but what a fantastic leap in the right direction. Amazing turnaround in such a short space of time. Full marks to all concerned. Very difficult to pick an individual out in such a wholehearted team performance.

However a special mention for Maupay. He hasn't had the easiest time since his arrival at the club and has shown little to warrant selection. But on Saturday he put himself about, got in the faces of the opposition, rattled them and generally made a nuisance of himself.

If DCL is unfit for the Derby, I would have no qualms whatsoever selecting Maupay to lead the line. A similar showing against Liverpool could prove him to be a vital cog in the team. I could see him niggling their defenders and unsettling them. They've looked unusually shaky of late, Maupay could be the one to take advantage of any slip ups. COYB.

Ernie Baywood
289 Posted 06/02/2023 at 04:17:17
DCL is now waiting on a hamstring scan... maybe he wasn't closer than he thought he was?

Phil, if we play Maupay up top on his own then the best we can hope for is 0-0. We won't get out of our half.

Not that I didn't enjoy his shithousery on Saturday, because I did, but it's not a 90 minute plan. He offered very little besides his cunning.

Kieran Kinsella
290 Posted 06/02/2023 at 04:50:31

If DCL is injured again he may as well retire. He’s barely played in two years. Sean asked him to make a modicum of effort for an hour during which time he missed two easy chances. If that exertion was too much for him then call it quits and stop wasting our money on this joker. He’s getting paid a fortune for going through the motions and showing up in training in his snood, tights and wooly hat while offering nothing in terms of productivity.

Danny O’Neill
291 Posted 06/02/2023 at 05:01:15
Thanks for the kind words all.

I did keep Peter waiting, but he was a true Gentleman and held out for me.

It was a great occasion. Goodison at it's best.

I even got served at half time.

We are a family and whenever any of you travel down to London, let me know. I'll look after you. Peter, so grateful. I can't say it enough.

Preparing myself for the obvious. At least I know what time kick off is now!! Thank you for the reminder Tony!

James Flynn
292 Posted 06/02/2023 at 05:10:37
Bramley-Moore stadium really coming along.

From 2 days ago:


Tony Abrahams
293 Posted 06/02/2023 at 07:30:45
I’ve been that worried about Everton, James, I don’t think I went near Bramley Moore, for at least two weeks, but then I went past last Thursday, and it’s looking great. I was driving around the area on Friday night, coming along past melrose rd, and although it was pitch black, it was a brilliant sight, looking at all the cranes, that were lit up, even if the lights on them were red!

My thoughts at the end of the Saturday’s game, actually turned towards Bramley Moore. Just get safe Everton, then we will have a much better final year at Goodison Pk, without the Jonah, whilst looking forward to moving onto the banks of the Royal Blue Mersey.

Derek Knox
294 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:07:59
Tony A, hopefully you will have noticed too, the restricted access to and from the new Stadium projecting forward to matchdays, also taking into account there could possibly be an extra 10,000 on top of our normal entry and exodus, which is chocker now at GP with more access roads and arterial sideroads. Hoping they have factored this in to their forward planning (?) but I have to agree the New Stadium in itself is, and will be an even better sight to behold.
Danny O’Neill
295 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:17:33
That's it Tony. Just get safe and over the line again.

Then we can look to the future dominating that famous riverside even though it will break my heart to leave Goodison.

That new stadium will put us back on the map and is an opportunity.

Let's just hope we've got people in charge to make the most of it.

Tony Abrahams
296 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:22:16
I’m shocked that work hasn’t been done towards a new train station Derek, when you consider how much Liverpool City Council, gave Liverpool FC, to help tart up the area around Anfield, and never asked for the money back, when they never moved next door?

I think it’s going to be like West Ham’s stadium, Derek, but they have got a train station ten minutes away, and they seem to cope very well. It’s a bit slow getting to and on the train, but once you do get through it’s fine, and everywhere becomes accessible again.

