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The Royals striker was delighted with his side's effort against the Magpies on Saturday but bemoaned Demba Ba's handball goal that denied the Berkshire side a win

Reading striker Noel Hunt is happy with the Royals' improved performance in their 2-2 draw with Newcastle on Saturday.

The Irishman hit his first Premier League goal after Jimmy Kebe and Demba Ba had netted, but the Senegalese striker notched another equaliser for the Magpies in controversial circumstances, blatantly handballing home.

Hunt told Reading's official club website: "It’s obvious that there’s been a change in our performances.

"We needed to concentrate on playing our own game and not to be embarrassed by it - Newcastle have a similar direct style of play and they managed to get into Europe last season.

"At the start of the season we didn’t get things quite right but in the last two games it’s been working much better.

"We needed to get after them, challenge for everything and not give them a minute on the ball. We just had to be honest and give it everything we can. We had terrific players who could come off the bench and give the team fresh legs – we’ve got a great squad.

"It was nice to score. I was delighted with the goal and I thought we had done enough to go on to win the game.

"We were in full control, looked really good and dominated the game. Newcastle are a great side and I think they were relieved to come out of the game with a point.

"It was a clear handball – you could see he converted the ball with his hand. But what can you say? The referee hasn’t seen it. It’s bad luck for us and it’s taken away three deserved points – but we can’t do anything about it."