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Nathan Patterson is expected to start on the right side of defence with Ashley Young suspended and Seamus Coleman not yet match fit

Everton are back in the Capital this weekend, the scene of their only away win of the Premier League campaign so far, as they take on David Moyes’s West Ham at the London Stadium.

This was the fixture that represented the final straw for Farhad Moshiri and the Everton Board last season where Frank Lampard’s tenure was concerned as the Blues turned in a dismal performance and were beaten 2-0. It's also poignant given Moyes's past association with Everton and Chairman Bill Kenwright who passed away earlier this week. 

Lampard’s successor, Sean Dyche, will be hoping for an altogether better outcome in his first meeting with the Hammers as the Blues’ boss and he spoke of what was a galvanised squad in training this week following the frustration of last Saturday’s Anfield derby.

Everton yet again found themselves on the wrong end of refereeing controversy in the all-Merseyside affair when Craig Pawson failed to show a second yellow card to Ibrahima Konaté for his foul on Beto.

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That would have evened the numbers up at 10 each following Ashley Young’s dismissal late in the first half but Liverpool kept their full complement on the pitch and eventually ran out 2-0 winners.

“Obviously the game last weekend… I think it’s fair to say was affected by a decision,” Dyche said in his press conference at Finch Farm today. “I think we all know that so that’s slightly an anomaly, especially in such an important game.

“[The players have] been really good this week I must say. They felt a little bit aggrieved with what happened last week with the decision going against them and I think they have responded in the right manner this week. It’s been a very good training week so I’m looking forward to going into the game.”

Young’s red card means that he will be suspended this weekend and it opens the door for Nathan Patterson to stake his claim to the right-back slot on a more permanent basis, or at least until Seamus Coleman returns. (The skipper has continued to train with the first team this week but is still not yet match fit.)

The young Scot has started only four of the Toffees’ nine League games so far — and that was largely when Young was playing in place of Vitalii Mykolenko on the other side of defence — but he is expected to start on Sunday, either in his natural role or on the right side of a five-man back line.

Few other changes are expected from Dyche who will have been impressed by Amadou Onana’s last two outings and could persist with the Belgian’s midfield partnership with James Garner at the London Stadium.

Moyes, meanwhile, will likely restore the bulk of the contingent that he withheld from the starting XI in Greece on Thursday evening in the Europa League. The Scot took the opportunity afforded by the Hammers’ two wins to open the group stage of that competition to make seven changes to the team that was walloped by Aston Villa last weekend.

That should see the likes of Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, Kurt Zouma, Vladimir Coufal and Nayef Aguerd come back into their line-up as they look for their first League win for a month.

West Ham began the season strongly, winning three of their first four matches but defeats against Manchester City and Liverpool were followed by a home draw with Newcastle and the 4-1 loss at Villa Park, with a routine home win over Sheffield United sandwiched in the middle.

They remain a dangerous side but one whose vulnerabilities could be exploited by Everton if they can replicate the form they showed at the Gtech Community Stadium a month ago and against Bournemouth on 7 October.

Kick-off: 1 pm, Sunday 29 October 2023
Referee: Stuart Attwell
VAR: Simon Hooper
Last Time: West Ham United 2 - 0 Everton

Predicted Line-up: Pickford, Patterson, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko, Onana, Garner, Harrison, McNeil, Doucouré, Calvert-Lewin


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 26/10/2023 at 16:21:18
A turbulent week in the history of a recently turbulent club.

All I can think off is that, come Sunday, we will be there behind the team. I will be and alongside others. Then we have Burnley and Brighton.

I'm in pitch mode right now as there is a busy week ahead. By next week, we could have 6 points and be in the next round of the League Cup.

Never give up. Never. See you all there.

Jim Burns
2 Posted 27/10/2023 at 20:31:02
Down in the Smoke myself this weekend Danny - hopefully catch you there - oddly positive about this one.
Recent sad events and rumours might give us a circling of the wagons mentality. COYB!
Andy Meighan
3 Posted 27/10/2023 at 20:51:24
Danny 1.

But conceivably we might have no points and get knocked out the Carabao Cup.

