This is home to the worst performance of the Farhad Moshiri era – and that’s saying something. It’s so bad. Lack of defense and lack of certainty in attack. Without Jordan Pickford, Conor Coady and James Tarkowski – the fathers of the group – there are no pillars.
What makes this defeat startling is that Bournemouth have made nine substitutions on their own. It was the formation of opposition that made this the darkest night of Frank Lampard’s Everton tenure. He was always learning about these players, but in rotating his entire starting line-up, he created a stick for himself.
Everton already offer free coach travel and match ticket covers for those heading to the south coast, but those returning to Merseyside in the early hours of Wednesday will feel little change. .
There have been the return of Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina but this is further proof of why they are the part of Everton that Lampard wants to leave behind. There is no quality in the attacking areas, individual defensive errors and subsequently a lack of discipline and poor body language that leaves no accountability.
With the World Cup in place, it was an exercise in opening Christmas stores early for those on the fringes ahead of the January sale, but no one in blue seized the opportunity to impress.
In theory, this second streak should be more than enough to get past a heavily rotated Bournemouth. The selected 11 squad has made 127 international caps, but Everton under Moshiri has been an exercise in exploding ego.
On this evidence, it is not clear where the biggest problem right now lies; at the top of the table, 11 goals in 14 games, third lowest in the Premier League. Defensively, Everton have faced 238 shots – the most of any club.
Nothing will ease concerns, even in the face of the statistically weakest top keeper. Mark Travers was faced with two shots on target, although the pre-match message was clear: the guy has scored 25 goals in seven Premier League games.
And so comes the FA Cup for the next chance to end Everton’s title drought, which has stretched into its 28th year.
“Since 1995,” Leicester fans sang at Goodison Park last Saturday during their 2-0 win, a foolishness that was once eerily caught among outside swindlers. Anfield. Dogs of War’s FA Cup win over Manchester United remains the final piece of the prize pool.
After six management changes this term, there is no suggestion that Lampard will be under any immediate pressure but the final two results have changed the mood.
He will be desperate to start slipping this weekend when Everton return to Vitality Stadium in no time. If not, it will be a long and restless World Cup for him and his supporters who have successfully starved to death.
If Gary O’Neil’s tenure as interim head coach of Bournemouth were to come to an end, he would certainly have bowed in emphatic style.
After replacing Scott Parker as caretaker at the end of August, O’Neil was the only owner unbeaten in the Premier League before losing to local rivals Southampton last month – the first of four defeats. consecutive.
But if he replaces Luton’s Nathan Jones, who looks set to be appointed at St Mary’s, an impressive 4-1 win over Everton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday will ensure the 39-year-old will be in form. high.
Asked in his pre-match press conference if he would take charge of Bournemouth for the last time, O’Neil replied: “I treat every game as if it were my last, that’s the essence of it. of the temporary role.”
If he departs before Everton visit Vitality Stadium again this weekend, his debut as manager could be seen as a success. He holds the ship steady when it seems certain to sink.
Last season, Brentford performed badly at home and the teams were as afraid to come to the Gtech community stadium as close as anyone.
Names like Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool all dropped points in the top team last season and they even went past teams in the national cup. League Two Oldham were beaten 7-0 by Thomas Frank’s side at this stage of last season’s Carabao Cup.
But the shock out of League Two Gillingham on Tuesday night means Brentford’s reputation at home is waning. Those are three games without a win in all competitions at Gtech – against Chelsea, Wolves and now Gills. All three teams have struggled with their form and goals before or after visiting Gtech.
Frank’s frustration will go far beyond his failure to appease a home audience in west London. The Carabao Cup has always been a tournament he holds dear, as evidenced by Ong’s record of reaching the semi-finals and quarter-finals in this tournament in the last two seasons. An early exit is a serious disappointment.
But if Brentford cannot solve their home problems, it could lead to trouble in their season given the fact that they are consistently scoring away from home. In exactly 11 of the last 3 games, their fans last witnessed a road win on May 15.
And that’s followed by a trip to Premier League champions Manchester City on Saturday.
Without a doubt, Leicester have rotated in recent weeks. Their dominant win over Everton at Goodison Park served as the first moment where Brendan Rodgers and his players painted a victory in their early-season struggles.
The win over Newport, which qualified for the third round of the Carabao Cup, was marred by the injury of James Justin, an incident that could have had a bigger impact on Gareth Southgate and the England team if it were as serious as the depression. think first.
But there are more positives for Leicester to draw from the performance, notably Jamie Vardy’s relentless progress. With just one goal to his name all season, his double couldn’t have come at a better time for the individual and for the team.
His deadly header doubled Leicester’s lead in the second half before he cheekily edged Newport goalkeeper Nick Townsend and knocked a defender before doubling his score with the team. Third of the Foxes.
Newport assures this is not a classic Leicester performance but seeing Vardy resemble his best form will give Rodgers confidence his team has the strength to sustain this revival. .