Updated Everton travel to the south coast to face Brighton on Monday as they rapidly approach the “last chance saloon” where their Champions League hopes are concerned.
Carlo Ancelotti has been realistic about his team's prospects of finishing in the top four this season and described it as “a dream” rather than a goal and the Blues' terrible home form looks likely to put paid to that dream. The draw against Crystal Palace last Monday extended their run to just one win in eight at Goodison Park and left them in eighth place heading into the current round of fixtures.
Results elsewhere, which, so far, have seen Liverpool and Chelsea take all three points, mean that Everton have to beat the Seagulls to ensure that the game in hand they have over the teams above them still carries some weight. However, a victory is also vital if they are to preserve any kind of momentum in terms of the fight for either a Europa League or Europa Conference League place.
As has been the case for weeks now, Ancelotti has injury concerns with which to contend, particularly in midfield. André Gomes won't be involved at the Amex Community Stadium after he tweaked a hamstring in the 1-1 draw with Crystal Palace. The Portuguese had to be withdrawn from the action against the Eagles after just half an hour and Ancelotti confirmed on Friday that the injury will keep him out of the next fixture.
Jordan Pickford is also unlikely to feature after Ancelotti suggested that he is not yet 100%. That will see Robin Olsen continue between the posts.
The manager had better news with regard to Allan and Alex Iwobi, both of whom missed the Palace match with minor problems. Ancelotti said that both had trained normally this week and will have their fitness assessed before a final decision is taken on the matchday squad over the weekend.
Assuming Allan is fit and Jean-Philippe Gbamin isn't to be risked from the start, the Brazilian could be a straight swap for Gomes and Gylfi Sigurdsson could be named among the substitutes again to provide a rare option off what has become a very youthful and inexperienced bench.
James Rodriguez is expected to be fit to play and his role in helping Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison quickly rid themselves of the frustration they experienced with those costly missed chances against Palace has the potential to be crucial.
At the back, there could be changes made to accommodate Ben Godfrey who was left out of the starting XI to make way for Michael Keane to return and reunite with Yerry Mina.
While Everton have struggled to find an identifiable style under Ancelotti, Brighton under Graham Potter have built a reputation for playing free-flowing, highly attractive football, with only the ability to consistently put their chances away up front perhaps standing between them being a top-half side.
That openness is what the Toffees exploited very effectively at Goodison Park in the reverse fixture in October in a 4-2 win despite Potters men playing pretty well on the day and Ancelotti will, no doubt, be looking for a repeat of that performance, one in which James scored twice and ran the show.
Should Everton manage to register what would be just their second home-and-away double of the Premier League campaign, it would also help soften the memory of one of the more painful results of last season when, thanks to an erroneous VAR call and a late Lucas Digne own goal, a fine goal off the bench by Calvert-Lewin went from being a potential winner to a mere consolation in a 3-2 loss.
Kick-off: 8:15pm, Monday 12 April, 2021
Referee: Darren England
VAR: Jon Moss
Last Time: Brighton & Hove Albion 3 - 2 Everton
Predicted Line-up: Olsen, Coleman, Mina, Holgate, Godfrey, Digne, Davies, Allan, Rodriguez, Richarlison, Calvert-Lewin
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2 Posted 09/04/2021 at 19:55:19
3 Posted 09/04/2021 at 19:55:47
Hopefully JPG will be able to start, in what I also envisage to be a difficult, but winnable game. I say winnable providing we take our 'A' away game to them, I think their own home form has been disappointing, as with many Clubs devoid of fans, so let's start putting a real good run together and see the season out with a flourish.
4 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:32:27
We could try Godfrey. I reckon he would do a job and perhaps he could get a goal in.
5 Posted 09/04/2021 at 20:48:20
I agree and was thinking the same thing. Probably more likely to have Allan, Davies and Siggy on from the start with JPG on the bench. Hoping he (JPG) will get more minutes in this one but not if it means he is being rushed, rather take it easy with him until sure of his fitness.
6 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:05:28
But, this season he has really, really frustrated me. Two of his passes against Palace had me screaming aloud!! Not in a good way.
I'm actually glad he's not playing on Monday. Obviously I wish him well with his injury but his form just isn't good enough.
7 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:06:04
This is a must win game, and needs a good engine room, in midfield. Lets hope theres a positive reaction on Monday night at Brighton.
8 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:17:28
9 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:22:04
10 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:25:35
Yes, very frustrating that we have frittered away so many winnable games. It seems ridiculous to say that we would probably be challenging City if we had won those games. The losses against Newcastle, Burnley, Fulham, Leeds and West Ham account for 18points!!!! I know all teams in the top half can make similar claims though. All we can do is stay positive and just hope they get the home form sorted immediately.
11 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:26:18
I expected to encounter the Gomes bashing (he can obviously now do no right in the eyes of some) but to find it alongside absolute flights of fancy.
Lay off the drugs lads.
12 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:34:42
13 Posted 09/04/2021 at 21:39:43
If Doucoure was fit I'd like to see a 3 of Allan, Davies, Doucoure.
In his absence
A back 3 with 2 full backs, Allan and Davies with Rodriguez ahead of them. And a front 2.
14 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:06:54
15 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:21:30
Even Davies has had his niggles and missed games. The fixture piles ups obviously don't help but every one of our midfielders has missed a run of games at some point in the season.
16 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:54:22
17 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:55:04
A lot of players are slow but Andres is not only slow but his passing is often poor and hes very negative preferring to pass sideways or backwards.
Sorry Andres but youll have to find another club but, I still prefer you to Iwobi.
18 Posted 09/04/2021 at 22:57:15
Firstly I think Gomes has been steadily improving for a few months now, and I dont get why some cant even acknowledge that. That suggests to me that once some people have seized on a ‘whipping boy they find it really difficult to see anything about that player objectively. Whether Gomes ever gets to a level where he essentially becomes irreplaceable at the sort of transfer fee level we operate at (due to FFP) is debatable but I think he is much more highly rated by the club than the supporters at the moment and they are the ones who see all of the players all of the time.
Its funny, because since a concerted ‘back Tom Davies campaign on TW that player seems to have become uncriticizeable. Not that I am saying I want people to have a go at Tom, I dont think he is playing at a level that deserves too much flak, but I do think that André Gomes is both more mobile and stronger than Tom and has actually been outperforming him recently.
This is obviously simply my opinion, but I dont think André Gomes deserves to be written off just yet and judging by his interactions with his teammates and the manager I dont think any of them have.
I do think it is unwarranted to have JPG ahead of him in your mental pecking order when hes hardly kicked a ball for us. When I see posters who seem to automatically think we would be better off with JPG starting than Gomes I cant take them seriously.
19 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:07:09
That came after a succession of about half a dozen games where I personally reckon he has shown slow but steady improvement in a variety of things, including his mobility, competitiveness and that elusive consistency (which is a common fault in any case).
20 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:13:37
Davies is not top drawer but works hard and Gbamin will need more time coming from the bench.
Doucoure is likely to be back in 3 weeks but really by then the season is almost over and he may not be worth risking.
Who knows what has happened to Allan but the other two, Iwobi and Gylfi just don't cut it often enough.
