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1 Posted 12/03/2021 at 22:04:40
2 Posted 12/03/2021 at 22:19:04
3 Posted 12/03/2021 at 23:32:46
Pretty poor game, thought Villa probably edged it yet was pleased with the equaliser as the result favoured us.
Newcastle look like they could be in real trouble. But then again, despite the mid 90s Keegan / Sky hype and self-proclaimed "as big as United" shouts because they have a big following, Newcastle has bounced between the first and second tier of English football routinely in my lifetime. Okay, not quite a Sunderland or a West Brom, but still been down 3 times at least from my memory.
4 Posted 13/03/2021 at 00:24:35
That's funny. Had a similar dynamic in my house growing up as my sister is a Villa fan. Other sisters are Everton fans, Dad QPR, Mum Celtic. Bit of a weird mix... lol!
5 Posted 13/03/2021 at 02:21:39
Yes, he got on after an hour but did what he consistently does, unaffecting the game at all whilst running around feigning to look interested.
Free transfer? Chelsea'll have to pay someone to take him off them.
6 Posted 13/03/2021 at 02:37:53
Yeah, same old story. He had a decent run at Chelsea then floundered, good start at Villa but again he drifts into obscurity.
I feel a bit sorry for Southgate to be honest, with Winks and Alli getting the Jose treatment he was probably hoping Ross had turned the corner. But alas, here we are again. Physically he has the attributes, technically he has the skill but somehow something is missing.
7 Posted 13/03/2021 at 05:39:27
8 Posted 13/03/2021 at 07:58:59
I mentioned at the beginning of the season to the wife and in-laws that Ross will frustrate them as much as he pleases.
Last night was Ross in a microcosm. Still trying to win the game on his own like 12-year-old Ross on Wavertree Park. Runs with head down when a pass into space is on and loses ball. But then pulls a peach of a pass that nearly leads to a goal to tease you with "look at what you could have won".
9 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:03:50
10 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:35:48
11 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:39:08
12 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:42:23
13 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:45:06
If I was Carlo, I'd sack his sorry arse and send him back to fucking London. He's absolutely shite!!
14 Posted 13/03/2021 at 08:57:23
15 Posted 13/03/2021 at 09:03:33
A lot on here wanted him over Siggy in the number 10 role his first season with us. Wherever he plays he can have one good game and expectations rise... but fall again 20 mins later.
What team would give us half of what we paid for him? He only started being picked for the wider positions because Carlo has no other options.
I can't see him being here much longer but with no James or Siggy he could be getting his last chance to show us.
16 Posted 13/03/2021 at 09:17:42
17 Posted 13/03/2021 at 09:26:21
18 Posted 13/03/2021 at 09:38:01
on reflection I hope he does sign for “themâ€, another nail and all that.
By the way, agree with Colin on Iwobi, he's had about 20 good minutes over the course of about 20 games this season.
19 Posted 13/03/2021 at 11:50:47
Sadly, Ross seems to have returned to his old ways. I don't know if it's a lack of grey matter between his ears or he just doesn't love the game anymore and he's only in it for the money.
20 Posted 13/03/2021 at 12:25:02
21 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:02:03
22 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:08:38
23 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:09:35
24 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:18:31
25 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:19:01
26 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:21:54
27 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:24:10
28 Posted 13/03/2021 at 14:34:30
29 Posted 13/03/2021 at 15:10:43
Poor game again, but I don't hold much hope for ours to be honest! Opted to watch Bremen v Bayern over Palace v West Brom.
Talking of West Brom, just watched Gnabry finish off a wonderful Bayern move to score their second. Gnabry, now one of Europe's finest players in one of Europe's finest teams. Gnabry who Tony Pullis, that footballing visionary extraordinaire described as not being good enough for the Premier League.
Okay, I'll give him at the time and the fact he had come mainly from academy football, but really??
