This was Newcastle’s sixth defeat in eight games in all competitions and if we keep playing like this it is going to be almost certain relegation from the Premier League – and tonight’s game was against at best – an average Everton side – who had not won in their last five league games.
Aaron Lennon opened the scoring after 22 minutes when his right footed shot beat Elliot – and it was all too easy.
And then Rolando Aarons clumsily brought down Aaron Lennon after 83 minutes and Everton went 2-0 up after Ross Barkley easily beat Elliot from the penalty spot.
And then deep Newcastle into stoppage time to make things a lot worse, we gave away another penalty for a foul on Barkley which the player himself again converted and Jamaal Lascelles was sent off.
Should we go on?
Ross Barkley after scoring first penalty to put Everton 2-0 up
That will not help matters one little bit and a lack of discipline from Newcastle in the last 10 minutes of playing time cost us two goals with two young inexperienced players giving the penalties away.
It was reminiscent of the mess we saw under John Carver last year and it would be interesting to see what Mike Ashley thought of this complete shambles – and it was a game we had over 10 days to prepare for – what were they doing on the training field?
Add to that the fact that Everton hit the woodwork three times in a six minute spell in the second half and the Magpies did not deserve to get anything pout of this game – and we didn’t.
The players we have should be getting a lot more points than 21 from our first 24 league games – the results are simply atrocious and this is the lowest points total we have ever had in the Premier League after 24 games played.
And no doubt Steve McClaren will come under some pressure now as he doesn’t seem to be capable of getting Newcastle to play consistently – this was a complete shambles of a display from NNewcastle.
We started the season poorly after spending a massive £52M in the summer and got just 3 points from the first 8 games but we haven’t done too much better in the next 16 games with just 18 points.
After 5 minutes it took a great save from Rob Elliot diving low to his left to keep the ball out but after 22 minutes Everton – after threatening went ahead through Aaron Lennon.
Th ball was played to him and he hit the ball with his right foot through Wijnaldum’s legs and into the goal past what looked to be an unsighted Rob Elliot.
It was a poor goal to concede and too easy for Everton.
Newcastle lacked any kind of threat up front apart from a couple of decent runs by new boy Townsend, but just before half time it was good play by Chancel Mbemba that prevented a second Everton goal but he seemed to hurt his foot as he slid in.
Another injury and on came Jamal Lascelles.
Half time came without Newcastle having one shot on target and not one corner and it’s not like Everton looked world-beaters.
Paul Dummett was replaced by Rolando Aarons at half time and after 55 minutes on came Aleksandar Mitrovic for Saivet as McClaren knew he had to find a goal from somewhere.
It was Rob Elliot again who saved Newcastle after 56 minutes when he turned a good Ross Barkley shot onto the cross-bar and then three minutes after a free kick from Everton was headed backwards by Jonjo Shelvey and it beat Elliot but came back off the cross bar – two lucky escapes for Newcastle.
Then the two stupid penalties which made the scoreline a lot worse and our goal difference is now a shocking -19 – the second worse only to Aston Villa in the Premier League.
We may have brought in some decent midfielders in January but out defense simply isn’t good enough for the Premier League and hasn’t been for a couple of years now.
We’ve spent a lot of money in the last two transfer windows but not always on the right players or the right positions.
There should be alarm bells going off at Newcastle after this insipid display and Mike Ashley has the right to ask what has he got for his £81M spent in the transfer market since last season.
And Steve McClaren just doesn’t seem to be able to get the job done with the decent to good squad he has available.
That’s the reality after this disgraceful performance.
Everton (4-2-3-1): Joel Robles; Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Ramiro Funes Mori, Bryan Oviedo; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Aaron Lennon, Ross Barkley, Tom Cleverley; Romelu Lukaku
Substitutes: Jindrich Stanek, Leighton Baines, Darron Gibson, Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar, Gerard Deulofeu, Arouna Kone
Newcastle (4-4-1-1): Rob Elliot; Daryl Janmaat, Chancel Mbemba (Jamaal Lascelles 42), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett (Rolando Aarons 45); Moussa Sissoko, Henri Saivet (Aleksandar Mitrovic 56), Jonjo Shelvey, Andros Townsend; Ayoze Perez
Substitutes: Karl Darlow, , Steven Taylor, Yoan Gouffran, Seydou Doumbia