MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 3 Everton 2, St James’ Park, 28/Dec/14, KO: 4:15pm, Premier League. Att: 52,313

by • December 29, 2014 • Match reportsComments (7)893

We drew the curtain on a turbulent 2014 at SJP with a welcome three points in an Perez&Pardewentertaining match against an iffy Everton side.  Williamson returned to the team for Steven Taylor, with Cisse coming back in for Armstrong from the side that lined up at Old Trafford and the likelihood of a much needed win looked slim when they took the lead within five minutes.

We’d barely woken up after coming out when Gouffran stood and watched as they broke down the wing, with the resulting cross being turned home by Kone with the defence collectively failing to deal with his run.  Bad goal to concede and when we struggled to get any sort of foothold in the game for the following ten minutes, there was understandable grumblings amongst the support.  However, the Toffees never really got hold of the game as we feared they might and it was soon United that started to get the better of the game.

I’m going to come over all Arsene Wenger (yes, yes I know) here because I didn’t see a LeazesSoulpivotal moment in the game at the time when Cisse lashed out at Coleman after being pulled back but according to a couple of texts I got from mates, it was a definite red  and having seen the replay they were right.  Fortunately for us he was still on the pitch a few minutes later to convert our equaliser just after the half hour.  A deep cross to the back post was pulled back from the byline by Williamson of all people and Cisse was there to smash home past Robles.  We’ve missed a regularly fit Papiss Cisse for a long while now and the shape of the side with him and Perez in it is a mile better than without them.

Barkley came on for them at half time but the second half was very much ours and we took the lead shortly after the restart through the majestic Ayoze Perez.  Tiote’s ball found the little Spaniard on the edge of the eighteen yard box and though the chance looked to have gone when the ball got caught between his feet, he still had the werewithall to compose himself and stroke a fine effort inside the near post past a flat-footed Robles.  Again, he was our top man and this is not hyperbole, but I haven’t been as excited about a Newcastle player since Andy Cole.  Shearer was better, as were a couple of others, but in terms of a ‘buzz’ in watching a centre forward play, I’ve never felt owt like it for years and I know there are plenty in the same boat – the lad is an absolute joy to watch.

With Sissoko driving the side forward and Colback again solid in midfield, we were havingGallowgateSoul much the better of the game and we looked to habe put the game to bed with twenty minutes left when a Janmaat ball was poorly dealt with by Barkley and Colback ran on to the subsequent fumble to finish smartly with the keeper rushing off his line.  We gave the tiring but excellent Cisse a rest for Riviere and looked to be coasting before sub Mirallas pulled one back with a few minutes still remaining on the clock.  Baines played a hopeful through ball which Alnwick should have done way better with but with the keeper flapping, Mirallas was able to chip a finish past him to set up a nervy finale.

They threw men forward and Pardew inexplicably chose to repeat his last minute substitution against the Mackems, bringing Cabella on for Gouffran, who had been visibly limping for a good ten minutes but in the end we hung on relatively comfortably with Everton failing to capitalise on our nerves.  We could have made it even more comfortable when with virtually the last kick of the game, Perez was teed up on the corner of the eighteen yard box and saw a magnificent controlled strike come back off the post.

A good win in the end and one that arrests our recent slide.  We carried less players today I thought.  Williamson had a rare solid game, Gouffran though not brilliant contributed slightly more than he has been (not difficult mind) and having two forwards playing off each other helped massively.  If the rumours swirling round about Pardew going to Palace turn out to be true, coupled with this victory, we could be about to get the best late Christmas present ever.  Fingers crossed.

Keep the Faith

Newcastle United – Alnwick 5, Janmaat 7, Coloccini 6, Williamson 7, Dummett 8, Sissoko 8, Colback 7, Tiote 5, Gouffran 6 (Cabella n/a), PEREZ 8, Cisse 8 (Riviere 6)

Ref – Pawson – 7 – Didn’t really notice him which is always good

Our Fans – 7 – Like the team, better in the second half

Their Fans – 6 – Excellent numbers but to be honest, barely heard them.

GARETH HARRISON – Follow Gareth on @truefaith1892


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7 Responses to MATCH REPORT: Newcastle United 3 Everton 2, St James’ Park, 28/Dec/14, KO: 4:15pm, Premier League. Att: 52,313

  1. Mick says:

    When will Alnwick make a save? None again today, two shots two goals for Everton. Didn’t make a save at Man U either. He is gash.

  2. Ed Bell says:

    Really enjoyed the game, not something that can be said very often…

    Appreciating Perez’s ability always seems rather bittersweet though, as I think we may get the three window turnaround down to two in his case…

  3. Rochford Mag says:

    It was entirely predictable that we would struggle with Sissoko stuck out wide so why we had to go a goal down before he was put into his correct position only our coaching staff can explain.

    Everton look even more mediocre than we have of late but our defence always looked suspect against a team having a collective nightmare so I was glad of the final whistle.

    That said there were some decent performances out there particularly from Colback, Sissoko, Peres and Cisse; even Gouffran managed to put in a shift.

    I do sometimes feel sorry for Gouffran because there is a player in there somewhere just not in the position and role Pardew asks of him.

    On the whole a welcome three points, hopefully we can repeat the result against Burnley but on the evidence of their performance against Citeh they might prove tougher opponents.

  4. marc corby says:

    Agree with most in this review but I thought our fans were poor. Apathy remains & as a mate said near full time, “this place should be jumping” and it was nowhere near that.

    Baines through ball was tremendous, not “hopeful” and our keeper, who DID make a great save in the first half, albeit, ruled out for offside, should have done much better.

    It’s hard to enjoy this though & the Pardew to Palace rumours would simply be a welcome change if it comes off.

    Perez was class. Would be good to think we could build a team around him……

  5. Stephen Brownlow says:

    Tiote (5) is a harsh mark based on this game!

  6. mike says:

    if we could take corners/free kicks. and the keeper kick straight…..wooooooooooo

  7. john rush says:

    Find it funny that nice Roberto Martinez bleated about the Cisse incident. Seem to remember him defending Callum McMannamans assault on Haidara two years ago from which Wigan benefitted the same as we did against Everton. Funny how he moans on when the boot is on the other foot. It’s called karma Roberto.