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Season 2007-08
 Everton (h) Premiership
 


 in association with NUFC.com 

Date: Sunday 7th October 2007, 3.00pm

Venue:
 St. James' Park


Conditions:
Leaden skies but only a bit of fine rain - not enough to dampen spirits.
 

 
 
07/10/2007
 

Newcastle

Everton

3 - 2

Teams

Goals

42 mins Smith inexplicably elected not to shoot when well placed in the Everton box after being put in by N'Zogbia. Smith's attempt to find Martins was blocked, but the ball broke to Butt, who shrugged off an opponent before curling a fabulous effort into the top right hand corner of the Leazes net for only his third goal in our colours. 1-0

Half time: Newcastle 1 Everton 0

53 mins Former Toon target Baines outpaced Beye and sent over a low ball for Johnson to get ahead of Enrique and force over the line from close range. 1-1

86 mins Owen's half-cleared cross dropped for Emre outside the area and the Turk lashed an unstoppable grass cutter into the bottom corner of the net before embarking on lavish celebrations with fans and colleagues. 2-1

90 mins Almost before Everton had regrouped Emre was at it again and his swooping free kick from the left flank was converted by Owen - who TV replays showed actually missed his header but saw the ball glance in off his shoulder. 3-1

90(+2) mins
The few away fans still in their places celebrated as Arteta's cross deflected off Smith, deceiving Given as it dropped down, ending up in the net via the 'keeper's hand. 3-2

Full time: Newcastle 3 Everton 2

We Said

Sam said:

"As a manager you take credit for your substitutions and I will there.

"It was a double header for me with Emre scoring with a great goal low in the corner and Michael Owen with a terrific header, so our home form gets ever stronger.

"If we keep that home record, while at the same time improving on our away form, we will keep moving up the table.

"We were our own worst enemies after half-time having completely controlled the first period. We had so many chances in the first half and wasted them all, but we are happy to have won it, although it went right to the end."

Michael Owen added:

"I think coming back in eight days to play for my club shows a bit of determination.

"I've worked hard over the past week and it's good to play a game eight days after surgery.

"It's feeling good and I'm available for both teams. It's not as if I'm pushing myself just to play for England.

"I'm fine. I'm playing without pain and will only get better. It's only a minor thing and I've still got all the stitches in. I've put in a lot of hard work and I was actually disappointed not to start.

"And she (surgeon Ulrike Muschaweck) said to push it as hard as I wanted - nothing can break down. I'm stronger than I was before the operation. It's just a question of managing the discomfort.

"Playing against Derby I felt it pretty badly and in the following game as well. I've been pushing myself through a lot of pain for the last month or six weeks now.

"But I'm feeling better for it already - I can go on the pitch now and not feel any pain.

"We've put in a decent performance. We haven't been putting in great performances, but with this crowd behind you anything's possible so it's nice to get three points today.

"However, we need to play better away and pick up more points away from home."

They Said

David Moyes bleated:

"We've conceded five goals in our last two games and that is rubbish. The goals we conceded here were rubbish.

"We had numerous opportunities to clear for the second goal and I think we could have done better for the third. We certainly had enough players around to stop them scoring.

"There was no tiredness after our Uefa Cup tie in the Ukraine. It was more down to our bad play."

Stats


The goalscoring feats of messrs Emre and Owen prompted the inevitable questions about two Newcastle subs coming on and netting in the same game.

The one previous example we're aware of was during the 4-1 win at the mackems in April 2006, when Chopra and Luque entered the fray and both proceeded to score past Kelvin Davis.

Our three goals on Sunday boosted the total of home goals we've scored in the Premiership games to 497.

Toffees in Toon - Premiership years:

2007/08 Won 3-2 Butt, Emre, Owen
2006/07
Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2005/06
Won 2-0 Solano 2
2004/05
Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2003/04
Won 4-2 Bellamy, Dyer, Shearer 2
2002/03
Drew 3-3 Dyer 2, OG (LC)
(lost on penalties)
2002/03 Won 2-1 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 6-2 Shearer, Cort, O'Brien, Solano 2, Bernard
2000/01 Lost 0-1 No scorer
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Shearer
1998/99 Lost 1-3 Shearer
1998/99 Won 4-1 Ketsbaia 2, Shearer, Georgiadis (FAC)
1997/98
Won 1-0 Lee
1996/97 Won 4-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Shearer, Elliott
1995/96 Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95 Won 2-0 Fox, Beardsley
1993/94 Won 1-0 Allen


Everton have now lost the last six Premiership games they've played immediately after being involved in a midweek European fixture.

Full record against the Toffees:
 
  P W D L F A
SJP 74 41 17 16 137 74
GP 73 19 14 40 86 140
League 147 60 31 56 223 214
SJP(FA) 1 1 0 0 4 1
GP 4 1 0 3 1 5
SJP(LC) 1 0 1 0 3 3
GP 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 2 1 3 8 9
CS 1 0 0 1 3 5
Tot 155 62 32 60 234 228

   

Waffle

It often feels like we've made a pre-season pact with Everton to allow each other a victory on home soil. Obviously that's not always the case, they've sneaked the odd win at St. James' and we've had one or two wins at Goodison.

