Everton 2 Newcastle 2: Ba earns late point but Toffees fume over TWO disallowed goals
20:57 GMT, 17 September 2012
Demba Ba snatched a point for Newcastle in the dying moments of a pulsating Premier League clash that will be argued about long after the final whistle had blown.
Victor Anichebe thought he'd ensured two questionable decisions by the linesman didn't rob Everton of a deserved win when he struck with three minutes to go.
The striker had already seen an effort that clearly crossed the line be waved away by the officials, and that came after Marouane Fellaini had seen a strike of his own chalked off for offside despite replays showing he was behind the last defender.
Leighton Baines had put the hosts in front after 15 minutes with a well-taken strike from just inside the area, only to see that cancelled out by Ba four minutes after the Senegalese had come on as a half-time substitute.
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Late show: Demba Ba struck in the final minute to earn a point for fortunate Newcastle
EVERTON: Howard, Hibbert, Jagielka, Distin, Baines, Neville, Osman, Pienaar, Fellaini, Mirallas (Naismith 83), Jelavic (Anichebe 44). Subs not used: Mucha, Heitinga, Gueye, Coleman, Duffy.
Goals: Baines 15, Anichebe 88.
NEWCASTLE: Harper, Perch, Steven Taylor, Williamson, Santon, Cabaye, Anita, Gutierrez, Marveaux (Ba 46), Cisse (Ameobi 80), Ben Arfa. Subs not used: Elliot, Gosling, Bigirimana, Shola Obertan, Tavernier.
Goals: Ba 49, 90
Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)
Tribute: Everton showed true class as they honoured the victims of Hillsborough before kick-off
Baines in the backside: Everton defender Leighton handed the home side the lead early on
Hit the post, literally: Nikica Jelavic's evening didn't last long after he collided with the upright
Off the line: Newcastle themselves forced the hosts on the back foot, and Baines had to clear
Back in it: Second-half substitute Demba Ba took just four minutes to pull his side level