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09 Mar 2018 01:22:15
Despite getting a dressing down from Smit666 earlier for being overly optimistic I do believe we will win Saturday, and next week too. I also believe we will get a draw against City and that other lot. And I believe this will be the start of our resurrection. Mind you, I also used to believe in Santa and the Tooth Fairy once upon a time.


1.) 09 Mar 2018 06:54:10
I have warned you Big H. 🤣

Here's hoping were all a bit more optimistic come 5pm on Saturday.

2.) 09 Mar 2018 07:43:14
If you didn't laugh sometimes you'd cry wouldn't you mate 😂😂.

3.) 09 Mar 2018 09:31:06
I agree big h, fancy us to get a win, poor as we have been away, we seem to manage to get a result at Goodison, after last weeks reaction, I cannot see Sam risking Schnids, pretty sure he will bring Jags in, possibly Baines and already our defence looks stronger.

4.) 10 Mar 2018 21:26:21
I rest my case Big H.



13 Jan 2018 12:57:47
I notice some people still haven't warmed to Big Sam yet and still see his appointment as a mistake. Each to their own I guess. But give the man a break, he's only been here five minutes! Okay, we aren't playing attractive attacking football yet, but I'm sure that'll come once we've made a few additions to the squad and are back to full strength. We are out of the slump we were in and out of danger of relegation and to me that's something to be positive about.


1.) 13 Jan 2018 14:11:37
BigH 'out of relegation danger' errmmm, a bit premature. I like Sam Alardyce and would have had him ages ago. However, after the initial burst, we have now gone 6 games without a win and lost the last 3, so not exactly out of a slump.

2.) 13 Jan 2018 14:43:52
He’s done what he got paid for (very handsomely, I might add) . The board thought the prospect of relegation was very real - appointed Allardyce to get us out of it, he has. The ugly side of it is now, we aren’t trying to attack.

Praying, and expecting him to leave come May to make way for either Silva or Fonseca.

3.) 13 Jan 2018 14:47:10
would just like to add to that, we are starting to play a lot better though, wins will come, good post Big H.

4.) 13 Jan 2018 15:35:04
Big fat no to silva for me.

5.) 13 Jan 2018 16:13:35
Personally don’t think Sam will ever play attractive football, just not his nature, he doesn’t know how to.

And before people mention Okocha let me say this, if you put Neymar in Tony Pulis’ Stoke team he would still do tricks regardless of what game plan the manager has.

{Ed025's Note - i think we should give the guy a chance before we judge him swan..

6.) 13 Jan 2018 16:34:14
So swan even tho he is coming out himself admitting he needs to have a team playing entertaining football and getting results so that he keeps his position in the club, he won’t change? He actually played more attacking football in his last year at West Ham, but after getting them promotion the fans and the owners thinking they were more than what the are wanted a more high profile manager. Labelled him and stabbed him in the back. Many times I’ve said, our team was crap a few months back, injured players not included, aged defence, we need a overhaul. All of a sudden people forget this and think we can just turn on the flare and become a creative team with the same players that RK tried and failed with.

7.) 13 Jan 2018 18:30:01
Sam has made us solid at the back again which what was needed when he took over know we need transition from defence into attack and if you look at the way Sam's teams play then you will see that Sam's teams have pace in the final third with two pacey wingers so we can hit teams on the break and change between defence and attack quickly and it's only recently that we have Yannick back from injury so that adds a bit more pace to are attack and are continuing interest in Walcott.

I think we saw are improvement in fa cup match when Yannick was excellent and when lookman came on we looked a lot more threatening. We need to give Sam this transfer window and the summer window before we can truly judge him and his team but let's not forget during Sam's time at bolton he did bring in flair players in as well.

8.) 13 Jan 2018 18:50:53
Well actually in his last season at West Ham he was told by the owners to play attractive football.

9.) 13 Jan 2018 19:00:00
Are you lot watching a different game to me? Awful again. #givemebackmysaturdayhope
Big Sam out!

10.) 13 Jan 2018 19:10:21
I agree Big Sam out! This is embarrassing!

11.) 13 Jan 2018 19:05:47
Ed, give him a chance? We have mate. This match vs Spurs proves how rubbish we are. Allardyce honeymoon period over and look! It’s been a month since our last win and Spurs have had more shots on target in 30 mins than we have in 5 hours.

{Ed025's Note - i know its not great dan but lets see how we fare against the lesser teams and see where we are in another month or so..

