Newcastle 0 Everton 1 – Wednesday 13 December 2017 7.45pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Now no wins in seven and one point from the last 21:
“I don’t think there was much more we could have done except perhaps score goals and not gift the opposition one.
“This wasn’t like Saturday, we were not beaten by a better team, we just gave a rubbish goal away and then didn’t have a lot of luck afterwards.
“The goal did completely sum up our recent defending though. All of them at fault and all of them at sea.
“Apart from that, generally I can’t fault the effort or the basic level of play or the game itself, which was another entertaining game.
“It’s points we need now though. 40 of them.”
“Takeover news is great but our manager must start picking up points before January.
“Darlow had to have been dropped given his previous mistakes.
“Diame should never be in contention to start, ever.
“No Mitro in the squad is madness.
“Relegation a genuine fear with or without takeover.”
“A shocking performance from a relegation looking team.
“No confidence, no ideas and beaten at home yet again, this time by a pretty poor Everton team.
“It is going to be a long hard struggle without things changing at the club.
“Please let the changes happen sooner rather than later…”
“Beaten by a drab everton.
Karl butter fingers Darlow letting pensioner worrier Rooney tap in.
“It is bloody miserable, no wonder Ashley is selling up, he can see the writing on the wall…the writing he wrote.
“Sinking further down the league, what the hell does Staveley see, because the backsidee has dropped out of this bunch.
“They haven’t the foggiest and if it was anyone bar Benitez he would be sacked – because this is beyond relegation form.”
“The lads are playing with such low confidence at the moment, we really needed those shots that hit posts at the Gallowgate End to go in.
“After they scored it became the Sam Allardyce show, not helped by our unwillingness to have a go.
“Instead players were checking back to pass square & backwards, bar a few runs from Yedlin.
“January’s promises can’t come quick enough, hopefully our position at the bottom is retrievable.”
“Everton managed by Allardyce – it had defeat written all over it, and that’s what we got.
“It’s 1 point from a possible 24 now.
“It’s an abysmal run and Newcastle fans are left wondering where the hell the next win is going to come from.
“Hitting the woodwork twice tonight but ultimately not finding a way through to goal.
“Then the rank stupidity of Shelvey adds to the suffering.
“The season is turning into a nightmare.”
“Championship v Premiership.
“Simple as that.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Everton 1
Everton: Rooney 27
Possession was Everton 45% Newcastle 55%
Total shots were Everton 7 Newcastle 16
Shots on target were Everton 4 Newcastle 4
Corners were Everton 1 Newcastle 4
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 74), Shelvey (sent off 90+4), Merino (Perez 86), Atsu, Diame (Joselu 67), Gayle
Elliot, Clark, Hayden, Murphy
(Read the NUFC player match ratings HERE)