Former Newcastle United forward Micky Quinn has questioned the way Everton approached the game against Liverpool.
Former Newcastle United striker Micky Quinn told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast Show for talkSPORT that he was confused by Everton’s approach in the Merseyside derby.
Roberto Martinez’s team secured a point against Liverpool last weekend, but Quinn has questioned whether the side’s approach was appropriate.
“I was confused by the way they setup – they looked like the away side rather than the home team,” said Quinn.
Quinn’s comments suggest he felt Everton were nervous in relation to their opponents last weekend and need to change that mentality when they play at home for the rest of the campaign.
It’s dangerous playing defensively at home because it offers the away team an opportunity to attack, settle and gain confidence in big games.
Everton’s defensive record this season could suggest why they were a bit cautious during the game and it’s a fine approach to take into their game against league leaders Chelsea tomorrow.
However, Everton have some superb attacking players, pace and raw power up front, which they can use to their advantage.
Starting home games with a more aggressive approach will also work up the crowd and get them right behind the team, which can create an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition.
Putting three points on the board against Chelsea with a defensive approach is fine, but the time to expand comes within the comfort of Goodison Park.