Newcastle Didn’t Deserve Anything Against Everton

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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • bills-son

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #1

    It will be a scrap until the end of the season as this is starting to look like the tightest relegation fight in tears – possibly 12 teams still in it.

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Who is it that keeps saying “this game should be an easy win for us” or “that game should see us win all three points”? Is it you Ed? Well if it is please stop it. I think we have now all realised that there are no easy games or points in the PL.

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #3

    A bit of an inaccurate artice Ed lol

    Stoke play at the Brittania Stadium not the Hawthornes

    Guthrie has just come back from a hamstring injury so maybe he didnt feel fit enough.

    Besides that poor performance yesterday!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #4

    I corrected that – thanks.

  • geordieboy1982

    Mar 6, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #5

    Sorry Ed didnt mean to sound pedantic!!

  • stuart no9

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #6

    ed your comments make me smile
    ” the doom and gloomers are out in force”read your article back, it is nothing but doom and gloom from the first word till the very last , youve said in a full article, what most fans say in a few lines, talk about jumping on the doom and gloom bandwagon ed

  • Spuggy

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #7

    Listen, this was a semi-decent performance for a weakened team who were good in flashes. Remember we did but two balls in the back of their net – we were all wondering where the goals were coming from a few weeks back.

    I have total confidence with Joey back and Ireland coming into contention that we’ll be fine.

    Bad day at the office, no luck with injuries to Enrique, Jonas and Barton, such was our luck today.

    All of our injured players are in the midfield positions and that’s where you win and lose games usually, an certainly where we lost this one.

    Bring on stoke, and fingers crossed for the Enrique, Joey and Ireland as we’re gonna need them badly in the run in.

    Keep ya spirits up not the end of the world, we will get 10 points at least from remaining games I am sure of it.


  • shear-class

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    I thought we bossed the game 57% to Evertons 43% to be fair to Everton they created a couple of better chances than we did in the final 3rd and we also gave Evertons bright spark Arteta to much time and space on the ball in those areas

  • Brutooon

    Mar 6, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #9

    last two home games, we score first and let the opponents score after that.

    i am holding that smile until we got 40 or maybe 42 points….

  • jimmymagpie

    Mar 6, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #10

    Ireland said in a radio interview yesterday that he expects to be out for another month, and wants to return to Villa in the summer to prove a point to Houllier. A total tosser who should have been sent packing when he failed his medical, but the club panicked, when they sold you know who. This is going right to the wire, and stop saying what games we should win. We should have beaten Blackpool, Stoke, Wigan, Blackburn, Fulham at home , but did we? It’s like 2 years ago, goals mean points, and we aren’t scoring enough, having failed to add to the options in January, unlike West Ham, in fact we weakened our striker options.

  • Sav

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #11

    I’m beginning to wonder what sort of message to the likes of Ranger and Ferguson is conveyed by having a furball like Ireland around the place.

    Pardew was imaginative in switching formations around and credit for that. I don’t think the personnel pulled it off, switching wingbacks and 3 at the back. Nolan was effective up front in the first half but withdrawn in the second and Lovenkrands didn’t manage to make an impact at all yesterday. It all seemed to leave a helluva lot of ground for Cheick in the middle of the park to cover. He’s good but…..

    The other thing about it is it should explain to Ashley why a 3 year contract needs to be in front of Joey tomorrow.

  • Spotlight Kid

    Mar 6, 2011 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #12

    jimmymagpie@10:’A total tosser who should have been sent packing when he failed his medical..’

    Once again, Jim, bang on the money.

    However the problem goes back further than January. The writing was on the wall for Hoots when Ashley failed to back him & improve the squad over the Summer. I was fuming at the time when we picked up Perch (a no-hoper), Gosling (a crock) and the codger Campbell as an excuse for squad strengthening. Tiote was a good spot, but we really needed a LB & 2 strikers at that point as Best was injured.

