Bournemouth vs Everton

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Everton's squad for this evening's Carabao Cup tie at Bournemouth could again feature a number of faces from the Under-21s setup.

Frank Lampard looks set to hand a handful of youngsters another taste of life in the first-team set-up as he seeks to not only bring some of the Academy's brightest talents on but also provide cover for some injury concerns that arose during Saturday's Premier League defeat to Leicester.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Amadou Onana and Idrissa Gueye all came off against the Foxes with knocks that could sideline them for both games against the Cherries this week and force the manager into changes to the starting XI for both tonight and Saturday's League game at Vitality Stadium,

Lampard would have been expected to make a few changes for the cup tie regardless of which regulars were fit but opportunity now beckons, perhaps, for the likes of James Garner, Neal Maupay, Ruben Vinagre and Tom Davies while Yerry Mina and Mason Holgate will, no doubt, be hoping to get some minutes having recovered from injury.

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Meanwhile, Lampard has hinted that U21 prospects like Reece Welch, who made his full debut against Fleetwood in the last round, Stanley Mills and Tom Cannon could all be in the matchday squad.

For Cannon, as the only other striker on the club's books apart from Salomon Rondon, it represents an exciting chance to show whether he is ready to make the step up to the senior side having established himself as a fixture in Paul Tait's development side.

Kick-off: 7:45pm
Last Time: Bournemouth 0 - 2 Everton (League Cup 2R, 2L, October 1985)


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Steavey Buckley
1 Posted 07/11/2022 at 14:25:05
The decline of Everton is so bad, there is no team in the Premier League that Everton are confident of beating before a ball is kicked, especially, away from home where Bournemouth pose a real threat in Everton's next away game.

The main problem with Everton is they appear to sign players who are no better than the ones they replaced. Yet, Everton are spending upwards of £33 million to stagnate.

Danny O’Neill
2 Posted 07/11/2022 at 18:51:34
I'm on the brink of snapping but I'll hold it together.

We lost a game of football and are apparently relegated already.

We're going to Bournemouth tomorrow evening and there are thousands travelling. As there will be on Saturday.

Call me a happy clapper. Call me what you want. I know our failings, but I believe we can win both matches.

Dave Abrahams
3 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:08:15

I was going to comment on tomorrow's match at Bournemouth but you reminded me of the terrific support we will be taking down there on a winter’s night and keep my thoughts to myself except to say “Come on you Blues, give those fans a happy journey home for once”.

I really hope all of you going there tomorrow have good trips going and coming home and see a good Everton performance.

Rob Halligan
4 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:23:51

I’m really looking forward to spending around 20 hours on a coach…… NOT!

Tony Abrahams
5 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:25:04
What time are you leaving tomorrow, Rob?
Rob Halligan
6 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:28:49
Coach is 12:30 Tony. Hopefully get there around 6:00 - 6:15. Hopefully can meet Danny in the Mello Mello bar. Coach is 8am on Saturday. 😴😴😴
Danny O’Neill
7 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:36:56
Great stuff, Eddie. I'm 51 and still tried to play like I was 21 into my late 30s. It doesn't quite work!!

Dave Abrahams, we'll drag them into the next round and those fans can enjoy their long trip that will end in the early hours of Wednesday morning. And many will repeat the same journey on Saturday into Sunday morning as Rob says. Mello Mello twice in a week!!

Last week is gone. This week is what matters now.

Then we can reset and look forward to Boxing Day. Hope to see you and some of the others there?

Tony Abrahams
8 Posted 07/11/2022 at 19:49:39
Incredible support, Rob.

I keep saying I can't wait to get on the road again, mate, but games like tomorrow's definitely sort the men out from the boys, although knowing Evertonians, I bet you there will be around 100 young kids who will be taking a day off school tomorrow, mate.

The travelling Blue Army deserve some success but, when I see Liverpool for sale, it brings it home to me what type of owner we have had for such a long time.

Success has been all about trying to get someone to build a new stadium, whilst winning trophies is something that's long been forgotten. Is it too much to ask for new owners for ourselves? 🤞

Tony Hill
9 Posted 07/11/2022 at 20:04:22
If only, Tony. We are stuck, I'm afraid.
Danny O’Neill
10 Posted 07/11/2022 at 20:04:26
Now you're getting me emotional, Tony.

Just as I was given a 2-day pass and let off school for the Norwich away title clincher in 1987. My word, that was a trip.

Those young supporters will be there tomorrow and deserve a day or two off school. You can always make that back. But Everton memories are forged forever.

