Demba Ba In Great Form And His Confidence Is High


Demba Ba has not scored in 9 games for Newcastle, and in thast same time-frame his Senegal team-mate, Papiss Cisse,  has hit 10 goals in the Newcastle number 9 shirt.

Demba Ba – in action at West Brom

And in the last two games Demba Ba has not looked too happy at being substituted, but most players don’t like that, especially when you are trying to get back on the goals trail.

But it seems that Alan Pardew is not too worried at all about Demba Ba’s lack of goals, and he says the striker is in top form at the moment with stacks of confidence.

This is what Alan said in the Daily Mail today:

“‘The first goal at West Brom, Demba must have been a centimeter away from scoring, and when Cisse scored the second goal, he was actually fouled as he was going to score and it fell to Cisse, so he has been a little bit unlucky.”

“But he is on penalties, he will be in and around the free-kicks and he is working as hard as he has always worked.”  “He is in great form, there’s no lack of confidence. His goal will come and then this will all be forgotten.”

“One of those two was definitely coming off  over Ester and on this occasion, it was Demba.” “But on another occasion, it will be Papiss.”  “And Demba is big enough and strong enough and bold enough to deal with that.” ‘

“Hopefully against Stoke, he gets the winning goal.”  “Our front line is in great form. Even Shola, who isn’t getting a start at the moment, every time he comes on, he looks like he should start”

“Shola, Demba, Cisse, Ben Arfa – and you could put Yohan Cabaye in that group as well – they are all in really, really good form.”

Of course it was unfortunate that Ba missed his penalty against Sunderland,  and it was more like a good save from Simon Mignolet, the Sunderland goalkeeper, rather than a really poor penalty kick.

But it’s also true that Demba Ba needs a goal, although his confidence does not seem to have been affected by his goals drought, which every striker goes through each season, and the 26 year-old has played well lately with Papiss and Ben Arfa up front in a 4-3-3 formation.

Alan also has said that it was always his intention to give Shola Ameobi a run-out  over Easter, with Shola also in good form in training, and he certainly set up Papiss Cisse’s goal in excellent style last Monday against Bolton.

In fact most of the Newcastle players are in good form at the moment, and the defense is playing very well with four clean sheets in the last five games, and we have to hope that form will continue through the end of the season.

If it does, there’s every chance that Newcastle can finish in the top five and qualify for Europe next season, and a Liverpool win against Everton at Wembley in the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday, will see Newcastle in the Europa League.

And even though Liverpool have been in woeful form this year, they are still the bookie’s favorites to win the game.

I’ve just started reading the book More Than A Game by top Basketball coach Phil Jackson – that’s the book Alan Pardew gave to his coaches to read when he first arrived a short 16 months ago, and it’s all about handling top stars so they work within a strong team ethic.

In Phil’s case two top players Shaq O’Neil and Kobe Bryant were on the team, but they hadn’t gelled at all – until Phil arrived – and he describes how he got the best out of his players and put the team first.

We can see how the book is useful for Alan Pardew and the Newcastle coaches, and certainly Newcastle have done very well as a team this season.

And we have every confidence that Alan Pardew will handle Demba Ba and his other stars,  like Ben Arfa, in a way that they will remain happy on Tyneside, and maybe Ba can get back on the goals  trail soon – but the team results are the most important – and they’ve been great recently

Everything is looking very rosy in the Newcastle garden right now, but we have to beat Stoke City a week on Saturday to keep our winning streak going  as long as possible.

And then after that – there’s another four games to win.

It’s really unbelievable how well Newcastle have done this season – amazing is another  way to describe it.

And to think we were being told less than three years ago that we’d end up in League One, and maybe even lower than that.

It’s a good job the experts don’t know what they are talking about.

Howay The Lads!!



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91 comments so far

  • nufc786

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #1

    demba will get his goals soon he will reap his rewards

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #2

    this is a well written article 🙂

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  • super magpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #3

    http://www.nufcblog.com/2011/05/29/pardw-success-means-keeping-ashley-fired-up/

    Got bored and was reading past articles and this popped up, read the interview and look when pardew says about the top 6.

    Also hope demba gets a goal or 2 against stoke, he’ll remember the last time we played them and regain his scoring touch.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #4

    Lewy…aren’t they always? 🙂

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Super Magpie…Interesting to read that again. Top four 2-3 seasons away? Good lad!

    Also, reading the comments and this one made me smile:

    Mactoon “Someone set fire to him pleaseeeeeeee”

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  • fleurgen

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #6

    it’s about time someone said well done Mr Ashley

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  • fleurgen

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #7

    apart from the change of name

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #8

    yeah they are 🙂 just this one is longish and i enjoyed it 😛

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #9

    It was an enjoyable read.

    Glad Pardew is talking about Ba, settling everyone out there. People were starting to get a bit carried away with Ba’s attitude of late. He’ll be fine, he’s our Demba Ba and he will score goals!

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #10

    to be honest though, i think ba will go in the summer

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #11

    follow me on twitter? @nufclewizc

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #12

    thanks guys just the thought of going newcastle uni like has got me buzzing already 😀

    Finally got my list of uni’s wahey 😀

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #13

    Lewy…With comments like that I have no wish to follow you on twitter 🙂

    What makes you think he’s off?

