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Newcastle (A): Jekyll & Hyde

With the enforced absences of Fellaini and Cahill, the poor form and lack of product from Coleman and Bilyaletdinov, David Moyes has had to rethink... or more like revisit formations of old, with Hibbert getting a start after many weeks on the bench, and Neville playing in midfield alongside or more probably behind the increasingly disappointing Rodwell, whose development seems to be going backwards. Beckford starts upfront with Saha, as long he is is there on time...

No sign of contract traitor and Everton deserter, Dan Gosling in the ranks of the home side.  Since making his dream move to Newcastle last summer after Everton failed to offer him a written contract, he has played all of 1 minute for the first team, but that twat Nolan starts for the Barcodes, with Anichebe ? the plaintiff in a lawsuit settled out of court for a substantial sum this week for potential lost earnings resulting from injuries caused by the Newcastle player's disgusting tackle in this fixture two years ago ? is on the bench for Everton.   

Neville took a bad knock in the ribs in the first minute, but little to note other than injuries in the first 10 minutes, Saha getting an arm in his face.  A deep free-kick on the left was played wide right by Neville where Osman floated in an inviting cross that was too high for Rodwell. A great run and shot by Arteta forced a save and was a welcome sight of action after 17 mins and Osman should have done better from a superb corner by Baines(?).

Everton had a good sequence of attacking play, Saha crossing to Beckford, who deflected the cross away from Osman, and nothing came of it as Rodwell shot wide from outside the area.. But Newcastle's first real attack, Williamson getting the ball across the face of goal thanks to a poor parry by Howard that fell nicely for Best one yard out. A very poor goal to concede after a reasonably promising start.

Hibbert came through Gutierez from behind, clipping his ankle,  and earned himself a yellow card. Newcastle were now bouyed and looked to take control.  But inside 10 mins the tables were turned as Everton as first Osman equalized off an excellent return ball from Arteta, then less than 5 mins later, after Arteta was fouled, a nice ball in from a Baines free-kick (that perhaps the goalie should have claimed) was converted perfectly by Jagielka, to put the Blues 2-1 ahead at the break. 

Howard did well to hold on to an Amiobe shot after thee break but a few minutes later, Neville pulled up and went down clutching his thigh, clearly having done his hamstring.  Johnny Heitinga came on in his place. Beckford got close to goal thanks to good work by Arteta and Osman, his shot high enough from an acute angle to be palmed fractionally past the far post.

Arteta did really well to set up Saha for a golden chance with a header but Louis put it well over the bar as Everton were finding plenty of space to run at the Newcastle defence. For once, Howard rolled the ball out quickly from the next Newcastle attack and Rodwell fed the ball to Beckford but the lad sometimes looks simply hopeless with hold-up play, passing the ball directly to a Newcastle player.  Hibbert gave away a free kick that led to a period of pressure, Howard grasping the resulting corner confidently at the near post.

A nice move though saw Rodwell play up a nice balltat Saha headed down for Beckford but his snapshot was straight at  Harper with the entire goal at his mercy.  At the other end, Howard needed to save a long distance Tiote daisy-cutter. The next Newcastle attack looked destined to score until Hibbert intervened with a firm tackle on Gutierez while some handbags went on between Osman and Tiote off the ball, arguing about a throw-in.

It had become an open and lively game with a fair measure of feistiness to spice things up, as Moyes once again looked to the questionable figure of Victor Anichebe to secure the victory, to tremendous jeers, no doubt for daring to sue that astard Nolan.  He replaced Beckford.

Newcastke sliced through the Everton defence, only for Baines to clip the ball brilliantly off Nolan's toes, and the ball was soon up the other end for a weak Anichebe cross-cum-shot that Saha could have converted with ease if he had kept running.

Everton's lead looked increasingly fragile with each Newcastle attack, but a great break from Osman saw Arteta cross fractionally in front of Saha who could not convert the open gapping goal.  Anichebe and Nolan then went  at it after Anichebe needlessly bumped into the Newcastle player and he reacted, pushing Anichebe to the floor.  Both players went in onto Howard Webb's yellow card.

More increasingly desperate defending from Everton saw a vital interception by Distin save an almost certain goal, which seemed to come when Best headed home but he scored by pushing Jagielka down: good call by Webb, who gave the foul.

