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

10:37 am, Sunday, September 25th, 2011 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 67 Comments

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!

Comments welcome.

Tags: Demba Ba · Leon Best · Peter Lovenkrands


67 responses so far ↓

  • 1 GeordieToon89 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    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

  • 2 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    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.

  • 3 dmac // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:47 AM

    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.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM

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

  • 5 2 AMEOBI'S // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:48 AM

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

  • 6 magpie6699 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:49 AM

    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!

  • 7 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    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.

  • 8 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:50 AM

    Buy Pieters in January.

    Buy a real top quality striker in the summer.

    & Sort Colo’s contract out now!

  • 9 magpie6699 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

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

  • 10 beefman13 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    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.

  • 11 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    @2 Ameobis

    Because its 40+C in the shade.

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

  • 12 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    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.


  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    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.

  • 14 liddz // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    dont sack the board

  • 15 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    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! :lol:

  • 16 Jail for Ashley // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:58 AM

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

  • 17 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    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.

  • 18 spitfire_ // Sep 25, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    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.

  • 19 nomis_jade // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    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.

  • 20 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    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

  • 21 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:02 AM


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

  • 22 geoff777 // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:03 AM

    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.

  • 23 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    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.

  • 24 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    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).

  • 25 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    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,

  • 26 ramboreilly // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    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.

  • 27 Harry Hampton // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    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.

  • 28 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    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.

  • 29 magpie6699 // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    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.

  • 30 nomis_jade // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:14 AM

    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!

  • 31 nomis_jade // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    Also, Tiote didnt get booked yesterday. Good stuff.

  • 32 spitfire_ // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:16 AM

    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.

  • 33 valle // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    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.

  • 34 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    he has no assists,
    on one of his shots, he should have passed

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

  • 35 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:19 AM

    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?

  • 36 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:20 AM

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

    i think he had a great game yesterday,

  • 37 valle // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:23 AM

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

  • 38 valle // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Catchy sorry for the confusion then

  • 39 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:28 AM


    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.

  • 40 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    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,,

  • 41 ITUNDERASHELL // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:34 AM

    Anyone got a link to the game yesterday please?

  • 42 Stuart // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:35 AM

    Thats still an assist catchy, a pass which directly led to a goal.

    No-ones calling him a world-beater, you’re just the only one completely writing him off.

    He’s a good player who’s going to get better as he plays.

    You must concede that he must’ve had something about him for SAF to have signed him for manure.

  • 43 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    Milking Mikes’ bulging pockets

    if thats what you think is a good player lets fill our team full of them,
    infact, play him and bambi together, what a great team,,

    he will never make a good prem player,

  • 44 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:40 AM


    he is not a player i would have signed,

    but this is football, we all see and want different things out of our players

  • 45 dmac // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Catchy mate i think your a little bit deluded when it comes to obertan. I will admit he had a shaky start but thats no more than you would expect new team not alot of games etc. There is no denying however that against Forest and Blackburn he was one of the stand out performers. I bet you are the kind of person that raves about joey barton well have a look at his appalling stats. You can do alot more on the pitch than just rack up stats.

  • 46 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    That’s where your argument fails, you’ve been reduced to vague insults.

    Anyway, what AP thinks is what really matters.

    Most can see he’s improving, only the supporters with blinkers on, cannot.

    Another couple of valid points. How was Nani playing at 22? Similar style of player. Look up Fergie’s reasons for letting him go, he clearly thinks he still has massive potential, just that he would have very limited opportunities at Man U, because of the already established players there.

  • 47 dmac // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Kevin Nolan racked up stats and now he plays for West Ham, his goal record was good but everyone know hes lazy and goes missing in games. Stats are decieving.

  • 48 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Spot on Dmac.

    Obertan is a classy player, if he didn’t have something about him fergie wouldn’t have signed him for United. He has made a steady if unspectacular start to life at the Toon and when he polishes off his final delivery not only will he make a prem player he will be an amazing prem player.

  • 49 UpTheRoad // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    We were good in the 1st half yesterday but Cabaye wasn’t in the game. 2nd half he was in the game and we played brilliantly!

  • 50 Special K // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:56 AM

    I’ll admit I’ve been on Obertan’s back the first few games but yesterday was a much more complete performance from him and I’m delighted for him, I still think he’ll eventually be used as an impact player when HBA is restored but ask yourself this, would you prefer Routledge?

  • 51 Ruddy Marveaux-lous // Sep 25, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    I think we’ll alternate formations between a 4-4-2 at home when we are more able to control the midfield and 4-5-1 when we are away from home with ben arfa in the hole behind the lone striker, in both of those situations I still believe that we should be employing Obertan on the right let him make the spot his own but I am excited with the versatility and options this team now has in attack

  • 52 Milking Mikes' bulging pockets // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Thanks, Catchy. You at least occupied me for an hour, now F1 is suddenly imminent! :P

  • 53 Klatoon // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    Pacy wingers aren’t all about stats,they provide an outlet/relief for the defence,great for counter attacks,increase CM’s pass options and keep opp. fullbacks from overlapping too much. Any LB would be comfortable going forward if he knew it was a slow RW(eg Barton last season) but not so much when there’s a quick pacy winger who can eat up 50 yards in a flash(Obertan).

