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Season 2012-13
Everton (h) Premier League

In association 

Wednesday 2nd January 2013, 8pm  
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park



Newcastle United


1 - 2




2 mins Tim Krul's upfield hoof bounced up and over Johnny Heitinga and Shola Ameobi before reaching Papiss Cisse, who got beyond the idling Leighton Baines nodded the ball over the advancing Tim Howard and into the Gallowgate End net. 

The home crowd's reaction  was a mass shout of "are you watching Demba Ba" - the only mention of the absent soon-to-be-former Magpie. 1-0

mins Gaining a free kick after the merest of contacts on Fellaini by Coloccini and Tiote, 
Leighton Baines rifled in a thunderbolt free kick from 30 yards that curled towards and then away from Krul en route to the top corner of the goal - shades of Roberto Carlos.  1-1

Half time: Magpies 1 Toffees 1

mins Everton pushed down their left flank over halfway and Marouane Fellaini flicked the ball to the advancing Nikica Jelavic. He took on Coloccini and whipped over a low cross that eluded Williamson, falling nicely for Victor Anichebe to thread home ahead of the inert Santon 1-2

Full time: Magpies 1 Toffees

We Said

Alan Pardew said:

"Let's be honest, we have had an awful run, but I thought tonight we gave a really honest account and we can't ask for more than that from the players we had on the pitch.

"But in the end, Everton had a bit more guile, a bit more experience and a bit more quality, and that's what we need to bring back.

"We have played Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton, three really, really top teams without our best team, far from it, but we have to take heart from the performances we are giving.

"But that ain't enough. We need some new bodies in, we need some bodies out of the treatment room and we need to get our best side back on the pitch because we won't hide from the fact that we are right in it now and we have got to get out of it.

"I would like, if possible, to have a player with real power and pace (to replace Demba Ba). Sometimes, we lack a little bit of pace.

"Obertan brings that to the team, but when Gabby is not in the team, thatís something I would like to see in the player that comes in because that will help Papiss, and also somebody who is going to threaten at set-plays because it has been a weakness for us.

"But itís easy to say what I would really like - itís what I can get in this window and the options are not numerous. There are only a few players, really, who are available.

"There is a positive because if he
(Ba) had gone with two days to go of the window and we hadn't got a replacement in, suddenly we are in real trouble. We have got time and hopefully that will work in our favour.

"Demba has been honourable. When he came, there weren't too many people queuing up. I took the opportunity to take him and the clause that went in made a lot of sense at the time for us and for Demba, of course.

"If he hadn't worked out, maybe as well as he has, then it would have been a great deal for us. But it worked out even better for him because he has scored loads of goals and the clause has kicked in and he's moved on. We were all straight and fair with that and there has not been any problem."


They Said

David Moyes commented:

We had to do it the hard way again, unfortunately, but that has been the way it is. They've got a bundle of character, they've got great attitude. The result was right in the end.

"It was really poor defending (for Cisse's goal) and we should have dealt with it better. We expected them to come out strong and they did. But I have got to say, apart from that we were fantastic with our football. How we didn't go in at half time a couple of goals up I don't know."

"You can only ever go onto the next game/ We'll try and keep going, take it one game at a time; it's very simple. If I had a crystal ball and said we're going to have a great second half of the season, that'd be great, but I don't, so we have to prepare for every game as if it's our last and hopefully keep picking up three points

"I've always thought Ashley Cole is the best left-back in England, with Leighton just behind him, but the gap is closing. He came up with a worldie, but could have had more. In fact, he's disappointed not to score three.

"I thought it might galvanise them, I thought they'd come out and give it a real go. We conceded a really sloppy goal early on but then played really well and warranted a few more goals. It was a great moment for Victor, when he scored. He has goals in him and can make a great contribution, but he needs to believe in himself a bit more."



Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:

2012/13 Lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 Won 2-1 og(Heitinga), R.Taylor
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Best
2008/09 Drew 0-0
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
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

Full record against the Toffees:

  P W D L F A
SJP 78 42 18 18 141 79
GP 78 20 16 42 93 150
League 156 62 34 60 234 229
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 162 64 35 63 242 238

Three Minute Heroes - quickest NUFC PL goals scored:

3 minutes:
Apr 1994
Leeds United (a) Andy Cole
Apr 1994 Liverpool (a) Rob Lee
Nov 1995 Liverpool (h) Les Ferdinand
Aug 1996 Wimbledon (h) Ron Batty
Feb 1997 Leicester City (h) Robbie Elliott
Jan 2000 Southampton (h) Duncan Ferguson
Apr 2002 Aston Villa (a) Alan Shearer
Oct 2003 Birmingham City (a) Jermaine Jenas
Dec 2003 Portsmouth (h) Lee Bowyer
Dec 2006 Spurs (h) Kieron Dyer
Oct 2012 mackems (a) Yohan Cabaye

2 minutes:
Aug 1997
Sheff Wednesday (h) Tino Asprilla
Sep 2002 mackems (h) Craig Bellamy
Feb 2006 Aston Villa (a) Shola Ameobi
Apr 2006 Spurs (h) Lee Bowyer
Sep 2007 West Ham (h) Mark Viduka
Feb 2009 West Brom (a) Damien Duff
Feb 2011 Birmingham City (a) Peter Lovenkrands
Jan 2013 Everton (h) Papiss Cisse

1 minute:
Jan 1996
Arsenal (h) David Ginola
Jan 2003 Manchester City (h) Alan Shearer
Mar 2004 Charlton Athletic (h) Alan Shearer

Nile Ranger made his first senior appearance at SJP since a 2-1 victory over Birmingham City back in May 2011.



