After surviving the first half onslaught of a good Everton side yesterday Newcastle United came back in the second half and gave as good as they got in what turned out to be a thrilling end to end game that had no goals until seconds from the end of stoppage time.
That´s when Tom Cleverley scored the only goal of the game to give Everton all 3 points and it was a very cruel defeat for Newcastle after the team had shown so much courage throughout the game.
We really needed something out of the game yesterday but didn´t get anything and we have now slipped back into 3rd bottom place and back into the relegation zone.
Rob Elliot makes great save from Romelu Lukaka yesterday
Steve McClaren the Newcastle manager thought his players gave everything they had yesterday:
“I have lost quite a few games in the last minute and cruel endings, but never before have I felt so upset and disappointed for a set of players than I did when I walked into that dressing room.”
“They didn’t deserve that. They gave everything – in the second half, they were magnificent.” “We stood toe-to-toe with a very good Everton team, and the response from the crowd was terrific.”
“We didn’t deserve to lose; we have – but that kind of performance, that bodes well for the future.” “The big thing for us was the appreciation the fans showed at the end – that was key.”
“The players showed what this team can do, and we need to do it again on Monday at West Brom.”
“It’s very difficult to just straight away re-focus and lift, McClaren admitted after the game.” “They have got to recover, come in on Sunday and get prepared for West Brom on Monday.”
“It’s a big test physically and mentally for the players after that, because they gave absolutely everything.”
“We talk about crawling off and they did that.”
The negative side of yesterday? result was that we have gone into a mini slump after two great wins against Liverpool and Tottenham that followed two terrible defeats against Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
It was a fighting performance yesterday – no doubt about that – and we now need to start picking up some wins to climb the table.
With one game to go this year – we have only sevens wins in 37 Premier League games and only 30 points – which is the worst year ever in the Premier League for us and one of our worst years ever in our long history.
Steve and his coaching staff have to now prepare the players and pick them up for the game at West Brom tomorrow.
The Baggies are also in a bit of a slump with just three draws in their last five games and were beaten 1-0 at Swansea yesterday.