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Newcastle United v Everton

Everton provided the perfect tonic to their midweek FA Cup disappointment by recording a 2-1 win at Newcastle and moving into the top half of the Premier League.

First half goals from Leon Osman and a first of the campaign for Phil Jagielka helped the Blues come from behind after Leon Best had put the Magpies ahead.

But Everton refused to let their head drop and surged back into it with Mikel Arteta and Osman particularly impressive in midfield.

And even when skipper Phil Neville was forced off with injury and Newcastle threw everything forward the visitors held firm at the back, while also looking dangerous on the counter.

Phil Jagielka is congratulated by his team-matesPhil Jagielka is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring the winner

The game took a while to get going but when it did it was a highly energetic affair with goalmouth incident aplenty at both ends of the pitch.

After 17 minutes a swift Everton counter attack found Arteta down the left, the Spaniard cut infield, entered the box and fired a powerful effort which required an excellent save from Steve Harper.

The ensuing corner was glanced wide by a stretching Osman and then Rodwell was off target from range.

The home side then took the lead with their first decent chance. They worked a 23rd minute free kick to Nolan inside the box and when Howard could only parry his effort, Best stooped to nod in the easiest of chances.

Shortly after, the goalscorer nodded a harder chance just wide, with the impressive Guttierez again the orchestrator.

Leon Osman looks up to the Everton fans high above himLeon Osman looks up to the Everton fans high above him after scoring

But Everton hit back shortly after, when Osman surged through the middle, passed to Arteta and made for the box. The Spaniard again skipped infield before returning the ball to Osman who was calmness personified as he passed the ball into the net from 12 yard out.

It got even better for the Toffees five minutes later when a Baines' brilliant free kick was stabbed home by Jagielka after Arteta had been fouled by Tiote.

Chances continued to flow at both ends with Mike Williamson stabbing wide before the break and Ameobi testing Howard just after.

Everton's task was made harder in the 52nd minute when skipper Neville was forced off with what looked like a hamstring injury, with John Heitinga replacing him.

Playing largely on the counter, the Blues managed to fashion chances for Beckford and Saha with the former going close on two occasions before being replaced by Victor Anichebe.

A great tackle by Baines denied Kevin Nolan a sight of goal before another counter saw Arteta slide the ball across goal with Saha inches away from converting.

Best had a goal rightly disallowed and also saw his free kick ricochet dangerously around the box but Saha could have made it safe at the other end before victory was finally confirmed after five minutes of added time.

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