Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was pleased with the performance of Demba Ba, in the second half at Wigan on Saturday.
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Newcastle were much better in that second half, after going 4-0 down before the interval, and Papiss Cisse twice hit the bar and Newcastle should really have scored a few goals, which would have made it more interesting.
Demba Ba has now gone 12 games without a goal, and that’s the longest time in his career he has failed to score a goal.
But Ba has not let his lack of goals get to him, and indeed he has been playing well in the Newcastle side in that 4-3-3 formation, which could be changed tonight to get more in central midfield.
Alan Pardew has been impressed with Demba Ba’s character of late:
“He is a strong person. There’s nothing I can do about his goalscoring. “The chance will come and Demba will either take it or he won’t. I do know one thing, and that is that he was a big player in the second half for us on Saturday.”
“He galvanised us and made sure there was a good mentality on the pitch in the second half.” “In all fairness, we should have scored two goals in the second half and I was pleased with him.”
“However, I cannot determine how he is going to score a goal.”
Pardew knows that if the club can make it into the Champions League it will help to keep Newcastle’s big stars on Tyneside, and they include Demba Ba, Tim Krul, Cheick Tiote and Papiss Cisse.
And the local Newcastle Journal is surprisingly reporting this morning that Newcastle have not started any new contract negotiations to remove that £7M release clause from the Senegal striker’s contract.
If that’s true, it’s very strange.
That’s always assuming that Harry Redknapp and West Ham co-owner David Sullivan are right, that there is a release clause in his contract at Newcastle.
It would be great to see Ba score tonight at Stamford Bridge, to get back on the goals trail for Newcastle.