It was the boot of Demba Ba that determined the destination of the points on Saturday, but the striker was more interested in talking about the team around him when he reflected on the win over West Brom.
The January signing swept home from close range midway through the first half to give Chelsea a warranted lead, and ultimately a deserved victory at Stamford Bridge. It was his fourth goal since his arrival from Newcastle and after a February without a goal, he was pleased to hit the back of the net with an important strike.
The visitors only really put pressure on the Blues goal when time was running out for them to salvage anything, and it was the all-round level of the performance that impressed Ba the most, albeit one in which several other scoring chances were not taken.
‘We had a very good game, all together, the whole team,’ he said.
‘The combinations that we made were very good and yes, we could probably have had more than one goal but on the day it was enough and at this time of year we take it.
‘Chelsea played the sort of football I came here for. We created a lot of chances and congratulations to the defensive part of the team because they [West Brom] didn’t create a lot of chances so it was a very good team performance.
‘It was important to win because with Spurs and Arsenal facing each other, we knew at least one of them was going to lose points.
‘The way we played in the game showed we support whoever is in charge and we give our maximum for the manager, for the team, for the club and for the fans, because the fans are behind us and we have to give 100 per cent for them,’ Ba added.
‘The players are behind the manager. He has our full support.’
Saturday’s goal came from a well-crafted set-piece, Frank Lampard and Oscar combining at a short corner with a cross then hit towards David Luiz.
‘It was perfectly done,’ acknowledged Ba.
‘I knew David Luiz in the position he was in at the back post couldn’t finish it so I was just waiting for the ball on the edge of the six-yard line. He saw me and he put it back and I put it in the back of the net. It was a clever goal.’
On a personal note, as he begins his third month at Chelsea, the Senegalese international is already feeling well integrated into the team.
‘I have settled in very well and you can see it on the pitch I think,’ he suggested.
‘Within this team the players are brilliant and they make me feel comfortable.
‘It has changed a bit for me because at Newcastle I was more a “nine and a half”, and here I am really playing as the “number nine”, and I play with three brilliant players just behind me. It has changed a little but I adapt.
‘Every point is important now and we are going to approach all the games we have left the same way, to try to win them and try to finish in the top three.
‘There is a lot of quality in the squad and in the Europa League I know we can go to the end. The FA Cup is going to be tough next Sunday against Man United with but 11 men against 11 men anything can happen.’
A clip of Demba Ba talking to Chelsea TV after the game can be seen above with the full interview available now via the channel’s online access.