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December 13, 2017, 05:27:53 PM
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This game should be about possession for us. Get Rooney and Gana in the middle of the park again, and dominate the middle. Perhaps something like this:

Kenny Williams Holgate Martina
Davies   Gana Rooney    Lennon                         

Should be some nice link up play in that team, with good defensive attributes. Martina is the only true worry for me - he is way out of his depth, but i don't see any alternative other than bringing in another youth player.

December 13, 2017, 09:37:24 PM
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Schneiderlin needs to come to the party now and show what he is about. He needs to start effecting games and take hold of the midfield, as Gana can't do it on his own.

I am ok with him defensively, but in an attacking sense, its not good enough for him to get the ball, and pass it sideways as a central midfielder. He needs to dictate the tempo of play and create opportunities for the forward players to do damage. Alongside that, getting in the box and trying to get on the end of crosses wouldn't do any harm either!

December 13, 2017, 11:38:20 PM
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donīt mean to be contrary mate but if you think heīs been ok defensively then iīve obviously been watching different games than you have.  heīs been poxy. he could do with a good stint in the stands to get his attitude in order. sam called for players to be honest with him about their futures. i donīt believe he is of the character to put up a fight and try to turn things around. i reckon heīll be off in the summer myself. good riddance as far as iīm concerned. canīt stand players with bad attitudes. nicolas bentdner-esque

I don't think this is an attitude thing. I think he has a massive lack of confidence from a combination of Everton's bad start and his terrible form. He still covers good ground, and does some good things though. Like Williams, we tend to see the couple of really poor mistakes he makes each game, and none of the good things.

As i said, it is he attacking attributes which are awful, as he brings nothing to the table, which in turn puts pressure on the defense. It is very well sitting back and protecting the back 4, but there is no point getting the ball and not being able to do anything clever with it. I would have actually rather had Barry than Schneiderlin, as you at least know what you are getting.

December 14, 2017, 05:36:50 PM
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Newcastle were terrible in the second half and we played a really good 45 minutes to keep them from having any opportunities.

It was really noticeable in the 2nd half how we pressed much higher up the pitch, and how high Gana was - he was actually pressing with the strikers at times which was great to see.

Again, two best performers were Gana and Kenny. Cant stop these two at the moment!

Edit - Honorable mentions for Holgate and well done to Williams as well. He has looked back to his old self which is great to see.
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