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Brave Newcastle Beaten By Late Stoppage Time Winner

7:53 pm, Saturday, December 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 29 Comments

After Newcastle were outplayed in the first half this afternoon against Everton at St. James’ Park, Newcastle came right back into the game and had chances to win it until late into stoppage time when an Everton corner was punched away by Rob Elliot but straight tt Tom Cleverly who coolly headed the ball back into the goal for the only goal of the game and this was a cruel loss for a fighting Newcastle side.

There were 12 seconds left in stoppage time when Everton scored – and when play kicked off the referee blew the whistle.

You talk about being unlucky.

And it was a pity on Rob Elliot, who again had a great game for the Magpies – and whose heroics  had kept Newcastle in with a chance of winning this game with several great saves.

So as we said – this was a cruel end to the game and it means we have picked up only one point in our last two home games and now sink to 3rd bottom of the league and back into the relegation zone after Swansea went above us with a 1-0 win at home to West Brom earlier today.

tom cleverley heading home

Tom Cleverley scoring with last touch of the game

Newcastle now travel to West Brom on Monday and we’ll have to get something out of that game if we are not to finish in the relegation zone at the end of what’s been a terrible year for the club.

Newcastle started this game in second gear and Everton pressed from the first whistle and after only 11 minutes Daryl Janmaat picked up a yellow card.

Everton dominated the game throughput the first half but for some reason couldn’t put the ball in the net and it took a great save from Elliot from Lukaka on 28 minutes to keep the scores level as he blocked a shot from the Belgian was he was clean through.

But then Janmaat pulled back Barkley and he should have really received a second yellow for the foul but didn’t – so Newcastle were really lucky to have eleven men on the pitch.

But as the half time approached Newcastle seemed to have weathered the storm a little bit and started to come back into the game.

Newcastle were starting to counter-attack Everton as the half came to an end with no goals scored.

The game opened up in the second half with it being end to end stuff and after 57 minutes Lukaka should have scored for Everton but Rob Elliot again made a great save.

Then a couple of minutes later it was Elliot again who made a great save from Lennon as he had a great chance to put Everton ahead.

On 73 minutes a great Sissoko cross was met by Mitrovic but he headed thew ball wide a when it looked easier to score.

And then three minutes later a right footed cross from Colback was headed into the goal by Wijnaldum but somehow American goalkeeper Tim Howard kept the ball out.

It looked like the game was ending up in a 0-0 draw after an end to end second half when the dramatic winner came for Everton deep into injury time.

Everton had counter-attacked but the ball was blocked in the box for a corner as time was running out.

Elliot got the ball and punched it out but Cleverley coolly headed straight back into the goals as the crowd were stunned.

This was a game either side could have won in the last 15 minutes and both sides went for the win – and unfortunately for Newcastle it was Everton who got the late goal to take all 3 points.

Newcastle have now slipped back into the relegation zone – so we hope that the club is ready to spend some money next month when the January transfer window opens up.

But this ended up being a very cruel defeat after a stubborn fighting performance from the Newcastle players in what turned out to be a thriller in the second half as Newcastle came roaring back into this game..

But in the end – based on the second half performance we deserved something from this game.

It was almost a sell-out today with over 51,600 at the ground and they would have left extremely disappointed with the loss – especially after the just terrible year we have all endured.

Teams and stats:

Newcastle: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez (Thauvin, 87), Mitrovic. Subs not used: Darlow, Mbabu, Tiote, Gouffran, de Jong, Toney.

Everton: Howard, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Coleman, Barry, Cleverley, Mirallas (Osman, 85), Barkley (Deulofeu, 69), Lennon (Besic, 69), Lukaku. Subs not used: Joel, Gibson, Kone, Galloway.

Goal: Cleverley 90

Bookings: Janmaat 11, Barry 36, Barkley 63, Colback 82.

Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)

Attendance: 51,682

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  • 1 toonbrother // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    Sadly bravery alone is not enough to win games in the EPL
    You need 11 competent players on the pitch
    With Colo in the side our players are handicapped from the kick off
    Sad to say but relegation beckons

  • 2 JamesToon // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    December 26, 2015
    We were poor today and Everton deserved the win. They created more, controlled the game, yes we had a few chances, but so did they. It felt like we were playing at Goodson in the first Half it was embarrassing.

