Everton manager David Moyes pulled no punches in his assessment of his team's performance against Newcastle at Goodison Park, claiming he would have joined the fans in booing their team off the park.
Magpies new boy Hatem Ben Arfa scored the only goal of the game just before half-time as Everton made it five games without a win in the Barclays Premier League. The Toffees' supporters made their feelings known at full-time, and Moyes left his players in little doubt how he felt about their display.
"I would have booed after that performance today," said the Scot. "They are good players and a good team but they now need to stand up and be counted."
The first half was a cagey affair marked by one decent chance for each side, Wayne Routledge for Newcastle and Phil Jagielka for Everton, before Ben Arfa crashed the ball into the top corner from 25 yards.
By that point the Magpies had already been forced into a change in goal after Steve Harper landed heavily on his left shoulder following a late tackle from Jermaine Beckford, Tim Krul coming on in his place.
The hosts improved after the break but, in a scenario reminiscent of last week's astonishing comeback against Manchester United, it was not until stoppage time that they really came close to equalising. First, half-time substitute Aiyegbeni Yakubu hit the post, with Krul just managing to grab the ball before it deflected off him and over the line.
Then, with almost the final kick of the game, Leighton Baines appeared to have put the equaliser on a plate for Marouane Fellaini six yards out but Fabricio Coloccini somehow managed to deflect the ball behind.
For Newcastle, it was the perfect way to bounce back from last weekend's 2-0 home defeat by Blackpool, and boss Chris Hughton was full of praise for his players.
He said: "The most pleasing thing for me was the team performance. It was a real disappointment last week because it's a home game and we know how valuable points are in this division. We saw it very much as three points lost last week.
"Is Goodison an ideal place to come on the back of a defeat? The answer generally is no because of the quality they've got here. But I thought it was an excellent performance from the first to the 94th minute."
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