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 Worthington Cup (3); St James Park, Newcastle; Wednesday 6 November 2002; 7:45pm
  Dyer (78', 79')
Pistone (o.g. 98')

[Dyer 1-0; Solano 2-0;
Viana 2-1; Chopra 2-2;
Robert 2-3]

Attendance: 34,584
[Everton win 3-2 on penalties]

Halftime: 0-1

Campbell (11')
Watson (85')
Unsworth (pen: 111')

[Unsworth 1-0; Watson 2-1;
Rooney 2-2; Campbell 2-3]

Referee: Mike Reily

Match Review

The Everton bandwagon continues to gather pace as David Moyes's braves overcame Newcastle at St James Park on penalties after the two sides were deadlocked at 3-3 following extra-time.  Richard Wright was the hero of the hour, saving two spot kicks and doing enough to force Michael Chopra into blasting a third over the bar as the Blues overcame David Unsworth's uncharacteristic miss to win the shootout 3-2.

It was Everton's first win on penalties since 1970 and went a little way towards making up for two successive exits after shootouts in the last two seasons.  The result also marks a fourth successive victory for the first time since 1991, although the actual match finished level after 120 minutes, so they'll have to beat Charlton on Saturday to silence the nit-pickers!

Although Bobby Robson had threatened to rest many of his best players, he put out a strong line-up from which only Alan Shearer and Gary Speed were notable absentees.  Everton handed Wayne Rooney his first start away from Goodison Park and recalled David Weir at the expense of Joseph Yobo who was presumably rested.  Allesandro Pistone and Gary Naysmith also returned to the starting line-up, with Tomasz Radzinski, Steve Watson and Kevin McLeod on the bench.

It was Everton who nearly drew first blood as early as the first minute, Kevin Campbell heading over from Lee Carsley's well-struck free kick.  The home side then had two opportunities in a minute from the midfield, Wright saving well first from Kieron Dyer and then saving Weir from a costly error by denying Hugo Viana.

With 11 minutes gone, though, Everton did break the deadlock.  Rooney won a corner, Naysmith swung it in and Campbell rose to head past Richard Harper to make it 1-0.

However, the goal did little to improve a scrappy affair and, although the hosts were playing marginally better football, they had little to show for it beyond Clarence Acuna's shot into the side-netting and a long-range effort by Dyer.  Everton, meanwhile, were forced into an early change, Steve Watson coming on for Tobias Linderoth who appeared to have pulled a hamstring.

The second half was eventually to be a marked improvement on the first.  Four minutes after the restart, Wright made another couple of good stop, this time from Lua Lua and then Viana as the Magpies began to press their home-field advantage.

Radzinski came on for Li Tie on 56 minutes and, after Naysmith had forced a wonderful save from Harper, the Canadian striker had a close-range shot deflected over the bar.  At the other end, Laurent Robert, who had come with Chopra and Nolberto Solano in a triple substitution, was put clean through but Wright snuffed out the opportunity with aplomb.

Within five minutes, however, Newcastle were ahead.  First, lax defending allowed Viana's throughball to reach Dyer and he fired past Wright to level the tie.  The England midfielder then crashed an unstoppable long-range shot into the top corner to make it 2-1 a minute later to turn the match on its head and send Newcastle on their way towards the next round.

Steve Watson had other ideas, though; after Rooney had made a terrific run down the line and cut the ball back, the native Geordie smacked home the equaliser from six yards.  2-2 and extra time was beckoning when Rooney skipped past two players in the manner which is becoming his trademark before shooting inches over and then Wright and Pistone combined in defence to prevent an almost certain goal as time ticked to the end of the 90.

The first period of extra time was just eight minutes old when Pistone buried the ball past Wright and into his own net to once again swing this now pulsating tie in the home side's favour.  But, five minutes into the second half, a Campbell shot was heading in when Caldwell punched the ball off the line and, although Rooney put the rebound ball in, the referee inexplicably pulled play back for a penalty.  Both Rooney and Campbell staked their claim to take the kick, but Unsworth stepped forward in his customary style to level things up once more and send the tie to penalties.

Having won the toss, Newcastle elected to kick first and Dyer made no mistake with his effort while Unsworth put his too close to Harper and saw his penalty saved.  Solano and Watson then scored the next two to make it 2-1 to the Magpies before Wright pulled off his first act of heroism, saving from Viana.  Rooney then got his wish, stepping forward and stroking the ball home to make it two penalties apiece.

Chopra elected to take the Magpies' third and after he ballooned over, Campbell fired Everton's third successful kick past Harper to set Wright up for another save, which he duly delivered by parrying Robert's shot to send Everton into the Fourth Round.

