Europe With The Fans And Phenomenal Martinez
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Chris Beesley from The Liverpool Echo contacted Blue Kipper via Steve Jones on twitter asking would we answer a few questions for the
"Everton View from the Gwladys Street"

Here are some of the Q&A

Given the position the team currently find themselves in, what would be considered success between now and the end of the season?

Kipper: Even if we win most of our games between now and the end of the season, I don't think I could call it a success. I'd like to see some of the young lads like Browning and Ledson given a run of 3 or 4 games to see how they get on. I know we get more cash for every place we move up, but I'd give that up if it meant these lads get some experience behind them.

How do you feel the team responded to the disappointment of Kiev against QPR?

Kipper: I didn't think we played well against QPR but it was all about getting 3 points and we did that. We defended well and Jags and Stones especially were good. Thought the midfield was poor and once Lukaku went off we had nothing up front. Lennon did well and The 3 points have now given us some breathing space. Let's hope we can go in and continue winning in the league.

Having had almost a week to reflect on the Europa League exit, what are your conclusions on the Europa League run and exit?

Kipper: Like many Evertonians I never thought we'd win it, but for me it was great to travel around Europe, especially Krasnodar watching Everton play. It must be good experience for the players playing different types of teams and the way they referee differently in Europe. In all of the ties we played well in the away leg scoring vital goals. It suited our style with the likes of Lukaku Mirallas and Barkley direct on the counter attack. Obviously we came a cropper in Kiev with awful defending but still had chances. Dynamo Kiev are a good side and it's no disgrace being beaten by them. To beat Wolfsburg, who are some bookies favourites to win the trophy, twice is some going. So yes it was good. It's just a shame we won't be able to build on it next season. I think with Europe, you need to play in it for 2 or 3 seasons to get used to playing in midweek and then at the weekend. So we are back to square one, but I loved it.

Romelu Lukaku has become the latest victim of a hamstring injury. Just how concerned are you at the prospect of taking him and his goals out of the Blues team?

Kipper: Any team who loses their leading goalscorer will suffer. Lukaku started the season slow, but he has realised that he can hold the ball up and win headers as well as score goals. We'll miss him. With Kone out as well, it will be hard. I'd like to see Chris Long brought back from loan and give him a go. It shows that we must buy at least one other striker in the summer.

What other business would you like to discuss?

Kipper: It's been a tough season, but I still back Roberto Martinez to come good. I think some Everton fans are more disappointed with the way he conducts his Press conferences, than the way he plays. He's speaking in his second language and using "phenomenal" too many times. It's a word we are not used to hearing. He's the type of manager who wants to be positive and we should give him a walk over for that. Or someone in the PR team should tell him to stop using that word. 

I think last season Everton, under Martinez, played some of the best football I've ever seen from any Everton team. So it is hard to accept how we played this season. I think besides Kiev away, we did great in Europe, but we have been poor in the league. At home this season with most opposition teams putting 8 and 9 men behind the ball, it's been hard to break them down. The main reason is that we haven't had midfield players with the skill or know how to break them down.

It's no coincidence to me that Leon Osman who played in every league game last season, has been missing most of this season. Together with Steven Pienaar they have been the two class players who can thread a ball through a needle. Without them we have suffered. McCarthy and Besic can run and run, but you need someone to make space and pass the ball forward.

It looks as though Pienaar has been kicked too many times to play much again and with Ossie in his thirties, Martinez needs to make signing one or two ball playing midfielders a priority. If that happens I can see us going from strength to strength. 

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Comments about Europe With The Fans And Phenomenal Martinez
I was watching an interview with Tony Blair and thought that the only person who could give him a run for his money in terms of the amount of total guff/bollocks/spin per sentence spoken is our very own RM. This season has been an unmitigated bloody nightmare - no more, no less!
John T, Bristol, 9:43 PM 30/03/2015
I will give you Osman a true Blue great, underrated noe will be missed later. But Peanuts had a sick note when we got rid and still has it now.Time to clean the house and get rid of some of the players stinking the place out. would rather have youngsters trying that supposed next level players just picking up their pensions. as for Roberto my head says let him go but my blue heart says make it work...soon.
les wirral, top balcony, 6:13 PM 28/03/2015
David #3, that?s INCREDIBLE, just what I was thinking .......
Tomo, on the Terrace, 4:11 PM 28/03/2015
Apart from a good run in the EL this season has been shite. I think Robert should be given another chance next season but if things don't go well come December then he will have to go. How can we be so good last season and so bad this season ? We all know about the side ways passing and slow build up but lets give him another chance to get us going again, Onward Evertonians
Billy, Winsord, 12:06 AM 28/03/2015
Martinez is a spin doctor. It's like listening to a tory who constantly tell us everything is getting better for everyone.Martinez does exactly the same thing by taking positives with his phenomenal dynamic intensity sentences!
David, Liverpool 14, 4:04 PM 27/03/2015
Played with a straight bat there Kipper. Want to borrow some tweezers to remove those splinters from your backside?
Balcony Blue, Maghull, 6:54 PM 26/03/2015
I for one am glad that we don't have the chimera of the Europa League next season. Whoever is the manager, I would settle for an F.A. cup win, beating the redshite home and away, and finishing as high as we can in the league. Also why do I think of Mickey Walsh, when I see Kone hit the bar-post, or narrowly miss at every goal attempt?
Lennie, Wirral., 6:31 PM 26/03/2015
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