Poor Defending Again Lets Newcastle Down – Lose 3-2

Newcastle lost this game in the first 45 minutes, when they started slowly and were completely outclassed by a quick-moving Everton side, and once again the Newcastle defensive frailties were in full view, as we gave away some poor goals, just like we did against Hull City nine days ago.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Everton v Newcastle United - Goodison Park

Lukaka slots in the first goal – Yanga-Mbiwa caught out

Lukaka had the ball in the net after only two minutes but he was offside, and that was a warning to Newcastle and three minutes later Lukaka scored as Mirallas on the right wing skinned everybody with his speed, and then cut in and his cross was slotted into the net first time by Lukaka – it looked so easy for Everton.

The ball came fast at Krul who touched the ball but couldn’t stop it going into the net.

After 18 minutes a terrible clearance by Tim Krul almost resulted in Everton’s second goal, as he rolled the ball to Tiote, who was marked and immediately dispossessed,and Newcastle only just survived as Krul blocked the shot with his foot, and Newcastle managed to clear the ball – but it was panic stations at the back for Newcastle.

Then after 21 minutes Coleman made a great run down the right wing, and his cross was only just cleared by Newcastle, as Everton were all over this Newcastle side, who started the game very nervously.

Whatever Pardew and the coaches had been doing on our defensive work wasn’t evident, as we again looked terrible at the back.

Four minutes later and Newcastle were two goals down, as Lukaka put Barkely through the middle and he quickly slotted the ball past Krul, as the goalkeeper came out – and Everton were all over Newcastle – and this resembled the Manchester City game.

And then after 37 minutes some comical defending gifted Everton a third goal.

Howard kicked a long ball down the center, but it was not cleared by Coloccini, and Tim Krul came running out of his goal and missed the ball – and lo and behold Lukaka had the ball five yards out with nobody even close to him,  and he put it into the Newcastle goal and Everton were three goals up – and some terrible defending by Newcastle again.

Half time came and Everton were applauded off the pitch, as they had taken this Newcastle side apart – there’s no other way of putting it.

Mike Ashley and Joe Kinnear in the Director’s box would not be happy at the poor play they had witnessed in the first half – and this after the Hull City debacle. 🙁

In the second half Alan Pardew took Yanga-Mbiwa out of his misery and he was replaced by Mike Williamson and Yohan Cabaye came on for the ineffective Ben Arfa.

Newcastle started well in the second half and Gouffran had a chance as he beat Howard to the ball and chipped it over the goalkeeper but it hit a post and came back.

But then after 51 minutes Newcastle scored, and it was Yohan Cabaye from 25 yards out who rifled the ball high into the top corner – a wonderful goal from the Frenchman.

Newcastle looked a completely different side in the second half and were now first to the ball – why couldn’t we have started the game like this?

On 59 minutes Anita tried his luck but it was straight at Howard and then after 69 minutes a half chance fell to Remy,  but he just couldn’t get on the end of the ball from Mathieu Debuchy from the right wing.

And then on 89 minutes Newcastle got their second goal and a Cabaye cross was headed back across goal,  and the slick Remy beat Howard and put the ball in the back of the net and it was 3-2.

Four minutes of added time was played out with Everton keeping the ball for the last few seconds as Newcastle’s comeback fell short – but we created a huge hole for ourselves in that first half.

Maybe from now on we should stop talking about getting strikers in – we need defenders – and Pardew has to give the likes of Paul Dummett and Mike Williamson a game – because the back four that started this game and the game against Hull is simply not good enough.

And Newcastle conceded a worst ever 68 goals last season,  and so far this season in six games we have conceded 11, which is no better than we did last season.

A terrible first half performance from Newcastle tonight, but a spirited and good display in the second half – but the players have  only ourselves to blame for the defeat – much like in our last game against Hull – and we are now 5th bottom of the league.


Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman (John Stones 90), Ross Barkley (Steven Naismith 88), Kevin Mirallas (Gerard Deulofeu 73); Romelu Lukaku
Subs not used: Joel Robles, John Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone

Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Mike Williamson 46), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 69), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa (Yohan Cabaye 46)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi
Referee: Phil Dowd

20 comments so far

  • Tinman

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #1

    Played like this from the start?!

    Oh come onnnn. Please! You have to be kidding?

    Of course we will look better in the second half, Everton are just in cruise control mode.

    Fcking hell, are people actually that naive?!!

