Having made his second start of the campaign in our 3-1 victory at Norwich City, Demba Ba was pleased with his overall contribution to our first Premier League away win of the season.

With Fernando Torres suspended, Ba was chosen ahead of Samuel Eto’o to lead the line at Carrow Road, and he repaid Jose Mourinho’s faith by producing an impressive display and causing the home defence all manner of problems prior to his withdrawal 17 minutes from time.

Ba was unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty inside the opening few minutes of the game, and just moments later he laid on the opening goal of the game for Oscar.

‘It was important as it gives us a lot of confidence and now we have two weeks to prepare for the next game,’ said the Blues striker.

‘It was only a couple of hours before the game that I knew I was playing but I gave everything and I was happy with how it went today.

‘I always work hard to be ready when the team needs me, that’s why we’re here, especially the offensive players. I’m happy I made the assist for Oscar and I’m happy with the win.

‘It was a tough game, they gave us a really good match and we’re really happy because we responded.’

The 28-year-old scored six goals for the Blues last season following his arrival from Newcastle United in January, and he believes he has plenty to offer when his services are called upon.

‘It’s difficult to be left on the sidelines but as I’m a professional, and a good one, I always work hard and wait for moments like this.

‘It’s all about giving 100 per cent and showing that you should be picked for the next game. I showed that and gave my best and when I came off I was happy with my performance.’

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