We Just Need To Enjoy The Season – Demba Ba

Demba Ba seems to be a very positive guy.

Demba Ba – after scoring against Aston Villa

He’s very modest of course,  and seems to have taken to Newcastle like a duck to water, and he has already told the Newcastle fans he has no plans to leave the Tyneside club in the summer.

And Demba said he read all the reports of him leaving when he was at the African Cup of Nations, with some humor, since there were never any chance of him leaving Newcastle.

And you cannot say the Senegal striker is not a compassionate man, as he tweeted this immediately after the Ivory Coast had lost that amazing penalty shoot-out 8-7 against Zambia on Sunday night,  in the final of the African Cup of Nations:

“So sad for my man tiote…”

Demba Ba has been interviewed today and he says he’s surprised Newcastle have been so successful so far this this season:

“I didn’t think the season would be as successful as it has been,” “You always work to be one of the best and that is what I am doing here – it is what I will continue to do.”

“Other teams are working to be the best too and maybe they have a bit more quality than us but we’re doing very well. This season is ours – we just need to enjoy it.”

“The weather is not too bad at the moment, and as long as it doesn’t go below zero and there’s no snow, he should be okay,”

“Seriously though, Papiss has come in and he’s been made to feel welcome straight away. I’m sure he’s going to be okay here, he’ll be fine. We have a strong dressing room and he’ll be part of that.”

It’s true that if you enjoy your football it’s probably because you are playing well, and of course there is some excitement among Newcastle fans in seeing Ba along with his Senegal team-mate Papiss Cisse up front for the Magpies.

They proved they are both talented strikers in their first game together against Aston Villa, when we got that fantastic debut goal from Cisse,  and Ba had already put Newcastle ahead in the first half with a typical opportunist goal.

And it doesn’t look like Alex McLeish is having too much success at Villa, as the team is currently 6th bottom, and of course the Scottish manager took Birmingham down last season, although they did win the Carling Cup.

Why did American owner Randy Lerner ever appoint a manager whose side had just been relegated?

Newcastle will have the chance to shine again when Wolves visit St. James’ Park a week come Saturday, when they will probably have a new manager by then, after Mick McCarthy was shown the door yesterday, after their 5-1 humiliation at home by West Brom on Sunday.

It will be like the QPR game when Mark Hughes had his first game as manager at St. James’ Park, and we managed to win that game.

All we want to see against Wolves is to get all 3 points, and then we can then prepare for Sunderland, who are next up one week after that.

Howay The Lads!!

23 comments so far

  • cyprus

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    Sorry to jump in. Wolves and Fulham did it (draw, no win necessary). Are they better than us? We could’ve not played a high line against a fast team. We could’ve played HBA, in order to at least make them think there might be a break. We could’ve filled the MF, instead of Cisse, who is still green in the PL. etc. I just really hope AP knows what he’s doing.
    (From previous string)

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    We have been unbelievably lucky this season even though we put in a abysmal
    perform game after game. Yet grinding results out.
    With the same team and if opponents had buried their numerous chances, we
    could have easily been in the bottom 6. Pure luck, krul and Ba.

  • ilovetoon8788

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #3

    Thanks you Demba Ba for the goals and savings Pardew job.

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #4

    I’ve clearly missed something, why does no one like Pardew anymore? Is it because the team are sitting 6th in the league when most had us tipped for relegation at the start of the season? Is it because we hammered Man Utd 3-0? Is it because at times this season, despite having key men out, we’ve played some really nice football. I’m not talking Arsenal football because we actually shot at goal but effective and entertaining football? Or is it all down to one result against a team who are flying high, in a city we never play well in, with TWO key midfielders no where near the pitch? Fact is as a Toon fan I’m over the moon with this season and as long as we finish 7th or higher I would say we’ve been brilliant.

  • geoff777

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #5

    There were signs at the Villa away game (1-1) that we were going to play a lovely passing style of possession football.

    We haven’t been able to take that forward.
    Too many times we’re hoofing it forward and giving away possession cheaply.

    The Spurs game was a bit like our 6-0 win over Villa last season. Everything went right. Nearly all the chances ended in goals.

    I’m more gutted that we got knocked out of the cup again to a lower league team. Brighton was an abysmal toothless performance. No game this weekend.

    In the last month our away fans have had to return from Brighton, Fulham & Spurs that’s a lot of long long journeys Pardew.

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Hang on Ed, can’t keep up!!!


    I find myself agreeing with you again!!!!!!!! Tbh don’t see how anyone can’t.really.

    Ironic comments from Freddy Shep as reading those, you immediately think pot kettle black. lol!!

    It’s sad people come on here calling people idiots and morons just for having different opinons to themselves.

    I would say the board is a 50/50 split on Pardew, Benny and other matters.

    I think it all comes down to what people’s perceptions are. Some people like to see expansive football with players like Cabaye and Benny playing in an exciting and pleasing to watch style, a la Spurs.

    Other people care only about the results , nothing more. Allardyce and Pardew employ a high line, 442, long ball and a physical approach, sacrificing skill and flair for an English style if you will.

    Well we are 6th. But how we got there is undoubtably largely down to BA and Krul’s indiviidual brilliance at vital times. But again like a….holes, it’s opinions and everyone’s got one.