Or we might have 2, 3 or 4 points and progress in the Carabao Cup.

None of us have a crystal ball be lovely if we did.

Don't want to harp on about Bill Kenwright, enough has been said and written about the man, but it'd be lovely if we could get the next week intact, ie 6 points and a win in the cup as a gift to his family.

Here's hoping.

Mike Hayes
4 Posted 27/10/2023 at 20:55:49
Need to take all the points here but West Ham will be up for it after their midweek defeat.

Hopefully the winning Everton turn up! 💙

Neil Copeland
5 Posted 27/10/2023 at 21:02:56
Danny, looking forward to the game as always. Hopefully will see you there. Enjoy the game mate!
Neil Tyrrell
6 Posted 27/10/2023 at 21:43:46
They won't be in my grubby mitts until shortly before the match but looks like I've secured tickets to this thanks to a fellow TWer.

It will be an honour to be counted amongst our fabulous traveling support and a perfect way to cap off my London weekend with an Everton win.


Neil Copeland
7 Posted 27/10/2023 at 23:08:50
Neil #6, well done mate, enjoy the game
Derek Knox
8 Posted 27/10/2023 at 00:01:01
Danny, Neil C, and all, I really do admire your unmitigated and loyal following, wherever Everton are playing, but all too often think it is misplaced, and I don't blame any of you for that ! It can't be argued that we ARE playing better and with more purpose and a game plan.

However, having said that we seem to be up against a brick wall, of biased refereeing mainly, and seemingly a general desire to see us fail, by the so-called authorities. What have we as fans done to deserve this?

I, like many others, emailed the Premier League, about not only the leak of impending punishment, from whatever source (?) but to penalise the offender/s. I also said that any discrepancies in Accountancy or by Profitability and Sustainability Clauses have nothing whatsoever to do with the fans! Yet they are ultimately the ones who will be the most affected!

Ernie Baywood
9 Posted 28/10/2023 at 03:26:39
Derek, I can't agree. We're not playing well. All the excuses in the world are being swallowed up. Everyone's against us, the refereeing is biased, our xG isn't converting to goals. It's practically a party line at the moment.

I think it's about time Everton did something to impact results rather than let all these other influences apparently dictate our fate.

We'll see what the plan is against West Ham. If there's a plan against West Ham.

Robert Tressell
10 Posted 28/10/2023 at 07:51:24
That predicted line up for us looks like our best First XI on paper with players all playing in a position that suits them, in a system that suits them.

West Ham have some really good players now, and are definitely better than us by a decent margin on paper. However, I expect we will cause them difficulties on the counter-attack.

It's also a relief, let's be honest, that Young isn't in the line-up. Patterson is still not the finished article but hopefully he can now build up some momentum in Young's place as there's definitely a player there.

COYB - 1-nil win coming right up.

Derek Thomas
11 Posted 28/10/2023 at 07:53:26
No 50-50s, no phone a friend. I fancy us for this - final answer.
Danny O’Neill
12 Posted 28/10/2023 at 08:05:59
Neil, we'll meet up in the ground.

Other Neil, we've gone posh and will be convening early at O'Neill's near Kings Cross / St Pancras on Euston Road. It's convenient to get the train from St Pancras to Stratford. Just shout Danny.

As always, looking forward to the match, watching the blues and meeting up with others, be that before, during or after the match.

I'm probably going a bit over the top, but most of you know me as match day approaches. One of my favourite military quotes from Montgomery as the British stared defeat in the face:

"Here we will stand and fight; there will be no further withdrawal. I have ordered that all plans and instructions dealing with further withdrawal are to be burned, and at once. We will stand and fight here. If we can't stay here alive, then let us stay here dead."

They won. We can do this. And we will.

Tony Everan
13 Posted 28/10/2023 at 08:17:32
I don't think West Ham are quite as strong after losing Declan Rice. He's the kind of player who is difficult to replace. Still they are a strong side but with our best 11 out we can be competitive and grab the win.

I hope Dyche doesn't bring Gana back in and shifts Garner out wide again in an attempt to cover Patterson. If he does, that will be our undoing.

