Could the Everton match be the kickstart we needed?

Could the result at Everton be the spark we needed?
The hard fought draw against a quality Everton side on Monday evening could give Newcastle the kick-start to the season the players have needed.

Our start to the season I think would probably be described as ‘sluggish’. Even after the opening day display against Tottenham I was still not overly impressed. So far this season I think Hatem Ben Arfa has been the one to stand out and has played some great football which has in turn helped out his team-mates slow starts.

Yes, football is a team game but so far this season and even up until the second half of the Everton match we have not really had that fight and determination in the team which helped us into 5th position in the league last season.

I was not been impressed by our performance against Chelsea, I think we went to Stamford Bridge prepared for the slaughter, we never put up a fight against them and we just seemed to roll over and obviously at that standard against players like Eden Hazard and Juan Mata you cannot afford to do that or you will be punished.

Also against Aston Villa I think we forgot all about our game plan and fell victim to the way Aston Villa setup in that game which was in a very defensive manner. We stopped playing our game and got to caught up in how Villa were playing, kicking it long and hard tackling, at home we should definitely be looking to beat teams of Aston Villa’s standard.

Newcastle are going to have to get used to teams coming to St James’ Park and setting up to try and take a point from us or hit us on the break like West Brom did last season. If we are going to be competing with the top clubs we need to figure out, just like your Manchester United’s and Chelsea’s, how to play against teams who stick ten men behind the ball and try to frustrate you.

Everton was a very strange match in my opinion. In the first-half we were non-existent and Everton should have really put the game to bed, but when we came out in the second half we looked like the team we all loved to watch last season, we had great attacking flair and looked solid at the back, Pardew had obviously installed some belief and confidence into the lads at half-time.

I think the Everton match will definitely give the players back that belief and confidence which we seemed to have in great quantities last season and help us really push on, not just in the league but also in Europe, I think the game would have reinstalled that never say never attitude from last season and we won’t fear any opponent going into any match.

Howay the lads! Onwards and upwards.

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94 thoughts on “Could the Everton match be the kickstart we needed?

  1. Kim I agree Re: Saylor. He and Colo are like chalk & cheese. That’s why they are a great fit. Footballing intelligence & good passing stood next to aerial dominance, physical committment and vocal leadership. A great combination.

    Neither of them do as well without eachother as they do with eachother.


  2. You have to laugh, Evertons first goal was a result from a clear hand ball from Fellani.. I wonder if Everton fans will be whinging about referee’s this week…


  3. Kimtoon

    You make a good point and to be honest, I can’t really argue with it. It is far too simplistic of me to suggest Colo makes Taylor look better than he is and trust me, I’m fully aware of that. However, I’m lazy and couldn’t be bothered to develop my point further… 😆


  4. Way of track here – but the photograph of Williams & Fellaini on the BBC website covering the Swansea game is a great shot. Real action shot, capturing the light running through the water spraying off Williams’ head/the ball, the expression on their faces and the clarity of the picture whilst fading out the background. Good photogrpahy, full of detail.


  5. The Kid 😆 Don’t worry you can always trust me to bring it down to it’s most basic level of analysis 😀 😉 😉


  6. I’m watching Guthrie toil away. He got what he wanted, better pay and starting games, but it’s going to be a long old season. :mrgreen:


  7. Fletcher has something like four shots on target and four goals. It won’t last. He’s a good striker, but nothing more than a 15 or 16 goal season man. We have two of those 😉


  8. Ice – I posted last seasons prize money in an article within the last few days on the transfer window. That’s why I was getting SO het up at the fact we weren’t/didn’t sign anyone! 🙄
    It’s absolutely criminal that we are ‘making do’ when we brought that kind of money into the club.

    On topic – good article Connor, and I would absolutely hope it will be the kickstart to our season. If I were Pardew, I would have spent the week just showing the players repeats of the 1st half – just to ram home how poor they really were.
    You get the feeling that all it will take is one game were everything clicks into place and we get back on track. I’d love to see Cabaye get the fire back in his belly and start to command that midfield again, and you get the feeling that once Cisse finds the net again it will open the floodgates again.
    Norwich will be nee push over, and I’m sure Chris will be desperate to prove a bit of a point to the board for letting him go. But I really think we need to turn in a good home performance tomorrow.

    Troy – good luck to little Chip tomorrow as well, hope he has a cracking day mate (and you too of course) 😉


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