The Warm Down: Much improved Magpies stun the Toffees
Callum Wilson slotting the second past Jordan Pickford - Photo Credit - Pool/Getty Images

A brilliant Newcastle United display saw them pick up a well earned and much deserved three points at Goodison Park.

From the very first whistle, United were energetic and aggressive in their play and there is not a single player leaving the pitch in a horrible luminous shirt that didn't give absolutely everything for the badge.

With the talented players Carlo Ancelotti's side have at their disposal, it is no surprise that they had the lions share of the ball but Newcastle held their shape well and were a constant threat on the counter.

Despite the aforementioned lack of the ball, it was Newcastle who enjoyed most of the best moments of the match and when Callum Wilson expertly headed past Jordan Pickford, not even the most biased of Toffee fans could say it was undeserved.

Newcastle's top scorer was absolutely fantastic all game but he will have been relieved to see the ball land in the back of the net after he has uncharacteristically fluffed his lines earlier when his former Bournemouth colleague Ryan Fraser put it on a plate for him.

The game was wrapped up in time added on with Wilson adding his tenth of the campaign following a flowing counter and great delivery from Jamal Lewis.

Fortunately, the Toon were able to avoid a 94th minute collapse like the one shown by Everton in this fixture last year and held on far a vital three points in the Premier League.

  • Pressure eases on Bruce

Make no mistake, Newcastle have not been nearly good enough of late but today's performance does ease the pressure significantly on the head coach.

Of course, questions will be asked of who is the man to bring the positive change with many heaping praise at the door of new joint Assistant Manager Graeme Jones, but ultimately it matters not - Newcastle were tremendous and won a vital three points, long may it continue, whoever is on tactics duty.

With United's Premier League status looking slightly more secure, this win surely means he will avoid getting the chop by Mike Ashley as he clearly still has eyes on getting out of the club rather than making huge decisions on personnel. 

  • Have the Magpies found the system that suits them?

In todays win at Goodison Park, Newcastle may just have found a system that suits them.

When the team lined up, it appeared to be yet another back five but the reality was very different.

Isaac Hayden was back in his familiar role just infront of the back four with two midfielders in front of him.

A three man midfield certainly gave Newcastle a bit more control of proceedings and helped get more service into the attacking players.

The system was so much more fluid than we have become accustom to of late and at times when attacking it resembled a 4-3-3 but going the other way United were able to get men back with wingers digging in and Hayden only too happy to drop into the defence and offer some much needed support to the back four.

The system also brought out the best in Miguel Almiron, who was excellent. Whilst he might not the plaudits that Wilson will, he was every bit as worthy.

This is the balance that Newcastle have needed for sometime and hopefully it is a sign of things to come on Tyneside.

  • Toon must back it up against Palace

The games keep coming thick and fast and Newcastle have the opportunity to distance themselves further from the bottom three when they welcome Crystal Palace to St. James' Park.

In Crystal Palace, Newcastle have the luxury of coming up against a side who are typically just as uninspiring as themselves (usually, not today.)

If Newcastle turn up like they did today, they have every chance of making it back to back Premier League wins but if they revert back to type it will only increase frustration following a display that showcased just how good this side can be.

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