Out with a whimper! Everton 3-1 Newcastle

Pienaar strikes first

Pienaar strikes first
Newcastle played Everton this afternoon knowing that they needed to win to stand any chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Well now I actually wonder if they did know? You see the performance today was weak to say the least, which was unexpected when you consider what could have been on offer.

As it stands a win for us wouldn’t have mattered anyway, and fifth is still a mighty fine effort from the lads after 38 games, but to give such a disappointing performance in the first half is difficult to take. Everton shouldn’t have anything taken away from them as they were excellent in that first period and gave us no room to do anything in.

Goals from Steven Pienaar and Nikica Jelavic were enough to give Everton a deserved 2-0 lead at half-time although I still maintain we made it easy for Everton to press the game by failing to play our own.

The second half arrived and Newcastle were much improved. Sylvain Marveaux and Ryan Taylor replaced Davide Santon and James Perch and almost immediately you could see that the changes worked in our favour, although in fairness it wasn’t hard to improve from what was a dire first half performance.

Papiss Cisse missed pretty much an open goal, Hatem Ben Arfa scuffed a shot wide and Demba Ba shot straight at Tim Howard as the visitors pressed and probed for a way back into the game.

However it was Everton who scored the next, and decisive, goal when John Heitinga made the most of a static Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini and easily headed home from six yards out.

Brief hope was restored shortly after as the visitors pulled one back courtesy of a Tony Hibbert own goal, but no comeback was on the cards this time and the game petered out.

Everton were impressive today and the result made it nine games without defeat for David Moyes’ side. They were confident and that showed, and in truth there was only going to be one winner in this contest.

Which makes you wonder why Tim Cahill had to act like a knob right at the end and earn himself a red card AFTER the final whistle. He lost his head but then the same must be said for Yohan Cabaye who was on the egde of losing it all game and actually did when a ballboy failed to do his job properly and give Cabaye the ball back.

A fine season has ended on a sour note for us, but we’ll be back, especially if players like Sylvain Marveaux can stay fit. Considering today was his first appearance in six months he done rather well and showed some great skill and vision. Unfortunately it came to nothing in the end but it was promising all the same.

In summary, what a season!

Everton: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, John Heitinga, Phila Jagielka, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Maraouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic

Subs: Jan Mucha, Denis Stracqualursi, Tim Cahill, Magaye Gueye, Seamus Coleman, Ross Barkley, Sylvain Distin

Newcastle: Tim Krul; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse

Subs: Rob Elliot, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Taylor, Dan Gosling, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

P.S – Troy Stavers, you are now banned from attending away games!

189 thoughts on “Out with a whimper! Everton 3-1 Newcastle

  1. Shamrock – It’s doing more than that mate 😆 I’m on 39k a year now for doing this so it’s paying for holidays and all sorts of other stuff 😉

    The main reason though is so the Mrs can go part time rather than put the kid in nursery all the time.


  2. Yeah we tried nursery with our boy and gave it up. He used to cry once he realised where he was going. Bloody horrible and we put a stop to it pretty sharpish.

    I think it makes for a far happier family unit when the nippers have a parent at hand most days. Wehave certainly not looked back since the wife went part time and the shift work actually facilitates that… 😀

    Is Rodzilla still posting these days? Quite miss his late night rants on night shifts!


  3. Good stuff. Back to work soon so shall be tuning in to the Rodzilla show! Right I’ll say goodnight. Good work recently by the way Toonsy. A few of us novice writers have been absent but the stories still come flying out! 🙂


  4. Luckily the spotlight was well and trully off us and thank god for that! We needed Cisse to score with that chance at the end of the first half to stand ANY chance and he missed. Can’t help but feel we only had that 4 minutes of pressure because they completely took their foot off the gas and thought half time was secure, yet we couldn’t punish them. Before that we looked totally like a poor away side with them controling the play and the chances in probably the second worst 45minutes we have seen all season (after Wigan). In the second half we mixed it up and played better but it was all too late. It needed to be an effort like that from the start. Hay ho, this season has had countless positives but by got there are areas for improvement in terms of set plays and away performances. Sometimes away from home it is neccessary to just keep the ball and stop the opposition for 5 minutes until their heads drop a bit; rather than rushing it up and giving it straight back. I don’t think Pardew and Carver realise this.


  5. In fact, I’ve just bought a container off a dodgy Scania fleet. 20 thoosind seer storkaz. Proppa Borbry like.

    …10 pund a pop.

    See ye doon the markit 😉


  6. …sorry, me and my non-footballing comments 😳

    I reckon Matthew Etherington could play Lead Timpani in Star Wars.


  7. Great Season!

    Finished 5th, Manager of the Season, Goal of the Season and Colo in team of the Season!

    See Barton has been taking to Twitter to give a foul mouth rant about Shearer.

    That tw*t has no dignity!


  8. …porsnli a like Joey Barton, never met him like, very possibly a cunt, but the lad wears his heart on his sleeve. May well be a twat, but aal take a gamble on him not being. He’s a Ronnie. Barker.


  9. European Football is fucking great anyway.

    Apparently the inspiration for the logo was Marge Simpson’s arse in a Baywatch swimming costume in The Simpsons, Episode 3, Series7.


  10. Shamrock fair play lad think am talkin about the past coz of the red shite that’s all they talk about about !! But the past does matter coz we won 9 leagues 5 fa cups europeon cup winners cup wat have u won???? or do we just forget about that coz it’s in the past ! Small club big ground !


  11. Great season like. A few things to be pointed out in the game though. Demba costed us a few good opportunities where he opted to shoot from distance rather than pass the ball to a player in a better position. This shows how desperate he is to score, and this is only gonna cost us with this over-selfish play. I still remember how Demba Ba was great in the first half of the season and probably is one of the main reasons we’re in the top 5, but we can’t really afford to put Ba’s personal agenda in front of the welfare of the team. Secondly, our defence was horrible again and its the main reason why we can’t finish in the top four. Williamson is a good player, but never top four material. Santon and Perch had an off-day too, which contributed to our demise. Lastly, our set-plays are horrible, and I hope Pards will do something about it next season. P/s: Marveaux showed really good touches and movement with the ball. His whipping crosses will be an asset to us next season. Can’t wait to see him regularly! 😀


  12. Rodz @ 185 Steve hillage anyday. Om namah shivya

    As to the season this time last year we were pleased, however I was bemoaning our inconsistancy. I wanted a dozen more points on that basis alone. We made mistakes this year and yet still we are nearly 20pts better off. Next year we will be better and hopefully have learnt from mistakes. However I expect more competiotion from Chelsea and the Merseyside clubs so I’m again celebrating, this time looking forward to the window, and hoping to do even better next year.


  13. Have to say can’t believe we’ve appealed Cahill’s card!!! WTF??? He deserved it for reacting and being a prick.
    Bizzare decision by EFC.
    Provocation or not, if you place your hands on another player it’s a red card.

    The Toon are back in the top half of the table, something their fans deserve. Good luck in Europe – get the Redshite in the final and tw*t them 5-0 please.


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