FT: Everton 3 Newcastle 1

Tottenham and Arsenal's victories elsewhere mean Newcastle's efforts at Goodison Park were meaningless regardless of whether or not they won. Pardew's men lost 3-1 and their Champions League dream proves just out of reach. It was an excellent performance from Everton, but was spoilt by the dismissal of Cahill after the final whistle. Stay with us for all the post-match reaction.

Ugly scenes after the final whistle. Cahill and Cabaye and involved in a tussle. Cahill loses his head and the stewards have to go onto the pitch to calm a brawl. Replays show Cahill grabbed Cabaye by the neck. Pretty shameful from Cahill.

90 + 4

90 + 3
Everton are finishing the match on the attack.

90 + 2
From the throw-in, Osman brilliantly jinks past Cabaye and rattles the base of the post.

90 + 1
Corner to Everton. It is over the head of Distin. But Cahill manages to keep the ball in play before winning a throw-in.

ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of four minutes of added time before the final whistle.

Gibson has been very unlucky not to score today. He sends another effort skimming just past the far post.

The problem for Newcastle will be keeping hold of their stars, who will want to play in the Champions League. The likes of Cisse, Ba, Cabaye, Tiote and Ben Arfa could all be targets.

Barring something extraordinary, it is going to be the Europa League next season for Newcastle. That should not be scoffed at, though. Finishing fifth - above Chelsea and the likes of Liverpool and Everton - is an incredible achievement.

Ba goes down ridiculously dramatically in the Everton box when attempting to win a penalty. Referee Marriner correctly ignores the protest.

Free-kick to Newcastle inside the Everton half. Ryan Taylor hits the set-piece straight into the wall and it deflects away off Pienaar. Elsewhere, Arsenal and Tottenham are both still winning.

Jelavic's superb first half of a season in the Premier League is over. He is roared off by the delighted home fans who have taken him as their hero. Stracqualursi is on in his place.

After a short free-kick, Gibson's long-ranger is palmed straight back into the danger zone and Krul is lucky to see the rebound off Cahill go straight into his hands.

Shola Ameobi is on in place of Tiote immediately after the midfielder gave away another foul. Take him off before he is sent off.

Moyes' men are enjoying a better passage of play having had to previously survive a bit of pressure.

Everton break forward through Jelavic. The striker looks to feed a pass to Fellaini, but it is just intercepted.

The resulting corner is again over-hit from Newcastle, whose set-plays have been poor.

Injured or not, fine save from Howard as he plucks Cisse's header out of the top corner. Cisse thinks the ball crossed the line, but, from replays, it looks like it stayed in play.

Coloccini is up on the edge of the Everton box, attempting to inspire a comeback. But his pass towards Cisse is that of a centre-back.

Jelavic is not happy when he is pulled back for handball when attempting to control a long ball out of the afternoon sky.

Neville goes off to a standing ovation from Goodison Park and is replaced by Cahill.

A dreadful breakdown in communication between Hibbert and goalkeeper Howard sees the defender head past his team-mate when attempting to deal with Ryan Taylor's somewhat optimistic through ball.


Cabaye tests a less-than-mobile Howard from 25 yards. Everton's injured goalkeeper is not convincing when palming the ball away for a corner.

Newcastle have rediscovered their swagger. Fans are shouting 'shoot' every time Neville and Hibbert get the ball.

Heitinga makes way for Distin, who could be making a farewell performance given that his contract expires this summer.

Everton fans are singing their hearts out.

Newcastle will probably now just want the final whistle. They should not lose their composure. It looks like it will be fifth place and that is still an excellent achievement.

That's that for Newcastle. At a Gibson free-kick from the right, Heitinga meets the ball when unchallenged from Williamson and Coloccini to head past Krul from six yards. More terrible defending, but a deserved reward for Everton


Brilliant defending from Jagielka as he stays on his feet before timing his challenge brilliantly to deny Ba.

Jelavic is angry he is not given a free-kick, or possibly a penalty, when Williamson has his arms all over the striker right on the edge of the box.

After treatment, Howard is back on the pitch. It looks like he is a little too stubborn to want to be substituted. Jagielka is having to take the goal-kicks.

Howard looks to be seriously struggling and throws the ball out of play after catching a cross. He sustained the problem when slipping at a previous goal-kick. It looks like it is a groin injury.

Tottenham are now two goals in front against Fulham. Howard has an injury and has had to pass on goal-kick duties.

Cabaye, who has not been at his best, gives away a free-kick. It's 25 yards from goal. Gibson takes on the shot and forces Krul into a diving save.

Everton, though, are not panicking and are still passing the ball wonderfully. Fellaini has been excellent.

This really does remind me of Newcastle's performance at Wigan. Dreadful in the first half and then a transformation in the second, but possibly too little too late.

