Newcastle 3 Blackburn 1 – Great Demba Ba Hat-Trick


Newcastle got the win they needed today and stopped a run of five wins in succession by Blackburn Rovers at St. James’ Park, and it was Demba Ba who was the hero with a great hat-trick.

Newcastle were a lot better than the 3-1 scoreline may suggest, but they missed several chances, and even when Blackburn were reduced to 10 men after 73 minutes, when Olsson received his second yellow card for deliberately fouling Best as he stopped a quick Newcastle break from defense,  Newcastle chose to just play out the game and ensure all 3 points, and that’s exactly what they did.

But make no mistake about it, Newcastle played some lovely football this afternoon, and  Gabriel Obertan had a very good game out on the right wing, Tiote was excellent in the middle of the park, and Dembo Ba looked deadly in the penalty area.

Newcastle started the game well and immediately  started to string some good passes together.  In the first three minutes Newcastle had three corners in a row, and were immediately pressing Blackburn.

On 6 minutes it was Demba Ba who had a good run but he shot over the crossbar, and then after 12 minutes Obertan was looking good on the right wing, and he beat his man went to the line and brought the ball back to Best who hammered the ball way over the bar.

Newcastle were having most of the play and on 20 minutes a good cross by Obertan on the right found Best who hit the ball over the bar.  Obertan was looking good and most of the play was going down the right wing for Newcastle.

On 25 minutes Ryan Taylor who has been off the pitch for a bruised right foot did well to cut out a dangerous left wing cross.

And then Newcastle went ahead after 27 minutes and it was a first goal for Newcastle from Demba Ba.

Best was out on the left wing and he got the ball to Demba Ba who shielded the ball beautifully and then turned and smashed the ball into the back of the net with tremendous  power with his right foot, 1-0 to Newcastle.

And then just three minutes later Demba Ba scored his second goal and it looked all too easy.  The cross came in from the right wing and the ball was headed on and it was Demba Ba who then coolly and assuredly headed the ball home, from about six yards out.

It was interesting that for both goals, Samba had been drawn away from the center of the penalty area.

Newcastle, when right on top, seemed to go to sleep and they conceded a very poor goal when Ryan Taylor gave the ball away, and then some loose marking allowed Junior Hoilett  a free shot,  and he took the invitation and smashed the ball high into the net past Tim Krul.

Then on 42 minutes a pinpoint cross from Ryan Taylor, who was playing quite well at left back before his error, was met by Best on the six yard line but he headed over the bar, when it looked much easier to score. It should have been 3-1 to Newcastle, but it wasn’t.

Newcastle had had most of the play in the first half, and should have been ahead by more than the 2-1 scoreline after 45 minutes, and certainly Alan Pardew would not have been pleased with the goal the defense gave away.

Blackburn started the second half well, and seemed determined to get back into the game.  But then on 54 minutes Demba Ba scored yet another goal to get a hat-trick at St. James’ Park.

Tiote put in a  beautiful left wing cross and Ba headed the ball towards the top left hand corner of the goal, and goalkeeper Robinson couldn’t reach the ball, and neither could Best who jumped for the ball as it crossed the line.

It was confirmed on the loud speakers it was Demba Ba’s goal,  and a great home hat trick – a very nice start for the Senegal International.   Blackburn players protested that Best had impeded the goalkeeper (or center-back Dann or both) for the goal,  but the referee was having none of it, and he quite rightly allowed the goal.

On 60 minutes a cross cane into the Newcastle penalty box and Danny Simpson seemed to miskick it badly, but the ball went out of play for a goal kick.  And then on 66 minutes another good run by Obertan, who was having his best game for Newcastle, as he seemed to be gaining confidence,  set up Cabaye but his shot was blocked.

And then just two minutes later Obertan made another  great run down the right wing and then cut in and hit a left foot shot but it was just over the bar.

And then Newcastle broke like lightning out of defense,  and Leon Best was fouled intentionally by Martin Olsson, who received his second yellow card and was sent off without any protests from the Blackburn players.

On 74 minutes Ben Arfa was brought on for hat-trick hero Demba Ba who opened his account with a wonderful hat-trick.

Then in five minutes Leon Best created two chances for himself, but each time he hit the ball over the bar.  Newcastle seemed to be content to play the game out rather than go for more goals against a 10 man side.

Om 84 minutes Gutierrez was taken off to great applause and Sylvain Marveaux came on. Ben Arfa had a decent chance on 22 yards but then hit the ball over the bar, as Newcastle were trying to play time out.

Newcastle basically played the game out, but still went close on several occasions and this could have been a really big  win for Newcastle,  but this was still a job well done by the lads who now have 12 points form their first 6 games, and we are certainly not complaining.

There’s going to be some competition for places for the next few games that’s for sure, with Demba Ba now having come through big time for the Magpies, and Leon Best went close several times this afternoon, and with a little bit of luck could have had a couple of goals.

