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Vitalii Mykolenko will miss out after suffering possible ankle ligament damage during Wednesday's Merseyside derby

Everton will have a fourth successive home win in their sights when they reconvene at Goodison Park hoping to take the momentum from Wednesday night’s pulsating 2-0 win over Liverpool into the late afternoon clash with Brentford.

Goals from Jarrad Branthwaite and Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a top-drawer performance from the whole team on the night saw the Blues win their first home derby since 2010 and take another huge step towards ensuring that the Grand Old Lady will host top-flight football in her final season.

Calvert-Lewin was immense from start until he was withdrawn a couple of minutes from the end to milk well-deserved applause from the home faithful but arguably his best display for quite a while came despite sustaining a knock to his knee against Nottingham Forest three days previously and then coming down with a stomach bug on derby day.

Sean Dyche explained in his press conference at Finch Farm yesterday that he and his team are hopeful that "DCL" can shake the illness off in time to face the Bees, particularly because Beto will miss a second match because of the Premier League’s protocols around head injuries.

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The Portuguese was knocked out cold late in the game against Forest but is expected to be available for the trip to Luton Town next Friday.

Vitalii Mykolenko will also be missing this weekend after badly rolling his ankle in the first half against Liverpool and then leaving the stadium with his foot in a protective boot and Seamus Coleman is doubtful with a groin injury.

How many changes Dyche elects to make purely to manage fatigue as he prepares for a third fixture in six days remains to be seen but he has scope to switch things up in midfield, as Idrissa Gueye has battled tightness in his calf, and also on the wings, although it’s unlikely he would see fit to drop either Dwight McNeil or Jack Harrison at this stage.

Having gone through a sticky patch that saw them win just once in the Premier League between 20th January and 13 April and, at one stage, had them involved in the conversation around relegation this season, Brentford have now gone five games without defeat and are, themselves, one win away from mathematical safety.

Thomas Frank has been boosted by the staggered returns of Ivan Toney and Bryan Mbeumo but it was Yoane Wissa who was the star of their 5-1 win over Luton last weekend, a result that underlined just how good the Bees can be on their day.

Frank is hoping that Toney will be available despite a recent hamstring injury but Aaron Hickey, Ben Mee, Joshua Dasilva and Rico Henry are ruled out with injury and striker Neal Maupay is ineligible to face his parent club.

With 18th-place Luton travelling to Wolves in a 3pm kick-off and, realistically, needing to win to keep alive their hopes of catching the Toffees, it’s possible that Everton will know what they need to do against Brentford to guarantee their safety by the end of the day. Defeat for the Hatters at Molineux would mean that a point would be enough to effectively see Dyche’s men safe because of their vastly superior goal difference.

A win, however, would leapfrog the Toffees back over Brentford and into the position they briefly occupied before the second of their two points deductions dropped them back down to 16th.

Kick-off: 5:30 pm, Saturday 27 April 2024
Referee: Darren England
VAR: Michael Oliver
Last Time: Everton 1 - 0 Brentford

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


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Danny O’Neill
1 Posted 26/04/2024 at 06:32:45
Keep the momentum from Wednesday going blues. Don't let up. We are nearly there.

We can beat Brentford, Luton and Sheffield United if we show that type of desire and commitment.

Frank Sheppard
2 Posted 26/04/2024 at 06:36:29
Strange feeling of optimism about this game.

Just hope fatigue doesn't lead to a tired performance. COYB.

John Keating
3 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:06:13
Got to keep it going

3 games in a week with a threadbare squad is a lot to ask for but seeing the finishing post in sight and the adrenalin still flowing from Wednesday we can do this.

Attacking wise Brentford are a real threat and if fit and ready I'd stick with Gana over Onana, apart from that the mentioned team looks good

Kunal Desai
4 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:12:32
Confidence must be absolutely sky high.Hattrick of wins in a week. Another 2-0 victory.
Colin Glassar
5 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:25:23
I hope we don't let up against Brentford and think it's job done. We need to carry on with the same spirit we showed against the rs. If we do, we win this game.

Despite wanting (for some reason) Arsenal to win the title it would feel quite satisfying if we could ruin their title hopes as well. We could be the spoilers this season.

Derek Knox
6 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:39:18
Not wishing to be a harbinger of doom, far from it, but I think this may be the hardest game of the lot, recently, the saving factor being they haven't got a full strength side, but neither have we! I have watched these a few times this season (via TV) and they have pulled off a few surprises against alleged superior opposition.

We will have to replicate if possible, the attitude against the RS, not sure about Young at left back. He did a good job standing in for the unlucky Mykolenko, but I'm thinking so many games in succession at 38?

Everyone should be buoyed by Wednesday's performance and result, team, manager and fans alike. Let's get this over the line and get as many points as we possibly can. After all, points means prizes (£3.1M per slot I believe).

COYB 💙💙👍

Mike Hayes
7 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:42:26
Play the way we did on Wednesday could see a nice win here.

We are at home so fans will be up for it as usual. 💙

Derek Thomas
8 Posted 26/04/2024 at 07:53:47
Will Dyche, indeed should Dyche, have half an eye on the Luton game and pick the team accordingly?

