Date: Sunday 1st November 2020, 2.00pm.
Live on Sky Sports
Venue: St. James' Park
2 - 1
Half time: Magpies
0 Toffees 0
Sean Longstaff's flag kick from the South West Corner was aimed at Callum Wilson at the near
post and he snuck in front of marker, Andre Gomes, who unwittingly made contact with
Wilson in trying to clear the ball.
The Newcastle man went down in a heap and referee Stuart Attwell almost
instantly indicated a penalty kick. A lengthy pause followed, before VAR referee Craig Pawson saw no reason to overturn that
delay gave Everton's
Yerry Mina the chance to try and intimidate the penalty taker Wilson, although
what at first glance seemed to be a spitting incident looked to be sledging
on further viewing.
Mina's position adjacent to Wilson allowed the Newcastle man to firmly shove
the ball into the defender's stomach; referee Attwell intervening at that
point to warn Mina and book Wilson.
Undeterred, United's number 13 tucked his kick
down the middle as Olsen dived right, Wilson celebrating by giving Mina a
'shush' gesture. 1-0
84 mins An intelligent
ball from Jamal Lewis down the left wing reached
Ryan Fraser, who raced ahead of Mina and surged into the Everton box in front of
the Gallowgate End.
Mina had made ground up but could only deflect Fraser's cross, sending it
looping over Olsen to the back post. Callum Wilson made a timely
arrival to touch the ball over the line - a vital
intervention, in that the cross may have gone wide or hit the post (see
Joelinton @ Morecambe....)
Toffees substitute Alex Iwobi crossed from the right and the ball deflected off
Lewis' heel, falling nicely to Dominic Calvert-Lewin at the near post who
steered it inside the near post. 2-1
Full time: Magpies 2 Toffees 1
Steve Bruce commented:
"We knew it would be a battle against one of the great managers.
He has had a few problems with injuries but I couldn't be more
pleased. We deserved it.
"I don't know where we got six minutes from at the end.
"They threw everything at us and the goal makes it edgy. We're
trying to do things a different way and be more expansive but it is
a work in progress. We have to do what is best for the team. They
are comfortable at the moment.
"When you play a good team tactically you have to be right. It
wasn't much of a spectacle in the first half but once we got the
goal... all in all it is a good day's work for us.
On the circumstances of Callum Wilson's booking:
"I don't think much distracts him - he's a goalscorer. That
nonsense goes on but as a penalty taker you just get on with the job
and the best way to say 'up yours' is by scoring, which he did.
"It's very rare that you see a team come
back to win, so the first goal was critical. I think only he gets
the second one. He has got that instinct that you don't coach. He
has proved to be a great signing for us."
"It was not a good performance, we knew this. It was important to avoid
mistakes, not give them the opportunity to go 1-0 up, and the game is
changed when we give them the penalty. After that the game was difficult
"The performance of Olsen was good, like usual, He's a good goalkeeper
with experience, he was in good control of the game.
"They are important players missing. When you don't have these players you have to play differently, maybe
with less quality but with more focus. The goals we conceded, we lacked
"We have to try to recover players for the next games."
Newcastle made it 10 PL goals scored from seven games
this season, the first time that they've reached double
figures so quickly since 2010/11, when they also had 10 after
seven (2004/05's tally of 14 from the opening seven PL games is the last
time they beat the figure of 10 scored).
2010/11 10 goals
2011/12 9 goals
2012/13 8 goals
2013/14 9 goals
2014/15 7 goals
2015/16 5 goals
2017/18 7 goals
2018/19 4 goals
2019/20 4 goals
2020/21 10 goals
In terms of points collected, 11 points
from seven games this season is United's best total since 2011/12
brought them 15 points at that stage:
2010/11 7 points, 15th (GD+0)
2011/12 15 points, 3rd (GD+5)
2012/13 9 points, 10th (GD-3)
2013/14 10 points, 11th (GD-3)
2014/15 4 points, 18th (GD-7)
2015/16 3 points, 19th (GD-6)
2017/18 10 points, 9th (GD+1)
2018/19 2 points, 18th (GD-6)
2019/20 5 points, 19th (GD-9)
2020/21 11 points, 11th (GD-1)
Newcastle have won two of their three PL home games this season, having
managed just two victories in their closing ten at SJP last season.
The Magpies have now been awarded three penalties in five PL games,
matching the number given to them in the previous 76 PL games.
Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:
2020/21 Won 2-1 Wilson 2
2019/20 Lost 1-2 Schar
2018/19 Won 3-2 Rondon, Perez 2
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-1
2014/15 Won 3-2 Cisse, Perez, Colback
2013/14 Lost 0-3
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 Won 2-1 OG, R.Taylor
2010/11 Lost 1-2 Best
2008/09 Drew 0-0
2007/08 Won 3-2 Butt, Emre, Owen
2006/07 Drew 1-1 Ameobi
2005/06 Won 2-0 Solano 2
2004/05 Drew 1-1 Bellamy
2003/04 Won 4-2 Bellamy, Dyer, Shearer 2
2002/03 Drew 3-3 Dyer 2, OG (LC: 2-3 on pens)
2002/03 Won 2-1 Shearer, Bellamy
2001/02 Won 6-2 Shearer, Cort, O'Brien, Solano 2, Bernard
2000/01 Lost 0-1
1999/00 Drew 1-1 Shearer
1998/99 Lost 1-3 Shearer
1998/99 Won 4-1 Ketsbaia 2, Shearer, Georgiadis (FAC)
1997/98 Won 1-0 Lee
1996/97 Won 4-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Shearer, Elliott
1995/96 Won 1-0 Ferdinand
1994/95 Won 2-0 Fox, Beardsley
1993/94 Won 1-0 Allen
Callum Wilson now has six goals
from eight games in all competitions - all of those came in
the Premier League and were scored after half-time.
