Party poopers! Newcastle 1-2 Everton

Opening goal not enough

Opening goal not enough
Opening goal not enough
Everton played the part of New Year party poopers to perfection last night as they ran out 2-1 winners at St James’ Park.

Goals from Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe cancelled out an early opener from Papiss Cisse and gave Davide Moyes’ side the three points on the night.

In truth I’d say a draw might have been a fair result and Martin Atkinson can feel proud that he’s won the away side the match for them. Don’t get me wrong, there was nothing wrong with the Everton goals and what turned out to be the winner was as a result of yet more shoddy defending from the home side, but the decision to award Everton the free-kick which yielded their equaliser was weak and was the kind of the decision Newcastle didn’t get any of on the night.

It all started brightly for the home side who made a cracking start after Tim Krul lumped the ball up front only for the Everton defence to get mixed underneath allowing Papiss Cisse to steal in and nod over Tim Howard to give United the lead.

It could have been two moments later when Shola Ameobi’s flashed ball across the face of goal just eluded Papiss Cisse and perhaps should have been two when James Perch nodded onto the post. Vurnon Anita also went close as he just missed out getting on the end of Davide Santon’s cross.

However despite the early onslaught Everton were by no means out of it. They pressed forward and applied pressure without really threatening our goal but that changed just two minutes from half-time when Martin Atkinson adjudged Fabricio Coloccini to have barged into the back of Marouane Fellaini. With the ball some 35-yards away from goal the threat didn’t look to obvious until Leighton Baines unleashed a beautiful free-kick that flew past Tim Krul into the back of the Leazes End net.

The free-kick was amazing, but the award of the foul in the first place was baffling. Just minutes prior to that Shola Ameobi was brought down in the box yet nothing was given by the man who sat by and did nothing whilst Hatem Ben Arfa had his leg smashed to bits by Nigel de Jong. Go figure…

Shola Ameobi was brought down early in the second half with Sylvain Marveaux blasting the resulting free-kick against the wall, but the two very nearly combined shortly afterwards after Marveaux lobbed a ball over the top for Shola who controlled at the first attempt only to prod wide with his second touch.

Newcastle were trying to make things happen but in the end that was to be our downfall as Nikica Jelavić broke down the left and dazzled Coloccini with some neat stepovers before crossing the ball for Victor Anichebe who timed his run into the box superbly and thumped the ball past Krul to give the away side the leadwith 30 minutes remaining.

Far from bringing on an onslaught, Everton’s goal seemed to shock the home side who became more and more desperate as time went on. Gabriel Obertan went close as did Davide Santon, both testing Tim Howard at his near post. Papiss Cisse also got on the end of a Vurnon Anita cross only to see his header cleared and his effort on the rebound fall straight to Howard whilst Santon also failed to pick out an unmarked Cisse who would have surely levelled the scores from eight yards out.

It wasn’t to be though and United slumped to yet another defeat. The FA Cup this weekend will offer us an almost welcome distraction before travelling to Norwich in just over a week to take on former manager Chris Hughton, where hopefully we’ll have Yohan Cabaye, Steven Taylor and Mathieu Debuchy available for selection.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, James Perch, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi

Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Gael Bigirimana, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi, Nile Ranger

Everton: Tim Howard (G) Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines, Steven Naismith, Phil Neville, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Marouane Fellaini, Nikica Jelavic

Subs: Jan Mucha, Shane Duffy, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Bryan Oviedo, Magaye Gueye, Victor Anichebe, Apostolos Vellios

Attendance: 49,391

216 thoughts on “Party poopers! Newcastle 1-2 Everton

  1. I see pards had to convince debuchy about the situation were in is a result of injuries as debuchy thought he would be joining a top 8 side.


  2. The Kid ,all he has to do now is convince Jabba to save our season and dig deep, good luck with that one Pards.


  3. Alex

    I thought it was honest of Pardew to admit that. It must be a very uncomfortable situation to be in. Any idiot could see we are much better than our league position suggests though.


  4. Kid – I’m getting very concerned that Pards is intentionally not mention our need for a central defender, despite going to the press in DECEMBER 2011 saying Mike Ashley had given him his blessing to sign one… Yet we are still as weak as we ever were in that position. Puzzling…


  5. You could say the same about lir relegation season Kid. No good having talent if it is not used properly, or it works at 70% effort…


  6. Shamrock

    I too am worried about that. He’s gone from talking about defenders to talking about Taylor coming back form injury. WTF?!

    We weren’t good enough defensively when he played and we won’t be when he returns.

