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What The Papers Say - 17 September

Moyes, Jagielka and Vaughan are all in the news.

What The Papers Say - 17 September

Daily Post



Phil Jagielka has dismissed fears of a Goodison crisis – but admits Everton have to pull their socks up if they are to avoid a winter of discontent.

Only troubled West Ham United stand below David Moyes’ side in the embryonic Premier League table after four games.

Everton have already lost twice this season – the same total as in the final 24 top-flight games of the previous campaign – and were on the brink of a third before their remarkable late comeback against Manchester United earned a thrilling 3-3 draw on Saturday.

The Goodison outfit will seek their first league win of the season tomorrow when they host promoted Newcastle United.

And while keen to impress there is no panic among the Everton squad, Jagielka accepts the team will have to work hard to earn the change in luck he believes is required to kickstart their campaign and move them away from the relegation zone.

“If you have watched our games, we still can’t understand how we lost the Villa match – maybe we were just missing a little bit of luck,” said the England international.

“Against Man United we played well for spells and against Blackburn, there was nothing in it except for a couple of mistakes.

“It sounds easy for me to say, but we have literally just been a little bit unlucky.

“I don’t think there is a crisis, but at the same time, we need to address the situation that we are in.

“We don’t want to be here come November or December and be in the bottom three still. We have to start pulling our socks up and picking up results.”

Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta scored during injury time on Saturday to secure an unlikely point and avoid a worst start to a season in 16 years for Everton.

And Leighton Baines, who provided for both goals with crosses from the left wing, has revealed that comeback has lifted everyone.

“The result and the manner of the United game have done so much for us,” said the left-back. “I think this week in training would have been so different had we lost that game.

“It has done a lot for us confidence-wise and hopefully we can use that as a platform for the Newcastle game.

“I still think we need to have a bit more devilment in front of goal and be a bit sterner at the back and the results will come.”

Saturday’s late show means Everton have not lost at Goodison in the league for almost 10 months, and Baines believes Moyes’ men are becoming a feared outfit on their own turf.

“I think teams come to Goodison Park and pay us a little bit more respect now,” said Baines. “I think you even saw Man United do it last week with an extra man in their midfield.

“You get used to that now when you play at home with teams being that bit more defensive.”

Meanwhile, David Moyes and Steve Round have admitted FA charges of improper conduct.

The pair were charged over their behaviour following Everton’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United, when they confronted referee Martin Atkinson at the final whistle over the amount of injury time played.

Moyes will pay a £8,000 fine, Round has submitted a plea in mitigation.

Liverpool Echo



WITH goal-scoring strikers currently not quite happening for Everton, it’s interesting to see James Vaughan being allowed to go on loan to Crystal Palace.

It’s the right move though.

The lad simply needs football, and he needs to build up the right kind of fitness by playing games – not sitting on the bench.

There is still a belief that James will come good at Everton, hence why he has been loaned out again instead of sold for a quick buck.

He can learn and improve at another club, like he has shown with that nicely taken hat-trick against Portsmouth, and come back to Goodison as an even better young player.

His progress will be worth following.

The Guardian



On an incident-packed evening capped by a controversial 41st‑minute sending off for the Everton goalkeeper Rachel Brown, England booked their place at next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable aggregate victory though not without some on-the-night scares in an often fractious second leg at Wohlen's tiny stadium some 35 miles from Zurich.

Brown was sent off for allegedly hair-pulling and pushing Ramona Bachmann to the floor as the striker tried to retrieve the ball after she had scored from 15 yards to halve England's two-goal lead. But TV replays clearly showed that after minimal contact on her torso, Bachmann clutched her face and threw herself to the ground. England will tomorrow appeal to Uefa to overturn the red card, which rules Brown out of the first three matches of next year's World Cup finals in Germany.

"To me it looks quite evident that she dived," said Hope Powell, the England manager. "Hopefully when we appeal they will see what we see and the decision will be reversed. It was bizarre but it had the desired effect. It's a real shame it happened – that's not the way to go about playing football – and we have to appeal."

The captain, Faye White, asked the Romanian referee at the time to explain her decision. "She told me she had sent her off for hair-pulling but that's clearly not the case," White said. "It's so obviously not a sending-off. I can't believe."

Goals by the striker Kelly Smith and the right‑winger Eniola Aluko had given Powell's team a four-goal advantage on aggregate before Bachmann's strike. The midfielder Fara Williams eased any nerves with a penalty just after the break and though the right winger Selina Zumbuhl's goal kept the home side in the game they never looked likely to wrest the tie from England's grasp.

"The girls were magnificent," Powell added. "We knew exactly what we had to do after the sending off and we went into the second half with a clear plan. The girls were so disciplined and worked their legs off. It was a bit of a roller-coaster but we were confident we'd come through if we kept our shape."

