Baines – We Can Use Newcastle As Inspiration

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.

Everton had one of their customary slow starts to the season, but they came like a steam train at the end to finish in 7th position and one place and 4 points above Liverpool.

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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14 comments so far

  • Adopted_Geordie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #1

    This year the fourth spot is really up for grabs..hope we can get our tactics right and have a relatively injury-free season..howay the lads!!

  • Tsunki

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #2

    Keep your hands and other extremities inside the vehicle at all times as we prepare to ride the Bloginator Ride – a rollercoaster of articles that’ll thrill and spill with twists and turns and unrelenting speeeeeed!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #3

    I think a good start of the season is what separates the wheat from the chaff 🙂

    If we get a good the next 6-7 games I think we will up there once again this season, but truth to be told thereis not much seperating 6th from the top from 6th from the buttom. Last seson thought us that 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4


  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #5

    *okay it is official I cannot type using a tablet 😉 lol

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #6

    Lets try again shall we:


    I think a good start of the season is what separates the wheat from the chaff 🙂

    If we get a good run the next 6-7 games I think we will be up there once again this season, but truth to be told there is not much seperating 6th from the top from 6th from the buttom. Last seson thought us that 😉

  • siqkicks

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #7

    Not related to this topic, but apparently one of the guys on my soccer teams from ivory coast have been mates with chiek since their younger days and still keeps in contact with him. Apparently, Manu put a bid in for him but Cashley rejected the bid and told cheik to stay for another year. Maybe that’s why we signed anita and bigi? Hmmmm

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Everton and Newcastle are thought by many to be similar in strength, and I do agree they are good side but the only two I’d have in our starting eleven are Baines and Fellaini with a few of the others for the bench.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #9

    Siqkicks- that has a ring of truth to it.

  • check the toastie

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Jail – i did have more than 6 pints thats for sure. just maybe wanted to confirm that the place is really as bad as made out, it really is mutated, like Magneto from X-men has used his Radiation machine on all inhabitants.

    Felt Wrong and Soiled watching the game, however its not often nowadays i celebrate a Suarez goal. Stevie G is still a great footballer and Sterling and Allen are pretty good too, think Liverpool have seriously fooked up letting Carroll go mind you. Monumental fook up.

    Gotta say though Sunderland were Awful, and if we think we have a lack of strength on the bench then you need to have a look at theres, they will be nowhere near us come next May, neednt worry about that.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #11

    If the bid had of been big enough he’d be gone imo.

  • Dennis Twice

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Toon attacks 12.-6. pos, attack attack!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 16, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #13

    posts 7 and 10 together create a deafening clanging sound

  • Graeme

    Sep 16, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #14

    We all know that if there is an offer that matches, or exceeds our valuation of any of our players, it WILL be seriously considered by our Illustrious Ruler.

    As Jimmy Magpie has always said – this is purely business for MA, there is no emotional sentiment involved at all.

    However, if he does accept “Silly” money for one of our top players, then invests that money into bringing in younger players with huge potential to be better, it has to be a good thing in the long term!!


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