Newcastle were a goal down at the break at Goodison Park today, due to a Yakubu headed goal, and it looks like as the game has progressed Everton have been getting more and more on top.
Newcastle made a reasonably good start to the game, and in the opening period Charles N’Zogbia was prominent for Newcastle.
For the first 30 minutes the play was fairly even but Everton were starting to get on top.
After 27 minutes, Newcastle missed a wonderful opportunity to take the lead, when N’Zogbia got in a great low cross, but there was no Newcastle player anywhere near the ball.
But Everton had been starting to get on top of things at Goodison, on a beautiful sunny day, and they went ahead when Newcastle gave away a soft goal. 🙁
On 29 minutes there was a free kick given to Everton, for which Duff received a yellow card for his foul on Pienaar.
Pienaar himself took the free kick, and he found Yakubu in the penalty area, and the Nigerian rose high to easily head the ball home, giving Harper no chance.
Yakubu was unmarked and just 8 yards from goal, so there will be lots of questions asked about our defensive marking but it was a poor goal to give away. This was similar to Ballack’s goal on Monday afternoon, where he was also completely unmarked.
After 36min Anichebe played a great backheel to Fernandes, which put him clear, and his curling shot was very well saved by Steve Harper, who was at full stretch.
After 2 minutes of added time, the half time whistle goes and Everton lead 1-0 at the break.
Newcastle are still in this game, but they will have to move up to another gear, if they are not to end the season with two successive defeats.
Everton: Tim Howard, Joseph Yobo, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Yakubu, Manuel Fernandes, Lee Carsley, Victor Anichebe
Subs: Leighton Baines, Thomas Gravesen, Daniel Gosling, Stefan Wessels, Jack Rodwell
Newcastle United: Steve Harper, Habib Beye, Jose Enrique, Steve Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, Damien Duff, Alan Smith, Michael Owen (c), Alan Smith, Andy Carroll
Subs: Fraser Forster, Claudio Cacapa, Peter Ramage, Ben Tozer, Kazenga LuaLua
Referee: Peter Walton