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West Ham United
13 May 2012
• Goodison Park, Liverpool
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 39517
S. Pienaar 16'
N. Jelavić 27'
J. Heitinga 65'
T. Hibbert 73' (own goal)
90' + 7'
FULL TIME! Referee Andre Marriner calls time on a great game of football, Everton deserved winners despite a pirited second-half fight back from the Magpies, final score, Everton 3-1 Newcastle
90' + 5'
Red Card Tim Cahill
90' + 5'
Tim Cahill is sent off! The Australian enters into a dispute with Hatem Ben Arfa before appearing to attempt to headbutt the Frenchman, and is given his marching orders by Andre Marriner
90' + 1'
Four minutes off added time to be played at Goodison Park as Leon Osman comes close as his effort rattles off Tim Krul post, leaving the Dutchman beaten all ends up
Darron Gibson comes within inches of wrapping up a great day for David Moyes' men, but his effort fires just inches wide of Tim Krul's post
Well, as it stands with just two minutes to play at Goodison Park, Newcastle are set to finish four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. It may not be the fairytale end Alan Pardew & co. were looking for, but this really as been an astonishing season
Everton just slowing the game down, taking their time over set pieces so to take the sting out of any potential Newcastle come back
Yet another goalscorer is replaced as Nikica Jelavic is given his time in the spotlight, replaced by Denis Stracqualursi to a standing ovation from the home crowd
One last roll of the dice perhaps from Alan Pardew as midfielder Tiote is replaced by Shola Ameobi, how the Geordie faithful could do with a goal from their local lad today!
As Padrew's men continue to push forward the Toffees are beginning to look threatening on the break, with Jelavic and Fellaini looking especially dangerous
As I say that Cisse almost narrows the deficit! The Senegal forward rises highest to meet Ryan Taylor's floated cross, only to see Tim Howard sprawl across his goal line to tip the ball over the crossbar!
Roughly quarter of an hour to go at Goodison Park and Newcastle's Champions League hopes seem to be fading with every minute that ticks by, despite the best efforts of Ba and Cisse
Assist Ryan Taylor
Own Goal Tony Hibbert
GOAL! Is this a lifeline for the Magpies? If so it has come from the most unlikely of sources....Tony Hibbert! The full-back attempts to head the ball back to the advancing Tim Howard without noticing his goalkeeper was coming to collect the ball, and has to watch as his header nestles into the back of the net, 3-1
Substitution for Everton as goal-scorer Johnny Heitinga is replaced for the final 20 minutes by Sylvain Distin, the Dutchman receives a rapturous round of applause from the Goodison faithful
Assist Darron Gibson
Goal John Heitinga
GOAL! GAME OVER! Newcastle have well and truly pressed the self-destruct button at Goodison Park. Darron Gibson with a free-kick just yards away from the corner flag, Johnny Heitinga with a simple run towards the front post and he heads the ball past Tim Krul with no Newcastle defenders within 5 yards of him, 3-0 Everton
Feint appeals for a penalty from the Goodison faithful as Mike Williamson hauls Nikica Jelavic to the ground, nothing doing from referee Andre Marriner
Intricate work down the Everton left from Pienaar and Jelavic but the Newcastle defence stays strong and clears their lines before mounting another counter-attack
Chance for Everton to seal the three points as Jelvavic blasts a free-kick from 25-yards, Krul sprawls to his right-hand side to clutch the ball before gathering at the second attempt
Jelavic with a terrific chance to stifle any Newcastle comeback but he blazes his effort well wide with only Tim Krul to beat!
Six minutes into the second-half and I dare say the Magpies have already had more possession in Everton's half than they did in the whole of the first. They are still yet to really test Tim Howard, though, something which will have to change if they are to finish in the top-four
Better start to the second-half from the Magpies as they force a corner, set pieces could provide them with a route back into the game with specialist Ryan Taylor now on the pitch
KICK OFF! Newcastle get the second-half underway
Newcastle emerge for the second-half having left the home side waiting on the field for a good few minutes. One change from Alan Pardew as Ryan Taylor replaced Davide Santon. The Italian was given a torrid time in the first-half by Leighton Baines, not helped by his attacking nature.
HALF-TIME! Andre Marriner blows to signal the end of what has been a truly miserable half of football for Alan Pardew's men. The former West Ham boss is going to have to use every bit of tactical nous which saw him crowned manager of the season if his side are to stand any chance of claiming that final Champions League spot
45' + 3'
Yellow Card Leighton Baines
45' + 3'
Well, it's often said that he blows hot and cold, and that delivery from Hatem Ben Arfa was as cold as it gets. He blasts his left-footed cross well over the group of players gathered around the penalty spot and out of play for a goal kick
45' + 2'
Late chance for Newcastle as Fellaini concedes a needless free-kick on the edge of the area, hacking down Gutierrez
Three minutes of added time to be played at Goodison
Well that just about sums up Newcastle first half as Cabaye attempts a routine ball over the top for Cisse but he massively misjudges it and blasts it out of play for a goal kick
5 minutes to go until half-time and in what has been a glittering season, Alan Pardew is about to embark upon the most important 15 minutes of his season as he takes the final half-time team talk of the campaign, and he really has got his work cut out if he is to lead his team back into this game!
