Alex Iwobi’s goal in the 9th minute of injury time sparked the relegation battle of 10 Everton players with a 1-0 victory over Newcastle at Goodison Park.
A gruesome April fixture list is coming up, this match is billed as a “must win”, but after Allan was sent off in the 83rd minute – their second red card in consecutive games – one point seemed to be the best they could hope for.
However, in the additional 14 minutes played due to the entry of a protester, who tied himself to the goalpost and VAR checked the Brazilian’s sacking, there was a brief opening and Iwobi only scored his second goal of the season.
It was only Everton’s third win since September, but the three-point gap it opens against 18th-placed Watford, with whom they have two games in hand, is just the breathing space they need. when the pressure starts to become unbearable.
Frank Lampard’s side have also discovered some necessary resilience that will serve them well in the early stages as they have fought for just their second clean sheet in the Premier League since November.
Stirred by a passionate crowd, Everton’s first tempo was good, with Ben Godfrey feebly heading into Martin Dubravka from a corner.
However, once their initial energy failed to establish the control they wanted, momentum quickly shifted into the lineup.
Chris Wood’s gentle nod towards goal was easily claimed by Asmir Begovic – in place of Jordan Pickford, who along with midfielder Donny Van De Beek was ill – while Miguel Almiron’s shot was saved by Mason Holgate .
Everton’s problem was that when they took possession of the ball, Richarlison was so isolated up front that by the time the ball carrier – usually Anthony Gordon or Demarai Gray – was waiting for the options to materialize, he was already eliminated.
As a result, they only had two touches of the ball in the first half in the opponent’s box.
But for all their territorial dominance – 63 per cent in the first 45 minutes – Newcastle didn’t really threaten Begovic, with the Bosnians opening mostly with Fabian Schar’s upbeat free-kick from 10 yards. meters inside his pitch, forcing the goalkeeper to step back- kick to catch under his own crossbar.
The second half was less than five minutes into play when play was stopped after a protester wearing a ‘Just Stop Oil’ t-shirt tied himself to the goalpost in Gwladys Street End and was only removed after half a dozen people and ankle cutters. has been deployed.
One argument could be made that the tool provided more of an advantage than Everton showed in the game, and as the game resumed so did the direction of movement, with Begovic coming low to parry the shot. volley by Emil Krafth.
Dan Burn’s substantial goal was thwarted by a rare shot – from Gray – and Newcastle manager Eddie Howe has seen enough.
He hit the Allan Saint-Maximin in the 71st minute, and Lampard responded by calling in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who returned from illness at the weekend, to replace the Gray Lobster.
Everton’s academy graduate Gordon was more than likely to create a hole and, having watched a free-kick go wide after Richarlison was knocked down by Krafth, his shot was missed. Dubravka increases the noise level for one final push.
To make matters worse, Seamus Coleman’s request for a penalty for a shoulder challenge with Bruno Guimaraes was denied and Allan knocked Saint-Maximin down on a one-hit counter-attack as a result. extraterrestrial challenge.
Referee Craig Pawson was called to monitor the side of the field and showed a yellow card to the home team’s Brazilian midfielder.
In recent history, Everton’s teams – and Goodison Park in particular – have consistently outperformed when they feel injustice, but the priority of the remaining seven minutes is to limit damage.
Gordon, however, had other ideas, but when he was challenged by Guimaraes, Pawson appeared to judge the forward who had fouled by stepping past his opponent.
But when Iwobi scored the winning team’s goal, both the old pitch shook and the final whistle provided a wall of sound that could not be heard in these areas for a long time.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/soccer/alex-iwobi-boosts-everton-survival-bid-with-late-winner-against-newcastle-41459614.html Alex Iwobi boosts Everton survival bid with late winner against Newcastle