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Everton   0 - 1   Newcastle

Hatem Ben Arfa's stunning strike gave Newcastle victory
Hatem Ben Arfa scored with a superb long-range strike in the opening half

BY Phil McNulty
Chief football writer at Goodison Park

Hatem Ben Arfa's stunning strike gave Newcastle their first win at Goodison Park in nine years and left Everton rooted in the bottom three and still without a Premier League win this season.

Ben Arfa, making his first Newcastle start after signing on loan from Marseille, scored with a spectacular 25-yard drive on the stroke of half-time as Chris Hughton's side bounced back in style from their shock home defeat by Blackpool.

Newcastle also survived the loss of goalkeeper Steve Harper in the first-half after he sustained a shoulder injury in a challenge with Jermaine Beckford.

Everton almost snatched a point their performance did not deserve when substitute Yakubu hit the post in stoppage time, but there was to be no repeat of the late recovery that earned them a point against Manchester United last Saturday.

Newcastle team effort pleases Hughton

And as Everton continue to languish near the bottom of the table after so much pre-season optimism, the home fans vented their full fury on their struggling side at the final whistle.

Newcastle's celebrations were in stark contrast with Ben Arfa, also linked with Everton in the summer, making himself an instant hero as he produced the moment of inspiration that proved to be the difference between the sides.

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Everton were forced to replace injured Tim Cahill with Beckford but the striker's only significant contribution in 45 minutes of struggle was a challenge on Harper that saw the keeper stretchered off.

Newcastle, who also gave a debut to Ivory Coast international Cheik Tiote, were the more assured side as Everton struggled to capture the fluency they displayed in patches in the draw with Manchester United.

Hughton's side signalled their intent as Wayne Routledge headed off target early on, while Everton keeper Tim Howard was also forced to palm away Joey Barton's free-kick.

Nolan excited by 'top player' Ben Arfa

Everton's response was a header from Phil Jagielka that drifted narrowly wide and a tame finish from Leon Osman that was easily saved by Tim Krul, on for the injured Harper.

Ben Arfa had already produced a moment of brilliance that almost created a chance for Andy Carroll - but he delivered a taste of what once made him one of European football's hottest properties to give Newcastle a deserved lead on the stroke of half-time, unleashing a rising drive that flew into the roof of the net past a startled Howard.

Everton boss David Moyes needed to inject life into his side, and he responded by replacing Beckford and Tony Hibbert with Yakubu and Seamus Coleman.

It produced a reaction with an increase in tempo, but not in quality as Everton's play lacked composure.

Moyes frustrated with start to season

Indeed, it was Newcastle who felt they should have had the opportunity to extend their lead with 15 minutes left, but referee Andre Marriner ignored their vehement penalty appeals and ruled that Coleman got a touch on the ball as he challenged Kevin Nolan in the area.

Everton staged a late rally of sorts, with Yakubu hitting a post and Marouane Fellaini being denied by Fabricio Coloccini's superb challenge in stoppage time, but Newcastle held on for three deserved win.

For Everton and boss Moyes, they are left to ponder their worst Premier League start in 16 years.

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Saturday, 18 September 2010

Premier League

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Everton 0-1 Newcastle FT
(HT 0-1)
    • Ben Arfa 45

