Newcastle were beaten 3-0 tonight by Everton, and the only real difference in the sides was the finishing, and Everton scored two great goals, and Newcastle missed some of their chances with Anita somehow missing an open goal after 78 minutes, when Newcastle were pressing hard, and a goal at that point could have changed things in the game.
Ben Arfa had worked some magic on the left by beating three men (or was it four) before putting a low cross across the goal – but somehow Anita hit his shot wide of the post – a really terrible miss.
This was the 9th time in the last 13 league games that Newcastle have failed to score, and we labored a bit before Ben Arfa came on after an hour, and added some much needed creativity to Newcastle’s play.
Newcastle got off to a bright start and we had two or three chances in the first two minutes of the game, as Luuk de Jong, Yoan Gouffran and then Papiss Cisse had shots on goal all blocked.
Everton then went on a lightning breakaway after 22 minutes and it was Barkley who got to the cleared ball first, from a Newcastle corner, and he raced away and then cut inside from the right and smashed the ball into the back of the net with his left foot, as the Newcastle defenders tried to get back.
It was a great goal from the young 20 year-old England International.
After 52 minutes a good run down the right wing by Gerard Deulofeu ended in him putting in a low cross that Romelu Lukaku swept high into the back of the net, and Everton were 2-0 up, as they were showing the Magpies how to convert chances.
And then with Newcastle pressing hard for the last 20 minutes or so, and Ben Arfa looking very good again, Anita somehow missed that golden opportunity after 78 minutes as Newcastle needed a goal to get back into the game.
And then once again after 88 minutes Newcastle were caught short at the back, and this time it was Osman who rifled the ball home to make it 3-0.
And this was Everton’s first win on the road since December.
It was never a 3-0 game, but if you don’t take your chances and don’t create enough chances – Newcastle will continue to have problems scoring goals this season – well at least until Loic Remy returns.
Ben Arfa surely must now start at Southampton on Saturday, as Newcastle again looked a lot more threatening with the French winger in the side running at the opposition.
As we said – this is the 9th time in the last 13 league games we have failed to score – so we expect that Graham Carr to have at least three striker targets lined up for the summer.
Let us know who you think Newcastle’s best player was tonight.
Note: Sean Borland is a student in Newcastle and will not be at either the Man United (5 April) or Swansea (19 April) games – and he has tickets – £30 for the ManU game and £20 for the Swansea game – you can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or sean4eva09 on twitter.