Danny O’Neill
297 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:25:34
I'll repeat myself, Tony.

A Monorail from Brunswick to Bramley with stops on the way.

A modern tribute to the Docker's Umbrella that serves not just Everton, but the city.

Martin Mason
298 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:40:46
Was the main difference on Saturday a massive reduction in tippy-tappy out from the back?
Allen Rodgers
299 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:48:40
Yes, Martin, it was good to have an absence of tippy-tappy.

I still have nightmares about Howard-Distin-Stones parping about at the back. That time Stones told the Park End to calm down was one of the worst instances.

Jim Lloyd
300 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:50:55
After an emotionally raw, explosive and uplifting day on Saturday, when I realised we actually had a team, and gave the Arsenal a fair old shock. Then a beautiful stroll round Crocky Hall Park yesterday. Today I realise it wasn't all a dream; and I feel good!

Like Tony, I want to go and see how The New Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock is coming on. My favourite way is getting the bus over to Liscard, having a tea and two rounds of toast in the Wetherspoons, then off for a walk down to the prom and take a look at our new ground from the Birkenhead side.

It looks graceful does our new home! I walk along to New Brighton and keep turning back to see it as I stroll along. Wonderful!

I feel now, that we've got a chance to enter our new home as supporters of a Premier League Club!

Ian Pilkington
301 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:51:39
Tony, it is disappointing that work hasn't been started on the proposed new station at Vauxhall, but at least Sandhills is reasonably convenient, a 12-15' walk from the stadium.

This is a similar distance from Kirkdale to Goodison, and it is served by 12 trains an hour each way from Central Station.

Brian Williams
302 Posted 06/02/2023 at 08:56:33
Tony #293.

Just get safe, Everton, then we will have a much better final year at Goodison Park.

We'll have a little longer than that. Tony. ;-)

Dave Abrahams
303 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:00:15
At an Everton AGM when Joe Anderson was Lord Mayor, he stated that a new railway station was being built near to where the new ground was being proposed to be built. He stated this station was going to happen whether the new ground was built or not.

Since then of course a lot has happened or not happened with work connected to the council at that time.

Martin Mason
304 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:08:19
Allan @299,

2 things that are just not in Everton's DNA: tippy-tappy and 3 at the back with wingbacks. Guess what Frank had us doing?

I give him credit as a player but, to be fair, he is hopeless as a coach. I think this will finish him.

Derek Knox
305 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:19:16
Dave @ 303,

Yes, I remember Joe Anderson making all the right sounds about the new Stadium etc, but as he has now been deposed, is it Steve Rotherham (a self-confessed RS) who isn't doing much at all.

By the way, what is the situation with Joe Anderson over the alleged fraud accusations? Did he get charged, do time in Walton, or just disappear off the scene with a big fat pension or pay-off?

Answers in a brown envelope please, or better still back on here. :-)

Jim Lloyd
306 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:23:35
As far as I can remember, that new station idea has been binned. Mind you, my memory doesn't go too far nowadays!

Concerning our beloved mayor, I think the outcome, Derek, was that there was insufficient evidence!!!

John Chambers
307 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:28:45
Tony #293.

Just getting safe isn't going to be good enough to have an enjoyable last season at Goodison Park. Hopefully Dyche is going to put some character and substance to the team but we have to break the slowly downward cycle we have been in for a few years and not just continue what we have been doing.

At the end of the season, our FFP situation will presumably have eased and the club must allow Dyche and Thelwell to put significant investment into improving the squad. If not, we will be in the same position this time next season.

Jim Lloyd
308 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:35:41
Getting safe will do very well for now, John.
Brian Harrison
309 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:46:05
I think the lack of planning into how you get 52,000 fans in and out of the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock in a reasonable time is worrying.

As always, the fans are the last to be considered, and having driven past the new ground and surrounding areas — where are the parking facilities?

Talk of Sandhills Station – it just couldn't cope, unlike London (where trains run every minute), we're lucky to see a 15-minute service on any train route in the city.

