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Vitalii Mykolenko is a minor concern after picking up a knock against Crystal Palace but Sean Dyche is hopeful the Ukrainian can play

Updated Everton travel to the Amex Community Stadium this weekend to take on Brighton, the scene of arguably their most surprising and impressive result of the 2022-23 season.

With a performance that was a world away from their stolid display against Crystal Palace on Monday evening, Sean Dyche’s Toffees blew the Seagulls away with a counter-attacking masterclass and returned to Merseyside 5-1 victors.

The three precious points picked up that evening were vital in keeping Everton in the Premier League last season and, depending on the outcome of last month’s appeal against the 10-point deduction and the second independent commission into the club’s second alleged breach of Profitability and Sustainability Rules, a win on Saturday could prove to be just as important.

The Blues come into the weekend sitting above Luton Town and the relegation zone on goal difference but have the chance to gain ground on the likes of Nottingham Forest, Crystal Palace and Brentford above them, depends on how results go this match week.

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Much might depend on the fitness of Abdoulaye Doucouré, who returned from a month on the sidelines against Palace but looked well short of match readiness during his 72 minutes on the field.

Along with Dwight McNeil, who has also looked jaded and below par for most of 2024 so far, Doucouré was the architect of Everton’s demolition of Brighton nine months ago and you would imagine that both would be key to Dyche’s men getting a result on the south coast again.

That May night last year was a chastening experience for Roberto de Zerbi and he will, no doubt, be taking measures to avoid a repeat but he is unlikely to sacrifice the Seagulls’ open and expansive way of playing and that should leave space for Everton to exploit.

The Blues then will be exepecting the chances to arise, something that has been particularly problematic in recent weeks, especially for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, whose goal drought is verging on being a psychological millstone around the striker’s neck.

He has a decent goalscoring record on this ground, however, and while he didn’t score in this fixture last season, he was instrumental in the goal-fest. The feeling is that the tide has to turn for him sometime, so why not this weekend?

Everton have a minor injury doubt over as they prepare for the trip south. The Ukrainian sustained a knock during Monday’s 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace, and will be assessed before the squad leaves for the south coast, but Sean Dyche is hopeful that he will be fit enough to play.

Meanwhile, Seamus Coleman has rejoined the group having missed Monday’s game through illness. With only one day's training since then, however, he may not be completely ready to start.

That could mean Ben Godfrey retaining his place at right back, a role he has fulfilled for the past three games but many Evertonian eyes will be on right-wing, where Ashley Young was largely ineffective against Palace, and on central midfield, where Amadou Onana was a big miss until he was introduced after 66 minutes.

Onana should be fit to start this time and while James Garner looks due for some overdue rest, Dyche will be loathe to lose his industry and potential to be the creative heartbeat of the side so he could either be preferred to Idrissa Gueye or moved out wide.

Brighton will be without Solly March, Kauro Mitoma, James Milner and Joao Pedro due to injury, while Jack Hinshelwood is being assessed for an ankle problem that looks likely to sideline him for a while yet but Julio Enciso looks set to be passed fit.

Everton’s away performances under Dyche have, on the whole, been decent and their last Premier League win came away from home on 16th December at Burnley. Europe-chasing Brighton will be an altogether more difficult proposition but the way the manager sets his side up is better geared towards playing on the break and in transition.

In terms of performance, the only way is up after Monday’s bore draw. Three points would be marvellous and provide a real shot in the arm; one would do.

Kick-off: 3pm, Saturday 24 February 2024
Referee: Tony Harrington
VAR: David Coote
Last Time: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 - 5 Everton

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


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Ian Linn
1 Posted 23/02/2024 at 05:41:14
Don't really care about the game, I want the Premier League to make a fucking decision.
Ernie Baywood
3 Posted 23/02/2024 at 05:45:48
Today feels like the day doesn't it? From memory the deduction was announced on a Friday.

It's scandalous that they know the outcome, yet the teams actually competing to stay in the league don't know where they stand.

Danny O’Neill
4 Posted 23/02/2024 at 07:24:51
Well in the absence of the Premier League doing a good impression of Everton's recent board in terms of communication, it's good to get back to the football.

Doucoure is still coming back to fitness and I don't think McNeil is quite there yet. He's still recovering from his injury. Two important players for us.

But we march on. Anything is possible. Any game is winnable.

The derby is sold out already. Brighton has been sold out for weeks and Manchester United gone already.

What a support and fanbase we have.

Neil Lawson
5 Posted 23/02/2024 at 07:27:56
Yes, it is scandalous. It is appalling and unacceptable behaviour. If a decision has been made as surely it has, then it is deliberate and considered action by the Premier League. We are most affected but there is significant impact also upon the teams around us.

I am so disappointed that there isn't so much more public visible and audible clamour and protest about this ridiculous and conniving delay. But if Young is selected to start tomorrow, I wonder how many of us will be in absolute despair and ready to abandon all hope?

Danny O’Neill
6 Posted 23/02/2024 at 07:47:31
Never abandon hope Neil.

We all have opinions on who plays but can't control that.

Young, like many players had a stinker at the last outing.

But his position on the post and instinct stopped a certain goal.

Let's go into this with confidence and belief.

Neil Lawson
7 Posted 23/02/2024 at 07:59:02
Thanks Danny.

However, if a decision has not yet been finalised, the Premier League could inform us.
If it has been made they could inform us when it will be delivered and why disclosure has been delayed.

Or are they waiting to refuse 777 Partners so that they can utterly shaft us in one fell swoop?

So Danny, I hope for the best but fear the worst. A bit like the result tomorrow.

Mal van Schaick
8 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:10:32
This is a winnable game, if the players can galvanise themselves, and put in another shift of hard work. We have a reasonably sound defence and must be due some luck in front of goal. I agree with the proposed starting eleven.

As for the Premier League, they are a disgrace in letting issues affecting our club dragging on so long. A full and proper investigation into the PL should be initiated by PL clubs in order to install a fit and proper governing body.

Derek Knox
9 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:17:53
Danny, Neil and all, I too think it is verging on scandalous, that this has dragged on for so long, not only that, although we are the only Club involved at present, (victimisation claim ?) the outcome may affect so many others too.

I think the P L know they have made a major faux pas, and are in a situation, where they don't want to appear incompetent, which we all know they are, but also send some sort of message to others.

I am hoping Lawrence Rabinowitz K.C. has presented the best case forward that he could, under the circumstances, and one which will get them thinking and act accordingly. I personally think we will get some points back, (maybe 5 or 6) but not all, otherwise they have set a precedent !

Forward to our game against Brighton, if Lyndon's predicted team is correct I will be somewhat disappointed because those were more or less the same under-performers V Palace. A game that had all the ducks lined up for a win, but it wasn't to be.

