Everton went into this game having played a Europa League game on Thursday night, and having only two wins in their last 12 league games, and they hadn’t won a league game at Goodison Park for three months.
James McCarthy scores first goal
But they were too good for a poor Newcastle side this afternoon, and just to make things worse after the last game in which Papiss Cisse was suspended for 7 games for spitting at Jonny Evans, Coloccini was sent off for a terrible and unnecessary tackle on Lennon in the second half – so he will miss the next three games.
This was a big big win for Everton but they should overestimate it as this Newcastle side was feeble at best and looked very poor.
And to think John Carver and his coaches had 11 days to prepare the side – and this is what they served up – it was utter tripe.
Newcastle almost scored in the first minute of the game when Mike Williamson had a decent chance but slowly Everton started to look the better side.
You cannot accuse Newcastle of being an attacking side under John Carver, and we were very hesitant in the first 20 minutes against a side that was hardly full of confidence.
The Newcastle defense had looked vulnerable and were playing a very high line and Everton had beaten the offside trap a couple of times.
But Everton went ahead after 20 minutes and it was an easy goal for the home side as Jagielka brought the ball from defense and played it to Lukaka who fed James McCarthy, and the midfielder was unchallenged as he hit the ball past Tim Krul into the back of the net.
Tim Krul seemed to be wrong-footed and should have done a lot better.
When you have nobody who can score goals and you go a goal down it’s not a good feeling, and that’s how we felt for a die that hadn’t won in their last five league games.
Ayoze Perez came on for the poor Obertan at the beginning of the second half but after 55 minutes Everton were 2-0 up and it was another mistake by a Newcastle player – this time by Gouffran who slid into tackle Lennon and brought him down inside the box.
Lukaku made no mistake form the spot.
Then several minutes later if things weren’t bad enough, Coloccini then made a terrible tackle on Lennon and Martin Atkinson the referee, gave the captain a straight red card.
So that’s the second game in succession that we will have had an important players suspended.
There’s no discipline in this side and Coloccini is supposed to be showing leadership.
And in added time Barkley scored Everton’s third after they had easily played out the rest of the game to get only their third win in their 13 league games.
Everton were still nervous throughout the game and a better side could have come back even at 2-0 down, but Newcastle have completely lost their way and are down to the bare bones as far as the squad goes.
Newcastle may be regretting their decision to let Alan Pardew go for £4M to Crystal Palace in late December with no clear plan on who would replace him – and their unwillingness to strengthen the side in January is hitting the team hard.
It’s a good saying be careful for what you wish for – most fans wanted Alan Pardew out – but we now have the inexperienced John Carver in and there’s still nine league games to go.
John has two wins in 11 games and we just hope somehow we can get another two wins from somewhere.
Five sides below us in the league have won this round of games and gained three points on Newcastle, and we are now only 2 points above Crystal Palace and West Brom and four points above Everton.
Next up is Arsenal at home next Saturday.
If the Newcastle upper management isn’t worried about losing three of the last four games and having gained only 9 points from the last 10 games – and having two of our best players suspended because of indiscipline – then they should be.
Maybe it’s just me – but John Carver seems completely out of his depth as the head coach at Newcastle.
We hope 35 points is enough, but we are limping through once again to the finish line of a season, due to very poor planning at Newcastle.
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