There were dramatic late scenes at Goodison Park as Newcastle fought from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Everton thanks to two stoppage-time goals from centre back Florian Lejeune!!!
When these two sides last met in December, Carlo Ancelotti’s side prevailed over Steve Bruce’s men thanks to a brace from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Everton were without key men in Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison, whilst Newcastle was dealt two huge injury blows earlier in the week as both left-backs Jetro Willems and Paul Dummett were ruled out for the rest of the season.
Rather thankfully, the injuries to Willems and Dummett had not left Newcastle without a left-back, as Matt Ritchie has immediately inserted himself back in the Newcastle starting XI, following strong performances against Rochdale and Chelsea in his last two appearances for the Toon.
Everton opened the scoring in the 30th minute, with Moise Kean being gifted open space by the Newcastle defence for the Italian to score his first goal for Everton since joining them from Juventus in the Summer.
The home side doubled their lead in the early stages of the second half, with Calvert-Lewin netting his 10th league goal of the season so far, and he is proving to be a prolific thorn in the side of Newcastle United.
As the game looked to be comfortably in Everton’s grasp, french centre back Florian Lejeune was brought on, and soon made quite the impact. He produced one moment of magic with a spectacular overhead kick in the 93rd minute, in what at the time seemed like a consolation goal.
But, as the clock ticked to the 95th minute, a mad scramble for the ball took place in the Everton box. Suddenly, Newcastle players began to celebrate jubilantly, Florian Lejeune, the substitute, had just equalised in the 95th minute for the away side. Jordan Pickford and the rest of the Everton team could only stare in anger and disappointment as the Newcastle players rallied around one another. A draw well and truly snatched from the jaws of defeat.
This season, Newcastle’s striker has recorded 1 goal in the league. Their wingers and midfield have recorded 11…and their defence have got a combined 12.
Newcastle now finds themselves in 13th position, level with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal, Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, and tonight’s opponent. That’s still 7 points above the relegation zone after Bournemouth defeated Brighton, and 4 points off 5th placed Manchester United, who have a game in hand over Newcastle. As we approach the final third of the season, the race for European football amongst the Premier League midtable intensifies seemingly with each gameweek.
Everton meanwhile moved up to 8th place in the Premier League table, as their slow resurgence under Carlo Ancelotti continues. But they will be looking to move on from tonight’s ending as they make the difficult trip away to Watford on the 1st of February.
Next up for Newcastle is the 4th round of the FA Cup, as they host League One outfit Oxford United at St James’ Park. Saint-Maximin is likely to start this upcoming fixture after his absence from the squad tonight, whilst youngsters Kell Watts and Tom Allan could also be given the first team call up.