Exhibition stuff from Everton against Dynamo Kyiv

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Everton 3 - 0 Dynamo Kyiv

Everton hosted Vitalii Mykolenko's former club Dynamo Kyiv at Goodison Park this evening in what was the Blues' final pre-season friendly of the summer and the first Match of Peace in support of Ukraine to be staged in the UK.

Dwight McNeil came off the bench and scored twice as the Blues eventually ran out comfortable winners and there were notable assists for the other two new signings, James Tarkowski and Ruben Vinagre as Lampard put his players through their paces once more ahead of next weekend's curtain-raiser against Chelsea.

Everton made a really tidy start and were in front within five minutes when Tarkowski lofted a peach of a ball over the top and Calvert-Lewin guided a looping header over the keeper to make it 1-0.

Pickford had to be alert to save at one end with a quarter of an hour gone but at the other, the Toffees came very close to doubling their lead off a low corner that was touched on by Tarkowski and Calvert-Lewin connected at close range but the keeper made a reflex save to tip it over the crossbar.

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Vanat planted a far-post header wide of the target for the visitors and Gray's attempted chip also drifted wide for Everton but while the Ukrainians had some decent spells of pressure, they didn't unduly trouble Pickford until the final action of the first half.

Oleksandr Andriyevskyi unloaded an Exocet missile of a free-kick that was heading for the top corner until Pickford flew across goal to palm it behind brilliantly and ensure Everton went into the break a goal to the good.

The second period opened with Gray's cross almost catching the substitute goalkeeper out with a deep cross that had to be batted over by Denys Boyko.

15 minutes after half-time, Lampard introduced Dele, McNeil and Holgate in place of Calvert-Lewin, Gray and Keane

A horrible pass by Holgate almost gifted Kyiv a gilt-edged chance but the defender did enough to force the ball across the 18-yard line and Harmash could only curl his shot wide of the far post.

Shortly afterwards, an excellent run by Gordon ended with the young winger testing Boyko with a low shot but the keeper was equal to it and it was knocked behind for a corner.

Allan came on for Doucoure, Vinagre replaced Mykolenko and Gordon departed for Rondon with 72 minutes gone but it was an earlier sub who announced his arrival with a terrific goal. McNeil picked up the ball in the middle of the park, advanced towards the edge of the box and then smashed a 20-yarder across the keeper and into the far corner to make it 2-0.

McNeil was revelling in his first appearance at Goodison and his curling cross yielded a corner that Godfrey almost got to before it was knocked behind. The short corner was played back to Vinagre who floated it across and McNeil was there to nod a routine header past the keeper from close range to make it three.

Lampard's final changes handed some minutes to youngsters Welch, Warrington, Nkounkou and Mills for Patterson, Godfrey, Tarkowski and Iwobi.

The whistle officially blew with 89 minutes on the clock and Everton were then awarded a ceremonial penalty when Paul Stratton, a supporter who has made several car journeys across Europe Poland to deliver supplies to the Ukrainian border in support of the war effort, came on for Dele to take a spot-kick that he stroked home.

Everton: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Keane, Godfrey, Mykolenko, Doucouré, Iwobi, Gordon, Gray, Calvert-Lewin

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Dave Lynch
1 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Routine Everton huff puff and dross until the subs.

Dele Alli is still class... if only Frank can sort his head out.

Jerome Shields
2 Posted 29/07/2022 at
I was pleasantly surprised in the first half with the speed of Everton's passing. Everton were not prepared for short corners.

the regulars generally accounted well for themselves, though Doucouré's check and backpass slowed play.

Godfrey's final ball was hopeless and Holgate really slipped up.

Alli looks better and McNeil with his neat play, passing and finishing, excelled. Patterson and Vinagre looked able.

Generally speaking, there are signs of improvement, but some players have to eradicate bad habits they are known for.

Derek Knox
3 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Very impressed with McNeil, Alli, Tarkowski, Mykolenko and the young lads Warrington and Mills when they made cameos late in the second half. Having just got back from Goodison Park, I thought it was a very good atmosphere, and turn-out for a match of this calibre.

