Wayne Rooney scores only goal as Everton consign Newcastle to another defeat

Wayne Rooney’s 10th goal of the season condemned Newcastle to a seventh defeat in eight Premier League outings as the home fans prayed for Mike Ashley’s exit from St James’ Park.

Rooney pounced on goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s 27th-minute error to stab home the only goal of the game in a first half which saw the Magpies, who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off in stoppage time, hit both posts.

Rafael Benitez’s men enjoyed the better of the game for long periods in front of a crowd of 51,042, many of whom arrived having read reports that prospective owner Amanda Staveley is close to agreeing a £300million deal with owner Ashley to end his controversial 10-year-plus reign.

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