I’m just about to board a 9 & half hour flight, a night flight of which I doubt I’ll get any sleep, so it’ll be a 38 hour day. However, I’ve just had 102 minutes of football to occupy my thoughts between Florida and Cardiff.
I’ll start with the obvious and work backwards. It’ll be controversial, but it’s my opinion and doubtless you’ll have your own.
If Son doesn’t tackle from behind Gomes doesn’t get injured. For me (maybe not you?) it’s as simple as that. If Son doesn’t catch Gomes’s heel/ankle he doesn’t go hurtling into Aurier. I put it squarely on Son. I don’t care what form or display of contrition he showed, I don’t care if he can’t pick his head up in the changing room. He consciously made a decision to tackle a player from behind and Everton will suffer the consequences. It was shithousery of the highest order from Son, a player that has shown over the past 2 seasons to have this in his game. Absolutely disgusted by him. He has cost Everton our best midfielder for what’s likely to be the rest of the campaign , so we now have our first choice midfield out, and won’t play together this season.
Dele Alli handles the balls in the area, it’s plain and simple. His arm is in an unnatural position and hits his hand. Anthony Taylor took 4 minutes and 40 replays to decide that it didn’t, whilst the rest of the world and football community unanimously agreed it did. Just like Lee Mason the previous week taking 14 looks at Keane watching the ball whilst the Brighton striker got shot from the grassy knoll. You can’t even say you win some and lose some with VAR.
There should be an Everton delegation on Monday at the HQ’s of the FA, Premier League & PGMOL demanding answers as to why for 2 consecutive weeks the club have been absolutely flattened by a failing system, presided over by the same inept officials it was brought in to correct.
I was pleased with the formation, I was pleased with the team, especially Davies, Sidibe & Holgate getting starts. They all deserve it. What started looking like a 4-3-3 turned into a 4–1-4-1, and for the first half worked. Again outside of Son falling over in the box and an over hit Aurier cross, Spurs troubled us as much as we troubled them.
It was a poor game played out by two team bereft of confidence and momentum. A draw was the right result in some respects, although in reality Tosun’s header from an immaculate Lucas Digne cross should have been the winner. But this is Everton, and if you haven’t won away in the league since January, and your massively overrated England midfielder is playing like a league 2 player, Goodison is the place to remedy all that. Thankfully we got out with something in the way of a league point. Other than that there was nothing of note to discuss, a damming indictment of 2 clubs that promise much, but deliver rarely.
For the second home game running Silva made a game changing substitution, he also couldn’t legislate for Iwobi presenting the ball to the Spurs forward line for their goal. Small margins is a terrible phrase in football, but these are what will determine Silva’s continued employment at the club.
So to the title ‘Us’ vs Them. After last week and today, as a club, from majority share holder to the canteen staff, the mentality and narrative for the rest of the season has to written by us. Not the PGMOL, not VAR, not the FA or Premier League because they will give us NOTHING and will be happy to take everything. VAR has wanted a scalp and for 2 consecutive weeks it’s been Everton. This cannot continue. Close ranks, only speak to local press, shun the national London & LFC weighted media, install the belief that only we decide our future, but importantly we have to carry that onto the pitch, every week, home and away. The sense of injustice is a righteous cause, a reason to go battle.
Even if it doesn’t end up being Marco Silva who leads the charge, his successor will face the same issues.
Final thoughts and wishes are for Andre Gomes. Please God, Allah, Budha or whichever deity you pray to, make it a safe, speedy and full recovery.
Post by evertonfan1968 on Nov 6, 2019 18:36:22 GMT
When you aren't playing well every decision that goes against you feels like the world is against you. We aren't getting the rub with the referees but we have to make our own luck. We talk about Silva but who is going to come here? The players think they're doing enough and they're not. I'm tired of Everton at the moment.