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Season 2023-24
Everton (h) Premier League


Monday 2nd April 2024, 7.30pm
Live on TNT Sports

St. James' Park

Conditions: Avoidable




1 - 1




15 mins Harvey Barnes lost out to Ben Godfrey on the left side of the centre circle but Bruno headed it back in his direction and Barnes hooked a delicious forward pass over the head of James Tarkowski and into the path of Alexander Isak.

He dashed into the Everton box, turning inside Jarrad Branthwaite and evading the recovering Tarkowski before approaching Vitaliy Mykolenko and hooking a right-footed effort from about 11 yards beyond Jordan Pickford and into the bottom left hand corner of the Leazes End goal.  1-0

Half time: Newcastle 1 Everton 0

88 mins James Garner's deep in-swinging cross from the Everton left arced towards the far corner of Martin Dubravka's six yard box with no visiting player near enough to prevent the Newcastle 'keeper from making a routine take and restarting play.

Ashley Young ended up on a heap with Paul Dummett in the centre of the box and a belated VAR check was indicated, bringing play back from the other end of the field. The referee was summoned to the monitor in front of the East Stand and confirmed that a penalty award was justified for the smackdown move on the visiting player.

What also became evident in the reruns was that Dummett had no need whatsover to impede Young - who wasn't going to reach the cross. Dominic Calvert-Lewin's spot kick was reached by Dubravka but he succeeded only in parrying the ball into the roof of the net. 1-1

Full time: Newcastle 1 Everton 1

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"I thought they gave everything.

"It was a decent performance. We needed the second goal really. I thought we had it with a quick free-kick but VAR played its part there and the penalty. We were on the end of two tight decisions.

"It was one of those. At that stage we were just hoping to see the game out. Paul (Dummett) is an experienced player and unfortunately it was his arm and whether it brushed against Ashley (Young) that went against us. I think it is both players grappling each other. 

"Bar the penalty, I think we would have gone on to win the game 1-0. It would have been a tight win but a deserved one.

"I felt the second goal was important, we were close to getting it until VAR stopped that one. Against any team you want the comfort of the second goal but unfortunately we didn't get it."

On injuries:

"It is more the in-game changes. You saw the impact of subs when we played West Ham.
We were unable to make the changes that would have made our performance better today but we have to accept that. It is the position we are in. 

"The amount of injuries you have anyway is going to hurt you but when it is condensed to one section of the pitch it will stretch you.

"When you’ve got the glut of games that we have, it’s going to hurt us short-term. Miggy (Almiron) will be out around a month, we think, with a knee injury, Tino (Livramento) the same with an ankle injury. 

(Trippier) is not ready to play yet, so he won’t be back for the Fulham game definitely.”

On Elliot Anderson:

"He was really good. Elliot has been absolutely desperate to play since his injury.

"He's been looking good in training, he's produced some very good performances and I think today was the perfect opportunity for him to play.

"He looks physically ready, and I thought he gave a very good account of himself, he showed his attributes and especially when you play a team like Everton, you need to be very disciplined and good defensively, and thought he really helped us in that respect."

They Said


Sean Dyche said:

"I'm really pleased. We took a knock on Saturday with a late goal, it gives you a knock as a team. We were very good, we know they've had injuries but they still put out a fair side. I thought we did really well, particularly in the second half.

"I'm really pleased for Dom, he's been working hard. We're trying to mix and match to keep people fresh. I'm sure he'll be feeling better for a goal and deservedly so.

"I'm not sure what you have to do for a penalty, because we can't get them. We had one on Saturday, I don't know how it wasn't given. I really don't know why they had to look at this one 300 times. 

"The lads have seen it, they're not getting involved because they're not allowed to, but I don't know why it takes so long to give it.

"After the second-half performance, we certainly deserved a point.

"There was a lot of noise around them
(Newcastle) about injuries, but you could see they still put out a very strong side. They can score goals, and they have got some players who are in form.

"First half, we weren’t a million miles away I didn’t think. I said at half-time to the players, ‘we aren’t a million miles away here, I can smell it in the room, the feel of the performance’. 

"In the second half, I thought we were really good. We took the game on and totally deserved at least a point - and we finally got another penalty which was pleasing.

"To bounce back after a really disappointing end of the game on Saturday, and then give that performance in the second half, is very pleasing. 

"The squad mentality
(is key) - everyone was out there making a difference tonight. That’s important because I have a saying, ‘be the player that makes the difference’. 

That is key, and the mentality was key tonight, but it doesn't guarantee the next one, and we have to make sure we guarantee the next one. So that performance needs to go again Saturday.”


Alexander Isak's 15th Premier League goal of the season moves him on to 19 in all competitions - the highest seasonal total since Alan Shearer also contributed 19 during the 2004/05 campaign.

The Swede now has 25 PL goals, leaving him 16th in the club's all-time list in that competition. His next PL goal will draw him level with Michael Owen.

Isak has now found the net in his last five PL home appearances, the first Newcastle player to do that since Yoan Gouffran during the 2013/14 season.

