Sports - Senegalese Demba Ba Scores Twice On Chelsea Debut

Demba Ba scored twice on his Chelsea debut as the FA Cup holders came from behind against Southampton to ease into the fourth round at St Mary's Stadium.
Jay Rodriguez put the Saints ahead after good work by Jason Puncheon before Ba touched Juan Mata's goalbound attempt home.

Victor Moses made it 2-1 and Branislav Ivanovic headed his team's third goal.

Ba added the fourth after Eden Hazard's pass before Frank Lampard scored from the spot.

Lampard's 83rd-minute penalty means he is now Chelsea's joint second-highest goal-scorer alongside Kerry Dixon, with 193 goals for the Blues.

Chelsea, four times winners in the past six seasons, are clearly in no mood to hand over the cup they won by beating Liverpool 2-1 in last May's final.

Rafael Benitez made five changes to the side that started the surprise 1-0 home defeat to Queens Park Rangers on Wednesday and the visitors were forced to weather one or two uncomfortable moments before taking command at St Mary's Stadium.

But the London club, who entertain Swansea City in the League Cup semi-final first leg on 9 January, remain on course for a cup double after recovering from a poor start.

All eyes were on Ba, the £7m signing from Newcastle United.

And the scorer of 29 goals in 54 Premier League appearances for the Magpies quickly endeared himself to Chelsea's 4,592 travelling supporters with a committed performance.

This was only the Senegal international's second appearance in the competition - his previous FA Cup outing coming in a West Ham United shirt in February 2011.
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