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5 Telling Stats from Everton’s Determined 2-1 Win Over Newcastle

What did the numbers tell us about the Blues win?

Newcastle United v Everton FC - Premier League Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Another day, another Everton win. I could get used to this.

But what did the numbers tell us about the result?

Calvert-Lewin Shining

Two goals and outstanding numbers all-round

After being lavished with praise by Carlo Ancelotti after scoring the winner against Burnley, Dominic Calvert-Lewin took on the manager’s encouragement to be “more focussed on goal” by scoring two classic poacher’s goals against Newcastle.

The 22-year-old put in a terrific all-round performance at St James’ Park, completing 70% of his passes, creating five chances and, of course, putting the ball in the net twice.

Bizarrely, DCL also became the first Everton player to score winning goals in back-to-back top-flight games since Tony Cottee in 1991. How this record has stood for so long is absolutely beyond me.

9 Shots on Target

Most away from home this season

Everton’s struggles on the road this season have been no secret. But the Blues recorded their second away win of the campaign here, thanks in large to their attacking intent.

The Blues had an incredible 22 shots against Newcastle, nine of which were on target – the most they’ve managed away from home this season.

More Kean

First start since September

One of the biggest hopes following the appointment of Carlo Ancelotti was that he’d get his fellow countryman, Moise Kean, firing following a difficult start to life at Goodison.

And Kean was given his first start since September here and put in his best performance yet in a Blue shirt and deserved a goal.

Everton’s the Team That Plays… Attacking Football

43 shots in Ancelotti’s first two games

Carlo Ancelotti has a reputation for playing attacking football, and that certainly seems to have found its way to Everton too. The Blues had a total of 43 shots on goal against Burnley and Newcastle – more than any other club in the league has managed in the last two games.

It’s also the most shots Everton have had on goal over two games in more than four years.

Two from Two for Ancelotti

First Everton manager to win first two games since Moyes

Carlo Ancelotti couldn’t have gotten off to a better start as Everton boss, with the games coming thick and fast.

That’s two wins from two – a feat no new Everton manager has achieved since David Moyes came in and steadied the ship in March 2002.

If Ancelotti helps the Blues beat Manchester City on New Years Day, he will be the first manager since Joe Royle in 1994 to win his first three games as Everton manager.