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01 Sep 2019 21:52:09
Felt like we corrected all our mistakes from the Villa game today and was a great match to watch as well!

We mixed it up, Wolves had a plan to occupy our full backs, and we
owned it. Although I don't think he was necessarily the best player today - that accolade could go to any of the guys down the spine of the team, Siggy, Mina or Delph - Iwobi makes a huge difference to the balance of this side for me. He gets about the pitch so well, creating more space and options for Siggy to work with mea ing we can switch play and work all the way accross the pitch when going forward, love it.

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24 Aug 2019 16:24:27
My personal view on last night, and our 2 biggest issues in the game.

Gomes was woeful, literally one of the worst performances I have seen from any Premier league midfielder in a long time. I seem to recall it took a few games for him to hit his stride last year, and sincerely hope this is the case again.

Literally everything was being sent to Digne, yes the lads been class but he is not Ronaldo. He can't win games single handily but it felt like that was our plan last night. It meant Richarlison was barely included in the play and was largely unable to get into the game. Siggy was poor but we weren't really trying to play through him it was just 100% down the left.

Once Iwobi/ Kean came on, you could see the change immediately. Iwobi was picking up the ball in the left, but then was spreading the ball all across the front line and bringing others into play. Sadly was too little too late, and the best chance fell to Theo who as many of said, should not be in the match day squad.

Still hopeful for the season, but a couple more like this and I will be struggling to defend against the onslaught of doom.

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10 Aug 2019 20:45:48
All today has shown, is that our moves in the transfer market were the correct ones. We didn't win today for the same reasons we didn't win games like this last season. Not enough creativity or good enough finishing away from home.

These are the games we will need Iwobi in, and when hopefully Kean can make the difference as the season progresses.

The positives for me are that early signs are that we haven't gone backwards. We did not look like losing, Mina looked solid. Midfield is probably the only slight concern but will have to see a few more games to judge.

Everyone really just needs to calm down a touch. Not winning the first game always dissapoints, and totally get how some fans feel frustrated. But I would say after 5 games is when you can start throwing insults at each other and calling for Silva's head at the very earliest!

EFCONE

{Ed025's Note - i think you have got it spot on mate..


1.) 10 Aug 2019 21:42:19
It will be good to see the new boys coming in. I am glad Silva didn't feel pressurised to throw them in like Koeman did.
We should have won and were the better team.
I think this season we need around 8 or 9 away wins and a good home record to get anywhere near the top 6.


2.) 10 Aug 2019 22:03:52
Palace away is a difficult game clean sheet I’ll take a point, Not all our rivals will get something out of that game.


3.) 10 Aug 2019 23:14:22
We were the dominant side but as much as you want to ease new players in, DCL does not score enough or any goals, so why not start Keane? Schneiderlin is going but a sending off today won’t help my be him tonight n .


4.) 11 Aug 2019 08:22:24
EFCONE is absolutely right. Finally someone talking like they actually know and understand how the season works.

The moaners are like people who have had their memories wiped clean every year and they fumble their way trying to understand what football is all over again.

They moan about not signing players, then when we do, not signed earlier enough. Then when these new players play and don't hit the ground running they moan about them being rubbish. That then means Brands is rubbish.

Then there is the manager. Forget that he took over a team bereft of confidence and quality in certain areas. He galvanised them eventually (god forbid this might take a little time) and gave us the second biggest points haul against the big 6 in 26 years! He moved us forward in style from Koeman and Sam, who some would prefer. Fat Sam. They want fat Sam. Yes one more time, Fat Sam.

They are the most pathetic "supporters" who apart from now will not give any of my time to. The rest of the time I'll simply ignore.

Some advice to you. It's okay to feel disappointed. It's okay to feel angry. It's okay to give criticism. However, give and take a balanced view. don't overreact and try to look at the overall picture.

If all you see is negative then you obviously don't know anything about football at all and would be best taking up knitting or gardening.

I don't know anything about moaning, miserable sods so I took up football.


5.) 11 Aug 2019 09:03:08
Won 5 drawn 3 lost 1.
Silvas last 9 competitive games.

I would like him to stay for the time being at least.