30 Posted 13/03/2021 at 15:37:56
31 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:06:09
Flicking between this and the Bundesliga. Lewandowski is just simply the best striker of his generation.
32 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:10:54
33 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:34:20
A joy to watch. If Dominic wants tips on how to be the complete centre forward (strength, technique, finishing), just watch Lewandowski.
34 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:38:13
Only Mbappe in his way imo.
Wont be Messi or Ronaldo.
35 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:42:12
36 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:43:45
Give it him now, only fair.
37 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:44:47
38 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:47:59
39 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:58:13
40 Posted 13/03/2021 at 16:59:17
As you said earlier a joy to watch.
What a player.
41 Posted 13/03/2021 at 17:13:23
42 Posted 13/03/2021 at 17:31:27
43 Posted 13/03/2021 at 20:36:03
44 Posted 13/03/2021 at 21:20:36
45 Posted 14/03/2021 at 11:53:11
Anyway, just about ready to take in the day's offerings. No Everton so I can at least relax and watch the football.
46 Posted 14/03/2021 at 12:20:27
47 Posted 14/03/2021 at 13:05:03
I can only see a Man Utd win against West Ham, while at the moment Wolves are well capable of taking something off Liverpool.
It will certainly be a very frustrating weekend if results go our way in the next day or two.
48 Posted 14/03/2021 at 13:21:17
Increased frustration at an even bigger opportunity missed or relief that we are still right in the mix still.
The hope. It's the hope!!
49 Posted 14/03/2021 at 13:25:04
It was a bit like when they have authors on chat shows to plug their latest book.
Wonder where he's sniffing and smells blood. Newcastle? Southampton even?
50 Posted 14/03/2021 at 13:28:46
51 Posted 14/03/2021 at 13:43:12
It also throws in the possibility of West Brom.
52 Posted 14/03/2021 at 14:14:21
The quirky thing is, that last season's final was played yesterday and won by Salford. Does that mean Salford only hold the trophy for one day, or will there be another trophy made for today's winners?
53 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:19:05
Leicester v Sheffield United is utter tripe.
54 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:29:55
This is where we need to get to.
55 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:30:34
56 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:44:38
I've seen it mulitiple times on this site that Leicester ain't all that. I do wonder what does that make (as we are known for good reason) Neverton (that's what we are).
57 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:47:35
58 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:50:43
59 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:55:23
No James Vaughan for Tranmere, sadly. More surgery for him.
60 Posted 14/03/2021 at 15:58:31
Jamie Vardy. The 34 year old Jamie Vardy who Leicester signed at 25 from the lower leagues. Who was questioned by his own fans even in the Championship and probably only blossomed around the age of 30.
There is nothing wrong with buy 29 year olds. Good teams blend age and experience with youth and potential.
61 Posted 14/03/2021 at 16:10:28
Arsenal v Tottenham, although temporarily we drop a position, in the context of the season, is a draw a better result for us tonight, just to keep Tottenham closer and keep Arsenal away?
62 Posted 14/03/2021 at 16:12:21
63 Posted 14/03/2021 at 16:25:37
64 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:03:39
65 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:03:42
66 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:04:40
67 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:05:16
68 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:10:13
A) the name of my Ramones cover band
B) Goal of the season
69 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:10:25
70 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:14:36
71 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:15:31
72 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:20:13
73 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:20:21
74 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:27:49
75 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:46:29
76 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:50:17
77 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:50:26
78 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:51:52
79 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:52:53
80 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:55:34
We have to play both anyway and like us, both of these are prone to dropping points, Arsenal more so than Tottenham.
81 Posted 14/03/2021 at 17:55:38
82 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:01:00
83 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:02:52
It's not going to happen, I know, because we take anything we can, and then moan like fuck whenever we meet an injustice. There is absolutely no room for sportsmanship in modern football.
84 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:05:47
Agree 100%...ridiculous penalty decision.
