Everton 1 Newcastle United 0: Theo Walcott ends winning run at Goodison Park

Newcastle United's four-game winning run was brought to an end by Everton tonight.

Monday, 23rd April 2018, 9:54 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd April 2018, 10:21 pm
Theo Walcott and Paul Dummett

Rafa Benitez's previously in-form side was beaten 1-0 at Goodison Park.

Theo Walcott scored the only goal of a scrappy game which left Newcastle United 10th in the Premier League table ahead of Saturday's home game against West Bromwich Albion.

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The game was Benitez's 100th in charge of the club. However, his team couldn't match the impressive performances of previous weeks.

Benitez changed a winning team and handed Islam Slimani, on loan from Leicester City, his first start, but the striker was taken off in the second half without having had a shot on goal.

Everton had the better of the first half, but they couldn't hit the target with a series of chances. For their part, United just couldn't keep hold of the ball.

The home side's breakthrough came in the 51st minute. Yannick Bolasie delivered a ball from the right, which was picked up at the far post by Walcott, who turned and beat Martin Dubravka from just outside the six-yard box.

Benitez replaced Slimani with Gayle just past the hour-mark, and Jacob Murphy and Mikel Merino – two players who have hardly played in recent months – were sent on late in the game.

But there was no way back for Newcastle, who have four games left to play.

EVERTON: Pickford, Coleman, Jagielka, Keane, Baines, Gueye, Schneiderlin (Davies, 52), Walcott, Rooney, Bolasie (Calvert-Lewin, 59), Tosun (Niasse, 85). Subs not used: Robles, Martina, Funes Mori, Baningime.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Diame, Shelvey (Merino, 83); Ritchie (Murphy, 79), Perez, Kenedy; Slimani (Gayle, 63). Subs not used: Darlow, Clark, Manquillo, Hayden.

Goals: Walcott 51

Bookings: Keane 75, Gueye 90, Kenedy 90

Referee: Robert Madley (Wakefield)