Callum Wilson has dropped Carlo Ancelotti’s bid to return to the top of the league – and Everton will fall further on this evidence.
The Newcastle striker’s double was six in his seven league games, but he left the pitch five minutes later because he wanted a hat-trick.
Missing Mercedes, the key players including James Rodriguez, let the early season standards scatter their.
Everton were open on the ball and lacked punches in clear chances against the home side which was sluggish for the first 500 minutes.
It’s a shock for Ancelotti and a big test against Manchester United next week. More will then be known about their top four, or top six credentials.
Ancelotti admitted: “It was not a good performance.”
A rainbow appeared over St. James Park as Wilson re-golded with his opener for Steve Bruce.
He converted a penalty in the 56th minute to break the deadlock in the pedestrian game as Newcastle took charge of the late-on.
He has a nice head against the goal, but he’s also an insect around defenders and kicks himself on the spot.
Showing a stern movement he pushed forward in front of Andre Gomes as he took a swing on Sean Longstaff’s under-heat near the post corner. The Everton man broke Wilson’s calf and opened it on the side of the house.
Wilson said: “We worked to cross a nearby post. I saw his leg flutter and I got smarter and let him kick me.
“There was a delay, I thought about changing things, but I kept cool.”
Jerry Meena tried to cut him off but Bruce said: “It’s nonsense. The biggest way to tell you is the score, which he did. “
He scored five goals in the final 30 games for Bournemouth Wilson, but lost in just seven games at his new club, finding a 20 million deal.
Wilson’s second point came with six minutes to seal and a chance to save any issue for Everton.
Sub Ryan Fraser injected the motion down the left side of the bx, firing into the cross that takes the deflection and looping over the back post.
S Potcher Wilson was on the spot to tap into his easiest finish of the season. He was denied a hat-trick when he was replaced, and he was shaking his head, even more hungry, as he stepped forward.
He added: “It felt good to get another; I was disappointed when I got five minutes left with a hat trick pending.
“We felt absolutely solid and we can build on that platform. Scoring at home is nice, but you want to celebrate with the fans.”
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Wills have now equaled Jonjo Shelvi’s equ throat who led the goal charts for Toon last season.
Showing six minutes of injury time, Evert lifted himself up to find solace and a little late hope.
Alex Ewobi whipped from the right wing and Dominic Curvert Levert-Levin on a great cross for his eighth season in the Premier League.
It’s made for a nervous finish, with visitors enthusiastically equalizing exactly what was missing from their opening game.
Bruce added: “It wasn’t much of a spectacle in the first half but once we got to the goal … it’s all a good day’s work for us.”
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