Newcastle remain in 4th position one place behind Chelsea and one place above Liverpool, who are followed by Tottenham.

So  we’re in with the big boys at the moment, and today’s performance may even suggest we can keep a fairly high position in the league this season, but we’ll see, and we’re not getting carried away – but we’re still unbeaten this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez; Leon Best, Demba Ba
Subs: Steve Harper, James Perch, Danny Guthrie, Sylvain Marveaux, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Peter Lovenkrands

Blackburn Rovers: (4-4-2): Paul Robinson; Michel Salgado, Christopher Samba (c), Scott Dann, Gael Givet; Junior Hoilett, Steven N’zonzi, Jason Lowe, Martin Olsson; Mauro Formica, Yakubu
Subs: Mark Bunn, Grant Hanley, Vince Grella, Radosav Petrovic, Simon Vukcevic, Ruben Rochina, Jason Roberts



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90 comments so far

  • Spuggy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #1

    nearly one third of the way to safety already!!!!! Lovely to watch some of the play today!

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Demba Ba is 10 times better than our LAZY SHOLA AMEOBI !!!

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  • Andy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #3

    And nobby solano scored! V professional display from us today. Good performances all round. Ba’s first a cracker

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #4

    Fan-flipping-tastic! I could ramble for a while, I’m not going to; opening a cool one and grinning like a moose, instead! 😛

    TOON TOON!!

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  • h-train

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #5

    It wasn’t just the result that i enjoyed today, it was our ability to not only pass it around (haven’t seen that in years) but go long when we had 2. loved it.

    any 1 got a link for stoke v manure btw 🙂

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #6

    Shola will have a hard time starting a game after this…
    What a pair Ba and Best are, they work so well together.
    Obertan starting to shine here and there aswell.
    Tiote back to his best.
    I noticed HBA always getting a pass through, even if no ones there.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Winning a bogey game that comfortably, what kind of a future is in store for us?

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  • archaeomag

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #8

    . . . and Tiote was not booked again!
    Actually nobody was booked.

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  • toonsquaddie

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #9

    fantastic display from the lads today. Best ive seen toon play in a long time and about time too!!

    HWTL

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #10

    What I will say is: Anyone who now claims we aren’t a better team than last season, frankly, you look foolish!

    We ran rings around them today. They probably think, they’ve just survived a hurricane 😛

    Have a blast tonight lads.

    Ho’way!!

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  • Spuggy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #11

    We played proper hit-them-on-the-break football today, we havent been able to do that in years……watching Cabaye, Tiote, Oba and the strikers rushing forward made me nearly wee myself with excitment

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Tiote MoM for me. Closely followed by Ba and Obertan.

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #13

    Tiote with best game of the season, back to his old self.
    Demba Ba finally scores, and then he scores a hatrick.
    Obertan in contention for MOTM.

    Haha, didn’t think that during the QPR game.

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  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #14

    Obertan was great today. Cayabe was a bit quiet. Can’t wait to see Benny boy fire up. These are the games we need to win! 🙂

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  • PapaToon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Ba and Best both looked sharp. i dont think the media will write about where the goals will come from.
    tiote looked liked the version. obertan was the spark today. i dont think we should be worriying about the 40 point mark, we should be aiming for aournd the 6th position mark.
    scoreline should have been bigger for us, lot of chances.

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  • Andy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #16

    Shame best couldn’t put 1 of his chances away but the front 2 were really good today. As BiffBaffBoff said earlier thank allah ramadan is over! haha

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  • clinton

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #17

    we play wolves on next sat the 1st and the we have 1 more game according to sky sports on the 2nd ..lol.. have a read
    http://www.skysports.com/football/match_facts/0,19762,11065_3415986,00.html

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #18

    Obertan was outstanding today for me mom with Ba then tiote close behind.

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  • colwell

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #19

    Love the competition we have in midfield now everyone stepping up their game to start, Jonas was a new player last year when HBA came.

    Oba proving his neggers wrong today although 1 or 2 balls were abit wayward he made some brilliant runs and good passes into the box.

    Raylor – I don`t rate him at all but apart from giving the ball away for their goal he did really well today Hoillet struggled against him.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Conan i thought the game was played on the wings in the first half and so Cabaye didnt see much of the ball but in the 2nd he saw plenty and was again top class.

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  • colwell

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #21

    Best was brilliant aswell didn`t score but his hold up play was excellent and won nearly all his headers against Samba.

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  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #22

    so the back 5 and cm picks itself. question is who for the front 4?
    Between Ba Best Obertan Marveux and Guttierez we have plenty of options.
    Then we have youngsters abeid ferguson and sammy coming through, plus gosling and vuckic when it returns.
    Fully fit we have both a great starting line up and bench, just need some defensive cover in january, and hopefully a striker, if not lets hope the best ba none partnership keeps banging them in!