I had hoped that a couple of Park-and-Ride venues would have been identified – works perfectly at the Open golf.

I suggested over 12 months ago about a ferry from the other side of the Mersey and a landing stage outside the ground. I believe a ferry can carry 2,500 people, so you could disperse the crowds quickly using the ferries.

But no; they will do nothing. And if it takes a couple of hours for you to exit the game and get home to various parts of the city… unlucky.

Danny O’Neill
310 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:46:37
John, as long as we get through these current choppy waters, we can enjoy the last days of the Grand Old Lady before heading to the calm waters of the River Mersey.

I'll be in tears, but we can send her away in fitting respect. Don't call me 'Bill' – mine will be genuine. I will be as gutted as I will be proud and happy.

I'd actually like Everton to have done something different to the plan they have, which I know is befitting and benefiting the community. But over time, that community will lose a lot once Everton leave. I guess a lot of us will still go to the places we grew up with, but those local places will suffer.

Goodison is going to be demolished (tears) and the club / council are going to invest in what is laid on the hollow ground... I'd liked to have seen them redevelop a downscaled stadium fit for the development teams to play on. I think that would have been a great legacy and inspiration for future generations of Everton players.

This is going to be an emotional 18 months.

Brian Harrison
311 Posted 06/02/2023 at 09:59:04

I don't know with living outside the city that you have heard that the local businesses around the ground like the Wilmslow and the chippy and the Wok are getting together to try and organise a Park-and-Ride from the Wilmslow to the new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock.

So, if fans wanted, they can still go the Wilmslow and have a pint before the game, and they will put buses on to take you and bring you back. Seems like these local businesses have more of an idea than the club.

Derek Knox
312 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:02:21
Jim, that figures, they are definitely backward when it comes to forward planning. It's not like a Lego Set where a Station can be constructed in a weekend, these things have to be planned years in advance.

I wonder if the Fat Controller had any say in this?

Derek Knox
313 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:07:11
Danny, furthermore after regeneration, you may even be able to be served quickly on matchdays at The Royal Oak! :-)
Danny O’Neill
314 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:14:30
That's great Brian. I think there's a generation that won't stay away from the places we grew up with and it's not that far away.

Derek - always a positive!!

And I can't go to watch Everton at home with out going to the Goodison Supper Bar.

And for my sins, having one in the Arkles for my Grandad. Not looking forward to that next time out but I will do it.

Allen Rodgers
315 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:34:31
Brian @31,

There is a new Facebook page called Keep Business in L4 and part of the plan is to run shuttle buses. The owners of the Winslow are involved I think.

I'll be sorry to leave Goodison but have to say I won't miss the streets between Kirkdale station and County Road. Never seen so much dogshit and litter. The residents obviously don't care.

Paul Cherrington
316 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:42:50
Superb result and performance from the team. Great start by the new manager and his coaching staff too. They have obviously made a real impact on the players at Finch Farm.

We just looked so much hungrier, compact, organised and aggressive than we have all season. Back 4 worked a treat - why Lampard got so obsessed with a back 3/5 I'll never know!

Great spirit from the players too and they finally looked like they all knew their roles/what they were doing in and out of possession.

Good to see a desire to play forward too and actually get the ball in the box. Trying to score might well catch on haha.

Credit to Dyche for such a massive turnaround from how we have been playing in previous weeks. Looks like he has kept it really simple and easy to understand in terms of tactics/instructions, which is what our players need.

Loving getting that old Dogs of War feel back and some passion to inspire us fans with.

Let's see if we can build on this now and it's not another false dawn. I can't see Dyche letting levels slip though as other managers have. Really do fancy us to beat the other lot with how they're doing right now!

Does anyone know why Zinchenko was so wound up at the final whistle by the way?

