Everton missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as Callum Wilson scored twice to give Newcastle a first win in three matches.
Former Bournemouth forward Wilson opened the scoring – converting a penalty he had won after being fouled by Andre Gomes – and then tapped in a second from Ryan Fraser’s looping cross.
The result means Carlo Ancelotti’s side remain second, three points behind Liverpool, while the Magpies move up to 10th.
After a largely uneventful first half, the game sparked into life in the second period.
And Newcastle, who had taken a point from their two previous matches, had Wilson to thank for their victory.
Steve Bruce’s side could have added to their tally but Sean Longstaff’s powerful close-range effort was brilliantly saved by Robin Olsen, starting in goal for Everton in place of England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late goal was not enough to prevent Ancelotti from losing consecutive league games for the first time since September 2014, when he was in charge of Real Madrid.
Everton’s absence of attacking guile
Everton began the campaign with four consecutive victories to move to the top of the Premier League, but this was another result that will have grounded expectations at Goodison Park.
Now without a win in three games, Everton’s big news prior to kick-off was that Pickford, who has come under scrutiny for several high-profile mistakes, had been dropped after 120 consecutive Premier League appearances.
In his place, on-loan Roma goalkeeper Olsen made a confident debut, saving superbly from Allan Saint-Maximin and turning away Longstaff’s powerful shot.
The Sweden international could not be faulted for either of Newcastle’s goals but Everton’s biggest problem was at the other end of the pitch.
Without suspended forward Richarlison and injured playmaker James Rodriguez, Ancelotti’s side struggled to create meaningful chances, mustering just four shots on target.
A five-man midfield containing players who all prefer to operate from central roles did not help, with Calvert-Lewin not seeing enough of the ball to make an impact until late on.
Everton’s limitations in attack were highlighted further by 19-year-old Ellis Simms’ inclusion as a substitute along with Cenk Tosun, who came on for the first time since 21 December 2019.
More to follow.
- 23MurphyBooked at 90mins
- 36S Longstaff
- 24AlmirónSubstituted forHaydenat 83′minutes
- 13C WilsonBooked at 55minsSubstituted forCarrollat 87′minutes
- 10Saint-MaximinSubstituted forFraserat 74′minutes
- 2KennySubstituted forIwobiat 77′minutes
- 13MinaBooked at 69mins
- 18NkounkouBooked at 32minsSubstituted forTosunat 69′minutes
- 16DoucouréBooked at 88mins
- 6AllanBooked at 72mins
- 10G Sigurdsson
- 21André GomesSubstituted forBernardat 60′minutes
Match ends, Newcastle United 2, Everton 1.
Second Half ends, Newcastle United 2, Everton 1.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Karl Darlow.
Hand ball by Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United).
Jacob Murphy (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.
Corner, Everton. Conceded by Fabian Schär.
Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Goal! Newcastle United 2, Everton 1. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box to the bottom right corner.
Attempt missed. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner. Assisted by Allan.
Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Andy Carroll replaces Callum Wilson.
Attempt missed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Alex Iwobi.
Goal! Newcastle United 2, Everton 0. Callum Wilson (Newcastle United) right footed shot from very close range to the top right corner.
Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Everton) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Fabian Delph.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Isaac Hayden replaces Miguel Almirón.
Offside, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy tries a through ball, but Jeff Hendrick is caught offside.
Foul by Fabian Delph (Everton).
Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.