Final - Everton once again not good enough, and lose to a well-organized Newcastle side 2-1. Carlo Ancelotti has a lot to think about in the next five days before they host Manchester United.
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90+5’ - Everton freekick, Newcastle clear and it ricochets off Keane and goes just wide. That would have been very lucky.
Now a cross-shot from Bernard drifts towards the top corner and Darlow palms it over. Olsen comes up for the corner too, but Darlow does well to claim and that’s that. Newcastle win, Everton have lost twice in a row for the first time under Ancelotti.
90+3’ - Everton corner into the box, and Carroll and Darlow combine to keep the Blues out.
90’ - There’s going to be six minutes added on.
Low Iwobi cross deflected and DCL reacts quickest to nip in at the front post. 2-1!
85’ - Ryan Fraser runs away from Yerry Mina and his shot is deflected over Olsen and Wilson taps in at the back post. The wheels are falling off the Everton campaign already. 2-0 Newcastle.
80’ - With all the changes Everton have not really strung anything together since the goal. Disappointing, because the Blues just look beaten when they go down, happened last week at Southampton and looks that way again.
76’ - Shooting chance for Doucoure in the box, but he’s shepherded away.
Alex Iwobi on now, and it’s Kenny going out. Doucoure will be right back with Delph across from him.
Iwobi wins a freekick that’s crossed into the box, Keane gets his head to it but well over.
72’ - Now Allan yellow carded for a foul, the hosts doing well to keep the ball in the Blues box.
70’ - Mina in the book now, tugging down ASM to prevent a quick break.
69’ - Nkounkou the next man off, somewhat surprisingly, with Cenk Tosun coming on. Good to see him back on the pitch, his 50th Premier league appearance.
66’ - The commentators have just reminded us the Blues have not had a clean sheet in eight games now.
64’ - Bernard wins a freekick from a dangerous spot, Sigurdsson swings it towards goal and DCL gets a touch on it, but it’s straight at Darlow. A couple of feet either side of the goalie and that was a goal.
60’ - Everton’s first sub is Bernard, on for the absolutely wretched Gomes who has had a nightmare day, contributing nothing positive and giving away the penalty that led to the only goal so far.
58’ - Everton falling apart now and Newcastle thread the ball around in the Blues box, Olsen does well to save a Longstaff shot, parrying it over for a corner.
Blues clear and can break. Comes to Sigurdsson and he tries a shot from way far away, gets behind it and it’s over and wide.
55’ - Wilson will take it, long delay as Atwell is still talking to VAR. He scores, Olsen goes the wrong way.
53’ - Schar wins a corner off Nkounkou. Longstaff to take, it’s low and Wilson wins a penalty. Stuart Atwell points at the spot. Gomes swept his legs away as he nipped in front of him. Poor penalty to concede, sums up Gomes’ day doesn’t it? He’s been booked too.
51’ - Gomes continuing to offer absolutely nothing, surely his time will be up soon.
Kenny gets a good cross in, but Darlow gathers at the second attempt with Siggy lurking.
48’ - Everton starting the second half better, quicker in transition.
A deep cross to DCL from Kenny, and the striker goes down clutching his face. Looks like Scherr’s head hit him. Sigurdsson had miscued a shot from that rebound too.
46’ - Second half underway here.
Halftime Thoughts - Everton have had all the possession, but Newcastle have had the best chances. The Blues need to get more vertical and behind the backline more regularly, and as always, DCL needs better service.
45+1’ - ASM is holding his hamstring after a coming together with Gomes.
Halftime, it’s 0-0 at St. James’ Park. Everton haven’t been bad, but haven’t also been able to find the quality needed to get a goal or two.
43’ - Another shooting chance for DCL from outside the box, blocked again. The game is stretching out a bit more with Newcastle now pressing higher, giving more space for Everton to probe.
41’ - Another Newcastle corner, taken deep, some confusion in the box before it’s cleared.
Now DCL has a chance to shoot but it’s blocked by Lascelles. It comes to Delph outside the box, but his shot is wayward.
