By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
At St. James' Park
Newcastle United 0
Everton 3 (Barkley 22, Lukaku 52, Osman 88)
Newcastle United suffered a 3-0 Barclays Premier League home defeat against Everton on Tuesday night.
A wonder goal from young Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley put the visitors in the driving seat at the break, before Romelu Lukaku and Leon Osman added to the tally in the second period.
Three points were no more than the visitors deserved, having dominated for large spells at St. James' Park.
United's best period came in the opening exchanges, when Luuk de Jong, Papiss Cisse and Yoan Gouffran all went close, but it was Everton who broke the deadlock - Barkley setting off on a mazy run from the halfway line before eventually firing home from close range.
The second half was just seven minutes old when Lukaku struck, converting the outstanding Gerard Deulofeu's cross at the near post, and although Newcastle offered a brief rally, Osman settled the contest with time running out.
It was a disappointing night for the Magpies, who will be looking to bounce back when they travel to Southampton on Saturday.
Less than two minutes had elapsed when United fired the first warning shot. The ball broke kindly to de Jong on the edge of the area, who controlled on his chest before seeing his shot deflected over the top by Seamus Coleman.
From the resulting corner, Cisse and Gouffran both tried - and failed - to scramble the ball home from close range, thanks to some heroic Toffees defending.
Everton responded and forced a flurry of corners before Magpies keeper Tim Krul was called into action to make an outstanding stop to deny Lukaku.
A slick passing move ended with Leon Osman threading an inch-perfect pass into the feet of the big Belgian. His first touch took him away from Fabricio Coloccini and his second looked to be an almost certain goal.
But Krul had other ideas, spreading his legs wide to make a brilliant reflex block, keeping the sides level.
The deadlock was broken, however, just minutes later through England starlet Barkley.
Breaking from a Newcastle corner, Barkley picked up the ball around the halfway line and proceeded to run, and run, and run; racing past a handful of bodies before eventually slamming a left-footed shot hight into the roof of the net from six yards out.
On 38 minutes, Williamson threatened to break his United duck after connecting with Moussa Sissoko's low cross, but the centre-back's drive was comfortable for visiting stopper Tim Howard.
Just as they had in the first, Newcastle created an opening early in the second period, with Gouffran hooking a half-volley over the top after good approach play from de Jong and Sissoko.
But it was Everton who struck the second blow of the evening on 52 minutes through Lukaku.
Leon Osman spread a ball out to the dangerous Deulofeu wide on the right and - not for the first time - the Spaniard delivered a brilliant ball into the danger zone, which was converted at the near post by Lukaku.
It almost paid dividends straight away, with United brighter going forward and Gouffran not too far away with an ambitious angled volley from the edge of the area.
At the other end, Krul kept out a Lukaku effort that was heading for the top corner, before Newcastle's best chance of the evening came and went on 78 minutes,
Ben Arfa wriggled clear of a clutch of challenges before slotting the ball across the face of goal. Anita, now deployed at right-back, met it at the far post but somehow skewed his shot wide when he should have almost certainly halved the deficit.
The home side kept pushing though and Howard clawed a Cisse header out of the top corner but Everton put the result beyond any doubt two minutes from time when Lukaku laid the ball into the path of Osman, and the long-serving midfielder did the rest, finding the top corner in style.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (Sylvain Marveaux 75), Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran (Shola Ameobi 90); Luuk de Jong (Hatem Ben Arfa 58), Papiss Cisse
Everton (4-2-3-1): Tim Howard; Seamus Coleman, John Stones, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; James McCarthy, Gareth Barry; Leon Osman (c), Ross Barkley (Steven Naismith 82), Gerard Deulofeu; Romelu Lukaku
Subs not used: Joel Robles, Luke Garbutt, Antolin Alcaraz, Tyias Browning, Aiden McGeady, Kevin Mirallas
Referee: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester)
Bookings: Newcastle - none; Everton - Barry (64)
Attendance: 47,266 (1,850 Everton)