This should be relatively straightforward, the new manager bounce not withstanding.
The starting xi picks itself, unless Partey is not fit enough to start and Lokonga takes his place.
Yeah they had been well drilled & had new manager bounce.Had some time to reflect on the game. We were beaten by a strong Sean Dyche team with the Goodison crowd at their high. There have been underperforming players in the last few games, but we must continue.
Ødegaard could score so many more goals if he can get his body over the ball rather than leaning back when hitting the ball. Remember a similar chance against Newcastle when he skied it from a similar position. Shooting practice needed for the whole teamWhat frustrated me the most yesterday was that with the exception of Saka's one shot that beat the keeper and was going in if it wasn't cleared off the line, the finishing from all our players was dogsh*t. So when we finally did get in a good shooting position we just blasted it off target everytime, it's like we forgot our shooting boots today.
It's good that we continue playing them then imo, so they get used to it. Can't have players that can't handle playing once a week.Fatigue comes in different ways. We've played Sp**s, United, City and now Everton. The Sp**s game we dominated the 1st half and 2nd half had to focus so much on defending. We had 40% possession 2nd half. That is tiring against what is still a good team in a high pressured high intensity game. Next we play United. A game in which we went behind came back, they equalised and then we put so much pressure to score a 90th minute winner. High energy, high intensity, mentally draining game. Then City. We rotate slightly but all our big players still play, some come on to chase the game. Then we play a tough game against Everton who have a new manager. We see mistakes ane snatched at chances, and we lose.
So yes, i believe some players will be fatigued physically and mentally as a result of that run of games.
Yeah awfuls shots today, Nketiah's early shot from a hard angle was a poor decision imo, Martinelli would've been free in the middle. He might not have seen him though tbfWhat frustrated me the most yesterday was that with the exception of Saka's one shot that beat the keeper and was going in if it wasn't cleared off the line, the finishing from all our players was dogsh*t. So when we finally did get in a good shooting position we just blasted it off target everytime, it's like we forgot our shooting boots today.
Everton created and missed two sitters in the first half, and created other chances, with Partey on the pitch. After Partey came off and Jorginho came on did Everton create a chance from open play? Not putting it on Partey obviously, but the nonsense agendas against Jorginho make no sense.
People saying with Partey we don’t concede from that corner. That’s a stretch, we conceded from a corner against Utd in our last game.
Everton were the better side than us and a deserving winner with better chances.Having seen it now it’s just mostly dissappointment over our attacking play and finishing for me. Gotta get those shots on goal at least. You’ll always concede a goal like we did occasionally. You simply can’t defend every corner in a season. But to not score here was our undoing.
I was gonna post this. It was a great video and rarely what Jon shows on the board is so clearly evident in the video as this. There is also video of Dyche with 5 fingers up at about 7 mins, reminding his players to maintain a line of 5 centrally. Dyche is a great defensive strategist who can implement his ideas quickly. Still to be seen if he can implement a high quality offence.
Jon describes in the video above how you can stop us from playing, and that is keep numbers in central areas at all times. In Dyche’s case it was maintaining 5 centrally.
Ensure that central numbers are always present, and keep our creative 8s occupied. Add to this a high press in certain areas and you become a threat on the ball as well.
We need slightly more technical play sure. But we also need further variety to our game, to give us added options to just creating overloads, because teams will start to track us like this more.
Brentford and City games should be interesting, because I expect us to be marked and closed down in similar ways to what we saw against Everton. We will see what Arteta can come up with in quick response.
We've paid the price. Losing 1-0 with a strong team was no better than losing 5-0 with the youth team. But losing yesterday may well cost us the league so for no gain we have really shot ourselves in both feet.I think it was important we had discipline/ some control against Man City in CM.
The absolute last thing you need is getting exposed & beaten heavily in that fixture psychology with 2 very important league games still to play against them.
Also you have to factor in that Mo was injured so the only other option was Sambi who can struggle as a DM against poorer teams so would be a big concern against City.
Over 7 days until the next game which all pros including TP should be able to cope with.
It was hardly asking him to play Thur in Europa & then Sun in the league.
We made half a dozen changes against City losing 1-0 is way better than being spanked. Your post is 100% hindsight driven. You seem to think we have a god given right to win every game lol. We always struggle seen to struggle at Everton. Especially with the new manager It was always gonna be tough.We've paid the price. Losing 1-0 with a strong team was no better than losing 5-0 with the youth team. But losing yesterday may well cost us the league so for no gain we have really shot ourselves in both feet.