It's just a Palace thing, not Pulis! Scousers must think Bolasie should have been in the running for Balon D'orI'm not overly bothered either. Expecting a draw or a loss, we have been rejuvenated in the past few games but Tony Pulis got the better of us last season and I wouldn't be surprised if he did it again.
I booed as well. He took our best player off. He might have been on a yellow but so was Barry. Besic has been the brightest spark during this awful run we've been on.Everton fans going mad at the manager for taking a holding midfielder off and bringing a striker on with 10 minutes to go at 0-0?
Everton fans going mad at the manager for taking a holding midfielder off and bringing a striker on with 10 minutes to go at 0-0?
The thing is, Im again inclined to blame the players for a lot of these things. The Distin fallout, allegedly after those first 3 games against Leicester, Arsenal and Chelsea where we shipped 10 goals, he was dropped in favour of Stones deservedly. We won our next 2, but then Distin got his place back against Palace thanks to an injury to Coleman, and we fell apart at the back again. Both he and Howard then got a run out in the Cup game at Swansea 2 days later to effectively redeem themselves and have a chance of playing their way back into form, and both were awful again. Its apparently after this game that Martinez has had to have a word with him about his performances and told him he needed a complete break from the side to clear his head, and Distin threw his toys out of the pram and went AWOL. Which nobody would have cared about had John Stones not done his ligaments at Man United 3 games later, then his replacement Alcaraz got injured 3 games later. We had a poisonous character back in the fold who nobody wanted there, who had ultimately fell out with the manager because he couldnt take a bit of criticism about his terrible performances. Lets not forget that despite being a very good and professional player for us over the yars, Distin has previous for spitting his dummy out and trying to engineer a move when he doesnt want to be somewhere anymore. See his behaviour at Pompey when we signed him.
That to me is a fault with the player, likewise over the Mirallas thing. I havent heard anything about Eto'o. The 'direct' thing is a myth, we havent changed our style over the last few games at all, we just found gaps and better delivery. Teams just know that we play a certain way, and a good way to counter that is to defend deep and let us have the ball, and close off any gaps. The 3 games we played were against West Ham twice, with such leading lights as James Collins, James Tomkins and Carl Jenkinson, and we put 3 past them in 2 games in a period where we've struggled to score says as much about them as it does us, and Man City, who despite being Champions and having a decent defence, wont come and sit back against us the way the likes of Stoke and West Brom have in recent weeks. We had more chances against City than we have against anyone else probably since about November, and part of that is because it was always going to be a more open game against City. Stones' return late in the first West Ham game has been a big thing in that too, as he can play out from the back, whereas with Distin and Jagielka there, it was the likes of Besic and Barry who were having to come deep and take the ball off the keeper, and having nobody ahead of them. Stones takes the ball off Robles and carries it forward, allowing the midfield to get forward more.
Teams should sit back if they have any sense as Everton are totally clueless at breaking teams down at the moment. We sat back in the 2nd half after going 1-0 up and won at a canter to be fair apart from a last minute scramble in the box. It's the way to play at Goodison in their current predicament....
Exactly. When we're fully fit and firing, we've got enough about us to break it down. You came to us playing a similar way last season for example and we won 4-0. Someone with Deulofeu's pace and unpredictability being the main difference that day. But this season, there is no spark. Mirallas is the only one of our 'star' players who has had anything like a top season. His pace and his ability has been the key behind most of our best attacking displays. Its no coincidence too that when he is firing, so is Lukaku, who has had some of the worst service Ive ever seen for an EFC striker this season. He was one of our better players during this poor run, but the majority of it he's having to make and do for himself because nobody else is getting the ball to him where he's best with it.