In the game last night we had an error from Karl Darlow that gifted Everton a goal in the first half and all 3 points.
This run is now the second worst in our Premier League history with one point from the last eight games, and that’s beaten (if that’s the right word) only by John Carver’s team who lost eight games in a row back in 2015.
It’s a good job we came back from two goals down at West Brom, but there have to be increasing concerns at Newcastle now about whether we can survive this season.
The January transfer window will be crucial.
Jonjo Shelvey – second red card this season!
As well as the Darlow error Jonjo Shelvey got his second red card of the season (via 2 yellow cards) right at the death and he now misses two games not one – because it’s his second red card.
The longer we remain in this terrible slump the worst it’s going to be.
Our concern is it’s always difficult to pull away from the bottom because players usually lose their confidence and we start finding ways to lose the game.
That seems to have happened last night.
Shelvey will miss the next two games at Arsenal and at West Ham.
Rafa talked about Shelvey’s red card after the game:
“It’s difficult because the second one, I think he knew that was a very dangerous counter-attack and maybe he went to the floor.”
“It’s difficult to say. It’s difficult to the other ones when you don’t have control.”
“In this case, it’s part of the game. We will miss him, but we have to manage.”
“We have had two or three situations where we could have done a little bit better, and sometimes a draw is enough.”
“But we have to learn how to draw because that is when we can start winning.”
Every time Shelvey does something like this he gets closer to the door at Newcastle.
If we can survive this season and stay in the Premier League, it wouldn’t surprise us if Rafa sells Shelvey in the summer.