Funnily enough I was on the Danny when we played them last year after a pretty poor run, we defied all odds and won 5 -1. While I can't see that happening again, I live in hope !

Sean O’Hanlon
10 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:28:20
Lyndon, I admire your optimism which is perhaps the only thing we have going for us. After that gutless performance against CP on Monday, I cannot us getting anything at Brighton - whose last 3 games include a 5-0 away win at Sheff Unit, a 4-1 home win against CP, and in between, a 2-1 loss at Spurs, who got the winner in the 96 minute.
Dyche's stubbornness is playing Young and DCL is mind boggling. DCL again fluffed 2 guilt-edge chances against CP. His misses are a regular feature of his game, and he should be dropped immediately. Selection is crying out for changes - they need to mix it up at the front is so obvious.
Prediction 3-0 to BHA.
Mark Ryan
11 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:41:14
Dyche was full of grit and determination after the deduction: "We carry on, nothings changed, we go and win our games."

Now, having served up the most boring football in our recent history, he's blaming the deduction for "derailing us"!

It's not the shite football that’s derailing us then, Sean?

I hope his recent jitters will not affect the team tomorrow.

Sean, you need to keep strapped in pal and do what you said we'd do: "Just win football matches".

The appeal is out of your hands. We need to keep digging in, not panicking.

Noleen Daya
12 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:42:46
So I enter another footballing weekend with a heavy heart. I just don't have much hope in us winning this match.

Draw? Heaven only knows but onward and upward (really?) we march.

Jerome Shields
13 Posted 23/02/2024 at 08:54:11
Everton know the decision. Dyche may not yet know, though I suspect he will know today. It is interesting there are reports that only the three person appeal committee know the result, making sure they appear independent.

In the meantime, Everton are preparing for this important game and they have to have the right attitude.

Danny O’Neill
14 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:01:00
3000 and maybe more travelling to the south coast tomorrow with long journeys home.

Turn up Everton because those supporters will.

Dave Cashen
15 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:09:22
Chin up Noleen.

I felt exactly the same way just before the corresponding fixture last year

Brent Stephens
16 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:17:28
Danny “3000 and maybe more travelling to the south coast tomorrow with long journeys home.”

Yes, our brilliant away fans. Some over 70s. Some with disabilities. Some travelling from far-flung places like Exeter and Taunton, even from overseas. Our silent, suffering away fans.

Barry Rathbone
17 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:26:33
Is it my imagination or are all clubs taking thousands to away games these days? Seems to be the latest badge of honour among those with a certain amount of disposable income - certainly not the unique event of years past
Rob Halligan
18 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:54:31
Jerome # 13…

You say the club know the decision. Maybe they do, but I know for a fact the players don't, as I was talking to Seamus Coleman about 10 minutes ago, and he said he knows nothing. Of course, all players, manager etc could be sworn to secrecy and cannot tell anyone.

Seamus was dropping his kids off at the school literally a 2-minute walk from where I live, and he appeared to be in a rush, running back to his car in his full Everton tracksuit. Probably making his way to Finch Farm for the coach down to Brighton.

Kunal Desai
19 Posted 23/02/2024 at 09:58:31
I'm more hopeful of picking up points on our travels than at Goodison.

Tough fixture but we wiped the floor with them last season; no reason we can't go there this time and get 3 points.

Bill Fairfield
20 Posted 23/02/2024 at 10:14:48
Tough game, hopefully our defence is up to it and we take our chances. COYB.
Geoff Cadman
21 Posted 23/02/2024 at 11:26:22
Brent #16 Silent away fans, surely not.
Regarding the appeal decision, I thought both Everton the EPL where supposed to be informed at the same time.
I am hoping that the latest commission are taking their time to come to a fair and just conclusion. IMO the first group had too many ties to other interested parties, Leeds, Leicester and Burnley, how can you be independent in such circumstances.
Jerome Shields
22 Posted 23/02/2024 at 11:43:08
Rob #18,

The club and the Premier League have to agree when the decision is announced publically. Everton were to be informed of the decision in mid-February. Someone in the club has to know what the decision is before that can happen. So there is going to be a time-lag between the person responsible in the club getting the decision and the public announcements.

The players and manager will not know the decision until then, but I can't see Dyche having to wait on the Premier League and Everton's announcement, which he said would be before the end of the month.

Seamus does not know and I believe him. Thanks for letting us know.

Dave Lynch
23 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:01:07
It's not the deduction that's affected us, it's the quality of play.

After the original deduction, we fought our way out of the relegation mob and have gone backwards since the Spurs game.

If Dyche sets us up to play deep and contain them, then we are in for a very tough afternoon, I refuse to believe our players are as poor as the performances.

Christopher Timmins
24 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:01:43
You just couldn't make it up. Hopefully, we find out sooner rather than later the result of our appeal and can then move on.

Playing a very good team tomorrow, way better than Palace but we have a good record at their place so hopefully, with a much-improved performance from Monday, we can take something from the game.

Rob, did Seamus look like he was over his illness?

Danny Baily
25 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:07:34
I suspect it's either the next half hour or late next week for the appeal decision announcement.
Pat Kelly
26 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:08:26
Given the current slump we are in, a return of some of the deducted points is crucial. From a mathematical point of view and to restore confidence and lift the mental pressure the players are clearly experiencing.

Until that happens, they are not up to winning. The delay in itself is imposing a further points penalty.

Christine Foster
27 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:14:40
Not sure what my head tells me about the game after Palace. If we play like we did there last season, then I think we will win; play as we did last week, and it will be a difficult watch.

The problem lies with 4 players in particular, Young, McNeil, Harrison and Garner.

Why no Calvert-Lewin? I think he will come good with service. Onana, Coleman Dobbin, Beto all need to come back in the mix.

Last time we played with high intensity and destroyed them, front foot football, I think I said. Same again please.

Now I watched Liverpool destroy Luton because of high tempo, fast-moving intensity from 30 minutes, blew them out the water. That's what we did last time, we need to do it again.

Sam Hoare
28 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:37:39
Not an easy game but, in a way, Brighton are the sort of side that Dycheball can profit against. They are there to be counterattacked, though we only seem to be able to score off set-pieces at the moment.

Onana has to come back in for me. He is our most composed central midfielder with some of the best stats for long distribution in the league. He switches play well and is very hard to dribble round.

Gueye has been excellent too since returning from Afcon and so I think Garner, who has been solid, needs to make way in the middle.

Given how poor our options are at right-back, I would play him there. He has the stamina to get up and down all day and to make those overlapping runs. He's much better on the ball than Godfrey and more reliable than Patterson. But I'd be surprised to see Dyche try it.

