Newcastle United hat-trick can boost me - Demba Ba

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba hopes his hat-trick in Saturday's 3-1 win against Blackburn Rovers can kickstart his career on Tyneside.

The Senegal international, 26, opened his account for the Magpies but had been disappointed with his efforts since joining the club in June.

"I haven't had a very good start, and now I'm very happy to start scoring," Ba told BBC Newcastle.

"I just hope I can work hard to keep scoring goals every week."

Ba added: "For me it's not all about goals, the way I play is very important for me and my confidence, at the beginning of the season.

"I was not the Demba I wished I could be, and I've trained every day to improve and I'm happy today for what's happened for me."

West Ham United brought the France-born forward to the Premier League from Bundesliga side Hoffenheim in January, and were rewarded with seven goals in 13 games, although it was not enough to retain their top flight status.

That strike rate was supplemented by 37 goals in 97 Bundesliga games with Hoffenheim, including a haul of 14 in his first season in Germany's top tier.

"I know what I'm able to do and I've proved it at every club I've played for," Ba continued.

"I just want to prove it now for Newcastle, but playing the way I played at the beginning of the season I can't be happy with."

Ba has now scored three goals in his six appearances for Newcastle United.

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