Date:Tuesday October 1 2013
September 30, 20:00
Everton made it 3 league wins on the bounce as they extended their unbeaten run to start the season to six games as they managed to beat Newcastle United 3-2 at Goodison Park on Monday night. The result was set up by a brilliant first half performance from Everton where a double from Lukaku and another from Barkley ensured Everton went into half time ahead 3-0. However, they were nearly made to pay for their poor 2nd half display as Newcastle managed to claw 2 goals back courtesy of Cabaye and a late Remy consolation. The win meant Everton jumped into the top 4 as they remain the only unbeaten side left in the league.
Martinez made a couple of changes from the side that beat West Ham the week before, Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku was given a home debut following his terrific performance off the bench at West Ham and another deadline day signing, James McCarthy also made his first start for his new club replacing Steven Naismith in the starting XI. For Newcastle, Pardew made one change to the side that suffered a 3-2 defeat to Hull with star man Cabaye being replaced by Gouffran in the starting XI.
Everton started very brightly in the 1st half and issued an early warning to Newcastle as Lukaku put the ball into the net inside 2mins, however he was adjudged to be offside. Newcastle, who started really poorly were made to pay 2mins later as Lukaku again found the net and this time the goal counted and gave Everton the early lead. The goal came after Mirallas managed to beat his defender and then deliver a low cross which found Lukaku, the big Belgian then put enough power on the ball to see it squirm under Krul and into the net.
Everton were nearly two goals up inside 5mins as from the restart Newcastle coughed up possession in a dangerous position and Lukaku laid it off for the youngster Ross Barkley whose shot whistled past Krul's left hand post. Everton continued to dominate a sluggish Newcastle side and were looking incredibly dangerous going forward with the link up play between Lukaku and Barkley the highlight for the Merseysiders.
It was the combination of Lukaku and Barkley which provided Everton's 2nd goal of the night after 25mins. Lukaku showed power and technique as he managed to turn his defender and begin running at goal, Barkley then made an intelligent run to get away from Yanga-M'Biwa and Lukaku then threaded a perfect through ball into the path of the English international who made no mistake with the finish calmly slotting it into the bottom left corner.
The third Everton goal came 12mins later and courtesy of some poor defending from Colocinni and Krul which enabled Lukaku to walk the ball into the net. Much has been made about Martinez's passing philosophy at Everton, however it was good old route one football on display as Tim Howard cleared the ball forward, Colocinni then made the mistake of letting it bounce and Krul misjudged his punch and Lukaku, after faking a shot to get rid of Colocinni, found himself a yard out from goal and tapping it home to give Everton a commanding 3-0 going into half time.
With Newcastle 3-0 down, Pardew made 2 substitutes with Cabaye and Williamson coming on and the Toon immediately looked brighter and they nearly punished a sloppy Everton side a minute into the first half as Gouffran was threaded through but his shot managed to bounce off the post and back out. Everton did not heed this warning and were made to pay for their poor start to the 2nd half as a wonder strike from substitute Cabaye gave Newcastle a sign of hope. The Frenchman picked up the ball from 20yds and was given too much space and time and lashed an unstoppable shot into the top right corner.
After the initial 15min surge from Newcastle, Everton managed to settle things down in what became a very open game with chances at both ends. Everton probably had the best chances during this spell with chances falling to Osman, Lukaku and substitute Deulofeu however none of them could find the 4th goal. Newcastle then made it an extremely tense finish for Everton fans as he capitalised on some poor defending from Distin and Jagielka as he managed to poke home a shot from 5yds out with 5mins to go. The on loan striker then probably had the best chance to grab which would have been an incredible equaliser, however he saw his shot flash just over the bar, as then Everton managed to ride out the rest of the game and secure the win.
Whilst you are always pleased with the result and cannot complain, the 2nd half was really worrying from an Everton perspective, the mental lapse especially in the first 15mins in the 2nd half was really poor, however thankfully Everton were not made to pay and in the end their terrific performance in the first half was just enough to get the win. After many outsiders, and even some fans predicted a tough first season in charge for Martinez, the Spaniard is proving his doubters wrong as Everton sit nicely in 4th and still yet to lose in the league. The deadline day signings were again very impressive with Lukaku grabbing the headlines, however the big money signing James McCarthy also put in an impressive first start for the Toffees, with him and Barry dominating the game especially in the first half. There are some positive signs from this Everton side, and with confidence high, they will go to the Etihad to take on Manchester City on Saturday and I think this Everton side will fancy taking something from this game as Manchester City have been very inconsistent to start the season.
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Date:Tuesday October 1 2013
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