FT: Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 – Magpies Robbed



Newcastle were robbed of a valuable point this afternoon when Chelsea stole the game after 87 minutes when Kalou’s goal was allowed to stand after being clearly 3 yards offside.

It was a disgraceful decision from the officials as Newcastle were looking to win the game and deserved at least a point. The TV replays showed the goal was easily offside – ad it wasn’t even close. Just exactly what the referee’s assistant was doing not to flag for offside, is anybody’s guess.

After all the good work from the Newcastle team it was a travesty of justice for them to lose this game on such a clear offside goal.

After going a goal behind in the first half with a goal on 28 minutes from Essien, Newcastle had battled back very well. For the goal the ball should really have been cleared by Steven Taylor, but it eluded him and Essien scored with an open goal at his mercy.

Newcastle however, came back magnificently in the second half and took the game completely to Chelsea. After 55 minutes Nicky Butt was credited with the Newcastle goal but it was actually Wayne Bridge who back-heeled the ball into his own net. The goal followed excellent work from Charles N’Zogbia who went past a couple of Chelsea defenders before crossing the ball low into box for the ball to be scrambled over the line.

After that goal, Newcastle came back strongly and worked their socks off to try to get something out of this game. Shay Given had an outstanding game for the visitors, and the Irishman saved his team on a number of occasions, with a string of excellent saves.

But the referee and his assistants will have some explaining to do after allowing such a poor goal. We’d be interested to hear what they have to say.

Newcastle made an excellent comeback form their disappointing performances in their last two games. But they will need to work out how they play like this, which was very like their recent  Arsenal performance, against teams much lower than them in the league.

That’s one problem that still faces manager Sam Allardyce.  But Sam has to be proud of his players today, they did him and Newcastle United proud – but with no luck whatsoever.


Hilario, Michael Essien, Joe Cole, John Obi Mikel, Michael Ballack, Wayne Bridge, Salomon Kalou, Tal Ben-Haim, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Alex, Juliano Belletti
Subs: Steve Sidwell, Claudio Pizzaro, Scott Sinclair, Paulo Ferreira, tbc

Newcastle United: Shay Given, Claudio Cacapa, Habib Beye, Charles N’Zogbia, Steven Taylor, Abdoulaye Faye, Nicky Butt, James Milner, Damien Duff, Alan Smith (c), Oba Martins
Subs: Steve Harper, David Rozehnal, Emre, Michael Owen, Mark Viduka

Referee: Mike Riley
Attendance: tbc

78 comments so far

  • NathanB

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #1

    This is just Newcastles luck of late. SA cant be sacked for reasons like this.

  • Hadrian

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Oba was blocked in the box in the first half , for me a definate penalty . i need to catch the replays for the first goal , as kalou’s ‘assist’ looked more like a handball in my eyes?
    and that last goal..erk , begger’s belief why we still continue on without video assistance in a match , sod the tradition , what’s traditional about arguing over crap ref descisions at the weekend?

  • Jack Franklin

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    So unlucky. But, as I said, a good performance was the most important thing and we got it.

  • Tripp

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Dark times. I didn’t see the game. Did we in fact play a 4-4-2? We really should stick to that if that’s what we played.

    And this loss is precisely why there should be reviews in football. And don’t say a damn thing about disrupting the flow of the game. That’s a load of bollocks. The allowed (non) goal disrupted the game more than a quick review of this “goal”.

  • Ross

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #5

    we ran them ragged for 35 minutes of the second half. battled for everything and worked really hard.
    deserved a point and we’ve been absolutly robbed. thats a shocking decision from the linesman. its not even dubious. he’s clearly a mile offside.

  • Howie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #6

    we were robbed. much better peformance. lets get behind the lads against city on wednesday.

  • Southern_Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #7

    I feel sorry for the players. Sam must take the blame for his negative subs. We were on top, then he replaces a midfielder for a defender. Chelsea obviously came at us more when we had fewer attacking options and scored the winner. Yes it was offside, but it was bound to happen with all the pressure they put on us in the last 10 minutes. Attack is the best form of defense, and if we played Martins and Owen upfront together we would have got a well earned point, or maybe even nicked it! And whats the point in putting Viduka on in the 90th minute? You may as well not use him at all Sam!
    Credit to the players. Given looked back to his normal self and Cacapa was very solid. Well played lads.

