home team
Cissé (34') Ayoze Pérez (51') Colback (68')
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Kone (5') Mirallas (84')
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away team
Cissé (34') Ayoze Pérez (51') Colback (68')
Kone (5') Mirallas (84')
Sunday 28 December 2014, 16:15
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  • Newcastle
  • Gouffran 27'
  • Cissé 34'
  • Ayoze Pérez 51'
  • Colback 68'
  • Emmanuel Rivière replaces Cissé 73'
  • Cabella replaces Gouffran 91'
    Dummett 94'
  • Everton
  • Kone 5'
  • McCarthy 28'
  • Barkley replaces McCarthy 45'
  • Mirallas replaces McGeady 61'
  • Alcaraz 71'
    Lukaku replaces Kone 72'
  • Mirallas 84'
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Starting XI - Newcastle: Alnwick, Dummett, Coloccini, Mike Williamson, Janmaat, Cheick Tioté, Gouffran, Sissoko, Colback, Ayoze Pérez, Cissé Everton: Robles, Distin, Baines, Alcaraz, Coleman, Garbutt, Barry, Eto'o, McGeady, McCarthy, Kone

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    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 3, Everton 2.

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    Yellow Card

    Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card.

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    Woodwork

    Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko.

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    Attempt saved. Emmanuel Rivière (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Cheick Tioté.

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    Attempt blocked. Rémy Cabella (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dummett.

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    Offside

    Offside, Newcastle United. Emmanuel Rivière tries a through ball, but Paul Dummett is caught offside.

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    Ayoze Pérez (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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    Foul by Leighton Baines (Everton).

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    Attempt blocked. Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Paul Dummett.

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    Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Rémy Cabella replaces Yoan Gouffran.

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4-4-2
  • Alnwick
  • Dummett
  • Coloccini
  • Mike Williamson
  • Janmaat
  • Cheick Tioté
  • Cabella
  • Sissoko
  • Colback
  • Ayoze Pérez
  • Emmanuel Rivière
4-4-2
  • Robles
  • Distin
  • Baines
  • Alcaraz
  • Coleman
  • Garbutt
  • Barry
  • Eto'o
  • Mirallas
  • Barkley
  • Lukaku
Newcastle Everton
Alnwick 31 1 Robles
Coloccini 2 3 Baines
Mike Williamson 6 5 Eto'o
Sissoko 7 7 McGeady ( Mirallas 61'')
Cissé (Emmanuel Rivière 73'') 9 9 Kone (Lukaku 72'')
Yellow CardGouffran (Cabella 91'') 11 15 Distin
Colback 14 16 McCarthyYellow Card (Barkley 45'')
Ayoze Pérez 17 18 Barry
Janmaat 22 23 Coleman
Cheick Tioté 24 29 Garbutt
Yellow CardDummett 36 30 AlcarazYellow Card
Substitutions
Santon 3 8 Oviedo
Anita 8 10 Lukaku
Cabella 20 11 Mirallas
Taylor 27 17 Besic
Emmanuel Rivière 29 20 Barkley
Armstrong 32 27 Browning
Freddy Woodman 41 45 Griffiths

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Everton signed off for 2014 with a disappointing 3-2 defeat at Newcastle United despite Arouna Kone netting his first goal for the Club.

The Ivorian spearheaded a much-changed team at St James' Park, but goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback inflicted too much damage before Kevin Mirallas' late strike.

The Blues had to contend with what continues to resemble a never-ending injury list after a bruising battle against Stoke City on Boxing Day, while Steven Naismith was forced to sit out the trip to the northeast through a one-match suspension.

In total, there were seven changes to the Toffees' line-up from the game against the Potters just 48 hours earlier.

Tim Howard and Phil Jagielka's half-time withdrawal through injury meant Joel Robles and Sylvain Distin were drafted in - and Martinez's admission that Mirallas and John Stones did well to see out the 90 minutes against Stoke was proved as Aiden McGeady and Antolin Alcaraz were named in the XI instead.

Elsewhere, there were first Premier League starts in a Blue shirt for Luke Garbutt and Kone, while Samuel Eto'o looked to assert himself from the off against the Magpies.

The inclusion of two natural left-backs in the XI may have perplexed Newcastle's players and manager alike - and, as it turned out, Garbutt's adoption of defensive duties allowed Baines to roam in the left area of central midfield to troubling effect.

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The opening goal came inside five minutes as a finely-weighted pass from Aiden McGeady released Seamus Coleman down the right and the right-back duly crossed low into the path of an onrushing Kone.

The Ivorian has looked hungry since his return to first-team involvement after a long-term lay-off with the knee injury he sustained in October 2013. In fact, it was Kone's first Premier League start for the Blues and he marked it with a bang, meeting Coleman's centre on cue to side-foot past young Jack Alnwick in goal.

And with that kick of the ball, he became the 500th different scorer in Everton's history.

The shine from that bright start would fade by half-time as Newcastle levelled, although their goalscorer was highly fortunate to still be on the pitch.

Not for the first time this season, a controversial decision swiftly preceded a goal against the Blues.

Cisse was marshalled by Coleman in the box as Everton defended a corner, but the Republic of Ireland international was felled by a thrusted elbow which connected square with his face.

Referee Craig Pawson missed the incident and it would rile the away support further when the Senegalese hitman ran away in celebration just three minutes later.

Playing a corner short, Cheick Tiote whipped the ball deep to the back post where Mike Williamson helped it back across goal for Cisse to volley home.

The Blues looked to respond immediately as Garbutt's set-piece deliveries frequently asked questions of a shakey Newcastle defence and Kone came close to making one count but his header drifted wide.

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Everton continued to press in response before the interval as McGeady showed fine footwork to create a yard of space inside the area before blazing a shot over.

Ross Barkley entered the fray for James McCarthy for the second half, yet the midfielder had barely had a touch before the Magpies went ahead.

A stray pass inside his own half from McGeady presented Tiote with the opportunity to feed in Perez; the former Tenerife striker's low shot squirming through the legs of Everton defenders.

Mirallas replaced McGeady on the hour-mark and soon after, Baines carved out a great chance for Eto'o, but the Blues' number five got too much under the cutback and fired it into the stands.

Baines then crossed for Kone who couldn't poke the ball on target and the Toffees were soon made to pay for not being clinical.

Goalscoring has not been a problem this term, but uncharacteristic errors at the back have led to an increase in the number conceded.

And when Barkley miscontrolled in his own box, Jack Colback seized on the loose ball and poke through the legs of Joel.

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Lukaku was immediately summoned from the bench to replace Kone, but it was Everton's other Belgian who provided late hope.

Quick thinking from Baines resulted in a quick pass through the middle for Mirallas to chase. The lightning fast winger showed composure and finesse to dink beyond Alnwick.

But four minutes' injury time was not enough to provide an Everton third and with half of the Premier League games now played, the Blues will seek to rediscover their early 2014 form in 2015 - starting at Hull on New Year's Day.