BBC Pundit and former Newcastle coach Mark Lawrenson thinks that Newcastle are still a very fragile team – even at home – and he predicts we will lose 2-1 against Everton tomorrow in the Boxing Day game.
Mark had even been positive on Newcastle last week and he had thought we would make it three wins in a row against bottom of the table Aston Villa – but after going ahead with a rare goal from captain Fabricio Coloccini – we couldn´t hold onto the lead in the second half.
Captain Coloccini after scoring against Villa in the first half
It ended up 1-1 and it was effectively 2 points dropped.
This is what Mark has said about tomorrow´s first festive game of the holiday season:
“I expected Newcastle to roll Aston Villa over and make it three wins on the run. But Villa came back to earn a point, highlighting that Newcastle are mentally fragile and sometimes physically fragile too.”
“But the 1-1 draw means it is three games without defeat which is important for their confidence.”
“Everton, for the ability they have got, are under-achieving. They have some real quality in that side, look really good on the ball and have got it right going forward.”
“But individually and collectively they need to improve defensively.”
Mark predicts a 2-1 win for Everton and he’s right – the fact we couldn’t hold onto a 1-0 lead against the bottom of the table side at St. James´ Park was telling.
Villa had only 3 draws and 3 points in their previous 15 games and that shows how Newcastle are still extremely fragile.
Maybe we can be stronger tomorrow – both mentally and physically – and get something out of this game?
We certainly need the points.