Alex Iwobi’s 99th-minute goal earned Everton a massive victory in their fight against relegation as they held on to beat Newcastle despite being reduced to 10 men.
An average game, which was delayed by a protestor tying himself to a goal post by his neck, came to life late on when Anthony Gordon tested Martin Dubravka with a curling shot.
But the mood soon turned sour when Allan was sent off with seven minutes remaining for taking out Newcastle substitute Allan Saint-Maximin after referee Craig Pawson consulted the pitchside monitor and overturned his initial decision to book the Everton midfielder.
At that stage, and with 14 minutes of stoppage time to play because of the protest, hanging on for a draw looked like the best Frank Lampard’s side could achieve.
Yet in the ninth minute of additional time, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin lead a breakaway and slipped Iwobi through before he found the bottom corner.
It led to wild celebrations at Goodison Park as Everton earned only their second win in 13 Premier League games to put three points between them and the relegation zone.
But, as Lampard and his players hugged each other in delight at the final whistle, it felt like a victory worth much more than three points as they consigned Newcastle to a second consecutive defeat.
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- 6AlanBooked at 83mins
- 24GordonBooked at 76minsSubstituted forTownsendat 90+15′minutes
- elevenGraySubstituted forCalvert-Lewinat 76′minutes
- 7RicharlisonBooked at 64minsSubstituted forAndre Gomesat 88′minutes
- twenty-oneAndre Gomes
- 17KrafthBooked at 76minsSubstituted forsleeveat 90+3′minutes
- 39Guimaraes Rodriguez Moura
- 24almironSubstituted forSaint-Maximinat 71′minutes
- twenty-oneFraserSubstituted forMurphyat 85′minutes
- 3. 4Gayle
- 36S Longstaff
Match ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.
Second half ends, Everton 1, Newcastle United 0.
Substitution, Everton. Andros Townsend replaces Anthony Gordon.
Corner, Newcastle United. Grant by Ben Godfrey.
Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.
Goal! Everton 1, Newcastle United 0. Alexander Iwobi (Everton) left footed shot from the center of the box to the center of the goal. Assisted by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Attempt missed. Allan Saint-Maximin (Newcastle United) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Jacob Murphy with a cross.
Attempt blocked. Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Joelinton (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Allan Saint-Maximin.
Substitution, Newcastle United. Javier Manquillo replaces Emil Krafth.
Attempt blocked. Dan Burn (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked.
Attempt missed. Fabian Schär (Newcastle United) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left misses to the right. Assisted by Matt Targett with a cross following a corner.
Corner, Newcastle United. Awarded by Asmir Begovic.
Attempt saved. Joseph Willock (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jacob Murphy.
Attempt missed. Bruno Guimarães (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Everton. André Gomes replaces Richarlison.
Joelinton (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Abdoulaye Doucouré (Everton).
Substitution, Newcastle United. Jacob Murphy replaces Ryan Fraser.
Allan (Everton) is shown the red card.
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