Baines gets to the byline. But he has little option and has to pause before crossing. He can then only ping the cross into the hands of Krul.

The ball goes through to Jelavic and he manages to turn while under pressure from Coloccini. But Jelavic then drags his shot wide of the far post from 18 yards.

Jagielka is in no rush when receiving the ball to feet from Howard. He stands still before launching it up field.

Everton are just trying to take a bit of the sting out of Newcastle. But they are struggling to adapt to the new formation they are now facing.

Arsenal have now gone in front against West Brom - 3-2.

Ryan Taylor whips in the free-kick and Howards is grateful Cisse does not get a touch right in front of him when gathering the ball.

It is all Newcastle in the opening minutes of the second half. Heitinga, who has already been booked, is penalised for high feet.

What a mess Newcastle make of the corner. Ben Arfa takes it short and is then tackled.

Newcastle have started well in the second half. A Cisse header deflects off Fellaini ahd Newcastle have their first corner of the game.

Newcastle's tactical changes have meant a change in formation. They are now playing 4-3-3.

What a miss from Cisse! The striker is clean through, but rushes, scuffs and, having sent Howard the wrong way, drags his shot wide.

Pardew has made a double change. Ryan Taylor and Marveaux are on in place of Perch and Santon.

WE'RE BACK: Everton get the second half under way. Newcastle need a major turnaround to keep their Champions League dream alive.

Steven Everill says: "What's happening with Newcastle? Completely outclassed by Everton. Hope they turn things around in the second half."

Other half-time scores: West Brom 2 Arsenal 2; Tottenham 1 Fulham 0

Amid all the flared tempers, there is a nice moment from Cabaye as he goes of the pitch at half-time. The Frenchman goes over to apologise to and hug the ball-boy who he pushed in the first half.

As good as Everton have been to take the lead through a deflected Pienaar effort and another goal from Jelavic, Newcastle have been terrible. It looks like the occasion has got the better of Pardew's Premier League-chasing team

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45 + 3
Baines goes in the book for a body-check on Gutierrez when Newcastle were looking to break.

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From a huge run-up, Ben Arfa over-hits the free-kick past all his team-mates and high and wide for a goal-kick. Shocking free-kick and Pardew is livid.

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Free-kick to Newcastle on the right-hand corner of the Everton box after Gutierrez goes down a little easily following a pull from Fellaini.

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Chance for Cisse. The ball rebounds off Ba on the edge of the Everton box, but his strike partner hits his half-volley wide of the target.

ADDED TIME: There will be a minimum of three minutes added time before half-time.

Newcastle fans look extremely disheartened. Everton have looked a threat whenever they have got the ball forward at speed or from wide areas. Ben Arfa and Gutierrez have not been tracking back.

As Coloccini just about manages to deal Jelavic, Newcastle's first-half performance has been as poor as that which they delivered in their 4-0 defeat at Wigan.

Pardew is making frantic notes while stood on the edge of his technical area. This would be another impressive Newcastle turnaround if they manage to rescue anything.

Moyes' players are clearly full of confidence and are putting on a great show for the final game of the season. In contrast, Newcastle simply look a bag of nerves.

Everton's pass-and-move invention has been wonderful. Gibson is teed-up from 20 yards and Krul manages to gather the daisy-cutter at the second attempt.

Fellaini is back on the pitch. But Newcastle are attacking. Ben Arfa runs at the defence. But Osman is back to get a foot in for an interception.

Fellaini is back on his feet and able to hobble off the pitch for more treatment.

At a break in play just after a Pienaar run and shot, Fellaini is down and receiving treatment to his knee.

Tiote is at it again as he sends an attempted pass on the volley straight out of play for a throw-in without a bounce. Newcastle really look like the pressure has got to them today.

Gutierrez then wastes a glorious chance to pull a goal back. Cutting onto his left foot on the edge of the Everton box, he sends a bouncing shot just past the far post. Howard was beaten.

Newcastle half-clear the free-kick. But Gibson follows up and sends an effort skidding just wide of the post.

Tiote - who has already been booked - is having the proverbial nightmare. He clips the heels of Pienaar. It is accidental, but could have been a booking. Pienaar waves an imaginary card. Referee Marriner ignores the gesture.

The tactical switch from Newcastle means Gutierrez has now switched to the right. The Argentine has also had no impact on the match.

Pardew looks furious on the touchline. He has called Ben Arfa over to swap to the left wing. The Frenchman has struggled to get into the game.

Everton have been excellent to watch. After a give-and-go with Pienaar, Baines crosses to the near post. Krul just scrambles a save at the feet of Fellaini.

Scores from elsewhere: West Brom 2 Arsenal 2; Tottenham 1 Fulham 0

Things are slipping away from Newcastle. Everton take a 2-0 lead and it is no more than they deserve. Jelavic breaks away from a flat-footed Coloccini and shoots at goal. A stunning save from Krul denies the first effort. But Jelavic then readjusts and finishes.


