Howe hails ‘magical’ Saint-Maximin in victory over Everton

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Eddie Howe has described the display of forward Allan Saint-Maximin as ‘magical’ in their victory over Everton, as Lampard says the French player was unplayable.

Newcastle manager Eddie Howe hail his forward Allan Saint-Maximin after an incredible display against Everton in the Premier League.

The Magpies got another victory after the defeated Frank Lampard’s Everton 3-1 in their latest match last night.

After the game Howe described Allan Saint-Maximin’s man-of-the-match display against Everton as “magical”, while Frank Lampard said the Frenchman was “unplayable”.

Saint-Maximin set up Ryan Fraser for Newcastle’s second goal as they beat Everton 3-1 to move out of the relegation zone and intensify pressure on the visitors by moving to within a point of the Toffees.

The forward topped the charts for dribbles (13), ten of which were successful and won 14 of his 22 duels. He helped create three chances, had two shots on target and ten touches in the opposition box.

Everton had no answer for Saint-Maximin all night – the Newcastle forward could have had two more assists had Joelinton’s finishing been better – and it showed with both managers picking him out for praise after the game.

“Allan was his magical best tonight, such a difficult player to play when he is in that mood,” said Newcastle boss Howe.

Howe also told BT Sport: “He’s such a special player. We’ve seen in the last few weeks that he’s got better and better since I’ve been here. I’m delighted with his performance today, he’s a real threat and he’s someone I’d hate to play against personally because you just can’t predict what he’s going to do.

“But he’s a match winner, and we’re going to need him at this level for the rest of the season.”

Everton boss Frank Lampard added: “Saint-Maximin on a night like this evening is pretty unplayable at any level of football.”

It was the first time Newcastle had won back-to-back games in the Premier League this season, and Howe hopes it will prove to be a real springboard for the remainder of the season.

“It is a big result for us because it was back-to-back wins,” Howe said.

“Consecutive wins in the Premier League are rare – they can change your status and elevate the club, but we have to stay calm and focus on the next game.

“There is a good feeling in the dressing room, confidence levels are building. Our navigating of the game in tight situations has improved. I hope to see a big psychological effect from this win.”

 

Source: Skysports

 

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