Newcastle United hat-trick hero Demba Ba hopes team can keep up excellent form for the fans

The Senegal striker, who has scored eight goals for the Tyneside club in the Premier League this season, hopes unbeaten streak can continue at home to Everton on Saturday

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba wants the side to maintain their unbeaten Premier League run for their fans.

The former West Ham United forward, who moved to St James’ Park on a free transfer from the London club over the summer, scored a hat-trick away to Stoke City on Monday night to take his tally of goals for the season up to eight.

The Magpies host Everton at home on Saturday and Ba is optimistic that the squad can beat the Merseyside club to remain undefeated in the league.

“We won’t change the ethics of the team,” the striker told the Evening Chronicle. “It’s about hard work and getting results.

“Giving everything for our fans will drive us on. We are already looking forward to Everton now and this is a game we feel we can win, especially at home."

The Tyneside club have had a dream start to the 2011-12 campaign and currently sit in third place in the Premier League after 10 games, above the likes of Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool and Arsenal.

Their only loss since the season began was in extra-time away to Blackburn Rovers in the League Cup.

Manager Alan Pardew will hope to keep the squad punching above their weight for as long as possible but Ba acknowledged staying among the pre-season title contenders will be difficult.

The forward, 26, admitted: “It’s going to be tough. The fans have stuck with us all the way through.

“If we can keep up there then they are happy and we’re happy.

“The team can give more. Everybody is just focused on beating Everton in the next game.”