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.
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