We had wondered what Demba Ba had thought of the game on Saturday, after he had to go off in the first half after sustaining what looked like a badly broken nose – but Newcastle went ahead 1-0 at the break with a terrific header from Jonas Gutierrez, were behind 2-1 in the second half after two great Chelsea goals, but then Newcastle and Moussa Sissoko came storming back with two goals to win a wonderful game of football.
Demba Ba - looked in a sorry state on Saturday
And Demba Ba will have once again experienced the atmosphere at Newcastle, which we all know is not replicated at some big clubs, with Manchester United fans more worried about their prawn sandwiches than what may be happening on the pitch – unless United are not winning of course – but that’s not very often.
And certainly the atmosphere and crowds at Stamford Bridge don’t come anywhere close to the atmosphere 52,000 mad screaming Geordies regularly generate at the venerable St. James’ Park, and if Ba didn’t know that when he signed on January 4th – he soon will.
And Alan Pardew has talked about what Newcastle fans have known for decades:
“It was unbelievable.” “That’s what we’ve got. Demba’s going to miss it at Chelsea, trust me.” “I’ve been at some big clubs where you don’t get an atmosphere like that. Big, big clubs…. even at Manchester United.”
“You can go to three quarters of their home games and you don’t get an atmosphere like that. It was unbelievable.” “That’s what we’ve got. Demba’s going to miss it at Chelsea, trust me.”
Of course Chelsea do have other attractions for a player – like they won the European Champions League for the first time last May, and they have won the Premier League title three times since 2005, and they pay out big wages – and Newcastle haven’t won anything since we won the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup back in 1969.
But now I’m just being picky.
Howay The Lads!!
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