Everton finished off the year of 2019 in style as they secured a valuable 2-1 victory over Newcastle United at St. James Park which boosted them into the top half of the table for the first time since September.

The Toffees made a sublime start to proceedings and took the lead on 13 minutes. Gylfi Sigurdsson saw his free kick from the edge of the area hit the wall and then sliced a cross back into the area which Calvert-Lewin was able to tuck home. Both sides had good chances throughout the first period, with Newcastle attacker Miguel Almiron striking the post at one stage but it remained 1-0 to the visitors at half-time.

Eleven minutes into the second half, the Magpies equalised after the Everton defenders failed to pick up Andy Carroll at a Newcastle free-kick and the big centre forward headed it down for Fabian Schar to hit home. But the Merseysiders regained the lead eight minutes later with a speedy attack that ended with Calvert-Lewin finishing off a delightful Richarlison cross for his fifth goal in as many league games. The Blues managed to hold on for all three points despite a nervy ending to the game.

Calvert-Lewin’s exemplary attacking play had ensured that Everton gained another crucial win, which was only their second away from home in the league all season.

28th December 2019 – Premier League

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