After being well and truly beaten by Zola's West Ham, Newcastle lie 19th in the league just above fellow strugglers, Spurs.
The toll of the last couple of weeks seemed to be showing as the men in black and white took the field.
The first goal by Di Michele was bad luck as it hit Taylor and flew over Given who could only watch. The second goal by Di Michele had more in it than the first and was a good shot on the rebound. When it looked that it couldn't get worse, Di Michele popped up again and crossed a ball for Etherington to easily tap in.
Michael Owen drilled in a superb shot to maintain his scoring record against West Ham but it was too little too late.
Newcastle looks uncertain in spite of having most of the possession in the first half. Without a manager in place, Newcastle seems to be heading for a repeat of last season when they languished in the bottom half and this time they don't have a Kevin Keegan to spark a revival to keep them afloat.