Kurt Zouma refused to dwell on missed alternatives after Everton had been held to a irritating 1-1 draw by Newcastle on Wednesday.

Everton did climb again as much as sixth within the Premier League after recovering from the shock of conceding early to the defence-minded Newcastle facet at Goodison Park, however they spurned some gilt-edged probabilities to assert victory.

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Marco Silva’s facet, who had been hoping to bounce again after Sunday’s agonising last-gasp derby defeat at Liverpool, are eight factors behind fifth-placed Arsenal forward of this weekend’s conflict with Watford.

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“Everyone is disillusioned with the end result,” Zouma mentioned. “Sadly we could not rating a second one.

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“We conceded a purpose with the one probability they’d within the first half. Then they stayed compact, tried to defend and maintain the factors.

“I feel we had been a bit unfortunate, particularly within the first half. We may have scored extra targets, however we scored one, we got here again within the sport. That’s crucial factor, however we have to get again to profitable methods as shortly as attainable.”

Newcastle’s breaks had been uncommon, however, with Salomon Rondon up entrance, they’d a innovative. Rondon opened the scoring together with his third purpose in 4 video games when he slid on to Jacob Murphy’s high quality cross within the 19th minute.

Richarlison levelled for Everton earlier than the break, moments after he had pressured a save from Martin Dubravka and Ademola Lookman had a penalty attraction declined.

Silva couldn’t disguise his frustration on the touchline as Everton toiled in opposition to Newcastle (Getty Photos)

Everton, nevertheless, had been left questioning how they didn’t lead on the interval after additional probabilities fell to Gylfi Sigurdsson and Cenk Tosun. A spilt-second delay from Sigurdsson allowed Federico Fernadez to supply a high quality block, whereas Tosun was denied by a shocking point-blank save from Dubrakva.

The depth of the sport dropped within the second half as Newcastle sat deep, however the guests nearly snatched a late win as Christian Atsu examined Jordan Pickford.

Atsu, who had a mortgage spell at Everton 4 years in the past, mentioned: “I’ve been ready to have my probability once more and I used to be a bit disillusioned I could not rating as a result of I used to be mentally ready to attain.

“I had mentioned to myself I needed to rating on this sport. I had the possibilities and I could not rating, however I’ll maintain working laborious in coaching to see what occurs.”

Newcastle, taking part in amid contemporary discuss of a takeover on the membership, had been glad sufficient with the end result, which lifted them 4 factors away from the underside three.

Ghana midfielder Atsu mentioned: “This was an excellent sport for each groups. We drew so we’ve numerous positives. It’s a massive encouragement for us.

“We simply maintain working laborious as a group. The way in which we defended, the best way we attacked was excellent.

“In opposition to Everton, to play like this and create probabilities is a optimistic end result for us.”

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