Ba played better because he's angry I left him on the bench, says Pardew
22:58 GMT, 17 September 2012
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew believes double goalscoring substitute Demba Ba was motivated by starting the match against Everton on the bench.
The Magpies had been beaten 3-1 at Goodison Park on the final day of last season and a repeat looked on the cards when Leighton Baines' goal rewarded the hosts' first-half dominance.
Ba, who admitted he was 'not happy' to be left on the bench, was introduced at the interval and equalised for the first time within four minutes.
Playing angry: Demba Ba was unhappy to be left on the bench
Get in! Ba scored two goals against Everton
He grabbed a predatory second in the last minute to prove his point to Pardew, who admitted: 'Sometimes players play better when they're angry.
'I can't keep everyone happy in this squad, there are still one or two who aren't happy.'
And the Senegal striker told Sky Sports 1: 'It was good to get a draw because it was difficult.
'Last season here it was very difficult and tonight the first half was the same, but the second half was very different.'
Harper agreed: 'It's a fantastic point, we were well beaten here in May.
'The manager was not pleased at half-time, and rightly so, but we've got Demba on the bench and he came on and made a difference.
'At 2-1 down we were disappointed but the spirit in our squad is fantastic and when you've got Demba, Papiss and Hatem's quality, you've always got a chance.'
Salvaged: Ba rescued a point for his manager Alan Pardew as Newcastle drew 2-2