Newcastle Ride Their Luck To Get 2-2 Draw At Reading

Newcastle came from behind twice this afternoon in the second half to register a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium with Reading, and it was Demba Ba with a brace for Newcastle to make it six goals for Newcastle so far this season, but his second goal was controversial, as he seemed to handle the ball.

The game kicked off with Newcastle in their burgundy strips, and Reading in their blue and white hoops in front of a sell-out crowd at the Madejski Stadium.

Reading almost went ahead after 29 minutes but it was a terrific save from veteran Newcastle goalkeeper Steve harper, who has shown good form since he came in for the injured Tim Krul.

McAnuff put in a nice ball from the left wing, and Russian International Pogbrebnyak met it well at the far post, but Harper somehow put the ball over the bar – a great save from the Newcastle goalkeeper – that was a let-off.

The game was even with neither side really dominating and Newcastle were playing some nice looking football without ever threatening the reading goal.

Then just before half time – with the last kick of the half in fact – Poghrebnyak found himself clear in front of goal with a seemingly open goal, and just as he was about to shoot James Perch was there to hook the ball clear – a brilliant interception by the Newcastle right back.

A disappointing first half finished all square at 0-0.

Alarm bells for Newcastle after 55 minutes when Steven Taylor went off injured (oh no!) and James Tavernier came on at right back and James Perch moved into the middle of defense alongside Mike Williamson.

Papiss Cisse in action this afternoon

Reading went ahead after 56 minutes with a goal from Jimmy Kébé, when he easily beat Steve Harper with a right footed shot from the center of the box, right into the bottom left corner, and it seemed that Kebe had slipped when taking the shot.

But within a minute Newcastle were level when a nice through ball from Check Torte saw Demba Ba put the ball home brilliantly with his right foot on the volley, and it was 1-1.

And then just four minutes later Reading were ahead again when Noel Hunt headed home from 12 yards out, after a good right wing cross from Jobi McAnuff.

Newcastle were trying to get back into this game and the equalizer came after 83 minutes, when Demba Ba dispatched the ball into the top left hand corner, after a good cross from young Shane Ferguson.

But it looked as though Demba Ba had put the ball home with his hand, although it looked accidental, so this will be the big talking point after the game.

And late in the game Newcastle goalkeeper Steve made an excellent save that kept Newcastle in the game, when he somehow tipped Jason Roberts’ shot around the post.

On 90 minutes Jobi McAnuff hit the post with an excellent right foot shot and in added time it was Demba Ba again, when he this time hit the ball high and wide to the right, when in a decent position.

Newcastle have now come back in successive away games after being behind, and this was a decent away point for us, and it gives us 9 points from out first six games – the same total as Arsenal.\

But Newcastle didn’t look anywhere as secure when Steven Taylor left the field, and we have to hope it’s not a serious injury, since Newcastle didn’t bring in another center-back in the summer, and we really should have, after what happened last season.

Reading (4-4-2): Alex McCarthy; Shaun Cummings, Adrian Mariappa, Kaspars Gorkss, Nicky Shorey; Jimmy Kebe (Garath McCleary 70), Mikele Leigertwood, Jem Karacan, Jobi McAnuff (c); Noel Hunt (Adam Le Fondre 86), Pavel Pogrebnyak (Jason Roberts 78)
Subs not used: Stuart Taylor, Alex Pearce, Danny Guthrie, Hal Robson-Kanu

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Steve Harper; James Perch, Steven Taylor (James Tavernier 56), Mike Williamson, Davide Santon; Hatem Ben Arfa, Cheick Tiote, Gael Bigirimana (Shane Ferguson 70), Jonas Gutierrez (c); Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse (Shola Ameobi 70)
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi

Referee: Andre Marriner

Attendance: 24,097

24 comments so far

  • bollance

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Turnimg point was taylor coming off

  • joe

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Have we ever had all 3 centre backs fit at the same bloody time!?

