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Martinez To Play Strong Side Tonight Before Newcastle Fixture

One reason that Everton have done so poorly in the Premier League this season,  after they finished 5th top in Roberto Martinez’ first season in charge – is that they are in the Europa League.

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Roberto Martinez – going all out in Europa League

In fact they are the last English club left in the Europa league and tonight is the first leg at home to Ukrainian club Dynamo Kiev in the round of the last 16.

When Newcastle competed in the Europa League two years ago we struggled in the league and fought against relegation – much like Everton seem to be doing this season.

But the Everton manager has said that they set their squad up for this season with the intention of being able to compete in both the Premier League and the Europa League, but you couldn’t accuse Newcastle of doing that.

In the summer 2012, after we finished 5th and qualified for the Europa League, we brought in one new senior player – Vurnon Anita – and our squad was devastated by the 14 extra games we played in the Europa League.

We were beaten at the first hurdle of both the League Cup and the FA Cup in that season so we played 54 games in all compared to the 43 games we will play this season.

Roberto Martinez has said he intends to play a strong side tonight:

“You can’t underestimate the amount of work and effort that has gone into this competition at the club over the last 18 months. One competition shouldn’t get in the way of the other.”

“When we built the squad at the start of the season it was with playing in Europe in mind. That hasn’t changed. We have a strong enough squad to face the two competitions.”

“We have to start winning straight away in the league.”  “In the final third of the season every point is vital.” “The position we are in is not good enough and I’m not hiding from it, but that is Sunday.”

“We are the only English team left and there must be a reason for that. You don’t get this opportunity often.”

Newcastle did very well in the Europa League and we reached the quarter-finals of the competition before being narrowly eliminated by losing finalists Benfica, but we suffered in the league.

Everton have 28 points from 28 games and at the same stage of the season two years ago we had 30 points from 28 games and ended up in 16th place on a measly 41 points.

But we still finished above Sunderland.

With Everton playing a strong side tonight, Newcastle must have a decent chance of getting a good result on Sunday – assuming we have somebody who can score a goal in Papiss Cisse’s absence.

Don’t be surprised if Everton have another good season in the Premier League next year when they will not be in the Europa League – unless they win it this season!

Then they will participate in the UEFA Super Cup and also be in the Champions League next season.

What do you think?

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41 comments so far

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2015 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Martineze is too niaeve when it comes to playing in Europe, it took Fergie a number of seasons to realise that positive results are incumbent on attrition and a balance between defence and attack.

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    Everton will be able to put a strong team out tonight and play there reserves against us and they’ll still pick up three points, we’re playing some of the worst football in the premier league.
    I can’t remember the last time we actually dominated a game.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #3

    Of all the players in the EPL
    Papiss Cisse is the last one to need a lecture on his social duties.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    On a brighter note
    If QPR can beat Crystal Palace and Aston Villa beat the Mackems.
    The village of the damned will only be 1 point outside the drop zone.
    If Sunlan should go down they could do a Portsmouth

  • lesh

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #5

    Awful thing to say or think but if we lose, then that should be another nail in Carver’s HC coffin.

    But then again, we are dealing with Ashley, the king of the cheapest option!

  • LGFUAD21

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #6

    Everton hardly have a bigger squad than we did when we were In Europa.

    On paper their squad is about the same level as ours.

    Nobody bulks up for Europa. I’ve said it before. The money is not worth the investment.

  • barkel

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #7

    If teams win the Europa now do they go into the group stages of the champs league or just the qualifiers?

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2015 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #8

    One thing Mash defiantly doesn’t want is Europe again, he doesn’t want to strengthen too much just in case it ever did qualify. He’s had his fingers burnt once so he won’t want to jeopardise our premier league status.
    But he is gambling we are just a bit of luck away from going down.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 12, 2015 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #9

    Ref the Cisse/Community work topic. I understand that the subject was first broached on here to establish whether Cisse had done any additional community work.(after the spitting incident).
    The image previously posted dates back exactly 2 years -cannot see the point in posting it to establish his community work, it proves nothing.

  • toon kk

    Mar 12, 2015 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Tbo the clubs on a down hill journey and has been for several years, the interest isn’t the same anymore for a lot of people.
    BUT SJP will always be full along with MA bank balance.

  • oldbobaycliffe

    Mar 12, 2015 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #11

    LGFUAD21-been converted by ashley have you you know what i mean get knocked out of the cups asap money not good enough finish in 10th if poss dont want to get into the europa cup as you say yet again money not good enough 50,000fans seem to agree with him and are slowly turning to his way of thinking.yet you all say that you support nufc,the clue is in the name newcastle united FOOTBALL CLUB yet all anyone on here worries about is ashleys money.i am 72 so i can remember seeing nufc win something but the majority on this site will die never having seen us win a trophy but dont worry we are the 19th richest club

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #12

    The Pozzo family Gino senior and junior own Watford , Udinese , and Granada
    Supposed to be pally with Mike Ashley
    Anyway Watford have this striker Odion Ighalo a Nigerian striker aged 25 on loan from Udinese who is scoring for fun at Watford -19 goals in28 games. His loan to Watford ends July 2015 and we are supposed to be interested