I love the fact we've got the new stadium on the horizon. But I always think United had the right model for many years since Alex Ferguson's appointment. Yes have a strategic vision. But get it right on the pitch first and then build the stadium around the success.

We are where we are. Tomorrow and Saturday, we're at Bournemouth.

Spirit. Everton forever.

Duncan McDine
11 Posted 07/11/2022 at 20:18:32
I thought tickets would be easy to come by for tomorrow: Tuesday night in November, Mickey Mouse Cup, loooong journey for the majority…. But the criteria was ST+25 credits! Insane.

Thankfully I bagged a ticket, and the journey isn't too long for me, but I know of loads of Blues down here that weren't so fortunate.

Paul Hewitt
12 Posted 07/11/2022 at 20:25:29
Let's just go and try and win these two games. Have a bit of adventure and have a go.
Sean O’Hanlon
13 Posted 07/11/2022 at 20:44:49
Total respect to those supporters making the long journey down to Bournemouth tomorrow.

I just hope the team can reciprocate the passion, spirit and dedication these supporters give to the club on a regular basis, despite the garbage that is served up to them, week-in & week-out.

Jay Harris
14 Posted 07/11/2022 at 21:23:17
Good luck to the team and the traveling Blues. Our lack of goalscorers is haunting us bet let's keep behind the team and hope for some luck.

Bournemouth won't be easy after losing 2 games on the bounce that they should have won but let's hope we can continue their misery.

Tony Abrahams
15 Posted 08/11/2022 at 06:23:44
Two games before a 6-week rest. Fuck formations, just make sure every player runs their legs off. There's nothing complicated about that.
Danny O’Neill
16 Posted 08/11/2022 at 06:28:14
I think you've just given the team talk, Tony!!
Jim Bennings
17 Posted 08/11/2022 at 06:36:56
Our only realistic chance every season of ever winning a trophy again.

We can't afford to mess too much with the team, there's only one game left before the Slave Labour Cup starts so we have to win both of these games.

It's imperative for Frank also that he alleviates pressure that could soon be building on himself here.

Tony Abrahams
18 Posted 08/11/2022 at 06:46:17
Team talks should be like tactics, imo, Danny, and kept really simple. My favourite team talks resolve around Kendall. One was at Stoke, before an FA Cup tie, and one was at halftime against Bayern Munich, and funnily enough, they both revolved around our great fans!

I was watching on Saturday; some of the crowd were getting a bit restless with Everton passing it around at the back and either getting nowhere or even giving the ball away in really dangerous positions... then not getting close enough to Leicester who had way too much space in which to play.

My thoughts were, "Change your tactics, Frank, condense the pitch. Get players closer to Calvert-Lewin, go a bit longer and start scrapping for second balls. Try and disrupt Leicester and engage the crowd." Goodison should always be about engaging a fierce Everton crowd!

Sorry for the monologue Danny, you're infectious mate!

Bernie Quinn
19 Posted 08/11/2022 at 06:51:37
Just recovering from an eye operation this afternoon, so will be squinting at the TV at the match.

I have read your comments Danny, and I firmly believe we will have a hard-fought victory. After all, I am temporarily a real one-eyed Evertonian!

In Frank I Trust.

Gary Johnson
20 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:10:59
Danny, we haven't “lost a football match” — we've only won 1 in 6, and scored in only 1 in 5… that is relegation form, whatever bow you tie on it.

I hope you're right, and it's two wins. If it is, then we all need to chill and give Frank a few more months. Anything less than a win at the weekend though, and we need to bite the bullet and get rid. Ideally before Southampton and Villa manager bounces leave us adrift in the zone.

Gary Johnson
21 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:18:27
I'd go with youth and squad tonight, and see what they got. None of the Top 6 will take this competition lightly, so dreams of winning it are remote at best – especially with no goalscorers.

Patterson Mina Welch Vinagre
Davies Garner
Mills Price Gordon

Tony Everan
22 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:20:42
Every game can be a turning point one way or another, it can be the start of rot or the beginning of a resurgence. With the fans behind the manager and players, the latter is more likely.

There comes a time when we cannot just keep changing managers or demanding new players; we've got to go with what we've got. Win matches by hard work, individually and collectively.

I think this is where we are at now, it's no use saying we'll be okay when January comes and we get the magic forward player in who will score 20 a season. It doesn't work like that. Any player will only be successful if the team is functioning and fighting for each other and every blade of grass every week.

For what it's worth, I'd start Gana and Garner either side of a more advanced Doucoure. Up front, I'd play Gray for width and Maupay instructed to feed off Calvert-Lewin and cause as much havoc as he can. In defence, if Patterson is fit, he must start.