The Barcodes  were doing their best to get Hibbert sent off after a nothing collision with Gutierrez.  Anichebe got in a great cross to Saha, well placed, and he swung at his volley with what seemed to be perfect timing but it cannoned just wide of Harper's goal. 

10 mins left, and Everton holding on by their fingernails, despite numerous chances that could have easily made it 3-1, 4-1 or 5-1 to the Blues.  But Heitinga, of course, blocked Nolan needlessly, then Baines blocked Gutierrez right in the D and he got a yellow.  From this very dangerous position,  Best lashed it  through the wall but it got caught under Nolan's feet right in front of Howard and was incredibly cleared away.

With 5 mins left, Osman was replaced by Coleman, and Everton advanced again, waiting time on a throw-in then Anichebe winning a good free-kick out wide that Baines fired in but Heitinga was called for a foul. But Everton looked to push ahead again, with more good work from Anichebe , crossing for Coleman at the far post but Harper denied him. 

Gutierrez was reduced to a hobble as Everton clung on for dear life, seemingly determine not to score that third goal that would kill off these nasty Barcodes with 5 added minutes prolonging the fear and trepidation. It was backs to the wall but Anichebe relieved the pressure, only to harmlessly put the ball behind from a very dangerous position.  Another Anichebe chance should have led to that goal but Arteta's shot was blocked and then Coleman decide to waste time in the coner but again put the ball harmlessly behind for a goal kick that put Everton under yet more pressure.

From that. they broke again, the ball finally coming to Coleman in the right channel but he shot straight at Harper. Finally it was over, a great win form an entertaining end-to-end ding dong encounter, and a fantastic response to the dreadful Reading game, but Everton really, really need to score more goals!!!


Michael Kenrick     Posted 05/03/2011 at

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KPR Williams
1   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:01:40

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Nail-biting stuff... the lads were fucked at the end there. Was like they were running on sand. Countless chances to put it to bed but no... not Everton.

Made up with the 3 points there but the injury list is getting worrying. Nearer safety now though... a win against Brum and we could be up near the European places??? Mad ? in our worst season since Moyes arrived.

Stephen W Leary Jnr
2   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:07:51

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Good post, Michael, mate... I think Arteta was really good today, and looking at the league it looks a bit more promising. But I'm not going to get carried away ? how many times have we thought we have turned the corner this season? Must win on Wednesday against Brum, my lager tonight will go down well tho... COYB!!!!
Ian Tod
3   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:04:58

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Fantastic backs-to-the-wall organised defensive performance made a bit more nerve-wracking by Neville's departure and the lack of positional sense of Heitinga but, at the end of the day, even though the Barcodes dominated the possession.

We had the more clear-cut chances created mainly by the excellent Arteta and Osman. With that win at last at St James Park, I think two wins in a row in the league and an all-important game at hand against Birmingham City; if we win that, Europe is looking a very real possibility.

Steve Guy
4   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:14:33

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Anyone would be mad to be talking about Europe. We'd pretty much have to win all our remaining games. No Chance. Good win today though, especially coming back from 1-0 down.
David Crowe
5   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:10:57

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Huge result for our season really. Our games are now all winnable and we seem to, bar the rather too frequent blip, be picking up wins and advancing up the table. I'm now extremely confident we'll get 7th which, if we remember, is better than last year and we're 3 points behind then Shite and their next game is United away.

It's all about the next five games now. Four of them at home, should get at least 11 points out of them and hopefully get above the Reds and be in the mix for that 6th place on the last day. I can't see us staying behind Bolton, Sunderland and certainly not Newcastle until the end of the year so the end of the season looks a little bit brighter.

6th place, whoever you are and whatever you think of Moyes etc, is a good season for Everton Football Club and I'll be ecstatic to have another shot at Europe. Obviously that's a hundred miles off yet but I just had my Wembley dream snatched away so I'll damn well dream about Europe! Well done lads, well done David Moyes on the team selection, I thought...

KPR Williams
6   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:27:19

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If we had lost today, would there be 20 posts here by now?
David Crowe
7   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:30:54

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KPR there'd be double that.
Steve Guy
8   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:31:17

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KPR. You are probably right. "Misery loves company" as they say.
Michael Kenrick
9   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:21:43

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It was a great result but I'm tending more and more toward the chaos theory of these games being on a knife-edge. Like so many games this season, it could have gone either way. We don't have anywhere near enough horsepower, conviction or balls to dominate games like this and end up living on our wits and our nerves.