I'd like to see Beto given a start at some point but I'm not sure this is the game for it. Despite not scoring (again) Calvert-Lewin's all round game against Palace was pretty strong.My team would be:

Garner Tarkowski Branthwaite Mykolenko
Onana Gueye
Harrison Doucoure McNeil

Robert Tressell
29 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:42:59
I'm quite optimistic about this game. They will dominate possession and we will attempt to soak up pressure and counter attack. A bit like the game against Man City but without City's quality to contend with.

In fact, we're much better set up for a game like this than home games against fellow crap sides like Palace, where our lack of quality on the ball and lack of pace in attacking wide positions is most acutely felt.

Hopefully we play Patterson and Harrison on the right flank because they offer more going forward than Godfrey and Young. But otherwise, I just want a win. (Or as I just seen Sam suggest, Garner at right-back… Someone good at football, anyway...)

Finally, any news on Danjuma? We could do with him back as an option.

Andy Crooks
30 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:55:02
Good posts from Sam and Robert. If I didn't support Everton, I would have a substantial bet on them tomorrow because Brighton should suit us. However, me backing our team would be like having two men sent off.

Ernie Baywood, spot on. The idea that somewhere, someone is dithering is ludicrous. The administration of football from Fifa down has been corrupt for generations.

Brian Williams
31 Posted 23/02/2024 at 12:57:48
Danny #25,

How many guesses is that you've had now? ;-))

Robert #29,

Danjuma's out for a number of weeks, I believe.

Ray Robinson
32 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:05:40
Jerome #13.

How can you possibly know for certain that somebody at Everton has been told already of the Appeal decision? And that they are keeping quiet about it? Once again you are passing off pure speculation as fact. You deserve your own slot on the trashy Everton NewsNow clickbait site.

Anyway, as far as tomorrow's game is concerned, Dyche's preferred approach of sitting back and hitting on the break might actually pay dividends. We went gung ho against Fulham and Wolves and lost, we played conservatively against Chelsea and Newcastle and won. We haven't come from behind to win yet this season (apart from at Doncaster), so first and foremost, don't concede first.

I don't think we have missed Iwobi that much this season but one thing he did effectively was to transition quickly from defence to attack. He had a really effective game at Brighton last season. The question is: Have we got players who are fast enough to break quickly enough? Could Dobbin be given a role tomorrow?

I'm going for a single-goal win, with Calvert-Lewin to score.

Brent Stephens
33 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:10:54
Everton website says Danjuma out tomorrow, as are Gomes and Dele.

Brian @31, I guess there'll be another guess in the next half hour. Or by the start of next week.

Brian Wilkinson
34 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:20:49
Nasa is seeking volunteers to participate in a one-year Mars surface simulation mission to help develop the space agency's plans for human exploration of the Red Planet.

Just finished filling application out for Masters… there again, could be old news and he is already up there, hence the silence on our appeal.

Jack Convery
35 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:43:44
And still we wait…
Rob Dolby
36 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:48:00
Styles make matches.

Physical teams who are well organised will give Brighton a game. Luton gave them a beating a few weeks ago.

Anyone that plays 5 at the back against us usually does well.

Teams that move the ball quicker usually are the more successful.

Sit tight and hit them on the break. Catenaccio or as above Dycheball may do the trick.

Play to the players' strengths and don't enforce tactics they aren't comfortable with. I feel like I have written that same sentence for the last 3 years.

Young will probably start at full-back with Harrison in front.

If Doucoure isn't fit to start, I would play Onana there with Gana and Garner behind him.

Colin Malone
37 Posted 23/02/2024 at 13:58:43
Harrison, Doucoure and McNeil are simply not good enough.

Two who get praised for off-the-ball ball work… shite with the ball. One who needs to grow some balls and go past defenders.

Raymond Fox
38 Posted 23/02/2024 at 14:23:53
The team has been under pressure every recent season, it's not good for us supporters and it's not good for the players.

This game away from home and second favourites to get anything, takes a little of the pressure off. These are the sort of games that we out-perform expectations.

I hope I'm not putting the mockers on the result but it's the matches where we play at home against a team down at the bottom of the league where we play poorly. These are the ones where we look a decent team.

I think we will get something out of the game.

Rob Halligan
39 Posted 23/02/2024 at 14:28:36
Christopher # 24…

He certainly did. From the school gates to where he parked his car must have been a good 75 - 100 yards, and he ran all the way. I managed to speak to him just as he was getting into his car.

Didn't sound ill in any way, and like Jerome, I tend to believe he didn't know the outcome of the appeal. As I say, he looked like he was in a rush so couldn't stop very long.

Brent Stephens
40 Posted 23/02/2024 at 14:45:10
Rob #39,

Maybe in a hurry to get away from, rather than get to?! I thought you might have sprinted alongside him to get an update.

Colin #37 "Harrison, Doucoure and McNeil are simply not good enough."

Preferred team for the weekend?

Brian Wilkinson
41 Posted 23/02/2024 at 16:00:52
A lot of these players are shot, it is nearly always the same outfield players, week after week with no respite, due to late substitutes.

Before Xmas and January, with a lot of games in a short period of time, these players were fogged to death. Yes, they get paid well to do it, but McNeil and Harrison simply need either putting on the bench, and used around the 70-minute mark, or resting altogether. Dobbin could come in to offer something as a tactical change.

But you can guarantee by tomorrow, he will start McNeil again instead of using him as an impact sub. I like McNeil but he needs a rest for sure.

Danny O’Neill
42 Posted 23/02/2024 at 16:35:13
Barry @17.

No, it isn't a badge of honour.

Yes, other clubs take thousands to matches every week.

Yes, those around the globe get up at ridiculous times to watch the blues, which I have utmost respect for.

I was talking about Evertonians making a long trip to Brighton and back tomorrow. No badge of honour, just dedication.

As to the comment about disposable income, you should speak to some of those who somehow find a way. I did as a youngster and do now.

Alex Wales
43 Posted 23/02/2024 at 17:28:38
Set up has to be same tactically and same personnel as last season; the team would know how to play it, and it should make Brighton think back.

Sure, it might produce a better Brighton performance based on experience, but equally it could create nerves in the Brighton team (think how we go into our shell every time we visit Anfield) and it should give the Blues confidence.

Dyche should be aloof and keep quiet on the bus down and rip in to them with a rousing speech about us vs the world and how we've been wronged and videos of the 5-1 last season just before they run out.

That'd give jaded performers like Calvert-Lewin and McNeil a boost. Garner and Onana in the middle, McNeil and Harrison on the wings, Doucoure behind Calvert-Lewin. If it's looking poor at half-time Beto and Dobbin on to freshen up the attack.

