🎙ToffeeWeb Podcast: ‘60/40’

18/05/2023 7comments  |  Jump to last

Andy, Lyndon and Paul look back at the non-event that was Everton's home defeat to Manchester City and ponder the implications of injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Vitalii Mykolenko ahead of what is a massive game at Wolves on Saturday where the Blues could take another huge step towards safety if they can pick up all three points.

They discuss the team-selection dilemmas at the back and up front if neither injured player is passed fit this weekend and the merits of sticking with a back five even though Conor Coady is ineligible.

Then they look at the relegation situation overall and pick the games for which they were the most nervous.


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John Raftery
2 Posted 18/05/2023 at 14:59:13
In regard to nerves before a match, Wimbledon (1994) and Coventry (1998) both take some beating. However this time round the prospect of relegation layered on to our dire financial plight make a win on Saturday seem absolutely critical to the club’s survival.

No team wants to lose their last home match of the season. For that reason alone Wolves will put more into this match than we might expect. They committed twenty two fouls in the match on Boxing Day. I think they will make it tough for us. We need to win the physical battle and be clinical when the opportunity arises.

Kevin Molloy
3 Posted 18/05/2023 at 15:01:54
I would definitely take a draw for this game. Even though technically our survival is then out of our hands, I still think a win final day will catch us up with either Forest or Leeds.
Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 19/05/2023 at 08:30:59
Most nervous moments:

The anticipation of winning the FA Cup at Wembley in 1984.

Wimbledon in 1994. I was resigned but then, after my celebrations, was found in a storm ditch outside my house in Cyprus.

The 1998 great escape.

Palace last season. I could hardly breathe.

That semi-final against Lucifer's children. I wasn't nervous, just furious at the retreat.

Here is a random one. Charlton at home in 1987 as we were closing in on the 9th League Title. We struggled. Huffed and puffed and really had to work for those points.

Danny O’Neill
5 Posted 19/05/2023 at 08:49:55
Not so much a nervous moment, but the delight in denying them their moment of being undefeated with Wayne Clarke's winner.

I walked back to Croxteth, where I was staying at my Auntie's at the time. A long, but happy walk,

Dave Abrahams
6 Posted 19/05/2023 at 09:02:19
John (2), Yes they interrupted the game at every opportunity, going down with the least excuse, feigning injuries and time wasting, they would have been happy with one point but once they got Traire(?) on the field they played the long ball up the right hand side of the pitch to utilise his speed and it paid off with the winner, with hindsight a point would have been very valuable to us!!
John Raftery
7 Posted 19/05/2023 at 12:18:57
Yes, Dave, losing that point in the last minute to a team at the bottom was a real blow.

I suppose getting an unexpected one in the following game at Man City evened things out but kept Lampard in his job for a further three highly damaging defeats before he was shown the door.

Dom Kearney
8 Posted 19/05/2023 at 20:13:01
Wimbledon 1994: listening to radio in my bedroom in Belfast as a 15-year-old. Despair to elation, just like against Palace last season.

Coventry 1998: at Uni in Liverpool drinking with Uni mates in the Dovedale. Gareth Farrelly – what a goal!

We will stay up this year! UTFT!

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