Everton defender Phil Jagielka is ready to face Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse
Last Updated: September 17, 2012 9:44am
Phil Jagielka: Everton defender is looking forward to facing Newcastle strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse
Everton defender Phil Jagielka is looking forward to the chance to keep Newcastle United strikers Demba Ba and Papiss Cisse quiet at Goodison Park.
Ba enjoyed an impressive first half to last season for the Magpies before his fellow Senegal international Cisse picked up the baton in the second half of the campaign.
Jagielka is not fazed by the prospect of shackling the duo and the England international insists he gets the greatest pleasure out of stopping the best strikers from scoring.
"Papiss Cisse took a lot of plaudits with the goals he scored, Demba Ba led the way before he came (in January) and they were two great signings for them," Jagielka told the club's official website.
"You don't want to play against people who are not expected to score and then they go and score against you - it makes you look bad.
"If you play against these people who score goals for fun and you keep them out it breeds confidence.
"Myself and most of the other defenders prefer to play against the people everyone else has come to watch and hopefully we'll stop them playing well."
Newcastle lost 3-1 at Goodison on the final day of last season and Jagielka is keen to see how the Magpies fare this time around after last term's fifth-placed finish.
He added: "They have been up there competing and spent a lot of money recently.
"After getting promoted they kicked on massively last season and had quite a number of players who had a fantastic season scoring a lot of great goals.
"It will be interesting to see how they do this season because it is harder to have a special second season."