Alan Pardew – Brilliant Demba Ba Changed The Game

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was happy with the point at Goodison Park tonight, and he had Demba Ba to thank for changing the game in the second half, when he came on for the ineffective Sylvain Marveaux, and twice brought  Newcastle back from a goal down, and both goals were opportunist goals by the brilliant Senegal striker

Demba Ba nudges the ball into the net to equalise for Newcastle on 90 minutes

Immediately after the game the Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was interviewed by Sky Sports, after Alan had to watch the game from the stands, while serving the first of his two match touchline ban.

This is what Alan said:

“He got two goals and could have had a hat-trick. Sometimes, players play well when they’re angry and he played well. I can’t keep everyone happy with this group of players. When everybody is fit it’s going to be tough.”

“One or two tonight are smarting in the dressing room that they didn’t get on. Obertan has been terrific in training and he wanted to come on. It’s a juggling act for us manager’s and we have to get it right.”

“I was proud of the second half, because we were terrific. First half we just lacked belief that we could win the game. I was a little bit shocked.”  “Demba changed the face of the game.”

“His mentality was to win the game. In the second half, we gave a good account of ourselves. Great credit to the players. They were terrific.”

The result is just what the lads needed after an abysmal and ineffective display in the first half when Everton in all honesty should have scored more than the one goal they scored through Fellaini.

But you never count Newcastle out, and Pardew made the right changes at half time and switched Anita and Perch – so James played in central midfield and Anita played at right-back and cut out the threat of Baines down the left wing.

It seems that Anita’s best position right now is right back, and credit to Perch too for a good second half display.

But Newcastle cannot play many games like they did in the first half tonight and expect to get anything out of the game – we have to start a lot more positive then we did tonight.

But this result and second half display will give the Newcastle players lots of confidence.

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6 comments so far

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:40 PM

    Comment #1

    1st. Gotta love PST timezones

  • 89Norcal

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #2

    Slightly annoyed that Ba’s brother had to put his 2 cents in on Twitter, we need Cisse banging them in as well, Ba will have plenty of chances.

  • veto

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #3

    if we ever go with 1 up front again then BA has to start , cisse on the bench , the both need treated equally .
    i didnt see the justification in starting cisse infront of ba today when ba was the one already off the mark with goals this season , just cos we put down a larger investment on cisse doesnt mean he should be the guaranteed starter between the two.

  • Big Pappa Cissé

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Hmmmmm, not sure what to make of that interview like. The last thing we want is unhappy players

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Sep 17, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    Comment #5


    Being cautious and expecting teams to allow us to get a hold of it and ‘control’ is the stimuli, is how I see it. How that translates to the players and manifests itself, to me, is in hesitancy, not being alert, lack of aggression, just basically not ready for the intensity of a typical PL football match. Of course building up the revs in a match can work, but you have to get a foothold early and keep it for an extended period, usually easier against lesser teams when performing at home.

    I also think it sends a mixed signal to naturally attacking players, and leads to them being inhibited, second-guessing themselves, instead of being natural.

    Sometimes you have to be ready for hustle and bustle from the start, the chances were always slim that we were going to control the match tonight, but we played like a team fully expecting to first-half, completely bewildered and disorientated by Everton’s industry.

    Of course I wasn’t there in the dressing room, but that’s my take on it. We seem pre-occupied with controlling a match and containing, that when it so happens that we don’t, we’re liable to looking like a dear in headlights.

  • Jinky Jim

    Sep 18, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Comment #6

    Nice side step AP,it was your first half tactics that were crap!!!


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