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Season 2022-23
Everton (a) Premier League

 


Date:
Thursday 27th April 2023, 7.45pm
Live on BT Sport

Venue:
 Goodison Park

Conditions:
Incendiary

Programme: £4
 



Everton

Newcastle

 

1 - 4

 

 

Teams

Goals

28 mins The opening goal began with a throw-in from Kieran Trippier down by the travelling support that led to a multiple exchange of passes between him and Sean Longstaff. The Magpies captain eventually pumped the ball forward to Callum Wilson and he outwitted James Tarkowski before laying off a short pass to Miggy Almiron. 

He in turn sprayed the ball out wide left to Matt Targett, who fed the advancing Joelinton on the touchline. The Brazilian cut inside and hit a strong right-footed shot that Jordan Pickford pushed away. The ball hit Tarkowski and fell nicely for Wilson to stab it past Pickford from six yards. 1-0

Half time: Toffees 0 Magpies 1

72 mins: Joe Willock gained possession down the Newcastle left and after a combination of passes with Bruno Guimaraes and Dan Burn rinsed the hapless Ben Godfrey and made it to the byline. 

He then supplied a lovely chipped pass from the byline to Joelinton, who stooped to add enough power and head the ball down into the corner of the net, with Pickford helpesss. 2-0

75 mins Bruno surged forward with the ball and as he fell under challenge from Idrissa Gueye, slid a pass towards Wilson on the edge of the 'D'. Callum Wilson took a touch and span before unleashing a perfect shot into the top corner beyond the outstretched arms(!) of Pickford. 3-0

80 mins Somehow Dwight McNeil's corner from the right eluded everyone at the near post, bounced in the six yard box and snuck inside the far post in front of Gwladys Street End. 3-1

81 mins Words cannot do justice to the absolute wizardry of Alexander Isak's run down the left. 

He cut back with his route to goal obstructed by three defenders. With some sublime close control he beat all three and dribbled along the byline before finding Jacob Murphy at the far post who lashed it home from a yard out. 

Because Isak's cross deflected off James Tarkowski's elbow it wasn't recorded as an "assist" by the Premier League and associated data analysts. How ridiculous. Everyone knew it was one of the greatest assists the Premier League has ever seen. 4-1

Full time: Toffees 1 Magpies 4

We Said

Eddie Howe:

"We knew there would be an aerial challenge for us and I felt we dealt with that very well. In the second-half, we really put our foot to the floor and showed what we are capable of.

"It is great to see. Callum
(Wilson) was excellent today. The second goal was spectacular. It was great for Alex (Isak) to come on and do well as well.

"It was always going to be a difficult game for us but we handled the occasion well in a hostile environment. The first goal was going to be crucial. It was probably our best move and it came at a good time for us.

"I thought the first 45 minutes was a bit bitty from both teams and a bit transitional for our liking but in the second half I thought you saw us at our very best and we were really clinical again in front of goal. 

"I think confidence was there, it was evident in that second half when maybe a bit of the edge of the game had gone but I think we had to earn the right to get to that point because Everton put us under pressure with a lot of long balls and crosses in our box and I think we defended our goal really well in that first half.

"I think in any game you have to do the basics right, with goal-kicks, long free-kicks and crosses, I think we had to be perfect tonight because Everton would take advantage of us if we werenít. Mentally I think we had to be really good and we learned from the game here last year which was very similar in terms of timing and conditions.

"I thought our first goal was our best move of the first half with the switch of play, right to left, Joelinton does really well and Callum is in the right place at the right time and our best moment of quality in the match up to that point. 

"It had the desired effect for us because it just knocked the crowd slightly.Ē


About Champions League qualification:

"It puts us in a lot stronger position. To get six points from Tottenham and Everton is a great return. It was always going to be a difficult game for us, but we handled the occasion well in a hostile environment.

"The first goal was going to be crucial. It was probably our best move and it came at a good time for us. The confidence was there and it was evident in the second half. Maybe a bit of the edge of the game had gone, but I think we had to earn the right to get to that point because Everton put us under pressure in the first half.

"We know nothing is taken for granted from our perspective."

"We know nothing is taken for granted from our perspective. It puts us in a lot stronger position. To get six points from Tottenham and Everton is a great return."

On Callum Wilson:

"It was part of a wider rotation, but again, I was aware of Callumís record against Everton having been the manager for most of those goals that heís scored against them.

