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The striker is reportedly currently unhappy at his decreased playing time, to the extent that he was considering leaving Sports Direct Arena, but his boss has dismissed such talk

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew was full of praise for Demba Ba after the club’s 1-0 victory over Norwich City, and disregarded the recent speculation surrounding the striker’s future.

The striker is reportedly currently unhappy at his decreased playing time, to the extent that he was considering leaving Sports Direct Arena.

And following his two-goal display against Everton last week, Ba notched again against the Canaries and Pardew is looking for the Senegal international to continue stepping up while .

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"He started like this last year. The first three or four games he was a bit slow, then he scored and he was on a run, and that’s what he’s done [this season].

"This is almost a carbon copy and I hope he gets the same run going up to Christmas because I think he had 16 goals or something. He is an important player for us.

“There's been so much nonsense written about it [Ba]. I spoke to his agent and he says he was mis-quoted and I actually believe him.

“I also think that Demba's anger has been generated in the right way, to improve Newcastle United and there is no way that Demba can play every game, he's going to miss other games. All we can do is play the best players and try to get a win.”

The 51-year old continued to extend his appraisal to his whole squad, with the likes of Hatem Ben Arfa and Papiss Cisse putting in a positive display.

He added: "The importance of victory today was not lost on the players and that is why we sat back a bit at the end, three points was everything to us and we got them.

"[We] got a bit nervous and deep, lacked a bit of ambition in the second half. The penalty miss had something to do with that, but I can't fault players."

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