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A Toffees point of view

A Toffees point of view

What made you support Everton mate?
I began supporting Everton properly when I was about 7 or 8 years old. I was actually raised a Liverpool fan by my step dad; however when I began to appreciate and understand the game more, i.e. by making my own choices, I decided to follow Everton after having been taken to my first match at Goodison against Southampton. I was taken by my uncle, who funnily enough grew up supporting the blues despite having a kopite dad!

Are you happy with how your season is going so far?
Definitely. I think everything is going very well and we are in an excellent position to challenge this season. There was a lot of debate pre season over whether we have the squad to be able to compete in all competitions, but now we have close to a fully fit squad to choose from for every game, competition for places is intense and we have a real depth to select from.

I am particularly pleased with our UEFA Cup campaign so far, and a draw at Goodison Park against Zenit St. Petersburg could be enough to cement our places in the next round

In essence, our chances of winning silverware have significantly improved, so its happy days!

David Moyes seems to be once again working his magic this season - how do you think he is doing this season?
I think he's doing an excellent job. Of course not everyone will be happy, but in general the support for Moyes has improved over the past few games.

(You can always tell how the fans are feeling because it is only very rarely they will salute David Moyes on the touchline by chanting his name, which has recently started to happen again during the past few home matches!)

How do you rate his signings so far?
I'm very happy with them. I still think we are waiting for that special midfielder to slot into the middle and I honestly believe we are such a signing away from becoming a very good team. The likes of Mikel Arteta, Tim Cahill, Joleon Lescott, Joseph Yobo, Leighton Baines all speak for themselves.

Yakubu has started doing what we all hoped he would, score goals, so he has settled well, and we are all looking forward to seeing who Moyes brings in a real dynamo midfielder to replace the ageing Lee Carsley in January.

Will he need more in January - and will he get them?
If we are in as solid a position as we are now (i.e. challenging on all fronts) then I don't see why people wouldn't want to join.

As I have previously mentioned, a dynamo box-to-box midfielder who can control the game from the middle of the park is what we are all hoping for.

Who is the Everton danger man that Pompey should watch?
A few weeks ago I would have said Mikel Arteta, straight away. But the beauty of having a near fit squad is that we have other players fully capable of causing Pompey real trouble this weekend. Of course Mikel will have some say, but keep your eyes on Steven Pienaar too, who has really impressed the past few weeks. Yakubu is also on a rich vein of form and forget Tim Cahill at your own peril!

How do you reckon Everton will go this season?
You look at previous seasons and you see the likes of Boro, West Ham getting to finals, and you think why not Everton? Why not! I don't see why we can't challenge for silverware this season. We are in the best condition we have been for many years so here's hoping!

What about Pompey?
I like Pompey. Good fans, good manager, and some very good players. They have played some excellent football this season so they are definitely improving!

If you could take any Pompey player from our squad and put him in yours, who would it be and why?
That's a tough question. I don't think there are any real outstanding players in your side, but collectively, they are an excellent team. If I had to take one it would probably be Niko Kranjcar. He looks a very good player.

Go on - who is going to win, Pompey or Everton?
I think it is too tight to call. Pompey are tough at home and Everton have been on a great run recently, buoyed by a superb result v Sunderland. A score draw methinks!

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Date:Thursday November 29 2007
Time: 9:00AM


good answers mate, and i would agree with most apart from your thoughts that 'I don't think there are any real outstanding players in your side' - but then again i might be biased? it also depends how you define 'outstanding'...
29/11/2007 00:02:00
Well done toffetower...... Let's hope it's a cracking game (with a resounding win for Pompey).
29/11/2007 09:12:00
Nuge is an Evertonian isn't he? It would be great for him to break his duck on Saturday. Hope he gets 20 or 30 minutes - he might do it.
29/11/2007 15:47:00
if nuge can get a goal, i would be over the moon (quite literally!!!). and actually, i am surprised that you think there is no-one outstanding in the pompey team, as I do...but then again, i look at everton and think "well, i wouldnt mind yakubu,cahill or arteta...but we have players that are just as good as them already" - i guess you would think in much the same way looking at us...
29/11/2007 17:56:00
oh, and im going for...wait for everton win! (for reasons that toffeflower gave - but i think they will nab it over us! - an injury time winner...)
29/11/2007 17:57:00
i would like to see nuge start alongside benji... but it wont happen will it? failing that i too hope he gets a good 30mins or so... im probably biased but i would say that virtually the whole back 4 - plus keeper - are outstanding, several members of the midfield and the strikers arent bad either!
29/11/2007 23:23:00
Two ggod teams, two crackin' managers, both have the same aspirations this season - It's a tough game to call but if Dist can keep Yak quiet and Davis smoothers Arteta then I think we can stiffle what else they have. Can Howard keep out Benji ..I think not.. Pompey to edge it ..just.
30/11/2007 13:25:00
Yak, Arteta and Cahill, that attack is probably as good as ours at the moment and we are not doing it at fratton. I seem to recall the yak scores against us on most visits, he will turn Sol. We can do it but not if we have the same form as that against the hammers and man city
30/11/2007 19:01:00
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