Everton 2 - 0 Chelsea

It’s been three-and-a-half weeks since the Premier League handed Everton the largest sporting sanction in English top-flight history, docking the club 10 points and plunging it into another battle against relegation. It’s taken the Blues just two weeks to take nine of them back and haul themselves out of the bottom three, as Sean Dyche and his side have shrugged off the setback against Manchester United on 26 November by winning three straight matches.

It’s the first time an Everton side has managed that since March 2021 when Carlo Ancelotti was manager; the Toffees ended up finishing 10th that year, which is where the club would be sitting now after 16 games, four points above Chelsea without that hefty sanction.

Indeed, it was fitting that the free-spending Londoners were today’s opponents at Goodison Park because the respective experience of the two clubs over the majority of the Premier League era and their standing in the game with regard to treatment by the media and the powers-that-be has been very different.

In hoarding players and farming them out on loan to places like sibling club Vitesse Arnhem and spending close to £1bn on incoming transfers – a world record £430m this past summer alone – in just a couple of years by signing them to seven- and eight-year contracts, Chelsea have bent the rules to breaking point. They may yet have their day in front of an independent commission for their own PSR breaches but few could miss the irony – not to mention the mockery of the notion of financial fair play – in Mauricio Pochettino’s response to his team’s defeat at Goodison Park today being a call to spend yet more money in January.

Everton, by contrast, may yet have to sell again in the winter window to cover costs if the regulatory scrutiny of 777 Partners’ proposed takeover of the club drags into the first few weeks of the New Year or their buy-out falters altogether, but under Dyche they have in spades what money can seldom purchase and that is spirit, mentality and belief.

In the space of eight days, Everton have won three games, registered three clean sheets, beaten on their own patch a Forest team that had only lost once at home all season and seen off two of the richest, most vaunted clubs in the Premier League. As Dyche acknowledged proudly after the final whistle this afternoon, the Blues are finding different ways to win — at the City Ground, it was a case of matching Forest and taking the chance when it came; against Newcastle it was about intensity and force of will; today, on short rest after Thursday evening’s heroics and visible fatigue in the ranks, it was about sheer dogged resilience.

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It’s been tempting for neutral observers to put Everton’s last three results down to the galvanising effect of the Premier League’s potentially devastating sanction but Dyche’s team were already displaying all the qualities that will more than overcome the unfair loss of 10 points. Indeed, this was their ninth win in their last 13 matches in all competitions, seven of them in the League and that top-four calibre return of 22 points from 33 would otherwise have been enough to propel them into contention for a place in Europe this season.

Everton’s appeal against their penalty might yet see them claw some of those points back but, in the meantime, they will push on, no doubt displaying the kind of character that Dyche has so admirably harnessed in his 11 months in charge at Goodison. The defiance and fight for the badge was there in abundance today even if it didn’t manifest itself in the most effective or free-flowing performance against talented and feisty opponents.

The decision to ask Ashley Young to play two games in less than 72 hours was questionable and the 38-year-old was no match against the speedy Mikhailo Mudryk until he was replaced by Nathan Patterson a few minutes before half-time because of injury. His young deputy was very impressive in his stead, though while on the other side of defence Vitalii Mykolenko was the standout performer which, when you consider that James Tarkowski and Jarrad Branthwaite were magnificent in the centre, was no mean feat.

In midfield, the returning James Garner slotted back in seamlessly after his man-of-the-match display at Forest eight days ago and if Idrissa Gueye’s workload and consequent exhaustion over that period exhibited itself in a somewhat disappointing outing alongside him, Amadou Onana came on to mark his own return and up the levels in the second half.

Then there was Dwight McNeil and Abdoulaye Doucouré, the former fairly quiet going forward in the first half but a key factor in the opening goal; the latter outstanding throughout, not least when he fired home with aplomb in the 54th minute to break the deadlock. Lewis Dobbin’s excellent finish in stoppage time for his first senior goal provided the insurance that made the remaining five added minutes comfortable.

