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Season 2015-16
Everton (h) Premier League


In association 


Date: Saturday 26th December 2015, 5.30pm. Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: aghast 


Newcastle United


0 - 1




Half time: Magpies 0 Toffees 0

90+3 mins Gerard Deulofeu's flag kick from the South West Corner failed to find a visiting player but Rob Elliot's punch went straight to Tom Cleverley and his looping header from fourteen yards out eluded both Vurnon Anita and Fabricio Coloccini on the line at the Gallowgate End. 

There was just time for a devastated home side to restart before the referee blew for time.

Full time: Magpies 0 Toffees 1

We Said

Steve McClaren said after the game:


"I have lost quite a few games in the last minute and cruel endings, but never before have I felt so upset and disappointed for a set of players than I did when I walked into that dressing room.

"They didn't deserve that. They gave everything - in the second half they were magnificent. We stood toe-to-toe with a very good Everton team, and the response from the crowd was terrific, the response from the players...

"We didn't deserve to lose; we have, but that kind of performance, that bodes well for the future.

"Everton would have been disappointed if they had lost, like we are. I didn't think we deserved to lose, I thought a draw was a fair result. But this game is cruel and we have to quickly move on.


"It's very difficult, just straight away refocus and lift. They have got to recover tonight, come in tomorrow and get prepared for West Brom on Monday.

"It's a big test physically and mentally for the players after that because they gave absolutely everything.

"We talk about crawling off and they did. It was a struggle to get on the bench, they were all underneath."


They Said

Roberto Martinez said:

"We deserved that final kick in terms of getting the three points.

"This result is an accumulation of lessons we have learnt and thatís very pleasing as a manager looking at your players wanting to take responsibility and get better.

"I felt very satisfied with the way we were performing throughout the game. In football, you have to take your chances but the way we controlled the game was very pleasing.

"We started extremely well and dominated the first 20 minutes. Elliot in goal was outstanding. Iíve reviewed some of the game and we had five clear-cut opportunities - to have that away from home was impressive but, more than ever, it was about getting through the period home teams always get.

"Tom has great experience in controlling the moment. Heís been given unfair treatment over the last three years but I know him well and the way he has been performing for our football club - thatís him back to his best.

ďHeís an English talent that goes further than just being someone who can do everything. Heís outstanding at what he does and for him to get the final touch in the most important moment of the game, he deserves to be part of that.

About being disappointed at Lukaku's fruitless attempt to score in nine successive games by netting against us (that would have made him the first Toffee to emulate Dixie Dean's feat from 1927):

"No, not at all, I think it's better. There's too much talking. We have never spoken about it and there's too much talking about runs."


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For the fifth successive meeting of these two sides, the last goal in the game was scored in the 84th minute or later (84, 87, 89, 90+3 and 90+3 mins).

United's 2015 home league fixture programme saw them take just 19 points from a possible 60 (from four wins, seven draws and nine defeats). Conceding 30 times and scoring 27 goals themselves, the Magpies managed four clean sheets and drew five blanks.


It's now a year since our last penalty award anywhere (at Manchester United on Dec 26th 2014) and two years since our last penalty award at SJP (against Stoke City on Dec 26th 2013).

This was our 100th
Premier League loss at St. James' Park (played 413, won 212, drawn 101) of which Everton have been responsible for six - three of which have come in their last four visits.

Cleverly netted
the 250th goal that Everton have scored against us in all competitions since the first meeting of the sides in September 1898. That's taken 167 games and we've managed to score 247 times against them.

Toffees @ SJP - Premier years:

2015/16 Lost 0-1
Won 3-2 Cisse, Perez, Colback
Lost 0-3
2012/13 Lost 1-2 Cisse
2011/12 Won 2-1 og(Heitinga), 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 - lost on penalties)
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

Full record against the Toffees:

  P W D L F A
SJP 81 43 18 20 144 85
GP 80 20 16 44 95 156
League 161 63 34 64 239 241
SJP(FA) 1 1 0 0 4 1
GP 4 1 0 3 1 5
SJP(LC) 1 0 1 0 3 3
GP 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 2 1 3 8 9
CS 1 0 0 1 3 5
Tot 167 65 35 67 247 250

The only teams we have played more than the 167 times against Everton in league and cup are Arsenal (177), Manchester City (174) and Liverpool (170).

