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Saturday 23 August K.O. 17:30

On This Day: 06/04

Everton beat Newcastle United 2-1 ON THIS DAY in 2003.

The win moved the Blues back above Liverpool in the Premiership table

A crowd of 40,031 were at Goodison Park to witness the impressive result.

Everton took the lead in the 18th minute when Thomas Gravesen's centre was headed on by David Weir and Wayne Rooney directed a close-range header into the back of the net.

Newcastle equalised however in the 40th minute. When Laurent Robert smashed a tremendous shot from the edge of the Everton box past Richard Wright and into the top corner of the net.

The game exploded just after the hour when Gravesen and Olivier Bernard were involved in a no-holds barred midfield clash. The Newcastle defender lay prostrate on the turf as play carried on around him and despite Geordie urges for Everton to put the ball out of play, Rooney skipped past a plethora of challenges during a mazy, cross-field run and slipped the ball to Kevin Campbell who was brought down in the box by Jonathan Woodgate.

The referee gave a penalty and the visitors were furious.

The Newcastle players surrounded Neale Barry, the bench joined in the protests too, and it was a good couple of minutes before the penalty could be taken.

Eventually though, David Unsworth smashed home the 22nd successful penalty kick of his Everton career, on 63 minutes, to give The Toffees all three points.

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