Newcastle Undone By A Bit Of Sheer Genius

Ross Barkley scored a goal not many present day players could score, when he got the ball just outside his own penalty box from a Newcastle corner, and raced down the field, and with Newcastle players trying to get back, he moved inside from the right wing , got into the penalty area and hit the ball high into the back of the net with his left foot, for what was a great opening goal for Everton.

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Ross Barkley scores great opening goal for Everton

And it was Everton’s excellent finishing that won them the game, against a Newcastle side that fought all the way, from the opening whistle, when in the first two minutes of the game we had three goal bound efforts blocked.

This is what assistant manager John Carver said after the game:

“The quality of the finishing was the difference,” “They were clinical.” “We started the game and had two or three good early chances, but they were so clinical in their finishing, and we weren’t – again.”

“They have to take a lot of credit for that, and we came up against a really good side, with some good players. The way the manager has them playing – attractive football with pace, power and strength – is a credit to him.”

“We matched them for 45 minutes, but a bit of sheer genius undid us.” “Is he (Barkley) like Gazza? I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on the lad.”

“But I think he’s a class act. I’m sure their manager will nurture him in the right way and he’s got good people around him.”

“He’s got a bright future – we’ve just got to be careful that we don’t build him up too soon. I think he’s a Ross Barkley not a Paul Gascoigne.”

“But as long as they manage him right and we as a country manage him right, I think he’s got a bright future.”

Newcastle’s looked most threatening after Ben Arfa came on after around 60 minutes, and he started to run at the Everton defense and gave them some problems.

And Newcastle could have hag a great goal after 78 minutes, with the score at 2-0,  when Ben Arfa beat a number of players in the penalty box on the left,  and then from the byeline he smashed the ball right across the goal and Anita was there to tap the ball home.

But Anita didn’t tap the ball home and somehow put the ball wide of the right hand post.

And that just about showed the inability of Newcastle to score in a league game, and it was the 9th time in the last 13 games that we failed to score. 🙁

The rest of Newcastle’s play last night was good, so we need some new strikers brought in over the summer – that’s the bottom line.

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18 comments so far

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #1


    To think



  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Don’t worry guys we have only got Southampton this weekend

    God help us

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Or Traore

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #4

    Undone by genius….maybe ….but helped by…..
    Colo having the wrong studs in! – slipped at the crucial point. He was poor last night. Our defence is ponderous when facing quick attackers running at us.

    Only two players stood out Tiote and Cisse. HBA (would like to see him start against Southampton – should get space to work in) played well in his half hour on set up Anita.
    Anita did OK but to lightweight – easily gets knocked off the ball
    Williamson – best of defenders.
    Marvo did well in the ten minutes he was on (would like to see him given a half).

    Rest of the team were poor except for Krul.

    Maybe Saturday start with full backs Santon and Hiadara move Mbiwa to centre half alongside Williamson

    Same midfield and play HBA in DU Jong’s role up beside/behind Cisse

    would like t

  • goalseeker

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #5

    I do not know about being outclassed in every area of the pitch which we were, did anyone else notice a glaring difference. Our shots on goal apart from Tiote’s effort could have been saved by a schoolboy (or girl to be PC). They were weak and lucky to reach the goal line let alone beat a keeper of Howards capability. Their shots however had true venom in them. How are our shots toward goal so ineffectual this season and is perhaps one of the main reasons why we just do not score goals in abundance these days, we have no one with the ability to strike through the ball.

    Is it a case that the players need more porridge or are they just not really bothered just playing time out now until they can go one their holidays and see which new club their agent has arranged for them to go to.

  • valle

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #6

    No, Newcastle were undone by bad passing and a lack of awareness.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #7


    They were missing a few you’re right, they have a much better squad than we do.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Comment #8

    Another negative for me despite repeated BS is the academy.

    Not enough players! Not Good enough players.

    How come we don’t have any dutch, spanish, croatian or belgian youngsters nor get linked with any.

    With pardew in charge Academy is a hoax anyways + no significant investment has been made there anyways.

    on the positive side. we got our gates back last summer.

  • Transfer Sage

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #9


    our academy does have a couple foreign kids in it, but overall the quality isn’t good enough, we need to get a better system.

    southampton’s is the best academy in the country (or maybe 2nd to arsenal but on a tighter budget). Surely from his time there pardew must have some clue how it works?

    Would love us to approach some youth coach from southampton, barca, ajax etc and say “you might just be a coach but we’d like you to head up our academy and give you total control of how it operates”….just my thinking anyway.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #10

    TS with reference to your point at 9

    An article I wrote

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #11

    Undone by genius?
    No we were undone by letting them play there natural game

    We put them under no pressure at all, they were more than happy to wait until a chance presented itself which we continually gifted them by sloppy passing and woeful set pieces

    Honestly who the hell coaches our set pieces?
    There seems to be no positioning, we never win the second ball and are always left wide open to the counter

    Barkleys goal, although a great run and finish from the lad, from our point of view was embarrassing, our lads fell like dominoes, tripping over each other running round like headless chickens

    Was the story of the night, gifted them space and they ghosted through unchallenged time and time again

    After the Palace and Fulham games it was utter lunacy to once again play Mbiwa at RB, if Palace and Fulham can expose the lad then why the hell couldn’t the management see what Baines and Delefeuo were going to do to him!

