Next Up – Everton

Next Up Everton – 31 January 2018

Manager:     Sam Allardyce   Founded:       1878

Ground:        Goodison Park    Address:   Goodison Road, Liverpool, England

Capacity:      39,572

Squad: 

1              England                GK          Jordan Pickford

2              France                  MF         Morgan Schneiderlin

3              England                DF           Leighton Baines

4              England                DF           Michael Keane

5              Wales                    DF           Ashley Williams

6              England                 DF           Phil Jagielka (captain)

7              DR of Congo         MF         Yannick Bolasie

9              Spain                     FW         Sandro Ramírez

10           England                 FW         Wayne Rooney

14           Turkey                  FW          Cenk Tosun

15           Curaçao                DF          Cuco Martina

16           Rep of Ireland       MF         James McCarthy

17           Senegal                MF         Idrissa Gueye

18           Iceland                 MF         Gylfi Sigurðsson

19           Senegal               FW         Oumar Niasse

20           Netherlands         MF         Davy Klaassen

21           Bos and Herz      MF         Muhamed Bešić

22           Netherlands       GK          Maarten Stekelenburg

23           Republic of Ire    DF           Séamus Coleman

25           Argentina            DF           Ramiro Funes Mori

26           England              MF         Tom Davies

27           Croatia               MF         Nikola Vlašić

29           England             FW         Dominic Calvert-Lewin

30           England             DF           Mason Holgate

31           England              MF         Ademola Lookman

33           Spain                  GK          Joel Robles

36           England              DF           Luke Garbutt

39           England              MF         Conor Grant

41           Poland                 GK          Mateusz Hewelt

43           England               DF           Jonjoe Kenny

54           DR of Congo       MF         Beni Baningime

—           Nigeria                 FW         Henry Onyekuru

—           Switzerland          FW         Shani Tarashaj

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:  http://www.evertonfc.com

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Going to Everton ?

By car  123 mls, 2 hours 45 mins

DIRECTIONS FROM THE NORTH AND SOUTH

From the M6, exit at junction 26 onto the M58 and continue until the end. At the gyratory go left to join the M57 Junction 7. Exit the M57 at Junction 4 to turn right into East Lancashire Road (A580). Follow the road across Queen's Drive into Walton Lane. Goodison Road is less than a mile along on the right.

DIRECTIONS FOR ALTERNATIVE ROUTE FROM THE SOUTH

From the M6 exit at Junction 21a onto the M62 to Liverpool. Follow to the end of the motorway and turn right onto the A5058 Queen's Drive. After 4.5 miles, at the roundabout junction with the A59, turn left into County Road. Three quarters of a mile along County Road, turn left into Spellow Lane, and then left into Goodison Road. Goodison Park is on the right.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE EAST

From the M62, exit Junction 6 onto the M57, go to the end of the motorway and then left onto the A59 Ormskirk Road. Then follow the same route for north.

DIRECTIONS FROM THE WEST

From the M53, continue to Wallasey and follow Liverpool via the Kingsway Mersey Tunnel. Turn left at the end into Scotland Road, taking the right fork to the A58 Kirkdale Road. Follow the road round for two miles and Goodison will appear in front of you.

CAR PARKING

Car parking is available in Stanley Park, approximately half-a-mile from Goodison Park.

BY BUS

Services from Queen Square Bus Station in Liverpool city centre – 19/19A, 20, 21, 130*, 210*, 250*

Services from Paradise Street Interchange – 19/19A, 20, 21, 130*

Services from Thomas Street Stand EA – 350/351, 311, 210*, 250*

Other services which don't operate via the City Centre but serve Goodison Park include- 68/168 (Bootle – Aigburth Vale) and 62/162 (Crosby/Bootle – Penny Lane)

* – service operates evenings and Sundays only

BY TRAIN

The closest rail station is Kirkdale on the Northern Line, which is approximately 1 mile from Goodison Park.

Train takes between 2 and 3 hours off peak return £53.30

Last train back leaves before match finishes

WHERE TO DRINK

About a 15 minute walk away from the visiting supporters entrance, is the Thomas Frost pub on Walton Road. This Wetherspoon outlet, is a fair sized pub, that has a good mixture of home and away supporters. Bradleys Wine Bar is a proper family run local with a good selection of beers including some real ales.

Otherwise you can walk along Priory Road (where the away coaches drop off and park) or across Stanley Park, going away from Goodison over towards Anfield. The Arkles pub, the usual haunt of away fans visiting Anfield is also popular with away fans going to Goodison. It is about a 10-15 minute walk. At the end of Priory Road, turn right into Arkles Lane and the pub is up on the left. It also shows Sky Sports.

