After yesterday’s game both Steve McClaren and Everton manager Roberto Martinez talked about a thrilling game which ended in Tom Cleverley getting the only goal of the game with JUST seconds to play in stoppage time.
McClaren said he felt sorry for the Newcastle players who had worked their socks off to keep in the game in that first half – and if we had taken the chances we had in the second half – we could even have even won the game.
Roberto Martinez – celebrates very late winner
On the other hand Everton started the game like a steam train and completely overwhelmed Newcastle – and but for the heroics once again of Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal, the game would have been over before half time.
Roberto Martinez is a top coach – we know that – but he’s also a top man and the Spaniard was very complimentary after the game towards both the Newcastle goalkeeper and the effort our players put in.
This is what the former Wigan manager said after yesterday’s game:
“I felt very satisfied with the way that we were performing throughout the game.” “In football you have to take your chances, but I thought the way we controlled the game was very pleasing.”
“I thought we started the game extremely well in the first 20 minutes? where we were totally dominating.”
“I must admit that Elliot in goal was outstanding and I’ve reviewed a couple of the actions and we had five clear-cut opportunities, and to get that away from home with our goalscoring threat was very, very impressive.”
“But probably more important than ever it was about being able to get through that little period that the home team are always going to get.”
“I thought we stopped their threat really, really well but any ball can bounce in the box, any second ball, any 50-50, we were there.”
“Tim Howard had to make a really good reaction save but apart from that I feel we deserved that final kick in terms of getting the three points.”
“Probably the last action of the game is very cruel for Newcastle because you could see the level they showed throughout the game.”
“You can see why Newcastle got seven points in the last nine but overall I feel it was a well-deserved three points.”
It was cruel the way we lost the game yesterday, but if our players take it in the right way there’s no reason we cannot come back tomorrow and get all 3 points at the The Hawthorns.
That would be great.