Newcastle finally decided to start their season last night at Goodison Park and came away with a share of the spoils after a 2-2 draw with Everton.
I won’t go into too much detail as I just want to get the highlights up and running for now, but it was essentially a game of two halves as far as United were concerned.
We were poor in the first half, really poor, but we did come back into in the second and at long last showed some of the fight and desire that became familiar amongst this group of players last season. Yes we had the benefit of the officials last night but, as a fan, I don’t really care about that. It fell in our favour this time and I’m sure there will be times where it doesn’t so I’ll take it when it comes along.
Anyway, on to the highlights…
I did find some slightly longer highlights but I wasn’t sold on the dodgy techno/house version of ‘Eye of the Tiger’ that accompanied them and didn’t want to put your ears through it!
Nikica Jelavic had a goal correctly ruled out for offside before Leighton Baines gave the home side the lead after a clever move down the Everton left. Personally I think Steve Harper was a bit too slow to get down to it but the pace of the shot didn’t give him much of a chance to be fair.
Newcastle equalised just after half time through Demba Ba who latched onto Yohan Cabaye’s through ball and fired a weak yet early shot at goal which caught Tim Howard out completely.
Then came the controversy as Everton saw two legitimate goals ruled out, one for Marouane Fellaini who was ruled offside when in actual fact he was at the very least (and I use that term loosely!) level with the last defender, and one from Victor Anichebe who saw his header hacked off the line by Mike Williamson, only for TV replays to show that the ball was indeed over the line.
Anichebe nearly dished out justice with two minutes remaining as he turned the defender and smashed the ball past Steve Harper, but Newcastle weren’t to be denied and managed to equalise almost immediately through Demba Ba and his second of the game.
Full match report to follow…