28.12.2014… Everton (h)…

Newcastle United 3 Everton 2

St. James’ Park… Sunday December 28th… 4.15pm

Attendance: 52,313

Ticket: £33 – Programme: £3

So… Since my last attendance, dumped out of the Capital One Cup by Spurs and beaten at home (again) by Sunderland. A season effectively over before the New Year, as we’ll no doubt field a weakened team in the FA Cup due to the ‘injuries’ we’ll pick up over the ‘busy Christmas period’…

This was also Alan Pardew’s final game as manager of Newcastle United Football Club…

Outside St. James' Park...

Outside St. James’ Park…

His time at Newcastle; one fifth place finish, followed up by a near-relegation (the pundits seem to forget about that one). A 2014 to forget; Cabaye / Debuchy gone, too many defeats, too many of them being hammerings.. oh, and embarrassing swears… and head butts…

Let’s make it clear though, he wasn’t ‘hounded out’ by the fans, most of whom realised long ago that neither him or Ashley were up to their jobs but also long since lost the motivation to be annoyed. The simple fact of the matter is, he left because he was offered twice as much money to work with a club (with which he has an affinity) much closer to home…

I won’t shed any tears over his exit, he finally lost me after the Southampton 0-4 debacle. From the day he walked in the door he was always an apologist for Ashley, and smug with it. Like the vast majority of Newcastle United fan’s though, I’m not naive enough to think that this will solve any of our problems, or that we’ll replace him with anyone with any more ability or ambition…

Inside St. James' Park...

Inside St. James’ Park…

Anyway, the game… Everton scored early, we woke up and scored three in reply including a first goal at St. James’ for Jack Colback.

Before anyone gets too excited though, I think I should mention at this point that Everton’s defending was woeful.

We could have kicked on and won comfortably but we did what we’ve always done under Pardew and tried to hold on to what we had. As a result, Mirallas pulled one back and we nearly threw it away…

So 26 points… Probably just enough for Mike Ashley to think about selling some players….

Newcastle United; Alnwick, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett (YC), TiotéColback, Sissoko, Pérez, Gouffran (YC) (Cabella 91), Cissé (Riviere 73)

Not Used; Santon, Anita, Taylor S, Armstrong, Woodman

Goals; Cisse (34), Perez (51), Colback (68)

Everton;  Robles, Coleman, Alcaraz (YC), Distin, Garbutt, McCarthy (YC) (Barkley 45), Barry, McGeady (Mirallas 61), Eto’o, Baines, Koné (Lukaku 72)

Not Used; Oviedo, Besic, Browning, Griffiths

Goals; Koné (5), Mirallas (84)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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