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Sunday 21 September K.O. 16:00



Goodison Park | 30th September 2013 20:00 | Attendance - 33495

Everton v Newcastle United

Everton turned in their best performance of the Roberto Martinez era to provide a first half demolition of Newcastle and record an eventual 3-2 triumph.

A pair of Romelu Lukaku strikes ensured his home debut would be memorable, with Ross Barkley's maiden Goodison strike also the product of the big Belgian's impressive play.

Yohan Cabaye's searing strike after half time looked like being scant consolation for a Newcastle side who travelled back to Tyneside having been thoroughly outplayed - with Loic Remy's late strike more than they deserved.

It was a fitting way to mark Gareth Barry's 500th Premier League appearance as he joined an elite 10-man club.

Everything which Everton did in the opening period was a class above their opponents. The defence was first to every ball and in Seamus Coleman they had a man who had seemingly made it his mission to mark his opposite number out of the game. The dangerous Hatem Ben Arfa didn't have a sniff and was hauled off at half time.

Seamus Coleman puts in another terrific display down Everton's right flank.Seamus Coleman puts in another terrific display down Everton's right flank.

In midfield the passing was crisp and adventurous while Lukaku, the fulcrum up front, was unplayable at times.

He underlined his menace immediately when Kevin Mirallas headed for the byline down the right flank and centred for his compatriot to sidefoot powerfully past Tim Krul. A goal within five minutes of his home debut.

The home side were in full flow and moments later Barkley sent a thunderous volley just wide from Lukaku's cushioned pass

James McCarthy had Krul in action again on 18 minutes and a second goal was clearly in the offing.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates a dream first start for Everton.Romelu Lukaku celebrates a dream first start for Everton.

It arrived in the 25th minute via more powerful forward play from Lukaku. His turn and pass was perfect for Barkley who cantered through and finished with the utmost calm before performing an expert knee-slide celebration.

Goodison Park was purring with some of the football on display and so it was almost a shock when the third goal arrived in the most direct of fashions.

Perhaps the Magpies defenders weren't expecting Tim Howard's 37th minute punt; Fabricio Coloccini totally misjudged it and allowed Lukaku to sprint through, evade the onrushing Krul and walk the ball virtually on to the line before smashing it home.

For all Everton's quality, Newcastle had been poor. In fact, the visitors' only decent effort of the half was a stinging drove from Ben Arfa which Howard palmed away in added time.

The 20-year-old finished calmly past Tim Krul following Lukaku's assist.Barkley finishes calmly past Tim Krul following Lukaku's assist.

They improved after the break when Alan Pardew had made two substitutions and Yoan Gouffran soon hit the inside of the post.

Leon Osman just failed to reach Mirallas' powerful cross-shot at the other end but soon the visitors did pull a goal back.

Cabaye had arrived at the break and six minutes into the second period he had already contributed more than most of his teammates when he smashed in a brilliant long range strike.

The concession was the first Everton have allowed in the league at Goodison for over 11 hours of football.

Lukaku could have grabbed his hat-trick 20 minutes into the second half after Coleman's clever touch had played him in, but the big Belgian fired over.

Barkley and Leighton Baines - twice - were off target in the search for a fourth goal but it was the Magpies who ensured a nervy end after Loic Remy bundled home late on.



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