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Walcott winner against Newcastle sends Everton eighth

  • Published at 04:15 am April 24th, 2018
Walcott winner against Newcastle sends Everton eighth
Everton's Theo Walcott struck just after halftime to secure a 1-0 home win over Newcastle United on Monday that took the Merseysiders up to eighth in the Premier League, their highest position this season. After an uneventful opening half at Goodison Park, Ayoze Perez should have put the visitors ahead in the 50th minute but shot wide of Jordan Pickford's goal after being put through by Brazilian Kenedy. Moments later, Everton went in front when Yannick Bolasie whipped in a deep cross from the right and former Arsenal winger Walcott brought the ball down before taking his time to fire home the winner and lift them to 45 points from 35 games. Tenth-placed Newcastle had plenty of late pressure, as they searched for a point that would mathematically clinch their top- flight survival, but they were unable to create an opening and stay on 41 points, 12 above the drop zone with four games left. Everton have climbed above Leicester City will finish in a respectable league position after a poor start to the campaign that threatened to see them entangled in the relegation battle. "If we keep winning we keep getting better. I think eighth in the league compared to fifth from bottom tells you we're getting better," said manager Sam Allardyce, who took over in November. Despite the improved results, Allardyce has not been a popular choice with many Everton fans who believe his approach to the game is too rudimentary. "What was wrong with our style today? We dominated the game, out-passed the opposition. You have to be patient," said the much-travelled 63-year-old. "You can't knock our football. You can knock some of the passing that goes astray but you can't knock me for that, I don't pass the ball. We try and limit those mistakes every week," he added. Newcastle are virtually assured of survival and manager Rafa Benitez said they could have gained more from the game with a little extra finesse. "I am pleased with the effort of the players but this final pass in the final third can make the difference," said the Spaniard. "We are really strong. Just to stay in the Premier League was the target and we are really pleased with that." POINTS TABLE: played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points Man City 34 29 3 2 98 25 90 -- champions Man Utd 34 23 5 6 65 26 74 Liverpool 35 20 11 4 80 37 71 Tottenham 34 20 8 6 66 31 68 Chelsea 34 19 6 9 59 34 63 Arsenal 34 17 6 11 66 46 57 Burnley 35 14 11 10 35 32 53 Everton 35 12 9 14 40 54 45 Leicester 34 11 11 12 49 47 44 Newcastle 34 11 8 15 35 43 41 Bournemouth 35 9 11 15 41 58 38 Watford 35 10 8 17 42 60 38 Brighton 34 8 12 14 32 47 36 Crystal Palace 35 8 11 16 36 54 35 West Ham 34 8 11 15 42 63 35 Huddersfield 34 9 8 17 27 54 35 Swansea 34 8 9 17 27 51 33 Southampton 34 5 14 15 33 53 29 Stoke 35 6 11 18 32 65 29 West Brom 35 4 13 18 29 54 25
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