Newcastle 1 Everton 2 – Magpies Go Down Fighting But Poor Defending

Newcastle missed a great chance to haul themselves further up the league table this afternoon, when they lost 2-1 to Everton at St. James’ Park, and recorded their 5th home league loss of the season.

Newcastle will look to their poor defending in the first half against a weakened Everton side, and the fact that they even went ahead through Leon Best after 23 minutes,  but surrendered the lead with some poor defending in the 13 minutes after taking the lead.

And Newcastle’s home form in the league this season has hardly been good, and Newcastle  have only 4 wins  at St. James’ Park in their 15 home league games – which is simply not good enough.

In the first 20 minutes or so,  it was obvious that the Everton side had come looking for points, and the visitors had the better of the initial play and were playing some good football.  And only an excellent save from Steve Harper saved the Magpies from going behind.

After 17 minutes Everton made an enterprising attack and Spanish midfielder Mikel Arteta had the ball just outside the penalty area and hit a good shot to Steve Harper’s right, but the Newcastle goalkeeper made a superb save to push the ball over the crossbar for a corner.

That was an escape by Newcastle, who were looking a bit too nonchalant in defense.

On 23 minutes Newcastle went ahead when Nolan found himself out on the left and made a nice turn to send in a low cross which was half stopped by an Everton defender, but Leon Best was where he should be, and the former Coventry striker headed in from a couple yards out for his 6th goal of the seaosn – a good goal from the Newcastle side to take the lead.

That’s now 6 goals in 12 appearances from the striker, and puts him level on goals with Shola Ameobi, and Leon is fast proving he can do a job on Tyneside.

Mikel Arteta was looking god on the left wing for Everton, and maybe that’s why Alan Pardew elected to play both Steven Taylor and Danny Simpson on the right hand side to offset the dangerous Spaniard.

On 31 minutes Everton were level when they seemed to catch Newcastle short at the back, as Arteta made headway quickly on the left before squaring the ball to Leon Osman, who made no mistake from just 12 yards out, but ti wasn’t a good goal for Newcastle to give away.

And would you believe it Everton then took the lead after 36 minutes and it was terrible Newcastle defending – just terrible.

Everton were awarded a free kick out on the left, and left-back Leighton Baines swung in a nice low free kick, and Jakielka, completely unchallenged, stabbed the ball into the back of the net from only four yards out at the far post – a very poor goal for Newcastle to concede.

On 41 minutes Louis Saha found himself straight through on goal in the inside left channel, and only another good block by Steve Harper stopped a third goal for the visitors.

And then it was looking like this would not be Newcastle’s day when after 42 minutes Jose Enrique came off, with what looked like a hamstring injury,  and Pardew brought on Shola Ameobi, who came on wearing his new protective mask.

Shane Ferguson had warmed up,  but Pardew decided to bring the big striker on, and Simpson went to left-back and Lovenkrands dropped out to the right wing, with Best and Ameobi up front, as the Newcastle manager tried to keep an experienced eleven on the pitch.

Just before half time Gutierrez put in good cross from the left wing, and Williamson got to it at the far post, but could only put it inches wide of the post – that was a good chance missed by Newcastle.

So Newcastle found themselves 2-1 down at the half,  after taking the lead at home ,  with Everton looking the better side, against a rather unusually hesitant Newcastle rearguard.

Early in the second half Shola Ameobi made a good run in the include left channel, and gained a corner which was cleared, as Newcastle trued to press for an early equalizer.

On 55 minutes Louis Saha should have done better as a good cross from the left wing from Arteta was headed over the bar by the Frenchman, who  just 10 yards out – it was a good chance for Everton, who again caught Newcastle on a fast break.

Newcastle were attacking continuously and trying to take the initiative, but they were leaving themselves open at the back, and after 61 minutes  Jermaine Beckford had a good snap shot well saved by Harper.

Alan Pardew was seen talking at length to Shane Ferguson on the sideline,  and after 65 minutes Ferguson replaced Steven Taylor with Danny Simpson reverting to right back, with Shane at left back.

On 74 minutes Newcastle were pressing for the equalizer, and they were again caught short at the back, as Everton broke quickly  and Arteta put the ball across the goal and Saha missed a guilt edged chance to put Everton two up, as he just couldn’t reach the ball just four yards out with Harper beaten.

Best again had the ball in the back of the net after 75 minutes with a good header,  but it was disallowed because of a push on Everton center-back Jagielka, and Newcastle were pressing and pressing for the equalizer, and putting Everton under extreme pressure.

