Raylor’s rocket! Newcastle 2-1 Everton

Ryan's rocket on its way
Newcastle extended their unbeaten run in the league yesterday thank to a bit of luck, some sound defensive play, and an absolute stunner from Ryan Taylor.

The win keeps our unbeaten run going ahead of what is a tough run of fixtures where we play the two teams directly above us followed by the one directly below us. In truth few expect us to get anything from those games, so to get another win and extend our unbeaten league run to 14 games is just what the doctor ordered.

You see we’ve got ourselves into a position where these next three games are no pressure games. Nobody expects us to get anything from them, and even if we don’t (I think we’ll pick up some points in fairness) the fact that we have already have 25 points means that we could essentially lose all three and then still be in touch with the European spots.

Alan Pardew made one enforced change to the side that won at Stoke as Sylvain Marveaux came in for the injured Gabriel Obertan. It was a straight swap and Marveaux occupied the right wing ensuring that the dynamics of the team were left unchanged.

Newcastle started on the ascendency and looked to take the game to the away side. They didn’t really create any clear cut chances, but some of the quick passing and movement showed some real intent and you got the sense that it would only be a matter of time before we found the breakthrough.

As it happens, we did find the breakthrough just 12 minutes in although it was thanks to a large slice of luck and a mistake on the part of Everton defender John Heitinga who diverted Danny Simpson’s weak cross past his own ‘keeper and into the back of the net. 1-0.

Everton could have got straight back into it as they went in search for the equaliser, going close through Leon Osman and Louis Saha while on loan midfielder Royston Drenthe continued to cause problems for the home defence.

Drenthe may have been catching my eye, but that soon changed when Newcastle went 2-0 up on 29 minutes. Jack Rodwell failed to adequately deal with a long thrown and his tame header fell to Ryan Taylor who half-volleyed the ball goalwards from 25-yards. I was sat right in line with the ball and seen it dip and move over Tim Howard and into the back of the net. A cracking goal. The best one I’ve seen for a long time.

At 2-0 we should have closed the game out for a bit, but Everton came back again and had yet more chances, with the closest one being from Louis Saha who struck the post with Tim Krul beaten. Newcastle had their own chances though as Demba Ba went close and Ryan Taylor hit the crossbar with a cross.

Yohan Cabaye was withdrawn on 37 minutes after picking up a groin strain and was replaced with former Evertonian Dan Gosling. The change seemed to unsettle Newcastle a bit although my Man of the Match, Danny Guthrie – AKA G-Unit, ensured that any disruption was kept to a minimum.

I was praying for Newcastle to go in at half time two goals up so we could reorganise, but it wasn’t to be and Jack Rodwell gave the visitors a lifeline in first half stoppage time after losing his marker in the box and heading a Royston Drenthe corner past Tim Krul.

Half-time: Newcastle 2-1 Everton

The second half was going to be tough. Everton had their tails up after that goal and tried everything looking for the equaliser. They kept the ball well and pinned Newcastle in their own half for long periods of the game as Newcastle struggled to get a hold on proceedings.

Indeed Everton could feel aggrieved not to have had a penalty after a handball in the box by Dan Gosling although from where I was sat it seemed to be an accident and Gosling was trying to get his hand out of the way. Make of that what you will…

Despite that though, and despite all of the pressure and possession the away side had, they very rarely threatened the goal. Neither did Newcastle in fairness as they struggled to break out of their own half and resorted to trying to hit Everton on the break by utilising the pace of Sammy Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa who replaced an injured Sylvain Marveaux and Leon Best respectively.

I must confess that I wasn’t comfortable with what I was seeing from the home side. I’m not deluded enough to think that we’ll have things our own way all the time in every game but I didn’t like the way that we were unable to keep hold of the ball for longer periods. Mind you with the defence playing the way they did it didn’t matter in the end.

Full-time: Newcastle 2-1 Everton

On balance I think a draw would have been a fairer result, but I’m not interested in balance really and I couldn’t care less as NUFC won!

We now have 25 points from our first 11 games of the season. Whilst I never subscribed to all the doom and gloom over the summer months I still never expected this. I don’t think anyone can seriously say they did, can they?