Brian Wilkinson
23 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:26:25
About bloody time Mills and Cannon got a chance.

Do us proud and get a win tonight.

Up the youngsters.

Tony Abrahams
24 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:28:57
I feel different, because I think as this team develops, it could beat any team, on any given day, but maybe I'm seeing things through blue-tinted glasses?

We have got some very good players, and most of them are young, which means they blow hot and cold. It's getting boring talking about the system, but Lampard brought some very good players to Chelsea, only for another manager to take over and win them the Champions League.

They say that it's those who learn the quickest that go the furthest, so take your time, Frank… just don't go out the cup tonight!

Brian Wilkinson
25 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:35:16
For those lucky enough to be going tonight, I hope you get to see Stanley Mills get some game time.

That kid is going to the very top, enjoy.

Danny O’Neill
26 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:48:45
No apologies ever needed, Tony. I don't think my better half would call me infectious. She tends to use other choice words. We'll catch up on Boxing Day hopefully.

Footballers, in my experience, like it simple. It's actually a simple game, despite what those modern pundits would have us believe.

Gary, isn't it 3 scored in 5?

That's pedantic of me. Either way, I get the sentiment and we all know that we need to address the lack of teeth up front. We all know that.

Play as a unit, not leave gaps between defence and midfield or between midfield and the forward.

David Bromwell
27 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:59:29
I think we are in a very difficult situation, the team have played very poorly in our last two games and we simply do not have any realistic forward options. The three apparent injuries suffered on Saturday are of further concern.

I think Frank should experiment a little tonight as the game on Saturday is of more importance. Time to ditch the two wide players please, we have loads of centre-backs so I think we might see us operating with the back 5 and wingbacks again.

Steavey Buckley
28 Posted 08/11/2022 at 07:59:31
Everton's biggest Achilles Heel is giving the ball away too often; good teams don't do that. That's why they win more games than lose them.
Eddie Dunn
29 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:05:24
I am very worried about tonight's game. I fear that Frank is going to sacrifice our interest in this Cup and will play an ineffectual team that will get demolished by Bournemouth. Let's face it, our best eleven would be hard-pressed to get through but our second string will be way too weak.

I think Frank will rest as many of the eleven who he wants for Saturday and thus we will have a disjointed line-up tonight.
I think he must realise that the relegation 6-pointer is much more important.

Jim Bennings
30 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:07:38
I think we need to see a bit more of Stanley Mills in the first team before we start saying he can go to the very top.

Many players go on to have decent careers at League One standard but, at this level, they are not good enough.

I've been watching Lewis Dobbin on loan; he looks way off being a Premier League starter that some thought he was last season.

Ellis Simms has been injured but he's another who looks rather Rondon-esque.

Jarrad Branthwaite I believe will take over the central-defensive slot in about 3 or 4 years time and be a decent defender.

Kunal Desai
31 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:16:42
I'd probably take 3 points on Saturday, if push came came to shove, than win tonight. But given our horrific away form – what is it, 2 wins from 25? – I hold very little hope.
Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:17:50
Where have you been watching him, Jim?

I agree that Dobbin is not ready but he's got pace, and might have been effective coming off the bench at times. At least he's getting first-team experience right now.

I'd sooner win tonight, Kunal.

Joe McMahon
33 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:36:21
Bournemouth score goals; Everton rarely do... I so hope (for once) we can get two results in a week.

Why do we never prioritise goals-scoring in any transfer window? It makes watching our team excruciating and embarrassing.

Mark Murphy
34 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:37:58

Whilst I'd love to see youth given a chance, Frank would be crucified if he played that team tonight and lost (as it probably would). We need a win, and a good one too!

I'd be telling Gray and Gordon to either produce in the first half or be humiliated and dragged off at half-time. I'd tell Tom Davies he can secure more starts with an excellent (no less) performance,e and I'd give Vinagre a go at left wing-back with a back three of Mina, Keane and Holgate on notice to perform or start packing.

My team:

Patterson Holgate Keane Mina Vinagre
Davies Garner
Gray Gordon

Gordon at 10, Gray wider. Give Iwobi a rest – we know he's earned it.

Rob Halligan
35 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:47:50

Let's hope that Frank considers the fans when picking his team for tonight. There will be around 1,200 down at Bournemouth tonight, many of whom will be travelling down from Liverpool and not getting home until about 4:30 am tomorrow morning.

The team are staying down at Bournemouth for the weekend league game, and no doubt will be nicely tucked up in bed two hours after the game ends, while we won't even be halfway home.

