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Premier League
St. James' Park
Attendance 51,682


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      That's all for our live coverage from St. James' Park, thanks for joining us today. Good bye!
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      Tom Cleverley provides the Toffees a Boxing Day gift as he snatches all three points with the last touch of the game at St. James' Park. The victory sees Everton move back into the top half of the table, just a point behind their Merseyside rivals, while leaving Newcastle in the bottom three.
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      It has been more entertaining than the scoreline suggests, but we still await the opening goal at St. James' Park. Everton have been far and ahead the better side, passing the ball around admirably in attack, though they have nothing to show for it after 45 minutes. Newcastle are lucky to escape thi
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      Steven Naismith was believed to have overcome an ankle injury, but the striker remains absent from the team today. Roberto Martinez has made a pair of changes, however, following their defeat to Leicester. Gerard Deulofeu and Arouna Kone are dropped to the bench with Kevin Mirallas and Aaron Lennon
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      Two changes made to the hosts following their draw with Villa. Papiss Cisse is forced to miss out after suffering a groin injury and is replaced by enigmatic striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. Siem de Jong, who missed what could well have been the winning goal last weekend, is perhaps being punished as he
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      SUBS: Robles, Gibson, Kone, Besic, Deulofeu, Osman, Galloway.
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      EVERTON (4-3-3): Howard; Coleman, Stones, Funes Mori, Baines; Barkley, Barry, Cleverley; Lennon, Mirallas, Lukaku.
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      SUBS: De Jong, Gouffran, Thauvin, Tiote, Darlow, Mbabu, Toney.
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      NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Elliot; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Dummett; Sissoko, Anita, Colback, Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic.
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      In 2015 a draw at home to bottom feeders Aston Villa would be considered a missed opportunity, but given the scope of the season for Newcastle and the fact that it followed victories over Tottenham and Liverpool, things are looking up on Tyneside. They sit above the bottom three, albeit by a narrow
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      Hello, happy Boxing Day and welcome to our live coverage of Everton's trip to St. James' Park to take on Newcastle. There's no telling where the Toffees would be right now without Romelu Lukaku. The free scoring Belgian striker has caught fire of late and has helped keep the Merseyside club within s
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      Such a senseless decision from Colback, but also a bit of a cruel trick from Barry who really had no need to try and play the free kick quickly. But he does, with Colback standing in front of him, and the Newcastle midfielder goes into the book for blocking it from being taken.
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      Everton get us underway at St. James' Park!
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      Everton start positively, attacking with intent and winning a pair of free kicks in the final third. The two subsequent deliveries left plenty to be desired, but the early warning has been issued by the Toffees who certainly appear up for the occasion.
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      Another free kick awarded to Everton, this one in the best position of them all. It's at a perfect distance from goal, just off to the right, favouring a left foot like that of Leighton Baines. It is the wing-back who takes, but it's hardly one of his better efforts as the strike sails harmlessly ov
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      Great work down the right from Coleman and the ball is eventually worked across to Mirallas, who gets through on goal courtesy of a delightful first touch. He has a genuine sight at goal, but can't squeeze his effort through Elliot at the near post.
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      PENALTY APPEALS DENIED! Dummett the defender in question, but it's a strong and fair challenge in the end says Lee Mason, as the left-back stood his ground to deny Lukaku passage through on goal.
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      Janmaat has become one of the first names on the team sheet for Newcastle but he's got a penchant for picking up needless booking and this one is no different as he carelessly trips up Barry in midfield and sees yellow as a result.
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      NEARLY THERE! What spectacular football this is from Everton! Their passing and movement in attack has been unrivalled up to this point. Barkley gets into a good area and threads a delightful ball through for Coleman, but the final pass across the face of goal just eludes Lukaku before Newcastle scr
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      Two more chances! Lukaku the architect of the first as he skips past his marker inside the area and lashes a ball across goal, but Janmaat is able to intervene to knock the ball clear. Pressure stays on and a clever one-two sends Baines through, but a heavy first touch just sees the ball run beyond
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      STAT ATTACK: Romelu Lukaku is the first Everton player to score in eight successive matches in all comps since Dave Hickson between Jan-Mar 1954. Dixie Dean was the last player to score in nine consecutive matches for the Toffees in 1927.
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      OFFSIDE! Newcastle bailed out by the linesman's flag as Mirallas is sent through on goal. The visitors have played some incredibly attractive football in this first half and seem to be inching ever so close to an opening goal.
