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St James' Park | 2nd January 2013 20:00

Newcastle United v Everton

A brilliant Leighton Baines free-kick helped Everton kick-off 2013 in winning fashion with a 2-1 victory over Newcastle.

The Toffees recovered from conceding a goal after 65 seconds with Baines' equalising free-kick the highlight.

His left-foot exocet before the break deservedly brought the Blues back into it and Victor Anichebe's instant-impact goal just before the hour won it.

It was a disastrous start for Everton as Papiss Cisse latched on to Tim Krul's punt forward and nodded home, leaving the visitors' central defenders red-faced.

NewcastleJelavic controls a high ball

That goal had roused the home fans but they were almost silenced by an earlier Baines free-kick which required Krul's athletic intervention to keep it out.

After Tim Howard had spared John Heitinga any further embarrassment by clawing away his defensive header, Everton took the game to their hosts.

In the 23rd minute Steven Naismith headed Baines' curling free-kick straight at the keeper, then Davide Santon blocked from the returning Marouane Felaini after some incisive passing.

A rare Magpies chance saw James Perch head against the post but soon Everton - and in particular Baines - was causing problems at the other end.

First a sublime pass - perfectly weighted and wonderfully disguised - sent Steven Pienaar through only for Krul to save again.

NewcastleBaines salutes the Everton fans after his goal

Then the England man's thunderbolt free-kick arrowed magnificently into the net to deliver a deserved equaliser.

Everton continued in the same vein after the break with Moyes choosing to augment his attacking threat by introducing Anichebe for Steven Naismith in the 58th minute.

A masterstroke. Seconds later the substitute had put the Blues ahead. Nikica Jelavic healed the ball up on the left flank, waited for Anichebe to power into the box then sent in a low cross which the Nigerian turned home.

Howard denied Gabriel Obertan and Cisse to preserve the lead before a Fellaini charge was illegally halted at the other end to present Baines with another dead ball opportunity - but this time he drifted it agonisingly wide.

Santon burst forward from left-back to again test Howard, with the American then denying Sylvain Marveaux in impressive fashion.

And in the final stages Everton kept the ball well to draw the sting from Newcastle and begin 2013 in perfect fashion.

Anichebe NewcastleAnichebe celebrates his winner



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