Ba happy to answer boo-boys
Newcastle striker delighted following hat-trick at Stoke
Last Updated: November 1, 2011 9:56am
Demba Ba: Thrilled with hat-trick but not getting carried away with Newcastle's position
Newcastle striker Demba Ba was delighted to silence his Stoke critics with a hat-trick at the Britannia Stadium on Monday night.
Ba would have joined the Potters in January had he not failed a medical, leaving the Magpies to sign him over the summer following a successful spell at West Ham during the second half of last season.
He has made a superb start to his Magpies career and continued that fine form with a treble in the 3-1 victory at Stoke.
Newcastle are now third in the Premier League standings and unbeaten all season, while Ba has scored eight goals in five games.
A section of the Stoke support made their feelings of displeasure towards Ba known, but he shrugged off the negative reaction.
"If they want to boo they should boo their board," Ba told Sky Sports.
He added: "Today I am very happy to score a hat-trick here because it is a place you come and struggle.
"It's very important when you have strikers who can run and defend.
"Today we did our best but the team at the back were very strong."
Ba refused to look too far ahead despite Newcastle's position in the table, saying: "We are just in the first 10 games so it's a long way to go."