Reading vs. Newcastle: 6 Things We Learned About the Toon's Prospects This Year

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Reading vs. Newcastle: 6 Things We Learned About the Toon's Prospects This Year
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Demba Ba was again the difference as Newcastle salvaged a point at Reading.

It wouldn't be unfair to say that Newcastle were lucky to escape with a draw when they travelled to Reading on Saturday. After going behind twice, Demba Ba arrived to rescue them on both occasions—albeit once with his hand.

After a dull first hour, the game came alive and Reading looked the more threatening of the two teams. Newcastle had five- to 10-minute spells of possession, but spent a lot of time chasing the game, as they often have this year.

Reading skipper Jobi McAnuff struck the woodwork in injury time, but it was not to be his team's day.

It was a ragged Toon performance and they will be grateful for the point. This has been typical of the year so far, with elements of the first six games following similar patterns.

It is these patterns that will shape the fortunes of the season.

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