With that as the backdrop, how you can anyone talk of winnable games? How can anyone even think of Europe??? [And what the fuck would we do there anyway? Moyes hasn't a clue.] It's one game at a time, never more so, and they swing so easily on so little, one way or the other, it's become a friggin lottery.

I'm not absolving Moyes for responsibility for this. The common wisdom is it's down to lack of investment, blah, blah... and now we're going to hear the old and all-too-familiar injury lament. But "playing through the [fucking] pain" ? that situation is I very strongly believe down to Moyes for over-training and for playing injured players ? the need for them to put up a "Fellaini Exclusive' [WTF???] on the OS is proof enough of what we all knew already.

We did have a reasonable squad at the start of the season but the season prep was apparently shite and we all know it's been a mostly downhill rollercoaster from there. Yes, we're now in the upper half, but those next games are, sadly, loseable, just as much as they are winnable, and getting 6th or even 5th for Europe will be long haul ? we just don't put good sequences together: this is the first back-to-back league win since god knows when. There is no consistency beyond the incredible inconsistency of this team: so it really is...

One Game At A Time... please!

Richard Murray
10   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:37:27

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Michael, unless I'm missing a pun, it's Jekyll. Thanks for the report.
Michael Kenrick
11   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:40:03

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Thanks, Richard... I thought there was a Y in there somewhere.
Simon Templeman
12   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:35:12

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Steve, I'm not sure we would need to win all our games, a win on Wednesday and the RS getting stuffed by the mancs (not unlikely) and things will look quite promising. Then again, we have been here before.
KPR Williams
13   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:41:59

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It's Moyes's fault that players get injured? Oh dear... Maybe Anichebe should have sued Moyes. Maybe Fellaini will... watch this space.
Jon Cox
14   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:43:25

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The original film starring Claude Reins. Impressed eh?
Michael Kenrick
15   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:46:19

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KPR ? Moyes has an established history of playing injured players, putting injured players on the bench and praising injured players for "playing through the pain". Ignore it if you want but the pattern is clear for all most to see well enough.
John Audsley
16   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:48:08

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Europe ain't gonna happen.

Keep the injuries down and it's anywhere from 8th to 12th for me.

Then, the summer.....
Jamie Tulacz
17   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:47:35

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Michael ? agree completely. If there's one thing we've learnt from this season it's that as soon as we get our hopes up with a good result, we'll soon come crashing back down to earth with a terrible one (and vice versa to be fair).

Hopefully we'll be safe from relegation now anyway, surprisingly we seem to have as many wins as defeats this season now!

On the Rodwell dilemma, agree he's been pretty anonymous recently, though hard when he's not been getting a run of games. Just wondering whether now might be the time to move him back into defence though? Great to see Arteta have probably his best game of the season today though!
Kunal Desai
18   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:59:34

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Plenty of chances to finish the Barcodes off and get those third and fourth goals (Saha header and Coleman save), on another occasion we may well get punished for not putting those away. Back-to-back wins in the PL, let's try and make it a hat tick of wins against Birm on Wednesday night. All depends on which Everton team turns up. Let's hope it's not the one against Reading.
Andy Crooks
19   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:05:48

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An excellent win. We won't be relegated, so, how about building for next season? Give an opportunity to Duffy, Baxter, Bily, Rodwell, Mucha etc. Obviously not in the one game.

To those who say that a defeat would bring a greater response on this site, I would ask "What do you expect?" This was a great win, not a great performance.

Frankly, I would happily see a couple more similar performances if the result is the same. Overall, however, we are not a good side... unlucky and out of form, but a very average side getting just about what we deserve.

Trevor Lynes
20   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:10:10

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The problem is ... West Ham are now winning games and other teams below us are scrambling points too... it's looking like 40 points may well not be enough!!!

At least we have a game in hand over most of the other sides... but our squad is really threadbare and some players are very tired. We do not have a strong enough bench so I will be happy with keeping out of the inevitable 'dog fight' that is developing.

