Newcastle United remain unbeaten in the Barclays Premier League after Ryan Taylor’s dipping volley helps see off Everton at St James’ Park.
Johnny Heitinga’s own goal was added to by Taylor, before Jack Rodwell set up a tense second-period.
Louis Saha could have earned a penalty, while Tim Krul saved from Tim Cahill as The Toon battled to a win that takes them second before Manchester United take on Sunderland.
It was yet another example of ruthless attacking play and defensive discipline from Alan Pardew’s men, while David Moyes will be ruing several missed chances from his Toffees side, who have just 10 points from their 10 league matches.
The Magpies proved their unbeaten start domestically was no fluke when they beat Stoke City on Monday, and they took just 12 minutes to keep the momentum going.
Danny Simpson’s teasing delivery missed all in black and white, but was poked into his own net by Heitinga.
The home side doubled their lead on the half hour when Taylor was given time and space to unleash a dipping volley which cannoned in off the underside of the bar.
Everton continued to dominate possession, and got the reward their impressive first-half showing deserved when Rodwell headed in Leighton Baines’ corner.
The second half lacked the same attacking potency from both sides, but the visitors should have been awarded a penalty when substitute Dan Gosling, formerly of Everton, handled Saha’s goalbound shot.
The Frenchman’s lone appeal was turned away, and even the introduction of Cahill couldn’t yield a leveler, as the midfielder was denied by Krul in one of few chances late on, as the league’s joint-best defence stood firm.
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