05 February 2007

Derby Wrap-up

Not much left to be said about this weekend’s derby, especially now that it’s a few days after the fact. Disappointed in Everton’s tactics, but their defense was excellent and did everything they needed to. Liverpool should have done more to break them down, and as can happen, ended up resorting to the long ball, which Yobo and Stubbs ate up. Blah.

More timely, and vastly more amusing, is the “war of words” that’s developed between the clubs.

I just want to highlight a few quotes.

Rafa Benitez:
"When you play against the smaller teams at Anfield you know the game will be narrow."

Everton chief exec Keith Wyness:
"Of course, Mr Benitez is entitled to his opinion but I suspect he is in a minority of one in believing Everton is, in any respect, a small football club

"Somehow we just expect more of a Liverpool manager."

Bill Shankly:
“In my time at Anfield we always said we had the best two teams on Merseyside, Liverpool and Liverpool reserves.”

“If Everton were playing at the bottom of the garden, I'd pull the curtains.”

“I know this is a sad occasion but I think that Dixie would be amazed to know that even in death he could draw a bigger crowd than Everton can on a Saturday afternoon.”

“The difference between Everton and the Queen Mary is that Everton carry more passengers!"
Were Shankly to be managing today, I think the internet would explode. Deep breaths, people…

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