Newcastle came out in their customary 5-2-3 with Hayden and Ritchie as the wing-backs. Almiron was on the right and Atsu on the left of Joelinton.
The game started very frantically with both teams pushing forward but being very sloppy in possession. Everton started to find some rhythm at around the 15-minute mark but still only managed a few efforts on goal.
Newcastle were shaky on the ball with both Longstaff brothers being far too indecisive and losing possession often.
Then Everton grabbed the lead in the 30th minute. Bernardo chipped the ball to Moise Kean, who had made a run into the box. The Italian got a shot away, and Dubravka didn’t do enough as the ball slid into the net under him.
Newcastle didn’t take their first shot until the 42nd minute on a Joelinton header from Isaac Hayden’s cross. It was the best Newcastle looked all night as they finally were able to string more than two passes together in the lead up to Isaac’s delivery.
Steve Bruce may want to bring Jonjo Shelvey on to start the second half. Everton have clearly been the better side, but they have been far from their best.
If Bruce can find something in the final third, Newcastle can still come away with a result, but a lot of improvement in possession is required