Date: 13th December 2017 at 11:07pm
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Following today’s clash between Newcastle United and Everton, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Newcastle United hosted Everton for a 7.45pm kick off on Wednesday December 13, with the visitors taking a one nil lead following a first half goal from Wayne Rooney.

The goal was enough for Everton to register their first away success in the Premier League since last January, but Newcastle had their own opportunities and hit the woodwork twice with efforts from Matt Ritchie and Mikel Merino.

The day got worse for the hosts when Jonjo Shelvey again found himself on the wrong end of two yellow cards and he left the pitch with a red.

Everton move level on points with ninth placed Watford, whilst Newcastle sit a point ahead of the relegation places as their takeover talks continue.



Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Manquillo, Merino (Perez 86), Shelvey, Atsu, Diame (Joselu 67), Ritchie (Aarons 74), Gayle.


Elliot, Clark, Murphy, Hayden.


Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Williams, Martina, Schneiderlin, Gueye, Lennon (vlasic 61), Rooney (Davies 77), Sigurdsson (Jagielka 85), Calvert-Lewin.


Keane, Niasse, Lookman, Robles.

Speaking to the BBC’s cameras a short time after match day referee Martin Atkinson blew the final whistle, Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez explained.

‘The way we played and chances we had it was unbelievable to be losing 1-0 at half time. We made a mistake. In the second half its difficult to manage. Everton were just wasting time, maybe long balls that could catch us in a bad position. In this case Jonjo Shelvey’s red card is different but still it is a red card. We maybe lose him for a couple of games.’

As for takeovers and transfer budgets for January, he admitted it was a concern.

‘As soon as possible but I don’t know when. We have the money from the summer window – I think we have some money but I need to know how much.’

Everton manager Sam Allardyce in his comparitive interview explained.

‘From my point of view what happened way back nearly 10 years ago is long gone, what matters to me is Everton. After a difficult game on Sunday did the lads have the legs? Their determination and drive has given us the opportunity to win a game 1-0. I’m a little baffled at how Everton conceded so many goals before I got here. We’re up to 22 points so we’re pushing our way into the top half and it all comes from a good solid defensive base. The Christmas party is postponed. There won’t be anything near enjoying themselves until after the cup on 5 January.’