The first half had yielded precious few chances for either side. Unlike against Newcastle when Everton created the early chances, it was Chelsea who threatened first but Jordan Pickford made his mark with two parrying saves to first deny Enzo Fernandez, the Argentine putting the rebound wide, and then, more impressively, Cole Palmer as the young striker unloaded a shot from 25 yards searching out the top corner.

The visitors dominated possession but the hosts went close when Jack Harrison’s terrific volley flashed a yard wide of Robert Sanchez’s post after 24 minutes.

Palmer had another dangerous effort deflected behind later in the half but the two sides went into the break goalless, although both managers had been prompted by injury into making early changes.

Reece James had to be replaced by Levi Colwill with an apparent recurrence of his hamstring problem while Young was forced off with an unspecified knock giving Patterson his chance to shine. Branthwaite, who appeared to injure his knee and was close to being substituted himself, ended up finishing the game.

With Gueye already on a harshly-given yellow card, Dyche made one more change at half-time, introducing Onana for the second period and this time it was Everton who produced the early chances.

First, after Pickford had found Calvert-Lewin will a pin-point drop-kick to set up the attack, McNeil tested Sanchez with a fine low shot in the 50th minute that the keeper impressively palmed behind for a corner but four minutes later, the in-form winger played a vital role in the opening goal.

Sent forward into the Chelsea half with a lovely pass out of defence by Mykolenko, McNeil shrugged off the attentions of Conor Gallagher before threading an excellent ball into the box for Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker was denied well by Sanchez who raced out to block but the rebound fell invitingly to Doucouré who drilled it back across goal and into the far corner of the goal.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the balance of play for the remainder of the regulation 90 minutes was with Pochettino’s men as they searched vainly for an equaliser.

Branthwaite’s clumsy foul on Armando Broja gave Palmer an opportunity from a direct free-kick but he went low rather than aiming for the top corner and Pickford made a comfortable save.

Mudryk, getting much less change from Patterson than he had from Young, sped in behind the full-back for the only time off Colwill’s ball down the channel but Fernandez was denied in front of goal by a superb covering block from Mykolenko, Marc Cucurella’s daisy-cutter was easily gathered, substitute Raheem Sterling was foiled by another crucial challenge from the Ukrainian full-back, while Tarkowski deflected a Mudryk shot over as the Londoners continued to be frustrated.

Beto had come on for the tired Calvert-Lewin but couldn’t unduly test Sanchez with a header from Harrison’s cross but the Chelsea keeper soon had to come off himself because of a knock, which would be a factor in Everton’s decisive second goal two minutes into stoppage time.

McNeil allowed the ball to run behind for a corner on the Blues’ left and when substitute goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic could only get a weak punch on James delivery, it fell to another sub, Dobbin, who rifled home a first-time shot from just inside the box to wrap up the points.

“If you get a group of players who give everything to win, it’s a powerful thing,” Dyche said in the aftermath of another fine win. He and his players will be challenged in the weeks ahead by injuries and suspensions – Branthwaite and Gueye will serve one-game bans against Burnley next weekend; Young will be a doubt along with Seamus Coleman — but that baseline of determination and togetherness, on the pitch and in the stands, will continue to be a vital ingredient in a season that looks destined to finish far more positively than it might have done. 

Or, to put it in fewer but all-encompassing words: We Shall Not Be Moved.

