Same Old Failings From Newcastle At Everton

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.”

“That’s it.”

“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.

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7 comments so far

  • Ben Afri

    Apr 24, 2018 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #1

    Definitely should have done better especially with Perez’s final ball to Slimani after Kenedy worked so hard to force Pickford into his mistake, as well as Gayle’s chance. Even Lascelles seemed to be a bit to lackadaisical with balls he should have dealt with first time. Shelvey certainly wasn’t on his game although he worked hard in defense.
    That said, still impressed with the way we went in for every challenge. Diame was a joy to watch! Dummet, Kenedy, and Yedlin also deserve credit.

  • cyprus

    Apr 24, 2018 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #2

    First game at home we totally outplayed them, lost by a single goal.

    This time: We battled and we fought, we probably had better chances, but it did feel like we were the underdogs, that they had the better unit(s).

    Like I said though, I can’t complain about anyone, since, they gave me PL status so quickly. (Perez being instrumental). Maybe I should, come to think of it, this isn’t the NUFC way!

    Anyway, it was an old fashioned battle, commitment by both sides, if little class. Probably the moment of class was the goalscorer and his excellent goal.

  • JohnJ

    Apr 24, 2018 at 7:58 AM

    Comment #3

    The ref Robert Madley was rubbish he should have sent Keane off for his first offence and gave a booking only. Then he didn’t give him another booking for a clear cut bad fowl! There was also a possibility of a penalty that wasn’t given. As well at least a couple of misses from NUFC so all in all a disappointing result but thatfully we are now in a positin of safety!

  • cyprus

    Apr 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM

    Comment #4

    One more:
    We have had our ‘you don’t know what you’re doing’ incidents with Big Sam, but I must congratulate the guy, despite his flaws. The last Everton I saw, when he first took over, was way worse than this. He may not play exciting football, but he gets results.

    Isn’t it exactly that which NUFC fans are asking for these days? I include myself in that. Once we secure PL ‘permanent’ status, I’ll demand more entertainment.

  • giimps

    Apr 24, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #5

    typical hippoheed gameplan,even with $190m of players he’s still a dinosaur, the ref allowed them to chop us down ,denied a stone wall penalty and failed to send off their defender for wiping Gayle out when through on goal.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 24, 2018 at 8:05 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah really frustrated , the quality just wasn’t quite there. Fat Sam gets results, kind of, but Everton fans are just the next in a long line to have to suck up very drab football, when with the quality / investment in their squad they hoped for better.

    Oh well, no dramas. Just hope and expect Rafa can boost the team up again for the weekend. West Brom are a slightly tougher nut to crack than they were a few weeks ago and we don’t want a pretty good season to peter out now.

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 24, 2018 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m glad you’re congratulating Allardyce cos I wouldn’t watch that crap every week and he hasn’t got a clue why he’s unpopular everywhere!
    With that squad they should be pushing the top 6 but we were the better team last night and should have won it on chances created!


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