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Everton beat Newcastle to climb out of bottom three

7 Dec 2023
Everton FC v Newcastle United - Premier League

Late goals from Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Beto secure 3-0 victory at raucous Goodison Park

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Late goals from Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure and Beto earned Everton a 3-0 win as they punished Newcastle United’s defensive mistakes and climbed out of the relegation zone at a raucous Goodison Park. 

How the match unfolded

Everton manager Sean Dyche made two changes from their win last time out against Nottingham Forest as Dominic Calvert-Lewin replaced Beto and club captain Seamus Coleman came in for his first start for seven months in place of James Garner who missed out through illness.

Newcastle were forced into one change, but a significant one, as Martin Dubravka made his first start of the season replacing Nick Pope.

Despite a ferocious start from the hosts it was Newcastle who had the first shot on goal in the 13th minute when a Kieran Trippier free-kick went straight at Jordan Pickford.

Just a few minutes later the visitors worked a second opening, Joelinton sliding a pass into the path of Miguel Almiron, but the shot was easily dealt with by Pickford.

Everton responded well, charging forward in numbers and testing the resolve of Dubravka, the Slovakian first denying a Calvert-Lewin header at the back post before getting down low to keep out the forward once more.

Alexander Isak came closest for the visitors, prodding his header narrowly wide.

With 10 minutes of the first half remaining, it was Calvert-Lewin who spurned the half’s best chance, controlling a pass in the six-yard box before turning and firing over from close range.

Everton FC v Newcastle United - Premier League

After the break, Anthony Gordon came close to opening the scoring on his return to Goodison Park, pouncing on a defensive error but despite being free on the penalty spot he could only shoot straight at Pickford.

With just over 10 minutes remaining the breakthrough finally came. A rare lapse in concentration from Trippier gave McNeil the ball and he advanced before firing beyond Dubravka from the edge of the box.

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Dwight McNeil lashes the ball in to the net to give Everton the lead

Newcastle came close to an immediate equaliser, Almiron looping a header onto to the roof of the Everton net.

With less than five minutes remaining Everton made sure of victory. Harrison pounced on a second Trippier mistake before playing a low ball across the box which was turned in by Doucoure.

Everton FC v Newcastle United - Premier League
Abdoulaye Doucoure doubles Everton's lead

Deep into the 10 minutes of stoppage time second-half substitute Beto got in on the act, running the length of the half after being played onside by Trippier, before slotting in his first Premier League goal.

Only a second home win for Everton this season moves Everton into 17th, with 10 points. Newcastle are seventh with 26 points.

Race for top four

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
4 Aston Villa AVL 26 +21 52
5 Spurs TOT 25 +14 47
6 Man Utd MUN 26 0 44
7 Brighton BHA 26 +8 39
8 Wolves WOL 26 0 38
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The relegation battle

Position Pos Club Played Pl GD Points Pts
16 Brentford BRE 25 -9 25
17 Nott'm Forest NFO 26 -14 24
18 Luton LUT 25 -16 20
19 Burnley BUR 26 -33 13
20 Sheffield Utd SHU 26 -44 13
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Next five Premier League fixtures
Did you know?

- Everton have beaten Newcastle 23 times in the Premier League, only winning more games in the competition against West Ham (29).
- Newcastle have conceded at least two goals in four consecutive away games in a single Premier League season for the first time since November-December 2012 (5).
- Doucoure has 10 goals in 30 Premier League appearances under Sean Dyche; in his 69 previous appearances for Everton under Frank Lampard, Duncan Ferguson, Rafael Benítez and Carlo Ancelotti, he scored only four times.
- Newcastle have won just one of their last nine away games in the Premier League (D4 L4), with that being an 8-0 victory at Sheffield United.
- Coleman made his 353rd appearance in the Premier League for Everton, now the outright most of any outfield player for the club in the competition.

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