  • check the toastie

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #3

    We were shite…………………… again…..
    and lucky…………………………..again……
    and negative………………………again……
    and hoofball………………………again…..
    and here come the excuses….again…..

  • toonking

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #4

    what annoys some of us about pardew is his gob
    he said during transfer window we would bring in 5 players
    he said mid week he was resting the main team for today surely you going for a win and not a draw if you rest starters
    him and the owners say they aiming for top4 and trophy
    what team aims for trophy with small squad and fielding weakened teams.

  • bambams

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    Its a point bt we (imo) should be doing better than this at places like Reading.
    Due to being at work i have not seen the match, had several updates from mates who were watching it but we do not seem to be making many chances.
    a point is better than nowt though…..
    Lets hope we have some players fit for the next game !

  • Special K

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Despite his well documented slow start to the season, today really showed how much we need Cabaye.Bigi is far too similar to Cheick and as a result our passing & link up play was non-existent.

    Defence really suffered today and although we had success with Simpson-Williamson-Perch-Santon towards the tail end of last season, throwing an unexperienced Tavernier into that mix spelled disaster.

    Hopefully with Coloccini, Cabaye and Simpson back for ManUtd next weekend we’ll see something we’re more used to but Pardew has to make a call between playing 4-3-3 that served us so well last year or Shola up top with Ba in a 4-4-2 because what we’re doing at the moment isn’t working.

    Considering the success we had against these lot last year with Shola, I think we’ll see the latter.


  • stevetoon85

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Oh bugger….we didn’t beat Reading 0-14.

    Lets get rid of ‘clueless’ Pardew and sack his staff and players as we are clearly now sh*te after just 6 games….


    Lets put some things into perspective here, today we were without Krul, Colo and Cabaye (probably our 3 best players last season) Not to mention losing S.Taylor after 50 minutes. And we’ve come away with a point….whats the problem? Big deal we didn’t play great….we probably would have won if the mentioned above had all been playing!!!!

    We’ve played 6 games! Two agains’t last seasons top 4 and 1 agains’t the European Champions…..and yet we are in 8th!!!! YES 8th!!!! 2 point off a CL place….SOME FANS NEED TO GET A GRIP!!!!

    Pardew out, Asley out, backroom staff out…..Joke.

    Lets act like true supports and start SUPPORTING our team. Not bashing them for being 8th and just 2 points off 4th….

  • nmac00

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #8

    ok my 1st time writing something! we r not good enough for top 6, take a look at our squad, its very bad.. look at other teams, how much have they strengthened? we will be lucky if we make top 10, NO JOKE!!! harper goes down slower than the titanic!! williamson = over the line when there is a easy pass!! perch=dont get me started on him! (please get over him..shitshit…) guti= 1st couple season good for us, now he cant even run by a player, cant cross,pass,tackle,shoot. good work rate! aye whatever… cisse 1 hit wonder, if torres wasn so bad cisse wud stand out a mile!!! sorry about this and i hope im wrong near future… but thats me……#toonarmy

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Haha Simpson back in the team? Your having a laugh. He will only make things worse. We would’ve lost 5-2 today if Simpson was playing. It would’ve been like the Fulham game last season or the Wigan/Tottenham/Everton games.

    We’re not good enough. We’ve played the wrong team. Bigirimana shouldn’t have started. He isn’t good enough for first team football yet. It would be sensible loaning him back to Coventry. Abeid should be in the team for the next match.

    We need to release Williamson and relegate Shola and Gosling and Tavernier to the reserve team.

    The only promising things today was Ba, Ben Arfa and Shane Ferguson.

    Todays liabilities were:


  • hebmag

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Check, do you want directions to S.O.L, thats the only place someone who criticises nufc so much belongs. I thought a blog was for supporters to have constructive discussion, I bet you want people banned for standing up as well. A point away from home is horrendous. Put up or move on fella, we are newcastle united, by birth not choice.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #11

    What did I tell you all? We should’ve signed Jan Vertonghen. Pardew said we needed a goalscoring defender. That’s 2 goals in 2 games now. Thank god he’s in my dream team.

