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What The Papers Say - November 23

Reaction to Everton's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.

What The Papers Say - November 23

Liverpool Echo



LEIGHTON BAINES has urged his shot-shy Everton team-mates to be more decisive and stop trying to pass the ball into the net.

The defender shares his managers frustration that too many in royal blue are ignoring opportunities to test goalkeepers this season, and a habit of overdoing things is hampering their ambitions.

David Moyes has demanded a more direct approach from his charges, but saw them again squander chances during their 2-2 draw with Sunderland at the Stadium of Light last night.

Baines said: There was probably a lot of times we got within 20 yards of goal outside of the box, with no real pressure and still turned down the opportunity to take a shot.

Sometimes you just need to take the chance and hit one. Sometimes it will fly in, others it will miss, and I think that is something we need to look at. We are in range a lot of times and not hitting it.

Some of us are always looking for another pass. For example Steven Pienaar is a footballer through and through, and he is always trying to score a goal that youd call an Arsenal goal lots of passes, then its knocked in from six yards. Were not doing that at the moment unfortunately though, and players like Steven and Mikel can really hit a ball.

Like with Mikel, his shot took a deflection and went in. Youve got to try your luck.

Baines accepted that the draw was frustrating as the Blues remain in the bottom half of the table, only two points clear of the bottom three.

Daily Post



DISAPPOINTED David Moyes rued two points dropped as Jermaine Beckford spurned another chance to make himself a last-gasp hero for Everton.

With the visitors having fought back to level with Mikel Arteta’s 84th-minute equaliser, Beckford – who scored a late equaliser against Bolton Wanderers a fortnight ago – was sent clear in the dying seconds of injury time only to blast horribly over.

Tim Cahill had headed Everton into a sixth-minute lead before goals in either half from Danny Welbeck transformed the game.

And while pleased with a point at the in-form Black Cats, Moyes was left frustrated by familiar failings from his team.

“It was a great chance in the last seconds,” said the Goodison manager. “Through on goal, you wouldn’t want any more. Jermaine normally finishes those and it should have been three points.

“We had the ball a lot in and around their box and got crosses in from good positions, but didn’t make it pay and it cost us.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t finish off some of our good play.

“I’m pleased, though, because this is a hard place to come, particularly after their last win (against Chelsea).

“At the start of the season I thought we were capable of big things and I still do. We are a good team that is lacking goals, even though Tim Cahill is popping up with a few, but we are in a position to challenge at the top end.”

There was some controversy over Welbeck’s second goal, with Kieran Richardson appearing to be in an offside position before crossing for the on-loan striker to head past Tim Howard.

And Moyes said: “Yes, it looked offside, but it was difficult for the linesman to see. Sometimes it goes for you, sometimes it doesn’t.”

While having now lost only one of their nine games, Everton haven’t won in four and assistant manager Steve Round admits there have been too many draws for the Goodison outfit.

“We are disappointed not to get all three points,” said Round. “We had enough opportunities to win the game. We are playing well enough to win but can’t get the wins.

“We have only lost one of the last eight games but we have had too many draws.”

Of Beckford’s miss, Round added: “It was very unusual for Jermaine to miss that. We have seen him score that many times in training, I was just waiting for the net to bulge. But that sums up our season really.”

The Mirror



Everton target Yannick Djalo insists he is happy at Sporting Lisbon – but would be open to a January move.

The creative winger has been tracked by David Moyes for some time and sources in Portugal revealed Everton have been in touch with Djalo’s club about the possibility of a January move.

But the 24-year-old, who has just returned from injury, says he will only leave Sporting if it is for the good of the club.

He said: “There is still time until January and then we’ll see what is best for me and the club.

Daily Mail



Three weeks ago, Sunderland supporters would have been forgiven for thinking Danny Welbeck was only in the side as part of his loan agreement with Manchester United.

The conspiracy theorists were silenced on Monday night after the 19-year-old striker scored his second and third goals in two matches to keep Sunderland in the hunt for Europe.

Welbeck's double looked to have sealed his side's first Barclays Premier League win over Everton in nine years but they were denied by a deflection off Phil Bardsley's right boot from a Mikel Arteta shot seven minutes from time.

It was still a significant night for Welbeck, who is 20 on Friday. He has struggled to win over Sunderland fans since his season-long move from United started in August, having failed to score until the incredible 3-0 win at Chelsea.

