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Newcastle 1-2 Everton: 'Dominic Calvert-Lewin can become a top striker'

By Saj ChowdhuryBBC Sport
Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored five goals in his past five games in the Premier League - as many as in his previous 28

Dominic Calvert-Lewin can become one of the best strikers in Europe, says manager Carlo Ancelotti after his double helped Everton to victory at Newcastle.

The 22-year-old scored the only goal against Burnley on Boxing Day to give the Italian the perfect start to his reign and again produced a brilliant display in attack.

"He is a fantastic striker, in my opinion - fantastic with the head, clever in the box and sharp," said Ancelotti of the English forward, who now has 10 goals for the Toffees this season.

"I think he is going to be at the top in England and in Europe. He has all the qualities to be a top striker."

Calvert-Lewin's opener was a classic poacher's goal - poking home after Gylfi Sigurdsson's deflected strike fortuitously arrived in front of him.

Newcastle improved and after Miguel Almiron struck the post, they equalised when Fabian Schar fired home a volley from Andy Carroll's nod-down.

But six minutes after setting up the equaliser, Carroll's mistake led to Everton's winner.

Theo Walcott dispossessed the striker and played a pass out wide to Richarlison. The Brazilian sped down the right and delivered an excellent low cross for Calvert-Lewin, who slid in and scrambled home.

The Toffees move above the Magpies into 10th, with their opponents - level on 25 points - now down in 11th.

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Whatever Italian Ancelotti has said to the Everton attack in the short time he has spent with them appears to have had a positive effect.

Moise Kean, in particular, looks a player reborn. The 19-year-old striker joined from Juventus in a £27.5m deal last summer, but has yet to prove his worth to Toffees fans. At St James' Park he provided a glimpse of what he could achieve.

The Italian had five efforts on goal and three on target, including one that tested the reflexes of keeper Martin Dubravka.

His link-up play was also exceptional - Walcott should have tested the Newcastle goal after he was found by Kean's ball from the right.

His partner in attack, Calvert-Lewin, has been scoring in clusters this season and under his new manager has hit form once more.

It is now five goals in his past five in the Premier League - as many as in previous 28. Perhaps more pertinently for Ancelotti and the Everton fans, is that the nine shots on target was the most in a league away game this season. The last time the Toffees managed more on the road was at Swansea in 2011.

Carroll impresses for Magpies

Andy Carroll
Andy Carroll signed a one-year contract with the Magpies in August

This was a second successive defeat for Newcastle and their first at home since August, but Magpies fans need not worry too much.

What the statistics do not show is Carroll's effectiveness in attack, Jetro Willems' consistency as an attacking full-back and Almiron's improvement.

Carroll, who re-signed on a free transfer last summer, was brilliant as the main target man, alongside Joelinton.

He did not find the net on Saturday but gave Mason Holgate and Michael Keane a tough workout at the back - particularly from set-pieces.

And it was Carroll's assist from a free-kick - his third in his past five Premier League games - that led to Schar's equaliser.

The Magpies produced 20 efforts but only five on target - Joelinton has not worked out so far for manager Steve Bruce so perhaps a new striker in January would improve those stats.

Man of the match - Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton)

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (right)
Calvert-Lewin (right) has been one of Everton's better players this season and appears to be thriving under Carlo Ancelotti

'Let's get ready for the second half of the season' - reaction

Newcastle manager Steve Bruce: "I don't think we deserved to get beaten today. It was important we didn't lose the match and unfortunately we have, which is the disappointing thing.

"We're halfway and it's the first time we've suffered back-to-back defeats since August. So let's dust ourselves down and get ready for Wednesday and the second half of the season."

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Shot feast at St James' - the stats

  • Everton have won five of their past seven Premier League away games against Newcastle. In total, they've only won away at West Ham (11) more than they have against the Magpies in the competition (eight)
  • Calvert-Lewin is the first Everton player to score the winning goal in successive Premier League games - it was last achieved in the top flight by Tony Cottee in May 1991.
  • Ancelotti recorded his 50th win in his 78th Premier League match - making him the fifth fastest manager to reach this milestone in the competition.
  • Newcastle suffered their first home league defeat since the opening weekend (1-0 v Arsenal), ending a run of eight games without a loss at St James' Park.
  • Everton had nine shots on target in this match, their most in a Premier League away game since May (also nine v Spurs).
  • There were 42 shots in this match (20 for Newcastle, 22 for Everton), the third highest tally in a single Premier League game this season (Aston Villa v Brighton - 44, Norwich v Aston Villa - 43).
  • Ten of Newcastle's 20 Premier League goals this season have been scored by defenders (50%), both a competition-high total and ratio this term.
  • Calvert-Lewin is Everton's top Premier League goalscorer this season with eight goals - it is also the most the Englishman has scored in a single top-flight campaign.
  • Schar scored his sixth Premier League goal for Newcastle in 2019 - no current player at the Magpies netted more this calendar year.

What's next?

Newcastle host Leicester on New Year's Day (15:00 GMT) and Everton are at Manchester City on the same day (17:30).



Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Dubravka
  • 5Schär
  • 18Fernández
  • 20LejeuneSubstituted forAtsuat 74'minutes
  • 22Yedlin
  • 14HaydenBooked at 80mins
  • 8Shelvey
  • 24Almirón
  • 15WillemsSubstituted forS Longstaffat 85'minutes
  • 7Carroll
  • 9JoelintonBooked at 45minsSubstituted forGayleat 74'minutes


  • 12Gayle
  • 17Krafth
  • 19Manquillo
  • 26Darlow
  • 30Atsu
  • 36S Longstaff
  • 43M Longstaff


Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Pickford
  • 19Sidibé
  • 5Keane
  • 2Holgate
  • 3BainesSubstituted forMinaat 80'minutes
  • 11WalcottSubstituted forColemanat 70'minutes
  • 10G Sigurdsson
  • 26DaviesBooked at 55mins
  • 7Richarlison
  • 27KeanSubstituted forDelphat 61'minutes
  • 9Calvert-LewinBooked at 90mins


  • 8Delph
  • 12Digne
  • 13Mina
  • 14Tosun
  • 20Bernard
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 23Coleman
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Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamEverton
Shots on Target

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Everton 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Everton 2.

  3. Booking

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) is shown the yellow card.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by Jonjo Shelvey.

  5. Post update

    Offside, Everton. Michael Keane tries a through ball, but Richarlison is caught offside.

  6. Post update

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

  7. Post update

    Foul by Christian Atsu (Newcastle United).

  8. Post update

    Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by DeAndre Yedlin with a cross.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton).

  10. Post update

    Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Yerry Mina (Everton).

  12. Post update

    Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Schär (Newcastle United).

  15. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Andy Carroll (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Sean Longstaff replaces Jetro Willems.

  17. Post update

    Attempt missed. Yerry Mina (Everton) header from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Tom Davies following a corner.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tom Davies (Everton) left footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Everton. Conceded by DeAndre Yedlin.

  20. Substitution

    Substitution, Everton. Yerry Mina replaces Leighton Baines.


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