All Hail To Humble Demba Ba’s Brilliant Hat-Trick


When we first saw Demba Ba  being interviewed, after he first arrived ion Tyneside, we noticed how very low key and humble he was, and we were impressed by that.

Demba Ba – after scoring yesterday

And in interviews yesterday after the game, the 26 year-old was much the same, after what was probably one of his best ever performances, and certainly something he will remember for the rest of his life.

Demba Ba’s hat trick was achieved as he dispatched all three chances with great aplomb, and he looked like he did earlier this year in West Ham’s colors – one fabulous striker.

This is what manager Pardew said after the game about the Senegal International:

“It’s been a slow start here for Ba – mainly because of Ramadan in my view,”

“Strikers thrive on goals and the confidence he’ll get from those three goals, here at St James’ Park in front of the Toon Army will have done him the power of good.”

“I said to the strikers ‘OK, prove to me that I don’t need to get one’,” he said. “They’ve taken that challenge on – especially the two that played yesterday. They played at a very high standard.”

“They’re not the most glamorous of names – yet – but they did very, very well yesterday.”

Leon Best didn’t score yesterday, but on another day and with a little more luck,  he could have scored two or three goals, and will do in future games.

Newcastle are continuing to monitor Sochaux striker Modibo Miaga for a possible January transfer, and news today that Sunderland are also now interested in the player. Why is that not a surprise to us? But of course it could all be just paper talk too.

The current Newcastle strikers have another three months to show they can do the job on Tyneside and Best (3), Demba Ba (3) and Peter Lovenkrands (2) have scored 8 goals between them over the last five games – not too bad at all.

Keep it up lads!

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67 comments so far

  • GeordieToon89

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    think we would be better off getting Ba’s international team mate Papis Cisse if wer really wanting an african player who cant play in january for the next 2 seasons

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #2

    Take it a game at a time for now, if we’re still around the top 5 before we play manure manc el citeh and chelski, then I’ll start to get excited.

    Awesome performance yesterday, and as usual absolutely terrible coverage on MOTD.

    We’re currently 4th yet bottom half strugglers arsenal were shown before us, and when they finally did get round to us we only won because Blackburn were terrible apparently.

    I wonder how long we’d have to stay unbeaten before the pundits can manage one slight bit of praise like.

    On Topic – As well as Best and Ba do until January we’ll still need to sign a new striker imo. Not because they shouldnt be in the team, but because the other 5 or so strikers we have shouldnt be anywhere near the first team haha.

    Whether its a new first choice striker or a new 3rd choice striker it will be great as it puts shola further down the pecking order haha.

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  • dmac

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    I was always quietly confident that Ba would come up with the goods so its rewarding to see. Also the form of Best is exciting. As ed said best on another day could have had a hat trick 2.

    Its really nice to see the lack of presence of the neggars like angrymackem.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #4

    A left back is a much bigger priority than bringing in a striker.

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  • 2 AMEOBI'S

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    The ACON is a joke why cant it be played in the summer like the world cup was last year?

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #6

    Interesting to talk to fans from Pardew’s old club, as I must admit I was underwhelmed to say the least when he got appointed.However, I was recently in Southampton and chatting to taxi driver, shop assistant etc, – all rated him, especially for man-management and were sorry when he left.
    Still early doors (stupid football cliche) and we’ll have to see how he copes when it gets tough e.g. November fixtures, injuries and so on. But can’t argue with the results so far – someone calculated that comparing results against teams played so far with how we did against them last year, we are 8 points better off!

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #7

    haha yeah dmac, can’t say I’m missing them like.

    But I guess they’re in hiding because we should be stone last atm according to them haha.

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  • geoff777

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #8

    Buy Pieters in January.

    Buy a real top quality striker in the summer.

    & Sort Colo’s contract out now!

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #9

    Left back and centre back, I think, JfA. `Take 2 away from Colo, Saylor and Willo and we are in deep schtuck!

