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 FA Premiership (31); St James' Park, Newcastle; Saturday 3 April 2004; 3:00pm
  Bellamy (5'), Dyer (21'),
Shearer (52', 89')
 
Attendance: 52,155
Halftime: 2-1

Stats
Facts
Reports
Gravesen (13'),
Yobo (81')

Referee: Dermot Gallagher
 

Match Summary

Let's start with frustrating and disappointing.  Three silly goals simply given away.  Poor decisions by our once charismatic, even messianic young manager, who is showing persistent and unrelenting signs of traditional Scottish stubbornness in the face of impending and increasing danger: 

  1. He plays David Unsworth for the full 90 minutes even though he is clearly having a nightmare from minute 1.
  2. Plays Kevin Campbell for 90 minutes when quite clearly he is way, way past his sell by date.
  3. He made SuperKev captain for the day when he did absolutely nothing of any use or value for the whole game except for a wonderful  40-yard backpass to Shearer!
  4. Moyes took off one of the only two Everton players who showed much intent to do something about the mess that we were in, the man who has played well week in and week out, probably our Player of the Year so far, Kevin Kilbane.  (The other one was Radzinski.)
  5. He left the most exciting prospect in Scotland on the bench until it was too late since he has had no real first team action being behind the likes of Campbell, Dunc and Franny for a chance to shine.

Newcastle, despite the scoreline, barely did enough to win, thanks to wonderful gifted goals from Everton.  If we can afford to lose games like this, so be it, but that means we simply have to produce results against our fellow relegation strugglers or it will be tears for fears...

Rooney, Ferguson and Weir missed this one through suspension; Stubbs and Jeffers were both injured.  With no less than seven players out on loan, Moyes was limited to choosing from only 15 outfield players, and had stated earlier in the week that defence was his biggest concern. 

It was such a pity really, because Everton actually played quite well, stringing a few decent passing moves together, and actually passing the ball to each other for most of the match, rather than the opposition.

But the signs of ill luck were there from the start, with Shearer dragging on Yobo inside 5 mins to get his head on a long punt from Given and direct it towards Bellamy who outwitted Unsworth to fire home with ease. 

Everton's reply was well constructed down the left just 8 mins later when Kilbane played a nicely weighted ball to Radzinski.  He dodged a defender and came inside, laying the ball nicely across the top of the area for Gravesen to run on to, and a perfect strike from Gravesen saw Everton level the first Everton goal scored in the first half of a game this year!

But the Everton defence looked decidedly nervous when Newcastle ran at them with pace, and they were able to work a number of passes before a cross to Dyer was headed firmly into the turf and looped up high over Martyn to drop under the bar and into the net.  Jammy bastards.

Campbell spurned a glorious chance to equalise when he fluffed weakly at a shot that went agonizingly wide after good build-up work from Linderoth.  The rest of the first half was no better but at least Everton seemed prepared to match The Toon, who seemed to settle back on their slender lead. 

That changed with a wonderful gift from Campbell early in the second half.  What possessed him to fire the ball aimlessly backwards from the half-way line in some desperate lunge for the ball we'll never know.  It was too strong for a startled Yobo to reach but Shearer was off to the Blaydon Races, finishing easily.  What a disastrous way to give up the game!

So Moyes responded by throwing on McFadden, right?  WRONG!  He dithered and dawdled until there were barely 20 mins left before giving the lad a chance to repeat what he did for Scotland midweek... except that Moyes took off one of the few truly creative attacking players we have in Kilbane rather than the lumbering labouring Captain Campbell.  Why does it seem more and more like Smith never left?

In truth, Everton could easily have come back into it, with Yobo hitting the bar, Kilbane climbing well to head inches wide when it was easier to score, and Watson finally beating the offside trap to head home well from 10 yards out... only for the perfectly good goal to be ruled incorrectly offside. 

The goal Everton's better play deserved finally came when Yobo stole in at the far post on a Naysmith corner to nod home.  His first goal for Everton on his 50th appearance.

