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Season 2023-24
Everton (a) Premier League


Thursday 7th December 2023, 7.30pm 
Live on Amazon Prime

Goodison Park

Conditions: Harried





3 - 0





Half time: Toffees 0 Magpies 0

79 mins: Kieran Trippier was in possession near the halfway line down the Newcastle right, but inexplicably stumbled after cutting inside, gifting the ball to Dwight McNeil. He strode forward unopposed and into the United box, hitting a fierce shot as Fabian Schar went to challenge. 

The right-footed effort may have taken a slight deflection before eluding the despairing grasp Martin Dubravka in the Gwladys Street goal. 0-1

86 mins:
Trippier had the ball in a similar position and in trying to beat Jack Harrison the Everton man came away with the ball. This time he headed towards the byline and although his cross into the middle may have been for a different colleague, it fell perfectly for Abdoulaye Doucoure who had most of the goal to aim at from 15 yards and he made no mistake. 0-2

90+6 mins:
With United pushing forward, a simple ball forward by Nathan Patterson sent substitute Beto away down the Everton right and he strode into the box before tucking the ball between Dubravka’s legs, having seen pursuing defender Schar catch up but just bounce off him.

TV replays suggested the substitute, was offside but after a lengthy VAR review lines were drawn on a bad angle to show Trippier’s foot played him onside by inches. How accurate the line was and which freeze frame used is known only to those at Stockley Park….0-3

Full time:
Toffees 3 Magpies 0

We Said


Eddie Howe said:

"There are reasons behind every performance and we have struggled to change our players in-running.

"To have the attacking options we feel we need to change the game, that's not there for us and that's a big miss. There are some quality players, outstanding players that aren't with us at the moment.

"You can potentially do it for a short period of time, the longer you do it the harder it gets. That's not to say it's impossible. That's why I'm disappointed - I think it's a missed opportunity for us and we didn't really grab it and paid the price.

"It was a tough night in the end. I thought the first half was very even, a scrappy game - probably what we thought it would be. I don't think we stamped our authority enough on the game in those early stages.

"I thought we had our best spell in the second half, when we camped them in for 15, 20 minutes, but we weren't clinical enough when those chances came. We shot ourselves in the foot, really.

"Trippier's been absolutely magnificent. He's probably been the catalyst behind what we've done. As a team, we weren't where we needed to be - that's why we didn't win the game."

They Said


Sean Dyche:

"We delivered a good performance against Manchester United, maybe even better than the one against Newcastle, but today we got the opposite.

"It was a strong first half against a good outfit. I've been asked what we have to change to improve the home form, and I've said to take our chances, and today we did.

"Week in and week out, you have to be performing. I try and concentrate on the performance levels, and the markers I am looking for, plus all the other things I often speak about. If you get them right over a season, it will pay you back.

"I mention mentality so often because I believe it is the underbelly of a real team, an authentic team. It's growing here, you can sense it, and the players are adapting to each other.

"The commitment to the cause is growing. We know we have quality by the way, but you have to do the hard yards. You have to do the ugly side of the game.

"For tonight, we have had to change things. Jimmy Garner was ill unfortunately with a sickness bug, we dropped Douc in who I thought was terrific. Youngy goes up one and I thought he was excellent.

"Seamus (Coleman), we know he picked up a minor injury but Patto gets thrown in and produces a performance. The connection in the group is getting better. Everyone is pitching in and I think the fans can sense that."


Newcastle suffered their heaviest defeat of the season, matching the 0-3 reverse at Aston Villa in April 2023. Tonight was the first time that they have conceded three goals in the second half since the 0-5 defeat at Manchester City in May 2022.

Martin Dubravka is the first Magpies goalkeeper to concede three goals at Goodison Park since Rob Elliot in February 2016. Jamaal Lascelles played in both that game (as sub) and tonight (started).

Newcastle have taken just five points from a possible 21 away from SJP, three at Sheffield United and one each at West Ham and Wolves. The 2022/23 total was 12 points from seven games.

Eight of the 13 goals scored away from SJP in the PL this season came in that win at Bramall Lane, with two apiece at West Ham and Wolves. A consolation effort at Brighton completes the goal tally, blank returns coming at Manchester City, Bournemouth and Everton.

Just seven of the 16 players who featured for Newcastle in the 4-1 PL win here last April were involved here tonight; goalscorers Callum Wilson and Jacob Murphy, plus Nick Pope, Matt Targett, Sven Botman, Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock, Dan Burn and Elliot Anderson all absent. All nine remain at the club but are missing due to injury.