So, 2013 began as 2012 had ended, in defeat for a Newcastle side once again undone by defensive frailties after the best possible start. And while referee Martin Atkinson hardly ingratiated himself to the home support with some dubious decisions, ultimately there were few complaints about the manner of our ninth defeat in eleven games. 

Preparations had included Demba Ba and when he was withdrawn from the squad hours before kickoff as confirmation of his negotiations with Chelsea was received, Alan Pardew opted to keep his inital game plan, fielding Shola as a direct replacement and leave Cisse out on the right flank.

In defence meanwhile the absence of Danny Simpson saw James Perch move to right back, Mike Williamson returning at centre half following suspension. And the return to fitness of Vurnon Anita meant that Gael Bigirimana was demoted to the bench, as Gabriel Obertan and Sylvain Marveaux retained their starting places.  

Given the best possible start by Cisse's header, this was a game that should have been wrapped up in a first half dominated by United, Perch heading against the post and Vurnon Anita inches away from turning in Davide Santon's cross. 

That failure to punish a sluggish Toffees side with a second goal was to prove our undoing though and they began to push forward as the half wore on - Krul saving an earlier free kick from Leighton Baines before he was beaten by an outstanding effort, albeit one from contact between opposing players that just didn't look like a free kick. 

Atkinson had also angered supporters by denying Shola Ameobi a first half penalty, but if anything his fall was too accomplished - and by then, the collective feeling was that we'd have to produce a death certificate in order to get a favourable decision from the whistler. Certainly the contact on Shola by Neville was greater than by Coloccini and Tiote on Fellaini in the run up to their equaliser. 

But there were no excuses for the way that United were carved open on the hour as newly-arrived substitute, Victor Anichebe (Everton's own Shola - another long-staying, occasionally inspired Nigerian-born forward) netted against United again - obviously still intent on punishing us after a career-threatening leg injury in a reserve game at Kingston Park some years back. 

Ameobi and Santon wasted glorious chances to salvage a point but the home side looked more and more desperate as the game wore on and when Nile Ranger replaced James Perch, the big hoofs forward were more embarrassing than incisive. Sylvain Marveaux meanwhile struggled to make any impact on the game could only hit the wall when the opportunity from a free-kick came along.

Obertan had also failed to make much headway but tested Howard at his near post before he was replaced by Gael Bigirimana - that replacement and the introduction of Sammy Ameobi and Ranger smacking of desperation, although Sammy occasionally threatened to dance his way through the Everton defence wide on the Newcastle right. 

Cisse had a header that was blocked and almost lashed in the rebound but Santon should have played in the number nine, instead of trying to beat Howard at the near post late on. Struggling for service, the opportunity seemed to present itself for a straight swap between Obertan and Shan Ferguson on the left wing, but after his square peg / round hole cameo in defence at Arsenal, the Northern Ireland international was left to cool his heels. Whatever that means. 

Quite what imminent signing Mathieu Debuchy made of it all isn't known but his arrival can't come soon enough to strengthen our increasingly fragile back four. Searching for positives from the wreckage of another reverse, the arrival of a second player from Lille surely must remove lingering doubts about the SJP future of his pal Yohan Cabaye - a rare recent entry in the plus column.

A fifth home defeat of the season (only two less than the total in the whole of the 2008/09 season) leaves us just two points above 18th placed Wigan. And although the mackems were also beaten, QPR's shock win at Stamford Bridge is another reminder that the teams below are catching us.

And as for the cup trip to Brighton, despite the fact we'll be trooping to the far end of the country, the prospect of defeat seems almost preferable to what would be publicly portrayed as a morale -boosting victory - but one that condemns us to at least one extra game. 

The worst case scenario would be a draw and a replay sandwiched between pivotal games against Norwich and Reading - and if we're in that Fourth Round draw on Sunday, it's almost inevitable that we'll be handed a trip to one of the clubs that we've had a recent howking at. Or bloody Chelsea.  

This pointless exercise against Everton has now almost condemned us into discarding the Europa League campaign entirely - a massive shame, but the writing is now on the wall in terms of our Premier League future and Alan Pardew is now finally being listened to by his employers - what a shame that they presumed to know better than him last summer. 

It's not too late to turn this round, but without the required bolstering of the squad this month, then the loss of our top scorer could be the final nail in the coffin. Happy new year? Ask me in May. 


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