Manager Alan Pardew admitted as he sent hot-shot Demba Ba off tothe African Nations Cup earlier this month that others would haveto step up to the plate in his absence.Hatem Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez answered the call in the FACup against Blackburn last week, and Best ended his four-monthdrought yesterday to fire his side to Premier League victory overQPR.The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international, whose thirdand last strike of the season had come at Aston Villa on September17, turned expertly to fire past keeper Paddy Kenny and providefurther evidence that 15-goal Ba’s sabbatical might not prove toocostly after all.Best admitted: “It was due. I did need a goal.“I didn’t beat myself up and get myself down, I knew it was amatter of time. But it was a nice goal and hopefully it will spurme on to many more.“Obviously, a striker likes to score very week, but if you arenot scoring, then the main thing is to help the team and dosomething else and bring something else.“But I got the goal and the team got the three points, so it wasa massive thing.”Pardew has invested huge faith in Best after suffering thedisappointment of not managing to land the big-name striker… Read full this story
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