Even with the best of attacking intentions, having played 2 'Cup Finals' in 4 days it could be a case of – 'After the Lord Mayor's show'...?

Colin Glassar
9 Posted 26/04/2024 at 08:11:19
We win, Luton fail to win, and we are safe.

So, let's win and sod Luton and other results.

Mark Ryan
10 Posted 26/04/2024 at 08:27:55
It's going to be a hard watch. I cannot see them raising their game to same level as they did against the RS.

Brentford playing well at the moment. A draw perhaps? A win would be fantastic!

Steve Brown
11 Posted 26/04/2024 at 08:42:30
The Premier League website has:

Referee: Darren England.
Assistants: Simon Bennett, Dan Robathan.
Fourth official: Dean Whitestone.
VAR: Michael Oliver.
Assistant VAR: Richard West.

But, I think I would prefer Harry Nonce on VAR!

Kevin Edward
12 Posted 26/04/2024 at 08:59:41
It's going to be hard following up on the magic of Wednesday night. At the end of the afternoon I'll be happy to see us grind out a draw, a point will probably do now.

We can win this, but are likely to be a bit leggy. If DCL is truly back to his best then we will score, one or two. So I expect some caution and back to the ‘keeping it tight' Dyche.

On the positives, Brentford are safe and away from home, so might be a bit off, which might open the door for us. UTFT!

Brian Harrison
13 Posted 26/04/2024 at 09:12:31
I know Sean Dyche said after the derby game that Gana Gueye had a few injury doubts, but I just hope he is fit to start this game. He brings an energy that none of our other midfield players have, and isn't afraid to run with the ball – another thing the alternatives don't do.

I was also glad to hear Sean Dyche talking about how important he is to the group and even hinted, although he is out of contract at the end of the season, he would like him to extend his contract.

Brentford will probably have Toney back for this game and, with Wissa and Mbuemo, they are a useful front 3, but the reason they are down there with us is because they aren’t consistent.

I am sure confidence is sky high amongst the players and that hasn't happened to often this season, so start with the same intent as we did on Wednesday and I am sure we will be fine. Probably after putting in such a stint on Wednesday, they will be a bit leggy come second half but that’s something the crowd will help them find the energy needed.

Ernie Baywood
14 Posted 26/04/2024 at 09:22:44
Derek, "After the Lord Mayor's Show" was exactly what I came here to post.

After the mental and physical exertion your forgive them if their standards drop from the other they were on Wednesday.

But I suppose we could consider that they couldn't have felt more confident at any point this season than right now. Maybe they go and show it wasn't a one off.

Mark Murphy
15 Posted 26/04/2024 at 09:33:30
Godfrey left-back and Young right-back. Sorted!

Both did well enough on Wednesday to earn their starts!


Mark Murphy
17 Posted 26/04/2024 at 10:07:57
I'll be in the Harlech Saturday hoping to meet a good blue who helped me out last night. I went to Saints vs Huddersfield. (I hate those made up names like Giants and, spit, Warriors….

Anyhoos... after getting dropped off by my sister I realised I didn't have my phone or cards so I could neither get in nor call my sister.

I walked round the ground twice asking stewards to lend me their phones with no luck before spotting a tall man and his lad wearing an old Everton scarf and bobble hat. He was also smiling broadly and I knew he was a good un! He happily let me call my sister and all got sorted. His name was Steve and I promised him a pint in the Harlech to which he agreed.

Saints won with a last minute drop Sony week so far has been outstanding! Two wins for the blues, one for Saints, I got a new job and a two grand payment id forgotten about. I really really hope the Blues complete the week in style for me tomorrow. UTFT

Brian Williams
18 Posted 26/04/2024 at 10:25:02
We'll know the outcome of Luton's game by the time we kick off tomorrow.

If Luton lose that should be all the motivation we need to go out and win and be safe.

Even a draw, should Luton lose, would make it realistically impossible for them to catch us due to goal difference.

Fingers crossed the gods of Wednesday are still looking down on us! UTFT.

Mal van Schaick
19 Posted 26/04/2024 at 10:38:36
I hope that we keep the momentum going and boss the game as the home team. More recently we have become more shot savvy, so keep that going too.

I'm sure Dyche will ask for more of the same from the players, and they should be full of confidence on this winning streak. Home win.

Strangely, a player to man mark could be Brentford's Wissa, he hardly looks like a footballer, but always puts a shift in and gets on the scoresheet.

Jerome Shields
20 Posted 26/04/2024 at 11:17:21
I already think that Everton are safe. More of the same against Brentford should get a result. But Dyche will try to play it cagey from the start.

Against Liverpool, the players were really up for the game after the Nottingham Forest game and Dyche's formation and tactics worked. Still need to keep things a lot tighter than the Chelsea game.

John Keating
21 Posted 26/04/2024 at 11:34:00
Loads of negative comments about tactics this season. Some fair, some not. Look at the start of the season, the games we lost because we couldn't stick easy chances in the net.

Then we have the points deductions.

Regardless who you are you can only play a style that suits the players you have, and we have a mish mash small squad some we've had to sell.

