Demba Ba seems to be looking forward to the game at Old Trafford next Saturday afternoon.
Demba Ba in action on Saturday
Newcastle acquitted themselves well last Saturday but to beat a team that was amassed for over £800M in cash over the last three years, you cannot make any mistakes, and you must take your chances when they are offered.
And in short, Newcastle did neither of those, especially in the first half. Demba Ba has the best two opportunities offered to either side in that first half, and he missed them both.
And then in the last four minutes of the half the Newcastle defense made two uncharacteristic errors, both committed by the usually solid Ryan Taylor.
And our lads found themselves 2-0 down at the half after going toe to toe with City for most of that first half.
This is what Demnba ba told the local press today about the first league defeat of the season:
“We have some very strong characters in the dressing room and I am sure this result will not affect us,” “We are not going to struggle mentally just because of one defeat.”
“We played well. We might not have had much of the ball in the first half, but I thought we defended really well. And in the second half we played higher and were able to press them more.”
“The challenge now is to come back from this because we have another big game coming up next weekend.” “We go to Manchester United, but I think we will still have plenty of confidence after this,”
“It was our biggest challenge of the season, and even though we didn’t win, I still think we played well.” “If we play like this next weekend, but just take the chances that come our way,”
“I definitely think we can get something from Man United. What we showed here, we just have to make sure we show it again next week.”
“If we do that, but bring a little something more in front of goal, I am pretty sure we will be okay. We should also have some of the other players who were injured and that can only help make us even more competitive.”
“I enjoyed playing with Hatem,” . “He is very talented but he is also a very clever player as well. He gave me the ball for my first chance, and I think me and him were probably the only people in the stadium expecting it.”
“I feel like there is a good understanding there already.”
And even in the second half, Ben Arfa hit the post and Danny Guthrie had a good effort well saved by England goalkeeper Joe Hart, so it wasn’t going to be Newcastle’s day, and that’s how things turned out.
Cheik Tiote, Gabriel Obertan and Leon Best should all be available for the visit to Manchester United, and we think we’ll see Cheick starting the game at Old Trafford, but we still expect Alan Pardew to stick with the same defense, even after Ryan Taylor’s two mistakes.
We thought Ben Arfa looked good, but Demba Ba seemed a little uncomfortable being the main man up front, but maybe more training with Ben Arfa this week will help, but Leon Best should also be fit for Saturday’s second tough away match in a row.
If Newcastle can cut out the mistakes, take their chances, and have some luck, there’s no reason we cannot take something out of the game this Saturday.
Howay The Lads!!