Newcastle - Everton midfielder Tom Cleverley headed a dramatic stoppage-time
winner to seal a 1-0 victory at Newcastle that left the hosts
languishing in the relegation zone on Saturday.
side looked to have squandered their dominant display with a series of
missed chances until Cleverley popped up with his perfectly timed
intervention to stun St James' Park.
Cleverley's first goal of the
season gave Everton their first win in five league matches and
shattered Newcastle's three match unbeaten run.
Newcastle are third bottom, behind Norwich on goal difference.
only Everton player who left frustrated was Romelu Lukaku, who would
have entered the Goodison Park history books if he had scored for a
ninth successive match.
Belgian striker Lukaku would have joined
Everton legend Dixie Dean on that milestone mark he set in 1924, but he
drew a disappointing blank.
With torrential rain having lashed Tyneside all day, Everton made the more positive start on a slick surface.
They threatened for the first time when Kevin Mirallas's powerful strike was kept out by Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
men enjoyed total dominance of possession in the early stages, but
Newcastle almost went in front against the run of play through
Aleksandar Mitrovic, who should have done better than head tamely wide
from Daryl Janmaat's cross.
As the game began to open up Everton
winger Aaron Lennon drilled a low effort at Elliot, while Newcastle came
close at the other end when Georginio Wijnaldum's header flew wide from
Moussa Sissoko's cross.
Lukaku was well policed by the Newcastle defence in the first half.
he nearly reached the landmark three minutes after the interval when
Seamus Coleman's cross flew across goal and just past the former Chelsea
That close shave was followed by an even better chance
for Lukaku, who turned Chancel Mbemba and saw his strike turned away by
Elliot was working overtime now and he made another good stop to deny Lennon.
into their own half for long periods, Mitrovic wasted a rare Newcastle
chance when he headed Sissoko's cross wide from six yards.
Funes Mori saw his header pushed away by Elliot, but Everton's pressure
was finally rewarded in the most dramatic fashion.
seconds left in the third minute of stoppage-time, Newcastle couldn't
deal with a cross and Cleverley looped a header over the stranded Elliot
and into the net.