Fears being gradually allayed about going into the Premier League battle ahead, I am not expecting or saying that we will take it by storm, but feel we should be okay with the work ethic being shown tonight as a yardstick.

Bernie Quinn
4 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Has he got it? By Jove, I think he's got it! I think Frank has found himself a team!

And did I read somewhere from a poster or two that McNeil can't score goals? Tut-tut.

Si Pulford
5 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Jesus Dave, that's a harsh review for a pre season friendly they won 3-0.

Lose-lose on ToffeeWeb.

Tom Bowers
6 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Not much to read into today given the nature of the game. I thought perhaps Everton may have been a bit more benevolent (not on purpose of course) and I really thought Dynamo would get something in the second half after that wonderful Pickford save right on half-time.

The intensity level will have to be a bit different for the Premier League, naturally, and I am sure Frank will have them ready.

Getting results will of course be difficult without a class, natural finisher but McNeil certainly showed he can finish.

Onwards and upwards, hopefully.

Simon Dalzell
7 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Great to see McNeil having an immediate impact, I hadn't seen much of him before tonight. Tarkowski is class. It seems Cornet has agreed personal terms, so It would be diabolical if we missed out on him by nitpicking over what seems a reasonable asking price.
Bernie Quinn
8 Posted 29/07/2022 at
At least the club is giving me something to smile about at last = 3 signings and two wins. I'm back in hospital on Thursday for what I hope is a final (positive) check for the Big 'C' so I needed some cheering up!
Paul Kossoff
11 Posted 29/07/2022 at
God bless you, Bernie, and all the best.
Ant Sorvoja
12 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Get in, McNeil, and prove ‘em wrong.

There has been too much negativity around his transfer based on just TW and BBC comments. His first goal was a beauty and here's hoping we will see rejuvenated Dwight McNeil in a blue shirt this season.

Bill Watson
15 Posted 29/07/2022 at
Best wishes, Bernie. Hope all goes well.
Brent Stephens
16 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes, Bernie.
Soren Moyer
17 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Positive thoughts coming your way, Bernie.
Brian Wilkinson
18 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I reckon you summed it up perfectly, Derek, nothing more to add.
Eddie Smith
19 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes, Bernie.

I hope the Blues show the same strength and fight you are showing.

Jerome Shields
20 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Bernie #8,

Best Wishes.

Derek Knox
21 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best Wishes to you, Bernie, I think we all needed that boost tonight!

By the way, who said we never learn, in buying players from relegated clubs? Looks like we may have another on the way soon, if a fee can be agreed upon. 🤔😜

Kieran Kinsella
22 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Derek Knox

Well put mate.


Best wishes buddy.

Jay Harris
24 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Good luck and best wishes, Bernie.

I hope a positive performance and a good win against Chelsea will really give you a boost.

Derek Knox
25 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Meant to mention before, no involvement last night, or indeed any signs of Mina, Davies and Gomes (thank God) – not sure if there were any fitness issues or they were in the Departure Lounges.

They weren't really missed either. I love Mina, but his fitness record is pretty poor, I wouldn't be overly upset if we cashed in, and got someone like Levi Colwill (Chelsea), young, rarely injured, and a very able addition to the squad in my humble opinion.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Looked like a decent crowd and a decent performance.

I know it's me, but I'm optimistic. I think some of these signings might just surprise us, as will next season.

God speed, Bernie, we've got Europe next year so don't be going anywhere too soon.

John Burns
27 Posted 30/07/2022 at
30,000 Danny. Tarkowski was the major plus for me. He looked a real commanding Centre Half. Hopefully, those around him can learn from. him.

It was also a great moment at the end when Paul (supporter) came on, scored the penalty and milked every second of his celebrations. I’d love to hear his story on TW.

Best wishes and prayers Bernie.

Danny O’Neill
28 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I think Tarkowski will give us that leader we've been needing, John.

Allan does it when fit.

Forget the armband, you need leaders all over the pitch.