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      We have come to find this season that there are two distinctly different Newcastle teams: the relegation candidates and the side who beat Tottenham and Liverpool. This is looking more like the former than the latter at the moment. They are in need of a boost to get themselves into this game, both me
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      Newcstle are desperately lacking a link between midfield and attack. In their last few games, which they were undefeated, Siem de Jong provided that link for the Magpies. He's been dropped today for Perez, who is a very capable, but also very different sort of player, and he's been unable to provide
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      Everton are enjoying the bulk of possession, but realising the threat, Newcastle have dropped more bodies into defence to try and combat Everton's quick-passing attack, and it has helped them a great deal over the last five or so minutes.
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      MITROVIC! The striker charges fearlessly into the area to try and get on the end of a wonderful cross from Janmaat, after a strong run from the Dutchman. Mitrovic dives in bravely, but is just unable to get the decisive touch on it as the chance goes begging.
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      STAT ATTACK: Everton have won five and lost just one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Newcastle United (W5 D1 L1), though that sole defeat came in this fixture last season.
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      LUKAKU COMING TO LIFE! The striker shows great strength to get behind the defence and in on goal before being dragged down from behind. He gets a shot off still, which perhaps harmed his case for a penalty. Nonetheless the Toffees remain in possession and the Belgian gets through again, but this tim
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      Everton are a joy to watch when they're moving the ball around this way in attack. It's the frantic moments at the back which have plagued them this season and undone all their good work on the offensive. If they can eliminate those they have a legitimate chance at cracking what is proving to be a w
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      Important from Mbemba! The timing of his jump had to be perfect, and it was, as a cross came in from the right. The centre-back jumps over Lukaku to head away the cross, but had he mistimed that Everton would be looking at a clear penalty appeal.
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      Newcastle are just hanging on at the moment and really need to get this game into the break. They have had no success trying to keep the ball, almost lying down as they invite Everton to attack.
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      There are few certainties in this world, but Gareth Barry picking up a yellow card is one of them. The midfielder goes into the book for a late challenge on Perez just past the 35 minute mark.
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      Wijnaldum has been Newcastle's most valuable player this season and he looks to start their revival in this match. The Dutchman bombs forward from midfield and shouts for a delivery in from Sissoko. The Frenchman picks out a cross, but Wijnaldum's header is sent over the bar. Still, it is an encoura
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      STAT ATTACK: Newcastle have won 12 Premier League home games against Everton; only against Aston Villa (14) have they won more at St James' Park.
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      Janmaat is so lucky to still be on the pitch! He has a tendency to be careless with his tackling and he escapes a second booking and a sending off here following a clear, intentional, cynical challenge into the back of Lennon. Lee Mason gives him a final warning, but there's a strong case to be made
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      Over from Mirallas! Another prominent break from Everton, who boast real pace down the right through Lennon. It's easy on the eye, but not as effective in the end as Mirallas has a tough ask to head that delivery in from close to 15-yards out.
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      There will be one minute added on at the end of this first half.
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      Back underway in Tyneside!
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      Inches away from Lukaku! Everton pick up where they left off as Barkley threads another exceptional ball through for Mirallas who sends a teasing delivery across the face of goal. Lukaku gives chase and slides in, but he just can't get the touch needed to divert it beyond Elliot.
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      Newcastle venture forward on a sporadic attack and win their first corner of the match. The delivery is met by Lukaku who sends an ill-advised, dangerous header back towards his own goal, but it winds up working out for him as Howard collects.
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      STAT ATTACK: Newcastle have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches at St. James' Park (W2, D3), following a run which saw them lose six of nine on home turf in the top flight.
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      Newcastle's two wide players have started to get involved and the hosts have begun to tilt the tides as a result. The fans are starting to get more involved as the Magpies begin to spend more time in attack, though they have been largely unimpressive in the final third when given the chance.
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      Tidy running from Everton on the counter. Lukaku holds it up well and feeds Mirallas with a back heel pass. The Belgian threads a pass through to Lennon on the right and the ex-Tottenham winger tries for the pullback, but it's deflected behind for a corner.
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      NEARLY HIS MOMENT! Lukaku picked up by Barkley, but there was still work to be done. The Belgian turns past his marker and gets through on goal, but once again he's foiled by the foot of Elliot! Tremendous save from the goalkeeper!
