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  1. A truly exciting player to watch. He gave the impression he could just run through players, jumping over tackles and always looking like he could at least make it into the box. I''m sure fellow Scot Fotheringham had never watched him or anyone like him, play.
  2. "VanWink asks: "How on earth can he put his faith in Naismith?" I''ll stick my neck out and say his skill and work rate will come through. He''s barely had enough game time to be match fit and yet he''s frequently slammed for not scoring enough goals. He''s not a striker - but he is an intelligent and willing player player. I''d ask: "How on earth can he put his faith in Bassong?"
  3. Despite the 2 penalties at Fulham, we never looked like scoring from open play - yet the basically the same team selection has prevailed. Understandable when it''s a winning team but arguably it hasn''t been that for several weeks, despite the results. Glad that Thompson is in but Naismith will never be match fit if he''s only ever played in the dying stages. key today IMO will be Klose''s and McGovern''s performance.
  4. Agreed Indy. As much as I like Naismith his form has been no better than Brady''s and on form Brady seems the better choice. Hope Odjidja-Ofoe gets on the pitch. We need Pinto to have a good game too. The options are not good and with Howson and Tettey out, Dorrans is probably the best choice. Good to have Bennett in the side.
  5. "whoareyou?" asked: "Why oh why do managers persist in trying Wes on the left?" Agreed. Would have preferred Brady in front of Olsson at the expense of Hoolahan. Even if Hoola and Naismith interchange I don''t believe it''s his best position either - but it definitely is Brady''s. But what do I know? I''d also have Bennett in for Bassong.
  6. The Wise Shepherd wrote: "Beginning to sound like yet another c@ck up by McNally in the transfer market Becoming far to common" Yawn. (If we could transfer CEOs then we''d make a killing on McNally). Everton want to sell but a) the club is in takeover talks with the Americans and b) want to ensure they have secured a replacement. Naismith wants to come but knows little about Norfolk and isn''t sure it is where he wants to see out his career and his agent is naturally looking at alternative options. All surmise of course. Added to that, he cost Everton nothing from Rangers and hence will probably be on a huge salary. He''s 30 yrs old in September. Great player and am sure would be a good signing but remember he''s not an out and out striker - nor midfielder.
  7. Given how little is known about Pinto, especially his ability to perform at Prem level, I think talk of Martin stepping down is way premature. Unless Pinto''s wages are top of the band, it could be him who warms the bench. Whittaker looks the obvious casualty. That said, I''ve always thought Howson looks potential captain material, though he has his critics and I wouldn''t say recent absences from starting lineups have been a problem for us.
  8. Jacko said: "I would say that if Naismith comes I doubt he would actually fulfil the role of a primary striker. He''s played for Everton either in the number 10 position or on the flank". Quite right. Evertonian says he is no midfielder nor striker - but will score goals if played alongside a recognised striker. A top bloke who does a lot for local charities. But until the club''s takeover is sorted, transfers in or out may not happen. Note to all readers: posts which are not immediately clear may not be due to laziness or an education seemingly not as good as the reader''s own. Just saying.
  9. ZippersLeftFoot said: "He remains head and shoulders the best striker at the club and one to keep starting" Agree 100%. And head and shoulders above Grabban almost literally. The play-off final goal, the disallowed overhead - he scores great goals and I always think we drop a gear when he is taken off for Grabban. Would like to see Lafferty and Hooper come into the reckoning but to suggest CJ is not up to it at this level is daft.
  10. Well personally speaking - I''d just like to award top marks to both efforts. A lot of work or not, I think they''re very good. Take the rest of the month off now chaps.
  11. Bor Bor Bor: "Hooper struggle with banjo and backside of cow" And your source? methinks I smell bullsh*t on the bluegrass . (Hooper has scored some good goals and has hardly been tested this season)
  12. [quote user="Norfolk Mustard "]Given ''we'' cannot do anything whatsoever about Grabban, it''s best to let our capable Manager manage...[/quote] Indeed. AN is/was a huge supporter of Grabban - personally I was relieved he wasn''t match fit for the play-off final - you never know. It was only a cup game. AN knew what Grabban could do but needed to see RVW in a competitive match situation - as manager he was entitled to do that. And if he wanted Grabban as back up on the night ''just in case'' he was entitled to demand that. Managers must be allowed to manage. If Grabban comes clean and behaves himself I think AN would give him one more chance. Personally I would take the money from Bournemouth and give both RVW and Hooper a mission.
  13. Can''t fault him - attitude, clever, skilful, nice bloke and not only a great goal scorer but scores great goals. At Wembley, from that angle, was class. And how about that backheel v Forest? Just imagine our season without his contribution - yes the same might be said of any one of our players but for most there is a worthwhile sub as an option. Jerome is in a class of his own IMO. He''s good news. Hope he makes us his home now.
  14. [quote user="kdncfc"]They are getting desperate now and some have even described our support at Wembley as embarassing.Apparently they have suddenly become the best fans in the world on the strength of getting a bit excited at the prospect of beating us in the play off semis.They also supposedly outsung us at the second leg but I can honestly say the only song I head clearly was the when they sung theres only one Bobby Robson near the end.They really are a bitter, pathetic and delusional bunch of idiots. [/quote] Sorry if this has already been posted - but anyone see the banner over the A14 at Ipswich? "Good Luck Boro!" Raised a few smiles Tuesday morning. Who needs good luck like that?!
  15. There''s a world of difference between wanting to change your manager - and being able to (by having a suitable list of candidates to choose from). The sacking of Hughton when it finally occurred drew criticism (mainly from commentators outside our fine city) at the time by some who felt he should have been given the chance to finish the job. Had he gone at Christmas the criticism would have been louder and with some justification: there was ample time to turn things around and Hughton''s record was not a complete disaster. Harry Hindsight is a poor master. But I believe the real reason why Hughton was given more time was simply that there was no-one suitable who could be tempted away from their present post. A successful manager is unlikely to risk a move half way through the season just for a bit more money - and an unsuccessful one would be no reason to change. Going down to the lower Scottish division has given us a hungry and successful manager. Full marks to McNally for having done the spade work so early on. No manager can guarantee success (think of our reaction when Lambert left - and consider Villa''s fans views then and now) - but I believe McNally has done his job and done it well. If we hadn''t got relegated last season we wouldn''t be having this discussion - and I don''t believe the principal fault for that can be laid at McNally''s ( or even Adams'') door.
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