Newcastle 0 Everton 1 – Wednesday 13 December 2017 7.45pm

Darlow 4 – Disappointing for the goal. I haven’t seen a replay yet, so forgive me if I’m wrong, but he must do better. Not good enough and he’ll know that.

Yedlin 6 – Looks a threat going forward but still not good defensively. If only he could find that end product, or is it the fact that there isn’t much up top? We know by now he is poor defensively.

Lejeune 3 – Jury is definitely still out on this guy. Especially when we are at the bottom of the league, I won’t be judging my centre-half on his ability to play 60 yard diagonal passes. I prefer Clark every day of the week.

Lascelles 6 – The team look for more settled at the back with him in the line-up.

Manquillo 5 – Again, did ok but just doesn’t offer enough going forward. We are really lacking in creativity and pace down the left hand side but certainly not lacking in effort and determination with Manquillo and Ritchie.

Shelvey 1 – Didn’t do enough for me. Feels like he isn’t doing enough to impose himself on games, seems all too happy to sit behind the ball and try and play whenever he so happens to get it. Should be the main man but needs to do it far far more for me. Red card in the 94th minute is absurd, idiotic, bordering on selfish. A few people saying his first wasn’t a yellow but it’s irrelevant for me.

Merino 6 – Another one who did ok and seems good on the ball but just not doing enough to dictate the game or drive the team forward. I don’t have many negatives to say about Merino. I don’t think there’s any doubt that he would look like a good player in a top side but must contribute more all round in what is a poor side.

Ritchie 6 – Tried his best to pose a threat down the right hand side but his final ball again was letting him down. I can’t fault his effort and positioning, just lacks that quality in the key areas at times.

Diame 0 – Where do you start? It’s like watching Geremi again! Can’t run, can’t pass, can’t shoot, rubbish first touch. At the absolute bare minimum, you’d expect him to be able to put himself about but he doesn’t even do that. Watches the game pass him by far too often.

Atsu 6 – Looked sharp on his comeback, and although he tends to find himself running into dead ends, he causes problems and gives the opposition something to think about. Much like Yedlin behind him, or Ritchie on the opposite flank, it’s just that end product that’s missing when we need it most.

Gayle 4 – If he scores a goal then all is grand, but when he doesn’t score, then his contribution to the game is very very little. without doubt our best goal scoring option at the moment.


Joselu 5 – I don’t like the fact that Rafa doesn’t even put Mitrovic on the beach. At the very least, he offers something to the team when you’re chasing the game. Joselu doesn’t offer half of what Mitrovic does, despite his efforts.

Aarons – N/A (Not on long enough) . Don’t even think he touched the ball did he?

Perez – N/A (Not on long enough)

The individual ratings probably don’t reflect the team performance as a whole.

I don’t think you can doubt the effort out there. The simple truth is that the 11 players on the pitch just aren’t good enough, or being kind, they’re struggling at this level.

Everton won through an individual mistake from Darlow, but at the same time, we could have been sat there until 7am and we still wouldn’t have scored.

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

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Ritchie (Aarons 74), Shelvey (sent off 90+4), Merino (Perez 86), Atsu, Diame (Joselu 67), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Clark, Hayden, Murphy

Crowd: 51,042

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the game HERE)

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    i think he`s messed certain players about that much that they just don`t want to play for the guy, an earlier post said there isn`t one premiership player at the club & i think that is spot on.
    4 or 5 signings may cover the cracks but that`s all it will do.
    would a change of manager make any difference, who know`s but the Alarm bells will be ringing loud & clear.
    the club as a whole isn`t fit for purpose

    • Mrkgw

      Well said Moose.

  • Paul Patterson

    I’m sorry, did we get beat 5-0? I’m all for criticism and we aren’t good enough, but those ratings are comedic.

    • Jonathan Drape-Comyn

      which ones?

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        most of them correct but i wasn`t at the game just listening, you were

      • Paul Patterson

        Darlow 4?
        Lejeune 3?
        Shelvey 1?
        Diame 0?

        To get a ‘0’ ‘1’ ‘2’ or ‘3’ etc you would have to turn up and just sit in the centre circle for 90 minutes. Darlow, one lapse and he gets a ‘4’?

        I’d rather look at why we were lumping balls up front to a 5’6′ striker all game . .

  • TheFatController

    Every game is tight because we battle and are honest grafters but exhibit little PL skill, and games are likely to be decided by brilliance or mistakes. Guess which decided tonight’s…?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      99% of the time quality will prevail in the end, We haven`t got any

      • TheFatController

        It’s almost as if we’re hoping to gamble survival with the bare minimum.

        Remind us of anyone ?

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          That`s been going on for years

  • Rob

    Given current quality of performances I think we’d struggle to get back out the championship first time with the current squad.

    Sickening that Burnley are competitive and in CL places whilst we’re a catastrophe again.

    Really hope takeover is imminent.