Replays show Cabaye pushed the ball-boy after he did not throw him the ball. That is really poor behaviour from the Newcastle midfielder. At another break in play, referee Marriner steps in to have a word with Cabaye.

Cabaye needs to get a grip on his temper. He has just had an altercation with a ball-boy and the Everton fans are less than impressed.

Krul launches the ball straight down field. It is caught by the wind and goes all the way through to Howard.

Osman takes the set-piece, but it is curled to the near post and straight into the hands of Krul.

Everton are dominating at the moment and Newcastle need to clear their heads. They look as if they are feeling sorry for themselves a little bit. Williamson gives away a corner.

From the resulting free-kick, Heitinga keeps Baines' cross alive at the back post and, after the ball rolls across the face of goal, Pienaar rattles the base of the post.

Newcastle need to keep their composure. Cabaye leaves Pienaar in a heap and trudges away.

Everton look a threat every time they go forward. Baines crosses from the left towards Jelavic. But the former Rangers striker is offside.

Ba looks for a pass to an imaginary team-mate and, unsurprisingly, only finds Howard.

Poor defending by Newcastle. Fellaini is allowed to run at the defence before passing the ball to Pienaar. The on-loan Tottenham man strikes from 20 yards and it takes a huge deflection off Williamson, who had not closed down quickly enough, to curl into the back of the net and past the helpless Krul.


Cisse thinks he has got in behind the Everton defence, but he is pulled back for a push on Jagielka.

West Brom are now 2-1 in front against Arsenal. The drama is already unfolding. Newcastle's fans are chanting.

A scrappy passage of play sees both teams give away the ball before it eventually rolls out for an Everton goal-kick.

This has been an excellent game so far. Both teams are fully committed and there have been some feisty challenges. The way things are going, it is unlikely it will finish with 22 men on the field.

Newcastle's fans, who are celebrating West Brom's equaliser, are almost silenced. Fellaini loops a header just over the bar from a Neville cross.

West Brom have equalised against Arsenal at The Hawthorns.

Foolish challenge from Tiote as he clobbers into the back of Fellaini right in front of referee Marriner. Correctly, he is booked.

There is a swirling wind at Goodison and it is driving into the face of Howard, who has already had to be careful at a couple of long balls so far this afternoon.

Heitinga is a little fortunate to only be booked after launching himself with two feet off the ground at Cisse. The Dutchman could easily have seen red for that challenge.

Newcastle cause themselves problems close to their left corner flag as Coloccini and Tiote try to be a little too clever. The away team get away with it.

Excellent reading of the game from Coloccini, who steps forward to intercept a pass on the edge of the Newcastle box which was directed towards Osman.

Ba shoots over the bar from 20 yards after being set up by Cisse. A return pass to his strike partner might have been a better option.

Things almost go from bad to worse for Newcastle as Osman looks to thread a ball through to Jelavic. But it is just out of reach.

Awful news for Newcastle fans, Tottenham and Arsenal have already taken the lead in their respective games.

An early free-kick to Newcastle. Ben Arfa curls the ball in from the left and Everton are fortunate to see the ball ricochet off Ba and fall safely into the hands of Howard on his own goalline.

KICK-OFF: Newcastle get the game going at a sharp blast on the whistle from referee Andre Marriner.

Here come the teams. Everton, led by Neville, and Coloccini-skippered Newcastle, in their changed burgundy kit, emerge from the tunnel. Mike Ashley is at Goodison to watch his Newcastle club.

Newcastle's fans in good voice in the away sector at Goodison. Everton's supporters are also in holiday mood given they have no major concerns in this final game of the season.

Steven Everill says: The Toon can do this, as long as they play football and don't focus on Demba Ba scoring! Haway tha lads!!!"

With less than 15 minutes to kick-off, here's a round-up of the team news. Newcastle boss Pardew names an unchanged team for this last-day clash with Everton at Goodison Park as his side look to make a final push for a top-four finish. Pardew, named on Friday as the top-flight's manager of the season, keeps faith with the same line-up from last weekend's 2-0 defeat by Manchester City, while his opposite number, Moyes, makes three adjustments from the Toffees' goalless draw with Wolves. Fit-again trio Leighton Baines, Phil Neville and Darron Gibson return to the first XI for the hosts, replacing Sylvain Distin, Tim Cahill and James McFadden.

Dan Sawyers says: "Newcastle will battle against the odds again, if we get the first goal it's curtains for Everton."

Andy Billington says: "In response to Ben Blatch-Hanlon, Jelavic and Cisse are both great signings. One cost £5million (£500k a goal) and one cost in excess of £10million (just over £760k a goal). Jelavic to add another today in a 2-0 home win."