If we tried to play this open attractive football some want with these players we'd already be down. Look at Brighton last night. They tried to out-City Man City and got well done.

Right now with this squad survival is the priority and needs must. Points over style. Once we have some stability in the club and squad, then judge Dyche.

David James
22 Posted 26/04/2024 at 11:44:55
Need to win again tomorrow.

I'm hoping we can be 10 points above the Bottom 3 before the Arsenal game – just in case we have to play our joker of going into administration before the season's end!

Mark Murphy
23 Posted 26/04/2024 at 11:53:37
In retrospect, ,I can't fathom the Chelsea result.

To my uneducated eyes we seemed to play exactly the same high press at Chelsea as we did against the shite on Wednesday so why were the outcomes so vastly different?

Is it a case of the early goal killed us? Or that we need Gana Gueye in the team to play that system?

In any case, people complaining about Dyches tactics – and I readily admit I've done so myself – may need to rethink as we all seemed bloody happy about them on Wednesday.

I'm not sure he changed anything tactically – more a bloody-minded mindset and aggressive approach – we shall not be moved personified. UTFT

Colin Glassar
24 Posted 26/04/2024 at 12:07:04
Not really, Mark.

We jogged alongside the Chelsea players. Our midfield opened up like in Moses and the Red Sea.

We tried for the first 10 minutes then surrendered. It was embarrassing and bears no comparison to the derby game.

Roger Helm
25 Posted 26/04/2024 at 12:50:41
Wednesday was great but who knows what will happen on Saturday. Everton are so inconsistent. Three games in a week with our small squad is a big ask. No yellow cards in the derby was good though.

I expect Dyche will be his conservative type and play KITANO. A win and safety assured would be great but I would take a draw if offered.

Raymond Fox
26 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:11:02
Every game is different, different players, different manager, different tactics.

Franks may pick a side to tactically nullify us, not how the reds play. We seem to play better against teams that come at us not one that come to not conceed.

I think Brentford are usually an attacking type of a team and if we can keep Tony quiet I think we have every chance of 3 points.

John Raftery
27 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:26:16
Raymond (26),

We certainly do play better against teams that come at us. We control games more effectively out of possession. That has been the case for the last 4 years. In home games we are expected to win such as Fulham, Wolves, Luton (twice) and West Ham we have struggled to break through the opposition lines, missed early chances and ended up losing usually by conceding late in the game.

The solution is to focus on keeping a clean sheet, be happy to take a draw and know there is always the possibility of grabbing a winner.

Ernie Baywood
28 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:29:01
John Keating – who is asking for "open attractive football"?

I haven't seen a single post this season asking for it, yet I see posts every day arguing against those asking for it.

Phil Friedman
30 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:46:08
Agree with Colin @24…

Early vs Chelsea, Palmer went around Onana like he was a turnstile, which is why I think Onana is the first one sold this summer to balance the books — he's just a legend in his own mind.

Jim Wilson
31 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:48:32
Gueye is a must for me to help see us through this game. Tight calf or no tight calf play him.

Win this game and we are home and dry and depending on Luton game a draw could do it.

Keep it going Blues. Same intensity, same work rate. Get this done.

John McFarlane Snr
33 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:56:13
Hi Roger [25],

No-one knows what will happen tomorrow because every game is unique, it's never been played before and will never be played again. I've learned down the years that anything can happen in a game of football and that's why I attend games with an open mind.

I use the Wigan vs Manchester City FA Cup Final as an example, I think that Wigan fans would have traveled to Wembley hoping that they wouldn't be be slaughtered, while the Manchester City fans would be thinking that it would be a walkover.

You must excuse the ignorance of someone 3 months away from his 86th birthday, but I would be pleased to learn what 'KITANO' means.

Brian Williams
34 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:57:00
Keep it tight and nick one, John.
Danny O’Neill
35 Posted 26/04/2024 at 13:57:14
John @27. Well said. If the much admired Brentford come at us tomorrow, we will pick them off.

Yes they battered Luton and done us a favour with their win against Sheffield United, but we can beat them.

We are nearly there to give the Grand Old Lady a top flight send off.

Andrew Keatley
36 Posted 26/04/2024 at 14:22:14
Mark (23),

Managers often talk about small margins, and I think that small margins often give way to gaping chasms. That's why the first goal in a game is often so important, and how a team responds to that first goal, whether they score it or concede it.

Cole Palmer's first goal against Chelsea really seemed to deflate the players. It was so avoidable, and yet he managed to wriggle free from Branthwaite and Onana and then finesse a shot past Pickford.

And Chelsea built on that momentum while we seemed to shrink. After half and hour it had already become an exercise in damage limitation, an exercise that we failed to negotiate successfully - while Chelsea seemed to get the bounce of the ball and took a high proportion of their chances.

Gana has been excellent over the last few games – arguably our best outfield player during April – and he was a big miss against Chelsea. Calvert-Lewin too. But one of the big differences in the Chelsea game and the derby is that we never found ourselves in a hole in the derby. If anything the small margins went our way.

I should think Chelsea fans are even more at a loss to understand how they can play so well against us and then be abject against Arsenal a few days later.