And time elapsed with Newcastle at least deserving a point out of this game, but they lost a great chance to climb the league and would you believe three teams beneath them in the league this afternoon, West Ham, West Brom and Fulham all won, although Newcastle hold onto 9th place.

But the Magpies drop a further point behind Sunderland who drew at Arsenal, and a further 3 points behind Bolton who won a 3-2 thriller against Aston Villa, with two goals in the last 15 minutes – that’s what Newcastle needed to do today.

Unfortunately,  our next game is not until weeks time away at Stoke, who were surprisingly beaten 3-0 by West Ham at Upton Park today, as the bottom sides keep winning.

It was not a good performance from Newcastle this afternoon, and they are now 6 points above the drop zone – but we suppose the good news is we should have Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland fit for the Stoke game – we’ll need them.

The bottom line is that Everton got their noses in front and hung on with a good defensive display – something that Newcastle had a chance to do in the first half,  but gave away two poor goals and all 3 points – and at home too.

Not good. 🙁

Comments welcome.


Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini, Jose Enrique; Danny Simpson, Kevin Nolan (c), Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Peter Lovenkrands
Subs: Tim Krul, James Perch, Michael Richardson, Danny Guthrie, Shane Ferguson, Shefki Kuqi, Shola Ameobi

Everton (4-4-2): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Phil Neville (c), Jack Rodwell, Mikel Arteta, Leon Osman; Jermaine Beckford, Louis Saha
Subs: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Seamus Coleman, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Shane Duffy, Jose Baxter, Victor Anichebe

68 comments so far

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #1

    5 home points chucked away in 2 games. Never mind, folks, Pards will try talking (and talking and talking) his way out of it over the week with the help of Ed (aka the Voice of Pards dot com).

    I simply do not understand how so many NUFC fans still can’t see what a total waste of space the guy is. And the further away we get from the Hoots factor, the more we will lose games – fact.

    We have still more games left against ‘lesser’ teams, so we can be dragged back into a relegation scrap even now.

    PS: Will someone kidnap Tayls until we sell him…

  • Timmers09

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #2

    9 Games left, if we can get 5-6 points from the 9 we’ll be safe. I think it is bunched but over next 4 games you’ll start to see the bottom three breakaway. I’m just keeping in my head that at the start of the season most of us would have taken 17th if it was given.

    @SpotlightKid – who could we have as manager then? Who with Ashley, of better calibre would want to manage us?

  • AussieToon

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #3

    Go down fighting Ed? Wow, I must have watched a different game….

    Absolutely a disgusting performance by the lads today. We didn’t wake up at all for the first half, our goal was a run against the play and then again we switched off and Everton went bang, bang!

    Lovenkrands was anonomous today, didn’t even notice him until he tried to do the spectacular when the simple was needed.

    Steven Taylor was and is a liability. Worst on the pitch all day and the mind boggles at what the hell Pardew was thinking by playing Simpson at RM. He looked so lost. When you have a good thing going, don’t change iot. Taking Simpson away from the defence and putting STaylor who is pathetic back there well it cost us the game in my opinion.

    Nolan was terrible today, in fact the only two that can walk off the pitch with their heads held high is HArper and Tiote. Maybe Collo. The rest, hang your heads in shame. Acted and played like a team expecting a win not demanding it. Note to you all, you are not that good to do that. Today you were punished and deserved to lose.

    I am so upset by this loss. A stranglehold on safety was there and we cocked it up. Pathetic, gutless and weak performance. We start now looking over our shoulder…again. Well done lads!

    Hopefully Barton and Ireland are in the team next weak.


    *Tempted to put Ireland in for Nolan after his display today.

    Pardew can’t do what Hughton couldn’t either…improve our home record……interesting.

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal are tryin to hand it to Man Utd
    0-0 against the unwashed!!!

  • GAZ09

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Only positive now is we have a small break until the next game meaning we should have a few more players available for selection

  • tdt

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #6

    To be fair every thing that could go wrong did today:

    -Barton and Ireland didnt make it
    -neither did Ranger
    -Enrique got injured
    -Jonas got semi-injured/battered the whole time
    -Lovenkrands had a major off day
    -S.Taylor was disappointing
    -Had a goal disallowed questionably
    -Right midfield didnt exist
    -The ref had a poor game
    -Nolan kept getting in the way rather well placed
    -Crosses were crap
    -Williamson could of had a couple
    -Nolan should of had a couple

    One of those days really. Chin up… Harper had a good match! If we beat Stoke next time round we’ll be sorted.

  • nufcfan93

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Went down fighting! you joking or what! Pathetic performance!

