Date: 10th December 2012 at 3:57pm
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Good morning.

A few weeks ago now on the podcast I said we were getting away with it. And yesterday, that stopped. It might be useful then to start by looking at what Everton did. Try and weigh up what actually happened.

Colman was an endless menace and it was he and Pienaar that caused endless damage creatively. They gave the Toffees width, pace and punch. Three things we were entirely missing. The rest of their lot were not individually memorable. But each man had a desire to win the ball, pass cleanly and attack. I can’t really recall an instance where they passed sideways or backwards or ‘hovered about’ aimlessly.

The mindset of the Everton players seemed more business-like and frankly more dangerous. I’m not talking about the last 15 minutes here but from the very kick off. There was an undercurrent of determination. Not for the first time our lot’s application has been questionable. This is why we went in at half time level – by the skin of our teeth.

To Everton’s credit when they lost the ball it hurt and they really wanted to get it back. By contrast and with the notable exceptions of Sandro and Lloris, our lot did a good impression of men who thought they were owed a living.

Our play wasn’t sharp or fast enough. Receive the ball. Stop. Weigh up options. Get hassled. Make hurried pass of dubious accuracy. Pull a face. Spurs have got a number of issues but one that can be addressed overnight is the ‘culture of the footballer’. We’ve too many haircut and tattoo models on our books. If they spent more time playing footballer and less time looking the part we might just get somewhere. Without Bale and only ‘half a Moussa’ we looked very very light.

So what’s rotten? Is Villas-Boas as hopeless as the press wished him to be? Are Everton going to win the League? No, it’s personnel. so let’s run through ’em.

Hugo Lloris Made some extraordinary saves. Given the jumble sale of players in front of him, it’s ambitious to apportion much blame if any on him. For anything.

Kyle Walker. Gormless, drippy, useless, dumb, confused, flustered, clueless, diving, rubbish, impersonator.

William Gallas is an abuse magnet. I can see his foul ups but I can’t see them in isolation, so I don’t hate. Stuck between a plinth like Walker and a hot/cold Caulker and there are going to messy moments. Dawson was routinely iffy when not paired up with Ledders.

Steven Caulker yesterday was too much for him. I can’t get upset over this because he’s being picked because two of our best defenders are out of action. He’s a good lad but he shouldn’t be playing in games as tough as this. And this was a tough game.

Jan Vertonghen is another one who in the ‘mend and make do of it’ all isn’t playing consistently. So we get moments of class followed by acts of randomness.

Sandro. I predicted him collapsing about a month back and he did. I’m calling another collapse now. He is being run into the ground and the sooner Moussa is back to full fitness the better.

Tom Huddlestone. Much is being made of the spectator that ran onto the pitch at The Etihad. No mention of this one at Goodison.

Moussa Dembèlè isn’t fully fit and again, if there was a full squad available he wouldn’t be put through stuff like this.

Azza Blud dished up his usual fare which is to say he didn’t simply contribute enough. Nowhere near enough.

Clint Dempsey had another ‘so what’ game. I had to watch the goal 3 times to be convinced it went in.

Emmanuel Adebayor came deeper and deeper to fetch the ball then couldn’t cope with being tackled.

Jermain Defoe did, in fairness track back and run about but he didn’t score so by default he was useless.

Andre Villas-Boas if he hasn’t already, needs to sit down with Levy & Co. and tell them he’s had vision. He’s visited the future. It’s a bleak and desolate place where we wrestle with people like Fulham to decide whether we finish 5th or 6th. This side needs reinforcements. It also needs to ship out Huddlestone and Walker, if necessary to Peterborough United.

We have no midfield. Sandro is immense but he’s only one man. Moussa desperately needs a foil. We need at least one major league big hitting creative. This isn’t negotiable any more. The gap left by Modric and van Der Vaart is yawning.

 

 
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  • Mabelode The Faceless December 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

    As it’s pretty obvious that fining Citeh is ludicrously pointless I wonder what sort of sanction will be applied to the potentially life scarring attack on Rio Ferdinand?

  • Yachtsman December 13, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Been away for too long. Offshore. Not bad at my age. What a surprise to come back to this new site! Ignorant as I am of what goes into setting up this arrangement/whatever, HH, you deserve credit.

    Watched our lads for the first time in months. Quite apart from the more weighty on field deficiencies many of you must have been pointing out, why can’t the coaches instill two simple/basic disciplines: (i) don’t give the ball away on throw ins (ii) don’t hack the ball up field when clearing. Either send it out or find someone to pass it to.

