By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Club Reporter
Alan Pardew hailed Newcastle United's fighting spirit after watching his side twice come from behind to earn a 2-2 draw away at Everton on Monday night.
A Demba Ba double helped the Magpies to a share of the spoils at Goodison Park, after Leighton Baines and Victor Anichebe had struck the hosts in front on two separate occasions.
Ba was a half-time substitute for a United team who lacked spark in the first period, and the boss was delighted with the reaction of his troops after the break.
"The first half was rubbish - as bad as we've ever been under me," Pardew told nufcTV.
"But the second half was good. We changed the dynamic of the team, Demba came on a little bit angry and that was good because he got two goals.
"We deserved the draw, although they did have a couple of chances in the second half, but so did we.
"It was a funny game, a great game for us as it showed the real spirit we have in the group to drag ourselves back.
"Not many teams from 1-0 down here at half-time, playing as badly as that, would be able to dig themselves out of that. It was a great attitude."
Ba's brace took his tally for the season to three, as the Senegalese front man picked up where he left off last term as the Club's leading scorer.
And Pardew was delighted with the striker's impact on a difficult away-day.
"It was two great goals. Demba is an important player in this team," he said.
"We've got to have belief in whatever system we play that we are going to win the game, but we didn't have that belief in the first half. Demba gave us that in the second half, and that made the difference.
"I'm absolutely delighted with the result - it's a massive result for this football club.
"We had some big players missing tonight, so to come here and still get a draw is massive news for us."
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