Everton 2 Newcastle 2 – Full Match Report

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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47 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #1

    What an assist from Shola!! Cabaye did great as well to connect with Ba.

    Hopefully Cisse will have a field day vs Norwich, the pressure Everton put on us in the 1st half didn’t suit him or our midfield well. Guti looked lackluster in the center.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #2

    1) Anita is better as full back

    2) Perch is ok playing as a DM, while waiting for Tiote to be back

    3) Marveax is overrated, play Demba Ba from now on

    4) Poor first half, a very good 2nd half

    5) Cabaye wake up during the 2nd half, great assist for the first goal

    6) HBA should score before Everton 2nd goal

    7) Glad Ameobi is back, gave us option in the final 10-15 mins

  • cadete

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #3

    Ok now the dust has settled thought I would have my say.
    I thought over 90 mins santon and staylor were great.
    First half we had no idea at all hoofing balls and no imagination, composure or passion.
    Second half we were immense cabaye getting on the ball closing down quickly pressure on everton all the time.
    Ba played like a man proving something as did alot of the lads. I still stand by what I said about willow earlier he is simply not good enough for top level football. We need our cb playing like a dm confidence and class like I think staylor did, Marv was not our worst player first half but he was the ovbious choice to take off,
    Martimo is a nothing game but anything less than a solid win against Norwich is not enough

  • surreytoon

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Hard to tell what our problem is at the moment. After a lot of fans clamoring for 443/451, today we looked much better reverting to 442.

    I think the points a few have made about being caught cold in several games last season is valid. Today we started strangely, it cant be complacency against a team like Everton so it must be nerves. We were second to every ball and werent closing down or being aggressive enough out of possession. As usual we were much better in the second half.

    I think you have to play your best players, atm I am thinking – krul, anita, taylor, colo, santon, ben arfa, cabaye, tiote, jonas, ba, cisse.

  • cadete

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #5

    I think cabaye should have played cisse in for the first goal, don’t get me wrong great pass but cisse was better placed he was inside his man right thru on goal, it worked out well but iftar was the wrong ball

  • Brutooon

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #6

    cadete : i do agreed with your comment 🙂

    first half we play long passes with one striker

  • hotdog

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #7

    Ed slow down christ 😉

    Kc – cisse or ba could have been benched as their general play has not been great. That’s the reaction ap wanted I know who will start up front in the next game!!!

    Solano- agreed on colo but that’s my point. We need three top centre backs to compete which a new player would have done. January window ain’t far away :-£

    Night lads and lasses

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #8


    Being cautious and expecting teams to allow us to get a hold of it and ‘control’ is the stimuli, is how I see it. How that translates to the players and manifests itself, to me, is in hesitancy, not being alert, lack of aggression, just basically not ready for the intensity of a typical PL football match. Of course building up the revs in a match can work, but you have to get a foothold early and keep it for an extended period, usually easier against lesser teams when performing at home.

    I also think it sends a mixed signal to naturally attacking players, and leads to them being inhibited, second-guessing themselves, instead of being natural.

    Sometimes you have to be ready for hustle and bustle from the start, the chances were always slim that we were going to control the match tonight, but we played like a team fully expecting to first-half, completely bewildered and disorientated by Everton’s industry.

    Of course I wasn’t there in the dressing room, but that’s my take on it. We seem pre-occupied with controlling a match and containing, that when it so happens that we don’t, we’re liable to looking like a dear in headlights.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Brutoon

    I agree with everything except points 1 & 3.

    Marveaux has not put a foot wrong in all of the games I have seen up until now and he has one bad half and you call him overrated ? . Seems a bit harsh

    Not so much disagreeing with number 3 but Anita will only play as a fullback in extreme conditions such as injury’s or suspensions. Does that point not show how poor our current fullback is rather than anything else ? . I bet if Pardew had a time machine he would have gotten Ashley to stump up a couple more million for Debuchy.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #10

    Actually stopped posting recently because I just can’t be bothered conversing with posters like kets, but the idea of “we should have started perch centre back instead of willo” is ridiculous! Jelavic is one of the best aerial target men in the league (after Carroll) and fellaini never loses a header…..perch would gave been massacred at CB today! A point at Evertonis a result we all would have taken, if U look at the game we were second best but actually created the more clear cut of chances (cisse off the line, Ben arfa etc)

  • Szarka

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #11

    Just because i dont like to myself: Fellaini goal wasnt offside, and the Anichebe header was clearly in. Aldo the offside is hard to see, there was 2 goals, that should have been given to everton.
    We played a greta second half, but still have to learn from this game. As I see most of us did, and i hope Pardew did too.

  • JDdubai

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #12

    The trend for the season continues, we havent shown up in any first half so far. Pardew needs to do his job and get them in the right mental state to play from the 1 st minute instead of the 46th.

    Harper i thought could have done better with both goals, baines’ was right next to him and anichebe’s, well he just collapsed but good rections to stop the header.

    Shola’s assist will be assist of the season, stunning chest control in the air.

    Think our problem so far this season is mental more than anything else, if we’d played better in any 1st half we may have won here, not lost to chelsea and not been behind against villa.

