Eddie Howe attempted to downplay the altercation that broke out on the field following Newcastle United’s 3-0 loss to Everton this evening.
Following the game at Goodison Park, several players from both teams had to be pulled apart near the center circle, which resulted in some ugly scenes.
Howe didn’t think the incident was a big deal, even though Joelinton and James Tarkowski were at the center of the fight and Bruno Guimaraes and Jordan Pickford were the main mediators.
After a game, our emotions were naturally high—we weren’t happy with how we played. But I doubt there are any issues.
Newcastle was tied at one goal in the 79th minute, but they gave up three goals after that as they ran out of gas and paid for a series of individual mistakes, the most significant two of which were made by Kieran Trippier.
“The game was there for us to win in the second half,” Howe stated. Even though I didn’t think we played very well, I thought the first half was evenly balanced.
In the second half, I thought the team had a lot more left in them. The game’s momentum was altered by our first-half goal, which I thought we played much better and had them pinned. We had a frustrating evening because we felt like we missed out.