Everton came away victorious in a 1-0 win over Newcastle United at Goodison Park.
Frank Lampard’s Toffees took all 3 points from Newcastle United in what was a passionate display from the boys in blue.
A controversial red card for Allan couldn’t stop Everton from pushing on for a winner, with Alex Iwobi coming up with a wonderful finish in the 99th minute of play.
It was the first win in the Premier League for Everton since beating Leeds Utd 3-0 at home over a month ago.
Defensive Issues Addressed
It feels like a stuck record talking about Everton’s defensive issues, but the blues at the back came up trumps in this game.
We were far more robust in dealing with the threats of Joe Willock, Chris Wood and substitute Allan Saint-Maximin, who were hardly given a sniff throughout the 90 mins.
Standout performances from Michael Keane and Seamus Coleman did not go unnoticed, with Coleman being instrumental in energising the back four.
This was a must-win game, and the defence stood firm and did its job.
The Man of the Moment
Alex Iwobi stepped up with a moment of magic to send the toon packing with nothing to show for their efforts.
A brilliant one-two with Dominic Calvert-Lewin and a sumptuous inside the box finish by the Nigerian international sent Evertonians into euphoria.
Eruption from the fans ensued. Pure emotion from the Everton faithful. Grown men with tears flowing down their cheeks. That was one to remember.
Everton’s hopes of avoiding the drop have been revitalised.
Return of Dominic Calvert-Lewin
DCL’s return gave the Toffees the focal point they were missing in the later stages of the game.
The Sheffield born striker looked far more mobile this time around compared to his return in January.
So much rests on the DCL to finish this season strong.
It’s an opportunity for the 25-year-old striker to dig the Toffees out of relegation and end the season on a high.
With the FA Cup dream still very much alive, it’s all to play for coming into the season’s final quarter.
Everton is still in no way safe, but Frank Lampard will be blowing a massive sigh of relief (and taking a trip to the medical room) after his side showed the resilience to take a much needed 3 points.
Everton will need to look to push on and use this momentum to grind out results and carry on the cup run against Crystal Palace this Sunday.