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Cab's Gone Crowd Crazy

Written by Newcastle Utd

Yohan Cabaye admits the Newcastle fans were "brilliant" after making his Magpies debut in front of a crowd of nearly 47,000

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Journalist


Yohan Cabaye was blown away by the St. James' Park atmosphere as the midfielder made his debut against Arsenal on Saturday.

The summer signing from Lille was impressive alongside Cheik Tiote in the middle of the park as Newcastle secured an opening-day point with a goalless draw.

And Cabaye, 25, admitted that running out in front of a bumper crowd was a memorable occasion and is now looking forward to the Wear-Tyne derby at Sunderland next weekend.

"It was nearly 47,000? Wow. At Lille it was normally 15,000!" he told nufc.co.uk after the final whistle.

"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."

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