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Ba bemused by Pardew snub

18 September 2012 18:46

Newcastle striker Demba Ba is confused by the club's management after starting Monday's clash with Everton on the bench, his agent says.

The Senegal international was dropped from the starting lineup for the Premier League clash at Goodison Park before coming on as a second-half substitute and grabbing two goals to salvage a 2-2 draw for Alan Pardew's side.

Ba's agent, Alex Gontran, believes his client suffered from a lack of recognition last season after being forced to play out wide following the January arrival of Papiss Cisse, and has revealed the striker could seek a move away if he repeatedly starts on the bench.

"Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn't understand the management," Gontran told BBC Sport.

"If he continues to be a substitute all season, we'll look at other solutions.

"Demba is happy at Newcastle. He is playing in the Premier League, with lot of fellow French speakers and he loves the club's supporters.

"He would like to start every game but he respects the choice of the coach, even if he does not always understand or agree.

"How could you put your best striker with full confidence on the left wing? The choice to put Demba on the left last season was good for the club, because Cisse scored 13 goals.

"But there was a lack of recognition for Demba. It is more difficult to play well when you don't have the confidence of your staff."

Ba started the last campaign in blistering form but struggled for goals after Cisse arrived in January.

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Info

Competition
Premier League
Date
17 September 2012
Game week
4
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
1 - 0
Full-time
2 - 2
Venue
Goodison Park (Liverpool)
Attendance
32510

Goals

L. Baines 15'
(assist by S. Pienaar) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
49' D. Ba
 (assist by Y. Cabaye)
V. Anichebe 88'
(assist by S. Pienaar) 
2 - 1
2 - 2
90' D. Ba
 (assist by Shola Ameobi)

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
28 88'
14
1
5
19
23
34
# Player Bookings
19 49' 90'
23 86'
20
15
21
25
34

Wednesday 17 September

Tuesday 16 September

23:50
23:46
23:42
23:23
23:06
23:05
22:57
22:50
22:49
22:44
22:38
22:36
22:05
21:07
21:04
20:56
20:48
20:28
19:50
19:46
19:38
19:27
19:09
19:09
18:40
17:51
17:33
17:28
16:58
16:40
16:39
16:20
15:58
14:42
14:33
14:27
14:26
13:57
12:49
12:22
10:21
10:13
09:44
09:32
06:58
06:43
06:03
05:59
05:37
05:20
04:08
03:37
03:17
03:11
02:53
01:21
01:16
00:36
00:32

Monday 15 September

23:54
23:22
23:10
22:54
22:42
22:03
21:59
21:23
21:05
20:50
20:33
20:05
19:32
18:59
18:54
18:22
18:05
17:55
17:55
17:11
17:05
16:51
16:29
16:25
15:49
15:23
14:53
14:44
14:33
14:30
14:10
14:01
13:47
13:12
13:06
12:41
12:34
12:20
11:25
11:15
10:51
10:17
10:17
09:58
09:51
09:39
09:38
09:04
07:07
07:03
05:59
05:01
04:45
04:03
03:08
03:03
02:54
01:31
01:06
00:21

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
16 4 -8 3
17 4 -3 2
18 4 -3 2
19 4 -5 2
20 4 -6 2

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