NEED some revolutionary tactics to outwit the only unbeaten Premier League side in their own back yard?
Why not make an admittedly good team looks world beaters by inviting them to take a three-goal lead?
They will get smug, you will expose them for the flawed outfit that they truly are and then catch them up at the death for a hard-earned point.
Well you have to accept that the first part of the masterplan worked to perfection for Newcastle United last night.
It’s just a shame Alan Pardew’s side fluffed their lines a little after the interval in what was really just a damage-limitation exercise.
The Magpies’ first-half performance at Everton sunk even lower than their opening-night surrender at Manchester City.
For all centre-half Mapou Yanga-Mwiba was hooked at half-time, any one of his defensive colleagues could have followed him.
So inept were they as a unit that even subbing all four of them and playing with 10 men would have tightened things up.
As far as I am concerned Fabricio Coloccini has to take the bulk of the blame.
While his class is not in doubt, there is always an abysmal performance lurking inside him and Monday night was the latest example of just how easily it can escape.
As captain he is also supposed to organise the defence and his team as a whole.
Despite his role in all three home goals, Coloccini has served the club well enough over the years to deserve a reprieve.
His stock, after all, went up during his prolonged absence in the second half of last season.
But take your pick from the other three as to who gets ditched at Cardiff City this Saturday.
While the idea of playing a left-footer at left back may seem revolutionary, I would introduce Paul Dummett for his full Premier League debut, keep second-half substitute Mike Williamson in the middle with Coloccini and let Yanga-Mwiba, Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy scrap over the right-back slot.
Even then it is tempting to dispense with the lot of them and use Vurnon Anita instead.
– GAVIN LEDWITH