I'd quickly like to praise Pickford for his performance in the derby. He's had some stick of late, especially after the Chelsea game, but he was tremendous on Wednesday night, making vital saves at vital times and commanding his area.

John McFarlane Snr
37 Posted 26/04/2024 at 14:27:35
Hi Brian [34],

Thanks for the information, I'm afraid that I'm not familiar with what I regard as 'lazy correspondence'.

Barry Rathbone
39 Posted 26/04/2024 at 14:37:42
Can't remember the last time I felt unconcerned by Everton even though I still see us as flakey.

Have Brentford got enough to take the game to us as per Liverpool, allowing our robustness to win through, or will they sit back and let our lack of creativity cause mutterings to upset the applecart?

Seems a 0-0 to me as both teams begin googling holiday destinations…

Danny O’Neill
40 Posted 26/04/2024 at 15:09:11
John @27. Well said. If the much admired Brentford come at us tomorrow, we will pick them off.

Yes they battered Luton and done us a favour with their win against Sheffield United, but we can beat them.

We are nearly there to give the Grand Old Lady a top flight send off.

I might get slated, by come, but we can take them tomorrow. We should fear no one at Goodison.

I don't.

As a player or supporter, I've never gone into a match expecting nothing but a win.

Sure, you don't win them all, but you go on that pitch expecting to.

Chris Leyland
41 Posted 26/04/2024 at 15:38:35
I was listening to a national radio station this morning and they were doing predictions and they all said Brentford would win because they are on form compared to us.

Last 5 games: Brentford have got 9 points and Everton have got 10. Brentford's only 2 wins in their last 11 games have been Luton and Sheffield Utd.

I think it will be a tight affair but they should be just as worried about the prospect of the game, if not more, than Everton are about them.

Christopher Timmins
42 Posted 26/04/2024 at 15:47:58
If we play like we did at their place, we will add 3 points to our total by 7:30 pm tomorrow.

Same 11 as stared the second half on Wednesday and another clean sheet.

David Midgley
43 Posted 26/04/2024 at 16:05:53
John #33,

What do you think the 'Catt' would say to that?

Raymond Fox
44 Posted 26/04/2024 at 16:37:24
We are 11/8 approx fav to beat Brentford and 11/10 fav to beat Luton next Friday. We will be odds on to beat Sheffield.

I tend to get the willies when we are favourite though. I think the Luton game might prove to be the most difficult.

Mike Gaynes
45 Posted 26/04/2024 at 16:44:37
Seems like I'm the only one here expecting an emotional letdown for this one. I think it's inevitable that being back on the pitch 72 hours after one of the greatest derby wins ever, it's going to be impossible to maintain that level. I'll be delighted with a point.

Follow that up with wins over Luton and Blades and we're at 40 for the season. Under the circumstances, that's outstanding.

Kieran Kinsella
46 Posted 26/04/2024 at 16:55:27
Mr Hood, our occasional Brentford correspondent, needs to give us the lowdown.

I am actually looking forward to this one as a) we tend to do well against them,and b) it's effectively a stress-free dead rubber.

Dale Self
47 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:24:58
Indulge me here, those last two performances are worth getting carried away on. Fucking come on! We killed the red shite title hopes and now we are hedging whether the team shows up?

Time for some Blind Faith. Do what you like but I am all in for a barnstormer. 3-0.

Paul Ferry
48 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:33:48
I hope that that nice Brentford fella pops on - John was it? I'd like to know what is going on with Toney? Is he injured? I think he might be. Toney owes Brentford a lot, even as he makes plans to jump ship, and I hope that he is being respectful.

My worry is that Wednesday night was a really wonderful special effort. It's not like Arsenal or City who seem to win for the most part by playing the same way. Wednesday was as spectacular in the effort, motivation and spirit as it was beautiful in the way it ended.

It was also against them, Satan's minions, Belzebuth's handpicked criminals, Norway's scum.

I'm actually sitting here asking myself is it reasonable to expect that sort of effort all over again three days later? Can we reasonably expect it? That said, two-thirds of what we saw on Wednesday would be more than enough to beat most teams and we are on a good run but so are the Bees who have not lost in five. Wissa in particular is looking dangerous.

Expect a couple of changes. This game would really suit Gomes.

I would not be surprised if it ended up 2-2.


Dave Cashen
49 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:34:00
Celebration done – not that it cant be revisited.

But I don't want to see any complacency from anybody tomorrow. I want the team to fight like they did on Wednesday. Lets do a Calvert-Lewin here. Chase the ball over the fucking line.

Make sure...

Billy Shears
50 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:36:20
Totally agree with most comments, we need to keep the momentum going and win this one to ensure safety, we can win the next two as well I believe just need to be brave and dig in and really compete as the derby showed us perfectly!

Another home win looming... 2-0.


James Hughes
51 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:38:18
Dale, I will indulge you mate. 8 hours on and I am still bouncing.

I got a massive telling off from my wife for the rustic language I used on Wednesday. I pointed out that this is only the second time since we moved into this house have we seen Everton win at home.

Three points tomorrow and it might even be a good week, LOL.

