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Everton FC striker Victor Anichebe happy to end Newcastle hoodoo

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03 Jan 2013 11:00:00

Everton FC striker Victor Anichebe happy to end Newcastle hoodoo

For four years Magpies have spelled  bad luck for Everton FC striker Victor Anichebe. But last night the powerful front man exacted rich revenge on his  black and white nemesis.

Four years ago a horror tackle at St  James Park saw Anichebe ruled out of  football for more than six months and  led to an out of court settlement with  Kevin Nolan. Then earlier this season he thought  he had scored against Newcastle, only  for the match officials to fail to spot his  header had crossed the goalline. So his celebrations after last night's  clinical finish fired Everton up into  fifth place in the Premier League were  ecstatic.

 "It was a great moment for Victor and  he's always got a goal in him," said  delighted boss David Moyes.

"I've always said he can make a big  contribution. He just needs to believe in  himself a little bit more. And I think the  crowd's reaction to him at the final  whistle, when they chanted his name,   said a lot.

 "I never even thought about the  injury he sustained here, but he didn't  half play well when he came on, holding  the ball up for us.

 "And it was a really well worked  goal.

"I won't take any credit for the  switch. The players are always the ones  who take the credit. I just felt that after  half-time we didn't quite have a grip of  the game as well as we'd like, or as well  as we had in the first half.

"Newcastle had upped it a little bit  and put us under a bit more pressure  and we needed to find another way of  putting them back on the back foot."

Anichebe's close range finish and a  stunning free-kick by Leighton Baines  saw Everton come from behind to  triumph – the 20th point they have  claimed from a losing position this  season and a record topped only by  Manchester United this season.

"If you're going to come to St James'  Park and beat Newcastle you're going to  have to play very well," added Moyes.

“And you're also going to have to be  up against one of the strongest teams in  the Premier League.

"It looked like Newcastle were  hurting a little bit, they came out of the  blocks and we didn't deal well with the  first ball up and we found ourselves a  goal down again.


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