Newcastle United vs. Everton - Football Match Report

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez smiles during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez smiles during the Newcastle United Training Session at the Newcastle United Training Centre

The whole team defended as a unit and had spells were we looked comfortable on the ball, with moments of creativity and good off ball movement.

Goals from Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez handed Rafa Benitez a key win, with Everton completely collapsing in the North East.

Questionable goalkeeping from Pickford led to the game's first real chance, the England shot-stopper punching a deflected cross straight to Perez, who could only loop his header over the crossbar.

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Referee Lee Mason chose to show Pickford a yellow card and the St James' Park crowd were incensed when Pickford kept out Ritchie's effort.

However, Pickford was not sent off and lined up between the sticks to then save Ritchie's penalty with his legs.

And the comeback was completed four minutes later, Perez scoring after Everton failed to clear a corner properly.

Aston Villa's Grealish attacked by fan
The man sprinted onto the field in the ninth minute and struck Grealish with some force - to cheers from some in the home support. It occurred in the first half when a man in a cap charged Grealish and used his right arm to hit him directly in the face.

What does it mean?

"If you see the image it's not just one player or two players in offside positions, there were five Newcastle players in the same line in offside positions". Their Merseyside derby stalemate maybe bought Marco Silva some time, but this meltdown will increase calls for his exit.

They had to wait until the 81st minute for the equaliser when Perez pounced as Pickford parried Miguel Almiron's long-range effort.

It ended 3-2 to the Magpies, providing three crucial Premier League points, and Perez was keen to hail the role the fans played in the win.

But Newcastle were a different proposition in a rousing second half.

- There were only 71 seconds between Pickford saving Ritchie's penalty and Richarlison making it 2-0 to Everton.

But it was the third, winning, goal which infuriated Silva - so much so that he ran onto the pitch at the end of the game to remonstrate with the officials.

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