Goals ruled out as Newcastle earn draw at Everton
Everton had two good goals disallowed as Newcastle United fought back to earn a 2-2 draw after a breathless Premier League encounter at Goodison Park.
Demba Ba came off the bench to cancel out Leighton Baines’s opening goal on 15 minutes with a fine finish on 49 minutes – Newcastle’s 1,000 goal in the Premier League – before Everton had two good goals wrongly chalked off with play raging from end to end.
Marouane Fellaini netted when he was onside while Victor Anichebe’s header was clearly over the line despite the best intentions of Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper and Mike Williamson to keep it out with the central defender hammering the ball away as Everton players appealed in vain for the goal to be given.
The referee Mike Jones and his assistants may have a sleepless night having called both decisions wrong. The debate over goal-line technology is likely to be reignited again after a frantic match that could have swung either way until the fourth minute of stoppage time had been played out.
Everton thought justice was done when Anichebe – who had replaced the injured Nikica Jelavic in the first period – netted with two minutes remaining, only for Ba to score a minute later to cap an impressive recovery by a visiting side who were pinned back for large swathes of the first period.
Meanwhile, the use of the 4th official is called into question in many games, as he usually stands there like a lemon whilst two stone-wall penalties aren’t given at the shepherds bush shack on Saturday. Two points lost due to an incompetent ref. The 4th official just stands there, at great cost, to merely hold up a fkn injury time board at the end of each half.