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Club is in dire need of a complete overhaul; Team lacks pace, guile and ideas.

HEAVEN knows what Everton actually do in training as never has a team so lacking in ideas, pace, imagination and guile graced Goodison Park.

After finally putting two players up front against Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday night, David Moyes plays a midfield of Heitinga and Phil Neville and Leon Osman on the left flank.

In every post-match interview of late our manager uses the phrases "hang on"; "grab a goal"; "steal a win".

It's no wonder our team play 'Anti-Football' with comments like this week after week.

If you have a team which aren't performing, lack confidence, or are struggling to get a win, you will find a warm welcome at Goodison Park, who are only to happy to help you out of a dip in for m!

What has happened to Ross Barkley? Royston Drenthe? The whole club is in dire need of an overhaul from top to bottom.

When you see teams like Swansea City and Norwich City playing attacking football, who are eager to get forward, to play 'one touch' football, to work for each other, you realise how far we have fallen behind in even the basics of footballing terms.

Tamworth in the FA Cup tomorrow... Saha at left-back, Hibbert up front and me heavily sedated, hiding behind the couch. Again.

MC, Woolton WEDNESDAY night was poor; no creativity brought about by a central midfield of two defenders, a central midfielder on the left wing, and a forward on the right wing.

Not to mention 'King' looking like he couldn't be bothered once more and his first touch has gone, and Denis who chases everything and gives 100% but is still finding his feet.

I fully understand and respect the financial issues we face as a club, but that does not stop us from running into space and offering an option when we have the ball. Even at throw-ins we are static.

Ozzie2010 WELL, after Wednesday that's probably the last we'll see of 4-4-2 for this season.

But you could have played Van Persie and Ba up-front for the Blues against Bolton and they still wouldn't have scored.

Why? Because a central midfield consisting of two defenders is never going to deliver the service required.

I know that; all Blues know that; David Moyes clearly doesn't.

There's no point throwing caution to the wind and playing two up-front when you can't deliver any service to them.

staygold REGARDLESS of financial constraints, we should be turning in better performances than the shambles on Wednesday night against Bolton.

Overall, I think David Moyes has been great for us, but he's getting it wrong at the moment.

TopBalcony WHY do dithering David Moyes and Steve Round wait for so long to make substitutions when everyone in the crowd at Goodison on Wednesday could see that Saha and Cahill are finished.

Drenthe did more in the first couple of minutes than Saha and Cahill have done in the last couple of matches.

The next manager of Manchester United? More like Macclesfield Town.

John Murray, Anfield IT WAS a really disappointing result on Wednesday night but on the plus side I was very impressed by the contribution of Gusto Wind.

He provided a spark of invention so sadly lacking this season. The way he turned Tim Howard's aimless punt into a goal was truly worthy of a place at the School of Science.

Come on Moysie, sign him on before one of the big boys snap him up.

welsh dragon WHAT should have been a springboard to the season, with the away win against WBA, came crashing down to earth at home to lowly Bolton on Wednesday at Goodison.

The match was a massive opportunity for us to gain momentum; but what has to be asked, is did the players want it enough or put it more poignantly, are some of the players past their best? This game, irrespective of the conditions, should be the conclusive indicator that a watershed is required, in order to bring in the necessary reinforcements to bolster any potential progress, of what remains of the season.

Home loss to QPR; draw against Norwich; scrape through against Swansea; Cahill and Saha unable to conjure up anything in front of goal - all are worrying statistics and drastic surgery is needed, to prevent any relegation scrap which may ensue.

We need investment quickly, but if this not forthcoming then I see club nose-diving.

David Kearns, Aintree AS AN Evertonian exile I travelled on a 500-mile round trip to see one of the most awful displays ever on Wednesday night.

On the excuses side we had no Fellaini and lost Rodwell after five minutes and then Jagielka.

My assertion would be why doesn't David Moyes have more faith in the youngster and start him... he's a full England inter national? No Barkley, the classiest footballer we've got.

Hibbert, ever-present for an age, was seriously exposed yet again and Saha was more like Haha! Moyes can't indulge ex-King Louis anymore.

We made Bolton look like Brazil. Poor passing and leaderless on the field.

Look out, here come Tamworth!

ramondjohnhughes TONY SCOTT, Walton BOLTON were bottom of the Premier League for a reason, but they just wanted it more and put us to shame in our own back yard.

All Evertonians' conversations lately sound like broken records, we're all saying the same thing.

Tim Cahill and Phil Neville are both running in quicksand and don't deserve to be remembered for this.

The whole top and bottom of it though is we're just terrible whether Moyes plays 4-5-1 or 4-4-2, that ageing, slim squad is dreadful.

There are lots of players in this squad that need replacing but as long as Bill Kenwright is in charge we are stuck with them so it's going to get a lot worse.

The decline we have had to witness in front of our own eyes since the FA Cup final has been frightening and Evertonians need to grow a spine and save our club because it's dying.

COLE FRASER, Litherland WRITING these pieces has pained me over the last few months.

Everything that I have to say is negative. Things aren't getting any better and something has to be done about it. We're playing just as poorly as any other team in the Premier League and, without reinforcements, we could find ourselves in deep trouble. We're not untouchable, and relegation looks a possibility if we can't find some good form soon.

No doubt, the players haven't produced the goods this season, but David Moyes has to take some of the blame. Playing at home to Bolton, the bottom side, and starting with six defenders on the pitch is ridiculous.

Playing two strikers is also useless, if we don't back them up with midfielders.

We need Moyes to get his bargain-hunting head on. He needs to bring in players who can turn our season around. A striker is still a necessity.

DEBBIE SMAJE, Up Holland BLAME the recession all you like for Everton's falling crowds.

People will only pay so much for so long to watch gutless, diabolical alehouse football, and I'm afraid Moyes has come to the end.

Everton were utterly clueless against Bolton, and not for the first time. Owen Coyle isn't exactly a tactical genius, but he had the nous to get his side playing football on the floor, because the conditions demanded it. We spent 90 minutes hoofing it up and watching it blow over Stracqualursi's head, and once it paid off with a complete freak of a goal.

When your goalkeeper has your only meaningful attempt before stoppage time, something is seriously wrong with the players, the attitude, and the entire club, which is quite simply, stale and rotten from top to bottom.

Tamworth will no doubt be rubbing their hands together.

MIKE WILLIAMSON, Chester TO NOBODY'S great surprise, Everton's version of Groundhog Day continued against Bolton.

Everybody sympathises with the manager about the lack of funds but watching the gradual disintegration of a once great club is painful beyond words.

Bringing back Donovan for two months is farcical and just emphasises the stupidity of letting Beckford go simply because we could make a profit on him.

How Saha even gets in the squad is a mystery and it can only be hoped that we find a buyer to take him off our hands before the transfer window closes. The manager doesn't seem to know his best team from one game to the next but nobody can blame him for sitting tight on pounds 70k a week with an adoring chairman who showed the same lack of objectivity with a certain Walter Smith.

The people managing this club need to wake up and realise how close many of us are to giving up our season tickets for good and when that happens there will be no coming back. Loyalty should not be mistaken for stupidity.

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Date:Jan 6, 2012
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