Jerome Shields
52 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:43:07
Mark #23,

It is an interesting comparison. I do think the tactics for the Chelsea game and Liverpool game where similar as you suggest. At the time, I thought that Chelsea trained all week to break down Dycheball and on the day found Everton giving them acres of space.

The Everton players seemed to lack the confidence to play that system. The Nottingham Forest win seemed to lift the team confidence and the whole tactics were more effectively implemented in the Goodison derby.

Dale Self
53 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:47:40
Right on, James.

And John Hood is a good man.

Jon Harding
54 Posted 26/04/2024 at 17:59:12
Frank has not been selecting Toney apparently because now Brentford are safe he is preparing for next season and life without the big striker.

Anyway, I watched them last week and Wissa and Mbeumo were magic, their pace casing Luton all sorts of problems. So it worries me that are only option at left back looks like Pensioner Young.

Will it be a hangover from Wednesday or do we have real momentum again now? Nothing would surprise me this season.

Jay Harris
55 Posted 26/04/2024 at 18:16:57
We should be bursting with confidence and determination after the last 2 results have more or less removed the threat of relegation.

Brentford play good football and thread their passes through the opposition but they are also very suspect in defence.

I would hope for another clean sheet and score some goals from open play for a change.

My only concern is both our full backs and therefore we need a strong midfield to back them up.

Wolves have been a bit off colour recently but should have enough for a nervous Luton who are lucky to still be in a shout for avoiding relegation thanks to the Premier League and Masters.

Let's celebrate a great week for the Blues with a resounding win.


Philip Bunting
56 Posted 26/04/2024 at 18:19:12
Need to keep going. Each Premier League place is £3.1M and we need every shilling, considering we should be 2 to 3 positions higher if not for 8-point deduction.

That has already cost near £6M to £9M minimium already. So not just a point deduction but also a loss of revenue. Double punishment by Premier League which affects next year's PSR.

Brian Williams
57 Posted 26/04/2024 at 18:34:20
Jon #54.

Toney's been injured has he not?

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
58 Posted 26/04/2024 at 18:52:29
If Luton don't win at Wolves, that makes Brentford safe. It would need a 21 goal difference to be wiped out in a combined 7 games.

So we should be shouting that from the rooftops that "you're safe – well done" and applaud them during the warm up.

And then if we win – we are safe as well. Double celebration!

Jon Harding
59 Posted 26/04/2024 at 19:27:39
Bench for 2 of the last 3, Brian.

Expect the same tomorrow after the easy win against Luton. At least we haven't got Mighty Maupay to worry about!

Robert Tressell
60 Posted 26/04/2024 at 19:43:10
Much will depend really on the outcome of the earlier Luton game. If Luton win, we will (probably rightly) play for a draw and hope for a win. If Luton lose, then we are somewhat liberated and it may make for a more open game.

The most likely outcome though is that it seems quite a flat performance compared with the intensity of the RS win.

Not because we aren't "up for it". But just because tiredness and injuries catch-up with a small squad. A squad of very limited quality too.

Off the back of their own last excellent result (1-5 away to Luton) there's a good chance Brentford will do what they are good at; cede possession and play on the counter, with the excellent Mbuemo and the decent Wissa backed up by a very hard working, well drilled midfield and 3 very tall centre-backs.

That arguably makes them more difficult opponents than the RS - because it nullifies our strength (Calvert-Lewin / set piece aerial threat) and exposes our weakness (low quality players struggling to carve out chances from possession).

Ultimately, I think we will win or at least draw - but this is not an easy game by any stretch and I think Dyche will approach it in that mindset.

Denis Richardson
61 Posted 26/04/2024 at 19:43:27
What a different feeling to last Friday. 2 wins on the bounce and the world looks a different place.

Personally I think we're already safe. Can't see Luton getting 9 points from their last 4 and I can't see us losing our remaining 4, specially at home to Brentford and Sheffield Utd.

Andy Crooks
62 Posted 26/04/2024 at 19:51:11
I like what is happening on this thread. DK @ 6 nails it. There is absolutely no complacency on here. We are still on edge, still a bit half-empty, still okay with a point. But we know we can win.

Spoke to a Kopite mate today. He said our derby win was "The last swish of a dinosaur's tail".

Cracking gag, let's bury them tomorrow.

Robert Tressell
63 Posted 26/04/2024 at 20:13:27
I did say I think we'll win, Dale!

It'd also be nice to see a good cameo from Danjuma – and maybe Chermiti too.

Dale Self
64 Posted 26/04/2024 at 20:29:40
Okay, I'll settle down. Sorry.

I had a brief interaction with a red shiter earlier today. I told him I would help him out but that I was an Everton fan. He jokingly turned and started for the door.

He was rather nice about it, mentioning we've been waiting a long time for that without snark. I said, "Yeah sorry about that". He responded, "No you're not". And with a wry smile, I confirmed that. Ah, good times.

Ernie Baywood
65 Posted 26/04/2024 at 20:34:36
Just crossed my mind that it might be worth us throwing in a quick admission of guilt over the stadium interest component.

If there's a chance it's worth a point or two, then probably better to take them now.

