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Cabaye sparks Magpies fightback after dreadful first half
Full-time: Everton 3 Newcastle United 2
By the time substitute Cabaye, who was left out by manager Alan Pardew, had stunningly powered in the goal of the game five minutes after his half-time introduction, the damage had already been done.
After cruising to a three-goal lead courtesy of a double from the majestic Romelu Lukaku either side of the equally impressive Ross Barkley's finish, Everton had more to contend with from the Magpies after the restart.
Perhaps that was a mixture of improvement in Newcastle's display together with Everton not being quite as productive after a breathtaking first-half.
However, Newcastle ended up trailing – and it could quite easily have been more - inside the opening 45 minutes and that should be the greatest worry even though Loic Remy made it 3-2 in the last minute.
Everton are undefeated at Goodison in the league since the turn of the year and Cabaye became the first player to score against the Toffees on their own turf in seven hours and 57 minutes of football.
But that, along with a much-improved second-half showing, should not detract from just how dreadfully Newcastle started this fixture with owner Mike Ashley and director of football Joe Kinnear looking on from the main stand.
Lukaku, Barkley and Kevin Mirallas made the night a misery for Newcastle's defence, in which Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon and Mathieu Debuchy all had their early problems.
Now Pardew, whose side have now lost half of their opening six league games, must conjure up a way of leading Newcastle to a much-needed away win at Cardiff City this Saturday to ease frustrations.
Twelve months earlier it was Demba Ba's double which completed a memorable Newcastle fightback to earn a point in a 2-2 draw, but last night his compatriot was a notable absentee from Pardew's starting line-up.
It was a bold decision to leave out Papiss Cisse, along with Cabaye, but it should have been an opportunity for Yoan Gouffran to prove he can hold down a first-team place.
The absence of Cisse, who has been disappointing in leading the line on his own despite ending a five-month goal drought against Leeds last week, also meant Pardew could field Remy as a direct front-man for the first time.
He soon had far greater concerns. Before Remy, on loan from Queens Park Rangers for the season, had even contributed it was the other loan striker from west London on show finding the net - twice.
The first was ruled out for offside. Nevertheless the quality of Lukaku's movement was a sign of things to come.
It was his home debut following his switch from Chelsea and Newcastle failed to stop his clever exchange of passes with Barkley on the edge of the box.
That ended with him rounding Debuchy and Tim Krul before rolling a finish over the line, only for the assistant referee to raise his flag.
The powerful, young, Belgian did not have to wait long to open his account at Goodison. When Coloccini was unable to deal with a ball on half-way, Kevin Mirallas burst cleverly beyond a static Santon.
Mirallas, in acres of space to pick out his man in the box, centred in to the area for Lukaku to apply the first time finish through Krul's diving frame with less than five minutes gone.
Every time Everton moved forward Newcastle looked in trouble and whenever the visitors attacked, blue shirts picked off the final pass with far too much ease.
The exceptional Barkley went close with a low drive, which flew narrowly wide from distance, and Everton successfully broke in to the Newcastle box on other occasions even if Krul was not tested.
But only 25 minutes had gone when Newcastle had deservedly fallen two behind. Lukaku turned provider. When Mirallas passed in to the big forward's feet, Lukaku spotted Barkley running over his shoulder.
An incisive slide-rule pass split Coloccini and Yanga-Mbiwa wide open and Everton's most recently capped England international picked his spot to Krul's right.
Pardew and his assistant John Carver discussed things in the technical area, knowing Newcastle had been outclassed all over the pitch. Not only had they been opened up at the back, there was a lack of composure and quality in possession.
Even if the manager had a plan to ease the situation after the break, Newcastle did not even get to the interval without further embarrassment.
When Tim Howard's direct punt from his box dropped towards the Newcastle goal, Coloccini committed the cardinal defensive sin of allowing the ball to drop.
Lukaku's first touch took the ball out of the onrushing Krul's reach, his second was to bring the ball on to his right foot and the clinical third was a simple tap-in.
Understandably the chants from the travelling supporters demanded their money back, although the brilliance of Everton's display and the character shown from those in black and white after the restart almost made the trip worth it.
While Hatem Ben Arfa finally forced a save out of Howard on the stroke of half-time, that would have papered over the extremely wide cracks on show in Newcastle's display.
The double withdrawal of Yanga-Mbiwa and Ben Arfa at the break meant Cabaye and Mike Williamson's introduction. Within minutes, Gouffran chipped against the post after a nice through pass from Vurnon Anita.
Cabaye pulled one back, and in some style. The Frenchman powered in an unstoppable 25-yard drive after picking up Gouffran's pass to give Newcastle's fans something to cheer.
Newcastle improved after that, playing some better football, although Everton could still have added to their tally. Lukaku went close on a few occasions, testing Krul on a couple.
When Remy was on hand to convert a Debuchy knock down in to the area in the dying minutes, Newcastle had suddenly forced Everton to hang on to a victory which should never have been in doubt.
Newcastle will take heart from stopping the first half rot and making a fight of things in the end, but few will forget the manner in which this game was lost even before the away fans went for their half-time pie.
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