    Come on AP, get them out the blocks against norwich.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #13

    As glad/ amazed as I am that we got the draw, I can’t help but feel irritated by just HOW bad we were and how incredibly long ball and HOOFY we were first half.

    They looked like a group of people who had literally never met before.

  • toonLYF

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:15 AM

    Comment #14

    feeling very positive after the match tonight, i think it bodes extremely well knowing that even when we’re being dominated we can still created clear cut chances. I actually think we might have created more than Everton did tonight actually.

    Also, personally i don’t like the fact after every game atleast one player needs to be ripped into, today is appears to be Marveaux. The simple fact is, he came up against a very good pair of players in Pienaar and Baines. Marveaux is a good player, and when utilised in the correct area of the pitch against correct opposition, will be very effective for us this season.

    Lots of positives tonight, and i can sense two Newcastle wins before the week is up.

  • Brutooon

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    Comment #15

    The reason i said Marveax was overrated that some fans stated he is 5 times better than Hatem Ben Arfa bla bla bla but only seen him in several games.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

    Comment #16

    If we are going to play hoofball. Start ameobi.

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #17

    Heaps of fun to watch, and hoofball or not, Shola was great when he came on.

  • Iain Dowie

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #18

    Brutoon I agree with you , people wer saying he was an outstanding player. After watching him play numerous times I’m yet to see what the fuss is about , he’s light wait ,not that quick and seems abit lazy. But hopefully he’ll get better after some more game time, just like Enrique ,collo and hba did.

  • karasu

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    Comment #19

    Didn’t watch but read on Soccernet. Everton must’ve feel cheated by the ref. It should’ve been 4 – 2 given that one was wrongly called offside and one crossed the line before it was cleared. What this means is that our defence was atrocious and they received a get out of jail card from the ref.

    On the bright side, our attack did pretty decent today, chasing the game back for us and saving the point. Ba’s two goals were quality, just like he is.

    The next time we got cheated of our goals by the ref, we won’t have ground to stand on. But if the ref insist on handing you the point, you’d be a fool not to take it.

  • jayphoto

    Sep 18, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #20

    Marveaux is a very good player! Seen him for Rennes alot, before his injury he was rated as a 15m player! Didn’t give a good account of himself tonight but hes a player who can become an important first team player! He’s strength his in attacking and possession, he has a great delivery, especially from corners (shame we had no corners whilst he was on the pitch)

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    Comment #21

    That was a super result, if a little lucky ofcourse, but so what, that’s football and we played our part in a terrific game. If it wasn’t for the added games in Europe, I’d be entirely happy with our squad. Very spirited performance from a team with more to offer. Great stuff!

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 1:11 AM

    Comment #22

    Surrey toon, I agree, they are our best 11, and we need a system that gets them all on the pitch when fit and that’s 442 or 433 with Ba out wide and Anita at right back regardless.

  • jonobbad

    Sep 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #23

    marveux will not be here at start of next season. mark my words.
    He is not good enough and has never ever been rated at 15m by anyone in football.

  • TimKrulFan

    Sep 18, 2012 at 1:58 AM

    Comment #24

    Dont know why people are picking on Marveux he played bad but hes an attacker not a defender and all he got to do today was defend

  • swemag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 3:24 AM

    Comment #25

    We were lucky today and anybody who says anything else must have been sleeping through the game. First half? wow we were poor. Second half a bit better, still. this team must be able to play better than this. Can’t deal with expectations? Well, then it will be a long season for some players in Toon. Everton must feel robbed,

  • AmericanGeordie

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:25 AM

    Comment #26

    Agree with surreytoon. Many of us, myself included, have been calling for a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1. But, Pardew clearly pulled the right strings reverting to a 4-4-2 in the 2nd half. I suppose he’s manager of the year for good reason. Happily take this point back to Tyneside.

  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Comment #27

    Anyone heard these rumours about Obertan?

    Apparently he refused to come on as a sub.

    If this is true he is done. It would make him sh!t and unprofessional. Still a big IF but IF true it is disgraceful, Pardew and carver have stuck with him, desperately trying to get him games to boost his confidence and give him a go and he shows zero perspective, respect or dignity.

  • swemag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Have to agree with some of the posts here about Shola, teams struggle to cope with the physical presence of Shola and Ba. It is not a bad combination at all. And it seems Ba works better with Shola than with Cisse.
    Since last season I am becoming more and more a fan of Shola. Good on the ball and huge presence, our target man.

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #29

    Morrning lads 🙂

    What a thriller last night; we might have looked without any teeth and will in the first half, but what a comeback in the second half 😀

    Whatever comeback be made and however many chances we has I do feel sorry for Everton.

    They were robed for that victory…maybe luck once again this season is om our side 😀 lol

  • terencelim

    Sep 18, 2012 at 7:40 AM

    Comment #30

    I’m getting more and more convinced that Steven Taylor is no better CB than Mike Williamson. Lots of potential but just another Bramble who couldn’t focus throughout 90 minutes…

  • bills-son

    Sep 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #31

    Shola looked immense in pre-season and he looked like a man full of confidence when he came on yesterday. His 15 minutes with Ba reminded me on the Man U home win last season when the pair of them completely dominated their back four.

