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Season 2022-23
Everton (h) Premier League


Wednesday 19th October 2022, 7.30pm
Live on Amazon Prime

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Solid





1 - 0





31 mins Kieran Trippier's right wing centre was headed back across goal by Jacob Murphy towards Callum Wilson. Defender Conor Coady got in a header but that went only as far as Joelinton on the edge of the box and he took a touch before knocking it to Bruno Guimaraes.

He in turn rolled it across to Miggy Almiron, who dispatched a perfect dipping left-footed shot beyond the flailing (short) arms of Jordan Pickford and into the Leazes net.

There were shades of Nobby Solano's goal in February 2006 against Everton at the same end, although that was an expert finish past Sander Westerveld with the outside of his right boot, not the inside of his left. 1-0

Half time: Magpies 1 Toffees 0

Full time: Magpies 1 Toffees 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

The performance was very good, in a different way to how we have been at times this season. It wasn’t free-flowing football, it was a very competitive game, a lot of fight in midfield, very physical.

"I am delighted with character shown and how we defended as a team. For the whole team that should give them enormous pleasure because that was a real team performance today.

"We defended our goal and goalkeeper very well. Everton are a strong team. They put a lot of balls into our box, a lot of direct play, and we had to deal with that."

On the goalscorer:

"I’ve always been an admirer of Miggy. He’s difficult to contain because he runs and he’s got that ability to make a lot of runs continually, which is quite rare at very high speed.

"The goal aspect? I believe you can help players get into better goalscoring positions. But to be fair to Miggy, some of the goals he’s scored haven’t really been about his position, they’ve been more about the execution of the finish.

"That was a prime example tonight. It was an incredible finish from a very difficult angle, and was all about the curl and speed at which he hit the ball.

"Confidence is the main starting point. He has scored some spectacular goals in my time here and today’s was right up there.

"He is playing very well with and without the ball. He has always worked very hard for the team. It is good to see him get individual recognition for all that work.

"Your home form is absolutely crucial to success and you want to win as many games as possible at home.

"Home form is the bedrock of your season really. How have we done it? I don’t know that there’s one thing we’ve done. I just think we’ve tried to get the players playing in a really good atmosphere, and the supporters have given us that.”

On Joelinton:

"He took a knock to his knee in a tackle: we think it’s just a knock at this stage, so no twist and I don’t think there’s any injury to the joint. He was in pain and he couldn’t continue, but fingers crossed he’ll be okay."

On the penalty claim by Everton:

"I haven’t seen a replay of it but my view at the time was shoulder to shoulder. I thought Dan
(Burn) pulled his arms away if anything as contact was made. Naturally, I’m going to say no penalty but I haven’t seen it again.”

They Said

Frank Lampard said:

It was frustrating in that we lost the game. I thought the performance was pretty good in footballing terms. We more than held our own, especially at the beginning of the game to silence the crowd before they scored.

"In the second half we opened them up a lot but we just didn’t have that bit in the final third. It was two closely-matched teams in the game but in both boxes we were a bit short tonight.

"In a game like this it’s not always easy but we can be much more clinical. The amount of times we played really well, played through their midfield line, but got the last pass wrong or the pass before that wrong.

"If you do that, it’s hard to get clear-cut chances so there’s certainly work to be done on that level.”

"It was a tightly contested game in general play. Were we as clinical enough as we should have been considering how much we played through them? No.

"Other than that, against a good side, it was a close match possession-wise. We're disappointed we didn't have more effect in the box because at that point we could easily win or draw the game.

[Calvert-Lewin] looked okay considering he hasn't played for a long time. He'll be better for the minutes in his legs. He couldn't do 90 tonight.

"The no shots on target is a slight red herring although we have to deal with it because when you play through midfield and you're making decisions on the last pass or do you take a shot we got that a bit wrong tonight. We know we've got work to do in that area of the pitch.

"The goal is sloppy from our point because it's a transitional goal where we allowed space on the edge of the box and it's a quality finish.

