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Ba owns up to handy equaliser

30 September 2012 05:35

Newcastle striker Demba Ba admitted his second goal in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Reading was a handball, but insisted it was unintentional.

The Senegal international scored twice to rescue a point against Reading following two goals from Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt.

Ba's second goal was subject to much controversy after he met a Shane Ferguson cross with his right hand after he missed the ball with an initial header.

"What can I say? I just did not want to do it on purpose it was just unfortunate," Ba told Sky Sports.

"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."

Magpies boss Alan Pardew also conceded he was aware of Ba's handball, but was quick to hail Ferguson for the ball which led to the equaliser.

"I think Demba just got a touch with his head and then it has hit his arm," he told Sky Sports.

"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."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
29 September 2012
Game week
6
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Madejski Stadium (Reading, Berkshire)
Attendance
24097

Goals

0 - 1
58' D. Ba
 (assist by C. Tioté)
J. Kébé 58'
(assist by J. McAnuff) 
1 - 1
N. Hunt 62'
(assist by J. McAnuff) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
83' D. Ba
 (assist by S. Ferguson)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
12
33
9
5
19
20
41
# Player Bookings
34
23
31
8
21
25
28

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 16 +23 39
2 16 +19 36
3 16 +12 31
4 16 +8 28
5 16 +12 26
6 16 +9 26
7 16 -2 24
8 16 -4 23
9 16 +2 22
10 16 +3 21
11 16 -3 21
12 16 -3 19
13 16 -10 19
14 16 -5 17
15 16 -10 16
16 16 -5 15
17 16 -13 15
18 16 -13 14
19 16 -8 13
20 16 -12 10

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