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Newcastle United 0-1 Everton

By Gary RoseBBC Sport
Tom Cleverley's 93rd-minute winner was his first goal for Everton
Tom Cleverley's 93rd-minute winner was his first goal for Everton

Tom Cleverley scored at the death at Newcastle as Everton secured a first Premier League win in five games.

He headed home his first goal for the club after goalkeeper Rob Elliot raced off his line to punch a corner, but sent it straight to the midfielder.

Georginio Wijnaldum went closest for Newcastle, but his powerful header was saved by Tim Howard.

The win moves Everton up to ninth while Newcastle drop into the relegation zone.

Read about how Newcastle's game with Everton unfolded

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An unlikely source

Jamie Vardy's goals may have propelled the Leicester striker into the limelight this season, but in Romelu Lukaku Everton have the division's deadly striker at the moment. As a result, all eyes were on the Belgium international before kick-off.

Loss to Everton is "cruel" on players - Newcastle boss Steve McClaren

Lukaku had scored in each of the Toffees' previous eight games, and needed one more to equal Dixie Dean's record of scoring in nine games in a row for Everton, which has stood for 88 years.

He should have scored when Everton were on top in the opening stages of the first half, but shot straight at Elliot in the Newcastle goal, and had another chance midway through the second half, turning his marker before seeing his powerful drive stopped.

When Lukaku shot over from a rebound after Funes Mori's header was saved, it looked like not being his, or Everton's day.

That was until Cleverley, without a goal in his 10 previous appearances for Everton, kept his composure to head home.

Newcastle
Everton played like the home side, with just three of their outfield players spending most of the game inside their own half. In contrast, just two Newcastle players regularly advanced beyond the halfway line

Harsh on Elliot

Rob Elliot
Rob Elliot made six saves against Everton

In what has been a miserable season so far for Newcastle, the emergence of Elliot has been of the few positives.

He started the season as Newcastle's third-choice keeper but got his chance to impress when number one Tim Krul was ruled out for the season after injuring himself on international duty in October.

With Krul's deputy, Karl Darlow, out with an ankle injury, Elliot came into the side against Norwich in October and has not looked back.

Everton delivered a "complete performance" - boss Roberto Martinez

He was on course for a man-of-the-match performance against Everton, producing a string of fine saves from Lukaku and Aaron Lennon.

A weak punch ultimately proved costly, but the game could have been out of sight long before Cleverley struck if not for Elliot.

Man of the match - Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku may not have scored, but his overall work rate kept the Newcastle defence busy throughout

What they said

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren: "Last kick of the game, what a huge disappointment. I am disappointed for the players because they gave everything. They did not deserve to lose.

"All we can do is pick ourselves up and go again. We could have won the game, we shouldn't have lost it but we did."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez: "We knew that Newcastle had been very consistent in their last three performances. I was really pleased with the manner in which we played.

"We had a complete performance. We defended well and created a huge amount of chances. To get it in the last minute it feels emotionally a better win."

The stats you need to know

  • Everton have lost just one of their past eight Premier League meetings with Newcastle (W6 D1 L1).
  • Tom Cleverley scored his first Premier League goal for Everton in his ninth appearance in the competition. He also scored his first league goal for Manchester United against Newcastle.
  • Roberto Martinez's men have scored a league-high 10 goals in the final 15 minutes of games this season.
  • Newcastle have failed to score in three of their past five home games in the Premier League.
  • Everton have scored a joint league-high eight headed goals this season (level with West Brom).
  • Romelu Lukaku failed to score in a competitive match for Everton for the first time since 27 October, ending a run of scoring in eight successive matches for the club.

What next?

Newcastle travel to West Brom on Monday while Everton host Stoke on the same day.

Line-ups

Newcastle

Formation 4-4-1-1

  • 21Elliot
  • 22JanmaatBooked at 11mins
  • 18Mbemba
  • 2Coloccini
  • 3Dummett
  • 7Sissoko
  • 8Anita
  • 4ColbackBooked at 82mins
  • 5Wijnaldum
  • 17PérezSubstituted forThauvinat 87'minutes
  • 45Mitrovic

Substitutes

  • 10de Jong
  • 11Gouffran
  • 20Thauvin
  • 24Tioté
  • 26Darlow
  • 36Toney
  • 43Mbabu

Everton

Formation 4-3-3

  • 24Howard
  • 23Coleman
  • 5Stones
  • 25Funes Mori
  • 3Baines
  • 20BarkleyBooked at 63minsSubstituted forDeulofeuat 69'minutes
  • 18BarryBooked at 36mins
  • 15Cleverley
  • 12LennonSubstituted forBesicat 69'minutes
  • 10Lukaku
  • 11MirallasSubstituted forOsmanat 85'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Robles
  • 4Gibson
  • 9Koné
  • 17Besic
  • 19Deulofeu
  • 21Osman
  • 32Galloway
Referee:
Lee Mason
Attendance:
51,682

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamEverton
Possession
Home41%
Away59%
Shots
Home10
Away20
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home16
Away12

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 0, Everton 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 0, Everton 1.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! Newcastle United 0, Everton 1. Tom Cleverley (Everton) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner following a corner.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Chancel Mbemba.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Florian Thauvin replaces Ayoze Pérez.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Colback (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

  9. Post update

    Chancel Mbemba (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Leon Osman replaces Kevin Mirallas.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jack Colback.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Seamus Coleman (Everton).

  13. Post update

    Georginio Wijnaldum (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Booking

    Jack Colback (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Gareth Barry (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United).

  17. Post update

    Foul by Tom Cleverley (Everton).

  18. Post update

    Aleksandar Mitrovic (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Seamus Coleman (Everton) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Romelu Lukaku (Everton) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is high and wide to the left following a corner.