It was certainly a pulsating second half last night at Goodison Park, after Newcastle finally woke up in the second half, and we had to reach for the bucket and sponge at the end of the game, which saw two dramatic late goals, one from either side, in the last couple of minutes of the game.
Demba Ba scrambles the ball over the line for Magpies’ late equalizer
There were two good goal from Everton that were disallowed las night and so the Everton fans will be claiming they were robbed, but Newcastle also put in an excellent performance in the final 45 minutes to take something out of the game.
Steven Taylor looked good again last night, and he’s looking like he did last season at this time – very good – before an Achilles injury put him out for the season in early December.
Steven Taylor talked on the Newcastle web-site immediately after the game and had this to say:
“We’ve had a look at it and for me it does look like it was past the line so we got lucky.” . “But sometimes you need that. For Newcastle United, a few years ago we wouldn’t have got that.”
“We’ve got players who work hard day in, day out, players who want to get in the team and put pressure on each other. That’s what we need and I think today was just a great example of what a hard team performance is.”
“I think we deserved to maybe even win the game – Hatem Ben Arfa got a good chance as well – and the lads fully deserved it. We worked so hard.” “The first half performance was poor; we came in and I think we were lucky to be 1-0 down but second half we just got at them and we caused them a lot of problems.”
“This is a hard place to come. Every time I’ve came here it’s always been a hard game. I remember a few years ago when we were getting beat 2-0, then me and Damien Duff scored but that’s what it’s like here – it’s so difficult.”
“The ground feels dead tight and they’ve got great supporters here. They’re very well organised and they’re hard to beat.” “I don’t know why it is but we can’t give teams like that a 45 minute head start.” “We did at Chelsea and we were out of the game. “
“Today we got lucky, I think, in the first half – but second half we were fantastic.” “We really got in among them and caused them problems. For all the players we’ve got out injured, the boys who stepped in have done well and we showed our team spirit again.”
“It would’ve been easy for Demba Ba just to sulk about not starting but he came on and turned the game on its head for us.” “He was fantastic when he came on, caused problems and put himself about. He’s a goal machine – even when you play against him in training, he’s a strong fella. You give him half a yard and he’ll score.”
There were a lot of good things Alan Pardew can take out of that second half performance, which is more like the attacking way Newcastle played last season, but Steven’s right, we cannot give teams a start in the first half, and that also cost us in games last season too.
We want to see a much more urgent Newcastle side from the first whistle in our two upcoming games this week – on Thursday night in Madeira against Maritimo in the Europa League, and on Sunday afternoon at home to Norwich City.
There’s no reason why Newcastle cannot get two wins under our belt, and follow on from the second half heroics of last night.
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