MATCH REPORTS

United Held By Everton

Newcastle v Everton

Newcastle Utd 1: Bellamy 4
Everton 1: Carsley 56

Final Update: 90mins (2pm kick-off)

United: Given, Hughes, Bramble, Taylor, Bernard, Jenas, Bowyer (Ameobi 81), Dyer, Robert, Kluivert, Bellamy  Subs (not used): Harper, Milner, Ambrose, Brittain

Everton: Martyn, Pistone, Stubbs, Weir, Hibbert, Kilbane, Gravesen, Cahill (Watson 85), Osman, Bent (Ferguson 87), Carsley  Subs (not used): Wright, McFadden, Yobo

Referee: Neale Barry

GRAEME Souness had to make some changes to his side because o0f injuries for Sunday's visit of Everton.

Steven Taylor made his first start at St. James' Park, lining up at right back with Robbie Elliott (knee) and Ronny Johnsen (groin) both injured. aaron hughes was paired with titus Bramble in the heart of defence

Laurent Robert started in midfield as Nicky Butt (hamstring) was ruled out, while Patrick Kluivert returned to the starting line up at the expense of Shola Ameobi, who had to be content with a place on the bench despite scoring in Europe in midweek. Jermaine Jenas was also recalled after sitting out the game in Sochaux, taking the skipper's armband as James Milner was dropped to the bench while Kieron Dyer was on the right side of midfield at the expense of Darren Ambrose.

Everton had Allesandro Pistone in their side, though fellow Magpies old boys Steve Watson and Duncan Ferguson were both on the bench.

Marcus Bent headed a Tony Hibbert cross onto the roof of the net on two minutes, then at the other end Lee Bowyer shot over the bar at the Leazes End after Dyer broke down the right.

United took the lead on four minutes when Kluivert's superb flick sent Bellamy free and he raced clear into the box before firing past Martyn with a great finish.   

A foul by Osman on Bernard gave United a free kick about 35 yards out on 13 minutes, and Robert's low drive went through the wall but was saved by Martyn who dived to his left to smother the shot.

A shove by Cahill on Jenas on 18 minutes earned the Australian international a yellow card, and Robert's ambitious attempt at a shot from the resulating free kick was blocked by Kilbane.

A minute later another great flick from Kluivert sent Jenas free onj the inside left channel but martyn got a touch to his shot and conceded a corner. Robert's inswinger was half cleared and when the Frenchman put the ball back in Taylor's overhead kick went over the crossbar.

Robert won a corner off Hibbert on 23 minutes on the left side but Everton cleared their lines again. Bowyer then needed treatment after being fouled by Gravesen, and referee Neale Barry then infuriated him by making him leave the field after receiving treatment before coming back on again moments later.

United were playing some great one touch football at this stage of the game, and Stubbs had to concede another flag kick under pressure from Dyer after a good move involving three or four players.

Jenas saw a scissor kick from an acute angle smack off the bar on 28 minutes when Dyer whipped the ball in from the right as United pushed for a second goal, then on the half hour Gravesen got in the way of Bowyer's effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Stubbs hacked a Kluivert effort off the line five minutes before the break after bellamy squared the ball across from the left byeline, then the Everton skipper was in action at the other end when he had a close range effort blocked by Given. The visitors won a corner on the left, and Hughes gave another one away on the opposite when it was floated to the back post. Kluivert headed that one away for a third corner in quick succession, and this time there was a scramble inside the six yard box which ended up with cahill backheeling the ball wide.

Cahill then headed wide from Gravesen's cross from the right on 44 minutes, then Hibbert was booked for a foul on Bernard as the first hald ended with United in front.

David Moyes had his team out on the pitch a good five minutes before United emerged from the dressing room for the start of the second half.

Bramble's foul on Kilbane left the former Sunderland winger in a heap on the left side level with the edge of the box on 48 minutes and earned the United defender a booking, but The magpies defended the free kick well and cleared the danger.

Dyer then won a corner of Gravesen after a good run down the right, and Martyn had to palm Robert's deep flag kick away for another corner. This time the corner was played short and when the ball fell at the feet of Bernard, his angled left fot drive was well saved by the Everton goalkeeper.

Dyer then fired into the sidenetting after Kluivert picked him out with another one of his clever flicks, then Kluivert blazed over the crossbar from the edge of the box after bellamy poked the ball into his path.

A trip by Hughes on Bent three yards outside the box in a central position gave Everton a good chance with a free kick, and after Kilbane stepped over the ball Carsley swerved the ball round the wall and into the top corner.

Bent was booked for dissent on 57 minutes after contesting a free kick won by Taylor inside the centre circle, then Bellamy flashed in an effort after cutting in from the right that skimmed off the outside post.

Bernard and Bent both needed treatment after being hurt in seperate challenges in front of the East Stand, with Kluivert leaving the Everton man on the deck and Hibbert flying in on the full back.

Taylor was then bundled over by Carsley just inside the box after cutting in from the right but the referee wasn't interested in awarding a spot kick.

A corner on 70 minutes for Newcastle came to nothing as Martyn gathered the ball above his head, then Taylor got in two strong challenges in quick succession on Kilbane then Pistone that went down well with the crowd.

United had a good break on 73 minutes when Kluivert set Dyer away and he played the ball out to Bellamy, but Everton defended well and prevented the Welshman from getting in a strike at goal, then Jenas had a powerful drive blocked second later by Weir.

Bent had a great chance at the other end when he got to the ball ahead of Given on the corner of the box and skipped past the goalkeeper, but he couldn't divert his angled effort on target and it rolled behind for a goal kick.

Cahill's foul on Bowyer gave Newcastle a free kick in Robert territory 28 yards out, but his low effort was cleared for a corner on the left and from that flag kick Everton were awarded a free kick.

On 81 minutes Shola Ameobi came off the bench to replace Lee Bowyer as Souness tried to liven things up. The striker went on the right flank, with Dyer sliding across into the middle alongside Jenas.

Everton did well to clear their lines after jenas slid the ball into a crowded box on 83 minutes, then moments later Martyn gathered Robert's cross.

There were strong claims for a penalty on 84 minutes when Dyer was bundled over but again the referee didn't see anything wrong. Five minutes from time former United star Steve Watson came off the bench for Cahill and was warmly applauded by the Newcastle crowd..

On 87 minutes, another former United player, Duncan Ferguson, replaced Bent in attack.

Bellamy looked a certain scorer on 88 minutes when Kluivert picked him out, but his effort hit the back of Pistone and bounced away for a corner. When the flag kick was taken by Robert, Ameobi headed just over the bar.

Osman then had a shot tipped away by Given after Gravesen set him up following a miscued clearance from Bramble, and the visitors made their intentions clear as they kept the ball in the corner as the fourth official's board indicated three minutes opf added time.

Bellamy fired a long range effort wide of the target, then Everton took another opportunity to run the clock down by replacing Gravesen with Yobo.

United tried to press in the dying stages but Everton stood firm to take a point.

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