Everton took the chances they created tonight in brilliant style, and that was enough to give them a 3-0 win over a Newcastle side that worked hard and never gave up, but we just didn’t have the class of some of the Everton players on display at St. James’ Park tonight, and that was our sixth home league defeat of the season.
Ross Barkley after scoring superb first goal
Everton are a very good side, and they played near their best tonight ,but Newcastle came out of the blocks like a steam train, and in the first couple of minutes of the game we had three chances blocked by the Everton defense.
First it was Luuk de Jong whose left foot shot was deflected high and wide, and from the resulting Paul Dummett corner, Papiss Cisse had his shot kicked off the line and then Yoan Gouffran also had a shot blocked.
Everton started to come into the game after such a strong start from the home side, and after 18 minutes Tim Krul made a great save, as Ross Barkley cut inside and found Romelu Lukaku who turned quickly and shot, and Tim left his leg in the way of the ball to make the save.
After 22 minutes Sissoko burst through and there was a half chance for Cisse in the inside left position, but his shot was deflected for a corner.
Ross Barkley fires home Everton’s first
And from the corner Everton went on a lightning breakaway, and it was Barkley who got to the cleared ball first just outside of his own penalty area, and he raced away from the Newcastle players, and then cut inside from the right and smashed the ball into the back of the net with his left foot, as the Newcastle defenders tried to get back.
It was a great goal from the young 20 year-old England International and you need a lot of skill to be able to score a goal like that.
The goal was evidence of just how quickly Everton can break from the back, and after Newcastle had shown some promise in the first 20 minutes, we were 1-0 down.
On 27 minutes de Jong tried to get past Sylvain Distin, and the Dutchman fell down in the box, but no way was that a penalty.
After 33 minutes the very strong Sissoko played the ball to Vurnon Anita, who did a neat one two with de Jong to set up Papiss Cisse, but Cisse’s shot was blocked by the Everton defenders.
Half time came and it was still 1-0 and Newcastle had played well, but we hadn’t taken maybe two or three difficult chances that had been created – and Everton did.
But Newcastle had shown a lot of energy and determination against a very good looking Everton side in the first 45 minutes.
Tiote hit a terrific shot after 57 minutes that American goalkeeper Tom Howard blocked – and Cheick must be practicing these shots – hes getting a lot better at them, and of course he almost broke the cross-bar on Saturday against Palace.
Ben Arfa came on after 59 minutes for de Jong, and the Dutch striker was again was disappointing in this game, and he seems to be too lightweight for the Premier League.
On 61 minutes a good right wing cross from Vurnon Anita was met on the volley by Yoan Gouffran just outside the penalty area, and his blistering left foot shot was only just over the bar.
Ben Arfa was getting the ball a lot and he was a threat to the Everton defenders, who seemed to know the Frenchman would come straight at them – and he did.
After 75 minutes Sylvain Marveaux came on for Yanga-Mbiwa, as John Carver wanted Newcastle to go all out for a goal, and Newcastle were surging forward, much like we did against Crystal Palace on Saturday. but we needed a goal.
After 78 minutes more great work by Ben Arfa in the penalty area, as he beat three (four?) men and then went along the bye line and put the ball across the goal and then amazingly Anita somehow managed to put the ball wide – it what a sitter – and the Dutchman missed it.
The Dutchmen held his head in his hands, but that was a big miss and a goal at that point was just what Newcastle needed, as the lads were coming at Everton, with Ben Arfa again the danger man.
And with Newcastle piling forward a quick breakaway again caught Newcastle short at the back, and much like the first goal, the Newcastle defenders couldn’t get back and it was Osman who smashed the ball into the back of the net to make it a rather flattering 3-0.
The Newcastle players played with enthusiasm and drive tonight, but we just didn’t have the skill – especially in putting the ball into the back of the net - and the Everton players showed how to do it.
And Everton got their first away win since they beat Swansea in South Wales just before the turn of the year, and they are now 11 points ahead of us with a game in hand.
And with Arsenal drawing 2-2 with Swansea at the Emirates tonight, after being 1-0 down after 72 minutes, Everton are only 6 points behind Arsenal with a game in hand.
It just wasn’t Newcastle’s night tonight.
Newcastle (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Sylvain Marveaux 75), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran; Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 59), Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Massadio Haidara, Steven Taylor, Dan Gosling, Shola Ameobi
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman (c), Ross Barkley (Steven Naismith 82), Gerard Deulofeu; Romelu Lukaku
Subs not used: Joel Robles, Luke Garbutt, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas
Referee: Lee Mason