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Everton FC - The Club With Ambition

Started on 27 November 2014 by RD17
Latest Reply on 3 January 2015 by RD17
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“Still making progress” – Zinedine Zidane


The New Year brought us the third round of the FA Cup, we started our cup run with an away tie to Arsenal. It really could not have started with a harder tie. We had both rotated our sides and by no means was either side at full strength. All the players were out and eager to impress none the less, resulting in an end to end match. However the score remained one a piece and it would mean we would have to play a replay.

Returning to the Premier League with another draw. Yet another team that came out with the intention of just stopping us from playing our natural game. It was hard for us to break Wigan down after Robert’s first goal. As we pushed for the winner they caught on the counter. Something that is becoming a bit of a habit and we have to stop.

Normal order was resumed as we welcomed a struggling Hull side to Goodison Park. We wasted no time in making their time here a nightmare. We started very quickly and before the time had even reached twenty minutes we were 3-0 up. The game was settled and it was a very pleasing performance.

The free scoring form continued as we played our replay match against Arsenal. They would not have known what hit them. Keen to progress I recalled some of the starters that sat out the previous FA Cup match. They certainly delivered. None more so than young Patrick Roberts. On his return to the first team, he went on to score a seven minute hat-trick. Arsenal never looked like coming back from 2-1 but that sealed the victory for sure. A fantastic return for Roberts.

Due to the replay we had to play our next round just days later, against struggling Premier League opposition in Millwall. They put their league form to one side and gave us a very good game. They were unlucky not to score, we defended very well and were resilient throughout as we continue in the cup.

We then faced Arsenal for the third time in just three weeks, this time it was domestically. Both team sheets were much stronger than the previous two encounters and it showed in the match. A great advert for the Premier League some would say. A very attacking game from two top teams. A draw was a fair result, a very entertaining game for the neutrals.

Player of the Month

Roberts has been sensational for us this month. His seven minute hat-trick against Arsenal just shows you how quick and how well he is developing. He is becoming a top quality player, I have been very pleased with his performances and he saw us through to the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Wow! You look like you really could get somewhere in the cup this time around! You hammered Arsenal!
510 - Thanks! Silverware would be nice :)


“We’re showing our ambition” – Zinedine Zidane


We have taken put steps in achieving some historic things at this club this month. We started the month by visiting Stamford Bridge. Not many teams can say they have gone to Stamford Bridge and come back with all three points. A goal in the first half from Fischer certainly ensured we can though. A very solid performance from us again. We had to defend a lot during the second half, but we did not ‘park the bus’ I wanted to ensure we play attractive and attacking football. We certainly did that.

Just days later another tricky away game at St. James Park next, which the boys dealt with very comfortably. Newcastle away can always be a sticky game for some, I recalled Van Ginkel to the starting eleven after he was ineligible against Chelsea. He defiantly repaid me with a goal.

Our cup run continued as we faced Leeds in the fifth round of the cup. In this game I was looking for a reaction from the players, a professional performance. I was disappointed with them in all honesty. The score line does not reflect the game. Leeds were very good and played some very good football. We weren’t lucky to win, but Leed’s could have easily got more from that game.

We then travelled to Germany for the first leg of our 1st round knockout match with Schalke. They started well, at times we could not handle Julian Draxler. Despite going a goal down in the first half we persevered. With a slice of luck in an own goal we took the advantage to the second leg. The away goals could be crucial.

The win in Germany inspired the team. They were excellent when we returned to Premier League action. They are looking very driven and motivated. We controlled the West Brom game very well and never looked like conceding. We were very comfortable.

From this we went on to record another very important win. Taking all three points from Manchester City at the Etihad stadium. A monumental day for the club, a sign of how far we have come and how much we can still improve. City attacked from the off but we gave as good as we got. We each had chances to win, it is only until the last kick of the game that we took our chance though. Lukaku’s late header secured all three points with the last touch of the game.

Followed up by five of the best at St.Mary’s. Two early goals from Leighton and Fischer stunned the Saints. They did not know how to react and from there on in it was attack after attack after attack from Everton. Baines and Coleman saw so much space on the wings and Southampton struggled to contain. It was very pleasing to score five and for Jese to get on the score sheet.

Player of the Month

Since Marco has come back from his injury he has been really solid for us. He has had to fight his way into the team. He has shown his true qualities which everyone here knows he has. He has grabbed a couple of goals but it’s his general play and his intelligence whilst playing that has caught my eye. He’s has been linking up well with Gedujl and those two our making the central midfield role their own.

Solid Month! Lukaku & Fisher look mint
DAYUM SON! You're cruising now!
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Denzy - they're developing really well! :D

510 - it was a great month! hopefully it can continue!
Very good month!
Jonte - thanks :D

Trio Pen new deals at Everton

We have just been told here at Sky Sports News that Everton have confirmed Gareth Barry, Phil Jagielka and Eder Alverez Balanta have all penned new deals with the club.
It comes after some fine displays from all three players and their current deals soon expiring. Both Phil Jagielka (34) and Gareth Barry (35) had only six month’s remaining on the contract. Early speculation was that both would leave the club on a free in the summer.

However Zinedine Zidane has made it clear that he wants both of them to stay. The English pair have been a key factor to the recent success of Everton. Barry has featured over seventy five times for the Frenchman since he made his loan from Manchester City permanent in 2014. Barry’s new contract will see the midfielder through till 2018.

The club captain Phil Jagielka has signed a new contract that will see him stay at the club till 2018. Which will see his stay at Everton pass over ten years. Jagielka has made over two hundred and seventy appearances in an Everton shirt and still has a part to play at Everton. It has also been confirmed both players have taken a 50% wage cut on their new deal’s.

As well as the English pair, Colombian centre back Eder Alverez Balanta has signed a new deal which keeps him at Everton until 2021. The strong centre back has been rewarded for his fine form over the beginning of the season. Before the season kicked off, there had been reported interested from Real Madrid. Everton have managed to keep hold of Balanta and tie him down with club.
Nice one keeping them on are they tutoring anyone? would be the perfect time
Denzy - thanks, Jagielka was tutoring Stones but they fell out! Barry isn't at the moment but might have to look into it :)


Everton undefeated in 30 games

After their famous victory over Manchester City earlier this week, Everton set a new club record for going undefeated for thirty straight games. A record that spans back to the end of September. Here at FourFourTwo magazine we caught up with Everton boss Zinedine Zidane to hear about his reaction.

The achievement is quite incredible, Everton’s last competitive defeat on the 29th September, opponents that night were FC Porto in the group stage in the Champions League. Since then a run a games spread across the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, which has included wins over Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City.

Everton now sit top of the Premier League, they have been drawn to play West Brom in the FA Cup quarter final and are 2-1 up on aggregate against Schalke in the Champions League. We caught up Toffee’s boss Zinedine Zidane, here’s what he had to say.

The run has been quite incredible for us, but it does not come as a shock to me. People have asked me if I am surprised, I say no of course not. I see these men every day on the training field, working harder and harder. They just want to show you what they are capable of.

What has been the biggest highlight for you?

There are so many, too many too name infact.

What can your team achieve this year?

Look, we just always want to be better. The players always want to improve and grow as individuals but they always want to grow as a team. We will just continue to go about our business as usual and we will see were we end up at the end of the season.
Awesome story! and I hope you win the league now
wow, absolutely killing it!

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