Everton Vs Newcastle United, Sat 18 Sep 2010

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Everton could be without key midfielder Tim Cahill for the Barclays Premier League clash with Newcastle at Goodison Park.

The Australian is battling a knee problem and manager David Moyes will make a late decision on his fitness.

The Toffees will welcome back captain Phil Neville after three weeks out with a foot injury but Jack Rodwell (ankle) and Louis Saha (calf) remain on the sidelines.

Chris Hughton's determination to keep Newcastle in the Premier League has only increased in the wake of the shock home defeat by Blackpool.

The Magpies boss will send his sideout at Goodison hoping they can regain some of the ground they conceded last weekend when, with a bumper crowd having turned up at St James' Park expecting them to roll over the Tangerines just as they had done Aston Villa three weeks earlier, they went down 2-0.

Hughton's sole mission for the season is to keep his team in the top flight, and Blackpool's visit will have been viewed by many onlookers as one of their few bankers.

However, far from being downcast, the former Republic of Ireland international has simply rolled up his sleeves and is ready to dig in once again.

Hughton said: "It's not easy - it certainly ruins the rest of your weekend.

"But at some stage during that, something has to kick in, and what has to kick in is the realisation that there was more good than bad.

"Certainly from a game like that, if we hadn't created the chances, I would have come away from it feeling even worse, but what we did do was create a lot of chances, as we did the game before away to Wolves.

"You feel if we are still able to do that, we will possibly get a little bit more fortune than misfortune.

"Players being players, they tend to bounce back and have a spring in their step a little bit quicker because that's the nature of the game.

"They are the ones who are on the football pitch who have to do the hard graft for 94 minutes. They get their rest and recovery and go again.

"As managers and coaches, you are analysing things over and over in your head - but amongst all that, it does make you more determined."

Hughton has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, although striker Andy Carroll continues to nurse a sore ankle.

French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa made his debut as a substitute last Saturday and he, like fellow new boy Cheik Tiote, is pushing for a first start.

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