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Newcast 3 - 2 Everton: Instant Reaction

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Everton are in trouble as the New Year comes around.

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It's time to face facts, Everton are in trouble. Massive trouble.

Prior to the game, Evertonians had been clamouring for change and were given it, with an experimental line up that left some hopeful but many worried. The latter would prove to be the correct ones as the 3-2 score line ultimately flattered the Blues.

The start of the game was a bit of a false dawn as Kone's first for the club got hopes up. However, as it has regularly been this year, defending cost Everton once again. Distin getting caught under a cross; McGeady failing to clear and Barkley's mistake all cost the side this time around.

At the other end, there was once again a lack of imagination, incision, quality or confidence when Everton had possession. It would be very easy to write the exact same things as our instant reaction from last week, or in fact, most Everton performances from this season.

Similar to that game at Goodison, the referee must also come in for some negative attention. His failure to send off Cisse after elbowing Seamus Coleman in the jaw, despite the fact he was watching it from up close, cost Everton dearly. The striker naturally scored not long afterwards and things could have been much different with the home side down to ten men for the majority of the game.

Now our 8th defeat of the season, the Blues are in trouble. It would be amiss to call for Martinez's head after last season's heroics, but change is certainly needed. At the moment, we are relegation candidates at best. January will prove to be a big month. On this showing, it might get much worse before it gets better.