    • Ronnie Wolman December 13, 2012 at 3:14 am

      I think there is a mentality to hold onto leads and therefore the energy isnt to go forward in buildup but hold back in defence.We give the ball away and are not good enough to mark everyone when we do lose it so we play this high line that supposed to trap the other team.Problem is it doesnt work as there are many quick quality players that can beat the trap.It takes away our own control of the game and passes it to the opposition.They now have the momentum and its a matter of time with all the pressure we are soaking up.
      Our best defence in the past few years is attack.We always look better going forward.
      In my opinion its a mistake to hold onto a goal.
      The momentum always turns to the team with the ball.
      Sometimes soaking up pressure allows Bale to go forward with open space.But this week we didnt even have that and the tactics failed miserably. Knowing tactics is not thinking.Thinking is adjusting to the situation.This is something that AVB hasnt shown he can do yet.

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 10:17 pm

    Seventh

  • 39 39 39 December 12, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    :Delighted:

  • MysteriousStranger December 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Bring back the blogspot :Happy-Grin:

    Seriously, nice to see we’re up and running… once the comments run from the top down it’ll be even better :Roses-are-red:

  • munso December 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    Im sure this was up the other way earlier?
    Could be the death knell of the old ‘firsters’
    RIP

    • Boy Charioteer December 13, 2012 at 7:30 am

      Yes, could “first” be replaced by “bottom”? Best not go there eh? :Thinking:

  • cincinnatiyid December 12, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    HH or TBH as the case may be–lots of luck with the new site, which is running terribly slow on my office PC, BTW :Cry-Out: :Tired: :Cry:

    • CincinnatiYid December 12, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Reply button seems to work . We weird from bottom to top I see.

      • CincinnatiYid December 12, 2012 at 8:49 pm

        Work not weird

  • ehbagumspur December 12, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    This is very shiny and clean, I hope you all look after it, new stadium next. Hard to get used to the comments being ‘arse first’.

  • Steveo1987 December 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

    Alive and kicking…….Simple Minds.

  • Essexian76 December 12, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    OK Harry, I’m over here now as you’ve had the gas and leckie turned off at the other place-I knew I’d have to get out eventually but as I’m a traditionalist I’m now wearing a white sheet with ‘We Are Harry Hotspur’ emblazoned on it, My wife’s none too happy about ruining it,although Ronnie W suggested a trip to Brentford Nylons for a new pair!

    • DAVID December 12, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      My gran was a machinist for them at their factory in Stratford.
      Poor old Ronnie is a bit behind the times.
      Are you going to tell him what happened to the Titanic or should I ?

      • Essexian76 December 12, 2012 at 9:26 pm

        Oh Don’t David, please he’ll be trying to work out how to get his return trip sorted

        • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 10:27 pm

          Ship disturber

          • Essexian76 December 13, 2012 at 12:55 am

            Greenberg, Goldberg-Iceberg0I know it was some Jewish guy that sunk the damned thing

            • Ronnie Wolman December 13, 2012 at 12:09 pm

              Thats the conservative side of the family,they are a lot colder

    • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 10:24 pm

      Yes I walked up one of those ladders once right to the top.At the top it was like a forest with a secret passage.There was a bell at the top of the cavern.Not sure if I should have pressed it or not.The sign said ‘press it and come in’ I did.
      I scored more that day than Dempsey and Ade combined :Elvis:

      • melcyid December 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

        sounds like the talking bit from Hole in my shoe by Traffic, not triffic,also I wanted to explore the emoticons to join in with the childish gibberish we seem to have resorted too after the capitulation of all things arsenhole,seems they dont mind their first team getting beat by 3rd leaguers. :THANK-YOU: :Approve: :Overjoy: :Delighted: :Pleasure: :Happy-Grin:

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    :Zzzzzz: :Zzzzzz: :Zzzzzz: :Zzzzzz: :Zzzzzz: :Zzzzzz:

    our defence in the last 2 minutes of any game

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police: :Police:

    The Kop

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    :Liar: Im going to buy Llorente

    • Boy Charioteer December 12, 2012 at 6:49 pm

      What is the nearest station to Treadstone? :Afraid:

      • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 10:18 pm

        Er…..Liverp……..er FENCHURCH STREET????????????????

