I Took The Ball And Looked At The Net – I Just Wanted To Hit The Net


It certainly wasn’t an easy penalty for Demba Ba to take on Saturday afternoon.

Demba Ba rifles home the penalty on Saturday

The penalty was a controversial one,  after Ben Arfa had been brought down in the box,  and in any case you’re not supposed to give penalties against Manchester United at Old Trafford so the  Manchester players were in complete shock.

And after the scenes of as many as eight Manchester United players surrounding the referee and linesmen, protesting and arguing – we think they were trying to remind them of the agreement not to award penalties against them – up stepped a cool Demba Ba to rifle the ball into the back of the net – and level the game at 1-1.

It was Ba’s 9th Premier League goal in just 14 appearances for Newcastle this season, and if he keeps on scoring like this then don’t be surprised if  Manchester City will come after him with a £60M bid.

Ba talked to the Newcastle press today about the penalty:

“My thoughts when we got the penalty was that, after the lucky goal they got, we needed to have a lucky goal as well.

“We got it. We were very happy, even if we did not win.” “We were playing with one man less yet we still kept our shape and gained a result.”

“I just took the ball and looked at the net – I just wanted the ball to hit the net.”

Demba Ba was the lone striker up front on Saturday, and he is getting used to putting in an awful lot of work in these games, with  Ben Arfa playing in the withdrawn striker role, and the Frenchman got Newcastle the penalty.

And the Senegal striker’s record in the Premier League so far this year is 16 goals in 27 appearances for West Ham and Newcastle.

That’s worth £60M surely, well from Manchester City it is.

Only joking.

Howay the Lads!!



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102 comments so far

  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #1

    “My thoughts when we got the penalty was that, after the lucky goal they got, we needed to have a lucky goal as well”

    Hit the nail on the head there > Man Utd got a fluke goal and only started to dominate after Jonas was dismissed!

    Best result of the season imo!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #2

    TT (from previous)…think you’re right. Leave Santon back in his position and let Raylor do the tracking back as you would hope now he would have the instict to get back and help…although, so should Santon. Good luck with your upcoming choices Pardew!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #3

    so…

    Krul
    Simmo – STaylor – Collo – Santoon
    Obertan – Tiote/Guthrie – Cabaye – Raylor/Sammi
    Arfa
    Ba

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Agree mate > it is great having this dilema where many players can fit in and cover what is otherwise not their ideal position!

    I said last month that we would get beat off Man City (altho last week i said we could get something-optimism) that we could grind out a draw against an off-form Man Utd and that we can beat Chelski at home. So far so good!

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #5

    id go with that!!!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    We shall see on Saturday…..nice to be in a position where it’s possible. It’s great to be able to have some banter with friends who support the normal top 4…they’re all screwing at how well we’ve done….long may it continue

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Does anyone know if the Chelsea game is on Sky?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #8

    haha i know what you mean!

    I think people are now starting to take notice

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #9

    They are…which is great. I still think most are expecting the usual Newcastle self implode mid-season….but they’re showing great strength as a team and a solid, never die, attitude in defence…so exciting times

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  • chris_g

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Ibizatoon – yes, according to nufc.com the game will be shown live in UK on Sky Sports 1

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Sky Sports 1

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #12

    Thanks guys

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  • BOOM BOOM THE 1ST

    Nov 28, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Believe it or not that’s what the rest of us where thinking aswell DEMBA ha great to see the postive quotes from benny earlier andy gray was on talksport thismorn and said newcastle have a great chance to show people that they mean buisness this saturday by beating chelsea and I hope they don’t mess it up cos everyone thinks they’ll fall away but I don’t I’ve seen enough to suggest they’re gona be there for little while yet, good stuff comin from gray let’s hope he’s right and we consolodate our position in the upper tier HWTL

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  • Hatem

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    Anyone found any good odds for the Chelsea game, I want to make as much money as possible while dispatching them.

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #15

    my team will be
    KRUL
    SIMPSON
    SAYLOR
    COLO
    RAYLOR
    OBERTAN
    TIOTE (GUTHRE)
    CABAYE
    BEN ARFA
    BA
    BEST
    subs
    elliot
    pearch
    santon
    gosling
    sammy
    shola
    lovenkrands

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #16

    Roshan…is that a 4-4-2 with arfa playing left wing? Or a 4-3-3 / 4-3-1-2?

