Newcastle United come up short in Goodison Park thriller

Newcastle United were made to pay the price for an insipid first-half performance at Goodison Park as their stirring second-half fight-back failed to reap any reward against Everton

Moussa Sissoko and Davide Santon in action for Newcastle
Moussa Sissoko and Davide Santon in action for Newcastle

Newcastle United were made to pay the price for an insipid first-half performance at Goodison Park as their stirring second-half fight-back failed to reap any reward against Everton.

The inconsistency that has stalked Alan Pardew’s efforts to re-invigorate his reign came back with a vengeance last night as Newcastle shipped two goals to Romelu Lukaku and precocious talent Ross Barkley during a dreadfully poor first 45 minutes.

Their second-half recovery, which was prompted by substitute Yohan Cabaye, saw them come within a whisker of recording one of the greatest comebacks in recent black and white history.

Cabaye’s pile-driver set the scene for a vast improvement before Loic Remy nabbed a last-minute goal to give Newcastle hope of taking a point from a remarkable match.

The question is whether you take more from the second-half recovery or the alarming first-half performance – and in front of owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear, that is a query that will be exercising Pardew.

His team were dreadful defensively for 45 minutes with Fabricio Coloccini, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Tim Krul all culpable for the goals that left United with a mountain to climb.

But their attacking threat was there for all to see during a second half which Pardew must take into Saturday’s trip to Cardiff to alleviate the pressure.

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