Callum Wilson’s brace saw Newcastle end a nine-game winless run in the league with a crucial 2-0 away win over Everton.
Graeme Jones, who was Roberto Martinez’s no.2 during the Spaniard’s time at Goodison Park, had been appointed the Magpies’ assistant manager during the week and the impact was immediate as his new team played with a confidence that had been clearly lacking in a torrid run of form.
The hosts struggled to get a grip on the game and were overwhelmed by the high press of Steve Bruce’s side which saw them create the better chances in the first half as they looked to end a run of six straight defeats.
However, the Toffees still had the best opportunity before the break when Richarlison found some space and struck a firm shot from the edge of the area that stung the gloves of Karl Darlow.
Jordan Pickford was also forced into a superb reflex save, tipping a header over the bar from Callum Wilson who was looking to add to his impressive scoring record against the Blues.
The inevitable breakthrough came on 73 minutes as the 28-year-old rose highest for a corner and flicked his header beyond Pickford giving his side the lead they thoroughly deserved.
The Newcastle forward line continued to press a lacklustre Everton with Wilson hitting the post having rounded the England keeper before securing his side a precious three points in added time after being left unmarked as the Toffees searched desperately for an equaliser.
It was a vital win for an under pressure Bruce which helps his side in their relegation fight whilst Carlo Ancelotti’s side missed the opportunity to break into the top five.
30th January 2021 – Premier League