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  • beefman13

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #10

    Really chuffed for the lad it was a very good hatrick, and if you lookat the chances we created overall with obertan firing over the bar 3 times and leon doing the samr and ben arfa firing over also and other really good chances wasted with a bit more composure it could of been a cricket score, its strange but for me i would still play when fit santon right back and fergie left back without hesitation, simpson and raylor are very average and simpson defends to far away from his attacker ie forests first goal and hoillets goal yesterday are only one of many he has done that with he needs to get closer no culture about the lad also, he does work hard which is a plus for him, raylor isnt a left back and has filled in but can be a liability and even though fergie is more of an attacking player he still has more nous to play fullbacl than both raylor and simpson, just my opinion.

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  • geoff777

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #11

    @2 Ameobis

    Because its 40+C in the shade.

    Don’t know why they have it every two years … that needs changing.

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #12

    The hecklers have become murmurers! Keep going Demba and Leon, forge a real lethal partnership.

    Wolves are very similar to Blackburn. Very sluggish team, probably even more so. Similar performance and 3 points, would be amazing.

    Two week break, will give AP chance to evaluate the squad, so far. Hopefully, players will return from injury and we’ll have a clean bill of health.

    😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #13

    Nobody is in hiding Stuart and you will find that those of us who tend to moan a bit will stop while the team is doing well,long may it continue.

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  • liddz

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #14

    dont sack the board

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #15

    Jail For Ashley

    I haven’t seen GBS, Solano or, Angryman on here for easily a week now. They were throwing tantrums on each and every post a few weeks back.

    You know what though? I don’t care! 😆

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #16

    Magpie Id have both as well.but as for Ashleys spending….That why that Pieters would be perfect two for the price of one.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #17

    Haha, no-one is in hiding? Angryman and GBS are the two I had foremost in my mind, two people who no matter how well things are going refuse to acknowledge a positive.

    Instead they’re just sat waiting for something to go wrong, at which point they’ll be back telling everyone they were right and calling for MA’s head as usual.

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #18

    This Maiga things is bollocks, he said couple of days ago, that he don’t want to quit Sochaux and as far I know the has new contract on the table. In january we must buy Pieters and Dries Mertens also from PSV… I like this guy. He has tricks, he has a lot of pace… It will be briliant addition to our team.

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  • nomis_jade

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #19

    Just watching Sun Supplement on Skysports. Everyone is always so negative about newcastle. We hardly got a mention on MOTD either! If someone like stoke or Westbrom or fulham were in 4th position in the league playing as we are im convinced everyone would be waxing lyrical about them. However, if ashley doesnt do anything to ruin it and we stay under the radar, might not be a bad thing.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #20

    ED???
    And Yohan Cabaye had a quiet game yesterday, although Tiote was great for the second week running, and Obertan looked pure class.

    wow, im starting to wonder what makes a great footballer in yours and many others eyes,

    cabaye was quiet, what i seen was a midfield 2 that played well together, tiote was the one doing the running and cabaye sat and coverd,

    obertan pure class, please, grrrr,, does it make a player great cos he can run??
    a wingers job,
    1 cross the ball , he carnt cross a ball, he nearly always lays it back to simpson
    2 run at players and beat them, he loses more than he gets through
    3 cover lb/rb, for the goal yesterday, (which im not blaming him for) but watch the video, he is only jogging back to the center,

    simpson in not a good right back, but he supports obertan going forward, yet obertan dont help that much in df,

    the artical says dont pat us on the back, and here you are putting the guy on top of the world

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #21

    Spitfire

    Dries Mertens has just moved there, for 13m Euros. Pieters, has apparently just signed a new contract.

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  • geoff777

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #22

    Still here Stuart.

    Pleased with the team and the style of play.
    The future looks good.

    Still don’t trust the owner and the board not to play hardball with Colo over a new contract.
    Or sell any of the top-players for a profit.

    Big thanks go to Graham Carr and the scouts.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #23

    Yawn Catchy!

    No idea what game you were watching yesterday but Obertan was one of our star players, if Ba hadnt got a hat-trick I’d have given him man of the match. Constant threat, created alot of space, and is improving every single game he plays.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #24

    yeah but geoff, you can at least praise the team when its going well, therefore I dont include you with the others.

    Just thought of the worst one actually. PlanB(ollock).