James is back and may help with getting something moving up front but it will be another tough game on Monday although one good thing--it is away !
21 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:15:18
22 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:26:38
Everything went through him, players looked to him first and he did well. I just thought that he needed better players around him than what we had.
Fast forward 18 months and he is a shadow of the same player. He has never been quick but he looks like he is running in diving boots. I still think that he is a decent footballer but the prem is too quick for him.
It's got to be mentality when a player signs on loan, looks fantastic then looks average when fully signed on.
Davies, Allan and Gbamin or Siggurdsson on Monday night. Rodriguez subbed around 65 mins.
23 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:27:51
I just dont think we are going to see a big clearout of those who the manager has chosen to rely on for the second half of the season. I could easily be wrong, and there may be a load of better midfielders to pick from in the summer, but I just dont think moving Gomes on is something the club is focussed on. How many new players would people like to see being integrated into the squad all at once?
24 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:34:17
Have we got any statto types who can actually tell us how ‘slow André Gomes currently is because it is a criticism that seems overblown to me?
25 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:42:38
I reckon Sigurdsson will get a new contract. Bernard, Tosun, Walcott, Bolase, kenny, kean and Besic will move on.
If Moshiri is serious about making us challengers he has to bankroll Ancelotti in the summer. Otherwise we may as well have a Moyes or Dyche type in charge.
I would like a new right back, 2 wide midfielders and central midfielder all with pace. So 4 first team ready players anything more is a bonus.
26 Posted 09/04/2021 at 23:55:22
Maybe he looks slower as he isn't playing the holding midfielder role?
27 Posted 10/04/2021 at 00:33:10
Until we find a durable midfielder that can find the through pass he is needed in the squad. He may not be your preferred choice but we do actually need him until the transfer market thaws out and that doesn't look to happen anytime soon.
28 Posted 10/04/2021 at 00:36:10
Gets caught too often on the ball and cant tackle meaning he cant play DM.
Cant score goals, lacks pace and is not box to box.
Decent passer of the ball but too inconsistent.
Conclusion not good enough for top Premiership clubs.
29 Posted 10/04/2021 at 00:37:15
If we could find 3 really decent replacements, then if Gomes, Siggi, Iwobi, Bernard and the other waste of space, wage stealing sicknote, Delph...and maybe even Davies, never kicked a ball for us again, I wouldn't mind one bit...but it never works like that.
30 Posted 10/04/2021 at 00:50:48
Lol about once a month someone on here reminds me Delph exists
31 Posted 10/04/2021 at 01:28:03
That said, he's clever. He instinctively disrupts opponents with the sly obstructions and "accidental" knocks that are so much a part of the defensive midfield armoury, he can certainly play a fabulous forward pass when the opportunity (alas rarely) arises, but he could certainly do with taking responsibility for shooting from outside the box. He has/had a powerful shot after all.
Be that as it may though, we were the wealthiest club interested in signing him and he, like too many others at USMFF unfortunately, probably recognise/d us as the pinnacle payers in terms of his contract - unless of course he now has it in himself at 27 years-old to at last come to be the sort of top-dog player we and Barca thought we saw in him.
32 Posted 10/04/2021 at 04:32:53
33 Posted 10/04/2021 at 06:21:25
"By George he's got it,. By George he's got it."
"Now once more where does it rain ?"
Took an eternity for the penny to drop, but even TW's resident Eliza Doolittle has finally worked that our midfielders offer next to nothing going forward.
Hope it doesnt take another 15 months for him to work out how hard it is to score from your own half.
Now come on Kieran. one more time.
"The rain in Spain falls mainly in the plain"
34 Posted 10/04/2021 at 08:36:56
Gomes actually started the Palace game well and was linking up with James until injury struck.
The problems we have have been discussed to the n'th degree. The ponderous midfield, the deep lying defence and the various makeshift right wingbacks.
The problems are interconnected. Keane can't defend near halfway, we can't trust Siggy and Gomes on the park together due to a speed combination of a tortoise with his back legs strapped together.
Any of our midfield combos will look slow and it shows how much we have depended on the engine of Doucoure.
We will have to endure our ordinary midfield, our leaky right side and our deep-lying defence until we get more speed right through the team.
Expect a usual counter-attacking masterclass at Brighton. I am just glad we are away and won't be expected to blow them away with possession footy.
A clean sheet and a 1-0 win and Don Carlo will be looking good once more for his goal of seventh.
35 Posted 10/04/2021 at 08:53:20
Im not a massive fan of Gomes - I think hes too slow and plays a continental style, which doesnt work in the Prem. But one thing I will say for him is that he never goes missing. He just needs more aggression on and off the ball for me. More shots, more forward passes. Hes not going to change now. But our alternatives are generally equally as bad, or worse. The quicker we can get Allan and Doucoure back on the same pitch, the better.
36 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:01:34
I do, however, strongly expect him to be at Everton next season on the basis that he will be on no other club's wish list.
37 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:11:32
God help us
38 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:22:36
He was never going to be a player to build Everton's midfield around, as some seem to be disappointed that he isn't, or get goal's. His pace has increased this season he is rarely pressurised or caught in possession.
For me the disappointing part of his play is the lack of a final third pass or through ball. His role seems to be more a midfield holding player with a emphasis on ball recovery and pass to set up a playmaker. A playmaker is rare in the final third in the Everton squad. Everton still have a low pass completion rate in the final third.
Both Gomes and Soggy have improved under Ancelotti. The targets set for them are to under achieve on expectations , which seems to work IMO.
39 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:34:04
40 Posted 10/04/2021 at 09:55:41
More importantly we have Allan fit, him and Tom Davies means we have an engine room again in midfield. This is essential to our play with Doucoure out. ( Only Ancelotti will know whether to gamble on Gbamin , but I cant see him starting).
Whats the team for Brighton, has anyone called it right yet this season? 4231
Holgate Kean Mina Godfrey
Rodriguez Sigurdsson Richarlison
41 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:22:43
Against Brighton with James starting I definitely wouldn't play Sigurdsson, he doesn't offer anything different, just strolls around which is exactly what he did against Palace.
42 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:24:18
Just thinking about the situation. I have been a staunch supporter of Carlo and often approach each game through the prism of Carlos in charge and not team form. Basically my expectations of performances are greater due to his CV, but if Im honest, performances have been mediocre, especially of late and we will probably struggle against a well organised and quick team like Brighton.
43 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:35:47
44 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:38:42
Also , Godfreys defensive attributes will give Richarlison a bit more freedom in his attacking sorties from the left.
Digne is one of my favourite players and is a class act when in form so it would be just a break for him to regroup and return stronger.
45 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:41:00
46 Posted 10/04/2021 at 10:41:24
47 Posted 10/04/2021 at 11:02:18
48 Posted 10/04/2021 at 11:30:44
Ideally though, we could do with his huge wages off the books to make way for better quality... but that just ain't going to happen. When, as a club, you hand out huge contracts, you're just going to be stuck with them as that said player is not gonna go elsewhere for massively reduced wages. The disastrous player recruitment, which started with Koeman and Walsh, continued with Allardyce and didn't get much better with Silva, has and will take some rectifying.