  • Marveauxless

    In a move that surprised absolutely no-one Allardyce elected to play a narrow back 4 with 2 holding midfielders forcing Newcastle into relying on long shots and crosses, in anticipation of this obvious tactical ploy did we start our 6’3″, burly Serbian striker with a penchant for headed goals? Of course not, let’s leave it to the 5’8″ striker who predictably made no impact whatsoever.

  • Saul Williams

    This team is the legacy of Ashley’s ownership.Just like his shop.Cheap and rubbish.

  • Big Al 1967

    During the World Cup Qualifiers Williams was bullied by Mitro in both games. So what does Rafa do? Not even include him in the squad. Pig headedness gone way too far

    • Buck Blacket

      People were moaning about Shelvey not starting and look what happens when he does. Yeah, so lets throw Mitrovic on as well because playing with 9 men is a great idea! So many armchair managers here who think they know better than Rafa. What happened to the trust? All the naysayers have no idea of what happens on the training pitch and behind the scenes at the club. Benitez does though, because he’s there every day!

      • Dillon Tovak

        B…b…bu…but Mitrovic scores for Serbia and would bang them in for us.
        Oh no, sorry, we were relegated when he started every week.

        • Marveauxless

          Absolute non-argument: Andy Johnson, Di Canio, Defoe (twice), Charlie Austin, Juninho, Bellamy and Viduka have all been relegated. All of whom were prolific in the process.
          Mitrovic scored 9 goals in 34 games in a team that created around 40% fewer chances per game than the current side. He was more threatening in 21 minutes against Watford than Joselu had been in 11 games.

          • Dillon Tovak

            He was aaaaalways missing sitters.
            This site was awash with people essentially saying what they are now saying about Joselu.
            He has 3, he’ll have 9 by the end of the season.
            What’s the difference?

          • Marveauxless

            You’re completely wrong.
            In 2015/16 Mitrovic played 2117 minutes scoring 9 goals with an average of 1 goal every 8.7 shots
            This season Joselu has played 1044 minutes scoring 3 goals with an average of 1 goal every 11.3 shots
            Joselu is far less prolific than Mitrovic was in 2016, in half the minutes he’s scored a third of the goals.
            Joselu has also missed 6 clear cut chances this season (the 4th highest in the league), as opposed to Mitrovic’s 8 in the whole of 2015/16 (not even in the top 20)

            The idea that Joselu will score 9 goals by the end of the season is based on nothing

          • Dillon Tovak

            Mitrovic had MUCH better players around him.
            I think Joselu is rubbish too, but Mitro ain’t the answer.
            Or if he is, thats the case without any evidence indicating so.

          • Marveauxless

            As I’ve already said, the current Newcastle side creates around 40% more chances per game than the 2015/16 side. Mitrovic’s higher goalscoring rate cannot be attributed to the quality of players around him. Mitrovic is indisputably better than Joselu and, as such, it stands to reason that Newcastle would perform better with Mitrovic playing ahead of Joselu

          • Dillon Tovak

            Stats are misleading. Especially with what is decided upon being a “chance”.
            We very, very rarely create actual chances.
            There have been a couple of times I’ve thought Joselu should have buried that, but not many.
            Same with Gayle.
            In fact it seems like we never actually have the ball.

          • Natturner26

            Joselu can’t do anything right. C’mon.

          • Dillon Tovak

            Yeah he’s not very good, but I am not seeing us create guilt edged chance after chance that he’s regularly fluffing.

          • Natturner26

            He doesn’t even look like a footballer he can’t even get on the ball. Worst premier league player I’ve seen Rafa bringing him on to get back in the game is a joke on us.

          • Marveauxless

            The side of 2016 didnt create many chances either, in fact they created around 40% fewer chances than the current side. But I guess all facts that disprove your argument are automatically wrong and pale in significance to your own baseless assumptions

        • Phil Yare

          the point is that hes still miles better than joselu, perez and diame man!

        • Steve Smith

          And we play teams a bit higher in the rankings than Aldi, Lidl and Petsmart.

          • TheFatController

            I did check today, it’s Wales, Austria, Georgia and Moldova. They’d probably hold an Aldi eleven to a draw in fairness …

        • Natturner26

          Actually Rafa dropped him and then we got relegated. He did fine that year and is an improved player now.

          • Dillon Tovak

            What makes you say that? When ever I’ve seen him he’s still missing sitters.

          • Natturner26

            True that is his biggest fault. But he creates a ton of chances for himself and others and has a respectable goal and assist return. Maybe we would’ve stayed up if Rafa didn’t drop him at the end of the season. Gayle is a better finisher and maybe Joselu is too in training but Mitro is a decent finisher with great build up and hold up play he’s the best we’ve got for me and at least miles better than Joselu for anyone with a brain.

      • Marveauxless

        Yep, because Shelvey and Mitrovic are guaranteed to get sent off every single game they play… Shelvey played 90 minutes in 7 consecutive games before being dropped against West Brom without being sent off and Mitrovic has only received 7 cards in 65 games for Newcastle

        • Buck Blacket

          Shelvey has two red cards to his name before we’ve even got to Christmas. Mitrovic elbows people in the back of the head (when we’re winning) and gets done for violent conduct. Doesn’t fill you with much confidence does it?

