Tue 2 Apr 2024, 21:49 · Ash Harrison

Newcastle 1-1 Everton: Jordan Pickford and Paul Dummett conspire to deny Magpies three points

Newcastle 1-1 Everton: Jordan Pickford and Paul Dummett conspire to deny Magpies three points
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Newcastle United were their own worst enemy tonight as the Magpies failed to capitalise on a dominating performance and gift Everton and Dominic Calvert-Lewin a goal.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin hadn't scored in 20 games, so of course it was Newcastle who allowed him to end that drought. We absolutely love handing out gifts to struggling players.

Alexander Isak gave Newcastle a first-half lead after turning the Everton defence inside out and unleashing a shot low into the corner beyond Jordan Pickford, bagging in his fifth consecutive game for Newcastle.

Dan Burn then saw a second half goal ruled out by the tightest of offside calls after Isak was adjudged to have been ahead of the Everton defence in the buildup.

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Not scored for a while? Come to Newcastle, we'll sort that out for you!

Paul Dummett's introduction was massive ... for Everton

The Magpies seemed to run out of juice in the second half and taking off Elliot Anderson, who was flagging in fairness, took a bit of urgency out of the side, but it was losing Lewis Hall that proved to be the nail in the Geordies' coffin.

Hall, who's not really had a lot of minutes this season, clearly ran out of steam and seemed to cramp up and had to come off, which, given our amazing injury list, meant that Paul Dummett was given a run out.

It didn't take long for Dummett to make his mark on the game with an RKO out of nowhere on Ashley Young in the box that was missed by the ref, but spotted by VAR. An unnecessary on-field review saw the ref award the penalty, but how VAR didn't just give it after one look we'll never know.

Up stepped Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score his obligatory goal against Newcastle.


Newcastle will feel like it was two points dropped rather than one gained

Jordan Pickford made some huge saves throughout the game which kept Everton in it, but Newcastle really should have killed the game off after having had one goal disallowed, a shot cleared off the line and even hitting the post via a James Tarkowski deflection.

Newcastle have now missed the chance to sneak into 7th place with West Ham drawing 1-1 with Tottenham Hotspur, unless Spurs score between me writing this and full-time in that game, which would see Newcastle go ahead of West Ham on goal difference.

For Everton that must have felt like a win, for Newcastle it was a definite case of two points dropped. We just hope that that was the last time we see Paul Dummett on a football pitch. What was he thinking?