Newcastle's 100th Game With Rafa Benitez In Charge

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Newcastle's 100th Game With Rafa Benitez In Charge

"That is the story of the season for Everton".

The final pass is the difference, especially in the Premier League.

Everton beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Goodison Park last night.

Possession was Everton 57% Newcastle 43%.

There's no secret that Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez hasn't always seen eye to eye with the powers that be at St James' Park with much of the friction boiling down to a perceived lack of support in the transfer market. However, a run of four consecutive wins will provide a strong belief heading into this game.

"The recruitment is key in the summer to how they want to play".

Everton went close for a second time 30 minutes later.

But the Spaniard could have few complaints as his side failed to test Toffees keeper Jordan Pickford.

Everton nearly took the lead moments later but Jonjo Shelvey blocked Michael Keane's header with Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka stranded.

"They're on completely different levels of the way they manage". Sometimes it takes a bit of time.

An entertaining, competitive opening 45 minutes belied the end of season status many beforehand had labelled this game. Defensively, Everton have struggled this season, ranking in the bottom third in goals conceded. With four shots on target compared to the Gunners three, they also looked the most likely to add more to the scoreboard during the game's latter stages.

Tom Davies will be pushing for a return to the starting lineup. For Newcastle, winger Christian Atsu has been ruled out with a minor knee issue.

Averaging only one goal per game over their last seven fixtures, Everton will need to find a way to break through an increasingly resilient Newcastle defence. "To stay in the Premier League was the target and we are really clear with that". The three points will be important but the crowd come to be excited.

In team news Everton have Mason Holgate and Gylfi Sigurdsson out injured, while Newcastle will be without Christian Atsu but Islam Slimani could make his first start.

Everton team captain Phil Jagielka carried the robot as he led his team out with the AV1 connected to McLinden's iPad at home - allowing him to see and hear the experience in real-time through the telepresence robot avatar.

Allardyce laughed off the survey last week.

The France worldwide has struggled to find his best form since joining Everton from United in a £20m deal in January 2017 and he was jeered by Toffees fans against Crystal Palace earlier this year.

Rafa Benitez has warned Newcastle he "cannot do miracles every year" and urged the club to match his ambition to "win trophies".

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