Everton 0 - 1 Newcastle
Half-time: 0 - 0
FA Challenge Cup 97/98 - Round 3
Sunday 4 January 1998
Goodison Park, Merseyside
|« Bolton Wanderers (h)||Ref: Martin Bodenham||Crystal Palace (a) »|
|1997-98 Fixtures & Results||Live on ITV||FA Cup 3rd Round Results|
|Newcastle United:||Rush (67)|
|LINEUPS||Subs Not Used|
Myrhe, Thomas, Dunne, Tiler, Ball, Cadamarteri, Grant,
Farrelly, Thomsen (71 Oster), Barmby,
Unavailable: Parkinson, Branch, Speed, Watson, Phelan, Short, Ward, Hinchcliffe, Williamson, O'Connor, McCann (injured); Bilic, Barrett (suspended); Madar (inelligible); Southall (on loan).
|Gerrard, Allen, Jevons, Hills.|
|Newcastle United:||Hislop, Beresford, Peacock, Lee, Barnes (84 Hughes), Asprilla (52 Rush), Pearce, Gillespie, Watson, Hamilton, Pistone.||Given, Ketsbaia, Tomasson.|
|Yellow Cards||Red Cards|
|EVERTON:||Grant, Ferguson, Oster.|||
|Newcastle United:||Peacock, Pistonne.|||
|REPORTS BY EVERTON FANS|
|Richard Marland||Defeat always hurts|
Rush in happy return to old haunt
by David Maddock
Newcastle slip away from brave Everton
by David Miller
|OTHER INTERNET REPORTS|
|SOCCERNET||Link to SoccerNet Match Report|
|CARLINGNET||Link to CarlingNet Match Report|
|Defeat always hurts|
I tried to convince myself that this was a no-lose situation. I trotted out
all the usual stuff the relegation battle was the important issue,
if we get beaten we can concentrate on the league. What a load of rubbish
defeat always hurts, especially in a match we deserved to get something
The eyebrow-raising abscence of Hinchcliffe caused yet another reshuffle. After the Bolton victory I anticipated a modicum of changes Kendall undoubtedly surprised me with the scope of his changes a recall for Tony Grant an intriguing central defensive berth for Claus Thomsen and a reversion to a five man defence. The line up was Myhre in goal, Thomas, Dunne, Thomsen, Tiler and Ball strung across the back, Grant and Farrelly in central midfield with Barmby slightly advanced of them and Dunc and Cadamarteri up front. Oster was dropped, no quibbles with that he has looked short of confidence and the crowd has started to get on his back. I was also pleased to see the return of Tony Grant and that Claus Thomsen got another chance.
The performance was similar to many of late hard working, solid defensively but still not playing well and looking somewhat impotent up front. In the first half we had the better of the possession and forced a whole string of corners, most of which were wasted through poor delivery by Nick Barmby. Dunc was leading the line well, Danny was causing problems up front, and the defence had a relatively easy ride the only scare being when the otherwise immaculate Thomsen got caught in possession. Despite the general competence of the display there was no real spark, we never tested Hislop and we never really looked like scoring.
Half time came and went without any real change to the pattern of the match. We continued to look competent without really looking like scoring, in fact much like Newcastle. The match turned on the arrival of our nemesis Ian Rush, he came on for the totally ineffectual Asprilla and Newcastle immediately looked more dangerous. That's not to say they were actually that good, it's just that they improved, aided by a couple of somewhat fortuitous off-side decisions going the way of Rush.
Despite never really looking like scoring almost typically Newcastle did score and naturally it was through old Big Nose himself. Gillespie hit a first time cross into the box, it took a deflection off Ball and went beyond the far post where Barnes reached it and played it against Dunne's leg from where it looped up over Myhre and into the path of the onrushing Rush and Thomsen, Rush slid in and bundled it over the line. A scrappy, fortuitous goal and one that wasn't deserved.
We still had plenty of time to secure a deserved equaliser but you never had the feeling it was inevitable. We did have a few half chances but they came to nought. Oster came on for Thomsen in a tactical switch but Oster looks like a man lacking in confidence and couldn't really do anything and there were no further options on the bench to try.