    • melcyid December 12, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      :Liar: :Liar: pants on fire

  • Alspur December 12, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Whoa! I’ve gone all upside down!!

    :Crazy:

  • Billy Legit December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Test!…….Testing!……..Testicles!…………

  • Spurstacus December 12, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    This site gets better every time I refresh.
    Congrats Harry. :Happy-Birthday3:

  • Spurstacus December 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    :Woodstock:

  • C.O.T.I December 12, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    Nice to see the new site is up and running!
    Didn’t watch the Everton game as I was in Amsterdam visiting *cough* museums.

    Caught an eye full of highlights and (although they where brief) got the impression we only created a few chances and Everton bossed the game and deserved the win.

    Is that right?

    • LLL December 12, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      S’about right. Everton deserved the points. But conceding 2 goals in injury time is pretty, I don’t know, stinking terrible, whichever way you cook it.

    • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      It was unreal I mean really unreal *cough*

      Some museum…I mean we had this great big fucking dinosaur playing in the back four….

  • LLL December 12, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    I don’t like these emoticons. Too big and garish :Disapproval:

    • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:18 pm

      LLL HARRY PUT THEM ON TO SPOOK YOU!!!!!!!!

      THEY ARE HARRY’S SPECIAL ELITE GUARDS

      LOOK OUTSIDE YOUR HOUSE AT THE SKY….CANT YOU SEE THE BLIMP THAT LOOKS LIKE ONE???????????

      • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

        :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely: :Sad-Lonely:

      • LLL December 12, 2012 at 5:27 pm

        Checked outside the window – nothing there. Think you’re pulling my leg to be honest.

  • Frontwheel 2 December 12, 2012 at 4:58 pm

    Its great listening on TalkShite at the moment,I think we’ve moved into 2nd spot in the moaning fans league by the gooners :Overjoy:

  • aidyj7 December 12, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    yup good to see I don’t like too much change

  • aidyj7 December 12, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    da fuk is this, oh a rather sleek new website, have I still got that same shitty avatar?

  • Hartley December 12, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    I had the chance of a ticket for Bradford v Ar5escum last night but didn’t bother because;
    a) They usually fluke a way through…
    b) It was feckin freezin up here….
    :Angry:

  • munso December 12, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    Hate to break the bad news Ronnie, Battersea fun fair shut down about 40 years ago!

    • Essexian76 December 12, 2012 at 4:46 pm

      Ronnie still coming to terms with Cliff Jones’ retirement Munso-40 years is nothing

      • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:16 pm

        CLIFF JONES RETIRED??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

        • Essexian76 December 12, 2012 at 5:33 pm

          Sorry Ron, but someone had to tell :Happy-Grin: ya all

          • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

            Look we could sell Bale for 57 million,Lennon for 15 million and bring back Jones,Greaves and Glizean and we will do fine

    • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:15 pm

      BATTERSEA FUN FAIR IS DONE???????????????????????????????????????????

    • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 5:24 pm

      i WANT TO KNOW WHY THE BIG DIPPER CLOSING AND THE LAST STEAM TRAIN LEAVING FENCHURCH STREET STATION MIRRORED OUR OWN FORTUNES.

      SHOULD HAVE GOT OFF AT BARKING

      :Afraid:

  • Spurstacus December 12, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    B ollo x..

    • LLL December 12, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      :Tears: :Tears:

  • Spurstacus December 12, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    :Distort:

  • Spurstacus December 12, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    :Distort: This will be useful at the end of LLL’s posts.

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    Ronnie’s Hunches #17

    I have decided to pre-ermpt Harry’s Hunches No 17 with my own No.17 Hunches
    But I think it will be much more interesting to have teams play different teams other than the ones they are supposed to be playing because that might give us a better chance this week.
    For instance if we played…..wait….who? QPR???????? Forget that….I dont want us to be as embarassed as Wenger wasn’t. No forget that idea. How about if we changed the venue….lets say West Ham plays Fulham at Fenchurch street station. Or Norwich could play Southampton on the pier at Clacton.
    Chelsea could play Liverpool at Battersea while the fun fair is on.QPR could play themselves on the cab rank at Dalston Junction.
    We could have Man U playing City again at Greenwich Mean Time.

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    I have to tell you about those emoticons.They look expressive and cute and horrible for sure but they emanate out of a site in Teheran and funded by North Korea. They have all your data now and if you look out of your window straight up in the air there is a blimp that looks like one of them right over your house as we speak.
    For some odd reason it is flying the colours of Bradford City Football Club

  • cookiebun December 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Everton have a manager. We have a pretender.