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Trevor Powell
1 Posted 10/12/2023 at 22:30:35
Having been at my first EFC home game for several years due to distance and ill-health, I am so pleased to see this revival under Sean Dyche. I have watched recent games on TV and marvelled at the club supporters yet again. However, how impressive that support has been, to feel it live at the Grand Old Lady takes your breath away. My Arsenal season ticket holder son-in-law same with my younger brother and me could not believe the atmosphere and even why the club leaving Goodison especially as he still regrets the leaving of atmospheric Highbury for the soulless Emirates! Thankyou for everybody for make an old fart very happy and proud of all Evertonians!
Mal van Schaick
2 Posted 10/12/2023 at 22:32:38
Absolutely right Lyndon. We shall not be moved. Just listened to ‘ all together now ‘, on our run for the 1995 cup final. We will not be moved.
Jim Wilson
3 Posted 10/12/2023 at 22:32:42
Brilliant piece Lyndon
We shall not be moved!
Dave White
4 Posted 10/12/2023 at 22:55:52
Travelling in New Zealand at the moment and with all the recent doom and gloom I’d considered distancing myself from football whilst away (although with hindsight…as if that was going to happen!), but since I’ve been here we’ve scored 5 goals, conceded none and taken 6 points! I might just have to stay here if this run continues!!! (Even if the 3am KO was quite a challenge!)
Dave White
5 Posted 10/12/2023 at 22:57:20
On another note (please delete if not ok) has anyone managed to figure a way to watch MOTD when abroad? TIA! UTFB
Mark Wynne
6 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:04:06
The only thing I can think of is to use a VPN Dave. Make sure you have a BBC account and you should be able to watch from the iPlayer.
Ajay Gopal
7 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:29:09
Finding myself in NYC on a business trip and thanks to the recommendation of a couple of fellow TWers, I watched this game at the excellent Turnmill Bar. And what a terrific experience it turned out to be - I met Dave (originally from Liverpool) and Oleh (parents from Ukraine) and we watched the game together with other Blues - my first time to experience a game with fellow Blues. The icing on the cake was the result, of course.

Superb performance by every single player today who wore the shirt. They fought and worked hard for each other and for their manager and fans - what more could you ask for? What a terrific bunch of players Dyche is developing - McNeil could have had a 3rd goal in consecutive games, but was the key to the opener, Doucoure - endless running and his 6th goal of the season, Gueye was terrific till he got booked. Garner skilful on the ball, the back 5 producing another rock solid performance. But my MotM was Mykolenko- brilliant defensive display and he made Oleh so, so proud. And Dobbin’s goal celebration was priceless, so pleased for the young lad. This week will be a period of repair and recovery for the bruised but unbroken heroes. Can’t wait for the next game to come up, COYB!

(Oh… and you might just see a couple of new additions to the TW family 😀)

Lyndon Lloyd
8 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:30:51
Dave, if the VPN route isn't your thing and you don't mind waiting until the next day, this site carries every episode of MotD.
Rob Jones
9 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:37:24
Not liking the way that Branthwaite is getting tapped up by media...
Brendan McLaughlin
10 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:38:31
Ajay #7

Just cos it's a business trip...do ToffeeWeb pay a finders fee?

Dave White
11 Posted 10/12/2023 at 23:44:42
Mark and Lyndon - many thanks, much appreciated.

Rob 9 - sadly it’s inevitable. He’s young, English and good, therefore easy fodder for lazy journalists. It wasn’t that long ago DCL was getting the same treatment. I deal with it by reminding myself that if they were playing shit no one would be talking about them!

Colin Glassar
12 Posted 11/12/2023 at 00:07:38
Rob, sadly the sky six vultures will be circling in the summer. Hopefully, we can keep him for another season but I doubt it.
Jonathan Oppenheimer
13 Posted 11/12/2023 at 03:08:53
Every last player on the pitch and the bench, along with the entire coaching staff, deserve our praises. While it’s true that we were on an upward trajectory from the outset this season, the weight of the pressure from the points deduction could have stymied our progress. Instead we’ve just pushed on in the only way a squad with our quality can, grinding out victories and clean sheets with sheer determination and force of will for 90+ minutes.

We could dissect the performances from today, and the match as a whole was not all that pretty, but the important part for me is how much fight and spirit and togetherness this team has. It’s been too long since we’ve had players fighting for the badge and each other like this. You see it with each goal celebration and big defensive play.

