Newcastle lost their first game in five last night at Goodison Park 1-0 following four successive wins, and that defeat will now make it difficult for Newcastle to finish in 8th place.
The Toffees are now 4 points ahead of us, but we do have a game in hand – but it’s at Tottenham.
It looks like we can still finish in the top ten though.
It was a poor goal Newcastle conceded in the 51st minute from Theo Walcott, and that turned out to be the difference between the sides.
Rafa Benitez and Sam Allardyce on touchline last night
But Newcastle came at Everton late in the second half, and we had chances to score but couldn’t take them.
It was the same old story with Dwight Gayle having the best chance when he hit the ball over from eight yards out when he should have done a lot better.
After the game this is what Rafa had to say:
“Both teams, we didn’t have very clear chances, but I think we could have done better with our final pass in the final third.”
“It might have been different for us if we had,”
“This kind of game, when they are very physical and the referee allows them to do these things.”
“They are at home and they have quality, and they took their chance. We didn’t take our chances.”
“When I talk about chances I talk about final passes too. To be here, to play against this team, and to expect we have to beat them easily, is not right.”
“They have very good players who can make the difference. We battled and we fought until the end.”
“We had the chance to draw, maybe even win but we lost against a good team.”
“The ambition is to win the next game,”
Newcastle weren’t enough of a threat in the final third in what was a boring game with few chances.
Hopefully, we can get back on track with a win at home against West Brom on Saturday, but that will not be easy either.