  • Eve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Can I just say, seeing as everyone else are complaining about the wrong goal decision. Anyway it was a decent enough performance by the lads, a lot of heart. On another note, Given, for the first time in a while, played very very well.

  • toonoholic

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #9

    sigh .. i am non violent and calm but today after newcastle chelsea match i feel like slapping( or stabbing if its legal in that country) a chelsea fan who calls it a deserved victory, any one else feel the same ?

  • Obafan

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #10

    We were unlucky with the 2nd Chelski goal, but isn’t it SA fault. I’m sorry but every time he needs to be so negative. After 1-1 we completely dominated the game untill SA thinks oh no, we are too attacking this can’t be true. Why not make a few changes so we will not go forward too often. I’m scared that we make a 2nd one.

    Lets first get my “captain” off for a CD who I today will play at LB. Why not, I’ve given the most of my players another position but he is one of them who always played at his natural position.

    Martins, oh no he is threatening the Chelski defence too much, that is why we are attacking too much. I will get him off and put Owen on for him, because Owen is not 100% fit and he will not be able to hold the ball so long that my other players can come forward. Martins his non verbal communication said it all, he was disappointed to leave the pitch and he was 500% right.

    Oh no, my defensive plan is knocked by an offside goal (!!!). I will put Vid on so they can’t blame me that I am too defensive.

    I’m really bored with this tactical rubbish of a manager who needs to be kicked in the *ss.

    We could have been the 1ste team in a long time to win at Stamford Bridge, but no our manager wanted us to show that he is scared to attack. SACK HIM!!!!

    We needed someone like Emre to open up the “weak” Chelski defence, but no that is something which can not be done by SA. Go back to Bolton or any other team, but please go as far as possible away from Newcastle.

    Congratulations to the players for making it very hard for Chelsea, but once again whoooo for our stupid manager.

  • Neil A H

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #11

    The players fought really hard but I thought Sam started the game off too defensively. With a more attacking mindset in the first half, I think we would have secured at least a point.

  • valle

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Its a cruel, cruel world (feel free to exchange the word “world” with “ref”)… Great performance away to chelsea tho, and we deserved to get something… Even the commentators, who are usually quick to rub salt in, had sympathy for us, since we had put chelsea under more pressure than they have been under for years at the Bridge… Since we’re nearing Jan, heres a list of players who just dont cut it… Milner, Taylor and Oba just aint good enough… It hurts me with Taylor, since i really like to have some home growns in the team, but time and time again he looses his cool and fails to stand up in important moments. Milners delivery just sucks, and Oba looses his cool every time he has time to think…

  • shirts

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Much improved.

    I disagree with the complaints about Rozenhal coming in for Smith–it was not a straight “midfielder replaced by defender”–it seemed a much, much smarter move than I could have expected from Allardyce.

    He saw that Wright-Phillips was eating N’zogbia’s lunch and knew he had to reinforce there. So instead of taking N’zogbia off, he pulls Smith, who had been useless, and lets N’zogbia go forward. Nzogbia had been a threat all afternoon from the back and became even more dangerous when roaming free.

    Any thoughts on that? I’d like to hear different perceptions.

    That said, I’m baffled by the Martins/Owens substitution. Is Sam just trying to get Owens some minutes before Oba goes off to ACN? And the late arrival of Viduka? No Emre? Don’t know.

    2nd goal for Chelsea: We wuz robbed. Fecking feck.

    Given: good game: 8/10

    Beye: I like him very much. Maybe Sam’s best purchase so far. 7/10

    Taylor: 5/10–responsible for the 1st goal

    Cacapa: good display, though he is slow. 7/10

    Nzogbia: dangerous on attack, shocking in defense, but he was the creator of our goal. Hard to say, such a conflicting performance… how about 6/10? Shouldn’t be played in defense, I think.

