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Newcastle 0-1 Everton: Rooney wins it for the Toffees

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  • Wayne Rooney scores only goal of the game
  • Everton unbeaten in four PL games
  • Newcastle have lost 7 of last 8
  • Shelvey sent off late on

Everton beat Newcastle United 1-0 at St James’ Park on Wednesday as Sam Allardyce remains unbeaten since taking charge of the Toffees.

Wayne Rooney popped up with the only goal of the game (his fifth in his last four games in the PL) in the first half as Newcastle hit both posts but failed to really get going as Everton held on for all three points and Jonjo Shelvey was sent off in stoppage time.

With the win Everton are in 10th place on 22 points, while Newcastle are just one point above the relegation zone as their former boss Allardyce inflicted another defeat on Rafael Benitez’s men.

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Cuco Martina brought down USMNT man DeAndre Yedlin on the edge of the box early on with Benitez asking for a penalty kick, but the foul was adjudged to be outside the box.

Everton went close as Martina whipped in a delightful cross but Dominic Calvert-Lewin couldn’t get on the end of it.

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Newcastle then broke with Matt Ritchie smashing the post with a fine effort but Everton went ahead after a howler from their goalkeeper.

A cross from the right was headed towards goal by Aaron Lennon and Darlow made a real hash of his save with Rooney popping up to prod home and put Everton 1-0 up with his 15th goal against Newcastle in his career.

Mikel Merino hit the post from 30 yards out as Newcastle went close to an equalizer in the first half but Everton were good value for their lead at half time.

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Newcastle fought back in the second half as Florin Lejuene’s header just missed Mo Diame at the back post but Everton always looked dangerous on the break.

The home side huffed and puffed but Big Sam sent on another center back in Phil Jagielka to see the game it. It worked a treat.

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Late on Shelvey was sent off for a lunging tackle as the Magpies’ misery was complete.

PL AT HALF: Man City, Leicester rolling; Everton leads away

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Seven Premier League matches are rioting through Wednesday, with five Top Four contenders in play.

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Swansea City 0-2 Manchester City

David Silva made it 1-0 before a seeing-eye free kick from Kevin De Bruyne (above) doubled the advantage.

Southampton 0-3 Leicester City

Riyad Mahrez, Shinji Okazaki, and Andy King have all scored as Claude Puel‘s Foxes are helping him extract revenge from his former side.

Manchester United 1-0 Bournemouth

It’s a rainy, rainy night at Old Trafford, where Romelu Lukaku has headed a Juan Mata cross past Asmir Begovic.

Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion

The Reds haven’t found too many ways past the packed-in Baggies.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Unlikely goal scorer Serge Aurier‘s 40th minute goal has Spurs ahead at Wembley, as the Ivorian’s cross drifted over the keeper and into the upper 90.

West Ham United 0-0 Arsenal

Not much cooking at the London Stadium.

Newcastle United 0-1 Everton

Matt Ritchie and Mikel Merino have struck the wood work for Newcastle, whose goalkeeper helped Wayne Rooney nab another Toffees goal.

 

Liverpool 1-1 Everton: An absolute heist

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  • Reds boast 79 percent possession
  • Liverpool holds 22-3 shot advantage
  • Salah stays hot with goal
  • Rooney converts PK equalizer

Wayne Rooney‘s was Everton’s hero in his first Merseyside Derby in a decade, as a shocking turn of events saw the dominated Toffees claim a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

Mohamed Salah scored his 19th Liverpool goal in the first half, and Everton couldn’t find a chance for most of the match.

The draw moves Liverpool back into fourth with 30 points, while Everton moves 10th with 19.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rested Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to start the match.

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The tackles and energy were rampant under cartoonish large snowflakes as Liverpool controlled the ball but met blue resistance at the back.

Yet how long could Everton be expected to hold out as the Reds passed the ball around the outside of the 18?

About 42 minutes and change. Mohamed Salah cut into the left of the box and curled another pretty ball — these may need to be trademarked soon — beyond a flying Jordan Pickford and inside the far post.

Everton didn’t have any answers for the Reds’ onslaught, though the goals would not continue for some time at Anfield.

Would a rare Everton set piece in the 73rd minute provide a shock equalizer to punish Liverpool for a lack of finish? Nope: A corner kick was punched away by Simon Mignolet.

The fortunes did change, though, when Dejan Lovren‘s shove of Dominic Calvert-Lewin was deemed enough for an Everton penalty by referee Craig Pawson.

Rooney would not miss, fittingly providing a shocking equalizer in his first Merseyside Derby since arriving home rom Manchester United.

Pickford made a fine save late as subs Coutinho and Firmino attempted to find a winner.

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Southgate confirms Rooney will remain retired for World Cup

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Wayne Rooney seems to have found some semblance of his former self at Everton of late, but it won’t leave his national team manager begging for him to come back with the 2018 World Cup on the horizon.

England boss Gareth Southgate confirmed that Rooney will not make a ceremonious return to the national team, meaning he will stay retired for the 2018 World Cup. England was drawn out of Pot 2 into Group G alongside Belgium, Panama, and Tunisia.

“I think Wayne made his decision clear, his decision to retire,” Southgate told the BBC. “We were looking at bringing him into the squad in September much for his value as a senior player as anything else.

“But we’ve now moved forward, evolved as a squad in the last three months and our feeling now is that it’s important for the younger players to gain that experience rather than look back at a younger player.”

Rooney scored a hat-trick in Everton’s 4-0 win over West Ham, hitting his third from inside the Toffees’ own half.

The 32-year-old last played for the national team on November 11th, 2016 in a 3-0 win over Scotland in World Cup qualifying. Since, Harry Kane has earned most of the time up front for the England national team, while Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli, and Adam Lallana have been saddled with much of the creative duties.

Everton 2-0 Huddersfield: Perfect start for Allardyce

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  • Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin score
  • Allardyce’s first game sees a win
  • Huddersfield lose four on the spin

Everton beat Huddersfield Town 2-0 at Goodison Park on Saturday with Sam Allardyce grabbing a win in his first game in charge of the Toffees.

Second half goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin did the damage for the Toffees who are now in the top half of the table.

With the win, their second in four days, Everton move on to 18 points, while Huddersfield are struggling in 15th.

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An even start to the first half saw Wayne Rooney have a shot blocked by Danny Williams and Cuco Martina forced Jonas Lossl into a fine save but Huddersfield grew into the game and kept the ball relatively well.

A flurry of yellow cards then broke the game up which suited Huddersfield down to the ground.

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Before half time Huddersfield almost went ahead as a corner was whipped in, a melee ensued and Laurent Depoitre poked an effort wide with Jordan Pickford all over the place.

Not an enthralling start to life at Everton for Allardyce.

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At the start of the second half Everton came flying out of the traps and took the lead with Dominic Calvert-Lewin flicking the ball into Sigurdsson’s path and the Icelandic playmaker finished to put the Toffees 1-0 up.

Tom Ince then got the better of Martina but shot into the side-netting as Huddersfield pushed to get level.

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However, Everton wrapped up the win after Calvert-Lewin’s effort was well-saved by Lossl but moments later he made it 2-0.

Rooney found the youngster who was peeling off Huddersfield’s defense and his shot deflected off Mathias Jorgensen and in.

Game over.

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