We're stuck with players like Delph, Iwobi, Siggy, Bernard, Gomes etc. Not all of those players are bad, but we need better and we need to free up space on the wage bill. To think we paid the best part of £100 million on Siggy, Iwobi and Gomes, on transfer fee's alone, is mind boggling.
49 Posted 10/04/2021 at 11:43:07
50 Posted 10/04/2021 at 12:05:27
Let's play Football manager: out of our current squad what would be your best XI. Mine would be: Picks, Coleman, Godfrey, Mina. Digne, Davies, Allen, Doucouré, James, DCL, Richie.
The problem is that they have never played together, the nearest was at the start of the season with Keane & Gomes in place of Godfrey & Davies, and we were top of the league.
Onto Gomes; his Everton career has a depressingly similar trajectory as Schneiderlin -at first viewing looked like a Rolls Royce only to discover it's a cut-and-shut.
For all his undoubted ability and in particular his passing range his tendency when receiving the ball from the back is to give it straight back without looking up to see what's on, he's one of the most frustrating footballers I've ever seen in blue shirt
51 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:01:29
I saw a couple of stats somewhere.
1. There have only been 6 games this season where Digne, Allan, Richarlison, James, Doucoure and DCL have played together. We have won 5 and drawn 1 of them.
2. Liverpool have the worst injury record this season, Everton are second.
For a club with no squad whatsoever, we have struggled a lot with injuries.
52 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:14:03
53 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:24:49
The injury has changed his game, no doubt about that.
I still think there is a player in there but don't think it will be with us next season
54 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:31:34
We need three points from this one...badly.
55 Posted 10/04/2021 at 13:56:03
56 Posted 10/04/2021 at 14:06:10
Tactically we achieve the most when we play 4 centre backs and hope to hit teams on the break, not great to watch. When we play attacking against the so called lesser teams then we soon get found out. Two full backs pushing on leave acres of space behind us, we soon pay the price.
Let's hope Carlo has a tactical plan to address these issues, it'll take some remedial work, we live in hope though
57 Posted 10/04/2021 at 14:36:06
Well played Leeds,winning against the soon to be Champions...it can be done folks!.
Just win on Monday night Blues...no fucking excuses.
58 Posted 10/04/2021 at 14:53:21
Although other areas of the team can be improved upon, it's the midfield that is key. With more energy and pace, we'd score more goals and with more ball retention, we'd assist the defence.
Allan and Doucoure were only the first part of the engine service. Oh for a few Maddisons, Tielemans, Ward Prowses. We'd be a dynamic team and far more effective and entertaining to boot.
59 Posted 10/04/2021 at 14:57:49
60 Posted 10/04/2021 at 15:01:31
Wouldn't cost the earth neither!.
61 Posted 10/04/2021 at 15:15:18
62 Posted 10/04/2021 at 15:48:49
63 Posted 10/04/2021 at 16:10:05
Firstly, that was quite an amusing post. Congrats you made me chuckle.
Sadly, it was factually flawed. I expressed concerns about lack of productivity on these hallowed pages when we were first linked with Gomez and Bernard, again with Gbamin and again last summer with Allan and Duke. So its been several years now that Ive been talking about our midfield deficiencies. Now to your second point about how long it will take me to realize Carlos tactics are flawed. Id say that day will never come while hes hamstrung with these midfielders. If we change things up and bring in pace and creativity, but continue to play in the same way then yes Ill have concerns. Unless of course we are successful in which case the ends justify the means. If Carlo wins the league with 5 percent possession, time wasting and a succession of freak opposition own goals, Ill be quite content.
64 Posted 10/04/2021 at 17:14:29
65 Posted 10/04/2021 at 18:45:46
66 Posted 10/04/2021 at 19:04:24
67 Posted 10/04/2021 at 21:26:34
68 Posted 10/04/2021 at 21:32:06
He was slow to the point of running in through a bog in every match, since that game,and did make a miraculous recovery from a horrific injury.
Of late hes improved to a degree and has shown more in the last 3 months than the last 2. 5 years. But a decent stop or pass which should be routine cant be lauded as exceptional and getting better. Its the basic normal of routine play in this EPL.
Gomes had a high expectation but maintaining the EPL, midfield benchmark of consistency requires guts and dedication. For me hes not good enough, hes a footballer, but would excel in the Vets Leagues across Europe.
Put these factors into the mixer and then it could say that Everton have a problem, as not just in the midfield.
Based on the playing style to win games this season the midfield is being compensated in many games by the wing backs or playing with four at the back to compensate for the lack of pace. Match for match weve never had a settled midfield picking itself, available due to mainly injuries.
Id like to see the stats on the EPL team, that has made the most back passes and sideways and reverse back passes, this season.
I love Everton FC to bits, but the dynamics of us being consistent in the EPL, is the same as shooting pheasants etc with a shot gun or a pump action air gun...
Everton as it stands arent potent and deadly and like v a Palace, on Monday night, the good chances we had cane bar a couple from the oppositions poor passing.
The skill, the player dynamics and chemistry come into it, but this season has hopefully proved the lack of squad strength in depth, impotence in the team in terms of goal attempts and goals scored, and perhaps belief, as we rarely shoot outside the box ( this is an issue going back years)
The positive is Everton have scored the most headers, this season, but no where near enough to compensate for the goals shortage.
Hence starting at Brighton, a winning finish and must wins in our remaining games, v Spurs, West Ham, Arsenal, Villa and potentially City, and plenty more, Id say to be safe of a place Everton need 8/9, wins from the games left.
This will be a massive achievement, but who knows.
But to win the next match, will be some solace.
69 Posted 10/04/2021 at 22:18:13
70 Posted 10/04/2021 at 22:23:02
71 Posted 10/04/2021 at 22:55:52
72 Posted 10/04/2021 at 23:20:01
They only had 30 shots at goal in the 90 minutes
73 Posted 10/04/2021 at 23:29:07
Matthew #60. I am with you on Cantwell. I think he would be a great signing for us.
74 Posted 10/04/2021 at 23:40:57
75 Posted 10/04/2021 at 23:46:22
Stat 2. Tells me we need to recruit fitter, more durable players this summer. More dynamic young Godfrey types and fewer Allan and James types. Real pace in wide areas would make a big difference.
76 Posted 10/04/2021 at 00:00:01
77 Posted 11/04/2021 at 01:05:43
Next Monday,Everton, will get the win, Brighton, which is needed for Evertonians, hopes to sustain this season.
78 Posted 11/04/2021 at 01:12:17
As for Leeds outplaying city, I dont think so. City had around 30 attempts on goal, Leeds had 2 attempts on goal and both went in. Leeds definitely parked the bus in the second half, hanging on like grim death to their lead. They certainly werent going to attack while they were a man down but a goal up. They couldnt believe their luck when they scored the winner.
79 Posted 11/04/2021 at 02:55:55
80 Posted 11/04/2021 at 08:13:55
81 Posted 11/04/2021 at 08:18:58
82 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:02:07
Lets cull the deadwood this summer, the money we save, we can re-invest in Ancelottis chosen players. Then he can build his team, and move on the inherited misfits.
If we are having new ground, lets put a relatively new squad of players on it, to drive the owners and managers ambitions.
