Newcastle United 0 Everton 1: Injury-time agony keeps McClaren's side in drop zone

Tom Cleverley
Tom Cleverley

Tom Cleverley scored a dramatic late winner for Everton to keep Newcastle United in the relegation zone.

Cleverley's dramatic headed goal, scored deep into injury time, condemned Steve McClaren's side to a 1-0 defeat at St James's Park this evening.

The strike also stopped United from climbing out of the Premier League's relegation zone.

They had dropped into the bottom three before kick-off time after Swansea City beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0.

And the club will stay there until Monday, when they take on West Brom at The Hawthorns, at the earliest.

In the first half Newcastle struggled to get a kick against a dominant Everton side, though they were resilient defensively.

Ayoze Perez

Ayoze Perez

United didn't trouble visiting goalkeeper Tim Howard until late in the match, which was played on a sodden surface at St James's Park after 24 hours of rain on Tyneside.

Newcastle had Rob Elliot to thank before the break, with the goalkeeper having kept Roberto Martinez's team at bay.

Everton also felt they should have had a penalty after Romelu Lukaku went down under a challenge from United captain Fabricio Coloccini, but erratic referee Lee Mason waved play on.

They continued to pressure their hosts after the interval – Elliot denied Lukaku with his feet – though United did at least create a couple of chances themselves in a second-half rally.

Rob Elliot and Romelu Lukaku

Rob Elliot and Romelu Lukaku

Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, recalled to the starting XI with Papiss Cisse injured, put a header wide, while midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum forced a fine save from Howard in the 76th minute.

And Mitrovic's miss proved to be costly.

Cleverley reacted quickest to a punched clearance from Elliot in the third minute of added time.

The midfielder's looping header beat Elliot to claim all three points for the visitors, who had been the better team over the 90 minutes.

Mason called time on the contest at the restart.

There was chanting for former United goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, in a coma in his native Czech Republic are suffering a heart attack while running, throughout the game and during the interval.

Srnicek's family hope to play a recording of the chant to him at his bedside.

NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez (Thauvin, 87), Mitrovic. Subs not used: Darlow, Mbabu, Tiote, Gouffran, de Jong, Toney.

EVERTON: Howard, Baines, Funes Mori, Stones, Coleman, Barry, Cleverley, Mirallas (Osman, 85), Barkley (Deulofeu, 69), Lennon (Besic, 69), Lukaku. Subs not used: Joel, Gibson, Kone, Galloway.

Goal: Cleverley 90

Bookings: Janmaat 11, Barry 36, Barkley 63, Colback 82.

Referee: Lee Mason (Bolton)

Attendance: 51,682