12.) 13 Jan 2018 19:39:59
Why swan you got inside information? Ever thought maybe he had changed enough playing staff to change the style of football?

13.) 13 Jan 2018 20:02:01
Understand we are more solid at the back Duke (Spurs 4) and give the guy a go etc but we are ninth because of other teams failings and not because of our own efforts Last wins were mid December Sure give Sam till end of season and mid table finish but then get someone fresh in.

14.) 13 Jan 2018 20:06:44
When has Alladyce ever had the opportunity at a club of this stature, for God’s sake give the man a chance he’s having to make do with 2 years worth of poor purchases!

15.) 13 Jan 2018 20:38:20
people are defending big Sam and that's fine but our match stats make for scary reading in our last 5 premiership games we have won 0 scored 1 conceded 8 and had 4 SHOTS on target I'm sorry but I think Moshiri could already be regretting hiring Sam (remember it was a panic appointment) and I think he will be let go at the end of the season especially if these performances carry on.

16.) 14 Jan 2018 02:51:42
Solid at the back? 4-0. No shots on target? He fked up against bmouth and wba, he needs 4 points at least from next two home games other wise questions have to be asked.

17.) 14 Jan 2018 03:23:00
If those stats are true bluey then there is no excuse for that. Absolutely pathetic. If we don't beat Wba and Leicester then action has to be taken.

18.) 14 Jan 2018 07:10:00
OllBlue1878 it hurts to watch us play we must be the worst side in the premiership at atacking teams and I like the way Sam doesn't sugar coat it he says it how it is but all he is doing at the min is talking a Good game because on the field we are a shambles.

19.) 14 Jan 2018 13:31:00
BeStyrne, so at the huge amount of jobs he’s had in the premier league, us, West Ham, Sunderland, Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Bolton he played the same dire football and we are supposed to believe he always wanted to play boss football at every club but he was a victim of circumstance? Come on. I don’t need inside information to have an opinion mate, neither do you and neither does anyone on this site. It doesn’t take inside information to tell we are playing terrible football and not getting results.

20.) 14 Jan 2018 14:52:48
It is hard to defend big Sam when he doesn't play his best players in their best positions. Rooney deeper against West ham was his best game, siggy should be one of the 1st on the team sheet at no10, if Gana/ mccarthy are playing as a defensive mid then at least ask them to drop into defence when one of the full backs go forward. Correction. When our RB goes forward.

21.) 14 Jan 2018 16:24:52
Swan The problem mate is this is the same team that got stuffed before Sam was here, mate come on all of a sudden we all forget this, to me the recent results have just fuelled the SA haters. The team has got no better just cause the manager has changed, results don’t lie, we are at this time a disjointed team that needs overhauling. I don’t give a crap if Sam stays or goes, but the reality is that the squad of players is not good enough. Martinez and Koeman has a style of play that the players could not achieve, yet everyone wants a manger that plays a similar style of play, what will this manager do to change the players into this flair side that others couldn’t. Except manager has to take blame, but can not blame a manager that inherits a team that has failed under 3 other managers, and has had no chance to change playing personnel. Any manager no matter who they are will inherit this team, we need to give a manager a chance to change it, SA may well be a stepping stone, but just going through managers left right and centre will not address the playing staff situation, until that is done we are what we are.



09 Jan 2018 17:47:39
Who will be the ideal candidate to partner Cenk in attack? Or are we going to expect him to lead the line on his own? I'd go for Sandro and DCL alternately seeing as Oumar seems to be the one reportedly on his way out the door. I think we should be safe enough now to be a bit more attack minded, especially if we strengthen the defence with one or two new faces. Really looking forward to the second half of this season.




07 Dec 2017 13:21:24
Anyone concerned where our goals if any are coming from against the free scoring team from across the park ahead of Sunday? I think a point won't be a bad result tbh.


{Ed033's Note - How about from Simon Mignolet if he's on the pitch?

1.) 07 Dec 2017 16:39:14
Lol love that Ed.

2.) 07 Dec 2017 16:40:32
lol fingers crossed Ed.

3.) 08 Dec 2017 10:58:01
Not worried about the number of goals we score its the number we let in. A clean sheet would be ideal and any goals on top of that perfect. COYB.



