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November 5, 2011
• St. James' Park, Newcastle upon Tyne
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 50671
J. Heitinga 12' (own goal)
R. Taylor 29'
J. Rodwell 45'+
90' + 4'
Full-time here at St. James' Park and Newcastle have won 2-1 taking them into the lofty heights of 2nd in the Premier League. The visitors worked tirelessly in the second-half but were simply unable to break down a disciplined and talented Newcastle side.
90' + 2'
Tim Howard has the ball and will lump the ball forward as they go in search of an injury time equaliser. Gutierrez has been outstanding in his defensive work this afternoon.
Hope for Everton here as the fourth official shows there are to be 4 minutes added on. Everton will be disappointed if they are to come away without a point after a spirited second-half showing.
James McFadden almost reminds the Premier League what he is all about with a classy effort that goes just wide. The Scot picked up a loose ball out-wide and jinked past Ameobi before curling an audacious effort just wide.
Time is running out for Everton now as they fail to create any chances despite having the majority of the possession. There is certainly a danger that Newcastle could hit them on the break.
Yellow Card Royston Drenthe
Yellow Card Ryan Taylor
James McFadden is now coming on for Everton as he makes his second debut for the club he left for Birmingham in 2008 and he receives a warm applause from the visiting fans.
Yellow Card Danny Guthrie
Leighton Baines had the chance to put in a free-kick but he delivery was unusually poor but the clearance found Hibbert who delivered a deep cross that Saha nodded back into the 6-yard box but no Everton player was there to capitalise.
Just over 15 minutes remaining here and as things stand it is hard to see how Everton are going to find an equaliser. The visitors have been much improved but may be forced to pay for their first-half errors.
Hatem Ben Arfa
Newcastle fans favourite Ben-Arfa is introduced, replacing Leon Best who receives a rapturous applause from the home crowd who clearly appreciate the tireless running from their former Coventry man.
Nice work from the impressive Demba Ba tests Tim Howard for the first time this half with a curling effort. The striker found some space on the edge of the area and cut inside his man well before trying to find the top corner but Howard saved comfortably.
Hatem Ben-Arfa is being readied by Newcastle as Alan Pardew will be wary of Everton who are starting to take control of the game.
Yellow Card Leighton Baines
Everton have been far more positive during the second-half as they go in search of an equaliser but they are up against one of the league's meanest defenses today in Newcastle.
Demba Ba is instrumental to Newcastle's forward play but just demonstrated his willing to work back with a good defensive header. The striker was brought back for a set-piece and was handed the job of marking Cahill and rose highest to clear well.
The newly introduced Tim Cahill does well to create a chance for himself. A long ball was directed for the Australian who competed with Coloccini for it and was the first to react as the lose ball dropped on the edge but his effort was easily saved by Krul.
Newcastle have a very solid look about them and continue to frustrate Everton as they are unable to break down Alan Pardew's extremely well organised side.
Sammy Ameobi has come on for Marveaux and just demonstrated some frightening pace as Newcastle tried to release him down the left. Ameobi burst in the area but he sliced his shot wide.
Everton have been very confident whilst in possession and some more patient build-up play gave Saha a chance to shoot Everton level. Drenthe found Saha on the edge whose first-time effort took a deflection just wide for a corner.
Yellow Card John Heitinga
Newcastle have come out brightly once more and some nice build-up gave Guthrie the opportunity to shoot but his effort went well over.
Second-half underway here with Newcastle leading 2-1. It will be interesting to see how Rodwell's late first-half game affects the confidence of the home side.
45' + 2'
Assist Royston Drenthe
45' + 2'
Goal Jack Rodwell
With virtually the last kick of the first-half Jack Rodwell powers in a header to reduce deficit in half. Drenthe put in a flat and pacey corner which was met by Rodwell emphatically.
2 minutes of time added on here as Everton look for a late goal before the interval but Newcastle are standing firm at the back.
Fast approaching half-time at St. James' with the two managers bound to be preparing vastly contrasting team-talks. As it stands Newcastle will be in second position after 90 minutes.
Newcastle now get their own back as former player Sylvain Distin replaces Phil Neville with the Everton defender being met by a chorus of boos.
Disappointing to see Yohan Cabaye leaving the field injured. The Frenchmen will be replaced by former Everton player Dan Gosling who receives a less than welcoming reception from the visiting fans.
Just over the half-hour played and Everton will feel very aggrieved to be 2 down. The Toffees have had a their fair share of chances but have been wasteful whereas Alan Pardew's men have been clinical.
Everton try to pull one back immediately and go close as Drenthe hits the inside on the post. Phil Neville struck from distance but his shot hit Coloccini allowing Drenthe to strike goal-wards but saw his effort agonisingly come back off the post.
Goal Ryan Taylor
A fantastic strike from Ryan Taylor doubles Newcastle's advantage here at St. James'. The make-shift left-back specialises in long distance strikes and this one was no different. Taylor met a bouncing ball on the edge of the Everton area and looped the ball expertly into the top corner past Howard.
A hopeful long punt up field by Jagielka found Saha one-on-one with the keeper by the Frenchmen blasted wastefully over. Everton really should be level after that chance.
Lovely build-up play from Everton as Jack Rodwell forces Tim Krul into a good save. The Toffees passed the ball confidently around the midfield before Drenthe put in a cross that was met well by Rodwell.
Newcastle continue to look dangerous with Leon Best using his strength to challenge Heitinga but is adjudged to have handled the ball.
End to end stuff here at the moment as Everton go on the counter-attack. Seamus Coleman played in Tony Hibbert who had overlapped well and delivered a cross looking for Saha but Coloccini headed clear.
Newcastle high on confidence right now and go straight on the offensive looking for a second. Demba Ba picked up a loose ball and with Newcastle 2 against 1 the striker's poor touch effectively ended the chance.
Assist Danny Simpson
Own Goal John Heitinga
Goal to Newcastle as Heitinga knocks the ball into his own net! Simpson found plenty of space on the right-hand side before putting in a teasing cross which Heitinga stuck a toe. Tim Howard had already committed to meeting the cross leaving the ball to roll in to an empty net.
Terrific chance for Everton but Coleman wastes a big chance to put Everton into the lead. Louis Saha won an important flick on which fell into the path of Coleman, but the Irishman skewed his effort well wide.
Newcastle have an early penalty shout as Demba Ba felt he was nudged by Leighton Baines. Taylor delivered a deep cross which Ba tried to meet but was held of by Baines.
Seamus Coleman chips a hopefully ball towards the Newcastle area which Taylor and Coloccini just about deal with as Royston Drenthe was arriving quickly, looking to capitalise on any mistake made.
Newcastle come flying out of the blocks and Leon Best pressures Heitinga into a rash clearance. The tempo has been set early here.
Good afternoon and welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of Newcastle's home tie against Everton. A win for the Magpies today will see them go 2nd, going above Premier League champions Manchester United!
Team line ups: Newcastle: Krul, Simpson, Coloccini, S Taylor R Taylor, Marveaux, Cabaye, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Best, Ba Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Heitinga, Jagielka, Neville, Coleman, Drenthe, Osman, Rodwell, Saha
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