Steve Harris
21   Posted 05/03/2011 at 17:59:50

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Phew ? goes without saying how important that result was following Tuesday's FA Cup debacle. Well done to Moyes and the players for showing character. Now let's get safe and put this horror season behind us, and hope by then Kenwright has done the right thing and sold up, so that Moyes may for once not have to sell to buy.

Oh and the reason Moyes may force his best players to play when not 100%, is that he has one of the smallest squads in the league! And you've already guessed who I hold accountable for that...

Michael Upton
22   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:16:49

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Three wins out of four ? who'd have thought it?

A superb way to bounce back from the miserable result on Tuesday ? well done, boys!

And since no-one in the previous 19 comments has mentioned him, well done Leon Osman. Involved in lots of good things against Sunderland, desperately unlucky not to score against Reading and finally rewarded with a goal today.
Michael's report above reflects a lot of positives for the little guy in today's game, perhaps a little reward for Moyes repeatedly plumping for him over the talented but hopelessly inconsistent Bily.

Delighted for Jags to stick one in at the right end for a change, too.

In the league, we're just about moving in the right direction at the right time of the season, and long may it continue.

I blame Hibbert!
Ryan Holroyd
23   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:21:41

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It was good to see Arteta taking players on and having shots. I also thought Neville had a very good game in midfield until he went off. We lost shape when Heitinga came on. He is deffo one player I would like to see sold in the summer.
Gerry Quinn
24   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:35:10

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What exactly did Nolan do to Anichebe? Apparently they are saying he coud be in more shit because of it.....
Roman Sidey
25   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:35:39

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You all whinge that there aren't enough posts when we win. It's because we might be staying for that extra pint, or enjoying the win before retreating to the internet. Fark.
Michael Kenrick
26   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:47:17

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What I saw was Anichebe amble into him a little after he released the ball... looked like Nolan reacted, said something and pushed him to the ground. Anichebe got up and got in his face but did not raise his arms, and at that point, Webb separated them.

A bit like the Rooney incident in that I don't think Webb saw the initial push: if he had, Nolan might have walked.
Matthew Salem
27   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:30:04

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It's been an emotional rollercoaster from Everton bordering on psycho-terror. After watching our dour 0-0 draw vs Wigan in a pub in Reykjavik, I vowed to no longer get my hopes up with Everton this season, something which was served me well, as I did not expect us to beat Reading based on the consistent inconsistency this season.

I am surprised how anybody here can talk of Europe. "One game at a time" is all I can say. Today was a magnificient win to be celebrated. But put into the context of the entire season, it may be as much use as a fart in a bottle.

Jon Cox
28   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:57:00

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What sort of luck did I have today? I get settled brew at the ready baccy all sorted then get a call to haul my arse to work for a hose job. By the time I get back, there's two mins to go and it sounds like I missed a mega match.

Oh well... it'll have to be football first with a couple of bottles of red to console myself.
Kiern Moran
29   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:03:10

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Right, I've been away all day, fighting the good fight, so missed the game. Bascially I blame Hibbert and Osman for what I imagine was another insipid affair.
James Flynn
30   Posted 05/03/2011 at 18:44:25

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Good game. Fingers crossed for next 96 hours.

COYB
Shaun Lyon
31   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:19:00

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Jon at number 14 ? apologies mate, but I'd be even more impressed if you spelt his name correctly. Claude Rains, I believe. Sorry.
KPR Williams
32   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:21:03

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Michael, You actually blamed Moyes for injuring them... over training apparently??? Heaven forbid they might train for 20 hrs a week instead of the regulation 15...

To be fair, I think any manager with a squad as threadbare as ours is just now would be playing every man who could stand. Until we have hit 40 pts or more, maybe it's all hands to the pump.

Stuart O'Malley
33   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:26:33

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Must say I thought the first goal was all down to Osman. He broke at pace down the middle, fed it to Arteta, then created space for himself in the box whilst screaming with hands in the air for the return ball which he tucked away perfectly. Little Leon, take a bow son.