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Ryan Taylor, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez Leon Best, Demba Ba

Subs: Rob Elliot, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Hatem Ben Arfa, Sammy Ameobi,

Everton: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Seamus Coleman, Royston Drenthe, Phil Neville, Jack Rodwell, Leon Osman, Louis Saha

Subs: Jan Mucha, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Denis Stracqualursi, James McFadden, Sylvain Distin, Tim Cahill, Apostolos Vellios

Attendance: 50,671

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49 thoughts on “Raylor’s rocket! Newcastle 2-1 Everton

  1. Get your facts right! You state that- “Newcastle started with the ascendency took the game to the away side”?

    Hows about you take into consideration that the lads were playing at home!

    “Amateur journalism”!


  2. newexpatmagpie

    I could argue that since they had a good chance before we scored we wer’nt on the ascendancy, but the writing is fine. What blog address can I read where you prove you can do better. πŸ‘Ώ


  3. It’s fricking awesome… and the strange thing is we haven’t even played well half the time! Still keep churning out the results tho and that’s the most important thing.

    A testament to good old-fashioned hard yakka, to meticulous and effective preparation work by the backroom staff and to the benefits of having a consistent back 4 n keeper…..

    we’ve been ‘lucky’ on more than one occasion this season – but have we made our own luck?

    Really hope Tiote is back for the trip to manc land


  4. Corse its amateur journalism you plonker, Toonsy’s one of us, a supporter, not some overated waste of space hack .
    Never mind Toonsy, I know class when I see it . (crawling git)


  5. I’m confident that our starting line-up will be OK, but the bench misght look a bit young. Good game, good report. How did the Marveaux do before he went off as he did’nt feature in the highlights. Also Gosling came on and did Okish?


    November 6, 2011 at 08:31

    Get your facts right! You state that- β€œNewcastle started with the ascendency took the game to the away side”?

    Hows about you take into consideration that the lads were playing at home!

    β€œAmateur journalism”!

    What facts did I get wrong in that numbnuts? Everton were the away side yes? We starts in the ascendecy yes?


  7. Porcie – Exactly. Makes me laugh when people say it’s amateur journalism. Must have missed the time I got a job writing for the press πŸ˜•

    It’s just an account of someone who was at the game yesterday.



    Do you mean that -as a fact- all teams in the world playing at home will take the ascendency against any away side?


  9. Newexpatmagpie (aka absolute prick)

    β€œNewcastle started with the ascendency took the game to the away side”?

    Yes they were playing at home, but that doesn’t change the dynamics of football. Just because one team is playing at home doesn’t mean they will automatically be the team that starts the game on the stronger footing.

    What a prick you are!


  10. Was at a wedding yesterday, got text updates throughout and just staggered back in. Sounds like a win despite the performance and seeing us third is great! Dont expect it to last but 2 weeks to try and sort some injuries and push on now….

    Toonsy, your site the first Ive been to for a match report…..my favourite “amateur” πŸ˜‰


  11. Preman….They do that when they realise they’ve made a tit of themselves usually πŸ˜‰

    Good write up Toonsy, maybe you should just copy and paste like a professional writer would though? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†


  12. @2….”What a prick you are!”…. there’s your comment from a professional journalist,right there, is that better? πŸ˜†


  13. good wright up..colly best player in the league by a mile..this season…tiote could of played saturday…left out…we had players who played with injuries..ba had 12 have a fitness test b4 everton game..so they left out tiote…


  14. Whilst I never subscribed to all the doom and gloom over the summer months I still never expected this. I don’t think anyone can seriously say they did, can they?……………whey aye man, a did….in fact ahm disappointed wah not top, me like!


  15. Joesoap-feel good isnt!

    I am going to watch Spurs game with my mates later and we are above them, its been a while since that happened..its feel good. We win vs Everton not playing that well ….feel good time indeed

    I just hope Cabaye is OK!


  16. Good write up Toonsy, I was actually impressed with some of the stuff that Gosling did in the match. Nice to see him get some game time after not being involved after he impressed in pre-season.

    Toonsy- Have a look in drafts πŸ˜‰


  17. I think we are entitled to enjoy these times. I seriously think the Man ****ty game will be a big test of our spirit and I think will be the toughest test all season.

    I am so happy that it is the international break and I dont think Cabaye’s injury is too serious as he carried on for a good 10 mins after he first spoke to Pard’s. But even if it is, I think many will agree that as Man city is the toughest test and in all probability we will get beaten, Cabaye has 3 weeks to get back for the Manure game which we stand a better chance of getting something from. (How long has it been since we have uttered those words!?)

