Everton 1 Toon 1

Last updated : 07 December 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor

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Dubravka, Yedlin, Schär, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Atsu, Diamé, Ki Sung-yueng, Murphy (Pérez 64), Rondón (Joselu 74)
Subs: Clark, Shelvey, Muto, Longstaff, Woodman

Rafa was happy with a point, so perhaps that says a lot about the match.

Everton were left to rue several missed chances as Newcastle United claimed a point at Goodison Park.

Marco Silva's men had 19 shots at goal but it was the visitors who took the lead as Salomon Rondon smashed home after a sweeping counter-attack.

Everton responded well and were rewarded for a period of sustained pressure when Richarlison equalised seven minutes before the interval, lifting the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun both had gilt-edged chances and the hosts continued to dominate possession after the break, but Christian Atsu had two late opportunities to steal all three points for the visitors.

A point apiece sees Everton move back to sixth while Newcastle remain above Crystal Palace in 14th.

By Newcastle legend Alan Shearer's estimation, the current Magpies squad are playing to avoid relegation this season, and a valuable point at Goodison Park will go some way in their attempt for survival.

Newcastle were set up to defend and soak up the Everton onslaught before releasing their pacy forwards down the other end, and for 38 minutes the plan was working.

The visitors won possession in midfield before taking the lead within two passes as Jacob Murphy carried the ball deep into the Everton half before delivering a pin-point cross for Rondon to smash into the top corner, from inside the area.

Atsu could have won it at the end, only to be denied by a brilliant save from Jordan Pickford, but it was at the other end that Newcastle were most impressive.

Everton saw 77% of the ball but the Magpies back five stood firm on several occasions to keep the score level.

With Sigurdsson poised to place the ball past Martin Dubravka just yards from the penalty spot, Federico Fernandez dived in to deny the Iceland international with an outstretched boot.

The goalkeeper was also in fine form when he reacted quickest to keep out Tosun's effort from close range, in a defensive performance which epitomised the team display.

Everton have extended their unbeaten home run to six matches in all competitions, but the Toffees will be disappointed to leave Goodison with only a point as defender Kurt Zouma admitted they "have to get back to winning ways" after the game.

Richarlison added his seventh of the season - to move level with Sigurdsson as the club's top goalscorer - after a well-taken finish at the back post, but only three shots on target from 19 attempts suggests the hosts lacked a clinical edge in front of goal.

Had Sigurdsson and Tosun converted their chances in a dominant first half, the game would have been different, but Newcastle dug in and Everton appeared to run out of ideas.

Marco Silva made three changes to the side that lost in the Merseyside derby on Sunday as Ademola Lookman - who came in for his first start in the Premier League - started in attack.

However, the former Charlton forward only produced one shot in his 78 minutes on the field, which raises concerns about Everton's plan B should Sigurdsson or Richarlison fail to claim the winner.