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

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport at Goodison Park
Alex Iwobi
Alex 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.

Everton 1-0 Newcastle: Frank Lampard praises 'spirit' of players and fans

Everton overturn poor form with galvanising win

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.

A protestor tied himself to the goalpost during the second half
The protestor was later arrested on suspicion of pitch encroachment

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
    Average rating

    7.08

  2. Squad number9Player nameCalvert-Lewin
    Average rating

    6.51

  3. Squad number24Player nameGordon
    Average rating

    6.49

  4. Squad number15Player nameBegovic
    Average rating

    6.49

  5. Squad number23Player nameColeman
    Average rating

    6.32

  6. Squad number22Player nameGodfrey
    Average rating

    6.11

  7. Squad number14Player nameTownsend
    Average rating

    6.01

  8. Squad number4Player nameHolgate
    Average rating

    5.96

  9. Squad number16Player nameDoucouré
    Average rating

    5.92

  10. Squad number21Player nameAndré Gomes
    Average rating

    5.91

  11. Squad number5Player nameKeane
    Average rating

    5.87

  12. Squad number11Player nameGray
    Average rating

    5.84

  13. Squad number7Player nameRicharlison
    Average rating

    5.79

  14. Squad number6Player nameAllan
    Average rating

    5.60

Newcastle United

  1. Squad number39Player nameBruno Guimarães
    Average rating

    5.97

  2. Squad number33Player nameBurn
    Average rating

    5.85

  3. Squad number13Player nameTargett
    Average rating

    5.66

  4. Squad number7Player nameJoelinton
    Average rating

    5.61

  5. Squad number21Player nameFraser
    Average rating

    5.52

  6. Squad number1Player nameDúbravka
    Average rating

    5.51

  7. Squad number5Player nameSchär
    Average rating

    5.49

  8. Squad number28Player nameWillock
    Average rating

    5.40

  9. Squad number24Player nameAlmirón
    Average rating

    5.31

  10. Squad number17Player nameKrafth
    Average rating

    5.28

  11. Squad number20Player nameWood
    Average rating

    5.27

  12. Squad number10Player nameSaint-Maximin
    Average rating

    5.11

  13. Squad number19Player nameManquillo
    Average rating

    4.77

  14. Squad number23Player nameMurphy
    Average rating

    4.77

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
Referee:
Craig Pawson
Attendance:
39,068

Match Stats

Home TeamEvertonAway TeamNewcastle
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home9
Away17
Shots on Target
Home3
Away6
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home13
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Andros Townsend replaces Anthony Gordon.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Ben Godfrey.

  5. Post update

    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!

    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. Post update

    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. Post update

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

  9. Post update

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

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    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. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Asmir Begovic.

  14. Post update

    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. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

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

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).

  19. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Ryan Fraser.

  20. Dismissal

    Allan (Everton) is shown the red card.

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