By DAN KARELL
Despite a nervy ending, Everton continued their unbeaten run to the start of the Premier League season, with Tim Howard once again playing a part in the victory.
In the 37th minute of Everton’s 3-2 victory against Newcastle United at Goodison Park on Monday evening, goalkeeper Tim Howard launched a clearance from inside his own box towards his Everton teammate Romelu Lukaku.
The long pass took two bounces as both Newcastle defender Fabricio Coloccini and goalkeeper Tim Krul were unable to properly handle the danger, allowing for Lukaku to run onto the ball, evade the slide of Coloccini, and finish into an empty net.
With the assist, Howard joins his U.S. Men’s National Team teammate Brad Guzan on the assist charts, with Guzan recording one assist this weekend as well.
Lukaku’s goal was the second of the day for the Belgian international as he also scored in the fifth minute and set up Ross Barkley in the 25th minute, as Roberto Martinez’s side went into the halftime break up 3-0.
Newcastle showed their spirit with two goals in the second half, the first a wicked, bending strike by Yohan Cabaye in the 51st minute and the second a close range finish from Loic Remy in the 89th minute. However, the second goal likely came two little too late as Newcastle were unable to complete the comeback, despite a late chance by Remy that whizzed over the crossbar.
The third consecutive win for Everton moves them up to fourth in the Premier League standings, with 12 points from six games (three wins and three draws). Newcastle meanwhile drop to 16th place in the standings with seven points in six matches after their second defeat in a row.
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