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.
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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