DembaBa65The return of Demba Ba with Chelsea was thankfully overshadowed in the days leading up to the match by the excitement of our new signings and the first half display, in particular, against Villa.

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Only when the usual pre-match media stuff kicked off on Friday did the Ba angle get a lot of coverage.

Some of the nationals predictably were talking up Ba having to run a gauntlet of hate and other nonsense but to no great surprise our ex-striker was met by a mixture of applause, boos and maybe the silent majority like me, who sat there in…silence.

I’m not going to clap an ex-player when he plays for another team against us, apart from in the most extreme of circumstances.

Maybe the most extreme was the brilliant David Kelly who really bonded with the fans and arguably saved Newcastle from relegation to the third tier and possibly the end of the club as we knew it. Kelly came on as a substitute for the mackems and we clapped him onto the pitch,

Demba Ba was a class act on the pitch for eighteen months but that is all he was, a well paid player who did a very good job, however he was always a player on the verge of leaving and he left, he never got under our skin.

Should we hate him though? Why would you want to do that?

Just after midnight Demba Ba sent out the following to his Twitter followers;

“I thanks all the real fans for the nice messages i receive. And to all the haters….may god bless you!!! ;- good night”.

To be honest I’m embarrassed at any Newcastle fans who would send hate messages to Ba.

A player who gave his all on the pitch…what more do you want?

Look at the long line of players who took fortunes out of the club and gave next to nothing back, I’ll start the list here and feel free to add; Viduka, Barton, Smith, Geremi, Boumsong, Marcelino, Goma, Domi, Luque, Owen….

GToon 5pts

The worrying thing about all of this is how we are everybody's dream team. We help Everton who can't win at home to their best performance. We reinvigorate Rooney and make their team look great. We then make Chelsea look that good that I honestly can't think how many players they could have gone down to before we stood a chance. Now let's get a few things straight.

Maclaren needs the sack. No discussion, no arguments. Sack him or get relegated.

Arrons is not a left back. He isn't even that good.

Sissoko has given up and needs to be dropped.

Coloccini needs to be dropped. He is that slow it's almost embarrassing.

Taylor is two stone overweight.

And as for that clown Tiote. In most of the games I have seen him play he is the oppositions best player.

Brendan Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, who cares. Any of them could do a better job. Even I could. At least we all have eighteen days off before the misery continues. Let's just hope Ashley realizes now is the time to do the right thing. Surely he understands that there is something lacking in the tactics when teams who are struggling against other opposition have a field day against us. It's happening time and time again. Time for change.

Sickandtiredstill 5pts

Seriously lads, just how bad does this need to be before everyone accepts the facts? Schteeve is a complete duck egg. Once again he set up to try and not lose rather than trying to win or at least force a draw. 

Never mind Aarons - the experienced 'pro's' were again shocking. Sissoko and Gini should be sent to the U21's and not allowed to return until they learn some passion, desire and commitment. Tiote again showed just how bad he actually is 99% of the time.

Schteeve confirmed just how bad he is 100% of the time. 

SimonM68 5pts

Tripe. Worst goal difference of anyone around us and 45 mins left.  At least would like to see Doumbia get some game time into his legs as he may be crucial in the games to come. Can't see any other possible benefit from the next 45 mins. Then again, I did walk out at 0-4 Arsenal lol. 

Alsteads 5pts

Let's just go down. Some more of this next season? No thanks. Surely FCB has got to pull the trigger. He is on par with JT FFS

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

17 minutes in and three down FFS. Yet again a gutless performance away from home with our supposed leader on the pitch Captain Colo backing off every time Chelsea attack. No doubt McClaren will want a 'reaction' yet again from these useless clowns next time