Everton pile woe on Newcastle with 2-1 comeback win in Premier League
Last Updated: 03/01/13 2:44pm
Leighton Baines' fabulous free-kick set Everton on their way to a comeback victory
Everton recovered from Papiss Cisse's early goal to come from behind and beat Newcastle United 2-1 at St James' Park.
Leighton Baines equalised with a stunning strike and substitute Victor Anichebe grabbed the winner to leave Newcastle deeper in trouble just outside the relegation zone.
Best of the Match
- Man of the match: Leighton Baines. Scored a stunning free-kick after going close earlier in the first half and delivered a string of quality balls from the left from both open play and set-pieces. Linked up superbly with Steven Pienaar.
- Goal of the match: Baines' equaliser was a stunner, blasting a swerving 30-yard free-kick past Krul to bring Everton level at 1-1 just before half-time.
- Save of the match: Krul could do nothing about that Baines effort, but had managed to get his fingertip to an earlier curling effort from the Everton left-back.
- Moment of the match: The game turned in a minute on the hour mark, when David Moyes introduced Victor Anichebe who moments later was on the end of a superb Everton passing move to bag the winner.
- Talking point: While Everton contemplate an assault on the Champions League spots, Newcastle are being dragged into a relegation scrap and will need plenty more goals from Papiss Cisse - who headed home the opener here inside two minutes - as Demba Ba closes on a move to Chelsea.
With Demba Ba negotiating a move to Chelsea after an offer earlier in the day which triggered his release clause, Cisse took up the challenge of leading the Newcastle line and opened the scoring inside two minutes when he looped a header over Tim Howard after Everton had defended a long ball terribly.
Baines gave a glimpse of what was to come with a fabulous free-kick in the sixth minute which nearly drew Everton level, but on this occasion he was denied by an athletic one-handed save from Tim Krul.
Both sides carved out chances in an open first half, with Marouane Fellaini losing his balance when well placed to shoot inside the Magpies area and James Perch crashing a header against the post at the other end.
Newcastle had a confident penalty appeal turned down five minutes before the interval when Shola Ameobi thought he had been fouled by Phil Neville, but referee Martin Atkinson waved play on.
Everton equalised in sensational style in the 43rd minute as Baines stepped up to take a free-kick 30 yards from goal and beat Krul for power with a blistering piledriver that also swerved wickedly as it flew high into the net.
There continued to be nothing between the sides in the early stages of the second period, although Ameobi perhaps should have restored Newcastle's advantage when he poked wide after escaping from his defender.
The hosts were made to rue that miss on the hour mark as Anichebe made an instant impact barely a minute after coming on as a substitute, turning in Nikica Jelavic's cross from close range.
The onus was now on Newcastle to push forward and they did look vulnerable as they left spaces at the back, but Cisse almost made it 2-2 when his instinctive shot was well saved right on the goal-line by Howard after John Heitinga had blocked an initial header.
Krul had to back-pedal quickly to tip the ball over his crossbar after Mike Williamson had made a mess of trying to clear a Baines cross, while the Everton left-back curled another free-kick wide following a foul on Fellaini on the very edge of the box.
Newcastle piled on the pressure in the closing stages but Davide Santon's shot from a tight angle was kept out by Howard when he had the chance to square for an unmarked Cisse at the back post, and Everton held firm to seal victory and boost their European hopes.
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