The crowd was buzzing and were pushing their team on when Everton winger Anthony Gordon went down in the penalty area following a soft challenge from Newcastle’s mammoth English defender Dan Burn, just before half-time.
A host of players joined in from both teams and the brief melee demonstrated the fighting spirit and the game’s importance in the early days of the season before the referees and supporting staff had to calm things down.
The fans though absolutely loved the bust-up. Twitter is filled with praises for the unity and team spirit shown by the Newcastle United players.
Manager Eddie Howe spoke about the incident to ChronicleLive and was quoted saying “I always say to the players you really have to stand up for each other on the pitch. You have to be like a family on the pitch…I always urge them to stay very emotionally level while also having each other’s backs.”
The hosts eventually ended the 90 minutes with a 1-0 victory and 3 points which propelled them to 6th on the table, just 2 points adrift of 4th place Chelsea.
Everton, on the other hand, dropped down to 15th and just a point above the relegation zone after failing to muster anything from their last 3 matches.
The Magpies certainly were up for the task against the physical side from Merseyside. They now have kept 5 clean sheets and leaked the fewest goals in the division with 9.
Credits have been showered on the manager since he took over with quality signings, shrewd tactics, improvement of specific players & a long-missing fighting spirit, which is paving the way for a possible top-4 finish by the end of May.
Fortunes have certainly been in favour of Newcastle United after the takeover of the club by a consortium consisting of PCP Capital Partners, Reuben Brothers and the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia in October last year.