First Half Was As Bad As We’ve Ever Played – Pardew

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • rainrix

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #1

    Perch was ruddy fantastic last night. Does anyone remember that lofted through ball to cisse? Awesome should be our new playmaker 🙂

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #2

    Cisse is like Cabaye, on the verge of running into a purple patch form. The goals will shortly start to flow, with a bit of luck he’d have had 3 or 4 already this season. Despite the miss, that volley last night was technically excellent. Only a matter of time.

  • tarie4

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #3

    Managers and pundits do talk rubbish at times. Moyes could not have seen whether Fellini was on or offside from the touchline. We then had Gary Neville going on about how his gut feeling was that the ball was over the line and felt that the refs gut feeling would have been the same dont see anywhere in the rules that says a decision can be given on the basis of gut feeling. The goal that wasn’t happened in a split second, with lineman’s view partially blocked his gut feeling might have been it was over the line but unless he was 100% certain he couldn’t give it. . No doubt the officials made mistakes but they were honestly made. This then enables Moyes to gloss over the mistakes his defence made at the end at not being able to defend a one goal lead for 2 minutes he is never happy unless he is moaning about a ref so he can gloss over his and his teams failings. Who is to say that if the offside goal had been given we would not have come back.

    And pple seem to forget about the GBH committed on Nolan a few seasons back (a stone wall penalty that was) as its said, luck evens itself out in the end…

  • Cool Hand Luke

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #4

    Perch is always good, but not as a RB. He is a great defensive midfielder and LB, center half at times too but he looks uncomfortable on the right.

  • rainrix

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #5

    Perch is fine as a Cb provided its against smaller attackers as he was against spurs or else he’ll just get dominated (norwich away springs to mind) I saw more sides to perch last night decent passing and a bit of vision as well as some surprisingly decent wing play (he beat 2 players and won a corner as i remember)

  • jawballsaswallwell

    Sep 18, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    We had a strangely poor first 20 minutes but we got progressively better from then on. I think the main reason is that Everton were really excellent from the start.

  • Slank

    Sep 18, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    Perch is not a fullback. He is at his best in the middle whether that be as a defensive midfield player or as a centre back.

    The other point to note is that Cabaye plays much better when he has a strong defensive partner whether that is Tiote or Perch but not Anita.

    Anita is not yet strong enough to play a solo defensive role in the team. He looks much better as a fullback than as the sole defensive central midfielder.

    The second goal by Ba was very similar to the one he scored against ManU with Shola providing the assist. Perhaps these two are the best pair instead Cisse and Ba.

  • matt11_25

    Sep 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #8


    agreed. but the shola and ba partnership is only better at the moment and wouldn’t be if shola started for some reason strolla can’t figure out starting – hes a good sub tho.
    The Ba/Cisse has a lot higher potential, give it time.



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