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Newcastle's Pardew happy to see Ba react angrily to Bolton substitution

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew insists it did not bother him seeing Demba Ba react angrily to yesterday's substitution.

The Senegal striker was hooked in the 64th minute with Shola Ameobi coming on to set up the second goal for Papiss Cisse in the Magpies' 2-0 home win over Bolton.

Pardew admits it was a ploy to spark Ba into action as he has not scored in nine matches and the Toon boss is confident he will bounce back swiftly.

"Demba was upset when I brought him off," Pardew told the Shields Gazette.

"I was trying to get a reaction from him, if I'm honest. I want him to be angry and fight. He'll come out fighting. I know Demba, and I've got no worries about him.

"It wasn't Demba's day, but it might be in two weeks' time," he added.

"Ba, Shola [Ameobi], Papiss [Cisse] and Hatem [Ben Arfa ] all have massive roles to play for us between now and the end of the season."

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