          • Damon Horner

            Only Shelvey would get off lightly for two red cards. 20 games approx and he’ll have been suspended for 5 of them. Right when we need our senior players to influence games.

      • Big Al 1967

        Do I think Mitro is the answer? No
        Do I think he is better than Joselu? Without a shadow of a doubt.
        And to be honest what they do in training is secondary to what happens on a matchday. If you ask virtually every player from the seventies team who the worst trainer was the answer always comes back Supermac. Now he didn’t do too badly for us but if he was around now(IF ONLY) I don’t think he would come into Rafa’s thinking

        • Buck Blacket

          My point is that we don’t know what Rafa knows, how could we? The lack of trust is shocking, wouldn’t you agree it has “evaporated” rather quickly?

          • Marveauxless

            1 point from 8 games is worse than any run we suffered under Pardew and only 1 point better off than Carver’s worst run. Fans turned on McClaren, Pardew and Carver over similar if not better runs. I personally don’t want to see Rafa leave but he cannot hide behind his reputation

          • Buck Blacket

            It’s a different season with a different squad so you can’t use statistics like that as a yardstick. Lets be honest though, the three managers you mentioned are not in the same league as Benitez. We have dropped points due to quite a few individual errors like Darlow’s tonight otherwise we would have been in a stronger position than we currently are. I just don’t think we’ve had the rub of the green lately. We need to get behind Rafa and the squad and see how things pan out in the January window.

          • Marveauxless

            1 point from 8 games is terrible whatever “yardstick” you use. Every manager sacked over the last 2 seasons (I can’t be bothered looking back further than that) had a better record than that over their last 8 games (yes, even Pardew at Palace).
            Yes, Darlow’s calamitous mistake is unpredictable but our defending against Man Utd, Chelsea, West Brom, Watford and Leicester was atrocious and bordered on unprofessional. Time after time, our defence was carved open in 5 consecutive games where the opposition created dozens of clear cut chances and that cannot be put down to “individual errors” or “the rub of the green”

          • Buck Blacket

            Disappointing is the word I would use because in all forms of sport, you can’t win all the time though I suspect some people who comment on here think we should! We are not even in the relegation zone yet, had the other managers you mentioned been in charge, no doubt we would be.

          • Wor Lass

            Says it all, really.

  • Mrkgw

    Rafa might well go. If he does, it was good in part while it lasted but I’ve seen enough now, and his picks are verging on the ridiculous. I no longer consider him as being the man to take the club forward and change is needed yet again. If AS assumes control – Keegan anyone?

    • Dillon Tovak


  • Buck Blacket

    Reading some of these comments I am starting to agree with some of the criticism levelled at sections of the support about delusions of grandeur and a sense of entitlement.

    • Dillon Tovak

      Very, very true.

      • TheFatController

        Somebody on here yesterday said Leicester were ‘relegation fodder’ – the champions of two years ago who have won their last 4.

        Nothing needs saying …

  • Vito Genovese

    The problem is quite simple, not only do the players lack premier league experience but in the main they don’t appear to have any cohesion and severely lack the guile required to play at this level.
    To lose 4 home games in a row against Bournemouth, Watford, Leicester and Everton is unacceptable regardless of effort.
    You can argue all day about whether Mitrovic or Joselu or Gayle or Perez should or shouldn’t be playing but the fact is that none of them are very good for a variety of reasons.
    All footballers are impacted by the team they play in but great players also impact teams.

  • Charlie Dickens

    Yedlin best player. By far. Ritchie started like he had a point to prove but faded second half, like rest of team. First half was alright, didn’t keep momentum going.
    Shelvey lacked match fitness, tired badly. Thought he was unlucky with the cards. Second one, in injury time, them breaking, had to go for it but knackered. Devolved into long balls and couldn’t pass for last twenty minutes. Looked slack, tired. Would’ve taken off Manquillo for Aarons and dropped Ritchie to left back as chasing game. Mitro would’ve offered something. Lejuene and Lascelles looked comfortable, composed in possession, which we had much more of than Saturday. We should play Ritchie as a ten and press much higher. Aarons wing, sharing shifts with Murphy. Atsu fine on other wing. Gayle needs a big man beside him. With 1 up he’s a little boy lost. Didn’t deserve to lose tonight. Surprised Elliott didn’t get his place back. Don’t rate him but he didn’t do much wrong before being droppe. Darlow’s mistake cost us the game. We’ve played much worse than tonight recently.

    • Salty

      Not much to disagree with there. Desperately hope we get a ‘10’ in for January and can’t think what a folly it was to let SDJ go for peanuts when Perez and Diame aren’t good enough. Even if he mised half the games would be a better option than those 2

  • Leazes Ender

    Do it again when you’ve sobered up Jonathan.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    We were the far better team last night and on another day could have won three or four nil so all is not lost and that is with starting the game with ten men so a couple of changes and we will be back to the early season form just important to stick with the team but one player should never set foot on the pitch again would be better having him sit in the dug out than on the field would make a better contribution.

    • hetonmag

      At long last something we agree on.👍