It’s the same old story as Newcastle went ahead 1-0 in this game after only two minutes, but then conceded two goals to register our 9th defeat in the last 11 Premier League games – and that’s Newcastle’s worst run ever in the Premier League - and the thing that is starting to worry us, is that our lads are getting too used to losing these close games.
Papiss Cisse - after scoring in the second minute
And it all looked so promising as Newcastle started this game like a steam train, and Papiss cisse put Newcastle ahead after just 71 seconds of the game.
Goalkeeper Tim Krul put a long free kick forward, and Shola Ameobi failed to make any contact with his attempted flick on, but the ball bounced nicely for Cisse, who headed the ball delicately over Tim Howards head into the goal.
The Tim Krul then made a brilliant save from a Baines free kick to turn the ball around the post, and keep Newcastle ahead and in the game.
And after 30 minutes James Perch hit the post from a good free kick into the box by Anita, and it was a good effort which could have doubled Newcastle’s lead, but Everton were coming more into the game and they scored just two minutes before the interval.
And it was another Leighton Baines stunning free kick from 30 yards out, and the England left-back hammered a powerful and swerving shot into the back of the net – it looked like he had launched a missile and it was a good time to score for Everton and at the half at was 1-1.
On 58 minutes Shola Ameobi got to a long ball and and hit the ball just wide of Tim Howard’s post – with the American goalkeeper rooted to the spot.
And just two minutes later Everton went ahead, as Newcastle lost another lead in a game, and it was substitute Anichebe who scored, just a couple of minutes after coming on.
The Nigerian striker beat Davide Santon just inside the six-yard box to put Jelavic’s low center past Krul and that made it 2-1 to Everton.
Newcastle were giving it everything they had, and while Newcastle had some chances to equalize the strong Everton defense remained resolute - something Newcastle cannot seem to do these days.
And for the 9th time in the last 11 games they found a way to lose the game – and this is now getting a little bit worrying with only 17 games to play – and we’ll have to snap out of losing all these games – and yes – we are now in a relegation scrap with four of the teams who are beneath us gaining points on Newcastle in this last round of games.
What’s really disturbing is that Newcastle again could have taken something out of this game – which they will have to start doing soon if we are to keep our place in the Premier League with QPR beating Chelsea 1-0 tonight in a massive upset, and they are now just 7 points behind Newcastle.
If the alarm bells are not going off in the halls of St. James’ Park after yet another defeat, they should be – and heaven knows what this third defeat in a row will do to our players’ confidence.
But these narrow losses are reminding us of our relegation season, and we all expected to start winning game sat some point - but we didn’t – and in fact we got only 12 points from our last 20 games four years ago, when we were relegated.
If we continue to slump in these games then we’ll be in a all out fight against relegation this season.
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; James Perch (Nile Ranger 87), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Cheick Tiote (Sammy Ameobi 80), Vurnon Anita; Papiss Cisse, Sylvain Marveaux, Gabriel Obertan (Gael Bigirimana 65); Shola Ameobi
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Phil Jagielka, John Heitinga, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Steven Naismith (Victor Anichebe 58), Phil Neville (c), Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Bryan Oviedo 88)
Subs not used: Jan Mucha, Shane Duffy, Thomas Hitzlsperger, Magaye Gueye, Apostolos Vellios
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Newcastle – Cisse (41), Williamson (53), Tiote (68); Everton – Heitinga (47), Pienaar (80)
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