Nothing to be worried about. Beto isn't that bad. He's shown some quality finishes, just needs a run. The manager needs to hook Calvert-Lewin earlier if it's not working, protect him a bit.

Harrison's a headless chicken sometimes but put better crosses in than anyone else v Palace. Onana should be fired up after his goal. UTFT

Jay Harris
44 Posted 23/02/2024 at 17:35:11
Good suggestion from Sam about playing Garner at right-back.

We need speed and goals up front so I would like to see McNeil, Calvert-Lewin, Doucoure and Harrison all given license to get forward with Dobbin coming on in the second half.

I am relieved that Mitoma is out as it will relieve our right-side weakness.

Gana and Onana to beef up the central midfield and tell Pickford to vary those long hopeful punts up the pitch.

That's 3 points sorted — easy isn't it, especially on paper.

Barry Rathbone
45 Posted 23/02/2024 at 17:38:26
Danny 42

Glad you agree. The phenomenon of loads of clubs having large away followings does seem quite recent.

My own view is there is a "working class" who are minted relatively speaking and then there are those struggling with the bare necessities of life. I reckon the former see away days as a great jolly – each to their own; people can spend their dough as they wish.

Mike Gaynes
46 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:01:43
Hard to believe that even old reliable, analytical Sam (#28) has fallen victim to the Desperation Virus of advocating players be moved into positions they've never played before.

James Garner has played over 200 games, from U18 to the Premier League, since signing his first professional contract. Not one has been at right back. Not one.

He'd have no idea of the positioning, the angles, the man-marking responsibilities. And he'd be out there, often isolated, against Adingra and Welbeck and, if he's healthy enough, a World Cup winger in Mitoma.

No, thank you.

Pete Neilson
47 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:07:16
Barry (45),

The Premier League away tickets were capped at £30 around 2016-17. Prior to that, we were paying well over £40 for tickets, Arsenal and Chelsea used to be a bit eye-watering.

The Championship has no away price cap, ours would easily be £50 as the other clubs know the support we have. Another reason to stay up.

Brent Stephens
48 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:09:58
Mike #46,

I thought Garner had played right-back in recent times, at least if only switched there mid-game?

Jeff Armstrong
49 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:10:41
And here's me thinking James Garner played right-back for about 5 games as England won the UEFA Under-21 Euro 2023 tournament last summer.
Anthony Barnett
50 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:13:04
And in one of the biggest games in our recent history, vs Bournemouth last season where he was my MotM….
Bobby Mallon
51 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:15:36
Just don't play Young. There is no reason to play him and plenty to not, ie, we have better wingers than him. We also have better right-backs.

Someone mentioned Garner for right-back, good shout. Carsley used him there for England Under-21s and he did a great job.

Ben King
52 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:24:24
Mike #46,

What rubbish are you spouting? Whilst I wouldn't advocate playing Garner at right-back, to say he's never played there before is simply a lie (at worst) or unresearched nonsense (at best).

Who played right back v Bournemouth on the final day of last season?

Who played right back for the Under-21s in the summer?

That's just off the top of my head!!!

Mark Murphy
53 Posted 23/02/2024 at 18:32:28
We have 3 right backs including Young so why play Garner there (even if he has done so in the past)?

My first choice if for would be Seamus, then Patterson. But, if neither of those are fit, even I'd accept Young at right-back.

My eleven:

Coleman Branthwaite Tarkowski Mykolenko
Gana Onana
Harrison Calvert-Lewin McNeil.

Billy Shears
54 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:00:44
Sadly, I can't see another 1-5 happening again but the lads are good enough to gain us a point.

I see an entertaining showing from both sides ,ending up a decent draw away from home.

A Desmond methinks for this one... 2-2.

Danny O’Neill
55 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:00:53
I don't view going to watch Everton as a jolly.

It's something I scrimped and scraped to do as a youngster and my late mother (god bless) did her best to help me.

I had to make do following from some pretty remote locations over the years. Now I am fortunate to attend in person more regularly, which I am grateful for.

Never a jolly. These days, more of an emotional experience that gives you many breathless moments.

Robert Tressell
56 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:14:14
Colin # 37, it sounds like you have just stepped out of a time machine from 1987.

If you don't like McNeil, Doucoure and Harrison – then you're going to really hate their replacements...

Kieran Kinsella
57 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:24:57

"The club and the Premier League have to agree when the decision is announced publically."

Where did you hear that? I was under the impression the first time around that Everton heard at basically the same time it went public. Why would we need to agree as to when it is announced?

The manager and players have already stated the uncertainty is bad. If they knew we got points back, it would give them a boost; if they knew we weren't getting them back, it might inspire them to up their efforts as happened when the points were first deducted.

Why would we want to delay an announcement for a rainy day? Or indeed why would the Premier League, given there's another two investigations to be done into us and Forest, and probably appealed, all within the next few months???

Jeff Armstrong
58 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:28:34
The decision will not be out there until next Friday.

I heard it from a source at the club. No more detail than that, soz.

Mike Doyle
59 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:30:20
I'm expecting to see Seamus back in the right-back slot tomorrow.

As virtually all of our goals come from set-pieces, I'd be surprised if Onana isn't in from the start.

McNeil really looks like he needs a rest but, as Dyche seems reluctant to start Dobbin and Danjuma is not available, I expect he'll start too.

Danny O’Neill
60 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:33:06
Right now, I'm more concerned about navigating my way to that stadium after landing in Brighton on the train.

Brighton? It's miles away. Their own supporters complain about the location!

I'll get there after no doubt blagging my way into a "home supporters only" bar in the town centre for a quick pit stop.

Bobby Mallon
62 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:35:53
Danny 55:

You don't have to explain mucker. You and the rest of the away support in my mind are tops.

I've been to many away games throughout my 58 years and never once thought I'm on a jolly (except for away European games). 😂

Danny O’Neill
63 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:50:49
It's a privilege to watch Everton, Bobby.

Europe will come again! Let us just ride this storm.

Sam Hoare
64 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:54:38
Mike @46,

As others have said, not only did Garner play right back for the tournament winners at the U21 Euros but he was picked as the best right back in the team of the tournament.

It's true that he's barely played there in the Premier League or the Championship but he impressed me at the Euros and frankly it's a fairly low bar (especially if Patterson is not to be trusted by Dyche).

Seems clear we need to strengthen our whole right side in the summer.

Tony Abrahams
65 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:55:35
All about opinions but Patterson has done very well against Mitoma. It was only one game but he got tight, was very aggressive, and he was also good enough with the football to put Brighton's best attacking player on the back foot at times.

Although I don't think he has progressed this season whilst playing under Dyche.