All information is provided in good faith but the Foxes Trust cannot be held responsible for any errors.  Thanks to the Football Ground Guide and Everton FC

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Young Guns Show Plenty of Promise

Peterborough United 1 Leicester City 5

ABAX Stadium  Emirates FA Cup – 27th January 2018

Report by Colin Murrant

So many times have visits to POSH ended in disappointment, usually with the home team taking initiative and the game to City. This time it was so different with City immediately getting into their stride and being out of sight by the half hour mark. The match was not the only improvement as those City fans in the Motorpoint Stand behind the goal experienced a comfortable stand with top class facilities. A far cry from the abomination of a stand the new one replaced, although the City fans situated in the wing stand still had uncomfortable seats with poor facilities.

City made several changes but with a stronger team than was sent out at Fleetwood. With Hamer in goal, and an experienced back four, a midfield hub of Iborra and Silva, and starts for Iheanacho and debutant Fousseni Diabaté. The bench was packed solid with the insurance of the top guns including Mahrez, Vardy; also, Robert Huth was in the squad for the first time this season.

City kicked off defending the end where their fans were situated; the pitch was in good condition but the wind was swirling around the stadium. City were fast out of the traps playing some crisp inter-passing, and combined with Peterborough’s inability to retain possession, it was not a surprise that City took an early lead.

As early as six minutes Iheanacho had gone close, and in the seventh minute a casual clearance from Hamer rebounded off Marriott for a goal kick. A minute later and a short ball by Silva into the feet of Diabaté, excellent close control took him clear of two defenders and his early left foot shot found the far corner of the net. This was after 9 minutes and three minutes later City were comfortably in the lead. A poor back pass from Forrester was picked up by Iheanacho who, from the edge of the box, curled a 20 yarder into the same bottom corner.

Then came the third and best goal of the match. Again  Diabaté was involved, holding up the ball and then sending a reverse pass to Fuchs who sent in a superb cross from the left wing which Iheanacho met on the penalty spot to volley into the roof of the net. This was after 29 minutes and the game was effectively over.

Peterborough had one chance in the first half when a cross came across goal with two players trying desperately to get something on the ball, neither manged to and David Lloyd injured himself by colliding with the post.

The second half started with POSH on the offensive, clearly they had nothing to lose and they were having a go. City were sluggish, as if the job was done. Forrester was prominent at this stage spraying passes either side as POSH won several corners. From one Maddison corner in the 57th minute, Taylor, unchallenged by Benalouane, knocked down for Hughes to fire home although the ball appeared to be deflected by a City defender to leave Hamer stranded. With it went the chance for City to keep a clean sheet for 6 matches running, equalling a record about 100 years old.

Was this to be the catalyst for POSH? Puel did not wait long before he substituted Barnes and Iborra who had been booked in the first half for Albrighton and Ndidi. This was to be the turning point as City grasped the initiative again. In the 67th minute Gray squared to Diabaté who stepped over the ball on the edge of the box before launching a fierce left foot strike which Bond in the POSH goal did well to push wide. It was all City and Fuchs set Albrighton up for a 25-yard strike that just cleared the bar.

On the 87th minute the job was done, Gray, who had a few shots straight at the keeper, ran through the middle and shot. This time Bond saved again but the ball went to the corner of the 6-yard box and straight to Diabaté who hit the ball firmly into the roof of the net.

Deep into injury time and Albrighton sent Diabaté on his way down City’s right flank. He got to the box and stopped as he was met by two defenders, then with lightening feet he beat both, pulled the ball back to the penalty spot where Ndidi was there to hit the ball into the back of the net.

A great performance and the feeling that a great transition is in place. Now you cannot get carried away against Division 1 opposition but neither can you deny the talents in this young team. Silva is beginning to look the classy player we have anticipated, apart from a couple of loose passes he was majestic.

But the emergence of the young guns is so exciting. Not ignoring Barnes, who is showing glimpses of what he is capable of, Chilwell who is improving, Gray who is still enigmatic, and the wonderful Maguire; we now have Fousseni Diabaté, Kelechi Promise Iheanacho, and Wilfred Ndidi.

Ndidi is reaching almost cult status with his energy, tackling, interceptions and the odd goal. Iheanacho is beginning to show the promise (pun intended) that he showed at Manchester City, wonderful what a couple of goals can do for the confidence; perhaps surprised he was substituted with a hat-trick in the offing: maybe he will play a part at Everton on Wednesday and is being saved.

But have city unearthed another gem in Fousseni Diabate. It is always wrong to judge someone on one performance, but two goals, two assists, great close control, a willingness to work, and speed in abundance suggest there is plenty more to come. Schlupp and DoDoo in recent years have debuted with hat-tricks but neither were as good as this performance.

Watching Yeovil, the night before, and POSH today, left me wondering if the day of regular giant killings is past, there will be occasional ones of course. But better pitches, and clamp down on tackling, means that the underdogs do not have the advantages they previously had. Also, the bigger clubs’ squads are now stronger.

It was refreshing to see Puel rest players but still put out a decent midfield; perhaps he learnt from Fleetwood.

When we last played POSH in the league we were both going for promotion in Division One; just how far have we come from then.