Isak's 15 PL goals so far this season place him ninth in the top scorer charts for United in their 27 seasons of participation in 38 game campaigns:  

1995/96 Les Ferdinand (25)
1996/97 Alan Shearer (25) (Ferdinand 16)
1999/00 Alan Shearer (23)
2001/02 Alan Shearer (23)
2003/04 Alan Shearer (22)
2002/03 Alan Shearer (17)
2022/23 Callum Wilson (18)
2011/12 Demba Ba (16)
2023/24 Alexander Isak (15)

Joe Willock completed a century of appearances in all competitions for United (79 starts).

Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:

2023/24 Drew 1-1 Isak
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

Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted Everton's tenth PL penalty kick against Newcastle - the most that any club has netted against us in that competition. Before tonight's game they were level on nine spot kick conversions with Chelsea.

Calvert-Lewin continues to find Tyneside to his liking; five of his six Everton goals against Newcastle have come at Gallowgate, compared to just one at Goodison Park.


Newcastle threw away two points after substitute Paul Dummett gifted visitors Everton a late penalty at St. James' Park on Tuesday evening.

A needless wrestling hold by Dummett on Ashley Young from a harmless Toffees cross allowed VAR to urge referee Tony Harrington to review the damning footage at pitchside and Dominic Calvert-Lewin to convert from the spot for his first goal in 19 Premier League games.

That penalty was almost saved, but Martin Dubravka's hand sent the ball into the roof of the net for an 88th minute equaliser that was particularly galling, given what had gone on before in the game. 

Eddie Howe's patched-up side should have been out of sight at that point; a marginal VAR decision denying Dan Burn and numerous other golden chances spurned. Burn's finish from a smart free kick routine wasn't to be, but would have been a deserved return for a good shift in central defence.

Visiting substitute James Garner did hit the inside of Dubravka's post, but that was a rare moment of danger in the largely untroubled United area - home defenders noticeably playing their way out of danger or making clearances rather than pass to the goalkeeper when he'd come off his line.

Harvey Barnes, Jacob Murphy and Bruno Guimaraes all spurned opportunities to claim the vital second that would almost certainly have resulted in victory, but Alexander Isak's inability to place a first-time shot from six yards on 67 minutes either side of Mykolenko was the decisive moment.

That was one of three chances that fell to the Swede following a 15th minute opener when he had calmly beaten pantomime villain Jordan Pickford in the Leazes goal en route to a fourth full game for club and country in less than a fortnight - unheard of pitch time for him as a Magpie.

Sean Dyche readied a triple substitution just before the hour mark after seeing his side apparently go two behind; persisting with them all when Burn's effort was ruled out and seeing an upturn in effort from his ailing side as United continued to misfire and their energy levels visibly dropped.

Nine minutes of added time were indicated but failed to produce any clear-cut chances for United to regain the lead despite the efforts of Bruno to try and drive his side forward.  

A point left the black and whites in eighth - outside of the European places - as West Ham drew 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur soon after to retain seventh spot by a single point.

Everton remain winless in 13 PL games since December - their worst-ever run of form in that competition. That's of no solace though to a Magpies side who have now frustratingly donated four points to the beleaguered Toffees this season. 

If Saturday saw three points wrestled off West Ham when Newcastle emptied their bench, then Tuesday betrayed the lack of credible options now available beyond the starting line-up. 

This XI was unavailable tonight - and Gordon aside, will be the same at Fulham on Saturday: 

Pope, Trippier, Livramento, Botman, Lascelles, Joelinton, Tonali, Miley, Wilson, Gordon, Almiron. 

Given the partial fitness levels of several starters, we needed to get our work done in the first hour or so here and build up a viable lead in that time. Given the way our season has gone, one goal was never going to be enough and the much-maligned lunatic in the Everton goal did his bit in both keeping us out and initiating attacks as a de-facto quarter back.  

Almost inevitably there had to be a new injury concern; Lewis Hall struggling with what looked like a rib issue in the first half but playing on until eventually conking out in the closing stages.

Any further injuries will stretch us beyond breaking point; even without that, the latest raft of absentees threaten our European qualification hopes as much as dropping two points did. Kieran Trippier's supposedly imminent return has been shelved, while Matt Targett's supposed recovery sounds increasingly fragile.  

Any sympathy for Dummett is tempered with pure frustration at our current plight, but a player with four minutes of Premier League football to his name in two years before tonight shouldn't have been on the field. He looked woefully off the pace and unsurprisingly struggled when we attacked. 

Like the presence of Matt Ritchie, it's a mixture of misfortune and mismanagement going back years: other bench options included two goalkeepers and a reserve player soon to be out of contract. Quite what scenario would have seen the latter of those introduced is open to question.      

Teams taking points off each other elsewhere does leave us with opportunities in the coming weeks, but our task of qualifying for another European adventure just became more difficult. And even the legitimacy of that aspiration is now questionable, given the injury hangover that now extends into next season - we may not see some players until 2025 but they'll still be on the wage bill. 


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