Updated: 17/09/2012 22:27 | By pa.press.net

Toffees unstuck in Magpies draw

Demba Ba scored a second-half brace as Newcastle recorded a draw at Everton

Demba Ba scored a second-half brace as Newcastle recorded a draw at Everton

Everton justifiably felt aggrieved after having two goals controversially ruled out before Newcastle snatched a late 2-2 draw at Goodison Park.

Substitute Victor Anichebe, whose earlier header had appeared to cross the line but was not given, thought he had won it three minutes from time before Demba Ba scored his second of the night.

Leighton Baines had put the hosts ahead in the 15th minute only for Ba to score with virtually his first touch after coming on at half-time.

Marouane Fellaini's effort was ruled out on a questionable offside decision before Anichebe's disallowed goal added to the controversy.

The pre-match focus was on recognising the fight of Hillsborough campaigners in their battle for justice after the publication of last week's independent report. In addition to two mascots wearing an Everton number nine shirt and a Liverpool top with the number 6, the names of all victims of the disaster scrolled across Goodison's television screen accompanied by the Hollies' 'He Ain't Heavy...He's My Brother'.

Nikica Jelavic had an early goal disallowed for offside but it set the tempo and when the breakthrough came in the 15th minute it was no more than the hosts deserved. A 17-pass move merely reflected the Toffees' dominance as Baines raced onto a clever backheel from Steven Pienaar to fire past Steve Harper.

Kevin Mirallas, Everton's £6million summer signing impressed on his first league start, but the loss of Croatia international Jelavic with a knee injury just before the interval was a blow to the home side - but not as much as Ba's equaliser just after the break.

Within four minutes of being introduced, the half-time substitute hit a low shot past Tim Howard after Yohan Cabaye robbed Leon Osman and rolled a perfectly-weighted diagonal pass into his path.

Fellaini had a goal ruled out for offside before Anichebe's header tipped onto the crossbar by Harper appeared to bounce down over the line before Mike Williamson cleared.

Anichebe left no room for doubt three minutes from time when he turned in the penalty area to fire home but Everton's celebrations were short-lived when Ba latched on to Shola Ameobi's knockdown to roll a shot under Howard.

17/09/2012 22:40
Goal line technology, or blind linesmen? Which would you rather have? No brainer.
17/09/2012 23:27

It seems to me that the most important thing about tonight was that Everton and their fans (Geordies too) showed massive respect for the 96 before the game and that football rivalry can be transcended by the events of Hillsborough and the 23 years of suppression of the facts. The city as a whole was united in it's support of the families and people of Liverpool affected by that tragedy-we are a city and a family and although we may support different teams and wear different colours tonight we were together as one. It was great to see and the Hollies track was a brilliant tribute from the blue side of Merseyside to the red side.

As for the game....We were ROBBED!!!

17/09/2012 22:56
If this was't a reason for having goal line tech nothing will.Ball well over the line and very poor decision by the linesman forEverton disallowed goal.Its got to so annoying for Managers who work so hard on the training ground only to see their hard work undone through poor officails decisions
17/09/2012 22:51
17/09/2012 23:32
Millions, with the help of technology, see the actuality but the three decision makers are left to their own inadequate human judgement
18/09/2012 01:52
the linesman was even fatter than I am and clearly his eye sight is worse (and mines not good) His tough decesion was not the two good goals but what to have for supper
18/09/2012 09:02

Full respect to Everton Football Club and their fans for what was a quite emotional show of respect for the 96.

There is hope for football yet !

18/09/2012 07:54
I'm a massive rugby fan and wasn't sure about T.V. technology. Now I actually enjoy it and can watch it on the big screen in the ground. No bad decisions on vital tries although we still have 2nd rate referees officiating our matches, but they have help and they need it, just as the referees need it in soccer. GET IT IN NOW....Great game last night, Newcastle players contributed in what was the best match I've watched this season but Everton were robbed.
18/09/2012 06:43
So what happens? Nothing.....Everton robbed of two fairly won and deserved points, whilst Newcastle sneak off after a 4-2 defeat but carrying a stolen, undeserved point. Nothing is ever done to rectify these distortions of the league table, no system of retrospective points distribution is in force, and incompetent officials continue to blight the game with their many errors, never being censored or demoted. In courts of law, CCTV evidence is admissable, and acted upon. The F.A. are a dictatorial organisation who choose to ignore such niceties. Nothing will change until people who pay huge amounts to watch Premiership football stop just shrugging their shoulders at these travesties and accepting the status quo, but campaign, loudly, for immediate action to be taken.....
18/09/2012 07:40
What has to happen before the biggest game in the world can emulate cricket, rugby, tennis, vollyball, long jump, 100 metre sprint, horse racing etc etc etc. Its beyond a joke and NO valid reason can be given as to why a couple of cameras cant be used.
Bad luck Everton, you were denied.
Both sets of fans need to be congratulated for their respect of the 96.
Both EFC and NUFC will be up there this season.
18/09/2012 07:31
i am a newcastle fan but agree everton were unlucky to have goals disallowed but would you be saying same if other way round,,,,we need the tech and now not later also why do football have to wait when rugby has it if it unclear at rugby they show replay before allowing or not surely we can have and do same in this day and age we should av it 
18/09/2012 09:03
ref must of been playing for newcastle again.like refs did most of last season
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