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 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)