As for the Nolan spat, I could of sworn he kicked out at Victor after the ball had gone, which Webb saw and pointed at so as to take action after the passage of play was finished. Should have been a red, that Nolan fella is a nasty piece of work.
David Crowe
34   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:28:35

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Yep that's a great idea, Michael, let's take the players that have regularly been shit all season and give them some well deserved time off. Incredible. We know, because the players always say it themselves, that "the only way to put it right is on the training ground". That's what we call common sense so please stop spouting garbage based on absolute guesswork. It's just anything to be negative isn't it? Anything to get at Moyes. The man can't do anything right anymore with some people and where in God's name did you get this detailed knowledge of Everton's training regime? Thank God you're not in charge.

On another matter, where does Nolan get his front from, taking on Victor? The nerve of him after what he did to the lad, not to mention Victor would destroy him if it came hand to hand (that's just about all Vic's got going for him though to be fair). Nolan's not a hard man he's a coward and Anichebe knows better than anyone. Genuinely wouldn't have minded if Vic had dropped him today. Can't bear these fake hard men.

Duncan McDine
35   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:31:38

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Nice write-up, Michael. It was a much needed win, and I thought Moyes for once got the tactics right for this one. We have really lacked the drive and determination in midfield lately, so I was glad to see Neville in to do what Carsley used to do, week-in, week-out. It's not a pretty job, but I don't trust Arteta, Felli and especially not Rodwell to bust a gut and get the sliding tackles in when it counts. We lacked that bite when Pip came off for the useless Dutchman.

I agree with your opinion on Rodwell ? he doesn't look interested at all... and I just want Moyes to scream his fucking head off at him when he just backs off challenges all the time.

Osman and Arteta were excellent on the flanks today, and they are the two players that won us the points (take note 'Ossie-haters!')... I should also mention Jags' excellent finish ? he did really well to keep the ball under the crossbar when seen in slo-mo.

Hibbo was caught out a few times, and didn't look too sharp, but hopefully that will come. I think as long as we have the players fit that we did today, Coleman should be rested until the time is right to play him in his correct position ? RB.

My player ratings:

Howard 6
Hibbo 5
Jags 7
Distin 7
Baines 6
Osman 7
Neville 7
Rodwell 5
Arteta 8
Saha 5
Beckford 5
Kieran Kinsella
36   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:46:13

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Not being funny but the minute we let Hibbert and Osman both start, what happens, Tony Marsh? WE WIN!!!
Joe Bibb
37   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:49:07

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Posts 6 & 7 ? there would never be any anti-Moyes posts if he did what he did today play, two up front and attack. The reason there are anti-Moyes posts is that, for most of the time, he does not do that. No matter how much money we have, it's not hard to start with two up-front.
John Brennan
38   Posted 05/03/2011 at 19:51:57

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I was at that game today, with my daughter who I regret to say, is a MAG.

Apart from losing 2-0 a few years back, whenever I have attended a game in the northeast, we have beaten either the Mackems or the Mags.

I honestly believe I must be the new messiah, the empowerer of every Evertonian's endeavours, the harbinger of hope, the deliverer of dreams, the flaming sun that lights up a million lives, the new BK...
Cheers everyone, mines half a pint of whatever Ken Barlow is drinking.
HA HA COYB!!!

Al Reddish
39   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:07:59

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Michael, a decent report once again but then ruined by more personal digs at the manager. You dislike his methods, we get that now, but to blame him for over training and stuff is mad. He is supposedly tactically inept yet we read on the O/S that the freekick that won the game was one of Moyes's training ground initiatives. He has supposedly played an injured Fellaini, yet the same player declared himself fit to play in the Sunderland game.

The reports as I say are good but maybe it's time to tone down the negativity.

KPR Williams
40   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:17:06

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Michael seems to have taken the role of chief whip for the Moyes out brigade...
David Edwards
41   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:20:46

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A solid enough win ? Arteta's form is pleasing to see at last and there was more spirit than against Reading. Two up front may not have been the main reason behind the win today, but I'd love to see comparative statistics about how two up rather than one up affects our points tally.

Two more wins and we can rest easier ? until the major changes needed for next year unfold this summer. This season is a warning which the powers that be must realise will be repeated without fundamental changes ? short-term relief should get us complacent about the long-term pain that will await us otherwise. Taxi for Bill & Co!
Phil Bellis
42   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:11:38

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Unless I've missed a bit here, if Jon Cox is talking about the film, the 3 early versions starred John Barrymore, Fredric March and Spencer Tracy.

Perhaps you're thinking of The Invisble Man which featured Claude Rains and starred Magueye Gueye...

