Newcatsle had a very good season last term in Alan Pardew’s first full season at the club, and it was a bit of a shock to fans, and we even got close to a top four finish, before ending up in that 5th position, ahead of both Chelsea and Liverpool in the league table.
And the Toffees continued their good form this season with two wins in their first two games including a 1-0 home win against Manchester United in the first game of the season.
Leighton Baines, who was once a Newcastle target before he moved from Wigan to Everton in the summer of 2007, but he had also turned down a move to Sunderland, after a fee of £6M had been agreed between the two clubs – so he’s a bright lad. 😀
Baines has started in England’s last three matches and he had this to say today:
“It’s not beyond us to challenge for the top four. We’ve got to have that belief but there’s a lot of work to do.” “We can use teams like Newcastle as inspiration. Spurs did it a couple of seasons ago.”
“We look at those sides and realise it isn’t beyond us, especially if we can start well because we tend to finish the season stronger.” “What we’ve got is a group of players who have been together for a long time, lads who have been here for eight, nine or ten years.”
“Myself and Jags have been there for six years now too. Steve Pienaar too, although he left and came back.” “In the last couple of transfer windows the manager has added real quality with the likes of Darron Gibson and Nikica Jelavic.” “Then we’ve brought Pienaar back and brought in Kevin Mirallas.”
“We got off to two really good wins, the Manchester United one but we played a lot better against Aston Villa.” “It was disappointing to have the West Brom setback but that maybe ensures we don’t get too ahead of ourselves.”
Davide Moyes has performed miracles at Everton since he joined them 10 years ago from Preston and they are very much like Newcastle, and do not have too much money to spend but they have proved that you can build up a good side without having to pay embarrassingly high fees for players like clubs like Manchester City and Chelsea have done in the past – as just two examples.
It should be a very good game tomorrow night and if Newcastle can get anything out of this game – we’ll be happy enough.
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