Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was happy with the point at Goodison Park tonight, and he had Demba Ba to thank for changing the game in the second half, when he came on for the ineffective Sylvain Marveaux, and twice brought Newcastle back from a goal down, and both goals were opportunist goals by the brilliant Senegal striker
Demba Ba nudges the ball into the net to equalise for Newcastle on 90 minutes
Immediately after the game the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was interviewed by Sky Sports, after Alan had to watch the game from the stands, while serving the first of his two match touchline ban.
This is what Alan said:
“He got two goals and could have had a hat-trick. Sometimes, players play well when they’re angry and he played well. I can’t keep everyone happy with this group of players. When everybody is fit it’s going to be tough.”
“One or two tonight are smarting in the dressing room that they didn’t get on. Obertan has been terrific in training and he wanted to come on. It’s a juggling act for us manager’s and we have to get it right.”
“I was proud of the second half, because we were terrific. First half we just lacked belief that we could win the game. I was a little bit shocked.” “Demba changed the face of the game.”
“His mentality was to win the game. In the second half, we gave a good account of ourselves. Great credit to the players. They were terrific.”
The result is just what the lads needed after an abysmal and ineffective display in the first half when Everton in all honesty should have scored more than the one goal they scored through Fellaini.
But you never count Newcastle out, and Pardew made the right changes at half time and switched Anita and Perch – so James played in central midfield and Anita played at right-back and cut out the threat of Baines down the left wing.
It seems that Anita’s best position right now is right back, and credit to Perch too for a good second half display.
But Newcastle cannot play many games like they did in the first half tonight and expect to get anything out of the game – we have to start a lot more positive then we did tonight.
But this result and second half display will give the Newcastle players lots of confidence.
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