83 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:03:30
84 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:23:25
I like Tom but hes too small, slow and weak for that central MF position.
Juventus are having a major fire sale this summer so players like Rabiot, McKennie, Alex Sandro etc... might be available on the cheap. These are the type of players we need to be buying not shite like Iwobi.
85 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:23:47
I like Tom but hes too small, slow and weak for that central MF position.
Juventus are having a major fire sale this summer so players like Rabiot, McKennie, Alex Sandro etc... might be available on the cheap. These are the type of players we need to be buying not shite like Iwobi.
86 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:33:26
1. Unsurprisingly, there aren't a lot of enthusiastic takers for players we think are crap. Especially given how well we pay our crap.
2. We have such a light squad already, the more we sell the more we have to buy. That stretches an already limited budget.
I expect Bernard, Tosun, Kean and Kenny to go (along with those out of contract). Some of those may be loans rather than sales, too. But it's very likely Holgate, Davies, Iwobi, Gomes and Sigurdsson will stay. Of all of those, I think Holgate is the likeliest departure because someone might offer about £20m.
If we buy some dynamic attacking players then Davies (who I rate) Sigurdsson (who is still v productive in his specialist position) and even Gomes might look better, too.
87 Posted 11/04/2021 at 09:50:10
88 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:01:58
It was probably his agent or Mourinho, trying to upset the apple cart, it does happen, and there is no vetting process for becoming a TW Members or subscriber. Most of us 'know each other' as we have been on, and loyal to the cause for yonks, or since Donnelly Docked.
You are right though, some just appear from apparently nowhere, spout their piece and then seemingly disappear, after certain events or a player has left. Of course too, there are many who just 'read' but don't actually post any comments of their own.
Unintentionally, but as in University Challenge, 'I've started so I'll finish' in Liverpool there are many references to 'Donnelly' in one form or another. So here's the question, to which I do know the answer. No clues Billy, this is not 'Hold yer Plums'.
What was, or is, or where is Donnelly, did it ever exist, or is it folklore? That should get the grey cells working on a Sunday Morning. By the way there no prizes for this one. No Googling either! Okay then, a pint for the correct answer at the next TW Get Together from me! Only one winner by the way!
89 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:10:29
90 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:19:06
We should model the team on Godfrey and Holgate at centre back instead of getting rid of him.
91 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:28:24
92 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:29:34
Thats my point Everton did lie down and allowed City to do what they liked. Leeds did outplay them by making them play to suit their defensive set up and Leeds forwards where technically better than City's forwards, because they where more tactically aware.
City are not a World Class team and playing against a technical and tactical competent team would get beat. If they got the right amount of red cards for the professional fouls they make they would be worse.
I expect Everton in defensive mode again. . Hopefully Keane has been coached to cover the right back when he is forward and our forwards are lucky enough to kick the ball in the right direction, having made the effort to get into the proper position to receive it. I would like to see more runs to break the defensive line , rather than play in front of it , which they are not good at.
93 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:31:48
94 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:33:16
As many of you know, I am originally from Scotland, but have lived in or around Liverpool since the 60's, local history and History in general has always fascinated me, but Liverpool is steeped and so rich in history. I used to go to evening classes at Calderstones (Quarry Bank) may moons ago and enrolled for many classes, one of which was 'local history of Liverpool'. I don't know whether they still do but it was fascinating, and I couldn't get enough of it.
Would highly recommend if they do. I also remember well that, Radio Merseyside and Radio City (possibly) used to invite Frank Carlyle to give talks about Liverpool History usually in a five minute slot. Frank Carlyle is probably the most knowledgeable on all things Liverpool, and gives Lectures and Tours. He has also written many small books about the subject, which again I can wholly recommend if that's your bag! No, I'm not HIS agent either!
Digressing (unusual for me 😜) from the match here, but I don't think this will be a case of just turning up. I have watched Brighton several times and they are a decent side with some dangerous players that could hurt you if allowed to. It all hinges around the Midfield again for me. Depends on who is fit, and who is selected of course, but also the service to Richie and DCL.
I think we CAN win with the right combination, but they will be thinking exactly the same. I don't think, as with many sides this strange season, that their home form is that good, and our 'away is better than our home', so we may just edge it, but can't see many goals in this one.
95 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:37:11
96 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:42:48
Dont expect a big prize Christine, Derek did say he was Scottish, is that a racist remark? Oops!!
97 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:45:40
Sorry to google Derek but I remember reading about the Donnelly a while back this was the piece :
In the 1890s a new (or fitted out) ship (see Lloyd's Register) by the name 'Richard Donnelly' (a well-known local) put to sea and sank before it got out of the Mersey. Ever since, the phrase has been a derisive dockland slur at a lack of competence by either shipbuilders or sailors and was still common parlance when I was a lad in WW2 Everton.
98 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:50:16
Using your own logic in the City v Leeds game. Everton outplayed city until city scored the first goal!
We all see games differently and I am sure that if we nicked one and held on for the win we would have called it a master class.
Brighton will be a tough game. They where very unlucky not to get anything from United last week.
99 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:51:15
Ive read a fair bit of turkish on TW over the years.
Thats right up there
100 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:53:34
It's full title is HMS Donnelly, and was actually registered on the books as a 'ship', and bequeathed by the Royal Navy to the City of Liverpool in recognition for all it's strategic positioning and harbouring afforded to mariners and their vessels over the years.
101 Posted 11/04/2021 at 10:58:02
Not unlike us at present, we created enough chances in both the Burnley and Palace games to have won both very comfortably. But at the moment both our main strikers are struggling for goals and apart from James and Sigurdsson nobody else seems capable of scoring.
The Josh King signing seems really strange, as I say both of our main strikers are struggling but seems King isn't trusted by the manager and has had very little game time. So if he cant get on when our strikers are struggling for goals then he has no future here. We seem to have a lot of defenders and midfielders but apart from Richarlison and DCL no strikers other than King. You have to think that Kean wont be coming back in a hurry, so it seems clear that we need 2 or 3 more strikers. Pity that our most talented player James cant play every week and his replacement is Iwobi or Bernard and neither are up to the job.
102 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:04:14
103 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:06:32
104 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:18:21
105 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:24:00
106 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:24:06
107 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:33:38
Our season is (probably) over.
Home form had been dreadful, away form fab.
Got the monkey off our back at a field, so let's acknowledge it for what it is, better than last season.
Let's hope progress continues.
108 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:43:38
109 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:44:08
As for us we are just far too lethargic and predictable. And any team who get into second gear against us creates panic amongst our players.
As far as I'm concerned Europe is over. Just have not got the strength like other teams have, not got the consistency and the the no plan B in games. Massive summer ahead no excuses. As unlucky Brighton have been this season, they're down there for a reason. So if we're not up for this one then it shows in true colours the weak minded mentality of this squad.
110 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:56:41
111 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:56:55
112 Posted 11/04/2021 at 11:58:46
113 Posted 11/04/2021 at 12:01:46
114 Posted 11/04/2021 at 12:26:50
115 Posted 11/04/2021 at 12:34:42
Honestly lad. You lose all credibility when you apologise and make excuses for EVERYTHING.
You do realise that as far as goal scoring records go. Nil is as bad as it gets ?
