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 FA Premiership (16); St James Park, Newcastle; Sunday 1 December 2002; 2:15pm
   Shearer (87')
 Li (og: 90')

Attendance: 51,607
Halftime: 0-1

Facts
Reports
Campbell (17')
Sent Off: Yobo (22')

Referee: Mark Halsey
 

Match Summary

Newcastle, warned David Moyes, are a wounded animal, having suffered at the hands of Man Utd and Inter in the last week, to the tune of nine goals conceded.  Everton, meanwhile, where the form team of the Premiership going into this one on the back of 6 league wins the last five of them with the score of 1-0.

So it was a warming and pleasant sight to see Kevin Campbell chest down an inch-perfect long ball (aka "hoof"???) from David Unsworth after 17 mins, and poke it superbly beneath the body of the advancing Given to give Everton that winning scoreline again a win that would take them to the heady heights of 2nd after Liverpool lost at home to Man Utd earlier in the day.

Or would it?  Only a few minutes later, and Bellamy was racing past Yobo, heading for the box.  A tug, a nudge, a trip?  Bellamy collapses; Yobo was the last man on: Red Card!  No complaints really.... unless your specs have a very blue hue.

The loss of Everton's talismanic Nigerian would surely be too much for even this hardened and supremely confident team to withstand?  Moyes took managerial control, immediately substituting Weir for Carsley, and it was backs to the wall for the rest of the game.

And that was perhaps the smallest of small mistakes, because the goal had shattered Newcastle, and Everton needed to go for the jugular 10 men or not.  Despite Radzinski's tireless running Everton became shy going forward. 

Gravesen and Li Tie noticeably held back, rather than taking on the fragile Newcastle defence.  And at times it looked like Big Dunc was on the field, the number of time the Route One ball was hoofed up to Campbell running down the middle of the field.  Well, it worked once, didn't it?  And Campbell seemed to win every header, but Radz rarely got played in.

And so it went on.  Like some mammoth epic, with only one possible result as the Everton defence absorbed a barrage of poorly constructed and unimaginative attacks from a rather poor Newcastle.  Everton looked far better when they had the ball, but lacked the conviction to attack in numbers, and surrendered possession far too easily.  The Roonster came on and cameoed a little, but his only useful run ended in a firm block. 

And on 87 minutes, the massive dam that is Richard Wright was finally breached.  A forward ball headed across the box to Shearer, from where he volleyed an unstoppable shot, and the Toons could finally celebrate.  Just 4 more minutes and they would have been tearing out the seats...

A draw for Everton would not have been a bad result.  But the luck that had helped them for so long finally went the other way as Bellamy dodged two defenders and scampered along the goal-line, firing hard and low at Richard Wright from an impossible angle just as Li Tie powered in to block his shot.  But the touch was enough to push the ball up a fraction, and it careened off Wright's leg into the net. 

In such moments are Championships won and lost.  Wright had it covered, and he knew it.  But that final touch was enough and it was 10-man Everton who left the field crestfallen, having been denied a fantastic victory in the last 4 minutes.

 


J-Yo: Last man,
he had to go.


Newcastle v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Newcastle 37
 Everton 16
 Draws 15
 Premiership  
 Newcastle 6
 Everton 2
 Draws 1
 Last Season:

Newcastle 6-2 Everton 


Premiership Scores
Saturday 30 Nov
Arsenal 3-1 Aston Villa
Birmingham 1-1 Tottenham
Blackburn 2-1 Fulham
Chelsea 3-0 Sunderland
Man City 2-0 Bolton
West Brom 1-0 Middlesbro
Sunday 1 Dec
Liverpool 1-2 Man Utd
Newcastle 2-1 Everton
Leeds 1-2 Charlton
Monday 2 Dec
West Ham 0-1 Sotton
 


Match Facts
 Newcastle United  (4-4-2)
 Black & white shirts, black shorts, white socks
Everton   (4-4-2)
 Blue shirts, white shirts, blue socks
  Given
Solano
O'Brien
Dyer
Shearer (c)
Bellamy
Speed (81' Viana)
Griffin
Caldwell (81' Ameobi)
Robert
Bernard

Subs not used:  Jenas,
Harper, Dabizas

Yellow Cards: Shearer (86'),
Bellamy (89')

Red Cards:
Wright
Hibbert
Yobo [Sent off: 22']
Stubbs
Unsworth
Carsley (25' Weir)
Li Tie
Gravesen
Pembridge
Radzinski (73' Rooney)
Campbell (c)

Subs not used: Simonsen,
Gemmill, Naysmith

Yellow Cards: Unsworth (91')

Red Cards:
Yobo (22')


Unavailable:

(Injured:) Alexandersson, Ferguson,
Linderoth, Rodrigo, Watson
(on Loan): Gerrard, Nyarko,
Osman, Pilkington
 
Match Reports

Everton Web Sites
ToffeeWeb Match Summary
EvertonFC.com Match Report
When Skies Are Grey Match Report
Blue Kipper Match Report
Everton Fans' Reports
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Links to Other Media Reports
Electronic Telegraph Match Report
BBC Sport Match Report
FA Premier Match Report
Sky Sports Match Report
Sporting Life Match Report
SoccerNet Match Report
The Guardian Match Report
The Independent Match Report
The Times Match Report
Liverpool Echo Match Report
Daily Post Match Report
Premiership Table
Pos Team Pts
1 Arsenal 35
2 Liverpool 31
3 Chelsea 30
4 Man Utd 29
5 Everton 29
6 Newcastle 25
7 Middlesbrough 24
8 Tottenham 24
9 Blackburn 23
10 Southampton 23
11 Birmingham 20
12 Charlton 20
13 Man City 20
14 Fulham 19
15 Aston Villa 19
16 Leeds 17
17 West Brom 15
18 Sunderland 14
19 Bolton 13
20 West Ham 12
After 2 Dec 2002


Match Preview

6 consecutive wins?  Seems almost ridiculous to see us sitting in 3rd place, 3 points off the top, doesn't it!?  29 points before December whilst when Moyes took over earlier this year in mid-March we had only scrapped together 31.

After 29 games in charge Moyes has won 15 over 50%.  A superb return.

Sitting in 3rd we have to dream of Europe (Champions League I am still trying not to think about) but after the next 5 league and cup games those dreams will either be shattered or verging on reality.

Newcastle (a), Chelsea (a) Worthington Cup, Chelsea (h), Blackburn (h) and Liverpool (a).

That is one heck of a run for anyone!

Newcastle had a few injury worries when they faced Inter Milan at St James Park, and they got well hammered, losing 4-1.  .

In our 3-3 epic in the Worthington Cup both Shearer and Bellamy were missing.  Most of the rest of the squad were involved at some point.  Those two will be a huge test to the most in form and effective defence in the Premiership at the moment.  Can Yobo handle them?  Of course he can!

My biggest concern is actually Dyer.  When they destroyed us 6-2 late last season, it was Dyer who led the rout.  Gravesen must get hold of him but his pace makes him very difficult to stop.

For us. Yobo also missed the earlier clash but his contest with Shearer will be a true test of greats.  Shearer caused Man U loads of trouble during their eventual defeat last week; if Yobo negates him, then Bellamy's effectiveness immediately diminishes.

Upfront Radz and Kev will fancy their chances against a questionable backline that was little short of pathetic against Man U and didn't fare much better against Inter Milan.

A point is possible but we cannot disguise the fact that Newcastle are an excellent side 2nd group stage of Champions League is some achievement.   Still, they got beaten heavily at home midweek, we are above them in the league, and 7 is my lucky number!!

Radz again in a 1-1 draw.

BlueForEver



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