Newcastle scrap a win over Everton to move 6th in the standings

(Football news) Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron went on to score a superb first-half goal to secure a 1-0 win over a toothless Everton in their Premier League at St James' Park yesterday. Paraguayan international Almiron beautifully curled a shot from the edge of the box into the top corner just at the half-hour mark as the sixth-placed side claimed their fourth win of the season and moved to 18 points from 11 games.

The defeat also meant that it was a third defeat in succession for Everton, who had striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the playing XI for the first time this season but lacked the quality to trouble the hosts. Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy went close as he fired above the crossbar with an early effort from the edge of the box before Calvert-Lewin had the best chance for Everton when he headed over from a corner from what was their only real chance. Bruno Guimaraes shot the ball twice wide of the post in the minutes after the opener as Newcastle could have gone into half-time with more than a one-goal lead. Newcastle now travel to Tottenham Hotspur for their next fixture on Sunday as Everton, who are slipping down the table again, will host Crystal Palace on Saturday. 

"It is a massive win for us," Newcastle captain Kieran Trippier told the reporters. "We've had a good spell recently and we want to keep pushing up the league and competing at the top of the table. We didn't perform to our best today but we ground out the result.”

He added by saying "Ever since the gaffer [Eddie Howe] has come here, and myself, it has been a positive place to be. We are performing well. The last two games not really, but we are still getting the results we want. Long may that continue."

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