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Everton secure 3-0 win over Newcastle, escape relegation zone

Toffees seemed galvanized by the perceived injustice of their deduction, and their determination paid off

By Web Desk
December 08, 2023
Abdoulaye Doucoure (centre) scored in Evertons 3-0 win over Newcastle on Dec 7, 2023. — AFP
Abdoulaye Doucoure (centre) scored in Everton's 3-0 win over Newcastle on Dec 7, 2023. — AFP

Everton emerged victorious with a 3-0 win against Newcastle in a crucial match that saw them step out of the Premier League relegation zone. 

Despite the team's 10-point deduction due to financial rule breaches, goals from Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Beto sealed the victory.

The Toffees seemed galvanized by the perceived injustice of their deduction, and their determination was evident on the field. Newcastle, dealing with injuries, succumbed to fatigue in the later stages of the match, paying the price for uncharacteristic errors.

McNeil seized an opportunity 11 minutes from the final whistle, smashing the ball into the top corner, putting Everton in the lead. Doucoure ensured Everton's triumph with another goal, securing their fifth win in seven games. Beto, as a substitute, wrapped up the victory with his Premier League debut goal during stoppage time.

This crucial win lifted Everton one point clear of the relegation zone, though they would have been higher in the rankings if not for the points penalty. Newcastle, on the other hand, remains in seventh place, now trailing by four points from the top four.

The match wasn't just about the game; it also echoed the discontent of Everton fans over the 10-point deduction. Demonstrations in the stands reflected their frustration, emphasising the message, "Protecting the few, not the many."

Sean Dyche's side showcased an improvement in performance but struggled to capitalise on scoring opportunities at Goodison. Despite a positive first-half display, they couldn't convert their chances into goals, leaving Dyche rueing missed opportunities.

Both teams had their moments, with Newcastle having notable chances, including Alexander Isak's header in the first half. However, Everton's resilience and Newcastle's fatigue ultimately tilted the game in favour of the home side.