A frustrated Moyes said:
“There are two goals they missed but I can’t get them back. I don’t know how the linesman missed them. I had a word there, not ranting and raving, I just said 'hey you missed two goals’. I thought we had another goal in the game that should have counted but didn’t because it was ruled offside. It does affect the outcome of the game. What can I do about it? We all know the tools will come in eventually.”
Everton dominated the first half and could have been four or five up at half-time. Leighton Baines ran rampant down the left side of the pitch, and looked dangerous every time he received the ball. Baines powerful strike put Everton a goal ahead after just 15 minutes, dissecting the Newcastle defence. Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper could do nothing but watch the ball fly into the bottom corner of the net.
Everton controlled the first half well – between the aerial threat of Marouane Fellaini and the quick feet of Niko Jelavic, Newcastle looked to be in for one of the nights. They played nervously with little attacking threat – Hatem Ben Arfa giving the ball away needlessly in his own half almost resulted in a second for Everton.
After the game Newcastle manager Alan Pardew conceded: "In the first half we were as bad as we've ever been since I've been in charge.”
However, the second goal wouldn’t come and, at 1-0 Newcastle always had a chance to get back in the game. The substitution of Jelavic, who had ridden a couple of tough challenges in the half, made the second half an easier task for Newcastle.
New boy Kevin Mirallas was unlucky not to get on the score sheet on his home debut as he weaved through defenders, shooting from dangerous positions inside the Newcastle penalty area.
Newcastle came out positively – the struggling Marveaux, who had spent most of the first half isolated, was replaced by Demba Ba, who scored his first goal of the night in the 49th minute. Newcastle, visibly boosted, and back in the game, looked more confident and the game became more of a contest.
Neither side looked able to break the dead-lock until Steven Pienaar’s pass into Victor Anichebe looked to be Everton’s winner as the ball sailed past Steve Harper once again on the 88th minute. But the Newcastle super-sub Ba still had gas in the tank, putting the ball past Tim Howard once again to equalize in the 90th minute.
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