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Premier League

  • 5 November 2011
  • • 12:45
  • • St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Referee: A. Marriner
  • • Attendance: 50671

Newcastle United 2-1 Everton: Ryan Taylor wonderstrike keeps dream run going for Alan Pardew's unbeaten hosts

Newcastle United 2-1 Everton: Ryan Taylor wonderstrike keeps dream run going for Alan Pardew's unbeaten hosts

The Magpies came out on top of an enthralling encounter at St James' Park thanks to an early John Heitinga own goal, as Jack Rodwell pulled one back for the visitors

Ryan Taylor scored a phenomenal volley to help Newcastle United continue their unbeaten run in the Premier League, with the Magpies earning a 2-1 victory over Everton in a thrilling encounter at St James’ Park.

The full-back's first-half strike doubled the home side's lead following a John Heitinga own-goal, and whilst Jack Rodwell pulled one back for the Toffees' just before half time, Alan Pardew's side held on to extend their unbeaten run.

Leon Best and the currently prolific Demba Ba continued their partnership up front, with the Senegalese striker having already netted two hat-tricks for his side this season, including the brace in last Monday's 3-1 victory over Stoke City.

Everton boss David Moyes named a largely unchanged team from the defeat to Manchester United last Saturday, with Royston Drenthe returning to the starting XI - having served his suspension for seeing red against Chelsea - in place of Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, whilst Phil Neville came in for the suspended Marouane Fellaini.

The first real chance of the game fell to the Merseysiders just before the 10-minute mark, as Drenthe crossed from the left and Louis Saha’s flick on fell to Seamus Coleman at the far post. The young midfielder should have done better, but hit his shot wide, failing to test goalkeeper Tim Krul.

The deadlock was then broken when right-back Danny Simpson whipped in a dangerous cross from the wing, and miscommunication between Heitinga and goalkeeper Tim Howard saw the Dutch centre-back slice the ball into his own net.

The home side began to dominate possession and put real pressure on Moyes’ men after the goal, and eventually their persistence led to another chance. Yohan Cabaye played a ball over the top of the Toffees’ defence to Ba, but the striker’s poor touch allowed Phil Jagielka to recover and make the tackle.

Against the run of play, Everton then managed to manufacture three chances in quick succession. The best by far fell to Saha who ran free of the home defence after an aerial ball beat the hosts' backline. However, the Frenchman dwelt on the ball, allowing Steven Taylor time to pressure him into squandering his shot.

Moments later, Moyes’ side were made to rue their missed chances after a failed clearance from a Newcastle throw-in fell to Taylor on the edge of the area. The left-back had no right to score, but after Drenthe failed to close him down the he smashed an unstoppable volley into the back of the net, leaving Howard helpless.

In spite of Newcastle piling on the pressure, the visitors continued to create chances, this time Neville struck a shot from the edge of the area which fell to Saha, who could only manage to poke his snapshot onto the post. The ball eventually fell to Drenthe, who shot wide from a narrow angle.

     Tayls wins it | Ryan Taylor's stunning volley helped continue Newcastle's unbeaten run

Taylor continued to pile the pressure on Tony Hibbert down the left flank. The former Wigan man attempted a floating cross with his left foot which somehow beat Howard, but fortunately for the American stopper the ball bounced off the crossbar.

Minutes later, the Toffees defence again failed to effectively clear the ball, leaving Danny Guthrie with a chance to volley from the edge of the box, however, the ball took a long time to fall for the midfielder, giving Heitinga time to get a block in.

On the stroke of half-time Everton were handed a lifeline as they won their first corner of the match. Rodwell was quickest to the front post to meet the ball and nodded past Krul.

Newcastle began the second strongly and continued to pile the pressure on the away side. The first chance after the restart came to Guthrie on the edge of the box, but the midfielder did not have time to steady himself before shooting high and wide.

Moments later, Saha was presented with a chance to equalise after Drenthe found him on the edge of the box. The former Manchester United man hit a powerful, low shot, but Steven Taylor managed to deflect it wide.

On the 60-minute mark the end-to-end nature of the game was perfectly illustrated, with Tim Cahill's effort comfortably saved by Krul, before substitute Sammy Ameobi smashed aimlessly wide at the other end.

As ever, the Merseysiders refused to give up and were relentless in attacking the hosts' goalmouth, but an equaliser failed to materialise, with Saha missing a late chance before Cahill failed to connect with an inviting cross.

Newcastle now move temporarily to second in the Premier League table ahead of Manchester United before the rest of Saturday's fixtures, while Everton slip to 16th.

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