  • havanaclue

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #7

    Well said SuperShearer… as usual the Doom mongerers come out in force on this blog, strange other similar blogs seem to attract people with a more sunny outlook

  • veto

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #8

    he’s right , we do , we have achived more so far than any of us thought we would .
    that’s no reason not to try and seize the opportunity infront of us of some sort of european qualification .

    as for the backlash against padrew , everyones an armchair manager , when we are beat everyone has a better idea of what tactics would have worked ….
    tobe fair to some it has been painfully obvious our tactics are not working at times and padrew has a habbit of not changing them at all or when its to late .
    credit where its due tho , we are 6th no matter whats happened this season

  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Ilovetoon .. What’s ur problem… Seriously … Last week, People here were saying that we could mix it with anyone … Since the spurs loss .. Everyone is exPecting us to be relegated again … What were your expectations at the start Of the season ??

  • nickfish90

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    It seems that way SuperShearer, but having thought about it again this morning I’ve realised it’s actually only 6 or 7 people on the whole blog, out of thousands – it only seems like tons of people have taken a dislike to him because these idiots seem to spout cr*p on here all day every day and have nothing better to do.

    1 point off 4th at this stage of the season? Jesus, I think Pardew’s aloud a couple of bad results.

  • geoff777

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11


    I guess because he’s run out of ideas.
    His formations are set in stone. He can’t adapt.
    His substitutions are late and often strange.
    He seems to have a problem with HBA.
    He took our players on holiday instead of preparing properly for the Brighton game.

    We have had some great defensive displays in games we were seriously under-pressure and got wins and draws we shouldn’t have.

    We’ve also had bucketfuls of luck.
    Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool under-performing mean we’re closer to the top than in most seasons.

    Sure enjoy it but please don’t think that this is a fantastic season.

    It’s enjoyable and really annoying too.
    What could have been … if

  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    People saying its just down to pure luck, ba and krul .. I don’t mind that one bit.. I know it’s wrong .. I know ba didnt assist himself for every goal he scored … Where was ba in the last 5 games or at start or the season ..?

  • Cheick and Bake

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Geoff …. Your post is a joke … So being 6 .. 1 point away from champions league football isn’t succesful … Please think first

  • Lynxie

    Feb 14, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Reality check time.

    For everyone who thinks that the answer to eternal youth / meaning of life is being 6th top / only 1 point off champions league place.

    This is only presently the case because
    a) Arsenal are in turmoil
    b) Chelsea are clueless and having a nightmare
    c) Liverpool are pants
    d) We have worked hard and been very lucky (long may it continue by the way)

    Please dont use the 6th top / 1 point off champions league cloud your judgement, as it will only be a valid reposte in May, when the final table is viewable. Until then, its like blind faith that we are doing the right things. As one poster has stated: At the end of the season, we may be asking ‘What if?’……….. The odd point gained by playing for a draw, one or two goals less conceded, who knows.
    We are not equipped to be a gung ho, attack at all costs team, (a la Keegan and Robsons teams). that will require SIGNIFICANT investment, so get your reality heads on.

  • FloridaToon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #15

    I really don’t know what to say. The blame game is getting very old. First I don’t know how you can blame anyone for anything. We are in 6th and challenging for Europe, what and who is to blame? Were we suppose to be challenging for 1st? If so then yeah its someones fault we sit in 6th.

    But guess what, most on here had us finishing lower half of the table or close to relegation….so how do you point out blame for overperforming(I predicted top 8 before season)?

    I have no problem with saying AP or certain players can do better but how can you BLAME anyone for being 6th…it makes no sense. Everyone needs to remember that our team hasn’t even played a full season together. Throw in injuries, ACN and suspensions and our best side hasn’t had many games together. The core of team is still learning the little things about each other that will make us even better.

    I admit that there are times we could play better but not every team can play great every game….just ask Chelsea fans after this weekend. AP could make better decisions at times but he is still learning about this team as well. We won’t make Europe by beating the top 3 teams it will be by beating the rest of them.

    I read on another blog(sorry Ed) that when Tiote and Cabaye have started together we have only lost ONE match(Liverpool). Heads up everyone, its only going to get better.

  • wynsleap

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #16

    havanaclue @ 7 – “shame other similar blogs seem to attract more people with a sunnier outlook”
    I think it’s because everyone that supports the Toon knows that with the size of our fan base, crowds and marketing potential we could be as successful as anyone in the Premiership given we could get the right owner, right manager and right backroom staff.
    We’ve all had wonderful days in the Fifties and with the Keegan years etc. and it’s frustration that makes people niggle on about all things Toon because we know that if things were done correctly we could be there again.

  • markmac

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #17

    I think thats the side id go with also Ed, should be a decent bench also

  • markmac

    Feb 14, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #18

    doh posted on wrong blog lol

  • dave_barron363

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    ilovetoon your boring everyone with the same post on every story. If you havent got anything constructive to say dont bother saying it.

    99% of the population who support NUFC are happy at the moment, why is there always one or two that have to ruin it.

  • Daley_Toon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #20

    i would agree that bar a few performances we have been poor in most games but somehow managed to grind out results and that was exposed against Spurs. Still 6th though and i think we will beat Wolves with a nearly full strength side, but oh man do we miss big Steven Taylor

  • Brutooon

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #21

    without Demba Ba’s goals we might be still in the lower half of the table

  • toonincheek

    Feb 14, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #22

    Brutoon – and without the solid defence during the first 12 games, as well as Ba, we’d be in the relegation zone.

    What are you trying to say?
    That if we didn’t have good players like Ba, Tiote/Cabaye and Krul, we’d be heading for relegation?

    If you are, then for once I could agree with you.

  • max

    Feb 14, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #23

    hope we win!!!


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