NUFC Boxing Day Record - Premier League era:

2015/16 Everton (h) lost 0-1
2014/15 Manchester United (a) lost 1-3
Stoke City (h) won 5-1
Manchester United (a) lost 3-4
2011/12 Bolton Wanderers (a) won 2-0
2010/11 Manchester City (h) lost 1-3
2009/10 Sheffield Wednesday (a) drew 2-2*
2008/09 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 1-2
2007/08 Wigan Athletic (a) lost 0-1
2006/07 Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 1-2
2005/06 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
2004/05 Blackburn Rovers (a) drew 2-2
2003/04 Leicester City (a) drew 1-1
2002/03 Bolton Wanderers (a) lost 3-4
2001/02 smoggies (h) won 3-0
2000/01 Leeds United (h) won 2-1
1999/00 Liverpool (h) drew 2-2
1998/99 Leeds United (h) lost 0-3
1997/98 Derby County (a) lost 0-1
1996/97 Blackburn Rovers (a) lost 0-1
1995/96 no game
1994/95 Leeds United (a) drew 0-0
1993/94 no game

* Championship




A week on from the mild booing that greeted the final whistle of a 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa, St. James' Park rose to applaud a single goal defeat that left United in the relegation places.

Senseless though that gesture may have seemed, it was deserved in the context of a team that strained every sinew in their attempts to get something from this match and looked to have won a point that extended their unbeaten run to a seasonal best four games - until added time that is.... 

Tom Cleverley speculative header delivered a knockout blow with just seconds of added time remaining to punish a Magpies side who should have been ahead - Aleksandar Mitrovic having emulated Siem de Jong's Villa miss by missing a golden chance to score in either half.

The more glaring of the two opportunities came on 72 minutes, when the move of the match from Newcastle saw the Serbian meet Moussa Sissoko's centre from the left but head agonisingly wide of Tim Howard's goal. 

At that point it looked to be another one of those days for Steve McClaren, but worse was to follow after a vital saving interception from Chancel Mbemba denied Romelu Lukaku in added time at the expense of a corner that seemed almost an afterthought. Big mistake.  

And once again that failure to find the net proved crucial as United were punished when a last minute corner was cleared as far as Cleverley who nodded the ball into the unguarded goal.

The visitors had dominated possession but United created and missed the best chances, with Gini Wijnaldum's header cleared off the line by Howard.

Conditions weren't ideal with heavy pre-match rain making the playing surface difficult and both sides slipped and slid around at times - although there was never any risk of a postponement or abandonment. The rain began only 24 hours before kickoff, meaning that the pitch was less saturated and sliding tackles didn't generate the bow waves evident in the Villa game.

Everton settled the quicker of the two sides and from the kick-off they kept possession while the Magpies failed to hold onto the ball for any meaningful length of time, prompting thoughts that a repeat of their 0-4 Boxing Day victory here in 1986 could be in store. 

Not for the first time though, the hustle and bustle of Martinez's side didn't translate into goals and Rob Elliot wasn't massively stretched, blocking Kevin Mirallas with his legs after seven minutes.

Mitrovic had a great chance to break the deadlock in the 25th minute when Daryl Janmaat picked him out with a cross from the right, but the ball skimming harmlessly wide off his head - another demonstration of his aerial weakness (both in direction and jumping prowess).

Ayoze Perez came close to getting on the end of a Mitrovic flick but the ball just eluded him and Wijnaldum headed wide as half-time approached. Janmaat was a touch fortunate not to see a second yellow after pushing over Ross Barkley although it would have been another senseless sending off, similar to his dismissal at Swansea earlier this season.

After the break, United matched their opponents better and although there were chances at both ends, Elliot made excellent saves from Romelu Lukaku and Aaron Lennon to keep it goalless.

Perez took down a ball expertly and then fired narrowly wide but then came Mitrovic's moment of glory that he was unable to convert. Some fine build-up play saw Moussa Sissoko in space down the left and when he chipped in a cross Mitrovic met it at speed but headed wide with Howard helpless.

Wijnaldum then got his effort on target but Howard beat the ball away and as added time arrived, it seemed as if the game would end all-square. But Cleverley's looping header found the back of the Gallowgate goal and there was barely time to kick-off before Mason blew for time, leaving the despairing Newcastle players spread-eagled on the pitch in the manner of beaten cup finalists. 

McClaren rightly looked as gutted as those players, but kept to his ritual of walking on to the field and applauding the home fans. What seemed perfectly evident though was that his side lacked for nothing in effort, but came up short in accuracy and talent. Having restored the heart to the side, it's doubtful whether he can get anything more from this squad as it stands. Over to you Mr Carr.


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