And it sure feels good to be taking down the overpriced and overhyped teams like Chelsea and Newcastle along the way.

Kieran Kinsella
14 Posted 11/12/2023 at 03:38:52

You nailed it mate

Jack Convery
15 Posted 11/12/2023 at 05:57:54
Great piece again Lyndon. Long may this form continue. Players together in fighting for the badge, who'd have thunk it.

On another point, I've just seen the photo of Jackson with his hand around the throat of Patterson. Is that not a red ? Surely it must be investigated by the EPL ? Oh silly me, I forgot they hate us and suck up to the Chelseas, so no investigation then !!

Steve Oshaugh
16 Posted 11/12/2023 at 06:07:52
@dave travelling in NZ. Hope you're enjoying Aotearoa... Weather is coming right. Other than VPN you can purchase skysport now(online) for about $45( approx 20-25 quid I guess) a month .. doesn't have motd but you can watch all games and some highlights... probably have some other shit on too. I cancelled my access a while back and now I'm worried I'll jinx the season if I sign up again
Paul Turner
17 Posted 11/12/2023 at 07:22:05
"Character" - that, to me at least, is the most important quality Sean Dyche is bringing out from this group of players.

"Positivity" - from manager, playing & coaching staff, and (mostly) from the supporters, in the face of the over-harsh points penalty and the protracted take-over process.

And - bearing in mind Lyndon's title for this thread "We Shall Not Be Moved" and the original lyrics - I hope the plans for the new stadium do include some tree planting. (One of the artist's impressions I've seen does show a small number of trees at each end of the Everton Way behind the South stand). "The trees that grow along the waterside", indeed. NSNO

Dean Johnson
18 Posted 11/12/2023 at 07:44:50
We shall not be moved indeed

Not only do I need to give praise to dyche but to his backroom staff as well.

I've never seen a more fitter, stronger (mentally and physically) blues team than this and it all has to go to dyche and his team.

How many times have we had tons of players out over th years? Newcastle appear to be going through that now but for me, the difference in player fitness is night and day.

Terry Farrell
19 Posted 11/12/2023 at 08:34:46
Well done Ajay yes its amazing to be in a bar in new york decked out in Everton banners scarfs and memorabilia and US blues in shirts. Great experience.
Rob Jones
20 Posted 11/12/2023 at 09:17:39
The Nicolas Jackson incident would absolutely be investigated were it by a player from a team of our stature. But it won't.
Jimmy Carr
21 Posted 11/12/2023 at 09:29:03
I watched the game in the pub yesterday with two Liverpool supporters and another Evertonian. The banter was all above board and though they wouldn't admit to it, the two reds were taking satisfaction in us despatching Chelsea and by inference, sticking two fingers up to the Premier League. The words 'Dyche has definitely got you playing better' were muttered several times.

We are garnering a lot of support from fans of other clubs at the moment, even some sober minded Liverpudlians it would seem, although I should note that none of us were sober by the end of the game.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
22 Posted 11/12/2023 at 09:55:44
MOTD2 finished last night with a lie.

Villa have now won their last 15 games at home.

Wrong - they lost to us in the EFL Cup. That is how good we have become 😁😁😁

Bit worried about Sunday as we are Everton. It was HK mk1 that took away that fear of messing up when we shouldn't but once he left it came back and has never left me. But 3 points on Sunday - oh please!

Brian Harrison
23 Posted 11/12/2023 at 10:00:22
What this team may lack in quality in certain areas it more than makes up for it with their 100% commitment and their desire to fight for every ball. Every player buys into the Sean Dyche mantra minimum requirement is maximum effort. I have been saying for many weeks that Mykolenko is the best left back in the Premier league, and again another very assured performance. See Michah Richards pointing out what a class act Jarrod Branthwaite is, something us Blues have known for a while. I am sure Southgate who was at the game will have been impressed and it wouldnt surprise me if Branthwaite is in the next full England squad.

