What can I say about tonight’s performance? A lot as it turns out. Anyone who has followed my articles over the past number of days will know that I predicted that we would take a spanking tonight, and that if we escaped without getting embarrassed, it would be a good result. We didn’t put out a good performance, we did get spanked, and we got horrifically embarrassed. At the risk of patting myself on the back, I called it spot on. Does this make me happy? Not in the slightest.
Once I saw Romelu Lukaku line up for Everton, my first words were, “he’s going to destroy us tonight” because neither of our centre halves were physical enough to deal with him, also, as it turns out, neither were intelligent enough in their defence to cope with him. His physicality, reading of the game, and vision, destroyed us tonight. Defensive shockers from Santon, Coloccini, M’biwa, Debuchy ie our entire back four, ensured that we were going to be in for a tough time. The added nonsensical decision to play Tiote added to what was an incredibly frustrating evening. The guy is as useful as a chocolate teapot for crying out loud!
Yohan Cabaye, who was dropped from the starting line-up, came on at half time and scored a wonder strike as well as proving to be one of our few decent outlets in the 2nd half, effectively leaving no Newcastle United fan in doubt over how much of an idiot that Pardew is.
Granted, our 2nd half performance was much improved, but an improvement was expected, as we could not have played much worse than the wretched travesty that masqueraded as football in the 1st half. Yohan scored a worldly, and Remy nicked an undeserved second, to take the gloss of what was a comfortable victory by Everton. Does this change my feelings about this game? No, because I am not a moron.
I’m saying nothing more about the performance. If you genuinely think we can finish anywhere near the top ten after that kind of performance with what is supposed to be nearly our strongest eleven then frankly, you’re either very deluded, or lacking in any knowledge of this fine sport that is being ravaged and pillaged by this pathetic excuse for a football team. This was not a bad day at the office, this is our reality. Under this manager, under this owner, under this poisonous regime, we are going nowhere, other than the slippery decline amongst the Premier League strugglers.
What do you think? Were you appeased by the 2nd half performance? Or can you see the wood from the trees? I’d love to hear your views.