In an impressive second-half showing, Newcastle United was able to clinch their seventh victory in a span of eight matches, leaving Everton in the pits of a 4-1 defeat at Goodison Park, keeping them in the drop-zone and fuelling further concerns about a looming relegation. An in-form Callum Wilson, added to his impressive goal tally at Goodison with two crucial goals against the hosts. Joelinton and Jacob Murphy were able to bag, too - both of which played instrumental roles in Sunday's 6-1 victory at Tottenham.
Despite the anticipated onslaught from the opposing side, Eddie Howe's squad held strong for 28 minutes before seizing their first significant chance. Joelinton swiftly darted down the left flank and managed to fire a cross-shot that Jordan Pickford deflected straight to Wilson, who expertly netted his seventh goal in six encounters against Everton. Just as the Toffees were gearing up for an equalizer, they were dealt a huge blow by VAR. The moment arrived on the cusp of half-time when Calvert-Lewin seized on McNeil's precise pass, lofting the ball over Nick Pope for what looked to be a legitimate goal. However, the video assistant referee had other ideas and determined that Calvert-Lewin was marginally offside, much to the frustration of Everton.
Although McNeil's accurate corner kick gave the Blues a glimmer of hope at 3-1, their optimism was quickly dashed. Murphy was in the perfect position to take advantage of Isak's solo run, tucking the ball into the net with ease and securing the victory for Newcastle just moments after.
The outcome propelled Newcastle to third in the table, with an impressive 62 points, next to Manchester United, leaders Man City and Arsenal. Everton's nightmare campaign continues, as they remain stuck in 19th with just five games remaining, trailing safety by a perilous two points. With their ninth home defeat of the season, the Toffees' hopes of avoiding relegation look increasingly bleak - but just like last season, they managed to evade relegation and the obviously frustrated team, fans and board will somehow be crossing their fingers, hoping they see the same this season.
Everton next travel to the King Power Stadium for their fixture against 18th place and struggling-side, Leicester City, on the upcoming bank holiday Monday. With both teams in poor-form, there is no doubt in our mind that this will be either one of two showings: One complete dog fight between two sides looking to remain a Premier League side next season, or a large showing of lack in quality between the two sides and a lacklustre match decided by individual errors within the squad. Regardless of the outcome, both teams are going to be desperate to climb out the relegation-zone and push further on up the table with the limited remaining fixtures left and looming financial consequences hovering above the heads of both clubs - the new Everton stadium is one that springs to mind...