Everton 1-0 Newcastle United: Alex Iwobi's stoppage-time goal earns 10-man Toffees huge victory

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Alex IwobiAlex Iwobi's goal came in the 99th minute after a protestor tied himself to a goalpost

Alex Iwobi's 99th-minute goal earned Everton a massive victory in their fight against relegation as they held on to beat Newcastle despite being reduced to 10 men.

An average game, which was delayed by a protestor tying himself to a goalpost by his neck, came to life late on when Allan was sent off with seven minutes remaining for taking out Newcastle substitute Allan Saint-Maximin.

Referee Craig Pawson consulted the pitchside monitor and overturned his initial decision to book the Everton midfielder.

At that stage, and with 14 minutes of stoppage time to play because of the protest, hanging on for a draw looked like the best Frank Lampard's side could achieve.

Yet in the ninth minute of additional time, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin led a breakaway and slipped Iwobi through before he found the bottom corner.

It led to wild celebrations at Goodison Park as Everton earned only their second win in 13 Premier League games to put three points between them and the relegation zone.

But, as Lampard and his players hugged each other in delight at the final whistle, it felt like a victory worth much more than that as they consigned Newcastle to a second consecutive defeat.

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The last time these two teams played each other on 8 February, Newcastle were in the bottom three and four points behind Everton in Lampard's first league game in charge.

But victory at St James' Park and a golden period for Eddie Howe's side has propelled them to a point where it is Everton who are threatened with the drop.

This win, however, could act as a galvanising force for a team which has struggled for form and for most of this match showed themselves as a side bereft of confidence.

The fact the hosts were able to overturn what looked like a harsh decision on Allan will be all the more pleasing for Lampard and his team as they celebrated wildly with their fans as Pawson blew for full-time.

It was a pulsating end to an otherwise average encounter where Everton supporters had been reduced to cheering tackles and interceptions.

By contrast, Newcastle, with Joelinton back in the side, were a well-drilled unit and Bruno Guimaraes, making only his third start since joining the club in January, made them tick at the base of the midfield.

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The visitors had the better of the first half as Chris Wood headed over and straight at Asmir Begovic, who started in goal in place of the ill Jordan Pickford.

And while Ben Godfrey had an early header saved by Martin Dubravka, Everton, who were also without Donny van de Beek, struggled to find any rhythm. Their half was summed up when the effervescent Anthony Gordon missed a kick on the edge of the area.

The second half took a bizarre twist when a protestor tied himself to a goalpost at the Gwladys Street End, which led to an eight-minute delay.

But the break did not lead to an improvement as Demarai Gray shot wide and Guimaraes then mis-hit a shot which was saved before the game turned in Newcastle's favour with Allan was sent off just as his team were in the ascendancy.

Gordon had tested Dubravka with a curling effort, with Seamus Coleman appealing for a penalty shortly afterwards.

But as Newcastle broke away Allan took out Saint-Maximin, which led to a booking, which was soon overturned as Pawson was directed to the monitor by the video assistant referee Stuart Attwell.

That led to a feeling of acrimony inside Goodison, in tune with Everton's recent form.

The late reprieve and the host's ability to hold on as Newcastle pressed for an equaliser, turned the mood on its head, however.

Lampard will hope it can now lead to his team's Premier League survival.

Player of the match

IwobiAlexander Iwobi

with an average of 7.08

Everton

  1. Squad number17Player nameIwobi

  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon

  4. Squad number15Player nameBegovic

  5. Squad number23Player nameColeman

  6. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey

  7. Squad number14Player nameTownsend

  8. Squad number4Player nameHolgate

  9. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré

  10. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes

  11. Squad number5Player nameKeane

  12. Squad number11Player nameGray

  13. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison

  14. Squad number6Player nameAllan

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães

  2. Squad number33Player nameBurn

  3. Squad number13Player nameTargett

  4. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton

  5. Squad number21Player nameFraser

  6. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka

  7. Squad number5Player nameSchär

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón

  10. Squad number17Player nameKrafth

  11. Squad number20Player nameWood

  12. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin

  13. Squad number19Player nameManquillo

  14. Squad number23Player nameMurphy

Line-ups

Everton

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 15Begovic
  • 23Coleman
  • 4Holgate
  • 5Keane
  • 22Godfrey
  • 16Doucouré
  • 6AllanBooked at 83mins
  • 17Iwobi
  • 24GordonBooked at 76minsSubstituted forTownsendat 90+15'minutes
  • 11GraySubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 76'minutes
  • 7RicharlisonBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAndré Gomesat 87'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Patterson
  • 9Calvert-Lewin
  • 14Townsend
  • 19Mykolenko
  • 21André Gomes
  • 31Lonergan
  • 33Rondón
  • 36Alli
  • 53Tyrer

Newcastle

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Dúbravka
  • 17KrafthBooked at 76minsSubstituted forManquilloat 90+3'minutes
  • 5Schär
  • 33Burn
  • 13Targett
  • 28Willock
  • 39Guimarães Rodriguez Moura
  • 7Joelinton
  • 24AlmirónSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 71'minutes
  • 20Wood
  • 21FraserSubstituted forMurphyat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 3Dummett
  • 6Lascelles
  • 10Saint-Maximin
  • 11Ritchie
  • 19Manquillo
  • 23Murphy
  • 26Darlow
  • 34Gayle
  • 36S Longstaff

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Second Half ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Substitution, Everton. Andros Townsend replaces Anthony Gordon.

  4. Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

  5. Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.

  6. Goal! Everton 1, Newcastle United 0. Alexander Iwobi (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

  7. Attempt missed. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.

  8. Attempt blocked. Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  9. Attempt blocked. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.

  10. Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.

  11. Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  12. Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.

  13. Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

  14. Attempt saved. Joseph Willock (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.

  15. Attempt missed. Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  16. Substitution, Everton. André Gomes replaces Richarlison because of an injury.

  17. Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  18. Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  19. Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Ryan Fraser.

  20. Allan (Everton) is shown the red card.

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