04 Dec 2017 14:46:51
Thursday nights game is a meaningless affair in all aspects apart from continuing to build on the confidence and momentum shown in the last 2 games. Sunday will be a huge test against - like it or not - a very good team full of pace and goals. Do we sit back and try to stop them scoring or do we go at them? Personally I'd prefer the latter especially if it's still 0 0 after 20 minutes. It may backfire but I'd rather get beaten having a good go than letting them walk all over us.


1.) 04 Dec 2017 15:33:36
I would sit back and frustrate them, they struggle when teams defend in numbers, give them space and they will tear into us, get them on the counter attack, we need confidence and results before we go all gun ho.

2.) 04 Dec 2017 15:59:58
It will be typical Big Sam tactics. Packed defence, frustrate the opposition at every opportunity, hit them on the break when we can.

3.) 04 Dec 2017 16:27:59
In all probability it is too much to ask for a win against Liverpool. They are in form and their pace is devasting, I agree with Bazwill, best to frustrate them. On another matter, I commented on here ages ago that Big Sam was/ is not the neanderthal that a few on here maintained. At the time I said he (Sam) was a lot more modern in his outlook than many of these so-called 'new school' Managers. I pointed out that Sam used among other methods Sports Psychology, and what do we hear and read today, yep exactly that.

4.) 04 Dec 2017 17:09:21
Tbh Sam has touched lucky. Bit of a no lose situation. He's joined a club where expectations have been lowered by poor recent results but with some quality players and the chance of a decent transfer budget. It'll be interesting to see how he perform with this 'better' squad and whether he can push us to challenge again
Sometimes the best managers and players are often the ones that we think are not as big a name or of high enough perceived quality.
Look at Cahill, Reid, bracewell, Southall. Loads I can mention that cost buttons or were injury prone and done really well for us.




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14 Apr 2018 17:02:13
That was dull wasn't it. We had very little threat going forward and were second best in most areas of the pitch. I've had more excitement watching paint dry. I can't wait for this season to be over.


1.) 14 Apr 2018 17:27:11
If anyone hopes that Big Sam stays for another year they need to go to a shrink. We were second best to relegation fodder.



09 Apr 2018 14:59:16
As nice as it is being linked with this DOF or this Manager or that player it's pretty pointless getting worked up until/ when it actually happens. Brands (? ) has now said he's happy where he is. True or not I doubt anything will transpire until the season is over.




08 Apr 2018 13:26:39
Belief or self-confidence - call it what you will - is clearly not as evident as it should be with the current squad. Look at the City/ ManUtd game. City were rampant first half and could/ should have been 5 or 6 up before half time. Did Man Utd heads drop? No. Did they come out in the second half and let City continue to roll right over them? No. Why? One word. Belief. The Utd players kept faith in their ability to play and in the end they got their reward. I don't know if our lads simply don't have enough faith in themselves or if they are feeling shackled by the current management. I personally think it's the latter.


1.) 08 Apr 2018 14:00:38
There is some truth in that, BigH, but talent and ability comes into it as well. We are a million miles away from the two clubs you mentioned. Look at our bench compared to theirs, they have players waiting to come on who can change games whereas we don't.

2.) 08 Apr 2018 14:15:02
Everton have amassed the 3rd highest points return from losing positions this season, so self belief isn't an issue.

3.) 08 Apr 2018 14:32:55
To be fair Smit it's usually because we're a goal down due to our negative tactics and have to go more attacking to claw something back!

If only we started with attack in mind.

4.) 08 Apr 2018 14:33:57
Is that only because we have had a lot of opportunities to come from behind. The telling stat would be number of games in which a team goes behind against number of points gained in those games.

5.) 08 Apr 2018 14:42:20
Our objective against Liverpool should have been to get three points. We are safe from relegation so one more point does not help us much. We need to try to overcome Leicester and Burnley to maybe get into Europe. I still think playing an attacking formation gives us more of a chance of winning than a defensive one with the hope that we can nick one at the end. If we had played like we did during the last 15 minutes the whole of the game we would have won IMHO.

6.) 08 Apr 2018 16:04:04
You can only play as well as your opponent allows as the old saying goes. I also believe we are a million miles behind the 2 clubs mentioned. 10 years ago we had been averaging 6th position for a while. We actually were starting to look like we might break into the top 4. Now we are looking like mid table. But we have 3 of our best players reaching retirement and will have to find some quality players just to stand still.

