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Calvert-Lewin, Everton outlast entertaining Newcastle

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Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored twice to give Carlo Ancelotti a second-straight win as Everton boss following a 2-1 defeat of Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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The two sides combined for 42 shots, 14 on target, in an entertaining draw.

Fabian Schar scored for Newcastle, who will feel aggrieved to only have a point.

Tenth-place Everton joins Newcastle on 25 points, ahead on goal differential.


Three things we learned

1. Ancelotti’s men weather the storm: Newcastle was all over the Toffees after Calvert-Lewin put them ahead, and Jordan Pickford helped them get to halftime. Ancelotti saw his team defend well enough while ahead, then right after conceding, and again after reclaiming the lead. It will be the most encouraging part of his day.

2. Magpies let down by lapses: Both goals weren’t wonders, but the Newcastle defending on the break for Calvert-Lewin’s winner was abhorrent. Fabian Schar, otherwise strong, totally lost track of the Englishman’s clever run and it was a straight-forward finish for 2-1.

3. Calvert-Lewin a powerful pest: Everton’s two-goal man was a menace to give him three goals in two matches under Ancelotti. His physical, on-edge play got the benefit of the doubt from referee Lee Mason, and he scored on two of this three shot attempts while adding five key passes to his stat sheet.

Man of the Match: Calvert-Lewin.


Everton was all over the Magpies early, but it’s goal came off a questionable foul on Miguel Almiron. The ensuing free kick was blocked and service then deflected to Calvert-Lewin for the opener.

Joelinton forced Jordan Pickford into a prone save as the hosts found their footing in the 18th minute. Jonjo Shelvey then dragged a 28th minute shot wide from 30 yards.

Jetro Willems set up Miguel Almiron for a blast off the post, and Andy Carroll had the ball in the goal but was offside. Carroll then came close to nodding home before Isaac Hayden blazed over the goal. Closer.

The Magpies were now in firm control of the ball, and Pickford made a fine save of Fabian Schar. Florian Lejeune curled over the bar as Everton needed the halftime whistle.

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Schar’s goal was a fine finish, but the hard work was done by Carroll’s knockdown.

Carroll stung a shot to Pickford minutes later, the hosts looking for more. It was Everton who next had the all in the goal, but Holgate was offside.

Everton reclaimed the lead on a counter attack, Richarlison steering a pass through the box for Calvert-Lewin to slide home.

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Paul Pogba starts Boxing Day on the bench, not quite ready for a full return as Manchester United hosts Newcastle at Old Trafford (Watch live at 12:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Daniel James and Mason Greenwood join Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in a potent attack for the home side.

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Geordie hero Andy Carroll gets a rest for the Magpies, who will start two hometown boys in the Longstaff brothers.

Both Uniteds enter the day on 25 points, though the Red Devils own a 10-goal advantage in goal difference.

Newcastle got the better of Man Utd earlier this year on a Matty Longstaff debut rip late in the match at St. James’ Park.

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Bruce raves about Almiron after Newcastle striker finally gets goal

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Steve Bruce celebrated Miguel Almiron’s match-winner so hard that he hurt himself.

The Newcastle United manager was as happy as anyone not named Almiron that the Paraguayan finally scored a Premier League goal on Saturday.

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The Magpies ran out 1-0 winners over Crystal Palace at St. James’ Park, and Almiron’s cool side volley off an Andy Carroll flick did the trick.

That’s when Brucie hurt himself. From The Chronicle:

“I nearly did Jose Mourinho and my hip came out. I’m delighted. Everyone who has seen him play, as I have over 5 months, is delighted. He’s a good player, great pro, great lad and he’s very popular. You want people like that to succeed. He’s got it off his back.”

Bruce loved a lot about the goal and how it was constructed, and the playmaking veteran Geordie center forward was a bit part of it.

Newcastle’s manager says that the finally healthy Carroll is key to both the side’s on-field fate and the growth of record signing Joelinton.

And Bruce says he decided to give Almiron more of a role like the one he played for Tata Martino in MLS.

