Everton 3-0 Newcastle United: Toffees move out of relegation zone with deserved victory thanks to late goals

7 December 2023 0 By Total Football News

Dwight McNeil scores for Everton against Newcastle United at Goodison Park in the Toffees' Premier League victoryDwight McNeil scored his second goal of the season for Everton

Everton scored three times in the final 11 minutes of a hectic encounter to beat Newcastle and move out of the Premier League’s relegation zone.

The Toffees were sent tumbling into the bottom three by their 10-point deduction for breaking the top flight’s financial rules, but moved back into safety thanks to late goals from Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure and summer signing Beto.

The hosts punished a pair of mistakes from Kieran Trippier, the first coming as McNeil pounced on a poor touch, drove forward and thumped a deflected effort into the net, before Doucoure coolly slotted home seven minutes later.

Beto then ran clear during 10 minutes of stoppage time and slid home his first league goal to make sure of the points as the home supporters wildly celebrated a deserved victory.

Before the late flurry, the Blues looked to be heading for a miserable night in front of goal having spurned a number of good chances in the opening period.

The returning Dominic Calvert-Lewin was unable to convert the best of those, controlling Jarrad Branthwaite’s flick on onto his chest and volleying over from four yards out.

Newcastle had openings in the first half too but Trippier’s free-kick and Miguel Almiron’s scuffed effort after darting through were both kept out by Jordan Pickford.

In the second half the returning Anthony Gordon, who was jeered by the home supporters throughout the game following his January transfer to Newcastle, should have silenced the Goodison crowd when he picked off James Tarkowski’s loose touch on the edge of the area but only stuck a low shot straight at Pickford.

Those three late goals mean the Toffees claw themselves out of the drop zone by leapfrogging Luton into 17th place, while Newcastle remain seventh behind Manchester United.

Everton turn the tide on home form

Everton would have moved into 10th place with this result had they not been sanctioned by the Premier League, which would have meant fans were dreaming of European qualification rather than worrying about a relegation battle.

The Toffees’ form at Goodison Park this season had been woeful before the Magpies’ arrival on Merseyside, with Sean Dyche’s men having won just one of their seven previous home games.

But they put that record right in emphatic fashion here.

Calvert-Lewin was wasteful in front of goal in the first half, seeing a header and low shot saved by Martin Dubravka before a glorious chance was smashed high into the Park End.

But the hosts kept plugging away in a stop-start contest, hitting three goals late on to secure their fourth win in their last six games.

McNeil’s thumper and Doucoure’s calm finish brought much-needed joy to the home faithful, and the atmosphere had become raucous before Beto’s composed finish added gloss to a well-earned victory.

There will be some concern for Seamus Coleman, though, as the Everton skipper hobbled off during the second half on the occasion of his first start since May.

Newcastle’s away despair continues

Newcastle came into this fixture on the back of an energetic victory over Manchester United on Saturday, but their wretched away form continued at Goodison.

Eddie Howe’s men were without 11 first-team players through injury and have now won only one away game this season, which came in the 8-0 thrashing of Sheffield United.

The Magpies could have gone ahead but Tarkowski made a superb block to deny Bruno Guimaraes, while Alexander Isak sent a header from eight yards out wide of goal.

In the end, the visitors ran out of energy and suffered a further injury concern when captain Jamaal Lascelles limped off, while Gordon left the stadium with chants of ‘what’s the score?’ ringing in his ears.

The result means Newcastle have already lost five times this campaign, the same number of times they tasted defeat in the entirety of 2022-23.

Their Champions League fate will be decided next Wednesday, when they need to beat AC Milan and hope Paris St-Germain fail to beat Borussia Dortmund in order to progress to the knockout rounds.

Player of the match

BetoBeto

with an average of 7.77

Everton

  1. Squad number14Player nameBeto

    Average rating

    7.77

  2. Squad number2Player namePatterson

    Average rating

    7.42

  3. Squad number7Player nameMcNeil

    Average rating

    7.36

  4. Squad number32Player nameBranthwaite

    Average rating

    7.09

  5. Squad number6Player nameTarkowski

    Average rating

    7.03

  6. Squad number19Player nameMykolenko

    Average rating

    7.02

  7. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

    Average rating

    6.97

  8. Squad number11Player nameHarrison

    Average rating

    6.87

  9. Squad number23Player nameColeman

    Average rating

    6.80

  10. Squad number27Player nameGueye

    Average rating

    6.66

  11. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

    Average rating

    6.64

  12. Squad number18Player nameYoung

    Average rating

    6.50

  13. Squad number1Player namePickford

    Average rating

    6.29

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number21Player nameLivramento

    Average rating

    5.24

  2. Squad number67Player nameMiley

    Average rating

    5.22

  3. Squad number10Player nameGordon

    Average rating

    5.21

  4. Squad number14Player nameIsak

    Average rating

    5.12

  5. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

    Average rating

    5.12

  6. Squad number5Player nameSchär

    Average rating

    5.11

  7. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

    Average rating

    5.09

  8. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

    Average rating

    5.08

  9. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

    Average rating

    5.08

  10. Squad number6Player nameLascelles

    Average rating

    5.04

  11. Squad number2Player nameTrippier

    Average rating

    4.81

  12. Squad number11Player nameRitchie

    Average rating

    3.72

  13. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

    Average rating

    3.69

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 1Pickford
  • 23ColemanSubstituted forPattersonat 67′minutes
  • 6Tarkowski
  • 32Branthwaite
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 18Young
  • 16Doucouré
  • 27GueyeBooked at 35mins
  • 7McNeil
  • 11Harrison
  • 9Calvert-LewinBooked at 83minsSubstituted forGomes Betuncalat 85′minutesBooked at 87mins

Substitutes

  • 2Patterson
  • 5Keane
  • 10Danjuma
  • 12Neves Virgínia
  • 14Gomes Betuncal
  • 22Godfrey
  • 28Ramalho Chermiti
  • 58Hunt
  • 61Dobbin

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 2Trippier
  • 6LascellesSubstituted forKrafthat 90′minutes
  • 5Schär
  • 21Livramento
  • 67MileySubstituted forRitchieat 90′minutes
  • 39Bruno Guimarães
  • 7Joelinton
  • 24Almirón
  • 14Isak
  • 10Gordon

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 11Ritchie
  • 17Krafth
  • 18Karius
  • 20Hall
  • 29Gillespie
  • 49Diallo
  • 54Murphy
  • 63Parkinson
Referee:
Tim Robinson
Attendance:
38,198

Match Stats

Live Text

Match ends, Everton 3, Newcastle United 0.

Second Half ends, Everton 3, Newcastle United 0.