Should Frank consider the fans when picking his team? of course not… but, if he claims to be “One of us”, then surely he should be having a right good go to win the game, which means picking the strongest team he can. Bournemouth will no doubt be playing a weakened team, so pick a strong team, get the game won and then make the five substitutions allowed.

The last thing we want is fan reaction like Benitez got at Brentford and Norwich last season, and for the fans to face a round-trip journey of 550 miles to watch a second team is, in my opinion, totally unacceptable.

Danny O’Neill
36 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:50:07
First things first. The focus today is to get through to the next round.

Tomorrow, I'll start thinking about 3 points on Saturday.

Keep that one eye open, Bernie.

Joe McMahon
37 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:53:32
Mark Murphy, I know we don't pick the team, but I like your selection.
Jim Bennings
38 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:55:27

Modern day football's clamour for pace over technical accomplishment does do my head in.

Gordon and Gray are lightning fast with the football intelligence of Zippy and Bungle.

Give me a player with pace and technical accomplishment, then we have a real player, but frankly if I have to choose at the moment, I'd rather we had a little lockpicker technician, like Pienaar, Arteta etc.

Danny O’Neill
39 Posted 08/11/2022 at 08:58:09
And then many up again at Sparrows Fart on Saturday morning, 3 days later, to make the same trip, Rob.

Go to win, Blues. Play a team to win, Mr Lampard.

Danny O’Neill
40 Posted 08/11/2022 at 09:24:35
I think the key word there Jonathan is "try". Try to stay up. Guarantees? I doubt it and don't think so. Those 3 clubs mentioned have bounced between the leagues over the past decade, one of them even reaching the depths of the 3rd tier. Not that I expect everyone to remember, but Wolves even reached the 4th tier with the gates of Molineux locked and padlocked.

So I'm not using them as a benchmark for Everton. And my in-laws are from the west Midlands, a mix of Wolves, West Brom and Villa. The wife a Villa supporter, so I'm well averse to their sentiments and thoughts.

It's November, not May. We know what the issues are. I was a bit uncertain about the appointment of Lampard. I'm still not totally convinced, but warming to him.

But I'm also fed up of changing managers seemingly every year on average. Someone more methodical can do the actual detail on that one. Instability has done us no good. So for me, it's stick, hold your nerve and see something through for the first time in almost 10 years.

On this basis, Kendall would never have delivered the glory years and, in a Groundhog Day or Trueman Show scenario, Moyes would have been sacked several times before Christmas on countless occasions only to come back and repeat.

We know who the real perpetrator is, but that doesn't appear to be changing anytime soon.

So like all of us, I'm getting behind a manager, the management team and the players. I'll start worrying in February or March if I need to. Hopefully not. But right now, I'm focussed on tonight and the League Cup.

Good point Jim Bennings. Pace of mind and thought combined with decision making often outdoes sheer pace. A common misconception in the modern game.

Apologies, I'm getting into match day mode and the adrenalin is pumping.

Brian Harrison
41 Posted 08/11/2022 at 09:30:44
To Rob Halligan and the rest of the travelling Blues I salute you, I find it remarkable that irrespective where we are in the league they turn up in their droves at every away game. I get frustrated just going to Goodison every other week, but these guys spend hundreds of pounds a week and heaven knows how many miles and hours they spend on motorways.
Getting back to tonight's game I hope that Frank does think of those travelling fans and sends out his best team available and they give these brilliant supporters something to cheer.
Philip Lockett
42 Posted 08/11/2022 at 09:59:03
I believe our commitment tonight should be keep the ball. Our failure in many games is we lose the ball too much. We must also field a strong team as Bournemouth must have been gutted to lose after their impressive performance on Saturday.

Any Bournemouth fan would have probably felt gutted but also proud of a performance like that, we need that same conviction on the pitch tonight COYB

Eddie Dunn
43 Posted 08/11/2022 at 09:59:31
Rob -having travelled many times to watch utter crap over the years - I hope that he picks a decent side and give the away hordes something to savour.
Personally, I would pick the strongest available eleven and make them go at it again at the weekend. After all, the majority of them have a nice holiday in Australia to look forward to.
However, I still think he will play a weakened side which will get tonked, hoping for a result on Saturday. He would rather get knocked out of a cup than spend weeks in the bottom 3.
Darren Hind
44 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:14:26
I think we will have better support than they will tonight.

My grand-daughter is at uni down there. She was up for a family thing. My lad is driving her down today and asked her boyfriend if he could sort 4 tickets next to each other in the home stands. He sorted it in about 10 minutes.

