The Senegalese striker started the match on the bench and watched as Everton absolutely pumped the toon army for 45 minutes. With Pardew managing the match from the stands while he serves his ban for shoving a linesman out of the way, Newcastle finished the first half 1-0 down but with the introduction of Ba quickly took the match by its balls and ended up with a 2-2 draw. Ba's agent said:
Ooooooh what's going to happen there then?!! If Ba were to leave the team from a lack of playing time Newcastle could always just use their new signing, which would appear to be the linesman from the game last night."Since returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Demba doesn't understand the management," said Alex Gontran."If he continues to be a substitute all season, we'll look at other solutions."