  • Hatem Ben Hutley

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #2


  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #3

    I can only imagine what SBR could do with this team .

  • Tinman

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Pardiola the Defence coach 😉

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #5

    We need Saylor back Mbiwa just isn’t up to premier league. Very very poor long hard season ahead

  • toonking

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #6

    this is what you all get for giving simmo so much stick.

    you lot who build a team that is full of technical wingers and attacking FB leave it on fifa games.

    that is not how to build a proper football team.

    a FB’s job is always defend a wide mans job is creativity unless they are the Ronaldo and messi which is extremely rare

    a midfield is meant to be about players who balance the whole team from the passing and defending to the rebound shots and the front men are meant to be the goal scorers.

    CB are a mixture of tall physical and short technical and fast.

    our defense is clearly what ruined our whole team
    we look like this



    but the clear fact is we providing teams massive space in the centre.

  • stuart no9

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #7

    truely truely shocking . it dosnt get any worse than that 1st half . pards cant survive this horror show – can he ??

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #8

    Back four from now on should be


  • JaxtheMag

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #9

    we haven’t one good defender. ive said that for months. in 6 games we have conceded 4 and 3 twice. shambles.

  • Slatymag

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Everton still had another gear and slowed down at 3-0. Still though I expect Pardew to say we were unlucky etc. Not unlucky Pards, not good enough in motivation and tactics. No luck, just sloppy.

  • toonking

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #11

    I tell you what SBR would do he would either walk out or demand a totally different team.
    france are 25th in the world rankings arsenal don’t refuse to make an increase for nothing in a football era which you see players who are bought for £80mil their is no way that a player would be so good for as cheap as 6 mil if Manchester united only sold obatan because he would be too rubbish for them why the hell would these frnech CL team be willing to sell theirs.

  • Harley

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #12

    Santon, colo, mbiwa, HBA, sissokho were all shocking tonight.
    Only 2 players played well, willo and cabaye. Goufran did ok and remy, Anita and debuchy were average.
    Oh if only we’d signed a striker in the summer. Someone big, strong, fast, good on the ball and can score. But there just weren’t any around!!!!!

  • papiss_on_your_parade

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #13

    Awful defending first half.

    I’d have santon at RB and dummet at LB.

    As for mbiwa I’m not sure…
    Seems like he had great potential, great some games and awful in others like today.
    Very inconsistent.

    We really need a creative cm, an attacking midfielder and a right back in January.

  • Slatymag

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #14

    Well Pards was quite honest really. Glad he didn’t blame some other shire

  • Slatymag

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #15


  • askar

    Sep 30, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #16


    Against Everton:
    – Arfa was not good
    – Colo was poor
    – Krull made bad decisions
    – Mbiwa was very poor
    – Tiote was ridiculous

    But just let me tell you something: Newcastle is a top club and Arfa is a top footballer.

    Let me ask you question: when Man U lost games with a poor Rooney, this means that Rooney should be considered as sh** player? IMO NO.

    We lost this game because we gave away some poor goals!

    I am disappointed but I will never say that NUFC is not a top club and that all our player are sh** blah blah blah. IMO you have nothing meaningful to say but I respect your opinion 🙂


  • dcdick

    Oct 1, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #17

    Pardew out !!!

  • Sav

    Oct 1, 2013 at 3:56 AM

    Comment #18

    Debuchy was ok tonight and played with heart as well as setting up Remy’s goal. Santon is again all over the place and needs a rest for Dummett to see what he can do. Young Maldini, he ain’t. Kompany gave away a similar goal this weekend, so lets not start sacking everybody. Cabaye played his best match for months, and if he did that more often, we’d have a lot more points by now. Sissoko should stop whingeing for free kicks. He’s a big lad and should get on with it and improve his own game without help from the referee.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:10 AM

    Comment #19

    Roberto Di Matteo in.Alan Pardew out.

  • Go toon gooooo

    Oct 1, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Comment #20

    With this kind of tactics Pardew ruins career of awesome talents in this club.He plays three defensive midfielders on the pitch-unforgivable.He replaces one of the best world players Ben Arfa and the three defensive midfielders still in the game-unforgivable.He plays Sissoko almost in the attack-UNFORGIVABLE.He not replaces Mbiwa from the start-big mistake.Obertan sits on the bench-big mistake.Premier league is dangerous if you make full hand of errors.IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.


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