Today's game between Newcastle and Everton saw two teams in poor form lock horns, especially with both sides losing on Boxing Day.
Newcastle's 3-1 defeat at Manchester United meant they had lost their last three games in a row, whilst Everton's 1-0 home loss to Stoke meant Roberto Martinez's side had won just one of the last six.
In a bid to change Everton's fortunes, Martinez changed over half of the team that lost to Stoke, and one of the incoming players opened the scoring after just five minutes as Arouna Kone turned home Seamus Coleman's cross from close range.
Yet that was as good as it got for the Magpies, with Papiss Cisse continuing his fine recent form with another goal, turning the ball into the net from Mike Williamson's ball into the box.
Cisse was lucky to be on the pitch having elbowed Seamus Coleman, but Newcastle capitalised on that let-off, with Ayoze Perez striking Alan Pardew's men into the lead from the edge of the box.
Jack Colback then made it three for Newcastle as he profited from a Ross Barkley mistake, and whilst Kevin Mirallas set up a tense finale with a late goal for Everton, Newcastle managed to hang on for the win.
The result leaves Newcastle in ninth place, whilst Everton are down in 12th as the pressure mounts on manager Martinez.