Great news when I heard the side. What a positive starting eleven. The fella to miss out was Steven Naismith. Super Kev went on the right with Phil and Ossie in the middle and as usual Peanuts on the left. This allowed Felli to support Jela
With Phil Neville operating in the middle of the park, this allowed Tony Hibbert to get a start at right back.
The bench again was so strong again with six full internationals.
The club paid tribute for the 96 with a rendition of He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother with clapping throughout. There wasn't a dry tear in the house.
Everton came flying out of the traps and scored an offside goal within two minutes. It was Kev who fed Felli just by the pen spot. Harper made a decent save but he only push the ball out to Jela who was following up to put the ball in the sack. Unfortunately he wasa fraction offside.
We were causing mayhem especially down the left hand side. Bainsey and Peanuts were on fire. And after 15 minutes we were ahead.
Bainsey goes for a one two with Peanuts. Steven doesn't disappoint with a delicate back heel into his path. He bursts into the box and blasts a whopper past Harper. What a brilliant goal
But it wasn't just the two on the left that causing all the trouble. Super Kevin Mirallas had a couple of great efforts from outside the box. He does like a shot does Super.
Everton were playing some really great stuff and even Jags got in on the act. He hit an absolute screamer that clipped the outside of the post.
Peanuts had a great chance just before the half. He wriggles past a few defenders as he got into the box. He should have passed to Leon but went for a curler that went beyond the post.
Jela had to come off just before the half being replaced by big Vic.
Everton were superb in the first 45 and had only one scare when Bainsey cleared off the line.
Half Time Everton 1 Newcastle 0
The talk at half time was the performance deserved more goals. And wouldn't you just know it Newcastle scored in the first few minutes of the half. Ossie lost it in the middle of the park and Cabaye fed Ba who easily beat Tim.
It was a serious kick in the goolies. To be fair Newcastle started this half far better. It was more of an even game that was for sure.
Felli thought he got us back into the game when we scored another offside goal. This looked a lot close than the first. It was Peanuts who set him up and Felli stroked home with his left foot only for the fat linesman to raise his stupid flag.
Ossie had decent chance but placed his shot wide and then with fifteen minutes left we scored yet again but once again it wasn't given.
It was a game of head tennis that saw Sylvain headed towards Jags. Jags headed across the goal for Victor to head towards goal. Harper made an instinctive save, the ball hit the bar and bounced over the line. The fat linesman kept his flag down.
With three minutes to go Victor gets his goal. Peanuts played it into him inside the box with Taylor right up his arse. He turned him and smashed a left footer onto the net. The place exploded.
We were still celebrating when Ba got his second with one minute on the clock. A long ball pumped up front was won by Ameobi and Ba got free to score.
It was hard to take, but we are going to have to. I'm not a happy bunny.
The first half we were magnificent and we had some lads on top of their game. The Blue Kipper Star Man was Leighton Baines, he was superb.
Full Time Everton 2 Newcastle 2