A Truly Evertonian Act of Self-Sabotage

By Lyndon Lloyd 21/01/2020 152comments  |  Jump to last

This was one of the more comfortable 90 minutes that the home team have had under the lights in recent seasons. “Carlo Magnifico” was ringing around the stadium, Steve Bruce, whose side had barely laid a glove on the hosts all evening, had withdrawn his only striker and resigned himself to defeat, and some satisfied Evertonians were heading for the exits having witnessed another home win under the new manager.

Then “Everton” happened; that infuriating, confoundingly self-sabotaging entity that seems to find new ways to shoot itself in the foot; the one that Carlo Ancelotti has been brought in to fix; the weak, soft-centred one of which the Italian is getting painful but valuable first-hand experience; and the Blues were handed another timely reminder that the clock usually goes well beyond 90 minutes.

Even by Everton standards, though, this was pathetically amateur and utterly needless, born of a complacency and cockiness that many of these players haven’t come close to earning.

There were 92 minutes on the clock when first Tom Davies and then Lucas Digne started messing around with the ball deep in their own half within 15 yards of their own corner flag before the Frenchman was dispossessed and Mason Holgate was forced to come across and nod the ball behind for a corner.

Newcastle are one of the more dangerous teams from dead-ball situations, as Chelsea found out on Saturday when the Magpies plundered a stoppage-time winner at St James’s Park, and when Matt Ritchie swung in the corner, Jordan Pickford failed to make proper contact under pressure from the unmarked Florien Lejeune, Fabien Schär’s half-volley came off Jamaal Lascelles and sat up perfectly for Lejuene to overhead kick it past Holgate on the line.

Still, with just another minute or so to go, that should have been an undeserved consolation for Steve Bruce’s side. A more mature team would simply have kept the ball for the time remaining and seen out the three points. Instead, Fabian Delph belted the ball forward, Newcastle won it back and Davies conceded a foul in the centre-circle that gave the visitors one last set-piece from which to try their luck at grabbing a point.

And smash and grab they did. Davies mis-judged the flighted ball that dropped behind him and Holgate where Federico Fernández rattled a cross off the post, Calvert-Lewin got a head to Isaac Hayden’s goal-bound effort and Lejeune prodded it forward where Pickford looked initially to have saved it before the goal decision system and subsequent replays showed that the goalkeeper had ended up a yard or so behind his goal-line.

Both sets of players and the thousands in the fans reacted with disbelief and many in the home crowd gave their players their verdict with a chorus of loud boos when the final whistle blew seconds later.

Quite apart from the agony of another two points being frittered away, the aftermath of this game should have been a celebration of Moise Kean's first Everton goal, a third successive home victory under Carlo Ancelotti and Everton sitting two points off fifth place.

Up until the calamity in stoppage time, this was Everton’s best performance of the season so far and they were deservedly coasting to three points. There were positives to be taken, of course, and the young striker’s all-round display, full of running, neat touches, intelligence use of the ball and ceaseless work-rate when out of possession was certainly one of them.

So, too, were Calvert-Lewin, who took his tally for the season to 12 in all competitions with a really well-taken goal, Holgate who was effortlessly commanding at the back ,and Bernard who continues to be hit-and-miss but the moments where it comes together for him can be sublime.

Praise should also be reserved for Morgan Schneiderlin who made his first appearance since that horror show at Anfield and played well and Theo Walcott who kept the Newcastle defence occupied throughout and had a hand in some genuinely threatening moments before he was substituted with a couple of minutes to go of the regulation 90.

Unfortunately, the veteran winger’s replacement, Oumar Niasse, was one of three questionable substitutions that Ancelotti made and the manager doesn’t escape criticism for this result, even if he was well within his rights to expect that the 11 players left to get the job done.

The Italian’s changes have felt a little defensive and premature ever since his debut game in charge against Burnley and it’s been hard to escape the feeling that the “Moyes sub” was going to be his undoing at some point. Tonight that came home to roost as the first two changes altered the shape and slowed Everton's forward momentum.

Davies, who was awful at West Ham on Saturday, did little to further his case with this profligate and costly cameo while Niasse, arguably the worst Everton signing of the modern era and one of the most transparently transfer-listed players in the Premier League — shop window? the laughing stock more like! — was the one who initially lost the ball when trying to lead a two-on-two break immediately prior to Newcastle’s first goal.

It just felt unnecessary given how in control Everton had been up until the closing stages where they started to get nonchalant and careless which was quite different from how they had started the game.

If anything, the early going in the first half had been just a little careless from both sides, with spaces opening up at either end that Miguel Almíron threatened to exploit on a couple of occasions while Bernard and Digne failed to find blue jerseys with cut-backs from the byline.

Everton soon settled, however, and they worked Martin Dubravka in the Magpies’ goal twice in the space of a minute midway through the first period, first through Djibril Sidibé who tested him with a crisp shot and then through Kean who drilled a low effort that the keeper scooped away from danger.

Dubravka couldn’t prevent the opener, however, that owed much to a brilliant moment from Bernard. Calvert-Lewin did well to get a heel to Yerry Mina’s ball forward and divert it into Bernard’s path and, spotting Kean’s run, the Brazilian lifted it over two defenders where the young striker just about brought it under his control before slotting it under the stranded keeper.

His exuberant celebration was months of pent-up frustration being released and you could tell what it meant to him.

Calvert-Lewin miscued wide and Bernard had one promising opening charged down that allowed Dubravka to save but by the halfway stage it was almost all Everton, with Newcastle having only troubled Pickford once when he had to see Joelinton’s header over his crossbar shortly before the interval.

Chances kept coming for the Toffees early in the second half. After Walcott bounced a scuffed half-volley in the direction of the opposition goal, Kean might have done better when he failed to properly connect with it as it went unclaimed in front of the keeper.

Then Kean back-heeled beautifully for Walcott who slipped Bernard in behind the defence but he put too much on his attempt to clip the ball over Dubravka and cleared both the keeper and the crossbar.

Nevertheless, Ancelotti’s men did make it 2-0 in the 54th minute with another nicely-worked goal. It ended with Digne passing smoothly into the box to pick out Calvert-Lewin beyond Fernandez and with the whole goal to aim at, he swept a fine left-footed shot into the far corner.

It might have been 3-0 had Dubravka not saved at full stretch to deny Bernard or Mina not missed badly with a free header following a corner and Everton would eventually come to regret not putting the match beyond Newcastle’s reach before that calamitous finale.

Together with the game at West Ham on Saturday (that Everton might well have won had they performed even half as well as they did this evening or had Richarlison been in the team to grab a goal), this feels like the kind of missed opportunity and four dropped points that the club might come to regret when it comes to the final Premier League table.

Ancelotti was perhaps a little too sanguine with his post-match comments but he will be aware how long the road ahead is with this team and he has still lost just once in the League since succeeding Marco Silva last month. He is also still in the learning phase when it comes to assessing what he has inherited and in many ways it’s probably better to get these kinds of setbacks out the way early, even if the opportunity for this maddening collection of players to rescue this season is still there while, outside the top two, the Premier League remains erratic and unpredictable.

10 days and an opportunity not only for the likes of Richarlison and Alex Iwobi to get fit but for Ancelotti to have more time on the training field can only be a good thing. In the meantime, however, this result will stick in the craw for supporters who are getting tired of seeing their supposed heroes find new ways to disappoint and frustrate them.

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Lester L
1 Posted 22/01/2020 at 03:04:54
I was watching the replay again and two things that cost us the last minute equalizer. Check it out if you disagree with me.

(1) Tom Davies' weak attempt at a header as the ball was floated into the penalty box. He was never a good header of the ball anyway. This prevented Mason Holgate from an attempt and the ball landed on Newcastle's feet.

(2) Pickford's poor positioning when he actually behind the line as the shot was taken. If he was in front of the line, it would have been a routine block.

Davies while energetic is too light weight to be a CM in the Premier League. He needs to bulk up considerably and maybe lose that ponytail if wants to avoid being shoved off the ball by more muscular players easily.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.

Mick Davies
2 Posted 22/01/2020 at 04:19:45
Lester, I agree, Davies is not only lightweight for someone with the task of challenging in the most contested part of the pitch, but he is also too slow, both in movement and decision making, and I doubt if he'll ever cut it in the PL
Mark Tanton
3 Posted 22/01/2020 at 04:53:27
Just rewatched the goals. Have you ever seen a goalkeeper flap like Pickford? The footage of him looks like it's been speeded up - it just needs Benny Hill music to it. How can any defender feel confident with that maniac behind them.
Hari Singh
4 Posted 22/01/2020 at 05:08:19
I really got stomach ache after watching the second goal. And it is Newcastle again.
I still remember last season when they came back from 2 goals down. Is it time to rest Pickford ?
Jack Convery
5 Posted 22/01/2020 at 05:27:53
AS you say Lyndon better to get all this nonsense out of our system as soon as possible, Hopefully professionalism will then kick in. Last chance saloon has beckoned and been missed by some, whilst I agree, Schneids had a decent game - can't believe I've just typed that.

Pickford worries me and unless he eradicates these stupid moments from his performances he may well go the way of Joe Hart. He was most probably forming his put down of the barcodes for his after match tweet instead of concentrating on the job in hand. They'll be cheering his name up and down the Tyne tonight as Bill Maclaren used to say.

I have stated before that the fitness of a lot of the players is not up to competing for 90 minutes plus in the EPL maybe we should take the waters at Mordor. They seem to run for ever and ever.

Terry Downes
6 Posted 22/01/2020 at 05:30:20
Think most people have missed the fact that Delph booted the ball upfield instead of playing it back to Pickford and keeping possession ? Think it’s called game management ?
Darryl Ritchie
7 Posted 22/01/2020 at 05:48:54
I was watching at work. I saw DCL’s goal, but then it got a bit busy so I couldn’t watch the match until the final whistle. An hour or two later, things settled down and I went back to it. My biggest question was, “I wonder if we managed to get a third?”.

2 bloody 2 !!? WTF!! I haven’t bothered watching the bit I missed. I don’t want to know how we screwed up this time. I haven’t read any of the threads or watched the highlights.

This is getting old.

Bob Parrington
8 Posted 22/01/2020 at 06:27:56
I posted this comment on Paul's article and have pasted it here as I think it is somewhat relevant.

Unbelievable. We should have been out of sight by the closing stages of this game.
Look, I know this was a ridiculous end to the game but there were many positive moments, too. Kean played a great game and scored a well-deserved goal. The work rate of the team was excellent and there were many coordinated team moves. Bernard had a stormer of a game and I agree with Paul picking him MotM.

I question the timing of their second as it was at about 94.75 minutes when there was supposed to have been only 4 minutes of time added.

Andrew Hight
9 Posted 22/01/2020 at 06:39:00
Solid article. It’s a proper Everton result. I recall being 2-1 up at Spurs with time nearly up and losing 3-2 in the early 90s. This feels worse but unfortunately not remotely surprising. The next couple of weeks will be interesting to see if any recruitment opportunities. No leaders and no spine in the team. The keeper is poor, defence a shambles and the midfield non existent. He has a very big job to do but at least he is seeing the weaknesses first hand and surely coming up with a plan.
Jim Bennings
10 Posted 22/01/2020 at 07:22:32
Only Everton Football Club could blow a 2-0 lead with 60 seconds remaining.

That’s because we have players that have no bottle, never learn from previous mistakes and can’t manage a game.

A bunch of kids wouldn’t have thrown that away last night.

Pickford needs replacing in summer, too short, too erratic, too weak on too many key moments, think Tim Howard in his last season, flapping around behind his line, simply needs replacing with someone else now, I can’t be having him anymore.

Our subs were defensive minded, it almost cost us against Brighton, it DID cost us last night, you reap what you sow.

Can we stop saying Tom Davies is a good player.

He has not improved one bit since his debut four years ago and his lack of speed, lack of strength, lack of intelligence is alarming, he would not get into any team in the top 7, he is NOT good enough now let’s face it.

Lucas Digne needs bouncing for a few weeks and Baines needs to come in, I’ve felt this way for a while now.

Pig sick with that result last night, it’s arguably worse than that pathetic Merseyside derby loss a few weeks ago.

Credit to Newcastle, they were shocking but can anyone here imagine us going for the equaliser with that much velocity instantly? (Think back to our meek surrender at Anfield again)

Finally, Fabian Delph.

Experienced, self proclaimed mouthy leader, can I just ask why you straight away twat the ball into a 50/50 area from the restart rather than just pass the ball back and hold possession for the final 20 or so seconds?