{Ed025's Note - i think we had gone as far as we could under moyes degsy and a change was the right call, unfortunately the managers we have had since have all flattered do deceive mate and now this club is broken and it will take at least a few seasons to fix, getting the right man is paramount but we should not expect him to wave a magic wand and everything will be ok, it will take time and patience but you know as well as anybody that our supporters want immediate results..

7.) 08 Apr 2018 16:50:08
Regardless of whether it is because of the amount of chances we have had, what it shows is we have belief and don't always crumble.

8.) 08 Apr 2018 17:40:13
Been looking into the points from losing positions deal. It turns out to be really quite like the league table but with some interesting anomalies.
Best are Man City who average 1.67 pts per game from losing positions but have had only 6 deficits
then Man Utd 1.25 pts avge per deficit
Liverpool 1.00 pt
Spurs 0.92

The first outlier is Bournemouth who are fifth at 0.78

Everton are 8= with Chelsea 0.62 just ahead of Leicester 0.61

The most anomalies are the disaster areas

West Brom are worst 0.05 from deficits but they don't get many points altogether

WBA, Huddersfield and Brighton have not won from behind. The surprise being Brighton, tipped for survival, who average only 0.13 from behind but Brighton have relatively few deficitis (15 same as Burnley 0.67) .

Newcastle, also tipped to survive, only realise 0.33 from behind which is the same as seemingly doomed Stoke.

Swansea are a bit of a surprise on 0.43 and at 0.39 Southampton are better than you might expect.

9.) 09 Apr 2018 07:17:37
ED025 Thanks for understanding my post and not seeing it as another praise the Moyes one. you got exactly what I was saying. we are a club in a mess. We had lots of change and need some stability somehow. Unsworth is a good start. He should be made 100% to feel wanted and valued. He obviously wanted to manage us desperately and probably still does. That should be the bedrock for the future. He should be groomed exactly for that position. He should know that in the future that job is likely his. I hope Moshiri/ BlueBill make him aware that this is the 5 year plan! Then the rest of the club can start to be built around that bedrock!

{Ed025's Note - i would certainly be happy with that degsy, unfortunately with the clamor for instant success i cant see that happening anytime soon, wenger is the last of the long time managers i feel and the future looks like being managers having short term contracts and it becoming a merry-go-round, maybe its the likes of us being out of touch with reality in our old age mate..

10.) 09 Apr 2018 08:53:30
Pochetino and Klopp are both young managers (well young to me) who have stayed at their clubs for several years.
They are now beginning to see the fruits of their labours. If they decide to leave it will be their decision, not the clubs.
Both haven't yet won a lot but their board and the fans have shown patience.
There are other young managers out there who want the opportunity to build something and I believe we can find one. Then, it will be up to us to show the same patience/ understanding.
San Allardyce is not the one to take us forward long term. We need to thank him and move on. It is not being disrespectful - it is the only decision to make.

11.) 09 Apr 2018 18:33:11
Klopp has only been there 2 1/ 2 years so not a long standing appointment yet.



08 Apr 2018 01:57:09
To use a weather analogy our season has been mainly overcast. Any glimpses of sunshine have been few and far between and we've had to suffer an extended winter of discontent. Yesterdays result could have been worse, but it also could have been so much better. As Ed025 says, while a point isn't a bad thing we have the right to expect a lot more from our team.




07 Apr 2018 13:29:47
Better than the City game so far but they need to get at them more and do more when they have possession. Yannick was u/ l with his effort on goal but his general play could be better, especially his defensive duties. Dare I say Shneids is doing okay. I hope Sam doesn't make them play too safe second half as I think with one or two tweaks we could actually get something out of this game. 🙃.


1.) 07 Apr 2018 14:25:18
Oh well, Liverpool were far from at their best but we just couldn't find the answer to break them down. Clean sheet and another point though so not all doom n gloom.

{Ed025's Note - we have to remember that this was liverpool reserves though BigH, a points a point but still very poor for me mate..

2.) 07 Apr 2018 14:48:22
we had 12 touches in Liverpool’s penalty area in the last 10 minutes (plus added time) - 5 more than they had in the first 80 minutes.

3.) 07 Apr 2018 14:52:22
I am left strangely apathetic by that display. We didn't try and win until the last 15 minutes against Liverpool reserves yet part of me says at least we didn't lose.
Substituted Rooney and Davies for Baningamie and Gueye so we were left with not one, not two but three defensive midfielders yet our best chances came after the substitutions. Was that a chance lost or a good performance against a better team, albeit their second eleven.

