Barclays Premier League
By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Everton 2 (Baines 15, Anichebe 88)
Newcastle United 2 (Ba 49, 90)
SECOND HALF UPDATES
90+4mins: Full-time - Everton 2 Newcastle 2. What a great point for the Magpies, and it's one which looked unlikely at half-time, when United were trailing, and with just two minutes of normal time remaining when the Toffees went in front for a second time. But Demba Ba, brought from the bench, scored twice and although Alan Pardew's side rode their luck as they survived two goals being ruled off for offside and a Victor Anichebe shot which crossed the line but wasn't given, the Magpies deserved the draw for the way they dug in during the second period. Alan Pardew changed tactics at the interval and it worked a treat. A whole host of key players were missing but Newcastle have gained a great result.
90mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (2-2): What drama here at Goodison Park! It looked like Newcastle had lost it - now they're level thanks to Demba Ba's second of the night and third of the season. Ameobi got a vital headed flick on and the Senegal star just stuck out a foot to send it dropping into the net. Distin tried to get back and looked like he was going to keep it out but he was unable to stop it from dribbling over the line and Everton's lead lasted less than two minutes. There will be four minutes of added time.
88mins - EVERTON GOAL (2-1): Victor Anichebe thought he'd scored ten minutes earlier only for the assitant referee to deny him, but this time he has put the ball in the net. Baines picked him out with a nice ball and the striker lashed it home from ten yards.
86mins: So nearly a late goal for the Magpies. Ameobi spots the run of Ben Arfa and plays him in perfectly to send him one-on-one with Howard. With two goals already this season. a third looked certain but the keeper smothered the ball before grabbing the loose ball before the Frenchman could get there. Seconds later, Ameobi is booked after jumping for a high ball to make it three bookings each.
85mins: It's not been a bad-tempered game but there have now been five players booked - three for Everton - after Marouane Fellaini is carded for an accidental elbow on Mike Williamson as the pair went up for a header.
83mins: Everton now make their second substitution as Steven Naismith replaces Kevin Mirallas, who has done well for Everton although faded a little in this second period.
78mins: Another big call from an assistant referee means the scores stay level - but again the replays show that he got it wrong. Jagielka headed Hibbert's deep free-kick across goal before Distin got a flick and Victor Anichebe's header looked to have crossed the line and TV footage proves that it does, but no goal is given and as Everton protest, Pienaar is booked. Having had two goals disallowed for offside and now that, it's little wonder that the home fans are feeling frustrated - but nobody from Newcastle is complaining.
75mins: Good football from the Toffees almost restores their lead. Fellaini's clever ball from the left sees Pienaar scampering to the byline and he pulls the ball back to Osman, whose shot from the edge of the area flashes just wide of Harper's goal. It's still anyone's game.
69mins: Santon's back header almost sells Harper short but the keeper is out quickly to first head the ball outside his box and then, under pressure from Mirallas, launch the ball upfield. It almost turns into a fantastic assist as it sails over the head of Sylvain Distin and Ba controls the ball only to just lose out in a foot race with Howard. Newcastle have been so much better since the interval and the travelling fans are responding to it.
61mins: At the other end, a floated pass from Perch finds Cisse - who does beat the offside trap - and with his back to goal he goes for an audacious overhead effort which just drops over the bar.
60mins: A second Toffees goal of the night is chalked off for offside - and replays suggest that it was the wrong decision. Pienaar slipped the ball in for Fellaini to slot home from close range but his celebrations were cut short by the flag. In fact, he appeared to be level with Williamson as he controlled the pass and United are a touch fortunate there.
59mins: Jonas Gutierrez's switch to the wing is giving the Toffees something to think about and after forcing a corner off Baines a few minutes earlier, he now finds himself upended by Neville - already on a yellow card. Referee Mike Jones gives a free-kick but gives Neville a final warning and that's probably fair enough, although John Carver felt it could and should have been a second booking for the midfielder.
50mins: If Ba's first touch was good, his second was almost even better as Ben Arfa made space for a cross and picked him out, only for the forward to head off target. The change in formation seems to have worked so far, though, with the Magpies looking much brighter at the beginning of this second half.
49mins - NEWCASTLE GOAL (1-1): With quite possibly his first touch, Ba scores. It owes much to Yohan Cabaye, who snaps into a tackle on the halfway line to rob Leon Osman and slide the Senegalese substitute in, but the control and finish of the striker is fantastic as he drilled into the bottom far corner. He's proven a point there with his second goal of the season - and it's also Newcastle's 1,000th Premier League goal. There'll be a DVD to follow now the milestone has been reached and that strike is a worthy addition.
46mins: Everton introduced two Team GB Paralympians - Roy Turnham and George Fletcher - to the fans at half-time and now Newcastle must follow their shining example of grit and hard work if they're to get back into this game. Demba Ba has been brought on in place of Sylvain Marveaux with James Perch moving into midfield and Vurnon Anita going to right-back. It now looks like a 4-4-2 for the Magpies with Jonas Gutierrez and Hatem Ben Arfa on the flanks.