This guy is meant to be a calming influence right?

Utter gobshite.

Billy Dawber
11 Posted 22/01/2020 at 07:32:33
Just watched the highlights myself and how the hell Pickford is the England number 1 I will never know. Apart from the obvious shit defending by us, he his supposed to be the last line of defence. How many fkn times have we seen him fluff his lines by his silly mistakes. Granted he can kick a ball but his decision making is an absolute joke. He definately needs a break and get his head sorted out. As for the other clowns, god only knows how to solve this debacle once again. Pissed off is an understatement.
Jim Bennings
12 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:03:43

I feel the same way now about Pickford as I did in Howard’s last season here, or when we had the likes of Richard Wright, Steve Simonsen ect ect.

Having seen goalkeepers like Neville Southall and Nigel Martyn I know a quality goalkeeper and I can’t be having Pickford and his pathetic jumpy “One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest” antics again next season.

The fella either has some undiagnosed mental issue going on or he’s just an absolute tool.

I’m not arsed about the shots he saves, a goalkeeper will always save some shots even the worst ones out there.

It’s about decision making and the major key moments late in games like last night, several Anfield derbies in the last few years, and many more with Pickford in the last 18 months that have convinced me that we need a different goalkeeper.

I just can’t be having him anymore, I can’t have his attitude, his pissing about (the amount of times he kicks the ball out of play dicking about) and his off field antics for a guy that’s not absolutely spot on when he plays also rankles me.

Regressed badly since that World Cup in Russia and needs replacing.

There’s certain players that can’t be here next season if we are to see any improvements on this pathetic waste of a campaign, Mr England is one of them.

Aiden Doyle
13 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:23:00
"I question the timing of their second as it was at about 94.75 minutes when there was supposed to have been only 4 minutes of time added."

Nah, we can't blame this one on timekeeping. When the stadium announcer says "the fourth official has indicated that there will be a minimum of X minutes of added time", the word "minimum" is there for a reason.

Michael Lynch
14 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:28:41
Excellent match report. An absolutely sickening end to a match that we comfortably dominated. Niasse should never be on the pitch for us again. Delph should be fined for stupidity. Ancellotti should stop his Moyesian substitutions when we are so comfortably in control. Thought it couldn’t get any worse after the RS cup defeat but this was almost as gut wrenching
Robert Tressell
15 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:30:28
If you stop watching the highlights before the end its quite enjoyable. Calvert Lewin now 10 in 20 league games and a nice clean strike off a good ball that picked out his good movement. Delighted with Kean on scoresheet too. First of many. Won't go into the failings which are sickening - but will say we're on a good unbeaten league run and are v much in the scramble for top 6. Shit happens
John Raftery
16 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:39:46
Jim (14) Unfortunately I fear we are stuck with this keeper for a few years to come. None of the bigger clubs will come calling for him. There are still plenty of fans prepared to defend him. For me he is no better than Robles who also made some great saves but could not keep the ball out of the net on a consistent basis. He too often turns routine actions into a Hollywood drama. The best keepers have great positional sense and rarely need to resort to the spectacular.
Philip Yensen
17 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:40:43
Let us all be honest! This is Everton FC, basically what's fucking new???

No need for analysis, rhyme or reason. We are crap. Please feel free to lambast me... if I'm wrong.

Joe McMahon
18 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:49:11
I'm still seething, that was awfull from Davies and Pickford. I want to see the back of him, two hugh mistakes at Anfield? Newcastle last season and last night. He isn't even Englands 3rd choice in my book. WTF was he doing behind the line, its disgraceful.
Dale Rose
19 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:54:32
The last 2 minutes was a perfect storm. Rest of the game was very good.
Jim Bennings
20 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:04:13
I can only hope that Ancelotti has seen enough in his time as manager, not just with us but in his whole career to very quickly learn that these mistakes can’t be allowed to fester.

He needs to be ruthless with certain players now and say to them that they are no longer safe in the team.

Too many flakes in our team, whether Ancelotti, Silva, Martinez or Moyes are in charge of them, nothing will change next season.

Serious not sentimental decisions need making this summer to avoid yet another shipwreck of a season that is once again all but dead in January.

Paul Cherrington
21 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:09:09
There is no way you should draw a game when you are 2-0 up with only a minute or so to go. No way. This just sums up what is wrong with a lot of our players – they are weak mentally. Nothing to do with skill, it's all about mental strength, steel and courage – of which most of our players have none. To throw the win away like that is just terrible.

Why can't we defend set-pieces still either? It's over 10 years since Moyes left and, in all that time, we have mostly gone backwards in this area. How can that happen? Do they not practice and drill these things in training? I know zonal marking is at play but at least if they drilled it and drilled it, they would be good at it.

Until we can defend set-pieces, we will carry on chucking points away and not winning games. Why hasn't any manager since Moyes left got their head around it? It's all too easy when you play for Everton right now, I think... someone needs to shake them all up a bit and get them going.

Robert Tressell
22 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:14:46
The players need a leader. Obviously they're getting much deserved stick but the playing staff is pretty good. Even schneiderlin who we unanimously hate is not terrible and has put in some good performances this season. What would galvanise them is someone who leads by example and vocally too. We are v flaky and have an inferiority complex dating back as long as I can remember. As much as we need quality we need some born winners too.
Jim Bennings
23 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:30:27
I don’t see any born winners and leaders amongst our lot either Robert.

At 2-1 last night we needed someone barking “What the fuck are we doing here, calm it down and hold the ball”.

We got nothing, no leadership and nobody with a footballing brain or savvy to see that game out.

We can’t blame luck because this type of thing seems to always happen at this club, there’s a reason for that, it’s called unprofessionally trained players with a weak mentality (something you can’t coach).

Ancelotti has his work cut out, any hopes that he could turn it around with the players he has, has now been totally put to bed.

Even the missing players wouldn’t make a difference on nights like last night.

That was just bad old Everton at its very very worst yet again, two weeks after the appalling derby debacle.

We need a whole new wardrobe in summer otherwise just expect more of the same.

Bob Parrington
24 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:31:03
Robert@22 yes I agree. Aiden @13 Okay. still a load of c.r.a.p. IMO

I'll take the positives from this one because 2 minutes of madness shouldn't detract from 91 and a half of good work.

Kevin Prytherch
25 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:32:49
Jim 10 - think you summed it up well there.

I’ve been one of the ones defending Davies - however he’ll never get a better opportunity to stake his claim for a place in the team than now, and he’s not doing it. He won’t get a look in when Gbamin and Gomes are back (neither should Delph or Schneiderlin).

I think one of the biggest grumbling when it comes to Davies is when he gets singled out for criticism when others who are equally as bad don’t. You haven’t done this, your post is balanced and doesn’t just focus on the one player.

There are still many posters who will single him out but not mention Delph, or posters who are itching for Holgate to make a mistake so he can be re-labelled “championship at best”, or for Calvert-Lewin to go on a 3 match spell where he doesn’t score so he can go back to being a “1 in 7” striker.

Rennie Smith
26 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:35:58
It's a good point Dale@19, if you take away the last 2 minutes of madness there were lots of positives and the game should (was) have been out of sight.

Of course, we can't forget the last 2 minutes and that will cloud any sensible judgment. I don't know how you can go from being so comfortable to literally shitting themselves in the blink of an eye. You're right Robert@22, they need someone to say "everyone, calm the fuck down and play". It should be the senior players, Delph surely should know better with his experience at City as should Pickford.

James Lauwervine
27 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:38:14
Blame who you like, be abusive if it makes you feel better, but I'm not going to point any fingers. I think I'll focus on the positives such as the first 93 minutes of that game instead, where we should have been 4 or 5-0 up. We were by far the better team and played some excellent football against a team level with us on points. Kean had his best game I've seen him play and got his first goal, I'm delighted for him. DCL showed some fantastic touches and got a good goal himself. Newcastle are spawny bastards - did anyone see their ridiculous win last Saturday against Chelsea where they were outplayed for 93 minutes and then got a jammy goal from a free kick in the 94th. I say well played Everton for last night and let's try to forget the last 90 seconds. How's that for positivity!
Bill Fairfield
28 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:58:14
James@27 spot on they played well last night a big improvement,hopefully we can build on that performance
Kim Vivian
29 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:02:46
Who actually was our "captain" last night? I honestly don't know but he didn't do his job.
Steve Ferns
30 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:04:28
Kim, it was Lucas Digne. However, wearing the armband or not, our club captain Seamus Coleman was on the pitch at the material time.
Jim Bennings
31 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:05:11
Blame needs pointing out though!

We didn’t win a football match that after 93 minutes we were winning 2-0.

We played well for an hour but to be honest we got what we deserved in that last 25 minutes for getting over confident pissing about with the ball too much, and got sloppy to the point of throwing the game away, I’m not sure where positives are?

Build on it in what way?

If any think we have the mental strength to go and win at Watford (a team much improved under Pearson) and fighting for their lives, then people really don’t know Everton.

I take no consolation from being unbeaten, it’s wins that get you up the table not draws, that draw last night cost us 4 places.

Put simply Everton are just not clever enough to win football matches that they should.

Kim Vivian
32 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:07:52
Ah thanks, Steve. Mouse-like in the role I'd say. I know Delph is a bit of a twat but he strikes me as better Captain material. Or even Holgate tbh. Future captain there I'd say.
Kevin Dyer
33 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:08:04
Totally disagree Lester. Davies is taller and bigger than Fernandinho, who seems to have coped pretty well.

Davies was poor when he came on but a bit much to blame him for the loss. He was stuck on the left again, despite looking poor there in the past and was a late sub. Great manager he is but poor game management from Ancelotti cost us. Took off all our out balls, save for DCL (Niasse doesn't count), flat back 5, invited them on and sat deep, when Pickford cannot command line he box. Should have kept playing like we did for the first 70 with changes like for like, because they couldn't lay a glove on us.

Why are people obsessed with Davies's hair btw? Sound like a bunch of old grumps moaning about long-haired kids in the '70s!

The lad is clearly premier league calibre, when playing in the correct position. Some of our fans like nothing better than putting the boot into our young players. Within the past couple months both Holgate and DCL have been derided as being "Championship standard, at best". People do not learn.

Steve Ferns
34 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:13:24
Jim, you can build on that easily. We had quality on the pitch and for 75 minutes we looked a decent side, and played very well against what was effectively a back 7. This was something we were incapable of doing under Marco Silva. We would have pissed about and it would have been 0-0 and then we would have lost in the dying minutes, not drawn.

I have no issue with Carlo's comments (that it's just basically one of those things) in public, or even in private. His job is to keep confidence high and get those players playing to the best of their ability. This then needs Carlo to assess why this keeps happening to our players and to fix it. Whether that's why a sports psychologist or simply buying a couple of players with mental fortitude. It will probably have to wait until the summer either way.

Tony Everan
35 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:23:07
Complete and utter madness.

We needed a bit of common sense, a cool head and some decent game management in injury time. Instead we had Niasse, Davies, Digne, Pickford, and Delph doing their Keystone Cops routine.

1 Niasse breaking forward before the 1st goal, why didn't he just head for the corner flag with the ball under control, force a foul, a throw or a corner, or waste time so we can regain composure like any other team would do in any of the leagues? The lad cannot control a football, full stop, who scouted him? Has that scout got a swiss bank account?

2 Davies and Digne, why not just clear the ball away from the danger zone, stop faffing.

2nd goal

3 Delph's panic attack clearance giving possession straight back to Newcastle from the kick off with 45 seconds left then compounded by Tom Davies giving a clumsy free kick away and failing to win or challenge properly the defensive header.

DCL Bernard Kean Holgate brilliant at times last night, the best football I have watched from us for ages. Those lads didn't deserve the mental lapses that caused this aberration of a result.

Robert Tressell
36 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:23:32
Tom Davies' hair is championship at best. We wont compete until we have a midfield of ginola, petit, fellaini and beckham.
Steve Ferns
37 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:31:12
Robert, do you remember Alessandro Pistone? Every time he played badly for a prolonged period he would shave off his long locks and have a "I mean business" crew-cut. Then just as he went back to being poor, once more, his long locks would have grown back, and then he'd shave them off again!
Robert Tressell
38 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:33:44
I remember a chronically injured left back by that name. Tom just needs a better barber and he'll come good. As ted danson once said in cheers "no such thing as bad boys, just boys with bad haircuts"
Jim Bennings
39 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:34:24
You can only really build on something if you don’t keep making the same mistakes though Steve.

Everton never seem to learn from mistakes made.