Looking beyond the pain of FA Cup exit there was still much to be impressed with in this Everton performance. True we hardly played the beautiful game but despite the rather "cobbled" together nature of the side we were resilient, organised, disciplined and hard working. We also passed the ball better than of late, particularly out of defence. I still believe that slowly but surely we are getting back on the right track.
Team 6 Although it's coming together we still aren't playing particularly well, especially in the final third of the field which is weird as I thought our front three all played quite well. Unfortunately the front three didn't link particularly well, just 3 individuals rather than a team. However lets give credit to what was a patched up, inexperienced side, they put in a competent performance and didn't deserve to lose.
|Rush in happy return to old haunt|
|by David Maddock, The Times|
EVERTON supporters must be heartily sick of the sight of Ian Rush. For years,
he haunted them as a Liverpool player, scoring 25 goals in 36 games against
the Goodison Park club, four of them in FA Cup finals, four in one match
on Everton's turf. Now, even as a ghost of the striker of the past, he conjured
another cup goal to give Newcastle United a third-round victory.
Rush now has 43 goals in the competition, a record, and rarely can one have been more welcome. Not only did it provide a the only real moment of excitment in a desperately disappointing contest, but it also offered some relief to Kenny Dalglish, his manager.
Newcastle's season has been in danger of falling apart over the past two months, but with Alan Shearer planning a return for the fourth-round tie against Stevenage Borough, the Cup suddenly looks an inviting proposition.
Dalglish tried hard not to convey such an impression afterwards, but Rush's goal and the trip to Stevenage could not fail to elicit a broad smile. "I thought fairytales never come true, but obviously they do," he said.
"It was a great result and a good reward for Ian Rush. His career may be more behind than ahead of him, but he is still sharp. He looks after himself and his intelligence paid dividends."
It is true that Newcastle appeared to be a team transformed after Rush's introduction for the desperately disappointing Asprilla - Dalglish's pointed verdict being that it was too cold for the Colombian. Rush's legs may have seized up a little, but the brain is as sharp as ever. His distribution was clever and his running even smarter as he teased an Everton defence that had looked solid for an hour.
It was no coincidence that Newcastle's first real chance of the game came within seconds of Rush's introduction in the 53rd minute, as Gillespie got free on the right and came within inches of finding Lee in the penalty area.
The goal came after 68 minutes and it had "Made in Liverpool" stamped all over it.
Gillespie, quite splendidly, met a cross-field ball from Beresford with a first-time right-wing cross. It beat the Everton defence and, with a little help from a gathering puddle, held up at the far post sufficently for Barnes, another Liverpool old boy, to loop it back across goal.
Needless to say, Rush - the old predator on his favourite feeding ground - was first to react to bundle the ball over the line. "That's his trademark - I knew he would be on the end of it," Barnes said.
Poor Everton. They have had wretched luck this season and to be sent tumbling out of the FA Cup by Rush, of all people, must be hard to bear. The truth is, though, that they did not help themselves on a miserable winter's afternoon.
Howard Kendall, the manager, had nine men unavailable, but those experienced players still standing, such as Ferguson and Barmby, lacked sufficient commitment to trouble a Newcastle defence that has staggered on the verge of shell-shock all season.
It was Ferguson, the newly-appointed captain, who grabbed a hat-trick a week earlier, who wasted the few opportunities that came Everton's way. The lively but blinkered Cadamarteri fed him with a glorious opportunity to open the scoring on 62 minutes, but the big centre forward miskicked from just eight yards out.
Worse, Ferguson failed to provide sufficient power with his head to two crosses provided by Thomas in the final ten minutes, when he would normally have been expected to score. He also shot at Hislop, in the final minute, when again well placed. Now Rush could tell him a thing or two about finishing at Goodison.
|Report © Times Newspapers Ltd|
|Newcastle slip away from brave Everton|
|David Miller, Electronic Telegraph|
NEWCASTLE won a Cup tie at Goodison of largely uninterrupted, rain-swept
ineptitude, thanks to a moment of clarity between former Merseyside colleagues
from across the park, John Barnes and Ian Rush. Any team more coherent than
Newcastle in their current mode would have buried injury-hit Everton long
before this lone goal by Rush after 68 minutes.
