Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Slumbering Magpies Woke Up ... before Long It Will Be Too Late

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Time Slumbering Magpies Woke Up ... before Long It Will Be Too Late

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NEWCASTLE United players emerged from their loss at Goodison Park to tell fans they must do better against Arsenal.

It was one of the understatements of the season in many ways, because let's be honest they couldn't be much worse.

They had every right to feel hard done by when they were denied a penalty in the opening exchanges when James McCarthy used his arm to block Mike Williamson's effort.

But after that Newcastle disappeared and failed to cope with a tired Everton side that opted to play long balls to pick holes in United's crumbling back four.

Defensive errors are one thing.

You can also do very little when the team is depleted by injuries.

Stupid decisions like Fabricio Coloccini's red card and Yoan Gouffran's charitable penalty are another.

Playing with a lack of passion like that is unforgiveable.

So now we await the response from a Newcastle side that contains several members who are supposed to be fighting for their futures.

The way the fixture list has panned out this season means there have only been three occasions when United have gone into a home game in the direct aftermath of an away defeat.

They picked up a 2-2 draw against Hull City after the 4-0 hiding at Southampton back in September.

Then they returned to Tyneside three days after another 4-0 drubbing - at Spurs in the League Cup - only to lose to a Sunderland team that have won just four games out of 29 Prem fixtures all season.

Newcastle did respond to the 5-0 pasting at Manchester City by scraping a 1-0 win over Aston Villa, a result that hasn't looked too bad since Tim Sherwood turned his team round in subsequent games.

However, in reality this crowd want to see some life from the players after what looked like an afternoon of sleepwalking at times on Merseyside.

St James' Park is built for big games like this one.

But it can also go seriously wrong on occasions like this if players take to the hallowed turf with the wrong attitude or application.

Newcastle fans vow to still "follow United" no matter what when they sing away from home.

ey don't demand victories and they expect to lose more than they win with the way the current set-up is working. …

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