Sam Allardyce was obviously loving it after the final whistle.

Making out that it was some kind of genius tactics that had won the game at St James Park.

With Newcastle on a run of one point from 21, the last thing we wanted to do was gift them a goal…

However, on 27 minutes Karl Darlow gave them exactly that, an early Christmas present, fumbling the easiest of headers and allowing Rooney to score from two yards.

If either of Newcastle’s shots that hit the woodwork had gone in, then Everton wouldn’t have won.

It was typical boring Sam Allardyce tactics and Newcastle made all of their own problems, meaning there is little you can say when the fat oaf has got the three points and telling us how brilliant he is.

What a nightmare.

Sam Allardyce:

“We came here to open Newcastle up whenever we could and exploit their defensive weaknesses which have been apparent over the last six games.

“They’ve lost all six so there wasn’t a lot of confidence there so if we got at the back line as often and as quickly as we possibly could then there would be a chance for us to score today. Gratefully that chance came to us first and we could get in the lead.

“We had a bit of a slow start as I think there was a bit of tiredness left in the legs from the effort on Sunday. Newcastle had the extra day to recover and they made a lot of changes to the team as well so they had fresher legs.

“But our lads with their experience and as a defensive unit limited Newcastle, shut the crowd up, kept them quiet and Wayne Rooney pops up with a goal. That experience and reading of the situation… it was only Wayne who decided for himself that he would just take the chance to run in in case the ‘keeper spilled it. He did and he put it in the back of the net.

“After that, Gylfi would be a little bit disappointed he didn’t score tonight which is good news. He’s getting in those areas and we all know how good he is at scoring normally.

“So, all in all, I think the overall performance in possession could have been better but the defending most of the time was very, very good. And some of our play when we did play it right was a bit more encouraging.

“It’s not rocket science, it’s simplifying and making things easier for players to make decisions to win back confidence, get results and take us forward.

“Then there’s those other things about finding space, making space, closing down the opposition and showing players how it’s done. Not just on the field of play today but visually through the technology I use and the amount of work the analysts use.

“They’ve been on overtime since I’ve been here. I don’t think they’ve had much sleep but they’ve delivered a fantastic amount of information for the players to look at and take that on to the pitch. We haven’t been able to spend too much time on the training ground because we’ve got so many games at the moment so the analysts are delivering visuals on a constant basis and that’s been working.

“It pleases me even more than we’ve achieved an away win and gave another defensive performance which for the most part kept Newcastle quiet.

“I’ve come into football clubs in trouble before but never turned around results so quickly. One goal conceded – three wins and a draw – you can’t get much better than that.

“This squad I’ve got will get even better when the likes of Coleman, Baines, Bolasie, McCarthy and Barkley return from injury.

“It’s important that we keep this momentum going for the busy Christmas period.”

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)

(Read what Rafa Benitez said after the match HERE)

(Alan Shearer and Danny Murphy argue after Newcastle 0 Everton 1 – Read it HERE)

(Read the match ratings for all Newcastle players HERE)

(Read what Wayne Rooney said after the match HERE)

  • Jezza

    Open us up? Exploit our defensive weaknesses? That bung grabbing clown is talking as if they’ve just banged in 7 or 8 goals against us rather than scraping a 1-0 win thanks to a goal keeping howler and two shots whacking the post with their £30 million keeper nowhere.

    • TheFatController

      Give the man a break, they had one header comfortably saved and two weak headers. That’s 3 shots target. 3. And it’s a whopping 4 with Rooney’s tap in.

      Now, when he managed us at home to Liverpool we had no shots on target.

      Thus, proof if it were needed, that he is getting better with experience.

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    They very rarely got into our box they made us look a great team and that’s with starting the match with ten men. One player was so lifeless he could have been the ref such was his lack of effort surprised I captain did not punch him again other thanthat a really good performance on another day could easy have three or four goals they offered very little and even Rooney is not fit these days.

    • TheNutJob

      problem is we still lost

  • TheNutJob

    We should be ok next month when Big Andy comes home & brings Danny Ings with him

  • Vito Genovese

    Deluded, corrupt, huge head and big headed.

    • Dave Pattinson

      Brilliant & innovative manager whose teams always entertain. Honest as the day is long, should be managing national team. Yeah, right.

      • Kneebotherm8

        What days that then????……..must be December 21st.

  • ghostrider

    Look, we know Sam is talking baloney but at the end of the day, football is about bigging your team up for managers.
    The simple reality of the game was, we were arguably the better side and IF football was won on IF’S, then we would have most likely have won.

    The problem is, in the recent past, if football was to be won and lost of those same IF’S then we would most likely still be in a similar position to where we are now.

    The simple fact is that Everton are below standard by a long way considering what they’ve spent.
    We are on equal par with this below standard Everton team, but one thing they have that we don’t have, is a confidence build under a new manager.

    We are losing confidence by the minute with the very same manager that refuses to use what he has to best effect to rebuild that confidence.

    IF we won that game it would paper over cracks with tissue paper but would be 3 more points closer to safety.

    We are only a few games from injury feigning.
    You know, the viruses and sprained toes and bruised elbows and ego’s.

