What were Stoke City fans thinking last night, when they booed Demba Ba?
Newcastle hat-trick hero – Demba Ba
It wasn’t Ba’s fault that Stoke City didn’t sign him in January, because he failed the Stoke medical, and he was very willing to join Stoke at the time.
But maybe it’s because he scored his second hat-trick of the season for Newcastle last night at the Britannia Stadium, that ticked the Stoke fans off, because he could have been playing in the red and white striped shirt of Stoke City.
But he’s not, and he’s playing for Newcastle United, who singed him as a free agent in the summer, and he’s becoming a bit of a revelation in the Premier League this season with 8 goals for Newcastle in just 11 appearances.
And the Stoke City manager Tony Pulis made an attempt to explain why they didn’t sign the player in January:
“We really fancied Demba for a while but people have to remember we were paying £9M for him with his wages and everything else,”
“The medical people at this club are fantastic and they didn’t think his knee was a risk we could take at that time.”
“Taking him on a free is a different option and he has certainly done well at West Ham and at Newcastle.”
The Senegal striker has not missed any games for Newcastle this season or missed a training session with any injuries to that supposedly dodgy knee, so all is going very well for both Demba and for Newcastle United too, so far this season.
Demba Ba was rightly just a little mystified as to why he was booed last night, and he had this to say after the game:
“If they want to boo they should boo their board.”
“I am very happy to score a hat-trick here because it is a place you come and struggle.”
“It’s very important when you have strikers who can run and defend.”
Pardew was quick to point out there was no animosity from Demba Ba to the Stoke City club, and the Senegal striker simply wanted to prove a point last night, which of course he did, in magnificent style.
This is what manager Alan Pardew said after the game:
“I don’t think there is any animosity between Demba and this club,”
“Demba has played like that all year he has been brilliant for us and he doesn’t miss a days training. I knew him from my connections at West Ham. I was very confident of bringing him here.”
Stoke City have a tough week this week, and they have a long journey out to Israel on Thursday, to play in the Europa Cup, and manager Pulis admitted his side did not defend very well at all against Newcastle:
“It was disappointing – the goals we conceded were very poor goals,” he said. “Newcastle did not play through us, we contributed to the three goals.
“When get this week out of way will have played 21 games and in the first 10-15 minutes one or two players looked a little slow out of the blocks.
“It is the first time we have lost at home and I can honestly say certain things went against us, we have to take it on the chin and dust ourselves down.”
Newcastle were dominant in that first half, and could have put in their best 45 minutes of the season so far, as they contained Stoke City, and went ahead with two Demba Ba opportunist goals.
But in the second half Stoke came back well, and got their first goal via a penalty after 74 minutes, but Newcastle also got a penalty 6 minutes later that allowed Ba to get his hat-trick.
In truth both penalties were rather soft, and on another day would not have been given.
But you cannot take anything away from Newcastle, who put in another hard working performance that deserved all 3 points last night.
That takes the Magpies up to 3rd place in the Premier League with 22 points from their first 10 games.
Some very tough games are coming up in November, so the lads will be concentrating on trying to get all 3 points again at home against Everton on Saturday afternoon, but we all know it’s never easy playing Everton.