Monday news and links the day after a very disappointing draw against QPR.
I can't say I didn't see it coming, but it was still disappointing. We looked toothless in attack and the defense was in disarray. It seemed that we didn't really know what formation we were playing and what we wanted to do with the ball when we had possession. Every player seemed to be on a different page and because of that there were too many passes right to the opposition.
But given all that, near the end of the match, I was happy to come away with a draw. This is especially because we were with 10 men and because it seemed like we were going to give up a goal near the end.
I blame most of this on Moyes and how he prepared the team. They didn't seem to know how to handle the losses of Gibson and Fellaini. Hopefully, this woeful form doesn't continue onto the Merseyside Derby. I won't be able to handle another loss there.
On to the links:
Game 8 Match Report: Queens Park Rangers 1:1 Everton - Royal Blue Mersey
-- If you haven't read Sean's match report yet, here it is.
Everton's David Moyes hits out at referee's 'rubbish decision' to send off Steven Pienaar against QPR - Telegraph
-- Moyes is not happy with the referee's decision in giving Pienaar a red...
BBC Sport - Everton manager David Moyes hits out at Steven Pienaar dismissal
-- More Moyes anger
Everton FC's Steven Pienaar ruled out of Merseyside derby | Click Liverpool
-- Looks like we can't appeal the ruling. This is a HUGE blow to the squad. We are pretty much going in on a big disadvantage especially if Fellaini and Gibson are out as well.
Mark Hughes admits QPR were frustrated with Everton stalemate | The Sport Review
Hughes not happy with a draw either. What a surprise!
T-shirt issue all kicks off as Everton FC players join in refusal to back Kick It Out action - Chester Chronicle
"QPR defender Anton Ferdinand and a number of his team-mates plus players from opponents Everton did not wear t-shirts in support of the Kick It Out anti-racism campaign ahead of their Premier League clash."
-- Lots of people are angry that many people have refused to wear the t-shirts, including Sir Alex Furguson.
Rio Ferdinand issues bold challenge to Alex Ferguson's core values - The Independent
-- But it looks like there are reasons why so many people have refused. It's because the continual inaction to racist issues in football. Seems they don't want to jump on this shirt like everything is all well just because they have this campaign. Full list on this link which include Steven Pienaar, Sylvain Distin, and Victor Anichebe.