This really is turning into an end-to-end clash! Just seconds after seeing their lead almost halved, Gibson goes down the other end and lashes a right-footed effort inches wide of Tim Krul's post. It could be 5-4 at Goodison!
First sign of an attacking threat from the visitors as Gutierrez should perhaps have halved the Toffees lead! Pienaar is caught in possession in midfielder, Gutierrez collects the loose ball before shuffling past Heitinga and leaving Gibson in his wake, only to lash his left-footed effort wide from the edge of the area
A rare sight as the England man's delivery is a poor one and Tiote heads away under no pressure at all
Chance for Everton to effectively put this game to bed with just over half an hour played. Free-kick around 25-yards from goal, Baines stands over it
The Toffees showing no signs of letting up here, this time Leighton Baines forces Krul into a smart save down at his near post. The England left-back will be doing his chances of an international call-up no harm this afternoon
Assist John Heitinga
Goal Nikica Jelavic
GOAL! Newcastle's Champions League hopes are sailing down the River Mersey! In-form forward Nikica Jelavic latches onto a thumped through ball, brings it down with his chest only to be denied by Tim Krul, but the Croatian shows the presence of mind to react and prod the rebound into the back of the net! 2-0 Everton!
Yohan Cabaye gets a quick talking to from Andre Marriner after the Frenchman enters into a dispute with a rather startled ball boy. The midfielder appeared to be frustrated with the ball boy's inability to return the ball promptly
We're yet to see some of the great link-up play between Cisse and Ba which has seen the Magpies mount an unlikely Champions League charge. The Toffees have enjoyed good spells of possession and have posed the only real goal threat so far.
Great chance for Everton to double their lead! Baines' swinging free-kick finds Osman unmarked at the back post, the midfielder does brilliantly to square the ball across goal but no Everton player can latch onto it, but Pienaar arrives on the edge of the area and lashes his left-footed effort onto the base of the post, great effort!
Assist Marouane Fellaini
Goal Steven Pienaar
GOAL! Newcastle's Champions League hopes receive a hammer blow and it's the on-loan Spurs man Steven Pienaar! The South African receives the ball from Nikica Jelavic, looks up and curls a sublime effort into the top corner past the despairing dive of Tim Krul, 1-0 Everton!
First chance of the game for Everton as Fellaini glances his header a foot wide of Tim Krul's right-hand post. Pandemonium in the away stand as news filters through of Shane Long's equalizer against Arsenal, a goal for Newcastle now would see them move into that fourth place at the expense of the Gunners
Yellow Card Cheikh Tiote
Second booking of the game swiftly follows the first and it's Tiote who joins Heitinga in Andre Marriner's notebook. The former FC Twente man careers into the back of Fellaini and send the Belgian crashing to the ground. Alan Pardew will want to keep his midfield enforcer on the pitch today in this crucial clash.
Yellow Card John Heitinga
First card of the game just seven minutes in for Heitinga. The Dutch defender lunges in at Papiss Cisse with both feet off the ground and studs showing. The centre-back wins the ball cleanly but the intent is enough to see him enter referee Andre Marriner's notebook.
Demba Ba wastes a good opportunity as he fashions a yard of space for himself on the edge of the area but fires his left-footed drive well over the bar with Papiss Cisse unmarked on the edge of the area. Murmurs of discontent from the traveling Geordie faithful as news filters through of Arsenal and Tottenham taking early leads
Almost a dream start for the visitors at Goodison Park. Gutierrez whips the ball into the middle where a bit of confusion in the Everton defence leads to Heitinga inadvertently sending the ball towards his own goal, but Tim Howard gathers on the line
Newcastle get the game underway!
Glorious sunshine at Goodison Park this afternoon, kick off is just seconds away
Both teams are out of the tunnel and ready for kick off, Everton in their traditional blue shirts and white shorts, Newcastle in next season's burgundy away kit
Despite these damning statistics, any of the toon faithful looking for cause for optimism need look no further than Papiss Cisse. The Senegalese hotshot has found the back of the net 13 times in 13 games since his £10 million move from Bundesliga club Freiburg, propelling him to joint ninth in the Premier League top-scorers chart.
Neither history nor recent form is on the side of Tynesider’s going into this crucial game. Everton have won all of their last four final games of the season, while Newcastle have won just one of their previous nine final games of the season. The Toffees are also unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games, loosing just two of their previous 17.
Newcastle need to win at Goodison Park this afternoon and pray for a slip-up from either Arsenal or Tottenham if they are to claim one of those lucrative Champions League places. Meanwhile, Everton will be spurred on by the incentive of finishing above their big-spending city rivals Liverpool.
TEAM NEWS. NEWCASTLE: Krul; Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon; Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez; Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi.
TEAM NEWS. EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga, Jagielka, Baines; Osman, Gibson, Neville, Fellaini, Pienaar; Jelavic. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, Distin, Cahill, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com’s live commentary of Everton v Newcastle. Today has been billed as quite possibly one of the biggest days in Premier League history, and the clash at Goodison Park is one of many games which could have a dramatic effect on the Premier League table.
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