But he looked certain to keep his place even before Asamoah Gyan was ruled out through injury, which brought Darren Bent back into the side for the first time in four games.

Welbeck's two cool finishes last night backed manager Steve Bruce's judgment. The first was a neat close-range nudge to guide Bolo Zenden's low cross past Tim Howard, the second a guided header from Kieran Richardson's centre which floated perfectly over the Everton keeper.

Welbeck still managed to miss a close-range chance in added time after Steed Malbranque had left him with just Howard to beat. Welbeck screwed his left-foot shot wide, claiming it had been nudged away from him by Phil Jagielka.
'I am disappointed not to get the three points considering we were in front,' he said. 'I came close to getting the hat-trick but there was a deflection at the end. It would have been sweeter to get the three points but we still take this as a positive.'

Bruce's frustration was nothing compared to the rage shown by opposite number David Moyes after Jermaine Beckford squandered the chance of a winner with the last kick of the game.

The free signing from Leeds was through on goal, racing on to Phil Neville's punt, but he belted his left-foot shot high into the Everton fans behind Craig Gordon's goal. Moyes could barely hide his disgust, booting a water bottle at fourth official Phil Dowd, who didn't say a word.

'It was a great chance to win three points,' said Moyes, who is still unbeaten against Sunderland since taking over Everton. 'Normally he takes those and overall those missed chances have cost us.'

Everton took a sixth-minute lead through Tim Cahill's seventh goal in 12 matches against them. It was another trademark header from the Australia midfielder, the fourth with his head out of the seven he has scored this season.

Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar swapped passes before Pienaar's clever pass found Leighton Baines unmarked on the Everton left. His teasing centre fell between centre backs Michael Turner and Anton Ferdinand, reunited after Titus Bramble's late withdrawal with a knee injury which needs an operation, and their old nemesis arrived to head home.

Sunderland's response was swift, and new England midfielder Jordan Henderson's right-foot free-kick was saved low down by Howard.

Sunderland finally got the breakthrough in the 23rd minute, thanks to the magic feet of Zenden, which bamboozled Pienaar and Baines in a run down the Sunderland right before playing a simple low left-foot pass into a crowded area.Welbeck was there to prod home from close range.
Both sides went for a winner after the break. Welbeck and Richardson combined for Richardson to unleash a low shot narrowly wide and Zenden hit another shot just over.

Cahill appeared to finished neatly just before the hour but Turner scampered back to clear before receiving a minute's treatment after colliding with a post. Welbeck looked to have won the game with his second goal of the night, a cushioned header from a Richardson cross, but Arteta's speculative shot denied Bruce.

Victor TayWe should get both. Djalo on a permanent basis and Donovan on loan first. And of course, if we could make Donovan move permanent, that is even better. Not forgetting that we are expecting to see Pienaar depart on a free next summer...

Thursday 25th November 15:30 Report Comment

muhammad ikhwan saniyannick djalo another wing forward..another options other than landon donovan...whom should we get him or donovan???....i bet is better to get landon here because he is more experience and is physically suitable to the premier league..yeah and i agree we need to shoot more...not just when we are in front of the goal then we shoot..we got mikel,pienaar,cahill,and even our strikers are so shy to guys please strech your legs and shoot more..cmon i love to see you guys climbing the table..wish you the best lucks lads..

Wednesday 24th November 04:41 Report Comment

CRAIG WEILDINGIt was a acceptable result. The position in the table is poor.

Tuesday 23rd November 19:28 Report Comment

Jan Ove SvendheimSaha have just started 4 games,two chances cleared on the line,and one assist,it is not the end of the world,he need only one goal to change it around,and lacks of quality crosses from right side have something to do with our strikers scoring form.,and i cant see Billy do anything worse than the others,we have played wel with him on the pitch,and he have get some decent crosses into the box in the few games he have played.

Tuesday 23rd November 19:16 Report Comment

willie kellycourtney billy ain't good enough, replace arteta lol please. maybe the guy's not in the form of his life but he's still better than billy

Tuesday 23rd November 17:10 Report Comment

COURTNEY GILLENI beleive we have to make changes! Yakubu to Start and billy in for Arteta who is not playing very well at the moment. I also feel Davie Moyes is losing his faith in EFC.

Tuesday 23rd November 16:58 Report Comment

david harmanBeckford was unlucky last night, he should have had more time on the pitch, Why do we always play catch up, why not put our best players on the pitch from the start and take the lead in the games,I hope D/M has his scouts out looking for Pienaars replacement we will need one.

