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