Toffees edge closer to CL
By Peter ORourke. Last Updated: 07/05/05 4:56pm
Everton moved ever closer to clinching a UEFA Champions League place with a 2-0 win over ten-man Newcastle.
Goals from David Weir and Tim Cahill were enough to give Everton all three points with Shola Ameobi seeing red for Newcastle.
The win means Everton require only a point to secure fourth place or their Champions League place could be clinched if Liverpool fail to beat Arsenal on Sunday.
Everton had the first chance of the game on seven minutes when Mikel Arteta saw his free kick from the edge of the box superbly saved by Shay Given.
Newcastle wasted a great chance to break the deadlock on 17 minutes when Charles N'Zogbia slipped Darren Ambrose clear on goal, but the midfielder's control let him down and Nigel Martyn was quickly off his line to save the ball at the his feet.
Cahill then called Given into action on 21 minutes when he rose highest to meet Arteta's free kick at the far post, but Given was in the right position to save the Australian's effort.
Newcastle looked dangerous every time they attacked and on 23 minutes Patrick Kluivert dragged a shot wide after being set up by Ameobi.
Two minutes later Duncan Ferguson sent Marcus Bent racing into open space down the right, but his angled shot was comfortably saved by Given.
James Milner created a chance for himself on 33 minutes with some neat skill on the edge of the box, but his shot went straight at Martyn.
Kluivert missed a golden chance to score the opener on 35 minutes when he met Milner's free kick six yards out, but the Dutchman glanced his header wide of the target.
Martyn denied Newcastle the goal their dominance deserved five minutes before the break when he brilliantly tipped over Milner's shot after the former Leeds man had worked his way through on goal with a clever one-two with Kluivert.
Everton broke the deadlock three minutes later very much against the run of play when Weir, unmarked at the far post, headed home Arteta's free kick.
After a quiet start to the second half the game burst back into life on 56 minutes when Ameobi was sent off for needlessly lashing out at Cahill.
Three minutes later Everton doubled their lead when a mis-hit shot from Arteta fell nicely into the path of Cahill inside the box and he kept his cool to dispatch the ball past Given.
The home side were now in full flow and Bent fired over the crossbar after being brilliantly picked out by Cahill.
Newcastle refused to lie down and Ambrose and Milner both saw efforts from the edge of the box fly wide of the target.
Kluivert and Arteta were lucky not to be sent off eight minutes from time after getting involved in a scuffle with each other on the halfway line.
Everton substitute James Beattie went close to adding a third goal in injury time when he headed Kevin Kilbane's cross just wide of the target.
|Everton||Team Name||Newcastle United|
|6||Shots on target ( Inc Goals )||2|
|2||Shots off Target (inc woodwork)||3|
|23||Total Fouls Conceded||11|
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