Bernie Quinn
29 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Humble thanks to you all for your comments. I am a little nervous but as the hospital people have taken nearly 6 months doing these tests, and last time they told me it looks pretty good, I'm very hopeful that I will be in front of the telly at the weekend to see Everton's win and hear Christine's screams (and you know you will, Love!) Thanks again everyone.
Ian Hollingworth
30 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes Bernie we will all have everything crossed for you.
Gerry Quinn
32 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes Bernie - my wife, Cathie, was given the "All-Clear" last Thursday...be a copy-cat! :)
Brian Williams
33 Posted 30/07/2022 at
It was a good game with a decent atmosphere for a great cause. When the club gets it right, it gets it right and last night they got it spot on and should be lauded for it.

We had a few Ukranians near us close to the Park end of the main stand and in particular a beautiful mother with her equally beautiful teenage daughter sitting just in front of us. Looking at them among Evertonians and realising how they'd come to be there, what they'd been through and will continue to go through made me stop and think even more just how fucking lucky we are and how much we take for granted.

It was a chastening experience, which made the miserable old fucker two rows behind us (must have deffo been a TWer) who moaned and complained right through the game at every little mistake or failure to do the right thing by an Everton player, even more annoying.

But despite him, it was a great night that made me feel very good to be an Evertonian.
Slava Ukraini.

Brent Stephens
34 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes, Bernie, mate.

A good feeling at the game last night. Thought we set up well, played well as individuals and collectively, kept our shape most of the time. Not bothered where we sign players from – it's a question of how well they'll fit in for us.

Mike Connolly
35 Posted 30/07/2022 at
The only downside for me was the kids running on the pitch. We have all been warned about it. You can guarantee we will be the first club to have points deducted or play behind closed doors. In commentary, Darren G said it must be down to the parents – they must help them on the pitch.

Solution: Take the person to his seat where his parents sit, tell them this was their last match and pass the tickets on to the waiting list of 30,000. Job Done!

Tony Everan
36 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Good luck, Bernie.

Another good workout and some encouraging signs. Dwight McNeil has a lethal left foot, it would be good to see him getting into that sort of position throughout the season and shooting from 20 yards. He has the shooting power and accuracy to do some damage. I am confident his stats will improve playing for Everton and advised by the master of that type of goal, Frank Lampard.

It's a different kettle of fish next week against Chelsea, but confidence is valuable, the last two matches will have given us a bit of a boost. It shouldn't mask the fact that we still need a quality DCM and more goal threat.

Christine Foster
40 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Hey Bernie,

I was pleasantly surprised watching the game on YouTube this morning, it does look like a team is taking shape! The big reality test of course is Chelsea but I feel better about the next few games than I did.

Hang in there, Bernie, I know it's nerve-wracking but I'll say a little prayer for you! If we beat Chelsea, I guarantee you will hear the shouts!

Tony Hill
41 Posted 30/07/2022 at
That little run and lovely cross by Vinagre were interesting.

God it was good to see McNeil get his head up, run at the opposition and then shoot accurately. Actually running with intent towards the opposition goal. Startling.

Can we get in 2/3 more? I think we may. There are a few reasons for careful optimism.

Gordon White
42 Posted 30/07/2022 at
My grandson and I were in the Paddock last night. Sat beside a lovely Ukrainian family. The atmosphere was brilliant.

McNeil, what a start!! His first goal was sublime. And the rapturous applause he got. Every time he got the ball, we were expecting something to happen. We were all on our feet, clapping and cheering. Lifted the whole team.

A fantastic evening for a great cause. Paul Stratton coming on at the end to take a penalty, and his reaction was just so heartwarming. We left on a high and hope there will be many more games this coming season were we leave Goodison Park feeling like that. COYB.

Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Adding my best wishes to Bernie, good luck Bernie, you'll enjoy the game when you watch it.

Not a bad game, was it? Surprised how tall McNeil is, not surprised how he caressed the ball and wouldn't release it until he knew it was going to another Everton player. Great goal for his first one and found the space for his header. Early days but I think he could be a crowd favourite,

I'm positive Tarkowski will be, I hope he stays in the centre of a back three or maybe just a central two.

A great occasion for everyone there, hopefully giving some joy and happiness to all the Ukrainians present as it did to us Blues watching.

I think there will be two or three players departing Everton with at least another two coming in, the gloom of most of the pre-season is slowly lifting to show the Blue skies coming through… You never know!

