Everton beat Manchester United 1-0 at home in their first league game and then followed that with a 3-1 win at Villa Park, before they succumbed to West Brom 2-0 at The Hawthorns in their last league game.
David Moyes – good start to the season for Everton
Tha 2-0 defeat by West Brom ended Everton’s 11 game unbeaten streak in the league, and they will be anxious to get back to their winning ways when they entertain Newcastle on Monday night at Goodison Park, in a game that is being televised live around the world.
And certainly former Newcastle coach Steve Clark has made an excellent start to his management career with West Brom, getting them 7 points from their first three games.
Alan Pardew talked about Everton’s good form today:
“It’s obvious from the start of the season that Everton have picked up where they left off last year.” “They beat us comfortably at the back end of last year. It’s a tough game for us, and I think it’s going to be for everybody at Goodison, as Manchester United found out.”
“We have got a lot to do there.” “They have got considerable assets in terms of defending and attacking. They have got some nice options and it makes it very difficult to unravel that and get yourselves a victory. But that’s what we will attempt to do.”
“I have done it before (touch-line ban) so it’s not unusual for me. It’s not what I prefer but I can cope with it. I’ll just have a mobile phone, that’ll be simple. John is experienced enough on the sideline if we encounter any issues that we have immediately.”
“It will be interesting, maybe, to take a step back and see a different game. Who knows? I did it at Reading when I first started. I think it was a game – a couple of games.” “I don’t really like it.”
“I like to feel the game and I think you can feel the game when you’re seeing it from a lower level. When you’ve played the game you understand what the players feel.” “That will be taken away from me. Once you sit in the stands you’re slightly detached.”
If Alan doesn’t like being in the stands for the game then perhaps the next time he’s near a lineman on the sidelines, he will not push them, when he disagrees with the call.
But not having Alan on the sidelines shouldn’t be too much of a negative for Newcastle, and it will give John Carver the chance to show what he can do.
When John was temporary manager of Newcastle for one game back in September of 2004, after Bobby Robson has been ruthlessly fired by Freddy Shepherd, he oversaw an easy 3-0 win against Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park, when new manager Graeme Souness was in the stands, and of course he left Blackburn for Newcastle.
In a short 18 months Graeme had Newcastle in a bad a shape as he had left Blackburn Rovers in – we should have realized that at the time – Freddy Shepherd should have realized that at the time – and before he appointed Graeme to the job.
But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and we need to get something out of the game at Everton – that’s really the bottom line for this game.
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