Miguel Almiron strike ensures Newcastle win over toothless Everton

Newcastle United forward Miguel Almiron scored a superb first-half goal to secure a 1-0 win over toothless Everton in their Premier League fixture at St James' Park on Wednesday.

Paraguay international Almiron shot from the edge of the box into the top corner as the sixth-placed home side took their fourth win of the season and moved to 18 points from 11 games.

Everton, who welcomed striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin to the starting line-up for the first time this season, lost three in a row, but lacked the quality of the ball that plagued the hosts.

"It is a massive win for us," Newcastle captain Kieran Trippier told Amazon Prime.

"We've had a good spell recently and we want to keep pushing up the league and competing at the top of the table."

"We didn't perform to our best today but we ground out the result."

Newcastle winger Jacob Murphy fired above the crossbar with an early effort from the edge of the box before Calvert-Lewin headed over from a corner from what was Everton's only real chance.

Bruno Guimaraes scored twice outside the posts minutes into the opening minute as Newcastle led by more than a goal going into half-time before conceding most of possession in the second period. It may have been, but it never seemed to concede.

Newcastle travel to Tottenham Hotspur for their next fixture on Sunday after an increasingly desperate Everton, who are slipping down the table, host Crystal Palace the day before.