"We’ve come through a period of playing Manchester United and Tottenham and Newcastle away – they are really tough matches and they’ve been close games. If you look at things that could go in your favour – I think we could have had a penalty tonight. But the spirit of the team is good, some of the play was good. There are positives for us to build on.”


A home win over Everton saw the Magpies reach 18 points from 11 PL games this season, on October 19th 2022.

A home win over Everton saw the Magpies reach 18 points from 22 PL games last season, on February 8th 2022.

Miguel Almiron's
fifth Premier League goal of 2022/23 is one more than his highest previous PL total in a season. The Paraguayan now has 14 goals to his name in that competition, moving him one ahead of Hatem Ben Arfa, level with Loic Remy and one behind Andy Carroll.

Almiron's most prolific season as a Magpie in all competitions was 2019/20 when he hit eight goals: four in the PL and four in the FA Cup.

Newcastle have now avoided defeat in their opening six home PL games for only the fourth time: 1994/95, 1995/96, 2011/12 and 2022/23.

Since Eddie Howe took charge last November, his side have lost just two of their 20 PL home matches, beaten by Manchester City and Liverpool. The other 18 ended in 11 home wins and seven draws.

Fabian Schar
and Joelinton both received their fourth yellow cards of the season. They'll incur a one game suspension should they collect a further booking in any of their next eight PL games.

Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:

2022/23 Won 1-0 Almiron
2021/22 Won 3-1 og(Holgate), Fraser, Trippier
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



Toon Army 1 Fleet air arm 0

A moment of Paraguayan genius - aided by assists from two Brazilians - was enough to earn Newcastle a deserved three points on Wednesday and extend their unbeaten home record this season to six matches.

Miguel Almiron's effort was his fifth of the season and of equally supreme quality to the belter at Fulham - another worthy entry in his own personal goal of the month competition and adding to the weight of evidence that he's the most revitalised player currently at the club. Sean Longstaff and Fabian Schar also make that shortlist, but Miggy's goal rush seals it.

His sublime strike marked the beginning of a 15 minute purple patch for the home side; Bruno to the fore and twice working shooting chances only to fire both efforts narrowly off-target. The team move that prompted the second of those was of a rarely-glimpsed level; had it squeezed inside the post then you'd be watching it for the rest of your days. 

Things were more mundane after the interval, as a starting line-up unchanged from the one that took a point at Old Trafford on Sunday looked increasingly jaded. Changes had seemed inevitable but Howe opted to play on and was rewarded with the victory. Had a more proficient side than Everton provided the opposition in this game, then he may well have thought differently.

Playing with strapping on one leg, Joelinton failed to reappear for the second period - ostensibly carrying a knock, but also on a yellow card and surviving one subsequent tackle that was slightly risky.

Everton also played their part in a more even second period, dumping their initial game plan of tumbling over in futile and farcical attempts to win free kicks and spot kicks in favour of actually passing the ball to each other.

The end result was no more effective though; Nick Pope's fifth clean sheet for the club achieved with the visitors failing get a single shot on target during the entire game. Given more opportunity to play as we began to retreat, they were found wanting.

Highly-hyped fashion victim Anthony Gordon was found wanting in both versions of Lampard's master plan - showing little ball-playing prowess on his return to the side after suspension and even less talent when diving.

Gordon's hapless attempt at conning the referee into giving him a penalty kick after Dan Burn brushed against him resulted in a verbal tirade from an unimpressed Trippier, before Schar intervened rather more forcibly.

At times this game felt like a throwback to the latter part of last season -  especially the midweek Palace game, when an almost identically-timed Almiron strike and a rearguard action thereafter secured all three points.

United did threaten a second clinching goal here; but Almiron's shot and Joe Willock's header cleared the bar, before Elliot Anderson's late sight of the target was wiped out by a saving tackle.

Another three points then, another clean sheet and a different way to win that while not always particularly pretty but was none the less satisfying.

Quite what the likes of Trippier have left in the tank for this Sunday remains to be seen, but this was always a more achievable victory than that one and Howe's selection policy was vindicated. Is it fair to call the Spurs game a free hit?


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