James Lauwervine
40 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:39:45
Like I said Jim, I'll focus on the positives. I'd venture to say that's not something you're known for.
Steve, speaking of which, I saw last night that Kean is the first Italian to score for us since that very man (2002).
Jimmy Hogan
41 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:41:09
The only saving grace is how we played prior to the stoppage time debacle.
Steve Ferns
42 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:46:10
Everton's Italians would be Pistone, Ferrari, Materazzi, and Kean. Did I miss anyone?
Tony Everan
43 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:52:04
Neville Southall was Italian, he lied about being from Llandudno , it was really Palermo.
James Lauwervine
44 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:54:18
I think you have a complete list there Steve. I'd actually forgotten about Ferrari.
Steve Ferns
45 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:58:20
The moustache gave it away, eh Tony?

James, I always looked out for Matteo Ferrari. I'm amazed he played so few games for us, I honestly thought it was a lot more. I remember him looking a very promising player and then he got injured and we let him leave when the loan expired. I expected him to come good elsewhere and come back and haunt us.

I suppose it's similar in that regard to Manuel Fernandes, who we all thought was going to be a superstar. After his loan expired, and even on a second loan spell, he just drifted into nothingness before emerging from the wilderness for a swansong for Portugal in the last world cup.

Conor McCourt
46 Posted 22/01/2020 at 11:07:12
James 27- that's the most frustrating thing though. Newcastle are a team that is normally outplayed in the first half but you have to take your chances and put pressure on them so that everything is not front of them.

If you don't score by 60 mins they get stronger and more resilient but if you do they look a poor team because they have to come out and play which exposes them.

For 70 mins Carlo did everything right and if there is one team in the league you want to be 2-0 up against its Newcastle. The only way we could have self destructed was to invite them into a long ball game into our penalty box. They had actually given up when the manager began his rotations.

Robert Tressell
47 Posted 22/01/2020 at 11:18:58
JJ kenny might return from Germany with a handlebar moustache, a mullet and a winning mentality. Actually for all his limitations as a player (someone else who seems to be championship at best) he does have a winning mentality. We really could do with a Cantona type also to lift the squad with his arrogance and expectation of winning.
Rob Halligan
48 Posted 22/01/2020 at 11:33:36
The only piece of madness came after they scored their first. How many times does a team, who concede so late in the game, kick off and straight away pass it back to the keeper, or any of the back four, and play keep ball? We could easily have run the clock down for the final thirty seconds or so, so god knows what possessed Delph to just hump the ball forward?

The substitution of Niasse was totally unnecessary, and I'm sure I saw Ancelotti turn his back on the pitch when Niasse fell over his own feet when he made that run forward. I'm convinced Niasse has now played his last game for us, as I can't see Ancelotti ever picking him again. I've always said that no premier league player is shite, they are just not good enough to reach the required standard for the premier league, but in the case of Oumar, I'll make an exception, and say he is shite. I honestly don't think he is good enough for the championship or even league one.

Steve Ferns
49 Posted 22/01/2020 at 11:44:16
Agreed Rob. The thing with Oumar is he cannot link up with anyone. When he's scored it's just bull in a china shop, charging at goal, ball ricocheting everywhere and into his path and bang, he finds the net. The lad does have a finish on him, there's no denying that. The lovely takedown for the Sunderland League Cup game comes to mind. But he's not a team player.

The thing that infuriated me most was when he came on, he's there walking about, barely breaking into a jog, and Delph had to almost push him out the way to close down a defender that Niasse should have closed down.

Surely, Niasse was brought on to race about at sprinting speed for 10 minutes and not give the players a moment's rest. He does this brilliantly in the past. He got half his goals from doing that and robbing players. If I had Niasse's pace, I would fancied my chances of robbing their defenders of the ball, scoring and giving Carlo Ancelotti a reminder that I'm still here and worthy of a contract next season. Surely, the lad realises that he's out of work from July? Surely he can muster some determination to alter that? Obviously not, because he did not want to drop down to help Leeds up. Imagine if he had done that, done it well, then he could be back in the Premier League with Leeds next season? I really do not understand the lad at all. He's 30 now, and this is probably his last ever game in the top flight of a big 5 European League.

Rob Halligan
50 Posted 22/01/2020 at 11:57:25
Steve, I also believe Niasse had an opportunity to go Forest, who are also doing quite well in the championship, they are currently fifth, and he also turned them down. Is the man off his rocker, surely he knows his time in premier league is up? The only thing that's not up, is his wages. I believe his contract is up this summer, so TFFT!!
Brian Harrison
51 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:00:51
Well I was like a raving banshee at the game last night, and I am still angry this morning. Newcastle didnt have a shot on target in the whole game before the added time, they were the most inept side I have seen for a long while. They hardly mounted an attack of note and for all the world the only question during the second half was how many would we score. I am delighted that we have got Carlo Ancelotti as manager, but in 2 consecutive home games he has taken off his forwards and replaced them with defenders and midfield players. Against Brighton it was only because Glenn Murray made a hash of a golden opportunity otherwise that was another game we dominated and could have thrown away 2 points. Then last night he did exactly the same, and this time unbelievably we did only get a draw.
Carlo this is not your normal Italian side who can defend, this is a very average Premier league side who have history of giving away leads late on in games.

I really pray this team doesnt get sucked into a relegation fight as they lack the fighting quality needed to get out of trouble.

For over 70 minutes we played some of the best football of the season admittedly against a very poor Newcastle side, who gave us time and space to play something we are not used too. I thought what a perfect game to that point, Kean had finally opened his account and another clinical finish from DCL. I thought Delph had by far his best game and Holgate was imperious at the back, and amazingly Schneiderlin had a good game. The back 4 looked very comfortable and our midfield were running the game.
Bernard did a lot of good stuff but also mixed it with losing the ball on many occasions. First to be subbed was Kean, yes he had put a shift in and was tiring, but its a worry that a young fit 19 year old cant see out the 90 minutes. But when we sent on Coleman to replace him it sends a message, to Everton the message was we have won the game just keep possession and see it out. and Newcastle think lets throw a few forward as we are getting battered anyway. I didnt understand the Davies substitution for Bernard as it was another threat to Newcastle taken off, and with the best will in the world trying to play Davies on the left as a holding midfield player is asking for trouble. H e is not in the best of form and his mistakes indirectly lead to the goals. Then the final substitution of bringing Niasse on was a complete no brainer, 4 managers have rejected him even matinez who bought him didnt fancy him in the end. I have seen camels with more control of a football than Niasse. But what I cant understand is he quite rightly brought on Gordon against West Ham and Ancelotti said he didnt look out of place, so why not use him to replace Walcott and you could argue he should have come on when Bernard was taken off.

Finally my pet hate, I am sitting in the Upper Bullens with 5 minutes to go and half the Park End is empty, now I know people have to get home but is that 5 minutes going to make all that difference. Why pay to go to the game and not see it all through, I mean you don't go to the pictures or the theatre and see people pouring out with 5 minutes left. I think Warnock a season or to back criticised his supporters for leaving early. Also can we put this myth to bed how great the Newcastle fans are, they only took up the bottom half
of the Lower Bullens and none in the Upper Bullens, top supporters my arse.

Rant over.

Steve Foster
52 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:02:34
Thought the 10 outfield players done well. Really enjoyed the game (until injury time obviously).

For me, we need to get rid of Pickford before people realise how shocking he actually is and we can still get our money back.

Get rid of him, this month if we can. Got to be better out there and cheaper.

The cat at the other end for the barcodes was impressive and far better than the windbag in out net.

James Lauwervine
53 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:03:41
How poignantly appropriate in the circumstances that you should mention Fernandes, Steve. Here's his fantastic goal from 2007 in a game which makes last night's look like a barrel of laughs Link. There's a particularly horrible moment in that match which I don't need to highlight.
Conor, I do agree that the substitutions were wrong - certainly with hindsight anyway. It seems to me sometimes managers feel they have to make substitutions at a certain point in the game. There was no need for them that I could see at the time, we were in total control. Even so, it was still a freak ending that undid us.
Steve Ferns
54 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:07:13
Spot on, Rob. The only way his thinking can make any sense to me is that he saw Tosun leave, and considers himself 4th choice now, and with injuries 3rd choice. 3rd choice with the current system of a two man strike force means you will play, as it's rare that we don't bring a striker off the bench for at least a 10 minute cameo.

So if this was his thinking, that he had a chance to get games for Everton, then surely he saw it as trying to prove himself to Carlo to get more games or even a new contract, or to potential suitors that he's worthy of a move.

But this thinking only makes sense if he came on revved up and full of aggression and determination and played at full throttle. Yet, like Davies, he came on looking bewildered and like he couldn't really be arsed.

So for me, if Richarlison is fit, then Niasse does not make the bench, if he or anyone else gets injured, then you go with Simms. If Carlo doesn't think Simms is ready, then Walcott should be considered the other attacking option.

Steve Ferns
55 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:09:39
Remember it well James, we've been booted off cloud 9 so many times as Everton fans, we should be used to the crushing disappointment by now.
Ray Jacques
56 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:34:48
Pickford needs replacing as he isn't fit for purpose. he is neurotic and spreads fear and panic through the team. We need a calming influence at goalkeeper, not some unhinged idiot jumping around and not taking command of his area.

All of the Premier League goalkeepers are good shot stoppers, the best however have a calming presence and influence which this guy clearly does not possess.

Please get rid.

Fran Mitchell
57 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:37:37
Yesterday was absurd, and showed what is exactly wrong with this team. We can control games, but we can so easily wilt the moment something goes wrong.

The last 15 minutes we should have simply controlled the ball, kept possession, but for some unfathomable reason, we gave the ball to Newcastle and asked them to attack us.

I hold out hope for Davies, but yesterday he was very, very poor. And I do believe that the introduction of Niasse was a kind of 'this is what I've got to work with' message to the board. But both backfired badly. Niasse is beyond woeful.

If we had brought on Gordon, I think we would have won simply because it would have been more positive of a move. Ancelotti got his subs badly wrong.

But none of that is an excuse. We lost 2 points due to mental fragility.

Hopefully we'll learn. On the plus side, Kean looked a player finally and that goal could change the path of his Everton career.

And DCL scored a great goal, and that is becoming a regular feature of his game now. Well on the road to getting 15-20 for the season.

Digne finally looked a better player too.

Steve Ferns
58 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:44:35
Fran, great points. On Niasse, though, if Niasse came on for DCL, a striker for a striker it would have made more sense. Walcott was playing off the striker, so why not Gordon as this is his position.
Sandra Bowen
59 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:46:55
The substitutions are an easy target in the blame game and I suppose they did cost us as the players that came on ultimately cost us points with their individual stupidity but it’s also completely acceptable for any manager to expect professional footballers to perform the basics.
Niasse on the break in injury time with no one in front of him loses control of the ball by kicking it 5 yards in front of him. No excuse, my 5 year old wouldn’t have done that.
Davies and Digne dicking around with it in the corner flag, put your bloody foot through it, not anywhere but play it down the channel.
Pickford doing what he does best, coming and not claiming the corner.
The worst of all, Delph, Mr Billy big Bollocks hoofing it straight back to them. 3 passes, keep Possession for literally 20 seconds, back to keeper and guaranteed the ref would have blown as soon as Pickford had launched it.
Then to top it off, Davies!!! Why why make such a stupid foul??? It completely baffles me how they could have collectively been so stupid.
Ruined what was a very good performance and would have given us a decent platform to achieve something from the season.

Bloody infuriating

Dick Fearon
60 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:52:05
I don't sympathise with the idea that Carlo is only new to the club and needs time to get to know the players.
The man is a highly paid very experienced proffessional manager as well as being a former international footballer. On a personal level he coaches this squad and sees them in high pressure situations every day of the week.
On timing and substitutions he has proved no better than our previous 5 managers in fact he could be the worst of the lot.
With time running out we had the barcodes on toast. All that was required was keep the pressure on their defence and play safe. Where on earth does Niasse fit into that kind of scenario?
If it was to showcase him it was an absolute failure. Whatever his value before hand it would have flatlined after that ridiculous display.
Richard Duff
61 Posted 22/01/2020 at 12:59:02
Such a shame for Kean that his golden moment gets completely overshadowed by the general incompetence at the end. The look on his face at the whistle! "What just happened?"

Carlo now knows a few things;

A mid table team in England cannot defend the basics like a mid table team in Italy. It is not a natural quality and not trained through the academy system.

The squad depth does not allow "out balls" from the substitutes to allow the team to sit deep ands absorb. Keep your best players on the pitch.