They will target our right-hand side and the game could be won or lost depending upon how we deal with it. There are reservations about Patterson's defensive discipline and games like tomorrow are big learning curves.

It's down to him to prove he has got what it takes. Tomorrow won't be his last opportunity to show he can defend to the required standards, but now is the time to make a mark. Good luck to him.

Patterson Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Garner Onana
Harrison Doucoure McNeil

West Ham 1 Everton 2

Hugh Jenkins
14 Posted 28/10/2023 at 08:30:15
Tony (13), I like the look of that side. Probably our strongest team at present.
Frank Sheppard
15 Posted 28/10/2023 at 08:34:19
A point would be very welcome on Sunday. Here’s hoping. COYB.
Danny Baily
16 Posted 28/10/2023 at 08:43:34
We really need a few pleasant surprises in the mould of Brighton away or Arsenal at home last season if we're going to stay up. The unexpected wins would make up for the home losses against Wolves, Luton etc, and are the only way we can chart a path to the 9 or so wins we need.

West Ham away certainly falls under that category. Let's get all 3 points. I feel like Danjuma would be a good option in this one.

Jeff Armstrong
17 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:02:19
Danny 16,

I was just thinking the same thing, an unexpected win tomorrow puts us on 10 points, amongst the likes of Fulham and Palace, mid-table almost.

Meanwhile, I just read a Dyche interview in the Guardian. I wish he would stop banging on about “all the noise” and “changing the story”… For fuck's sake, Sean, change your noise and story!

John Keating
18 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:08:55
Slightly off topic

45 years ago yesterday. Andy King's cracker against the RS

Time flies!!!

James Marshall
19 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:14:38
I'll be making my first away appearance of the season at the London Stadium tomorrow - can all you who are going please wear name badges so I know who you are. Thanks in advance!
James Hughes
20 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:36:30
John that was a fantastic day,if the Old Lady had a roof, it would been blown off
Barry Hesketh
21 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:42:41
It's the Andy King derby anniversary today isn't it? It's bloody appalling that we have to go back so far to mention one of our very few wins in those encounters.
Tony Abrahams
22 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:47:24
If you read the article the way I did Jeff, I think that’s what Dyche, actually said?

He said there has been a lot of noise since he came into the club, but it was up to him and the players to try and change that out on the pitch, because this will help change the mood everywhere else. (This is how I read it, anyway)

When a man spends 8 years at a club, getting promoted twice, and relegated once, and says he might be able to write one book, but has been at Everton 10 months, and says he could probably write three books, then surely this explains the absolute shambles of a football club he came into?

Hopefully it’s all coming to an end, but please let us find decent owners with a plan, because I find it absolutely sickening that a club who have spent more seasons playing top flight football, than any other club in this country, are actually getting praise in some quarters for being only one of six clubs never to have been relegated from the Premier league.

Oh dear what have we become, Other than a club that began to celebrate mediocrity?

Talking about noise, the first thing I heard when I switched the Merseyside derby on my television last Saturday, with the game having already kicked off, was absolutely sickening, and any Evertonian, who doesn’t realise what we have become, must have had earplugs in when listening to our horrible neighbours rejoicing about 1995.

Neil Copeland
23 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:55:52
Tony #22,

I hate that song too but there is a 1985 version of it (I don't particularly like that either!) which was sung back to our neighbours at which point they went a bit quiet.

Jeff Armstrong
24 Posted 28/10/2023 at 10:59:00
Hi Tony 22,

Yes, I get what Sean is saying and trying to do, I just wish he would stop using the same phrases and narratives in every interview – it's bordering on the 'phenomenal' interviews Bobby Brown Shoes used to give.

Mark Murphy
25 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:01:23
Badges James? We don’t need badges - they know who we are!
Any auld blues know who said that?
(And no, it’s not a quote from Blazing Saddles, although close…)
Tony Abrahams
26 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:16:05
They hate it, Neil, and although it might one day be turned into a hate crime, they will never be able to totally airbrush it out of their history, because a lot of us Evertonians, will never forget, especially those Bukarest flags, that were wittily (that's one explanation I've heard) displayed on the kop.

