Barkley: League Cup glory is our aim

by | 26/10/2015  23 Comments  [Jump to last]
Ross Barkley has progress in the Capital One Cup on his mind as Everton look to take another step towards ending a 20-year trophy drought.

Victory over Norwich City would put the Toffees into the last eight of a competition the club has never won but which offers a realistic prospect of silverware this season if Roberto Martinez's men can establish some momentum.

Barkley says the Blues need to put the disappointment of Saturday's defeat at Arsenal behind them and do everything they can to beat the Canaries at Goodison Park Norwich tomorrow.

"I thought we were unfortunate not to get another one back to get a draw out of the [Arsenal] game," the 21-year-old said.

In any game, when its like that, you have still got to give it our all and try and get something back, like we did at West Brom, but it wasnt our day on Saturday.

But we have got to stay positive because weve got a cup game on Tuesday and then Sunderland at the weekend.

[Winning the League Cup] is our aim," he continued. We havent won anything for a while and weve had a couple of good results in the competition so far and hopefully we get the result against Norwich that will put us through to the next round.

Its about getting it going on Tuesday night, getting the crowd behind us and our focus is going into that game lively. We want to get a few goals and give ourselves a bit of confidence.

Team-mate Gerard Deulofeu echoed Barkley's sentiments on both counts with his own comments in the wake of the defeat at the Emirates.

Im frustrated and so disappointed because we conceded from two crosses, the Spaniard told evertontv. In the second half, we were much better and now Im looking forward to the Capital One Cup.

It was a good assist but the team didnt win. If the team doesnt win, my assist is no good.  

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James Stewart
1 Posted 26/10/2015 at 17:00:18
Well said. We have next to no chance of finishing in the top 4 so winning a cup should be one of our main priorities. 1995 was a long time ago and we need to put that right!
Dave Pritchard
2 Posted 26/10/2015 at 18:20:09
I suppose they have to say things like yes, we're really going for this cup this year, when asked but it is tiresome to see these comments after a defeat. Last week it was Galloway saying yes, we can beat Arsenal. Sorry, bit grumpy today.
Eugene Ruane
3 Posted 26/10/2015 at 18:27:16
Loose fate or...something.

Wish they'd say nothing or just "we're looking forward to the game against Fulchester/whoever and expect a tough game"

Tom Cuffe
4 Posted 26/10/2015 at 18:39:28
Totally agree with you James, time to put a trophy in the cabinet, stuff Norwich, and then Sunderland, and October will be a distant memory !!!
Barry Thompson
5 Posted 26/10/2015 at 18:57:41
Ross says "we haven't won anything for while" well he was shitting into a Pamper the last time we did so lets hope he isn't collecting his pension by the time we next win something.
Helen Mallon
6 Posted 26/10/2015 at 19:02:34
I hate them coming out nd spouting off. Galloway was at it before Arsenal, please just shut up.
Oliver Molloy
7 Posted 26/10/2015 at 19:12:11
Helen , I know what you mean but it would be worse if they were coming out with opposite would it not !

Dave Ganley
8 Posted 26/10/2015 at 20:27:03
Talk is cheap, Ross. Im getting utterly fed up of the manager and players giving it the big un in the press only to fail miserably when matchday comes. Start doing your talking on the pitch – not in the press.
Harold Matthews
9 Posted 26/10/2015 at 20:30:48
Deulofeu was choked off after the defeat and pinpointed the awful defending. The rest was dragged out of him by a brainless, creepy crawlie interviewer with an Everton FC mike.

Our boy spoke his lines as best he could, said he wanted minutes on the pitch and described his missed chance with great honesty. Exactly the way I saw it myself. Three defenders blocking the left, the keeper blocking the right and no time to gain proper control. Maybe a higher shot but it wasn't really on.

Denis Richardson
10 Posted 26/10/2015 at 21:49:54
Is it just me finding it a bit strange that it's only our young'uns that are coming out with the pump up talk right now?

Galloway before the Arsenal game and now Barkley.....what's happened to the senior players? Or are they too embarrassed to speak anymore having come out with this all too often in the past only to then put in a damp squib of a performance?

Dave Abrahams
11 Posted 26/10/2015 at 23:51:12
Talking is easy, and most of us are fed up listening, save your breath and just have a good go on the pitch, and not for half a game, ninety minutes, patience is wearing very thin and the season has barely started.
Lewis Barclay
12 Posted 26/10/2015 at 23:53:55
We have had the hardest first 10 games of any club in the PL. I think we need to see how we perform over the next 5-10 games against a lot of sides that "we must beat" before we start saying things like "only trophy we can win".
A top four place seems very possible to me as well as a good couple of cups runs.
Dave Abrahams
13 Posted 26/10/2015 at 00:01:46
Lewis (12) fair enough mate, I've seen as much as I want up to now, I don't think Bobby is going to change from last season so I'm not expecting anything to excite me, but I'll still be going, got my ticket early this morning for tomorrow's match. I'm a glutton for punishment and mostly immune to the pain Everton inflict on their long suffering supporters.
Karl Masters
14 Posted 27/10/2015 at 00:43:04
Lewis, you could easily argue that West Ham have had a tougher or just as tough start and look at them.