  • GAZ09

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #8

    Looking forward to a clear out of the crap players we have and hopefully buy some quality this summer

  • Spuggy

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Pardew did nowt wrong today – I thought we played well enough with the quality we had on the pitch.

    Barton has been a huge miss – full stop. How can you jump on Pardews back for one home defeat, which is our worste result in a while against a very good team who were on there game.

    We were all thinking we wouldn’t score a goal with our front line, but best has played his part – so you have to be happy with that.

    C’mon Joey and Ireland we need you for a crucial run-in!

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Poor display!!!
    Poor tactics and choice of players today!

  • Snubs

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    Been reading the blog for a while decided today after that horrible loss to sign up..

    cannot believe pardews mistakes, i don’t see why we didn’t play 4-3-3 in the second half, putting guti on the right staying with simmo-collo-willy-enrique and then ameobi loven and best upfront .. terrible. simpson hasn’t got a clue in the world what he’s doing at RM and steven taylor needs to stay on the bench for the remaining games unless someone gets injured his marking and reading of the game is league 2 standard (no exaggeration)

  • Toon1978

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Hope Pardew don’t play Chess, he would get a pasting every time. His tactics are awful and we have to many players out of position. If the rumors are true that Barton is on strike then kick the c..t out of the club without further a do.

  • Parky

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Think some of us are getting a bit extreme here. We’ve got a lot of good players currently injured, £35mil to spend in the summer, and are safely in mid table on 36 points with 9 games left. Sure we lost today, and personally I think Everton were slightly better than us, but it certainly doesn’t call for anybody being sacked, or being described as ‘pathetic’.

  • Toon XI

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Clear out our crap players and buy replacements????? Have you forgotten who owns NUFC? Not going to happen!

  • GAZ09

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    pay Barton what he wants at least he gives all and improves the team. Look at Lovens i wouldnt pay that guy 1k a week

  • Toon1978

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #16


    Everton where mediocre at best mate. We struggle to beat mediocre teams at home. WTF is going on?????

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #17

    279coolcatcarter89 // Mar 5, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Will people shut up about ‘luck’. We were sh!t. Nolan, I’m better then that sack of spuds. Loven, can we just have Best hoy a mannikin around with him? Would be more effective. Both passengers and they p!ss me off.

    Pardew’s first big gaffe today.

    Joey, hurry up and come rescue us, sign a new contract and snatch the armband off fat Nolan.

  • Parky

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #18

    Yeah the players and manager had an ‘off day’. These things happen, but it’s not the end of the world.

  • MarkO

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #19

    coolcatcarter89: your really an idiot yourbetter than Nolan, hes our top scorer and one of our best players throughout the season, yes he didnt have a good game but he still is one of our top players. Yes have Joey as captain that would be great not! Nolan is a leader Joey isnt

  • Snubs

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #20

    should put best and ameobi upfront … i secretly hope lovenkrands gets injured so ranger gets more starts haha

  • lobacka

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Always with the pessimism, shut the f up! 2nd defeat of the year, doesn’t warrant selling the whole f***g team now does it

  • cyprus

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #22

    Snubs, u secretly hope Loven gets injured? Seriously? How about Shola? If he plays all the remaining games, statistically, he’ll get 1-2 goals, if a couple of sitters land at his feet…Please don’t play him, mask or no mask! Where was Ranger?
    Harper had a good one. Best outfield plsayers: Tiote, Jonas

  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #23

    So, what happened to all this talk about europe?
    That was fantasy – this is reality!
    We are average – and we must now battle against other average teams to stay up – we are not out of danger, and a few more games like this and we will deserve all we get – nowt!

  • Snubs

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #24

    cyprus im positive you’d prefer ameobi to loven. loven is clueless ameobi is good in the air he gives that option to enrique and guti whereas lovekrans is a 2ft kid who has the brain of a 2ft kid

  • coolcatcarter89

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #25

    Nolan, one of our top players this season? He’s an unfit lump of lard. They’re different types of leaders, Nolan cannot inspire his team when they’re in a slump, Joey can, he’s mentally tougher, isn’t frightened of making mistakes, always positively showing for the ball. Take Nolan out of the team, it wouldn’t have half the effect it does when Joey is absent.

  • IndieGeordie

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #26

    Some pathetic souls in here after todays lose! As some one who has followed the club from India – Newcastle – USA, I do not understand what you guys expect the first year we got promoted. Anything above 15th place should be considered a bonus. See what happens when 2-3 players go missing. Pardew did all the he can with the squad that is available… but may be some of the fantasy footballers here wants to play 4-3-3 or 4-2-4 or what ever!!!

