There's something about Newcastle United under Steve Bruce
They’ve only gone and done it again.
Four days after beating Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a 94th-minute goal, Newcastle United came from goals down to draw 2-2 with Everton at Goodison Park tonight thanks to two injury-time goals from substitute Florian Lejeune.
Keith Bishop and Justin Barnes, owner Mike Ashley’s associates, were there to witness the extraordinary comeback, which came hours after the club signed Nabil Bentaleb on loan from Schalke 04.
Newcastle looked to be heading for defeat when the assistant referee indicated that there were four minutes of added time.
Just over four minutes later, United claimed a point. And the way the players ran to the disbelieving away end after Lejeune’s second goal told its own story.
And this week can get even better.
Newcastle haven’t made it past the fourth round since Ashley bought the club, and head coach Steve Bruce, at least, has players to bring back into his starting XI against Oxford United at St James’s Park on Saturday.
Allan Saint-Maximin – who played 96 minutes on his comeback from a hamstring injury at the weekend – was left out completely, while Jonjo Shelvey never left the bench. Left-back Liam Gibson was name among the substitutes following the loss of Jetro Willems to a season-ending injury.
Everton had the bulk of the early possession, though United, for a brief period, threatened on the break with the pace of Miguel Almiron.
But they went behind to a goal form Kean in the 30th minute. Kean ran on to a looping ball into the box from Bernard, and was somehow able to finish despite taking a bad first touch.
Bernard shot over Dubravka’s goal early in the second half, but a second goal wasn’t long in coming. Lucas Digne rolled the ball into the box for Calvert-Lewin, and he took a touch before shooting past Dubravka with his left foot.
Lejeune, one of three defensive substitutes, netted twice in added time, the first goal coming from an overhead kick.
Injury-hit Bruce is short of players, but his team isn’t short of character.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Dubravka, Hayden, Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark (Lejeune, 70), Ritchie, S Longstaff, M Longstaff, Atsu (Krafth, 62), Almiron, Joelinton (Schar, 78).