Momentum is king. if it's working don't change, if its not working, change it

Today's game is always 95 minutes long.

The Premier league is the world's hardest. Not the best but the hardest. Nobody ever gives up, nobody is completely useless or hopeless, nobody can be underestimated. Everyone can beat everyone.

Back to Kean, it's up to us to show him we haven't forgotten his contribution to this game and to continue the encouragement to grow his confidence. There is no doubt he is raw and the pace of the league has passed him by but by jingo, he is strong, powerful, full of heart, willing to chase and force his way through. Plus, he's certainly got a strike on him!

Keep going lad.

Paul Jones
62 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:16:41
Niasse and Davies the worst possible players to bring on if intention is seeing out a game as both headless unless the masterplan is to introduce "chaos" to confuse the opposition.
Also Pickford like Tim Howard has an usual method of positioning himself behind his goal line. The two best goal-keepers I have seen Neville Southall and Pat Jennings routinely catching the ball with both hands without having to dive around. Both fantastic at making point blank saves or exceptional ones to win a match. Both unfortunately played to an age when lack of agility would catch them out but it was the good positional play and distribution that kept them in the game so long.
Pickford like Tim Howard is not very good at organising to defend crosses or set pieces.
In the past I apportioned most of our "keystone Kops" defending to Silva but it would appear that our players were equally responsible.
Colette Black
63 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:18:38
In Delph and Davies we have our own version of Dumb & Dumber. Comical to watch, but not at all funny.

As for Niasse - well, he really is a joker. Completely useless.

Ancelotti can only use the dearth of talent he has at his disposal. Last night he had us playing really well, but then a few brain farts cost us.

"...this maddening collection of players" as Lyndon wrote, sums it up perfectly.

John Boon
64 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:32:46
As usual a complete and accurate assessment of a very frustrating result of a game that Everton played well until two minutes of madness. This distorted what would have been a very good Everton display.

The responses to the article were for the most part understandable given the disappointment and frustration of losing. We all handle these significant challenges in different ways. Usually one response is sufficient to express concerns.

However there are some loyal Evertonians who always assume the responsibility for answering to many of the posters instead of focusing on the very well written article which is open for debate.
After the debacle which we witnessed I must say I am not in the least interested in the hirsute adornments of previous Italians who have played for us. Why is it necessary to constantly respond so often.

Without mentioning any names please give me a break or sit down and write a book. And please don't tell me that I am just envious of said persons constant responses. Agreed many accurate findings and worthwhile information along with drivel about hair and other tripe

Paul Kennedy
65 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:33:33
Just when you think they cannot sink any lower and dishearten you they find a way. Pathetic, to say the least.
Rick Tarleton
66 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:39:08
"A more mature team would have " yet it was Delph,who is by any standards a mature, experienced, player. An international and a premier League winner, yet it was this "mature" player who gave away possession. Surely we signed him to manage games in this kind of situation?
Michael Lynch
67 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:41:36
While I agree that we looked good at times last night, we did have loads of space to play in against a much depleted Newcastle team who, even at full strength, are a bit shit. Against a half decent team we lose that game.

Positives, as other hAve said, Kean and DCL up front and Bernard in a roving role behind them. I wouldn’t bother with Siggy when he’s fit again. Bench him and keep Bernard in that position. Also some delightful joined up passing at times that we haven’t seen since the arteta/Pienaar/baines era. One of kean’s little dummies was wonderful as were some of his, DCLs and Bernard’s little flicks and backheels.

Everything overshadowed by injury time sadly

Fran Mitchell
68 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:44:22
Steve, I am certain Ancelotti, thinking the game is won, brought on Niasse as a statement to the board. He knows what quality is, and he knows what Niasse bringing on Gordon wouldn't have sent a message.

What he didn't know was the verb-noun collocation 'to do an Everton'. But he'll pick it up over time.

Mike Doyle
69 Posted 22/01/2020 at 13:52:49
Rob 48] We all know Niasse is really another of George Weah's "cousins" (only Souness twigged much quicker than the experts at Finch Farm).
He's turned down several loan options - which is fair enough. He may not want to risk injury during the last few months of his contract or he may already have a permanent move lined up. Who knows?
However if he does feature again after last night's 'contribution' we should all have serious concerns about Carlo.
Mark Quinn
70 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:02:12
Jim Bennings. Totally agree about an inability to learn. God knows there are a multitude of repeat mistakes, but the one that pisses me off the most is the constant committing of needless fouls in areas that put pressure on us. It leads me to believe a lot of these guys have dangerously low IQs.
Jay Wood

71 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:06:49
Nah! Still not having it that it was Carlo's subs or tactics and certainly not zonal marking that blew that game.

Against Brighton, his subs did forfeit territory and allowed the visitors to get a foothold for the final 15-20 minutes in a game we had dominated until then.

That was not the case with his subs last night. I did not feel the growing nervousness I most certainly did (and expressed) in the Brighton game following his subs.

71 mins - a tiring Kean, who is always subbed in or out since joining Everton, is replaced by Coleman. No radical change to the formation. Coleman slips in at right back. Sidibe moves forward to his more comfortable position. Walcott - who had his best game of the season - moves inside and alongside Dom. We continue to absolutely batter them.

73 mins - lovely interplay between Theo and Dom creates a chance for Bernard. Only a full-stretched save prevents a goal.

74 mins - from the resulting Digne corner, the ball arrives on the opposite flank where Theo does superbly to beat his man in a tight situation and crosses for Mina. He should score. He heads badly wide.

75 mins - another flowing movement through midfield. Dom feeds Sidibe wide right. Sidibe returns the ball to Dom centre of the penalty area. A clean 1st time hit rebounds off the post, onto the keeper's back and out for a corner.

76 mins - from THAT corner, the ball comes out to Digne a 2nd time and with Holgate challenging, a Newky defender almost scores an OG.

77 mins - from THAT corner, the ball gets recycled to the edge of the penalty area. Schneiderlin makes a clever chest pass and Holgate fires off a clean 1st time shot the keeper has to save.

So in the 6 minutes following the 'defensive' subbing out of Kean as some describe it, we created five very good chances, all of which could have gone in.

78 mins - Bruce is so desperate, he subs out his centre forward Joelinton for a centre back, Schar.

Things calm down.

83 mins - Davies replaces Bernard, another who never completes a full 90 minutes under any manager during his time at Everton.

Newcastle seeing a little more of the ball, but really not getting into our penalty area.

88 mins - Niasse for Walcott. Again, Theo is another player who regularly gets subbed out. Not my choice of substitution. Niasse clearly has no present, never mind future, at Everton. Give Gordon the minutes.

Was this one of those subs in which a manager takes off a player who has played well a couple of minutes before the end so he can milk the deserved applause for his performance? Was it intended as a final Goodison farewell appearance by Niasse?

Who knows? But these things do happen.

On 90 minutes, we win a free kick in an ideal position for Digne to have a right go. He blazes it over the bar.

90 mins +3 - Davies and Digne dick about tight and deep in our corner of the field. No need. Launch it down the line to allow the defence to regroup. This eventually leads to an unnecessary corner.

Pickford's punched clearance doesn't get enough distance. Coleman is yards off the man who fires the ball back into the six yard box and in the resulting ping-pong confusion, Lejeune gets lucky with an overhead kick that 99 times out of 100 he wouldn't connect with as he does.

Annoying to lose the clean sheet so deep into the game, but...no problem! We have possession of the ball from the re-start. A simple matter of retaining the ball and running the clock down for the final 40 seconds the ref told the players that remained.

We brought in Fabian Delph (who otherwise had a fine game) as a wise old head to help give more experience to a young team.

So what was wise or experienced in his meek surrender of the ball to Newcastle allowing them to launch one final assault? Keep rolling the ball back to Pickford. Or, if you are going to lump it forward, at least find touch as deep into their territory as possible to eat up more time. Delph does neither.

A cheap free kick is then coughed up by Tom Davies, but still 50 yards from goal. They even initially play it short as no Everton player is within 30 yards of them, as we retreated too deep into our own area.

Again, it pinballs all over the place before being thumped home.

Pickford being behind the line looks bad, but watching it again you can see how and why he ends up there. This is not to excuse him or exempt him, but initially he is correctly covering his near post when the first thunderous shot rebounds back into the area off the post.

Both our centre backs are off the pitch and on their backsides having slid in to block that attempt. This effectively leaves a Newky player free to shoot on goal. Coleman and Digne are not in position to influence play, Coleman because he rushed forward too late when they played the short free kick in the centre circle. Dom, Delph and Schneiderlin are the three deepest lying players who attempt to clear the ball.

Following the shot off the post, in covering that Pickford clatters the post and is almost on his knees. He recovers and reacts anticipating the follow up shot which never gets to him because it hits players in front of him. Unfortunately, off balance, he ends up behind his line which makes it look bad when the scoring shot is made.

This all happened in nano-seconds. Not great. But possibly not as bleak and forlorn by Pickford as some paint it.

So, yep! As annoying as hell to drop two points so late in the game and fall from 8th to 12th and being just two points off 5th and 6th placed United and Wolves.

But I won't be jumping on other people's hobby horses and blaming zonal marking, poor subs or dinosaur tactics by a 'yesterday's man' manager.

For me, that was more down to in-game management by the players on the pitch making poor decisions at critical times that had extreme consequences.

Carlo very sensibly is not cursing our luck or blaming the players. He is right to focus on the overwhelming good things that were on display last night, by both the collective and individuals. To focus on the performance, not the result.

Because that performance was as good as, if not the very best, we have played all season.

Dave Ganley
72 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:15:46
Steve #55, yeah youd think we would be used to crushing disappointment by now but it never gets any better!

There was a lot to like about the performance last night, we created lots of chances and dominated for most part. However, no matter how much you dress it up, the last 10 mins or so ruined it. Lyndons quip about Moyes like substitutions would be valid if Moyes defence crumbled like that but his defence actually knew how to defend unlike our pretenders.

Lyndon is quite correct in that any of the players on show should have been able to see the game out, but there is no doubt that the substitutions changed the course of the game. The only one I understood was the change of Kean which was dead on his feet. He even had 5 mins on the wing to try and get his breath back but had to be replaced. Why change Bernard and Walcott? Both were playing well, both looked fine! It completely changed the dynamic of the game. Instead of playing on the front foot we started playing on the back foot, getting deeper and deeper and the last thing we needed was to give the barcodes a sniff of a chance. They'd barely had one all game.

To be fair to Ancelotti hes not the only manager who does this but then again, he knows we have a defence as solid as a wet paper bag when on the back foot. It drives me batty. If you're 3 or 4 goals up then fine but 2 0, as we all know is such a dodgy scoreline as witnesses last night. Stay on the front foot and kill the game off that way, let's face it holding on to what you've got doesn't pay dividends.

We were joking at the game last night that you're never comfortable until we are 3 or 4 up with seconds to go, didn't realise at the time how prophetic those words were. Result being, crushing disappointment yet again and it hurts just as much as any other time.

Iain Johnston
73 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:38:42
For me it had nothing to do with substitutions. The back 4 and the central midfielders did the same type of chuckle brothers passing 5 mins before the end of the first half too in an attempt to kill time. They switch off thinking it's job done and become far too complacent and have done so since Martinez.

Digne's free kick sums up the mindset, after he blasted over the bar he just shrugged his shoulders. I have doubts about his attitude during games and personally think Mina is a liability.

Kim Vivian
74 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:45:09
Great detail Jay. I think I know what happened now!

As a matter of interest how long did it take you stop-starting-rewinding-replaying-slowing down etc your recording to provide us with that forensic analysis of the last 90 seconds.

Thanks.... Genuinely. Because I've only seen it once - on a low def laptop stream. Still seems surreal.

Jerome Shields
75 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:45:25
Can't get into discussing this game. They where playing as Ancelotti instructed them with success and then blew it with stupidity, which we have seen from the same players before. Ancelotti will have to reassess his assessment of the stupidity a actual player can reach. With all his experience he got a eye opener last night. His other eyebrow will be moving up, after managing Everton before long.

Really pissed of with that injury time, listening to it on a crackling Radio Merseyside Signal. Make the mistake of looking a replay of it.

Stupid beyond belief.

David Hallwood
76 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:05:38
brilliant from Jay (#71), this was just brainless from the whole team; yes you can single out Davies & Digne, or Pickford (twice), but FFS we've just conceded, there's 30 secs left from the KO, what would the Dog & Duck 2nd 11 do.

