Poor show! Newcastle 1-2 Everton.

Best opens the scoring against Everton.
Newcastle missed the chance to take advantage of yet another home game this afternoon as they went down 2-1 to Everton at St James’ Park.

In a rather predictable kick in the bollocks, of the kind that we have become accustomed to over the years, an injury-ravaged Everton side deserved the points against an injury-ravaged Newcastle side. In truth the home side probably deserved to lose and could have scored more goals as Newcastle pushed up looking for an equaliser. It wasn’t to be though and Newcastle remain ninth in the Premier League table on a day when a win could have seen them climb to seventh.

The match was a pretty tight affair to start with. Neither team gave much away and goalmouth action was restricted to virtually nothing with the bulk of the game being played in the middle of the park as both sides poked and prodded whilst searching for an opening.

The first chance of the game came on 17 minutes and fell for Everton’s Mikel Arteta who was shown inside by Steven Taylor and unleashed a fierce shot at goal which Steve Harper smartly palmed away. Just six minutes later though it was the home side who made the breakthrough when Mike Williamson fed the ball to Kevin Nolan in the box. The midfielder saw his angled shot palmed away by Tim Howard although unfortunately for Everton the rebound fell nicely to Leon Best who headed into an unguarded net to give the home side the lead.

From then it was Newcastle who took control of the game and did all the running as they looked to extend the lead. Best and Nolan both went close as the home side started asserting their authority. But within the space of five minutes the game was to be turned on it’s head.

Everton forced an equaliser when Mikel Arteta was allowed a free run down the left side of the pitch. The Spanish midfielder found Leon Osman in the box who finished smartly from 12-yards out. Then just five minutes later the away side took the lead when Leighton Baines pinpoint cross found Phil Jagielka who prodded the ball past Steve Harper and into the back of the Newcastle goal via the crossbar.

All across the back four their were mistakes being made. Nobody was any less guilty, although the usually superb Jose Enrique did seem to be really struggling. He was withdrawn before half time due to what looks to be some sort of shin injury.

Newcastle were just not at the races today, and that continued in the second half as they pushed for an equaliser. They had enough possession in dangerous areas to try and get the goal and the had enough about them to force the play, but they very rarely threatened the Everton goal with the usual cause being that the final ball was just that little bit off.

Leon Best thought that he had equalised, but referee Howard Webb blew the whistle well before the ball hit the back of the net and the goal was ruled out for a push on Jagielka. TV replays showed the foul to be very weak, but it was also just about the right call as I would be screaming blue murder if one of those went against us.

Everton had numerous chances to put the game to bed but failed to capitalise on the gaps created by the home side searching for the equaliser. A combination of some last ditch defending, Steven Harper, and Everton’s profligacy in front of goal all combined to ensure that the win was restricted to just the one goal.

Injuries are stacking up now, which is why the fact that we now don’t play for another two weeks comes as some light relief. Hopefully by then we will manage to get some of our players back on the pitch.

Talk of Europe and top six finishes is dead, if it was ever really alive in the first place that is. What we must do now is concentrate on getting as many points as we can.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique, Danny Simpson, Kevin Nolan, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez, Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands.

Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Shane Ferguson, Danny Guthrie, Michael Richardson, Shola Ameobi, Shefki Kuqi.

Everton: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines, Phil Neville, Jack Rodwell, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman, Jermaine Beckford, Louis Saha.

Subs: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Seamus Coleman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Shane Duffy, Jose Baxter, Victor Anichebe.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 50,128.

About toonsy

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126 thoughts on “Poor show! Newcastle 1-2 Everton.

  1. Still don’t think they deserved it.
    60-40% possession in our favor, Everton only making chances on counters, bar their great goal from freekick delivery. We beat ourselves today, rather they beat us. Thugs. Our squad is also pushed to the limit with all the injuries, and hopefully the board will soon acknowlegde that and make sure we have a bigger sqaud next season. We will stay around 10th place I think, i am not unhappy with that quite frankly.

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  2. Wednesday, March 9, 2011
    Time Home Away Venue
    20:00 GMT Everton v Birmingham Goodison Park

    Saturday, March 19, 2011
    15:00 GMT Manchester United v Bolton Wanderers Old Trafford

    Another chance,OH PLS,NUFC TEAM there are so many chances given,you don’t take,c’mon here’s another one. 👿

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  3. See,bloody hell. 👿

    Chances given again and again. PLS TAKE THIS for once.

    Can i just shout some dirty languages here. %$$I*^#@^O&* 👿

    Sunday, March 20, 2011
    Time Home Away Venue
    13:30 GMT Sunderland v Liverpool

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  4. Toonsy I think you pretty much summed everything up there 🙁
    Hope now we can carry on and try to secure our prem spot for next season without worrying about Europe, I think getting the 42 pts is more important and what we should all be focusing on.
    Really gutted as we could have and should have took 3pts but its over now 😥

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  5. @Big Dave: There is another chance for newcastle go up to 6th again for the next round of fixtures. 😯 🙄

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  6. By the way, want to make a big shout out to Steve Harper, man of the match! top drawer saves today!.

