Everton 3-0 Newcastle: Aaron Lennon and Ross Barkley help Toffees to first Premier League win since December

first_imgEverton’s first home league win since November eased some of the scrutiny on manager Roberto Martinez in his 100th Premier League game in charge but only increased the pressure on Newcastle counterpart Steve McClaren.A first-half goal from Aaron Lennon, the first time since August 2009 he has scored in back-to-back games, and two late Ross Barkley penalties secured a 3-0 victory against a disparate visiting side who lacked cohesion or any semblance of a game plan and who defended haphazardly at best.Martinez has now won 40 times and drawn 31 in his opening century of games at Everton but after a Capital One Cup semi-final exit last week some fans were calling for his head.A victory – their first in the league since Boxing Day – and a much-needed home clean sheet, only the second of the season, will have eased that clamour.McClaren’s record is even worse, having taken just five points from eight matches since their last victory on the road at Tottenham in mid-December, and after spending £24million on Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend in the January window he needs to see a return on his investment pretty quickly with his side two points from safety.The match followed a familiar pattern for Everton – who were without the injured defender John Stones – at Goodison Park this season with the scoreline not really reflecting their domination of possession.Lennon took his goal well but could easily have had another two either side of the break.Tom Cleverley forced Rob Elliot into one early low save, Romelu Lukaku flicked a free-kick just past the post and Barkley, on his 100th Premier League appearance, lobbed wide of an open goal after Elliot had rushed out to head clear under pressure from Lukaku.The breakthrough came in the 23rd minute when Lennon was picked out by Cleverley and the winger’s shot on the turn beat Elliot.It looked like being the only thing which would do so all night as the Magpies goalkeeper produced a string of saves in the second half, which Everton played without leading goalscorer Lukaku who he was replaced by Arouna Kone after struggling with a back injury sustained in a challenge with Fabricio Coloccini.Barkley had two shots, one a free-kick deflected by Shelvey, tipped onto the crossbar by Elliot, who also saved from Lennon from which Kone fired the rebound wide.The post denied Cleverley from a set-piece as Everton continued to create but not take chances.It is one of the reasons Everton made a deadline-day move for Oumar Niasse, restricted to a watching brief in the stand still wearing the club shirt in which he was presented to the crowd in pre-match, who scored 13 goals in 23 appearances for Lokomotiv Moscow.Unfortunately for Newcastle Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia, who received his visa earlier in the day after his loan move from Roma, was forced to do the same from the bench as bad luck with injuries saw the visitors make all three substitutions with just 55 minutes gone.Newcastle did give a debut to Townsend, named in the starting line-up, but after so long in the wilderness at Tottenham he was an anonymous figure.Moussa Sissoko finally forced Joel Robles, making his first league start for a year after injury to Tim Howard, into a save in the last 15 minutes but just seven goals in their last 18 league matches away from provides some explanation why they remain rooted in the bottom three.Barkley made the result safe with an 88th-minute penalty after substitute Rolando Aarons brought down Lennon, before a cheeky chip from the spot capped an impressive performance after Newcastle substitute Jamaal Lascelles was sent off for bringing him down. 1last_img read more

Mexico flags Bush border plan as ‘militarization’

first_imgMEXICO CITY – Mexican President Vicente Fox telephoned President George W. Bush on Sunday to express his concern about what he called the possibility of a “militarized” border between the two nations. According to Fox’s office, Bush told his Mexican counterpart he was considering sending the National Guard to the border but said this did not constitute a militarization. Bush “is analyzing the administrative and logistical support of part of the National Guard, not the Army, to help police on the border,” Fox’s office said. Bush is expected to make a speech on how the United States should deal with border security and illegal immigrants already in the United States tonight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsA White House official told The Associated Press on Sunday that Bush will call for thousands of National Guard troops to be deployed along the Mexico border in support of patrols aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants. White House aides worked into the night Sunday to iron out details of the proposal and allay concerns among lawmakers that using troops to man the border would further burden an overextended military. The White House official said Bush would propose using troops as a stopgap while the Border Patrol builds up its resources. The troops would play a supportive role to Border Patrol agents, who would maintain primary responsibility for physically guarding the border. The official spoke on a condition of anonymity before Bush’s expected address on the topic tonight. The official would not say how many troops Bush wanted to use, except that it would be in the thousands but less than an estimate of as many as 10,000 being discussed at the Pentagon. Bush is considering the National Guard plan as he seeks support from conservatives in Congress for his immigration bill. The president wants to allow foreigners to get temporary work permits to enter and work in the United States, but many conservatives want a tougher approach on illegal immigrants. Criticism of the National Guard plan came Sunday from Democrats, but also an important Republican negotiator in the immigration debate, Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. He said National Guard troops cannot secure the border over the long term and that he does not think it is wise even in the short term. Hagel said the bill under debate in the Senate that he helped write would double the 12,000-strong Border Patrol force over the next five years. “That’s the way to fix it, not further stretching the National Guard,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., said he supported using the National Guard on the Mexican border. He said lawmakers who doubt that the National Guard, whose members have served for years in Iraq and went to the Gulf Coast after last summer’s hurricanes, could take on border patrol duty are “whining” and “moaning.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more