I don't remember Gomes, Allan, or Davies scoring at all this season and you can count on one hand the number of goals Doucoure and Iwobi have scored...If it hadnt have been for penalties you could have thrown Siggy in there too.
I shudder to think where we would have been If Carlo hadnt inherited DCL
We should be calling for our midfield players to be pushed forward for the remaining games, not apologising for the fact that they havent been allowed to
116 Posted 11/04/2021 at 12:51:57
117 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:03:41
Darren, you really should get in touch with Carlo and give him the benefit of your vast knowledge, looks like only you has the vision to see what he's doing wrong (eyes rolling)
118 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:11:51
He has pace, he has skill, he has attitude (so gives a shit) and has goals in him.
But he always seems to just fall short of the hype and expectation so I get people's frustration with him. Think I'd give him another crack. I'd like to see him in a better team, especially with a better and more consistent midfield behind him and a defence playing higher and looking forward more quickly, more often.
119 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:14:37
120 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:19:53
121 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:29:27
I'm always in the camp that games are won and lost in midfield. Blatantly obvious cliche of a statement by me.
Does that mean they have to score goals though? Midfielders who weigh in with goals are gold dust. As are defenders. As are any player on the pitch who take the pressure off the forward(s) to be the only scorers.
But a necessity? I don't think so as long as they do their job of controlling the game, protecting the defence and supporting the attack. The life of a midfielder.
Different era, different time, but I don't recall our central midfield engine of the 80s being particularly blessed in the goals department. I'd be surprised if someone tells me the Reid and Bracewell collectively scored 20 goals for Everton between them. But they done their job of ensuring the conditions were set for the wide players and forwards to do so.
122 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:30:03
123 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:31:50
I've not got a lot of understanding of him so having just listened to people on here, I can't give my own opinion of the player.
But given the interest and the rumours, I did wonder that myself.
124 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:34:16
"The church is linked to the famous phrase, "I'll be waiting till Dick docks", meaning "I'll be waiting a long time". This refers to the ship the Richard Donnelly, which is said to have sunk in Liverpool Bay. Another version of this phrase is used when an unlikely promise is made; "I'll repay that loan soon!" "Oh,yes – when Donnelly docks!" implying that the action is never going to happen. A gilded copper weather vane in the form of the ship is on top of the tower of St Nicholas'. The weather vane measures 4 ft 4 (1.3m).
The vane probably survived the fall of the tower in 1811. It was renovated before re-erection; the sails are dated 1815. Historic photos show ships as weather vanes on the Bluecoat Hospital and one of the Goree warehouses. The vane was added to the church in 1746 when the spire was built on the tower. The illustration in Enfield's History of Liverpool 1773 clearly shows the ship.
Despite the traditions, no record of a Liverpool ship named Donnely or Richard Donnelly has been found. This has been confirmed by Mr Tibble, Director of the Liverpool Maritime Museum. Unfortunately for local mythology, there is some serious misunderstanding about the weather vane. The facts are as supplied by David Brazendale – the Rector's Adviser on Parish History."
So, some clarification or a further muddying of the waters?
126 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:41:21
127 Posted 11/04/2021 at 13:55:40
I agree with you regarding the second game. I was thinking more in terms of the previous game.
Brighton are going to be no push over and if the Everton players are not up for the game and concentrating they will regret it.
128 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:10:44
Colin @84, 85😀, I too, for once 😉, agree with you regarding Tom Davis.
Jerome @92. My thoughts exactly.
129 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:13:05
130 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:13:08
You see you always have to revert to bare faced lies to excuse your sychophancy.
I don't make excuses for Carlo by attacking the players as "not good enough" Thats where the likes of you come in.
I don't blame the players for not scoring more... I point the finger directly at your idol who thinks midfield means edge of your own box.
You are a little confused there fella. You think by constantly apologising for these negative tactics you come across as a "positive". You don't. You come across more as an Ancelotti supporter than an Evertonian.
BTW 33/1 for a win tomorrow ? You are totally deluded.
This is a tight game and because we have better players ,we should be favourites. The only thing certain about this game is that if we are served up the usual Zombie football.. You will be apologising for it
131 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:19:33
Like I said I only repeated what I was taught, and believed to be true, so if have upset or misled anyone it was by virtue of accident, and repetition of what I believed was the case, I unreservedly apologise.
I only added the piece and question as a 'light hearted question' based an old Liverpool saying, not realising I was later to be, keel-hauled on the veracity of it's content, ignominiously put before the crew, tied to the mast and flogged with a Cat O'Nine Tails, with Buckets of Salt Water as my only relief and medicine. 😜
132 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:29:37
133 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:38:38
134 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:39:22
135 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:41:17
it is lies and you know it.
You lied by saying I constantly attack the team. It's never been their fault we play zombie football.
If you don't believe Carlo sets them up to spoil the game, you simply don't understand what you are watching.
Instead of chasing Carlo's critics all around the website (especially on the LF) Why not give your posts a little more thought.
Why not ask yourself if the players would actually CHOOSE to play a less mechanical game. One where they are allowed to express themselves.
I live in hope. I know for a fact Ancelotti has more strings to his bow, but he just seems to want to spoil the game. I have no logical answer for that.
136 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:53:01
137 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:53:21
138 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:54:32
139 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:56:08
140 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:56:48
Looks fuckin petty
141 Posted 11/04/2021 at 14:59:27
142 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:01:11
It's up to us. We must be brave and go for it.
143 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:03:28
144 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:05:05
Yeah of course you are. Its really,really positive to keep hammering the players as not good enough in order to apologise for the manager.
Positive ? There's people on death row with higher expectations than you
145 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:05:17
146 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:05:37
Price goes up every time he scores
147 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:09:32
Please. It's a difference of opinion on the one thing we actually all agree on.
148 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:11:44
If you aggressively and tediously repeat the same dogma, you are the self styled Joda of ToffeeWeb, the Jedi Master of being an authentic Evertonian. Feel the force!
149 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:14:35
150 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:16:14
151 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:19:19
I expect a game of few goals, Brighton create chances with the always busy Welbeck ect ect but lack overall quality, whereas we rarely take the few chances we do create due to our recently profligate forward players.
Got a feeling another 1-1 on the cards.
152 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:28:02
153 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:28:02
I'd realistically settle for 6th or 7th but when you look at it like that, it's like asking me if I want another one at last orders.
154 Posted 11/04/2021 at 15:35:43
155 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:00:20
156 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:03:21
Sooner the season ends the better.
157 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:04:14
158 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:05:52
I got two out the three required. Ahhhhhhhhh!
159 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:06:52
Ancelotti has tried to push the potential with open formations , setting high targets for individual performances. He has found that players do not have the tactical and technical ability and it has cost him points. He has now reverted to a defensive formation and counter attack. Teams that set up shop are a problem, but fortunately he does have James to unlock such defences, but his forwards are not able to deliver to the necessary level, even set pieces have not delivered.
This means Everton are dependent on a outstanding individual goal to crop up and a defence to hold out, devoid of the elementary error that allowed Palace to equalize. So Everton are going to need new players with potential against a background of Economic constraints.