Easy, they'd have 2 men to KO, one to pass to the other, he then launches into either corner get their players to turn and get DCL and Niasse to hunt the ball down, just to stop them getting the ball out. Even if they do it'll be a punt upfield to the halfway line, and we should see the remaining seconds out.

Yet again a lack of professionalism that's cost us dear. You NEVER see great sides collapse like this; they didn't call it Fergie time for nothing and the RS have taken over their mantle.

Carlo has a task on his hands, perhaps we only need 2 exceptional players, one of them a leader to stop this dumb football. How many points have we lost this season, not by being outplayed, which you can except, but thrown away with brainless football.

Bill Gall
77 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:09:42
Have to agree with Jay #71 who explanation is right on the money. The problem with substitutions was the lack of quality on the bench. People complaining about Niasse are correct the man is not a premier player and should not even have been on the bench.

Saying that though, we had been playing with 2
strikers from the start of the game. Walcott moved to a central striker when Kean went off. Davies who a lot of supporters were surprised at not being in the starting 11 over Schniederlin replaced Bernard another player getting tired, Walcott started to play more as a left winger until he was replaced by Niassie this is the only sub I thought should not have happened, as for the time left either Baines or Keane should have come in, preferably Baines for the left side.

The last 2-3 mins were a shambles, yes Davies and Digne shouldn't have screwed around and Davies gave a free kick that was a long way from the penalty area. The Everton defense had dealt with corners and free kicks into the area with no problem for the previous 90+min so was it the subs problems that caused the goals, no, the first 1 was Pickfords fault the second was a complete lack of composure by the defense. People came in here after the Brighton game complaining about Ancelotti becoming too defensive with the use of his subs, the game against Newcastle he only made 1 defensive change and tried to keep the same shape as started with what was available on the bench.

Mike Dolan
78 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:38:27
Frustrating as only Everton can be. The lads played very well for 90 minutes then seemed to completely fall apart so that the game felt like a loss. Every player on the bench has to be available to play so don’t blame the manager for putting them into the game when they don’t execute.

It really struck me that the team we were able to field seemed to grasp the simple concept that Ancelotti spoke about before the game about possession not being the goal but being the means to achieve a fast forward moving winning style of football. We got into trouble hilariously when in the last moments when our possession became meaningless. The plot was lost and hopefully the lesson that concentration on the ball has to last until the man with the whistle eventually decides it’s time to go home.

There was so much positive to see in that game but it did show up something that I think is both worrying and probably uncoachable. With Jordan Pickford I had thought we had brought in a young keeper who would be great for us for years.

He is a reaction capable of making brilliant athletic saves. He’s capable of having brilliant games where he becomes world class. But I don’t think I have ever seen a top echelon keeper that flaps around like he does. His almost total lack of command of his 6 yard box is not only ruinous in itself but it infects the players in front of him.

The club has to be quietly thinking about moving him out. He is too nervous. The one thing you can’t have is a panicky goalie. What happened to Butland ?

John Davies
79 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:43:39
We can only hope that Mr Ancelotti has now had enough time to see for himself how many players we have who are not good enough to play Premier League football and get us into a top 6 position. He needs to be ruthless now and stop selecting certain players - but who in God's name does he pick instead?
Pickford, Coleman (shame but he's just not our Seamus any more), Keane, Digne (on current form), Sidibe, Davies, Schneiderlin, Sigurdsson, Wallcott, Niasse, Tosun, Bolasie, Sandro all need getting off the books (just my opinion fellas). That's 13 players for Christ's sake! This is how bad our first team squad is!
Mr Ancelotti has a MASSIVE job on his hands. Let's hope that firstly he knows it and secondly he's up to it.

Jay #71. Great post mate, thanks. Feels like I was there! Glad I wasn't.

Kieran Kinsella
80 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:44:04
Mark Tanton 3

"Have you ever seen a goalkeeper flap like Pickford?"

Yes I have. His name was Bruce Grobelaar

Steven Astley
81 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:51:13
Pickford is shit. Utter shit. He is the common denominator since out fortunes changed for the worse. Get rid as soon as possible. Plenty of other replacements available.
Kieran Kinsella
82 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:59:04
Steven Astley

"He is the common denominator since out fortunes changed for the worse"

Not really. Things went downhill in 1997, he was born in 1994 just before we had a brief upswing

Mike Gaynes
83 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:00:25
Mike #78, Butland's at Stoke, trying to keep out enough shots to prevent them from being relegated from the Championship. He's become Joe Hart, making headlines for howlers.
Rennie Smith
84 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:09:20
It's interesting to read the comments on Pickford (I called him out earlier, not for his ability but his decision making and influence), but 4 days ago against West Ham he was many people's MOTM. I know we're fickle buggers but this seems a little extreme.

Steven@81, he's not shit. He's 26, which is still relatively young for a keeper. He just needs to sort his head out sometimes and hopefully that will come with age.

Lynn Maher
85 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:18:36
Noticed quite a few posts mention Pickford. I didn't realise last night was his100th successive game for us. This is on the Everton website ' Everton Held Following Double Newcastle Stoppage-Time Strike.'
It's the last paragraph
Ton-Up Jordan
James Lauwervine
86 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:23:28
John 64, what's the big problem? Are you legally obliged to read every comment on every thread? Read the Conditions of Use and ease off eh.
Thanks Jay for the excellent post at 71.
Joe McMahon
87 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:40:00
Only a few days ago I was reading on this very site someone claiming our home grown talent is something to be proud of. Well Pickford and Davies are very weak links that lose us points in this mid table team. I would suggest a top keeper would make us nearer the top 4.

Chelsea are sniffing around Nick Pope, I'd really like us to before they make a move.

Tony Hill
88 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:01:47
Good post, Jay @71, but I still think we unnecessarily gave Newcastle a foothold which they had not previously had. It may not have been much of a foothold but they gradually got back into things from your 78 minutes on or thereabouts. It was subtle but it was discernible.

Newcastle were beaten and we stepped back for a crucial period. We were playing on the break both for Davies's run which led to the free kick botched by Digne and then when Niasse fell over his own feet, much to our hilarity at the time. We were looking to counter-attack on our own ground, 2-0 up and with 10 minutes or so to go.

We know the rest. I don't think it would have happened if we'd stayed fully on the front foot.

John Pierce
89 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:03:29
We can try and separate the 93 minutes and the 90 or so seconds but you have to take it as a whole.

When such a bitter, yet unsurprisingly twist happens so late in the very last ‘knockins of a game it’s colors everything. In fact you can stuff the point we contrived to deliver in the face of near certain victory, I don’t want it. It’s tarnished, forever tainted.

The manager does take a good portion of the blame because the substitutes destabilized a serene progress, ultimately he’s accountable. The players shoulder the meat of the disaster as they became complacent. How a team who only weeks ago shit themselves at Analfield felt able to be complacent is another conversation entirely.

The substitutions completely trashed our momentum, at 2-0 we still looked more likely and the signs of wastefulness were there in the last 15 minutes. The passing and carelessness from Saturday crept back into our game, we defeated ourselves.

There’s too many errors in both goals to go around. But two themes were prevalent. Set pieces and the goalkeeper. We have too few good headers of the ball, and it shows. We lose too many aerials, and if you employ zonal, losing the first one is nearly alway going to yield a chance. These players need to go man to man, the message is simpler and better suits our personnel.

Throw in the goalkeeper, who has for months started to show his mental agility is well below that of his physical traits. His decision making and how he organizes his defense is often panicked and terrifying to watch. He’s not for me. I prefer calm, collected and organized. He’s not our biggest problem but in the medium term needs to be sold. Actually he’s probably over-valued and maybe we’d get decent money for him right now!
Anyhoo, just another chapter in the Everton 101 of how to screw a game up.

Bill Gall
90 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:09:52
John # 79
I believe that most of the supporters agree with a number of the players you would like to see sold, the problem is finding someone who will buy them. If the club really wants to transfer out most of these players they will have to take a loss to sell, so it will have to be they are serious about selling and take the loss, and hope someone wants to buy.

I am not sure how the players contract work if they are all like Niasse who had refused to be transferred unless it is a club of his choice, then Everton have dug a hole that is becoming nearly impossible to get out.

The financial picture from the AGM has already shown,that to buy we have to sell a lot of players to get rid of their monthly wages, not necessarily the transfer fees for them. As I said we will have to take a loss as I cant see anyone buying them at the price that Everton will want for them.

Tamhas Woods
91 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:29:06
An absolute freak occurrence, and hopefully those two points dropped will be inconsequential in the context of safety.

I'd have taken 30 points going into Feb after the Norwich/RS games though. No doubt about that.

Better for it to happen last night than in a derby or a cup final. If that had been a derby I swear down I would have jumped 40ft out of my bedroom window.

Knowing my luck I would survive the drop though

Conor McCourt
92 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:35:02

So I see Jay Woods is enlightening us again to what really happened and to my shock horror Carlo's personal Bobby Martinez has absolved him of all responsibility. Despite being exposed yesterday by Darren for his expansions of the truth to highlight Carlo's mastery he is back with minutes and all today to restore his hero's reputation.

Sub 1-Kean off, Coleman on.

This was similar to the second Brighton change. Against Brighton however Sidibe was a nightmare defensively which had just led to our crossbar being rattled.
Against Brighton this was necessary, against Newcastle it was totally pointless as they did absolutely nothing down the left, nada.
"Kean is always subbed" yes because he has been poor but yesterday he was on fire.

This involved 3 more defensive positions on the pitch (rb on, rb to rm, rm to cf) and the shift in mindset. But Bobby Woods has just shown 6 attacking situations, yes because Newcastle had given up, we were in complete control and they had made their 3 subs to no effect.

Sub 2-Bernard off, Davies on.

This was the game changer (only Davies this time not Delph) which caused the seismic shift against Brighton as Bobby himself points out. Note Mr Woods was at pains to show us how many chances we had in the 70-80 minute mark but the Brighton catastrophe had been replicated and you will note Mr Woods exclusions from this point as we lost control of the game. Carlo has been damned by his own henchman despite the smoke and mirrors.

Jay kindly shows in the Don's defence that Mr Silva who got sacked largely because of his game management had the same idea of removing the same player, well it just shows you then.

Sub 3-Niasse for Walcott

We are now under attack with two minutes to go and invited pressure with our negative subs. Carlo has brought about a game where we need to defend well to see it out as we have conceded territory. Does he have the three centre backs on which so worked well in the reverse fixture to cope with the 5 CB's they have on the pitch. No he brings on Oumar Niasse. The rest is history.

But please don't question Carlo it's our eyes that our failing us, do you not know this guy has more bling than Mr T?

Nicholas Ryan
93 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:52:21
Have been going round all day, kicking doors, in anger, over what I THOUGHT happened (and I was there). Having now read Jay Wood [71]'s masterly analysis of what ACTUALLY happened, I'd better get a tub of filler, and go repair those holes!!
Christopher Timmins
94 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:59:33
Steve @58

You could only introduce the guy in circumstances where you are chasing the game late on. He brings chaos to the scenario and in causing confusion to his team mates and opponents alike he might every now and them score.

I remember Roberto brought him on against West Ham a couple of years ago when we were ahead but down to 10 and we lost 3 - 2 at home.

I cannot believe that the Leeds manager, in the country for 18 months at this stage, could have any interest in the guy as he cannot link up play and at this stage of his career no manager could turn him around.

We won't see much if anything of him again!

Jerome Shields
95 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:07:05
Once Everton concede ground they invite pressure onto a, slow midfield, a weak defence and a inconsistent goalkeeper. It has happened numerous times this season. It happened with bells on last night.
Mike Gaynes
96 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:20:10
Jay #71, good use of the DVR there!
Jay Wood

97 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:40:33
Oh do grow up Conor!

I'm doing which every contributor to TW has the right to do, including yourself: express their opinion on all things Evertonian, as they see it through their eyes.

So ta very much, but I view and opine on the game not through your eyes, but my eyes.

I have never, but NEVER, claimed to offer the only possible and definitive word on anything about Everton.

I have never, but NEVER, claimed that my opinion is the only valid and possible one.

The clue is in the phrases I use in my posts when offering my opinion: IMO, 'I believe', 'as I see it', 'for me', etc.

The following is how I sit down and view each and every game of Everton.

I'm one of life's optimists. I genuinely believe we can win each and every game we play. I watch a game with no preconceptions about the manager, the individual players, the team collective, the tactics or the substitutions.

In other words, my starting point is neutral. The previous game(s) and performances are put aside. I judge all the above elements by what unfolds in the ensuing 90+ minutes.

