Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, who didn’t have to make many saves against Chelsea, such was the fine work on Wednesday of the Newcastle defense, has been on interview duty today.
Demba Ba – with those bottles of Strawberry Syrup – key for Sunday
In that second half with Chelsea pressing forward so much, it was testament to Newcastle that Tim didn’t really have to make any top saves at Stamford Bridge, and of course it was that man Papiss Cisse, who again was the star man for Newcastle United with two super goals.
Tim talked about the Senegal striker today, and that second goal, which is likely to be the goal of the season:
“When you have a striker like Papiss, if you can keep a clean sheet, he will win you games.” “Cisse is incredible. He’s world class and to get him for the price we did was great business.”
“City are a fantastic team and they beat us at their place, but we’re up there and as long as we keep solid, we’ve got Papiss and Demba Ba up front and Hatem Ben Arfa who can make things happen.”
“I’ve just seen the second goal on TV and it’s absolutely amazing,” “To be that tired at the end of the game and to do that from near the touchline was something special.”
“He gets so upset when he misses a chance in training and sometimes you see him arguing with himself for five minutes.” “It shows you what fantastic commitment he has because he wants to score all the time. He’s a worthy No.9 for Newcastle.”
We think Papiss’ goal in stoppage time could be the goal of the season, but that’s being unfair to the lad, because there are still two games to play, so the 26 year-old could produce an ever better goal before the end of the season. 😀
After the game in an interview on Sky Sports, Demba Ba was there to both discuss the game, and act as an interpreter to Cisse, and Ba said that Papiss hit the ball first time in stoppage time, because he was so tired and didn’t want to hold the ball.
The game at that point was four minutes into stoppage time, but the goal was simply phenomenal, and still brings gasps from TV analysts when they show the goal.
And we have a feeling that Demba Ba may be a key man for Newcastle on Sunday against Manchester City – especially with so much attention being paid at the moment to Papiss.
If Alan Pardew can play in that 4-4-2 formation and give Demba Ba more chance to score, since he will be more central than in the 4-3-3 formation we have played recently, Demba Ba may just come through with his first goal since the home game against Aston Villa.
And we wouldn’t put it past him to score the winner on Sunday, and that would be so fitting for a man who has propelled Newcastle into 5th place in the league, with his fantastic 16 league goals this season, before his pal Cisse arrived in Toon.
And we hope we are not giving too much away here, but the inside information coming out of St. James’ Park is that the Senegal man is taking in more of that Strawberry Syrup elixir, and that’s just one reason he hit the cross-bar just before half time at Chelsea.
We’re hoping Demba Ba can do even better than that on Sunday, in our last home game of the season.
Howay The Lads!!