Here is a full match report of Newcastle’s exciting 2-2 draw at Goodison Park tonight, as it happened, and how we saw it as the game evolved.
Demba Ba – after his scoring Newcastle’s second equalizer on 90 minutes
The game kicked off and it was clear Everton were full of confidence and after only two minutes of the game Jelavic had the ball in the back of the net, but he was flagged for offside, but that was a warning that the home side meant business.
Jelavic collided with the post after he scored, and he had a knee injury but was able to continue.
Everton had all the early possession and after 15 minutes the almost inevitable happened, when Everton went ahead and it was Leighton Baines who was given far too much room on the left wing as he moved inside, and he did a quick one two with Pienaar and he then smashed the ball wide of Harper and into the goal. Newcastle gave Baines far too much room.
Everton were going down the left wing all the time, and Marveaux needed to help out Perch with his defensive duties.
On 21 minutes Mirallas was allowed to get a shot in from 20 yards out, with no challenge and the ball whizzed by Harper’s left hand post. And then just two minutes later it was Mirallas again as he turned and shot in the area, but luckily straight at Harper.
Vurnon Anita was given a yellow card on 30 minutes after a rather robust tackle on Hibbert.
On 27 minutes Cisse had a decent chance when the ball came to him from a corner, and he shot only inches wide of Howard’s right hand post, but really the Senegal man could (should) have done better.
On 31 minutes Jagielka was allowed to shoot and he hit the outside of Harper’s left hand post – the defense was giving Everton far too much room in this game – and we were not closing down the Everton players at all in the first half.
Then on 36 minutes Newcastle almost scored when Ben Arfa put in a good cross from the left wing, and Anita’s shot from six yards out was cleared off the line by Leighton Baines – that man again – almost a goal for Newcastle.
Newcastle were starting to get a grip after about 35 minutes and were coming more into the game as half time approached.
But then on 43 minutes Perch gave the ball way to Pienaar just outside the penalty box, and he had clear shot on goal but he put his shot wide – a real let-off for Newcastle and the South African should have scored.
Jelavic couldn’t continue with his knee problem, and he was replaced by Anichebe a couple of minutes before half time.
The half time whistle blew and Newcastle were definitely second best in that first half, but at least we were coming more into the game – but Newcastle will get a rocket in the dressing room from Alan Pardew and they will deserve it.
The good news is that it was only 1-0 and we did have a couple of chances, but it simply wasn’t good enough by Newcastle in that first half – that’s the bottom line.
Demba Ba came on at half time for Marveaux and Newcastle switched Vurnon Anita to right back and James Perch to central midfield.
And after a couple of minutes Anita showed what a class right-back he is, as he blocked an attempted cross from Leighton Baines.
And then would you believe it but Yohan Cabaye supplied a fantastic defense splitting pass through for Demba Ba to run onto, in the inside left channel, and Ba put the ball home just inside Tim Howard’s left hand post – a wonderful opportunist goal from the Senegal striker, and his second of the season.
Newcastle were all square after 49 minutes, being outclassed in that first half, and the Geordie fan made themselves heard.
After 53 minutes it was Ben Arfa showing well down the left as he chipped a nice ball over and Ba headed wide and over – the ball was just too high.
But it was a more open game now with Newcastle and Everton both moving forward when they got the chance, and Al;an pardew had seemed to make all the right moves at half time, and it was now a much more even game with Newcastle much improved.
On 60 minutes Belgian midfielder Fellaini had the ball in the back of the net with his left foot, but he was flagged for offside, and looked only just offside – that was close.
After 62 minutes it was James Perch who put a nice lofted ball into the box that found Cisse unmarked only about 10 yards out, but as he turned he lofted the ball over the bar – Papiss should have done a lot better with that chance – and it was a good opportunity lost.
The second half was end to end with Newcastle continuing to come more into the game.
After 75 minutes Everton carved out a good chance when Fellaini fed Pienaar on the left wing and the South African put the ball into Osman, who hit the ball first time just inches wide of Steve Harper’s right hand post, although on the replay Steve seemed to have it covered.
The ball looked over the line on the TV replays after 79 minutes
On 79 minutes Anichebe seemed to have scored with a header, after it seemed that Steve Harper had somehow kept the ball out, but then on TV replays the ball was over the line and it should have been a goal – another embarrassing call by the official – where’s that goal line technology to sort this stuff out?
Anyway it was a fantastic reflex save that stopped the ball from hitting the back of the net by Steve Harper.
And then almost immediately, Ben Arfa was running clean through in his own half when he was fouled by Pienaar and the referee called the play back instead of letting Ben Arfa continue – he was clean through – what was the referee thinking?
It was a terrible referee decision, and could have cost Newcastle a goal.
And then on 86 minutes Ben Arfa got clean through on goal in the inside left position and should really have scored but Tim Howard made an excellent double save – but you would expect Ben Arfa to have scored from that position, and this was an exciting end to this game.
And then after 88 minutes would you believe it but Anichebe had the ball in the back of the net as he ran onto a through ball and brilliantly blasted the ball past Harper, and the Everton fans went crazy.
But Newcastle are a stalwart team these days to say the lease and just two minutes later a high ball into the box was headed on by Shola Ameobi and Demba Ba was quickest to the ball, to poke it into the back of the net – another great opportunist goal from that man Demba Ba.
And the whistle blew on what was a tremendous second half, and all in all a draw was a fair result, although Everton will complain they had a perfectly good goal disallowed.
But this will give Newcastle a lot of confidence for the game in Madeira on Thursday night against Maritimo, and Norwich City on Sunday afternoon at home.
And we’ll be looking for two wins in those game st get our season on track.
A terrific point for the lads tonight and they deserve a lot of credit for their gutsy second half display.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Kevin Mirallas (Steven Naismith 83), Leon Osman, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Victor Anichebe 44)
Subs not used: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Magaye Gueye
Newcastle United (4-5-1): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (c), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 90), Sylvain Marveaux (Demba Ba 46); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
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