Harper admits lucky break

Newcastle keeper thankful after Anichebe goal is not given

Steve Harper: Acknowledges that Newcastle were fortunate against Everton

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Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper was grateful for his stroke of luck following the 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park.

Harper turned Victor Anichebe's goalbound header onto the underside of the crossbar and it bounced down, seemingly over the line, before Mike Williamson cleared.

The goal was not given and though Anichebe later put the Toffees 2-1 up, Newcastle substitute Demba Ba equalised with his second goal of the match.

Asked about the controversial goal-line decision, Harper told Sky Sports: "It was behind me. I genuinely thought I'd saved it but apparently it was over the line.

"You're taught never to give it up and I didn't, and we went and scored at the other end so I'm pleased.

"I got a hand on it and got a bit of luck - you need a bit of that, I didn't have much luck with the two goals so what goes around comes around."