  • 54 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    special k

    i see no difference between obertan and routledge, other than we paid more for obertan,

    yes stats are what you want to read into them, you can make a player look great . ala nolan, done nothing but score goals,

    and in cabaye, i think we have a more complete player to replace,,

    im also not bartons biggest fan, but as a footballer, he could play,

    i think the lad is a tryer, he will run all day for you, but i dont see much coming from him,,

    hmmm your argument about fergie is very weak, how many fringe players has he let go that have gone on to do anything half decent ??

    not many,,

    the lad is 23, he haad his chance there and couldnt make it,

    this is my opinion and im entitled to it, i dont think he will be anything other than an impact player,,

    we have 3 kids, in mendi, vuckic, and sam ameobi, who add give more to the team than him

  • 55 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:14 PM


    eat up 50 yards in a flash,, then what, he dont do anything with the ball

  • 56 hrocks // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:15 PM

    very true Klatoon. u notice where the full back was for Ba’s second. all the way out keeping an eye on oba. best had a good ball from cabaye towards the end because oba pulled the fullback out wide. his pace and movement is creating space for other people. he streched blackburns back four when he didnt have the ball. when was the last time we saw that from a newcastle right winger

  • 57 dmac // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:16 PM

    What about Rossi ? Or Forlan ? Or to some extent Phil Neville.

  • 58 zaktoon_swede // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    great stuff yesterday, havent seen that good a performance for ages, hope we can pick up at least a point at the molineaux next sat!

    get two defender and a striker (NOT DERDIYOK) in january and perhaps graham carr’s favourite marvin martin, world class player but perhaps an excessive luxury…where would he fit in? :)

    happy days

  • 59 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    also notice where obertan was when they scored,,

    jogging slowly to the center


    his speed helped there

  • 60 hrocks // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:36 PM

    catchy mate without going back and watching the goal again i would have found it hard to blame oba for there goal. i put it down to taylors mistake but i thought we had 4 or 5 in the box against their 2/3. did hoillet not come in from blackburns right suggesting our left winger/centre midfield leftback should be picking him up?

  • 61 09nufc09 // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Catchy…. Olsson got sent off yesterday because he got caught out of positions because of a run by obertan and had to bring down best or obertan was away. He did it all game looking to get in behind their defence and they looked very worried every time he ran at them/ made a run off the ball.

    Agree with what pardew said yesterday, bburn man marked cabaye and that left alot of room for tiote. Tiote is a better player/passer than alot of people think. Hes not just a dm who can tackle and break up play, hes a very intellegent player aswel. Yesterday he was back to his best.

  • 62 lordjoesnow // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    in Demba Ba’s first 180 premier league mins for Newcastle he scored 3 goals. In Andy Carroll’s first 180 premier league mins for Newcastle he also scored 3 goals. Both were hatricks.

    does anyone else smell a number 9 or do they smell £35million?

  • 63 hrocks // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:46 PM

    i smell sale of ranger loven and shola in jan. 1 striker in front 4 of hba best ba and new lad

  • 64 shola show // Sep 25, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Catchy- thanks for your opinion on obertan, that’s what a blogs for. Don’t turn it into a.witch hunt, the lad is improving and will do well. Watch a game in person , not just on tue biased tv coverage and you will see obertan although needs a consistent end product , can cross and pass and does pull defences out of position and creates space. I saw this at villa and forest, in person, and hope to see it at wolves too. Assess him in jan pls

  • 65 moonraker // Sep 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Jail for Ashley @4
    we have a left back you goon; what do you think Santon is?
    (have you thought about changing your sign on name?)
    ha ha happy days :-)

  • 66 catchy in norway // Sep 25, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    shola show


    its not a witch hunt, i just dont see what others are seeing, the guy is 23, and i thnk he should be a better crosser of the ball than he is

    and trust me, i went to plenty of matches when i lived there, first team and reserve,,

    when i couldnt afford a season ticket, i was a steward, then with work i dint get to as many games,

    but im bck home this week, for 3 weeks, hope to get at least one match

  • 67 solano // Sep 25, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Stuart,Milking Mike (formerly lovechild) et al…..rumours of my demise have been greatly exaggerated!
    I’m still around fellas and enjoying a well earned break as well as enjoying our fabulous start to the season!
    The blog in general has shown a real fall off in comments being posted – this probably is due in part to our great start but also because the level of debate had deteriorated to an all-time low as the window closed.
    The team’s results have been first class and the last 2 Prem games, the performances have been really encouraging. Long may it continue!
    However, I still say we should enjoy it while it lasts because an injury here and there will reveal how a lack of sound investment will prevent Pardew from fulfilling his and this team’s potential . If only our Fat F*ck owner was interested in the playing side of things we could really make progress. What I see is Colo looking like Puyol at the back and deserving of a new contract in the near future. What I fear is the Fat Controller licking his lips at more player profits!
    Still, lovely to see the Mackems cringe as we sit in a position which was not so long ago a place we used to finish the season in or around.

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