Cory Sinnott's goal after 15 minutes, wasn't enough to secure a victory over a Newcastle side occupying second place in the league, whose impressive second-half display cancelled out the travelling Blues' early lead. Despite defeat, Everton's still lie sixth spot in the league, but Andy Holden will be disappointed to have not closed the gap on Blackburn in fifth. Sinnott's goal was just about the only chance in a fairly incident-free first half. Yet despite the lack of opportunities, the clash was thoroughly entertaining to watch, with both sides fighting hard to gain the advantage.
It was Eunan O'Kane's in-swinging free-kick from the left hand side that created the goal, his cross dropped at the back post and Sinnott had no problem in converting from just five yards out. Newcastle could have levelled just two minutes before half-time, but Jonny Godsmark's header was cleared off the line by James McCarten.
The Magpies came out after the break with a point to prove and were the better of the two sides, with Everton having very few - if any - chances. It was inevitable that the home side would level at some point and on 65 minutes, a Mark Doninger header did just that. Not long after losing their lead, the Blues found themselves a goal down. Hesitancy at the back from Shane Duffy allowed Nial Ranger to knick in and score pass the on-rushing Iain Turner.
Further adding to Andy Holden's woes was an injury to
James McCarten who appeared to land awkwardly on his ankle
after an aerial challenge and was stretchered off. That left the clash with six minutes of injury time,
yet the Toffees couldn't get the goal needed to salvage a