Newcastle won 3-1 for the very first time at the Britannia Stadium tonight, after going ahead 2-0 at the half.
Demba Ba taps in his second goal at Stoke tonight
And the man rejected by Stoke City in January, Demba Ba, who failed a medical at Stoke, was the man who put three goals in the net for Newcastle tonight. for his second hat-trick of the season, and the lad now has 8 goals in just 11 appearances for the Geordies this season.
And Newcastle became the first team to win at the Britannia Stadium this season, as both Manchester United and Chelsea could only get draws there.
Alan Pardew was simply delighted after the game, as his players worked their socks off for the cause tonight, and once again the defense put in another outstanding display with Coloccini and Steven Taylor like two rocks in central defense..
It didn’t seem that Steven’s mask bothered him much at all tonight, as he was strong and physical as ever in defense.
A delighted Alan Pardew had this to say after the game:
“All credit to Stoke, they’re very good at what they do,” “Even teams like Manchester United have come here and not won this season.”
“But my lads stood up to them and showed good discipline.”
“When you’ve had a run like we’ve had unbeaten in the league this season, when you have difficult periods in a game you can come through them and we ended up winning the game.”
Newcastle went ahead after 12 minutes with a simply worked goal, when Obertan broke away on the right wing, and put in a perfect cross for Ba to head home.
The Senegal striker got his second after 40 minutes when a Leon Best shot was a bit off target, so Ba put it in the net from a couple of yards out – easy.
Newcastle were dominant in that first half, but as expected Stoke started to mount some pressure on the Newcastle defense in the second half, and they got the breakthrough on 74 minutes when Ba fouled Peter Crouch in the box and Walters put the penalty away easily.
But just six minutes later Newcastle got a penalty and Demba Ba hit it home in great style to get his second hat trick of the season for Newcastle.
In 21 games for West Ham and Newcastle in the Premier League this year he has hit 15 goals, and 8 goals in 11 appearances for the Newcastle side.
Not bad for a free agent.
Newcastle are now third top and 3 points clear of Chelsea in the Premier League, with a goal difference equal to that of Chelsea on +8.
Next up for Newcastle is Everton on Saturday afternoon, in a 12:45pm kick off game, and we could well see a sold out St. James’ Park for that game.
We need another 3 points in that game, but remember that Everton are never easy and beat us 2-1 in the same fixture last season.
Howay The Lads!!