    I can understand there not being the money to sign a striker AND a CB, but we should at least try and loan another CB. There must be a few lurking, surely? 😯


  7. Mark @157 ,He’s a big lad for sure,wouldn’t wanna get on his bad side like,and he’s a nutjob too ,he’ll shake up a few in that house I’ll bet. πŸ˜†


  8. Shamrock

    Nah, I don’t agree with that comparison. Our relegation season was filled with decent players, but a massively imbalanced squad. No creativity, hardly any pace and no proper holding midfielder. Add an awful defence to that and it’s not hard to see why we went down.

    Our squad now is far better than that one and I’m confident we will finish comfortably away from the relegation zone.


  9. Asked if he needed more than Debuchy plus a new striker with Loic Remy being targeted, Pardew said: “That’s going to depend a lot on how much the striker costs us. That’s something I think we’ll come to later in the window. The return to fitness of Steven Taylor and getting Debuchy has helped us massively.”

    so probably no defender and perhaps a striker in the last week, or is that being too hopeful…


  10. No no no ,that’s not good enough ,the owner isn’t skint ,he can afford to buy us a Cb and a Forward ,he’s either commited to us or not ,if not he needs to do one.We simply cannot rely on Saylor he’s too injury prone ffs. πŸ‘Ώ


  11. Kid we had a class squad. Beye was a good right back, Bassong earnt rave reviews. We had Saylor, Colo and Enrique.

    For pace on the wings we had Jonas & Duff. A goal scoring midfirlder in Nolan, a set piece specialist in Barton and a diverse, quality forward line. There is no way that squad should ever have gone down. However we had instability, greed and too many ‘chefs in the kitchen’ with different ideas on how to beat an egg…


  12. He has obviously told Pards one more only and they see a striker as priority πŸ™„ Well we’ve only waited 3 seasons for a new CB so what’s another one eh ,W@$*@%$.


  13. The Kid – well from what he’s saying “it depends what kind of forward we get in” it suggests they aren’t pinning all their hopes on just landing Remy. It also suggests that if its someone like Graham we get in, that Cisse could find himself out wide again πŸ˜• I hope not like.
    At the moment we have Marv and Sammi for the left flank and Benny and Oba for the right or switch them if it suits but there’s 4 wide players, so I’d prefer to see a through the middle goal scorer come in – but that’s just my personal preference


  14. The squad was full of talent, but it lacked effort. That relegated us. This season I’m seeing a team not giving 100% for the full 90 minutes like they did last term. That’s fatal. Hopefully a new signing or two will slap them out of their pathetic little sulks.


  15. Beye was a good right back – Yep
    Bassong earnt rave reviews – Yep
    We had Saylor – Yep
    Colo – Weak in his first season
    Enrique.- Weak in his first season

    For pace on the wings we had Jonas & Duff – Duff was awful for us and Jonas creates nowhere near enough.

    A goal scoring midfirlder in Nolan – For half the season and he only scored a few that year.
    Barton – Spent most of the season injured or suspended.
    A diverse, quality forward line – Sorry?! Martins was woefully inconsistent and Michael Owen was injury prone and needed it on a plate. Viduka was declining massively.

    Are you telling me Cisse, Santon, Cabaye, Marveaux, Anita, Tiote (Even off form), Ben Arfa and Ba (For half a season) aren’t better than the above?

    Add to this the lack of creativity, lack of a holding midfielder and manager change and differences are clear.


  16. Shamrock – couldnt agree more! we are not looking like a team full of fighters. Say what you will about Nolan and Barton but those two could kick some fight into the side.


  17. The Kid

    I rekon we will try and offload simpson and then look for a centre back. Agree about us being a better side than our position suggests but i wonder how difficult it will be telling the likes of remy why we are 15th in the league.


  18. Lets get one thing straight. I never said this squad is worse than the one that got relegated. I said on paper it was too good to go down – just like this squad.

    The common link between the two squads for me is lack of effort, lack of a plan.

    By the way – Duff went in to be quality for Fulham. Enrique & Colo turned out to be very good for us. Nolan always had and always had since leaving us scored lots of goals. We had the talent, but we did not use ut properly.

    I see similarities this term. We had injuries in our relegation year? We do this season too, so too does pretty much every other club – yet that’s no excuse for being 15th and one loss away from being bottom 3 with our fantastic squad and quality holding midfielder Tiote…


  19. Just dropped back into reality after a couple of weeks of alternative culture and music. Today I’m catchng up with Toon news and, indeed, scores – I haven’t read, seen or heard anything football for the past 15 days, so maybe I have a unique perspective topped up by hippieshit optimism.

