After a point at Molinuex last weekend, Newcastle played host to Carlo Ancelotti's Everton. Steve Bruce made one change from the side that drew against Wolves last weekend, bringing Sean Longstaff for Ryan Fraser.
This would be where I would write about the events of the first half, however, there weren't any. Both sides looked quite sluggish, Everton were without Seamus Coleman, James Rodriguez, Lucas Digne and Richarlison which would explain their rather uninspired approach. The Toffees required a win to go back to the top of the table ahead of neighbours, Liverpool.
It was a very tough watch in the first half, though Callum Wilson gave the game a flicker of life as he fired over, after Fabian Schar played a gorgeous through ball. The striker didn't hide his disappointment, screaming at himself to keep the ball down. Wilson's attempt would be the only attempt on goal until the half an hour mark. Miguel Almiron shrugged off Allan as Newcastle looked to break from an Everton corner. Almiron found Wilson who continued to drive forward before playing an inch perfect pass to Allan Saint-Maximin, who was through on goal only to see his shot saved by Robin Olsen. The Everton 'keeper replaced little arms, Jordan Pickford and did no harm in trying to cement his place between the sticks with a fine save.
Thankfully, the second half was a more entertaining affair. The game sprung to life in the 56th minute as Wilson gave Newcastle the lead from the penalty spot. Longstaff's corner was played towards the near post, Wilson cleverly got in front of Andre Gomes who volleyed Wilson instead of the ball. After a ridiculous length of time waiting for those in charge of VAR to confirm the penalty, Wilson stepped up and coolly slotted the ball past Olsen.
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Newcastle came close to doubling their lead soon after as Longstaff forced a fine save from Olsen after turning smartly in the box, concluding what was a nice team move by Newcastle. Bruce's side did double their lead in the 85th minute, when substitute Fraser raced on to Jamal Lewis' through ball, picking out Wilson who tapped the ball home.
Mystifyingly, six minutes were added on at the end of the game and it was in the first of those six minutes where Newcastle's hope for a first clean sheet were dashed. Dominic Calvert-Lewin found space at the near post before finishing smartly. Bruce's side did hold on for the three points to take them up to 11th in the Premier League.
The second half performance was a lot more like it from Newcastle, there was at least an attacking threat. The introduction of Fraser seemed to frighten Everton, the Scotsman's pace caused them all sorts of problems. Newcastle travel to St Mary's next weekend to take on a strong Southampton side. Bruce will be hoping 4 points from the last 2 games will be a platform Newcastle can build from.