Richard Wright: Two penalty saves in the shootout booked the Blues place in Round 4

Worthington Cup
3rd Round
Tuesday 5 Nov
Birmingham 0-2 Preston
Man Utd 2-0 Leicester
Wigan 1-0 Man City
Wimbledon 1-3 Rother'm
Wednesday 6 Nov
Arsenal 2-3 Sunderland
Blackburn [p] 2-2 Walsall
Burnley 2-1 Spurs
Chelsea 2-1 Gillingham
Crystal P 3-0 Coventry
Fulham 3-1 Bury  
Ipswich 3-1 Middlesboro
Liverpool 3-1 Soton 
Newcastle 3-3 Everton [p]
Oxford 0-3 Aston V
Sheff Utd 2-1 Leeds
West Ham 0-1 Oldham

Match Facts
 Newcastle  (4-4-2)
 Black & white shirts, black shirts, white socks
Everton   (4-4-2)
 Blue shirts, white shirts, blue socks
Bernard (66' Chopra)
Caldwell (110' Sent Off!)
Acuna (66' Robert)
Lua Lua (66' Solano)

Subs not used:  
Given, Hughes

Yellow Cards: �

Red Cards: Caldwell (110')
(56' Radzinski) Li Tie
(39' Watson) Linderoth

Subs not used: 
Simonsen, Li Weifeng, McLeod

Yellow Cards: Weir (51'), Watson (53'), Pistone (54'), Rooney (89'), Carsley (89')

Red Cards: �


(Injured:) Ferguson, Gravesen, Rodrigo

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 On 6 Nov 2002

Match Preview

Come on, do you care about this one?  Having beaten Arsenal, West Ham away and Leeds away, moved to 6th in the table and into competition for a Champions League place, does this competition excite you?

Well it should!

Victory in this competition still provides a place in Europe and, after the start we have made, that has to be the aim this season.  Realistically, the easiest route would be through this (not-quite so) Worthless Cup.

Whilst Newcastle away would usually be a very daunting task, given that they played Middlesbrough on Monday night, visit Arsenal on Saturday, and then travel for a Champions League game next Wednesday, you have to wonder just what sort of team Granddad Robson will put out.

Actually, even their reserves could be a good side; after Dyer and Viana only saw 20 minutes of action on Monday, they could both play with Lua-Lua and Chopkra (their 18 year old Rooney � in their dreams!!) up front.

At the back, they are stretched through injuries and I imagine some new faces may be seen there.

For us?  Well, again, who really knows... but you imagine that Moyes will put quite a strong team out.

Hibbert must deserve a rest so we may see Watson; I'd also like to see Chadwick given a run and even McLeod.  Unfortunately we may also see Gemmill.

A win is extremely possible � what we don't want is extra time.  Whilst I would still take 3 points on Saturday over a win tonight, I actually believe that we can have both!

28-1 at the start of the day to win the Cup, our odds have been slashed to 14-1 today � if we win this one then watch them tumble more.  Me?  I have us at 33-1 and I think its a great bet!

2-1 to the Blues and anyone want a trip to Cardiff?



A seat in the directors box, 6 rows behind Kenwright etc (never realised just what a short fat thing he is) and eats all on NUFC.  A patchy performance by both sides.  Newcastle probably had more of the possession, but no threat in the final third of the field for the first 70 minutes with Weir and Stubbs containing any real attacking threat.  Only when Robson made his triple substitution did they try turning Everton�s defence rather than just pumping long balls up to Cort (he worked hard, but was totally outclassed by Weir).

Everton�s first was simple enough, Rooney out muscled Dabizas to win a corner.  Naysmith swung it into the far post for Super Kev to nod in unchallenged.  From that point it was pretty easy, the Toon had more of the ball but both EFC�s midfield and defence held firm.  Linderoth limped off after 40 mins (to be replaced by Watson), until which point he looked the best midfielder on the pitch, not spectacular just neat and tidy.  Half time.

Newcastle were quick out of the blocks for the 2nd half, but Everton�s back line again stood firm; the storm lasted 10 mins and then normal service was resumed.  Lie Tie was taken off partway through, I was looking forward to seeing him, but he had a poor game and never really got going.  EFC�s midfield took on an unfamiliar look with Carsley and Watson in the middle, and Radz and Naysmith out wide.  Then, disaster: a hopeful ball through the middle splits the defence, Wright was slow off his line giving Dyer enough time to poke it past him.  1-1 Then double disaster: a great shot by Dyer from outside the box gave Wright no chance: 2-1 within the space of a couple of minutes.

Cometh the hour, cometh the man as Rooney again left the Newcastle defence in his wake, a clever cut back when one-on-one with Harper left Watson with little more than a tap in.  2-2 and all to play for; extra time beckons. 

Everton had the better of the extra time, but Pistone�s own goal was a header most forwards would be proud of (a delicate looping one over the keeper and just inside the top corner).  Oh dear; 1st half of extra time over 3-2.  The equaliser was a great break by Radz (playing right midfield) shot on target had beaten Harper only for Caldwell to palm it away into Rooney's path he puts in the net, but the ref gives a penalty and sends Caldwell off (could have played advantage?).  Nails are getting well bitten by now, up steps Rhino and puts away the spot kick.  End of extra time, now penalties but the rest they say is history.

Man of the Match  Wayne Rooney (easily the best player on the pitch, pure class form 1st to last.  Only downside: got himself booked for kicking the ball away)

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