“Coming from a bit deeper helped,” said Bruce. “We have seen him play there, he played as number 10 for Atlanta for that. He’s no stranger to that role. It was his best performance for a while. It was a great cross from my center back Schar,  I don’t know what he’s doing there with five minutes to go. If Andy stays well he’s going to be a threat for us. He can teach Big Jo for us as well. It’s important for him to respond now as well.”

Newcastle will finish the weekend in ninth with 25 points, though the Magpies are through the soft spot of the schedule. They’ll next meet Manchester United, Everton, Leicester City, Wolves, and Chelsea.

Almiron’s long-sought first Premier League goal drives Newcastle to win

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Newcastle United got back to winning ways via a first Premier League goal from Miguel Almiron.

The ex-Atlanta United man broke a 26-match scoreless streak with a second half goal as the Magpies beat Crystal Palace 1-0 at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

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Andy Carroll had the assist, as Newcastle rose ninth with 25 points.

Palace drops into 12th with 23 points.


Three things we learned

1. Almiron… finally: The Paraguayan regularly runs his shorts off for Newcastle, but his confidence has been so low. You wouldn’t have known it by the way he laced a side volley home for an 83rd minute winner. He had an exceptional day, passing at 93 percent while making four tackles, two interceptions, a blocked shot and a clearance.

2. Zaha neutralized: Javier Manquillo played one of the best matches of his life, the ex-Liverpool man tidy in dealing with Palace behemoth Wilfried Zaha. The oft-fouled Ivorian lost 15 of his 24 challenges, and was successful on just four of 12 dribbles.

3. Bruce takes another chance: The Magpies didn’t have Jetro Willems for the left side of a 5-3-2, and installed center back Florian Lejeune as a left back in a 4-4-2. So who played left mid? Bafflingly, it was Paul Dummett, but the Geordie big man fired in cross after cross. It was a surprise to everyone including Roy Hodgson. Kinda stunned that it worked, honestly.

Man of the Match: Manquillo is the tactician’s pick, but you can’t take the day away from the man they call Miggy.


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Miguel Almiron and Jonjo Shelvey put the first two shots on target, relatively easy work for Vicente Guaita. Florian Lejeune then zipped a shot from distance, saved by Guaita.

Palace had a single moment of danger, Wilfried Zaha forcing Martin Dubravka into a prone block and catch.

The Eagles were better to start the second half, with Dubravka charging out to stymy a James McArthur chance.

Patrick Van Aanholt nearly curled an Olimpico past Dubravka in the 66th minute, the match begging for excitement.

Dubravka made a terrific stop on Benteke when Jordan Ayew played him into the box.

Newcastle scored on perhaps its first true chance since halftime, as a long ball was knocked down by Andy Carroll and Almiron painted the side netting with his side volley.

Newcastle’s Bruce rips debutant referee after controversial call

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Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce is enraged after an apparent referee error helped cost his men a point.

Referee Tim Robinson gave Burnley a corner kick after Federico Fernandez was shoved over and prodded the ball over his own end line upon hitting the turf.

[ RECAP: Burnley 1-0 Newcastle ]

The Clarets scored off the ensuing corner, Chris Wood heading home at the back post off an Ashley Westwood corner.

“The referee, it was his first game, and unfortunately it looked like it,” Bruce said. “He’s yards away, we thought he blew for a foul. Unfortunately I think he’s found it difficult today from the very first whistle.

“It’s a foul. It’s a push in the back and it’s decided the game. If it decides the game it’s a big call. There were too many mistakes and he’s made a rod for his own back.”

Newcastle missed a chance to make it 1-1 when substitute Dwight Gayle couldn’t turn a Joelinton cross on goal, and Andy Carroll couldn’t turn an early header on frame.

Of course, Burnley also missed a big chance when Sean Longstaff gave the ball to Jack Cork.

The Clarets were the better side in terms of expected goals, but that’s almost Newcastle’s par for the course this season. Their luck, or whatever, just wasn’t there on Saturday.