Highlights of this evening’s game between the Toffees and the Magpies at Goodison Park.
It was something of a “game of two halves” this evening, with Everton completely dominating the first 45 minutes with some excellent attacking football which left the Toon completely in their wake. For all their domination, they went in at the break with only one goal to the scoreboard, a great diagonal effort across Harper by Leighton Baines in the 15th minute.
In the second half though, Newcastle came out looking like a different team. Indeed, Demba Ba managed to equalise in the first few minutes with a landmark 1000th Premiership goal for the Magpies. This was thanks to an excellent pass slotted to him by the influental Yohan Cabaye.
However the lads were also very lucky when firstly Fellaini, and later substitute, Victor Anichebe, had two perfectly good goals ruled out. The first was for an offside that wasn’t offside and the second for a ball which defintely crossed the line but was also ruled out in what was a VERY poor performance from the officials. They were also a little yellow card happy too giving out six in what was generally a fairly good tempered match, except for a little righteous Evertonian fury at the officials. Even though I’m a Toon fan, I would say that most of it was justified though!
That all looked to be academic though when Victor Anichebe struck for the Toffees again in the 88th minute, without the goal being disallowed this time. However, Ba once again equalised in the last minute of normal time in what was a scintillating game with a magnificent finish!
As usual, I shall endeavour to post a video of the whole game if and when one becomes available.
Teams and match details
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard (G), Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Leon Osman, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar, Kevin Mirallas; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Victor Anichebe 44).
Subs: Jan Mucha (G), John Heitinga, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Magaye Gueye, Steven Naismith, Victor Anichebe.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper (G), James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon, Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez, Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana (90+2), Sylvain Marveaux (Demba Ba HT), Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79).
Subs: Rob Elliot (G), James Tavernier, Gael Bigirimana, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi, Demba Ba.
Score / Goals: Everton 2 – 2 Newcastle United. Leighton Baines (15), Demba Ba (49, 90), Victor Anichebe (88).
Yellow cards: Phil Neville (6), Vurnon Anita (30), James Perch (37), Steven Pienaar (78), Marouane Fellaini (85), Shola Ameobi (86).
Red cards: None.
Referee: Mike Jones.