The Manager required going forward has to be able to provide the framework for the potential to reach the necessary level and attract new players who can achieve that level of potential. Who better than Ancelotti?
160 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:10:49
161 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:13:04
Apparently, he was a right tight arse, my mate Dave Abraham asked him for an autograph when he was a nipper, (Dave, that is, not William) and he was told what to do with his pen and paper! :-)
162 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:13:28
You need to stop hiding behind the couch with Carlo when placing your bets.
I would have had a tenner on you coming on to bleat about criticism of Carlo, rather than make a point. . . but somewhat predictably...There was no takers
163 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:17:25
164 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:20:27
Doesnt look good mate.
Especially coming from someone with intelligence.
Dont get me wrong, I have let myself down a few times on here with similar.
165 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:22:03
166 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:24:00
167 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:24:46
168 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:27:33
169 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:28:56
170 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:30:01
171 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:30:11
If Everton win tomorrow, then you could argue six teams are going for two positions, even if most of us know that deep down we are not quite good enough, just yet, which doesnt mean we shouldnt still be getting behind “OUR TEAM” for tomorrow nights game.
172 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:35:28
173 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:35:36
Have to register a complaint about your language..."daft" doesn't even come close!
174 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:35:58
175 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:37:53
Your right mate, I like a good strong debate mate.
Give and take all allowed.👍
176 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:41:00
Tony@171 My sentiments exactly, Occam's Razor says that the reason we are so inconsistent, especially when we have injuries, is that we are not yet good enough to play at a good standard against all levels of opposition. The least likely is because the manager makes us play unnecessarily negative football. Having said that, some of the most amazing teams in the world have played from a negative base. Sometimes it is necessary. Here's to our team tomorrow.
177 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:43:40
I bet you still have the quill he used, as a memento, Dave. Or did you take your own quill and ink to games? The best ink, I'm sure!!
178 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:46:14
We have all seen that for the last three seasons and more, we have the worst set of slow midfielders and number tens anywhere, we have put those players on such high wages, that we cannot move any of them on,so are stuck with them for now,others who are out onloan, or not making the team at all, Bolasie, Besic.
That is what Carlo has at his disposal, he has made a start with trying to address it, with bringing Doucoure and Allen in, has brought a decent centre half in, in Godfrey.
So whatever tactics posters think might best suit our embarrassing and snail paced midfield, who at times cannot even play a 1 yard pass.
I am not attacking any other poster, or defending Carlo, I am simply asking, what the hell can we possibly do with the players we have available, I cannot see any difference of tactics, that would suddenly turn these players into Top 4 contenders, they are too slow from getting out of defence to midfield then midfield to attack.
We can keep making excuses saying a couple more players brought in will help, but will achieve nothing, if we still have the same 6 or 7 players that we need to get off our books.
Bringing in the desired additions in midfield is a start, but we need to add quality for backup as well, and have a damn good clear out, once and for all.
179 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:46:43
We all know we need two or three players, but we will have the majority of these players here next season. We need to get them performing and not freewheeling to the seasons end. I want to see us full on going for it.
180 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:46:58
181 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:47:20
I would disagree that any manager, Ancelotti or otherwise, picks a team to get beat or draw.
I would also debate the validity of Gerrard. Totally ignoring the obvious contentious links, I would challenge the credentials of a successful season in a league that probably ranks alongside the Kazakstan Premiership. Would rather Liverpool experiment with that one.
182 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:49:36
And, appropriately, we'd wear blue stockings!
183 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:54:51
184 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:55:38
185 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:56:06
I know this is Everton. I know we have missed opportunities, but so have most of the teams around us.
It is there to play for. Both our original realistic target of European football, but by a freak of results, Champions League is still on offer even though I agree, we are not good enough.
I'm up for it. I hope the players are.
186 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:56:53
187 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:58:01
188 Posted 11/04/2021 at 16:58:26
189 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:03:12
Steavey, I'm not sure what a manager can do to stop that players giving the ball away. I'm sure they don't do it deliberately. I suspect it's a skill thing. He could haul them off the pitch and use the subs - but we don't have enough subs for that!
190 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:06:44
191 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:07:15
Interesting that poor home form isn't unique to Everton this season. Not an excuse, just that like our red cousins and United, home form has not been a given for quite a few teams this season.
192 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:07:57
This site is unmissable.
193 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:11:04
194 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:12:47
195 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:13:30
196 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:13:40
I think they both mean the same thing so guess that's a double agreement!
197 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:19:15
198 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:19:26
Can Everton turn over Brighton tomorrow, lets hope so, as this is a massive game.
I see VAR, playing tricks again at the Spurs - United game.
If ever I wanted United to win, its today, to help Evertons cause.
199 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:21:18
200 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:22:54
201 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:23:21
202 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:24:00
Darren mate. I don't bleat about criticism of Ancelotti, I think it's justified.
And that post won me nowt coz it only contained ONE Hindism. I need two for a fiver and three for a tenner.
Work with me and we can split the profits. ;-)
203 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:25:26
204 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:25:48
Brighton have played really well recently and had some good results, they should have won against United away too. I've seen us play twice there and we were woeful both times so it will be a very close game and little chance of us looking good. We should be capable of getting a win but must not sit back if we get a goal. I'd back your bet though.
205 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:30:42
206 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:30:54
Now Son is doing his best to stop Everton.
207 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:31:00
208 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:35:23
209 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:37:51
210 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:42:43
211 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:44:43
Your neighbours will blow you up
212 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:44:44
213 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:53:50
Europa League possibly, but we would also need a good summers recruitment to stop it buggering our domestic league fixtures.
214 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:54:09
215 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:55:58
How many scouse players do we have who he would he talk to?
216 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:59:17
217 Posted 11/04/2021 at 17:59:21
218 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:03:39
For someone for whom "personalities come a very, very distant second"...you do seem quite fixated with Slippy G.
219 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:07:15
I'm jealous as fuck, Enjoy your break, Blue boy..
Me and the Mrs are toying with the idea of a week in St Ives. She's Hovering over the send button as we speak
Please make it happen,Lord. Her confidence is shot
220 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:13:30
221 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:14:53
222 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:16:31
223 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:17:29
224 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:20:53
Any of the recent teams he has managed have produced top quality performances with a will to win.
225 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:26:42
I know it was in the cups against lesser teams, that he linked up well, on the left, but from what I have seen from others, he looks like one who given a few games, could at least give us some balance, on the left hand side.
We certainly need a right back, like you say, and a couple more in key areas, but in time, I think Nkounkou will be a left sided midfielder, rather than a left back.
226 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:29:25
227 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:32:16
Stay off the scrumpy.
I believe it turns drinkers into narks.
228 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:32:37
That is a realistic Gomes comparison and there are other similar comparisons. Such is the Everton reputation within football, it takes a Manager of Ancelotti 's standing to attract the players with top four potential. The Clubs Youth development and recent history prior to Ancelotti would not attract such players on it's own.
To have players who make elementary mistakes in defence, poor pass completion rates and ball retention in midfield, and who have one of the poorest pass completion rates in the final third in the Premiership, coupled with poor finishing ability; Ancelotti is doing well.
229 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:33:45
230 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:45:31
And for All Evertonians, a win tomorrow night.
