You have to give it to the Newcastle players today, and to manager Joe Kinnear, when they fought back after going two goals down to come back and earn a well deserved draw against Everton at Goodison Park this afternoon.
The last time Newcastle was at Goodison we went down rather tamely by 3-1 and things looked to be going the same way in the first half today.
Newcastle started the game poorly and it was Everton who were putting Newcastle on the back foot, as they pressed forward to try to get their first home win this season. Newcastle were trying to get their first win in six games, having lost the previous five.
Everton had gone ahead from a Mikel Arteta penalty following a wild challenge down the left from Nicky Butt on left back Baines, which looked like a penalty. It was a bad mistake by one of our most experienced players.
But Newcastle were struggling down the left with Steven Taylor having a tough time of things at right back. And then after 37 minutes 20 year 6’5” youngster Marouane Fellaini scored his first goal for the club, from a left wing cross, but it was very badly defended by the Newcastle defense and Coloccini should have put a block in.
Two poor goals to give away for Newcastle, and this is not the start we had hoped for.
But then just before the break Geremi on the right out in the perfect cross and young Steven Taylor out jumped the Everton defense to power home a header. A great cross and a great goal from local boy Taylor. Geremi is a good crosser of the ball and he showed just why he is in the team.
Then immediately after half time the incredible happened and Newcastle were level. Steven Taylor broke the offside trap and passed to Duff who had an easy time of it just stabbing the ball in the net.
Both teams started to press forward after Newcastle’s 46th-minute equalizer had turned the match completely on its head.
Charles N’Zogbia tested Tim Howard and Shay Given tipped over Leon Osman’s shot. Newcastle were fighting in the second half and during the last 10 minutes Everton exerted more pressure to try to get their first home win of the season.
But it was not to be and this was a terrific result and point for Newcastle United, in Joe Kinnear’s first game in charge. Damien Duff was again in outstanding form, and Charles N’Zogbia was also good on the left. Coloccini had a much steadier game in the second half but was not at his best in the first 45 minutes.
That’s twice the lads have come back well in the last two games, so we now have to get off to a good start in our next game against Manchester City two weeks tomorrow.
Goals change games, and this was the story of this game.
We think that Newcatsle fans will be more than pleased with the display of the team today, especially in the second half, and it already looks like they are taking on the personalty of their manager – never say die, never give up – and keep fighting..
We like that – like that a lot. Carry on Joe!
Tottenham were beaten 1-0 at home this afternoon by Hull City, so they remain in bottom place with just 2 points from 7 games.
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Everton: Tim Howard, Tony Hibbert, Leighton Baines, Joleon Lescott, Phil Jagielka, Louis Saha, Mikel Arteta, Steven Pienaar, Leon Osman, Yakubu, Marouane Fellaini
Subs: Carlo Nash, Joseph Yobo, Segundo Castillo, James Vaughan, Nuno Valente, Jack Rodwell, Victor Anichebe
Newcastle United: Shay Given, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrqiue, Caludio Cacapa, Fabricio Coloccini, Nicky Butt, Danny Guthrie, Geremi, Charles N’Zogbia, Michael Owen (c), Damien Duff
Subs: Steve Harper, Sebastien Bassong, David Edgar, Xisco, Shola Ameobi, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson
Referee: Howard Webb