WATCH: Highlights of Everton 1-0 Newcastle in the Premier League

Theo Walcott’s second-half winner against Newcastle moved Everton up to eighth – their highest position in the Premier League table since August. In the first match since Everton fans were asked by their club to rate manager Sam Allardyce out of 10, Walcott’s strike six minutes after the interval at Goodison Park elevated them to a place they had not been in since the second game of the season. The 1-0 victory also ended Newcastle’s four-match winning streak and prevented Rafael Benitez’s side from leapfrogging the Toffees in the standings.…

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez points to spending gap after Everton defeat

Rafa Benitez said Newcastle should not have expected to beat Everton, given the difference in transfer spending between the two clubs. In January alone, the Toffees spent £47m on strikers Theo Walcott and Cenk Tosun, while the Magpies made three loan signings in Kenedy, Islam Slimani and Martin Dubravka. It was Walcott who turned out to be the match-winner as Newcastle were beaten 1-0 on Monday Night Football and ended their run of four successive Premier League victories. Following the game, Benitez said it was impossible for his side to…

Is Theo Walcott set for a new position at Everton? The MNF panel discuss…

Theo Walcott was named Man of the Match after his second-half strike secured Everton a 1-0 win against Newcastle on Monday Night Football, but could he be set for a change of position at Goodison Park? Thierry Henry, Roberto Martinez and Walcott discuss… Walcott started the night on the right flank, a position he has long been associated with throughout his career, but it was a switch to the left in the second half against Newcastle that yielded reward for the Toffees. Yannick Bolasie’s 51st-minute cross from the right picked…

WATCH: MNF Twitter Q&A with Thierry Henry and Roberto Martinez

Thierry Henry and Roberto Martinez answer your questions in the latest Monday Night Football Twitter Q&A session. With the pair currently in charge of the Belgium national team, Martinez was questioned about how he developed his coaching philosophy as well as the inspirations behind it. Everton were in action as they beat Newcastle 1-0 and having previously took charge of the club, Martinez was also questioned on what – if anything – he would have done differently at Goodison Park and if Ross Barkley was the most talented player he…

LISTEN: MNF podcast – Thierry Henry and Roberto Martinez

Listen to the MNF podcast Roberto Martinez and Thierry Henry joined Dave Jones in the MNF studio to discuss Everton 1-0 Newcastle in the Premier League. It was Theo Walcott’s strike that decided the match at Goodison Park, with the performance of the forward analysed by the pundits after the game after he switched to the left wing in the second half. Everton defender Seamus Coleman also came in for praise from his former manager Martinez after a superb clearance in the final minute of injury time. The pair also…

Jurgen Klopp compares Liverpool blitz-mentality to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s semi final is not a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity Jurgen Klopp has likened Liverpool’s habit of blowing teams away in concentrated spells to Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United sides. Liverpool scored three goals in 19 first-half minutes to take their Champions League quarter-final tie away from Manchester City, ultimately winning the tie 5-1 on aggregate. Klopp looks set to employ a similar tactic when they welcome Roma to Anfield for their semi-final first leg on Tuesday, after admitting he wants to use it to the same effect as…

Gary Cahill targets England World Cup squad after Chelsea return

Gary Cahill says ‘everything is a possibility’ regarding his England future Gary Cahill has refused to give up hope of going to the World Cup with England this summer, saying “everything is a possibility”. The Chelsea captain helped his side book a place in the FA Cup final against Manchester United, playing the full 90 minutes in Saturday’s 2-0 win over Southampton at Wembley. Gareth Southgate omitted Cahill from his most recent squad for the March friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy. However, after starting Chelsea’s last four games, Cahill…

Sam Allardyce: When does every fan like the manager?

Sam Allardyce defended his record as Everton manager amid criticism from supporters over the team’s style of play following their 1-0 win over Newcastle on Monday Night Football. Theo Walcott’s 51st-minute strike was enough to separate the two sides with Everton moving into eighth place in the Premier League table as a result. It was far from a vintage performance from Everton with Walcott’s goal their only shot on target and it is statistics like those that have been used as ammunition from Allardyce’s critics, including those inside Goodison Park.…

Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Levante: Enis Bardhi’s double move visitors closer to La Liga safety

Jose Luis Morales scored in Levante’s 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbao Enis Bardhi scored from two free-kicks in three minutes to drag Levante to the brink of La Liga safety with a 3-1 win at Athletic Bilbao. The Macedonia midfielder’s double secured a vital away victory, creating a nine-point cushion over third-bottom Deportivo La Coruna with four games to play. Jose Luis Morales sealed the win with a last-minute strike laid on by Chema Rodriguez. Bardhi was booked for his celebration for his second strike, as Levante turned a 1-0…

Genoa 3-1 Hellas Verona: Fabio Pecchia’s side edge closer to Serie A relegation after defeat

Romulo scored in Genoa’s 3-1 win against Hellas Verona Genoa nudged Hellas Verona ever close to relegation in Serie A by winning 3-1 at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris. Hellas, who responded to Iuri Medeiros’ early strike with a penalty from Romulo only for substitutes Daniel Bessa and Goran Pandev to score at the death, remain six points from safety. Genoa wasted no time heaping more unwelcome pressure on struggling Verona as Medeiros fired in an opening goal inside seven minutes, the Portuguese driving a precise left-footed shot beyond Nicolas. Not…