    Then guess what?
    Rafa will call on those players he blanked and disrespected or humiliated and expect them to go out and do him proud.

    We are very close to this happening unless this man goes.
    I can’t help saying it because I feel that strongly about it.

    He can stick his CV where the sun don’t shine.
    I believe he’s managing this club under false pretences.

    The stark reality is, this team is plenty good enough, if played to it’s strengths, to easily escape relegation and if Rafa’s not willing to sort it out due to his own arrogance and self importance, along with excuses, then bundle him up and roll him down the road….NOW, before it’s too late to arrest a scary slide.

    • TheNutJob

      the one thing we don`t have is a striker bonnie lad & haven`t had one for yonks

      • ghostrider

        But we do have strikers.
        We simply do not use them to effect in 99% of games.
        They might not be the best strikers in the premier league, obviously but they are certainly not the worst, by far…only they are made to look it by lack of service or not even being played or being made to do everything else but be a striker.
        that’s the problem.
        And no, I’m not even talking about Joselu.

      • Kneebotherm8

        We should have had Tammy Abraham but Ashley and co. didn’t allow it to happen.

        • Mitros gotta start

          Could have sworn that chelsea didnt want him to come to newcastle because of the nightlife….that is what was reported at the time anyway.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Reported where???……..what a load of ……… there’s 10 times more nightlife in London if he’s that way inclined,probably as much in Swansea as here too…… Try another excuse why we didn’t sign him.

          • Mitros gotta start

            Was reported in loads of places….but hey….dont let the facts get in the way of a good story.

          • Kneebotherm8

            Facts? Don’t say you read it in the sun or the mirror……… I say the nightlife in London’s 10 times what it is in the Toon……… it doesn’t ring true that does it?

    • gallowgate26

      Sure, there is a pattern developing here though, we aren’t getting ‘thrashed’ so to speak, we have some good chances and start games well. We even say, we were better than the other team after some games… BUT we come away with nothing and they go home with 3 points. Why is that? Football is about results and we just aren’t getting them at the moment. It’s not good enough and the players need to improve, the time for ‘taking positives’ is over now. They need to improve, fast. Rafa is not putting a team out to lose, we are creating more chances than similar teams but the players aren’t putting them away. People say, play Mitrovic, play Shelvey, what happens? Red card. Mitrovic gets better with every game he doesn’t play. Would he really have a lot more than the 3 Joselu has? He’s not prolific.

      • ghostrider

        Mitrovic doesn’t get the chance to be anything because Rafa doesn’t trust him and yet that player can not only make a massive difference in terms of converting, he keeps players occupied and wary and let’s them know they’re in a game.
        That’s what we need in a team.
        Yeah he’s feisty and what not and he will get punished at times, but then again there’s many players like him who do, yet are still used, because they are effective.

        Mitrovic and Gayle would be a defenders nightmare if they were supplied with the chances.
        Rafa can change this team up to do a very good job in this league in terms of us staying up very comfortably.
        But you said it yourself. We aren’t getting hammered and that is the key to Rafa’s silly mindset.

        His mindset is to defend being 1-0 down rather than chase for a draw and potentially lose 2 or 3 nil.
        The weird part was, in the championship, his mindset was to win at all costs and hope you don’t concede when you are chasing a game.

        Strange that because he even said himself that maybe he should sometimes accept a draw.

        He’s went way better this time.
        He accepts a small defeat rather than a tonking. Why?
        Cos it looks better on him that teams don’t always hammer him.

        It’s no coincidence that his team set up runs out of attacking steam after half an hour, generally.
        His focus is on trying to sting a team and then defend the lead, putting all the effort into doing so then having little left to do anything about it when the opposition team gets back into it.

        Rafa doesn’t need to improve fast because I don’t think he’s got it in him to do so with this team.
        I think he’s just about destroyed any potential in 90% of it.

        It’s time for him to get out of the club and leave it to someone who has the ability to play a system with the best available players who can effect it in a balanced way, whilst giving the fans some real entertainment to go with the expected 90 plus minutes of graft.

  • MadMag83

    Their team cost millions more than ours, fresh legs or not, quality counts in this league and we are desperately short of it.

  • FatParosite

    Allerdyce never ceases to amaze me how he can put layer upon layer of new hatred for the odious potato that he is.

    • mus

      get yersell doon to the championship and have a canny (big) sammy christmas

  • Buck Blacket

    England should have stuck with old Hippo-head. Not because he’s a good manager, he isn’t, but because he’s a lucky manager! With him in charge, we might have scuffed a few goals at the right time and won the World Cup in Russia.

  • nufcslf

    Fancy even allowing the moron the opportunity to be able to say such shyte. A lot needs sorting out and fatty to completely f**ck off out of the way. Crying about relegation clauses, has the stupid c**t not looked at the league table. Seems to have relegation written all over it to me.

  • Andy Mac

    Sure as sht he’d have made a different statement had they been held or even lost ? However Everton were a basket case before he arrived and now they’ve had three wins on the trot his input cant be ignored ?

    Whereas our world class manager is struggling to do the basics well, defending has become a joke and attacking is as bad as it has been most of this season.

    Allardyce or Rafa right now ? No Brainer !