A Good (Great) Start For The Magpies On Saturday

Demba Ba could’t have made much of a better start to the season on Saturday, as he showed his prowess in the penalty area, with a wonderfully taken goal against Tottenham Hotspur to put Newcastle on the road to victory, which had looked unlikely in that first half.

Demba Ba – steering the ball home on Saturday with great technique

It was Ba’s first Premier League goal since last February, and it will give his confidence a big boost, although when his goals dried up last season, to his credit he still was playing well out on the left wing as Papiss Cisse was making all the headlines.

Demba Ba is a modest and humble man, and he explained to ESPN after the game that he is not simply looking to score goals at Newcastle:

“As I always said, I’m not going after goals.”  “The more I play well, the more the team wins and I feel happy about it. But it was the first goal of the season for me and I’m very happy.”

“It was a good win in our first game to get our first three points. It’s always important to have a good start and always good to start with a victory.”

Argentine International Jonas Gutierrez is one of the under-rated players on Tyneside, but Alan Pardew made him captain in th absence of his injured country man Fabricio Coloccini, and Jonas put in another good shift for the side, and came though when it really mattered on Saturday.

The game was  touch and go, and Tottenham  probably deserved at least a point, but this is what Newcastle need to do this season to do even better than we managed last season – win the very close games.

This is what Jonas said about the game yesterday:

“Tottenham have a really good team and I’m really happy with what we did today.”  “It was a hard game for both teams. I think whoever scored first would have a big opportunity to win three points.”

“We scored first, so it was easier for us.”  “We had to keep going because it’s going to be a long, hard season. We have the Europa League as well and we have to be ready for all the games.”

It will be interesting to see what team Alan plays in Athens on Thursday night, but he says he will not make 11 changes to the side, which we had thought was the strategy.

It will be tough on those players who play the full game on Thursday and then have to play at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

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15 comments so far

  • check the toastie

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Jonas is class, great skipper.

  • Hatem's better than Messi

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Well organised, disciplined, lucky, three points against a top 4 club, thank you very much.

  • LooneyToon41

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Agreed Check. Great 3 points against a good Spurs side, with plenty of talented players. It will be interesting to see how Spurs get on this season, with their ‘new’ pressing style of play.


    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #4

    619 nufc off last post am i missing something why is cabaye in neither team?

  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Agreed mate jonas is a fantastic pro who seems more than happy to adjust him game for the benefit of the team hes gonna be a massive player for us this season


    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #6

    jesper from last thread
    Well I am all for expecting the worst…hope I may have a issue with haha

    As for the big Sho I have no idea mate no one could give me a answer when I asked about it hoping its not bad or young Campbell could see a fair bit of our starting 11 bench

  • kt97toonarmy

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #7

    i wonder what team pardew will put out against atromitos any suggestions

  • Munster Mag

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    I’ve been pasted in the past for not liking Santon defensively. I stand by my viewpoint. Try him on the right and get an aggressive, defender on the left, perhaps Pieters, who can also act as a centre half.

  • 619nufc

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9


    I just think he’d benefit sitting a couple games out, no point risking him vs Atrom, and he doesn’t look like he’s up to speed at the moment, which could cost us vs CFC IMO

  • nico

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Team V Atromitos 4-2-3-1

    If players are fit.

  • nico

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #11

    Forgot about Gosling. Maybe Vickic up front and Gosling behind cos Shola injured

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 20, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #12

    I don’t rate Pieters, we need to sign Debuchy, Douglas and Remy to have a good transfer window. We rely on Simpson to be in the team week in week out. We also need competition for Ba and Cisse and Steven Taylor.

  • Ketsbaia9

    Aug 20, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #13

    Team v Atromitos:


    Raylor Good Perch Gutierrez

    Bigimirana Anita

    Amalfitano Abeid Marveaux


  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #14

    Yo…well since the club haven’t said anything I am going to stay calm on the matter 😉

  • jesperfuglsang

    Aug 20, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #15

    It seems Ki Sung-Yueng is going to be Allen’s replacement at Swansea…is he any good?


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