Newcastle 3 – Everton 2
Everton blew it at Newcastle’s St James’ Park on Saturday.
Marco Silva’s side were cruising at the break after goals from Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison.
But Newcastle staged a remarkable second half turnaround to win the five-goal thriller.
Salomon Rondon started the fightback, while Ayoze Perez was the Newcastle hero with a late brace.
Jordan Pickford vs Newcastle’s fans
Much of the post-game analysis has centred on Everton goalie Jordan Pickford.
Should Pickford have been sent off against the Magpies?
The England international gave away a penalty for a rugby tackle on Rondon.
Jordan Pickford's Falcons audition! pic.twitter.com/qMGtXGUYew
— Steve Horn (@SMHorn0768) March 9, 2019
But Pickford managed to avoid a dismissal, and he subsequently saved Matt Ritchie’s spot-kick.
Of course, the game ended badly for Pickford as he conceded three times in the defeat.
As Everton’s stopper walked off the pitch, some Newcastle fans appeared to goad Pickford.
— LFCU23sU18s (@LFCU23sU18s) March 9, 2019
As they targeted the keeper, Pickford reacted.
In video which is being shared on social media, Pickford rocked his head from side to side in what many perceived as a ‘come, get some’ gesture towards the Newcastle fans.
England No.1s pic.twitter.com/rltauayUEQ
— Marco Silva (@MrMarcoSilva) March 10, 2019
Social media reaction
'He makes too many ricks, he's not an England goalkeeper!'
Jordan Pickford has come in for a lot of criticism as Newcastle come from behind against Everton. pic.twitter.com/R7ToERRqK8
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) March 9, 2019
Newcastle fans taunt Jordan Pickford with “He’s only got little arms”
— Football Mumble (@football_mumble) December 5, 2018
Pickford – “I won’t blunder like Alisson”
Alisson and 17 clean sheets later……
— 〽️ (@Riddock__) March 9, 2019
Jordan Pickford has been average all season. Be interesting to know Gareth Southgate's thoughts on someone who has been his undisputed number one. Best way to describe his mentality has been frantic. No calming influence whatsoever.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) March 9, 2019