  • Alspur December 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I appreciate that saying Piers Morgan is a c*ck is hardly earth-shattering news, but he plumbed fresh depths of c*ntishness, last night:

    “Congratulations to Bradford, magnificent win. I’m off (genuinely..) to party at the White House with President Obama. Night all.”

  • seattlespursguy December 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Hey, look at these

    :Bully: :The-Incredible-Hulk: :Who-s-the-man:

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Harry,cant we carry on a thread from a post?

    • theboyhotspur December 12, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      I’m on it baby!

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    about games lasting 80 minutes,maybe thats why my dad was such a big supporter. He used to park his car miles away and leave 10 minutes before the end.

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Look you bastards Harry spent 3 and a half quid on this site and we should have a little fucking respect for god’s sake.

    I meant sake.

    No dont sake AVB

    sake to celebrate

    On the subject of the Everton game. Its simple.We didn’t show up to play.
    I mean we often have had miserable performances and every time we seem to have an opportunity to leap frog over our rivals,we look like washed out versions of ourselves. It wasnt Everton.It was us.Lethargic lot we looked.

    But look if you want to be happy about it you should go over and be an arse supporter.Wenger is thrilled about what they did.He said Bradford was the best team.I agree. He said it was a cup tie.I agree it was a cup tie.

    On the positive side Benny,Kaboul and Parker back will give the boys a break,and we will get a renewed sense of energy. Then Levy would have to kick in with Llorente.

  • UnkleKev December 12, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    As I mentioned towards the tail end of the old blog, as has been pointed out if games only lasted 80 minutes we’d be top o’ the heap — which indicates to me that we’re clearly doing something right. Hopefully we’re only a few minor tweaks away from being serious challengers.

  • Alspur December 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    I just came on to say:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHA….

    …still somewhat pleased about last night’s Arse-debacle, as you can see…

    :Overjoy: :Overjoy: :Overjoy: :Overjoy: :Overjoy: :Overjoy: :Overjoy:

  • Boy Charioteer December 12, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    We can only get better :Doctor:

  • BrizzleSpur December 12, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    So this is the new digs? Reminds me of working on council houses, bit of white on the ceiling, some maggy for the walls…

    Anyway, the football wasn’t great but there weren’t many of us expecting a win. Without digging up the season long arguments of new coach no modders etc I’d say it was important that the coach and chairman had an accurate analysis of the squad and luckily our H has just done exactly that.

    We won’t be getting a new striker this Jan with Defoe banging them in and Ade being Ade. We need cover for the wings and some squad players that aren’t crocked.
    With ‘Arry round the corner doin a ‘bit of this and a bit of that’ we may get to move a couple on easier!

  • moosetheyid December 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    So this is where everyone has been hiding! :Crazy-Mad:

  • philmccrackin December 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    F**king A :Happy-Birthday3: :In-Love: :Overjoy: :Happy-Grin: :Wink: :Happy: :Approve: :Cheers: :Congratulations: :Superman: :Bye:

  • Bruxie December 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm

    :Delicious: :Delighted: :Cool:

  • Bruxie December 12, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    HH Admin.

    Bureaucrat!

    • theboyhotspur December 12, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      This is what you’re up against! Hahhahaha.

  • HH Admin December 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    :Thinking:

  • melcyid December 12, 2012 at 11:26 am

    there are some holes need filling in around the pipes behind the sinks. I will have a closer look around tomorrow. Dont pay the builders yet.

  • philmccrackin December 12, 2012 at 11:15 am

    TWITCHY OUT (Ninja)

  • A_Felching December 12, 2012 at 11:10 am

    :Tired:

  • HH Admin December 12, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Guys the site isn’t finished. Another day or two and this will look less awful and have more nice touches than Dave Lee Travis.

