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Last Updated: Saturday, 30 December 2006, 16:55 GMT
Everton 3-0 Newcastle
By Saj Chowdhury

Victor Anichebe
Anichebe was a handful for the Newcastle defence

Teenager Victor Anichebe scored twice to help Everton to victory over Newcastle at a rainy Goodison Park.

The 18-year-old Nigerian scored his first league goal early in the game when he slotted in from six yards.

Just before the break, Obafemi Martins missed a penalty for Newcastle after Kieron Dyer was fouled by Leon Osman.

Anichebe made it 2-0, poking in after meeting Andy Johnson's headed flick-on, before Phil Neville scored his first goal in four years, from 20 yards.

Fans who had turned up to a rain-drenched Goodison were probably hoping for something a little bit more exciting than last Tuesday's non-event against Middlesbrough.

Luckily for the hearty supporters, Newcastle were the visitors for the last game of 2006, a side that in recent matches have been both entertaining and unpredictable.


The Magpies certainly entertained but it was their unpredictability at the back that cost them dearly.

After just 10 minutes Anichebe opened his Premiership account when he was first to pounce on a goalmouth scramble from Neville's teasing right-wing delivery.

Anichebe, who at 18 already has an immense physique, was a handful against Newcastle's youthful defence and appears to be in favour with manager David Moyes, who picked him ahead of James Beattie.

Others to impress for the Merseyside team, were Andy van der Meyde who gave right-wing defender Nolberto Solano a difficult time on a skiddy surface.

Everton's backline also coped more than admirably against the pacy forward pair of Dyer and in-form Martins - that was until just before half-time.

Dyer finally breached the Everton wall, but before he could unleash a shot inside the area he was adjudged to have been brought down by Osman.

The penalty was the perfect tonic for a lacklustre Newcastle who had been forced to bring off defender Peter Ramage with what looked like to be a hamstring problem.

Martins stepped up to take the spot-kick, following some unsavoury moments involving Emre and some Everton players, but blazed his effort spectacularly high and wide of Tim Howard's goal.

Martins had another chance to get the Magpies back into the match but his attempted header on goal was thwarted by his own team-mate Steven Taylor.

The visitors were made to pay for that mix-up, when at the other end Anichebe poked in at the second time of asking after his header from Johnson's flick-on was blocked.

And before the crowd could catch breath, captain Neville scored a rare goal, placing his spinning shot past the reach of Shay Given.

  • Everton boss David Moyes:
    "They were centre forward's goals but he (Anichebe) got a rollicking at half-time because I didn't think he did enough in the first half.

    "He could have worked harder and he got involved in an incident which led to them getting a penalty kick.

    "He got his goal and getting a second was a good way to shut his manager up."

  • Newcastle boss Glenn Roeder:
    "We're having to put young players in, perhaps before they're ready, and it's a baptism of fire.

    "I'm sure Everton boss David Moyes would understand he wouldn't be happy with the type of goals that were conceded by us.

    "Defensively, we need to bring players in and we are looking at targets."

    Everton: Howard, Neville, Yobo, Lescott, Nuno Valente, Osman, Carsley, Arteta, Van der Meyde (Davies 78), Johnson (Beattie 71), Anichebe (McFadden 71).
    Subs Not Used: Wright, Weir.

    Booked: Anichebe, Arteta.

    Goals: Anichebe 9, 58, Neville 62.

    Newcastle: Given, Solano, Ramage (Sibierski 37), Taylor, Huntington, Milner, Butt, Parker, Emre, Dyer (Pattison 78), Martins.
    Subs Not Used: Srnicek, Rossi, Edgar.

    Booked: Emre, Huntington, Parker.

    Att: 38,682

    Ref: D Gallagher (Oxfordshire).

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