Newcastle did not play well against Everton yesterday, and threw a great chance away for a home win, which would have been only our 5th league win at home this season, but it wasn’t to be.
Jose Enrique – has a hamstring injury
Even after Everton had started as the better side, Newcastle still managed to go ahead after 23 minutes with another decent goal from Leon Best, but then in the space of just 13 minutes the usually reliable Newcastle defense gave two poor goals away, and then we were chasing the game.
And it didn’t help that Jose Enrique limped off in the first half with a hamstring strain, and Pardew had to replace him with Shola Ameobi as Danny Simpson went to right back and Peter Lovenkrands went out on the right wing.
Danny Guthrie must be wondering where he is in the pecking order at Newcastle, because with Joey Barton, Stephen Ireland and Ryan Taylor all unavailable (and we’ll not even mention Ben Arfa and Dan Gosling), he still didn’t get a game yesterday.
And even though Newcastle attacked continuously in the second half, they left themselves open at the back, and for all the Newcastle territorial pressure it was really Everton who had the better chances in the second half, and they should have taken some of them to further increase their lead.
But this home defeat brings to light our poor home form this season, and in 15 home league games we have just 4 wins – which is not good enough, it’s as simple as that.
We had hoped after the good Birmingham win, that we could get some points from our two home game against Bolton and Everton, but alas we ended up worth only one point and we have just one game still to play in Match, so this defeat will stay with us for a couple of weeks.
The next game is at Stoke City, who are struggling much like Everton were before they met Newcastle yesterday.
So that will be a difficult game, but every other team seems to be able to beat Stoke, who have just one point from their last 4 games, but Newcastle always find it difficult against Stoke, for some reason.
Since they beat us 2-1 at home, we have a score to settle with the Potters at the Britannia Stadium.
After the Stoke game on March 18th we have to wait another 2 weeks until we take on Wolves at St. James’ Park on 2nd April and Wolves have only won one and drawn two and lost 11 of their games on the road this season, so surely we can win that one.
Newcastle still need at least 6 points to be safe in the league and teams beneath them, Fulham West Ham and West Brom all won yesterday, albeit against teams also below Newcastle in the league.
And Wigan continued their downward spiral as they lost 1-0 at Eastlands, and they played their hearts out in the second half looking for an equalizer, but unfortunately their players just don’t seem to be good enough.
In Newcastle’s last 4 home games we have just 3 points out of the 12 available and that is simply not good enough, and of course it was a bad time to lose yesterday, with so few games coming up and we see the doom and gloom merchants have come out in force since the final whistle went.
Where are they when we win?
Newcastle should be okay this season, but we need Joey Barton back into the fray, and we’re not sure how severe Jose Enrique’s hamstring injury is, but it would be unlikely he can make the Stoke City game.
The bottom line yesterday was that it was not a good display by Newcastle and the defense looked far too porous, and it was certainly a very disappointing result, after our hopes had been high before the game.
But we have to keep all this in perspective – we’d have been very happy to have been in 9th place in the league after 29 games played and 6 points above the drop zone, with a much superior goal difference than the bottom sides.