You just have to read the pre-match comments once a starting XI is named, before a ball is even kicked, to see that plenty of TWers are not so generously inclined.

Even now, for example, today there are posters deriding Schneiderlin's performance last night. If they were less blinkered and prejudiced to the player they should be able to acknowledge that, like most of the team last night, he had a fine game and contributed in no small part for a largely very good performance. But they can't.

Why? Because they hot-wired to 'confirmation bias'. Ignoring the things a player may do well that is contrary to their preconceived negative notion of the said player. Inflating or even completely inventing what the said player may do badly.

Nor do I engage in the inverse. I do not slavishly accept and meekly submit to a view that the manager (or any player) can do no wrong or is above criticism.

I consistently demonstrate that in my posts over the weeks and months of a season.

To answer your specific points.

You: "Kean is always subbed" yes because he has been poor but yesterday he was on fire.'

This ignores that a number of match attendees posted he was blowing for tugs and already taking a breather on the wing and that post-match his manager said he was tiring. It was as much about putting fresh lungs and legs on the pitch as it was tactical. Not that this particular substitution dramatically altered or negatively impacted on the formation or the way we were playing at all, as clearly detailed in my previous post.

Comical Conor how you also attempt to dismiss the six scoring attempts in the five minutes immediately after Kean's removal into a negative. And you are factually wrong. As listed in my earlier post, Newcastle had not used up all their subs. After that continued onslaught, Bruce brought on a 3rd centre back for his centre forward.

You: 'Sub 2-Bernard off, Davies on' (with 7 minutes of normal time to play). Was there a seismic shift in the balance of the game in the way you try to portray it? No. Not at all.

As I myself criticised Carlo following the Brighton game, his subs in that game came a lot earlier and each one progressively had us playing more on the back foot with little or no out ball to our forwards.

For the one and only time in the last 15-20 minutes of that game Brighton gained the ascendency and had chances to equalise. Carlo did NOT get a free pass or endorsement from me that day.

That was never the case last night v Newcastle. Other than the shit-fest of the two injury time goals, name me one - just one - occasion when Newcastle threatened a goal or even breached our penalty area following Everton's first two substitutions.

You: 'Sub 3-Niasse for Walcott. We are now under attack with two minutes to go and invited pressure with our negative subs.'

As above, give examples that we were seriously 'under attack' or the penalty area being laid to siege

You contrive to compound that by now advising the inverse that you berate Carlo for doing with his earlier subs: that he should now withdraw a forward and put on a 3rd centre back, even though we weren't under siege AT ALL!

Really poor effort by you Conor. You have much to contribute. This was just childish and churlish.

John Boon
98 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:52:48
James (86)... Yes I do read every post, including yours, and enjoy the responses. I usually never post twice because once is enough to make my point. After yesterdays tragedy I don't have enough energy or wisdom to do more. I have been watching Everton since 1947 so I feel I have earned the right to give my opinion on the game, without contravening any rules.

This is Toffee Web not a "Dear Abby" or "Dear Whoever", advice column. And to quote:
"The more you say the less people remember" George Best.


Ciarán McGlone
99 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:06:07
Confirmation bias.. do yourself a favour and stop trying so desperately hard to convince people of your intelligence.

And stop contradicting yourself while your at it.

Tom Bowers
100 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:10:01
All the good work undone in the last ''crazy'' few minutes.
Just like against Chelski a few days earlier The Barcodes got points they didn't deserve but that's football

Yes, Everton did play decent up to that point as they have done in quite a few games since the Analfield defeat on December 4th.
They have only lost one Prem. game in nine since then and that was against City but yesterday felt like a loss and still does.
We all hope that Carlo learned something from this game despite his great experience which will enable the team to see games out with authority from now on.

Your never too old to learn and even Carlo will be aware of the shortcoming displayed by his decisions on the substitutes.

Having said that, there is no way any team should have capitulated to such a poor team as Newcastle even with the eleven who finished the game.

Jay Harris
101 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:35:41
I see nothing whatsoever wrong with Jay's post. He is spot on.

I cant understand all the anti sentiment going on.

Tom Davies has been a regular squad member all season and should reasonably be able to come on and do a job for the last 20 or 30 minutes.

Lucas Digne was our player of the season last year god knows what has happened to him but he was certainly off colour before Ancelotti came.

As another poster said we have a very weak MF and GK when under pressure and panic sets in.

Personally I happen to think Pickford is the culprit. He cant keep his mouth shut and is a bag of nerves at the best of times. Not exactly a recipe for an organised and confident defence.

Mike Dolan
102 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:39:29
You have to be careful with goalies but perhaps we could start to rotate the position. We seem to be getting diminishing returns from Pickford but like with all of our players (Niasse) they have to be playing to try and keep their value up.
Bill Gienapp
103 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:52:37
Personally, I agree with Jay Wood. Bringing on Niasse was silly, but I see no evidence that Ancelotti ceded the advantage through his subs. Newcastle offered no threat whatsoever until that corner kick.

Davies had a nightmare at the very end, but as Jay Harris says, he's been a regular for us this season and should be counted on to come on for 20 minutes and do a job.

Hindsight is always 20/20. If Kean or Bernard were left on, then lost possession because they were gassed and it led to a goal, people would be going ballistic on here.

The three points were lost because Delph inexplicably conceded possession on the kickoff, then Davies committed a stupid foul, gifting Newcastle literally the only scenario in which they could steal an equalizer (the opportunity to pump a last-ditch long ball into the box and hope for chaos to ensue).

Neal Kernohan
104 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:54:48
What a cruel game football is. My Northern Ireland team lost the County Antrim Shield at Windsor Park after conceding TWO goals in the 95th and 96th minutes only to watch Everton to do the same at the same time! Four goals in stoppage time lost EFC the match and BALLYMENA UNITED THE CUP FINAL!
Brent Stephens
105 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:59:40
Neil #104. You’re the common factor. You’re a jinx!
Neal Kernohan
106 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:05:01
Thanks Brent, that helps my soul!
Shaun Laycock
107 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:09:24
I liked the look of the 4222 formation... Scnieds and Delph dropping into the defense allowing the fullbacks to push on allowing Walcott/Bernie licence to come inside and influence the play. We set up to play between the lines, play through the thirds and were equally threatening on the flanks as through the middle. I can see this working well in the future.
We should have won, we didn't. Carlo's subs, however forced or not, altered the flow of the game but surely, but surely, the players have to take some blame too as they had several brainfarts instead of managing the game better.
Oh well, live and learn. Each time Carlo is finding who can and who can't (mentally, physically and technically).
Bring on the next game.
Darren Hind
108 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:18:23
I think Jays habit of arguing points for the sake of it rather than sticking to the simple stuff he understand is getting exposed on an increasingly regular basis.

Jay - Before last nights match, trying to defend Ancelottis poor tactics at Mordor and the Etihad

"Ancelotti will not be changing his tactics from playing out from the back. This set of players has demonstrated both under Carlo and previous managers they are capable of playing through a press"

Jay AFTER last nights match - Trying to blame the players for what he claims are Ancelottis tactics

"The turning point was Davies and Digne trying to be too cute playing it out" . . . . "Both had chances to simply wack the ball down the line"..."Their overplaying it resulted in a corner.

Reading a couple of comments on here, I guess I'm not the only one who read Jays posts and had the the words Arse, chasing, up, himself and own, swirling around my head.

Robert Tressell
109 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:27:01
4222 does indeed look promising. Having one of delph and schneiderlin dropping back to set up play worked v well. Bernard and walcott linking up with DCL and Kean was good too. It is coming together despite the last minute kick in the nuts. The progress means we don't need to spend our way out of trouble. We're looking up now not down. Saving the pennies till summer is starting to make sense. By then Carlo will have better idea of who is up to the job. Hopefully that will inclyde a precocious Gordon and a fit Gbamin.
Oliver Molloy
110 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:31:43
If Niasse had been on from the start we would have won - wink wink, whats the point. say no more !
Mike Gaynes
111 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:34:07
Tom #100...

"Just like against Chelski a few days earlier The Barcodes got points they didn't deserve but that's football"

You bring up a good point. Could just be that from the 93rd minute on, Newcastle is the best team in the Prem.

Brian Williams
112 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:36:01
The draw (for it was a draw and not a loss) could and should have been avoided, even allowing for the two ridiculous goals, had we as a team had that ruthless streak to annihilate teams when we're so much on top instead of taking our foot off the gas and relaxing, thinking the win's in the bag.
At two nil I said to my TB seatmate, "I'm going for four nil here" and it could have been had we kept up the intensity and showed the desire, a certain local team has, to destroy the opposition when we quite clearly can!
Mike Dolan
113 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:38:37
If you don’t look after the ball then it doesn’t matter how you set up the team, it doesn’t matter who you use as subs it doesn’t matter who the manager is and it doesn’t matter who you are playing. Bad shit gonna happen only when the other team has the ball. We played remarkably well until we lost the plot. LEARN from this debacle and move on. We have a good foundation of players let’s build on it and become better. We actually have a great crop of young players who are just now finding their feet.
Mark Tanton
114 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:48:57
They don't learn though!
Derek Taylor
115 Posted 22/01/2020 at 20:49:19
It seems Pickford is the new man we love to hate. He follows a long line of 'least popular' players which goes right back to Albert Dunlop and beyond.

We all have our obsessions about particular players and their lack of ability/ fitness/ motivation/ advanced age etc. and in recent times I recall Howard, Hibbert, Osman, Neville, Van der Meyde being the targets of our scorn.

Managers don't escape, either, and In this century almost all the incumbents of the post have attracted incessant criticism although none more so than Moyes, possibly because he was here so long !

So who is your marked man ? I'd bet that after last night even Ancelloti will already have a 'hate club' !

John Keating
116 Posted 22/01/2020 at 21:21:41
Ancelotti had a hate Club even before he actually signed on the dotted line.
We will have many steps back as well as forward this season and probably next but the I told you so brigade will be at the forefront at the steps back

I mentioned last night that I or nobody around me thought anything of any of the subs worth commenting on, usually it's quite vocal about nearly everything!
God knows why but as soon as injury time came up we went crazy. Still can't take what happened in.
We are a laughing stock at times we really are

Fran Mitchell
117 Posted 22/01/2020 at 21:34:53
Don't get the vitriol fired out towards either fellow ToffeeWebbers or the performance.

What we saw for 95% of yesterday was better than anything this season, with a lot to give us promise: Mina, Holgate, DCL, Kean.

There are the green shoots of a style that just may work '4-2-2-2' and will get the best of our best players.

But yes, we royally fucked it up in the last 2 minutes, showing our mental fragility. And I'd say the last 10 minutes we faded, failing to keep the ball - proving what we know, of central midfield is our weak link, and Niasse would struggle even at Conference level.

But, DCL is proving many on here wrong, and Kean gave a brilliant performance. There is hope.

And I really think we can push for European qualification, and hope we don't qualify for the CL (which is a long shot - but all teams below 2nd are inconsistent) because we'd get mullered.

Hopefully we never see Niasse again, Gordon can step up, and G'Bamin can hopefully enter the frame and shore up midfield.

James Lauwervine
118 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:00:43
Oj then. . . . . . I'm slipping. Another c**tnail in the season. Sorry lads, have lost it bcoz phffffffyyyyyhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. blame the vino FTRS
Jim Bennings
119 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:02:54
Burnley showing us how to comfortably hold on to a 2-0 lead in injury time and Leicester showing what we should have done against an abject West Ham team.
Jay Wood

120 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:10:15
Most intriguing, Darren, how much you hang on my every word. I'm flattered. Quite a turnaround from the days when you claimed you never read my posts (but curiously, always displayed a knowledge of what I had written. Remarkable! as David Coleman was given to saying).

A pity, as always, you have to resort to personal baiting rather than debating football. Hey-ho! Nothing new, then.

To put the quotes you attribute to me into context and to correct your associated comments, I never defended either the team or Ancelotti following the cup exit at Analfield.

At the final whistle I wrote but three words, thus:


I was left so bereft, so traumatised by what I (and others) regarded as the single worst defeat in Everton's history that I switched off from football and TW for 4-5 days.

As for the loss at the Etihad, I took issue with some posters claiming it should have been 4 or 5 nil to City. The performance was nowhere near that bad and as I pointed out, at 2-1 we were still in the game until the final whistle.

As for this quote:

"Ancelotti will not be changing his tactics from playing out from the back. This set of players has demonstrated both under Carlo and previous managers they are capable of playing through a press"


What is flawed in that comment?

Even last night, how did we play? And how well did we play out from the back, indeed, throughout the whole team?

