Boss hails Ba reaction
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew praised striker Demba Ba for turning his anger into goals to kick-start the club's Premier League campaign.
Ba's double at Everton on Monday night - after he was initially left smouldering on the bench - secured an unlikely point, and his strike at St James' Park saw off Norwich 1-0 and added three more to the Magpies' total.
The Senegal international made his feelings abundantly clear after his heroics at Goodison Park, and agent Alex Gontran added fuel to the fire the following day by suggesting the player would have to consider his options if he was dropped from the starting XI again.
However, having received an apology from Ba and, Pardew revealed, an olive branch from his representative, peace appears to have broken out once again, although the £7.5million release-clause in his current contract remains in place. The manager said: "There has just been so much nonsense written about it. His agent sent me an e-mail saying he was misquoted, and I actually believe him.
"I am not usually one to believe agents that much, but I do believe him on this occasion, and I also think Demba's anger has been generated in the right way - to improve for Newcastle United.
"There is no way that Demba can play every game this season. He is going to miss some other games - so will Shola [Ameobi] and so will Papiss [Cisse]. The best thing we can do is try to play the best players we have and get a win, and Demba led from start to finish today - not just his goal - in the dressing room, everything about him was top drawer."