Warm Down: Callum Wilson brace secures three points against Everton 
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: Callum Wilson of Newcastle United celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Everton at St. James Park on November 01, 2020 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Owen Humphreys - Pool/Getty Images)

Callum Wilson scored his fifth and sixth Premier League goals against Everton before Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled a consolation goal back for The Toffies in stoppage time. 

Newcastle defended smartly with the five at the back formation suiting Steve Bruce's side to a tee. Federico Fernández showing why he deserves to in the team with a strong performance against second-placed Everton. 

Wilson opened the scoring from the spot after Andre Gomes was deemed to have fouled the English striker at the near post, after a three minute VAR check and Wilson picking up a yellow card for an altercation with Everton defender Yerry Mina. Wilson sent debutant Robin Olsen the wrong way with a low strike on the hour. Five minutes from time the number 13 doubled his tally for the day with a back-post finish from his Bournemouth compatriot Ryan Fraser. 

Everton pulled one back in injury time as Calvert-Lewin was quick to react to Alex Iwobi's deflected cross, to set up a nervy end for The Magpies, who held on to climb into the top half of the table ten points away from the bottom three.

  • Callum Wilson gets it done

Wilson has been a saviour up top for Newcastle this season. The Englishman has bagged six goals already this campaign and has had a direct hand in 62 per cent of The Toon Army's goals this season which is more than any forward had in all of last season.

Head Coach Steve Bruce heaped praise onto the striker at full time saying:

"The second goal I think it is the third goal he's socred inside the six yard box. He's there. The Instincts he has gets him those goals. He's crucial to us because he gives us the cutting edge a goalscorer has." 

Bruce is, of course, correct Wilson now has two braces in his last three home appearances and has already met last season-high scoring tally set by Jonjo Shelvey. 

  • Bruce got it right

Credit where credit is due, fans give Bruce a lot of stick whether it is for the negative football, strange substitutions, tactics, or just because he still has the crime of not being Rafa Benitez. 

Bruce has always ridden the wave of fans criticism and carried on because he knows he deserves to be the manager of this football club. Today he showed this with a vintage display on counter-attacking football. Soaking up the pressure Everton were piling on as Newcastle only 34 per cent of the ball in the first half. But had the best chance of the first 45 with Miguel Almiron running free and playing Wilson through, who unselfishly set loose Allan Saint-Maximin Olsen saved his shot.

Bruce's plan worked in his favour when Wilson won the penalty upon the hour mark as it meant his side could sit and soak up more pressure while Everton tried to get back into the game and counter. Which exactly how substitute Ryan Fraser created Wilson's second. Fraser's pace was nothing for Mina, his delivery was as excellent as always, and Wilson bagged his second. 

Bruce's only downfall is letting the opponents know when Newcastle are going to fold up shop. This week it worked against a good Everton side. Bruce deserves a lot of credit for this one as he looks to guide Newcastle to another steady season and opening the club up again to the question: 

Is grinding out results and sitting back the Newcastle way? 

For now, it is. 

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