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Ba gifts Black Cats a point, Toffees frustrate QPR

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Demba Ba's own goal denied ten-man Newcastle a derby victory at Sunderland, while Everton and QPR also shared the spoils at Loftus Road.

Ba scored at the wrong end of the pitch as Newcastle were held 1-1 by Sunderland on a dramatic afternoon on Wearside.

The Senegal striker could only look on in horror as John O'Shea's 85th-minute header hit him and sailed past helpless keeper Tim Krul.

It was little more than the Black Cats deserved after belatedly making the most of Cheick Tiote's 25th-minute dismissal for a studs-up challenge on Steven Fletcher.

Yohan Cabaye had got the Magpies off to an ideal start with just three minutes gone and as Sunderland initially laboured in the search for an equaliser, the visitors held on to their lead relatively comfortably until a final onslaught.

Sunderland, despite seeing plenty of the ball, were rarely able to trouble Krul as Adam Johnson, James McClean and Stephane Sessegnon struggled to provide any meaningful service for frontman Steven Fletcher.

But although they emerged with a point, the Black Cats have won only one home league derby since 1980, and have now tasted victory home or away against their neighbours on just one occasion in the last 16.

Newcastle left perhaps feeling they should have been doing so with all the points after staging a brave rearguard action in which returning skipper Fabricio Coloccini was superb, but satisfied to have come away with something to show for their efforts after Tiote's premature departure.

Junior Hoilett's first QPR goal secured a point for his club © Getty Images
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Queens Park Rangers' hopes of climbing off the bottom of the table were dashed as they were held 1-1 by ten-man Everton at Loftus Road.

Junior Hoilett had given the hosts the lead after just two minutes but QPR keeper Julio Cesar's own goal gifted the Toffees a point, as Mark Hughes' side failed to make the most of their numerical advantage and squandered a host of chances late in the second half.

In what was QPR's fastest Premier League goal since Les Ferdinand scored against West Ham in December 1994, Hoilett ensured his first goal for the Hoops was a memorable one.

The former Blackburn forward collected Cesar's punched clearance midway inside his own half, charging towards the edge of the area before unleashing his shot, which clipped the heels of Leighton Baines and looped over Tim Howard.

But Everton equalised shortly after the half-hour mark as Sylvain Distin's header rebounded off the foot of a post, hit an unsuspecting Cesar and rolled over the line.

Everton, reduced to ten men after Steven Pienaar was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, saw Phil Jagielka's header saved from point blank range by Cesar, while QPR substitute Djibril Cisse was put through on goal, only to be flagged offside.

Hoilett felt aggrieved not to have been awarded a penalty when he was brought down by Seamus Coleman, while Adel Taarabt's free-kick flashed just wide of Howard's near post. But Everton held firm and secured the point.

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