Brian Harrison
44 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I wasn't able to get to the game last night, but a good win and many of the posters who did watch the game were pleased with what they saw.

The big disappointment was to hear that some younger fans again ran onto the pitch at the end. This needs to stop now; if it doesn't, then we can well expect a points deduction and rightly so.

I can forgive those who ran on the pitch at the Palace game but, if people are running onto the pitch after a friendly, then we have got problems.

Surely with everybody allocated a seat those who encroach onto the field can be identified by all the cameras around the ground, and if identified should be hit with a lifetime ban.

Jim Lloyd
45 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Well done, Bernie, doing your bit to support the team! Hope all goes well for you.

I'm encouraged (possibly getting excited) by the additions to our squad and with more to come. Tarkowski is definitely the captain! Whether he's named as such, I don't know, but on the pitch, he's the leader and a top player.

Gordon is carrying on where he left off and it was good to see Gray back to full fitness and I'm sure he'll be a good part of this developing squad, Mykolenko and Patterson were excellent belting up and down the wings, getting involved in attacks and defending well, Doucouré did a job and Iwobi continued where he left off, a good energetic display, Godfrey was decent and so was Calvert-Lewin.

I think Dele really enjoyed himself last night and was involved in some nice intricate one-twos. Allan and Rondon did their jobs well and I thought Vinagre did well (lovely cross for McNeil to nod in). The young lads came on and it was good to see them blend in well.

I think the three players already in will make a significant improvement to the squad in this coming battle to survive. That's how I see it, until we prove otherwise; but I'm encouraged. Not quite excited yet, but we haven't reached the closure of the window. In the Upper Bullens, there was overwhelmingly positive comments on our lads' display

Final thought. Those knobheads and kids who invaded the pitch are going to put us in trouble unless they stop their brainless actions.

Derek Knox
46 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Spot on, Jim Lloyd, since the Palace game (apart from US friendlies) this pitch invasion has become a trait. Next thing will be point deductions as you say.

I think the announcer should say over the Tannoy please do not invade the pitch at the Final Whistle as any culprit will receive a year's ban. That should put it to bed.

They should also be made to wear a special hat with two testicles hanging down by the ears and a long extension with a 'Bell' on the end! :-)

Christy Ring
48 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes Bernie, hope all goes well.

We still need a defensive midfielder, Doucoure and Iwobi will be destroyed against Chelsea.

Philip Bunting
49 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I thought watching last night that we have improved massively. The passing was quicker, moving the ball forwards, getting into space etc. Best I have seen us for some time, a lot to be pleased about there.

I can see a real progress now that we have most of the dead wood out the door, few still need shifted but those coming in are all improvements and at the right age to develop and improve.

I was not impressed with Gordon last night, he needs reminding he is not the superstar he thinks he is, noticed too much lazy back to the ball last night and not looking fully switched on. Maybe I'm being over critical but I want to see him do well and not develop an attitude.

Dave Williams
50 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Firstly, best wishes to Bernie, fingers crossed for good news for you!

A very enjoyable performance, I thought. The passing in the first half especially was faster and crisper than I have seen from us in many years and pretty accurate too.

We had pace in midfield, dangermen out wide, and skilful individuals in Dele, Gray, Gordon and McNeil who really shut the moaners up with a very good display – not to mention the goals.

Patterson looks a player who will come on quickly and the new left-back will provide competition to the excellent and rapidly improving Mykolenko.

There were signs from Dele that all is not lost but Frank needs to land a striker and a Number 6 if he can.

Chelsea will obviously be tough but I think we have the makings of a good team and McNeil could well improve us as a replacement for Richarlison.

One final thought: Frank really needs to look at himself. He had the appearance last night of someone who has been sleeping rough. His wife is always immaculately attired and he needs sorting out!!!

Jim Lloyd
51 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Derek! Yet again you have come up with a unique way of making them appear the bell ends that they are:) See you on Saturday.

I think most teams will find it difficult to stop Chelsea: and one or two other teams as well! Allan (and hopefully Gueye) will be part of a squad that will provide us with more options than we had last season. If we get anyone else in, even better.