"His performance today was second to none, it really was. I think mentally, he knew it was difficult and heís got to take his opportunity when it comes. Two goals, two very different goals, but two special goals for us so I think heís in a good place."

On Anthony Gordon's first Goodison return:

"Iím guessing it was difficult for him. I had a chat with him at length yesterday and he was confident heíd be able to handle the environment after speaking to him.

"I think it was a good time to bring him on, to almost get it out of the way for him really, itís played, itís done. At that stage the game was pretty much over but I think mentally it was a really good thing for him to deal with mentally and hopefully heíll move on now and focus on his career for us.

On Alexander Isak and comparisons with Thierry Henry:

"Yes, I can see the comparisons there. Everyone is different, there are no two players that are the same, but I do think he has some of the characteristics Thierry had.

"He's certainly got the speed and a similar build and frame. The footwork for the assist was truly remarkable really, and I think he's got a lot of potential to improve and get better.

"We've been very impressed with everything that he's delivered to this point; not just technically on the pitch, but his character and how he's handled certain situations. He's been first class."

On his run for the fourth:


"I couldn't really see what was happening! I have seen it back on the telly and the amount of turns and twists and step overs he did, an incredible piece of skill. He has incredible ball manipulation."
 

They Said


Sean Dyche
growled:

"We took the game on and I thought in the first half we had been as strong as we have been. We went under too easily after the second goal. You can't against good sides like Newcastle.

"I thought it was a very strong first-half performance. We kept them to not many chances but they are a good outfit and they kept going and got a second goal and the reaction to that was not good enough.

"We are not finding the big moments in the final third. It is still a work in progress. Wilson whacks one in the corner, no thought, they are just playing with freedom and we need to find that freedom. Newcastle are free-rolling. They're flying.

"We have to park this one quickly and clear our minds going into the next one."

Asked about the post-match dressing room inquest:

"A couple of the players were talking, I wasnít in there very longÖthey shared a couple of thoughts about the performance and what should change. I could just hear them from my room so I left them to it and then I went in and summarised some of the stuff I heard.Ē


Journalist Joe Thomas writing in the Liverpool Echo (abridged version):

"The blue smoke. The chants. The fireworks. The siren. The wall of noise that started in the Gwladys Street and reverberated around the ground for the first half an hour, an assault on the senses that rivalled anything seen by The Grand Old Lady amid the painful despair of Evertonís lowest moments last season.

"The hopes. The dreams. The passion. The desire. All of a fanbase desperate for better. None of it was enough. Evertonís twelfth man will do everything possible to pull this great club from catastrophe. But its fate rests in the hands of a squad that lacks belief, quality and resilience. 

"This second half capitulation at home to Newcastle United was so embarrassingly dreadful that it rivalled some of the collapses already seen by this group of players during this wretched season. It might be the most damaging.

"Should Everton go down this could be the last Premier League game under the lights at Goodison. That it ended with the away fans in full voice shows the depths sunk to by a struggling side barely befitting of its grand surroundings.

"There are five games to go. Everton are not relegated yet. But the fans cannot do this alone."
  

Stats


62 points from 32 games represents Newcastle's highest total in the Premier League after that number of games since 1995/96. Kevin Keegan's side possessed 67 points at that stage.

Newcastle recorded their largest margin of victory in the Premier League at Goodison Park, scoring four goals here for the first time since a 4-4 draw in October 1977.

No NUFC side has won by three clear goals here since a 7-3 success in December 1933.

Newcastle's largest wins at Goodison:

1932/33 won 7-3 D1
1912/13 won 6-0 D1
1910/11 won 5-1 D1
1909/10 won 4-1 D1
2022/23 won 4-1 PL

There was a first competitive victory for Newcastle's white and green change kit at the fifth attempt: four PL draws (Wolves 1-1, Manchester United 0-0, Crystal Palace 0-0 and Bournemouth 1-1) and the 1-2 FA Cup Third Round defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

The Magpies recorded an eighth away success in the PL this season, reaching that figure for only the fourth time in 27 seasons of that competition. With two trips remaining (Leeds and Chelsea) and it's still possible that they could break their own record:

1993/94 won 9 (21 away games)
2001/02 won 9 (19 away games)
2011/12 won 8 (19 away games)
2022/23 won 8 (17 away games so far, two left)

With two games remaining, 29 goals on the road so far this season in the PL represents United's best return since grabbing 27 in both 2011/12 and 2002/03. It's the third highest total to date:

2001/02 scored 34 (19 away games)
1993/94 scored 31 (21 away games)
2022/23 scored 29 (17 away games so far, two left)

58 PL goals is the best return in a full season by any Newcastle side for 20 years - and they still have six games left to try and improve on that total:

1993/94 82 goals (42 game season)
2001/02 74 goals (38 game season)
1996/97 73 goals (38 game season)
1994/95 67 goals (42 game season)
1995/96 66 goals (38 game season)
1999/00 63 goals (38 game season)
2002/03 63 goals (38 game season)
2022/23 58 goals (32 games so far, six left)

Fabian Schar's disallowed strike means just two those 58 PL goals have come from defenders; Schar against Forest at SJP and Kieran Trippier at home to Manchester City - both last August.

Callum Wilson moved on to 13 PL goals for the season, becoming NUFC top scorer in his own right - he had been level with Miguel Almiron on 11. That tally of 13 is his best as a Magpie, one better than the 12 netted in 2020/21. He's one shy of his best-ever PL season, 14 in 2018/19. 

Wilson has now scored twice in a game for Newcastle on eight occasions without registering a hat-trick, yet. Three of those braces have been against Everton.

Only eight players have scored more goals for the club in the PL, his Goodison brace seeing Wilson draw level with Ayoze Perez on 33:

Callum Wilson 33
Robert Lee 34
Papiss Cisse 37
Nolberto Solano 37
Les Ferdinand 41
Shola Ameobi 43
Andy Cole 43
Peter Beardsley 46
Alan Shearer 148

Joelinton
now has seven PL goals this season and nine in all competitions. His 15th PL goal takes him level with Andy Carroll and two ahead of current colleague Joe Willock.

That's three goals in two games for Jacob Murphy now, a rather better stat than when it was calculated before the Spurs game, when it stood at three goals in 97 games. 

Murphy now has eight to his name for United in the PL: one ahead of Matt Ritchie, Carl Cort and Mark Viduka and level with Bruno Guimaraes and Duncan Ferguson.

For the seventh time this season, a Magpies substitute came off the bench to bag a PL goal: 

Chris Wood v Southampton (a) (scored in 12 minutes)
Alexander Isak v Fulham (h) (scored in 18 minutes)
Miguel Almiron v Wolves (h) (scored in 11 minutes)
Callum Wilson v Manchester United (h) (scored in 8 minutes)
Alexander Isak v West Ham (a) (scored in 18 minutes)
Callum Wilson v Spurs (h) (scored in 65 seconds)
Jacob Murphy v Everton (a) (scored in 13 minutes)

Newcastle scored three goals in one half of an away game for the fifth time this season (Fulham first half, Southampton second half, Leicester first half, West Ham second, Everton second).

Three goals in a 10 minute spell (72,75,81 minutes) is United's most rapid sequence of PL scoring away from SJP since three goals in 7 minutes (60,61,66 minutes) at the mackems in 2006.

United's 534th PL away game saw them record their 137th away win - and score four goals or more for the the seventeenth time. Adding in home games, those figures extend to 1066 games, 399 wins and four goals or more on 40 occasions. Unbelievably, seven of those have come in 2022/23.

Eddie Howe's side recorded their fifth PL win double of the season, after having already taken six points from Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Brentford and Spurs.

Toon at Goodison - PL era:

2022/23 Won 4-1 Wilson 2, Joelinton, Murphy
2021/22 Lost 0-1
2020/21
Won 2-0 Wilson 2
2019/20 Drew 2-2 Lejeune 2
2018/19 Drew 1-1 Rondon
2017/18 Lost 0-1
2015/16 Lost 0-3
2014/15 Lost 0-3
2013/14 Lost 2-3 Cabaye, Remy
2012/13 Drew 2-2 Ba 2
2011/12 Lost 1-3 og(Hibbert)
2010/11 Won 1-0 Ben Arfa
2008/09 Drew 2-2 Taylor, Duff
2007/08 Lost 1-3 Owen (pen)
2006/07 Lost 0-3
2005/06 Lost 0-1
2004/05 Lost 0-2
2003/04 Drew 2-2 Shearer (2 pens)
2002/03 Lost 1-2 Robert
2001/02 Won 3-1 Bellamy, Solano, Acuna
2000/01 Drew 1-1 og(Unsworth)
1999/00 Won 2-0 Hughes, Dyer
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Drew 0-0
1997/98 Won 1-0 Rush (FAC)
1996/97 Lost 0-2
1995/96 Won 3-1 Ferdinand, Lee, Kitson
1994/95 Lost 0-1 (FAC)
1994/95 Lost 0-2
1993/94 Won 2-0 Cole, Beardsley


Game number fourteen for Sean Dyche as an opposition manager against United in all competitions, but the first when not Burnley boss. He's now won just twice and lost each of the last six games.
 

