Westley: Goals were soft
Stevenage manager Graham Westley labelled the goals they conceded in their 4-0 loss to Everton as 'soft'.
Steven Naismith scored after five minutes to settle any early nerves and the former Rangers man added a second later in the first half.
Second-half substitutes Johnny Heitinga and Magaye Gueye completed the rout over Stevenage, who beat Newcastle at the Lamex Stadium three years ago.
John Stones cleared an early Lucas Akins shot off the line, but other than that Stevenage created little.
Westley said: "We had a massive early chance but mentally we didn't show enough strength.
"It was a heavy defeat, but the goals we conceded were soft.
"If you make defensive errors like we did you won't stay in any game."