From villain, to hero, to scapegoat

From villain, to hero, to scapegoat

This will have been a game Jordan Pickford had been looking forward to for a while and it will be one he will not forget in a hurry as the England goalkeeper found himself in the eye of a storm on Tyneside.

Rarely has a player lurched from crestfallen villain to gloating hero to humilated scapegoat in the space of one afternoon. The former Sunderland goalkeeper thought he had won Everton the game but ended up on the losing side after Marco Silva’s side squandered a two-goal lead in a breathtaking contest on Tyneside.

Pickford will probably be able to laugh about this eventually, but not for a while. No Everton player will be able to smile for a bit. They had the game won at half-time and somehow contrived to throw it all away. As for Pickford, he should have been watching all the late drama from the dressing room, not playing a part in helping Newcastle back into it.

Everton had been the better team, fluid and threatening whenever they broke into the Newcastle half and had taken a deserved lead when Lucas Digne’s cross was glanced in by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who got above Newcastle’s captain Jamaal Lascelles.

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