An improved performance from Newcastle United saw them take all 3 points at Goodison Park, their first win of 2021!
Newcastle won the reverse fixture 2-1 back in November thanks to a brace from Callum Wilson. But since then both sides have enjoyed very different levels of success. Whilst Carlo Ancelotti is aiming for European football with his team, Steve Bruce is desperately trying to retain the backing of the Newcastle higher ups, particularly with the arrival of Graeme Jones as his supposed successor.
The away team changed formation to an unusual 4-3-1-2, with Miguel Almiron playing centrally and just behind the strikers: the Paraguayan’s much preferred position from his days in the MLS for Atlanta United FC.
From kickoff, you could tell Newcastle were a rejuvenated side. With fans clamouring for more of what they saw in the second half against Leeds United, Newcastle put pressure on the hosts, winning a corner within 30 seconds, and ultimately having more touches in the final third than Everton managed in the first half.
Though the threat Everton posed shouldn’t be understated: they troubled Karl Darlow for much of the opening 15 minutes, and Everton’s best chance came when Calvert-Lewin’s slick back heel found James Rodriguez on the right wing. The Colombian forced a fine save from Darlow however.
The first hour saw both sides in a tug of war for control of the game. Newcastle should have taken the lead in the second half as Fraser, Almiron, and Wilson charged at the Everton defence. Almiron’s pass found Wilson behind the back line, before he put it inches wide of Pickford and the Everton net. A close shave as both sides pushed for the opener.
Newcastle were finally rewarded for their increased attacking presence, winning a corner in the 73rd minute. Jonjo Shelvey whipped a cross towards the penalty spot, where Wilson leaped above Richarlison before connecting a sensational header to finally beat Pickford and break the deadlock.
The lethal Newcastle counter attack finally put the game to bed in stoppage time. Jamal Lewis, who like the rest of the defence enjoyed a solid game, overlapped Allan Saint-Maximin on the left wing, before finding Wilson free outside the penalty area. Newcastle’s number 9 then slotted the ball past a helpless Pickford to finally give the Magpies their first Premier League win since December 12th.
Callum Wilson extended his great goal scoring record against the Toffees with his pair of goals today: 6 goals in his last 4 appearances against Everton, and his 9th 10th goals in the Premier League this season.
In addition to this, his goals today marked another major milestone in Wilson’s career: the Englishman recorded not only his 50th and 51st Premier League goals, but also the 100th and 101st goals of his senior career.
Today’s victory was Newcastle’s first league double over Everton since the days when Sir Bobby Robson was in charge of the Magpies. A vital 3 points in the relegation battle they have become far too closely involved in, but they’re now 9 points clear of 18th placed Fulham.
Meanwhile, defeat today has kept Everton in 7th place, though they still have a game in hand over many of the teams above them. So it’s only a minor hiccup in Ancelotti’s aspirations for Champions League football to return to Goodison Park for the first time in over 15 years.
A much improved Newcastle performance in both the attack and the defence: one must wonder what impact Graeme Jones has had on the squad, though scores of fans have immediately thrown their support behind the 50-year-old after today’s victory.