Evertonians don't do "secondary importance" for so-called minor competitions. They will travel in numbers for any match, be it Carabao or Friendly. Every match counts.

Back in the day, we would travel to places like Norwich expecting to see the title being won. We would go to Arsenal or Chelsea expecting to find a way, even if it meant winners coming from unlikely sources such as Harper or Reidy... But what drives these younger fans today? They have seen more defeats on the road than a tribe of unarmed nomads.

We may look over both shoulders when we say it, because we don't want to concede it to other fans, but inside Evertonia we know it. We have been fucking garbage for decades. Many of these younger blues have never seen a semi-decent team. And still they follow.

I often see the term "Gets Everton", but even though I have supported the club for over 60 years. I have to confess. I don't get these younger fans. I love them and feel very proud of them, but I just don't get them.

Lifers like Rob will never stop going to these away games. It's what he does. But he's seen the promised land. He knows what it tastes like, but even he must marvel at these younger fans.

If there's any justice in the world...

James Newcombe
45 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:18:44
Jim 38, I’ll have you know that Bungle has good feet for a big lad.
Clive Rogers
46 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:24:49
If we lose these two games, Frank could well be toast, according to the rumours.
Steavey Buckley
47 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:28:17
There is no good playing any type football (no matter how hard they try) if players keep giving the ball away. Pickford would be better aiming the ball far away from the Everton half into safety in the other half of the pitch.

The amount of goals given away by Everton this season through lost possession is ridiculous. 3 wins from 13 matches proves how costly lost possession is causing Everton.

Christine Foster
48 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:35:35
Without Calvert-Lewin, there is no point in having two wingers in the side… actually, even with him in the side, neither winger has crossed the ball, or done anything else actually, so keep a speed merchant and a hungry youngster who wants to impress.

Or, if Lampard wants to play with wingers, stick Coady up front and play Mina at the back... radical? What the hell have we got to lose? A target man who can handle himself...

Out of the box, Frank, trying the same things will get you the same results. We need a leader up front to run off and win second balls.

Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:37:50
It's similar to the amount of chances we don't create because of players rushing the final pass, Steavey. Maybe we will get there one day…
Joe McMahon
50 Posted 08/11/2022 at 10:44:40
Steavey @44, correct.

So I'd question why most of the players in the summer were brought in. The squad has been awful for 5-6 years. Sigurdsson could pass, be we (as usual) overpaid.

Kunal, I didn't have you down for going back to players from decades ago, you didn't mention Stuart McCall!

Ian Jones
51 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:05:44
Hopefully, we'll get past Bournemouth tonight.

Whilst we are likely to put out an under-strength team, I assume Bournemouth will have one eye on their position in the league and change their team around with youngsters or reserves looking to impress.

Can see it being a difficult night for us.

As for the weekend's match, 5 nil to us would do

Rick Tarleton
52 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:25:07
Christine, as you well know, wingers are unlikely to cross the ball when they are played on the "wrong" side in the modern way.

Dave Thomas provided Bob Latchford with a service, Calvert-Lewin never gets one. Nor does he have a Ross Barkley slipping accurate, weighted passes as Lukaku did.

Everton are set up to preserve what they have at the start of the game and hope for a lucky or wondrous breakaway goal.
I know Everton are a very limited team and that Lampard has to cut his cloth etc, but he is very unambitious in his tactics and selection policy.

Gueye and Onana are an unnecessary duplication that automatically restricts the creative potential of a very limited midfield. Garner deserves a start, but I don't see Gana, Garner and Onana becoming a new Holy Trinity.

Danny O’Neill
54 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:29:09
I might be overly optimistic before a match.

I wasn't happy clapping at Brentford away last season – I was fuming... I was certainly not happy clapping at Norwich away. Even more fuming, I was despondent and had a feeling of dismay at Tottenham away.

'Happy clappers' is a cheap shot at those who want the same as those who maybe think they are a bit more realistic in their own opinion.

I don't care. A ball hasn't been kicked yet. We can win this and repeat at the weekend.

Hopefully we'll all be happy clapping tonight.

Sean Roe
55 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:33:23
I'd start with Mina & Keane in central defence, Moore is 6ft-5in and Solanke is 6ft-2in. Other than that, and resting Iwobi as others have mentioned, it's much of a muchness.

Let's lure them into a false sense of security tonight for Saturday, let them think we have no firepower.

Mike Doyle
56 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:34:15
No idea what to expect tonight other than I expect both us and Bournemouth to field weakened teams.

