The Newcastle team gave a good display in the second half yesterday, and with any luck at all could have won this game, and that was after being 2-0 down after only 37 minutes.
Sebastien Bassong – had another good game – first choice left back?
Here are some observations on yesterday’s game at Everton:
- Newcastle started this game poorly, and dug themselves in a deep hole for the second week running when we went two goals down in the first half. Both goals were preventable and if we are to start winning again the defense still needs to tighten up, and we need to stop giving these loose goals away.
- Not sure why Enrique was taken off in the first half after about 38 minutes, since he didn’t appear to be injured, but Sebastien Bassong looked good yesterday as his replacement. Bassong linked up well with the impressive Charles N’Zogbia, and we think he could well be the number one choice at left back soon.
And we also saw a nice long throw in from him in the second half – something Joe has obviously had him working on last week.
- We looked dead and buried just before half time, and then a great cross from Geremi on the right, saw a wonderful headed goal from Taylor that brought us right back into the game just 35 seconds before added time completed in the first half.
- Danny Guthrie had another efficient game in central midfield and this boy is a lot better than most people realize, and we’ve missed him these last 3 games. It will be interesting when Joey Barton comes back if Danny will need to make way for Barton – we think not and both will be needed by Newcastle.
- Taylor had a good game – a goal and an assist isn’t too bad for a right back, and he coolly played in Duff within a minute of the second half kick-off. Duff had it in the net first time, and with his right foot – so a great finish from Damien. It was a good day’s work for the right back.
And it was interesting that Everton left back Leighton Baines had a part in both Everton goals and also cleared off the line twice.
- Newcastle were the better side in the second half and were really pushing Everton. With any luck N’Zogbia would have got us that vital third goal after 78 minutes, but Leighton Baines made an amazing goal line clearance.
But we still should have scored, and may have gone on to win the game.
- But Everton can claim they could have won it too, as Osman forced Given into a great save on 65 minutes, and then substitute Anichebe thought he should have had a penalty when tackled by Steven Taylor on 84 minutes in the penalty box. Then on 87 minutes Anichebe just missed with a shot inches wide of Given’s left hand post.
- With 5 minutes to go Joe Kinnear left the Director’s box and was seen in the tunnel, but the 4th official had a policeman escort Joe away.
Joe knew the game was there for the taking near the end, and one of his strengths in his touchline presence, and that will be an asset from now on, since he’s now served his two match ban.
- Newcastle were great in the second half, and kept their shape very well and started to look like the team Kevin Keegan had left in early September.
The lads did us proud yesterday, coming back strongly from two goals down, and they deserve the fans’ support on October 20th, when we are at home to Manchester City.
We hope we can have a full house that night, for both Joe Kinnear and the players – they deserve it after today.