Everton are yet to win at home in the Premier League since the turn of the New Year, as Newcastle United inflict a blow to Carlo Ancelott’s European hopes.
The visitors travel back to the North East with their first Goodison Park win since 2010 and their first league double over the Toffee’s in 19 seasons, momentarily easing the pressure on Steve Bruce’s shoulders.
Everton fall to their fourth home league defeat in their last seven games - as many as they managed in the whole of last season.
Callum Wilson Again
Callum Wilson ended a run of seven games without a goal by scoring his third brace in his four games against Everton. The striker caused problems throughout the 90 in an impressive Man of the Match performance.
Wilson broke the deadlock in the 73 minute when a Jonjo Shelvey corner picked him out unmarked at the near post allowing the striker to head excellently across Jordan Pickford into the far post.
A brace could have been secured with five minutes remaining when Wilson rounded the England shot stopper but against the angle and on his weaker foot, his effort bounced off the post.
The brace did arrive in injury time when the Magpies countered from an Everton corner in which Jamal Lewis found Wilson in space, who fired into the bottom corner to wrap up the three points.
Lack of service
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is now without a Premier League goal in his last nine appearances with the lack of quality service to the striker becoming concerning. Having managed two shots on target against the Foxes during the week, Everton only recorded three against the Magpies with the England international having one.
The number nine worked well with his back to goal to goal and almost assisted James Rodriguez in the first half after excellent hold up play. His clever backheel played in the Columbian who was closed down quickly by Karl Darlow who saved well.
In front of goal Calvert-Lewin found himself isolated and out the game with Everton’s usual threat from wide positions being well shut out by both opposing full backs. Through the middle, the visitors stuck to their game plan in stopping the creative Rodriguez by fair means or foul from fashioning any chances.
Steve Bruce’s game plan worked to perfection on Merseyside and left Everton in complete frustration. The Magpies’ pressing game prevented the hosts from playing their usual out from the back football and when in possession the visitors showed high confidence, something that hasn’t been seen lately.
Despite having more of the possession, Ancelotti’s side caused little threat to Darlow between the sticks who when faced with shots on target, was equal to all. With little space around the final third, frustration grew for the Blues who often tried forcing passages of play which resulted in nothing.
Pickford’s Promising Response
After facing criticism midweek for his involvement in the Leicester City goal, and questions mounting over his starting place, Pickford responded with a promising display despite defeat.
The shot stopper produced a fantastic first half save to keep the scores level in denying Wilson. From a corner the Magpies forward rose highest at the near post but saw his header tipped onto the bar via the fingertips of the England international.
There was nothing Pickford could do with both of Wilson's goals, although the shot stopper is without a clean sheet since a Boxing Day win over Sheffield United.
Onto Leeds United
Ancelotti will be hoping his side can rejuvenate the attacking threat showcased in the opening months of the season when he takes his side to West Yorkshire on Wednesday night.
It’s the first time Everton have travelled to Elland Road in the Premier League since 2004 when the points were shared.
Having already lost to Marcelo Bielsa's this season, the Toffee’s will be hoping to avoid conceding another league double against them.