Everton hit three past Newcastle

Everton boss Roberto Martinez
Everton boss Roberto Martinez

Everton 3 Newcastle 0

Everton’s season turned a significant corner as a first home league win of 2015 against 10-man Newcastle eased growing worries of a relegation battle.

Midfielder James McCarthy’s first goal since May was followed in the second half by Romelu Lukaku’s 17th of the campaign, one more than he managed in the whole of last season, before Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini was sent off and Ross Barkley made it 3-0 in added time.

It was a comfortable if not commanding performance but the Toffees were greatly assisted by Newcastle who, aside from one very early attack, rarely threatened and contributed significantly to their own downfall.