Once you have watched the video of Demba Ba scoring Newcastle’s second goal yesterday about 20 times, you come away knowing that he put the ball in the net with his right hand, although it does look as though it’s accidental, and therefore technically it is not a foul – but try telling that to any Reading fan.
Demba Ba telling Newcastle fans it hit his hand – but it was accidental
When Ba had scored Newcastle’s second equalizer, and had rushed to the Newcastle fans behind the goal, he had pointed to his right hand and kind of shrugged, and that was only seconds after he had scored, so an alert linesman or referee could have called the goal back, but again the officials missed it – don’t accuse them of being alert.
And that kind of call will not be caught or corrected by any new goal line technology that will be introduced soon by the Premier League.
Ba had scored a phenomenal first goal, just a minute after Jimmy Kebe had opened the scoring for Reading, when he hit a Cheick Tiote through ball on the volley, and the ball flew into the back of the net for an astonishing equalizer from the Senegal striker.
And after 62 minutes Noel Hunt had restored Reading’s lead, with both goals being scored in the five minutes after Steven Taylor had been forced to leave the field injured, and James Perch had been drafted into the middle of the defense, with James Tavernier making his Premier League debut at right back.
After the game this is what Demba Ba told Sky Sports about the second goal:
“What can I say? I just did not want to do it on purpose it was just unfortunate.” “Fergie just crossed the ball and I just wanted to hit it with my head. Unfortunately, it touched my hand and went in.” “I would say it is unfortunate for Reading but it is still a point for us.”
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew initially though that he had headed the ball in with his head, but later conceded it was his right hand, as he told Sky Sports:
“I think Demba just got a touch with his head and then it has hit his arm.” “Unfortunately the defender and the goalkeeper have got no chance.” “But if you put a quality ball in like that, you are going to get a reward. It was a bit fortunate but we will take that.”
Newcastle are currently 9th in the league table with 9 points from their first six games, and it seems like the promoted clubs Reading and Southampton are both now in the bottom four, with only West Ham having made a decent start to the season of the three teams that were promoted in May.
The two teams promoted the year before – Norwich City and QPR – are the other two sides in the bottom four at the moment.
Newcastle entertain Bordeaux at St. James’ Park on Thursday night in the Europa League and then travel back to Old Trafford next Sunday, where Tottenham got their first win at the ground since 1989, when they beat the Red Devils 3-2.
Newcastle haven’t won at Old Trafford since 1972, and perhaps next Sunday is the time to do that.
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