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Wilson brace condemns Everton to second successive league loss

Wilson against Everton
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Callum Wilson bagged a brace to give Newcastle a 2-1 win over Everton. The Toffees have now recorded two successive losses in the league.

Everton missed the chance to return to the top of the Premier League as Callum Wilson scored twice to give Newcastle a first win in three matches.

Former Bournemouth forward Wilson opened the scoring – converting a penalty he had won after being fouled by Andre Gomes – and then tapped in a second from Ryan Fraser’s looping cross.

Jordan Pickford was dropped by Carlo Ancelotti and replaced in goal by Swedish goalkeeper Robin Olsen.

Explaining Pickford’s omission in a quote posted on the club’s Twitter account, Ancelotti said: “I just want to give Jordan a rest for this game and to give an opportunity to Olsen, to have minutes.

“Jordan will be back for the next game against Manchester United.”

The result means Everton remain second, three points behind Liverpool, while the Magpies move up to 10th.

After a pretty bland first half, the game sparked into life in the second period.

And Newcastle, who had taken a point from their two previous matches, had Wilson to thank for their victory.

Steve Bruce’s side could have added to their tally but Sean Longstaff’s powerful close-range effort was brilliantly saved by Robin Olsen.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s late goal was not enough to prevent Ancelotti and Everton from losing consecutive league games for the first time since September 2014, when he was in charge of Real Madrid.