To be honest, it was a deal I'd have happily entered into as kick-off approached. To me a win today seemed as vital as a defeat would have been critical - it was certainly an important day for Sam's new side.

A defeat to another outfit, who like Manchester City must be seen as realistic rivals, especially at home, might have been a hammer-blow to our season, coming on the back of the defeats at Eastlands and the Emirates.

However, a victory over an in-form Everton would halt the slide and send us into the international break with renewed optimism. Thankfully it was the latter.

Late goals from substitute duo Emre and Michael Owen helped us to a victory that had looked a tad unlikely after Everton's own replacement Andy Johnson had levelled early in the second half.

Nicky Butt's first competitive Newcastle goal at SJP had given us a half time lead on a day when Sam Allardyce handed first Premiership starts to Faye and Enrique.

That and the injury to Viduka allowed Smith to revert to a more orthodox forward role, while N'Zogbia moved from defence into midfield.

Cacapa returned from injury while new father Rozehnal dropped down to the bench, alongside fit-again Owen and Emre.

Having got off to a great start in our last home game when Viduka netted, Oba Martins homed in clear on goal in the opening stages of this one, only to screw his shot badly wide. Some journalists commented that they thought Martins looked a certain scorer, some of us thought he was sure to miss.

We continued to force the pace without causing Tim Howard too many problems, with his own man Carsley coming as close as anyone when diverting Geremi's low centre inches past the upright.

The opening goal arrived just before the interval, Smith electing not to shoot when well placed in the Everton box after good work from N'Zogbia.

His attempt to find Martins was blocked, but the ball broke to Butt, who shrugged off an opponent before curling a fabulous effort into the top right hand corner of the Leazes net for only his third goal in our colours.

The visitors attacked at pace after the interval and soon had their reward when former Toon target Baines outpaced Beye and sent over a skidding low ball for Johnson to get ahead of Enrique and force over the line from close range.

For a while after that Everton seemed to fancy further goals and caused a few anxious moments in our defence.

The introduction of Emre and Owen from the bench wasn't without incident, with Geremi sprinting across the field in response to the raising of "20" number board - only to then realise it was for an opposition replacement.

Martins then left the field to a mixed reception which was either booing of him, booing of Owen (certainly some of that from the away fans) or booing of Allardyce for the decision to leave Smith on the field. Take your pick. Some even thought it was booing of Emre from the away fans after last season's racial abuse allegations, although the boos accompanied Martins' departure. Certainly there seemed to be more cheers than jeers for Owen as he ran on.

Emre tried to make an immediate impression on the game by taking Owen's flick and driving into the box only to fall under challenge - although penalty shouts seemed grossly optimistic.

Owen then saw his shot turned away by Howard and from the resultant corner the unmarked Butt got underneath the cross but could only head over the crossbar.

Salvation wasn't long in coming though for United, as Owen's half-cleared cross dropped for Emre outside the area and the Turk lashed an unstoppable grass cutter into the bottom corner of the net before embarking on lavish celebrations with fans and colleagues.

Almost before Everton had regrouped Emre was at it again and his swooping free kick from the left flank was converted by Owen - who TV replays showed actually missed his header but saw the ball glance in off his shoulder.

The TV re-runs also showed Lescott appearing to play Owen onside however, from my seat bang in line I thought he was marginally off. He tried to get onside as the kick was taken but couldn't get past his defender and then saw the ball was on its way to him.

His celebration was uncharacteristically stony-faced and his initial cupped-ear gesture looked to be a reaction to the boos which he may have misinterpreted and also the voicings of suspicion that he had recovered from injury in time to play for England.

It was Owen's third goal of the season in our colours - all of which have come at the Gallowgate End.

There was still time for the Moyes boys to somehow score another, the few away fans still in their places celebrating as Arteta's deflected cross deceived Given as it dropped down and ended up in the net via his hand.

In Sheareresque style though we saw out the remaining seconds as N'Zogbia took the ball into the Strawberry corner and ran the clock down successfully.

A game slightly flattered by the scoreline then, in a contest that certainly didn't deserve five goals, including two stunners, an own goal and three scored by subs within minutes of their arrival on the pitch.

But three goals in the last few minutes are always to be enjoyed, if only as another two-fingers up to the early-leavers.

Make no mistake, this was a vital victory and if we can get Michael Owen back from his England exploits in one piece then the next four Premiership fixtures all look winnable. Having said that, we're certainly just as capable of losing them all, although defeats at relegation-threatened Reading and the mackems would certainly unravel our season spectacularly.

It's been a two steps forward, one step backwards sort of a season so far but there are definitely signs of encouragement to make the disappointments just about bearable.

Niall MacKenzie
 

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