Frustrated Reading manager Brian McDermott expects referee Andre Marriner will regret allowing Demba Ba's handled second goal to stand in Saturday's 2-2 draw with Newcastle.

Reading seemed on course for their first Barclays Premier League win of the season after goals from Jimmy Kebe and Noel Hunt. Ba equalised in between the two Reading strikes and then stole a point for Newcastle when, in attempting to head a cross, the ball deflected off his hand past the helpless Reading goalkeeper Alex McCarthy.

McDermott said: "It is disappointing to say the least. I think every angle in the world shows it's a handball. There is no doubt. Whether it was deliberate or not, it's a nailed-on handball and in this league you need to get the big decisions right."

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