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1 Posted 21/11/2020 at 16:46:16
Hamstring injury. This from Tim Cahill: "That's just a freak accident. It could be the warm up â€“ Ross Barkley's muscles could still be cold."
I know nothing but I don't buy that, sorry, Tim. Players go down with hamstring injuries at any stage of the game, muscles cold or warm. Seems more to do with over-stretching but you'd think in this day and age they would have some idea of cause and effect, and implement measures to break the chain!
2 Posted 21/11/2020 at 16:55:36
On the football. How did we lose to Newcastle, they are awful.
If this penalty is given, that is a crime. The Villa player should be booked for obvious simulation.
Player who impresses me is Yves Bissouma, he'd be a good option for us in midfield.
3 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:04:05
On the very first rerun, it was clear the defender got a touch of the ball and made no, or tiny, contact with the attacker. Every further showing just made it clearer and clearer. The attacker, like so many, was cheating. Keown couldn't see or admit he was wrong. Credit for once to the ref.
4 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:17:26
5 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:26:59
6 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:32:06
Opinions though eh!
7 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:32:37
8 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:35:42
9 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:37:22
So... should Villa have got it?
10 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:37:39
The standard of officiating in the Premier League is very poor though, and if people sing Michael Oliver's praises, it can surely only be because he's the best of a bad bunch and nothing more?
11 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:37:59
The same as how the slightest touch of the ball on the arm, or offside given against the position of a players shoulder, penalties given cause 'there was contact' is a joke. And it encourages players to throw themselves on the floor repeatedly looking for penalties. It should be a yellow, every single time; only then will players suddenly stay on their feet.
12 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:44:53
Do I think it was a penalty? Probably not, but at real time, I thought it was a cast-iron penalty.
13 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:45:28
14 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:47:55
15 Posted 21/11/2020 at 17:52:02
16 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:02:15
17 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:06:34
Allan or HÃ¸jbjerg?
18 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:17:49
19 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:24:46
Jeff @74, maybe Ancellotti wanted the two of them, and he wouldn't have signed DoucourÃ©?
20 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:28:30
Surprised again by Kane's use of the ball, very good. I've got to say, though, he plays for the fouls a bit too often for me and gets most of them. He's in the top league of divers, but that's today's game.
21 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:28:55
Same optician as Keown?
22 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:31:06
23 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:32:28
But back to the question: for me, HÃ¸jbjerg.
24 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:36:59
25 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:37:10
Referee did well to reverse his error. All I want to see is referees using the help given, in this case, the VAR monitor. Should have used it for several other dubious free-kicks and especially the Lamptey 2nd yellow. All in good time.
I'm feeling confident about tomorrow. Plenty of drama, Mitrovic to end his goal drout but class rules in an excellent and exciting 4-2 Everton win.
26 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:37:48
I think this is the type of game Mourinho loves. Although City are not fully clicking yet, they've still got the players to punish any team in the blink of an eye.
27 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:42:20
28 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:46:53
You will never see a more clearer penalty not given than the rugby challenge by Carragher on Lescott, or how about Alan Hansen using his hand to keep Adrian Heath's goal-bound effort out in the Milk Cup Final in 1984?
29 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:58:03
30 Posted 21/11/2020 at 18:59:13
Spurs could really be title challengers.
Kane and Son are amongst the best in the league. They still have Bale to unleash when match fit. And squad depth (Lo Celso is a sub â€“ what we could do for that).
31 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:02:40
32 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:06:52
33 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:11:48
He would offer an attacking alternative from midfield. Maybe a change of club is needed for him to get his form back.
34 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:15:27
That's why it should not be used. Today, Oliver's decision to change his mind is totally against the morals of the game: he sees it once, he gives it, end of. He's the ref, mistakes or not.
Goalies make mistakes, players make mistakes, and so do refs. That has happened on a pitch up and down the country forever, and that is why we're all enthralled.
Technology will kill the game for us old foggies and football will become sanitised and robotic for future generations.
35 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:23:58
Discipline and effort. Danny Blanchflower and I would like more, but those things always give you a big chance and then the beauty and the glory follow.
36 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:25:45
37 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:28:41
Manchester City have also lost some very important leaders in the last few years and have some very ordinary defenders in their squad.
38 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:30:21
I was thinking the same myself about Mike Dean, Brian, because â€“ although I agreed that Jesus handled the ball, I thought my own MotM, Harry Kane, had the ref in his pocket at times today!
39 Posted 21/11/2020 at 19:41:27
For all their money, they really are gutless when someone decent takes them on.
40 Posted 21/11/2020 at 20:01:12
Imagine if we had both him and Allan in midfield instead of Sigurdsson or Gomes.
41 Posted 21/11/2020 at 20:28:31
42 Posted 21/11/2020 at 20:35:06
43 Posted 21/11/2020 at 20:53:23
For me, it's HÃ¸jbjerg, disciplined, neat and tidy, good range of passing, at the moment Allan is a chicken with no head
44 Posted 21/11/2020 at 21:01:16
45 Posted 21/11/2020 at 21:05:22
Totally different set up. Spurs flood the midfield so he has plenty of support. We play through the flanks leaving Allan exposed.
46 Posted 21/11/2020 at 21:10:28
People are all of a sudden calling Allan a headless chicken â€“ much the same was said about Gana Gueye who as soon as he left, it became clear he was our most important player.
