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The Super Eagles striker came off the bench and almost won the match for Everton but was undone by the referees' inaccurate judgements

Victor Anichebe came off the bench for Nikica Jelavic in the 44th minute and was almost the hero for Everton until Demaba Ba salvaged a goal in added time in Monday night's Premier Leagu game.

Everton scored in the 15th minute through a 17-pass move which gave the game its impetus for the 90 minutes.

Everton were very unlucky not to have two goals counted as when Marouane Fellaini scored it was adjudged offside, a decision which was marginal at best.

And only the introduction of goal-line technology - which does not come in until next season - could have assisted referee Michael Jones’ decision who chose not to give Anichebe's header as a goal as replays clearly showed that the ball had clearly crossed the line before Mike Williamson cleared.

The Nigerian striker who has endured his fair share of debilitating injuries should thus have had two goals in the match.

Anichebe was not deterred and scored what he thought to be the winning goal in the 88th minute when he turned neatly in the box and dispatched a low left-foot shoot across Stephen Harper, in goal for Newcastle.

But he was denied the victory when fellow Nigerian Shola Ameobi headed into the path of Ba to equalise in added time.

The 24-year old Nigerian powerhouse had said he was ready to stake a claim to a starting berth and has justified that boast with two goals in three appearances this season. Jelavic, Everton’s top scorer last season, was seen leaving the stadium in crutches and if things do not improve for the Croat, Anichebe may well be in line to start the next league match away to Swansea City on Saturday.

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