Pardew Hopes Demba Ba Will Get Angry By Lack Of Goals


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!!

Comments welcome.



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37 comments so far

  • blissna

    Apr 5, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #1

    I think it is clear that Ba will get frustrated but Pardew has hinted he will shift him back to the middle. Judging by Ba’s temperament it will not be an issue. He will just bide his time and the goals will come back.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #2

    A win for the travellin fans would be great,if we can get Benny boy on the ball we will stretch them and we will see some goals.
    Tiote and Cabaye will need to be at their best again.
    Will be interesting to see what AP does with the midfield and defence.
    Think we are in for a treat all the same.
    1-3 to the Toon
    Htl

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  • Marty-Toon

    Apr 5, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Oh yeah this thread is about BA so i reckon he will get one of the goals tomorrow.
    It may also be a peno

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 5, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Ba is doing great work stretching the defence and making openings for his strike partner. That is team work and he is tops. He’ll get his goals soon enough.
    He does seem to have great temperament and a truly professional attitude. Anybody notice him calming down the Reina/Perchino incident ?

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #5

    HBA has said before that he respects the way the Swans play, as we all do I hope.
    I think he is going to be massive for us tomorrow.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #6

    Thought about our last two games…(assuming Hatem got the touch on Cisses second goal against Liverpool which i think he did)

    We scored 5 goals
    Cisse 4 goals and 1 assist
    Hatem has 4 assists and 1 goal

    4 out of the five goals involve Hatem picking the ball up by the halfway line or in their half.

    Lethal or what.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Comment #7

    Yeah he’s the real deal I think this game is going to suit cabeye and hatem

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #8

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40191515@N05/7048239439/

    “but boss, we finally have world class service and you’ve put me on the wing”

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s really great to have an awsome forward line again, If we finish 6th 7th I’ll be happy next year tho we should be some force!

    I’m not getting carried away with this year we could go on a great run which I hope we will The signs are really positive 3rd 4th or 5th??? this weekend will tell us that.

    Good luck. HWTL!

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  • GHOSD (The poster formerly known as Ruddy Marveaux-lous)

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #10

    Just had a cursory glance at some of the comments this evening and saw that Beattie was dying to get an argument going. Boring

    And toastie was having his usual rant against the OV “cult” boring.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:48 AM

    Comment #11

    It has got a bit strange on here it’s like the Hari krishnas v the sith.

    Help me Pardew wan kenobi your our only hope.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #12

    Once again tumble weed at the comments of soundoid. He he….

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #13

    Makes a change having someone out on the left willing to have a crack at goal. Jonas Gutierrez is a great player, but he’s not an immediate goal threat because he never takes a chance. Whereas Demba will score as soon as he can on Friday. Notice I said will score. . . .

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  • Special K

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #14

    Having had a scope of the fixtures, its not beyond the realm of impossibilities that we could grab 4th.

    Swansea (A), Stoke & Bolton (H) and then Wigan (A) are the next four games and if we truly are to compete than anything less than 10 would be a massive disappointment.

    Arsenal’s next four games: City (H), Wolves (A), Wigan (H), Chelsea (H). Its conceivable they could take anywhere as low as 5 points from those games although if RVP rediscovers his touch…

    Spurs’ next four games: Sunderland (A), Norwich (H), QPR (A) & Blackburn (H). I see them taking 7 or 8 points from those games, the only reason I wouldn’t allocate them more is their FA Cup Semi with Chelsea is sandwiched in that fixture list, going to be tough to balance their squad.

    Chelsea’s next four games: Wigan (H), Fulham (A), Arsenal (A), QPR (H). Chelsea’s issue is going to be a fixture pile up, not only do they have their FA Cup game in that sequence but their first leg against Messi & Co. Its hard to know how they’ll react to so many games in such a short space of time, depth isn’t their strongpoint. I could see them taking 7 but probably no more. If they manage to secure a FA Cup final place & a positive result to take the Nou Camp then there’s every chance their form drops off even more.

    If results played out as such you’d have a table like this;

    3) Spurs : 66 points
    4) Arsenal : 63 points
    5) Newcastle : 63 points
    6) Chelsea: 60 points

    It would leave one hell of an unprecedented fight for Champions League football, Spurs & Arsenal would have 3 games left apiece and Chelsea & Newcastle would have 4 left, with that game being against each other in Stamford Bridge…

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #15

    All that said this weekend is not a given. If we get a win and a draw game on for 5th. Still think we will finish 6th tho.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #16

    This weekend isnt a given, but the three games after that look very very winnable.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #17

    I know its easy to think like this, but if Arsenal didn’t score that last minute winner at the Emirates, we would move into 4th with a victory tomorrow.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Comment #18

    Personally think ppl are giving Swansea to much respect yes they keep the ball well but they dont really do much with it in final third, they’ve lost the last 3 we shud b goin there n winning