I cant disagree with Pochettino that overall Chelsea were the better side, but they didn't create anything of concern and apart from the shot from the edge of the box and another half chance I don't remember Pickford having to do much. At this time of the season games come thick and fast and as we know bookings start to have an impact on team selection. With both Gana Gueye and Branthwaite both having received 5 yellow cards they both miss the Burnley game, also some players are carrying little niggling injuries which will have to be managed over the next few weeks.

I thought the booking of Gueye to have been very harsh a foul yes but not a booking and it clearly effected him for the rest of the half and subbing him at half tie was exactly the right decision. I have been very critical of Onana but yesterday when he came on that was the most disciplined I have ever seen him.

Jerome Shields
24 Posted 11/12/2023 at 11:56:55
Dyche had a plan from the start working on Player performance stats and achieving through thick and thin improvement.He stuck with a system even though at times the players were not up to the required standard.Actually his substitutions were spot on and timely in the second half.

Pochettino is trying to rebuild Chelsea with young players and has the elite Club attitude regarding buying success, a far cry from his Southampton days. He is fortunate that he was amongst those that are able to managed those expectations, unlike those that where at Everton.It seems there is now a turn from those days, but the Premier League are more part off, than regulation, so it will take government intervention.Don't hold you breathe for a speedy resolution.

Jack Convery
25 Posted 11/12/2023 at 12:23:02
Jackson of Chelsea will face no further action from the FA, after grabbing Patterson by the neck after the final whistle yesterday.

As Cilla would have said: "Surprise, surprise!!!" Corrupt as ever.

Alan McGuffog
26 Posted 11/12/2023 at 13:26:01
Phil..Burnley away is the acid test of whether or not this is the latest in a long, long line of false dawns. Don't get me wrong I'm delighted with Dyche and the way the team are coming together.
Turf Moor will be a toughie...they'll be fighting tooth and claw. I wouldn't be unhappy with a solid performance and a point. Ten points from the four games would be most satisfactory.But I'd love 12 !
Dale Self
27 Posted 11/12/2023 at 14:38:22
False Dawn??? No maaaaan, this is true Swan. Check the interview if you still don’t believe. It is time to get on board or face ridicule if you don’t present respectable critiques. Just saying ‘well this was good but we will see’ makes it seem like you do not want to see the obvious progress already achieved.

Sorry but that way of talking about this manager is simply not respectful.

Jimmy Salt
28 Posted 11/12/2023 at 14:55:09
Trevor@1 the new stadium has been designed with atmosphere in mind.
No guarantees I know but check the videos on the stadium website it's a cauldron mate.
Ray Jacques
29 Posted 11/12/2023 at 14:59:19
Every interview the manager gives he mentions the mentality of the group.
Alan McGuffog
30 Posted 11/12/2023 at 15:16:49
Dale I have total respect for Sean Dyche. My point is that over the last thirty years I have lost count of the number of times we have put a promising mini run together to then see it all go tits up.
To imply that I don't, somehow, want to acknowledge our progress is balderdash. Too many decades of having hopes dashed just leaves me a bit, shall we say, cautious.
Dan Kemp
31 Posted 11/12/2023 at 15:26:30
Thanks for the report Lyndon.

Wondering if anyone has a view on Jack Harrison? To me he has seemed the weakest link of our attack. A few games ago it was both Harrison and McNeil but Dwight seems to have picked up some form and confidence.

I would love for Dobbin to get more opportunities on the back of his goal and challenge Harrison for his place. To me, Harrison seems to run into blind alleys all the time, and delivers very little threat - our attacks break down with him more often than not.

I only saw the second half but from the highlights it looked like Harrison did ok first half, so others may feel differently.