Tuesday 23rd November 15:20 Report Comment

timothy harrisI agree with maskell, the yak was starting to get things going for him. dont get me wrong I thing king louie is pure class bt he has still been miss the chances. the yak on other hand kept plugging away and he looked as tho he was going to get his score sheet going. Djalo is a very skill full player but I think donavan would be a better better cuz he never quits or gives up

Tuesday 23rd November 14:23 Report Comment

colin battisonAnother frustrating night, I cannot believe we did not win this game and its been like most others this season, We seem to be in control of games but cannot get the 3 points, i cannot knock the lads for their play up to the oppositions box, we are playing really great football, but will some one please please start shooting. It seems every time we get a chance to shoot from say 20 yards, we always try an extra pass and then we fail to get anything, The amount of games this season were we have had chances to try a shop when their has been very minimal closing down is unreal, Loads last night, and in other games, we do it once, it falls to arteta and what happens..GOAL, Ok a deflection but if you dont buy a ticket as they say you cannot win the raffle, please lads lets start shooting from in and around the box instaed of trying to achieve the perfect goal.

Tuesday 23rd November 14:13 Report Comment

James OswaldWe need to start having shots and collecting the rebounds if they are blocked. Why have we started trying to pass the ball out to the wings every time we get into the penalty box. Arteta (who has been quiet since the derby) showed that by having a shot you can get lucky. Also: PLAY THE YAK and make subs with enough time to make a difference. On a positive note it’s good to hear us being linked with a number of attacking players in January (Adem Ljajic, Pablo Gonzalas, Yannick Djalo, Kranjcar, Landon Donavan). Lets hope that a couple at least come off. We’ll also need players to replace Peanut and Johnny. Gutted to see Peanut go as he’s been playing out of his skin this season and chasing everything (I know it’s to get a better contract at Everton or elsewhere), Johnny leaving would be less of a loss due to his form this season and the opportunity it would create for Rodwell and Felaini (if he can stay on the pitch long enough).

Tuesday 23rd November 13:38 Report Comment

Mikel ArreguiWith a scoring striker we'd be in the top 6, we've been playing well during the season except in the final third. No team this season in the Prem is playing great, the difference with us is that many of them score goals with half chances, unlike us who waste so many.

Tuesday 23rd November 13:22 Report Comment

David FayJH picks up yellows to early so Arteta has to play defensive to cover, its not his game and affects the team. Rodwell is a better passer and quicker and should start. Tim H has been beaten on his near post too often, and is always on the back foot it seems, he is not aggressive on crosses, I love him but Jan should be given a chance, he is world class. Also Louis is not providing energy up front, bring back the Yak and Becks from the bench, unlucky last night but he'll get there. 4-4-2 vs West Brom pls. COYB IMWT!!!

Tuesday 23rd November 13:14 Report Comment

Jonathan MaskellWhat i dont understand is how Saha gets in ahead of Yakubu. The Yak had just been getting into some form, scored the goal a few games ago, and is now back on the bench???

Tuesday 23rd November 12:52 Report Comment

So disappointedI agree Gareth, I did feel that he should have just lifted it over the keeper though rather than blasting it - maybe it shows how anxious he is to score. One question to the moderators - many of my comments this last week or so seem to have either not been posted or, like yesterday's post about Zakuani and his career stats, been removed. Can someone tell me why please? I'm sure you have my email address. Thanks

Tuesday 23rd November 12:09 Report Comment

Mark HooleyYes we are playing well with plenty of possetion and few shots on goal, the typical Everton story. People keeping saying that our luck is going to change but our luck will not change unless the management make some vital choices regarding our style of play. We are sitting 16th and quite frankly that is where we deserve to be. Look at the clubs around us in the table, they are all playing well so we are going to have to porduce something really special very soon or we are going to become another mid table team just happy surviving another year in the premiership but quite frankly we are capable of and deserve more than that.

Tuesday 23rd November 12:09 Report Comment

gareth cottrellBeckford was unlucky with his chance , it think he deserved more than 9 minutes when we're chasing the game!!! alround i thought we were unlucky last night cahills chance cleared off the line and i thought their 2nd was offside in the build up!!! we have to rake our chances tho and give the srikers mpre oppertunity by either playing 2 up top or make the changes sooner!!!

Tuesday 23rd November 11:59 Report Comment


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