Everton 3 Newcastle 2

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At Goodison Park



Everton 3 (Lukaku 5, 37; Barkley 25)

Newcastle United 2 (Cabaye 51; Remy 89)



Newcastle United were left to rue a poor first half performance as they suffered a 3-2 defeat away at Everton on Monday night in the Barclays Premier League.


The Magpies found themselves three down after 37 minutes at Goodison Park, as Romelu Lukaku bagged a brace and starlet Ross Barkley was also on target for the rampant hosts.


It was no more than they deserved but United hit back after the break and were much improved. Yoan Gouffran struck the post before substitute Yohan Cabaye found the top corner from 30 yards to offer a lifeline.


Loic Remy then netted from close range with seconds remaining but they were unable to force a dramatic late leveller and left Merseyside empty-handed.


The hosts were ahead inside five minutes. Fabricio Coloccini headed into the path of Mirallas, who raced away from Santon before delivering a low centre which Lukaku - on his home debut - swept under Tim Krul.


And having broken the deadlock, Everton were inches away from doubling their advantage almost immediately. This time Lukaku was the provider, teeing up Barkley for a sweetly-struck drive from the edge of the box which narrowly flew the wrong side of the upright.


Krul then saved smartly with his legs from McCarthy as the Toffees looked to put the result out of reach inside the opening exchanges.


Bakley and Lukaku had been too hot for the Newcastle defence to handle and so it proved again on 25 minutes when Everton made it two with a fine goal.


Lukaku's inch-perfect through ball cut the visitors' rearguard in two and allowed young England midfielder Barkley to take a touch and then wrongfoot Krul with a clinical finish into the bottom corner.


If Everton's first two goals were slick moves, their third - eight minutes before the break - was at the other end of the spectrum; a thing of simplicity.


Goalkeeper Tim Howard sent a huge punt downfield and Lukaku took advantage of hesitation between Coloccini and Krul to nip in, round the keeper and tap into the unguarded net.


It took Newcastle 39 minutes to record their first shot of the evening - a 25-yard Davide Santon free-kick which slammed into the wall, before Hatem Ben Arfa went closer in added-on time with a low effort that Howard had to smartly turn away.


Alan Pardew reacted to a disastrous first half with a double change at the break, replacing Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Hatem Ben Arfa with Mike Williamson and Yohan Cabaye.


And they should have had a foot back in the contest within two minutes of the restart through Gouffran.


Anita's through ball put the Frenchman in behind the Toffees' defence and he cleverly dinked the ball over the onrushing Howard, only to see it bounce agonisingly against the foot of the post and away to safety.


But they made it 3-1 in the 51st minute with a stunning Cabaye strike. Picking up the ball 35 yards from goal there appeared little on, but the substitute took a touch before unleashing a swerving effort which flew into the far top corner past the helpless Howard.


Everton hit back and Krul did well to keep out Barkley's low drive after the midfielder had jinked past a couple of challenges on the edge of the box.


United were starting to make a game of it and Howard had to pluck an Anita shot out of the air before Gouffran dragged one wide from a tight angle.


Pardew rolled the dice for the third and final time in the 69th minute, bringing striker Papiss Cisse on in place of Vurnon Anita and with a minute of normal time remaining they grabbed their second of the game.


Mathieu Debuchy headed a long, diagonal ball back into the danger zone and Remy's persistence paid off, poking the ball past Howard to set up a dramatic finale.


However, it was too little, too late as Newcastle were unable to complete what would have been a remarkable and memorable comeback.



Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, Phil Jagielka (c), Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Kevin Mirallas (Gerard Deulofeu 73), Ross Barkley (Steven Naismith 88), Leon Osman (John Stones 90); Romelu Lukaku


Subs not used: Joel Robles, John Heitinga, Nikica Jelavic, Arouna Kone



Newcastle United (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Mike Williamson 46), Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita (Papiss Cisse 69), Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko; Yoan Gouffran, Loic Remy, Hatem Ben Arfa (Yohan Cabaye 46)


Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Paul Dummett, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi



Referee: Phil Dowd (Staffordshire)


Bookings: Everton - Baines (17), Mirallas (45), Barry (80); Newcastle - Tiote (55)

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