    Id like to see Guthrie keep his place for Man ****ty with Best/Ba dropping out to play 4-5-1 / 4-2-3-1. I dont think we can afford the luxury of 2 up top and need Tiote to stick to Silva like a piece of chutt on your shoe.

    Allow Cabaye and Guthrie to run the midfield and hopefully have Jonas and Obertoon on the wings. If Cabaye doesnt make it then I think we either need Gosling or Benny in the middle. I think Benny maybe a risk but I think he needs to start games to get himself back to his best. I am in two minds as to what I think we should do really, as sitting back and defending is just asking for a 5-0 pasting, so should we go all out and attack and take the game to them?

    Either way it is fantastic to be in this position.


  18. Rich, I have no doubts that Lawro is our lucky mascot! He’s going to predict losses. nay. hidings for us in the next three games and if we do manage to pull off some miracles and earn some points in those games, he’ll be predicting even more losses for the games after because “newcastle has had a great start and their slide to their rightful position must happen sometime.”

    Good game yesterday. First half was very good to watch, second was nervy, but my confidence in this defence is very high nowadays and I really think it takes something special to break us down. (or something silly)


  19. good write up toonsy,i must admit we must be carrying our luck,im like you hate international breaks,but this one is a god send


  20. Mockery aside, honestly… I cannot believe that Lawrenson actually has a job at the BBC. He is absolutely dreadful.

    The BBC MOTD team really need to move into this century. The whole “twee” team of experts are like dinosaurs, jobs for the boys.

    When I see how much more dynamically the Bundesliga is analysed on TV here in Germany, the whole bunch of MOTD “experts” make me laugh.

    Or maybe MOTD no longer has the standing in the UK that it used to have ? Lads and lasses living in the UK can probably answer that question better than me.


  21. I’ve been thinking about the injury situation, and forgive the insanity, but I’m not too worried, Krul & back 4 unchanged, Tiote & Guthrie midfield, Jonas & Sammi wide, Ba & HBA upfront. I’m happy with that. Bench of Elliott Santon Perch Gosling Ferguson Vuckic & Lovenkrands. Hope it just does not get any worse.


  22. See we are linked with De jong again this morning. What type of player is he? If we are also getting Maiga, as its reported as a done deal, do we think we will be all set then? I can see McLovin and Ranger going in Jan, so would Best, Ba, Maiga and De Jong be enough?

    I think we also need someone like Pieters who can play LB and CB, but my ideal would be to exploite Everton’s financial woes and go all out for Baines. That would really set us up for a top 6 finish I think


  23. People shouldn’t mock the afflicted. Mark Lawrendon I’ve decided has bi-polar disorder having read his prediction followed by his reasoning for us winning on match of the day. Its seriously like listening to two different people.

    Highlights coming up by the way πŸ™‚


  24. lawrenson is a bitter twisted old dwarf lookng at the best defence in the prem must kill him , “defensve coach ” my arse every prediction he makes for the the toon is lose and every time he is wrong tosser. As for manu man c and chelski id love it if we beat them love it πŸ˜‰


  25. Yesterday the toon started absolutely brilliantly, and some of the quick one touch football and high octane pressing had Everton overwhelmed and chasing shadows. Once Cabaye went off injured the toon lost some of their shape and momentum, but the players who came on performed admirably.
    It stands to reason that Everton would come back into the game, and thanks to a couple of great goals from the toon, and some gash finishing by Everton we we’re well worth a two goal half-time lead. Poor defending for the corner cost us a goal, and gave Everton renewed optimism for the second half.

    We lost the momentum second half when the front two stopped working and Everton began pressing our midfield a lot deeper. Moyes’ tactical nous also had something to do with it of course.

    However all in all, we were well deserved of the three points yetsreday imo.
    Last week we overcome the “challenge” of the physical type, against Stoke’s “Rollerball” tactics. Yesterday we overcome the “challenge” posed by a footballing Everton side, for the majority of the game with our reserve midfield. To be honest, had we had our full strength team out, including Tiote and Obertan we would have battered Everton yesterday…my honest opinion.

    Great to see Guthrie playing out of his skin. Well done to the lad !

    On another subject, it also only goes to show what a top quality loan signing can do for a team. We’ve seen that twice so far this season – Drenthe was by far Everton’s most dangerous and effective striker, though his finishing was also gash, Adebayor also a few weeks back for Spuds was their best player. Why cannot we sign someone like that just to keep us ticking over.. ?