    Milner: in love with his own feet. Needs to make better decisions and pass more quickly/better. 5/10

    Faye: strong in the Makelele role? 7/10

    Duff: 6/10. Needs better passers to work from & with. I think he’d click well with Emre. Didn’t strictly stay left in 1st half, did he? Roamed across field, but that left N’Zogbia exposed. Seemed to be taking a leadership role.

    Butt: 7/10 for getting forward on the goal and that one through pass to Oba which could have unlocked the Chelsea defense early on…

    Smith: useless. 4/10

    Martins: 6/10? Largely absent or ineffective, but he got little or no service, did he?

  • Graham

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #14

    Forget being robbed, once again Allardyce has invited pressure onto our poor defence by brinig on Roz for Smith. Its bad enough changing your defence round from game to game but during it? Its insane!

    I dont care if Kalou was been 20 yards offside but if we kept a more attacking ‘formation’ he probably wouldnt of had the chance in the first place.

    Anyway its water under the bridge now… and if it were my choice Allardyce would be swinging from that very bridge too.

    The team have had their bollocking (like they did after Portsmouth and come out fighting (like they did against Arsenal) but in a couple of games time we’ll be back to the same old tactless football we know so well.

    dont be fooled by a spirited performance…

  • Southern_Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #15

    To be fair Oba was so isolated and just doesn’t suit Sam’s tactics. The same probably goes for Owen. I wouldn’t complain too much if one sold sold for a high amount. As for Taylor, he is still learning. When you see him alongside experienced defenders such as Cacapa and Beye you start to see his faults that were distracted by Bramble, Babayaro and Carr last season. Other than Duff, Milner is our only midfielder who can beat a man and with Duff not fit I want him to stay for now, unless we get a top quality replacement. One things certain, central midfield creativity is a MUST.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #16

    Sam must be sacked.

    90% of fans know it, the 10% who think Sam is good enough to be our manager need only look at today’s game for yet more evidence of how stupid he really is.

    I’m sick of writing the reasons why, we all know ’em.

    Look lads, yes, we lost today, yes, the players performed much better and yes we were robbed by a blind linesman…

    But, if Big Fathead Sam had have shown some balls and thrown on another striker, in the second half, or dare I say it, even started with a 442, we could have won this game.

    The fact that we were left with nothing because of a dodgy decision retracts nothing.
    In my eyes, we still lost because Fat Sam didn’t have the courage to go for it.

  • valle

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Shirts… i agree with almost everything, except Oba, who really stinks our attack up… wake up ppl… Also, i thought Beye and Cacapa as well as Faye deserve an 8. They were great for us today and kept us in it at times, i was also impressed with Faye in midfield, he did way more than just tackle and win headers didnt he?

  • heads23552

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Another defeat, thats all that will be remembered, soon be in a relegation fight.

  • Edd Case

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #19

    By the way, I’m sorry for having another go but James Milner today showed how poor he really is.

    Week in and week out the lad tries his Ronaldo impressions and then thumps aimless crosses either to the opposition goalkeeper or into the crowd.

    Zoggy was playing the same game last week against Derby too, however, Zoggy is far more direct.

    Someone needs to tell Milner to stop f*cking around and just get the ball into the box for our lone striker to at least try to get somewhere near.

  • steve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #20

    Better performance, putting Roz on for Smith was to allow Zogs to get forward more which is what we’ve all been shouting for so we can hardly blame sam for that, not sure Owen for Martins was a good idea as he was scaring the chelski defence with his pace, they must of been really pleased to see him go off.

    When you’re down you don’t seem to get much luck and the offside decision was as clear cut as you can get, god knows what the linesman was doing but he obviously wasn’t watching the game .

    Given – good game
    Beye – played well
    Zogs was prob our best player
    Cacapa – solid game
    Taylor – poor game
    Butt – worked hard and had a good game
    Smith – ran around a lot, I really wish he could tackle and stand up, lots of effort but not much else
    Faye – good game but looked tired in the last 15 mins
    Duff – fairly anonymous and clearly not match fit
    Milner – looked threatening although his crosses were pretty poor
    Martins – scared defence with his pace but looks like he’s lacking confidence, he probably knows that when Owen is on bench he is going to be subbed.

