September 18, 2019, 11:25:36 PM

Poll

Man of the match

Joel
40 (65.6%)
Coleman
0 (0%)
Stones
3 (4.9%)
Jagielka
1 (1.6%)
Baines
0 (0%)
Barry
0 (0%)
Besic
0 (0%)
Barkley
0 (0%)
McGeady
0 (0%)
Naismith
0 (0%)
Lukaku
1 (1.6%)
Oviedo (Sub)
0 (0%)
Mirallas (Sub)
16 (26.2%)

Total Members Voted: 61

Author Topic: West Ham v Everton  (Read 52160 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

January 11, 2015, 07:35:38 PM
Read 52160 times
Offline

Bluedylan


Grew up together didn't they? Who could possibly comment on the extent of someone's personal grief? Classic man-down-the-pub bollocks to say 'get on with it'.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 13, 2015, 08:42:26 AM
Reply #1
Offline

Bluedylan


http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/jan/12/everton-romelu-lukaku-death-junior-malanda-belgium

Quote
Romelu Lukaku has declared himself available for Everton’s FA Cup replay at West Ham United despite mourning the death of a close friend Junior Malanda, the Wolfsburg midfielder who was killed in a car accident on Saturday.

Police in Germany have opened a manslaughter investigation after Malanda, a 20-year-old Belgium youth international, was killed in a speeding car that skidded off the road in wet conditions en route to Hanover and overturned several times. Two other people in the car were injured but have since been released from hospital, including Anderlecht youth team defender Anthony D’Alberto, but Malanda, who was travelling in the back and not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene.

Bielefeld police said on Monday that the vehicle was travelling “at a speed unsuitable for the weather conditions” and that a manslaughter investigation has begun.

Lukaku joined widespread tributes to the midfielder on Saturday having received the news following Everton’s 1-1 draw with Manchester City. The Everton forward has been close to Malanda since their time together in the Anderlecht youth team. The pair lived in the same Brussels neighbourhood and their mothers are also close friends.

Despite his devastation, the Belgium international trained as normal on Sunday and has told Roberto Martínez he wishes to play in ’s third-round replay at Upton Park. “It was an incredible shock for Rom and for everyone,” the Everton manager said.

“We all knew Rom had that relationship with Junior because it was a talking point when we played Wolfsburg in the Europa League, the two of them facing each other. We found out straight after the Man City game. It was such incredible news that it has been tough. Rom has been really affected. Everyone has, to be honest, as we only played them in November.

“It is so sad it is difficult to comprehend. Rom is really down about it. He is in constant contact with the family but he has been very strong over it. Playing football probably allows you to get rid of that feeling and that’s exactly what he needs. He trained well yesterday and we are all helping and supporting him.”

The Everton winger Kevin Mirallas also knew Malanda from the Belgium international set-up and both he and Lukaku view the West Ham tie as a release from the situation. Martínez said: “They are such a footballing family. It makes you appreciate not to take anything for granted in life.Rom is a very sensitive man and he had always been giving Junior good advice. Junior was just breaking into the senior side with Belgium and you can imagine their group is very strong, Kevin was very close to him too. Their feeling is they want to play football and show their respect on the pitch as well.”

Lukaku earned Everton the replay with a 91st-minute equaliser at Goodison Park last week, the fourth game in succession he has scored against West Ham, and has been instrumental in the tentative recovery made by Martínez’s side in their past two outings.

“Rom has shown strong responsibility since the start of the season,” Martínez said. “He wasn’t fully fit after the World Cup but he always wanted to be out on the pitch. Fully fit, he is one of the best strikers in world football. It’s been pleasing to see how effective he has been in the last two games.”

Everton have won only one of their past 11 games and are without a victory in six but Leighton Baines, who delivered his 45th Premier League assist for Steven Naismith’s goal against City on Saturday, a record for a defender, believes Lukaku’s goal against Sam Allardyce’s side has transformed the mood.

The left-back said: “The optimism we have has come from scoring that goal against West Ham. If we don’t score that goal, there is a different feeling. That goal has kept us bobbing along. If we can get a good win at West Ham, it changes everything. There is pressure on the games and that is of our own doing. We were never in that position last season at any point, or the year before. We are not in the real depths at the moment but that loss of form, the bad results – the majority of the squad have been there before and know what is required to turn it round.”
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 01:46:34 AM
Reply #2
Offline

Bluedylan


Barkley in the middle! Woo hoo.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 01:55:01 AM
Reply #3
Offline

Bluedylan


Boss start, just need the goal. Love us to start like this more often.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 01:58:03 AM
Reply #4
Offline

Bluedylan


Just making sure Arsenal don't come in. Nice one Stonesy.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 02:09:54 AM
Reply #5
Offline

Bluedylan


Naismith showing he'd probably be a half decent left back
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 02:20:01 AM
Reply #6
Offline

Bluedylan


Excellent Joel lad.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 02:27:33 AM
Reply #7
Offline

Bluedylan


Sam's showing immense tactical flexibility tonight. Sometimes playing it 50 yards upto Carroll, other times 60 yards.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 02:51:21 AM
Reply #8
Offline

Bluedylan


Don't let that thug score again. That would sicken me.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 02:54:21 AM
Reply #9
Offline

Bluedylan


We're so brainless sometimes. At both ends as well.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 04:36:48 AM
Reply #10
Offline

Bluedylan


Wow, seriously fucking cruel eh?
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.

January 14, 2015, 06:31:41 AM
Reply #11
Offline

Bluedylan


Really not into glorious failure.

Don't suppose anyone is really mate.
''In the words of the prophet, today you sell your ring, tomorrow your watch, next week your chain and in 77 days, you won't have eyes to cry with''

Accattone - Pier Paolo Pasolini.