Demba Ba denies Everton

  • Last Updated: September 17 2012, 22:55 BST

Everton justifiably felt aggrieved after having two goals controversially ruled out before Newcastle snatched a late 2-2 draw in the Barclays Premier League on Monday night.

Ba: Scored a brace

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 but Demba Ba scored his second of the night even later.

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.

Position Player Score
1 Chelsea 10
2 Man Utd 9
3 Arsenal 8
4 Man City 8
5 Swansea 7
6 West Brom 7
7 Everton 7
8 West Ham 7
9 Fulham 6
10 Tottenham 5
11 Newcastle 5
12 Stoke City 4
13 A Villa 4
14 Wigan 4
15 Sunderland 3
16 Norwich 3
17 Liverpool 2
18 QPR 2
19 Reading 1
20 Southamptn 0

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper said: "It was behind me. I genuinely though I'd saved it but apparently it was over the line.

"You're taught never to give it up and I didn't, and we went and scored at the other end so I'm pleased.

"I got a hand on it and got a bit of luck - you need a bit of that, I didn't have much luck with the two goals so what goes around comes around."

David Moyes "It's a difficult call but if you're a linesman on the goal line, you would hope you would see if the ball goes over the line - that's your job. (And Fellaini was) onside, it was really good play and sometimes you need decisions to go for you, and they didn't tonight."
David Moyes

Ba, who admitted he was "not happy" to be left on the bench, was introduced at the interval and equalised for the first time within four minutes.

He grabbed a predatory second in the last minute to prove his point to manager Alan Pardew, who admitted: "Sometimes players play better when they're angry.

"I can't keep everyone happy in this squad, there are still one or two who aren't happy."

While the post-match discussion was all about technology and officials' decisions, understandably 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.

The club's approach was pitched perfectly as, in addition to two mascots wearing an Everton number nine shirt and a Liverpool top with the number 6 and ball boys bearing the number 96, 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'.

David Moyes, in his programme notes, had summed up the feeling on Merseyside by writing: "I and everyone at Everton stands alongside the Hillsborough families.

"I am a football supporter and a father and I applaud the families who continued to fight for the ones they loved.

"The outcome (of the findings of the independent panel) was nothing short of disgraceful.

"We have all been brought up to believe and trust in authority...the authorities who were responsible for the safety of supporters that day let themselves down."