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The Executioners Bong - Thu Sep 22 7:08 PM
Teams Roberto Martinez made one change from last week’s draw with Swansea, with Kevin Mirallas coming in for Leon Osman on the left flank. The setup was pretty much the same too, with Barry anchoring midfield and Barkley (left) and McCarthy (right) the runners ahead of him. After his brief re-eme...
The Executioners Bong - Thu Sep 22 7:08 PM
With our season shuffling towards it’s sorry close thoughts begin to turn towards the summer and potential ins and outs at L4. Last season’s summer was widely regarded as a shambles, with a flip-flop themed pre season combined with suspect recruitment meaning we started the campaign in a weaker s...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Teams Roberto Martinez switched from 4-3-3- to 4-2-3-1 and made 3 personnel changes from last week’s gloomfest at Stoke. Alcaraz came in for the injured Stones at the back and Barkley and Mirallas replaced Lennon and Gibson in midfield. Sergi Rebrov deployed Kyiv’s usual 4-3-3 with the midfield...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Teams and Tactics There was no personnel changes and one positional change for the home side. Perhaps wary of the threat City carry down the left, Cleverley swapped flanks with Kone, seemingly with a brief to stub out Kolorov and anyone else drifting into his corridor of uncertainty. It was prett...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Preamble It’d be a fair assumption to say that RM’s pants have been pulled down in his last 3 tussles with opposite number Pochettino. In each contest the Toffees have lost, but it’s been the manner of defeat which has been more emphatic than the 1-5 aggregate scoreline to Spurs would suggest. Sh...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
After the doom and gloom of last week and the ensuing hysteria this week, Everton brushed aside their troubles to deliver a pretty much faultless spanking of Southampton. Tactics Roberto Martinez made 1 change from last week’s line-up, with Arouna Kone coming in for Kevin Mirallas. On first inspe...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
A hangover and a burnt head were the only tangible outputs to be taken from Roberto Martinez not-so-new-look Everton’s customary 2-2 opening day draw. Team News The big pre-match news was regarding Leighton Baines, and the ‘hammer blow’ that our key creative outlet will miss the start of the new...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Teams and Tactics One of the interesting tactical posers pre match here was how we setup to combat former toffee Marouane Fellaini. The mad haired loon has recently received plaudits for his effective displays playing in the area of the pitch he did most damage for us, basically as a left of cent...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Teams and Tactics Roberto Martinez resisted the temptation to put a fast winger onto ageing baldy Branislav Ivanovic down Chelsea’s problem right side, instead opting for the grafting skill set of Mohammed Besic in Tom Cleverley’s left midfield spot. Chelsea restored Terry to the visitor’s ricke...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Sep 12 4:14 PM
Dear Readers, I’ve enjoyed writing The Bong for the past five years, however I’ve decided it’s time to call it a day. As per most of my posts to date, here’s a protracted epitaph when a couple of sentences would suffice. As the title of the blog suggests, the objective was never particularly ser...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Jan 12 10:30 PM
Line-ups Everton made 3 changes from the midweek cup draw against West Ham with Stones, Baines and McGeady coming in for Distin, Oviedo and Mirallas. Barkley moved inside, Naismith shifted across to the left flank and McGeady began the game from the right side. City were without their recognised...
The Executioners Bong - Fri Jan 2 3:38 PM
The latest instalment of yuletide toffee misery took us to Hull for a six pointer with steak-bake faced motivator Steve Bruce. Martinez went back to his preferred approach at Wigan with three centre backs, something he tried to bed into the team last season usually towards the end of games at Go...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Dec 29 9:53 AM
We’ve been so crud lately that this latest tale of woe didn’t really come as a surprise. Having put the lid back on the barbiturates it’s time to chew through the fat of this latest toffee calamity with five key areas in particular coming under the microscope…. Our defence is too deep One possib...
The Executioners Bong - Tue Dec 23 2:36 PM
Our one step forward and two steps back season plummeted to its nadir on Saturday, as a horrific display ended with us slumping to a 0-3 defeat at the hands of a workmanlike Southampton second string. The line ‘this is the worst I’ve ever seen us under Martinez’ has been trotted out at least 3 t...