  26. Raffo@29….Pardew is assembling his squad for the Champions League next season. Haven’t you sussed it out yet ?…we need a much bigger squad then mate… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜†


  27. with a lot of injuries comming our way maybe we will see a bit more of ferguson,abayed,vuckic, tavernier has been getting great reviews of his loan spell at carlisle .love to see these four get more involved. and all i can say is well done to newcastle troughout the club ,senior and younger players staff and fans…….the toon is buzzing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lets all enjoy it!!!!


  28. Amen John – we need to enjoy it but also not get carried away. We will struggle at some point but lets enjoy it for now.

    MM – I can only assume we will need the bigger squad to fight for the title and the FA Cup this term, and then on all four fronts next season! πŸ˜‰

    In serious talk though, is De Jong an inprovement on what we have? I also missed Strolla off my list, but I think Sammy has overtaken his big brother already IMHO


  29. Nicolas Anelka will be offered a route out of Chelsea by QPR in January, with Chelsea looking at Newcastle’s Sammy Ameobi…..

    Laugh…I almost got the beers in… πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    Don’t you just love the press. πŸ˜†


  30. Raffo……that is another positive side to us rubbing shoulders with the big boys. All of our squad players gain at least 2 million quid in value in the space of weeks… πŸ˜†


  31. Thats true. I think we have at least doubled our money on Tiote and Cabaye, and even Raylor was mentioned as a Β£10 million target for our parent club Liverpool. I love rinsing them for cash!! They arent happy with old Judas now are they?!

    In all seriousness though, Sameobi wont be going there. I think his family are very loyal which is great cos I think he will be 50 times the player Strolla is. He has so much potential.


  32. Munich, If Sammy keeps on improving we will have a seriously cracking player on our hands, pace, height, decent control and a no fear attitude and it wouldnt surprise me in the slightest that Chelsea are looking at him.

    As for the barbed comment above regarding amateur journalism, gotta be a wind up as this is the best Toon site ever, dont change it, great articles from proper fans who knock the spots off the so called pro reporters ( apart from George Caulkin )


  33. Raffo (38)
    Ranger had sh!tloads of potential but look what’s happened to him. Just wait and see would be my offering cos the cream always rises to the top.
    If it aint got no cream it sinks to the bottom.


  34. Raffo…you’re spot on there mate regarding Sammy…

    A few weeks back he was on the receiving end of some disparaging blog remarks which were way out of order. The lad is a Geordie through and through, and has his feet firmly on the ground. He could be a toon legend like his big brother. I really like the lad, 100%’er, and we all love a tryer. Has also a fair amount of skill too, all at 6′-3 and 6,5 stone too … πŸ˜† He’s gonna be even better when he fills out… Fast gangly left footed attacking wing players. There haven’t been too many of those around…!


  35. Well spoken Robert(39)
    Seriously the best blogspot of them all. many thanx to all who write on here cos in Cyprus, I’m surrounded with pissheads and it’s catching.


  36. Porciestreet@40….I’ve worked out the theory with Ranger…

    The bloke seems to be making a numpty of himself at the moment, whilst still holding a great deal of potential. The toon should fine him two weeks wages every month for his misdemenours while waiting for him to grow up and show his true potential. That way it aint costing the club too much in wages.

    I reckon we could also send Ranger to live for 2 months at the Amoebi family bootcamp in Benwell so he can surround himself with some true roll models, and to learn how a model pro should conduct himself.


  37. I mean a certain troubled ex toon striker went to live with the Nolan family when the poor lamb was having a hard time in the goldfish bowl, and that did him the world of good… πŸ™„ 😳 The toon haven’t looked back since.. πŸ˜‰


  38. PREMandUP – wouldn’t fancy starting Sammy like, but Tiote and the recent version of Guthrie is a very acceptable centremid combo πŸ˜†


  39. think sammys a great prospect,but in my opinion whenever ive seen him play vuckik,looks the best youngn weve got,i really think he can go all the way to the top,if he isnt to injury prone


  40. i agree premandup, but sammy ferguson and harris v will be going out on loan like ole and tav …its the way pards wants to do things now(competitive footy against professional men) …to be honest i wish we done this earlier with young players.(not put them in the shop window to sell). 1 to 3 years we will have our own grown lads.


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