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01 Apr 2017 19:00:41
Fundamentally RK and his coaching staff were as responsible as the players for such an abject performance today.
It was fairly obvious early doors that the team set up was not geared to compete with LFC's s set up approach.
What should have been obvious is that you cannot leave a 25 yard void in midfield allowing players of the calibration of Coutinho and Mane to drop deep and have the time to drive at the defenders inviting disaster.
RK should have seen this danger and should have deployed Barkley 15 yards deeper to offer cover and prevent this issue at source. But no, we persist in playing three up front and put pressure on Gana and Davies to try and cope, the result being they were run ragged and rendered totally ineffective.
Add to that Liverpool were fitter and pressed to the point that Ross and co. always had two or three players in very close attendance when they received the ball, but Liverpool players had all the time in the world.
I suggest if the coaching staff can't see the obvious from their position on the sidelines, they should station someone in the stands with contact to the touch line to offer an alternative view of proceedings.
I, therefore, am more disappointed with the coaching team than the players for both the performance and result today.

Fancy Smith

1.) 02 Apr 2017 06:55:19
There's nothing wrong with the coaching staff. 8wins in 11 previously, we come out a depleted side against a good side who are very good at home. Sounds like your just recycling what sky pundits said with your analysis. Was always going to be a tough game.


2.) 02 Apr 2017 11:00:34
This good team at home lost to Swansea and Wolves if they can do it why can't we in 20 years.


3.) 02 Apr 2017 16:06:32
Rushpalmer, I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and no I don't need to restate what the Sky pundits have to say, in fact there are very few so called ex pro experts I would even consider listening to.
My opinion was formed within the first 15 minutes of play and was based on how Liverpool set up and their tactics.
If you analyse their style which is a high tempo pressing game with a back four and a midfield of five skilled players, who are comfortable on the ball, and a player slightly more advanced.
This ensures they control midfield possession but critically they attack en masse creating a wave of pressure that two opposition midfield players and a back three will never be able to cope.
That's exactly what happened yesterday and why the coaching team should have rung the changes to negate.
In defence of Barkley, Gana and Davies it's difficult to play if you have two or three players snapping at you as soon as you receive the ball. On the other hand if you allow players of the calibe of Coutinho, Mane, Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum space and time they will hurt you.
RK needed to match the numbers in midfield and require all the players to put in a shift and try and hit them on the break when they became frustrated.
If you consider the one on one confrontations, Baines and Holgate won their individual battle with Clyne and Milner just a pity, through poor tactic, they were the exceptions.


 

 

31 Mar 2017 20:50:52
With the loss of Seamus and Morgan out injured my starting line up for the derby game would be:
Robles
Holgate Williams Jags
Kenny. Baines
Davies. Barry. Gana

Barkley
Lukaku

Depending on how the game pans out we could revert to 4-4-2 with the introduction of either Mirallas or Lookman.

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1.) 31 Mar 2017 22:48:36
3 at the back seems best option but replace Kenny with Lennon for experience. The rest is fine. picks itself really.


2.) 01 Apr 2017 07:38:56
I disagree Geoff. I think that I'd rather have a natural right back in Kenny than the experience of Lennon. Aaron isn't very good defensively and may leave us exposed if he pushes too far up.


3.) 01 Apr 2017 07:41:07
If we go 2 up front then we have Mirallas, Lookman, Valencia and Calvert-Lewin to choose from.


4.) 01 Apr 2017 07:30:01
Would agree with 3 at the back and also agree with Lennon on the right as wing back with Baines on the left, one other change I would make would be to take Barry out the side as his lack of pace and consistent fouling could see us playing with 10 men yet again. I would therefore have Gana with Davies next to him with Rom, Ross and Calvert-Lewin up top in a 3-5-3 formation. We need players with pace to press there fullbacks to stop them getting forward and also if we are playing with them 2 holders in midfield again we need them to be disciplined and also have the legs to cover and be able to carry the ball out when they intercept to hit them on the counter, Barry lacks these credentials.


5.) 01 Apr 2017 11:26:57
Don't think we can afford to lose the extra man in the middle Bluegray. We could play Rom and DCM up front and have a 3 man midfield with Ross drifting forwards and Gana and Davies covering.


