Ian Snodin: Everton FC must get used to opponents trying to stop Baines and Pienaar
Everton had better get used to opposition managers taking extra measures to stop Leighton Baines and Steven Pienaar.
When you’ve got a combination as potent as David Moyes’ currently has then you’d be a fool not to prepare ways to try and stop them – particularly when you bring your side to Goodison Park. Michael Laudrup is certainly no fool, and that’s what he did on Saturday with some degree of success if you consider the lack of goals. It was certainly a frustrating encounter from a Blues perspective because it was a game we should have won considering the sheer amount of chances. You can’t play brilliantly every week and it wasn’t a classic display, but I thought the Toffees did enough to get a result. Swansea had a couple of opportunities themselves but generally speaking they seemed satisfied to come to Liverpool and take a point, which after the excellent week they’d had – with a draining game on the Wednesday – you could understand. The way Laudrup asked Angel Rangel and Dwight Tiendalli to stop Everton’s left side was a big back-handed compliment. I admired the tactical shrewdness of it. It might have meant that Swansea couldn’t really play the game the way they usually like to but at the same time it was effective. That’s not to say Bainsey and Steven didn’t get little bits of joy but they weren’t at their best because they were stopped so consistently from linking up.
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