Pardew Pleased With Demba Ba’s Strong Character

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • shearermania

    May 2, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #1

    indian eat my shorts….first

  • sirtoongospel

    May 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Just on the previous topic. Another pop at Pardews tactics. But his first 11, and in their normal positions, were 2 nil down before he changed anything.

    The midfield, Cheick in particular, had a massive off day. Let’s forget it and put it right tonight. I admire Pards for taking the flak but it was the players, not him.

    Setting off in 15 minutes for the long haul down the smoke with me son. Absolutely can’t wait for the game tonight. Prediction…3-2 Newcastle in a belter of a game, making the coach journey home a pleasurable one!! Enjoy the game fellas.

  • Wor Shearer

    May 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    Carefully chosen words from Pardew there, I feel. Using all his man-management skills to keep Demba motivated.

  • Indian Magpie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    I dont eat shorts, are they good just in case

  • tonynufc

    May 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Good news Marvaux is back. however you spell his name. Cabaye and Simpson Doubts. Couldnt give a Flying Fuzz about simpson

  • Indian Magpie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    what is Flying Fuzz

  • tonynufc

    May 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Fuc* you idiot

  • Indian Magpie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8

    thanks for the wisdom

  • tonynufc

    May 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #9

    your welcome indian. Hope cabaye plays tho. my back 4 would be.
    Santon Perch Collo Fergy

    Fob off williamson

  • tonynufc

    May 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Hey ed are you just reading my posts

  • check the toastie

    May 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Ba needs a gud game, the team needs him too, about time we saw him bleed for the cause.

  • magpie6699

    May 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Ba will score a hat-trick – the curse of the calendar is lifted! Mystic Mag has spoken.
    (but we might still lose! – Torres/ Drogba/ Sturridge / Mata etc worries me)

  • woolerbill

    May 2, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #13

    We have been used by Ba as a showcase so he can get a top club. We do not need him


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