Tony Abrahams
66 Posted 26/04/2024 at 20:44:45
I personally think it's going to be very interesting to see how Everton play against Brentford. Will the players be tired after their exertions on Wednesday night, or will they be re-energized now that the pressure has really been lifted?
Brian Williams
67 Posted 26/04/2024 at 21:24:20
Ernie #66.

Bit late for that now that we're already at the appeal stage, or are you talking about the next charge?

Anthony Flack
68 Posted 26/04/2024 at 21:36:17
Sorry this may not be the right place to post - but I have a spare ticket for tomorrow, 2nd row Upper Bullens behind the cameras, so a good seat. It's a 65-plus ticket but easy to upgrade.

If anyone wants it please ping me a message on 07369211765 (I may not answer until tomorrow) - but I'll be on the road from 8am tomorrow and can easily meet at the ground.



Neil Tyrrell
69 Posted 26/04/2024 at 21:40:50
If John Hood does check in before the match, I'd be interested to hear his views on the Toney situation.

I have only seen a few Brentford matches this season but it seems to me their best form has been when he wasn't available.

Wonder what's going on there? Bad feelings with the rest of the team? Changing tactics to fit him in?

Brian Wilkinson
70 Posted 26/04/2024 at 23:01:12
Derek @8, that is uncanny that not just you but also another poster had what I was about to write to include Ater the Lord Mayor's Show.

I mentioned to Jim I normally go into Turnstile 66 at the Park End. Fue to the famous cup last Saturday, I went for Turnstile 62, the year I was born, and we won 2-nil. Repeated on Wednesday, Turnstyle 62, we won again 2-nil. So I will certainly be in through Turnstile 62 again on Saturday. Just to be sure, I will wear my lucky underpants again, washed of course.

Be uncanny if we win 2-nil again, also heard Toney has us down for 2-nil, so don't worry if they get a penalty, it's heading in Row Z.

Up the Toffees.

Phil (Kelsall) Roberts
71 Posted 26/04/2024 at 23:07:18
Best meme of the week:

John Lennon would have been 84 this year if it had been Darwin Nunez that day in Central Park.

John Keating
72 Posted 26/04/2024 at 23:17:11
Ernie 28,

You haven't read numerous posts on numerous threads that we should ”go for it”? “Attack”? “Better lose and play open football rather than defensive hoofball”?

You have never seen loads of posts calling for the above?
Sorry, Ernie, you must have missed them

As I said in my post, regardless who we have as manager, he can only play a system that suits the players he has until he gets the players he wants in.

Ian Riley
73 Posted 26/04/2024 at 23:44:17
Got this feeling we could be stung right on the arse if we don't fight as hard as Wednesday night. Keep it going lads, put our fears of relegation to bed.
Frank Thomas
74 Posted 26/04/2024 at 23:50:25
If we start with the same team as Wednesday with the exception of Young then the pressing of Garner, Doucouré and Gueye should hopefully stop them from picking their passes. They will get some chances but hopefully Pickford will have his focus back on this game.

Onana was disappointing for me against Liverpool the only time I remember him attacking he lost the ball and he did not challenge the approaching players. I would like to see Chermiti play alongside Calvert-Lewin I think he would carve more chances for both because he is quite fast too.

As for a small squad only 4 players out of a maximum squad size of 25 have not appeared on the field this season. That is down to Dyce's team selection.

Brentford may decide not to play Toney to make sure he is not injured so they can sell him in the summer.

One point I missed About Wednesday's game concerned the injury to Mykolenko it was actually caused by Nunez and he was nowhere near the ball. I only noticed it at home on my second replay of the game.

Mark Murphy
75 Posted 27/04/2024 at 00:11:29
“Toney has us down for 2-0.”

Brilliant, Just fucking brilliant!

See you in the Harlech

Up the Fucking Gobshite-beating Toffees!

Mark Murphy
76 Posted 27/04/2024 at 00:20:39
“With the exception of Young.”

I'm not his biggest fan but, given how he played on Wednesday and given our injuries, how do you justify that sentence??

Brian Wilkinson
77 Posted 27/04/2024 at 00:48:15
I thought Young did alright when he came on and Godfrey was outstanding for me all match on Wednesday night.

After that performance, Dyche could play Widow Twankie for me, as long as Dyche sticks to his lucky trackie top.

See you in the Harlech pre-match, all being well, Moyes will do a job on the Red Shite to set our day up nice and early.

Brian Wilkinson
78 Posted 27/04/2024 at 01:34:41
He's one of our own
He's one of our own
Sean Dyche in a trackie
He's one of our own

Sorry best I could come up with, I'll get me coat.

Andrew Keatley
79 Posted 27/04/2024 at 01:36:36
Mark (83),

I suspect that Frank (80) meant that Young will likely start in place of the injured Mykolenko, making Young the exception to the team that started the derby. Might be wrong of course.

Dan Parker
80 Posted 27/04/2024 at 02:37:02
I've just rewatched the manager's post-match interview.

