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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 3 Everton 1

5 months ago
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Tuesday night ended Newcastle 3 Everton 1.

An absolutely massive match, a proper six-pointer…and a performance that for once lived up to the occasion.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game, this time it is Davey Hat-Trick.

POSITIVES

A Proper Team Performance

The team went out onto the pitch with chests out and a belief they could roll Everton over.

Every one of the boys put a shift in, that inspired the crowd and the crowd inspired them back.

For me, it was a throwback to happier times under Sir Bobby. Stirring stuff.

The Result

Obviously the result, but this three points took us out of the relegation zone for the first time in ages, and that’s got to get everyone believing we can stay there.

Two wins on the bounce and eight points from the last four games is – dare I say it? – good form.

Matt Targett

Newcastle fans – myself included – will be raving about Trippier’s inspirational display, ASM’s magic, the sudden resurgence in Willock’s form, the continued improvement that Fraser is exhibiting and the cameo from Bruno.

You can add Matt Targett’s debut to that.

He could have been sulking after he was replaced by Digne at Villa, or he could have stayed at Villa and picked up his wages from the bench. He could have turned in a sub-par performance like Deli Alli did for our opponents.

However, Targett wanted to come here, and he looked like he’d been part of this team for five seasons. He fitted right in, and looked comfortable. We’ve struggled for a reliable LB for a long time and he could turn out to be a crucial signing.

NEGATIVES

Careful…

I’ve sat here on many occasions in the past struggling to come up with one positive, never mind three. It got to the point where the best I could do was ‘it could have been even worse’.

Well, after that performance and result, I’m struggling for negatives. Let’s say it may not always be this good.

We’ve been a poor team for a long time and there’s always a risk we could be again.

Everton were…

I hate it when people say ‘you only beat…’, as if some victories are foregone conclusions.

As it turned out, Everton were pretty bad. Alli was awful and the lad who came on for Yerry Mina wilted under the lights.

However, it was NOT a foregone conclusion. Everton won big at the weekend, had a good transfer window on paper, and have a new young manager, but they look like they will get dragged right into the relegation zone.

We’ll have tougher games than this but that’s hardly our fault.

The Stadium is Too Small

If Newcastle continue to turn in performances like that, tickets to SJP will be harder to come by than honest politicians.

I met a young lad with his mum on the way out – it was his first game. He will want to come back every week, he’ll be telling his schoolmates all about it for weeks, and they’ll be nagging their parents too.

If we are in the Premier League come August, I reckon we could sell 80,000 tickets and more.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 3 Everton 1 – Tuesday 8 February 7.45pm

Goals:

Newcastle:

Holgate (37 OG), Fraser (56), Trippier (80)

Everton:

Lascelles (36 OG)

Possession was Newcastle 39% Everton 61

Total shots were Newcastle 20 Everton 11

Shots on target were Newcastle 9 Everton 3

Corners were Newcastle 6 Everton 2

Crowd: 52,186 (3,000 Everton)

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Trippier (Manquillo 90+1), Lascelles, Schar, Targett, Shelvey, Willock (Bruno 90+1), Fraser (Murphy 82), Joelinton, Saint-Maximin, Wood

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Krafth, Almiron, Gayle, Burn, Longstaff

(Newcastle 3 Everton 1 – NUFC fan / writer reaction to this massive victory – Read HERE)

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