Newcastle had a bad day at the office today and the strength in depth at center-back was shown to be bare, when Steven Taylor left the filed injured and within 5 minutes Newcastle conceded two goals, both of which were through poor defensive work.
Demba Ba – scoring brilliant first Newcastle goal this afternoon
Surely Newcastle will try to bring in a new center-back in January, because if Steven Taylor hadn’t been injured this afternoon, it’s hard to see how Newcastle would have conceded a goal, but in the end Newcastle were a little lucky to come away with the points, although once Reading scored that first goal, a dull and boring game became almost the exact opposite with both sides going for the win.
Newcastle had Demba Ba to thank for another brace, although his second goal, which initially looked like a header, was put in with his right hand – but it wasn’t seen by the officials.
Ba didn’t think Newcastle deserved more than a point today either:
“We’re not happy with the point but we didn’t deserve any more today. We just have to go back home and work more if we want to achieve at least what we did last season.”
“We’re struggling with injuries and people not fit enough and we just have to find our way back. We try and work hard and it’s going to take a bit of time but hopefully we’ll reach it.”
“It’s an away game and it’s against a promoted team, so we wanted 3 points – but as long as we’re picking up points that’s important.” “Cheick is an aggressive man.”
“When you see him and when you walk next to him on the pitch, you just know it.” “So it was good to have him back”
Ba has scored six goals in six league games this season, and he is obviously a fantastic striker who can get goals from nothing, and his first goal, when he hit Cheick Tiote’s excellent through ball on the volley, was a demonstration of fabulous technique as he smashed the ball past the goalkeeper, just one minute after Reading had taken the lead.
While Newcastle are dishing out long term contracts – give this man an eight year deal too.