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
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
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