Everton 3 Newcastle 1: Magpies miss out as Jelavic delivers 

Any hope of Newcastle of adding their own twist to the catalogue of last-day dramas proved short-lived as Everton continued their stunning late-season form at Goodison Park on Sunday.

After springing enough surprises this season for Alan Pardew to be voted manager of the year, Newcastle arrived with high hopes of exceeding expectations to the last and securing an unlikely Champions League place.

Seventh heaven: Everton won comfortably

Seventh heaven: Everton won comfortably


Everton: Howard, Hibbert, Heitinga (Distin 70), Jagielka, Baines, Osman, Neville (Cahill 74), Gibson, Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Stracqualursi 83). Subs not used: Mucha, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman.

Booked: Baines, Heitinga.

Goals: Pienaar 16, Jelavic 27, Heitinga 65.

Newcastle: Krul, Perch (Marveaux 46), Williamson, Coloccini, Santon (R Taylor 46), Cabaye, Tiote (Sh Ameobi 81), Ben Arfa, Gutierrez, Cisse, Ba. Subs not used: Elliot, Gosling, Ryan Taylor, Marveaux, Obertan, Ferguson.

Booked: Tiote.

Goal: Hibbert (OG) 73.

Referee: Andre Marriner (W Midlands)

Attendance: 39,517

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It was their misfortune to come up against opponents who have been playing like a Champions League team for the past two months.

Everton's return of 22 points from an 11-game run that has included only one defeat suggested results at White Hart Lane and The Hawthorns were unlikely to affect Newcastle's European destiny, and so it proved.

The only blemish for David Moyes' free-flowing side came in the final seconds, when substitute Tim Cahill was shown a straight red card following a scuffle with Yohan Cabaye, who was booked.

After threatening a breakthrough in the first minute, when Tim Howard grabbed a deflected Hatem Ben Arfa free-kick on the line, Newcastle found themselves on the back foot, as Marouane Fellaini glanced a header narrowly wide and Steven Pienaar fired Everton into a 16th-minute lead.

Fellaini picked out Pienaar on the edge of the area after cutting in from the right, and when the on-loan Tottenham midfielder's shot deflected off Mike Williamson, Tim Krul had little hope of saving it.

1-0: Pienaar places the first goal

1-0: Pienaar places the first goal


Pienaar hit the post in the 21st minute, and Everton doubled their lead six minutes later when Nikica Jelavic made it 11 goals in his last 13 starts.

The in-from striker took a John Heitinga through ball past Fabricio Coloccini and beat Krul at the second attempt.

The Newcastle goalkeeper beat away the first volley but could do nothing about the second, as Jelavic sprang to his feet and fired home.

Double trouble: Jelavic buries the second

Double trouble: Jelavic buries the second


With Papiss Cisse suffering a rare off day, Newcastle's European sights were being adjusted, slowly but surely, to the lesser of UEFA's two club competitions.

Confirmation that it was to be the Europa League came in the 66th minute, when Everton's player of the season Heitinga rose unchallenged to head Darron Gibson's free-kick into the roof of the net.

Newcastle were given a glimmer of hope in the 73rd minute when Tony Hibbert guided a header back towards Howard, only to find the Everton goalkeeper had left his line and was helpless to spare the luckless right-back's blushes as the ball bounced into an unguarded net.

It was a helping hand Pardew's side were unable to build on, and the game finished in acrimony, as Cahill was dismissed for grabbing Cabaye by the throat.

Double trouble: Jelavic buries the second

Double trouble: Jelavic buries the second

'Tim says he was called something by Cabaye,' said Moyes 'I don't know what it was, but he reacted. Maybe the referee could have shown a bit of common sense and settled for a yellow card, but that shouldn't detract from another great performance.'

Cabaye later apologised.

Red case: Gary Cahill is shown the red card at the end of the match by Andre Marriner

Red case: Gary Cahill is shown the red card at the end of the match by Andre Marriner

'It was the result of frustration and disappointment,' he said. 'All in the heat of the moment. It is out of character and for that I am sorry.'

Pardew refused to be despondent about his Champions League near-miss, saying: 'The form Everton are in, I knew we were in for a difficult afternoon. We've got some great talent in this team, and I know that if you finish fifth with players like Demba Ba, Coloccini, Cabaye and Cheick Tiote you are vulnerable to approaches from Champions League teams.'

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