Everton 2 - 2 Newcastle United
Well it should have been a thoroughly enjoyable evening. It was for the most part but then Everton suck you back in a way only they know how. Drawing 2-2 from being 2-0 in the 93rd minute of 94, the two goals being the only two shots on target the visitors had all game, really takes some doing, even for Everton. We’ve seen a lot of nonsense over the years but this season really takes some doing.
The evening had gone smoothly up until then. Gaz picked me up from work and then grabbed Dan and Alfie on route. The beer went down smoothly in the pub, as did the free hot dogs. Despite the disappointing showing at the London Stadium we were all optimistic our depleted lads could be their depleted team. On we marched to Goodison confidently and the way we began the game, it was with good reason. It began at a high tempo with both teams getting stuck in, but we had the edge. We were getting on the ball more, dictating play and creating openings. The crowd were in good voice and on around 25 minutes Moise Kean drove at goal from distance but Martin Dubravka saved.
You sensed something was in the offing and it was on the half hour mark when Bernard lofted a lovely ball in to Moise Kean who controlled, took it inside onto his right foot and brought the house down when his shot went through Dubravka and into the centre of the net. Everyone delighted for the lad and he celebrated in style…less of the silly handshakes with Dominic though please! The half time cider with Gary went down a treat.
We were coasting quite frankly. More motivated? More quality? Less depleted? Less tired? Buoyed by an expectant and believing home crowd? Take your pick but we slaughtered Newcastle United. We were all over them for nearly all of this game. Dominic Calvert-Lewin took his goal ever so well. I doubt he’d have scored that 10 games or so ago. His first time left foot finish was delightful. At 2-0 on 54 minutes you could only see one result.
More goals should have followed. Dominic’s sweeping drive was well saved. Bernard very nearly scored when he cut inside and shot, and Mason Holgate twice came close from corner kicks. Yerry Mina also missed an unbelievable chance when well teed up by Theo Walcott.
We were home and dry. Newcastle United didn’t even really believe they could get anything out of the game when, deep into injury time, we got ourselves into a bit of a muddle and gave away an unnecessary corner kick, which resulted in the ball acrobatically put into the net by Florain Lejeune.
Though everyone around me seemed to know better I was honestly unconcerned. I mean, though I had no official clock in front of me I figured it must have been the 93rd minute at least. We had a restart. All we had to do was bury the ball deep into their corner flag and that would be that.
Alas, Everton are a constant disappointment, and even this seemingly menial task they are incapable of. At the restart the ball was given back to Fabian Delph. My preferred option would have been for he to roll it back to Jordan Pickford. He was very accurate in finding the stands all game and one more time would have been perfect. Instead Fabian lofted it diagonally though nowhere near the corner or the touchline. The ball remained in play. Newcastle United instantly regained possession, and Tom Davies, though I don’t recall exactly what happened, gave away a free kick on the half way line. We all dropped back. We’re now in the 95th minute. Why are we even still playing? How has this nightmare unfolded? Newcastle United even played the ball short in the first instance, and then lofted it into the box. It all seems to happen in slow motion but the ball is eventually bundled goalwards by Florian Lejeune. Being behind it in the Gwladys Street, I thought we’d got away with it as Jordan Pickford saved on what seemed to be the goal line. However the referee signalled for a goal and Newcastle United players ran off towards their supporters in delirium. Having seen a photo of the goal, I’m dumbfounded as to why Jordan is about a yard inside his own goal when it goes over the line. I’m also befuddled as to why the full time whistle hadn’t gone. It was the 95th minute of 94 for heavens sake.
I doubt my friends and I are alone in just being fed up of this same old script. Everton always find a way to ruin you. We should be used to it by now, though somehow we’re not.
It’s no excuse for the player’s surrender, but am I alone in being continually mystified by Carlos’ substitutions? I’m happy to have a manager of his pedigree. I like the way he carries himself and I’m behind him. I’m not professing to know more about football than he, but am I alone in wondering why we are having constantly unnecessary reshuffles late in games? Was it really necessary to put Oumar Niasse on the pitch? Would another centre back then not have been a better idea? Or Anthony Gordon perhaps? It’s not the first time, he’s done this in every game so far I think. He’s still getting to know his players, but the changes don’t seem logical to me.