Sadly for Newcastle, the final score in this game neatly book ended a 125 year period during which they've faced the Toffees at Goodison Park - our first competitive visit here in September 1898 also ended in a 3-0 home victory.

Toon at Goodison - PL era:

2023/24 Lost 0-3
2022/23 Won 4-1 Wilson 2, Joelinton, Murphy
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



A trio of disasters at the feet of the usually-reliable Kieran Trippier gifted this game to Everton, after the Toffees scored three late goals at Goodison Park on Thursday evening.

Fatal slips by the Newcastle defender in the 79th and 86th minutes of a tight game presented the hosts with scoring opportunities that they grabbed, before the England international was judged to have played an opponent onside in the sixth minute of added time as 0-2 became 0-3.

A multiplicity of ailments once again hampered Eddie Howe's attempts to freshen his line-up and he fielded the same outfield group of ten players for the fourth time in thirteen days; the only change coming in goal, where Martin Dubravka replaced shoulder injury victim Nick Pope. 

As was the case in United's most recent defeat at Bournemouth, the early signs weren't overly encouraging from an attacking point of view, where we looked anything but imaginative and our ongoing suspicions about the fitness of Alexander Isak remained. The netting partially obscuring the view from the away may have been unwanted, but those with restricted views didn't miss much.

A Dyche-drilled Everton side predictably wasted little time in getting the ball forward, but when they did approach Dubravka's goal, they little sign of being able to test him or hit the target at all. The returning goalkeeper may have been equal to a few shots, but his goal continually looked in peril when free kicks and corners were swung towards his six yard box - a worrying facet of his play doubtless noted by those watching on behalf of our future opponents.

Aside from a tepid effort from Miguel Almiron when well placed, one standout passage of play from the black and whites hinted at an uplift - but Isak spoiled what would have been a picture book goal by nodding narrowly wide of Jordan Pickford's goal eight minutes before the break.

Scoreless at the break as it had been at Bournemouth, the Toffees would replicate the Cherries in belatedly waking up to the fact that tiring opponents with no viable options on the bench were there to be beaten and as a consequence, improve a hitherto forgettable home record for the season.

Frustratingly for the away side here though, their best period of the game immediately preceded conceding the opener and then an equally calamitous second soon afterwards.

Having snuck on in the closing stages of April's 4-1 win here, Anthony Gordon returned to his former home as an integral part of Newcastle side and with an ongoing media debate as to whether he should in the England team.

Sadly for him and us though, he left Goodison with jeers ringing in his ears, twice racing into good positions to score the goal he so evidently hoped for, but on both occasions fluffing his shot and giving Pickford an easy take before blasting his second effort into the crowd.

A break in play while the home goalkeeper walked to the sidelines for treatment proved to be our undoing; United restarting the game in possession but tiring legs and minds perhaps contributing to a momentary lapse of concentration that allowed Dwight McNeill in, with devastating consequences.

And once behind, our collective spirit almost visibly drained away as the hosts were roared forward by fans and manager alike. There was to be one more opportunity for Newcastle to gain a foothold - and maybe a point - but when Almiron's header at 0-1 cleared the crossbar to the delight of the gurning lunatic in green, the game was up. 

That was confirmed when Doucoure and Beto took chances to give the score a misleading outcome, the only fight left in the visiting team coming after full time when Schar and Joelinton sought to confront Pickford - whose ludicrous celebrations of each goal and the the final whistle were all provocatively directed at the away support. 

Rather than being insulted or appalled though, it's just funny - his ludicrous posturing tonight prompted by taking considerable grief from Newcastle fans to heart. Take it as a compliment. 

The defeat left United in seventh while the Scousers climbed out of the bottom three to defy their ten point deduction, underlining our own contention that this is the season to take on board a blow of that magnitude and still avoid relegation. Further censure however might be a blow too much.

Back to the black and whites though, and it's difficult to know what else to do other than plough on the same course, while planning for early activity in January and assessing whether the goalkeeper situation is solvable in house, given that Pope isn't expected to be named in the revised 25.

It may not be the entire cause, but there's a direct correlation between the away results and increased fixture load, reduced availability of players and a lack of choice that sees others play on. Fast forward to Sunday and a Spurs side on the crest of a slump may similarly swipe us aside. 

Rather than lamenting our seasonal travel sickness though, for once we'll go glass half full and praise the home form that has been the bedrock of our season. Let's just hope we never return here.


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