Ryan Taylor - Newcastle United News

Ryan Taylor hit a stunning strike as Newcastle’s magnificent start to the season continued with a 2-1 win over Everton. Jonny Heitinga gave Newcastle the lead after he turned in Danny Simpson’s dangerous cross before Taylor put the Geordies two goals ahead with a spectacular strike. Jack Rodwell pulled one back for the Toffees but Alan Pardew’s side hung on to extend their unbeaten run to eleven games.

The win temporarily moved Newcastle up to second in the Premier League table but Manchester United’s victory over Geordie rivals Sunderland ensured Alan Pardew’s side stay third in the table.

Pardew now has to face the daunting prospect of away trips to both Manchester United and City, and then a home game against Chelsea as the injuries pile up in the St James’ Park treatment room. Yohan Cabaye was forced off early against the Toffees and with Cheick Tiote already missing, Pardew’s squad will be tested to the extreme in the next few weeks.

However, the injuries didn’t affect the team on the pitch today and just twelve minutes had gone when Newcastle took the lead. Danny Simpson’s fine low cross was turned home by Jonny Heitinga, who threw himself in to try and stop the centre from reaching the lurking Leon Best.

It was the perfect start for the Magpies, who have been criticised in recent weeks for compiling their impressive unbeaten streak against bottom-half teams, and Ryan Taylor popped up with another trademark stunning strike to put further daylight between the two sides on the day.

Taylor, keeping new signing Davide Santon out of the side since his arrival from Inter Milan, was in the right place to collect Jack Rodwell’s clearing header from a long throw in 25 yards out. The former Wigan man used his chest to control before unleashing a rasping, dipping volley that crashed off the underside of the crossbar before nestling in the back of Tim Howard’s net. The goal was reminiscent of Taylor’s side’s incredible start to the season and reflective of one of the players who have really stepped up to the plate since the squad was overhauled in the summer months.

In return, goal-shy Everton went close when former Newcastle man Louis Saha hit the post with a low shot and Tim Krul saved tame efforts from Leon Osman and Rodwell. Earlier, Saha had wasted the best chance the Toffees created when he broke through but blazed wildly over Krul’s crossbar.

Taylor though, buoyed by his amazing goal, went close again when his cross bounced off the crossbar with Howard beaten. Newcastle were in control when their dominance was affected when Yohan Cabaye limped off with a groin injury. Former Everton man Dan Gosling replaced the France international but could only watch as former team-mate Rodwell crashed a header home from Royston Drenthe’s corner.

Gosling, who left Goodison Park in acrimonious circumstances, then had to count himself lucky when Saha’s shot came back off his arm and referee Andre Marriner waved away Everton’s strong penalty protests.

Sammy Ameobi and Hatem Ben Arfa were introduced to try and close out the game for Newcastle, while James McFadden came off the bench to make his second debut for Moyes’ men. McFadden was unable to inspire his side to a late equaliser and Alan Pardew’s side held on comfortably to further enhance their growing reputation as something more than a team on a lucky run.