London - Everton's
renaissance under Carlo Ancelotti continued as Dominic Calvert-Lewin's
double earned a 2-1 win at Newcastle, while Brighton and Watford
secured big wins in their battle to avoid relegation.
Ancelotti's reign at Goodison Park got off to a flying start thanks
Calvert-Lewin's winner against Burnley on Boxing Day and the in-form
England under-21 international was the Toffees' hero once more on
"He is a fantastic manager who has worked with great players and for
me as a young player it is the best possible experience. I just have to
be like a sponge and take it all in," said Calvert-Lewin on working
The 22-year-old rewarded a bright start from the visitors and an
adventurous line-up from Ancelotti as he swept home after the ball
ricocheted around the Newcastle box.
The Magpies responded well to falling behind, though, and deservedly equalised early in the second period through Fabian Schar.
However, Newcastle were level for only eight minutes as they were
caught by Everton's pace on the break when Richarlison squared for
Calvert-Lewin to slide in for his 10th goal of the season.
Victory takes Everton above Newcastle into the top half of the table.
"We are getting back to where we want to be after a below par start,"
added Calvert-Lewin. "It was not good enough and it was vitally
important we turned it around. "
Crystal Palace could have moved to within three points of the top
four with victory at Southampton and took the lead at St. Mary's through
James Tomkins's header.
However, a terrible error from Martin Kelly undid Palace's good work
as he teed up Southampton's talisman Danny Ings to level and edge the
Saints four points clear of the bottom three.
Brighton climbed up to 14th, five points clear of the drop zone, as
Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Aaron Mooy's first goals for the club in a 2-0
win over Bournemouth.
Jahanbakhsh has struggled to make an impact on the south coast since a
big money move from AZ Alkmaar at the beginning of last season.
The Iranian was moved to tears when he opened the scoring with his
first Premier League goal less than three minutes into his first league
start of the season.
"It was a great moment for everyone in the stadium, especially Ali. He deserves it," said Brighton boss Graham Potter.
"He worked away every day with exemplary behaviour. We all wanted him to contribute and he did that today."
Mooy then produced a moment of magic to secure the points 11 minutes
from time as he controlled the ball on his chest, turned inside his
marker and curled the ball into the far corner.
Watford closed to within three points of safety thanks to a second
home win in as many games under Nigel Pearson as the Hornets beat Aston
Villa 3-0 despite playing half an hour with 10 men when Adrian Mariappa
"We couldn’t afford to lose," said Pearson.
"It’s a case of trying to
rectify the first part of our season. Momentum is important."
Troy Deeney had given Watford the lead eight minutes before half-time
and doubled his side's advantage from the penalty spot soon after
Mariappa was shown a second yellow card.
Ismaila Sarr then rounded off a miserable afternoon for Villa, who
remain in the bottom three after a fifth defeat in six league games.