Dwight McNeil, Abdoulaye Doucoure, and Beto scored for Everton in a 3-0 victory over Newcastle Wednesday, lifting them out of the Premier League relegation zone despite a 10-point deduction.
According to AFP, the Toffees have been inspired by what they regard as an unfair punishment for financial rule breaches: the harshest sporting sentence ever handed out in Premier League history.
As time ran out and the injury-plagued Magpies wore down, Newcastle paid the price for two blunders by England international Kieran Trippier.
Everton won their fifth game in a row thanks to goals from McNeil and Doucoure in the latter minutes of the match.
As time ran out, substitute Beto scored his first goal in the Premier League, ensuring the victory.
A win gives Everton a one-point lead over the bottom three, and if it weren’t for the penalty, they’d be in the top half of the league.
Even after dropping four points, Newcastle is still in sixth place.
After their previous home game against Manchester United, in which they staged large protests both inside and outside the stadium, Everton fans may have become less enraged by the 10-point deduction.
But in the tenth minute, there was still another protest, this time with banners reading: “Protecting the few, not the many.” and featuring the Premier League emblem.
It would have been fantastic if Sean Dyche’s team’s luck had turned around, but they have a history of wasting opportunities at Goodison.
The only Premier League team Everton has defeated at home since March was Bournemouth.
After a promising first half, Dyche had to look down on his team’s wastefulness in front of goal.
Saturday’s 1-0 triumph over Nottingham Forest came from a goal by McNeil, who missed his first good chance of the game from the edge of the box.
After failing to clear a free-kick into the box, Dominic Calvert-Lewin somehow blasted the ball wide of the goal.
The Magpies have swept their home opponents this season, including PSG, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester United.
The only road victory for Eddie Howe’s squad this Premier League season was against a home team.
While unmarked at the back post, Alexander Isak missed the target with Newcastle’s greatest first-half opportunity.
The return of Anthony Gordon to Goodison was met with a cold greeting, and not even the form winger could convert a few opportunities.
After stealing the ball from James Tarkowski on the fringe of the penalty area, Gordon blasted a shot at Jordan Pickford, then he lost his cool after shooting wide of the mark after a through pass from Isak.
Trippier has started every single game for Newcastle this season in the Premier League and the Champions League due to the club’s injury problems.
It was clear that fatigue played a role when he lost control, setting McNeil free to charge forward and blast a pinpoint shot past stand-in custodian Martin Dubravka.
A few moments later, Trippier committed the same mistake by giving possession to Jack Harrison.
The ball fell well for Doucoure to slot home after McNeil missed Harrison’s cross.
Beto scored Everton’s winning goal in the waning moments after displaying tremendous strength and skill to coolly finish past Dubravka for his debut at Goodison.