That victory left Roberto Martinez’s men on 31 points from 29 games, six points above the relegation places and probably now safe for the season. It represents an important victory for a team that have struggled to replicate their brilliant form from last season during the current campaign.
Coinciding with the their victory over Dynamo Kyiv in the Europa League last week, which leaves them in a good position to progress to the quarter-finals, the Merseyside club have now registered two successive victories, and it looks like they are rediscovering some of the form from 2013/14.
It has come too late in the campaign to offer anything in the Premier League, although the potential for Europa League success opens the door for a Champions League campaign next season, and they should be doing all they can to ensure that they win the competition.
That is easier said than done, admittedly, but attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, who has taken much of the criticism for the poor performance levels this season, believes that the victory over Newcastle will be the turning point in Everton’s season.
Speaking to the Mirror, Barkley said: “I feel like this can be a turning point for me and the team. All the lads were buzzing, we got three points and you could see the crowd were happy as well.”
Everton will be hoping that they take their good form back to Kyiv on Thursday, as their 2-1 advantage could be easily overturned by Dynamo on their home ground.