Everton 3 Newcastle 2
Alan Pardew got it sooooo wrong at the start of this match. "Tactics"? What are those? No Yohan Cabaye ... and there seems more to the story than meets the eye. EVERTON 3 NEWCASTLE 2
EVERTON: 24. Tim Howard 23. Seamus Coleman 6. Phil Jagielka 15. Sylvain Distin 3. Leighton Baines 16. James McCarthy 18. Gareth Barry 21. Leon Osman 90+2' 20. Ross Barkley 88' 11. Kevin Mirallas 73' 17. Romelu Lukaku Subs: 1. Joel 5. John Heitinga 7. Nikica Jelavic 9. Arouna Kone 10. Gerard Deulofeu 73' 14. Steven Naismith 88' 26. John Stones 90+2'
NEWCASTLE: 1. Tim Krul 26. Mathieu Debuchy 13. Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 46' 2. Fabricio Coloccini 3. Davide Santon 24. Cheick Tiote 8. Vurnon Anita 69' 10. Hatem Ben Arfa 46' 7. Moussa Sissoko 11. Yoan Gouffran 14. Loic Remy Subs: 4. Yohan Cabaye 46' 6. Mike Williamson 46' 9. Papiss Cisse 69' 21. Rob Elliot 25. Gabriel Obertan 28. Sammy Ameobi 36. Paul Dummett
On-loan Everton striker Romelu Lukaku (pictured right) marked his home debut in emphatic style with two goals in a deserved 3-2 victory over Newcastle which ended up being far more nervy than it should have been.
The Belgium international's performance was one, but not the only, reason why his new team displaced parent club Chelsea in fourth place as the Toffees made it six matches unbeaten - a league start not matched for seven years.
Lukaku has now scored six goals in his last five Barclays Premier League appearances, having netted a hat-trick in his final match on loan at West Brom last season.
That statistic alone, even before taking into account this performance in which he also had the ball in the net two other occasions in the first half but was denied by an offside flag - will prompt more awkward questions of Jose Mourinho's judgement in allow the 20-year-old to spend another season away from Stamford Bridge.
The fact he has scored more league goals (three) this campaign than all the strikers the Portuguese has at his disposal looks like another glaring error by the two-time Champions League-winning manager.
Lukaku's fledging partnership with Ross Barkley, playing behind in the hole, also resulted in Everton's other goal as the 19-year-old collected a lay-off from the Belgian to score Everton's second after charging through the middle of an obliging Magpies defence.
Everton's pace and passing was fast and crisp and Kevin Mirallas often, and right-back Seamus Coleman slightly less frequently, tore the left side of the visiting team to shreds.
But Newcastle, who have won one of their last 11 league trips to Goodison Park and have taken just 16 points from their last 23 away games, were woeful in the first half. Captain Fabricio Coloccini and centre-back partner Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa were abject at best and it was no surprise to see the latter replaced by Mike Williamson at half-time.
However, it was fellow substitute Yohan Cabaye, a surprise omission from the starting line-up, who made Newcastle's only real impact with a brilliant 30-yard strike just after the interval.
But even conceding their first goal in 11 hours 27 minutes could not knock Everton out of their stride and Loic Remy's 89th minute goal gave the scoreline a lop-sided look.
Source: Newcastle United Mad
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