Allan is indeed a 'chaser'. He will chase the ball and close it down. That is his game, and he's excellent at it. It gives our midfield more dynamism and energy which had been desperately lacking.
This does, however, mean that there will be gaps, there will be spaces where Allan 'should be'. This is where a HÃ¸jbjerg would come in. He's more disciplined in his positioning. He'd complement well with Allan and DoucourÃ© doing the miles next to him.
Unfortunately, we have a passed it Sigurdsson, a 50% Gomes, unreliable Davies or Delph. For me, i'd stick with Delph for now and hope Gbamin can come in at some point. Sigurdsson is useless, Gomes is too slow and gives away too many fouls, Davies has poor positioning and woeful distribution.
47 Posted 21/11/2020 at 21:16:14
Moments later, penalty for Man Utd, saved by the West Brom goalie only to be retaken as he moved off his line. Retake smashed in by Fernandes.
49 Posted 21/11/2020 at 22:11:05
50 Posted 22/11/2020 at 09:34:13
To write them off this early, definitely seems a bit mad to me mate, because they are one of the few teams I've watched, that are not playing anywhere near their level, but they have still been the better team in possession whenever I've watched them.
It still wouldn't surprise me if City finish at the top of the pile, although I tipped Chelsea at the start, and it wouldn't surprise me to see Spurs, go closer than they've ever gone since they last won the league either.
Back to our neighbours, because Klopp is now crying about the Richarlison tackle on Thiago today, but it genuinely wouldn't surprise me if the Liverpool player, has got a totally different injury, that actually had nothing to do with the bad foul he received 4 weeks ago?
51 Posted 22/11/2020 at 16:44:38
52 Posted 22/11/2020 at 19:44:25
53 Posted 22/11/2020 at 19:51:20
54 Posted 22/11/2020 at 19:53:52
55 Posted 22/11/2020 at 19:58:51
56 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:00:40
57 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:01:03
Spurs always bottle it, Leicester can't really sustain it, United and Chelsea are great one week and atrocious the next while it smacks to me that Guardiola wants that Champions League this season more than a league title which he's already twice won here.
58 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:06:13
Son and Kane are devastating. Bale still to come in. And quality midfield. They're our best hope I fear.
59 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:08:28
60 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:10:10
And they still perform to that level.
Boy I wish Klopp had been appointed Everton manager
61 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:23:16
62 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:26:28
63 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:27:41
Spurs bottled it in 2016 when they had the chance to overtake Leicester a few times but couldn't, and when it comes to Cup Semi finals or finals they seem to mimick us in many ways.
I sincerely hope they can mount a challenge this season but Liverpool just seem to have this impregnable record at Anfield where teams are beaten before the set foot on the pitch.
64 Posted 22/11/2020 at 20:32:48
I mean, Diego Jota.
Who on here would have advocated us to sign him for 40 million? Absolutely no one.
Klopp saw something no-one saw, and boom, the guy looks like bargain of the year.
The teenagers they play - I just looked at their bench, and they are pretty much youth players. And yet I'm sure Klopp has every confidence in them.
They lose players to injuries, and another steps in and they just carry on like normal.
I hate them. but it's impossible not to be impressed.
Yes, compare it to Everton - no Richarlison and all of a sudden the entire team drops. James gets tired and all of a sudden we can't creat chances.
Klopp must be an intense person, he must keep them at 100% all the time and it is showing.
65 Posted 22/11/2020 at 21:11:25
66 Posted 22/11/2020 at 21:19:55
67 Posted 22/11/2020 at 21:27:16
As it happens I think Spurs will go close and Chelsea could click, but the key thing is consistency and unfortunately, that is the Dark Side's speciality even when they've been crap in the past they always manage to eke out results. Everton has always been the polar opposite, managing to screw up when least expected even when playing well. It's only at the quarter stage in the competition and there's lots to play for.
68 Posted 22/11/2020 at 21:36:04
69 Posted 22/11/2020 at 21:43:50
70 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:05:06
71 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:07:40
72 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:07:42
73 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:23:58
74 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:35:17
75 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:48:44
76 Posted 22/11/2020 at 22:52:39
We got a point against the same team (the best in the league ... feel sick / casual vomit), because we had a go back and got the rub of the decisions for once.
To my point. We will concede, so right now, don't berate / worry about defence, just go forth and score!!
77 Posted 23/11/2020 at 08:18:29
Sorry for going on but one thing we could learn off our neighbours, is that you can't win well every week. Take the points, and move on, although I think that point needs making on the thread with Michael's match report yesterday.
78 Posted 23/11/2020 at 10:24:08
This over-focus is surely the root cause of Everton's failure (not lack of ability, but failure) to beat Liverpool for such a long time. We too often just go to pieces, and I think that many of our supporters do too. It has got to stop.
79 Posted 23/11/2020 at 10:53:15
I've said it before but the last time we beat Liverpool, I had to hold my tongue with loads of happy Evertonians, because I honestly didn't know what all the fuss was about.
Maybe I was wrong but I was fuming, because that Liverpool team were absolute pony imo, and Everton never went for the jugular, and were very happy just to stroll to a 2-0 victory.
Firstly we've got to improve, but then we've got to become calculating, (Barry R?) because I'm not interested in hollow victories, although I can't wait to see the Big German's face when we do finally beat them.
80 Posted 23/11/2020 at 21:35:29
81 Posted 23/11/2020 at 21:37:39
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