Brian Williams
317 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:47:38
This is going to be an emotional 18 months.
Danny I'll say what I said to Tony A. You'll have longer than 18 months, so don't worry.
Danny O’Neill
318 Posted 06/02/2023 at 10:57:07
Allen, you want to see what my boy drops off in the mornings when he's on the throne. He's 52kg and can lay a couple of loads that need some picking up!

Paul, I know some love the Dogs of War. Personally I was not a real fan. It was a necessity. I was preached as a kid about the School of Science and the Holy Trinity, who's statue I look at every time I go to Goodison. So I guess I'm a Romanist.

I know what you mean though Paul, regardless of ability, you have to work hard and earn the right to play football. The team done that on Saturday and we need to take it to that place next time out and get in their faces.

Even my boyhood heroes of the 80s had to work to earn the right to play their flowing, sweeping football.

Apart from Kevin Sheedy. He walked on water and done his thing!!! Because he could.

Here's to one of our players sticking two fingers up at the Satanic Palace (Kop). Just don't lose this time.

Kopites are . every single one of them.

I'm probably getting too emotional in the build up. I will likely be told to calm down.

Peter Carpenter
319 Posted 06/02/2023 at 11:13:57
Ugh, you're right about that Allen (315). I'm sure I walk an extra half mile avoiding it.
Ray Smith
320 Posted 06/02/2023 at 11:33:54
Andy 277

Apologies Falmer station.

I live in Crowborough, was a season ticket holder at Goodison until last season (I'll health). But born a scouser, always a scouser. 😂😂😂

Waiting for a train in the wind and rain is a nightmare, when I go we park in Lewes and catch the train.

Season ticket holders get free travel to and from the stadium, I don't think anybody at Lewes station bother checking for tickets as everybody seems to push through. 😂😂😂

Kevin Molloy
321 Posted 06/02/2023 at 11:45:44
I'm sure that as the years pass a person's response to football evolves and changes. I like to think mine has.

When the dust finally settles. I think the most precious memory I will take from Saturday is that glorious cameo from Maupay. It's not an exaggeration to say that that boy is a true shithouse. It's so great to see a master of his craft in the royal blue.

Derek Knox
322 Posted 06/02/2023 at 11:48:22
Peter @ 319, could be used as Training Aid at Finch Farm, Dyche's Dogshit Dodge Drill ! :-)
Ray Smith
323 Posted 06/02/2023 at 12:14:24
Might be worth starting Maupay to rattle/ rough them up.
I foresee a red card or two!
Iain Johnston
324 Posted 06/02/2023 at 12:20:18
Danny@318. The problem now with younger fans is that they'd be on Sheedy's back as he's all left footed, usually managed 5 or 6 goals a season and not that many assists.

Todays fan seems to be more impressed by the individual rather than what a player brings to the overall team.

SAF sold Ronaldo as he was too selfish and wanted all the glory.

Early last season Man U were worse when they brought both Ronaldo and Pogba on.

For me, Saturday was a team performance first and foremost which then allowed the likes of Onana to show his individual talent when appropriate.

We haven't had a real team ethic for a decade.

Barry Hesketh
325 Posted 06/02/2023 at 12:52:37
It's one thing for the owner and the board not to attend the game last Saturday, but it's quite another for none of them - as far as I know- not to publicly praise the team and the new manager for their efforts against Arsenal. Will they be in attendance next Monday? It's a very strange state of affairs.
Andy Seaton
326 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:10:36
Ray at 320...I am a new poster; nice to hear from another exile here in Sussex. Like you I was born in Liverpool (Broad Green) but didn't really grow up in the city as my parents moved to Burgess Hill when I was very young: but we did move back to Widnes for a bit and I was at school there for 3/4 years before we moved south again in 1961!
Sadly I don't get to Goodison much...so I watch Lewes (Isthmian Premier) instead.
Where are you in Crowborough..I have close friends there.
Danny O’Neill
327 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:18:07
I know Iain.

Sheedy played the game at his own pace but contributed to what was an outstanding team.

