Premier League Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late strike hands Everton relegation lifeline at Newcastle

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late penalty meant injury-hit Newcastle United were held to a 1-1 home Premier League draw by Everton on Tuesday night.

Alexander Isak’s third goal in four days looked set to give Eddie Howe’s side a winning start to April, but they were pegged back in the 88th minute by the struggling Merseysiders.

The Magpies had an opportunity to take the lead in only the second minute when Harvey Barnes – handed a start after his double from the bench against West Ham at the weekend – saw his shot well saved by Jordan Pickford.

And that seemed to give the visitors, in desperate need of a victory to climb away from the Premier League relegation zone, confidence. Abdoulaye Doucoure no sent a fizzing effort off target in the sixth minute then two minutes later, from a Dwight McNeil free kick, James Tarkowski headed over.

But on the quarter-hour mark, Sean Dyche’s men fell behind. Barnes played a brilliant ball for Isak to run onto but the Swedish striker still had it all to do; however, he did just that as he drifted past a couple of challenges and bent the ball beyond Pickford for his 19th goal of the campaign. Jacob Murphy’s powerful strike flew over in the 28th minute before a flurry of chances just before half time.

First, Doucoure turned well but his shot was too close to Martin Dúbravka, then Lewis Hall’s deep cross was nodded on by Sean Longstaff towards Murphy at the far post, but his effort was blocked by the legs of Pickford.

At the other end, Pickford denied Bruno Guimaraes before Howe was forced to turn to his bench after yet another injury, with Hall limping off to be replaced by Paul Dummett, making only his second top-flight appearance of the season. And the long-serving defender found himself penalised for a tussle with Young within four minutes.

Both players appeared to have a hold of one another but VAR sent Tony Harrington over to the monitor and the Cleveland-based referee pointed to the spot.

Substitute Calvert-Lewin stepped up and although Dubravka went the right way, he couldn’t keep out the well-struck penalty as United – who had loud appeals for a penalty of their own in added time – had to settle for a draw.

Dennis Mabuka

Dennis Mabuka is a seasoned Kenyan journalist with 18 years of experience covering sports events. He is currently a sport content creator with

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