Alan Pardew was asked yesterday if he was worried about the lack of goals from Demba Ba in the last seven games.
The Senegal twin strikers – Ba and Cisse
Thankfully, Papiss Cisse has scored 6 goals in those games and seven goals in seven appearances in the number 9 shirt for the Magpies, so we’ve not been short of goals in those games.
But the Newcastle manager still thinks Demba Ba is not going to be happy if he cannot get back on the goals trail soon:
“Demba isn’t going to be happy if he isn’t scoring goals. That’s the nature of the beast – he’s a goal-scorer. Papiss getting all the credit and all the goals isn’t going to keep Ba happy.”
“So I hope he gets angry on Friday and slaps a couple in himself,” “In our last three wins, we’ve won them all in different ways.” “The first game against Norwich we took the lead, sat on it and dogged it out a little bit.”
“The second, we opened up our wings, attacked West Brom on the break and could have scored four or five maybe.” “And against Liverpool we played a more complete game where we were a bit of each.”
“So we’ve shown those winning attributes.” “The next game in the Premier League is where it’s all at, and everything that’s gone before goes out the window.”
“We are looking forward to Friday. Swansea play an open game, they look to stretch the pitch but they give you chances as well, and we will try to take those,”
Quite honestly we don’t care who scores the goals and Ben Arfa has been able to put a few in recently, since Ba’s stopped scoring those goals, but Ba missed a penalty against Sunderland and has been close on two or three occasions.
Add to that the fact that his link up and general play have improved this year, and Ba is still a very good player, and he’ll come back with those goals very soon, just wait and see.
If Everton manage to get to the FA Cup Final it could be that Newcastle need to finish in 5th place in the league to qualify for the Europa League.
And that’s one reason it is important to get the win tomorrow afternoon at the Liberty Stadium, and we need the defense to play as well at Swansea, as they did against Liverpool.
And it will be important that Papiss Cisse, Demba Ba, Ben Arfa and others are able to put that ball into the back of the net when the chances come up.
We need a win tomorrow - that’s for sure.
Howay The Lads!!