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St James' Park
Sunday, 28 November
Kick-off: 1400 GMT

Newcastle will recall Patrick Kluivert, Jermaine Jenas, Ronny Johnsen, Kieron Dyer and Laurent Robert after all missed out on the Uefa Cup in midweek.

Skipper Alan Shearer (thigh) and defenders Stephen Carr (knee) and Andy O'Brien (hamstring) remain sidelined.

Everton's Thomas Gravesen has recovered from a knee injury, so Everton manager David Moyes is expected to name an unchanged side.

The Dane was injured in the 1-0 victory over Fulham last weekend.

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Important game this weekend and Newcastle are far from unbeatable at home this season, am confident we can come out of this game with at least a draw on sunday.
 

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Indeed, a draw should be possible.
 

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Viola said:
Indeed, a draw should be possible.

Ive refused to start these threads before the match as every time I have we lost so thanks 8 ball for doing so. This will be our chance to beat a good side away from home and Im looking for a 1-0 win.
 

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Newcastle 1-1 Everton

Lee Carsley's curling free-kick earned high-flying Everton a point in manager David Moyes' 100th Premiership game.

Craig Bellamy burst through to make it 1-0 before Jermaine Jenas' volley hit the bar and Alan Stubbs cleared Patrick Kluivert's effort off the line.

Stubbs and Tim Cahill went close before half-time and the chances continued to come thick and fast after the break.

After Carsley levelled, Bellamy hit the post, Marcus Bent missed a good chance and Shay Given denied Leon Osman.

Everton began in the bright manner that has helped them surpass all expectations this season and Bent's looping header from Tony Hibbert's cross drifted just wide of the far corner.

But it was all Newcastle for the next 15 minutes and they opened the scoring with a move that was devastating in its simplicity.

Shay Given's kick forward was flicked on by Lee Bowyer and, after a neat one-two between Bellamy and Kluivert, the Wales striker's searing pace took him clear to finish with aplomb.

Newcastle's pace and precise passing was causing all sorts of problems for the visitors and Jenas was twice unlucky not to add a second goal.

He almost finished off a superb move he had started from the halfway line when he collected a pass from the impressive Kluivert before Martyn denied him with an excellent save.

And he was even closer when his acrobatic volley canoned off the woodwork after the ball had bobbled about in the Everton penalty area.

There was another close call for the Toffees when, after they had failed to clear Bellamy's cross, Kluivert's shot was heading into Martyn's right corner before Stubbs cleared it off the line.

But Everton finally came into the game towards the end of the first half and nearly snatched an equaliser they scarcely deserved when Thomas Gravesen's free-kick fell to Stubbs at the other end but this time his shot was parried by Given.

A succession of corners followed and Stubbs' goalbound header was accidentally blocked by Cahill, whose back-heeled effort was inches wide.

Moyes sent his side out early to warm up for the second half and, no doubt spurred on by some choice words from him, resumed the game with plenty of purpose.

Cahill had a decent shout for a penalty when young right-back Steven Taylor pushed him in the back but the midfielder was the only one to protest.

Sparked into life, Newcastle tried to regain control of the game and Kieron Dyer was the next to benefit from Kluivert's vision when he ran on to his through-ball but, after rounding Martyn, he failed to squeeze in from a difficult angle.

Kluivert was then presented with a half-chance to net a goal he richly deserved when Bellamy played him in but his shot was high and wide.

But Carsley stunned the home crowd when he curled a sublime 30-yard free-kick into the top corner, with Given barely moving to his left.

An already-entertaining game began opening up further and Bellamy joined Jenas in hitting the woodwork when his raking drive crashed off the post with Martyn well-beaten.

However, Everton should have completed a remarkable turnaround when Gravesen's delightful touch put Bent clear but he could not find the net after taking the ball wide of Given.

The pace did not abate in the closing minutes and it was Dyer's turn to feel aggrieved when he collided with Kevin Kilbane but referee Neale Barry appeared correct to ignore cries for a penalty.

Fittingly, the game ended with both teams going close to winning it.

Bellamy should really have made the points safe when Kluivert crossed from the left and the ball fell to him in acres of space.

But Alessandro Pistone blocked his fierce drive and, almost immediately, Osman's 20-yard effort was tipped around the post by Given.

Newcastle: Given, Taylor, Bramble, Hughes, Bernard, Jenas, Dyer, Bowyer (Ameobi 81), Robert, Bellamy, Kluivert. Subs Not Used: Milner, Ambrose, Brittain, Harper.

Booked: Bramble.

Goals: Bellamy 5.

Everton: Martyn, Hibbert, Stubbs, Weir, Pistone, Cahill (Watson 86), Osman, Gravesen (Yobo 90), Carsley, Kilbane, Bent (Ferguson 88). Subs Not Used: McFadden, Wright.

Booked: Cahill, Hibbert, Bent.

Goals: Carsley 56.

Att: 51,247

Ref: N Barry (N Lincolnshire).
 

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PAULMAY said:
Ive refused to start these threads before the match as every time I have we lost so thanks 8 ball for doing so. This will be our chance to beat a good side away from home and Im looking for a 1-0 win.
lol, np. ;)

Fine result and performance to come back from an early set back away from home. Keeps us in a strong third place :)
 

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lol, np. ;)

Fine result and performance to come back from an early set back away from home. Keeps us in a strong third place :)
Blody hell I thought Bent won that for us :frustrat:

No one to beat and hits it wide............... I guess you have to be happy with a point but seeing Arsenal stumbled with Liverpool we had a chance to be in second.
 

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Good result, given the fact that Newcastle took an early lead. One point behind the Arse - I still can't believe what I see...:)
 

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After a gutty performance Moyes is ready to talk about the possability of playing in Europe next season.
Moyes targets Europe
Sun 28 Nov, 6:52 PM

Everton boss David Moyes has set his sights on Europe after seeing his battling troops fight back to claim a point at Newcastle.

Lee Carsley's 56th-minute free-kick gave the visitors their reward for a determined defensive display as they managed to claw their way back into the game following Craig Bellamy's fifth-minute opener.

The Magpies trudged off the pitch at the final whistle as if they had suffered a fourth successive home defeat after turning in a display good enough to win but finding themselves denied by keeper Nigel Martyn on several occasions, the woodwork on two more and former Magpie Alessandro Pistone's back at the death.

But Everton rode their luck and might even have snatched all three points to strengthen their unlikely claims on European football next season.

"I am not going to set myself up but why would we now not try to be one of the teams who are challenging?" said Moyes. "Newcastle, they will challenge for Europe, no doubt, and we are 10 points ahead of them at the moment, so we have got to think that we can do that as well.

"We have got a long way to go and we are just starting our re-building programme really, but the players are doing a great job of getting it underway, that's for sure."
 
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