    Get rid of this counter attack rubbish, you can only play it against big teams away. At home and away against lesser teams including Everton (at home) we need to be matching them for possession st least, creating chances and more and not sit back.

    The closing down is abysmal in this team. It was so easy for Everton to pass it around. Playing 4-4-2 doesn’t make a difference imo, even if we played 4-3-3 they would have still dominated the game. It’s a matter of the players hassling and hunting in packs to win the ball back high up the pitch, there was absolutely none of that today, just jogging towards the player in possession isn’t gonna work and Everton will pass it around so easy

  • 3 Blofal // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:55 PM

    It was a mistake starting Perez. We would have been more solid in that first half with De Jong up front and Perez coming on in the second half to terrorise a tired defence. Perez was poor in the first half and often gave the ball away.

    Also De Jong isn’t an impact sub. We didn’t make a sub until the 86th minute because we only had Thauvin on the bench who was capable of changing the game. But when McClaren was about to bring him on with 20mins to go Perez started looking good as Everton’s defence tired.

    Against WBA I would start with Mitro up front and Thauvin and Sissoko on the wings. Then a 3 man midfield of SDJ, Colback and Anita behind. Gini looked knackered at the end of today and will need a rest.

  • 4 JamesToon // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:56 PM

    Coloccini yes you could say made some decent tackles, but the goal we conceded was criminal defending. It was actually like Coloccini wanted to just let it go in and anita

  • 5 Toon fm Exeter // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:57 PM

    What can I say watched with 3 Everton idiots now I gotten buy em beers was the best nil nil game I seen lmfao

  • 6 Ron Knee // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:58 PM


    We shouldn’t be in this mess. The slug chose not to invest when it was needed, appointed idiots to run his club, who in turn hired a mediocre manager and unproven players. We’ll be very lucky if we avoid relegation this season.

  • 7 Tsunki // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:58 PM

    I go with blofal here. A slightly different strategy and earlier subs would have paid off. Everton used up their energy and a trio of fresh legs at 70 minutes would have been more effective.

    Toonbotherer shut up the noise is irritating

  • 8 toonking // Dec 26, 2015 at 7:59 PM

    catchy 238

    you can’t say our squad is not a balanced squad when it’s near enough the same squad we had during the pardew era.

    Pardew had Ba and mac has mitro
    Pardew had cabaye and mac has wiji
    Pardew had mbiwa and mac has mbemba

  • 9 toonking // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:00 PM

    it’s taking the excuses to still believe in mac way too far.

  • 10 toonbrother // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:04 PM

    superior alternatives to colo
    1. Mbabu
    2. Dummett
    3, Williamson
    4. Half fit stephen taylor
    5. One legged Lascelles
    6. My nan
    7. Your nan

  • 11 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    To Weasel? I’d struggle to pick out 12 gilt edged chances Mitro has had. you also didn’t say that, you said chances. Aguero has converted 1 in 4 this season.

    I’m not trying to “weasel out” of anything. Just pointing out the problems with your reasoning.

  • 12 firebug666 // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM

    Ron Knee @6

    100% SPOT ON MATE!

    We could have won this game but at the same time we could have been hammered.

    Lucky to concede just one goal, but the second half we actually looked like a team, and that should give us some hope, it could have gone either way.

    Will the powers that be see this, on recent history I doubt it, and I suspect more of the same for 2016.

    Will we go down? I don’t know maybe if luck is on our side we will stay up, but we don’t seem to get a lot of luck these days!

  • 13 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:06 PM

    This complaceny among fans is weird. We’re in the bottom 3 people, finding new ways to lose all the time. Just when we string a few unexpected results together, we then fail to kick-on and never get breathing space, lurching towards the next crisis point. Got Tsunki saying we won against Liverpool and Spurs, so Villa and Everton results don’t matter, huh? Then you’ve got Lilo saying the misfiring Mitrovic is having a good season when even Shola would be embarrassed with his finishing.

    Gini and Mbemba – made the grade, worth the cash.

    Thauvin and Mitro – both disappointing, waste of valuable resources.

  • 14 MacToon // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:07 PM

    Superior alternatives to Toonbotherer
    1. An amoeba.

