Newcastle United 2-0 Everton
12.16 – Welcome to another weekend of Premier League football here at The Score. A bizarre day today in that all of the leading sides are playing at 3pm on a Saturday for the first time this season. First up, though, is this intriguing side between a hugely impressive Newcastle United and an always-awkward Everton.
Thanks to a superb French scouting system, Alan Pardew’s alchemy and a tight formation that combines solidity (the best defence in the division) with creativity, Newcastle are the only other side other than Manchester City still unbeaten in the league.
The sticking point today though: Everton are the only side to have won at St James’s Park in 2011.
12.59 – GOAL! Newcastle United 1-0 Everton
Cruel on Johnny Heitinga who diverts the ball into his own net (and might have got a better shout from Tim Howard) but it was the result of a dangerous, inviting ball swerved inside the box from Danny Simpson. Top marks the defender.
13.16 – GOAL! Newcastle 2-0 Everton
And that is an absolute cracker from Liverpool supporter and new father Ryan Taylor. On the half-volley from near the corner of the 18-yard box, he unleashes an unstoppable drive that ricochets off bar and post before nestling in the net. Supreme.
13.34 – GOAL! Newcastle United 2-1 Everton
To a certain degree, it had been coming. An absolutely superb, almost undefendable corner from Royston Drenthe is met by Rodwell who steers it past Krul with power.
14.22 – Everton showing a lot of grit here… but they need guile to open something now. Newcastle have recovered composure at the back and holding out well.