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Season 2021-22
Everton (a) Premier League


Thursday 17th March 2022, 7.45pm
Live on Amazon Prime

 Goodison Park

Conditions: Elongated

Programme: £3.50




1 - 0





Half time: Toffees 0 Magpies 0

(83 mins) Allan Saint-Maximin's attempt at counter attacking from his own area was halted illegally by a two-footed lunge from Allan. A number of visiting players protested to Pawson at the ferocity of the challenge, with Martin Dubravka noticeably racing from his goal to complain.

Allan gratefully accepted the yellow card displayed by Craig Pawson, who was in a prime location to see and assess the incident for himself. Some delay in restarting the game saw Schar and Allan get involved before the checking VAR notice appeared - followed by Pawson's invitation to check the footage on the pitchside screen situated in front of home fans in the Bullens.

As is almost always the case in these situations, the decision was amended and the booking upgraded to a dismissal. Once the red card had been shown and before the player had left the field, the Goodison big screen showed a replay of the incident, prompting further howls of abuse from the crowd and more discontent from Allan's colleagues.

90+9 mins After a messy passage of play when each side won and lost possession of the ball, Joelinton came out of defence and played a forward pass intending for Allan Saint-Maximin on the centre spot. He lost out to Seamus Coleman, who found Alex Iwobi to his immediate right; pushing on wrong-footing Dan Burn as he tried to block him.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin lay ahead on the edge of the United box and as he took possession, Fabian Schar backed away. The Everton substitute checked back with his first touch and back-flicked it into the path of Iwobi with his second. Iwobi swept a low left-footed effort beyond Martin Dubraka's left hand from around nine yards. The move was completely out of keeping with anything else that Everton else created in the entire game.

Full time: Toffees 1 Magpies 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

We controlled the game. The only thing that was missing in the first half was a goal, and being really clinical in the final third, but that was missing for the entire game for us today.

"I thought we got into some good positions but the normal rhythm wasn't there, for whatever reason. The second half was a big disappointment.

"The red card gave us a big advantage and we didn't capitalise on that. I thought tactically, we didn't deliver the plan we should have done at that moment.

"The game was there for us but we made some poor decisions with the ball by our high standards.

"You're always liable to counter-attacks and moments that can still cost you the game. You have to be very alert and we weren't. We made a bad mistake for the goal and it cost us.

"It is very disappointing. I don't know why that second half was lacking in that bit of quality. It was our game to win and we didn't grab that opportunity.

"I don't think it's my formations or cleverness that will keep us up. It's part of the bigger picture, but it's people and the players that will keep us up, and the fans when we get together.

"I thought the start of the game was a bit special. I know I'm new to this, an evening game at Goodison, but you could feel the crowd. Maybe they had a couple of pints of Guinness for St Patrick's Day. Fair play, we need that. We need them behind us.

"If we get out of this it's together, the fans and the players played their part."

On the protestor:

"I've never seen anything like that.

At first, I didn't realise what was happening to start with. It was a big delay. I'm not using it as an excuse, but I don't know if that affected us, because certainly we weren't the same team in the second half."

They Said


Frank Lampard (who reportedly broke his hand celebrating the goal) said:

"It was a big night for us and nothing is done - we've got 11 games to go now - but I think we were waiting for this moment: a night of togetherness, a night of spirit, a night of fight against a very good team.

"We got what we deserved, that's absolutely clear in the end, against some odds. That exploded around the whole stadium and in the technical area when we scored.

"They're a good team. They can bring on players who can affect the game and they are in good form.

"A man down, it was, 'Can we hang on? At that point you would take a point. 'Can we get one more chance if we can get up the pitch and then deliver?'

"The lads did that and fair play to the whole place because belief stayed, fans rose, players rose on the pitch, and we deserved the win."

On the dismissal:

"It's not a red card. Alan Shearer, Mr Newcastle himself, just said so and the frustrating thing for us is we had the most blatant one of the season against Man City.

"The referee gets it wrong, we get the apology, this time the referee sees it, he gives a yellow card. Did he seriously endanger the player by kicking him on the foot?

"We now lose Allan for three games. The system is not working because of decisions like tonight. VAR has gone wrong for us twice now."


United failed to net in successive PL games for the first time since January 2021, when Steve Bruce's side endured a three game drought: lost 0-1 at Sheffield United, 0-3 at Arsenal and 0-2 at Aston Villa.