40’ - Allan looks to have turned his ankle, he’s hobbling around now.
37’ - Everton win their second corner with Nkounkou’s cross cleared. Siggy takes again, and it’s low again, and cleared again.
DCL does well to shield the ball back into the box, but he sets up Doucoure to shoot and he fluffs his lines, the ball trickling to Darlow.
30’ - Everton nearly take advantage of a midfield giveaway with Kenny’s cross about to drop to Gomes but the Toon can clear.
Gomes almost finds Allan racing into the box, but Lascelles clears for a corner. Sigurdsson to take, it’s cleared and the hosts break. Almiron goes around Gomes and Wilson finds Allan St. Maximin free on the right, his shot is palmed away well by Olsen, and ASM wins a freekick right on the outside of the box off Nkounkou. The defender is booked, and could well have been a penalty. They take it short and Everton can clear, fortunate.
28’ - The shape is clearer now, it’s a 4-3-2-1 Christmas tree like a few fans had expected, with Gomes and Sigurdsson the pair behind DCL.
23’ - When Everton have been able to get vertical, it’s been a story of misplaced passes and poor control. Pretty dull this so far, and playing right into a disciplined Newcastle’s hands.
20’ - Lots and lots of possession for the Blues, but it’s all in the middle third and all sideways passes really.
15’ - Newcastle goalie Karl Darlow has made a couple of mistakes already, but is lucky to have not paid for them, getting caught in possession by Dominic Calvert-Lewin and then a poor pass out intercepted by Sigurdsson.
11’ - Fabian Delph and Abdoulaye Doucoure playing the deepest midfielder roles, with Jonjoe Kenny and Niels Nkounkou taking very wide positions further upfield.
7’ - Callum Wilson gets behind Keane but the angle is tight and his shot is wayward.
By the way, Pickford dropping to the bench breaks his streak of 120 consecutive league starts for the Blues, the first time he’s in a Premier League matchday squad for the Blues and not starting.
5’ - Robin Olsen’s first touch is a tricky pass back from Michael Keane, but he controls well and passes it away.
1’ - Underway at St. James’ Park and it looks like a 4-5-1 so far, with Sigurdsson on the right and Gomes out on the left of that midfield.
Wow, Ancelotti had really rung the changes today. Just said on Sky Sports that Jordan Pickford is on the bench to give him a rest, though clearly the daily media hounding and barrage of abuse he's been receiving has a big part to play too.
So many midfielders though, who plays where?! And Cenk Tosun is back?! Ellis Simms on the bench?!
Everton are foundering a bit after a hot start to the season, with injuries and now suspensions starting to take a toll. The Blues travel to Newcastle looking a little vulnerable after a draw against Liverpool and loss at Southampton, and without James Rodriguez, Richarlison and Lucas Digne. Carlo Ancelotti’s attempts at squad rotation did not pay off last week so Toffees will be particularly interested to see who gets the start and who can come off the bench and provide a spark.
Newcastle are having an up-and-down start to the season where they’ve mixed in some good performances with some downright awful ones.
Competition: Premier League Matchday 7
Date and start time: Sunday, November 1st at 6:00 a.m. PT / 9:00 a.m ET / 2:00 p.m. BST
Stadium: St. James Park, Newcastle, England, United Kingdom
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Starting XI: Olsen, Kenny, Keane, Mina, Nkounkou, Allan, Delph, Doucoure, Gomez, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin
Subs: Pickford, Branthwaite, Gordon, Iwobi, Bernard, Tosun, Simms
Starting XI: Darlow, Murphy, Schar, Lascelles, Fernandez, Lewis, Hendrick, Longstaff, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Wilson
Subs: Gillespie, Clark, Carroll, Joelinton, Hayden, Manquillo, Fraser
The last time the Blues played the Magpies was that disaster class on how not to close out a two goal lead with a minute or so to play, so let’s just quickly gloss right over that one.
A Dominic Calvert-Lewin brace got Ancelotti his first away win of his Everton career at St. James Park in late December, the Blues coming away 2-1 victors on the day.