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NEWCASTLE v EVERTON RECAP: Late Cleverley header wins it for Toffees

Everton produced a last-gasp win over Newcastle United at St James' Park on Saturday.

The Toffees managed to find an injury-time winner through Tom Cleverley to record their first victory in five outings.

The only goal of the contest came in the 93rd minute when Rob Elliot punched Gerard Deulofeu's corner straight to Cleverley who produced a looping header from just inside the area for his first goal for the club.

The win allowed Roberto Martinez's Toffees to move back to ninth position as Steve McClaren's unfortunate Magpies dropped to 18th.


Newcastle United: 0
Everton: 1 (Tom Cleverley 90+3')
St James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne - 51,682


- Is this the win Everton needs to spark a mid-season revival following a run of subpar results?

- Newcastle can't take a trick at the moment. With a little luck, is their for good enough to stave off relegation?


Newcastle head to West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day when Everton host Stoke City at Goodison Park.



Everton boss Martinez on Cleverley:

"Tom has been given really unfair treatment over the last three years.

"Tom Cleverley, I know him well, but the way he has been performing at our football club, he has been back to himself, back to his very, very best."

Newcastle's McClaren on the manner of the defeat:

"I have lost quite a few games in the last minute and cruel endings, but never before have I felt so upset and disappointed for a set of players than I did when I walked into that dressing room.

"They didn't deserve that. They gave everything - in the second half they were magnificent."

Andrew Slevison
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