Even though he was played wide despite not being a natural or pacy winger. I actually thought he was better in a more central position. I suppose what we would now call the number 10 position.

You'll have to forgive me. He's my favourite of all time.

It was interesting seeing Anthony Gordon come on yesterday and being played more central than we used him. I did often say I see him as an eventual number 10 rather than where we were playing him.

We have history. Poor Leon was played out wide for years and slated. It was obvious he was a central player. Well to me anyway. But then again, I'm no expert. But what a technically gifted player wasted out wide through no fault of his own.

Jim Lloyd
328 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:22:20
Allen, 315) Re your comment about the dogshit. Of course residents care, . It's the small minority even amongst the dog owners, who don't give a toss about anyone else. In the tightly packed streets around the ground, you'd be wading through cart loads of it if no one cared! Have you ever seen one dog waste bin anywhere around goodison, it used to be the same around Anfield until they knocked most of the streets down about 10 years ago. So don't be tarring all the folf in Walton and Kirkdale with the same shitty brush,
Tony Abrahams
329 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:30:24
John@307, you make a very good point mate, especially considering Everton are still very much in a dog-fight, and when talking about Saturday’s match, to people this morning, I still have real major reservations about this squad.

We have drew at City, beat Arsenal, but have lost every other game for a long time, and mostly against equal or even inferior opposition to ourselves, so there are still massive question marks about the desire and capabilities of these players.

Hopefully Dyche can root the problems out, but it only takes a couple of bad apples, unless it’s real discipline, that this squad has needed for years?🤞

When the fans turned on the players, because the board had told lies, and failed to turn up, leaving the exasperated fans with nobody to turn their anger on, I didn’t really like them singing “you’re not fit to wear the shirt, to the very dejected players… But Saturday proved the fans were correct, when you look at the incredible difference in performance, from the Southampton to the Arsenal game.

“”Discipline”” is the key, both behind the scenes and out on the pitch, and once you get this right, I’m almost certain that everything will slowly start falling into place?

Jerome Feldman
330 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:47:35
I wonder if Lampard watched the game an thought 'if only i'd a told them to get fuckin' crosses in'

It was like two completely different teams from the last few games an most of franks time.

Gotta push on now and I don't think Dyche will let them settle.

Onana class and McNeil much better in the position he played at Burnley for years.


Tony Abrahams
331 Posted 06/02/2023 at 13:49:02
Barry H, it would surely fall on deaf ears anyway mate!

I’ve been listening to Peter Gabriel, singing Humdrum, in homage to Bill Kenwright, finally tripping himself up with a truly disgraceful and disgusting lie.


You created a humdrum at Everton, many, many years ago William, but it’s hopefully all going to be over soon, because you finally tripped yourself up, just like many have hoped for, and also predicted, for many, many years. Thank you.

Iain Johnston
332 Posted 06/02/2023 at 14:52:34
Danny, Ozzie also had two good feet, good vision was an excellent passer of the ball and had a sweet volley.

A very, very underrated footballer.

Danny O’Neill
333 Posted 06/02/2023 at 16:04:32
I keep saying it Iain, but little Leon leaping to score that winner against Man City right in front of my eyes having come from a goal behind, was a magnificent moment.

I was sat in the Main Stand with a few City fans just behind me and they had nothing but compliments.

James Flynn
334 Posted 06/02/2023 at 16:42:53
Other than a new station in Kirkby, only thing I see on-line is this:

"Liverpool's abandoned St James Station is set to reopen in 2025 as Liverpool Baltic Station.

"Plans to reopen the station, in the city's Baltic Triangle district, are going ahead with funding secured from central government.

The current plan is for the station to open in 2025, with a planning application to be made in 2023 and construction to start in 2024."

The station would be located between Liverpool Central and Brunswick Station on the Northern Line

The site is on the corner of Park Road and Parliament Street. The link has a couple of photos and drawings.


