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.