Irrespective of what supporters think, both clubs will have Premier League survival at the top of their priority list – so tonight and the weekend will be different games.

Danny O’Neill
57 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:39:57
Wonderful post Darren @46.

I get filled with pride standing alongside those young Evertonians as I've said countless times.

They've had nothing but they have belief. Maybe they get it from middle aged fools like me, although my son and brother often shake their heads at me with a look of concern and confusion.

Hopefully the good Evertonian Lord will give them their reward. They deserve it twice over.

Steve Griffiths
58 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:41:32
Jim (38), couldn't agree more. I've been banging on about that for years, who would you rather have Gray & Gordon or Ericksen & Willian? I know who I'd choose & yes I know about the wages. Quality trumps pace all of the time.
Michael Lynch
59 Posted 08/11/2022 at 11:54:12
I would prefer us to play a strong team tonight, though a start for James Garner is a must, and I would like to see Tom Cannon get some minutes if the alternative is Rondon on the bench.

Tricky for Frank – if we lose both games at Bournemouth, there's going to be a lot of pressure on him as we would go into the break in the Bottom 3 and out of the only cup we could ever hope to progress in.

Tom Bowers
60 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:01:53
I for one have long criticized the ''Mickey Mouse Cup'' and I quite honestly don't see any reason to change.

It is an excuse to find a little extra cash for some of the poorer little teams and many Premier League teams use it as a means of giving younger bench players etc some experience.

As usual I expect little or nothing from Everton, especially with going to Bournemouth. The game at the weekend is far more important after that awful game against the Foxes.

John Kavanagh
61 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:03:26
So here we are again, trembling at the thought of facing the mighty Bournemouth twice in a week.

Of the two matches, I'm afraid tonight's has little importance now because last Saturday's result means we are now back in the relegation mix rather than in the mid-table comfort zone. A result at the weekend is now as essential for us as it is for them.

Sums it all up really. We've become a great little club under Kenwright and getting smaller all the time. I just hope that the youngsters have a good game and show the established first team members that it is possible to pass a ball 2 yards and retain possession. Mills to open his account tonight please.

Brian Murray
62 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:08:43
Just for once, I don't want to hear off Frank how good was the threat of the opposition.

It's called the Premier League, mate, deal with it.

Paul Washington
63 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:29:17
Danny, try a different tack, be a misery arse before games instead of being optimistic, it might work!

I feel for the young fans who go everywhere. I'm lucky enough to have seen us win the 69-70 title (team for the 70s!) and the stuff that followed. My lad, who's 28 and goes most games and currently planning to go to Australia next week, hasn't had a trophy to cheer about, only lost finals and semis.

We should go all out to win tonight, and worry about Saturday on Wednesday.

Tony Abrahams
64 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:38:58
Darren's post @46, would be my team talk because, even though I think I understand the younger generation of fans, whenever I think of them, they genuinely make me shiver just as much as remembering nights like Bayern Munich do. They are simply fantastic, and have no equal imho.
Jerome Shields
65 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:39:39
Probably the same system with different players up front and in defence.

I expect Davies to start in midfield and Doucoure to cover injuries.

Barry Rathbone
66 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:42:48
Need to focus on the cups and play the strongest 11 possible. None of this fannying around with second-stringers pretending to be Mr Supercoach.

Adam was a lad the last time we won silverware and we're not going to win the league so the cups should be our Number One Priority!!!

If we still have ideas of being a "big" club trophies are required

Danny O’Neill
67 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:49:24
You'll hear those young fans belting out Goodison Gang and Spirit of the Blues tonight.

Songs revived from the '60s and the '80s. Easy for me and the previous generation as we witnessed success. We know what it smells and tastes like.

Before their time. But they know it. They believe it. They sing it with passion.

Their time has to come. Let's make it happen.

Joe Digney
68 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:51:03
Do any channels still show the FA Cup over here in the UK?

I've been in Ozzy land so long, I wasn't sure whether the BBC still have it.

Robert Tressell
69 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:51:04
Barry, I agree.

This is a trophy we can win. This whole prioritisation of survival over success is what is killing the club. At some point, we need the manager to show some balls and play to win.

Playing with intensity is a habit we are sadly out of. You don't get it back by turning an opportunity for silverware into a meaningless run-out for the 2nd string.

Denis Hignett
70 Posted 08/11/2022 at 12:52:28
I hope they have been practising penalties.
Our record in this competition is not good.
Hold your breath.
Geoff Lambert
71 Posted 08/11/2022 at 13:01:07
If we are looking for a makeshift striker to come on after 60 minutes, I would consider Michael Keane.