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #23

    I agree in that a really big positive from this game is that surely pards will not play strolla when fit and so we may have seen the back of him for a good while plzzzz.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #24

    I shoulda bet on it as i said on here before the game that it would be 3-1
    Great display from the lads,well happy on a saturday evening 🙂

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  • dmac

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #25

    Fantastic excellent performance from the toon. The midfield play was a joy to watch and whats more is our strikers are looking sharp and forming a partnership! Love how the neggars have vanished for the past few weeks also!

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  • ardenTOON

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #26

    its easy to pick out the kids from their comments soon after the match. They are the ones who do a U-turn from the rubbish they have spouted for weeks. This week it’ll be the Best bandwagon to Ba bandwagon…but over the season they’ll manage to slate each and every player in an unfair and shortsighted manner.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #27

    I think steven talylor has been class since he came back from injury at the end of last season but i still think we should go out and add a top quality cb and rb to the team in jan along with the st everyone wants. Then the team will be really strong if Santon comfortably slots in at LB that is.

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  • nufc90

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #28

    posted this on last thread –

    im so happy with today performance and result!
    anyone negative should look at it this way:
    2010/2011 –
    newcastle 4 – 4 arsenal
    newcastle 1 – 2 blackburn
    newcastle 0 – 0 fulham
    sunderland 1 – 1 newcastle
    blackpool 1 -1 newcastle
    aston villa 1 – 0 newcastle

    2011/2012
    nufc 0 – 0 arsenal
    sunderland 0 – 1 nufc
    nufc 2 – 1 fulham
    qpr 0 – 0 nufc (used blackpool as promoted team example)
    villa 1 – 1 nufc
    nufc 3 – 1 blackburn

    by my sums that’s 8 extra points comparing similar fixtures last year. definite progress

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  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #29

    Nufc-83 completely agree mate..

    I did get very nervous when they were doing the whole keep the ball thing.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #30

    seriously ,

    can anyone please tell me what obertan really did other than run,
    i watched the whole game, seen him run the line with the ball,
    but he dont release when he should, and he thinks he is way better than he is,
    he carnt cross a ball, iv seen him quite a few time now, so this is not just this game, i think in 4 games iv see two good crosses
    when he runs at defenders, he losses the ball more 90% of the time,,
    and i bet opta stats would prove that,

    but if you numpties that think he had a great game cos the boy can run, well your easily pleased,,

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  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Our fully fit team at the moment would probably be…
    Krul
    Simpson Taylor Colo Santon
    Tiote Cabaye
    Obertan Ben Arfa Marveaux
    Ba

    Bench: Harper Raylor Williamson Abeid/Ferguson Gosling Sameobi Best.

    That still leaves the ahem wonderful shameobi, perch, and smith. aswell as guthrie, vuckic and lovenkrands the future is bright!

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  • colwell

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #32

    @catch in norway

    Agree with f##k all of your post, Oba had a very good game caused problems all day. Get off our blog and I hope your team gets hammered tomorrow.

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  • Conan The Destroyer

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #33

    Catchy seriously get back in ya hole.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #34

    Obertan made a lot of very good passes and took so much pressure of the team when we needed him to. He helped us dominate the game. Learn you football, either that or go to specsavers mate.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    Catchy you know nothing mate. Read them match report. 90% of the chances we created start with the sentance and another great run by obertan. I saw a few wayward crosses yes but most wingers do and i agree in he could do better at times. He played some lovely passes into the box and he showed he can deliver with that quality outside of the foot cross for the goal in mid week.

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  • Nufc-83

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #36

    @ tiotiotiotaayyyy

    No room for jonas not even on the bench lol.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #37

    colwell

    tell me what he did that was good??

    you have from the start of the season to pick from,

    today, he played against the worst right back iv seen in a while,,

    here is a link
    http://soccernet.espn.go.com/team/squad/_/id/361/league/eng.1/newcastle-united?cc=5739
    over this season, watch it and see what he gives the team,

    anyone can run, the trick is to do something with the ball

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  • tiotiotiotaayyyyy

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #38

    nufc 83. shit completely forgot! guess we have too much strength in depth 😉

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  • Dannyo

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #39

    @catchy in norway
    U’re giving our country a bad name mate.
    Stop writing silly stuff. Oba took on defenders today (usually he’s passed the ball prematurely).
    He sometimes beat them and came in with crosses.
    He used his speed to fullest at times and man that is BLISTERING pace, i’m in awe at how the lad can run if he wants.
    Todays was his best game, and for me and many more, he was the 3rd best man on the pitch.
    Now get real man, u’re slagging on Obertan falls on deaf ears today. Move along.

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  • ardenTOON

    Sep 24, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #40

    nufc90 nice perspective…it is definitely progress…and not whether you can outspend your noisy neighbours as Fergie put st

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