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Everton 2 v 1 Southampton
Barclays Premier League
Saturday, 18th August 2018 Kick-off 15:00
LostBoys added 03:35 - Nov 4
Very enjoyable all rund particularly Chamberlain

codge added 18:16 - Aug 18
As soon as l saw we had Lee Mason as ref l new we were in for a long day.We really need a leader on this team as captain Bertrand is not it.Our defence was a total shambles especially Cedric,and we started just as bad as last week.Up front Ings was the one positive but JWP was a wasted space in fact the midfield seem to lack any cohesion at all. The second half only slightly better but nowhere good enough.

mikesaint added 19:13 - Aug 18
As soon as I saw the team sheet with Prowse and Stephens in it and Vestergaard out I knew we would lose.
When are we going to loan players like Prowse and Stephens out to lower league clubs so they can get some experience. These two are not good enough for the Premier League.

halftimeorange added 20:18 - Aug 18
You could add a few more names to that list, Mikesaint - including Romeu and Lemina on this showing. For the life of me I couldn't understand why Lemina wasn't replaced by Hobjberg, if only to save him from the erratic Lee Mason. In any case, Hobjberg is amuch busier player on past showings and, in my opinion is our captain waiting because, as Codge says - the naturally reserved Bertrand is not right for the job. It shows how badly we need Vestergaard to be at the top of his game as Stephens is uncertain and Hoedt mistake-prone. There are too many sides who will be more intent than Everton in putting a fistful of goals past McCarthy. I can see some occasions when we'll need two hands to count the number of goals in a game involving Saints as things stand...and they won't be in our favour. I'm sorry for McCarthy as this wasn't the game to showcase his obvious talents in front of Southgate.

aceofthebase added 23:15 - Aug 18
The first goal Saints were undone by a well-worked training ground goal.

The second goal was a repeat of at least half a dozen goals. A cross from the right and Cedric far too small and weak to prevent an easy headed goal. Just how long can we continue to give away goals and matches by playing Cedric.

JimmyMeliaPhD added 02:47 - Aug 19
I have to admit I wasn't put into an optimistic frame by last week's performance, but this week's was worse and I'm already starting to worry. There doesn't seem to be any real drive or energy in this team. A complete absence of commitment throughout the whole team throughout the whole first half. Like last week, second half looked a bit different, but basically we weren't ever going to ovecome a 2-0 lead. In fact, it was surprising that a) we scored at all, and b) that we didn't give up more goals. So, it looks like business as usual this season, unless something drastic happens. And business as usual could get even worse...the single thing I took from this game is that a CB pairing of Stephens and Hoedt is basically kamikaze. They both played the worst games I've seen from them. Meanwhile, the 3 other CBs we have are all basically superior....why this pair was picked, I'll never understand. Add to that that Soares was total rubbish today (he might as well have been off the field when Richarlison scored for all the good his "challenge" did). What's even more worrying is that it looks as if we're also in that frame where we don't get the decisions in our favour--Pickford's was one of the clearest red card offences I've seen in many seasons. I know I'll get jumped on by the optimists, but seriously, we need to worry.

SanMarco added 10:08 - Aug 19
Slightly worrying that it looked like the same old team (with Ings for Tadic), same old errors (cross from opposition right and header, chances that should have been taken at the other end) and the same old result. It is of course far too early to panic but I would bite the hand off that offered me a 16th place finish.

helpineedsomebody added 12:17 - Aug 19
now we are seeing why mark hughes is an average manager

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