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      ELLIOT AT IT AGAIN! A ball into the area finds its way all the way through for Lennon who fires a shot through the legs of Dummett and forces Elliot into another important save! Everton continue to ask questions but can't find a way past the Newcastle keeper.
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      STAT ATTACK: The last time these sides met on Boxing Day was in 1986, a match which Everton won 4-0 at St. James’ Park. It is the Toffees’ only victory over Newcastle on this day all-time (D1, L2).
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      Barkley is turned inside out by the trickery of Wijnaldum before taking the Dutchman to ground. He picks up a yellow card for the challenge.
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      This home crowd is growing a bit restless as their team struggles to create, while feeling that many 50-50 decisions are going against them. Everton continue to apply the pressure, but you have to wonder when frustration will begin to set in if they can't find their way through.
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      A free kick for Newcastle is played into the area by Perez, but Everton clear and break quickly. Barkley goes on one of his probing runs and gets two shots off, but both are turned aside fearlessly by Mbemba!
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      SI M. Bešić SO A. Lennon
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      SI Deulofeu SO A. Lennon
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      The other switch brings an end to Lennon's night, replaced by Muhamed Besic.
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      First of two changes for the Toffees sees Gerard Deulofeu enter the match at the expense of Barkley.
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      INCHES WIDE! So close to the breakthrough for Newcastle, the closest they have come all match. Perez lets fly from the top of the area and has the beating of Howard, but watches as his effort drifts agonisingly wide of the near post!
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      MASSIVE CHANCE! Wijnaldum and Sissoko link up smartly in midfield, with the Frenchman played into space down the left. He sends a perfect cross in which Mitrovic attacks brilliantly, but the striker's header ends up wide of the post! That was a massive chance - all he had to do was hit the target!
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      STAT ATTACK: Romelu Lukaku has had a hand in nine goals in six Premier League apps against Newcastle (five goals, four assists).
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      FANTASTIC FROM HOWARD! Newcastle have all of a sudden sprung to life as the game becomes incredibly stretched. Colback chips a clever cross into the centre which Wijnaldum runs onto, but Howard stays with it to punch the Dutchman's header clear! Somehow this game remains scoreless!
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      BACK COME EVERTON! Horrendous marking from Sissoko allows Funes Mori a free header inside the area. The centre half bounces an effort at goal, but Elliot gets down to his right to keep it out, while Lukaku can't react quick enough to direct the rebound on target.
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      There's a lot of tired legs out there on what is a very sloppy pitch now due to the day's weather conditions. It's made for a lively, unpredictable second half and you get the sense that there may just be a sting in the tale in these final 10 minutes.
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      To say both teams have had chances would be an understatement. These sides could have five or six goals split between them by now, but it remains scoreless. Fortune favours the bold, so let's see who takes the chance in getting forward to try and snatch all three points.
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      SI L. Osman SO A. Lennon
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      Final change for Everton as Leon Osman is introduced for the final minutes. Mirallas is the one to give way.
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      SI F. Thauvin SO A. Lennon
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      Newcastle make their first change of the match and it is Ayoze Perez who gives way for Florian Thauvin. It's a switch which needed to be made about 15 minutes ago by Steve McClaren.
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      The tempo has fizzled out a bit as we approach stoppage time. Everton have bodies back in defence, careful not to leave themselves exposed, while Newcastle look like fatigue has gotten the better of them.
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      G T. Cleverley Assist A. Lennon
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      EVERTON SNATCH IT AT THE DEATH! It's the last touch of the game as Elliot fails to generate much distance behind his punch, allowing an unmarked Cleverley to send a looping header back over the keeper and into the back of the net! What drama!
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      MBEMBA PRESERVES THE POINT! Newcastle caught out in defence as they commit too many bodies forward. On the counter, Lukaku skips past Coloccini too easily, but Mbemba sprints in out of nowhere to slide in and deny the striker his goal!
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      Into the first of three minutes of stoppage time, and Thauvin nearly makes an immediate impact as he anchors play atop the area and threads a pair of inviting balls into the box, but Everton do just enough to defend the threat.

    Line Up




    Steve Bruce
    Carlo Ancelotti



    Possession 0% 0%
    Effective Chances 0 0
    Shots on Target 0 0
    Turnovers 0 0


    Passes 0 0
    Passing Accuracy 0% 0%
    Passing Accuracy in opponent’s half 0% 0%
    Crosses 0 0
    Crossing accuracy 0% 0%


    Shots 0 0
    Shots outside the box 0 0
    Shots inside the box 0 0
    Shooting accuracy 0% 0%


    Tackles 0 0
    Effective Tackles 0% 0%
    Blocked Shots 0 0
    Clearances 0 0
    Saves 0 0


    Fouls Conceded 16 12
    Yellow Cards 2 2
    Red Cards 0 0
    Offsides 0 0

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