Everton pushed hard on the last 10 minutes but the silly defending was not yet over, with Newcastle breaking one last and fateful time.  Somehow, the Everton defence got itself pulled all out of shape as Robert was allowed to cross and Bellamy's shot was poorly blocked, straight into the path of Shearer, who hammered it home.  Game Over.

At least Dermot Gallagher was wise to Shearer's dirty tricks, giving six or seven decisions against he old warhorse, although not booking him for persistent fouling.  But in the end it made no difference.  Everton undid themselves today, and the curse of live TV coverage lives on...

 


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Newcastle v Everton:
Prior League Games
 Overall  
 Newcastle 38
 Everton 16
 Draws 15
 Premiership  
 Newcastle 7
 Everton 2
 Draws 1
 Last Season:

Newcastle 2-1 Everton 



Premiership Scores
Saturday 3 Apr 2004
Fulham 0-0 Birmingham
Middlesbro 2-0 Bolton
Newcastle 4-2 Everton
Tottenham 1-0 Chelsea
Wolves 0-2 Southampton
Sunday 4 Apr 2004
Aston Villa 1-1 Man City
Liverpool 4-0 Blackburn
Monday 5 Apr 2004
Leeds Utd 3-2 Leicester
 


Match Facts
 Newcastle United  (4-4-2)
 Black & white shirts, black shorts, white socks
Everton   (4-4-2)
 Blue shirts, white shorts, blue socks
  Given
Hughes
Bramble
Woodgate
Robert (84' Ameobi)
Ambrose (75' Bowyer)
Dyer
Speed
Bernard
Shearer
Bellamy

Subs not used: Harper,
Taylor, Viana

Yellow Cards: 

Red Cards:
Martyn
Pistone
Yobo
Unsworth
Naysmith
Watson
Gravesen
Linderoth (68' Nyarko)
Kilbane (68' McFadden)
Campbell {c}
Radzinski

Subs not used: Wright,
Hibbert, Carsley

Yellow Cards:

Red Cards:


Unavailable:

(Suspended:) Clarke, Ferguson,
Rooney, Weir
(Injured:) Jeffers, Li Tie, Stubbs
(On Loan:) Chadwick, Gemmill, P Gerrard,
 Osman, Schumacher, Symes, Turner
 
Match Reports

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Pos Team Pts
1 Arsenal 74
2 Chelsea 70
3 Man Utd 62
4 Liverpool 49
5 Newcastle 48
6 Birmingham 46
7 Aston Villa 44
8 Charlton 43
9 Southampton 42
10 Fulham 41
11 Middlesbrough 41
12 Tottenham 37
13 Bolton 37
14 Everton 34
15 Man City 32
16 Blackburn 31
17 Portsmouth 30
18 Leicester 28
19 Leeds 28
20 Wolves 24
After 5 Apr 2004


Match Preview

With any sort of last-ditch bid for Europe looking a decidedly remote possibility, Everton are left with a top-half finish as their only realistic target, a feat that will remain out of their grasp if their recent penchant for conceding late goals continues.

Despite the 500,000 reward to the club for every place gained in the table between now and the end of the season, what little drive there is among the players to improve their lot is being frustrated by the short-comings of a poor midfield and if it weren't for one Wayne Rooney, who knows what predicament we would find ourselves in.

Rooney and Duncan Ferguson are two of the four players Everton currently have suspended thanks to their transgressions at Leicester a fortnight ago.  Stubbs is ruled out with a groin injury.  Campbell is carrying a back injury and Yobo played last week with a sprained ankle: both players only returned to training on Friday. 

Added to that, Francis Jeffers who would have been the likely partner for Tomasz Radzinski is apparently struggling with a back injury.

Bare bones indeed, with only 15 outfield players to chose from.  But Moyes refuses to bring back any of the seven players who are currently out on loan so he may have no option but to satisfy the curiosity of the fans and try James McFadden up front after his goalscoring exploits for Scotland this week.