However, our manager has said, during last night's after-match interview, that this transfer window is even more difficult than usual, due to the June internationals. What it looks like, to me, is that we will have a much faster team to help and support our midfielders.

I think we will just have to make do with what we've got: and in this difficult financial place our club is in, any good additions we manage to bring in. I don't see us able to suddenly be able to match teams who have had more time (and money) to develop much better squads than us. We all know that hundreds of millions of pounds have been spent unwisely.

This season is the first step, in my view, in pulling away from the relegation mire. Then we build on that. Up to now, i'm encouraged with the additions that have been made to our squad.

Final thought is back to last night, the team I saw, the subs used and the young ones coming on, were all encouraging signs. But it was a night to show our support to the Ukrainian people getting murdered by that Hitler-style Russian megalomaniac. That's who we went to show our support to... and it was a great night for them, I'm glad to say.

Robert Tressell
52 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Most importantly, everyone on here wishes you the very best, Bernie.

On less important matters, how did the formation and approach look? I have only seen the 10-minute highlights. The formation seemed to be a consistent 3- or 5- man defence.

Bit the midfield seemed to be a mysterious jumble. Most interested in the positions of Alli and McNeil, the latter obviously settling in very nicely indeed.

Christy Ring
53 Posted 30/07/2022 at
ToffeeWeb, can't get into the top story on the site.
Danny O’Neill
54 Posted 30/07/2022 at
You always get them Brian @33. They pay their money and are entitled to their opinion as much as any of us, but I often wonder why they bother going!!

Apologies for going on a bit of a tangent, but you make a very poignant point. In this country, fuelled by the modern media, you'd think we live in a 3rd world state.

Until you've been to places ravaged by conflict and war that are effectively the Middle Ages with mopeds and 1970s cars, don't compare ourselves to some parts of the world in terms of poverty and true hardship. Yes, rightfully keep our standards and expectation high, but don't compare.

Sorry, I digress. Really pleased that the Ukrainians enjoyed Goodison last night. Hopefully we meet them in Europe next year.

I think this team is going to surprise us this coming season.

David White
55 Posted 30/07/2022 at
All the best, Bernie!

Positive game. Decent atmosphere from a big crowd for this game.

The signs are there that a young developing team is there. Gordon, Patterson, Mykolenko, McNeil, Godfrey… then a bit of experience with Tarkowski, Iwobi, Calvert-Lewin, and Doucouré.

Iwobi played deeper, always taking the ball and trying to orchestrate things which is better than Doucouré because he's so much better on the ball.

Patterson and Mykolenko up and down the flanks with loads of energy. Looks like we have Coleman's replacement sorted.

McNeil looked so comfortable on the ball. Love to get a little more from Dele as, if he gets near what he was, he adds a bit of class, few touches showed he still has it in him. Tarkowski is a proper unit, decent on the ball and always talking and organising which may help Keane.

I don't see us playing Iwobi and Doucouré as a midfield pair against Chelsea though – Kyiv went through them a couple of times with ease.

If we sign the right midfielder, we could play 4-1-4-1 or 4-2-3-1 but at the moment I think 3-5-2 or 5-2-3-1 is how we will go forward. But last night was positive.

Sam Hoare
56 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best wishes, Bernie.

Robert, we seemed to be playing a 5-2-2-1 of sorts with wingbacks and the two behind the striker sometimes going wide and sometimes coming narrow.

It looked especially useful in the second half I thought when McNeil offered real control and incision from the right.

I thought we looked pretty decent. Iwobi and Doucouré did okay in the middle and as usual some of our biggest problems were of our own making with both Godfrey and Holgate playing some very poor passes.

Chelsea will be a far sterner test and looked sharp while despatching Udinese last night.

Alli looked decent. We don't need Barkley. A Gueye type or a Gilmour type could be useful. And more goals up front, Gordon has not impressed hugely in pre-season and we still need to replace Richarlison.

David White
57 Posted 30/07/2022 at
5-2-3 there I meant. Would be nice to have 12 men against Chelsea like!!!
Tom Bowers
58 Posted 30/07/2022 at
It's going to be difficult for a while until the strike force is sorted out and that may not be until January.