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #25

    whats eats me, other than a pull back to best in the first 10 mins, what did he really contribute to the game,

    stuart, do me a favor,, come back in 10 more matches, and tell me how many he has set up, or ho many he has scored,

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  • ramboreilly

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #26

    Still not 100% sure about Best,his finishing is abysmal,why does he need to break the net when he shoots?I hope he proves me wrong,but he needs to near double figures by Jan.
    The great start to the season doesnt wash over the fact that,there were a lot of mistakes made during the summer,Ashley owes Pardew and the players big time.

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  • Harry Hampton

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #27

    Two little things that made me happy yesterday – Ba admitting that his third goal was a bit of a fluke, and Best, when he was tripped by Olsson for the red card, jumping up straight away instead of pretending to be injured.

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #28

    To be honest catchy I wish you would come back in 10 matches. You’re already writing the lad off 6 games into his newcastle career.

    He’s already got 3 or 4 assists so far this season and came close to scoring a couple of times yesterday.

    He’s a confidence player and the longer he has a run in the team the better he’ll play.

    I’ll hold you to that, in 10 games we’ll see how hes doing.

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  • magpie6699

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #29

    catchy – pardew said that Blackburn put players on Cabaye to keep him quiet but that that left others space to others to exploit. But I agree with you – although he wasn’t as eye-catching as against Villa, he put in a great shift, tackling, passing etc. – no complaints from me. And Tiote – an animal for 90 minutes! And with skill! If he just stops the 2-3 times a game he gets caught or plays a bad pass – but after all he IS on the ball so often, A little word for Ryan Taylor too – NOT my favourite player, would never get into my ideal first team, limited talent, playing out of position – but gotta admire his heart yesterday – a genuine 100 percenter.

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  • nomis_jade

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Without meaning to give everyone a min by min account of what im watching on tv, im now watching Goals on Sunday on sky. I wonder what their analysis will be!

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  • nomis_jade

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Also, Tiote didnt get booked yesterday. Good stuff.

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  • spitfire_

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #32

    Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets

    Aye, I didn’t see that for Mertens… but Pieters signs new contract couple of months ago and even so he wasn’t that far from us.

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  • valle

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #33

    Catchy… Sorry but you need to get a grip, Tiote did the running did he? Well Cabaye ran more than any other player on the field, running a total of 7,28 miles!!!. If you are going to be critical at least get your facts right! The reason you didnt see Cabaye go and attack like at Villa was because Blackburn did allot of work to stop him freeing up Jonas and Obertan.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #34

    stuart
    he has no assists,
    on one of his shots, he should have passed
    http://www.premierleague.com/page/Statistics

    i totally dissagree with the confidence , he seems to be full of himself, and thinks he is a world beater

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  • Stuart

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #35

    he got two assists against forest and Im sure he got one yesterday, thats at least 3.

    So you’re telling me to judge him in 10 games but you’re unprepared to do so yourself?

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #36

    valle
    im 100% behind cabaye, the comment came from ed not me, i coppied and pasted it,

    i think he had a great game yesterday,

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  • valle

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Sorry, wrong distance linked, it should read 8,01 miles for Cabaye

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  • valle

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #38

    Catchy sorry for the confusion then

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  • Milking Mikes' bulging pockets

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #39

    Catchy

    I told you yesterday.

    Obertan exploits space, he’s aware of gaps and breezes into them, eliminating players, that draws others and creates space.

    He’s getting better with each and every match: making better decisions, getting his head up more often etc. With the little bit extra that he’s missing, he’ll be brilliant.

    His crossing is terrible? Did you not see midweek? Yesterday, did you not see him pull it back for Best, when Best ballooned it over? Did you not see him zip it into Simpson’s feet, for him to cross, when Ba clattered Salgado?

    In any case, why do people get so caught up on direct assist stats? Never understood that. If Obertan didn’t sprint with the ball 40 yards, then spray it out to Ba, Leons second goal (against Fulham) wouldn’t have happened.

    Team game!

    Get a grip. Sick of people who solely focus on the negatives, but refuse to acknowledge the positives.

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  • catchy in norway

    Sep 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #40

    no stuart,

    im prepaird to , but i hate to see someone be made a world beater, when he has done nothing

    i did not see him set up anything yesterday,

    and against forrest, he set up 1, the other, was one the things i dont like about his game, he unloaded the ball to simpson, who crossed that went in,,

    but yes, will see where he is in 10 games,,

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