He has a good touch, can jump and head the ball, and can finish as well. Can't be any worse than Maupay or Rondon.

Brian Murray
72 Posted 08/11/2022 at 13:02:24
Besides the very odd anomaly, Man City or Liverpool and Chelsea have competed past the last 8 to guarantee themselves a trophy. What universe says we are in with a shout?

Sorry, I'm still one angry Blue and no time for ifs buts and maybes. To me, we look a Burnley. Certainly no mugs defensively but they couldn't score either. I'm not Welsh but very much a Doubting Thomas.

Kieran Kinsella
79 Posted 08/11/2022 at 14:46:00

Totally agree but it's not just us. Every year the majority of Premier League teams hand this trophy to Chelsea or Man City by "rotating" has-beens and children into the line-up and then claiming "We took it seriously."

The Saturday game is not do or die. It's a game like any other, so I don't see the need to "preserve" our "best players" – whoever they may be – for that one.

I also don't buy the "so-and-so deserves a game cause he shows up and trains every day." That's his job. He is well paid to do it. If he (Davies, Keane whoever) is sensational in training, them by all means give them a shot.

But the old "He's a good pro, he keeps his head down and doesn't complain" isn't in of itself a reason to let someone represent Everton Football Club in front of paying fans.

John Raftery
80 Posted 08/11/2022 at 14:49:59
I hope we field the strongest team available tonight. I have little idea what that might be.
Brian Murray
81 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:08:19

Do you continually watch James Stewart's It's A Wonderful Life?

I'm just curious. 😂

Danny O’Neill
82 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:15:07
Brian, you know me well enough. I was virtually crying before the Crystal Palace Game in the Winslow let alone the state I was in after it. Good job you didn't see me then!!

Here we go, Blues!

Gary Johnson
83 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:27:12
Mark # 34 - it's all about opinion, buddy.

Personally, I'd crucify him more for a back 3 of Mina, Holgate and Keane than I would for trying something new with a front 4 of Mills, Price, Gordon and Cannon. At least he's then trying something new, not the insanity of the same already failed players.

Hearing through the grapevine young Ishe Samuels-Smith may have a bench spot tonight.

Bill Gall
84 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:45:01
I think this will be a difficult game and how difficult will depend on the team that Bournemouth put out. They may decide that they need to concentrate more on the Premier League and put out a weaker team, or they may decide that their best success is the FA Cup and put their strongest team.

Everton should put out their strongest team, as after these next 2 games, they only have friendlies for a couple of weeks, except for players representing their countries. until the World Cup is over.

Nick Page
85 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:49:44
“This whole prioritisation of survival over success is what is killing the club. At some point, we need the manager to show some balls and play to win.”

Exactly this, Robert. But unfortunately it's just not in the culture of the club under this regime. We're now looking at clubs like Bournemouth as big hurdles to overcome. It used to be Liverpool and Man Utd. Sad sad times...

Kieran Kinsella
86 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:53:43
If we go to penalties, I don't want to see all this nonsense of standing with shoulders wrapped around each other, having a group prayer, asking whose brave enough to take one, then consoling anyone who misses saying "You were brave enough to take one, it's not your fault."

All that nonsense just creates stress. It should be simple. The best players take the penalties. If you miss, it is your fault and yours entirely for letting down your team mates, the fans, the people of Merseyside and the Everton diaspora around the world. Deal with it.

Bobby Mallon
87 Posted 08/11/2022 at 15:56:23
Nick Page, well said.
Dave Williams
88 Posted 08/11/2022 at 16:10:26
The travelling fans will be home around 3-4am – what loyalty.
The team owe us one after that disgrace on Saturday (and the previous week, for that matter).

It's high time our manager gets ruthless with the players who still can't or won't perform. Our wingers are not performing so why not play without them and beef up the midfield? It can't be any worse… or can it??

Fran Mitchell
89 Posted 08/11/2022 at 16:35:48
I wonder what the odds are for Mills to play some minutes, look exciting and direct, quickly become fans' favourite and demand he plays...

And by next November, for him to be another shithouse who thinks too much of himself and should be sold for whoever bids.

Dale Self
90 Posted 08/11/2022 at 16:57:40
Kieran, so maybe they should just grab their nuts and jump. And then give a throwing action with a healthy "fuck off" if they miss.
Dave Cashen
91 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:02:18
Don't worry Fran.

He"ll still be sold for a nice profit, but not before his own fans have killed all his love for the game.