Newcastle are chasing the fourth Champions League spot and go into this fixture with five successive home wins behind them. Everton have only won once on the road all season so this would appear to be a foregone conclusion.

However, Moyes's side is always difficult to beat and come to St James' Park on a five-game unbeaten streak of their own. Plus, they have a small score to settle in this fixture last season the Blues were robbed of a seventh-successive win by the dubious dismissal of Joseph Yobo whih indirectly led to an Alan Shearer wonder-goal and Craig Bellamy's late winner earning all the spoils for the Magpies.

Lyndon Lloyd

Matchday Stats

This will be the 148th meeting between Everton and Newcastle in all competitions, and the 73rd at St James' Park.  This match will be the 22nd meeting in the Premier League.

Everton's full record against Newcastle is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

21

6

4

11

21

33

Division One

118

47

25

46

181

179

FA Cup

5

3

0

2

6

5

League Cup

1

0

1

0

3

3

Charity Shield

1

1

0

0

5

3

Full Members Cup

1

1

0

0

5

2

TOTALS:

147

58

30

59

221

225

Our record at St James' Park against Newcastle is:  v  14:00
v 15:00

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

10

2

1

7

9

19

Division One

59

14

14

31

59

107

FA Cup

1

0

0

1

1

4

League Cup

1

0

1

0

3

3

Charity Shield

1

1

0

0

5

3

TOTALS:

72

17

16

39

77

13

The last match between the two sides was earlier this season on 13 September when goals from Thomasz Radzinski and Duncan Ferguson secured a 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.  The last meeting at St James' Park was on 1 December 2002 when strikes from Alan Shearer and Craig Bellamy cancelled out Kevin Campbell's early goal to stop Everton's record-breaking 6-game winning streak in the Premier League.

Everton's biggest victory away to Newcastle is 4-0, which has occurred twice.  The last was on Boxing Day in 1986, and matched the 4-0 victory on 8 April 1961.  The biggest defeat Everton have suffered at Newcastle was an 8-2 reversal on 7 November 1959.

The most common victory for Everton is 2-1, which has happened five times in Everton's 17 victories at St James' Park.  Newcastle's most common victory is 1-0, which has happened ten times in their 39 home victories.  The most common draw between the sides is 0-0, which has happened six times out of the 16 draws in total.

Everton's record for 3 April is:

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Premier League

1

0

0

1

2

3

Division One

19

4

5

10

19

31

Division Two

2

1

0

1

2

3

TOTALS:

22

5

5

12

23

37

This will be the first meeting between these sides on this date.  The last Premier League match Everton played on 3 April was in 1999 against Liverpool at Anfield when goals from Olivier Dacourt and Francis Jeffers could not stop a 3-2 defeat.  The match itself was overshadowed by the celebratory 'grass eating' antics of a certain Robbie Fowler.

Steve Simonsen will celebrate his 25th birthday today.  Edgar Chadwick and Alf Milward were members of the England side that lost 2-1 to Scotland at the Crystal Palace on this day in 1897.  John Bell appeared for Scotland in the same match.  12 years later, in 1909, Bertie Freeman made his second and last England appearance as an Everton player as the Auld Enemy were beaten 2-0, again at the Crystal Palace.  Alan Ball and Ray Wilson turned out for England in the 1968 European Championship qualifier at Wembley Stadium, when Spain were beaten 1-0.

Milestone's that can be reached in this game:

  • If Lee Carsley starts the match, it will be his 50th start for Everton in all competitions.
  • If Joseph Yobo plays any part in the match, it will be his 50th appearance for Everton in all competitions.
  • If Wayne Rooney scores a hat-trick before the end of the season, he will be beat William Dean's record of the youngest ever Everton player to score three goals in a match.

Steve Flanagan


Defensive lapses cost Everton dear

This one was hard to take. As we drag our feet towards into the final stretch of a frustrating season it remains painfully clear that the Everton of this season is a shadow of the side that finished a respectable seventh last time out. In addition, with each passing game, the prospect of salvaging anything from 2003/04 namely a top-half finish, drifts further and further away.