FIRST HALF UPDATES
45+3mins: Half-time. Newcastle deservedly trail at the break thanks to Leighton Baines' goal after quarter of an hour, but the hosts also have the defender to thank for a vital goal-line clearance from Vurnon Anita which prevented United from levelling matters. The game's still very much in the balance but realistically Alan Pardew's side will have to improve in the second period to avoid returning home empty-handed.
45mins: There will be a minimum of three minutes of stoppage time.
44mins: Jelavic hobbles off with an injury and that sees him replaced by Victor Anichebe. The Magpies will be pleased to see the back of the Croatian goal-getter - who in truth has been fairly quiet tonight - but Anichebe is an unpredictable player who often scores after coming from the bench.
43mins: Now Perch gifts possession to Everton and is mightily relieved to see Pienaar shoot wide after he'd drifted past an exposed Mike Williamson. United have been their own worst enemy in these last couple of minutes.
41mins: It's that man Mirallas again who threatens for Everton. Ben Arfa came very deep to try and get involved but succeeded only in giving the ball away and the Everton man showed great skill to wriggle past two challenges before getting in a low shot, but Harper was equal to it down by his near post.
37mins: Baines has already scored and now he makes a stunning point-blank block to deny Anita his first goal in black and white. Cisse had seen a shot blocked but it squirted out to Hatem Ben Arfa on the left and the Frenchman made it to the byline before cutting the ball back perfectly for the Dutchman. Despite pressure from Leon Osman, he forced it goalwards but the England left-back somehow kept it out and as Perch flies in to try and get to the loose ball, he's booked.
31mins: Now the hosts hit the post as Phil Jagielka - still upfield following that earlier free-kick - sent a low strike goalwards. With some light rain now falling, it skidded off the turf and clipped the outside of the post before going behind. David Moyes' side are certainly on top at the moment and - other than Cisse's chance four minutes ago - they look more likely to add a second goal than Newcastle do to equalise.
30mins: Vurnon Anita is booked for Newcastle after arriving a split-second two late as he tried to disposses Tony Hibbert on the right touchline. Baines puts in a dangerous free-kick but Harper punches it away well.
27mins: United's best chance of the game falls to Papiss Cisse - but his effort is narrowly off target. Sylvain Marveaux pumped a free-kick into the box and although Phil Jagielka got his head to it, James Perch and then Steven Taylor kept play alive before the ball dropped to Cisse on the right-hand edge of the six yard box. He keeps his first-time effort low but alas it zips across goal.
23 mins: Mirallas is again the man to take responsibility for the hosts as he tests Harper. The ball bobbles around in the box before falling to the midfielder, who shoots on the turn but the Magpies' veteran keeper is behind it and holds at the second attempt.
20mins: Toffees midfielder Kevin Mirallas has already shown with a couple of blocked efforts that he's not afraid to shoot from distance and he demonstrates that once again. After cutting inside, he lets fly from 25 yards and his effort flashes inches wide of Harper's goal with the keeper at full stretch. David Moyes' side have plenty of pace and movement in midfield and on the flanks and at the moment, United are struggling to get to grips with their runners.
15mins - EVERTON GOAL (1-0): Just as Newcastle were beginning to settle into this game quite nicely, Baines scores the opener for Everton as he once again pops up in the Magpies half. He played a one-two with Pienaar before surging into the box and firing low and hard past Harper, who had no chance. It's a great piece of play and Alan Pardew - sitting in the stands due to his two-match touchline ban - will now have to hope his Toon side can come from behind like they did against Aston Villa last time out.
11mins: Leighton Baines, Everton's forward-thinking left-back, tricks his way into the box down the left before cutting the ball back for Steven Pienaar 12 yards out. Fortunately the South African miscues his shot and stabs it wide.
6mins: Phil Neville is booked as he slides in on Papiss Cisse but catches him late. A talking to might have been sufficient there but now the Toffees central midfielder needs to be very careful for the next 84 minutes.
2mins: An early scare for the Magpies as Nikica Jelavic has a goal ruled out for offside. The Croat tapped home after Steve Harper parried Marouane Fellaini's long-range drive and but he was denied by an assistant referee's flag. It looked to be a correct decision and the Toffees striker's pain at seeing the strike chalked off is increased after he collided with a post and needed treatment before returning to the field.
1min: Everton get the game underway under the Goodison Park lights. Before kick-off there were touching scenes as applause rang out for the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives at Hillsborough, with the scoreboard flashing up the message 'Merseyside United' as the name of each supporter scrolled underneath. As the teams emerged from the tunnel, several young flagbearers wore t-shirts with the number 96, while there were also two mascots - one in blue wearing number nine and one in red with 6 on his back.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Kevin Mirallas (Steven Naismith 83), Phil Neville (c), Leon Osman, Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Victor Anichebe 44)
Subs not used: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Magaye Gueye, Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Steve Harper; James Perch, Steven Taylor, Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (c); Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 90), Sylvain Marveaux (Demba Ba 46); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79)
Referee: Mike Jones