After losing in the final seconds to Liverpool on Sunday, Marco Silva was hoping for a quick return to winning ways.
Everton fans appeared to be thinking it was a case of just how many goals the scousers would score, only for the game not to work out quite that way.
Marco Silva was obviously gutted after the game and moaned about the tactics used by the visitors, declaring: ‘Newcastle came here with one thing in mind, to keep a strong defensive organisation with nine or 10 players behind the ball…and they achieved what they wanted’.
Whilst Newcastle played with three centre-backs and obviously were set up to absorb pressure, the stats still showed they had five shots on target to Everton’s three.
With possession of 76.3%, their highest in 15 years, the Everton boss should be asking his own team how they managed to have 18 shots and 14 corners, yet Martin Dubravka ended up having to make only one really difficult save….although it was an outstanding one from Tosun.
As if things aren’t hard enough, Rafa Benitez was missing both wingers last night through injury (Kenedy) and suspension (Ritchie).
Marco Silva had players on the pitch such as Sigurdsson and Richarlison who individually cost as much as Rafa’s entire starting eleven.
After only two points from the first nine matches, the Newcastle boss has overseen the last six games which have produced 11 points from a possible 18. Wins at home to Watford and Bournemouth, victory at Burnley and battling draws at Southampton and Everton. Newcastle now standing an impressive fifth in the Premier League form table (last six games).
“Cenk (Tosun) had a fantastic chance.
“If he scores, the game would be different.
“Newcastle came here with one thing in mind, to keep a strong defensive organisation with nine or 10 players behind the ball…and they achieved what they wanted.
“First half we were better, second half not so well.
“The goal we conceded we reacted well to but in the second half we were more slow and a little bit more anxious. We didn’t create enough chances in the second half to change the result.”
“It was a difficult match like we expected.
“We had a better first half and we created better chances but we showed a lack of focus in the goal we conceded. We reacted well and had clear chances which could have changed the match.
“We knew what they came here to do which was to wait for our mistake. I think the stats suggest we controlled the match. To break their organisation you have to play faster and we didn’t do that in the second half. We take it game by game and our mentality is to win and do what we can.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Everton 1 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Rondon 19
Everton: Richarlison 38
Possession was Everton 76% Newcastle 24%
Total shots were Everton 19 Newcastle 8
Shots on target were Everton 3 Newcastle 5
Corners were Everton 14 Newcastle 2
Referee: Lee Mason
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo, Diame, Ki, Murphy (Perez 64), Atsu, Rondon (Joselu 74)
Woodman, Shelvey, Clark, Longstaff, Muto
Crowd: 39,350 (Newcastle 1,700)
(Match ratings from Wednesday night for all NUFC players HERE)
(The instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the 1-1 draw HERE)
(3 positives and 3 negatives from Everton 1 Newcastle 1 HERE)
(Rafa Benitez reacts to the 1-1 draw HERE)