231 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:48:05
232 Posted 11/04/2021 at 18:59:18
233 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:10:12
234 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:12:17
235 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:20:04
At the beginning of the season you could see that on paper we had a strong starting 11, give or take the odd player or two we would deliberate on as to who should be in that 11. But once you scratch the surface, it is back to the players we have become frustrated with over the past few seasons. A thin squad was always going to bite us in some way. Fortunately we are still in there with a chance of at least the original target of European football.
The result at this stage of the season and against the backdrop of recent form is most important, but a positive performance on top of that would give us hope that we can make a fist of the opportunity that is still there for us.
236 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:23:55
Are you bunking into Wales?
Passport required ?
237 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:24:52
238 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:29:42
Look forward to it Rob. Here's hoping for next season. Knowing Everton, we'll get Dublin or Glasgow as the first destination after the wait.
Not that Dublin would be a bad omen given 1984!
239 Posted 11/04/2021 at 19:41:28
Hopefully the start of being able to travel will lighten the mood of the population.
Be like a big cloud being removed.
240 Posted 11/04/2021 at 20:26:05
Martin (333) Thats true although I think I would have backed Henderson to win a race against most of our midfield. They also had a lot of pace elsewhere in the team, notably a front three with the speed and energy to press high plus a back line able to squeeze up with both full backs bombing forward to support attacks.
241 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:10:04
242 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:18:30
243 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:22:00
244 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:23:31
245 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:23:59
"Mesut Ozil has sent a message of support to Cenk Tosun after the Everton loan star suffered a serious knee injury while in action for Besiktas."
246 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:26:39
247 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:28:11
248 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:33:25
249 Posted 11/04/2021 at 21:47:30
250 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:03:31
251 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:11:44
252 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:15:28
Looking forward to tomorrow evening.
Lunch in the pub, well okay, outside. Then out again later for a 2 hour slot booked 6-8pm and back home to watch the match.
Come on Everton.
253 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:21:27
254 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:35:12
“Ive enjoyed every minute of my time here. To come to a club of the stature of Celtic has been very good. I havent heard anything about my future. There are a lot of games to go & things to sort out. As a player you want to have a home for the long term.”
Jonjoe Kenny. The lad seems to understandably be crying out for stability. He has been a bit of a footballing nomad the past couple of seasons. I hope he finds that stability.
255 Posted 11/04/2021 at 22:40:04
Ive mever met him but people who have all say the same.
A lovely, straightforward boy.
I hope it all works out for him.
256 Posted 11/04/2021 at 00:02:36
9 games to go - last season we picked up 6 points from them.
City and Arsenal away.
Still to play WHU away who are going for European places and they may bring a gun to the gunfight this time
Need to play Villa twice but looks like Grealish out for the season so can we do the double?
But realistically - 6 points could be 12 but probably not much more. 59 points will be scraping into Europe League with 3 qualifying rounds. I would pass on that option.
257 Posted 12/04/2021 at 00:38:32
Appears to be right unfortunately.
Wishing him a speedy recovery. Doubt we will see him this season.
258 Posted 12/04/2021 at 00:40:22
259 Posted 12/04/2021 at 01:15:08
But when he openly describes fellow fans of a contrary opinion (in his opinion of course) as "liars", as he's done this very weekend, "provocative" may have to give way to "obnoxious" and/or demeaning of himself.
I am, like you, in agreement with much of our Dazza's opinion of our club, but his endless personal tirades to any fan with a contrary opinion to his own point of view only demeans him, together with his rational opinions, as an adult deserving of any respect at all.
In short, he's a conceited, ego-centric, gob-shite nerd - in my and many others' opinion (from what's literally spelt out from postings on any number of threads).
That said, he certainly provokes comment. But then didn't Trump, doesn't BoJo, and so on and so forth. Doesn't make them credible in the least though, does it?
260 Posted 12/04/2021 at 01:18:05
261 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:06:16
262 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:30:49
Can't see anything on Gbamin's knee.
263 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:30:52
Can't see anything on Gbamin's knee.
264 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:33:51
265 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:37:21
Where is the Gbamin injury info coming from?
266 Posted 12/04/2021 at 03:51:37
267 Posted 12/04/2021 at 05:29:15
I looked at Newsnow Everton, and I know they can have their fair share of Jackanories, but they have an article, can't do the link thing on my tablet.
Saying basically Gbamin is raring to go, and repay the faith shown in him by the Club and the supporters, by making up for lost time till the season end. Hardly soundbites from a player that was crocked again.
268 Posted 12/04/2021 at 05:57:37
The guys was not giving an opinion he was making false allegations against me personally. It was hardly a crime on his part. He was in a debate and trying to slip one through. All's fair.
Normally I don't respond to false allegations (as you of all people would know) but Bobby strikes me as somebody who would say to my face what he posts on here. I cant know that, but I believe it to be so and I respect that.
Out of the hundreds and hundreds of posts you so bravely put up about me. I have probably responded to 2-3.
As for me or anybody else agreeing with you on football. That just a myth you repeatedly peddle. How could anybody agree with you ? Your latest posts 259 is absolutely typical of you. You don't even mention the game.
I look forward to the day Kenwright retires...Then I will have your undivided attention
269 Posted 12/04/2021 at 06:13:13
270 Posted 12/04/2021 at 06:39:50
That's 24 hours ago. Stating, "Out for 6 weeks. Medial knee injury. Don't shoot the messenger."
I'm not in the medical profession. "Out for 6 weeks. Medial knee injury. ", is a specific, medical diagnosis, no? Takes a day or two, I'd think. Maybe more?
Yet, somehow, rlk knew it 24 hours ago and there's not a peep in the press or on the Club website?
271 Posted 12/04/2021 at 07:50:23
272 Posted 12/04/2021 at 07:55:51
It is truly beautiful and as you say, less commercialised than Cornwall.
I must admit that I am also a big fan of Cornwall and the Cornish coast, but Pembrokeshire is also much easier to get too from most parts of the UK.
Haven't seen anything about Gbamin on any other site, the BBC certainly haven't picked it up nor SSN.
273 Posted 12/04/2021 at 07:57:28
I smell bullshit on this so dont buy into it guys.
274 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:05:30
However, the info you refer to about Gbamin looking forward to being back will be presumably from interviews/comments he made last week prior to the weekend.
275 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:05:46
276 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:10:11
277 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:13:46
278 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:26:53
279 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:28:27
280 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:45:56
where are you seeing it?
281 Posted 12/04/2021 at 08:50:40
282 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:02:25
At the current rate I think top half may be the height of their ambitions. As said above, I can't wait for the day Kenwright leaves.
283 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:19:35
Rob, I always thought Dominic King was a Blue!
284 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:30:18
285 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:34:39
286 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:35:14
287 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:36:42
288 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:40:50
Rob, Ive seen Dominic on Sunday Supplement a few times and he always seemed to be very positive towards Everton unlike the other rs journos like Dunne, Rudd, Northcroft and that South African bird.
289 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:48:42
Still can't find anything official - I reckon them TPFers got cross lines with the Tosun story.
290 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:50:37
You reckon he downgraded his job when he left the barmans job to work for the echo?
