HT: Chelsea 0 Newcastle 0 – Magpies Defense Playing Well


Newcastle started brightly against Chelsea this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, but although Chelsea had all the play in the first 45 minutes, the teams were level at half time, and Newcastle were even showing signs of getting more into the game, with some good attacks in the last 10 minutes of the half.

Newcastle were playing well at the beginning of the game, and looked organized and confident against the current League leaders.

Then after 8 minutes Shay Given made an instinctively brilliant point blank save from a Lampard header, as he dived well to his right to parry the ball.

As the first half progressed Chelsea were getting more and more territorial advantage, and Newcastle were finding it hard to pick up Lampard, who was moving through on attack with far too much space.

While Chelsea had all the territorial advantage, they could only create a couple of good chances that both went to Lampard, so for all the possession Chelsea had, they have been unable to carve out any great chances for themselves.

At the back for Newcastle Seb Bassong is having a tremendous game, and is continually cutting out the Chelsea attacks, along with Coloccini. This boy looks like a good player in the making and he is hardly over-awed by the occasion. He’s actually been Newcastle’s best player in the first 45 minutes.

Newcastle started to come more back into the game in the last 10 minutes of the first half which has been a good defensive display from Newcastle, but in the second half the Newcastle side will need to get more possession to keep the pressure off the Newcastle defense.

A good performance so far from the gallant Newcastle side, but we need to play at least as good in the second period because Chelsea can seemingly score at any time.

The central midfield two of Guthrie and Butt are holding their own, and all Newcastle players are playing for each other, which is good to see from the lads. Newcastle are also not playing all out defense and can be dangerous with players like Jonas and Martins in the squad.

What we really need is the first goal and then that would open up the game. and give the Newcastle side the confidence they need.

We need another excellent performance in the second half from Newcastle, and we may even be able to get something out of this game, but we shouldn’t try to defend too much – because then we are playing to Chelsea’s strengths, and they will get that all important first goal.



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117 comments so far

  • King-Habib

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #1

    Bassong is a monster.

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  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #2

    More possession on the floor, please…

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  • IndiaMag

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #3

    I love the idea of bassong and colo together in defense.. I was one of the doubters of bassong at first, but he looks rock solid.. and Any good links for the game????

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  • Steve_48

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    King-Habib – Bassons MOT 1st half for me, saved out neck a few times

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  • King-Habib

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #5

    This is why I got Bassong on the back of my away shirt.

    🙂

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Bassong’s having a fine game so far.

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  • xfer

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #7

    We rode our luck at times, Colo needs to be tighter. He dont stick close enough in set pieces!

    Bassong is playing like Cannavaro! He won every ball in the air, every challenge, and reads the game so well. Distributes the ball well. Really like what i see of him so far.

    Just a note, if i recall correctly, Chelsea has never conceded a second half goal so far. Hopefully we can break that and snatch a win.

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  • Daniel

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong has been immense, Enrique has looked strong at times although his distribution is lacking.

    Is it just me or is Martins looking really unmotivated? I also saw Duff stood in the exact same place, with the same stance for at least 60 seconds which is disturbing.

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  • IndiaMag

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #9

    guys my link is breaking.. link please!!!!!

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  • Patrick

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #10
  • Bassong is playing great. If he keeps it up Man of the Match for me. IndiaMag im using this http://livefooty.doctor-serv.com/sat22.11/Chelsea_Newcastle.html

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #12

    chelsea get a free kick for a good tackle, typical

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #13

    another excellent little piece of defending from bassong to take the sting off that anelka strike there.

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  • thelongshanks

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #14

    that was close!

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #15

    cant get luckier than this

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #16

    Well done enrique, doing well against anelka

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  • ObaFan2

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Commentators on this channel are rubbish, Cole WAS off side for rebound.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #18

    YES OFFSIDE!!!

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  • toonoholic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #19

    heres comes our super sub lol

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  • obamagic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #20

    haha shola for oba! thats pathetic…

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  • We have nothing on the counter now. All out defence it is then.

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  • Marcus

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #22

    We need to get rid of dead wood…..Butt is a liability, Owen cannot hold the ball or stay on the ball for more than 2 seconds, Duff cannot get a corner kick pas the 1st defender and has always been a waste of space IMO, Enrique cannot pass and is too nervous on the ball.

    Bassong has been outstanding!

    I cannot believe he has just taken Martins off!!!! The only real player with any skill or pace. Well fÂŁ$@ed off!!!!

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  • Toonlad

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #23

    IndiaMag : If you have TVU this is working fine for me in Down Under in Oz:

    tvu://21500/

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  • reillers

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #24

    Given did really well to keep that out. Heart in the mouth. LOL!!

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  • Jon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Stupid decision…I would rather take owen off than Martins. Owen sucks today.

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  • obamagic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #26

    put in N’zogbia for Duff FFS

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  • thelongshanks

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #27

    guthrie alot better then butt in DM.

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  • TheGreatOba

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #28

    lock shop up lads!!!

    15 more minutes, then hit em with the counter!

    howay the lads!

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  • JJ

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #29

    Ye, now that Oba is off, our chances of scornig went from 5% to 0%.
    Owen (no pace) = no chances to break the Chelsea defense on counter.
    Zog needs to come on for Butt, not Duff… Butt is a liability and Zog can drive us forward with his pace. But again we needed Oba on.
    Basically, we CANNOT win. and Chelsea will probably score one if not two because of this pressure…

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  • Patrick

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Hi lads, my link is broken, may anyone of you provide another one for me? Thanks for your help.

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  • TheGreatOba

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #31

    alright charlie heres your chance pal.

    although i dont like JFK taking off jonas….

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  • toonoot

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #32

    We need o thit them with the cash register as well as the counter 🙂

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  • obamagic

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #33

    ROFLMAO at Ameobi…he had no moves to pull off except run in circles.

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  • steve

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #34

    wtf – should have been duff off for zogs

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  • toonoot

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #35

    ‘to hit them’

    (I just hit the keyboard. After that, they’re on their own)

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #36

    kinnear you tool, not jonas, DUFF!!!

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  • steve

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #37

    this ref is giving to many decisions to chelsea

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  • Shola Ameobi

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #38

    Jonas off and Duff stays on again. Joes got to get over his bias towards duff becouse hes done nothing this game, and Jonas has been our best player. Once again another horrible sub.

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  • POPO

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Come on!!!!! We can do it NEWCASTLE!!!

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  • Danish_Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Why take off Jonas? He wasn’t great last week, but this wgame he has been good and creative.. certainly better than Duff. Would’ve brought off Duff and Owen and put on Zog and Ameobi. Don’t like us losing Jonas and Martins…

    Oh well..

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