I also read this beauty from Carlo on Twitter from his post-match press conference:
“The players are really sad for this moment. I said to them I lost the Champions League after winning 3-0, these things happen.”
We know Carlo. We bloody know.
Pickford: Nothing to do until the end but then he couldn’t do it. Poor distribution throughout. 4
Digne: Not bad in the main, though his poor clearance was a factor which lead to Newcastle United coming back in. 5
Holgate: Very good throughout but may have nightmares about conceding that late corner when it probably wasn’t necessary. 7
Mina: Very good mostly. 7
Sidibe: Did OK. 6
Schneiderlin: Mopped up pretty well. 6
Delph: Mostly quite good, but what that ball was from the restart I just don’t know. 6
Bernard: Was outstanding in the time he was on the field and deserved to be on the winning team. My man of the match. 8
Walcott: Played well on the right and also did well when played through the middle. Come to think of it, I don’t know why he’s never been given a run there. 7
Kean: Once he’d scored that goal it was as if a weight had been lifted off him and all of a sudden he was confident, taking players on and playing with freedom. Hopefully the big positive of the evening can be the awakening of Moise. 8
Calvert-Lewin: Lead the line superbly and got his rewards with his goal. Deserved to win the game. 8
Coleman (for Kean): Held his position well. 6
Davies (for Bernard): I’m not privy to his instructions of course but there was too much fancy stuff for me when he should have been more no nonsense. His ball to Lucas wasn’t the easiest for our left back, which ultimately resulted in Newcastle United’s first goal. He then also gave away a free kick for our second goal. I’m a big fan of Tom’s but his lack of maturity really showed here. 5
Niasse (for Walcott): How he has survived all this time at Everton is quite the debacle. A very poor player not fit for purpose at Everton. 4
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1 Posted 22/01/2020 at 00:22:45
2 Posted 22/01/2020 at 00:26:20
Digne is poor. His crosses is either cleared quite easily or found no one. His corner kicks and free kicks are as bad.
With 2 goals in hands I don't think it is a bad idea to protect the lead. Tactically I don't think there is anything wrong. The problem is players' application.
3 Posted 22/01/2020 at 00:36:57
4 Posted 22/01/2020 at 00:53:01
Carlo has been here for a month but surely that is long enough to weigh up the merits of Naiise.
5 Posted 22/01/2020 at 01:03:14
For we are Everton.
6 Posted 22/01/2020 at 01:12:17
We are back to zonal marking and that means every set piece spells danger.
7 Posted 22/01/2020 at 01:37:31
Putting on an extra CB merely invites more pressure and changes the shape which had been working so well. Specifically
Niasse runs around a lot and disrupts the opposition, gives them something else to worry about - I can see why he would be useful as a late sub if we are trying to kill the game.
Bringing on Coleman for Kean (with Walcott moving to the middle and Sidibie moving wide right) makes them team more solid defensively without changing the shape (which had dominated the game).
Davies is more defensively minded than Bernard - again no change in shape.
All makes sense to me. OK we somehow didn't win the game but that's down to poor game management.
8 Posted 22/01/2020 at 02:22:12
own though, eh Carlo, (just run about up front son and keep their back 4 occupied) eh Tom, not for the first time with the give aways...sometimes if it ain't broke - well you know the rest.
DCL has done his England call chances up no harm though.
9 Posted 22/01/2020 at 02:25:12
10 Posted 22/01/2020 at 02:49:04
Look, I know this was a ridiculous end to the game but there were many positive moments, too. Kean played a great game and scored a well-deserved goal. The work rate of the team was excellent and there were many coordinated team moves. Bernard had a stormer of a game and I agree Paul with him being MotM.
I question the timing of their second as it was at about 94.75 minutes when there was supposed to have been only 4 minutes of time added.
11 Posted 22/01/2020 at 04:31:01
12 Posted 22/01/2020 at 06:41:31
My son, daughter in law and 13 month granddaughter were there from Australia and as I drove to school I was well chuffed with myself predicting the right score and imagined how pleased they would be in what is a rare trip back.
