Newcastle manager Alan Pardew admits Demba Ba goal rescued a lucky point
Alan Pardew confessed Newcastle were lucky to come away with a point after Demba Ba's handled equaliser at Reading.
Last Updated: 29/09/12 6:45pm
Senegal striker Ba scored twice in the second half at the Madejski Stadium either side of Reading taking separate leads through Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt.
The forward's second goal was the major talking point after he missed Shane Ferguson's cross with his head before accidently handling the ball into the back of the net.
And after seeing Newcastle earn what he thought was an undeserved point, Pardew, who signed a new eight-year contract in midweek, 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."
Ba's first strike will be overshadowed by his second but his initial equaliser was one of the best goals of the season to date after he hit a superb first-time volley.
"That was the highlight of the day," said former Reading boss Pardew. "It was a really great goal. Coming over your shoulder, that sort of timing, trust me that was a fantastic goal."
Meanwhile, Pardew knows his side need to improve on their struggles against Reading at the Madejski Stadium before facing Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday and then hosting Manchester United in the Premier League next weekend.
"It was a strange game in a lot of ways," he said. "I thought in the first half we were both searching for a bit of rhythm.
"There was a lot of energy on the pitch and it took a bit of quality away from the game.
"The second half was littered with mistakes and errors. We are fortunate to come away with a draw, make no mistake about that.
"We have not played well and will try and address that as best as we can in the in the next game."