Newcastle 1-1 Everton: Moment of madness sees tired Toon drop two points

A frustrating end to what was very nearly a precious 1-0 win at St James’ Park, as Paul Dummett’s moment of madness gifted Everton a late penalty and a share of the spoils.

Alexander Isak took his tally to 15 for the season with a classy first half strike, Burn had one chalked off and we had chances to make sure of the victory, but it’s two points dropped in our quest for Europe against a pretty toothless Toffees side.

It’s a chance missed to move back up to seventh on a night where West Ham drew at home to Spurs, although it feels typical of our season that we went into the match carrying knocks and missing several key men, with fatigue also a factor as so many who gave their all on Saturday had to go again tonight.

It kicked off with 12 senior players missing in Trippier, Botman, Lascelles, Joelinton, Tonali, Wilson, Gordon, Targett, Livramento, Pope, Almiron and Miley. That meant four changes from Saturday as Emil Krafth, Lewis Hall, Elliot Anderson and Harvey Barnes replaced Lascelles, Livramento, Willock (bench) and Gordon, who was out through suspension against his former club. 

We made a fast start and almost took the lead just a few minutes in, only for Pickford to parry Barnes’ effort. Tarkowski should’ve opened the scoring soon after with a huge chance at the back post, but it was that man Alexander Isak who broke the deadlock. Barnes’ lobbed ball in behind was clever and Isak capitalised, gliding past two Everton defenders before sliding into the far corner beyond Pickford’s little arms.

It was a strong first half display. Hall added some zip to our play at left-back, Anderson was aggressive and always finding space, the front three looked lively and there was a noticeable change about our approach. We kept the ball better – perhaps confidence had grown from Saturday’s big win – and we were patient in building attacks. A smart move considering the tired legs and number of injuries, giving us control of the match and little…

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Author : Olly Hawkins

Publish date : 2024-04-02 21:28:02

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