Allardyce hits back at style critics after scrappy Everton win

Perez has scored three goals in his last three games in the Premier League

Perez has scored three goals in his last three games in the Premier League

Sam Allardyce hit back at his critics after Everton beat a "negative" Newcastle United. I want to be capable of competing and if you want to compete in the Premier League or this market, then you have to compete in everything.

Speaking about the survey, Allardyce said: "The controversy was caused by an error by one of our employees, which he obviously realises wasn't the right thing to do".

Allardyce has been under fire for Everton's dour style of play since he was hired in November and fans called for his dismissal following a draw at struggling Swansea City in their previous match. "At the moment his game has improved very, very well over the last four games, which we're very pleased to see".

The result means that Everton move four points ahead of the Magpies and into 8th place, but Newcastle still have a game in hand on the Toffees and sit in 10th place. Yannick Bolasie swung in a cross from deep on the right that dropped kindly for Walcott at the far post, before the winger cut inside and clinically fired into the roof of the net to break the deadlock. Shelvey's corner was headed on by Jamaal Lascelles and Gayle hooked a great chance off target from close range.

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Former Newcastle goalkeeper Given thinks Everton fans should remember the situation they were in before Allardyce took the job and be grateful for the current league position.

Jack McLinden, a 14-year-old who suffers from multiple health conditions and is wheelchair bound, was able to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime mascot experience through the Norwegian-designed telepresence robot, AV1. I just want to repay that to him personally and this team.

Colin Dyer, chief executive of Wellchild, the national charity for seriously ill children and their families, said the technology could help alleviate the sense of isolation.

'If we lose next week they won't be there will they? "We know that feelings of isolation are a common issue for many children and families in this situation".

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