Everton edge past Newcastle at home

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We battled and we fought until the end so we had the chance to draw, but we lost against a good team and that's it.

In what was the epitome of a Monday evening game, not many chances were created, not many passes from either side, and (near) even possession statistics, the game was one that will not be remembered by the millions of fans around the world for its entertainment value.

Theo Walcott netted the lone goal shortly after half-time as the hosts' only shot on target proved enough to end a three-game winless run.

Newcastle's recent good run has lifted them well clear of relegation trouble and their safety is virtually assured already, even if the point they need to guarantee it eluded them on Merseyside.

"What was wrong with our style today?"

'You have to be patient, we were patient but you couldn't knock our football.

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On critical fans, he continued: "If we lose next week they won't be there. 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.

'You can knock some of our passing that went astray, but you can't knock me for that.

But after Theo Walcott's goal saw Everton rise to eighth in the Premier League, Allardyce came out on the defensive in his post-match interview and suggested it was opponents Newcastle who deployed "negative" tactics. I don't pass the ball'. "We try and limit those mistakes every week", he added.

"The difference is they have players with experience in the Premier League". I'm working with a squad of players that I've inherited and all the staff behind the scenes are striving to make them better.

Some fans have criticised Everton's performances under Allardyce, but the ex-Newcastle boss felt his side played well against his former team.

A staff member holds an AV1 telepresence robot, allowing teenage fan Jack McLinden to be a "virtual matchday mascot" ahead of the English Premier League football match between Everton and Newcastle United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England.