Phil Jagielka has criticised Newcastle manager Alan Pardew for being "disrespectful" to Everton ahead of their Premier League meeting next week.
Pardew claimed his side were in a different league to David Moyes' side at the tail end of last season.
Newcastle finished the campaign fifth, two places and nine points ahead of Everton, although they were beaten 3-1 at Goodison Park on the season's final day.
The two sides meet again on Merseyside on Monday night, and centre-back Jagielka feels Everton have a point to prove.
He told the Liverpool Echo: "I wouldn't say there was a bit of an edge to the game, but I think it's a little bit disrespectful for someone to say something like that after one good season.
"Fair play, Newcastle had a fantastic season and massively overachieved, but they aren't the first team to overachieve for a season.
"In the Premier League it's all about consistency, and if you look at how we have performed over the years, then it's a little bit disrespectful to come out and say something like that."