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Football: YOBO STRIKES TO LIFT BLUES; EVERTON 1 NEWCASTLE 0 Head boy Joe sinks Newcastle.

JOSEPH YOBO fired the only goal of the game to lift Everton out of the bottom three and end a week of soul searching at Goodison.

After a 4-0 thrashing at West Brom last week, and with manager Davie Moyes threatening drastic action in the transfer window if things did not improve, the Blues needed to rediscover their battling style against Newcastle.

And in a game in which referee Howard Webb let far too much go but still booked six players, it was a header 54 seconds after the interval from Nigerian defender Yobo that secured victory for the Blues.

Webb could easily have added more names to his book and somehow decided that Alan Shearer's second-half arm into David Weir's face did not deserve stronger action than the award of a free-kick.

It was a nasty, sometimes spiteful match, but Everton kept their concentration and secured three priceless points.

Man of the match Yobo said: "We knew we didn't do very well at West Brom.

"We spent more time on the training pitch this week - we knew we were better than that.

"I thought we went out there and showed a lot of character."

Everton had midfielder Tim Cahill back following a groin injury while Shearer returned after hernia surgery.

But Michael Owen was denied his first appearance on Merseyside since his move back to the Premiership from Real Madrid, having failed to recover from a groin problem.

The opening exchanges were littered with infringements and sloppy defending and the nearest thing to an early goal came after Jean-Alain Boumsong fouled James Beattie. James McFadden drove the 20-yard free-kick around the wall only for Shay Given to palm the ball out.

Celestine Babayaro was booked for fouling Cahill, the prelude to a battle that was to erupt later.

Shearer should have scored when he sprang the offside trap and rounded keeper Nigel Martyn only to see Beattie clear off the line.

Five minutes before half-time Newcastle should have had a penalty when Shola Ameobi cracked in a 10-yard shot that Phil Neville clearly deflected around the post with his arm.The visitors' appeals were long and loud but referee Webb was unmoved The whistler then booked Titus Bramble for hauling down McFadden.When the free-kick was lifted into the box, Cahill and Babayaro were involved in a nasty exchange with the Everton man claiming hehadbeen hit in the face.TV replays showed both men swinging punches.

Webb opted for strong words but the players had to be held apart by the official after the half-time whistle.

Everton were ahead within a minute of the restart after Given hadpalmed a McFadden effort out for a corner. Arteta's cross swung into the six-yard boxand Yobo rose to plant a header past Given for only his third goal for the club Beattie should have settled the issue when Simon Davies found himunmarked in the box but the striker blasted his effort high over the bar from 15 yards.

Everton sent on Kevin Kilbane and Leon Osman for Andy Van der Meyde and Arteta to stiffen the midfield 10minutes from the end.

There was still time for Given to deny Cahill twice in the final minutes as Moyes' men went looking for a clincher

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 28, 2005
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