 

 

05 Mar 2017 19:22:24
Without wanting to be over critical after our first defeat of 2017, the team selection, set up and tactics were poor.
We gifted a good side 3 goals by school boy errors. Kane should have been closed down by Barry, instead he stood off and then stuck his leg out! Nevertheless Robles should have done better with full sight of a shot from 40+yards out.
The second goal was a ridiculous piece of poor judgement with Robles rolling the ball out to Sneiderlin with Spurs players in close attendance and on the move, whilst Williams is shouting to players and unaware of what was happening.
The third goal was again a result of a complete lack of concentration on Baines part, who despite being the covering player and shouting instructions to the back line, was actually looking up field and failed to see Deli Alli make a simple run behind the two cb's.
Certainly a bad day at the office for a number of players and RK.

Fancy Smith

{Ed025's Note - i cant argue with that fancy..


1.) 06 Mar 2017 07:45:59
Agree with all that fancy. Barry for me has had his time and is no longer good enough. Slow and pedestrian. It was no surprise we looked more mobile when McCarthy came on.


 

 

26 Dec 2016 14:38:43
Don't understand RK team selection, looks defensive at first glance with three CB's but IMO we will sacrifice midfield with only Barry and Gana to really compete.
My concern is we may well be over run and present Leicester with too much possession.
Hope I'm wrong!

Fancy Smith

1.) 26 Dec 2016 14:50:33
Agree fancy looks like a team set up to try and get a draw. Let's hope we're playing to hit them on the break, or this could be a hard watch mate.


2.) 27 Dec 2016 14:20:35
As you both now know (hindsight I know) but with coleman and baines forward as wingbacks (as someone else said and I agree their best positions) for a Team like Leicester the set up was spot on. With McArthy fit the only difference would have been a centre dm two with more speed (Barry on bench) .


 

 

13 Dec 2016 18:06:32
My team selection for tonight
Joel
Coleman Holgate Mori Baines
McCarthy
Davies. Gana. Barkley
Lukaku. Valencia

With the instructions to work their socks off!

Fancy Smith

1.) 13 Dec 2016 18:39:18
Davies not in the squad, played last night for the U21's. Doubt if Holgate will be in the starting 11 also would say the same forJoel and Valencia. Probably a permutation of the regular Koeman pick players we have seen playing over the last few games.

{Ed025's Note - god help us then mike.. :)


2.) 13 Dec 2016 18:54:45
I would love to be proved wrong Ed but Koeman has given no indication that he would be using the youngsters or changing goalkeepers or using two up front.

{Ed025's Note - ross is recalled and valencia is partnering rom mike, it looks like hes throwing caution to the wind in this one mate..and i applaud that..i think.. :)


 

 

 

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18 May 2016 19:16:02
You would have to fight me for the driving seat Sven.

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07 Mar 2016 19:24:59
Michy every time - Should have signed him for c£5m before he went to Marseille.

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29 Feb 2016 21:31:10
Thanks Ed, I wasn't advocating selling Rom, merely pointing out how he could fully realise his potential. Incidentally Vardy has scored 19 goals with Rom and Kane second on 16.

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29 Feb 2016 19:40:14
Statistics can't be argued about and Rom being second only to Varley in the Premeirship is a fact but he is nowhere near the finished product or as good as he thinks he is.
Recently, there was a two page spread in the Daily Telegraph in which he exposed how good he was and how hard he practices being the last off the training facility each day. He also claimed he didn't need to attend video analysis of the previous game because he had already reviewed a replay of his performance. He then went on to explain in detail what he practises and surprising what was missing was the obvious weaknesses in his game specifically, first touch control and heading.
Also, his movement in and around the box needs to improve to allow team mates, most notably Ross space to drive into. All too often he demands the ball with two or three defenders around him and with his erratic first touch can only play the ball immediately back. McCarthy was the first team mate I've seen having a go at him during the Bournemouth game.
Of course every poster is entitled to their view and opinion but if we look back to the glory days of the 80's, we won the league decided to replace Andy Gray with Gary Liniker, changed our game to suit him and he scored 40 goals, unfortunately we won nothing. Gary, after one season, was off to Barcelona and guess what we won the league again the following season.
Is there a moral there?
Rom has the potential and physique to be a complete striker but he is not there yet.

