Premier League: Toffees stick it to 10-man Magpies

 
Frank Dalleres
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EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez admitted his relief after the Toffees eased their relegation fears with a first home Premier League win of 2015.

Goals from James McCarthy, a Romelu Lukaku penalty and Ross Barkley lifted them to 14th, six points clear of the drop zone and just four behind Newcastle, who had Fabricio Coloccini sent off.

Martinez said: “We took our chances and we kept a clean sheet and took control of a big occasion because we had to win the game. The mindset wasn’t of a team who had fear of losing at home; some of the play was outstanding.”