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  • arnoldlayne arnoldlayne May 6, 2013 05:20 Flag

    The View of the Derby..

    Assaidi would have been a more positive sub than Skrtel. It looked more like we were making sure not to lose. You are correct about Coutinho, but from he does need to do more running with the ball near the box and in the box. And again we have failed to break down a fairly average side at home.

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    • I agree with Jason. Bringing on Skrtel was all about turning our full backs into wing backs which is a very positive move. Jose was giving the Everton right side real problems but he was well defended, while we've seen Glen be the difference before, but in this case he just did not have the magic

    • With regards to Skrtel, I think it was a positive move on both ends of the pitch. We did defend really well for the best part of the match, with the obvious questionable call on Distin/Anichebe, but as the game started to grind down, it seemed only inevitable that Everton would just continue to go even more direct, with Pienaar and Mirallas getting nowhere vs our fullbacks, and having brought on Jelavic, another bigger target to go with Anichebe and Fellaini. So we had our 3 best CBs and our tallest (not named Coates) back there to ensure all trouble was cleared away, and at the same time it allowed for Enrique and Glen to just go forward much more as the pleased..

      Enrique seemed to be camped out in the Everton half with Lucas covering a bit more to his side, so I think in that sense Skrtel worked to our favor in both areas. I think Assaidi was just on the bench because Sterling isn't going to be fit the rest of this season, and one would think if he could have caused any trouble to Everton on that left hand side, or even right, he would have come on.

      When I looked at the bench, I really didn't see anything .. Shelvey seems to have played his way out of favor, and when he has come on recently hasn't looked good, so we still need a lot of work.