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Newcastle sink even deeper, lose 5-1 to Palace

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Steve McClaren promised us a better performance. It was a hollow promise.

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It couldn't get much worse than the performance that Newcastle put in against Leicester, we were told.  Steve McClaren blasted the players and they responded in training this week and they were going to be so ready for Selhurst Park we were told.  It was all almost believable this week, and it started well.

Aleksandar Mitrovic was dropped in favor of Papiss Cissé and it paid off within 10 minutes as the Senegalese striker headed past Wayne Hennessey to give Newcastle an unexpected early lead.  And that was that.  From that moment until the final whistle, it was a prolonged swirl around the drain.

It doesn't matter the details of how it got there, but suffice it to say that by the end, a supposed systemic change at halftime backfired, substitutes did not have effect and results went against the club and Newcastle are ending the day in 19th as Bournemouth drew with Everton 18th as a last minute goal from Everton saved NUFC from 19th place 19th as Bournemouth scored a last minute equalizer against Everton and Sunderland beat Stoke.

You guys, this is really bad.  If they drag their feet on this one like they did with Carver, we're in big, big trouble.  We can't defend.  We can't get back in a match when we go down (which we do every week because we can't defend).  Hold on to your butts, this is going to get uglier.