Paul Ferry
66 Posted 23/02/2024 at 19:57:47
So informative to read Barry Rathbone's deep and detailed analysis of 3,000 plus away fans which, I'm sure, is rooted in impeccable research, surely using a statistically significant sample of the said 3,000 plus.

What was the point of (17) anyway? It is possible to read it as a snide slur. At the very least someone who supports a club feels the need to post something that, yet again, seeks to diminish some aspect of the club. In this case BR has chosen to place his piercing gaze on the heart and soul of our club: our away fans (hey O'Neill, they are not that special because it seems to me that other clubs take thousands to away matches as well).

"Badge of honour", "Jolly", "disposable income", all used in ways that emanate from ignorance, utter speculation at best, and/or some weird pathological condition (it is a condition because BR does this over and over again) that gives BR some sort of satisfaction in chipping away at our club and us.

We have to hope that the "disposable income" comment was made without much thought going into it.

Mark Murphy
67 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:06:51
Sooo…. It's the weekend.

Just cooked a home made souvlaki and enjoyed a bottle of Retsina with the missus and cheffy son. Booked my rail tickets and got my seat in the away end.

Dreaming of that first (pint of bitter and Dom goal) and a great day out. Never a “jolly” – too much at stake – but buzzing like a whorehouse doorbell!

Come on Blues – give me another weekend to remember! UTFT!

Tony Abrahams
68 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:07:53
Casting my mind straight back to when I was a child, I think that loads of teams have always had a great away following but because most teams are now lucky if they get 3,000 away tickets, then I think this might be playing a few tricks of deception on the eyes.

Maybe some of the clubs who couldn't muster 3,000 away fans have now started taking more fans to their away games but football is a very popular sport nowadays and I don't believe it is just a sport for the working classes in this country anymore.

Mark Murphy
69 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:12:05

I agree – I've got to walk 20 minutes to my local station (possibly calling at the Black Jug for a pint of Harvey's) before getting a train that goes through Littlehampton and fucking Worthing of all places before changing at Brighton (with a shortish stop in the Prince Albert for more Harvey's) before getting the train to Falmer, just outside the turnstile, where there will be a Harvey's beer outlet.

It's a veritable yomp that the British infantryman would balk at but I'll go through it for the chance of a Dominic Calvert-Lewin goal and a win!


Dave Lynch
70 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:21:11
I was going to post on Barry Rathbone's sly dig borne out of ignorance and a touch of nasty arrogance but Paul @66 nailed it for me.

Anyway... we've always had a big away support, going back to 1977 when I started going on the football specials, they were always sold out, as where the coaches.

Kieran Kinsella
71 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:22:53
According to a study done in 2011-12 over the course of two years, Everton on average attracted 123 more fans to away games than the average club (mean).

Six clubs typically brought more away fans to games than Everton. Those clubs were Newcastle and five of the Sky Six with Chelsea being the odd team out slightly behind Everton.

Christy Ring
72 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:23:40
The good news, Sky said Mitoma is out for tomorrow, one less problem.

I watched YouTube earlier discussing Everton, with Jim White and the know-all Simon Jordan, who people forget brought Palace into administration.

Jim was complaining why we still haven't been told the result of the appeal, Jordan said suck it up, Aston Villa, a bigger club, have been relegated… asshole.

Rob Halligan
73 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:23:58
Getting up at 5 am to get the coach at 7 am, followed by a 5-6 hour journey down to Brighton, followed by hopefully, a great blues victory, followed by another 4-5 hour coach journey back home, is no jolly boys outing, believe me.

There's nothing worse than being stuck on a coach for possibly the longest journey home after a defeat, and there's been many. Bournemouth twice last season in the space of four days springs to mind, and was definitely the worst journeys home ever.

So come on, Blues, give us something to be cheerful about on that long journey home!

Paul Ferry
74 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:24:18
Tony, it never was at the swanky Bridge, where Peter Osgood dangling the keys to his new Lotus Europa set the tone for many!

Absolutely, it is no longer "just a sport for the working classes", if it ever was. But it is inevitable that since 1992 the obsession to be corporate and commercial has changed the nature of the game in all its aspects for good.

Just look at the time and trouble we have spent to get corporate hospitality just right at the Dock and the layered food and drink packages.

That said, I'm sure (see what I did there, Barry, I'm not saying that I am right but that my hunch is ... ) that the majority of the 3,000 plus do not sail through life splashing the disposable on X, Y, and Z without a thought for the bank balance and utility bills, or, in Danny's case, what the wife might say.

Paul Ferry
75 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:26:13
Good information, Kieran.

I wonder if that is still the case a dozen years on?

Danny O’Neill
76 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:27:26
If we look at Crystal Palace, they gave up the away section of the Upper Bullens back to Everton as they couldn't sell it.

In the lower Bullens, there were many empty seats.

Not every club sells out almost instantly like Everton.

I'm just grateful for friends and family who help me out alongside my membership.

Paul Ferry
77 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:31:13
That is the best response by far, Rob (73), on behalf of the cash-flush 3,000 plus.
Mark Murphy
78 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:36:11
The Blue Streak Dave – them were the days!!

I remember the Blue Streak disgorging thousands of Blues at Leicester before we gave them a good hiding in all aspects!

We took 4,000 to Palace for the FA Cup on a wet Thursday night, 8 o'clock kick-off recently.

The 900 or so Palace fans that turned up on Monday bizarrely asked “Where were you at Selhurst Park”??? Silly cunts!

Kieran Kinsella
79 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:38:59
Paul Ferry

No idea, there doesn't seem to be any more recent data. The one caveat though to that report is how many of those "away fans" travel?

For example, with Liverpool and Man Utd, I know of a lot of people in London who support those clubs so it's basically a home game for them, as opposed to fans taking the bus from their club's home ground. But that's a debate for another day.

Kevin Edward
80 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:42:53
Along with many, I too think we might be okay tomorrow.

Brighton do move the ball around well but, if we can keep it a tight game, then we might just come away with something.

It's hard to see us scoring many (if any) so 1-2 will do for the 3 points or 0-0 for 1 point and keep the scoreboard ticking over. Up the Toffees!

Danny O’Neill
81 Posted 23/02/2024 at 20:46:01
Kind comments, Paul Ferry.

Rob, the sense of reason as always. You put the hours and miles in as much as I do for home games.

I'll see you at the stadium.

Once me and Mark find it, even though I've been there several times!!

Kieran Kinsella
82 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:00:12
I am going to say we will lose 6-0 tomorrow simply because any time there's a consensus that we will win, the Live Forum crowd are invariably suicidal the day of the game if we aren't on the scoresheet inside 60 seconds. For their health, I am lowering expectations.
Neil Copeland
83 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:00:27
Rob, don't forget your prawn sandwiches.

