Two goals from Ayoze Prez and one from Salomn Rondn led Newcastle to a 3-2 victory against Everton, who led via Richarlison and Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Crash, bang, wallop. This was some afternoon at St James Park. At its end Newcastle had maintained their hopes of Premier League football next season with a comeback from 2-0 down that shredded the nerves of both their fans and Evertons defenders.
That Salomn Rondn looked offside as he teed up Ayoze Prez for the 84th-minute winner was one detail of a hundred in a game that crackled with intensity from kick-off.
The facts are that Dominic Calvert-Lewin gave Everton an early lead and that Richarlison made it 2-0 to the visitors just past the half hour. Rondn pulled one back midway through the second half before Prez struck twice in the last nine minutes. It meant Newcastle had a fifth straight league win for the first time in 15 years.
Yet this was hardly the whole story. The goals will be recalled, of course, but there was drama all over the pitch and all through the 95 minutes as Lee Mason let numerous tough challenges go unpunished, as well as choosing to not even book Pickford for his 29th-minute lunge at Rondn, which brought Newcastle a penalty.
When it was missed Matt Ritchie and Everton went up the other end to make it 2-0, it seemed to be the days defining moment. But Newcastle refused to accept as much, and kept playing. Prez and Miguel Almirn, supposedly lightweight talents, dug in.
It was Prezs cute 65th-minute chip to Rondn that initiated the fightback, the Venezuelan lashing in a volley past Pickford that may have taken a slight deflection off Jonjoe Kenny. Rafael Bentez, not normally a man for exaggeration, compared Prezs pass to the output of Lionel Messi and Rondns finish to that of Alan Shearer.
Once we scored, Bentez said, everyone started believing we could score again.
Four minutes after that the substitute Paul Dummett almost snatched an equaliser, but it was not until minute 81 that it came.
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