    Big strikers often have their best years late in their career and Shola still has a big part to play in this squad.

    This first half slow start is becoming the norm and seeing as we have’nt won the last 26 games that we’ve conceded the first goal Pards needs to sort it out.

  • Geordie1892

    Sep 18, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Comment #32

    Cisse is ridiculously instinctive when shooting sometimes I just wish he would take a touch. 2 excellent chances for him yesterday and should of at least hit the target.

    Demba was outstanding, played with a real fire and passion. Proud of the lads gong to work with a smile on my face. 😀

  • check the toastie

    Sep 18, 2012 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #33

    Wow, why after every game is it assassination time on here, people slagging every single one of our players who started, i would say in the last 12 hours.

    Credit were credit is due, Everton were superb first half, didnt let us settle into the type of game our players would have wanted to play, we lacked Physicality in the first half and Fellaini and Pienaar and others were great.

    We matched their intensity second half and put in a good performance.

    People seem surprised that getting outplayed happened, why the surprise, remember last season, Norwich, Fulham, Blackburn, Wigan, Spurs, Everton, QPR, Brighton, away we were absolute garbage, never getting out of the blocks, we need to start games with pace and ferocity instead of letting teams come on to us.

    Great point last night and there are many more positives than negatives to take out of last nights game. Fell more confident of top 6 after last night than before it for sure.

  • bills-son

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:07 AM

    Comment #34

    A big positive from yesterday is the number of chances we created. We had as many shots on target as they did and equal possession. We might have been lucky with their disallowed goals but unlike many Toon teams in the past we didn’t cave in after conceding an early goal away.

    I think this draw will give the lads alot of confidence and belief. Overall a good game for us, a very good game and result.

  • Wandering Geordie

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #35

    Evening lads..I saw a moment of class out there last night with Harper going to ref to stop the Everton player getting booked during a fifty fifty in the box….Take note Terry and Ferdinand..There are model professionals still in this game..sadly you two are not

  • beddersmag

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #36

    Been saying for ages and always shot down but its Ba OR Cisse playing off a big man like Shola (was Best and should have been Carrol) thats the best combination.

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #37

    I think we’re all jumping the gun too soon here..

    Yes it’s been only 5 points from 4 games, but when you consider some of the fixtures, the issue with the Dembas, lack of fitness from Cabaye because of the Euros, and injuries…It’s far from disaster.

    Now that we are out of God forsaken Goodison park, we can get some real results starting with Norwich then Reading. 6 points is more than realistic with the fight we have in us.

    Those of you blaming Willo need to just accept that it was a great finish from Anichebe. I agree though we have been terribly slow in the first half and IMO it’s partly the players fault. Little movement and alot of hesitation, just overall lack of confidence.

  • Grafton83

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #38

    2nd half was excellent to watch.

    I’m not sure how nearly 50 people in the vote thought Hatem was the best player! He gave the ball away in a few dangerous spots, passed when he should have shot and then when he did shot 1 on 1 it was saved. Compared to Ba who contributed both goals in only one half. I swear some people don’t even watch the game.

    Anyway Saylor looked very good again, if he continues his good form he has to be right up there with a shout for internatonal football sometime soon.

    Thought we were poor at defending the flanks, they we allowed to cut inside about 5 times in the first half and get dangerous balls in, I can’t believe they were only ahead by one at half time. Completly different game with Ba on the pitch. A point with the injuries we have is alreet.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Comment #39

    Totally agree harps went straight over to ref and pleaded with him not to show a card real class in fact none of our lads made a meal out of any challenge which was great to see!
    Personally thought harps had a good game dealt with corners well and done extremly well to get a hand to anichibes header which arguably earned us a point, he got alot of stick last night for the 2 goals but i think most keepers would of struggled last night as our defence must of looked absolute choas from where he was, and lets not forget its his first competitive game for us in 18 months thought he done really well!

    As for shola, wow, what an important member of the squad he is beggers believe that some still wanna see him out the club!
    Dont know if its me but shola looks huge these days that lad must soend all his time in the gym!!!

  • jesperfuglsang

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:38 AM

    Comment #40

    Grafton…maybe because there were 7 or 8 worse players than him yesterday and we only looked half dangerous when he was around the ball 😀 and we only looked real dangerous when Ba had the ball 😀 lol

    Benny didn’t have the best of games when to look at what he can do, but I wouldn’t want to have been without him yesterday.

    Now I am quite happy with the draw and besides the first half effort where we looked without teeth I have no complains; but if we should dig in a bit then Cabs was slobby at times, Perch had a real nightmare of a first half, our central defense looked out of place more often, our 5 man midfield was on a picknic in the first half, Cisse had no help what so ever in the first half and Benny should not play RW in a 5 man midfield, he should be an ACM helping out our lone striker 🙂

    We bounced back – we almost never bounce back 😀 be happy people! I think there is more to come.


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