    I posted this before the game

    March 25, 2014
    Honestly can’t call this match
    We really don’t have an overly attack minded squad
    Tiote and Anita are not really attackers
    Goofy and Sissoko on the wings do well but aren’t the biggest threat
    De Jong, doing okay as a hold up player but doesn’t look a big goal threat
    Cisse, bagged one, not as optimistic as others that the floodgates will now open!
    Mbiwa didn’t look great getting forward on the flank, Dummett looked good at the back but not overly special going forward

    Then our bench the only real attacking options are HBA and Marveuax, one struggling with fitness (grew into the palace game mind) and the other hasn’t played regular football for nearly 3 years!!

    Then you look at Everton
    Seamus Coleman, Playing very well, attacking the flanks and getting in amongst the goals
    Sylvain Distin, Dangerous from set pieces
    Leighton Baines, huge danger on the flanks deadly from set pieces, and we give a lot free kicks away from 20-25 yards
    James McCarthy, gets forward and links the midfield well
    Ross Barkley, Very busy player, very quick great with the ball could really be dangerous tonight
    Gerard Deulofeu, Lightning quick, not on great form but with Yanga playing out of position he could give him a nightmare Romelu Lukaku, Enough said!

    And with Aiden McGeady and Kevin Mirallas to come off the bench there a very very dangerous team

    Now I’m not a PL Coach/Scout/Manager but think most fans would agree where everyone’s dangers lie
    So why the hell line up in a fashion that meant when they broke they could easily expose the flanks and outnumber us in midfield?

    Last night was an awful performance and highlighted the gap in quality we desperately need to bridge in the summer
    Sadly i can’t see Ashley doing that, mostly because it’s been confirmed the bloke knows jacksh1t about football!

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #12


    Remember the Saints goal on Counterattack. Professional fouls?!!

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 26, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #13

    I agree, he should of been taken out way before he got near the box but it still doesn’t escape the fact that the positioning was horrendous, they dragged us all over it’s was painful to watch

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #14

    Himanshu Dhingra // Mar 26, 2014 at 6:32 AM

    2 differences

    A rigid vs a fluid formation
    A football manager vs a clueless and Inept manager
    – – – – – – – – – –

    And yet Manx and others will still go on endlessly about the one season wonder 3 years ago and moan about not getting more players since then, but I could have sworn we got Debuchy, Sissoko, M’Biwa, Remy (4 x current French internationals), Haidara, Gouffran, De Jong, Anita (2 x Dutch internationals,) M’Babu etc, etc.

    Manx never talks about the 16th place finish, this current non-event of a season or the records broken for all the wrong reasons and the relegation, near relegations and sackings, not only here, but at West ham, Charlton and Southampton.

    Pardew is a classless oaf (along with Ashley and Kinnear) who plays dire football no matter who he has at his disposal, ie world beaters like Tevez and Mascherano.

    You can get any group of players to pass and move. This doesn’t happen with us. Just hopeful and predictable high balls, crosses and set pieces to Cisse, De Jong ad Willo all day long. No variation whatsoever.

    Shola coming on instead of Armstrong says everything.
    Why don’t the likes of Manx ask themselves why they are always having to defend Pardew, ie against the mighty Sunderland at home and Fulham, WBA etc.

  • 70TWO

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #15

    There was not enough crosses made last night, when the option was available the cross/pass went backwards. Was that due to our forwards being marked to well? The whole point is that in a 50/50 anything can happen. Points to a lack of belief in ability to cross and the ability of the centre forwards, plus lack of numbers in the box. When crosses into the box were made it was from our fullbacks, but getting into that position was slow and ponderous.

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #16

    Fully get where your coming from but when you write “Shola coming on instead of Armstrong says everything” to highlight the manger being clueless without having a clue that Armstrong is away on International duty as stated over and over again on here since Saturday it massively takes away from your point!!!!

  • 70TWO

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #17


    It was always a case of how well we loose last night, would we get thumped again or put up a decent fight? It certainly wasn’t a capitulation like at their place, but it was not a good loosing performance either. Goal threat, midfield creativity and defensive solidity were all below middling but not woeful.

    Also the thing is, it is still all the same players in the wrong positions when we were supposed to be experimenting with nothing to loose or win.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 26, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #18


    Didn’t just mean last night although I must admit I didn’t see the subs list, it’s just generally shola always gets wheeled out when we all know what he can or rather what he can’t do. RM has promoted Stones and Barkley and shown faith.

    I have a horrible feeling no youngsters will ever really make it or develop under our dinosaur collection of coaches,


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