85 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:06:13
86 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:09:13
87 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:11:30
88 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:12:09
89 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:14:14
90 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:20:47
91 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:21:42
92 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:28:14
Maybe the stars are in our favour, regardless of our best efforts to cock it all up.
93 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:34:49
I've seen plenty of occassions where a ref has let play go on when a player has been clattered after he has played the ball and then booked the offender after the passage of play has ended with no free kick awarded.
94 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:39:20
95 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:43:10
Still in the fight Rob. When you stay in the fight you have a chance. At some point though, we have to take control of our own fate.
96 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:47:31
97 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:51:19
98 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:51:46
99 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:51:46
100 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:54:12
101 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:55:02
102 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:56:46
103 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:57:47
104 Posted 14/03/2021 at 18:58:18
105 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:05:13
106 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:06:54
107 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:07:52
Yesterday Richarlison was clattered just outside the box, by two Burnley players, and the ball went wide to Holgate. Moss waved play on giving us the most unfair advantage I've ever seen, with Lewin the only Everton player in the box surrounded by a few Burnley players, making me think that Jonathan Moss, has never really played the game he's officiating?
Nothing is cut and dried anymore, on this thread alone, two people think it was a pen, two people don't, and again makes me wonder why football done away with the indirect free kick? Especially if the foul has been given for intent, after the chance has gone?br>
108 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:12:57
Seen that. In the Man Utd game the week before on TV, a similar foul was made, that ref played on for a good 5 seconds; when the move came to nothing, the ref brought it back to the original foul.
It's the inconsistencies that are the problem.
109 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:17:05
110 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:20:30
There were a few like that last night where there was no obvious advantage. This goes back to your point Tony, if the ref hasn't played the game, they he / they would appreciate that advantage is actual tactical and opportunity advantage, not just because a player on the team of the fouled player has the ball somewhere on the pitch.
I revert to my Rugby comparison. They have officials who have played the game and understand the rules. We can learn a lot from Rugby in terms of officiating of the game.
111 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:23:46
112 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:27:46
113 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:33:59
Not disagreeing but a foul challenge after the opposition has played or even misplayed the ball shouldn't be a free kick or penalty. If there's an off-the-ball altercation between two players, the offending party may be booked/sent off but there's no free-kick or indeed penalty.
114 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:34:33
I also don't know how we got into a position of offside being determined by a lose thread on a shirt or the odd stray bootlace.
Whatever happened to the "daylight" rule, where advantage was given to the attacker? I thought that was really sensible and positive.
115 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:34:51
116 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:38:28
117 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:41:34
118 Posted 14/03/2021 at 19:47:03
Shit, I sound like a Kopite opening up the St Virgil debate!!
Well this game is growing, like the previous ones, very tentative starts. Did enjoy Southampton v Brighton match though. Very open game.
119 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:00:33
Glad your're enjoying todays's football fare. Unfortunately I gave the high scoring Leicester game a miss after reading an early negative match comment on ToffeeWeb. Can't remember who that was though...ðŸ˜Š
120 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:05:32
That's my argument Rob, the players shot had gone wide, meaning the best he could hope for then was an indirect free kick?
You are clean through and get pushed over in the Dee, and you can only receive a free kick, but you can be running away from the goal just inside the area and you get a penalty. Too many things just don't make any sense for an old school footballer like myself.
I'm not saying I'm right, I'm just saying, I think there are loads of grey areas that definitely seem to court controversy, and I can't agree with your assessment on getting a toe to the ball first, doesn't mean it's not a foul Danny, unless you want to see full blooded commitment taking away from the sport?
It happened today in the Tranmere game, Spearing made a last ditch tackle in the area, just nicking the ball first, no penalty, ten minutes later a Tranmere player runs back fully committed, slid in won the ball cleanly and the same ref gave a foul.
Where's the consistency I ask? And I'm being genuinely honest, when I say the games that fast sometimes nowadays, that some refs might give certain decisions just to buy themselves a little breather?