  • hebmag

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #12

    Ketsbaia by name, ketsbaia by nature, head down and ignore the bigger picture. And you call yourself a supporter why?

  • nmac00

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #13

    stevetoon85 its not all about them 3! we should have a good enough squad to beat reading!!! no matter wat…

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    £9m was a bargain for him. We need players like that. Alderewerield fits the ball. Vertonghen is like a young Phillipe Albert with more pace and better shooting ability.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #15

    Everyone kept laughing when I said we should sign Steven Fletcher. Look at him now. £12m was a bargain and he’s only 25.

  • mkhalaf

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Harper is the reason we lost,,,2 savable goals

  • nmac00

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Ketsbaia9 ben arfa was crap today, and i think Bigirimana had a good game, (18)

  • nmac00

    Sep 29, 2012 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Ketsbaia9 get over Vertonghen, we dont hav him, we will never have him… go buy him in the new fifa or fm13 when it comes it…

  • Ketsbaia9

    Sep 29, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Well, you obviously didn’t see the full game. We should’ve at least put a bid in for Vertonghen. If Spurs signed 2 strikers, they could challenge for the title. They haven’t great attacking midfielder unlike us. Dempsey and Sigurdsson are quality. They have 4/5 quality centre backs. We have 1 or 2. We are only slightly better than Tottenham in the striking department.

    What did you think to Mariappa today? I’m glad we didn’t sign him.

  • yorkymag

    Sep 29, 2012 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Calm down my dears
    No need to panic
    We have been poor so far this season but are 8 th just wait till we get going
    Key for me is Ba and Cisse big problem about how to fit them in Shola is better in a 2 up front
    The wretched luck with injuries hasn’t helped at all we may have to sacrifice Europe me thinks


    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #21

    Annoyed and frustrated… To chellenge spurs everton n maybe Liverpool for 5th and 6th we need to pull out finger out of our arses.

    Said that it’s still a ‘lucky’ away point and I will reserve judgement after our next 3 CRUCIAL games. We need to get off the mark in Europa, need a big performance against unite and then we the mackems away…. We won these two fixtures last year so I expect MUCH bette performances…

    Like everton we suffer without a full strength 11 on the pitch and until 3-4 decent recruitment are made I can’t see much improvement

  • karasu

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #22

    I don’t give a f*** about perspective. Absolutely no excuses for not beating Reading and no redemption for tonight’s s*** performance. It’s READING for f***’s sake. It’s not Spurs or Pool or even Fulham. We should not be facing a shortage of manpower or quality this early into the season and we wouldn’t have if we landed our transfer targets last window. How many wake-up calls do they need to realise that last season is OVER and that they need to start winning games this season? Sick of all this sluggishness. Sick of the poor passing. Sick of aimless hoofballs. Sick of getting beaten to every ball. Sick of relying on magic powder just to collect a draw. Sick of these POOR PERFORMANCES!!!

  • karasu

    Sep 29, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #23

    I don’t give a **** about perspective. Absolutely no excuses for not beating Reading and no redemption for tonight’s **** performance. It’s READING for ****’s sake. It’s not Spurs or Pool or even Fulham. We should not be facing a shortage of manpower or quality this early into the season and we wouldn’t have if we landed our transfer targets last window. How many wake-up calls do they need to realise that last season is OVER and that they need to start winning games this season? Sick of all this sluggishness. Sick of the poor passing. Sick of aimless hoofballs. Sick of getting beaten to every ball. Sick of relying on magic powder just to collect a draw. Sick of these POOR PERFORMANCES!!!

  • hebmag

    Sep 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #24

    Blah blah blah, glass half empty, blah blah blah. Away draw with under strength team, fancy that. Bring bak big fat sam this pardew fella is useless.


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