NEWCASTLE underlined their top-six credentials by beating Everton thanks to Miguel Almiron’s fifth goal of the season.
The Paraguayan scored with a lovely curling finish from 25 yards to move Newcastle into fifth place in the Premier League and extend their unbeaten run to six games.
Eddie Howe’s side took control of the first half through midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, who came close to scoring on two occasions, and then saw out victory against an Everton team which failed to register a shot on target despite a first start of the season by Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
The England international returned from injury and headed over from a first-half corner, but it was Jordan Pickford who was the busier of the two England goalkeepers on show as Newcastle’s Nick Pope was rarely troubled.
After a promising start to the season, this was a third consecutive defeat for Frank Lampard’s side, who have also lost against Tottenham and Manchester United.
They sit a point above the bottom three, but will hope for a more encouraging result at home to Crystal Palace on Saturday and will be thankful Calvert-Lewin completed 73 minutes without further problems.