Newcastle Fight Back To 2-2 Draw – Ba Brace Does It


Newcastle came away from Goodison Park with a well earned 2-2 draw tonight, after they improved their game in the second half  significantly, after looking abysmal in the first half and going down 1-0 at the half.
 Everton had gone ahead after just 15 minutes when Fellaini scored an easy goal, and it looked a matter of how many Everton would score in the game.

But then Newcastle got a great opportunist goal in the second half from Demba Ba, who had come on for the ineffective Marveaux at half time, and the Senegal striker was brilliantly put through by Yohan Cabaye with a defense splitting pass form the French International.

Newcastle were in this game until the end, but Anibeche seemed to have won it with a goal in the 88th minute, but then would you believe it -Demba Ba did it again and put the ball home within a couple of minutes,  after Shola Ameobi had headed the ball onto him, and Newcastle had got a very good 2-2 draw, after looking almost dead and buried in that first half, when we were just hanging on.

Everton had all the early possession and after 15 minutes the almost inevitable happened when Everton went ahead and it was Leighton Baines who was given far too much room on the left and he did a quick one two with Pienaar and he then smashed the ball wide of Harper and into the goal. Newcastle gave Baines far too much room.

The half time whistle blew and Newcastle were definitely second best in that first half, but at least we were coming into the game – but Newcastle will get a rocket in the dressing room and they deserve it.

Demba Ba came on at half time for Marveaux and Newcastle switched Vurnon Anita to right back and James Perch to central midfield.

And after a couple of minutes Anita showed what a class right back he is, as he blocked an attempted cross from Leighton Baines.

And then would you believe it but Yohan Cabaye supplied a fantastic defense splitting pass for Demba Ba to run onto in the inside left channel, and Ba put the ball home just inside Tim Howard’s left hand post – a wonderful opportunist goal from the Senegal striker.

Newcastle were all square after being outclassed in that first half, and the Geordie fans made themselves heard, and then after 62 minutes it was James Perch who put a nice lofted ball into the box that found Cisse unmarked about 10 yards out, but as he turned he lofted the ball over the bar – Papiss should have done a lot better with that – and it was a good chance lost.

Newcastle had a huge let-off after 79 minutes when Anichebe seemed to have scored with a header, but somehow it seemed that Steve Harper had kept the ball out.

But on looking at the TV replays the ball was over the line and it should have been a goal – another embarrassing call by the officials – where’s that goal line technology to sort this stuff out?

The second half was end to end with Newcastle continuing to come more into the game until the late goal drama – but Newcastle looked a completely different side in that second half and deserved the point.

And it was Demba Ba’s goal-scoring prowess that got Newcastle two goals tonight and a point when at times during this game Everton looked so much the better side.

And even when Newcastle look a well beaten side when you have a player like Ba (and Cisse) who can score at any time Newcastle will always be in these games.

It’s just what Newcastle needed – and a win against Norwich on Sunday should see us climb that league table.

Everton (4-4-1-1): Tim Howard; Tony Hibbert, Phil Jagielka, Sylvain Distin, Leighton Baines; Kevin Mirallas (Steven Naismith 83), Leon Osman, Phil Neville (c), Steven Pienaar; Marouane Fellaini; Nikica Jelavic (Victor Anichebe 44)
Subs not used: Jan Mucha, John Heitinga, Shane Duffy, Seamus Coleman, Magaye Gueye

Newcastle United (4-5-1): Steve Harper; James Perch, Mike Williamson, Steven Taylor, Davide Santon; Vurnon Anita, Jonas Gutierrez (c), Hatem Ben Arfa, Yohan Cabaye (Gael Bigirimana 90), Sylvain Marveaux (Demba Ba 46); Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 79)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan

Referee: Mike Jones (Cheshire)

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71 comments so far

  • JTOONJ

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Haway demba!

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  • gaz 44

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #2

    didn’t deserve it.. the sheep seems unhappy

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  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #3

    So is Ba gunna score for half the season and let Cisse take over in the second ? 🙂

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  • mattyNUFC

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #4

    i know this’ll get lost in the post but

    WHAT HAPPENED WITH OBERTAN?

    in the US on ESPN2 they said he refused to come on

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  • Szarka

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #5

    Wow, great second half, but lot of help from the ref, not going down with 4-2.

    What we could learn from this match: Ba is in better form, then Cissé, Anita is better RB then Perch.

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #6

    Much better 2nd half.

    Hoof hoof hoof,but we got a point so I dont give a shit.haha

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Read on the last thread that Obertan refused to come on, any truth in that?

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #8

    Matty
    No i think he was coming on but pards phoned stone and said get bigi on

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #9

    On 17
    September 2012, he scored Newcastle’s
    1000th goal of the Premier League era, after
    scoring both goals in a 2-2 draw against
    Everton at Goodison Park .[34]

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Kets what exactly do you get from slating our players? Oh and willo also put that fantastic ball in for our equaliser muppet

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  • JAMSHA

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #11

    lets drop cisse n use him in 2,nd half of the season…let ba do the work 1st half of the season

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Ketsbaia9 // Sep 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM
    Once again, Williamson has cost us the game. Thought we deserved to lose today.

    Why do you bother to support the Toon..?
    You NEVER miss a chance to slag off your pet hates and you are no true supporter.

    Lucky we may have been but you spout bile

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  • Lee Dodd

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Compared to Last Season a 2-2 Draw is a Good result for us . Well done Demba Ba watch out Norwich ….

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  • JTOONJ

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Commentators said ober refused. if so pards better given him a rollocking like he did to cabaye at half time

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  • FatmanJoe

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #15

    Ba should have started. Can imagine cisse tearing it up in Europe and cups for time being but ba is the player on form.