Tony Abrahams
32 Posted 11/12/2023 at 15:52:29
Can’t fault his work rate or his defensive discipline Dan, and he has also created two of our six goals that we have scored in the last week. It’s hard being asked to do a little bit of everything and especially if this sometimes means that you might have to lose a little bit of creativity, in order to become more of a team player, which seems to be the main requirement being asked of our players right now.

Harrison hasn’t often been great with the ball at his feet, but his overall workload for the team has become very impressive, imo.

John Keating
33 Posted 11/12/2023 at 16:24:01
Harrison has put himself about and obviously done what Dyche has asked of him or he wouldn't be picked every game.

Even if Harrison wanted a move from Leeds they would want a fair bit of money I would imagine.
Can't see Everton spending anything in the close season and looking only for loans or free agents.

I reckon he'll go back across the Pennines come the end of the season.
Thanks and bye bye

Trevor Powell
34 Posted 11/12/2023 at 16:27:34
Jimmy @28 I know that the architects have designed a supporter's stadium with an intimidating South Stand. What I was alluding to was the absolute fazing of a 'dyed- in-the-wool Gunner' ( I absolutely refuse to acknowledge the term Gooner!) on seeing the entrance of the Real Blues (and not the fake cockney bluesh*ts). Unlike Arsenal, EFC are using an architect who talked to the fans and not the corporate leeches in the game.
Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
35 Posted 11/12/2023 at 16:48:56
The issue with Harrison is where do Leeds finish this season.

If they get promoted, he will have to go back.
If they don't then he will probably angle for a move or at least a second loan at GP.

His other issue is that he has just turned 27 so he is no youngster trying to make his name. Even worse is that he signed a 5 year deal just 8 weeks before the end of last season, otherwise he would have been a free agent come June. Dang!

Do we really want to pay big bucks for a 28 year old - or are the better, younger options out there for the same or lower price?

John Raftery
36 Posted 11/12/2023 at 16:49:52
The team rather than the individual is what counts with Dyche, rightly so. Harrison, like McNeil, is not the fastest but plays an important role in the shape of the team which is geared to staying compact.

Both can be relied upon to track the opposition wing or full backs and both can produce a moment of quality on the ball. That is why they are preferred to the likes of Danjuma and why Demarai Gray was released. Gray was far more skilful, faster and scorer of spectacular goals but lacked the consistency of application which Harrison brings to the team.

David West
37 Posted 11/12/2023 at 16:54:06
I'd love to keep Harrison. I still don't think we have seen the very best of him with the ball, we have seen how good he can be without it, with his workrate, desire and infectious attitude. Think he's got more to offer dibbling and shooting too.

Don't we start getting some financial wiggle room after this season?
The rolling 3 year period of losses ?
Another big loss year dropping off ?

Leeds will want top dollar, because if we cant pay a west ham, Fulham or someone will now see how good he is and offer that bit more. ( how sad is that)

But if Dyche can keep us performing around this level for another 18 months without spending much and keeping our younger players like Braithwaite, Onana, Garner, myko, we will be in a much better position Financially.

Dale Self
38 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:04:19
Kieran mentioned there is a clause in his current loan agreement that allows a release. I assume that price is already agreed.

He may take a while to get in attack form, maybe sooner with Patterson, but the defensive workrate is key for us. Garner gets less exposed and can get free for moving out of our third because of it. This is another case of a player finding ways to use their skillset. McNeil’s was a similar situation.

Ray Robinson
39 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:13:33
I’d like to keep Harrison but I think Leeds will play silly buggers if they get promoted. Part of Harrison’s relatively poor form, I think is that he is generally starting his runs from a deeper position and therefore has more men to beat. Leeds were far more cavalier (suicidal even?) and their pace going forward was faster than ours. I think it suited Harrison’s style of play more. There’s far more of a player in him than we’ve seen so far but he’s worth his place on effort alone.
Rob Jones
40 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:18:39
I think Harrison is very good in our system. Works his bollocks off, has scored, assisted. He's not as one-footed as McMessi, which helps. But I'd imagine that Leeds will try to gouge us.
Ray Said
41 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:21:29
I need to say a word about that disgrace of a referee. I know we all expected very little from the man in light of his history and comments about the club but his performance yesterday was appalling. Almost any touch on a Chelsea player was deemed a foul, any tackle on our lads was let slide then to top it he took no action about Jackson having Patterson by the throat.
David West
42 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:30:33
Ray 39. I think you are spot on. Harrison has more defensive responsibility for us than he did at kamikaze Leeds.
I think he's finding his role and the way the team is nearly picking itself right now will help. He liked the central role though.