8 wins in the last 25 league games at Goodison!!! It's obvious where our main problem is. We only score on the counter attack, so if teams defend well we are struggling. Tippy tappy shit in your own half only invites the opposition to sit back.

How often do we ramp up a spell of concerted pressure like, dare I say it, under Moyes? And even if we do, our corners and free kicks are wasteful ( but hey they don't really matter apparently??? ).....

Karl Masters
15 Posted 27/10/2015 at 00:45:40
Norwich, Sunderland & Villa are our next 3 at home. All in the bottom 6. Should be 3 wins really. We will see......
Jason Heng
16 Posted 27/10/2015 at 04:22:16
Player expresses desire to win a trophy and told to shut up? That's great support out there.
Dave Abrahams
18 Posted 27/10/2015 at 10:00:37
Jason (#16) with all due respect, he is paid to play, not to talk.

Just have the resolve and determination to do their best during the games. Anyone can talk, and they can talk all they want to, after they have won something.

Eugene Ruane
19 Posted 27/10/2015 at 11:02:43
Jason (16) - 'Player expresses desire to win a trophy and told to shut up? That's great support out there'

I don't wish to have a specific dig at Barkley, I've loads of time for the lad, but will criticise the general blabberymouthness of players.

Before just about every Everton game of any significance in the last 20 years, I've read some player giving it 'We're all up for the game and there is a real belief in the squ...' etc blah waffle.


No parsnips buttered in just about all of those big games.

Conclusion - talk is cheap (and meaningless) and as it can be used as a stick to beat players (should things go wrong), surely it's better for them to say as little as possible.

By the way, we should be able to assume there's a 'desire to win' every game from every player, without them having to verbally convince us.

Anthony Dwyer
20 Posted 28/10/2015 at 00:33:53
Karl Masters....
Can't see anything but truth in your comments, all very worrying.
Jason Heng
21 Posted 28/10/2015 at 00:34:31
So what should the lad say when spoken to by journalists? Players are actually paid to play AND talk nowadays. Sky pays millions to the clubs each year no longer just for the matches.
Lee Hind
22 Posted 28/10/2015 at 16:44:04
I don't like players coming out and saying X.

Paid to play not talk.

General blabberymouthness - love that one by the way.

Does no-one understand that players have a) got media commitments they HAVE to fulfill and b) they are media trained to within an inch of their lives.

They're always going to talk, they're always going to come out with generally positive platitudes about results or looking forward to games or winning cups.

There's no answer to it - because we just love to have a little moan - it's what we do! That's why we Brits love a queue and a message board...we can moan to our hearts content!!

I tend to just ignore what they say and watch what they do and hope that come Saturday, I don't have much to moan about.

Eugene Ruane
23 Posted 28/10/2015 at 18:26:12
Lee (21) - 'Does no-one understand that players have a) got media commitments they HAVE to fulfill and b) they are media trained to within an inch of their lives?"

Re your first point, you may be right re them (players) having 'media commitments' but is this something you know (ie: is there a rule?) or are you guessing?

I'm fairly sure managers are obliged (by Sky/PL) to do a press conference before the game and an interview afterwards, but (wisely) no one ever appeared to say to Everton, 'Duncan Ferguson must speak to the media.'

As for your point b), well If they are 'trained to within an inch of their lives', imo they're either not very well-trained or they're not listening.

Did a media expert hear "It's about getting it going on Tuesday night, getting the crowd behind us and our focus is going into that game lively" and think "yeah, can't see any situation occurring where that could be used as a stick to batter you with"?

If he/she did, I'd say get rid fast and get a media expert trained in the art of speaking without saying fuck-all, eg: "We're looking forward to the game but Norwich are a decent side so we know it will be tough. It's a cup game so the idea is to be in the hat for the next round and that's what we'll be hoping for, cheers." (Shoot off quick, media commitment sorted, you've said fuck-all.)

I should say that I'm not against players or managers saying anything they want, but the reality is, with 24 hour sports channels/news etc and shitty-arse tabloids looking to fill space, any innocent casual utterance can now come back to bite you on the arse.

When Herr Klopp was doing his first press conference a couple of weeks ago, after a few mins I was thinking 'he's doing quite well', then he informed the press 'I am ze normal von.'

Immediately the Family Fortunes wrong answer sound-effect went off in my head and I thought 'Yeah they're laughing along with you now soft lad, but a few defeats and there'll be a bulging-eyed pic of you dancing about on the touchline, looking like a complete barm-pot and headlines along the lines 'Normal? The Kraut's gone Krazy!' (Sun) etc.

I repeat, loose lips sink... Wavertree skins.

Lee Hind
24 Posted 29/10/2015 at 11:58:20
Eugene (22)

There are definitely rules about players being made available for media – I for one cannot be arsed to find the page that this is on, but it is definitely in here:

Premier League Handbook 2014-15

You can safely assume that as those rules apply to the league, they will surely apply to the cups as well – they may not be exactly the same but you get the idea.

As for being trained, they all are – trained in speaking in paragraphs that mean very little – looks like you've had a bit as well!! I take the "getting the crowd behind us" comment as just another one of those. There's a difference between training and monitoring – there's every chance the media expert heard those comments and held his head in his hands as he bemoaned the fact that training had not been followed – doesn't mean he wasn't trained at all though.

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