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  • roshan MAGPIE

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #17

    ITS 4 4 2 IBIZA TOON with ben arfa on left wing

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  • Yohan4

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #18

    cant wait for the Chelsea game and also Alan pardew is the guest on goal on sunday, looking forward to plenty of possitive Newcastle talk especially after a win on sat (fingers crossed) didnt know the game was on Sky, that awsome!!!

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Fair enough…only concern would be Raylor’s cover…Gutti has enabled him to be as good as he has been this season. Not trying to take anything away from Raylor….Enrique used to use Gutti’s help a lot too.

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  • Dearka

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #20

    my team would be for the next game

    Krul
    Simmo – STaylor – Collo – Santon
    Obertan – Tiote– Cabaye – Lovenkrands/Arfa
    Arfa/Lovenkrands
    Ba

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  • Yohan4

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Dearka – are you Peter Lovenkrands?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Yohan – Ha. Are you implying Lovenkrands wouldn’t get in the team this Sat?

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  • martoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #23

    Hopefully the Sky early kick off will upset Chelski because they will either have to stop overnight or make an early start for a flight up in the morning. This seems trivial but footballers don’t like their routines changed!

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  • Yohan4

    Nov 28, 2011 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #24

    I wouldnt have him in Ibiza I know he is ok for pace but he is lightweight and will be faced withe so strong defenders he also disapears for long spells in the game when He is not being passed to. We need to put ourselves about and be physical, think it will be a direct swap for LW between Sammy and Santoon and Sammy will be the one that takes the start as he has more XP and played well against them last season.

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  • WWJBD

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Yohan
    If we need to be physical why would you play Santon?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #26

    He wouldn’t be near my first team either….although I am struggling to say who I would start, i’m thinking Santon LB and Raylor LW, due to Raylor having some defensive capabilities rather than Sammy / Arfa / Lovenkrands

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #27

    Talking of lw. Where is fergie this season?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Toonboy….Good shout…where the hell is young fergie…what role do you think he could play?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonboy > As Mr Pardew stated a few weeks ago > “Ferguson is a LB” 😉 haha

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #30

    Still cant get my head around why gary speed a true family man talking about the future of wales and how good his son’s are getting at footy on sat would hand himself

    maby found his wife with another man?

    maby after sir bobby passing and seeing nufc do so well and all was hard to take?

    doing my head in

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #31

    *hang

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #32

    Kevy….Pressure and stress can be a big part in depression. Unless he has been talking to someone about his problems, we will never know. All I will say is it’s a great loss to the footballing world and wish his family and friends my best wishes at this horrible time. RIP Gary

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  • nimo

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #33

    thinkin od getting something on back of my shirt to remember speedo just struggling for ideas.. was my idol for yrs and had him on back of my shirt for 4yrs… worst decision shephards eva made sellin him t bolton… absolute leg ene

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  • Toonboy_84

    Nov 28, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #34

    @29

    Didn’t pards say he was a winger?

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  • angelswithdirtyfaces

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #35

    Kevy

    When you’re depressed all you want is oblivion, you’re not rational and you’re not thinking straight. You can even think your family will be better off without you as you feel you’re a burden.
    The very worst thing about depression is that you don’t really understand that it is temporary and it does go away – but getting through it without help is pretty difficult and if even his best friends couldn’t see it then he must have been really holding it all in and that might have made it even more unbearable.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #36

    Well put Angels

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  • martoon

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Kevy, that is the strangest thing about depression – it is normally in the ‘up’ times when one can feel bad, possibly fear of going ‘down’ again – I don’t know I’m not medical. I’m not sure if the full story will ever be made public. Thought it was disgusting that the paps were hanging around his house!

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  • theleckworthbird

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #38

    I was livid with BBC and the popular press over their opinions on that penalty Ok so it may have been a bit dodgy BUT aren’t there dodgy decisions every other week?
    But because.it’s MAN U it has to be scrutinised and pored over and over. I remember a few years back when Shearer score a perfectly good goal against Wigan that crossed the line by a foot and an unsighted referee didn’t give it. Now that really was a bad decision but it didn’t raise one quarter of the fuss. LIVID

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  • ToonDownSouth

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #39

    nimo

    Thinking exactly the same. I think I’ll just get a name & number. Probably the best way to remember him for me like

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  • kevymartins

    Nov 28, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #40

    @Theleckworthbird

    Or like when andy carroll scored vs stoke and it was disallowed for nowt and that goal woulda saved us from relagation

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