It could need more than the return of Alan Shearer to ensure that Newcastle survive their fourth-round trip to non-League Stevenage. The legacy of Kevin Keegan has seemingly shrunk under the care of Kenny Dalglish, who agreed that his team would not be complacent against unknown opponents next time.
The second half of a match devoid of distinction, individual or collective, was notable only for the spirit with which Everton's depleted ranks strove initially to win and then to save what had always looked a lost cause. Few clubs can carry such a burden of injuries.
Danny Cadamarteri worked beaverishly against the odds and his own lack of inches up front, and although Duncan Ferguson's head was the dominant instrument of the last half hour, he never came close to repeating last week's damage against Bolton in the Premiership.
Rain continued to lash the North West all morning and on into the afternoon, and there was standing water in some areas of Goodison's grassy pitch, though Martin Bodenham, the referee, never had doubt about the match being played. Merseyside's habitual response to physical adversity was reflected beforehand by the ice-cream vendor, who could hardly see through his windscreen, vainly ringing his bell down the deserted terraced streets that surround the stadium.
Howard Kendall, who is doing his best to salvage the club which he has previously distinguished as player and then manager, said: "It was a game of few opportunities. I was disappointed with the goal, and the manner of it, but in the circumstances I could not have asked more from my players."
There was much talk afterwards of the re-establishment of the former Anfield partnership between Barnes and, when he replaced Faustino Asprilla after 52 minutes, Rush. The reality was that Barnes had hitherto mostly been obscure, until the moment that he astutely read Keith Gillespie's diagonal crossfield pass that threaded past the whole Everton defence.
An advertisement for an energy-giving soft drink, involving Barnes, talks of the "hell" of the 90-minute game. Yesterday, the hell was primarily experienced by the spectators.
It seemed, on the incident in question, that the ball would run dead, yet it slowed fractionally in the mud, allowing Barnes to hook it at full stretch back into the goalmouth from just beyond the post. Rush, living up to his name, arrived in time to slide feet first into the back of the net in company with the ball.
Subsequently, Barnes limped off, suffering a groin strain, as had Asprilla. They must be seriously doubtful for Wednesday's League Cup appointment with Liverpool.
Kendall was justified in his wish for a more even contest in terms of player availability. Ferguson was the sole survivor of the team which won the Cup three seasons ago, while there were only two players wearing start-of-season single-figure shirt numbers. In the absence of Andy Hinchcliffe and others, Everton's makeshift central defensive trio, in a three-four-three formation, of Richard Dunne, Claus Thomsen and Carl Tiler, had been selected between them only 10 times previously this season. Every phase of the game reflected the inexperience on hand.
Yet also revealed was the poverty of technique that abounds throughout the game today, never mind that even reserve players are being paid in Lottery figures. Few players are truly masters of the ball, even when not under physical pressure, and because of the speed at which the game is played, the majority of them know only how to drive the ball: a la Stuart Pearce.
To take a specific illustration, which I discussed with Duncan McKenzie, that former ball artist, at half-time. Considering that Ferguson's head is Everton's prime striking force, they should exploit this to the maximum. Yet of four corners in the first half, not one succeeded in clearing the first Newcastle defender on the near post. For this level of performance, Sky Television is paying millions.
The early threats mostly came from Asprilla, one man who was equal to the conditions, extending Everton's rearguard and infuriating the home crowd. Tony Grant was booked for a particularly wild tackle on the Colombian, following a gross error by Thomsen, and some minutes later the lenient Bodenham, who later was to take seven names, saw nothing wrong when Asprilla was blatantly run off the ball by Tiler just outside the penalty area.
