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Premier League

Goodison Park

28/1/2009 20:00

Attendance: 37,097

Referee: Andre Marriner

Cahill 61van Persie 92
Howard     Almunia    
Hibbert     Sagna     72
Jagielka     Gallas    
Lescott     Djourou    
Baines     Clichy    
Osman     Denilson    
Arteta     Diaby    
Neville     Song     72
Pienar     Nasri    
Falliani     van Persie    
Cahill     86 Adebayor    
Nash     Fabianski    
Yobo     Toure    
Castillo     Gibbs    
Rodwell     Eboue     72
Gosling     Ramsey    
Jutkiewicz     Bendtner     72
Anichebe     86 Vela    
Game Statistics
Goal Attempts
On Target
Yellow Cards
Red Cards
Such is the fragility of our confidence at present that again we put out a team designed to nullify the opposition strengths rather than play to ours. That had to be abandoned once we went a goal down and Denilson moved back into the centre to enable Bendtner to play on the right with Eboue behind him. None of our midfielders had a particularly good game. Diaby was as good as any for us (43 passes 86% complete 1 assist, 1 assist attempt 2 balls won)but no one came near the 71 passes with 91% accuracy that Arteta produced - or won as many balls as he did. Once again van Persie came up with the goods and continued his own personal statistic of assisting in or scoring every single one of our goals in the month of January. To think that some were claiming we don't get two games in a row from him. We need to abandon his link man role and play him as an out and out striker. He is far and away our most potent attacking threat. Unfortunately limited squad options don't make that a simple decision. With 5 wins and 3 draws in the last 8 outings prior to this game,conceding just 3 goals en route, Everton were in obdurate form going into this match. Given our ambitions it will be seen as two points dropped but it's a worthy point all the same.

Date:Thursday January 29 2009
Time: 12:08AM


Amazing statistic on van Persie. It's unimaginable to think were we would be without him. He drops more into the midfield now than he needs to because he feels that he has to take on some of the creative role in the absence of Cesc or any other major creative force in the centre midfield.
29/01/2009 00:15:00
Van Persie (noun) - an individual of exceptional talent and a habit of performing great acts in the face of adversity
29/01/2009 00:35:00
I've got to say I'm pretty dissapointed by your efforts today, first Arsenal side in a long time to come to Goodison and have no interest in playing football until you went behind. Adebayor seems to have gone from a superb player, to a bloody useless one this last year. Every time he would compete with Jags he just fouled him instead of trying to actually win the ball, he offered absolutely nothing for our defence to worry about, whereas last season he would of been a major threat. As for your midfield first half, to say it was unbalanced is the understatement of the year, and they just didn't seem to care whether they won the ball or not - no passion at all. In the end I'm pretty dissapointed with a draw as your lot were woeful, but went into the game thinking a draw would of been a cracking result with our injury problems.
29/01/2009 00:35:00
You're not telling us anything new EvertonMike....
29/01/2009 00:39:00
The draw wasn't a bad result given our injury problems either. It's all very well to criticise our attacking intent but we played a higher line than Everton and despite shading possession you only had 50.3% territorial advantage so much of that possession was in your own half. With two shots on target yourself you could just as easily ask how much football, given that you were at home, Everton wanted to play.
29/01/2009 00:44:00
PLaying 4-6-0 is not likely to create a huge territorial advantage. I'm willing to bet we massivly outdid you possesion wise in the middle third of the pitch, I haven't looked it up so could be wrong but I doubt it. Our only striker is Anichebe - imagine Francis Jeffers but worse... So we play Cahill and Fellaini in advanced roles, so our only threat is from crossing/set plays - so we're not going to have shed loads of shots either. Stats generally mean very little, and I'd say injuries would hit us a lot harder than you too, since we only have 19 players not including youths when everyones fit (thats counting Valente and VDM and they're both past it).
29/01/2009 00:52:00
I honestly had seen no problem with the lineup, only that I thought it'd make sense to have Diaby on the right and Den in the middle. That said, despite the perception that it might have been too defensive on our part, it's away to the Goodison Park and Everton had been on a good, unbeaten run. Even with that lineup, I thought I'd expected better from Ade and Diaby who played in their 'natural' positions - I wouldn't blame Den as he's no winger and we always knew that. Tbph I don't think Everton created a lot either, even when they were enjoying more time on the ball in the 1st half. I'm also curious how the individual stats look like for the front 6 (for different reasons).
29/01/2009 00:55:00
If you were playing 4-6-0 than why decry our attacking intent? The whole purpose of crowding the midfield and defending deep is to nullify our attack. I think that we should have put out a more attacking side as I said above but I can understand why we thought it was as important not to lose tonight as it was to win. There is a reason why you have only conceded 3 goals in 8 games. Criticising us for your success in negating what attack we had seems to bit wrong footed. Limited options or not what you are doing is working for you.
29/01/2009 00:59:00
It's not like we have a choice about who to play up front is it? We play as attacking as we can without playing someone *****er than *****. It's not hard to play against our system, but the long ball you tried in the first half is the most ridiculous attempt at doing so I've seen yet. It would be like Brazil going to the reebok and trying to play long ball against Bolton. I appreciate your missing a few of your more attacking midfielders, but there really was no need on playing 3 defensive midfielders against us.
29/01/2009 01:07:00
Diaby and Nasri would be seen as more attacking midfielders but frankly we don't have much else. Eboue would be the only other 'recognised' midfielder available. The only other option would have been to play Nasri, Denilson. Diaby and Eboue. Other than that we have only kids like Wilshere, and Ramsey.
29/01/2009 01:20:00
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