April 14, 2024

It all kicked off at full time after Newcastle United’s defeat to Everton, and unsurprisingly Jordan Pickford was involved.

The former Sunderland goalkeeper is always the subject of ridicule whenever Newcastle take on Everton, while he is never afraid to give a bit back.

Pickford has previously admitted that the Newcastle crowd can have an impact on his performance, so it is no surprise that the Toon supporters do their best to irritate him whenever they go head-to-head.

Sadly, it was Everton and Pickford who had the last laugh on Thursday night. His side won 3-0 at Goodison Park, with Kieran Trippier making two out of character mistakes to hand the Toffees victory.

It was a night where not much went right for Newcastle. Anthony Gordon struggled on his return to Merseyside, while the full time whistle was immediately followed by a bit of a scuffle on the pitch.

What happened at full time after Newcastle lost to Everton

The likes of Bruno Guimaraes, Joelinton, Fabian Schar, Pickford and James Tarkowski were all involved, with the Newcastle players absolutely furious with Everton’s number one.

Now former Toon defender and BBC Newcastle commentator John Anderson has explained why it all seemed to kick off.

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What Jordan Pickford did that enraged the Newcastle players

Following Newcastle’s 3-0 defeat to Everton, Anderson explained what Pickford did that led to Bruno and co becoming enraged.

“Pickford applauded the Newcastle fans,” he said.

“That’s what started it all.

“There’s no love lost between him and them. They wind him up and you have to say in recent years we’ve had the better of him.

“Tonight he’s exacted a bit of revenge if you want to call it that.”

Newcastle vs Pickford is never going to end nicely

Pickford is so easy to wind up, but it is also so easy for him to wind up the Newcastle fans.

Should he have done what he did? Probably not, but he has every right to respond after getting so much abuse throughout the game.

It was always going to happen. He is not the type of character to just let his football do the talking, especially against Newcastle.

The post-match scenes were unsavoury, but the combustible elements involved meant it was always going to happen.

It should serve as a bit of a warmup for next month’s Tyne Wear derby, as Eddie Howe’s side prepare to take on Sunderland in the FA Cup at the Stadium Of Light.

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