Everton boss Dave Moyes insists there's no crisis at Goodison Park.
Everton have been eliminated from the Carling and UEFA Cups in the last week, but Moyes says: "[Newcastle] is a really important game that we want to win because if we do we will have a similar points total as we had last year.
"From that point of view it will give us the feeling that maybe we can have a season similar to the last one.
"Okay we are out of the cups which is not good but there will always be difficult periods, I have had them before and I am sure I will have them again.
"We have not started as well as we like and we have got reasons rather than excuses for that but I think players are coming back into form and we are getting players back from injury - so there are signs that we are going to play better."
He continued: "The players I have got here are terrific.
"They're really keen, conscientious about their work, disappointed when they don't win and the players are really good.
"They showed a great attitude to try and turn it around [against Standard Liege] and they are trying to make things better.
"I know we got knocked out but I thought they played with more confidence and played better.
"I was more pleased with that performance than any other this season so that is a positive and we need to use that in the Newcastle game and try and get three points from it."