291 Posted 12/04/2021 at 09:56:45
292 Posted 12/04/2021 at 10:09:11
293 Posted 12/04/2021 at 10:42:34
Mind you Tosun and Gbamin, sound so similar you can see where the confusion started. 😜
294 Posted 12/04/2021 at 10:57:29
I guess we'll only know tonight when the squad is named but Tosun AND Gbamin on the same day would be world headlines by now if it happened over the park pushing the death of the auld Duke to page 7 like Cameron hoped would happen with his news.
295 Posted 12/04/2021 at 11:09:49
296 Posted 12/04/2021 at 11:19:42
I expect that Brighton will dominate the ball but that we will come out on top on the scoreboard.
297 Posted 12/04/2021 at 11:36:58
298 Posted 12/04/2021 at 11:51:31
299 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:00:10
300 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:00:11
301 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:06:56
302 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:15:35
We were stood chatting on the corner when a driver waved at me and gave me the thumbs up. Just thought it might be you - there cant be that many of us down here, although I have seen a few at the station when going away games.
I was at both the last Brighton away games - gutted its off tonight - apart from the results lately I enjoy the beers in their ground and the subsidised rail fare makes it a cheap day out..
303 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:27:46
There's load of glory following RS and red Mancs down here in Romney Marsh (no - not Rodney, Derek) and I was walking at nearby Dungeness when in the distance I could make out the famous words "Sport Pesa" on a blue background approaching. Sure enough - a fellow Blue. Local lad as well - not a Scouser. Our ranks are swelling by the day. We chatted a few minutes but not seen him since. Was from Folkestone I think.
Any other T'webbers in this neck of the woods?
Trivia survey - who's the first palyer you think of in a Sport Pesa shirt?
304 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:34:18
305 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:34:53
306 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:38:41
307 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:45:22
308 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:47:25
309 Posted 12/04/2021 at 12:57:01
310 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:08:18
311 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:08:21
312 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:18:09
313 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:20:01
Can anyone think of anyone who was such a sicknote who turned things around?
314 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:22:18
315 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:26:43
316 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:31:29
Yes, in basketball there was guy called Grant Hill had similar run after joining Orlando. Years later he got past it
317 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:36:46
Gbamin has got a “freak injury”, not related to the previously two serious injuries.
The lad better not go for a walk in a thunderstorm.
318 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:39:37
319 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:48:25
320 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:53:41
For 10 mins I was saying to the lads how bouncy and fired up he looked. Sadly I was saying the opposite after 10 mins. He looked knackered.
That operating table makes the body weaker and weaker. This was my worry with him, not the injury that started it but the after affects of several major ops.
Best wishes to the lad but I am forgetting about him playing here again.
321 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:56:27
Not for Everton but remember Darren Anderton?
322 Posted 12/04/2021 at 13:58:31
It will be interesting to see if Everton make an official statement on this matter.
323 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:01:57
Paul, why cast aspersions on the doctors and physio's when his injury is down to a "freak injury" in training?
324 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:04:23
The coastal path is spectacular. Although given it was an option for our Physical Training sessions, I didn't always appreciate the beauty that was on offer!!
325 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:04:37
I know its not completely to blame but now I am starting to feel like we have been done dirty bu the f.a. We have had to postpone two games due to other clubs having covid, both games when we were playing well and had a half fit team. Now, we are playing tonight against one of the furtherest away teams you can travel to, then at home against Spurs 4 days later. It all seems a bit odd to me. We seem to play, then get a week off, then play 2/3 times in quick succession, then get a week off. No wonder all of our players are getting injured.
We seem to of been thrown in at the deep end when it comes to games at the end of the season. We did not have to postpone any of our games, so why is our fixture list on congested. Is it hurting us now with the injurys? I think so.
326 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:10:08
Sadly, there are far more Gibsons than Hills.
327 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:12:30
328 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:18:59
329 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:27:27
By the players own account just last week, he has a lot to thank them for the first class treatment, counsel and moral support they gave the lad in pretty much all his time at the club.
I'm guessing the likes of Coleman and Gomes would (and did, if I recall correctly) express similar praise of our medical team during their own serious injuries.
330 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:48:47
331 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:49:10
332 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:54:30
333 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:55:24
334 Posted 12/04/2021 at 14:59:59
335 Posted 12/04/2021 at 15:01:56
This is a huge game for them though after Fulham losing on Friday.
336 Posted 12/04/2021 at 15:22:27
Other teams just seem to come out more switched on and eager to get a result than Everton.
We just cannot get a choke hold on the game early so in this one we have to hope that DCL or Richie (or anyone) can put us in the driving seat otherwise a hardworking Brighton team can effectively end our season.
337 Posted 12/04/2021 at 15:44:48
Doesn't make sense to pay off three years of the contract, a few months maybe to lighten the wage bill and get somebody else in but three years?
338 Posted 12/04/2021 at 16:00:11
Feel so sorry for the lad that we are having these conversations.
339 Posted 12/04/2021 at 16:04:53
340 Posted 12/04/2021 at 16:28:33
341 Posted 12/04/2021 at 17:02:25
I dont we have ever looked fit and fast and strong since Martinez got rid of Moyess conditioning coaches.
342 Posted 12/04/2021 at 18:00:27
The style of play over the past few months has been pragmatic. I can only put it down to injuries to first choicers and Ancelotti believing his second string midfielders (Iwobi, Sigurdsson, Davies, Bernard etc) are just not good enough to risk a more expansive style.
Ive usually been wrong with my predictions this season so Ill go for a Brighton win in the hope Im wrong again.
343 Posted 12/04/2021 at 18:22:17
344 Posted 12/04/2021 at 18:24:39
345 Posted 12/04/2021 at 18:41:01
Unbelievably unlucky to lose both Gbamin and Onyango at the same time as the first picks as I think Carlo WOULD have give either a crack at it.
Dont think hes likely to do it, but would like to see an experiment with Holgate or Godfrey given a go as a CDM if Allan not ready. Not many kids left to say step in either so why not?
Coleman Mina Keane Digne
Iwobi James Richie
if hes fit, else Holgate/Godfrey next to Tom.
346 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:15:36
347 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:17:20
348 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:18:58
Our squad is absolutely horrendous when you look at our bench, for the money we've spent and we can field a striker against Brighton.
Brands and managers recent and current have much to answer for.
349 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:19:09
350 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:19:13
351 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:19:44
352 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:20:00
353 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:20:51
354 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:21:31
355 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:21:34
356 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:21:42
I hope its a 3-5-2 with Holgate and Davies in centre mid, then Sigurdsson behind Richarlison and James.
357 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:22:30
Fingers crossed James can last his full 70 minutes. Not a bad team... but we cant get any more injuries.
358 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:22:49
Think I won't bother watching this one.
359 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:23:05
360 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:23:29
361 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:24:25
I doubt I've seen a more defensive minded lineup this century in fairness.
What the hell is the problem with Josh King?
Keane, Holgate, Mina, Digne, Godfrey AND Coleman, add the fact Davies is quite defence minded too?
Seriously Carlo mate??
362 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:24:39
363 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:25:39
364 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:30:47
365 Posted 12/04/2021 at 19:31:29
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