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Pressing Needs

Radio City's Alan Irwin, 22nd August 2008 - 12:02

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Alan Irwin is the Voice of Everton for Liverpool's Radio City 96.7. An experienced radio journalist, Alan commentates on all of the Blues' matches and is well placed to provide insightful blogs on the progress of the team.

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Okay, Okay, so "Team GB" did manage to haul themselves up the medal table. That though has been the least of my concerns over the last 7 days.
I have to admit to being somewhat worried. My unfounded pre-season optimism is diminishing far too quickly.
 
Last weeks opening day defeat was probably expected, we most certainly did not deserve to win, and in reality a draw would only have masked the obvious deficiencies.
Mikel Arteta's stoppage time equaliser halted the chorus of boos that was about to descend over Goodison, it changed the mood if not the half time team talk from David Moyes. He, (and we), knew what was required. Yakubu was isolated, our midfield tentative and defensive, our back four looking as though they'd been introduced to each other an hour before kick off. Creatively the second half was better, defensively it deteriorated, and as I've been told and concur with, we will face much better sides than Blackburn at Goodison this season.
 
So, what now?  Well, let's deal with West Brom first prior to the obvious.
 
With the Baggies only suffering a solitary goal defeat at the Emirates rather than the expected drubbing, their confidence won't have taken a battering, they'll probably feel very pleased with their performance and raring to go at the Hawthorns...........and that's a concern...........their first home game, players determined to prove the media wrong and a passionate bunch of supporters "boing, boing, boinging" their way through the afternoon.
 
We must start positive, we must take the game to the opposition, let's get them on the backfoot,  we are the senior bunch in this Premier League encounter..........take a look at the names on their teamsheet and tell me what worries you? Some of the home supporters would struggle to name their own eleven (Hoefkens, Barnett and Brunt for example.......sounds more like a local firm of solicitors). Don't tell me you'd be happy with a point, these are the places we have to go to and win. Let's face it they're not United, Chelsea, or Arsenal are they?
 
Now to the obvious. I'm very worried. Take away our substitute goalkeeper from last week's bench and not one player had ever appeared in a first team shirt for us. Even the newly promoted sides can't boast that! As I stated last week it's impossible to compete for over 50 odd games with a squad of just 16 senior pro's (even harder when four of these are currently injured and one is at the Olympics).
 
There are seasoned experienced players out there. We need them. Quickly. Sometimes a short term fix will do. The summer's almost over, lets ensure our season isn't.

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