Personally, I can't wait for the 9-hour round trip by car… luxury or what?

Kieran Kinsella
84 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:05:09

Enjoy your "jolly", you old yuppee!

Neil Copeland
85 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:07:06
Kieran, made me laugh out loud! We are all yuppies in the away section mate.
Paul Ferry
86 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:08:31
Have you decided what you are going to spend your "disposable" on tomorrow, Neil?

Have a great trip and big thanks to you, Rob, Danny, Mark (etc.) and the rest of the 3,000 plus cash-flush.

Rob Halligan
87 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:12:29
Cucumber sandwiches and strawberries and cream for me, Neil……..Arf Arf Arf!!
Neil Copeland
88 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:12:40
Paul, a can of Green Monster and a Mars bar to keep me awake coming home.
Neil Copeland
89 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:19:58
Rob, don’t forget the flask of Earl Grey
Laurie Hartley
90 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:23:56
Tony # 65,

I like Patterson. I like his aggression, the way he likes to get forward, and the way he carries himself on a football pitch. He is the future and in my opinion, he should be introduced into the team now.

I would like to see him played in front of Seamus, or if Seamus is injured, Godfrey. This is how Moyes first introduced Seamus into the first team. That would mean McNeil and Harrison would have to compete for a start.

This is the team I would like to see start against Brighton:-

Coleman, Tarkowski, Branthwaite, Mykolenko
Patterson, Gueye, Onana, McNeil

PS I’d rather have a jam butty Rob.

Rob Halligan
91 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:31:38
Neil, there might well be a flask or two, but definitely not full of Rosie!
Tony Abrahams
92 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:35:24
I don’t know how those stats can say other teams sell more tickets for away games than Everton, Kieran, when you consider that Everton, sell out absolutely everywhere they go?

I’ve always argued with Liverpudlians, that more Evertonians leave this city, to travel to away games, than Liverpool, and I think it was proven when the last time the clubs met at Wembley, it was the Everton trains, that left from Lime St, which is based in the city centre, whilst the Liverpool fans, got pushed out to South Parkway, which must be about 7/8 miles outside the city centre.

But getting away tickets for both clubs, is actually a closed shop now, with most supporters buying tickets, wether they are going to the game or not, so as to keep their credit rating up to date, which means that it would be near impossible for London Kopites, to get tickets for games in London, even if it would be like going to an home game.

Out of the London clubs, I always thought that both Chelsea and Spurs, always showed at Goodison, Paul, with my first memory of Arsenal coming with big numbers, being when Kenny Sansom, put through his own goal, before Mike Lyons bundled home a second, a minute later.

What a cup-tie that was the day we knocked the previous three season finalists out of the FA Cup!

Mark Murphy
93 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:35:26
Paul I’m recently redundant - my “disposable income” is dwindling with every game. I’ve told the wife to stop buying luxuries like vegetables and I’m charging my son extra rent and told him to use a flannel rather than have a 40 minute bath every day…
In all seriousness I’ll be looking for at least a part time job come June but in the meantime I’ll watch the blues as often as possible whilst I’m still in control of my faculties ( as long as there’s a loo on the train 👴🏻)
Dave Cashen
94 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:50:39
I struggled to make most home games, so I gave up my season ticket years ago. What I didnt realise at the time, was that is was going to be increasingly difficult to get tickets for the away games. Without good contacts or a season ticket, you have very little chance of getting a seat among travelling blues.

Three thousand ? trust me. This club could sell an awful lot more than that.

I have been to just 6/7 away games in the past 2 seasons and on each occasion I have sat with the home fans. It was far easier to get a ticket. The thing is; There are ALWAYS Evertonians in the home section too. The desire to see their team play has never wavered.

its wrong to suggest our working class supporters go because they are minted. My experience has shown me that many Evertonians are spending money they cant afford. I saw three hungry young lads share a single pie at Fulham. Such is the camaraderie.

Danny used his London postcode to get me a ticket for that game, I was behind the goal in the home section, Yet I saw 4-5 of blues within yards. You cant keep them out.

yeah some blues can comfortably afford to travel. Others get to see their team through Ingenuity, commitment and willingness to spend money they clearly don't have.

They deserve a bleedin medal

Tony Abrahams
95 Posted 23/02/2024 at 21:57:02
Neville Southall, summed up the attitude of scousers travelling to away games, nearly 40 years ago, when we lived in Thatcher’s Britain, ant a time when everyone was minted in our city!
Paul Ferry
96 Posted 23/02/2024 at 22:09:25
You're right Tony. I remember that.

How times have changed. I did 'A' levels at Bootle Tech (Hugh Baird) for two years in Thatcher's Britain because the "government" allowed people on the dole to have full-time education - the only thing good that they did for us- and I could afford to go to home and away matches.

Tom Bowers
97 Posted 23/02/2024 at 23:02:38
Would like to believe it's good news that Bitouma won't play but let's face it Palace where without key attackers also but they all put in an extra shift for the new gaffer and still gave us fits.

We can't deny the Seagulls are playing well and it will be very difficult to get anything down there but wasn't it a similar story last season and we somehow won 5-1.

Yes, we still have scoring problems but if the effort is put in and the defense holds firm who know what may happen.

God knows we are due for a win so why not tomorrow.

Jim Wilson
98 Posted 23/02/2024 at 23:38:06
Leaving our ball winner out for this game would be stupid.
We need to remember how we won this game last season 5.1 and go with that template.
If we don't get possession this will be another game that passes Onana by.
Mike Gaynes
99 Posted 24/02/2024 at 01:09:54
Ben King #52, what rubbish are you spouting?

Garner did not play right-back against Bournemouth. I still have that game on my DVR. He played right mid in front of a three-man backline, with Mina behind him. He was matched up most of the game against Philip "Lurch" Billing, who is not exactly an attacking force.

Fine, he played it in the U21s, I'll take your word for it. Does that mean we plug him in there in front of three professional right backs already in the squad? In a game we absolutely need to win?

No, thank you.

Mike Gaynes
100 Posted 24/02/2024 at 01:11:39
Traveling Blues, highest respects to all of you for taking on this massive journey. You're amazing.
Derek Knox
101 Posted 24/02/2024 at 03:37:57
Mike @ 100, totally agree, full kudos to the travelling Blue Army.

If we have played poorly (and that is sadly becoming too regular), my first thought, in conjunction with disappointment, is:- "Those fans have put more effort into turning up to support than has been displayed on the pitch." Usually followed by "They don't deserve such loyalty, how dare they?"

Sadly, also that is similar too for home games, where the majority have less far to travel, but also subjected to half-hearted displays.