    All in all a much better performance and a fairly good team effort although we’re definitely lacking some class in midfield
    Bizarre that Enrique can’t even make the bench!!

  • Toon Barmy

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #21

    A much better performance just keep it up lads thats all we ask. chelsea winner 3-4 yrds off side we woz robbed.

  • valle

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Southern Magpie… For a guy who we are told are one of the fastest players in the EPL, martins dont get that much out of the through balls he gets does he?. He was also to blame for at least not putting the chance he got in the 1st half on target… Give Spurs a straight swap for Berbatov, the way Oba has performed against them i think they will take it if Berba is still unsetled.

  • Stantos

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #23

    I’m getting sick of this Sam bashing, ffs they got lucky. He’s the only manager wev’e had in recent times that has the no how to sure the defence up. We come away with apoint and everyones happy, we attack all out leave space at the back and Big Sam’s a muppet for not protecting the point.

    The guy can’t win, and it’s making me sick. This club is becoming a laughing stock, not because of the team but because of the retards that support us. FFS get behind the boy’s, the manager and everyone else.

    FFS we re a two good wins off 7th not in the bottom 3. He’s the right man for the job and I’d bet my house that within 3 seasons we’ll have a trophy.

    Now just get behind em if not go support the Mackems !!!!!!!

  • ToonKing

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #24

    absolutely gutted i am……this was a robbery in front of 60000 people, gotta be the biggest heist in history……. both of their goals were given when the first was an obvious handball and the second was an offside that even my partially blind granddad saw. i mean come on….. i see these kind of decisions when i occasionally go out on Sunday to sit in a 7500 capacity stadium and watch my local 4th division team. this is an outrage….it’s the Epl for gods sake………absolutely gutted.

    We played pretty good today and it was an improvement, but then again we always play good against top teams and struggle with boyscouts.

    Sam didn’t do much wrong today though. People can’t see the forest from the tree, yes he took off a midfielder for a defender, but lets face it, Smithy was tits today while the back 4 was good, except maybe Taylor. Secondly and most importantly that sub allowed Zog to push up.

    good game and should have taken the point today……to bad for an Abramovich paid off referee 😉

  • Nev

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #25

    good performance on the whole
    still bemused by sams tactical deciscions tho..
    with the fixtures weve got till end of january it would be unwise to throw a new manager into the mix
    give sam till the end of the season … and if its still not improved get rid

    i would recomend Quique Flores (free agent) or Boothroyd from watford .. probably best young english manager with Paul Ince
    Keegan would be a step backwards … we need to move on and shearer needs some experience before he comes to us

  • Edd Case

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #26

    Latest quote from Sam on todays game…

    “We were very good today and we did all of it right”

    All of it right?

    10 Shots On Target 2
    6 Shots Off Target 1
    9 Fouls (Conceded) 11
    12 Corners 3
    1 Yellow Cards 2
    0 Red Cards 0

    There’s the match facts Sam…

    16 shots to 3

    10 shots on target to 2…

    Yes, the players didn’t collapse like a pack of cards like normall, but we were anything but right on everything in the game…

    If you’d allow the team to attack opponents from time to time, and play 442 Sam, we might get it all right – but a defeat is not ALL RIGHT AT ALL you arrogant foop.

  • Pi55 Off Sam

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #27

    We got what we deserved for no invention or attacking intent

  • Southern_Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #28

    Why pay £6m for a full back with proven top flight quality, and instead play a left midfielder there? I agree Zoggy played well in that position but I would have preferred to see him in a more advanced position. Enrique had a shocker against Liverpool, but that cant be the reason he was dropped, because there were as bad performers that day who kept their place. When he signed, Sam talked about him needing to find his feet in England before playing often. How will he find his feet it he isn’t even playing. It Beggars beyond belief.

  • AndyT

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #29

    The performance in this match is totally irrelevant. We always perform well against Chelsea, Liverpool, Man U and Arsenal. I wont be happy that we have put in a good performance until we play a strong controling game against the likes of Bolton, Fulham, Wigan, Derby, Reading, Mackems, Smoggies, Brum, Blackburn. All teams we should be capable of destroying. Putting up a good performance in a close game against Spurs, West Ham, Pompey, Villa, Everton, Man City. Its like the players think there are only 4 teams that it matters to play against. I wish someone would tell them that irrispective of the opposition on the putch they are competing against Man U, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea every time they cross that white line, and should play as if they were the opposition.