Chris Power says: "Jelavic the best signing of the transfer window? Is that a joke? Cisse surely gets that award!"

And not just Tiote's Mohawk. Jelavic's mullet, Fellaini's 'Screech', Neville's highlights - it's a hairstyle catwalk as the players go about their warm-ups. David Moyes and his fading strawberry blonde locks is signing autographs.

Cheick Tiote is modelling a rather outlandish Mohican while going about his warm-up drill on the pitch at a sun-kissed Goodison Park. Will the midfielder still be at Newcastle next season? Personally, if Newcastle had to lose one of their stars, he would be the one I would let go. If Newcastle could get £20million for Tiote, their excellent scouting network could find a replacement.

Everton have won on the final day for the past four seasons, a record only Manchester United can match. The Toffees are also unbeaten in their last eight Premier League matches, the longest such run in the league. Newcastle have also won just once in their last eight visits to Goodison Park. The omens are not great for Pardew's men.

Ben Blatch-Hanlon says: "I'm still trying to work out if you were being serious about Nikica Jelavic being the best January signing. The obvious winner of that accolade has to be the striker on the other team, Papiss Cisse, who has scored 13 goals in 13 games which easily betters Jelavic's record. Jelavic has undoubtedly been a great signing, but Cisse is the obvious choice."

Of course, Everton know all about breaking into the top four having qualified for the Champions League in 2005. How have fans rated this season under David Moyes? Will it be a significant achievement to finish above Liverpool and what are your expectations for the summer and the next campaign? Get in touch at peter.fraser@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

Steve McMahon says: "Everton fan hoping for a win to finish off the season nicely. Also to all Newcastle fans reading this, well done to ye. Great team, great season, pity ye fell just short of CL but great credit. Hope we can push ye for fourth next season!"

Tim Armitage says: "I believe Newcastle have enough to scrape past a confident Everton, who will be battling to finish above Liverpool. In regards to Champions League, I view it in the same light as asking any football fan if Newcastle could have come back from 4-0 down at half-time against Arsenal last season. If we could come back to draw 4-4 then, I don't see why both a stuttering Arsenal and Tottenham couldn't slip up this afternoon and Newcastle grab 3rd or 4th place. But then again, I wouldn't put any money on it!"

Nikica Jelavic starting for Everton. He has scored seven goals in his last seven Premier League games. Was there a better signing in the January transfer window?

Everton team: Howard, Hibbert, Baines, Gibson, Heitinga, Jagielka, Jelavic, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini. Subs: Mucha, Stracqualursi, Distin, Cahill, Gueye, Barkley, Coleman.

Still waiting on confirmation for the Everton team. Ba and Cisse start together. The latter has failed to score in all 12 league games where he and the former have started together. Why do you think that is? Drop me a line on Twitter @SkySportsPeteF.

Newcastle team: Krul, Perch, Williamson, Coloccini, Santon, Ben Arfa, Cabaye, Tiote, Gutierrez, Ba, Cisse. Subs: Elliot, Ferguson, R.Taylor, Gosling, Marveaux, Obertan, Shola Ameobi.

Stewart MacLaren from a warm & windy Torrevieja in Spain says: "Everton will beat Newcastle 2-1 in their final home match of the season at Goodison Park this afternoon with good goals from Tim Cahill & Nikica Jelavic."

Lewis Foskett says: "I'm an avid Newcastle United fan! What a season, and what a job Alan Pardew has done, totally deserved his award... The team is the best I've seen in many, many years and hopefully we can keep hold of our best players! We have EVERYTHING to play for today so I see us winning, but not easily. 2-1 Newcastle with Cisse and Cabaye scoring but Cahill for Everton! I can see Fulham holding Tottenham which will give us 4th spot! TOON ARMY!

Sulley Nabie says: "They lost the Champions League opportunity last week against Manchester City. Europa league is deserved."

Karl Crawley says: "Demba Ba is gonna score the winner 1-0."

Ulf Jenssen says: "Champions League would be difficult, but stranger things have happened before! HOWAY THE LADS"

As we await the team news, you can get in touch with your thoughts on this afternoon, the season as a whole and any other general opinions - on football, of course. Drop me a line at peter.fraser@bskyb.com or via Twitter @SkySportsPeteF. I will publish a selection of the best comments.

Personally, I would like Newcastle to return to the Champions League. They would be a fantastic story next season and it would be a significant reward for Alan Pardew, his squad, scouts and the club's hierarchy after a tremendous campaign. Unfortunately for Newcastle, I think they need too much to go right this afternoon and they will come up just short.

So, here we are, the final day of the season. Can Newcastle qualify for the Champions League? They need a win against Everton at Goodison Park and hope for favours elsewhere against Tottenham and/or Arsenal.

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