  • 15 toonking // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:08 PM

    Next match is a match away to west brom who aren’t on the best of runs at the minute being away might mean they’ll play a more attacking game giving newcastle more space to convert that odd chance we get.

  • 16 davis_toons // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM


  • 17 Average_Contents // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:09 PM

    Must admit, that baldy tw@t Lee mason was not, in the slightest, for us.

  • 18 catchy in norway // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM


    i can, p45 plays over the top football, mac plays football with wingers

  • 19 daztoon // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:11 PM

    Funny how loonbrother is nowhere to be seen after a win. Can imagine him screaming at the pc in his colo pj’s he got for crimbo

  • 20 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:12 PM

    “Basing it on watching him and counting how many times he fails to hit the target, hits it straight at the keeper or fails to get a shot away. The bloke needs 3 or 4 good chances to score 1……”

    There you go Lilo, good chances, ya know where you’d expect the ST to score, go back and read if you don’t believe. He’s a knacker and misses sitters regularly, he gets off lightly because he’s seen as a character that supporters like and desperately want to succeed as they were hoping he’d be a heir to Shearer, with his style and soundbites. If they take off the gogs, they and you will realise he’s been mediocre at best and unless he shapes up and grows up, won’t live up to the hype.

  • 21 Ron Knee // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:13 PM


    If the slug wants us to stay up – which I’m sure he does – he’ll have to spend in January, but can we trust Charmless and Carr to buy wisely?

  • 22 Lilongwe Geordie // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:15 PM

    Please point out where I said he was having a good season? His woes are more to do with our chance creation. Don’t create chances, centre forwards won’t score goals, except for a rare few.

  • 23 jimiley // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:17 PM

    The team had effort but lacks quality. It is a relegation waiting to happen.Looking on the bright side, I see we are after a French winger. You could not make it up!!!! And for good measure he is injury prone. Tres bon. That old codger Carr can take his P45 with Mashers and Penfold.

  • 24 Hail Wor Ashley // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:20 PM


    Well I’d say “doing well” is a synonym for good, definitely you think he’s doing better than average with that choice of phrase, when he’s done average at very best, that’s been generous, more like useless lump with an attitude problem.

  • 25 jimiley // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    Peeps on here seem to have a go at this ref. I thought he could have sent off Janmatt for a second yellow and denied a pen for a foul by Colo on Lukaku.We were serial foulers in the first half. How was he biased for Everton???

  • 26 Obertans_on_roids // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Good team performance but the reality is we don’t have the quality to beat Everton. Harsh way to lose.

  • 27 firebug666 // Dec 26, 2015 at 8:44 PM

    Listen guys this is going to be a relegation battle all the way if we win and stay up this will be based purely on luck.

    Can we afford to wait till it too late?

    Will you accept a mediocre manager?

    will you accept a 45 minute performance from our team?

    This January should be the crunch time for Ashley and his motley crew, and if they do not deliver what we all know we need then action should be taken, how long will you sit back in acceptance? How long will you allow the club to squander their, NO OUR money on pathetic wannabe”s who cannot or will not hack it in the premiership?

    Maybe it’s time the fans showed more than just blind loyalty, maybe it’s time the fans told this so called board what we expect of them, the team and the staff.

    Or maybe I am on my own, and the fans will just accept what the club offer them.

    It up to you, do you want relegation battles season after season or will you rise up and tell Ashley and his board we want, ney demand more from our club.

    Enough is enough, I don’t blame these players, they do what they can, it’s just not good enough, I blame Ashley and his board of directors for the state we find ourselves in.

    They promised wholesale changes, I’m still waiting!

    The future is not bright, the future is championship football.

    Sad time ahead and no light at the end of the tunnel.

  • 28 lesh // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:10 PM

    Yes Mr Carr, you go out a buy some forwards when it’s plain for all to see we need a strong CB – like what we needed in the summer!

  • 29 The overrated Frenchman // Dec 26, 2015 at 9:25 PM

    Surely the time has come for all involved to accept that this squad led by McClaren is relegation bound or near enough. There’s been ample time for the new coaching staff and players to settle in. Any “reasons” given for us being in the bottom three are now just excuses, nothing more. Mike, old son, now would be a good time for us to start “making our own luck”….

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