Ray Roche
335 Posted 06/02/2023 at 16:43:30

With the size of some of the dog turds in Westminster Road, they'd require planning permission in London.

Jim Lloyd
336 Posted 06/02/2023 at 17:26:25
Tony (331)

Bob Dylan yesterday; Peter Gabriel today. Some classic music there, mate, and I hope it comes about. He's always thought that he comes first from The Kings Dock to now. Hopefully, finally we get investors in, who can call a special meeting to get rid of him.

Till then, if he stays away, and takes his oppos with him, that would do for starters!

If going to look at the King's Dock in the daytime, park your car near Sandhills, and walk up to the platform. Then walk down towards the Town end of the platform, as soon as you come to the open part, you get a fantastic view of our Ground overlooking the Royal Blue Mersey! It's stunning!

Stephen Vincent
337 Posted 06/02/2023 at 17:31:02
Rob #285,

Yep, shit website, hasn't Aubamayang already played for Barca and Chelsea this season? And you can't play for more than 2 teams in one season.

James Flynn
338 Posted 06/02/2023 at 17:44:27
The new Everton Stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock as of yesterday. A little longer video gives a good aerial look all-round.


Jim Lloyd
339 Posted 06/02/2023 at 17:46:38
Ray, (328)

Don't I know it! I live by Wessy Road. The councillors for our district have done fuck-all, no matter how many complaints.

Mind you, if you see some of the dogs!!!

Allen Rodgers
340 Posted 06/02/2023 at 18:20:31
Jim @328,

Sorry for any offence but the area from the Albany down Delamore Street, front and back, is as bad as I've seen anywhere. Must be a nightmare for the majority of good people who live there.

Jim Lloyd
341 Posted 06/02/2023 at 18:43:24
Thanks, Allen, but it's the same dog owners who just let the dogs shit, even on the side and wander off. I would bet that, if someone let their dogs shit outside the owner's house, they'd go apeshit.

I know the Albany, it's about a 100 yards from where I live. So I well understand your view.

Christy Ring
342 Posted 06/02/2023 at 19:33:56
Very worrying that Calvert-Lewin had to have a scan on his hamstring, can't see him being available for the derby, a massive loss, especially as the redshite defence in turmoil.

I see where Klopp threw his toys out of the pram again, refusing to answer a question from James Pearce of the Athletic, totally insulting. Adifferent reporter had to ask the same question. Why don't Sky Sports and the BBC show his real personality?

Brian Harrison
343 Posted 06/02/2023 at 19:39:02

The Bobble who gets to know things a lot earlier than the rest of us has just tweeted Calvert-Lewin scan has shown nothing so they will monitor him from day to day. I thought it was interesting that Dyche said he told him that he was fitter than he thought he was.

I guess the bleep tests they did and other things showed that maybe Dom is worrying too much over little niggles that most players play with.

Kieran Kinsella
344 Posted 06/02/2023 at 20:14:07

So basically more evidence that he is a skiver.

Neil Copeland
345 Posted 06/02/2023 at 20:19:56

It could well be but judging by what he said last season about struggling with psychological issues, the problem may be related to that and Dyche is trying to give Dom some confidence.

Tony Abrahams
346 Posted 06/02/2023 at 20:30:17
Thanks for that tip on Sandhills station Jim, but it won't be long before the weather gets warm enough for me to go on the river cruise that runs right past, our soon to be beautiful new stadium, mate.

I personally love driving over the little brow on Boundary Street, and suddenly the ground comes into full view. It's really starting to take shape, but Brian W doesn't reckon it'll be complete in 18 months time. I wonder why, Brian?

Ray Smith
347 Posted 06/02/2023 at 20:35:08
What is it with the media?

Doom and gloom, followed by a great result against Arsenal.
Instead of being positive, they post negative comments to create more doom and gloom.

Pickford, contract on table not signed? That's been doing the rounds for I don't know how long! Nothing else to comment on, you won't sell many newspapers with fake news.

