Everton 2 Newcastle 2
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Laurent Robert did nothing to ease any tension between him and manager Sir Bobby Robson as he was stupidly sent off for two rash challenges five minutes before half-time.
Everton had earlier suffered a double injury blow as goalkeeper Richard Wright had to be replaced by Nigel Martyn, who made his debut after his move from Leeds, while Francis Jeffers also made his first appearance since his return from Arsenal on loan to replace Rooney.
Toffees boss David Moyes had expressed his concerns about the 17-year-old before the game and the youngster had to be replaced by Jeffers after just half an hour in an injury that will also be a worry to England boss Sven Goran Eriksson.
Newcastle played well with a man down, but the game swung in their favour just before the hour mark, as Gary Naysmith was sent off for a professional foul on Kieron Dyer. The dismissal not only levelled things up at ten men apiece, but gave Alan Shearer the chance to put the visitors ahead from the spot - which he duly took.
Tomasz Radzinski restored parity on 67 minutes when he bundled the ball in after a Shay Given save from Duncan Ferguson's header.
Joseph Yobo then brought down Olivier Bernard in the box to hand Newcastle their second penalty, and Shearer made it two from two when he beat Martyn again from 12 yards to put The Magpies in the lead in the 82nd minute.
However, the game had a final twist and referee Rob Styles pointed to the spot for a third time two minutes from the end for a foul on Radzinski by Jermaine Jenas, and substitute Ferguson fired in the spot kick to earn a point against his former side and leave Robson's men still without a win this season.