I agree Jeff. I hate the word 'noise', and I disagree with him about a siege mentality already existing, but this is something he has got to learn for himself, hopefully when he changes the narrative!

Brian Harrison
27 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:18:42
Maybe playing 2 wingers at home works for us but far from convinced it works away. Garner had his least effective game against Liverpool as he didn't have the cover that Gueye gives him, so has to do a lot more defending.

Also Onana, while making some important tackles and defensive headers last week, he hardly got into Liverpool's half even when it was 11 v 11. I would think leaving Harrison on the bench and bringing back Gueye to sit in front of the back 4 will give us a better chance of getting anything from this game.

Tony Abrahams
28 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:29:16
The first thing Dyche would have learned as an apprentice footballer is 4-4-2, with the two forwards being the first line of defence, on the half way line Brian.

The opposite of pressing, no gaps, let them have the ball, until they come over halfway. Wide men work their tripes off, and everyone shuffles over to condense the pitch.

Football has definitely changed but this was a style that was good enough to win Forest, two European cups, so I'm not convinced it couldn't work in the present game?

Dave Abrahams
29 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:47:14
Mark (25),

Brian Jaques, former DJ presenter on Radio Merseyside a good few years ago on Sunday morning or maybe afternoon, an interesting programme.

Alan McGuffog
30 Posted 28/10/2023 at 11:59:56
Dave... I used to like Brian Jacques. Knew his music and wasn't particularly fond of football.

"We don't have to show you no steenking badges"... I think a line possibly from the film Veracruz.

Dave Abrahams
31 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:03:10
Tony (13),

That team was the same as last week's tame effort v Liverpool although Patterson might strengthen it.

As Brian (27) says, it needs Gana Gueye there to strengthen the central midfield which gives the option of more attacking ideas. There was only one decent chance provided and missed throughout the game, with Dominic very poor in most things he did last week.

Garner had a poor game with Onana making one terrific tackle and a couple of defensive headers but providing nothing attacking wise. Doucoure was mostly on his own up front, especially when McNeil was withdrawn at half-time.

Dave Abrahams
32 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:07:44
Alan (30), Yes Brian was well worth listening to, I think that line came from an Humphrey Bogart film where he and his small gang are searching for gold, I don't think it was Veracruz, penny bet?
Derek Thomas
33 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:10:03
Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Jerome Shields
34 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:27:50
Tony, that is the formation Moyes is more likely to play. He surprisingly never had the wingers with the determination and effort of John Robertson. Who's case Clough was always on.

Dyche is dependent on the centre-forward with support keeping pressure on the defensive line to create space in midfield. He is also dependent on interplay in the midfield, which Gana and Doucoure are poor at.

Onano and Garner are better, but you get the worst tracking back of runners. The tendency for the Everton defence to gravitate deep, creates space for the opposition in the danger area outside the penalty area.

I agree that they will target Everton's right side. They have done that every game against Everton. The defenders Coleman and Holgate come to mind, getting sucked in.

The ball is released to an untracked runner from midfield who gets unchallenged into the penalty area and scores. This is a blind spot in Keane's defensive repertoire when he does play, so we do not want to see him.

Successful attacks by West Ham on the other wings are usually a result of defensive errors. Untracked runners from midfield are a problem for Everton's defence.

Dyche may have a formation, but he is short on the players necessary, but then again his selections and decisions during games can be a bit iffy.

Dave Abrahams
35 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:46:27
Derek (33),

That's the film, another of Bogart's great films. They don't make films like that anymore, mostly in black and white. I miss those days bunking in to see a lot of them!

Dave Abrahams
36 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:52:34
Jerome (34), a lot of the danger comes when Everton gain a corner, the breakaways by the opposition occur in every game, last week was a fine example.

I would keep Branthwaite back from the corners and leave him in defence with his pace to repel those attacks.

Alan J Thompson
37 Posted 28/10/2023 at 12:55:54
My feeling is that Dyche will look to play Gana which would probably be at Harrison's omission but I can't see how we then cover wide right unless that job falls to Garner or McNeil.

