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Newcastle Fans Not Confident About Everton Outcome

11:03 am, Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 63 Comments

Everton are a very good side this season, and they hammered us 3-0 in that first half at Goodison Park in late September, although we did come back with two goals in the second half to make the final score 3-2, and that’s when big Mike Williamson came back into the side.

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Roberto Martinez – had made a great start with Toffees

New manager Roberto Martinez – has done great

But in our poll for the game tonight, 42% think we will lose the game – so there’s ample opportunity for the Newcastle players to shock us by taking something out of this game.

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63 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Markaccus // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Cant realistically see us getting a win tonight. Draw at best.

    This mobile site hasnt half changed since i last had the chance to comment!

  • 2 Lee Dodd // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    We Beat Chelsea at Home SO Why Not Everton They are No Better Than Us … Come on Cisse … I just Hope De Jong Donkey is Kept on the Bench and Give Shola A Start Tonight !!!!

  • 3 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    Yes I support Ashley and Pardew

    Then I don’t care about Newcastle United eh

    GET A F**IN LIFE!!!!

    People piss me if of they think the more you hate Ashley then the more you love support Newcastle United

  • 4 wynsleap // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    ‘Give Shola a chance’ ?
    Good grief. This fella shouldn’t be anywhere near the squad let alone in the team. We’ve suffered this bloke for far too long as he should have been shipped out years ago. Do you think he would have got his place in any of the Premiership teams of late?
    Give the kid Armstrong his opportunity alongside Papiss – we may just have a player on our hands and something to cling to for next season.

  • 5 Generic Commenter // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    If we play like we have in our past two games then tonight could be embarrassing. I really hope Cisse gets a brace

  • 6 toon kk // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    you know how MA works, you predicted new signings in the last two windows did they happen? 14 million in the summer is a lot for MA to part with. He may spend extra in January if necessary to keep us in the premier league.

  • 7 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM



    Sorry if it seems I am picking on you who has simply repeated what others have said. The profit from the sale of players will also be reflected in the club accounts and from memory these have only been in profit for the past two years (prior to 2013). The statement “lining his own pockets” indicates there is personal profiteering and perhaps implying at the expense of the club.

    What is true is that SD benefit from free advertising and as the media profile of the company is raised that Ashley indirectly (he does not take a salary from SD) benefits from the perceived success of that company. The fact that the advertising is free, commercial revenue is down, ticket money down and not fully utilised (no Cup runs), the overall ability of NUFC to generate income has fallen. The TV money and player sales have been the only factors allowing the club to make a profit at the expense of a perceived loss in quality, depth or ‘star players’ in the squad.

    The result is that rather than “lining his pockets” or even being self sufficient, the ability of the club to become successful has been reduced, the financial margins have become tighter and consequently there is an overall ‘cheapening’ of the club. In some ways with the lack of investment in comparison to others, it is surprising that we are still in the Premier League and in the top half.

    With the club now ‘reset’, making a profit and able to invest more significantly, perhaps greater success will result in generating greater commercial revenue and the club will be able to compete financially with the ‘big clubs’. Quite an achievement and not through a mega-rich owner lavishing unlimited funds that would effectively put us in to further debt.

  • 8 BeeGuy // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:26 AM

    Let Hatem run around out there with Cisse, leave DeJong on the bench.

  • 9 wynsleap // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Charlie – in a few words please tell me what Ashley has done for you and how he has made your life of supporting your club better.
    By the way – I’ve supported and watched this club since the Fifties so reckon I’ve had a good black ‘n’ white life – until Ashley came along.
    Yeah to sum up – Love the Toon but hate Ashley, both with all my old heart.

  • 10 firebug666 // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    I think we could snatch a 1 – 0 win, For me though Lee I would like to see de Jong on the field, he can link play very well when the team are firing on all cylinders. He may even get a goal tonight.

  • 11 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:38 AM


    I am not being accusatory but trying to judge the perspective of an ‘old timer’ on the current situation. Because Ashley does not spend loads of his own money buying the club success, do you therefore think he is taking money out of the club for his own benefit?

  • 12 Ginger // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    I think we’ll win tonight. Everton will be playing good football high up the pitch as they’ll be confident of beating us, but our best football comes from counter attacks.

    2-0. 1 from Cisse and 1 from Sissoko.

  • 13 firebug666 // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM


    I thought I was being optimistic, I hope you prediction is right though, would love for de Jong to nick a goal tonight, might set him on his way.