The Executioners Bong - Tue Dec 16 7:57 PM
Teams and Tactics Roberto Martinez made 3 changes from the team that lost narrowly to Man City last week, with the side named looking a lot less leggy. In came hip young gunslingers Barkley, McGeady and Naismith with veteran triumvirate Hibbert, Eto’o and Barry stepping aside. QPR had top scorer...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Dec 7 10:04 AM
Teams and Tactics Perhaps with last season’s iffy defensive showings against City in mind, Martinez selection was something of a fusion of his two Scottish predecessors in the L4 hotseat. City often do their damage down the left side and with that in mind Osman made way for Hibbert who took up a...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Nov 30 8:27 PM
Teams and Tactics Martinez injected some fresh legs into the side which impressively seen off Wolfsburg in midweek with Coleman, Baines, Barry and Barkley all coming into the side for starts. The formation was the usual 4-2-2-2 with Eto’o and Barkley in the withdrawn attacking midfield slots behi...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Nov 23 6:11 PM
Teams Everton’s side was significantly changed from the last game at Sunderland a fortnight ago with key duo Barry and Baines missing out due to injury along with the rested pair Eto’o and McGeady. Twitter fume reached new levels as ‘much maligned duo’ Osman and Hibbert were drafted in by Martine...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Nov 9 7:29 PM
Teams and Tactics In terms of changes, Roberto Martinez made 3 from the side that emphatically dismissed Lille on Thursday night with Coleman, Barkley and Eto’o coming in for Osman, Naismith and Hibbert. Barkley started on the left of the attacking midfield trio behind Lukaku, with Eto’o in the n...
The Executioners Bong - Fri Nov 7 7:58 AM
Teams and Tactics After their final third toils in Lille, Martinez switched around the forwards for this one with slots for Osman, Naismith and Lukaku in the starting line-up meaning that Eto’o, Pienaar and Barkley were ousted to the bench. Everything else was pretty much ‘as is’ from the bore dr...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Oct 26 9:25 PM
Teams and Tactics Everton made a raft of changes from the side that gallantly grounded out a stalemate in Lille on Thursday night. In defence Distin and Hibbert made way for Alcaraz and Coleman whilst in defensive midfield McCarthy came in for Besic. In the attacking midfield slots Naismith and...
The Executioners Bong - Thu Oct 23 10:05 PM
Teams and Tactics Everton made a raft of changes from the weekend win against Aston Villa with Hibbert and Distin returning to the defence, Besic coming into midfield and McGeady, Pienaar and Eto’o deployed to the attacking berths. Lille went for a 4-3-3 of sorts with Gueye, Mavuba and Belmont in...
The Executioners Bong - Mon Oct 20 8:50 PM
Odds (To win group) 8/1 (originally 4/1) Odds (to qualify) 7/5 (originally 11/8) Current form: LDWDDLWDLL With 4 points bagged from our opening two games we now enter the crucial double-header against Ligue 1 heavyweights Lille, with the first tussle this Thursday over in France. Since being tu...
The Executioners Bong - Sun Oct 19 6:56 PM
Teams In terms of changes, the much maligned duo Alcaraz and Osman joined injured trio McCarthy, Coleman and Barkley in returning to the side that lost in Manchester a few weeks ago. Out went Hibbert, Stones, Besic, McGeady and Pienaar in a line-up which had more of the look and feel of the regul...
The Executioners Bong - Tue Oct 14 7:14 PM
Poor form at both ends of the pitch compounded by a severe injury crisis has led to an appalling start to the league campaign for the toffees. Next up is this weekend’s tussle with the cunning and often tricky to predict Aston Villa at L4. The Birmingham outfit started the season well with 3 …
The Executioners Bong - Sun Oct 5 7:37 PM
As 90 minutes goes, this was probably the most Everton game of football that you are ever likely to see. From striker’s breaking scoring ducks to the goalkeeping master-class at the other end of the pitch, not to mention accruing a long term injury and crucial errors from experienced players, thi...
The Executioners Bong - Fri Oct 3 7:42 AM
Teams & Tactics Everton kept the same keeper / defence from the weekend derby draw, however in midfield and attack it was wholesale change from Martinez. Darron Gibson replaced the rested James McCarthy in midfield, whilst Atsu and McGeady started on the flanks with Osman sandwiched between them....
The Executioners Bong - Sun Sep 28 12:11 PM
Teams & Setup Potentially fearing a tonking after last season’s shellacking and this season’s defensive problems, Martinez deployed a more cautious looking side from our last league game. Tony Hibbert started at right back with John Stones deployed at centre back meaning Distin was left out of th...
The Executioners Bong - Fri Sep 26 9:48 AM
With the weekend trip to the tin mine almost upon us many Toffees will be wary of being on the end of another derby shellacking, especially given our recent defensive form. Whilst we’ve been comically bad this season at the back, our rearguard record against the top sides has been poor since the...
The Executioners Bong - Fri Sep 19 9:06 AM
Teams and Tactics Everton lined up with the same setup and personnel that claimed their first win of the season at West Brom at the weekend, meaning John Stones continued at the back with Phil Jagielka. Wolfsburg deployed arguably their strong side with all their big hitters on show. De Bruyne wa...