Everyone is allowed an off night, and that’s exactly what this was. There’s no need for over analyzing the 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park as Newcastle have shown time and time again under Eddie Howe that they can bounce back well after a defeat. There’s no reason to think that won’t be the case now.
Newcastle’s only change was, of course, in goal as: Martin Dubravka replaced the injured Nick Pope, who is set to be out for around four months with a dislocated shoulder. Pope has had surgery this week and now has to watch on from the stands with a whole host of his teammates.
The final 3-0 score flattered Everton massively, as the game was in the balance for a large portion of it. Both sides had chances in the first half with Alexander Isak missing a huge chance from a free header, and Miguel Almiron shooting straight at Jordan Pickford when released down the right. Dominic Calver-Lewin had Everton’s best chances in the first half, somehow blazing over from a few yards out, and missing with a header.
Howe would’ve been happy with the scoreline at half time, for all Everton’s pressure, their finishing let them down. There were times that Newcastle controlled the midfield and began to tick, but their final ball was lacking. The frustration for Howe was that the second half started much like the first, with Everton on the front foot and igniting the home support.
The deadlock was finally broken in the last 15 minutes of the game as Kieran Trippier got his feet mixed up when trying to play out from the back. Everton saw their chance and Dwight McNeil made a mistake with a fine finish from just outside the box. The Toffees didn’t have to wait long for their second, as Trippier was again caught on the ball and Abdoulaye Doucoure finished the move off to leave Newcastle out of sight.
It got worse for the visitors when Beto finished off a flowing move to make it 3-0, Dubravka will be majorly disappointed not to have kept the effort out as it went under his body and into the back of the net.
Injuries taking toll on Newcastle
Last night there were twelve absentees, eleven of those were injuries. As Howe has said a few times now, Newcastle are not getting short-term injuries where a player is out for a week or two, they are all long-term injuries that have had a detrimental impact on the squad. The same eleven playing every 2-3 days was always going to catch up with them, and that’s exactly what happened last night. Newcastle weren’t terrible, they had their chances, and had they scored first, they probably had gone on to win the game. Fatigue is an issue and with the same eleven tasked with going again on Sunday against Tottenham, it is only going to get worse unless players return from injury to ease the workload on those playing every few days.
A night to forget for Newcastle and Trippier but the overreaction on social media after a defeat has got to stop. Creating a toxic environment that doesn’t do anyone any favors should have been left in the Mike Ashley era. Newcastle have one of the best teams in their history, and it is only a matter of time before these players lift a trophy. To say they’re not trying or they’re lazy is so far off the mark, and unwarranted. It helps nobody and causes more problems than needed.
Newcastle will bounce back, and that has been proven during Howe’s reign, there’s no reason it won’t happen again.