Dominic Calvert-Lewin says the nature of Everton’s defeat at Newcastle United was “extremely disappointing” – with the striker unable to draw any consolation from scoring his sixth Premier League goal from 12 starts this term.
Calvert-Lewin headed in a cross from Lucas Digne on 18 minutes to give Everton a lead they fully merited following an enterprising opening at St James' Park.
And shortly after Jordan Pickford kept out Matt Ritchie’s 31st-minute penalty, Richarlison tapped in from close range to put Everton two goals up.
Salomon Rondon’s volleyed finish with 25 minutes remaining provided Newcastle with renewed optimism, however, and Ayoze Perez scored twice inside three minutes late in the contest to win it for the home team.
“It is extremely disappointing, we were so comfortable in the first half but did not stick to the game plan after half-time,” said Calvert-Lewin.
“We knew they would come out fast [after the break] and it was disappointing to not see the game out.
“We were in control but stopped doing the things which earned us that two-goal cushion.
“Once they scored, the momentum of the game changed and we cannot let that happen.
“We should have gone on to score the third goal and after the first-half performance it looked like we might.
“I know it will have been tough for the travelling fans to watch and it was extremely disappointing for us.”
Calvert-Lewin was close to adding to his tally when he fizzed a shot narrowly past the upright minutes after Rondon’s goal.
Indeed, Everton threatened consistently before half-time. Gylfi Sigurdsson had a shot saved by Martin Dubravka and another blocked by defender Florian Lejeune.
Sigurdsson also had a penalty shout refused by referee Lee Mason four minutes before the interval.
And Newcastle recovered to claim the three points with three goals inside 20 minutes, Spaniard Perez striking from close range to equalise and repeating the feat with six minutes left on the clock.
Calvert-Lewin, then, gleaned little satisfaction from his own excellent performance. The 21-year-old’s goal followed hot on the heels of an excellent strike at Cardiff City 11 days ago. He has eight from 15 starts in all competitions this season.
“I definitely feel I have done okay in the past few games and I got on the scoresheet – but it is in vain today because we did not get the three points,” added Calvert-Lewin.
“The result is what matters and although it is nice to get on the scoresheet, we did not get the win.
“All of us have to look at our performances and see where it went wrong.
“After a good first half it is a disappointing way to end the game and we can only look to put it right next week [against Chelsea at Goodison Park on Sunday]."