6.) 11 Aug 2019 09:41:22
BlueJohn, some very sweeping statements in your post, some might say (referring to your second to last paragraph) . that those who can only see positivity may know nothing about football, but who are we to make that assumption. a balanced view by all means but that also contains criticism. let's not forget reality. some posters display their disappointment in negativity that is their right. maybe they have had to put up with mediocrity for longer than you? i don't know but you are not the only one who claims to see the whole picture, we probably all do. also references to Sam the way you used them were a tiny bit childish, have a good day filtering posts.


7.) 11 Aug 2019 14:01:51
Blue lagoon, I'm not sure how long you've been visiting this site but BlueJohn is correct in his assumption - there are far too many negative souls on here that have been moaning about the most trivial things for the last few seasons. It gets a bit tedious.
With regards to the Sam part, and I don't speak for BlueJohn, he was just hammering home a point. That being that there are a few on here that would rather see Sam in charge, or at least they believe that that particular style of football is acceptable. Get to 40 points and then relax, even if the football is dire.
People are entitled to their opinions yet if they keep bleating about the same old rubbish then they should be called out, in my opinion anyway. You must have seen it on here after the first game? One game down with a long way to go and some couldn't wait to stick the knives in. It's crazy and boring. You can't even have a sensible conversation with some of them on here, they make a ridiculous point then don't bother elaborating. By all means have your own opinion but at least back it up when others call you out!


8.) 12 Aug 2019 12:08:40
blue potato, my point to blue john was about his assumption that the negative posters know nothing about football, which is disrespectful, not condoning negative views, or the opposite, they both are just as irrelevant to each other, just asking for more about respect to other posters, without opposite views this site dies, you claim there are too many negative souls on here, would you like us all to say the same thing? of course not, also been quite a while since anyone advocated any support for Sam far too many aggressive posts at the moment, must be Brexit.


9.) 12 Aug 2019 12:55:48
Blue lagoon, it would be slightly boring if everyone had the same perspective. That said, these 'negative' posters are not here for any type of debate. They usually post and then ignore replies. If you read what I said again you will see that I pointed this out, I don't mind opposing views if they are willing to discuss their points in a sensible debate. Unfortunately, there are too many trolls on here that say things for attention, you never see them when things are going well!
Final point in reply, maybe nothing has been mentioned about Sam for a while but that is just one example of how crazy some of the stuff can be on here. There are more examples but I haven't got the time or inclination to discuss them, you can see it with your own eyes throughout the sight. Not too sure what brexit has got to do with anything.


10.) 13 Aug 2019 09:39:04
blue potato, just a bit of light heartedness re Brexit in the context of my post, everyone pissed off one way or another, venting frustration, agree with all your points though.


 

 

01 Mar 2019 17:42:53
Anyone else hoping that today's press conference was Silva's 'people's club' moment.

Whilst he has so much to prove, today he grabbed the headlines, and has Klopp embarrassingly back tracking.

A small victory perhaps, but has at least put a smile on my face!

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11 Dec 2018 17:15:49
Some pretty extreme responses to the last two games out there.
We are never going to win every game, and every now and again we won't be at our best. Anyone who expects different is deluded.
Watford hussled us all over the pitch and that is something we will have to get used to as we get better - because that's how sides set up against good teams.
What I feel has shown in the last few games - Liverpool game included is that we don't have enough goals in the team to put games to bed.
Its not about getting a 20 goal Striker as Richarlison is well on his way to being that guy. It's the lack of goals from Bernard/ Walcott and Set Pieces that is hurting us.

EFCONE

{Ed025's Note - your right ONE, for me we are a bit tippy-tappy as well in our build ups and our crossing and set pieces need some work, siggy has not been at his best lately and gana as well and that would hurt any team, but im still happy the way things are going mate because we are still a work in progress..


1.) 11 Dec 2018 17:42:54
I think good young Origi would sort out all your problems Ed25 ;) want him? I know you admire his skills and all so thought I'd throw the idea out there :) .

{Ed025's Note - DCL is better than him salah....mind you so was carlton palmer mate.. :)


 

 

 

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30 Aug 2019 17:28:42
I rate Digne highly but I think to be the best he needs to do more of what he did for Richarlisons goal on Wednesday - which is get the ball in early. As much as I hate to say it, that is what makes the Reds fullbacks so effective, but is really just down to better coaching rather than them being better players.

EFCONE

{Ed025's Note - i think he crosses just as good as robertson EFCONE, and his free kicks are better than both of them mate..


 

 

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20 Aug 2019 09:40:49
Wow, that is some leap of doom you have made right there?

