Alan Pardew bemoaned Newcastle's weak defence last night as Everton emerged victorious from their Premier League clash.

The Toffees ripped apart the Newcastle defence in the first half, scoring three goals from some pleasant link up play between Ross Barkley and Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku managed to bag himself two goals against a delicate Newcastle who simply couldn't handle his presence, whilst Ross Barkley scored his first goal at Goodison Park with the other.

And it was Barkley's goal that was the highlight of the night for Everton.

Lukaku held up the ball waiting for his team mate to make the run and when he did the on-loan Chelsea man played a delightful ball just ahead of Barkley for him to poke the ball past Tim Krul.

Everton exploited Newcastle's poor defence and 1st half were a football team to admire.

Alan Pardew was quick to admit that his side's back line were just not good enough on the day.

"The goals were poor, so poor, in the first half and defensively we've got to be better than we are at the moment," Pardew said.

There was a definite lack of concentration among the Magpies defence and Pardew was right to have expected better.

Next up for Newcastle is a confident Cardiff City.

After beating Fulham away from home this weekend Cardiff have the fire power to outwit a crumbling Newcastle defence.

The Magpies boss will do everything he can this week to tighten up his defence but conceding six goals in the last two games provides Cardiff with a chance to capitalise on Newcastle's lack of leadership at the back.

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