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on Saturday, and he is getting used to putting in an awful lot of work in these games, with Ben Arfa playing in the withdrawn striker role, and the Frenchman got Newcastle the penalty.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.
Howay the Lads!!