Newcastle beat Everton today at St. James Park after going behind after only five minutes, but after 68 minutes we were 3-1 up with goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback, but Everton pulled one back with eight minutes to go, but our lads hung on for a very valuable 3 points.
In this game the result was much more important then the display.
Jack Colback after scoring his first goal for Newcastle
Newcastle went behind after only five minutes in this game, as Everton played the ball down the right wing, and when a low cross came in it was Kone who put the ball home, unmarked six yards out – some terrible defending by Newcastle.
Yoan Gouffran was asleep on the left wing too, as the ball was played inside him, and it was a poor goal for the Magpies to concede.
Not a good start to this game.
After 30 minutes Papiss Cisse was seen before a corner to elbow Seamus Coleman, and the TV commentators suggested the FA have the right to look at this after the game and possibly give Papiss Cisse a three game plan for violent play – oh my – hope not – we’re already going to be missing him for the African Cup of Nations early next month.
We better buy two strikers next month.
After the early goal Newcastle pressed and came back into the game and attacked Everton, and after some decent pressure it was Papiss Cisse with his 9th Premier League goal of the season who equalized after 34 minutes, and it was a well worked goal by Newcastle.
Colback gave the ball to Tiote after a corner and Cheick swept the ball high to the far post, where Mike Williamson did very well to pull it back, and Cisse hit it first time into the back of the net – it was great technique from the Senegal striker – it wasn’t an easy chance.
Janmaat had a great chance to put Newcastle 2-1 up when he stabbed at the ball a couple of yards out but the ball was blocked – it was a great chance gone begging for Newcastle.
At the break it was 1-1.
After 50 minutes Cisse almost got a second goal for Newcastle as he hit the ball towards goal, but the goalkeeper only just got his hand to the ball to send it for a corner.
Everton struggled to get the ball clear from the resulting corner, and Sissoko picked up the ball ten yards outside the box and put it nicely through to Ayoze Perez, who had four men between him and the goal, but the Spaniard brilliantly put the ball into the back of the net after 51 minutes, for his 5th Premier League goal of the season.
After 68 minutes it was Jack Colback who put Newcastle 3-1 up, and it was a good through ball from Janmaat (who had another good game today) that wasn’t cleared by Everton’s Ross Barkley, and Jack did well to beat the goalkeeper to the ball, and that was his first goal for his home town club.
AFter 72 minutes Papiss Cisse was replaced by Manu Riviere, and Papiss got a great round of applause from the Newcastle faithful.
But things are never easy for Newcastle, and after 84 minutes Everton pulled one back, and it was another terrible goal to concede, as a long ball beat the Newcastle defense and Kevin Mirallas was onto it and beat Jak Alnwick to the ball to stick it in the back of the net, and it was 3-2 with still a nervous 8 minutes to play.
Remy Cabella came on late in the game for Yoan Gouffran just before the 90 minutes was up.
Everton came at Newcastle for the equalizer and that creates openings on the counter-attack and Perez hit a post very late in the game, but he waited and waited and lost the ball and the chance was gone.
But Newcastle hung on over the four minutes of stoppage time for our first win in five games, and the first win since we beat Chelsea just over three weeks ago.
We needed the win today – and that’s a huge understatement – the performance was just OK but the win should give our lads some confidence to beat Burnley on New years Day – but our defense is still far too porous.
Anyway it’s 3 points.
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