Why are the performances dipping so much in the second half though. Is it a mental or physical thing, i personally am not sure, or are other teams playing poor first halfs and better second halfs?
The Newcastle game was a freak game. If that Cabaye goal misses the target, Everton probably regain their confidence and it finishes 4-1 or something. That goal encouraged Newcastle, who then went hell-for-leather because they needed to, and Everton became increasingly nervous.
However, we had seemed to weather the storm, nearly scored a few more ourselves and we more dominant in the middle of the park again, but then another soft goal in the heart of the defence.
This is the worry. Hopefully Martinez will be looking for a centre back in January and I think he will, as Heitinga looks pretty much set to leave.