Wayne Rooney reveals why he 'enjoys' playing against Newcastle at St James's Park

Wayne Rooney
Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney always looks forward to visiting St James's Park – as he can't stop scoring at the stadium.

A goal from Rooney gave Everton a 1-0 win over Newcastle United last night.

Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez

Rooney prodded the ball home from close range in the 27th minute after goalkeeper Karl Darlow spilled a header from Aaron Lennon.

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The strike was the former Manchester United forward's 15th in the Premier League against Newcastle, who are now just one point above the relegation zone after taking one point from a possible 24.

Rooney has also set up eight more goals against the club.

“It was a tough game," Rooney told evertonfc.com.

“We’ve come here, and, although Newcastle haven’t been on a great run of form, it’s always a difficult game, especially when you’re looking to pick up three points.

“We dug in, defended really well and made the most of the chances we had.

“We’re delighted, and it’s a great win for us. I’ve scored quite a few goals here – it’s a ground I enjoy playing at."

“Thankfully, it’s got us three points. We know it’s a difficult period coming on – the Christmas period's always difficult.”

Newcastle manager Benitez bemoaned the "mistake" which allowed Rooney to score – and "time wasting" from Sam Allardyce's side.

“I think I have the same feeling that all the fans will have," said Benitez, who was asked about Amanda Staveley's proposed £300million takeover.

"The team started the game well. We had chances, we were on top of them, we had the game under control, and then we made a mistake and we started suffering a little bit.

“To manage the second half against a team with experience wasting time the way that they were wasting time is even more difficult for players like our players.

“They need some experience to manage this situation."