Last Wednesday was supposed to be the introduction of our new team after Newcastle had done well in the transfer market with the acquisition of four new players.
Yes, it was a difficult game at Everton but there was hope because The Toffees were going through a really tough spell and what better time to get a good result at Goodison Park?
But it didn’t exactly turn out that way with 10 of our players asleep in the first half – and only Rob Elliot keeping Newcastle in the game with some alert saves.
Moussa Sissoko tussles with Bryan Oviedo at Goodison
And when Everton went ahead in the first half they even seemed shocked by the goal from Aaron Lennon – it was so easy – and that gave them great confidence to go on and win the game.
We ended up being beaten by a score of 3-0 after two of our more inexperienced players – Aarons and Lascelles – gave penalties away in the last few minutes – so 3-0 looked as through we were taken apart to the casual observer.
While it wasn’t that bad – it wasn’t good either – and once again when our hopes were high Newcastle turned in another unacceptable below-par performance.
Moussa Sissoko has talked about that today and he admits there were some tough days after the game before our lads decided to turn up against West Brom in front of 50,000 Geordies and then gave one of their best displays of the season and win 1-0.
Did we say Newcastle were completely inconsistent this season?
This is what Moussa has said today:
“Away from home, sometimes we have played well but lost – of course, I am not talking about Everton which was bad – but now we have to be consistent and show what we are capable of not just at home but away from home too.”
“The players who have come in will help us stay up. The club has brought in some very good players. We now have a good team.” “I believe for the rest of the season, we can look at it positively and we can play some good football and win some games.”
“We deserved to beat West Brom so we are very happy. This week will feel much better for us than last week after Everton. They were some hard days for us.”
“But now we have a tough game coming up against Chelsea on Saturday, We have not picked up results away from home but now we believe we can go there and get something.”
Our next chance at getting something out of an away game is at Chelsea on Saturday – and it would be great to get a draw or a win there – before we start our 18 day hiatus before we play at Stoke City.
But all 11 of our players will need to turn up for that game if we are get something in London.