  • Eyeball Paul December 12, 2012 at 8:55 am

    If you haven’t noticed, we are a classic ‘smash and grab’ team away from home – we haven’t dominated a game away from home yet.
    Yes, the lads were not great on Sunday, but have you seen them play any better (outside of the first half at OT)?
    The Eyeballer feels you are too harsh on Walker – he actually had a solid game defencively – he offered next to nothing attacking wise, so too Lennon – nothing attack wise, but worked his socks off in defencive mode.
    Gallas needs replacing.
    Caulker had a solid game, except for his crazy intervention at the end.
    Agree with analysis of Vertongen
    Dempsey doesn’t offer much, but he is contributing important goals, so this cannot be underestimated.
    The Eyeballer feels Siggy is finally beginning to settle in – he is looking more like the player we signed from Swansea
    Ade needs a kick in the bojangles – HH you love Ade – the Eyeballer doesn’t. He is lazy, self serving, uncaring impersonator of the player we saw last year. Bring on Jan, and a new ‘tall’ striker – should send him the appropriate message.
    Defoe cares.

  • Eyeball Paul December 12, 2012 at 8:35 am

    The Eyeballer is glad to be back amongst (The Usual Suspects) friends…..

    Not sure he likes the marble decor, though

  • PeterTheStoreyTeller December 12, 2012 at 7:00 am

    @Billy Legit.It’s on the Snagging List.

    • Billy Legit December 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Cheers Sweetheart! :Approve:

  • PeterTheStoreyTeller December 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Normal play resumed.

  • melcyid December 12, 2012 at 3:03 am

    theyve all gone to QPR Billy

    • Billy Legit December 12, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      Don’t you mean QPRahahahahahahahahaha!

  • Ronnie Wolman December 12, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I support Bradford 9where uis it?)

  • Billy Legit December 12, 2012 at 2:17 am

    Where’s the fackin’ emoticons?

  • melcyid December 12, 2012 at 1:09 am

    whinger “we are building a team for the future” arf arf

  • dutchman December 11, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Think you’re pretty right, re the midfield problems.hardly any sparks..
    Bradfor..just lovely!

  • Urbane Sturgeon December 11, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    .
    For what it’s worth, I don’t like this white on white at all.

    Anyway, Go on the Bradford. And I’d just like to check; I’m not talking about alleged ITKs or anything but has anyone else heard rumours of our having all but signed moutinho for next year? Talks occurred, agreements made, in the bag etc. Or is it just my numpty friends in Norf Lundun?

  • chivermertimbers December 11, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    no reply does tend to dampen down the cut and thrust a bit oh well,

    still, nice to see goons get beaten by a chicken badge team

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    Nighty night boys and remember, don’t smile too wide, you could fracture your jaws.

  • Frontwheel 2 December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Just what the doctor ordered

  • Essexian76 December 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Glory Glory Bradford Hotspur-and the Bant’s go marchin’ on-on-on

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 10:32 pm

    Always nice to go to bed with a smile on your face.

  • LLL December 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

    Warms the cockles

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 10:26 pm

    And they had pretty much a first team out. Trying to win a competition that according to their manager does not count.
    Happy days Triple L.

  • LLL December 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    Fecking schweet. The 120 minutes and penalty humiliation make it all the schweeter

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    ARGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. COME ON YOU BEAUTIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    Glad to see I am not the only one watching the penalty shoot out.

  • Frontwheel 2 December 11, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Peno’s please Bradford,lift my little heart COYBC

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    Really enjoying the scum losing to Bradford but you know it won’t last.

  • Boy Charioteer December 11, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Are we going to get our smilies on a free transfer?

  • Spurstacus December 11, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I say. How does one reply to a fellow yids post?

  • hoofing December 11, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    Wow just tuned in with the lights out, where’s me sun glasses?

  • DAVID December 11, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    WOW! This is very plush, just need a reply function as FW2 suggested.
    Looks like most of our sick will be available within 2-3 weeks so something to look forward to, plus that wonderful invention the Transfer window.
    Just a shame the window is only open for us for 1 hour but 31 days for all the other clubs.

  • LLL December 11, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I wish we hadn’t been knocked out so I could legitimately enjoy Bradford being one up against the Goons. Well, I’m still enjoying it, but it doesn’t quite have all the shine it should do.

  • Frontwheel 2 December 11, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Missed the game,was kept up to scratch by text,the last 2 texts were worse than being kicked in the balls
    HH is there going to be a reply on this site?If not how am I gonna make my juvenile cowardly slightly offensive remarks?

  • chivermertimbers December 11, 2012 at 5:41 pm

    call me a die hard but i miss the clunky charm of blogspot

  • Boy Charioteer December 11, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Everton are a good side. Great history. Love the “Z-Cars music when the team comes out.

  • Excuse Me, Good Spur... December 11, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    You’re spot on Harry. That gap, that gaping chasm where our midfield creativity used to be, which is left from the departure of VDV and Modric, should be obvious to anyone.