Powell's team went ahead through Smith in the 32nd minute, the striker making amends for having shot wide from a ninth penalty in an opening spell of England pressure that also saw the Boston Breakers player hit the bar and Aluko twice denied by the goalkeeper Marisa Brunner.

When Aluko slid in the second goal from Smith's 34th minute pass a clear-cut victory seemed assured. Not quite. Powell's team had to play the final 48 minutes with 10 players and though Williams successfully converted a 50th-minute penalty to stretch the aggregate lead, the Swiss pushed hard to get back into the game and did so when Zumbuhl expertly curled home a 64th minute free-kick.

The substitute Isabelle Meyer then hit the bar direct from a 79th minute corner, but England played out the closing stages with no further problems and next year in Germany will make their second successive World Cup finals appearance.

"I'm relieved," said Powell. "It's certainly been a challenging campaign. We've not played particularly well in most of the qualifiers and right now it's an odd feeling but what we've achieved will probably sink in later when we've had a glass of wine or two. Or three."

Daily Mail



Everton manager David Moyes and his assistant Steve Round have admitted to improper conduct charges, the Football Association have confirmed.

Moyes and Round were hit with the charges for their behaviour towards referee Martin Atkinson at the full-time whistle in the Toffees' thrilling 3-3 draw with Manchester United on Saturday.

Everton had trailed 3-1 heading into injury time at Goodison Park but struck through Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta to level matters. But the Blues management team were left furious when Atkinson blew his final whistle with Phil Jagielka closing in on goal in the dying seconds, with Moyes walking on to the pitch to speak to the official.

Moyes had indicated that he would plead guilty to the charge and he has received an £8,000 fine over the incident.

Round, meanwhile, has submitted a plea in mitigation against the fine, which will be heard by a Regulatory Commission hearing on Monday.
An FA statement read: 'Everton manager David Moyes and assistant manager Steve Round have both admitted improper conduct charges.

'The charges related to Moyes' and Round's conduct towards referee Martin Atkinson on the pitch following the final whistle at Everton's match against Manchester United on 11 September.

'Moyes has accepted the £8,000 fine which is the standard sanction offered for this charge under the FA's new fast-track disciplinary procedures.

'Round has submitted a plea in mitigation with relation to the standard sanction. This will be heard by a Regulatory Commission on Monday 20 September.'

CRAIG WEILDINGThanks a lot. Not all of us post abuse.

Wednesday 22nd September 16:33 Report Comment

Jon Summerwheres the other comments??? I haven't swore or said anything naughty, so where is it????

Wednesday 22nd September 11:15 Report Comment

Jon SummerWhere is it then????????????

Wednesday 22nd September 10:56 Report Comment

Paul HowellsI think one of Brennans earlier posts is right in that he says Heit will be put in his place. Only I think its his physical place and not emotional/family place. He needs putting centre back not defensive mid. He played great alongside Jags for a large part of last year at CB. If we put him CB, Felli defensive mid and start playing Yak up front more (He's starting Brentford tonight) and get Louis back then the whole dynamic of the team will be a lot better and the results will start to reflect the performances we have put in (Except Newc Utd of course)

Tuesday 21st September 19:36 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiBrennan, yes, that's what he actually said, it's this part that hurt me when I read it : "City have ambitions and I am always looking to move to a BIGGER CLUB" They may have ambitions but they'll never ever big half the club Everton is, they're just the money club. And it was especially significant for me because this summer quite a number of important players signed long term contracts with the club despite haing better offers. I hope I'm wrong and he focuses but I can't help but feel he's frustrated he didn't get the big money.

Monday 20th September 22:54 Report Comment

brennan finneganJust looked up the statement Heitinga made in the Tele. "I have heard the reports, but nothing is serious yet. City are an ambitious club, and i am always looking to move to a bigger club" He concluded that hed signed a 4 year deal with no getout clause and was fully focused at Everton was happy at the club. Suppose its best we conscentrate on his last sentence and hope his so called focus is more evident in future matchs

Monday 20th September 21:58 Report Comment

brennan finneganMikel-Craig sent a detailed post regarding Heitinga saying he would fancy a move to Chity which didnt appear. In it I stated my original statement was based on his behaviour during the penalty miss and wasnt aware of his alleged statement which if true is most diappointing. Il not contue in case ths dosnt appear either

Monday 20th September 21:31 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiBrennan actually I think you're spot-on, many people say he was a World cup finalist and he played very well, which is true, but that is past, and now he seems a totally different player, rather uninterested (I hope this won't be because of the Man city siren calls) and very poor, shouldn't be in the starting XI right now. And about what he said, well I always think if a players thinks Everton's not good enough for him he should go.