    Everton

    Substitutes

    Newcastle

    Substitutes

    Ref: MarrinerAtt: 38,019
    EVERTON
    NEWCASTLE

    Possession

    • Everton 45%
    • Newcastle 55%

    Attempts on target

    • Everton 3
    • Newcastle 4

    Attempts off target

    • Everton 3
    • Newcastle 5

    Corners

    • Everton 3
    • Newcastle 6

    Fouls

    • Everton 15
    • Newcastle 21
    • Final Result
    • 95:19 The referee starts the match.
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:06 Corner from the left by-line taken by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Andrew Carroll.
    • 90:00+2:42 Jonas Gutierrez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Diniyar Bilyaletdinov. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:44 Steven Pienaar fouled by Joey Barton, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Pienaar restarts play with the free kick.
    • 90:00+1:04 Effort from deep inside the area by Ayegbeni Yakubu hits the post.
    • 90:00+0:42 Wayne Routledge gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 90:00 The referee ends the match.
    • 88:49 Diniyar Bilyaletdinov produces a cross.
    • 87:53 Leon Osman crosses the ball, Tim Krul makes a comfortable save.
    • 87:03 Jonas Gutierrez challenges Seamus Coleman unfairly and gives away a free kick. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 84:32 Marouane Fellaini produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.
    • 81:48 Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
    • 81:48 Substitution Jonas Gutierrez replaces Hatem Ben Arfa.
    • 81:48 Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Joey Barton.
    • 80:57 The ball is sent over by Seamus Coleman, comfortable save by Tim Krul.
    • 80:44 Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Leighton Baines. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 79:41 Centre by James Perch, Tim Howard makes a save.
    • 76:19 Cheik Tiote challenges Marouane Fellaini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sylvain Distin restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:48 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Diniyar Bilyaletdinov coming on for Johnny Heitinga.
    • 71:07 Sanchez Jose Enrique produces a cross.
    • 70:31 Unfair challenge on Joey Barton by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Joey Barton.
    • 69:19 Johnny Heitinga delivers the ball, save made by Tim Krul.
    • 68:41 Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
    • 68:41 Booking Kevin Nolan is booked.
    • 68:32 Seamus Coleman fouled by Kevin Nolan, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 67:19 Wayne Routledge concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Pienaar. Free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 66:45 Unfair challenge on Sanchez Jose Enrique by Leon Osman results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 66:11 Booking Sanchez Jose Enrique receives a caution.
    • 65:20 Andrew Carroll challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 64:44 A cross is delivered by Steven Pienaar.
    • 62:16 Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
    • 62:16 Booking Marouane Fellaini is shown a yellow card.
    • 61:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Marouane Fellaini on Mike Williamson.
    • 60:59 Corner taken by Mikel Arteta from the right by-line played to the near post, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance.
    • 60:40 Phil Jagielka produces a cross, Mike Williamson makes a clearance. A cross is delivered by Marouane Fellaini, James Perch makes a clearance.
    • 59:48 Short corner taken by Leighton Baines from the left by-line. The ball is sent over by Leighton Baines, clearance by Mike Williamson.
    • 59:27 The ball is crossed by Mikel Arteta, clearance by Mike Williamson.
    • 58:53 Ayegbeni Yakubu takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save.
    • 58:30 Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 58:30 Booking James Perch shown a yellow card.
    • 58:23 Foul by James Perch on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded.
    • 57:43 Seamus Coleman crosses the ball.
    • 57:28 Steven Pienaar fouled by Wayne Routledge, the ref awards a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 55:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Nolan on Ayegbeni Yakubu. Tim Howard takes the free kick.
    • 54:26 Ayegbeni Yakubu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Wayne Routledge. Joey Barton crosses the ball in from the free kick, Leon Osman makes a clearance.
    • 53:35 A cross is delivered by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Sylvain Distin. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 52:14 Andrew Carroll challenges Sylvain Distin unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Phil Jagielka.
    • 51:16 The ball is crossed by Johnny Heitinga, Mike Williamson manages to make a clearance. The offside flag is raised against Marouane Fellaini. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
    • 49:55 Joey Barton takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Leon Osman.
    • 46:15 Johnny Heitinga challenges Joey Barton unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mike Williamson takes the free kick.
    • 45:01 Substitution (Everton) makes a substitution, with Seamus Coleman coming on for Tony Hibbert.
    • 45:01 Substitution Ayegbeni Yakubu replaces Jermaine Beckford.
    • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00 The first half comes to an end.
    • 44:29 The assist for the goal came from Wayne Routledge.