On balance I think we missed a chance.

4.) 07 Apr 2018 15:55:59
Literally last minute unable to attend the game today (stuff happens and more so the older you get) , so unable to give my usual well balanced report hrrmmmffff. Anyone giving an honest player stats would be appreciated.

5.) 07 Apr 2018 16:22:55
We had a go mate, and that's about it, we still poor but we didn't get beat so I am happy, is that how bad we are now, happy with a 0:0 at home, sad mates.

6.) 07 Apr 2018 18:30:19
Just come out from hiding behind the sofa. Ahh bliss, now I can face my boss on Monday and punch the air :-)

7.) 07 Apr 2018 17:56:25
Oh I agree Ed025, it was poor and as you say against what amounted to their second stringers. Just looking for any positives I can get I guess. Under different management I think the outcome and effort would have been better so under the circumstances a point isn't too bad.

{Ed025's Note - it was what i expected BigH, we are not good and they played a weak side so all in all it was a fair result, i have to be honest i expect more from my team than to just make the numbers up mate..

8.) 07 Apr 2018 20:26:52
Okay ed there was quality missing but we just aren't set up right this season at all. So for me, to put up a fight, control parts of the game, defend well and cause a threat is a good showing. The main improvements have to wait until summer when we can recruit a new manager and players but for me we done well with what we have. Plus we have not alwaysss showed fight and determination this seaon, I lover a tryer.

{Ed025's Note - i feel you are being too complimentary tit, if liverpool,s second string can hold their own against us mate then its a very sad day in our history for me mate..

9.) 08 Apr 2018 00:54:42
I think it shows how far our expectations have dropped this year that we feel 0-0 is a good result and yes, I would have taken it if offered it before kick off.
At the start the Everton fans tried to copy what the pool fans had done to Man City, booing them when in possession. They had to stop because they were all losing our voices as the pool passed it around without any pressing from the players so you can't fault the fans for their support
Low expectations? Same regarding Scheiderlin, he was OK but that's all. He wasn't a game changer but I guess we must be glad of small mercies.
Bolassie? Hasn't a final ball in him most of the time and ill disciplined in his play.
We missed a chance to beat them because we didn't believe we could until the last 10 minutes.




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11 Apr 2018 10:37:26
Bit of a difference bignev between cast-offs - we all have opinions who they may be - and under-utilised talent. If it were possible I'd have The Rash in a heartbeat.




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14 Mar 2018 13:18:24
If he can stay injury free he's a decent player. If. It's a gamble. Anyway, who's to say Sam will still be in charge.




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14 Mar 2018 12:57:00
This meeting was before the game at the weekend right? Maybe he - Sam - was told in no uncertain terms that results had to improve hence the complete u-turn in tactics that won us the game? Who knows. As DFS said it's all conjecture atm.




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09 Mar 2018 07:43:14
If you didn't laugh sometimes you'd cry wouldn't you mate 😂😂.




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08 Mar 2018 13:14:50
Maybe. But talks mean jack s*** GB. I'm sure Mr Moshiri won't allow this debacle to continue any longer than he has to. He has way too much invested to settle for the garbage that has been on display under Sam. He just needs the right advice and a decent manager.





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11 Apr 2018 10:50:31
Sorry to hear the sad news Grumpy. Not been on here that long really but do enjoy your often insightful posts. Best wishes mate.




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09 Apr 2018 12:19:58
Chin up Grumpy. Don't let the B's grind you down 🙃.




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07 Apr 2018 17:56:25
Oh I agree Ed025, it was poor and as you say against what amounted to their second stringers. Just looking for any positives I can get I guess. Under different management I think the outcome and effort would have been better so under the circumstances a point isn't too bad.


{Ed025's Note - it was what i expected BigH, we are not good and they played a weak side so all in all it was a fair result, i have to be honest i expect more from my team than to just make the numbers up mate..



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07 Apr 2018 14:25:18
Oh well, Liverpool were far from at their best but we just couldn't find the answer to break them down. Clean sheet and another point though so not all doom n gloom.


{Ed025's Note - we have to remember that this was liverpool reserves though BigH, a points a point but still very poor for me mate..



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{Ed002's Note - I certainly don't "hate" Everton, in fact I seemingly give them more support than you toxic wasters do. And of course I don't "hate" you, but I do feel sorry for you.}