  • 14 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM


    You could be right, would you start with HBA and if not who would you change from Saturday?

  • 15 Ciaran // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    Predictions for tonight’s game? Everton have goals everywhere in their side, they are a strong side who pass the ball very well while we are struggling for goals big time. Personally I’d like to think we’ll show up tonight but I think we’ll be beat comfortably 2-0.

  • 16 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:54 AM


    Do you believe an understanding between Cisse and de Jong will develop?

  • 17 ballerfan2 // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Charlie I t G – hadn’t you realised that Wyns’ and the like know it all, while such as you and I know nowt so don’t deserve an opinion.

  • 18 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 11:57 AM


    The way Palace were able to turn over possession in midfield and get at our defenders was an indication of what will happen tonight.

  • 19 firebug666 // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:00 PM


    I think de Jong could prove himself with any player up front, He did have a poor game last time out, but then the whole team were poor for long periods of the game.

    de Jong has the ability to hold the ball up and bring players into the game, Cisse will find the space and make the runs, it will only take a couple of good balls from de Jong to set him up, so yes I think they could work well as a partnership but it will take time to develop IMO, and I’m not sure how much time de Jong has.

  • 20 joeinthecheapseats // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Can’t have Shola starting at both Fulham and home to Palace he looked like he was running in quick sand
    Would start Ben Arfa and drop Dejong for tonight’s game and bring Armstrong on before big Shola

  • 21 mag // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Newcastle will win tonight 2-1

  • 22 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    5-1 to the Toon!

  • 23 firebug666 // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:05 PM

    I think what could work up front could be Gouffran and de Jong with HBA on the left and Sissoko on the right.

  • 24 wolfshead@toon // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    if they brought ldj in on loan it would make sense to play him every game till the end of the season give him every chance to adapt to the prem armstrong is for the future and shola will be sold in the summer if the gods are with us that is

  • 25 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:09 PM

    Cisse leave details Jong where he belongs on the bench as he’s average and shouldn’t be signed at all.

  • 26 firebug666 // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:12 PM


    I agree, we cannot judge de Jong for his time in Germany as he hardly had any pitch time. The game in England is faster and more physical and he will need time to adapt to that, some player can come in and make an immediate impact, others need more time, my gut feeling is he will come good for the Toon.

  • 27 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:14 PM

    Everton aren’t as good as they make out and are due a hiding tonight is the time for it.

  • 28 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:20 PM


    In the Fulham game de Jong seemed to be frustrated by Cisse or perhaps adapting to not playing with Remy. There was more from Cisse in the Palace game trying to link with de Jong so there is potential for further development (could not get worse?) I hope they occupy the Everton defence and reduce the attacking threat of their fullbacks, which would also create some space in midfield. The problem we have is covering the defence against the likely quick break and the consequent collapse of confidence in the whole squad.

  • 29 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Actually think De Jong will come good! His work rate is very good and he holds the ball up well! Definately needs a goal though, don’t think he’s scored in nearly a year! Think him and cisse could make a good partnership

  • 30 Ginger // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:21 PM


    It would be amazing if he could get a goal. Can’t see it happening though. He seems to just kick it straight off whoever is in front of him.

    Geordie two

    I’m a firm believer in dropping those who don’t perform and playing those who do. Therefore in a good world I’d drop De Jong for Ben-Arfa. But I’m not sure whether he’s fit enough for a full game or not and there’s not really anyone else to replace De Jong. So probably just play the same time. We have poor squad depth.

  • 31 Everfella // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Evertonian here, but with strong familial ties to the northeast. So I’m not coming on and being a nobhead..

    Little surprised about some of the negativity from you lot. Usually you’re ultra-confident against us. I think we’ve shown that it can frequently go a little tits up on our behalf in 2014. Probably only a goal in it, unless we make the kind of defensive errors thats leads to opposition goals, like we have recently.

    On my way up to you lot now.
    Have a good one.

  • 32 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:23 PM

    de Jong has the natural stature and technique to play in the PL, if he strengthens, learns a bit of aggression and starts scoring he should come good. After the Palace game will he be given the opportunity?

  • 33 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    De Jong is what he is a cart horse with no end product just like Shola and Sammy. Remys the boy it didn’t take him loads of games to show what he can do.

  • 34 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    All the Fifa 14 crowd talk bollocks De Jong is worse than Shola.

  • 35 DokToon // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    3-2 toon…

    lukaku with a brace and for us, ben arfa, sissoko and dejong

  • 36 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    You’d think de Jong was playing to get away not to join the Toon.