    Still 17 games to play. No need to panic. We’ll finish in the top half of the league. No problem.

    Not a good time to lose your top scorer, though.


  20. Bris – No need to panic yet, but need for proper concern. We are defo needing a CB and now a ST after loosing Ba and there is definately questions to be asked, about our current owner/board for being willing to invest. We are low on moral and are heading further and further away from the top half of the PL.


  21. Also this policy apparently about not wanting to sign players above 25 years is absolute pap in my opinion! πŸ˜•


  22. Just been chilling out for a couple hours watching a Pink Floyd DVD.
    Come back to find No new signings yet.
    Colo wants out
    and Pardoh has had it out with cashley.
    The best tho was reading Kim giving that makem shit.
    go girl πŸ˜†


  23. @Beardsleys Boots

    no better choice than Pink Floyd Vids, esp the Wall πŸ˜†

    unless the kids are about, “daddy whats that big block of brown stuff he’s burning” 😯


  24. I cant say I’m too shocked about Colo wanting out.
    could be the thin edge of the wedge come the summer, unless things improve drasticly


  25. So that’s no centre half then as the striker will cost a fair bit as everyone knows we’re desperate.

    Great strategy, Mike. It’s working a treat…


  26. David Crossan ‏@davidmcrossan

    Also the remy medical for any buying club will be a long one. Needed go ahead after heart issue detected in OM medical when moved there.

    A word of warning on remy. In his limited game time this season he has missed chance after chance, so out of form.

    More on remy position. He’ll only be able to do rw as part of front 3 or cf. Right footed, excellent in the air he realised last season.

    gouffran out of contract end of season so good budget buy. Despite huge recent improvement he’s not a natural finisher.

    Those asking about other L1 targets, I’d go for aubameyang ahead of gouffran no question. They’re both really quick but aubame better

    The big unknowable is will remy recapture form/fitness. If yes then a bargain. Remember OM turned down 20 mill euros from spurs in Jan

    I think remy best position is cf but can see logic as scoring rw with cisse at cf.

    remy to nufc can I see it happening? Yes if the money’s right. I’ve said before he’s third choice cf at OM.

    You wouldn’t expect Anigo to say anything else at this stage.

    OM sporting director Anigo earlier today: “there’s nothing, he’s training and is a OM player 100%”

    The more reputable sites in France aren’t going big on remy to nufc yet.


  27. Mark – It was pulse live at earls court 1994.
    In glorious HD
    Lights out and the last of the xmas ale.


  28. @Beardsleys Boots

    Superb. I was there, twice! first time the stage collapsed and it was cancelled, I had to go home and travel back the following Monday I think.. was well worth the wait..

    Roger Waters @hyde park doing his version of Dark side was sweet too πŸ˜€


  29. the last thing we need now is to buy another dud ffs
    I dont suppose we could afford Aubameyang anyway,
    Cant believe we aint getting in a new CB and are reliant on Saylor/willo


  30. Remy sounds like the type of player Cashley likes. Fits the moneyball rules of being undervalued due to a form dip. My problem with the situation is that we need a CB. Risky move to not get one. Didn’t pay off 6 months ago. Not sure it will this time either.


  31. Aargh i’m off to bed, no CB likely ,Remy either a possible dud or no show and we got to rely on a glass Saylor, it’s all too much I’m off. πŸ‘Ώ


  32. @Beardsleys Boots

    If you like Ale try the BrewDog on Dean Street. Went there for my 40th last week. Strictly Ale. there was an IPA ale @18% 😯 . Wor lass likes the ale and tried a raspberry one, wasnt for my liking.

    After reading a few comment by Pardew in the last 3 days, I feel quite confident we’ll get a striker and maybe loan a defender. I don’t think we’ll get relegated.


  33. Guys, what is in that journalist’s breakdown that hasn’t already been said?

    We know he has been off form lately, but he is undoubtedly a very good talent. He just needs a change of scenery me thinks.


  34. Mark

    A striker and a loan CB would be enough for me. Not much talent available outside of Lescott though…


  35. Kid – agree on a striker and a cb for now as the january window is hard deal in. Though the cb, I think should have pl experience. The striker would also be handy if he had some great pace! How fast is Remy anyone?? Aubameyang is supposed to be pretty fast!

    And bring back Carroll in the summer!


  36. Alanpardewproject

    I do hope you’re joking about Carroll… Liverpool can count their lucky stars if they get Β£5million for him in the summer after his disastrous West Ham loan.