Monday 20th September 21:10 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGBrennan I do like to kid myself all our players are happy to play for Everton FC. So when i hear that one says he would fancy a move to City it does not go down well with me. However i will not turn against him (unless his form continues to be poor). As i did not hear it myself. I do trust he said it though.

Monday 20th September 19:34 Report Comment

brennan finneganMikel-Craig-Jordan I seem to have opened a can of worms when I mentioned Heitinga not yet being one of the family. He was one of my heros in the world cup. However he hasnt shown that degree of success in Blue so far. His attitude is different and this rubs off on those around him. However I wouldnt read too much into this as I dont believe theres anything detrimental going on in the background. With our captain back in control Heit will hopefully be put in his place and the family togetherness will be restored

Monday 20th September 00:08 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiJordan, that's my biggest concern right now, if there is something going on that we don't now. I hope I'm wrong but seeing the apathic display of last game, when some players looked as if they didn't care... that's far more worrying than the result itself.

Sunday 19th September 21:35 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGCheers Jordan. Not happy with that one bit.

Sunday 19th September 21:25 Report Comment

Jordan GillenCraig, Heitinga made the remark during the period he was linked with them (before they signed Toure) and it was on Sky Sports at the time. Mikel, i also agree with you, Johnny has been far from his best form which we seen him as one of our top players last season. But there is something going on, why players such as, Arteta, Heitinga, Bily, Felli and co havent been on top form. Is their something going on behind the scenes? I have been one begging for Bily this year, but seeing him come on against Newcastle, he was atrocious.

Sunday 19th September 21:17 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGHeitinga as not been so clever so far. Did he say the remark about City on the radio or TV that you heard ?. Because you cannot trust the papers. I did not know about it tbf. I might have been on my hols.

Sunday 19th September 18:58 Report Comment

Paul HowellsThe problem with Heitinga is he is not a midfielder, his strongest position is centre defence. He played every minute of the world cup until his sending off at Centre back for Holland. We need to drop Distin and put Johnny centre back and Maro in holding midfield.

Sunday 19th September 17:16 Report Comment

Milin Chandraand about pre seasons we challenged wahat we can say "easy ones" and then when came the real challenge volsfberg we lost..we should have taken more harder teams..and we travelled too far!before anston v game experts or rather pundits were descussing this topic only..that Everton FC went rather too far for friendly

Sunday 19th September 17:06 Report Comment

Milin Chandrawhen will the injury's end?timmy didnt play against newcastle...we needed that key player..the team needed their original capt Nev but things aren't changing...if we play like Huddersfield in major cups and like this against new in BPL then we will be relegated but some silverware would be brought to goodison ...but i want us to get the bpl cup too.....was feeling sad that Chelsea(disgusting blues) got it not everton (royal blues) moyes is not telling them that they have been selected from around thousand of people to play for this royal club...they have responsibilities both for themselves and for the fans.

Sunday 19th September 17:03 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiAnd to make matters worse Heitinga is playing horribly this season! Players such as Distin, Hibbert or Osman get all the sticks but for me Heitinga has been the worst player so far, he's missing in the pitch many times, gives away the ball many times in very dangerous places and commits too many silly and sometimes unnecessarily rude fouls and forces Arteta to play too deep and Fellaini to be out of place (and Rodwell before the injury).

Sunday 19th September 16:29 Report Comment

Stephen MosleyOn the bright the start of today (Sunday) there was only 4 points between 3rd and 18th. With te table this bunched it will only take 2-3 wins to catapult us in to the top half of the table. IMWT!!

Sunday 19th September 16:28 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiBrennan, I totally agree with you. That's my feeling too. I was in that match v Huddersfield and felt Heitinga was very selfish. I haven't forgotten what he said in the summer either, saying Man City were a bigger club, which added to the Pienaar saga makes me wonder if the situation is not too good in the dressing room, which could explain some of the strange decisions by Moyes I think. I hope I'm wrong of course but I can't help but feel that there's something we don't know going on off the pitch.

Sunday 19th September 16:27 Report Comment

Jordan GillenBrennan you've hit the nail on the head. Heitinga also made comments during the summer about how he wouldn't mind a move to Man City. He has been well below par this season and think he should be dropped to the bench for Nev, who despite not being the best player.. is a big loss when injured.

Sunday 19th September 15:56 Report Comment

brennan finneganEverton FC are renound for their comradery and a family club. However, I wonder has Heitinga fitted into the family yet? Remember the pen miss incident. Someone not fitting into a close knit unit can be disruptive. I would prefer captain Nev in that position.

Sunday 19th September 15:23 Report Comment

Joseph SkinnerWhile I don't dispute that it has been a poor start to the season, I remain optimistic that we will gather momentum once we are able to get our first win. I don't think the team have been playing terribly. In my opinion the main problem has been that our lapses in concentration have cost us while we have struggled to capitalize on the errors of our opponents. Moyes will get the best out of our boys yet, of that I'm certain!