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  7. AOD@6 – Bolton have gone 4p ahead today and they are at the 6th place mate.

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  8. DAVE kna m8 everton were better on the day,sorry like,dont fo rget they were the away team,walk in the park for them imo,dont care aboot who had % of play its what you do with it that counts m8

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  9. Ice I agree that we didn’t deserve a win, what im saying is that if our players gave their all we would have won.
    But to me there is only a few players today that can say they gave their all 🙁 it looked like most of our players thought that it was in the bag so thought they would have a kick about instead.

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  10. icedog – I see your point, but no way were they better, luckiest team? yes deffo, but we might aswell scored 1 or 2 more, but lady luck didn’t shine. Fact is Everton came to play for draw and to bully us. Webb didn’t help allowing Everton to foul us a 1000 times and to time waste, to a before unseen extent, which kept us from getting our play to flow. Still not saying we should have won, god no.

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  11. My hate for Jonas grows, he didn’t put a single cross in today that went to one of our players.

    Lovenkrands has to leave in the summer, really dissapointed with today.

    We need Joey back badly!

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  12. Big Dave – I believe its more a question of being fustrated today. We didn’t play well, allowed them too easy back in the game and from there, they sat back, timewasted and fouled the hell out of us, dening us getting any play going.

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  13. Personally I thought our skeletal squad was there for all to see. We had to play players out of position due to our lack of depth.

    Unfortunately we did lack creativity, pace, quality and energy. Although they can be forgiven for that as the players who played just weren’t good enough – especially in the positions they were playing.

    I know some don’t want to hear this but fck me, from looking at Europe to looking over our shoulder! Everyone keeps picking up points and a few down there have games in hand on us.

    If we don’t beat Wolves I think we’ll be in right in the **** and our record against teams like Wolves is, well ****e!

    Anyway the sooner we get Barton back the better. Without him we’re in a relegation battle in my opinion.

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  14. APP I dont think it would matter even if there was no ref I still dont think we could have made our play flow today 😆 we need the whole team to play flowing footie today we had a shadow off our team 🙁

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  15. AlanPardewProject
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Lady luck didn’t shine on us? Are you for real?

    I lost count of the number of saves Harper had to make, and the amount of times they got behind us and the ball flew passed the face of our goal. The ball only needed tapped in. Not to mention the great chances they had that missed the target totally.

    Howard didn’t make one save did he?

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  16. Big dave – alreet, but they denied us even further from getting some play going. 😛

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  17. Stuart – Most of our shots were blocked or deflected therefore no Howard didn’t have to make many chances.

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  18. AlanPardewProject
    Posted March 5, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Watch the game again, mate.
    We didn’t really deserve anything in reality.

    That’s life, we move on and try to get something at Stoke.

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  19. ANDREW jonas will go in summer dont worry.1 webb has always dis-liked toon.2 you make your own luck by working hard which we didnt/couldnt 3 everton had there two best midfielders out,would joey had made diff today i dont know, but are we a one man team?

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  20. Tough day. F#ck the blue bindippers. Really and truly though, I applaud Pards for making some tough tactical decisions and trying a little experimentation. That’s the way he gets to know his squad’s weaknesses and strengths. Chalk it up to a bad day, but I think there were undeniable lessons learned.

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  21. Big Dave – He saying what im saying. We didn’t play well, allowed them too easy back in the game. We did fight in the second half to no avail because of lack of quality and the above mentioned stuff.

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  22. OHurley – yeah we really lack some attacking inspiration when we are without him. Didn’t help that Enrique went off either.

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  23. Enrique must have been injured when the game started as he was very poor today.

    Maybe he has something on his mind…

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  24. Definately need to keep them. I think Ireland could have filled in for Barton today, but alas, the injury curse over Newcastle loomes yet again.

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  25. Is it not bad that our style of play has us relying on a defender for all of our attacks? Enrique shouldn’t need that pressure on him, defending should be enough.

    Is it also not bad that I have more confidence in getting a result at Stoke (notoriously hard place to get anything) than I do at home points?

    At least our 3pm jinx only applies to home games…

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  26. Now,what remedy did CH use when he manage newcastle with so few injury list,and then when he gone,newcastle is back to long injury list every season. 🙄

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  27. Funkyjesus – Agree totally. We shouldn’t have to rely on fullbacks to create something. But our sqaud at the moment is quite stretched, and were don’t have too many players that can run our attacks, Barton, Ben Arfa and who else? But both out. We need that last bit of quality in midfield, as we have plenty of grit to run on.

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  28. I don’t think Hughton had any magic formula, I think the fact we played almost two games a week, every week in the Championship was the situation.

    We had decent injury containment at the start too when there were a lot of games. Now were are dropping to as low as one game a week and one game a fortnight – we are dropping like flies.

    It really is probably a case of freezing cold weather with no games and light training = increased injuries. It may be something Newcastle are forever stuck with.

    With the Championship schedule, a lot of games were abound and the training will have had to be harder to keep things going.