There seems to be no-one available at the right price for Everton so they have to struggle on with what they have got.

Hard to see Calvert-Lewin and company getting a bagful of goals so a lot will depend on strong defence although Holgate gives me the jitters.

When Everton play a ''back three'' they are much too slow at bringing the ball out and this may be due to the fact that the midfielders are not making themselves available quickly enough.

When you dwell on too much passing at the back, the opposition who really excel at the high press will always catch you out. That has to be resolved soon.

Jim Lloyd
59 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Robert, I'm not really up with strategies but I thought we were quite a fluid formation, both when defending and when attacking. I thought we played a back four sometimes, with Tarkowski keeping Keane back while the others pushed more forward.

Then at other times, we had a straight back line of five pushed up to the half-way line, when Kviv were coming out of defence. The full-backs were very fast in supporting the forward players and fast to get back and defend.

Gray and Gordon were playing on right and left respectively, almost like inside-right and inside-left and interacting with the full-backs, when the full-backs came up the wings.

Calvert-Lewin and Rondon both did well in being the focus of attack and laying the ball off well to the likes of Dele and McNeil, and Godfrey was an interesting player, who seemed to have licence to make strong runs up the field, along with the wingers, and turn defence into attack.

I thought Allan kept up with the attack when we were pressing and provided support in the midfield when we were on the defensive.

Overall, I thought that we were fluid in both defending and attacking, and moved the ball out of defence very quickly. Not the usual turgid passing round the back then back to the goalie. Hope that helps.

Danny, spot on regarding how some of the media paints our society!

James Marshall
60 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I'm probably going to be the only person to say this but I don't think we need to replace Richarlison. We were far too reliant on him (one player) last season, in no small part to Calvert-Lewin being injured for so much of the season and unfit towards the end even when he did come back.

What we need to do, and I believe Lampard is doing, is change the way we play and be reliant on the team and not one individual. Going back to replacing him and relying on that replacement seems like a bad idea to me.

5 subs next season too so it's going to be more of a squad game than ever before. Further backing up the point.

If we can sign someone like Cornet, I'll be fairly optimistic about next season (also not losing Calvert-Lewin for so long).

Robert Tressell
61 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Thanks Sam. I like the look of the partnerships emerging on the flanks - McNeil and Patterson; Gordon and Mykolenko.

Not sure how we accommodate Alli in a 5-2-2-1 though.

Personally would rather see us use 4-2-3-1 so that Alli can play off Calvert-Lewin with Gordon and McNeil either side.

We'll see though. It might all come together somehow. Good test for us against Chelsea.

Paul Birmingham
62 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Best Wishes, Bernie, and hopefully last night's performance was a welcome boost for you and all Evertonians.

Some good signs from the squad, and Tarkowski seems to have an almost calming influence on the team..

Next Saturday and this season starts with hope and spirit and let's hope as many have pointed out that there's no more pitch invasions, as this season every point counts and Everton can't be paying stupid fines for breeching the rules.

Let's see if there's any more transfers this week.

Chelsea will be tough but are not invincible, and Everton, can beat them.

A great weekend to all Evertonians.

Jim Lloyd
63 Posted 30/07/2022 at
A good post, James. I think you're right. We were slow in our moves, our passing and we mainly depending on one man to score the goals last season. Last night was much more a team display and there's no reason why Gray, Calvert-Lewin, McNeil, and Gordon can't be goalscores rather than just depending on a "striker" to pop them away.

There are other players in the team who can score with either head or with shots, so I think Frank intends to develop this.

I think your post is showing the way we're going to try and develop. Look at Liverpool, Man City and Chelsea, they've got goalscorers throughout the team

We did under Howard in the mid-'80s. In fact, I can remember Derek Mountfield scoring about 12!

Jim Lloyd
64 Posted 30/07/2022 at
ps: Having a problem on the edit bit. I was saying about Derek Mountfield scoring about 12 in the season we won the league, and there were goals coming from a good few players,.
Derek Knox
65 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Christy @53, I have had same problem, but I do know the site is having Server Issues and very slow, often timing out altogether.
Colin Malone
66 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Doucoure, headless chicken again. The lad has got a lot of energy but got no positional sense. Hope we get Idrissa to do that job properly, playing in front of the holding midfielder, Allan.