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{Ed025's Note - i think you will find that in the league scoring charts that rom is No1 and vardy No2 fancy, i really rate him mate and think he will get even better, i would not swap him for vardy or kane myself and think that aguero is the only one i would swap him for in the prem, but as you say its all about opinions..


 

 

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23 Aug 2015 21:34:39
Imo guys the two players who were totally ineffective against City were McCarthy and Barkley.
McCarthy was responsible for both goals, losing possession for the first, although Howard should have saved at his near post from Kolorov on the bye line, and ball watching instead of tracking Nasri's run into the area for the second. He is like a headless chicken and wastes so much energy chasing lost causes.
Barkley is almost a luxury and doesn't work hard enough against a team of city's ability where you need every one to put in a shift.
I would have moved Cleverley to replace McCarthy and brought on Mirallas to add pace and skill wide right.
Also, from a tactical viewpoint Besic should have been included ,probably in place of Barkley to man mark Silva.

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02 Apr 2017 16:06:32
Rushpalmer, I appreciate everyone is entitled to their opinion and no I don't need to restate what the Sky pundits have to say, in fact there are very few so called ex pro experts I would even consider listening to.
My opinion was formed within the first 15 minutes of play and was based on how Liverpool set up and their tactics.
If you analyse their style which is a high tempo pressing game with a back four and a midfield of five skilled players, who are comfortable on the ball, and a player slightly more advanced.
This ensures they control midfield possession but critically they attack en masse creating a wave of pressure that two opposition midfield players and a back three will never be able to cope.
That's exactly what happened yesterday and why the coaching team should have rung the changes to negate.
In defence of Barkley, Gana and Davies it's difficult to play if you have two or three players snapping at you as soon as you receive the ball. On the other hand if you allow players of the calibe of Coutinho, Mane, Can, Firmino and Wijnaldum space and time they will hurt you.
RK needed to match the numbers in midfield and require all the players to put in a shift and try and hit them on the break when they became frustrated.
If you consider the one on one confrontations, Baines and Holgate won their individual battle with Clyne and Milner just a pity, through poor tactic, they were the exceptions.

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31 Dec 2016 12:05:21
Degsy I am in full agreement with your post. Analysing the last three games highlights the real issues.
Against Liverpool Baines tracked Sturridge across our 18 yard line without making a tackle and allowing Sturridge a shot which resulted in the goal. In last nights game he tracked Snodgrass diagonally from just inside our half for 25 yards and then decided to grab his shoulder just outside our area conceding a needless free kick, which again resulted in a goal.
Too many senior players concede too many silly free kicks in dangerous areas due to lack of pace and poor positioning. Contrast that with young Davies who seeing the team caught on the break and a dangerous attack developing grabs Snodgrass, the difference being the youngster saw the situation developing early and committed the foul on the halfway line nullifying the danger.
Ronald, without doubt, would have warned the players of the danger in giving away silly fouls in goal threatening areas because of Snodgrass's prowess at dead ball situations.
Rest assured he will be as frustrated as the supporters by experienced international footballers who are unable to follow instructions and do the basics.

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08 Dec 2016 20:13:55
It's absolutely vital, especially when you are a lone striker, to work the oppositions defence. That means running across and behind the back four creating space for the attackers to exploit.
RL is mostly static demanding the ball at his feet with two or three defenders around him, with his lack of control with first touch more often than not we surrender possession.
Fortunately, I have been privileged to see some great strikers in the blue shirt but RL, despite what he thinks, doesn't cut the mustard.

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25 Nov 2016 20:11:05
Sid
I believe we will still require the transfer revenue from youngsters making the grade as our new major shareholder is a businessman and shouldn't be regarded as a fairy godmother.
If he removes our debt and funds a new stadium as well as providing funds for the transfer kitty, eventually he will want at the very least to be repaid.
Whilst I appreciate television money has enabled the Football League to pay huge amounts of money to clubs, it will take a substantial amount to finance the club's projected aspirations.
I acknowledge it costs to run the youth and academies, but I'm fairly certain it has proved financially cost effective. Therefore, we will very much need the next 'Rooney' to either meet the first teams squad needs or to generate the funds, we have achieved through past sales of youth players, to help the financial cause.

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06 Aug 2016 14:47:32
It was disappointing the way EFC treated both Tony and Leon following many years of loyal service. Both are true blues and deserved a better and more sympathetic ending to their Everton careers.
Seems so out of character of Bill!

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