Yohan Cabaye was blown away by the St. James’ Park crowd and the atmosphere they created tonight, as the top French International made his competitive debut for the club.
Yohan Cabaye – blown away by St. James’ Park atmosphere
The size of the crowd was actually disappointing, at just under 47,000, but we wont tell Yohan that, and the newcomer had a quiet first half, but a much better second half, as he acclimatized to the Premier League.
25 year old Cabaye said that when he first went out in front of the Newcastle crowd it was perfect and something he will always remember, and already thinks the Newcastle fans are brilliant:
“It was nearly 47,000? Wow. At Lille it was normally 15,000!”
“For me that was perfect. I love the English atmosphere, the English fans. Newcastle fans are brilliant.” “I am happy to start in the team, in the Premier League, and with the atmosphere. That was fantastic.”
“It was a good first game for me and for the team because Arsenal are a good side. I am very tired. It was very tough, but when I play more games I will get better and it will be okay for me.”
“I will work a lot to get fitter.” “We have played one game and got one point – a good point – and now we have to work for Sunderland next week. We have to win there.”
We saw some of the French magic in the second half tonight, with Cabaye and Obertan looking good, and once the new boys settle down, it looks like Newcastle will become a very decent side this season.
If Yohan thinks the crowd was excellent tonight, then just see what it will be like if Newcastle actually do well this season, and we’ll not even mention the Sunderland game next Saturday.
It was a very good point for Newcastle, after a tough first half, but Newcastle could even have shaded the win, once Gervinho had been dismissed for clashing with Joey Barton after 75 minutes.
Newcastle didn’t exactly deserve the win, but we would have taken the 3 points anyway, but are very happy with the draw.