Newcastle’s win over Everton ‘felt like a new dawn’, says Jermaine Jenas
Newcastle United’s efficiency versus Everton on Saturday “felt like a brand-new dawn”, according to previous Magpies midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
Newcastle ended an 11-game winless streak with a 2-0 victory over the Toffees at Goodison Park as Callum Wilson scored two times.
Pressure had increase on supervisor Steve Bruce following a run of nine defeats and two draws in all competitions given that their 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on December 12.
Wilson eased the pressure with a well-taken header from a corner, before beating Jordan Pickford one-on-one late on to secure a crucial three points.
The Magpies are in 16th location, 8 points clear of Fulham in the last relegation spot, and Jenas thinks the performance might show to be a turning point for Bruce and his side.
” It was a various group today. I thoroughly took pleasure in enjoying them,” he said on BBC’s Match of the Day.
” I’m not going to lie, it has been tough sometimes. They played some truly good things today, the midfield functioned actually well.
” [Jonjo] Shelvey, [Jeff] Hendrick and [Isaac] Hayden offered fantastic options on the ball. They had great deals of runners and energy in the group. The quality from Shelvey was really obvious. Lewis revealed excellent energy, which was a running style in the very first half.
” They pressed high up the pitch, they win it and have a possibility to rating. It reveals they can do it. When they were under pressure, they played more on the counter-attack.
” Fraser and Almiron were terrific today. Credit to Steve Bruce and his group, it seemed like a new dawn to me.”
Although it was a strong group performance, there was no doubt who the star of the show was for Newcastle.
Wilson had actually not scored for Newcastle given that the 1-1 draw with Fulham on December 19, but he returned to form with two well-taken objectives versus Everton.
” He was very good today,” said former Arsenal striker Ian Wright.
” It was intriguing listening to him stating he requires to discover space, he hadn’t scored in eight video games but he wasn’t stressed over it. When you see his very first objective, I was surprised about the space he did have. Calvert-Lewin has him here, a great header of the ball but he escapes which’s a caution.
” This time, no one picks him up and it’s a fantastic header and he’s their most potent player. He said he needs to have scored a hat-trick and I think for this one (where he rounds Pickford), possibly he needs to fall over and aim for the near post, he runs out of room, attempts to dink it in and strikes the post.
” On this one (the 2nd goal), it’s bad from Jordan Pickford. Wilson takes a bad touch, he comes out however stops and then he has lots of time to complete it.
” David Seeman used to say ‘if you take a bad touch, that’s my opportunity to close you’ so if he looks up, he can’t see the angle. Pickford is all over the location.”