  • scottoon

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Goodison is not a place we have had much success over the years, so whether Everton play tonight or not likely has little bearing on the Sunday outcome. Astonishing naivety in the hierarchy when they allow us to finish a season with so few recognized defenders. Every time I watch its like a horror film…..want to hide my eyes in case one of them gets done.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #14

    Old Bob
    Do you know “Morte d’Arthur”
    by Sir Alfred Lord Tennyson
    There is a line
    “The old order changeth, yielding place to new”
    Nothing stays the same Bob.
    Pining for what was , is often painful , and invariably fruitless.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #15


    Exact same scenario as Matej Vydra and look how that turned out. We need better.

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Geremi, reminds me of a past poster. Anyone else thinking what I am thinking! Is Mrs. Brown’s boy back?

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #17

    carl reminds of that poster, what’s his name again, just cannot remmber, a master multiple though. Cocky so and so, bigs up other posters. Tells tall tales as well. Often went on about Mrs Browns’ boys as well.

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #18

    To confront these prigs on a daily basis tends to feel like too much trouble. A small bell rings inside the speaker or writer’s brain: this idea, or turn of phrase, might conceivably be offensive to at least some Christians or Muslims or members of an ethnic minority or women or the working class or the young or the old. As far as I know, people don’t yet worry about offending 56-year-old contributors to ConservativeHome, but perhaps that will come.
    I can’t believe the hostility towards Jeff. For me he is a great provider of data and the article on Pegida was of real interest.
    I have thought of confronting these tiresome individuals but it just seems like too much trouble. Why bother to have a great row about the right to use some word or expression or idea? Unless one wants to set oneself up as a professional controversialist, life seems too short for that kind of thing. Most of us don’t want to waste our time having arguments with people who won’t listen to a word we say and will instead accuse us of harbouring some kind of deeply unpleasant prejudice. Far to many are just looking to be offended.

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #19

    Whoops! I Clearly touched a nerve there.

  • scottoon

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #20

    Oh the irony Carl. Take a stance against the sensitivity of some posters, and everyone packs up and goes home it would seem!

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #21

    How you doing mate. Old Tuff has taken umbrage, just for a change.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 12, 2015 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #22

    Multiple or morphing posters have an agenda to make sure the blog is more argument, less debate. I’m not even interested as to motive.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #23

    Slagging off other posters with abuse is a quality trait which should be encouraged. Or indeed suggest another poster (male) is having a period -menstruating.
    Really weed need no hostility to the above types as the abuse is great data for the rest of us to ponder.

    I on the other hand will highlight the filth from the gutter and confront the offenders -can’t remember you doing the same – oh you probably crossed to the other side of the road and missed the abuse.
    Your feigned concern is artifice of extraordinary proportions.

  • scottoon

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #24

    It really is too bad that posters cannot hope to make a footballing statement that may well be controversial without getting thoroughly slated for it. It truly stifles expression and debate, which is unfortunate. That is the point of a blog forum after all.

    Clearly I am a moronic Neanderthal for thinking this way. Don’t need anyone else to point it out thanks

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Agendas… Motives… Multiple Identities…
    You know, you can stop all these voices in your head if you pad your flat cap out with cooking foil, so they say.

  • scottoon

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #26

    My line up for Sunday…


  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #27

    The Germans pay a relative pittance for their footy compared to the Prem.
    They are fascinated by what we pay and put up with.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #28

    Mr Tuff
    No need to thank me
    A fellow human in distress always brings out the best in me

    No honestly – no need for thanks

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #29

    I really did hit a nerve. However, I do agree with Tsunki and scottoon. Slagging off fellow toon with abuse and describing it as a quality trait that should be encouraged is simply nonsensical.
    Mr Tuff your talking complete nonsense and being a hypocrite.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #30

    Heeeerrrrreeeeeesss Jooohhhhhnnnnnyyyyyyyyy

    What are we moaning about tonight then.

  • carl

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #31

    Good line up aside from Raylor. Not sure of his overall fitness level.

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #32

    Anyone watching the Everton match tonight.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #33

    I thought it was on Sunday…..Boom! Boom!

  • optimistic prime

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #34

    The one eyed watchman is back to stir the pot.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #35


  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 12, 2015 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #36

    As James Richardson says Newcastle are pretty much safe this season being 14 points off any European qualification.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Anyone remember James Richardson when Channel 4 did Sunday Italian footy and we used to watch it hoping to see Gazza do something magical for Lazio

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 12, 2015 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Ian – oops I mean carl – I’m sure other posters have the measure of you -if anyone is a hypocrite it’s you. Fraudster!

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Mar 12, 2015 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #39

    Mr Tuff
    Tips of your middle fingers against tips of opposing thumbs
    and all together now


  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 12, 2015 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #40

    Heedbanger – extend forefinger and middlefinger in a straight position. Fold in thumb,ringfinger and little finger towards palm of hand.
    Thrust hand in the air several times!


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