  37. @The Kid

    Aye, there isnt much about. Who knows, Ashley might dig deep for once and get a striker and a central defender in, its not that much to ask really considering the position we’re in..

    I’d be quite happy to lose Tiote for 7-9mill to fund it too, something I wouldnt even of considered last season, even for 12+mill


  38. The kid – certainly not joking. Carroll is still a great player. Think he regrets his move to Liverpool and hasnt settled, neither in Liverpool or London. Think a move home could restart his career, which hadnt really started when he took off. He is such a handfull for defenders and we could use his skillset, particuly in our set pieces, which quiet frankly have been aweful since Carroll and Nolan was here.


  39. tes you could be right Kid.
    Its just another typical cashley gamble tho isn’t it.
    What do you make of this ‘heart trouble’ tho


  40. Alanpardewproject

    To be honest, 442 should be gone now Ba’s out, so I am hopeful of the ball being played on the ground a whole lot more. A Carroll return is not conducive to that and I would rather he stayed exactly where he was.


    It definitely is another gamble, but with competition in the form of Obertan, I feel it is a worthwhile risk. Especially as it allows us to nab a quality player at a cut-price fee.

    I am far less open to taking a risk with our CB recruitment though, which is why I would rather we loaned a player now and then signed properly in the summer. The question is, who is available? There really isn’t much. 😐


  41. The kid – i think Carroll could play in a more ground playing team. But he would offer us the opportunity to mix up our style and ttactic, which I think only could be a good thing. Plus he scared the living sh*t out of pl defences when he was playing with us.


  42. Apparently if Pards get sacked then the payout is 1 years salary. I guess the long contract is a guaranteed good wage for Pards, whilst providing assurance that the club dont get mugged on the cheap….


  43. Shamrock – Has that surprised you? I knew all along that Ashley wouldn’t dish out a long contract without a huge get out. Like all football contracts it’s not worth the paper it’s written on.


  44. Aye Shamrock, I’ve mentioned a few times that Ashley will have get out clauses in Pards contracts, he may be a c@nt but he ain’t a daft one.


  45. Whos fault is it cisse did not play well save for his goal. He was poor upfront other than his goal?. Who is to blame for the woeful performance incongruent bollocks being served up? Demba ba, shola who now is to blame?


  46. Well 1 week into the transfer window and why do I feel frustrated when 2 pieces of news I wanted happened.

    1) the Ba situation was sorted one way or the other, (go and count your money Ba)
    2) we got a full back in…

    so far so good, now the reasons I feel frustrated.

    1) the interview before the Everton game about “it was too late to change formation” … no its because you want a big man up there to lump it up to..

    2) the comment “we want a big powerful replacement” … see above

    3) the interview “we are going to sit down and identify replacement options”, why the hell isn’t this already in place, we should have replacements identified already for every player, so a big offer comes in for Ben Afra, we go “oh we need to look for a replacement !!!!! no wonder we dont get players “over the line”… Ba’s replacement should have been identified/club sounded out etc months ago and it should have been a follow-up to start the process the day Ba left… a multimillion pound business with no succession planning… p!$$ poor.

    4) an interview with Pardew 15th December 2011, yes 2011… “so Mike asked me where’s my new center half”… well Alan that was three transfer windows ago and still every nufc fan and presumably Mike are still asking, “where’s the new center half ?”

    5) the “purple players” policy, we only have 11 proper first teamers, then some young potential as replacements, well thats fine if 5 of them are not out together, that might sound like hindsight, but I think plenty of people on here pointed that out went it was first announced by Lamearse well in advance of the current seasons woes, you need “purple players” on the bench at least..

    6) too many players seem to want to be elsewhere, simpson/tiote etc… get rid…

    there we go… happy new year all !!!!


  47. Kev – This isn’t a surprise to most. The club is ran shabbily! The board would rather sign a player we don’t need because he’s cheap than a player we need. There is no logic to the transfer policy, we got lucky with a few and everyone was wanking them off but in reality when we sit back and look over the past two years its been pathetic!

    We’ve needed a centre half since we got promoted but we’re still without one – how much of a joke is that?? Is it any wonder we concede so many goals every season when half our defence is Championship players and we conceding a shit load of chances at that level too!


  48. It was a game that could have gone either way,But Everton had more quality and played football were as toon hoofed ,huffed and puffed and almost fouled a draw. Fouls 21 to 7 . Three times as many! sInce when did toon become such a dirty team? I think justice was done after we were robbed at home . And as to one of the earlier posters comparing Newcastles success with Evertons . When were Everton last relegated?


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