    We looked dreadful with 5 in midfield. Every player looked lost. Looked far more attacking with 2 up front and far more direction.

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  • Shane

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #16

    I’ma throw this out there… ;-)\

    Simo-Collo-Saylor-Santon
    ——- Tiote – Cab ——-
    ———–Shola———-
    – HBA ————- BA –
    ———- Cisee ———

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  • nufc786

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #17

    where is tht kets……… where is he…….
    for our equaliser willo’ s ball to shola was the one tht decided our fate in the match….. a knockdown for ba all tht was needed….. we got a point from tht

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  • HamarMagpie

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #18

    To all of you Shola haters and critics out there…. Go #¤&%/ yourself. He shows his worth again and again, and you’re not worthy fans

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  • gaz 44

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #19

    maybe this will shut the 442 haters up n let pards get on with it

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  • Sholadona

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #20

    Bloody hell, need a lie down after that!

    ps F off Kets

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  • toonking

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #21

    the more i watch gary nevilles analsis of our second goal the more i think to myself why carroll would have been good to return.

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  • JTOONJ

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Newcastle striker Demba Ba: “It was good getting a draw because it was difficult. I was determined because lately I was not so happy with some of the things goings on. But after the bad comes the good.”

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  • 89Norcal

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #23

    Shola was heaven sent tonight. Gary Neville did well to back up the difficulty of those goal calls. You blink and you miss them.

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  • hoppernufc

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    What did ba say in interview ?

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #25

    The good thing is we can shuffle the pack on the pitch… swapping Anita and Perchinho and have flexibility to change formations during the game more easily. I’m sure Pards wanted that….

    Mind… Kets….. of course it was Simmo’s fault we didn’t win the game… if he’d been playing we wud have 🙂
    He’s already cost us 4th place and a CL spot.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #26

    The more i see it the more impressed i am with sholas knock on in fact his contribution from the minut he came on!!

    Nick 9 from the previous thread
    I dont think ba will get in trouble, in fact i think pards genuinly felt bad for dropping him, he said before the game that unfortunatly ba had been a victim of circumstance with injuries and it was no reflection on demba hopefully he’s shiwn all the fans that blame him for 442 and call him selfish and basically tell him to be happy on the bench or fcuk off why he is in the team,
    His performance today was one of his best in a black n white shirt the lad was like a wild beast tonight!!!

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  • MUTINYbyLEMONS

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #27

    I think from this game we should all learn that not one formation is the answer, can’t 433 or 451 every game can’t play 442 every game. Every game is different and requires different tactics so shut the hell up

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #28

    Everton will feel robbed like.Haha

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  • lukes26

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #29

    I wonder if we’ll see more of Ameobi in the coming weeks. He was sublime. the ball for ben arfa was worthy of a goal, and his headers for ba were brilliant.

    Doubt Cisse or Ba will be dropped entirely, but he’s effective for the final 30 minutes when defenders legs start to go.

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  • APBWA

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #30

    Players like Shola make me proud to be a geordie

    Very good sportsmanship by Harper also

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #31

    That final ball by Williamson was just a hoof it anyway ball. He’s been doing that all game. It Perch would’ve started at centre back today with Anita starting at right back, I think we would’ve won the game. Once again, it’s players like Williamson that’s costing us three points.

    We made a big mistake in the summer by not signing 2 centre backs, 1 wing-back, an attacking midfielder and 2 strikers. We’re still 6 players short I’m afraid.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #32

    You’re all missing the point. It’s not a matter of systems, it’s a matter of our overly cautious approach in first-halves that’s our defect. We need to recognise in which games we should go toe-to-toe from the off, we were never going to ‘control’ this match tonight; as a result of us going into it with that mindset and attempting to feel our way in, we were swept up and left ragged by their hurricane of energy.

    AP needs to have faith in the players to go and damage teams from the off, instead of being too conservative.

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Mutiny

    We are still a work in progress and we can all see how changing tactics during a game can help.

    We’ll have luck go against us some time too … it’ll level out during the season. Just as long as its not a cup final..

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  • Shane

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #34

    Pards definitely just confirmed that Obertan did in fact refuse to come on…

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  • BelfastMagpie

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #35

    The Obertan refusing to come on rumour is rubbish.

    He was meant to be coming on,and then Pardew phöned down & changed the sub.

    Bigi came on instead.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #36

    Shane why what did he say?

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  • calvinzolamakongo

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #37

    What did pards say then coz ober wouldn’t of got his track suit off if he refused he was ready to come on

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  • Shane

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #38

    Lol, it was my poor attempt at sarcasm and everybody putting 2 and 2 together and getting a billion. 🙂

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  • toonking

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #39

    formation is not the problem with us, it is lack of forward play at times think back to last year against QPR 1-0 win 1 shot on target aston villa draw apart from HBA who else was going forward in midfield
    everton first half today very little forward play should have been 3-0 down but then came the second half and a total differance with ba and cisse both staying forward HBA getting the help from cabaye while anita and perch rotate positions
    formation 4-2-1-3.

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  • newcben

    Sep 17, 2012 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #40

    I still feel 4231 is a good formation for us when we have our best players all fit. And even 4132 against weaker teams or at home.

    ——————Krul—————
    Simmo—Collo–Taylor–Santon
    ———Tiote—–Anita———–
    HBA——–Cabaye——–Jonas
    —————Ba—————–

    Weaker teams.

    —————-Krul—————
    Anita—Collo—Taylor—Santon
    —————Tiote—————
    HBA——–Cabaye——-Jonas
    ———-Cisse—Ba————–

    HBA has to play like a Nani or Ashley young figure in the second formation and not the Hazard figure he takes at the moment.

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