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  29. Whoops forgot to add Ireland to the list of creative players. Barton, Ben Arfa and Ireland.

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  30. Yeah, I can defo see the weather up in those parts being an influencing factor. I’m amazed that more hard core training doesn’t go on. We were probably a fitter squad last year in the championship than this year in the prem. wtf like? lol

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  31. Tis funny that this season we dont do well when Joey is not in the team 😕 love him or loath him I think he is a vital heartbeat of the team.
    OHurley yeah drowning my sorrows in coffee 😀

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  32. Saylor was pants today. Never won a header or a clean tackle. Spent his time backing off. Wasn’t surprised when he was taken off.Jonas and Colo worked hard and Harper was good but I would prefer he didn’t just hoof the ball up field. Invariably it goes straight to the opposition and starts off the opposition;s attack.

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  33. Ice 😆 😆 I just think at our club with our supporters we could get the best out of him ❓ what do ye think ❓

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  34. My thinking on the reason we lost today:
    1. Our mid field definitely misses Barton. He attacks and defends and distributes the ball very well.
    2. Lovenkrands seemed to be AWOL, it was like playing with 10 men.
    3. Pardew ‘reshuffled’ the pack and played players where they were not used to playing, but he was forced into this due to injuries and it was worth a try, but never having played this way before the play was not flowing and some players didn’t seem to know where they should be or what they should be doing.
    4. Ameobi played! Sorry to all his supporters but I just don’t rate the guy, he is a Championship player at best. (Was it Leicester he went to and they didn’t even want him!!?)

    On the positive side I’d like to thank Steve Harper for at least 4 magnificent saves and Saha for still supporting Newcastle enough to make sure he missed 4 sitters! (I’m thinking Everton should have had at least 10 goals today!) Obviously this was mostly down to us attacking so much and them catching us on the break.
    I think Ferguson should get a starting position next time. He, Tiote, Harper and Nolan were outstanding today. Jonas ran his heart out and I thought Steven Taylor was also a workhorse today. Taylor was running end to end to try to help out in attack then get back to defend. I really don’t understand his critics. The guy just came back from long term injury and his work rate was terrific.

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  35. DAVE think he is a heed case from all ive read about him,can he play yes,on a constant way,jurys out on that imo

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  36. Ice I know he is a bit of a weirdo 😆 but no doubt about it he can play and I just think we could get the best of him.
    Jill your welcome 😀 I just think you summed up how I feel spot on

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  37. Just got home to Scotland

    What a major disappointment

    Poor tactically from the manager and the players had no guile but alarmingly in the first half had no drive.

    Why if Shoala was that fit did he not start.
    I am now going to go and have a lie down in a dark room and tell myself it is perfectly allright that I have paid £32 for a ticket probably the same on travel to watch Lovenkrands make a complete cnut of himself.
    That is the 5th time this season he has been the worse of all 26 players. How does he get away with masquerading as a footballer

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  38. Jill
    I disagree with you.
    Shoala made a huge difference and was one of our better players and this was everybodies opinion on the train home.
    Taylor did try but never in a month of Sundays is he a full back and was roasted at times by Arteta who whas head and shoulders the best player on the park

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  39. Just flicking through the comments and I am stunned to think APP thought we deserved to win. Incredible

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  40. Big Dave

    Don’t have a problem with that. Personally I don’t see Shoala as anymore than a squad player, wouldn’t like to think he was our first choice striker for next season

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  41. Jill-

    Just gotta say that that was a superb analysis of the match. Bang on, lass 🙂

    And yeah- Batty, Big Dave, and Richie- it’s ALL your fault… ya w@nkers!! Probably predicted a win against Stevanage too… 😉

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  42. Toby Le Rhone I agree with you about Arteta!
    Taylors best position is the position Willo played. But because of the reshuffle Simpson was moved onto the right wing in mid field and Taylor stood in for him. I assume Pardew chose to do this as Simpson is faster than Taylor. But in hindsight this didn’t work out too well!

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  43. O!HURLEY aye they did mate 10-0 they said,thats how much they know,should go into hideing if they had any shame 😀

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  44. Thanks OHurley 😀
    I don’t normally post all that much as what I am thinking has usually already been said by someone else.

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  45. OHurley yeah to todays prediction but no to Stevenage so that was your fault you t*ssp*t sorry would like to say more but there is a Lady about 😉
    Ice yeah mate he liked them but he still prefers his Ice and Satan pics 😀

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  46. Dog- no doubt! Silly mick, and those two gadgies! Like Larry, his brother Darryl and his other brother Darryl. The silly sods! LMAO 😆

    Jill- would love to see ya post more often! Your posts are ALWAYS good, well thought out points and often cut right to the core of the matter!

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  47. Dave-o,

    When I come to the UK, I’m gettin’ a NUFC tattoo and you’re gonna do it, mate :mrgreen:

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  48. Wow! Thanks Hurley. Much appreciated. 😎
    Bye for now, thanks to all for the craic, I’m off to get something to eat.

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