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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Newcastle 4-2 Everton
Newcastle stayed on course for the Champions League and left Everton still battling to escape the relegation zone.

Craig Bellamy's solo goal put Newcastle ahead after five minutes, but Thomas Gravesen equalised quickly for Everton.

Kieron Dyer's header restored Newcastle's lead before half-time, and Alan Shearer's fine finish added a third seven minutes after the interval.

Joseph Yobo pulled one back late on, but Shearer rounded off Newcastle's win with a thumping injury-time goal.

Newcastle made the perfect start as Bellamy gave them the lead after only five minutes.

Shearer out-jumped Yobo to head Shay Given's clearance down towards Bellamy.

The Welshman muscled his way past David Unsworth to round Nigel Martyn and slot home his ninth goal of the season.

But Everton were on terms in the 12th minute when Tomasz Radzinski set up Gravesen to drill a comprehensive finish past Shay Given.

KEY MOMENTS
5 mins: Craig Bellamy puts Newcastle ahead
12 mins: Thomas Gravesen equalises for Everton
21 mins: Kieron Dyer restores Newcastle's lead
52 mins: Alan Shearer scores Newcastle's third
81 mins: Joseph Yobo pulls a goal back for Everton
90 mins: Shearer seals victory for Newcastle

Everton had recalled veteran Kevin Campbell, who has scored five times at St James' Park, and he almost added another when he was found by Tobias Linderoth but Aaron Hughes came to Newcastle's rescue.

Newcastle were back in front after 21 minutes when Dyer finished a flowing move with his first goal in 48 Premiership games.

He fed Darren Ambrose, and then received the return cross to head the ball into the ground and over the stranded Martyn.

Everton were refusing to go quietly and continued to press forward in search of another equaliser.

And they were only denied a leveller by the crossbar at the start of the second half when Steve Watson flicked on Kevin Kilbane's corner and Yobo hit the bar.

But Shearer calmed Newcastle's nerves after 52 minutes when he took advantage of an awful error by Yobo to draw Martyn and score his 25th goal of the season.

Everton were unlucky when Watson headed home, only to see his goal unfortunately ruled out for offside.

Yobo scrambled home Everton's second with nine minutes to go, but Shearer was on target again in the dying seconds to confirm the victory.


Newcastle: Given, Hughes, Woodgate, Bramble, Bernard, Ambrose (Bowyer 75), Dyer, Speed, Robert (Ameobi 84), Bellamy, Shearer.
Subs Not Used: Harper, Taylor, Viana.

Everton: Martyn, Naysmith, Yobo, Unsworth, Pistone, Watson, Linderoth (Nyarko 68), Gravesen, Kilbane (McFadden 68), Radzinski, Campbell.
Subs Not Used: Wright, Carsley, Hibbert.

Attendance: 42,155.

Referee: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).




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