Michael Kenrick
43   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:21:28

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Thanks Al, but it's called "calling it as I see it" ? and that ain't never gonna change.

As for Moyes, you can't praise a player one week for "playing through the pain" then orchestrate through the club website the next week an assertion that the player was not carrying an injury. Sorry, but that stinks to high heaven.
Joe McMahon
44   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:26:00

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David Crowe (5): "Our games are now all winnable"

I've heard it all now, for Christ's sake man, did you not think that, West Ham twice, Bolton twice, Wolves at home, Wigan at home, WBA at home were winnable? Not to mention Brentford and Reading?? In these 'winnable' remaining games, we have to go to Old Trafford, given we haven't won there in nearly 20 years, do you honestly think it's gonna happen this time??? Can we please have some perspective.
Mark Wayman
45   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:15:25

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From the sounds of it the players worked really hard today not giving Newcastle anytime on the ball, and seemed lively going forward.

We created a lot of chances which hasn't often been the case this season; unfortunately, due to lack of quality/composure and some good goalkeeping, we had a nervous last few minutes, when we should have been out of sight.

When Carsley left, Moyes said he didn't need to urgently replace him as he had Neville to do the role, which I dreaded... even though it is the players prefered position. Well, I've been hoping all week that Neville would be used in the holding role, as we certainly lack bite in midfield. It seems as though he could be out for some time if his hamstring is injured, which is a damn shame because I was fairly pleased with the midfield today, a position I thought would cost us the game and maybe the next. I really hope Arteta's move out wide is permanent, most likely his best performance of the season.

Overall although pleased with the win and performance I can't get too excited because of the lack of inconsistency this season.
Peter Hall
46   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:31:10

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I expect you'll disagree with this, but I don't think we would have won this playing 4-4-Cahill-1, which we would certainly have done if Tim was fit.

Yes, Beckford's got a long way to go to be a top Premier striker ? maybe too far ? but his movement gives us options all over the park... some of which he wastes because he's not quite at the level he needs to be. But when he plays we usually create many chances, and even score some goals.

I watched and also listened to Sharpy who criticises Beckford a lot ? and quite rightly, from a master's perspective. Limited hold-up play. Poor decisions.

But Sharpy doesn't have to criticise Cahill because he's not really involved unless he pops up with a headed goal or clearance. As a midfield contributor, Timmy is sub-Premier League. For me, 4-4-Cahill-1 has had its day.

Don't get me wrong, I think Tim Cahill is and has been an Everton hero; I just think building the team around him is yesterday's deal.

OK, I did say you'd disagree!
Ian Kearney
47   Posted 05/03/2011 at 20:41:07

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I thought Ossie was a bit hit and miss really, some nice work, but allowed his man to go past him too easily too often.

Also didnt think Jonny was that bad when he came on, maybe those missed tackles have been mentioned to him, because he seemed to put himself about a bit.
Jamie Tulacz
48   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:01:26

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Michael ? far as I'm aware Fellaini came out himself and said that he was fit to play as well though. And it wouldn't be the first time that Fellaini's dad has come out and stirred trouble.

Peter (43) agree that Beckford definitely adds something to our play. Touch on the ball and hold up play not great, but movement is good and reckon that it'll get him quite a few goals.
Al Reddish
49   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:02:19

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Michael, how many other players 'play through the pain'? I suggest almost every club does it. How many times do we hear of cortisone injections for this player and that injury etc. Just look as far back as Peter Reid and Bryan Robson. Talented players that always played with injuries.

As for Fellaini, he has backed his manager and said he declared himself fit to play. Moyes is many things but he has to rely on his players to be honest in situations like this. If Fellaini really was injured, he was a fool for lying though part of me has to applaud his attitude for not taking the easy way out... despite the disasterous consequences.

Michael Kidd
50   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:10:50

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If Beckford had stayed on, we would have scored one of those late goals, I think. Anichebe, I'm afriad, has the reverse-midas touch. And Saha should have scored at least one of those chances. Overall, though, good Saturday night for a change.
KPR Williams
51   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:13:09

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Saha was out on his feet at the end and I agree, I reckon had Beckford stayed on and Saha gone off, he'd have got his toe to that Arteta knock across the goalmouth.