    Now all we need is the admirable Best to pick up a another knock and we are well and truly stuffed. Ashley is too much of a gambler to run a Prem club, he expects cut price on everything. Well it might work with SportsDirect (feel the quality) but in the end pile ’em high and sell ’em cheap while paying peanuts is a flawed ownership policy.

    Cashley didn’t deserve Hoots – but he will deserve every bit of crap that will hit him if we end up sliding back down again. Even if we don’t, I suspect Joey and Jose have already made their minds up on suffering the penny-pinching but profitable mid-table purgatory that Ashley seems to be gearing us up to as his favoured business model.

  • solano

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    Spot on Spotlight!……..bills-son (post 1) seems to have sobered up a bit in the last few days…..he’s Mike Ashley’s greatest fan and I feel he may be sensing the dawn of reality and be disappointed in the summer……..that journey will have taken him four years, where those who have their eyes open, got to that conclusion a fair bit earlier…..

  • mik

    Mar 6, 2011 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Until fans start seeing the reality on the field, and having the courage to express their views that are contrary to what the world and his wife in the football world’s conventional world says/thinks, we are done for … here goes … Tiote is THE disaster waiting to happen every game. Have you ever seen a defensive midfield player prance about doing liitle party tricks in vulnerable positions on the field every game, and losing the ball/misplacing passes in said positions every game?! He cost us TWO goals yesterday, one the game before. How many now in total now, 6 isnt it?! He is Mr Liability personified. And he cant tackle very well, can he; and his defensive positioning isnt too great; and …er …doesnt create very much, ever. And we’ve just signed him up for 6 years. on 50k. And most of the geordie nation has been jumping up and down in orgasmic delight since the news. most fans think he’s great, so skillful, and he IS, of course. But he could take us down, mark my words, cos he really is, so poor, self-indulgent, and has such limited judgement – and never LEARNS from his mistakes whatsoever. a few people on here have mildly criticised him, but yesterday was really really dreadful. And i doubt Pardew does anything about these constant errors.

  • bills-son

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #15

    solano – bills-son (post 1) seems to have sobered up a bit in the last few days…..he’s Mike Ashley’s greatest fan and I feel he may be sensing the dawn of reality and be disappointed in the summer.

    Solano, calm down.

    I havn’t changed my opinion -or posts – on anything. We have been in a relegation fight since the first day of the season – all sober Toon fans knew that survival was the aim this season. One defeat nor one win changes anything until we have 42/43 points and we are safe.

    I still believe MA is now managing our club well – you don’t – time will tell who is right.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 6, 2011 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #16


    i have to agree with you to a certain extend. Tiote can be a liability sometimes. But how can you say he cost us a goal yesterday? Knocking a player down and giving away a free kick is common every game. And the free kick was quite a long way out to be a very direct threat.

    Unless of cos he gave away a free in the edge of the box which didn’t happen. It was no way his fault. The quality of the freekick by Baines was excellent and our defending of it was pathetic.

    And he misplaced only a few passes yesterday. Tiote is 1 of our best performers. Let it go.

  • solano

    Mar 6, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #17

    TIME!…….. bills-son……….a bit of foresight in January and a progressive strategy would have avoided the scrap and the wearing of lead underpants through April and May……regardless of the AC saga (which we have crossed swords on previously) we should have had bodies in …..not dead bodies, but fit players….. Mike decided to spin the wheel again and gamble with the club’s fate……….and still you give him TIME!


    Mar 7, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #18

    This is all pointing to the possibility that we are reliant on Joey to play well and i for one think that is,nt good! If Joey leaves in the summer then we will get real probs if a suitable replacement is not found first. ( Re transfer- Carroll ).

    The team picked against the Toffees was unbalanced ,and, maybe circumstances forced that but it was like we caved in after going one up. This for me was and is worrying!

    Ranger and Ferguson are good players alright but are just not strong enough against the experienced players from other teams. Given time,however they will get better!

    I,me not gonna join the doom and gloom merchants on here saying that we have major problems! If you had given me 9th place after 29 games in at the start i would of been happy!
    It could of been a lot more if we had been better at home though!


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