    Give the team a break and support proper. Rant over!!! 🙂

  • Mac

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    Jeez everyone relax.Look we’re 9th in the prem first season after coming up. Pardes tactics and team selection were forced. Nolan was making some nice runs but was still poor. Loven was absolute garbage. If we had of had anyone with that could put a final ball in we would have won that today

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Taylor and Shola were soooo bad today.
    Shola is way too slow. Always takes the speed out of attack.

  • geordieforeva

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    crappy performance with so many misplaced passes… if we want Europe we need to show that we want it…. the 6th spot is still open with our most important game being on April 16th with Liverpool… hopefully Benny is back by then at least on the bench… one big PLUS today though… Shane Fergie looks like a top player for us… he crosses better than Jonas

  • daneevz

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    only player played half decent was Jonas! be unfair to say Pards is not a fit manager we only lost 2 games that i can remember? just he made a few wrong decisons today all be it before the game started simmo on the wing ?!?!? but if we get all these players back we can be a force but our defense is non consistent even colo looked lost today. What annoys me more is we struggle at home against weak opposition bare in mind we gave out two thrashings but id give them bk for more home games won 2-0/2-1!

  • DarloGeordie

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #31

    16/1 Newcastle to relegated worth a tenner haha…. wouldn’t dare… 6 points away from relegation, very worrying yet again.

    Any news on Enrique’s injury??

  • Robby Bobson

    Mar 5, 2011 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t usually like toi use injuries as an excuse….

    but HBA, Barton, Ireland, Ranger, Gosling, Guthrie all coming back in a few weeks will change everything.

    Jose is a big big loss, but as long as simmo plays LB not perchy then it softens the blow.

  • Snubs

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    fantasy @ 4-3-3.. after pardew plays 3 at the back with one sent off? 4-3-3 is the next best alternative when we have players injured which suit the 4-4-2 formation .. with joey out we should play our best players instead of putting players like SIMPSON in a right mid position where he is evidently bad (understatement) in

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #34

    How many times do we set ourselves up for a fall ? Worst collective bunch of results going against today as well.

    I know pardew seems to have won over most people on here, but for me the jury is still out and with his track record we’ve still got more chance of relegation than Europe. Pardew talks the talk but can he actually deliver.

    Saylor brown came straight back in for 90 mins after a lengthy injury in and disrupted a defense that had been doing ok without him. Surely there were other permutations we could have played.

    Every time we look like getting somewhere we foul up. Without Barton and Ben Arfa, we get no creativity at all from Nolan. Fine if it drops to him in the box, but otherwise we really need another playmaker desperately.

  • davis_toons

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #35

    i was just think if we counld try playing

    Shane Ferguson on the left wing,
    Jonas Gutierrez on the right wing.
    Enrique to be replace by James Perch

  • danuneek

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Whats wrong with everyone. Why is everyone getting carried away. The simple truth of the matter is we were unlucky today.

    Pardew has inherited someone elses’s squad and a newly promoted one of that. We were missing key creative players today. We lack creativity as it is, but when Barton, Ireland and Enrique are out we’re going to struggle.

    Im sure this is an area Pardew will look to strengthen in the summer. Everton had Arteta on form and unfortunately for us he was pulling all their creative strings.
    We still gave it a go, even though you could see we were going to struggle to creative any good chances.

    Also, I doubt Hughton could have done better!

    ATEOFD a midtable finish would be fantastic and with some positive signings in the summer we’ll be ready next season.

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #37

    davis toons

    you were doing so well with the first 2 !!

  • tiotal football

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #38

    some people on here change their opinions so quickly! stop being so fickle!

    everyone can have bad days at the office, yeah it’s not an excuse but you can’t go from saying how well pardew did tactically (against Bolton) and how amazing he has been doing with decisions etc to suddenly… oh he’s useless.

    wait till the end of the season before we start ripping our team and manager to shreds please!

  • Rotonda heights

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #39


    i think it’s just the frustration as we seem to get so many chances to really move up the table and always seem to blow it. I don’t know if the bottle goes or concentration or what it is. Personally thought it was daft to put saylor straight back in after a long injury in to a defence that was doing ok. Simpson is never going to be a right winger any more than perch is going to be a premiership player. Just some really weird decisions by pardew.

  • carrollsinger

    Mar 5, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Comment #40

    Loven always proves he’s not prem class simple as poor game today in defence all because pard had to put Taylor back in why change a back line that’s playing well


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