Just so I'm clear, on the basis of one game between 2 teams who are not Everton on the 2nd weekend of a football season. You now know it will be a long hard season? Really?

Are you ignoring the fact that most teams play better against better opposition, us included?

Or that judging 2 teams level based on a match between them with no other form to qualify the standard of said two teams is simply ridiculous?

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13 Jul 2019 07:59:54
A selling club really? It's a phrase I really hate. We are not a selling club, however like it or not there are much bigger clubs out there at this moment. If they come in for a player - and the player wants the move - why would we not sell? As for Delph for 8m, it isn't even a gamble at that price, so why wouldn't you take him?

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28 Jan 2019 11:46:55
Couldn't agree more STB, something I've said before. Posters on here have been crying out for the '20 goals a season man' for a long time. As if such a thing is common everywhere.

Personally I still think our biggest issue is not enough goals/ support from elsewhere.

Bernard, Walcott and to a lesser extent Gomes/ Lookman need to be creating more problems for defenses. With the exception of Richarlison we play like our only plan is to get the ball in the box to a striker. This means defenders can focus on stifling whoever that is, and until the support players get more involved and pose some questions that won't change, no matter who is up front.

Whether that is down to the players or Silva is the question!

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18 Sep 2018 07:28:09
Jumping on the manager after 5 games is just ridiculous. I'm pretty sure every one of us would want more points than we have. Yes some did get a little carried away with all the optimism but if the alternative is just being miserable and banging on about Moyes then sorry I'll be with optimists.
Things may not work out you may be right, but excuses or not you cannot say injuries/ suspensions have done Silva any favors.
We bought in a lot of players, but unlike other coaches Silva did not try and rush them all into the team, he was patient and it was looking OK. Silly suspensions and a few injuries later and he has been forced to play players who either aren't ready or aren't in form.
Recruitment wise Richarlison, Digne both look class, Bernard showed he may be too and they are all new recruits. There is plenty still to be optimistic about but for some reason you would prefer not to see it!

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12 Aug 2019 08:31:35
Whilst I don't agree with a lot of what DC says. If he can't vent his frustrations on a Banter forum, where is he supposed to vent them?

He goes to matches, supports his team, and when he feels like they are not performing he comes here to vent. Fine by me.

My only wish is that he and others give the season a chance before getting to upset! But if they don't want to wait, its still up to them at the end of the day.

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27 Jul 2019 00:14:09
I wouldn't say select names exactly, maybe some of the more successful yes. Although I didn't mention Ronaldo😉

I guess more the point I am trying to get at is that there are other ways of getting goals into a team than the almost mythical 20 goal striker everyone is after. And having 2-3 players who can get close to 15 goals each would be a start.

The price for Zaha is too high, agreed. I strongly suspect he isn't really interested in playing for us either. Those are the reasons I worry about signing him. But if it did happen, I would still be delighted because he is a proven Premier league player. Most of the forward players we have been linked with have either no Premier league experience, or are also wide players. SO against those potential gambles Zaha at least feels a safer if more expensive bet.

Unless Worcester you happen to have a few names you'd like to share that are going to score 20 goals and are available, and would likely join Everton?

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26 Jul 2019 18:52:32
Because no one ever got anywhere moving wingers to strikers? Henry, lacazette, Salah?

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26 Jul 2019 18:11:57
We will not sign a striker that scores 20+ a season. There are very few, top scorer last season was what 23 goals? 15 league goals from a striker would be great, and I think both Zaha and Richarlison ar ecapable of that. With the other matching it from the wing that will do in my book. Not that we will get Zaha, but hey.

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17 Jul 2019 13:51:57
To be honest I think its some of the posters on here who come across as naive more than anything.
Yes we had a couple of very bad seasons in the transfer market. But I would say over the last 15 years our policy has held us in a very good place.

If I think of all the players I've 'thought' we should sign who have gone on to other clubs and been awful I'd lose count. West Ham are an absolute case in point for what happens when you buy all the players that get the fans excited!

It takes time to find the right players, mainly because for the calibre of player we are after we will never be first choice. So we need to make sure that we only get the ones who really buy into us as a club.

Selling a club/ vision to a player when you have very little evidence of being able to offer European football or even trophies must be a fairly lengthy process, unless you just pay ridiculous wages which is definitely not the answer! Christ we seem to have a hard enough time convincing our own fans we are heading in the right direction let alone a 21yr old European prodigy!

Rant over.

EFCONE