Season 2005-06 Result
Newcastle United 2-0 Everton
 N.Solano 64,
 N.Solano 76.
Date: 25/02/2006  Venue: St.James' Park  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 51,916
Match Report Submitted on 28/02/2006 by Greavsie
We Love You Nobby......!!

After spending most of Friday and Saturday morning trying to rearrange train tickets for the Charlton trip, it made a pleasant change to get to the pub, have a couple of pints, and get back to the usual banter of matchdays. Come to think of it, I've seen more of you lot over the past couple of weeks than I have of the wife & kids. Don't we play away games anymore?

Anyway, the trip through was fine with it being a late kick-off, although it has to be said that the crack always seems better when there are snakies being quaffed. We need to sort this out. There's been a poor showing this season for some reason. Surely maturity amongst the Carrville Mags can't be spreading - we need to kick back against such accusations, and prove we're still as much overgrown kids as we've always been.

The pre-match watering hole has been a bit of problem this season aswell. With the Stage Door being shut for weeks, and only recently re-opening as the 'Cosmic Ballroom' - which has to be seen to be believed, we've been visiting various places with small groups going to one place and others venturing into other establishments. So someone suggested the new casino on Stowell Street, directly accross from the Cosmic - called Aspers. Free membership, and cheap drinks were mentioned, which sounded too good to be true. So many of us trooped in with our driving licences and passports (a photo ID was needed to join), and duly signed on the dotted line.

There's a small bar downstairs, which wasn't open, so we all went upstairs into the casino. When we got up there I think we were all gobsmacked. Its quite a place, very well done out, with everything you'd expect in a casino, plus a swanky restaurant, large screen TV, various comfy seating areas, fish in ponds (no not Cod or Haddock) and best of all buy one get one free at the bar on matchdays !!!!!!!!! Whey Heeeeyyyyyyy !!!!! Two pints of Fosters -2.40 - unbelievable. As Colin said, its like that TV advert for Carlsberg - if Carslberg did pre-match watering holes it'd be this place. Just remember to ask for two pints next time Roy !!

I just wonder how long its going to be until one of us ends up losing a fortune at roulette or blackjack. And heaven help us trying to drag Passy away from all those bandits - it would be just like Heaven for him! Of course its far too good for us, and you know someone's going to make an ar$e of himself before too long and get us all banned !!

So onto the match itself. After Wednesday night, with no Shearer again, you immediately thought scoring was going to be a problem. I thought we played generally OK in the first half, with some neat passing and build up play in midfield, and with Bowyer and Emre pushing on trying to make an extra man in attack. The main trouble was that Shola was having one of his normal games, where he reacts second best and seems to let the centre-half muscle him off the ball everytime you think there's a sniff of a chance to create something. Someone needs to tell him its a game of bloody football, not a Gentlemen's excuse me at the local village hall's tea dance. Anyway, this meant despite looking the better footballing side, most of our attacks petered out. Everton probably had the better chances to score, with two David Weir headers cleared off the line by Emre from separate corners. It looks like Weir reacted quicker and outjumped his marker on both occasions, and on both occasions it was Ameobi who was supposed to be marking him. They also threatened a couple of other times, but we managed to keep them at bay. With the half drawing to a close, the best move of the game so far, saw Babayaro and N'Zogbia combining down the left wing, pulling the ball back to Nobby who was unmarked in the box about ten yeard out. His first time side-foot effort was a bit too close to Westerveld, who managed to turn it over for a corner. A sweet move, which deserved a goal, but hey ho - all square at half-time.

The second half was better. Although Everton started brightly, their hopes of carrying on their 8 match unbeaten run were dashed when N'Zogbia broke into the box, beating a couple of defenders and pulling a ball square across the six yard box, which Nobby duly toe poked into the net. That was Nobby's fiftieth goal. We didn't have to wait long for his fifty-first. A neat move with several players managing to pass to teamates with menace and purpose (we're you watching Messrs Souness, Saunders, Murray et al) , was superbly rounded off by Nobby cutting inside his marker, and curling a shot with the outside of his boot, past the despairing Westerveld, and into the far side of the net, just inside the post. Done and dusted. Its just a shame he couldn't have managed a hat-trick, but we shouldn't be too greedy. I thought Beattie was poor throughout for Everton - I was expecting him to cause more problems than he did, and Cahill is a little to$$er, who needs a good kicking ( and could have been sent off).

Although it seems unlikely that Roeder will get the job on a full-time basis, he deserves an immense amount of credit for the way in which he has managed to get the team playing. The set up is much better, with Nobby & N'Zogbia providing much needed width and creativity, and probably as important, leaving space for others to play in. Emre seems to be relishing what is more or less a free roll to get forward at moment, unfortunately he's only got Shola to screw things up for him in attack at the moment. Scotty Parker just keeps getting better, with tigerish displays patrolling the centre of midfield snapping at any opposition player who has the temerity to go anywhere near him with the ball, and providing the platform for the more creative players to strut their stuff. The defence seems to working better also, although Boumsong still looks frail and indecisive, but they all seem to be willing to cover for each other and work as a team. To be honest, I can't wait until we get Owen and Shearer back, when hopefully the bullets currently being provided by the midfield, will surely be hitting the target much more regularly.

I had to watch MOTD just to see Nobby's goal again, and to be honest I couldn't really appreciate how good it was until I saw it on the box. It was inch perfect, both past the keeper and inside the post - very sweet indeed. Who needs to worry about having a left foot, when you have the ability to shoot with pace, accuracy and bend like that. And the look on Daivd Moyes' face made it all the sweeter.

Just in case anyone didn't catch the words to the song on the bus back, I'll put them here so you can learn them for next time:

We love you Nobby, because you're from Peru,
We love you Nobby, because you love us too,
We love you Nobby, you're black & white through and through !!

repeat ad infinitum - interspersed (at various random non pre-determined intervals at the end of verses as required) with :

der der,der,der, der de de de de, der der,der,der, der de de de de,

(word & music published courtesy of the Rainton Rascals)