At the other end Cadamarteri and Nick Barmby were running plenty but achieving little. With Asprilla's departure early in the second half, Newcastle's edge on the match declined, Everton began to prosper. Sadly for them all their energies were punctured by Rush's moment of opportunism. When Cadamarteri rounded the defence two minutes from time to pull the ball back into the path of Ferguson, Everton's captain was smothered by Hislop.
|Report © The Electronic Telegraph|
|RESULTS (Round 3)|
|Monday # January 1998|
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR - FULHAM
|Sunday 4January 1998|
CHELSEA 3-5 MANCHESTER UNITED 34,792 Le Saux (78) Beckham (23, 28) Vialli (83, 88) Cole (45, 65) Sheringham (74) EVERTON 0-1 NEWCASTLE UNITED --,--- Rush (67) HEREFORD UNITED P-P TRANMERE ROVERS --,--- WIMBLEDON 0-0 WREXHAM --,---
|Saturday 5 January 1998|
Full-time scores for Sunday, January 4 1998 Full-time scores for Saturday, January 3 1998 ARSENAL 0-0 PORT VALE 37,471 BARNSLEY 1-0 BOLTON WANDERERS 15,042 Barnard (26) BLACKBURN ROVERS 4-2 WIGAN ATHLETIC 22,402 McGibbon (og 20) Lee (62) Gallacher (37, 60) Lowe (68) Sherwood (48) AFC BOURNEMOUTH P-P HUDDERSFIELD TOWN --,--- BRISTOL ROVERS 1-1 IPSWICH TOWN 8,610 Beadle (36) Stockwell (71) CARDIFF CITY 1-0 OLDHAM ATHLETIC 6,635 Fowler (18) CHARLTON ATHLETIC 4-1 NOTTINGHAM FOREST 13,827 Robinson (38) Van Hooijdonk (56) Brown (42) Leaburn (64) Mendonca (75) CHELTENHAM TOWN P-P READING --,--- CREWE ALEXANDRA 1-2 BIRMINGHAM CITY 4,607 Rivers (31) Furlong (pen 22, 55) CRYSTAL PALACE 2-0 SCUNTHORPE UNITED 11,624 Emblen (45, 87) DARLINGTON P-P WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS --,--- DERBY COUNTY 2-0 SOUTHAMPTON 27,992 Baiano (pen 68) Powell (73) GRIMSBY TOWN 3-0 NORWICH CITY 8,161 McDermott (25) Woods (48) Donovan (76) LEEDS UNITED 4-0 OXFORD UNITED 20,568 Radebe (17) Hasselbaink (pen 45) Kewell (71, 72) LEICESTER CITY 4-0 NORTHAMPTON TOWN 20,608 Marshall (17) Parker (pen 26) Savage (53) Cottee (58) LIVERPOOL 1-3 COVENTRY CITY 33,888 Redknapp (7) Huckerby (45) Dublin (62) Telfer (87) MANCHESTER CITY 2-0 BRADFORD CITY 23,686 Rosler (35) Brown (42) PETERBOROUGH UNITED P-P WALSALL --,--- PORTSMOUTH 2-2 ASTON VILLA 16,013 Foster (6, 40) Staunton (41) Grayson (88) PRESTON NORTH END 1-2 STOCKPORT COUNTY 12,180 Ashcroft (pen 71) Angell (30, 48) QUEENS PARK RANGERS 2-2 MIDDLESBROUGH 13,379 Spencer (6) Hignett (33) Gallen (75) Mustoe (63) ROTHERHAM UNITED 1-5 SUNDERLAND 11,500 Garner (68) Phillips (pen 15, 55, 72, 76) Quinn (85) SHEFFIELD UNITED 1-1 BURY 14,009 Fjortoft (65) Gray (7) SWINDON TOWN 1-2 STEVENAGE BOROUGH 9,422 Walters (6) Soloman (23) Grazzioli (65) WATFORD 1-1 SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY 18,306 Kennedy (65) Alexandersson (64) WEST BROMWICH ALBION P-P STOKE CITY --,--- WEST HAM UNITED 2-1 EMLEY 18,629 Lampard (4) David (56) Hartson (82)