Writer: Barry Worthington
Date:Friday December 10 2010
In the build up to the Wigan Athletic game against Everton I managed to speak to a couple of members from Vital Everton, EvertonMike and ToffeeBlue about the game and the season so far, lets see how it all went:
worbo - Are you surprised to find Everton in the lower reaches of the Premier League, or is the season panning out the way you expected it to?
EvertonMike - Surprised? Yes, but I doubt we'll stay there. It won't be long before Saha gets injured and then we'll start climbing the league. Or of course Moyes could drop him, and we'd turn it around sooner, but he's been rubbish for almost a year now and still isn't dropped for more than one game so that seems unlikely.
ToffeeBlue - Yes and No. We expected better at the start of the season with the squad we had but as usual we started like a snail and are now playing catch up again
worbo - With three defeats and three draws in eight home games it looks like fortress Goodison has lost some of its invincibility, what has been the main problem for Everton at home this season?
EvertonMike - Teams tend to sit back against us at Goodison these days, and we're unable to break them down with our only route to scoring a goal being Baines overlapping Pienaar and crossing for Cahill. Plan B = panic.
ToffeeBlue - Defending as a team and individually has been poor and we have given far too many silly goals away
worbo - Who has been your best performer and who has been your biggest let down so far this campaign?
EvertonMike - Cahill and Baines the best, probably give it to Cahill as Baines can't defend. Main let downs include Arteta, Saha, Howard, Jagielka, Heitinga and Moyes himself for ridiculous team selections.
ToffeeBlue - Distin has been immense, rarely putting a foot wrong all season and as usual Tim Cahill who we would be lost without
worbo - Everton are well renown for bringing young players through, Rooney, Jack Rodwell etc, is there anyone we should be keeping our eye out for at the moment?
EvertonMike - Barkley was all set to break into the side before he broke his leg, he'll hopefully recapture that form. Gueye looks a talent if Moyes ever plays him, although he's not through the academy.
ToffeeBlue - Barkley, (currently injured!). Another Rodwell in the making although more Keane than Viera in grace terms
worbo - Leighton Baines one of our favourite sons, what do the Evertonians think of Bainesy now he has become established with you?
EvertonMike - He's arguably our most important player going forward, but for a defender, he really is terrible at defending. Never bothers to even try and stop crosses coming in.
ToffeeBlue - Majority love him, I just wish he could defend as well as he can going forward
worbo - Who do you see finishing the season in the top four and bottom three come May?
EvertonMike - 1. Arsenal 2. United 3. City 4. Chelsea
18. West Ham 19. Wigan. 20. Wolves
ToffeeBlue - Blackpool (Champs), Wigan (2nd), West Brom (3rd), Bolton (4th)
Liverpool, United, Chelsea (Relegated)
worbo - Prediction time, how do you see the game on Saturday finishing?
EvertonMike - 3-0 Everton
ToffeeBlue - Toffees 3 Pie Men 1
Thanks lads, as they say its good to chat, lets hope that Moyes and co are as complacent regarding the result though, 2-1 Latics win for me
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Date:Friday December 10 2010
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