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Last Updated: Saturday, 13 September, 2003, 16:02 GMT 17:02 UK
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Everton 2-2 Newcastle

Everton and Newcastle were forced to share the points after a physical game which contained three penalties, 10 bookings and two red cards.

Newcastle twice took the lead through penalties from Alan Shearer, only for Everton to get back on level terms both times.

Their first equaliser came through Tomasz Radzinski with Duncan Ferguson, on as a late substitute, securing a share of the points with a penalty two minutes from time.

Everton had earlier been rocked when their 17-year-old England star Wayne Rooney limped off after half-an-hour following a tangle with Newcastle defender Olivier Bernard.

Everton could have had a penalty inside the first 10 minutes but referee Rob Styles waved away their appeals after Andy O'Brien appeared to bring down Toffees' debutant Kevin Kilbane after a weaving run.

Joseph Yobo then had a header saved by Shay Given at the second attempt from Thomas Gravesen's corner.

The half was 20 minutes old before Newcastle managed their first attempt, with Richard Wright - who was soon to be replaced by Nigel Martyn - saving comfortably from Alan Shearer.

KEY MOMENTS
40 mins: Robert is dismissed after fouling Linderoth
59 mins: Naysmith sees red and Shearer's penalty puts Newcastle ahead
67 mins: Radzinski pounces for Everton's first equaliser
82 mins: Shearer scores his second spot kick to put the visitors back in front
88 mins: Ferguson's late penalty grabs a point for Everton

A couple of minutes later came disaster for the hosts.

Bernard tangled with Rooney, and although the youngster managed to continue after a couple of minutes of treatment, he was limping heavily.

Rooney tried to run the injury off but he was clearly struggling and Everton boss David Moyes took him off just before the break, with returning hero Francis Jeffers coming on in his place.

And Jeffers, on loan back at his first club from Arsenal, was soon into the action, firing a shot wide after a neat turn.

With five minutes to go before the break Laurent Robert, who had been booked after 23 minutes, saw red for a foul on Tobias Linderoth to round off a scrappy first half.

When Radzinski and Jeffers both forced Given into saves early in the second half it looked as though Everton were going to take advantage of their extra man, but Newcastle roused themselves to take the lead.

Shearer's pass sent Kieron Dyer racing clear and the despairing Naysmith brought him down from behind.

Referee Styles reached for the red card and Shearer rifled home the penalty.

Five minutes later Ferguson came on to try to add some strength to Everton's attack, replacing Watson, and the hosts began to press in search of the equaliser.

It duly arrived after 67 minutes when a scramble in the box allowed the Canadian Radzinski space to clip the ball home off the post.

Everton debutant Kevin Kilbane tussles with Newcastle's Andy O'Brien
The first half was a scrappy affair

Both sides went looking for the winner but just as it seemed as though the game was heading for stalemate Yobo was adjudged to have brought down Bernard in the area.

Everton were far from happy with the decision, but Shearer was only too pleased to stroke home his second penalty of the match.

It looked as though Newcastle were heading for their first win of the season but Everton refused to give in and they grabbed a point after 88 minutes when Ferguson scored from the spot after Radzinski had been fouled.


Everton: Wright (Martyn 26), Hibbert, Yobo, Stubbs, Naysmith, Watson (Ferguson 63), Gravesen, Linderoth, Kilbane, Radzinski, Rooney (Jeffers 30).
Subs Not Used: Weir, Unsworth.

Sent Off: Naysmith (58).

Booked: Watson, Linderoth, Jeffers, Ferguson, Stubbs.

Newcastle: Given, Griffin, O'Brien, Bramble, Bernard, Bowyer, Dyer, Speed (Jenas 71), Robert, Shearer, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: Hughes, Ameobi, Caig, Viana.

Sent Off: Robert (40).

Booked: Robert, Bernard, Griffin, Bellamy, Jenas.

Attendance: 40,228.

Referee: R Styles (Hampshire).




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