The last 3 matches I have attended, Palace (Cup Replay), Luton, and Palace again, just gone by, have been dire contests indeed. I know it takes two to tango, but the opposition can't always be blamed either!

Bill Gall
102 Posted 24/02/2024 at 04:17:01
Congratulations to all our away supporters, you are the ones who deserve the points and I believe the team are thankful and will try their best to get them in what looks like a difficult game. I know my nephew will most probably be there with his wife, as he very really misses any game.

Can not wait till April to be back for a couple of home games, and as it is near the end of season, we should be not fighting for must-wins, unless those that should not be named have stopped putting the boot into Everton.

Danny O’Neill
103 Posted 24/02/2024 at 06:56:41
Bill, pass him my number if he's there and meet him for a drink.

0796 600 7546

And give me a shout in April.

Meeting Mark in the Prince Albert near Brighton station if anyone is around. We'll sort out the navigation skills to that stadium and see some of you in there.

Thanks Dave Cashen and Mike. We go because we're hooked and have been from childhood. Win, lose or draw, you just want to be there if you can be.

In we go.

Mark Murphy
104 Posted 24/02/2024 at 07:09:07
Danny - it's easy! The Prince Albert is next to Brighton station. There is a train every 10 minutes from Brighton to Falmer – it takes about 10 minutes.

I realise Euston to Lime Street is a doddle but getting to the Amex is hardly seeking Brigadoon!

See you later, alligator! UTFT

Danny O’Neill
105 Posted 24/02/2024 at 07:19:24
Mark, don't underestimate. I was a map reading instructor but that ground and Selhurst Park confuses the hell out of me.

They have that crowd control process on the way out too, which takes ages.

Brent Stephens
106 Posted 24/02/2024 at 08:05:34
Danny #105,

“I was a map reading instructor but that ground and Selhurst Park confuses the hell out of me.”

Bloody hell, Danny. Selhurst Park should be a doddle for you. Station to ground is only 10 minutes, you can do it blindfolded, entry and exit are both a doddle. Your Jamie had no problem!

Give us a ring if you get lost and we'll send out somebody to rescue you (not an army map reading instructor)!

Horrible ground which I can't get away from fast enough.

Three points, Danny (and then you can triangulate).

Danny Baily
107 Posted 24/02/2024 at 08:13:26
We're a solid side. A team that's due a win, with a striker that's due a goal, against opposition that suit our style of play by providing plenty of opportunities to win the ball high up the field. 3 points to the Toffees today.
Danny O’Neill
108 Posted 24/02/2024 at 08:28:43
I'll give you a shout Brent.

Always march on the compass. Not my "I think it's that way" theory.

On my way.

Melanie O’Neill
109 Posted 24/02/2024 at 08:35:54
Just to let you all know, Danny has been out of work since November. I am going to work to pay for him to go and see Everton.

Some of you might find this funny, it's not. We have a mortgage to pay, please don't encourage him.

Tony Graham
110 Posted 24/02/2024 at 08:40:09
A massive shout for all our fervent away followers, they are our life blood, and never let us down. Good on yer, lads and lasses — keep it going!

As for the announcement on the PSR deduction, surely three suits should have decided before now? I'll have my guess and say it's imminent.

Mark Murphy
116 Posted 24/02/2024 at 09:36:34
Brent, it may have something to do with the gallons of Pinot Grigio he imbibes pre-match…


Tony Abrahams
117 Posted 24/02/2024 at 09:40:52
I just hope the Traveling Toffees, have a great day today! 💙

Michael Kenrick
Editorial Team
118 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:15:27
Melanie @109, welcome, and our sympathies for your plight. This is indeed shocking to discover the real imbalance of Danny's priorities.

We should terminate his access to this platform so that he at least can no longer taunt other lesser souls with his fabled credentials as The Greatest Travelling Blue.

I'd offer him work on the side as a writer but he tends to get a bit repetitive and emotional… plus the pay really isn't all that good.

Perhaps you could economise on dog food, treats and toys? No, that would be cruel.

Donal Armani
120 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:19:51
Uh-oh, Danny boy, the wife, the wife is calling!
Brent Stephens
121 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:21:05
Melanie #109. I assume that’s genuine, in which case I’m sorry to hear about it. I hope you get things sorted.
Paul Hewitt
122 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:24:35
An Everton win today, along with England in union. And Penrith panthers against the pie eaters. That's a perfect weekend.
Rob Halligan
123 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:32:51
Michael # 118…

Trying to force Danny back on going the games is harsh, but starving him as well! Now that is cruel!

Clive Rogers
124 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:40:50
Melanie should cut back on make up, perfumes, clothing etc while Danny concentrates on necessities.
Melanie ONeill
125 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:57:29
Clive @124,

I work but no, I'm not wasting money. I have to pay a mortgage so, no, I don't buy makeup and perfumes.

John Keating
126 Posted 24/02/2024 at 10:58:21
I'd had the remainder of the games and looked out wins etc.
I had nothing from the Brighton game but 3 points against Palace. So, with that in mind, it's vital we get something today.

I mentioned in another thread at the beginning of the week that the players had to be affected by the points deduction. Now Dyche confirms this.

It's imperative that the players concentrate 100% on the footy and battle every game. We really need a win.

Melanie ONeill
127 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:09:55
Michael @118,

Thank you for your thoughts.

Paul Hewitt
128 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:09:56
I'm probably in the minority but I actually think we will get all ten points back. You really think if the appeals panel had agreed with the ten point deduction, the Premier league wouldn't have already said. They wouldn't be able to contain themselves. No, there just playing silly buggers and keeping it quiet as long as they can. They know once we get the ten points back the relegation battle becomes boring.
John Keating
129 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:27:11
I’m with you
What is happening now with this delay is purely political and regardless of the PL saying it’s not their decision when the announcement is made, well, ridiculous, they know exactly what’s going on
Every game we play stressed out is just what these shits want
The sooner the Government step in the better
Mark Murphy
130 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:28:24
Paul, don’t forget Chelski tomorrow….
UTFT and NEVER write off the Saints!
Paul Hewitt
131 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:40:05
Tough game tonight mark against Huddersfield. I actually think they could be a dark horse this season.
Eddie Dunn
132 Posted 24/02/2024 at 11:55:40
Paul -I have no idea if you are right but I found it interesting how Dyche set us up to not get beat against Palace and seemed quite happy with the point.

Maybe he has been tipped-off that we will get a significant amount of points back.

I certainly think the Football world and various legal people(all with families and friends), plus all of the PL nobs could not keep some incling of the decision from leaking out.

I hope you are right.

Lee Courtliff
133 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:11:50
In theory, this game should be perfect for us. The way they play and the way we set up should see us have plenty of chances on the counter or when we rob them off possession high up the pitch.