What I stupid idiot I am. This is Everton of course And my family members ended up traumatized. At least pessimists get to say I told you so.
13 Posted 22/01/2020 at 07:16:06
14 Posted 22/01/2020 at 07:26:58
How did they contribute to the last minute debacle in the game. The Hit and hope ball into the box?
15 Posted 22/01/2020 at 07:47:53
16 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:28:13
We are always liable to concede from a set piece free kick or corner. So allowing Newcastle to score in the final minute from a corner was hardly a surprise. But why oh why from the restart was the ball not launched to the far corner flag? We can change the manager overnight but it takes much longer to change the players or their collective mentality.
17 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:50:48
Delph has been a disaster of a signing. He's absolutely woeful and another shocking signing by Marcel Brands
18 Posted 22/01/2020 at 08:58:08
Davies has not progressed and is a liability, not good enough at this level!
19 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:02:51
20 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:03:55
21 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:13:18
22 Posted 22/01/2020 at 09:41:16
The only positives I can take from the season to date are the new manager, DCL and Holgate.
I am hoping that I can add Kean, and the successful return of our long term injuries to the above list by the season end.
One wishes ones life away supporting this club, it's always the next transfer window that might improve things.
With regards to last night we played ok and were well on top against a very poor team and then there was a complete loss of nerve at the end of the game.
23 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:07:23
24 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:21:43
Moise scores his first goal, he was on fire. Then he gets subbed with 30 minutes left. Why?? He is only 19 and clearly wasn't spent. The opposite in fact, he could have run through brick walls last night. Then Barnard who was bossing the game. Again he was full of running and we missed his effectiveness immediately. Change the shape of the team and you have potential problems, as came to pass. To even mention Niasse in the same context as Everton is a disgrace
25 Posted 22/01/2020 at 10:28:35
Our 'Super Manager' has lost the plot and it's had to happen whilst he's our man. Trying to get odds this morning that he will be gone by this time next year.
26 Posted 22/01/2020 at 14:25:09
27 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:09:08
28 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:42:00
29 Posted 22/01/2020 at 15:55:25
To long-suffering blues this would have come as no surprise - as last March we lead 2-0 at Newcastle. On that occasion they started to play a bit earlier scoring the equaliser in the 81st minute and the winner in the 84th. Last night they were feeling more charitable and kindly let us have a point.
6 of the players who represented us in March were also involved last night - so again a decent level of consistency was maintained.
30 Posted 22/01/2020 at 16:53:23
31 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:27:59
32 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:43:57
33 Posted 22/01/2020 at 17:59:55
'Alors, mes amis; Je suis desole …. allex les bleus!
34 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:07:23
I have been to just 4 games this season Sheffield, Norwich, Leicester in the cup and last night so I am not going to waste any more cash this season and try to zone out of all things Everton until August.
I hope we can recruit some decent players in the summer and move on players like Pickford, Keane, Davies, Walcott etc
35 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:29:33
36 Posted 22/01/2020 at 18:59:14
37 Posted 22/01/2020 at 19:55:16
38 Posted 22/01/2020 at 22:49:17
Just glad that we didnt manage to lose but it feels like a defeat.
For Tom Davis sake, I hope that this lesson sinks in, as any more reckless lungs etc and I sadly think hell be gone this summer, as hes no longer a kid and should be mentally prepared.
But its not all about Tom and Jordon Pickford, dodgy kicking, punching, the whole team, must take the blame.
Now it install a new captain and get some guts and backbone and game management.
Hopefully this is the last of many bad blips this season.
39 Posted 23/01/2020 at 14:06:13
40 Posted 23/01/2020 at 23:14:46
I thought all 10 outfield players did well. Pleased for Kean, Bernard looked great and was my Motm.
The last 2 minutes are no fluke. This season we have conceded more injury time goals than any other team. We are also shite at defending set pieces so again it shouldn't come as a surprise.
Ancelotti's 3 needless subs added 90 seconds to the match. No subs would have meant clean sheet and 3 points.
Finally the goalie is glued to his line. Is a good shot stopper but poor decision maker. He inspires zero confidence. I just hope he has a good euros and spurs buy him for more than we paid. I would rather have the Stek in goal.
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