Personally, I feel it's a great fit and he's doing a fantastic job in very difficult circumstances. I really hope, when the ownership situation is sorted, they don't change managers for the sake of it. He's the best man for the job; not everyone will agree with that and that's oayk.

Andy McNabb
81 Posted 27/04/2024 at 04:38:10
Dan #89,

I for one agree. Will never make the Top 10 greatest manager in the world but we have to accept where we are and cut our cloth accordingly.

I do not believe that is a lack of vision, it is pragmatism. If we had swallowed our pride and adopted a little more pragmatism on numerous occasions since 2016, we would be less likely to have aimed for boom and ended up with bust.

Ernie Baywood
82 Posted 27/04/2024 at 06:06:09
Andy, if you aim for 17th, there's a real chance that you'll miss. And you only need to miss once.

What would be the point anyway? 8 years of pragmatism? That's a guarantee of only heading in one direction.

I really struggle with the idea that acceptance of sub-mediocrity is pragmatic. It's not – it's defeatist. Pragmatic would be understanding that we can't afford to sign ready made and need to assemble and blood a young side. Pragmatic would be having a go with what you have, in a style they can fit in with.

We have some expensive players. We have some capable players. We have players that other clubs would love to have signed, prior to them largely stinking it up in our toxic environment. We have our crowd. Every club thinks their own fans are great – but ours are objectively phenomenal and worth points every year.

Despite the euphoria of Wednesday, the broader context is that we're still circling the drain. We'll need some kind of ambition to reverse that trajectory.

Danny O’Neill
83 Posted 27/04/2024 at 06:21:46
A great battle cry Ernie.

In we go. Don't anyone tell me we can't win. I've watched too many Everton matches like all off you.

Repeating myself, but when I played and when I watch Everton, I never go into a match thinking we can't win. Ever.

My sister is concerned for me and messaging me every day!! She's offered for me to stay at hers or give me a lift. Bless her, she is a great person!

We can and will do this, Blues.

Peter Mills
84 Posted 27/04/2024 at 07:02:18
Is there anyone out there who would like to help me form a support group for those suffering from EPS?

EPS, or “Evertonian Pessimism Syndrome”, is a condition where a person, for example, a couple of days after a euphoric occasion, resumes studying the Premier League table for all possible pitfalls. How many points do Everton need to win in the case of Luton and Nottingham Forest winning all their games? Could our team be deducted further points for lodging a spurious appeal?

In particularly severe cases, the sufferer will also start looking at the top of the table. Could Manchester City stumble or have points deducted? Could Arsenal drop points, and lose the Title at home in the final game against opponents they have battered frequently in the last match of the season?

It is a draining condition, one that confounds logic, brought on from years of having chips rained upon. I can't be the only one out here.

Derek Knox
85 Posted 27/04/2024 at 07:11:11
Peter @95, excellent Dr Mills, on your diagnosis of EPS.

As to the remedy or cure. I think it will take more than a blue pill to rectify, but a win today could go a long way as a placebo.

Ernie Baywood
86 Posted 27/04/2024 at 07:32:25
Peter Mills, sign me up.

But don't worry about the top of the table. For most of the season, I couldn't even tell you who is challenging. Apart from when they play us, I really don't care what that lot do. They're on a different level than us and are practically playing in a different competition.

And it grates on my red mates that I couldn't care less about them when they'd love me to be bothered about how Trent or Mo are doing.

Paul Birmingham
87 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:00:16
Peter, you're right. I believe it's an acute condition but countered by the capacity to dream and think big of better days. Steps of emotion, every day with Everton, but that's life.
Hope eternal!

Today, will Everton be fatigued or invigorated and ready to go and take out Brentford?

Better times, hopefully soon. They will come but imo, consistently, only after the ownwership of Everton is resolved and then by an "honest and professional organisation, with integrity". That will take some doing. Survival this season in the Premier League to be secured, and to get stability and a reset of the club.

I heard on the grapevine, this week that a couple of young full-backs at Burnley are being looked at and we shall see.

But with several players out of contract, I don't expect many to be renewed and big savings to be made in wages. It will be interesting if Calvert-Lewin is given a new long-term deal or just an extension. That will be one to watch.

For me, Branthwaite must be kept at all costs, as a priority, if possible.Next: to beat Brentford. UTFTs!

Jerome Shields
88 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:21:50
The pinnacle of Dycheball is an offensive attacking side, dangerous from set-pieces. with a solid defence. The weaknesses appear when the defensive line is too deep, the midfield is unsupported, and the attack is left isolated.

It is highly dependent on selection, pace, player focus and player motivation. All as a result of a continuously weakened squad and a lack of academy progress. Dycheball comes down to fine margins and can be derailed if the margins are against Everton.

IMO, it is something we have to get used too, since further inevitable point deductions are down the line as a result of the complete mismanagement of the club.

Robert Williams
89 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:33:08
We had a fantastic 'derby' – let's make the remaining games all 'derbies".
Danny Baily
90 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:33:37
Massive game. If we were consistent in terms of stringing performances together, then we wouldn't be in this mess.

Adding to that, consistency isn't something that's entirely in our hands given our style of play; much depends on how the opposition approach the game, and we also need our fair share of luck.