I base this mostly on Dyche's penchant not to lose rather than trying to win a game and how he preferred Gana before his pre-match warm-up injury.

Alan J Thompson
38 Posted 28/10/2023 at 13:00:46
Dave (#35);

I think it is a sign of the times that movies like that are now portrayed more along the lines of "The Pelican Brief" and "Erin Brokovich".

Mark Murphy
39 Posted 28/10/2023 at 13:16:18
No no no!

The quote was Harry Catterick when consulted about putting a badge on the shirt.

The film was Blazing Saddles. When the bandits form a posse they are given deputy badges.

“Badges? We doan need no steenkin badgess” the leader spits!

Colin Malone
40 Posted 28/10/2023 at 13:22:44
Swap Doucoure and Onana. Onano would a better Number 10. Doucoure would be better in a deeper position.
Dale Self
41 Posted 28/10/2023 at 13:26:19
So Hammers feel the need to put ‘London’ on their badge. Insecurity?
Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:02:24
In my opinion, it wouldn't work on a sustainable basis in the modern game, Tony. The midfield gets overrun and ours has a tendency for that anyway. Bring in Gueye to do the hod carrying, as Dave says.

Dale, it was a branding thing. The stadium is still referred to as the London Stadium.

I think there would be a mutiny if we ever considered introducing the name of our home city onto our brand!!

It was bad enough when our then sponsors, NEC had their lettering in red in the match day programme, which the club changed due to protest!

Dave Abrahams
43 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:04:55
Mark (39), Harry Catterick was very conservative he would never use the word “steenkin'” or even “stinking”!

The line might have been used in Blazing Saddles but it was first used in The Treasure of Sierra Madre.

By the way, Mark, did they have Picture Houses (cinemas) in St Helens?

Phil Sammon
44 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:05:54
Colin 40,

Hard to disagree. Doucoure, as ungainly as he is, has shown an ability to score goals. Onana has almost zero attacking instinct.

Mark Murphy
45 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:29:46
“Sighs theatrically and with great patience…”

Dave, Harry Catterick said “We don't need a badge, they know who we are.”

The other quote, with the word 'steenkin', is from the film.

There were two cinemas in St Helens. The Capitol, which was the cheaper one near the Wizard's Cave which handily sold stink bombs ideal for the Saturday matinees, Flash (not Flesh) Gordon every week; and the Savoy, which was posher.

Looking forward to a good day out tomorrow, hopefully NOT spoiled by a football match! UTFT

Dave Abrahams
46 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:42:12
Mark (45)

“Sighs theatrically and with great patience” – love it, pity Bill never heard of you, he'd have had you on the stage in no time, too late now!

Have a good day tomorrow, no matter what happens!

Mark Murphy
47 Posted 28/10/2023 at 14:52:25
Cheers, Dave – meeting some of the gang including Danny Boy and taking my son Joe for some bonding.

He's been dumped recently and is acting like a right mopey sod! A few pints and a good win will remind him of the more important things in life!

Dave Abrahams
48 Posted 28/10/2023 at 15:03:50
Mark (47),

Joe has most probably had a lucky escape, who does she think she is? Hard-faced mare, I hope she finishes up with a Rednose, that'll teach her!

Mark Murphy
49 Posted 28/10/2023 at 15:12:26
She probably will Dave! We live in West Sussex and it's infested with them. Apparantly every red scouse grandad in the '70s moved down here!

I got called a scouse (!) bin dipper last week by a redshite from Crawley! Gobshites the lot of em! UTFT

Robert Tressell
50 Posted 28/10/2023 at 15:17:41
Tony # 28,

I agree 4-4-2 is a decent defensive shape and many teams adopt that or something similar when defending (even if their offensive formation is 4-3-3, 4-5-1 or even 3-4-3 etc).

However, when trying to move the ball forward up the pitch, it presents a big problem. This is particularly acute unless the full-backs (or one of them) are really technically gifted midfielders or wingers who just start in a deeper position – like Alexander-Arnold, Zinchenko, Estupinan etc.

Our full-backs just aren't good enough on the ball, so when pressed are unable to do much more than clip a ball down the line, play sideways or backwards or go long / aimless. None of this is going to trouble opposition of any decent standard.

