After Newcastle United’s loss to Everton, it all began at full time, and Jordan Pickford was obviously involved.
Every time Newcastle plays Everton, the former Sunderland goalie is made fun of, but he never hesitates to return the favor.
Pickford has acknowledged in the past that the Newcastle crowd can affect his play, so it comes as no surprise that the Toon supporters try their hardest to annoy him when they play.
Regretfully, on Thursday night, Everton and Pickford came out on top. At Goodison Park, his team triumphed 3-0, thanks to two uncharacteristic errors from Kieran Trippier that gave the Toffees the advantage.
Not much went well for Newcastle that evening. There was a little brawl on the pitch right after the full-time whistle, and Anthony Gordon had a difficult time making his way back to Merseyside.
What transpired following Newcastle’s defeat by Everton at full time
James Tarkowski, Pickford, Fabian Schar, Bruno Guimaraes, and Joelinton were among the players involved; the Newcastle players were infuriated with Everton’s captain.
John Anderson, a BBC Newcastle pundit and former Toon defender, has now clarified why it all appeared to start.
What Jordan Pickford did to infuriate the players at Newcastle
After Newcastle’s 3-0 loss to Everton, Anderson gave an explanation of what Pickford did to make Bruno and the others furious.
Pickford praised the supporters of Newcastle, he said.
That’s where it all began.
“He and them are in love with each other. They finally get him, and you have to admit that we’ve beaten him in recent years.
“He’s taken a small revenge tonight, if you want to call it that.”
Pickford vs. Newcastle will never end well.
Pickford is incredibly easy to wind up, but he can also wind up the Newcastle supporters with ease.
Was what he did the right thing to do? Most likely not, but after taking so much flak throughout the game, he has every right to reply.
That was bound to occur eventually. Particularly in the match against Newcastle, he is not the kind of guy to let his football speak for itself.
The post-match scenes were not to everyone’s taste, but it was inevitable given the flammable elements involved.
It should act as something of a warm-up for Eddie Howe’s team’s FA Cup match against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light next month.