121 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:05:40
By the way, I do know it's Dean Henderson in goal!
122 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:09:47
123 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:10:28
124 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:10:52
125 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:11:41
126 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:12:37
127 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:15:49
Surely a foul which results in a free kick or penalty has to impact the play. If it's a foul that doesn't impact the play just book the offender and get on with the game?
128 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:17:36
Tony, I have been debating this recently. With the advent of VAR, if there is a foul, but the ref allows play to continue as there is a goal scoring advantage but then the player misses, should VAR call it back?
Just that I've seen that in the past few weeks. In old speak, if the ref gives the advantage because there is a genuine goal scoring opportunity, they the decision is with the advantage right?
But, I've seen some this weekend in particular where the advantage has been given but if the goal doesn't come, the play is called back. So that is double advantage.
Again, this could be a change in the rule that I'm unaware of. A bit like that late offside call with have that I don't like. Someone will get hurt soon with an unnecessary passage of play that should have just been flagged offside as it was obvious.
129 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:18:01
130 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:24:21
He will do this until the hour and if they are still at 0 - 0, I wouldn't be surprised if they sneak it.
131 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:27:11
Top of my head I'd say only Anthony Taylor, and definitely not Jonathon fucking Moss, who is another really poor referee.
I'd hate to be a ref though because of all the cheating, so to give the refs a proper chance, they should be made to come down really heavy on the cheats!
132 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:27:15
133 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:28:11
134 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:28:49
135 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:33:31
136 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:37:35
137 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:39:13
138 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:41:01
Well, as it stands, and providing Wolves get something tomorrow, we could have a get out of jail weekend on the cards here.
139 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:47:16
My own opinion of the get out of jail card, is that I'd sooner save it for the cup next week, and although I always want Everton to do well, I've seen them qualify for Europe a few times before, when they haven't been quite ready, so it's not the be all and end all for me.
140 Posted 14/03/2021 at 20:53:04
I'd love to get into Europe. I know many have different views and I respect those, but I just think even the Europa League gives us more clout in the transfer market in the summer.
But the romantic in me takes next week and Wembley in May over that, every day. Plus we get Europe through that anyway!!
I've said before, but watching Everton lift a trophy in 1984 for the first time in my lifetime was the highlight for me. Even after what followed in that all-too-brief period, that was the moment for me that I will never forget.
141 Posted 14/03/2021 at 21:31:48
142 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:36:39
143 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:46:04
144 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:53:42
145 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:56:17
I'll take a draw Rob
146 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:56:28
147 Posted 15/03/2021 at 19:59:36
148 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:00:16
Coady to score against his boyhood club? Hate to admit, a bit of a Coady fan. Good captain.
149 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:02:02
150 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:02:09
151 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:03:03
152 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:04:06
153 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:04:44
154 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:06:43
155 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:06:43
156 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:09:06
157 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:25:31
158 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:33:26
159 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:34:02
160 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:34:26
161 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:36:50
162 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:42:56
163 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:45:54
164 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:47:23
165 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:48:54
166 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:48:58
167 Posted 15/03/2021 at 20:55:50
168 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:00:40
Time for bed.
169 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:28:35
Had Coady gone with the heart and stayed with Liverpool, would he be were he is now?
Seems to me he let his head make the career decision. Always a gamble, but it's worked out for him.
170 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:30:58
171 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:44:26
172 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:48:09
173 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:51:40
174 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:54:54
175 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:57:19
176 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:57:24
They haven't given one on my feed. Usual a signal that it's a bad 'un.
177 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:57:36
I don't think this was a particularly bad one but the principle is there.
I hope the player is okay.
178 Posted 15/03/2021 at 21:58:12
179 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:04:01
180 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:04:48
181 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:06:30
182 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:07:43
183 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:08:28
184 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:09:44
185 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:12:01
186 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:12:31
187 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:12:35
188 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:12:39
This season is still on and far from finished.