    • 44:29 GOAL - Hatem Ben ArfaEverton 0 - 1 Newcastle Hatem Ben Arfa fires in a fantastic goal from long distance to the top left corner of the goal. Everton 0-1 Newcastle.
    • 43:24 Effort from long distance by Joey Barton goes wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 42:06 Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Marouane Fellaini. Leighton Baines takes the free kick. Johnny Heitinga is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 41:00 Unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Mikel Arteta results in a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
    • 40:47 Wayne Routledge delivers the ball, clearance made by Phil Jagielka.
    • 38:44 Leon Osman takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Krul.
    • 37:36 The assistant referee flags for offside against Marouane Fellaini. Tim Krul takes the indirect free kick.
    • 36:51 The ball is crossed by Steven Pienaar.
    • 35:43 Centre by Hatem Ben Arfa.
    • 32:14 Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
    • 32:14 Substitution (Newcastle) makes a substitution, with Tim Krul coming on for Steve Harper.
    • 32:14 Booking The referee cautions Jermaine Beckford for unsporting behaviour.
    • 32:04 Jermaine Beckford challenges Steve Harper unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 31:09 Inswinging corner taken by Joey Barton, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Andrew Carroll misses to the right of the target.
    • 30:58 Kevin Nolan crosses the ball, blocked by Johnny Heitinga.
    • 28:54 Wayne Routledge fouled by Marouane Fellaini, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save by Tim Howard. The ball is swung over by Wayne Routledge, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance. Effort on goal by James Perch from long range goes over the bar.
    • 27:40 The ball is delivered by James Perch, blocked by Leighton Baines. Corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton, Headed effort from inside the area by Andrew Carroll misses to the left of the target.
    • 24:49 Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Joey Barton from the right by-line to the near post, Marouane Fellaini manages to make a clearance.
    • 24:11 Corner taken by Joey Barton from the left by-line to the near post, Marouane Fellaini makes a clearance.
    • 23:30 Foul by Johnny Heitinga on Wayne Routledge, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Joey Barton, Sylvain Distin makes a clearance.
    • 22:23 Sanchez Jose Enrique takes a shot. Comfortable save by Tim Howard.
    • 22:07 The ball is delivered by Wayne Routledge, clearance by Leighton Baines.
    • 20:53 The referee blows for offside against Kevin Nolan. Tim Howard restarts play with the free kick.
    • 20:16 Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Marouane Fellaini. Leon Osman takes the free kick.
    • 18:11 Cheik Tiote challenges Mikel Arteta unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mikel Arteta takes the free kick.
    • 17:22 Foul by Tony Hibbert on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Joey Barton from left wing, clearance made by Marouane Fellaini.
    • 17:06 Steven Pienaar takes a shot. Comfortable save by Steve Harper.
    • 15:48 Tony Hibbert produces a cross, Headed effort on goal by Phil Jagielka from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
    • 15:19 Hatem Ben Arfa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta. Direct free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 14:59 The referee gives a free kick against Wayne Routledge for handball. Leighton Baines takes the direct free kick.
    • 14:10 Cheik Tiote takes a shot. Save made by Tim Howard.
    • 13:34 Unfair challenge on Mikel Arteta by Wayne Routledge results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sylvain Distin.
    • 12:44 Wayne Routledge produces a cross, Phil Jagielka manages to make a clearance.
    • 10:29 Andrew Carroll fouled by Johnny Heitinga, the ref awards a free kick. Joey Barton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel.
    • 9:49 Mikel Arteta delivers the ball, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini by Marouane Fellaini. Free kick taken by Steve Harper.
    • 9:26 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar by James Perch. Free kick taken by Mikel Arteta.
    • 8:04 The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Wayne Routledge misses to the left of the goal.
    • 5:43 Joey Barton challenges Jermaine Beckford unfairly and gives away a free kick. Phil Jagielka restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:47 Foul by Marouane Fellaini on Cheik Tiote, free kick awarded. Sanchez Jose Enrique restarts play with the free kick.
    • 3:32 Wayne Routledge sends in a cross, save made by Tim Howard.
    • 2:29 Leon Osman concedes a free kick for a foul on Hatem Ben Arfa. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the free kick.
    • 1:22 Foul by Andrew Carroll on Phil Jagielka, free kick awarded. Phil Jagielka takes the free kick.

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    Premier League table snapshot

    As it stood on 18 Sep 2010 23:59 UK

    Position Team P GD PTS
    1 Chelsea 4 16 12
    2 Arsenal 5 10 11
    3 Man Utd 4 6 8
    4 Tottenham 5 2 8
    5 Newcastle 5 2 7
    6 Fulham 5 1 7
    7 Blackpool 4 0 7
    8 Aston Villa 5 -3 7
    9 West Brom 5 -4 7
    10 Sunderland 5 0 6
    11 Birmingham 5 -1 6
    12 Bolton 5 -1 6
    13 Man City 4 2 5
    14 Blackburn 5 -1 5
    15 Wolves 5 -2 5
    16 Liverpool 4 -2 5
    17 Stoke 5 -3 4
    18 Wigan 4 -9 4
    19 Everton 5 -3 2
    20 West Ham 5 -10 1

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