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).

Marco Silva:

“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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Fernandez, Lascelles, Manquillo, Diame, Ki, Murphy (Perez 64), Atsu, Rondon (Joselu 74)

Unused Subs:

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)

  • Paul Patterson

    Awww, diddums. Did the £150m team fail to beat the one in profit? Bless . .

  • TheFatController

    Paraphrasing – they are organised, didn’t risk anything but knew they could punish a mistake.

    And that’s why we love Rafa. Maximising what we have available. do exactly what they don’t want you to do. And do it well.

  • Billmag

    Boo Hoo, if Rafa had half the riches available that Everton had maybe we would be above them in the League.

    • Paul Patterson

      Looking at what they’ve spent over the last two seasons on players, it’s £20m on three or four, £35m on one, £40m on another. It’s quite frightening. Yet our owner says we can’t compete with Man City. The reality is we aren’t in the same universe as Everton . .

  • Wor Lass

    He wasn`t moaning. He was actually more critical of his own team in saying they lacked focus for our goal and were too slow and anxious in the second half. Jackie, you don`t actually have to bad-mouth the opposition and make up things about them for people to read these articles. Most of us are so sad we haven`t got anything else to do anyway!

    • Squintytoonarmy

      Spot on – I was going to say the same

    • Ram Kishore

      U beat me to it

  • Ram Kishore

    For godsake he was not moaning,
    why are the headlines so misleading and trying to portray the opponent’s Manager in the negative way.

    • tom

      Here here…

    • KennySamsung

      I agree, however I find it annoying when a manager tries to find an excuse why his own team hasn’t won a game in respect to how the other side played.

      We did a job on them and it was up to him to get round it, he didn’t and should acknowledge that in a positive way. One day we’ll go there and attack the whole game anc get a draw probably 😁

  • Mxpx

    It kills me to see us going to Everton with this small club park the bus mentality I think his comments are very balanced in truth

    • Kneebotherm8

      This owner has reduced us to a small club………that’s a fact not an in the mind thing……..and we do need to park the bus if we’re to achieve results and survive in this division………West ham took us apart when we tried to take the game to them………Everton have invested even more than West Ham in their playing squad along with forward thinking big clubs like Bournemouth……

  • Themoscow72

    For years we have gone to Everton and been beaten. Remember going to Everton in the quarter final with your idol Keegan in charge and did not turn up lost 1-0 pathetic performance . Give the lads credit and well done Murphy.

    • Colin Marr

      was when Raul Fox missed a sitter?

    • Paul Patterson


      • Kneebotherm8

        Not sure who the idiot is referring to there………

    • Brian Standen

      Ruel Fox missed an absolute sitter that day!

      • Wezza

        Did your mate really just sarcastically refer to Keegan as your idol?
        No NUFC fan hates Keegan.

        • Brian Standen

          I think he did lol

          • Wezza

            No genuine toon fan hates Keegan.

    • drc74

      hmmmm whos the better idol, keegan or ashley, ooops sorry spxnkster, i meant mike

  • Kenny

    He came up against the master,
    what did he expect Nufc to go at them all guns blazing.
    with our squad Rafa has to play the long game & we haven`t got £50m strikers.
    don`t cry when you come up against a World Class manager look & learn.

  • Rich Lawson

    Your sour face at the top says it all.Show some class.the other manager with the inferior!!? team beat you out the ground for tactics.

  • Tino o

    If only atsu wasn’t so [email protected] we could have made these lot suicidal

  • Toontaff

    I did say 9-0-1!

  • KennySamsung

    Why couldn’t he just praise Rafa and the team for achieving a draw away from home which is great under any circumstances, we did try to win the game and could have done but for some weak finishing. Don’t like Everton, don’t like their manager!