Demba Ba breaks Everton’s hearts with a double as Newcastle pick up a point at Goodison. Steven Pienaar supplies the assist for both the Toffees goals, while Leighton Baines opens his account for the season in the 2-2 stalemate:
Team Skin must have feared the worst after Alan Pardew rolled out a 4-2-3-1 with Papiss Cisse named as the lone frontman. A change of tactics at half-time saw Ba climb of the bench to bag a brace and rescue a point for the Magpies, he’s currently on 25 points and with a home clash against Norwich and a trip to Reading to follow, that £12.8m price tag may start to reap some points. While Ba thrives in a more central role, Papiss Cisse continues to falter – after a superb second-half of last season, the latter looks a forlorn figure right now. The goal hero hinted that he’s not best pleased with matters right now, however:
“It was good getting a draw because it was difficult. I was determined because lately I was not so happy with some of the things goings on. But after the bad comes the good.”
Grabbing the opener in last night’s draw, the left-back was superb again and moved ominously up the Fantasy scoreboards with his first goal of the season. Along with Steven Pienaar, Baines caused Newcastle no end of problems in the first half. Bought for £12.1m by The Deaf Offenders, Baines is set for a strong set of fixtures – he welcomes (SOT, SUN, NOR) to Goodison and travels to (wig, qpr, rdg) over the next nine Gameweeks.
The South African continued his accomplished start to the season by providing a pair of assists last night. Pienaar has maintained an average of more than five FPL points per game – a continuation of his form on-loan at Goodison during the second half of the previous campaign.
The Croatian took a bit of a battering from the home defence and the woodwork before being subbed off just before half-time. Post-match reports suggest Jelavic left Goodison on crutches but David Moyes would only say:
“”He banged the side of his knee against the post…I’ve not had the outcome – hopefully we’ll get that tomorrow – but I don’t think it’s too severe.””
Right now, it’s a real concern for The Deaf Offenders – with a superb run of fixtures over the next couple of months, Jelavic could be primed for some strong returns. Any possible absence could afford Kevin Mirallas of Gordon’s Alive a chance to lead the line – the Belgian was handed his first start for the Toffees last night and looks in the driving seat to profit from any Jelavic injury, though Victor Anichebe done his chances no harm with his side’s second – he also had a goal wrongly disallowed last night after climbing off the bench. Anichebe is currently available for £6.1m.