Newcastle United’s Demba Ba backs his team to rise out of slump after West Bromwich Albion defeat

Newcastle's Demba Ba celebrates a goal.

Newcastle's Demba Ba celebrates a goal.

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DEMBA Ba told of his frustration after Newcastle United were beaten by West Bromwich Albion – then backed the club to pull out of it’s slump.

Paul Scharner’s late goal condemned Alan Pardew’s side to a 3-2 defeat at St James’s Park last night.

In-form Ba took his tally for the season to 13 goals, but for the second time in three games, a double from the striker wasn’t enough to claim even a point.

Newcastle twice came from behind, but their fate was sealed five minutes by Scharner, whose 85th-minute goal gave the visitors their first win at St James’s Park since the 1977-78 season.

United have taken just two points from their last six games, but Ba - who heads away on African Cup of Nations duty next month - isn’t overly concerned by the run of results, which has seen Newcastle drop from fourth to seventh place.

“We had a lot of chances, and we came back after being 1-0 down and 2-1 down to show our spirit,” Ba said.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t hold out for a draw at least. We’ve now gone another game without a win.”

Read more of Demba Ba’s reaction, plus Miles Starforth’s full match report, in today’s Sportmail.