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #19

    I think the Swans game is going to be tougher than the bolton game. It’s going to be a 1-0 0-1 kind of affair or 0-0 1-1 if it’s a good win then we can push on 6th is looking good for us at the moment anything else will be a gift.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:46 AM

    Comment #20

    Two wins this weekend n 6th is ours

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #21

    Lets hope. If we beat them it’s equal to the stoke away game. Which i think is our best win of the season.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #22

    *Away win

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  • geordiejamie89

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:55 AM

    Comment #23

    @18 I totally agree. People saying they play some of the best football in the Prem, I don’t get it. Surely the table dictates that. So they’re average? They’re not very good at defending, and they’re not the best up front.
    They play some good football yes, but comparing them to Barcelona? Barcelona has a great defence, and Lionel Messi, who scores five in a Champions League match, Barcelona’s all time goalscorer, and he’ll keep getting better as he gets older. There’s very little comparison.

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #24

    I’m not saying that we are not i with a good shout they have a great home record like we do. Tricky game.

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  • Robby Bobson

    Apr 6, 2012 at 2:09 AM

    Comment #25

    Well the swans game at St James should have ended about 3-0 to us….Ba could have easily had a hattrick.

    And that was without Cisse and Hatem.

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  • davybtoon

    Apr 6, 2012 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #26

    Swansea game at sjp we dominated them we jus couldn’t score

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  • soundoid

    Apr 6, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #27

    Cisse will be the difference i think. It would be another epic win under our belt. Tough game to call.

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  • check the toastie

    Apr 6, 2012 at 6:15 AM

    Comment #28

    Hope Demba gets back on the goal trail today, will Pardiola go for broke if perch is out, santon RB and Fergy LB with Jonas in for guthrie, wud luv it if he picked those full backs instead of raylor, it wud show such intent on how the team will go forward.

    Looking forward to the game.

    As for all the pundits on TV (BBC) they are lifeless and lazy thinkers, about time they all were axed and new young opinion was brought in ala Gary Neville for sky.

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  • gaz 44

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #29

    my only disappointment about the summer and transfer window is that we didn’t push ahead for Williams and Taylor from.swansea … time to show them what they missed out on.. any of you boys fancy a drink(of coffee) n a catch up im at pontefract/ferrybridge services for the next 30mins then to swansea non stop.. 3points will defo make.the journey back more fun

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  • clarkytoon

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:51 AM

    Comment #30
  • Dannyo

    Apr 6, 2012 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #31

    We haven’t won 4 games in a row since 2003 i belive. Would be uet another stat to better this season, since we’ve done so many others this year 🙂
    I hope we run 4-3-3 today, if we can keep pressuring the ball high up the pitch, it’ll be a struggle for them to play the passing game. We know Cabaye, Tiote and possibly Jonas will heap misery on their midfield. Once again a game where attack will be our best defense imo, considering our frail state at the back.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 6, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    Comment #32

    Good Morning fellow bloggers…the day is here! Just got to concentrate on work for the rest of the day…I’m sure that’ll be an easy task 😉

    No mention of Perch not playing anywhere, so think we can say the back 5 will remain unchanged. Hoping nothing else changes from Liverpool except maybe Guti for Guthrie and either Santon or Raylor coming in at LB.

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  • Minato

    Apr 6, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #33

    Tough game today against a side that have been very resilient at home.

    @ 20. Not to put my foot in it, but surely we should be looking upwards now rather than over our shoulders? We have consistently been in the top six all season and at this point should be the minimum to expect.

    I think there will be some surprises this weekend and I think with two wins we could be in a very good position come Monday night. All in our hands now and personally after the season we have had I think we deserve to push that fourth spot to the wire.

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  • Hencha Boii

    Apr 6, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Don’t forget Ba’s contract is made up of bonuses, so no wonder he’s becoming fustrated at not being amongst the goals, less he scores less he’s getting paid!

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  • Minato

    Apr 6, 2012 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #35

    Arsenal have shown how crucial going on a run can be in turning a season around and we certainly have a kind enough fixture list to potentially give us a similar push. It is in our hands now lets hope we can grab it with both. Would be ironic to take it from Chelsea given that that bought assention into the top four majorly facilitated our own expulsion from it. My heart says we can do it.. My brain suggests we won’t have the legs to overhaul both London clubs. One way or another I feel at the era least it’s great to have the exciting times back!

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  • Papiss_Myself

    Apr 6, 2012 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #36

    Feed the sheep and Ba will score

    HWTL

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  • Faddj

    Apr 6, 2012 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #37

    I know I posted this all of yesterday and I’m aware it might annoy people but I need some recognition so I’ll keep annoying everyone until everyone’s seen it! haa

    I’m a young photographer and sat pitch side at the game on Sunday on behalf of the ‘Wembley to Soweto’ project, please take the time to have a look at my photos from the day on my blog, thanks!

    http://faddj.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/wembley-to-soweto-st-james-park.html

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