Unfortunately although Beto gives us a hefty, willing alternative to Calvert-Lewin, he's not a great footballer. He's not going to come deep or wide to play like a Number 10 to receive the ball and link up with Calvert-Lewin or other = wide players. That's just not his game.

So it means in an era when teams are trying to stuff more midfielders into a formation to close off passing lanes and create passing triangles to beat a press, we'd be giving up 3 midfield or pseudo midfield spots by playing 4-4-2 with the personnel available.

Arsenal basically played a 3-6-1 against us (which is becoming popular against low-block teams) and it completely smothered us, because we couldn't pass through it. It was their way of doing a job on our counter-attacking system and creating overloads offensively. That's why is was such a boring match.

4-4-2 might work if we had prime Baines and Coleman plus a genuinely clever player like Rooney as one of the strikers (because that way Baines and Rooney in particular are really part of the midfield).

But with our current squad, it would just force us to play backwards and sideways until someone either gives up possession in a dangerous area or goes long or aimless to the two target-man style strikers.

It's something for the last 10 minutes if we're a bit desperate. That's all.

Jerome Shields
51 Posted 28/10/2023 at 15:21:49
Dave #36,

I did not mention corners, though they where in the back of my mind as I posted. Of course you are right, but I am hoping that Dyche has got his act together.

David Bromwell
52 Posted 28/10/2023 at 17:17:47
In my view, corners at both ends of the pitch have become a problem for us.

If we are defending, Pickford stays on his line, and relies on the centre-backs or Calvert-Lewin to make the clearance. Liverpool were able to exploit this and looked very dangerous every time they had a corner last weekend.

When we are attacking, in my view, our corners have become too predictable as we always sling the high ball into the middle. In these circumstances, those goalkeepers who come for the ball are often favourite and in a great position to set up a very quick counter-attack. Liverpool very nearly caught us on a number of occasions, knowing beforehand that this is the way we play.

Hoping to see something different tomorrow, but I will not be surprised if Dyche sticks to his usual game plan.

Jack Convery
53 Posted 28/10/2023 at 17:48:34
I expect Patterson for Young to be the only change. High hopes for Harrison to get us one tomorrow and a DCL header to give us at least a point.

Sheff Utd look over and out.

John Atkins
54 Posted 28/10/2023 at 17:52:48
John #18,

Andy Kings winner was 45 years ago today.

I was there and 11 years old sat in the Lower Bullens with my old man.

Just watched the MotD highlights with John Motson, brought back a lot of memories being there with him as he sadly passed 4 years later at 39.

Watch the link and see the Old Lady absolutely rocking with 54,000 crammed in:


Jerome Shields
56 Posted 28/10/2023 at 18:01:10
David #52,

I was thinking of both defending and attacking as well. They both needed worked on, week-in & week-out in training, because there are consistent problems arising from both.

It has got to the stage that, when a corner is cleared, it is a relief and all corners where the opposition have put work into them in training are a real threat.

Everton's attacking corners are often short or players are not getting in front of their marker or they are easily caught or cleared by the goalkeeper.The near post is never attacked.

In this game, Dyche has to have this sorted. It is a basic for a Premier League club.

Danny O’Neill
57 Posted 28/10/2023 at 19:30:11
We win our game tomorrow. We take care of our own destiny.
Danny O’Neill
58 Posted 28/10/2023 at 19:53:26
I'll probably be up most of the night replaying Bitter, Twisted and Proud as well as I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues. Poor dogs. Not much sleep on the cards.

Let's go in tomorrow for the fight.

Family and friends. See you there.

God bless Blues.

Barry Hesketh
59 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:05:53
Points deduction notwithstanding, Everton need to win at least ten games, or get the equivalent points, from the twenty-nine fixtures remaining to even stand a chance of surviving and we need at least four of those to happen by the time we face Manchester City at Christmas.
Jeff Armstrong
60 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:25:44
Ok I’ve had a couple in town this afternoon, enjoyed it, Denbigh C, Ma Boyle’s, Cornmarket, etc… but is anyone else going to say,
Danny, we get your going the game tomorrow and your excited 😜
but FFS get a grip.
Brian Williams
61 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:28:14


Jeff Armstrong
62 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:40:10
Fair point BW.
Brian Williams
63 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:47:20
Danny O’Neill
64 Posted 28/10/2023 at 20:55:16
Excited? I'm buzzing.