189 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:14:35
190 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:15:17
That Wolves match should have been abandoned against the jammy red filth.
Null and void.
I hope their keeper is OK.
191 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:19:13
192 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:21:27
193 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:24:39
That'll be our fault then.
(I hope it's her knee).
194 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:25:20
Colin # 186 not long after they scored they showed the league table with the commentator saying they are up to sixth above Everton and only 5 pts back from the top 4
and Sky has already got the league table changed
195 Posted 15/03/2021 at 22:32:53
196 Posted 15/03/2021 at 23:29:28
Stomach for the fight is needed even, when the chips are down.
Improvise, adapt and overcome, in terms of injuries and is easier said than done, but the players have got to a reasonable position in the league in terms of last season but the final phase will show which clubs, are up for the battle in every game.
It will be the deciding phase of a many of this Everton squad, so plenty to play fall.
197 Posted 16/03/2021 at 20:30:32
198 Posted 22/03/2021 at 22:54:30
He, Kane, clearly leaves the ball to run out of play and steps to his right and into the path of the defender who is making a sliding challenge to try and block a cross into the Villa goalmouth. Kane has placed himself where the ball would have been if he had attempted the cross and a penalty kick is awarded.
This is an example of modern football that I dislike so much. I guess it is related to my age, I am in my early 70s. I rarely watch football unless the game involves Everton. Am I in the minority with my opinion? COYB.
199 Posted 22/03/2021 at 22:59:04
200 Posted 22/03/2021 at 00:13:34
I agree; I think Kane is actively looking for the contact, to the extent that keeping the ball in play (which Kane failed to do) was merely a secondary concern. It's one thing being cute and playing for contact, but to engineer contact by moving into a player who is not even attempting to make a challenge.
That is the sort of thing that I hope future iterations of VAR will look to stamp out.
201 Posted 23/03/2021 at 09:55:51
202 Posted 23/03/2021 at 10:07:26
It is premeditated and, let's face it, it's cheating. Kane isn't the only one but his status with England seems to win him some benevolence from referees.
Over the years, Vardy has been magnificent in initiating contact when running at goal, by taking a stride to the right and letting the defender bring him down.
203 Posted 23/03/2021 at 10:37:43
I would hope that you are completely in the majority when it comes to cheating, because that is what is, without any doubt, not clever or cute, as the pundits on TV, continually have us believe.
Kane stands out because he is the captain of Spurs and also England; he stands out with his blatant playing for fouls, all over the pitch. As England's captain, he should play in a much fairer way.
Then again, we are now in 2021 and good standards, in all walks of life, don't seem to apply anymore. Maybe, John, me and you and a few more on here are just naive, hoping fair play will overcome the cheats.
204 Posted 28/03/2021 at 11:39:18
Ngoo said VVD later apologised through John Guidetti who was on loan at Celtic who was a friend of mine.
I haven't heard this before but I am sure some more knowledgeable posters will know all about it if its true. Funny when Pickford tried to apologise to VVD over what happened he didn't want to know. I am also still puzzled as to why he appeared in the stands for the derby at Anfield yet hasn't attended another game since. Couldnt have been a plan were if they had have got their normal victory their players would have gone to VVD to celebrate and making sure everybody be reminded yet again about how his injury happened.
205 Posted 28/03/2021 at 12:09:23
206 Posted 28/03/2021 at 12:25:08
Your absolutely correct only the player and the club would know why he turned up for only the derby game. I see the Dutch manager has said its unlikely VVD will play in this years Euros. Its always disappointing when players have injuries that keep them out for such a long time, and sadly not many after such a long spell out never seem to come back the same player.
I remember when Joe Royle suffered a back injury thanks to Mike England from Spurs, Joe was Englands top centre forward at the time but he never came back the same player. Although he did gone on to play well for both city and Norwich. I have the same concerns over Gbamin whether after so long out of the game he can come back anything like the player he was before.
207 Posted 28/03/2021 at 12:43:18
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