KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United were pipped by a resurgent Everton as the English Premier League's grueling holiday schedule rolled on.
Newcastle United 1-2 Everton
Dominic Calvert-Lewin was the hero for Everton as his two goals helped them to the win over Newcastle United at St. James' Park.
DeAndre Yedlin started the game for the Magpies and played the entire 90 minutes as they took on Carlo Ancelotti, who became Everton's new coach following his firing from Napoli.
Despite being in the middle of the standings, Newcastle clearly knows that relegation is not out of the cards. So a win on the day could have provided a further boost to their survival campaign after a rough start to the season.
However, they would find themselves behind after 13 minutes when Calvert-Lewin was on the spot to put away a poacher's goal. Gylfi Sigurdsson's free-kick was blocked by the Newcastle wall, but the ball would come back to the Icelandic international whose second attempt was deflected into the path of the former England Under-21 who slotted his shot into the goal.
Despite being a goal down, Newcastle's play did improve and they came very close to tying up the score when some nifty footwork from Jetro Willems on the left side saw him play the ball to Miguel Almiron. His effort came crashing off the frame of the goal, but Andy Carroll would be there to put away the rebound. However, it was ruled out immediately as the linesman raised his flag for an offside.
The host would find the equalizer in the second half through Fabian Schar. Willems' free-kick into the area found Carroll who headed the ball into the path of the Swiss international to volley home.
The goal boosted the confidence of Newcastle, but Everton would have the last word in the game as Calvert-Lewin ran onto a low cross from Richarlison to steer home and ensure the Toffees of back-to-back wins.
Newcastle drops to 11th place in the standings with 25 points.
Christian Pulisic did not make the roster due to an injury as Chelsea came from behind to beat Arsenal by a 2-1 scoreline.
In the Championship, Tim Ream and Fulham were able to hold on for the 1-0 victory over Stoke City to move back up to third place in the standings.
Antonee Robinson and struggling Wigan Athletic went down to Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 loss.
Eric Lichaj and Hull City bagged the game-winning goal before the final whistle to come out on top over Queens Park Rangers in a 2-1 victory.
Duane Holmes and Derby County pipped Charlton Athletic for the 2-1 win despite playing with 10 men for the majority of the game.
Matt Miazga had a spot on the bench for Reading as they blanked Preston North End in a 2-0 victory.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch scored the opening goal for Sunderland as they came away with a 2-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.
Matthew Olosunde and Rotherham United walked away with a 4-0 win over Peterborough United to remain within striking distance of automatic promotion places.
Giles Phillips started for leaders Wycombe Wanderers but their struggles continued as they fell to Coventry City in a 4-1 defeat.