Kevin Keegan was quick to give full credit to David Moyes and Everton after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park.
Kevin Keegan – tribute to Moyes and Everton
Everton made sure of 5th place in the Premier League today and qualification for next season’s UEFA Cup.
Newcastle were second best this afternoon for most of the game, and went behind in the 29th minute when Yakubu headed home Manuel Fernandes’ free-kick.
Yakubu seemed to have scored again after 34 minutes but Lescott was flagged for offside. TV replays showed he was only fractionally offside, if not actually level.
Michael Owen (47) leveled the scores from the penalty spot just after the break, but Newcastle then tailed off and Joleon Lescott (70) and Yakubu (82), with a penalty, finished off Newcastle.
Steve Harper was very busy, to say the least, and he was easily Newcastle’s best player, and will be hard to displace next season, that’s for sure.
After the game Kevin Keegan was magnanimous in his praise for Everton as he said:
“Everton are an inspiration to everyone.”
“They haven’t got a massive squad but they made good investment in the summer with players such as Yakubu, Lescott and Jagielka.”
“They have finished fifth and that’s a terrific achievement.”
“They have a got a good squad and a great togetherness and a lot of very good professionals.”
“But if they can do it then why can’t we?”
Good words from Kevin, which will lighten up some Newcastle fans.
After watching the game today, we’d love to see young N’Zogbia stay at the Toon.
He looked what he is this afternoon – a young exciting player who will be a crowd favorite wherever he goes.
Charles got the penalty for us today when he was just too skillful for Yobo.Â He also played with good spirit – hopefully because he wants to stay.Â Â 😀
But make no mistake that Everton were much the better side today, and the scoreline could have been a lot worse, if Steve Harper hadn’t produced heroics in the Newcastle goal.
Surely, there cannot be many better English goalkeepers than Harper on his performance both today and overall since January. Well done Steve today.