I think it's no coincidence a settled team has seen us improve massively.
Tarks, Branthwaite & Myko are certs now.
The improvement in myko is massive.
Many of us me included may have underestimated just how hard the transition and the war has been for him, now he's settling and thriving.
RB, we have 3 now. Seamus plays if 100%
Mcneil & Harrison have the wide spots taken.
Doucouré plays !
Garner plays !
Gana or Onana for the other cm

DCL if fit, Beto if not !!

That's it ! We know our best team, we know how to play to get the best from the players we have, so now it's keep them fit, keep doing what's working.

Dyches has simplified things now, no massive new approachs each game, or changes of formation, or tactics.

Mike Gaynes
43 Posted 11/12/2023 at 17:59:06
Ray #39, poor form? Harrison has scored our best goal of the season and his beautiful steal off Trippier was his 4th assist of the season to lead the club. He's not strong on the ball, that's his weakness, but I think is overall form is pretty good. And as Rob and David said, his work rate is phenomenal.

Ray #41, funny how perceptions vary. I thought the ref had a great game. He caught and carded the Palmer dive, and he could have dished us five or six yellows instead of just the two. We had a bunch of late tackles, especially in the first half.

Joe McMahon
44 Posted 11/12/2023 at 18:05:10
Mike, fully agree, and not everything in life is anti Everton.
Ray Robinson
45 Posted 11/12/2023 at 18:30:37
Mike, I said “relatively” poor form. He can and will do better. He may have provided four assists. My point was that we haven’t seen the best of him because his optimum form was at Leeds where he broke at speed with fewer players to beat. His work rate is unquestionable. It’s just he is turning the ball over too much at the moment. I’m actually a big fan of his!
Graham Lloyd
46 Posted 11/12/2023 at 18:55:23
Hi all fellow Blues! This is slightly off-topic so apologies in advance! We are currently over from Sydney and were lucky enough to be at the Chelsea game which was my sons first win in 4 attempts! Now looking for tickets for the cup game against Fulham. My wife who is our family admin tells me it is sold out even on the resell site. Any guidance/tips would be appreciated as desperate to get to an evening game while we are over here if possible. Thanks in advance!
Tony Abrahams
47 Posted 11/12/2023 at 19:04:53
I watched the highlights of Fulham yesterday and thought Iwobi, looked like he was enjoying himself, playing for a team that wanted to play with the ball, but I never really thought that much of him when he played for Everton, because I thought he was really poor, without the ball?

Harrison has been getting assists, and working like a Trojan without the ball, but he hasn’t been that comfortable on the ball imo. I thought he was poor at Forest, and then he created the goal, and I didn’t think he was playing particularly well with the ball against Newcastle, but he then made us a goal, because of his fantastic work rate and desire.

Iwobi probably created more, but Harrison is doing a thankless job, and he is definitely helping the Everton players, to play for each other, which is very important, imo.

I know which one I’d sooner have, although I’m sure Dyche would eventually like someone with more craft, and more speed playing on one of the flanks, but only if they also put their body on the line and graft?

David West
48 Posted 11/12/2023 at 19:55:00
Tony 47. I think some players suit systems. Did Iwobi really create that much ??

We barely scored any goals in the lampard / Benitez eras. He never got going under silva for us.

Although I was a supporter of iwobi, it was because it was the best we had at the time, to play in the system lampard played, and the tactics he employed.