That total makes him Newcastle's PL top scorer this season and
matches the half dozen that was enough for Jonjo Shelvey to top the
Six was also the magic number in two other PL seasons
(John Barnes in 1997/98 and Carl Cort / Nobby Solano in 2000/01) and
that quantity remains our lowest "top scorer" mark in the PL.
Joelinton's run of 44 consecutive Premier League appearances
since arriving came to an end, as he remained unused on the bench
for game 45. He's scored twice in those PL game, with two League Cup
and two FA Cup goals making it six from 53 games in
Back to Callum Wilson and six goals from his first seven PL games
in a Newcastle shirt puts him among - and above - some illustrious
8 Les Ferdinand
7 Papiss Cisse
6 Callum Wilson
5 Andy Cole, Demba Ba, Loic Remy
4 Alan Shearer, Michael Owen
1 Craig Bellamy, Obafemi Martins
0 Salomon Rondon
may have found the net for the third successive season at St. James'
Park, but that feat was overshadowed by Callum Wilson's
match-winning second half brace for the Magpies on Sunday.
The Newcastle striker's fifth and sixth goals of the season were
enough to prevent Everton from regaining pole position in the
Premier League and provide Steve Bruce with further evidence of his
Already without suspended pair Richarlison and Lucas Digne, Toffees
boss Carlo Ancelotti was unable to call on the hamstrung James
Rodriguez and chose to give a debut to his on-loan goalkeeper, Robin
That meant that renowned wearside comedy turn Jordan Pickford was
demoted to the bench after his recent clangers - and as a
consequence was denied the chance to repeat his penalty save
here two seasons ago.
Wilson kept his nerve from the spot in the 56th minute after winning
the penalty himself, drawing a foul from Andre Gomes and then
beating debutant goalkeeper Robin Olsen after a lengthy VAR check
and some abuse.
It looked to be game over six minutes from time when Wilson was on
the line to touch in a deflected cross from substitute Ryan Fraser
but a goal at the start of six added minutes by Dominic Calvert-Lewin
made it a nervy finish.
signalled his intentions early on, galloping into the area before firing narrowly wide
of the target with seven minutes on the clock.
That was a rare bright spot in a quiet first half where the main
threat on United's goal came from some poor distribution from Karl
Darlow and one underhit backpass from Jamal Lewis.
Playing in a central role,
Allan Saint-Maximin should have given the hosts a
32nd minute lead when given clear sight of goal by Miguel Almiron's
quick surge down the left and Wilson's well-timed through ball.
However the Frenchman, chose to let the
ball run across him and fire straight at Olsen.
The turning point in the game came ten minutes after the break with
the penalty incident, Everton changing personnel but seldom
threatening Newcastle down the flanks and failing to pierce a solid
Ryan Fraser then resumed his partnership with ex Bournemouth
colleague Wilson, the striker instinctively getting on the end of
the substitute's cross.
The visitors did continue to press and after
Calvert-Lewin shot wide, he did reduce the arrears in added time
from close range as the defence hesitated.
That left five minutes of added time for United to see out and
thanks to some stout defending, a Darlow tip-over and a confident
claim from a corner they did just that, as Everton's attempt at
emulating our comeback at Goodison last season thankfully fell
Eleven points from seven games left United in eleventh
position, two behind the second-placed Toffees and ten points
clear of the bottom three. And while Ancelloti rightly bemoaned the
absentees from his squad, to justify the outcome purely on that
basis is to damn Newcastle with faint praise.
The home side were keener and more industrious, managing not only to
frustrate the visitors but actually give hints of their own forward
The enforced absence of Jonjo Shelvey did us no harm, with Sean
Longstaff rightly earning praise for his efforts and unlucky not to
round off his display with a goal. And while Almiron was seldom seen
in the final third, Everton never looked happy when he was in
possession and trying to break.
For once we were effective without ASM - a collective plus - and we
enjoyed moments of good fortune both before the game and during it.
We'll be dusting off that old line about playing teams at the right
time before long, if we continue to collect points at our current
For all the hard work and defensive focus though, the game and
potentially the season changer is Wilson; winning the penalty,
converting it and then getting to Fraser's cross. He's scored more
goals so far this season than the entire team had at this point last
season or the one before that.
At the risk of being obvious, at any level goals win games and you
have to take your chances when they come along - especially if like
us they are at a premium. Having a player getting in the opposition
box on a semi-regular basis also helps. An injury to Wilson doesn't
bear thinking about, but he's already justified his fee and given
his side a solid start to the season.
John Allan RIP