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Demba Ba's finishing has allowed Newcastle to take their chances
On the day it was announced that Newcastle's stadium, St. James Park, would lose its name in favour of their owner's tracksuit emporium brand, we bring good news.
Come Jan. 1, Newcastle United will be sitting pretty, holed up in the top four of the English Premier League.
As a parallel to their ground's identity crisis, Alan Pardew's reforms have delivered a team we wouldn't usually recognise as Magpies. Gone have the days of Kevin Keegan-esque 11-man, nonstop attacking mania, making way for a calm, clinical approach under Pardew.
The Barcodes are rightly lauded for their defensive qualities, compliments that would appear historically farcical considering the hilariously entertaining antics of previous Newcastle teams.
Geordies will LOVE IT if they can finish there or thereabouts come the end of the season. LOVE IT!