I hate Stoke, gang of cunt players with a cuntish manager and cunt like inbred fans
I really really hope we win, I just hope the good, quick passing, high tempo Everton turn up, they owe us a performace
This is the key. We've been far too slow this season...inviting teams into the game, putting them under no pressure, not testing the keeper, allowing them to get their shape. That's exactly why we're struggling to create chances and break teams down. I find it more frustrating that it wasn't addressed the first few times we played this way.
It's got nothing to do with a possession based game, which IMO is the way we should play. We should play possession based football but with purpose and intensity...both of which we've been lacking for most of the season.
The slow tempo and lack of intent is the reason the atmospheres been poor this season at Goodison. There's nothing to excite the crowd in our play...our first priority seems to be to kill the game. Which an away side should be doing in a difficult fixture, not at home v palace, hull, QPR and inevitably Stoke. That's why there was such a negative reaction the other night, it's just pent up frustration from witnessing seriously dull football.
Instead of reacting the manager and players turned in an even worse performance v Southampton. It's like RM can't see it.
Fingers crossed we step it up for Stoke but I just can't see it I'm afraid.