So on to round 5 and the last sixteen, we’re on our way, with Claude Puel, we’re on our way!

Posh: Jonathan Bond, Liam Shephard, Andrew Hughes, Steven Taylor, Ryan Tafazolli, Anthony Grant, Chris Forrester, Leo Da Silva Lopes (sub Junior Morias, 61 mins), Marcus Maddison (sub Andrea Borg, 87 mins), Danny Lloyd (sub Idris Kanu, 80 mins), Jack Marriott. Unused subs: Conor O’Malley, Alex Penny, Jack Baldwin, Michael Doughty.

Leicester: Ben Hamer, Danny Simpson, Harry Maguire, Yohan Benalouane, Christian Fuchs, Adrien Silva, Vicente Iborra (sub Marc Albrighton, 64 mins), Fousseni Diabaté, Demarai Gray, Harvey Barnes (sub Wilfred Ndidi, 64 mins), Kelechi Iheanacho (sub Ben Chilwell, 80 mins).
Unused subs: Eldin Jakupović, Robert Huth, Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy.

Referee: Michael Oliver                Attendance: 13,193 (3,999 Leicester).

Goals:

Posh – Hughes (57 mins).

Leicester – Diabaté (7 mins & 87 mins), Iheanacho (12 mins & 29 mins). Ndidi (90 mins)

The views expressed in this report are the opinions of the Trust member nominated to file the report only and do not represent the views of the Foxes Trust organisation

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Opposition Viewpoint – Peterborough

A bit about you:

Name: Scott Garner
 
Current home town: Peterborough
 
Birthplace: Wisbech
 
How long have you supported your team? Since 1987
 
Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The mix of the old and the new
 
Favourite match played by your team & why: Wembley 1992 vs Stockport County
 
Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Tony Philliskirk
 
About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why? Steven Taylor – hugely experienced defender who solidifies the defensive unit and will have a huge influence on Ryan Tafazollis Development this season

 

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? A difficult choice between Maddison and Marriott, however I’m siding with Marriott. His goals tally this season is impressive and is backed up by his work rate. He has proven he can score against Championship opposition and I’m sure will want to add goals against premier league opposition. His pace is a threat and he manages to pressure defenders into mistakes.

 

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Assuming you put out a fullish strength side then Mahrez is a player to fear. His pace is an asset that worries premier league defences and he can create on the left and the right. His delivery is excellent and he can produce sublime finishes.

 

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Sam Cartwright has looked an excellent centre half in preseason and reserve fixtures. He’s got great movement and is good in the air. Hopefully he will learn from the likes of Taylor and Taff and develop into a reliable centre half in the coming seasons

 

What is your result prediction for this game ? We’ve been so unpredictable this season it’s hard to tell. My heart says a Posh victory but my head says a 2-2 draw to earn a valuable replay.

 

What impact will the revenue for the game have on your club ? I’m hoping the revenue from the fixture and hopefully the reply will enable us to keep hold of Maddison and Marriott and support the push for promotion this season to return to the Championship

 

Any other comments? I’m looking forward to seeing the ground full again and generating a great atmosphere. Hopefully a fixture like this will encourage the City to get behind the team and help drive fans back into London Road to watch exciting football. 

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Up Next – Peterborough

Up Next – Peterborough United

Manager:     Grant McCann

Founded:       1934             Ground:        London Road Stadium

Address:       London Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AL

Capacity:          15,314

Squad:

1              England                                                GK          Jonathan Bond (on loan from Reading)

2              Wales                                                    DF           Liam Shephard

3              Wales                                                    DF           Andrew Hughes

5              Iran                                                       DF           Ryan Tafazolli

6              England                                                DF           Jack Baldwin (captain)

7              Wales                                                   MF         Gwion Edwards

8              Republic of Ireland                              MF         Chris Forrester

9              England                                               FW         Ricky Miller

10           England                                                MF         Danny Lloyd

11           England                                                MF         Marcus Maddison

14           England                                                FW         Jack Marriott

15           England                                                MF         Joe Ward

16           Jamaica                                                FW         Junior Morias

17           Wales                                                   DF           Alex Penny

18           Portugal                                                MF         Leo Da Silva Lopes

19           England                                                FW         Idris Kanu

20           Wales                                                    MF         Michael Doughty

21           England                                                MF         Jermaine Anderson

22           England                                                FW         Adil Nabi

25           Republic of Ireland                               GK          Conor O'Malley

27           England                                                DF           Steven Taylor

29           England                                                MF         Harrison Burrows

30           England                                                DF           Sam Cartwright

32           England                                                DF           Lewis Freestone

34           England                                                MF         Kyle Barker

35           England                                                FW         Kasey Douglas

37           England                                                MF         George Cooper

38           Malta                                                     MF         Andrea Borg

40           England                                                GK          Mark Tyler

42           England                                                MF         Anthony Grant 

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:  

 https://www.theposh.com/