Everton eased their relegation worries as they beat 10-man Newcastle 3-0 with their first win at Goodison Park in 2015.

Everton’s problem is their over-reliance on Romelu Lukaku’s goals, so it was a welcome change when unlikely marksman James McCarthy scored his first of the season. McCarthy’s goal in 20th minute from a Lukaku lay-off, opened the Toffees lead, but the Magpies goalkeeper, Tim Krul, was at fault for letting in the tame effort in, as he appeared to be diving in the wrong direction, despite having full view of the shot.

Newcastle were very poor, and were very much the architects of their own downfall in this encounter. Their best chance in the first-half was when Gabriel Obertan’s shot was saved by Tim Howard, while Mike Williamson’s shot was blocked on the line by McCarthy.

The Magpies’ hopes of getting back into the match were cancelled eleven minutes into the second-half, as Yoan Gouffran, who was attempting to dribble the ball on the edge of his penalty area, tripped Aaron Lennon in the box. The Belgian international, Lukaku, scored the spot kick, his 17th goal of the season.

Three minutes later, the Magpies captain Fabricio Coloccini got sent off after he felled Aaron Lennon. Although the contact did not look strong, the referee Atkinson saw enough to hand the defender a straight red.

There were further chances for Everton in the second-half, as Aruna Kone and Leon Osman went close, before Ross Barkley rounded off a fantastic afternoon for the Toffees, when he netted the third deep into injury-time. 

The result was welcomed at Goodison Park, which has been a glum place so far this season. The win moved Everton to six points adrift of the relegation zone, as they managed to combine their Europa League excursions with Premier League survival. The Toffees were coming into the match on the back of their 2-1 comeback win in their first leg of the Europa League last-16 against Dynamo Kiev, and this result will boost their confidence ahead of the Thursday night trip to Kiev, for the second leg match.

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