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Result: Theo Walcott ends Newcastle United's winning run in Everton victory

Theo Walcott is the match-winner as Everton beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Goodison Park to move clear of their opponents in the Premier League table.

Theo Walcott was the match-winner as Everton beat Newcastle United 1-0 at Goodison Park tonight to move clear of their opponents in the Premier League table.

A first victory in four for the Toffees lifts them above Leicester City and into eighth, four points ahead of Newcastle who had climbed to 10th with four straight wins.

Chances were few and far between in the first half but one did fall the way of Cenk Tosun within three minutes, only for the Turkish striker to slice an ugly left-footed volley wide.

Despite having 68% possession before the break, it took another 30 minutes for Everton to fashion their next opportunity as Phil Jagielka poked wide on the stretch following Michael Keane's knockdown.

Newcastle immediately went up the other end and squandered a glorious opening of their own as Ayoze Perez overhit a simple pass to Islam Slimani, which would have sent the Algerian through one-on-one with Jordan Pickford, whose scuffed clearance had seemed to have gift-wrapped United a certain goal.

The game badly needed a goal and it arrived in the 51st minute, when Walcott kept his cool to escape a couple of Newcastle challenges and thrash a shot into the top corner, after DeAndre Yedlin had failed to clear his lines at the back post from Yannick Bolasie's cross.

Perez, who had three goals in three games prior to kickoff, had lacked the same composure moments earlier when he stabbed wide with his left foot from 12 yards out. The Spaniard did find the target with a header on 72 minutes, but it was straight down the throat of Pickford.

Rafael Benitez had dared to change a winning formula by dropping Dwight Gayle for Slimani, and he later called for the former Crystal Palace man from the bench after the Algerian had failed to make an impression.

Gayle immediately had a chance to equalise when he hooked over the crossbar from six yards out, albeit under pressure from several defenders, after Jamaal Lascelles had won a near-post flick-on from a corner.

While Newcastle were not exactly banging on the door for a late equaliser, Everton had to endure a couple of close shaves, firstly when an 87th-minute penalty could have been given for handball against Jagielka.

Seamus Coleman also had to rescue the hosts with a headed clearance off the line seven minutes into stoppage time, as Everton saw out a 10th home league win of the season and fifth in a row versus the Magpies.

EVERTON (4-3-3): Pickford; Coleman, Keane, Jagielka, Baines; Gueye, Schneiderlin (Davies, 52'), Rooney; Walcott, Bolasie (Calvert-Lewin, 59'), Tosun (Niasse, 85')

NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Dubravka; Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett; Ritchie (Murphy, 79'), Shelvey (Merino, 83'), Diame, Kenedy; Perez, Slimani (Gayle, 63')

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2Manchester UnitedMan Utd38256768284081
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4Liverpool382112584384675
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11Crystal Palace381111164555-1044
12Bournemouth381111164561-1644
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham381012164868-2042
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15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38913163454-2040
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield38910192858-3037
17Southampton38715163756-1936
RSwansea CitySwansea3889212856-2833
RStoke CityStoke38712193568-3333
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CManchester CityMan City3832421062779100
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd38256768284081
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs38238774363877
4Liverpool382112584384675
5Chelsea382171062382470
6Arsenal381961374512363
7Burnley381412123639-354
8Everton381310154458-1449
9Leicester CityLeicester381211155660-447
10Newcastle UnitedNewcastle38128183947-844
11Crystal Palace381111164555-1044
12Bournemouth381111164561-1644
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham381012164868-2042
14Watford38118194464-2041
15Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton38913163454-2040
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield38910192858-3037
17Southampton38715163756-1936
RSwansea CitySwansea3889212856-2833
RStoke CityStoke38712193568-3333
RWest Bromwich AlbionWest Brom38613193156-2531
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