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Colback off the mark but Martinez sees red with elbow on Coleman

JACK COLBACK (pictured, left) was delighted to score his first goal for Newcastle as his side held on for all three points following a 3-2 comeback victory over Everton in the Barclays Premier League at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew's side lost an early goal to the visitors through Arouna Kone before mounting a fightback with goals from Papiss Cisse, Ayoze Perez and Colback - before Kevin Mirallas struck Everton's second late on - to end a run of four defeats in all competitions.

"It's nice to finally get one. It was a long time coming. I've had chances in other games and not took them but it's nice to put that one away," said Colback.

Kone picked up Seamus Coleman's pin-point cross and tapped the ball past Jak Alnwick to hand the Toffees the lead after just five minutes.

Newcastle pressed for an equaliser and they got it 10 minutes before the break as Cisse powered home Mike Williamson's cutback from the centre of the Everton box to make it 1-1. The hosts took the lead five minutes into the second half as Perez picked the ball up from Cheick Tiote and fired low into the bottom-left corner for his fifth goal of the season.

Colback fired the Magpies further ahead midway through the second half as he capitalised on an error by Ross Barkley to tap home his side's third.

Everton sub Mirallas pulled one back in the final 10 minutes and was unlucky not to equalise late on as he shot wide and the hosts held on for the three points.

Cisse's strike was his ninth of the season and Colback believes the hitman is in great form right now, adding: "I think you always know what you're going to get with Papiss.

"When he's in or around the box he's lethal at the moment. He always seems to be in the right place at the right time and he put that one away which was an important goal for us because obviously we were one-nil down and under pressure but that got us back into the game."

Everton boss Roberto Martinez was disappointed after Newcastle's Cisse went unpunished by ref Craig Pawson after appearing to lift his elbow to Coleman.

He said: "The view is clearly that this is unacceptable to see an action like that that he goes unpunished. You get a situation where everyone is fighting for a position and he's (Coleman's) in control and it's a clear elbow to try to hurt someone - I don't think those are actions we want to see on a football pitch and the referee should have seen that."

Everton have now won just one league match from their last seven outings and sit 12th in the table. After being beaten 3-0 at Southampton and then 1-0 at home by Stoke on St Stephen's Day, the Toffees are 12 points off the top four.

Martinez added: "It's concerning because we're not in a good moment in terms of being able to carry the suspensions and injuries. It seems that everything that could have gone against us in the last couple of games, it went wrong and you don't want that to creep in and create a bit of a negative momentum.

"We had a really good start, the right approach we scored two very good goals from open play and the disappointment is that moment where we conceded the first goal. The way we gave the ball away simply for the other two goals is one of those moments that the momentum is not with you and the positive play is not with you and you need make sure you work a little bit more in a clever manner and make sure we keep a clean sheet."


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