Despite our situation over the last 18 months, Pickford is the England No 1 goalkeeper. Unless anybody knows differently, has he asked for a move or unhappy with his current situation? No!

Derek Knox
348 Posted 06/02/2023 at 23:40:38
Brian @ 343,

I think a lot depends on what Dom was wearing during the bleep tests, was it the traditional shorts, or a tighter-fitting Vivienne Westwood number? After all said and done, he does have 'previous'! :-)

Eric Myles
349 Posted 07/02/2023 at 07:23:00
James #334,

"Other than a new station in Kirkby"

Has Bill not told them yet that we won't be moving there?

Danny O’Neill
350 Posted 07/02/2023 at 09:55:01
Robert, you are very articulate. More than I.

You are right though. Our income is modest to say the least. I think in terms of matchday income, we are 3rd bottom in the Premier League. I haven't looked it up recently, but it was the case a few months back...

I spend a lot of money following Everton. Trains and sometimes planes. I'm not bragging or saying I'm better than any other supporter who travels with me, just leading into a point.

When I go to Goodison, Everton get the price of a ticket (around £50), apart from when very kind friends look after me – thank you, you know who you are. Maybe the occasional sausage roll when I can actually get served. Sorry, a thing with me, I must have one of those faces!

Fulham and Brentford get more out of me. Arsenal, Tottenham and West Ham certainly do.

Liverpool won't. I promise. I learned that years ago during a very harsh lesson by a very strict Evertonian in the Anfield Road.

Most of my matchday money is spent in the pubs and chippies around Goodison or in town before and after the match. It doesn't go to the club.

But for an often £250 outlay (sometimes more if it's an overnighter), they only get about £50 of that. That's not a good return of investment.

I think that's why it is imperative we put the life-belt and armbands on and swim (crawl?) to Bramley-Moore Dock. Hopefully the club has had the vision to provide facilities that keep the fans in the stadium and generate additional income.

Tottenham is a great example.

I love Everton. I adore Goodison. But we have stood still for way too long.

I just mentioned Everton and vision in the same sentence. Hopefully BMD is that vision.

Everyone, you are going to have to excuse me. It's build-up to derby day and to make it worse, I was in "discussion" with two Kopites from Aintree yesterday afternoon. I held my own and put them in their place.

Jim Lloyd
351 Posted 07/02/2023 at 10:22:43
Your dead right Tony. If I go down town along Stanley Road, and it's a double decker bus. Get to Boundary Street and it's there, in all its glory, standing proud, right out of the docks! I think thats the way I'll go to the match, down Boundary St. BMD looks stunning. There's a pub at the top as well, forgot the name and don't know if it's still open.
I read on here somewhere that L'pool 4 is looking to run shuttle buses to thje ground to help the pubs, chippies and other businesses, to survive after we move,

As for Goodison Park, the club have plans (Plans?££) to build houses/ blocks of flats and a Garden of remembrance on the site.

Christine Foster
352 Posted 07/02/2023 at 10:38:52
Funny to think the walk up Scotland road, past the Rotunda and instead of going up Everton valley, will turn left down Boundry street, for the life of me I cannot remember the pubs name on the corner of Boundary and Stanley road, was it just called The Cunard?
Christine Foster
353 Posted 07/02/2023 at 10:55:07
Check out the views of the new stadium from Boundary Street, the night shots all lit up almost brought me to tears, it's truly truly brilliant..so sodding proud. Thank you Mr Moshiri.


Tony Abrahams
354 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:08:48
The Cunard is correct I think Christine, and maybe we will begin to see a few more pubs creeping up along ‘our Dock rd’!
Danny O’Neill
355 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:12:22
The Grand New Lady is going to be beautiful Christine.

Mordor on Monday, but when we glance at that palace rising above the Mersey, we can look them in the eye and tell them who's city it is.

God, I don't even live there any more!!

I think I need to take the advice and pace myself.