As I will be next Wednesday night and next Saturday.

Neil Copeland
65 Posted 28/10/2023 at 21:02:23
Jeff #60, we know you’ve had a few mate but ffs get a grip 😂

Danny #64, me too, can’t wait

Danny O’Neill
66 Posted 28/10/2023 at 21:18:44
More than life itself, Neil.
Neil Tyrrell
67 Posted 28/10/2023 at 21:19:27
Also can't wait, downing pints at the Doubletree but I'll be raring to go for breakfast at O'Neill's. Great that Danny owns his own pub, obviously a blue house!
Neil Copeland
68 Posted 28/10/2023 at 21:47:57
Match day is such a fantastic feeling. The older I get the more excited I am, ridiculous I know….
Kevin Edward
69 Posted 28/10/2023 at 21:48:26
After last weeks debacle across the park, I'd like to see us get something tomorrow. Nothing to be afraid of at West Ham, but Dyche needs to be on the front foot.

Can't help thinking that Moyes's bubbles will burst eventually, so let's get stuck in. Travelling blues in full song, points (or point) to bring back home.

It's been a sad week, make next week a great week. UTFT.

Laurie Hartley
70 Posted 29/10/2023 at 04:14:11
I wish we had a fit and firing Ben Godfrey available. He would would be perfect on the right-hand side of a three. That would give Sean Dyche multiple options in midfield and in the wide areas.

I think he will probably start with Lyndon's team but I think we need to see more of Beto.

No prediction from me for this one just:-

Up the Blues!!!

Darryl Ritchie
71 Posted 29/10/2023 at 06:00:00
It's a pleasure to think about formation, strategy and who's going to play where. Tomorrow, for 90 minutes or so, I can watch the Blues kick butt, and forget about all the bullshit happening off the field.


Steve Brown
72 Posted 29/10/2023 at 07:46:39
3 wins in the next 3 league games and they can stick their 12 points up their arse.


Derek Knox
73 Posted 29/10/2023 at 09:00:56
Steve @ 72, is that what they call a ' twelve point enema ' ?

Don't think we will get that many deducted to be honest, unless they penalise many other more 'guilty' Clubs, and I would be very surprised, if that happens too. Still, you never know with these.

To today's game, as always hoping for a win, and I think that team suggested, if played, have a decent chance of getting something. A few surprises yesterday (ie Brentford, Bournemouth and Wolves) let us be the surprise today, and a quarter of that enema !

COYB 💙💙👍

Tony Abrahams
74 Posted 29/10/2023 at 09:41:24
Neil@68, I hope you have a great day. I wish I could still generate the same type of enthusiasm, mate, and i’m actually quite envious of losing something special, that used to come naturally, especially for the London games💙
Mark Murphy
75 Posted 29/10/2023 at 10:10:07
On the train.
Neil Tyrrell
76 Posted 29/10/2023 at 10:12:33
In O'Neill's on the raised level with my nephew, give a shout if you're in here
Dale Self
77 Posted 29/10/2023 at 10:17:50
Alright, this is a twelve-pointer, start drinking like it!
Mark Murphy
78 Posted 29/10/2023 at 10:36:09
On my way there Neil - should be there for 11. Didn’t realise pubs opened before 11???
Nick Lacey
79 Posted 29/10/2023 at 11:28:54
On the train now, taking my 5-year-old to his first game. Don't let us down, Everton.
Tom Bowers
80 Posted 29/10/2023 at 11:48:19
After all the horrible events of the last week, it would be nice to have something to cheer about today. Everton, we know are a Jekyll-and-Hyde team at the moment but West Ham is a place where they have had success on many occasions so one can be a little optimistic of something unless someone loses their head early like that idiot Young did last week.

Certainly the threat of losing points looms large at the moment and one would hope they can respond to that on the pitch.

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