You then reveal a paucity and inability to make any meaningful point by attempting to associate my above words to my observation of a pivotal game situation last night (the Davies-Digne to-you-to-me-to-Claude act) as...what, exactly? An example of a contradiction 'twixt my two quoted statements?

If so, that is a really limp-wristed effort, even by your standards Darren.

Anybody who has played or watched football long enough knows full well, even if the overall philosophy is to play out from the back and seek to keep possession, that it does not hold in all, any or every game situation.

Players also know that the two primary objectives in football is to score for your team and to prevent the opposition from scoring.

At the elevated level of PL football, whoever the manager, whatever his imposed philosophy is, there are moments when you don't do the aesthetically pleasing your manager demands of you. You just friggin' welly it! I'm sure Carlo Ancelotti the footballer did just that in his days and that Carlo Ancelotti the manager understands that.

The Davies-Digne-in-the-corner last night was one such scenario.

John Stones, a player you much admire, said this barely 3 weeks after first playing under the football purist that is Pep Guardiola:

“I was doing things before and then afterwards I would think, ‘Why have I done that? Why haven’t I just put it in row Z?

“Already I can see a difference in my decision-making. We can all regroup from putting it in row Z sometimes.”

As for your final paragraph, thank you for providing an example of confirmation bias as earlier referenced. I take it you blanked out the posts and posters agreeing with my opinion which far outnumbered the two who, like yourself, don't actually contribute to the football debate in this thread, but instead lean heavily on being snide, sneering and sarcastic to a poster with the temerity to post a different viewpoint than their own on last night's proceedings.

ALWAYS happy to be a source of annoyance to you Darren.

Carl Manning
121 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:15:32
Nobody it seems want to finish 5th this season! Only 4 points off it!

Let’s hope when we play next, the players have had a good rest, Carlo has had some double sessions with them, and a midfield warrior has arrived.

And yesterday’s finish was as cool and calm as DCL has looked in front of goal. He’s definitely improved his ability to be in the right place at the right time. The guy continues to improve and confound many critics. He and Moise are a very physical and powerful looking front 2. Let’s hope the partnership develops.

Darren Hind
122 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:51:13

Source of annoyance ? As Del boy Trotter used to say. au contraire my friend, au contraire

You are very rapidly becoming my favorite poster.

Paul Birmingham
123 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:59:45
Carl, I agree, if the mindset and concentration is there, this season, in the EPL, many things have and will happen.

Until the team, the captain all agree collectively to do their best for 95 mins, we’d have a chance.

This squad starting with the goal keeper is erratic and always has spontaneous combustion potential whilst playing around and in their 18 yard box.

Sick to the back teeth of school boy mistakes and pathetic excuses.

I’m not sure how we can pull any so called top players, in any transfer window, based on performances like this and the recent farce against the RS.

But some green shoots of hope and no more. Let’s hope this summer we have a good clear out and start with fresh vigour, to improve, consistently.

Next up Watford, and that will be a game.

Kevin Latham
124 Posted 22/01/2020 at 23:39:48
I think John K @ 116 calls it right, there will be quite a few steps backwards before we see a real improvement. HK Mark 1, Alex Ferguson, Shiny Teeth across the park come to mind straight away. If you don’t have the top class players available right off the bat then it will take time. Problem is, it’s taken too long since we were a force in the game and many of us have become jaded, understandably so. But I’m not sure why at such an early stage Carlo is being ribboned on here to the extent that he is. Yes, some of his sub decisions have been off the mark, no argument there- but as for last night, are we really saying that professional footballers couldn’t see the game out over the last few minutes? Really? Davies, Delph and Digne (a firm of solicitors surely?) abetted by Pickford cost us the win, and all pros with no little experience there. And against a side as woeful as Newcastle! Blame the manager for his substitutions if you like, but in my view it was piss poor game management by players who should know better. Unfortunately, in most walks of life changing mental approach and attitudes usually takes time, no matter who the manager is. The sad fact is that it may not happen in the short term, frustrating as that may be. We’ve suffered for so long as Evertonians, it seems to be our lot in life. But on a brighter note, at least we looked a lot brighter with some joined up footie for most of the game - until we had the 7 minutes added time which came from nowhere.
Jack Woods
125 Posted 22/01/2020 at 00:09:29
Pickford just doesn't inspire confidence for me - him going to ground when the corner comes in for their first goal drags Holgate away from his zone to cover the line, which is exactly where Lejeune scores from. If he'd kept his feet that goal simply doesn't happen.

Oumar being put in the shop window needs to stop too - every appearance just decreases our chances of getting someone to take him off our hands. It's not his fault Everton offered him the contract that they did but playing someone that's not up to it and has no future is just compounding the initial mistake of signing him.

Davies not up to it either, remove the homegrown feel-good factor and he doesn't offer enough, the club needs to be more ruthless and demand higher standards

Danny Broderick
126 Posted 23/01/2020 at 00:15:52
For me, the defeat was 100% down to Pickford, so I was interested to get Martin Keown’s take on it just now on MOTD2. He used the word ‘frantic’ twice to describe Pickford. He said he lost his bearings for the second goal, and needed to be calmer. Summed it up perfectly for me. Phil Neville also added that Pickford ‘flapped at the cross and needed to make better contact’, although he also added that the defenders were poor as well for the first goal.

Ivan Varghese
127 Posted 23/01/2020 at 00:44:14
It seems like with the change of formation, key players just go to reset mode. Last 10 minutes was ball watching with the believe that more bodies in front of the ball is enough. All it did was pinball the last goal. If there was another 5 minutes, we would have lost. We really need players at the backline with leadership... like dare I say Liverpool
Dan Parker
128 Posted 23/01/2020 at 00:50:32
I don’t blame Pickford for the result, the thing that hacked me off the most was Davies and Digne tippy tappy lame attempt at keeping possession as though we were at their corner flag. Don’t faff around near our own box, clowns. Niasse was sent through as well and his first touch had a touch of Sandro about it, gifted possession back. Seamus the least bad of the 3 subs. Anthony Gordon would offer far more.
Laurie Hartley
129 Posted 23/01/2020 at 08:02:56
It is one game at a time for me these days. I tuned in on Optus sport at 88 minutes somI could watch the referee blow the final whistle and the Goodison crowd give the players a rousing send off then watch the replay later in the day.

As soon a I saw Davies and Digne messing about in their own corner I got that sinking feeling that I have become so used to since Martinez’ last season.

Once again the Blues vindicated the decision I took at that time not to loose sleep watching the game live but rather watch the replay. It is so much better for my mental well being.

I did in fact watch the full game later in the day. If possible it made the outcome even more disappointing because of the performances of most of the players, especially Kean, Bernard, and DCL.

We could end up with a front three of Kean, DCL, and Richarlison in the near future and I think they will be a handful for any defence.

We won’t get the full benefit though until we sort our defence out. I don’t “hate” any of our players but if it was up to me I would be looking for a new goalie who knows how to command his box, and in doing so inspire confidence in his defenders.

Nigel Martyn used to do that for us, he is the sort we should be looking for.

David Midgley
130 Posted 23/01/2020 at 10:55:12
I've read several articles since the game with many pertinent comments. Many posters saying -- Played well. Good performance. Improving apart from the last two minutes. There are positives !
What would you be saying if you drove the car down the motorway for 90 mins. and then crashed it into a wall, wrote it off and it was completely your fault ?
Would it be. " Well I was OK for the last 80 miles but then I lost it . Sorry "
I doubt it. " You bloody fool, what are you playing at ? "
Niasse to come off the bench. ??? He's the past. There's a young lad there who would have had a confidence boost and possibly with his freshness and speed could have had the ball up the other end and maybe scored. They did. Poor subs. I won't be thinking in a week or two's time about the performance. I'll only think of the result.
Over the years I've seen Jose give many interviews. Always cocky, confident, assured able to give critical comments and insights.
Have you seen him lately ? Tired, jaded, world weary and no enthusiasm. Could he have lost it ?

Carlo has been a world class manager and he's here with us now. I just hope he hasn't lost it. I'm not knocking him or doubting him.
QC ( quietly confident ) was OK for Roy Hudd but I'm not sure if it suits Everton.
Two points lost and it's their own fault. Two points that could have taken us to that mathematical safety when Carlo could have tried some of our younger players to find out what they're like. We won't find out what they've got standing in the reserve trench They need to be in the firing line.
We've too many, young and old that aren't up to it both on the field and off. I know it's only paper talk but all our interests for new signings seem to be from the Italian league. Our scouting team needs to be improved and increased. Other teams seem to be able to recruit players £ 5/6/7 mill. who are competent footballers but us ?
We've wasted millions on managers. Waste more on scouts. They need to be all over Europe not stuffing their faces with pasta. I'm not interested in seeing 11 world class players I want to see Everton field a world class team.
I'm only interested in Everton.

Daniel A Johnson
131 Posted 23/01/2020 at 11:38:31
Sorry not joining the blind Ancelotti fan brigade. But in no way was that collapse on him. His subs were designed to kill time and also to see out the match.

Ancelotti is not responsible for:

Niasse losing control on a good break
Tom Davies and Digne playing silly buggers in the corner.
Pickfords first brain fart flap
Delphs mindless punt back to the opposition after the kick off
Davies petty foul.
Pickfords Mindless panic and positioning for their 2nd.

A catalogue of errors made by premiership players who should be capable of seeing off an abysmal Newcastle team.

These things happen, but as we all know its usually to us. The players have to take the responsibility to see a match out, this one is very much on them.

David Midgley
132 Posted 23/01/2020 at 12:02:02
DAJ. #131.
Yes. Players not up to it.
However, if spectators can see Oumar can't control a ball and TWebbers too. Why couldn't Carlo ?
Conor McCourt
133 Posted 23/01/2020 at 12:24:53
Jay 97- Sorry I was ott and reeling from Tuesday. Your post I believe was a hatchet job in passing the buck and came after constant over praise and under attribution imo over the last few months and wound me up. Sincere Apologies.

Down to matters. The first sub at Brighton was a momentum swinger which seemed pre-planned and self destructive. The second and third subs I would be less critical as Carlo was reacting to what was happening down our right side and Potter had made 3 positive subs with the latter involving an ineffective holder replaced by Murray. To my eyes they were necessary reactionary changes brought about by the shift from the poor Bernard substitution.

Newcastle was soul destroying. A great 70 mins, got the early goal, forced them into a game they didn't want to play and continually got in behind them and seemed a matter of how many.

Then Carlo enters stage left. The first sub was ridiculous as we lost our best player, curtailed our threat in behind and allowed their centre halfs to play higher.Coleman wouldn't bomb like Sidibe who wouldnt advance like Walcott. Would Klopp/Guardiola make an unprovoked negative sub like this? This signalled he was happy with 2-0 regardless that the players were enjoying themselves and wanted more and Bruce was making changes just to KEEP it at 2-0.

The second sub was the game changer and he hadn't learnt from Brighton. This effectively killed our efforts for a 3rd goal and totally shifted the balance in play. Despite your attempts to misquote me we were now on the back foot in a game which could have been over and were now in seeing the game out mode.

The third sub was bizarre. I agree we weren't under the Alamo but once again I never said that. Their game plan as always is to stay in the game and pepper us late on but they were so poor they couldn't really do it. I didn't want a defensive game but the manager had brought it on so yes he needed to bring extra height to the defence. How would you have predicted they would score having watched them all season and the subs Bruce introduced? He wanted to see the game out well he should have replaced Digne with Keane.

It's my belief in both games Carlo entered us into an unnecessary game of roulette by repeating the same mistake. Against Brighton we got black, against Newcastle we got red. Even had we won 2-1 Carlo would have just got lucky as they had given up and were rife for the taking. This isn't a hindsight post.

Finally to answer you if subs were totally necessary he should have went like for like but I refute your claims. I know this a bullshit hypothetical but I believe had Carlo been stuck in the bathroom from 70 minutes we would have been celebrating between a 2-0 to 4-0 victory on his return at the final whistle. Unlike Brighton these weren't reactionary subs just incompetent ones.

Simon Smith
134 Posted 23/01/2020 at 12:36:48
I think the worst part about this, is that we have to wait so long to rectify it. The horrible, “what if” will linger around until we next play!
Thanks once again Everton for completely ruining our week! That’s the one thing Everton are truly great at!
Jay Wood

135 Posted 23/01/2020 at 12:53:14
Conor, apology accepted.

Not going to rake over AGAIN the subs as you have done. I'll just say that once again, as you have done in all your posts since the final whistle on Tuesday, your focus has been exclusively on berating the manager and not acknowledging the many, MANY encouraging aspects and performances for the overwhelming majority of the game.