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #14

    PIBID…Happy days! I bet Uni in Newcastle will be a blast. Enjoy

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:41 PM

    Comment #15

    hattambenarfa – in our conversations about season ticket prices I mentioned about £500 for the cheapest – but I can’t remember if are there any student rated ones? Anyone?

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #16

    to be fair im still in lower sixth, but we have to put in our applications next september, before we get our offers, so its still about a year away for me but good to get it all sorted and out the way with

    however it might be a risk,that my insurance is a uni asking for AAB 🙁

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  • lewytoon

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #17

    because apparently chelsea want demba ba and his agents are based in london, london is also nearer france and they are meant to be offering 85k aweek

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    hattambenarfa – even so I guess you’ll be living on weetabix for a couple of years so it’s probably moot if it costs more than £20 😉

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #19

    PIBID…best get studying then lad!

    Fleurgen….A fair few have now. It seems he’s made some good decisions after all 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #20

    lewytoon – point 1 = supposition, point 2= don’t they all point 3 = closer by plane by how much? point 4 = oh, I see…. 🙁

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  • howway geordies

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #21

    My recollection is that it was a poor penalty. However a goal against Stoke would make all the difference to him for the last few games.

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Lewy…”apparently” is the key word there. If you had said PSG were after him and him maybe wanting to go I may be inclined to agree, but Chelsea?

    I can’t see it, but who knows really. Also can’t see the commute from London to Paris rather than Newcaslte to Paris being the reason for him wanting the move.

    If he’s annoyed at being subbed now, imagine the situation in London?

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  • super magpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #23

    If demba leaves I wouldn’t be worried, although I don’t want him to, I’m pretty sure someone posted on here the other day an article about our transfer policy in depth and it said that every player has a 1st,2nd,3rd choice replacement if that player leaves, so we’re fully prepared for any outgoings.

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  • JTOONJ

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #24

    I have a student rate season ticket, £285 if that helps

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  • nufc.romania

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #25

    Ba will score 3 goals in the last five games … with cisse scoring 4 goals and ben arfa with 2 goal … that’s my bet

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #26

    also one last thing, do yous know anywhere that offers pilot training?

    gonna need a hefty loan like but i wanna do it…

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  • CODARM (The poster formely known as Ibizatoon)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #27

    Super magpie…I am kind of with you on that. I trust that they have their targets / replacements all lined up, would love for the core of this team to remain together for another season though…at least.

    romania….Only 4 in 5 for cisse? That would be lacking in form! Reckon Ba has to get some though 🙂

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  • donegalmag

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #28

    Can you imagine BA and CISSE in form at the same time…ooooooooohhh..spicy!!

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  • super magpie

    Apr 12, 2012 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #29

    If anything, Chelsea is one of the clubs you wouldn’t want to join at the minute, the whole squad seems divided ( I know di matteo has sortve revived them but he dosent have to think about the long term future of the club,so can keep everyone there happy Atm) a trigger happy owner who seems to sack managers for fun and then the prima donnas as well, the club is in decline so why would ba go there?

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #30

    PIBID,

    I am from Durham and go to Uni at Newcastle, I think it’s safe to say I made the right choice, you’d be silly to turn it down. I have a season ticket with my flatmate, every other weekend we’ll make the 15 minute walk into town, drink some beers, see some titties, then head off to scream for the lads for 90 minutes. You’d be silly to go to Durham. Ha.

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #31

    Oh and regarding the price, yeah mine was £285 as well.

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  • JTOONJ

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #32

    I go to York Uni and make the trip up every game.

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  • Graeme

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #33

    PIBID, join your local flying school is the easiest way mate. Newcastle Airport have a great set-up, thats where I did my PPL, but many, many years ago.

    It depends where you live, but most regional Airports have a flying school and there are also loads of private sites offering PPL training.

    Good luck, its well worth doing.

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  • Cool Hand Luke

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #34

    fleurgen // Apr 12, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    it’s about time someone said well done Mr Ashley

    Shh!, you arent allowed to say that until he explains where our 35 mil is 😉

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #35

    Lewspi and Graeme, thanks very helpful :), and wow ive just realised how close the university is to st james’s,

    what you studying lewspi?

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  • Wor Shearer

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #36

    I think Ashely will (should) get at least a bit of appreciation at the end of the season.

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  • JTOONJ

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #37

    At man city game regardless of the score all players deserve standing ovation.

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  • PIBID (the poster formerly known as hattambenarfa)

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #38

    JTOONJ couldnt agree more, unfortunately i wont be there to give it!

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  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #39

    I went to UCL and used to hitch 280 miles up to Newcastle to see bands at the City Hall (Lindisfarne, Santana etc.,) and in the Uni – in those days the Men’s Bar did not allow women to get drinks in..
    I’d definitely recommend Newcastle for student life

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  • LewSpi

    Apr 12, 2012 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #40

    I’m doing Estate management mate. It’s awesome, I love it.

    And I agree with the standing ovation at the City game, without a doubt.

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