    I personally hope our boys are pulling some tricks out of the bag to try to lure a supposedly disgruntled Miralem Pjanic from Roma. He would be my solution. Anyone else got any ideas?

  • Jamie December 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I can forgive all of our players for the various reasons, mostly mentioned above – even Walker’s form, at least he’s doing his best even if he drives you nuts.
    But there’s one exception who really gets up my nose. Huddlestone. How this guy can continue to be so clearly overweight and unfit is a joke. He’s had months to get into shape, and hasn’t, and it’s hindering him and his employers.
    He was great in 09/10, I could cut him slack for injuries and needing time to get back, but if he can’t be bothered to train at his maximum to get into shape, then why should we both to back him. He doesn’t fit AVB’s style long term so get rid, loan to sell to Harry. Whatever it takes.
    Then get a creative midfielder and a wide player, who-ever is available in Jan (it won’t be easy), bust a gut for 4th and re-assess.

  • Gestie December 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    looks much smarter HH or is it now TBH??

    just in time for xmas fixtures

  • Bobbles December 11, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    The sentiment is not entirely unfair, but I read in the standard that if football games were 80 minutes long instead of 90 then we’d be top of the league – which tells you exactly where AVB needs to focus his attention.

    Scotty P for whoever on 70 minutes will make the difference.

  • spursgoliath December 11, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    A little harsh, Everton’s home record is one of the best in the league and for a slightly patched up/Euro fatigued side we didn’t look too off the pace and were a little unlucky not to draw. A win would have flattered us though.

    We still need a few players

    – an experienced utility defender of quality who can cover all the back four a bit like vertonghen is having to do for us currently or ivanovic at chelsea to take the pressure off gallas, naughton, walker and caulker a bit. Ideally a cool head with leadership qualities.

    – a forward who loves leading the line and can score 15+ goals a season, hopefully who can operate as well in a 4-4-2 as a 4-4-1-1/4-5-1

    – and most importantly a creative mid as dempsey, huddlestone and sigurdsson are NOT this player (as useful as they may or may not be at doing other things on the pitch). Obviously Moutinho is the dream.

  • Mr Spiggott December 11, 2012 at 7:52 am

    So you don’t favour benching azza and playing walker on the right then ?

  • TMWNN December 11, 2012 at 3:33 am

    Can’t argue withof

  • KrakowJosh December 11, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Goodness! Are we up and running here?

  • northern spur December 11, 2012 at 12:54 am

    can’t believe I’m first but there are no viewable comments at 00.52 on 11 Dec 2012. I was at the game on Sunday and there analysis is spot on. It was only the fact we conceded goals at the very death that made me feel we had just been mugged. In truth, we were second best throughout.

  • 39 39 39 December 11, 2012 at 12:07 am

    Harry’s brand new stadium.
    I must say, It’s very smart!
    No smileys?

  • lecoqhardi December 10, 2012 at 9:46 pm

    Exactamundo, Rodney. Quarter finals of Europa and FA cups, and 5th/6th in league? No way, Pedro.

  • Hartley December 10, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    We were unlucky, that’s all….had Siggy’s shot gone in at 1-0 we would have been home and dry

  • Fist December 10, 2012 at 8:27 pm

    Jan Can’t play on the left, even if he does for his country & Caulker….he needs to listen to his Keeper, I’m sure LLoris called for the ball before he hacked it to the opo to score & its the second time he’s done it. Where’s the zmiles button

  • seattlespursguy December 10, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    We have missed Benny tremendously. I agree that Jan is hot and cold as an LB, but he is the only viable option there if Benny is out.

  • LLL December 10, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Primero?

    There appeared to be a game plan yesterday that we play for a draw, try and sneak a win. It appeared to be working quite well until it didn’t.

    Wasn’t too pissed off as we wouldn’t have deserved 3 points, we’ve been lucky more times than not this season so yesterday was a bit of payback. Now the manager and squad now need to learn how to close games off. Perhaps better utilizing what resources we do have in the squad so we don’t run 11 players into the ground by playing them twice a week might be a good start.

  • chivermertimbers December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    so you decided to show up then?

  • the boy lennon December 10, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    lem’ me in now, lem’ me in now, bill gates now i’m trumped lem’ me in now i got money to spend on my friends now, lem’ me in now.

  • HarryAbbots December 10, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    This is only a test comment because I’m not fully up and running yet.