Kane and Dele. Calvert-Lewin and Dele. Just a thought, a positive thought.

Danny O’Neill
68 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Sorry to nitpick Jim, but I think Mountfield bagged 14 goals.

I can still visualise he black eyed semi final celebration without needing YouTube!!

Brian Murray
69 Posted 30/07/2022 at
better passing i’m sure can be coached so imagine godfrey as he matures will be quite a weapon to have.
Brian Murray
70 Posted 30/07/2022 at
better passing i’m sure can be coached so imagine godfrey as he matures will be quite a weapon to have.
Robert Tressell
71 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Godfrey is a strange sort of CB isn't he. He can certainly carry the ball up the pitch but in a sort of Rugby League style.

If he can manage to find a pass at the end of these head down and charge moments then they might become an effective weapon.

Mike Gaynes
72 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Bernie, you're gonna be fine. I can just tell by the way you type.

Best wishes, dude.

Derek Knox
73 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Mike G, he's that ' type ' of guy ! 👍😂
Joe McMahon
74 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Jim and Danny @68, he did score 14. However I was in my mid teens, and now i'm 52. It was a long-long time ago, even longer than the "one off" cup win in 95. Criminal isn't it.
Danny O’Neill
75 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I'm 50 approaching 51 Joe, so we will had similar joys and experiences.

Here's to the next ones. 10th League title, 6th FA Cup and that League Cup.

Then I can go and meet the great Evertonian in the sky when he wants to see me and have a chat about Everton.

John Raftery
76 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Delighted to read that, Gerry (32). Very best wishes to you both.
Nick White
77 Posted 30/07/2022 at
All the best Bernie!

I’ve only seen the DCL header so far, hoping to watch the highlights later. Sounds a largely positive TW which is very encouraging!

Robert Williams
78 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I wish you all the very best Bernie - and sincerely hope your news is good.

As for last night, first time Back to Goodison for 4 years with 14 and 9 yr old grandsons. Quite impressed with Everton's set up and play despite the fact that Dynamo offered little pressure on our goal.

Our ex Burnley boys were superb, Tarkowski stood out and McNeil probably surprised one or two of his deriders
Great atmosphere surrounded by Ukrainians and Poles who all felt the love that emanated from their Evertonian hosts.

Too early to make any predictions, there is still room for improvement and deadwood to be shot of. COYBBs

John Raftery
79 Posted 30/07/2022 at
The game was one of the better home pre-season games I have seen. I thought Kyiv gave a decent account of themselves. From our point of view there were several positive aspects, chief among them the performances of the two imports from Burnley.

We all knew about Tarkowski’s tackling, firm to the point of aggressive. I was also impressed by his long diagonal passing. He strikes the ball well. As notable was his vocal contribution. He was constantly in the ear of colleagues, most obviously Michael Keane. Lampard will be relieved he now has a stronger group of central defenders from which to select.

As we anticipated McNeil showed both pace and skill in his substitute appearance. Less anticipated were his two goals belying the evidence of his career record to date. Having players able to make an immediate impact as second half substitutes will be even more important with the advent of the sixteen man game. If however McNeil can add a more frequent output of goals to his game he will surely nail down a place in the starting eleven.

As in other games a major concern last night was the formation. With the midfielders currently available a 3-4-3 continues to look far too open. Unless or until we acquire a midfield combination capable of maintaining control we will continue to leave gaps behind the wing backs which the stronger Premier League teams will inevitably seek to exploit. That’s when the back three usually becomes a back five and the team as a whole becomes penned into their own half.

Jim Lloyd
80 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Joe, Too right it was too long ago, and 30 years til the next one. I do think this ebryonic team we saw last night will give a better account of themselves this season than last. And as they develop and more better players are added; as we lose the some who are not good enough, then who knows.
anyway you two (Danny as well) a senior citizen is allowed to forget what comes after 12!
Si Cooper
81 Posted 30/07/2022 at
All the best to you, Bernie.