Timed at 98 minutes and 18 seconds, Everton's winner was the latest goal that we have conceded in their 1025 Premier League games to date.

That dubious accolade had gone to Southampton's James Ward-Prowse, who scored a penalty at SJP in August 2020 on 95 minutes, 51 seconds. Previous to that, Marcus Rashford netted for Manchester United at SJP in October 2020 on 95 minutes, 35 seconds.

(NB: This particular statistic was only recorded by the PL from the 2006/07 season but we haven't found a later one between then and 1993).

Toon at Goodison - PL era:

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



A remarkable evening under the Goodison Park floodlights provided a sobering conclusion to Newcastle's eight day, three game road trip.

Our 2,140 mile trek around the country began triumphantly in Hampshire a week earlier, continuing in West London on Sunday when both the manner and timing of our defeat added to the sense of righteous injustice.

But things had gone rather flat by the time the full time whistle sounded on the blue side of Stanley Park, considerably later than anticipated. Far from being the victims, United were very much the architects of our own downfall, losing a match despite having received great assistance to do otherwise.

An Everton side with the worst points/games ratio of their entire Premier League history (even inferior to the 1994 "miracle" season) would be reduced to ten men before their first strike in over seven hours hauled them back from the precipice of the bottom three, turning jeers to cheers.

Having deservedly beaten them 3-1 on Tyneside just over a month before, the opening 45 minutes of this game rearranged from December due to COVID provided little in the way of surprises - save for Jordan Pickford's omission, which deflated more than a few blow-up dinosaurs.

Attempts to pump up the home crowd had led to a better atmosphere initially, but with Everton almost continually giving the ball away or conceding set pieces, that noise fell away as United's territorial dominance grew.

A handful of corners at the end where the away fans were raised hopes of an opener, while some of our number were so seduced by the silky Samba skills, of Bruno that they began to "ole" each pass despite the 0-0 scoreline.

Similarly, waiting until we'd gone ahead in the game before regaling home fans with choruses of "going down" might have been a good idea - even if the novelty of being able to sing that here was a pleasurable one.

Half time was reached though without incident, and an over-riding feeling of confidence that this lot were there for the taking. Unfortunately though, the reality was to be somewhat different; the unravelling coming what even for us was fairly incredible fashion.

The events in the Gwladys Street (or was Cable Street) goalmouth early in the second half are well documented above; suffice to say that the interruption affected the Newcastle players more than the Everton ones - although what would be our best scoring chance came once back underway (Almiron/Bruno).

"Much ado about nothing each" had been our pencilled-in headline as the game moved into the final quarter of regulation time, only for the anticipated point to then morph into an expected three following Allan's dismissal.

Given the bluntness of our attack all night, failing to take advantage of that numerical superiority is no great shock, but not being able to force Asimir Begovic into doing much at all borders on the criminal: a goalkeeper who last kept a top-flight clean sheet for Eddie Howe's Bournemouth in 2018. 

Even once the 90 minutes were complete, the addition of 14 minutes to compensate for the protester and the VAR delays did little to dampen the conviction that somewhere on the field lurked the 2022 Florian Lejeune.

It was the Toffees who stole victory in the ninth minute of what ended up as 17 though and really could have gone on a few minutes beyond that - such was the farcical level of blatant cheating on show. Richarlison has to go down in history as being an even less convincing diver than Steven Taylor.

More so than the Chelsea loss, this maybe a timely reminder that we're not quite as clever yet as we think we are - although over-confidence may have come as much from the stands as the dressing room - the latter group combating both fatigue and enforced personnel changes.

Ryan Fraser and Joe Willock were both noticeably under par tonight, as was Chris Wood. Sadly the latter won't get much of a break as he was straight off to Qatar with New Zealand for more games.

Coming back from the Dubai training camp with Callum Wilson somewhere near to a playing return would be a timely boost. His two goals at Goodison last season were the launching pad to three points and had he been on the field tonight, then there may well have been a repeat.   

As it is, our quest for safety continues with teams below us showing signs of life, although it remains to be seen whether any of them can emulate our recent series of positive results. That run may have heightened expectations in these parts, but fourth bottom was always the target in our eyes - and we ended this trio of games a point better off than we'd predicted, miserable gets that we are.



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