It seems as though it's either the defence or the attack that is firing on something approaching all cylinders but David Moyes can't get them on song at the same time. Today, while the attacking partnership of Tomasz Radzinski and Kevin Campbell was badly let down by the latter's apparent lack of mobility (dare we suggest that he played with the back strain that was supposed to have ruled him out of this fixture) and effectiveness, the defence caved in at vital juntures to condemn the Blues to their first defeat in five games.

Moyes, whose decisions are mimicking that of his predecessor more with every passing week, employed Alessandro Pistone at right back (and the wisdom of using a left-footed player on the right was open to question on a few occasions as the former Magpie struggled to provide service to the front two on his weaker foot.

In the absence of Alan Stubbs and the sorely-missed David Weir, David Unsworth partnered Joseph Yobo, with Gary Naysmith rounding out the back four. In midfield, Tobias Linderoth filled the revolving central position alongside Thomas Gravesen and, obviously, James McFadden was ignored up front in favour of Campbell.

The game was barely five minutes old when Newcastle opened the scoring. A clearance by Shay Given was flicked on by Alan Shearer, Craig Bellamy latched onto the loose ball and shrugged Unsworth's challenge off to create all the space he needed to slot it past the stranded Nigel Martyn.

It was route-one football at its best and Bobby Robson's men employed the strategy all afternoon with varying degrees of success.

Shearer had another header easily saved before, out of the blue, Everton equalised. Radzinski turned inside in the area before squaring the ball perfectly for Gravesen who swept it past Given with 13 minutes on the clock.

Four minutes later, the Blues could have been in front when great work by Linderoth ended in the Swede laying a square ball off to Campbell whose effort was deflected inches wide.

But it was Newcastle who scored next. Kieron Dyer rose and headed a cross awkwardly into the ground, the ball kicking up and over Martyn's despairing fingers to make it 2-1 with 21 minites gone.

The goal stunned Everton into temporary submission and there was little in the way of action from either side between then and half time.

Within a minute of the restart, however, the visitors went agonisingly close once more when Yobo connected with a Naysmith corner from the left but his effort skimmed off the top of the crossbar.

Again, though, it was the Magpies who were gifted a goal. Campbell challenged for the ball in the centre circle resulting in a bizarre back-pass that sent Shearer into the clear one-on-one with Martyn after Yobo's contorted attempt to block it failed miserably. Newcastle's number 9 made no mistake, sliding the ball past ther 'keeper to make it 3-1.

Still Everton came forward and Kevin Kilbane somehow managed to direct a header to wrong side of the post from another Naysmith corner and when Steve Watson steered a header into the goal with aplomb from 10 yards out, the linesman flagged, erroneously judging by television replays, for offside and the "goal" was chalked off.

Moyes then threw McFadden and Nyarko into the fray at the expense of Linderoth and Kilbane, both of whom had had pretty good games. But the Blues made little headway until nine minutes from time when Yobo popped up at the far post and headed home to set up a grandstand finish... that never materialised.

Instead, annoyingly, Shearer had the last word. Substitute Lee Bowyer's shot was parried by Martyn but it fell straight to Shearer who rapped it into the net in injury time to finish off Everton's fading challenge.

Ultimately, despite their two goals and how easily they could have earned a point from this game, there were long periods when David Moyes's side looked like a team going nowhere, merely going through the motions as the end of the season draws closer.

While Moyes arrived as an energetic bent on using youth to fuel his revolution at Goodison Park, the frustrations of the position are clearly making him more conservative and more, well, Walter-esque. The insistence on playing a so-called "big man" alongside Radzinski is prudent on one level given the paucity of talent in the midfield, but Campbell's presence was more a hindrance than a help.

As safety from relegation becomes more certain and the remaining games less important, Moyes simply must rediscover his adventurous side and use the likes of McFadden up front and Kilbane in central midfield. Because with precious little to spend this summer, he is once again going to have to squeeze the best out of the his existing squad next season

Lyndon Lloyd



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