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Gordon helps Newcastle flash past Reds

2023-12-03 HKT 06:30
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  • Anthony Gordon scores Newcastle's winner from close range. Photo: AP
    Anthony Gordon scores Newcastle's winner from close range. Photo: AP
Anthony Gordon scored the winner as Newcastle held off a frenzied late push by Manchester United in a 1-0 Premier League victory over their top-four rivals on a chilly night at St James' Park on Saturday.

Eddie Howe's team climbed above Manchester United into fifth in the table on 26 points after 14 games as Erik ten Hag's side dropped to seventh on 24 points.

Gordon scored his sixth goal of the Premier League season in the 55th minute when Kieran Trippier played a ball across the six-yard box after Manchester lost possession in midfield.

Miguel Almiron narrowly missed getting to the ball for before a wide-open Trippier swept it in from the back post for Gordon to score.

Newcastle dominated the match, peppering United keeper Andre Onana with 22 shots compared with the visitors' seven.

Manchester United pressed for a late equaliser with a flurry of chances including Harry Maguire's headed effort that was ruled out for offside.

In the other late-night game, Dwight McNeil scored his first goal of the season to give Everton a precious three points with a 1-0 away win at Nottingham Forest that moved them off the bottom of the Premier League table.

Everton created the better chances and finally converted one of them when the ball fell to NcNeil at the back post and he drilled his shot into the net from a tight angle.

The Merseyside club moved to 18th in the table with seven points from 14 games. Had it not been for the 10-point deduction they were hit with for breaching Premier League profitability and sustainability rules they would be in 11th place above Chelsea. Everton on Friday lodged an appeal against the points sanction, the biggest in Premier League history.

For Forest, the defeat will add to the pressure on manager Steve Cooper with his side having won one of their last 10 games as they lie in 15th place with 13 points from 14 games.

"Our mentality was excellent," Everton manager Sean Dyche told the BBC. "It’s a restart. It’s a step in the right direction, but there are plenty more steps to go." (Reuters)

Gordon helps Newcastle flash past Reds