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November 5, 2011 8:45 AM EDT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ A. Marriner‎
Attendance:‬ 50671‎
 
12′ (OG) John Heitinga
Jack Rodwell 45+2′
29′ Ryan Taylor
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle United 2-1 Everton

Ryan Taylor scorcher sends unbeaten Newcastle into second-place as Everton relegation worries deepen

By Rob Stewart at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    5
    0
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    The Toon Army used to worry no one would be able to fill Shay Given's shoes but the young Dutchman showed how wrong their skeptics were with another assured display. Great last line of defense but needs to work on distribution.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    7
    0
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Liverpool have been linked with the Argentine and he showed why Newcastle should get their captain tied down with a new contract with a typically calm and collected performance to frustrate Everton as they raised their game in the second half.

  • Steven Taylor
    5
    0
    3.00

    Steven Taylor

    It is surely only a matter of time before the homegrown center half finally gets an England call-up and he produced a typically no-nonsense display to keep Everton at bay but needs to cut out lapses of concentration.

  • Ryan Taylor
    8
    0
    3.50

    Ryan Taylor

    Any more of this and the makeshift left-back will be banging on England head coach Fabio Capello's door because he continues to go from strength to strength in unfamiliar territory and capped a strong performance with a cracking decisive goal.

  • Danny Simpson
    5
    0
    3.00

    Danny Simpson

    Hardly gave Royston Drenthe a look-in thanks to his tenacity and set Newcastle on their way with an enterprising run and cross that Heitinga diverted beyond Howard.

  • Danny Guthrie
    7
    1
    3.50

    Danny Guthrie Top of the Match

    First-team opportunities are few and far between for the former Liverpool player thanks to the presence of Cheik Tiote but he made the most of his absence to pull the midfield strings for Newcastle with a tidy display.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    4
    0
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    That Newcastle lost their way when he went off injured after dominating midfield just about says it all over how influential the former Lille playmaker is to the Magpies.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    3
    6
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    There can be no faulting his work-rate and his defensive efforts but for the umpteenth time in a Newcastle shirt Gutierrez failed to thrill supporters when it came to attacking the Everton goal. Disappointing.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    1
    0
    2.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    This was his first Premier League start but his display suggested he might take a while to get up to speed because he was a peripheral figure and hardly got the better of Baines before limping off injured.

  • Leon Best
    2
    1
    2.50

    Leon Best

    This was his sixth game without a goal and while he never really seemed likely to get on the scoresheet he did his best to make life tough for Everton's center halves but struggled once Distin entered the fray.

  • Demba Ba
    6
    0
    3.00

    Demba Ba

    He might not have added to his eight goals this season but he made up for that by making a nuisance of himself, working his socks off as he gave the Everton back four the runaround before Distin beefed things up for the visitors.

Substitutions

  • Hatem Ben Arfa
    2
    2
    2.50

    Hatem Ben Arfa

    Hardly got going after entering the fray late on as Pardew tried to regain the initiative from Everton.

  • Dan Gosling
    2
    0
    2.50

    Dan Gosling

    It was a hard act to follow when the former Everton man replaced Cabaye but he produced an efficient performance to suggest his injury woes could be behind him.

  • Sammy Ameobi
    2
    2
    2.50

    Sammy Ameobi

    He is a cult figure in these parts and it showed why as he combined the sublime and the ridiculous.

  • Tim Howard
    3
    1
    3.00

    Tim Howard

    There was nothing he could do about the two Newcastle goals but otherwise the American produced a solid display as his defenders struggled to cope with Ba and Best.

  • Phil Jagielka
    0
    0
    3.00

    Phil Jagielka

    It is to be hoped that England head coach Fabio Capello was not watching the first half because he was all over the place but improved when Sylvain Distin replaced the hapless Heitinga at center half.

  • John Heitinga
    6
    2
    2.00

    John Heitinga Flop of the Match

    The last thing Everton needed was to give Newcastle a helping hand but that's what the Dutch international did with a shocker of an own-goal and he never looked uncomfortable thereafter, especially when he moved into midfield when Neville went off.

  • Leighton Baines
    3
    0
    3.00

    Leighton Baines

    He hardly put a foot wrong in defense and dominated full debutant Sylvain Marveaux but failed to trouble the Newcastle back four with his trademark pinpoint crosses.

  • Tony Hibbert
    0
    0
    3.00

    Tony Hibbert

    There was nothing particularly fancy about the right-back's display but then again no one would have been complaining because he was rock-solid in defense and easily snuffed out the threat of Jonas Gutierrez.

  • Phil Neville
    1
    0
    2.50

    Phil Neville

    This was no place for old men as the Toffees skipper found himself routinely out-played in central midfield by Guthrie and Cabaye before hobbling off after making a negligible impact.

  • Jack Rodwell
    3
    0
    3.00

    Jack Rodwell

    He gave England head coach a timely reminder of his goal-scoring prowess but that was only after a first-half spent chasing shadows and he struggled to exploit Cabaye's injury-enforced absence after the break.

  • Leon Osman
    0
    1
    2.50

    Leon Osman

    He kept trying to make things happen in the hole between midfield and attack but try as he might little came off for the diminutive Everton stalwart. This just wasn't his day.

  • Royston Drenthe
    2
    0
    3.00

    Royston Drenthe

    He offered little as an attacking force down Everton's left as he was bullied by Danny Simpson but looked happier after switching flanks as he invigorated his team but still his defensive deficiencies proved very costly.

  • Seamus Coleman
    0
    1
    2.50

    Seamus Coleman

    On a day when chances were always going to be few and far between for Everton he will kick himself for wasting a very decent early opening before Newcastle took control and looked very much peripheral.

  • Louis Saha
    2
    1
    2.50

    Louis Saha

    The Newcastle old boy will not look back on his return to his old stamping ground fondly because he squandered three great opportunities to show the Toon Army what they are missing.

Substitutions

  • Sylvain Distin
    2
    1
    3.50

    Sylvain Distin

    If only he had been fit to start the game then Everton might have gained at least a point because the visitors defense improved immeasurably when he came on as a first-half substitute.

  • Tim Cahill
    1
    2
    2.50

    Tim Cahill

    He used to strike fear into the hearts of Newcastle defenders but the Australian appeared a shadow of his former self when he joined the action as a second-half substitute

  • James McFadden
    1
    1
    2.50

    James McFadden

    The Scot failed to make an impact after being sent on by David Moyes as a late substitute.

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