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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