  • Eve

    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone know who got MOTM??

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #31

    AndyT – you’re right – we have to keep this up against sides worse than us – not argument there.

  • Ed Harrison

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #32

    Shay has to be MOTM. He was great today.

  • lezb

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Dont know if there was a plan today from Sam or if the players decided after the last 2 perfomances to take matters into there own hands but for me it was a lot more joined up football .For Sams part the 2nd and 3rd sub ????
    and as for the winning goal dont think I need say more diabolical.Looked more like a team today not perfect but much better.Well done lads.

  • shirts

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #34

    Valle–I agree that Faye was a revelation today. He played very well and with a solid back four he looks a natural for the defensive midfielder spot.

    Cacapa looked very good, I’m happy to say. And Beye looks very good too. Left back is a major concern.

    Anybody have an idea why Enrique’s not playing? One thought I had is about pace. The few times I’ve seen him play, he seemed to… what? dawdle on the ball a bit too much, looking for a good pass. Unfortunately, that’s been a major problem for us–passing the ball on the ground. I think Duff, Enrique and Emre in the team improve the side immeasurably if we can get them clicking together. But who do we sacrifice? Butt? Smith (obviously)? Geremi?

    Smith–can’t fault his effort and workrate, can you, but I’m just not sold on anything else he does. Making him our captain? sheesh. That said, Sam’s not shy about subbing him, is he? I don’t mind that at all.

    Haven’t seen Duff running at people, have we? When I first became aware of him, he seemed to run at defenses all the time. Now he plays a passing game a lot more and I don’t see anybody else with us who does that, except maybe Emre, who’s on the fecking bench all the time. Maybe Enrique works with these two, as i mentioned above.

    I feel like those two could be a potent creative combination, but somebody needs to slap Milner in the face and tell him to pass the fecking ball quickly instead of trying out his samba moves every time the ball comes near. If he could just balance out that running with some better passing, he could be so much better…

  • Graham

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #35

    Stantos are you blind?

    “He’s the only manager wev’e had in recent times that has the no how to sure the defence up”

    we have now let in 31 goals in just 20 games and you call that shoring up the defence?

    The way i feel at the minute I could make Sam Bashing into an Olympic sport! He was never right for us and never will be – i said that when we were after him the first time round and no-one, least of all Allardyce will change my mind.

  • scott 9

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #36

    ed case we can keep going through maneger and maneger and well have no success people like yourself need to be more patient sam wnet for a draw at chelsea and derserved it u aint gonna win at chelsea he did right stop moaning manegers need time if hes sacked someone else will come in and do no better and cause nufc fans are so impatient hell be sacked again weve gone through to many manegers and quite frankly im sick to death of it we need stability give sam time and hell bring that and it might take a couple of years but well be a regular in europe inyears to come

  • valle

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Sitting here and reflecting, one thing that strikes me is this:
    So many times this year, we have had offsides against us where the player offside was on line with the oposing defense… The commentators mentioned that this had something to do with the fact that if there was any doubt, the doubt would come the defense to aid… Isnt it just typical that we get a goal against us, that even a blind mand could see was offside?… We are cursed i tell u… CURSED!!!

  • Southern_Magpie

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #38

    I think people would be more patient if a manager with more quality was in charge. I was against Sam’s appointment, but still believe he deserves to see out this season before we judge him. However, we expect gradual improvement but unfortunately in the last six months we’ve gone backwards in terms of performances on the pitch. However, hopefully todays performance will be a turning point, but then again I said the same after we played Blackburn

  • scott 9

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #39

    sam has got quality he got bolton into europe and pushed for a champo league spot with themn he also
    diouf stelios
    jay jay okocka
    now dont try and tell me sam isnt a quality maneger wouldnt u love it in years to come if we had players like that in our team

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 29, 2007 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #40

    sam aint quality, hes just another fat dumb english manager, id like a fat clever dutch manager please, id give him time.



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