Sunday 19th September 13:40 Report Comment

Barry ByrneAnother shambles to a new season, i agree with stuart, pre-season is what kick starts ya and if we continue to play no mark teams then were always gonna start slow. We should have a comfortable 10 points at least by now, with the teams we've played already. Moyes is shockin at the moment i think he has had his head turned byu the villa approach, in interviews after games he seems less interested every game, in my opinion its time for a shake up. Can moyes take Everton further than the dizzy heights of 4th like a few seasons? NO in my opinion time for a new manager

Sunday 19th September 12:24 Report Comment

Stuart PocockThe reason we always start slow is because we NEVER play strong opposition in pre-season. The only team with any real quality we lost to 0-2. OK, winning "breeds confidence" but if it's against teams far worse than in the Premier League it's surely obvious it will take the team a while to get up to speed. I also think Arteta is being played too deep, how can he create anything if he's just infront of the back four?? Put Felli in his natural position and get Arteta further up the filed where he can hurt teams...

Sunday 19th September 11:54 Report Comment

craig o'learyNothing up front and distin and heitinga are very poor another long season id say

Sunday 19th September 09:41 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGI did not comment yesterday. I think the Official site is not the place to go OTT with negative comments. What i will say is this start is shocking. We will win the Cup game in the week but we will get nothing at Fulham, Hope i am wrong. COYB.

Sunday 19th September 09:15 Report Comment

Matty ReillyI love Everton, but it's getting awful hard to see a bright end to this season already, I don't understand it, we were brilliant from November onwards last season.... do we have to wait that long again?

Sunday 19th September 03:43 Report Comment

John PepperNo Desire, No Pride, No Effort. Absolutely abysmal. What Moyes expects to achieve with Beckford as a lone striker God only knows. Vaughan is much better than him why didn't we keep him? All we did was lump the ball forward we should bring big dunce out of retirement.

Sunday 19th September 00:52 Report Comment

brennan finneganIts a pity the other pages have been removed However it must be because of the extreme content involved so on behalf of the editors I would ask all fans to bite their lip so to speak, as difficult as that can be and would ask the powers that be on this site to give a little leeway on such a defastating evening

Saturday 18th September 23:55 Report Comment

robert hillrubbish once again. every team in the prem must be shaking in their boots. imwdt: in moyes we dont trust. bring in a billionaire full stop.

Saturday 18th September 23:27 Report Comment

Stephen MosleyWhy can't I comment on any of the other pages re todays game. I am very disillusioned with Everton at the minute. We always start slow, and now, with our best squad in years we have started slower than we did when we just managed to avoid relegation on the last day of the season. I still keep the faith that the results will come but if we could only start a season like we tend to finish...........

Saturday 18th September 22:50 Report Comment

sion lloyd-daviesthings will come good,just need a little bit of luck and we'll score a hatfull!!! hopefully against the toon this afternoon. see u all there!!!

Saturday 18th September 08:13 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGSamuel i must admit i will be VERY angry if we do not win. Like you say the records say HOME WIN. COYB.

Friday 17th September 22:11 Report Comment

david harmanNot the time to panic, lets not lose our heads over a slow start all will come good tomorrow when we beat N/U.

Friday 17th September 15:45 Report Comment

Grant JansenWatch this recovery....!!!!!! Vaughan is a top prospect and happy to send him out on loan - the only time we should let him go, if at all, is if we get big bucks for him. He is young and has tremendous pace and I would certainly look forward to his return later this season. Guys beckford is a tremendous player with BMT and we should get ours and the Yaks weight behind him as I believe there are still plenty goals to come from this fellow. Look forward to some goals tomorrow its gonna be fantastic.

Friday 17th September 14:45 Report Comment

stephen lathamIt's good to see Moyes having a bite at the ref.100 % spot on .If it was a title challenger the ref would have let that pan out.Nice 1 to Vaughan.3 against portsmouth.Will miss you son.

Friday 17th September 14:18 Report Comment

timothy harriswe had a slow start last season its nothing new, just hope our boys will push thru it sooner then last year to get a spot in europe

Friday 17th September 13:20 Report Comment

Sammy OwenIt's most certainly is a poor start Craig. I'll be irate if we can't beat Newcastle on our own turf tomorrow afternoon, they have an atrocious record at Goodison and we haven't lost there in 10 months, as stated above. All signs point to home win for this one, and that'd better be the case!

Friday 17th September 12:00 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGNo crisis at Everton FC. Just a poor start which as started to be put right last Saturday and will continue tomorrow. COYB.

Friday 17th September 10:26 Report Comment


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