Waffle

Newcastle followed up their six-goal Spurs romp with four more on the road at Goodison Park on Thursday, as their Champions League dream moved another step closer to becoming reality.

Sunday's scorers continued where they left off; two goals for Callum Wilson and one each for Joelinton and Jacob Murphy as Everton's diminishing hopes of improving their precarious league position were demolished. 

However, Alexander Isak's part in his side's fourth goal was the talk of the Toon - the substitute failing to increase his goal tally after coming off the bench, but making a mesmerising run for an otherworldly assist. 

Gaining possession on halfway, he embarked on a solo surge down the left, gliding past a posse of Toffees before dancing along the byline and finding Murphy: his simple finish made possible by the extraordinary build-up; underlined by the adulation afforded to the assistee by his team mates.

That was the icing on another delicious cake served up for the travelling fans as they soaked up an eighth away league win, gleefully taunting the downcast Toffees - or what remained of them.  

Unlike Spurs on Sunday though, Eddie Howe's side had to dig deep during an uncomfortable opening half to contain an Everton side who were backed fervently inside out and outside the ground - their collective mindset seemingly that this was the last chance of avoiding the drop.   

As was the case against Spurs, it was Joelinton who made the opening, cutting in from the left and testing Jordan Pickford - whose block fell to Wilson and was promptly dispatched into the Gwladys Street goal.

This time the breakthrough took 28 minutes rather than 61 seconds, but the hosts continued to press in an unscientific manner and the visiting back line were busy - underlined by the moment when Sven Botman unceremoniously cleared one ball into the top tier of the Main Stand. 

Only a marginal offside flag prevented an equaliser in first half added time; Dominic Calvert-Lewin running through and clipping the ball over Nick Pope. A VAR check of that decision revealed how tight the call was; the Toffee was just inches ahead of Botman. If these things do even out over a season, then this was recompense for Isak's disallowed effort on the other side of Stanley Park.

A starting selection showing three alterations (Matt Targett for the unwell Burn, Almiron for Murphy and Wilson for Isak) lined up unchanged for the second period and gave a more measured display: Everton's attempts at retaining possession steadily diminishing as a consequence.

Needing a second goal to further dampen the enthusiasm of home fans, Joe Willock came close in the opening seconds but it took until the 70th minute for a genuine opportunity to double our advantage.

That saw Willock collect a clearance just outside the box and ping a volley towards the top right hand corner of the net that Pickford did well to palm away.

Almost immediately though, Willock pre-empted Isak's run with one of his own, dinking the ball to Joelinton who did well to steer a header into the far corner,

Three minutes later it was game over when Wilson took a Bruno Guimaraes pass and from outside the box curled a beauty into the top corner for his second and United's third. The cheers of the away section were almost drowned out by the thump of upturned seats.

Isak had a shot saved and Fabian Schar went close with a header before Everton's Dwight McNeil scored direct from a corner to barely a murmur.

Just over a minute later though Isak produced his moment of magic; his cross deflecting to Murphy who couldn't miss from a yard out - cue yet another seething mass of celebration in one corner of the Bullens.

Murphy could have made it five after another fast flowing move saw him side-foot narrowly wide and Schar unluckily had a fine shot ruled out for an offside against Burn earlier in the move.

There was still time for Anthony Gordon to arrive for a late cameo against his old club but his reception was far from hostile given the dwindling number of his former fans still present; his appearance sending yet more of them to the exits. 

All smiles in one corner of the ground and in the away dressing room, but a creeping dread in the blue half of Merseyside that what would be their first relegation since 1951 is about to become a reality.

Coupled with the construction of a new ground two miles away (set to open in 2024), this victory increases the chances that we'll never set foot in Goodison Park again, at least not in the league.  

If this was our finale there after 124 years though, what a way to bow out! Settling many old scores from previous visits like this is a far more satisfying resolution than receiving a refund.....

Biffa


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