But we are of the opinion that this is more of Hughton's quickly becoming signature style of playing his hand close to his chest so we won't be guessing about the starting eleven this week. He gains nothing by tipping that hand at this point, so we think he simply isn't. If you don't get stuck on whatever overtone is making people think there will be no changes in the starting squad then you have to like the other things he has to say. We know it's all coach speak and it's all stuff one would expect to hear, but it also serves to increase our ever-growing confidence in the man at the helm.
“It’s vitally important not to over-react to the defeat,” “It wasn’t one of our best performances but we’d be happy going into future games creating the amount of chances we did against Blackpool.
“We’ve got to look past the last game – it hurt but we’ve got to look beyond that. The three games we played before then we were satisfied with the performances.”
“So we certainly feel there are more pluses than minuses in those games but, of course, it’s about gaining points.”
“You always want players knocking on the door and you want a group of lads who want to play and who’re disappointed when they don’t play,”
“What we said when the window closed was we wanted to have a squad that gave us decisions to make regarding the team selection and that is what we have.”
With the Everton off to a rough start we think it isn't out of the realm of possibility to walk away with all three points from this one. But, we also think that calling for that kind of outing would be recklessly optimistic. If we can produce any where near the same volume of chances that we did against Blackpool, and this time around sort out a way to have some go our way; we would however, feel comfortable forecasting a draw.
Match Prediction: Everton FC 2-2 Newcastle United FC
Ref: Andre Marriner (Birmingham). Last seen taking charge of United's 0-0 draw at Leicester City in January. His last three top-flight games involving Toon games were all at SJP; Defeat to Hull, draw with Wigan and win over Spurs. (Stolen again from NUFC.com, thanks.)
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