  • 37 wolfshead@toon // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:33 PM


    mertesacker is a full german international and left the bundesliga as the best cb in the league yet when he started for arsenal he looked like a pub player it has taken him a year to adapt and show his class

  • 38 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:34 PM

    Not one for writing off players new to the premier league after 5 games… Imagine if we’d done that with Coloccini, Enrique, Debuchy was poor for a fair few games when we signed him, as was santon.
    Going further afield Henry was shocking in his first 6 months at Arsenal….
    De jong needs time to adapt, think he could become a good player

  • 39 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    100 caps for Germany no comparison go back on Fifa 14

  • 40 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:37 PM

    The kid isn’t worth 8 million when Remy is in the same price bracket.

  • 41 toon kk // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    We’ll get a good thrashing tonight. Imo I know we haven’t a proper goal scorer while Remy is out but the rest aren’t giving 100percent

  • 42 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    @37 everyone you mentioned is a defender de Jong is an average forward.

  • 43 jayphoto // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    @41 pretty sue Thierry Henry played upfront!
    Id argue its even taken Suarez a season to show his true ability! Also just look at the problems spurs are having with Soldado and Lamela! Neither are bad players and id expect both to be stars next year, just the league is proven to take time to adapt!

  • 44 Stephen Keegan // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

    Realistic Signings if Ashley pulls his finger out!

    Def – Caulker, Jamall Lacelles
    Mid – Grenier, Rabiot, Hughes
    Att – Cabella, Redmond, Ince

  • 45 Stephen Keegan // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Aspects of DeJong’s game have been good his hold up play has been strong and is good at drawing a man to the tackle opening up space for the other striker, needs time to get up to pace and learn how to put his foot through it!!

  • 46 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    @42 so your comparing Henry a goal scoring legend with de Jong a cart horse who doesn’t score weird.

  • 47 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    @44 needs to learn how to kick a ball it just gets better.

  • 48 wolfshead@toon // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    guvnor or should i say mag do you actually form your own opinions or just repeat what your mates say down the pub

  • 49 Rotonda heights // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Everton play the game the way it should be played.
    We do occasionally.

  • 50 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 12:59 PM

    I don’t know wolfie have you got any pals to test your theory on?

  • 51 Rotonda heights // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I know we haven’t got him for much longer but when fit again would love to see 433 with Benny, Cisse and remy on the left in a front 3.

  • 52 beermonkey // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    think it will be the same team that started the palace game with benny coming of the bench he aint fit enough to start he was huffing and puffing like shola after 10 mins at the weekend

    given our inconsistency I just hope we don’t get spanked and will be happy with a draw and very happy if we win

  • 53 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    @50 Remy would probably stay if Ashley wanted him to and made an offer he can’t refuse.

  • 54 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    Rotonda heights @48

    A pair of goal posts and a ball?

    At present there is no difference between Martineze and last year with Moyes, plus if you took away the loan players it is likely they would not be doing as well. We need to have a miraculously good game tonight.

  • 55 jimmysmith // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    No way is porky Ben Arfa gonna start tonight. He still hasn’t got his breath back from the 30 minutes he played on Saturday arvy.

  • 56 70TWO // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Rotonda heights @50

    That forward line is how we started the season, Cisse who relies on service was like a lost lamb with HBA and Remy rarely laying it off and taking shots for themselves.

  • 57 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    70two you miraculously missed a pair of cross bars to join the posts.

  • 58 AndyNUFC // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Guvnor @ 53 … Where do I start? Remy is on about £100K a week at QPR. There’s no way in hell that Ashley will pay that, even if he did, Arsenal / Spurs / (insert ambitious club here) will match it and offer better football.

    Remy ain’t staying, no chance.

    Also to compare De Jong to Shola just shows how little you either watch or can comprehend about our football this season.

  • 59 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    The main threat is Coloccini up against some pace as his positional play is nonexistent he likes to drift about the pitch to much he thinks he’s a holding midfielder instead of an ageing centre back.

  • 60 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Andy pops up with his side splitting views on football.

  • 61 AndyNUFC // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:29 PM

    Guvnor – Coloccini has never had pace , but his positioning and vision is top class.

  • 62 guvnor // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    Ha ha! Stop it Andy your too much.

  • 63 AndyNUFC // Mar 25, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    OK Guvnor, here’s some little tests for you here:

    1. Who’s our best defender?
    2. Who should we replace in defence?

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