Well, this match did not end how most Evertonians thought it would.
Everton headed into this match with confidence after a great display against Liverpool this past Sunday. Most thought this confidence would carry over, and it did! However, It did not last long after halftime.
There were many bright spots during this match. Everton seemed in complete control for long periods. Quick passing, fluid movement, and clever finishes, everything was going great.
There were a few blunders, Pickford causing a penalty was one. But he managed to block it and Everton answered right back with their second goal!
After the 60th minute, everything fell apart. The pressure started to build on the Toffees with Newcastle and the fan raging on. Marco Silva’s substitutes did not help Everton and put them in a worse position. By then, the damage was done.
Everton left St. James Park with no points and confidence deflated once again. Let’s take a look at four findings we found in this matchup.
Digne and Bernard Shine Together
This partnership needs to remain intact for the rest of the season. Digne and Bernard together were very creative down the left-hand side of the pitch and gave Newcastle trouble.
Most Evertonians can see a resemblance of Baines and Pienaar between the two. Together they offer something special that Richarlison doesn’t on the left.
Tale of Two Halves
Everton was in complete control during the 1st half of the match. Creative, fluid attacks, brilliant defended and a saved penalty. Everything was looking great being 2 nil up at halftime.
But the wheels unravelled after 60 minutes and Everton lost the confidence and completely collapsed. Something that is a continuing issue.
Terrible Game Management
Marco Silva went into halftime feeling very confident. 2-0 up away is something to be happy about. But his game management once again came into question when the momentum started to change.
Bringing on Mina and changing to a back 3 should not have happened. This allowed Newcastle back into the match and gave them more possession while Everton sat back. Changing point of the match. Unacceptable.
Errors Continue For Jordan Pickford
What has happened to Pickford? Since returning to Everton after his heroics at the World Cup, his mind seems elsewhere.
He is making far too many mistakes that are costing Everton valuable points.