Most would say his best football came under lampard.

He may Thrive in that Fulham side but they play a totally different style and have alot of very technical players.

Where would you play iwobi in this side ??

I feel it was excellent business, getting a large fee for a player who was looking to leave for free this year.

We've created alot more recently this season than at any time iwobi was in an Everton shirt. Its been a team, collective effort too, we are not relying on one individual to create, it's coming from both flanks, through the middle and all over.

Tony Abrahams
49 Posted 11/12/2023 at 20:04:29
I agree with everything you say David, but I was often told by the stats men, that Iwobi, was our main creator, although I personally thought he was also the main player, when it came to getting targeted by the opposition, because it was obvious he would break rank, and would often prefer to run after the ball, rather than dig in and make the occasional tackle.

I’m aware we all see a different game, but the last two victories have have been very gratifying because I’ve witnessed an Everton team fighting for every single ball, and beginning to really play like a “TEAM”💙

Jamie Crowley
50 Posted 11/12/2023 at 20:17:08
Reading yet another fantastic piece from Lyndon, something out of the ordinary happened.

I read the last line:

Or, to put it in fewer but all-encompassing words: We Shall Not Be Moved.

Sitting at my desk at work, I unconsciously did a little fist pump.

We're experiencing a truly wonderful thing. The fanbase, the players, and the manager are all on the same page. They will not relegate us, we will prevail. It is awesome.

Christy Ring
51 Posted 11/12/2023 at 20:33:00
Great article Lyndon, I believe McNeill has definitely gone up a gear in the last 3 games, and Harrison has also upped his game, especially against Newcastle.
Paul Shipsides
52 Posted 11/12/2023 at 22:59:13
Jamie Crowley @ 50 you have expressed my opinion perfectly.
Onwards and upwards 💙
Danny O’Neill
53 Posted 12/12/2023 at 10:08:45
I've watched tunnel access this morning. Great watch back as you spot things you don't necessarily see in the emotion of being at the match.

Random comment. I do wish Doucoure would stop falling over into the hoardings as he did after Dobbin's goal. He's done that about three times now and is going to injure himself and we need his goals!!!

Jimmy Carr
54 Posted 12/12/2023 at 18:26:49
Where have those posters gone who said we should sack Dyche and snap Graham Potter up?

They've gone very, very quiet.

Dave Cashen
55 Posted 12/12/2023 at 19:20:13
Jamie @50,

LL has been even more on fire recently.

On Friday,my inbox was choc full of graceless bollocks from former colleagues based in Newcastle. They were claiming we simply out-fought an already exhausted Newcastle and that we hadn't played anything resembling decent football.

This from people who break out singing "Geordie boys taking the piss" every time they string two passes together.

I replied to all with a piece from Lyndon's last report - "A 30-pass move set against a backdrop of ebullient "Olés" from the Goodison faithful ending in a climatic third goal!"

Never got a single response.

Mark Murphy
56 Posted 12/12/2023 at 19:55:37
Seems to me the Geordies have bitten disproportionately to our indifference to “losing” Anthony Gordon to them. There's a family of them at our cricket club. I can wind them up just by saying we miss Richarlison and leaving it there.

They also don't like it when I say things like “United are struggling, Ten Hags walking a tightrope” or “Did you see United result today against Bournemouth”? And they say “which United?”

And I say “you know which one – the whole world knows who we're talking about when we say United, and is not you, West Ham, Oxford or Dundee…” (subtle twist of the knife there…)
Fuckwits the lot of them.

Fuck them.

Danny O’Neill
57 Posted 12/12/2023 at 22:42:41
I wind my Newcastle mates up all the time.

Self-proclaimed biggest club in England, with Sky gushing over them at any opportunity.

Newcastle, Leeds, West Ham, whoever. There is only one unified team and support base that trumps them all.

Everton. We don't need a tag. We are Everton.

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