We had 10 days to prepare for the game at Manchester City a few weeks ago, and we were 3-0 down at the break and today we allowed Everton their first win at home in three months – and Newcastle looked a very poor side today against a side who have struggled in the league all season.
Ross Barkley after scoring late third goal
And Fabricio Coloccini after we had gone 2-0 down in the second half managed to get himself a straight red card for a stupid sliding tackle on Lennon.
And so we were down to 10 men – and we have only one experienced centre-back for the next three games – Mike Williamson.
Sunderland must be rubbing their hands at the prospect of beating Newcastle for a fifth successive time on April 5th, and of course Colo will now miss that game.
John Carver needs to get a grip on his players and the lack of discipline in the side is there for all to see.
We do have 35 points, so we may already have enough points not to be caught by other sides, but three defeats in the last four games and conceding nine goals in the process should be sending some alarm bells off at the club.
Our goal difference is now -14 the 6th worst in the division.
This has been brought about – not by John Carver – but by the Newcastle Board (read Lee Charnley and Mike Ashley) for letting Alan Pardew leave with no plan to replace him.
Since he left the club, Crystal Palace have gained 8 points on Newcastle and are now only a couple of points behind us with a better goal difference.
And also by not getting reinforcements in during the January transfer window.
Newcastle will be embarrassed to release their financial figures for the last financial year – because it will show we had lots of money to spend in January – but refused to do so.
This could be even worse than last season’s utter collapse.
It’s certainly not good and we are a pale shadow of the club we once were.