I watched them against Wolves a few weeks ago and was amazed at how many times they lost the ball by trying to play out. With more composure, Wolves could have had 3 or 4.

If only football was so simple and easy to predict.

Derek Knox
134 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:13:13
Eddie, I would be extremely disappointed if that was the case ! Regardless of our position in the table we should be trying to win EVERY game. Remember we have absolutely no control over other results, or bad refereeing decisions. In the precarious position we find ourselves in, there is absolutely no room for complacency or favours from others !
Brian Williams
135 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:13:49
Personally I don't believe for one minute there's any messing around and holding back the decision to wind Everton up etc etc. I think, to be honest, that's ridiculous.
I do think, and only my own feeling, that the delay is a good thing if the actual decision is yet to be made.
I think if it was a simple "The ten point deduction stands" then that'd have been announced by now.
I just feel that the longer it takes the more likely there is to be a good result for us.
I have no inside info nor have I heard a whisper from a club employee, just a gut feeling, or more likely wishful thinking.
Derek Knox
136 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:27:21
Brian W, Go West made Hit about You!

King of Wishful Thinking.

Love it mate, better than some miserable B's on here, no names, no pack drill ! :-)

Mark Murphy
137 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:32:27
That's strange - Danny told me his bird's name is Beryl….
Sean Kearns
138 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:32:50
It’s easy to say “drop Dom and start Beto” as the eye test tells us Dom is playing shite… but we are 12th and having a productive season so far. I say keep the same team and keep nicking points here and there. Would you rather win one game then lose the next two, or draw three in a row? I would take the draws all day. Last season we drew our way to safety and this season may be the same. I truly believe without the points deduction Dyche would be playing more open attacking football but he’s been forced to keep it tight and play the survival game again through no fault of his own… don’t let the last two season fall by the wayside people, this man is good at what he does and saved our skins when we looked truly down and out. Muddle thru this season and get to 38+ points then judge the big ginger beaut over the next couple of seasons. UTFT
Mark Murphy
139 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:37:38
I'm in a pub full of their fans. They're laughing at us and our long-ball football. Cunts.
Derek Knox
140 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:40:47
Mark, give them two words of advice about Sex and Travel : F*** Off !
Sean Kearns
141 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:41:05
Were they also laughing before last years fixture too Mark? 😂 if we tried to play it around at the back like Brighton we would get relegated 100%. See Burnley etc…. People were slobbering on Kompanys woody before the season kicked off, look now. Give me Seany Boy and the long ball alllllll day
Sean Kearns
142 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:44:39
Also we are only 8 points behind them haha, so all their brilliant football is only worth 8 extra points that had Dom converted a couple chances would be even less. Some people know nothing about football
Mark Murphy
143 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:44:55
They're all inbreds. I live down here and you'd think they'd won everything already – they'd make good koppites!
Bill Gall
144 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:57:12
Danny O'niell @103
I live in Canada and only have his own home phone #,my son may have his cell or email address but he is in Mexico. I know there will be supporters at Brighton who will now him as he was the former Chairman of The Shareholders Committee, and I think he is on a radio show sometimes on merseyside.
I will be home for the Forest and Brentford games, hope to be in touch with other Everton Supporters.
John Keating
145 Posted 24/02/2024 at 12:57:35
Brighton love to play it out from the back so our press could be decisive
Unfortunately I am a Luddite and I can’t handle this play out shit.
Ok for City but they have the players, we don’t!
Let’s press Brighton but please Blues Hoof it!!!!!
Robert Tressell
146 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:00:26
Lee # 133, you're right. They take a lot of chances at the back and do often get caught out. The straight ball out from goal into central midfield seems to be the most vulnerable. If Doucoure and Gueye can get at the likes of Gilmour who will receive such a pass then it will create chances. I hope Harrison is fresh to play too because he presses well - which helped turn the game against Newcastle.
Bobby Mallon
147 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:07:20
Just no bloody young
Matt Traynor
150 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:09:36
Against Palace, we had something like 70% of possession. This team/manager can't cope with that. We're far more effective with <30% possession.

Brighton will pin us back, therefore we have a chance of getting something.

Steve Griffiths
151 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:14:30
Mark (139),

Tell the cunts they weren't laughing last year when Dwight twatted in the 5th.

A lot of angry Brighton fans that day, in fact some of their hand gestures towards Everton players were quite rude! Tut, tut.

John Keating
152 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:18:03
Have to say, watching Hull v West Brom, apart from this playing out from the back shite, it's good to watch.

Best thing – No VAR!

Mark Murphy
153 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:21:55
Don’t worry Melanie - it’ll soon be the cricket season! 👍
Steve Griffiths
154 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:23:26
My lad has gone today, direct from east London where he lives. All trains are off & replaced by buses, he reckons he won't get to Brighton till 2:40 pm having left at 10 am.

He's hopeful of being at the ground for kick-off; however, from experience, I think he might be struggling. Horrendous getting to that ground from central Brighton.

Jeff Spiers
155 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:27:44
Mark@139. Also ask them cxxxs when they last won a Major trophy.
Mark Murphy
156 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:30:31
Jeff - don't worry mate - I annihilate them!

I don't understand all this about it being a difficult ground to get to? It's literally a 10-minute direct train, included in the ticket, from Brighton Central to the away turnstiles! I've been to this fixture for the last 6 seasons and it's no problem whatsoever!

It's easier than Lime Street to Kirkdale!

Brent Stephens
157 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:38:42
Possibly worth treating Melanie's post as important?
Mark Murphy
158 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:41:42
But it's obviously dificult for ex army types as I'm on my fifth pint now still waiting for O'Neil to turn up! Anything but pay his round (you'll be glad to hear Melanie…)
Barry Rathbone
159 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:51:20
60-plus years of supporting this club has driven any optimism right out but inexplicably I'm dreading this one more than usual.

The feeling of a monstrous drubbing accompanied by a million excuses pervades.

Dunno why… it just does.

Steve Griffiths
160 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:53:38
Mark, probably the time I leave the city centre 45 minutes to kick-off. I always seem to get caught with all their lot in a queue for the train from Brighton Central.

If you can't get the train you intended, then you are in trouble getting in for kick-off. Better planning needed from me I think.

Anyway, I'm not there today but still worrying about my lad getting in on time…

Jerome Shields
161 Posted 24/02/2024 at 13:57:38
Kieran #59,

I came across it in a report two weeks ago. It does make sense given the sensitivity of the situation and the media advantage that could be gained by jumping the gun. Neither Everton nor the Premier League would want to make it more political than it is already.

It will be put up on the Everton and Premier League sites at the same time. As for mid-February that was reported after the Appeal had just finished.

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