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Man of the match

Joel
0 (0%)
Coleman
6 (12%)
Jagielka
0 (0%)
Distin
0 (0%)
Baines
0 (0%)
Barry
2 (4%)
McCarthy
1 (2%)
Mirallas
0 (0%)
Barkley
0 (0%)
Pienaar
3 (6%)
Traore
0 (0%)
Naismith (pick this answer) (sub)
38 (76%)
Osman (sub)
0 (0%)
Deulofeu (sub)
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 50

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February 15, 2014, 04:04:58 PM
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GrantyBoy78


That right that Baines and Barkley haven't got an assist between them this season?

February 15, 2014, 04:11:05 PM
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Gash

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That right that Baines and Barkley haven't got an assist between them this season?

Yup, in the league anyway. Not sure about the cups?

February 15, 2014, 06:00:31 PM
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Bob Sacamano

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Mad they have never beaten us in 18 attempts.

Cruizin' for a bruizin'


February 15, 2014, 09:41:27 PM
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Eddie

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MOB...


Let’s win this sucker for Ric Wee.

With home advantage, at least two of the ‘big guns’ going out and Roberto Martinez standing on the sidelines with one brown brogue resting on his trophy, it’s safe to say that Evertonian expectations are building around this FA Cup fifth-round tie.

Let’s be honest, if we dip out here we are left competing for a European competition of some description via the league, and the advantage for the worthwhile one is firmly with Liverpool following recent results and performances. It just is.

When we were winning the game at Old Trafford and the passing at the Emirates this season’s possibilities looked endless, what with a bold new style and a team full of brash young players, so to have the potential outcomes for Martinez’s first campaign whittled down to ‘maybe the Europa League’ in February – a ‘Moyes season’, essentially – would feel like a proper boot in the goolies.

That’s just the fact of the matter. The season is starting to ‘solidify’ here, for wont of a better word, and individual results are going to have a lingering effect on its eventual shape. As a result, there is perhaps real pressure on Martinez and his players for the first time, especially in the wake of the derby performance and the Tottenham result.

Typically, Everton face a Swansea no longer under the laissez faire stewardship of Brian Laudrup, a man whose unarsed nature makes Sven Goran Eriksson look like Don Revie, but instead enjoying one of those caretaker boss revivals that the Toffees seem to stumble into with peculiar regularity.

Garry ‘Harry’ Monk may look like he’s come straight from the same dim, green-glowing bubble-boy ward as Philippe Senderos and only had the feeding tube removed from his nose for the telly, but the man running Tim Sherwood close for this season’s ‘body-warmer bellend’ award certainly ‘galvanised’ his side when they faced Cardiff City 3-0 the other week. Whether coating them with a protective layer of zinc was strictly within the FA rules is open for debate, but it certainly worked as they triumphed 3-0.

The big news for Everton is that Lacina Traore has had even longer to recover thanks to the Crystal Palace game being closed to high-sided players and is expected to feature on Sunday, possibly even from the start. There is certainly an intense curiosity regarding just how the Premier League’s tallest player, who has been playing in the shocking Russian league but cost Monaco £16 million, will actually perform. He just has the potential to be absolutely anything, from sensationally unplayable to something like one of those big luminous fabric figures they have outside car showrooms with the arms that zip up and down in the wind.

Admit it, you can’t wait to be either blown away or laugh your cock off.

Anyway, there is pressure then, but that’s what football is about: important matches with plenty at stake. No risk, no reward and that all that.

Everton are fearsome at home and Martinez has more options to pick from than he has in recent weeks, especially in attacking areas, so the Blues have to be heavy favourites. However, we’ve been in this position plenty of times before and our well-honed instinct is to expect the worst. Under Martinez though it’s all been about ‘new Everton’ instead of ‘typical Everton’ and dispelling those ingrained feelings of dread when in touching distance of glory, with only really the Anfield derby as a blot on his ‘copy book’, whatever one of those is. This is yet another chance to show then that we don’t have to always disappoint when opportunity awaits.

So onto Goodison we stride, heads held high, expecting, nay demanding, a crushing Everton victory and safe passage into the next round.

And talking of making your way to the ground, one chap escorting his 10-year-old lad along Goodison Road on Wednesday night tried to protect him from the whippy winds and flying debris by getting him to walk inside his coat. It quickly became clear though that the greater peril came not from the skies but from the pavement, as from the folds of his Berghaus came the muffled cry: ‘Dad! Dad! I can’t see the dog shit!’

Stay classy Saint Domingos.

See you on the other side.
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February 15, 2014, 10:26:05 PM
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bluegrant


Christ Lawros got us down to win  shakeyheadman bad omen lol

February 15, 2014, 11:13:31 PM
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blargins

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Yup, in the league anyway. Not sure about the cups?

Barkley got an assist in the Villa game.

Christ Lawros got us down to win  shakeyheadman bad omen lol

It's ok, he had the shite down for a win when we played them too.
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February 16, 2014, 12:06:52 AM
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Barkley got an assist in he Villa game?

He went off at 1-0 down in the home game and 0-0 in the away game.
I'm more trusting of fellas when they have my cock in their mouth

February 16, 2014, 12:08:46 AM
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blargins

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Barkley got an assist in he Villa game?

He went off at 1-0 down in the home game and 0-0 in the away game.

Yeah, he assisted Villa.
"All the adversity I've had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me... You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you."
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February 16, 2014, 02:48:49 AM
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Redartin


Christ Lawros got us down to win  shakeyheadman bad omen lol

Fucking kiss of death.

He also predicted Southampton, Cardiff & Chelsea (after a reply) to win.
He is a Moyes dressed up in Ancelotti clothes.

February 16, 2014, 03:05:22 AM
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MOB...

He just has the potential to be absolutely anything, from sensationally unplayable to something like one of those big luminous fabric figures they have outside car showrooms with the arms that zip up and down in the wind.
Heh, that's a great description :)
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February 16, 2014, 03:13:40 AM
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Eddie

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Heh, that's a great description :)

It is indeed but it'll be much less amusing when we find out that's actually the case.
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February 16, 2014, 03:44:58 AM
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GLewis

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Yup, in the league anyway. Not sure about the cups?

Although, technically he was fouled for the Baines free kicks at WHam.

February 16, 2014, 03:56:26 AM
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Does it matter they have no assists?
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Simply simply lovely

February 16, 2014, 03:59:32 AM
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GLewis

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Does it matter they have no assists?


I always think it's one of the least important stats as it's dependent on another player putting the ball in the net.

Although I suppose over a long period of time it would indicate that your putting a consistent amount of chances on a plate for people if you had a lot of assists.

February 16, 2014, 05:38:12 PM
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JonnyII


Getting nervous/excited now. I'd love us to absolutely obliterate this lot and send a message out that we want this cup and arent going away in the race for fourth either.

When is the quarter final draw on? Hopefully we're in it. Anyone at Goodison will do me.