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Hibbert: Win At All Costs

Tony Hibbert looks to Man United clash

Hibbert: Win At All Costs
Tony Hibbert

Everton defender Tony Hibbert believes there is no hiding how important Saturday's lunchtime fixture against Manchester United is, as David Moyes' side look to secure their first league win of the season against the Carling Cup holders at Goodison Park.

Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Dan Gosling and Jack Rodwell helped Everton to a 3-1 home win against United last season and Hibbert believes that result should give the Blues cause for optimism ahead of the game.

“It’s a massive game for us, we’re at home and we need a win no matter what,” Hibbert told evertontv. We’ve had a few good results at home against Man United so I think the lads are looking forward to it.”

Everton have taken just a point from their opening three league games, but Hibbert insisted that this does not reflect the Toffees’ early season performances.

“I think we’re playing brilliantly we really are,” he continued. “We’re getting a grip of the game and passing the ball really well.

“We’re just lacking a little bit in the final third but maybe that’s a bit of luck and maybe that will come on Saturday.”

Everton were left particularly frustrated by a 1-0 reverse against Aston Villa in their last league game, when they couldn’t find the net despite a second half assault on the Villa goal.

With the eleven times Premier League champions next up for Everton, Hibbert says his team must be more clinical in front of goal.

“You can push and push and push all day long but at the end of the day you need to score,” he added.

“Scoring goals wins the games so we need to start to scoring. Maybe it is a bit of luck we need to kick start us but you’ve got to keep on going.”

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CRAIG WEILDINGI might start having a pound every match on Hibbert being 1st or last goalscorer. Then one day i will win, SURELY.

Thursday 9th September 14:31 Report Comment

Andrew CorrieWise words Mr McDermott, that Hibbo hat trick might not be such a pipe dream after all, and no one else is hitting the back of the net so far! Coleman can start at right back as well then.

Wednesday 8th September 16:26 Report Comment

Christopher McDermottI say get Hibbo up front. Problem solved! His obvious and natural goalscoring prowess will make easy work of the united game...

Wednesday 8th September 14:59 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGWhen Hibbert starts nobody can moan. He is vastly experienced.

Wednesday 8th September 08:57 Report Comment

Chris BannantyneLet's send Rooney back to the sheds

Wednesday 8th September 02:54 Report Comment

Neil McAdamDon't want to start with the yak on his own. Saha is our best bet for this game with bringing on either Beckford of the Yak on for someone in midfield to play 4-4-2 if we need a goal! Not doing a one for one swap that Moyse seems to like! Even a 4-3-1-2 pushing Cahil forward with the two strikers. I agree though 4-5-1 to begin and see how it goes.

Wednesday 8th September 00:20 Report Comment

Paul HowellsI think with the way Uniteds full backs like to overlap the winger and really get forward Hibbo's defensive game and experience will be better suited for the Utd game. My line up would be Howard - Baines, Jagielka, Heitinga, Hibbert - Billy, Rodwell, Fellaini, Arteta - Cahill - Saha. I suppose thats technically a 4-4-1-1 formation with Cahill just behind Louis. Plus if we need to shake things up a little there are always Yak, Pienaar, Beckford, Coleman, Osman etc. to come on and stir it up. The reason I wouldnt start Pienaar is even though he is a great player these first few games he just hasnt seemed up to it and has not performed like he did last year.

Tuesday 7th September 23:44 Report Comment

Raymond CoeHave to disagree with Andy Corrie, I think Hibbert should start he is better defensively and lets face it against Man Utd we are going to need to be on our defensive game which is also why it should be 4-5-1, I do agree on one thing though we need our best players in there best positions which does not mean Rodwell on the right side he showed he can't play there whereas we know Arteta can, but so can Coleman so why not have him out there and please don't start with Beckford on his own up there he is not suited to it, Saha or better still the Yak on as a lone striker.

Tuesday 7th September 22:08 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiIf we win and Hibbo scores it will be absolutely crazy!!! Of course we riot! COYB! And come on Hibbo!

Tuesday 7th September 20:03 Report Comment

sam humphreysTony Hibbert IS going to score against United, HIBBO SCORES WE RIOT!

Tuesday 7th September 19:24 Report Comment

Andrew CorrieStarting 11, MUST be: Baines, Distin, Jags, Coleman, Arteta, Rodwell, Cahill, Peanut, Saha, Beckford...

Tuesday 7th September 18:57 Report Comment

Andrew CorrieSorry Hibbo, it's got to be Coleman starting before you mate, we all love ya but he's better. 4-4-2 Moyesie, with Arteta on the wing, Rodwell in the centre and two strikers, it's not rocket science!!!

Tuesday 7th September 18:54 Report Comment

Robbie DooganRobert, I agree that the best teams play 4-5-1, but they also have really clinical strikers who score tons of goals, we dont have a drogba, villa, higuain, messi etc. which inevitably leads back to the money situation! if we are to progress to were we all feel we deserve to go we desperately need some cash! and i stress desperately! otherwise we are a top 8 team fightining for sixth!

Tuesday 7th September 16:21 Report Comment


Tuesday 7th September 15:11 Report Comment

Dom DunningHibbert do the Job yourself and we will go nuts!

Tuesday 7th September 15:02 Report Comment

Aaron MythenWell said Robert!! As you said most of the top sides in Europe play a 4-5-1 system but for some reason its not good enough for us?? I didnt see anyone on here last yr after the Utd. or Chelsea games complaining about this system being negative!! More strikers does not mean more goals...when are people gonna realize that??!! Anyway lets hope we can stuff Utd. again and get this season started!!! IMWT!!!

Tuesday 7th September 14:43 Report Comment

Milin Chandrathere is a big bet in my class!because 3/4 of my class is supporting man utd and im with another guy is supporting everton!so everton pleasse!!win this one or ill lose 100 bucks....half of my country supports man utd brazil chelsea or liverpool...all gloryhunters....

Tuesday 7th September 13:30 Report Comment

Minik HansenMe too, Jeff Bee. The desire at the Goodison Park is and will be there, that's for sure! Right Evertonians? 4-5-1, 4-4-2, not only that. Let's stand together with this one and heartly welcome Man United!

Tuesday 7th September 12:07 Report Comment

Jeff Beesort of wish everyne else had Hibbo's desire

Tuesday 7th September 11:58 Report Comment

Robert IrvingWill people stop going on about switching to 4-4-2, and 4-5-1 being negative. We've never played well in a 4-4-2 formation, we don't keep the ball well enough. We end up knocking it back to Jags or Distin, and then lumping it forward. Most of the top teams play 4-5-1 now anyway, and score plenty of goals. I know it's frustrating at the moment. But we have to stick with it and be patient. We suffer with not having anyone with blinding pace in midfield or out wide. So on occasions we struggle to break teams down. But for me, 4-5-1 is the only way forward given those limitations.

Tuesday 7th September 11:47 Report Comment

Dave O'NeillWith a negative 4-5-1 line up what can we expect but no goals. It will be another easy day at the office for Vidic & co if they only have 1 striker to deal with.

Tuesday 7th September 11:28 Report Comment

Malcolm BubbWith a 5 man midfield, ANY team should be able to knock the ball around - you have an extra man! Time to go 4-4-2. We have the players. If we do stay with 4-5-1 both Billy and Cahill must start - both in advanced roles.

Tuesday 7th September 11:14 Report Comment


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