It was very painful to watch the first half last night, as Newcastle were outclassed by a confident and snappy Everton side, who had the ball in the net after just two minutes , but that was disallowed for offside, but then went ahead after only 15 minutes, and in truth it could have been a lot worse before the break.
Alan Pardew - sat above Derek Llambias in stands last night
And in our match report last night we said that one of the good things at half time was that Newcastle were still only 1-0 down, although we had been pummelled for 45 minutes.
But credit to Alan Pardew for putting things right in the second half, and he moved Vurnon Anita to right back to cope with the attacking threat of Leighton Baines, and James Perch went into central midfield and had a good second half, and of course the two goal hero Demba Ba was introduced, and he made all the difference.
Alan Pardew had this to say after the game:
“The first half was as bad as I’ve seen us play in my tenure,” “It was just a team that lacked belief. Demba’s second-half performance certainly gave us that belief, but everybody stepped on to Everton and on the second-half showing we just about deserved a point.”
“The analyst said the one over the line was definitely in.” “I’ve been saying all along that the technology must come in. It’s cost Everton a crucial goal.”
The news this morning is all about Everton’s two disallowed “goals” in the second half, but let’s give our lads some credit for a great second half comeback, when we showed skill, determination and character – three things that had been missing in that first half.
It was always going to be tough to take anything out of the game at Goodison Park – and at least we did better there than we did last season – when we were hammered 3-1 in May.