Christine Foster
356 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:22:31
I know what you mean Danny, the immense pride I got seeing that picture just got me. When you see something like that in the heart of where you come from, it's like seeing a Phoenix rise from the ashes. That's my home, my grandad walked that to the docks every day, I used to get the bread from the bread shop in Latimer street.. the thousands of times I have walked or driven that road, it's never looked so good. The street is an artery for blue blood.. to our new home, in the heart of where we belong.
Christy Ring
357 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:23:44
Just looking at the stats on Sky Sports from our match against Arsenal. Doucoure and McNeill ran over 12km, Onana, Gueye and Iwobi over 11km, there in the top 5 out of 7 this season, only Onana ran over 11km v City, and Iwobi over 11km v Leeds. Massive difference in distance covered, especially by Doucoure and McNeill who were in and out of Lampard's first 11.
Derek Knox
358 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:23:49
Danny @ 350, while I agree about generating money for Everton, and the greater good they are Leagues behind most other Clubs, and their marketing is deplorable. One of my old hobby horses is the lack of a proper Everton TV (not Toffee TV or the like). Nearly every other Club has a proper TV dedicated to that particular Club's News etc.

I remember when Duncan Ferguson (so only very recent) got the Manager Job at Forest Green, so wanted to monitor his progress I noticed that the mighty FG Rovers have their own TV (?) Furthermore I have heard from our US Blues about not being able to get an Everton shirt easily, again poor marketing by the Club not the Fans fault !

I go to a local Market most Thursdays in the Village of Frodsham, (excellent for most things) there is a guy there who sells Football related stuff mainly Towels and Scarves etc, I often look and have NEVER seen an Everton one there, but every other Premiership Club (within reason : no Bournemouth/Southampton etc) is there plus Barcelona, Real Madrid and the top Euro sides.

We are run by Dinosaurs who haven't a clue about the Commercial Opportunities that are out there, (well they probably do but can't be arsed).

Be interesting to hear from our own Christine Foster or Derek Thomas (NZ and AUS) if the situation is similar down under with regards to Everton Merchandise.

Danny O’Neill
359 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:26:32
Totally random Derek, but as you mentioned Frodsham, what was / is that pub on the top of the hill overlooking the Mersey?!!!

And you are spot on about our outward marketing.

Derek Knox
360 Posted 07/02/2023 at 11:37:20
Danny, you may be thinking of the old Mersey View, which used to be a Club, which hosted some top Acts in the day, it is still there but has taken on a new guise under the name of the Forest Hills Hotel. They do reasonably priced Spa Weekends etc, and not too far from Frodsham Station (linked to Liverpool on the TFW Halton Loop Line).

Just a bit further down the same road, is the Bellemont Hotel, a Samuel Smith's Pub which also has a decent view of the Mersey on a good day, but not as good as The Forest Hills one. Okay going down, but it is really steep to walk up Cardiac Hill, to quench one's thirst.

Ray Smith
361 Posted 07/02/2023 at 12:31:35
Andy 326
Crowborough Hill near the ‘White Hart on the Green’.
Be nice to meet up for a pint 👍
Jim Lloyd
362 Posted 08/02/2023 at 16:51:34
There's a shop on County Road, less than 200 yards from The Holy Trinity statue, selling loads of R/S paraphinalia and the occasional bit of our gear!

I know we've got a shop on Walton Lane and at the ground. But County Road is a major thoroughfare every day of the week! Maybe we can't afford to rent a shop!

Tony Abrahams
363 Posted 08/02/2023 at 17:00:15
I’ve just looking at a shop, Jim, thinking of turning it into a cafe. Everton are leaving, I keep getting told, but if it’s true what Jerome says, then there still might be enough work in the area, especially if it’s going to be getting loads of work done!
Brian Williams
364 Posted 08/02/2023 at 17:58:03
Tony I'll ask Lyndon or Michael to give you my email address mate. Drop me an email. 🤐

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