Phillip Warrington
91 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:46:54
While the team is on a streak, we have to go for it.

Win this and it doesn't matter what other teams do.

Laurie Hartley
92 Posted 27/04/2024 at 08:51:20
Well Peter @ 95 how about this.

When we knock the stuffing out of Brentford (apologies to John Hood), the people who have been thinking about buying EFC will start experiencing FOMO. As a consequence, I expect even more good news next week.

Up The Blues!!!😉

Derek Knox
93 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:09:43
Laurie, Enlighten me, FOMO?

Is that a new detergent for removing stubborn biological stains in tricky areas? I am one on here who thrives on good news, so please spill and enlighten in one move? :-)

Jeff Spiers
94 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:18:15
Peter Mills. Take it from me, you're not the only one suffering from EPS!

I've gone through the table, from top to the bottom. Games left, who is going to slip up, who is going to go on a good run, how many points to be lost and won!! For fuck's sake, I deffo need help!

Duncan McDine
95 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:18:34
Another nailed on 3 points for the Blues today. We're back in one of our good runs of form (like in December), so we'll batter them – Brentford are safe and on the beach anyway.

Derek. "ET Fomo Homo" was a spoof comedy about a gay alien who had a fear of missing out. Or did I dream that? (I did hit the cheese pretty hard last night.)

Christy Ring
96 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:26:03
A tough game against Brentford, but our teams confidence will be high after Wednesday night.

I'd bring in Onana or Gomes for Doucoure, who I thought was the only player who was poor the other night, and play Young at left-back with Mykolenko probably out.

Martin Farrington
97 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:29:00
Take a breath. Exhale. Then a deeper breath and exhale further whilst focusing on your role in the team and how you will perform.

Winning individual battles is key, as is supporting those around you.

You are a professional and know how to win. Now go and make it happen. COYB

Brian Denton
98 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:29:51
Derek, FOMO = fear of missing out!
Derek Knox
99 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:30:15
Duncan, Cheese or Space Cakes ? :-)
Paul Birmingham
100 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:32:41
FTRS and the rest.

Win this day, beat Brentford, and things will get better.


Derek Knox
101 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:33:27
Thanks, Brian, no relation to Suzie (Countdown) are you, with the on removed ? :-)
Danny O’Neill
102 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:33:50
It is a nervous smile, Tony. He always does it when he is feeling pressure. I keep likening it to Jack Nicholson in the film the Shining.

Same effort today Everton and Evertonians.

Craig Walker
103 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:37:31
Same atmosphere in the ground and we can be safe to go through all this again next season. This week has taken some beating. I work with two bitter Leeds fans who think they're bigger than Everton. Seeing them lose 4-0 was the icing on the cake.

I'd like to see Danjuma come in for Harrison. Agree with maybe swapping Doucoure for Onana.

Get the job done tonight, Blues.


Andy Meighan
104 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:48:03
Peter 95.

Absolutely brilliant. I've actually got someone close to me who's like that, ie , I can see us losing every game and Luton winning theirs etc etc.

Made my day that post as I'm eating my pre-match breakfast – 2 poached eggs on wholemeal toast just in case anyone is interested. No, didn't think you would be.

Tony Abrahams
105 Posted 27/04/2024 at 09:52:22
Exactly my point Danny. He knew that his tired players couldn’t match our intensity, especially because we had such a fantastic crowd behind us. He knew.
Dave Abrahams
106 Posted 27/04/2024 at 10:00:44

I agree with most of that post but Harrison had his best game of the season on Tuesday night and I wouldn't swap the energy of Doucoure, with all his faults, for “The Sleeping Beauty”.

Brian Harrison
110 Posted 27/04/2024 at 11:06:41
Today is a chance to secure our Premier League status for another season, and not have to worry about the other clubs involved.

I just hope Gueye is fit to play as, without him, we will be left with (as Dave Abrahams calls him) Sleeping Beauty to replace him.

I am sure the midweek game will have taken a lot out of the players but, when sides are winning, the adrenalin overtakes the tiredness. Be just as focused and just as aggressive as we were on Wednesday and that should get the job done.

James Marshall
112 Posted 27/04/2024 at 11:19:29
No team is going to drop in a load of youngsters just because they're safe from relegation – there are millions of pounds at stake for league places, and we could finish above Brentford so anyone saying it doesn't matter, or Brentford have nothing to play for, I don't agree.

Each league position is worth about £3m.

Luton lose today and a point will do us.

Martin Greggor
114 Posted 27/04/2024 at 12:04:25
If Onana plays we lose, if Gana plays we win or at least draw.
Mark Murphy
115 Posted 27/04/2024 at 15:00:05
I'm in the Harlech – where are you all???
Dale Self
116 Posted 27/04/2024 at 15:01:12
At my house getting high for the game Mark.
Derek Knox
117 Posted 27/04/2024 at 15:02:31
Hi Mark, not there myself obviously, but many have posted about going there pre-match.

Cheer us on today buddy like I know you and the other stalwarts always do.

Mark Murphy
118 Posted 27/04/2024 at 15:05:26
They're all lightweights, Derek – it's rammed in here already! 👍

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