There was an instance where Saha knocked it out wide to Anichebe and then jogged about as slowly as is possible towards the Newcastle area... Saha will be too tired for the Brum game I reckon... or 'injured' I think the term is.

Dave Wilson
52   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:31:55

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Michael Kenrick "Injuries due to training" unfortunately I think you are right, SOME are.... But who gives a shite? Tonight we won!

Too early for another Saturday sing-song?

Mike Green are you in?

"We slip and slide and we fall in love, but,"
"I JUST CANT SEEM TO GET ENOUGH"
De de, de de de de de, de de, de de de de"
Aidan Ross
53   Posted 05/03/2011 at 21:54:37

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Enjoyed the day, we had so much space towards the end we should have walked it. Arteta definitely needs to play out wide, he is improving game on game . No problems in defence, Hibbo or Seamus can cover for Nev. It was a well organized and spirited performance against a fairly clueless Barcodes side. Saha battled well but continues to go down too easliy under challenge. Overall exactly the result we needed after he no-show against Reading.
Dick Fearon
54   Posted 05/03/2011 at 22:38:15

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A good battling display and Victor getting into Nolan's face with a glare of hate made a change from rolling around with a whimper. Long may it continue.
Dean Adams
55   Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:12:00

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Dave Wilson

Just like a rainbow, I know you set me free................now if only our forwards could say those words to our midfield, we could learn to speak and spell with our broken frame!!!!!
Jamie Tulacz
56   Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:48:34

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Sing when you're winning, You only sing when you're winning...!

Follow, follow, follow Everton is the team we follow. And there's nobody better than Mikel Arteta he's the best little Spaniard we know!!
Tommy Coleman
57   Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:47:20

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Wow! We beat mighty Newcastle, we're 10th. Let's all forget how bad we've been all season.

Some fans are so easily pleased.

This season is over for me, I couldn't care less if we even finished 6th, that's not success ? that's how losers like Moyes think.
Roman Sidey
58   Posted 05/03/2011 at 23:48:57

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I think Moyes has to take some of the blame for his players constantly being injured just as any manager of any injured player does. Obviously there are times when shit happens like Anichebe's at Newcastle, but if they're not down to over-training, then it's the wrong kind of strength training and poor man management. Vaughan's early injuries spring to mind. I think under a better management team, he would not have spent his late teens on the treatment table.

On the game, as much as I don't like Hibbert, I was pleased that Moyes actually did change the lineup and dropped Coleman - nothing against the young fella, but his form had dipped and any player needs to be dropped if that happens (something Moyes hasn't done enough of in my opinion).

Osman score a goal, but don't get carried away with the praise. He had a decent game. If he does this more often, I may change my tune about him, but at 29-30, he's not going to get better.

Hibbo looked out of his depth and didn't do much right.

The rest of the team worked well together, and it is painstakingly obvious that 4-4-2 is best for our players.

I am praying that Moyes keeps it for the Brum game, but I'm not holding my breath.

Moyes out.
Michael Tupper
59   Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:11:38

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A much needed result and a decent match report though I doubt that the keeper could have realistically cut out Bainsey's free kick.

So pleased to see Arteta back to being his influential best. I hope he doesn't pick up any knocks before the season comes to a close.

Can anybody offer any meaningful insight into Rodwell? He clearly has a good touch, a great physique and some pace about him yet he is clearly not fulfilling the potential that many had expected of him.

He looks well short of confidence and has never IMHO learnt to impose himself on a game - which he must do if he is ever to be a great player. If you could extract that chemistry which drives Phiil Neville and give Jack a large portion then he might be on the way.

I have no handle on our coaching but it does strike me that a common bond with both Jack and Bily is that they are both seemingly technical footballers who frequently look lost during a game. Is there someting badly lacking in our coaching of these players that results in them coming up short?
KPR Williams
60   Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:25:30

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We've won 3 games out of 4 but don't get carried away now anybody cos a defeat is just around the corner...

Our season's over cos we ain't challenging for the title and we're out of the cups...

It's crap supporting a team that doesn't challenge for every honour every year even though they spend not a shilling.

Net spend last 5 transfer windows: £0M
Moyes out cos he injures his own players...

Amazing!