Your choice. I align myself with those who take a more balanced look at the entire game.

Describing my original post @ 71 as a 'hatchet job' suggests to me you don't understand the term.

Further, describing my history of posts (presumably on the topic of Carlo Ancelotti) as "passing the buck and...constant over praise and under attribution over the last few months" is not accurate on any level.

Firstly, Carlo has not even had a full month as Everton manager since taking charge of his first game v Burnley on Boxing Day, not 'months' as you describe it.

Secondly, you evidently overlook - even in this very thread - when I have questioned Carlo's tactics and subs.

Evidently my posts, my opinions, how I present them - whatever it is - causes you disquiet.

Why aren't you contesting the numerous other posts and posters saying exactly the same thing as me in their own way?

The rhetoric of your earlier post was that of the school playground. Keep the discussion about the football rather than resort to personal abuse which completely failed to hit, never mind wound, the target.

All it did was demean yourself, Conor.

Ray Roche
136 Posted 23/01/2020 at 13:09:35
Daniel @131

You say that “ a catalogue of errors made by Premiership players “ and then mention two “ Premiership players “ who were introduced by Ancellotti to detrimental effect. I’m certainly not unhappy with his appointment but I do think that, without the subs, we would have won the game by at least 2-0. I am well aware that the players made the mistakes leading to the goals but they shouldn’t have been on the pitch. Niasse? Why? Not even Zingari League standard. Actually, when I still lived in Liverpool Zingari was a good League so I’m doing them a disservice.

Pekka Harvilahti
137 Posted 23/01/2020 at 13:25:07
I finally found strength to watch the decisive last moments of the game again. Why we didn't win?
First of all, we should have nailed it long before full time against a truly awful side with a good keeper but we had only one goalscorer (DCL) on.
In the dying minutes we lost concentration. The boys probably thought they had already won it. Otherwise it's hard to understand the way Davies and Digne were playing: like they were at the training ground, tossing the ball around casually.
Delph, of course, should have put he ball back to Pickford who could have had a pass or two with a full back before punting it towards the opposite corner flag. That would have been enough.
Instead Delph gave it straight to them but the worst culprit was Davies who gave away a poor free kick by tackling lamely with his ass at the most dangerous time. Then he blocked Holgate from blocking the cross. How poor can you get? Well, Pickford surpassed it two seconds later by jumping backwards into his own net instead of jumping forward or staying put. No game is won from the stands or behind the goal line. Lössl should get a chance now.
The subs? Niasse was at fault by losing the ball when he just should have tried to go towards the corner flag with two minutes to go. Otherwise the decisions were solid, who could have known that Davies will have such a negative impact.
The positive in this mess is that we played quite well for 90 mins. Under Silva we would have lost this and probably some of the other games as well.
The last 9 games have given us 16 points, only one loss. Doing like that whole season would get 60-70 points and a 5-7 finish.
Steve Carse
138 Posted 23/01/2020 at 13:34:43
Pekka (137), I would agree with all your comments but for the one that says that we'd have lost this game under Silva. Absolutely no chance. Newcastle stunk the place out. In fact with Silva's comparatively gun-ho approach should we have a two goal we'd likely have won by many more.
Mike Powell
139 Posted 23/01/2020 at 17:23:05
Tom Davies is a liability, he is never a prem player. How many times does he give the ball away, or give away needless fouls, or just runs down blind alleys, infact why is at our club, don't start with he is only young bollocks, Rooney was ten times the player he is at 16, even Barkley is twice the player Davies is. I don't want to see him in a blue shirt again
Conor McCourt
140 Posted 23/01/2020 at 18:09:55
Jay- don't worry about my vocabulary it's definitely not at your level but by hatchet job I mean 'a maliciously destructive critique or act' which was aimed at the players to exonerate the manager.

With regards to me taking umbrage with that post and others, it's not your views or beliefs (many I agree with and others share) or your positivity (which I admire you for), what I have an issue with is you uniquely embellish things and offer praise for acts with no substance which grates at times yet I haven't commented.

I don't want or expect balance from you and neither should you from me. I will call things as I see them and you are right that I have only held Carlo to account and make no apologies. For 70 minutes I was proud of the manager but I was for once so proud of the players and felt they were ultimately let down by him. I know that's not a popular view considering what they have put us through this season but it's how I felt. I could blame Davies,Delph,Niasse,Pickford, Digne etc for their individual roles but they shouldn't have been in those scenarios in my honest opinion.

Jay Wood

141 Posted 23/01/2020 at 19:07:39
Conor, the only hatchet job I see in our exchanges on the match are yours on the manager.

You describe my posts as 'a maliciously destructive critique or act which was aimed at the players to exonerate the manager.'

Hyperbolic invention.

By your own admission, you have simply engaged in the reverse side of that coin. So please, allow me (and others) exactly what you grant yourself:

'I will call things as I see them and you are right that I have only held Carlo to account and make no apologies.'

I 'maliciously critique the players?' Historically, I do exactly the contrary, especially the young 'uns. Read posts in this very thread in which I stand up for and defend maligned players. Read my player-by-player assessment @ post 155 in the matchday thread in which I praise them all.

As for you saying:

'what I have an issue with is you uniquely embellish things and offer praise for acts with no substance which grates at times.'

Like Darren, it's flattering that your give such attention and gravitas to my words, but on the point you seem to be taking particular issue with - my belief that it was poor in-game decision making and game management that cost us the win on Tuesday - that opinion is not 'uniquely' held by me.

Again look at this very thread (and others) where many posters - and I mean MANY - are independently, uninfluenced by that nasty, manipulative, malicious Jay Wood in Brazil, echoing the same thoughts as me.

Why aren't you naming and shaming them in the same way you are attempting to 'out' me?

Only Jay Wood 'uniquely embellishes things' on TW?

That's just daft, Conor. You need to look no further than your own posts to torpedo that notion.

So, tough titty if what I honestly opine and believe, based on what I see, hear or research, 'grates' on you. As you evidently do yourself, I will express myself in my way, with my opinion, at any time, on any Everton-related subject I choose.

And I hope and trust every contributor on TW is allowed to do exactly the same.

Nick Heady
142 Posted 23/01/2020 at 19:22:31
Awful as the last 2 minutes against Newcastle were, I have just had some sort of epiphany regarding my support for EFC. We are not that bad...honest.

One of my sons friends has just been round talking about football, hes a Chelsea fan. He was moaning that only Chelsea could chuck away a game like they did against Arsenal the other night. I was amazed as only an hour or so ago I was in discussion with an Arsenal supporter who was going ballistic about how his team had been performing this season and moaning about the Chelsea game. 10 mins later I get a message on watsap from a Man U fan about the odds of Poch becoming their new manager after their defeat at the hands of the mighty Burnley.

Unfortunately my fellow Evertonians every football team in the Premier league are capable of beating every other team in the premier league with one horrible exception.

The epiphany was... We are all the same..mostly...every football fan, no matter who you support thinks we are having the equivalent of the poker gods hurl shit at us every week. Bottom line. unless you are winning every week you will always bitch. Imagine being a barcode - fuck me! when did they ever win anything??? 74 or 5, never won the league, imagine how they feel??
Chins up, we will get there.

Watched Howards Way the other day and the main thing that comes across to me is we had captains all over the pitch. Southall, Ratcliffe, Van Den Howe, Mountfield, Bracewell, Reid, Grey. 7 captains in 1 team!!!

Who is our captain now???

Darren Hind
143 Posted 23/01/2020 at 19:24:13
"Like Darren its flattering you give so much attention and gravitas to my words"

The gift that keeps on giving.

"Gravitas" ? I think most would see it as poking fun, You having your contradictory sycophancy exposed. Nobody contradicts themselves with the same authority and its hilarious.

I'm still laughing at the notion that I hang on to his every word... I must have a million fingers

Nick Heady
144 Posted 23/01/2020 at 20:26:02
Sorry must apologise to any Geordies on this site, they have won some stuff, not alot, but they have, albeit the last time was 1955? My point still stands.
Jay Harris
145 Posted 23/01/2020 at 20:29:11
You know its bad enough to review a game we should have won 6-0 and ended up drawing but what annoys me is Evertonians trying to score points of each other.

We all have different opinions on what just happened and who is responsible so lets all have the freedom of expression that ToffeeWeb affords us and a bit less point scoring.

Graham Hammond
146 Posted 23/01/2020 at 21:02:47
Jay at 145 makes a good point. I am still numb and in shock (though God knows why) and pissed off and angry about Tuesday night. Just when things appear to open up for us we blow it yet again, it's soul-destroying. We have a chance to leapfrog four clubs in the table and then we fail to beat Newcastle having already beaten them. Thanks again to the officials for the added playing time which again robbed us of further points. The big picture is that Tuesday's result along with the West Ham result and the refereeing injustices prior to that have done nothing to help us attract the players we so desperately need in order to move forward. Utterly depressing.
Dave Abrahams
147 Posted 23/01/2020 at 21:14:38
Nick (142), Newcastle have won the league four times, many, many years ago and the inter city fairs cup, a forerunner of The Euro League cup, in the late sixties but I get your drift.
Derek Thomas
148 Posted 23/01/2020 at 21:21:27
At this rate It's going to be a long, long time to the next game. Give your heads a wobble lads and move on.
Jay Wood

149 Posted 24/01/2020 at 14:03:45
Anyone recall the madcap 1980s sitcom 'The Young Ones'? Rick's infatuation with Cliff Richard which led them to do the superb cover version of 'Living Doll' with the 'living deity' himself?

How Vivian the violent punk opens the recording saying Cliff is arriving?

"Look! He's coming through the doors! BRILLIANT! He didn't even open them!"

Reading post 143, I've just had a similar Vivian BRILLIANT! moment.

Without even being present. Without even setting the bait. Without even having a rod, line or hook. Without even thinking of fishing...

"BRILLIANT! The wee tiddler just jumped right into the boat!"

I've just found Nemo.

Phil Lewis
150 Posted 25/01/2020 at 10:23:49
Your detailed analysis and step by step build up to our capitulation against Newcastle, brought some calm assessment and sanity into the post match witch hunt.
So often the hysteria manifested by shocked disappointment, blinds us long suffering supporters to the positive aspects of a match which many will only remember for its final two minutes.
There were excellent performances from certain players who are repeatedly, often justly criticised by the crowd.

In order to progress, we ought to put the result to one side for a moment and be sporting and honest enough to applaud in particular, Schneiderlin and Walcott. These two players have the crowd on their backs often before a ball has even been kicked. They answered their critics, myself included, with near faultless performances.
In fact the team overall played very well for 90 minutes. On reflection, it is sad, that fans, like a pack of hungry wolves, have needed to rip scapegoats apart to somehow atone for those final 5 minutes of mayhem. That is not sport, it is a collective 'kick a man when he's down' mob mentality. I'm glad that your post has put a semblance of reality back into the events of the other night.
I am old enough and fortunate enough, to remember the days, when we would scream blue murder at players responsible for making stupid errors, such as the those leading to Newcastle's goals, but when our rage and frustration had died down, in the pub afterwards, we could actually laugh and make jokes about the ridiculousness of those players 'howlers'. Mainly because at some level, however lowly, we had played the game. We all knew, that these things can happen in football, even in the Premier league. That's sport. It's not a computer game. In a way, human error is as much a part of the beauty of the game, as is its finer points.
All over TW Tom Davies has been singled out as the main culprit. Admittedly, in the short time he was on the pitch he made mistakes, but let's be clear, the lad was not alone. This was a collective catalogue of errors. The bottom line is, we should take it on the chin and accept it. That's football. It's just the way it goes sometimes.
My memory lingers for the sporting days of old, when such matters would be passed aside by the start of the next match and the guilty players would be 'roared on' instead of roared at. Passion, yes please, all the time. Constructive criticism, yes of course. Mindless negativity, no thanks.

Joe McMahon
151 Posted 25/01/2020 at 17:27:56
Well we can't be as pissed off as WHU fans. Moyes "Winning is what I do" Ha Ha loving it! Well done 10 man West Brom and Billic.
Ray Smith
152 Posted 26/01/2020 at 11:42:32
Phil 150 how true, well said.

I went into the Winslow after the game somewhat bemused at what had taken place in the final 4 minutes.

There were guys sitting there speechless. I felt like we had lost.

5 days later I’m still not sure how it happened, however, Ancelotti’s assessment gives me hope for the future, but not the immediate future.

Work in progress.

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