Newcastle came away from Goodison Park with a well earned 2-2 draw tonight, after they improved their game in the second half significantly, after looking abysmal in the first half and going down 1-0 at the half.
Everton had gone ahead after just 15 minutes when Fellaini scored an easy goal, and it looked a matter of how many Everton would score in the game.
But then Newcastle got a great opportunist goal in the second half from Demba Ba, who had come on for the ineffective Marveaux at half time, and the Senegal striker was brilliantly put through by Yohan Cabaye with a defense splitting pass form the French International.
Newcastle were in this game until the end, but Anibeche seemed to have won it with a goal in the 88th minute, but then would you believe it -Demba Ba did it again and put the ball home within a couple of minutes, after Shola Ameobi had headed the ball onto him, and Newcastle had got a very good 2-2 draw, after looking almost dead and buried in that first half, when we were just hanging on.
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 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.
The half time whistle blew and Newcastle were definitely second best in that first half, but at least we were coming into the game – but Newcastle will get a rocket in the dressing room and they deserve it.
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 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.
Newcastle were all square after being outclassed in that first half, and the Geordie fans made themselves heard, and then after 62 minutes it was James Perch who put a nice lofted ball into the box that found Cisse unmarked about 10 yards out, but as he turned he lofted the ball over the bar – Papiss should have done a lot better with that – and it was a good chance lost.
Newcastle had a huge let-off after 79 minutes when Anichebe seemed to have scored with a header, but somehow it seemed that Steve Harper had kept the ball out.
But on looking at the TV replays the ball was over the line and it should have been a goal – another embarrassing call by the officials – where’s that goal line technology to sort this stuff out?
The second half was end to end with Newcastle continuing to come more into the game until the late goal drama – but Newcastle looked a completely different side in that second half and deserved the point.
And it was Demba Ba’s goal-scoring prowess that got Newcastle two goals tonight and a point when at times during this game Everton looked so much the better side.
And even when Newcastle look a well beaten side when you have a player like Ba (and Cisse) who can score at any time Newcastle will always be in these games.
It’s just what Newcastle needed – and a win against Norwich on Sunday should see us climb that league table.
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)