Roman Sidey
61   Posted 06/03/2011 at 00:51:22

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Michael Tupper, without knowing exactly what goes on at training or between certain members of the team from the manager down, I think that the major problem with both Jack and Bily is that neither of them have a concrete position on the field. We've been told that Rodwell is a centre-half, but he's never played it for us, and Bily is a central attacking mid who always gets left on the wing or bench.

Any player at any level knows that you get better with consistent routine, not chopping and changing all over the place. As you say, both technical players, I'd say gifted, but lacking something.

Mike Green
62   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:12:15

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WHHHHHAAAAAAAA

HHHHHHOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mike Green
63   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:15:07

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FTM
James Flynn
64   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:11:29

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Why does Rodwell have to be fulfilling anything at this point? He's a 19-year-old playing in the toughest league on earth to play in. Of course he looks good sometimes and others lost. He's 19. He's going to be a good one. Who can't see that?
Andy Crooks
65   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:32:53

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Exactly, James Flynn. I think he's going to be great. Where? Central midfield, centre half (my own view) or... at Old Trafford.
David Thomas
66   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:32:31

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Dave Wilson 49,

Thank you. I was going to ask someone what that song was.
Mike Green
67   Posted 06/03/2011 at 01:54:38

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Personally my thoughts on Rodwell have always been:? big, rangey, calm, passing footballing lad. Good player if you can put him into a position that suits those attributes... maybe a centre-half that brings it out of the box, etc.

Wayne Rooney he is not.
Brendan O'Doherty
68   Posted 06/03/2011 at 02:47:03

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Dave Wilson/ David Thomas

Here's the original (apologies if you don't like Celtic)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dim0tCgilKI&NR=1

Imagine GP rocking to this:?

When I see you Everton I go outta my head
I just can't get enough, I just can't get enough
All the things you do to me and all the things you said
I just can't get enough, I just can't get enough
We slip and slide and we fall in love
And I just can't seem to get enough of
do do do do do do do.....
Stephen Kenny
69   Posted 06/03/2011 at 10:22:35

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My opinion on Rodwell is that if he's going to go on and play for England and have a top career only it will be at right back. He has what it takes to play there but I can't ever see him getting to the top level playing centrally.
David Crowe
70   Posted 06/03/2011 at 11:21:27

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Joe McMahon (41) Sorry for not making it clear but I was referring to the next 5 games as 'winnable'. Are you saying they're not winnable? I hope we've not got to that stage of negativity. We should win all of our next 5 games. 4 of them at home and I am basing that on the fact that barring the calamities of Bolton and Reading we seem to be just about getting the hang of beating the teams that come and set out to stop our creative players. Newcastle tried and failed yesterday and we should take confidence from that.
David Edwards
71   Posted 06/03/2011 at 13:43:56

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A good win ? two up front and some more spirit. Let's get those two wins now and plan for a summer of upheaval!
Ian Tunstead
72   Posted 06/03/2011 at 15:25:31

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Duncan McDine

Are you for real? How can you give Beckford and Saha the same rating? Beckford gave the ball away everytime he had the ball, Saha held the ball up brilliantly and was clearly the 2nd best player on the field after Arteta.
Duncan McDine
73   Posted 06/03/2011 at 16:52:38

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Ian, I'm the biggest fan of Saha but, for all the hold-up play (basically getting fouled), he fucked up every chance he had ? and there were two or three golden ones. He will be gutted with his own perfomance.

Beckford's touch was shocking, and he had a poor game, but his movement was excellent as usual.

Neither of them had good games, so to say Louis was the best player behind Arteta... I don't know what game you were watching.
Terry McLavey
74   Posted 06/03/2011 at 17:26:42

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Streamed the second half, I was quite impressed, seemed to be an urgency that was lacking in other games, perhaps playing for pride? or playing to stay in the Premier League!

Arteta looked impressive but faded towards the end. Maybe King Louis should place a fence behind the opponents' goal as he dosen't seem to have any trouble hitting them!!

Dave Wilson
75   Posted 06/03/2011 at 23:52:55

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Tommy (55)

Nobody thinks we`ve become Barca overnight, but we have all been suicidal all week mate, if you dont mind some of us may want to enjoy a little light relief.

Dominic Duerden
76   Posted 07/03/2011 at 07:58:13

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Had to laugh watching Hibbo running in circles for the first goal... Reliable defender????

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