ALAN Pardew admitted his Newcastle United side had no case for the defence at Goodison Park.
Newcastle conceded three first-half goals in an abject first-half performance against Everton last night.
United improved after the break and after Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy found the net, the team pressed for an unlikely equaliser.
But Remy was off-target with an injury-time chance and Newcastle lost 3-2.
Pardew – who took off Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa at the break and replaced him with Mike Williamson – blasted his team’s defending as Romelu Lukaku scored twice and Ross Barkley also found the net in a torrid period.
“Our goals against doesn’t look good,” he admitted. “We need to tighten that defensive side of things.”
“You can’t concede goals like that at this level, I’m afraid.
“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb.”
Williamson helped Newcastle get to grips with Lukaku, who had dominated Yanga-Mbiwa and captain Fabricio Coloccini.
“We had more or less the same players in the second half, but for two changes at half-time,” he said.
“There was a change of attitude.
“There was a tackle won, a header won and it makes all the difference. Then suddenly we’re back in it.
“Those goals in the first half? I’m sorry – we can’t defend like that.”
Williamson could now be handed a start at Cardiff City on Saturday while midfielder Cabaye is also likely to return to the starting XI.
“We have to get rid of that inconsistency,” Pardew added. “We have to remind the players that we can’t have that at Newcastle.
“It has to be proper 90 minutes.”