Heard Anthony Gordon's name booming out at Leeds.The fella sitting next to me said " They'll be slaughtering him before Christmas. This is why our youngsters don't fulfill their potential. The fans don't deserve them and the club doesn't know what to do with them"

I thought he was joking

Rob Halligan
92 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:05:58
Roughly 200 miles gone. Only another 900 miles to go taking into account the Saturday game.
Matthew Williams
93 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:06:17
Regardless of injuries,defeats to Bournemouth in our next two games for me is totally unacceptable...I wonder if our boardroom feel the same?

I sadly doubt it... just find a fucking way to win both eh Frank!

Dale Self
94 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:16:22
Good luck Rob, hope you are well rewarded for the trip. Don't let Bo Urinemouth talk shit to you in the stands.

I'm getting right with Frank having to experiment. I don't expect him to get it right but something has to be tried to address the sterile possession in the final third. We get there but then run down dead alleys or fail to find a run. The lineup should be interesting, just keep Iwobi in the middle and deep. Perhaps even as the defender at the D, the shot stopper. Desperate times require desperate measures and I think he could find a role there that no one expects. We need any effective gimmicks we can find right now.

And before you ask "what have you been smoking?", I'll just declare that it is harvest season out here but I'm seriously making the suggestion. Iwobi as an advanced sweeper, let that sink in.

Mike Gaynes
95 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:19:28
Rob, just as you posted that, I was listening to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) by the Proclaimers. I think it was written for you and your posse.
Kieran Kinsella
96 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:22:07

It's a good suggestion

Jerome Shields
97 Posted 08/11/2022 at 17:49:20
Lampard is talking experimental. Hope it is not an excuse for not winning.
Jay Harris
98 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:03:26
What I was most upset about is not one of the players came out and apologized to the fans after that abysmal no show on Saturday.

It seems Premier league footballers are quick to look for the adulation and kudos but slow to take responsibility.

Give me a good old-fashioned pro any time before this current crop of prima donnas who just want to play in world cups and champions league without putting a shift in.

Chris Hockenhull
99 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:29:32
Jay (98). I get your point but let’s not forget recent years when every bloody week they were round the squad and elected some bugger to trot out the corporate statement that not even Goebells could match about how sorry/ disappointed/ ashamed blah blah blah.. only for I’ll to happen week on for what seemed an eternity. I’m too old to be fooled by the sorry bollocks they trot out so I’m happy they don’t because we know it’s all bullshit
Joe McMahon
100 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:39:48
Chris@99, and don't forget Nice Guy, he bleeds blue Seamus after every tonking from Liverpool.
Bill Gall
101 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:43:35
Hope you recover from your trip with a happy face Rob, remember traveling down to Poole in the late 60s by coach when there were no motorways, took nearly as long to get there then, than it takes to get there and back now
Brian Wilkinson
102 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:44:48
Jim@30 could not agree more about your we need to see a bit more of Stanley Mills before we can say he can go to the very top, that is why we should be interpreting him in the first team squad.

When he does finally get more game time, he will go the same way Gordon went, where he was undroppable, the difference with Mills and Gordon is Mills has that football brain, where he knows where his team mates are, he will make runs, at the same time will pass, look up, and not run down a blind alley.

I would personally give him a run out ahead of Gordon or Gray, give him a few games, but keep him in the squad going forward, the u23,s are nowhere near as competitive as the old central league, a couple of these youngsters will pick up more knowledge and skill, training with the first team, getting some minutes from the bench, getting that match day feeling.

That’s why we have struggled in the past to bring any youngsters through, and yes many have left without pulling up trees elsewhere, but we have to change something going forward, too many are not coming through, time the likes of Cannon, and Mills got a look in, after all it is those areas that we are struggling with at the moment.

Let’s see how the youngsters do tonight, if any get a start.

Cup ties is normally the time to rotate, but with the new 5 sub rule in the Premiership, surely there is room on the bench for at least one youngster, if not more.

Neil Lawson
103 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:45:25
Kieran 86.

I am always mystified why our wonderful professional players, plying their trade at the highest level and being paid a ridiculous sum of money to do so, can ever be excused for missing a penalty.

They can all do keepie uppies and ball juggling but they cannot hit a corner of a wide goal inaccessible to even the largest and most agile of keepers and do so with unerring consistency.

Don't give me "pressure" either. It is utterly unacceptable. Practise, practise, practise and then more practise.

Tom Bowers
104 Posted 08/11/2022 at 18:45:37
Bournemouth will no doubt make changes as will Everton but you know whatever their lineup they will come out on fire so we have to match them 100% to get the result.

Yes, a win would be nice, as with any game, but the Premier League game is more vital given the position in the league.

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