I won't take this result as definitive any more than the Milwaukee one was, but the squad is ‘evolving' in an interesting way.

If Cornet is signed, then I think we have gone a reasonable way to replace Richarlison with an attack-minded ‘group' with ability even if their consistency is questionable. The increased subs rule suddenly looks a bit more within our scope to take advantage of, with one area of concern remaining.

I'm not convinced Idrissa Gueye solves our midfield deficiencies on his own, even if he does re-sign. Still, there is another month to attract players in and some positive play in that time may convince some promising defensive midfielders that there is a project to join.

Joe McMahon
82 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Danny and Jim, when we do meet fellow Evertonians in the sky, please don't speak to Kenwright, he'll be the one wearing a Royal Blue robe sat on a blue and white throne.
Si Cooper
83 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Minnesota not Milwaukee. Doh!
Brian Murray
86 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I think Bill will be opening up the finest case of wine with lucifer what he got with the Arteta money and it will be quite a warm climate as well.
Si Cooper
87 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Maybe this server issue will teach me patience!
Brian Wilkinson
88 Posted 30/07/2022 at
I thought our pace was much quicker last night, well impressed with our new signings.

If we could bring Gauye in short term and Batshuayi or Cornet to cover the forward line, then I reckon we can go into the new season more stronger and balanced line ups.

Strange when we had no money, we were bringing in the likes of Cahill, Arteta, Jagielka, Pienaar etc and worked out well.

Seems we are going back down the same road and bringing in players from our leagues or low price players from abroad,and already they are looking better than the over priced players we paid for.

Need to keep our heads now and look for these players that are not setting us back £35 Million plus.

Like other posters have said, there are plenty of bargain players out there, just a case of finding them.

Learn from past mistakes and stop the over priced journey men on large wages and long contracts.

I feel a bit more positive now for the new season, with the added additions to the team.

Gerry Quinn
89 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Many thanks, John (76)
Colin Glassar
90 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Si, this server is still quicker than Gomes and Keane combined.
Bernie Quinn
91 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Again, my thanks to everyone, I'm getting quite embarrassed. To Gerry Quinn- I really did appreciate that post about Cathie. Being a macho sort of bloke, I thought, 'If she can get the all-clear, then so can I'

Thinking of the team, I'm not worried about the season any more. Like I've said before, a good team of players. etc and Frank is working wonders.

Mike G, Am I making too many mistakes with my typing? That's because I'm left-handed!

Paul Birmingham
93 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Jim, yes I believe that there's a better feeling, 2 weeks is a long time, but some good tempo shown last night, hopefully no injuries incurred and none next week, another signing or two, and Everton, can get turn over Chelsea.

Colin, great analog!

Hope eternal.

Steve Carter
94 Posted 30/07/2022 at
Brian [88]: that quartet you mention – if only we can replicate that with the two Burnley lads and two others…
Lee Robinson
95 Posted 01/08/2022 at
I really enjoyed that game. Few points from me, Iwobi never put a foot wrong and looks one of the first names on the team sheet. Tarky is genuinely class, could walk into most sides in the league and be their best defender, we have a gem on our hands which will make a huge difference.

Mykolenko had a poor game for me, needs to work on getting early balls in the box for DCL, but he will be fine I'm a big fan. It's a big season for Gordon, he needs to learn to not try to do too much everytime, blind alleys and runs aren't required most of the time, his end product including his shooting needs more work which I'm sure will come.
McNeil was fantastic, so pleased we got him, will make more of an impact on this side than Richarlson mark my words.

Mention for Patterson too who was fantastic, and the youngsters coming in like Warrington the squad has been bolstered nicely.

If we could get rid of Gomes and Gbamin and bring two maybe 3 first team players (striker/no 6/no 8) in I think we can look forward to a decent season ahead.

Jim Lloyd
96 Posted 01/08/2022 at
Joe, Do you think he'll worm his way up there!
Brian Murray
97 Posted 01/08/2022 at
Jim. Only if Pontius Pilate gives his seat away...
Jim Lloyd
98 Posted 01/08/2022 at
Hahaha! glue the feller to the seat.

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