HAT-trick hero Demba Ba sent Newcastle United third in the Premier League - then insisted Stoke City had made a “mistake” in not signing him.
Alan Pardew’s unbeaten side won 3-1 at the Britannia Stadium last night to stretch their unbeaten run to 10 games.
Ba enjoyed his best game yet for the club he joined in the summer, the 26-year-old leaving the field clutching the match ball for the second time this season, having netted three goals against Blackburn Rovers in September.
However, had Stoke not pulled out of a deal for then-Hoffenheim striker Ba in January, citing an issue with his medical, he would have been wearing red and white stripes.
Ba was verbally abused by the home fans after his first goal at the Boothen End, and he was happy to silence them with his second and third strikes.
“Yes, I nearly joined Stoke,” Ba told SportMail. “I don’t really want to talk about them.
“They made a mistake. They have to move on and stop talking every time I’m about to play against them. The best way to silence them is to score.
“It’s the same joy I had against Blackburn. It was special to score a hat-trick against Blackburn, but I enjoy all goals.”
FULL story in Tuesday’s Mail ...