Newcastle consolidate their UCL position as they thrash Everton 4-1

Superb Newcastle thump relegation threatened Everton 4-1 at Goodison road

(Football news) Callum Wilson scored two goals as Newcastle United cemented their Champions League qualification place with a resounding 4-1 Premier League victory over Everton on Thursday. For the Toffees their survival in the Premier league just deepened more at Goodison Park. Joelinton and Jacob Murphy were again on the scoresheet as Newcastle on the day had too much quality for an Everton side who subsequently last got relegated in 1951 but are now facing that daunting prospect.

Newcastle moved to third place with 62 points from 32 games and are well on course for a first Champions League place since 2002. Everton on the other hand are second-bottom and mainly two points from safety. Although their next match against fellow strugglers Leicester City on Monday will be very crucial for their survival in the league. Everton started the match on the front foot but the Premier League’s lowest scorers could not make that pressure pay as Newcastle were happy to defend and play on the counter.

Wilson made them pay as he scored from six yards after Jordan Pickford could only parry Joelinton’s shot to the in-form striker. It was harsh on Everton, who made a bright start and were denied an equaliser for Dominic Calvert-Lewin by VAR for a tight offside call. It was an even contest in the first half but in the second half Newcastle took control and extended their lead when Joelinton scored a header for the team’s second goal.

Everton’s midfield gifted space to Newcastle players as Wilson scored his second goal of the match with a superb shot and left Pickford with no chance to save it. McNeil gave the Everton fans a glimmer of hope when his corner crossed the net without a touch. But a brilliant run and pinpoint cross from Alexander Isak for Murphy who scored the fourth and final goal for Newcastle as they have now scored 10 goals in their last two matches.

“First half was not perfect but second half was very good, we scored some very good goals,” Newcastle manager Eddie Howe told BBC. “We really put our foot to the floor and showed what we are capable of.The end table will tell us where we are and what we have next season but for now we are just focusing on the next game [home to Southampton on Sunday]. We have returned to form in a really good way.”

“We took the game on and I thought in the first half we had been as strong as we have been,” Everton manager Sean Dyche told BT Sport. “We went under too easily after the second goal. You can’t against good sides like Newcastle. We are not finding the big moments in the final third. It is still a work in progress. We have to park this one quickly and clear our minds going into the next one.”

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