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Analysis: Newcastle 1-1 Everton

Alexander Isak
[Reuters]

A massively missed opportunity for Newcastle to come away with the victory in a match they largely dominated. Alexander Isak put them ahead in the 15th minute, but a failure to kill off the game proved crucial.

Ex-Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, booed relentlessly through the match, made good saves to deny Jacob Murphy and Isak from extending their advantage. Dan Burn thought he had added a second, only for a tight VAR offside to show Isak was offside when collecting the ball and before playing the cross.

VAR was again involved, to check whether Everton had earned a late penalty. It was quickly a very easy decision as Paul Dummett's needless foul, when he had his arm around Ashley Young's neck and hauled him to the ground, gifted Everton a lifeline.

All credit to Dominic Calvert-Lewin as he kept his composure to blast his spot-kick past Martin Dubravka and earn Everton a point with his first goal since the end of October, ending a 23-game run without scoring.

This could prove to be a vital result for both sides - Everton in their battle to stay up and Newcastle in their fight for European qualification. It ends in a draw and Everton will be pleased with the point and Newcastle disappointed they didn't get all three.