In a display which was stamped with passion and a never-say-die attitude from the Newcastle players, the Magpies held on at Stanford Bridge, for a vital point this afternoon.
Seb Bassong – youngster was outstanding against Chelsea
Following the last two games where the defense has been culpable in letting in two goals apiece in each game, this was an unlikely good defensive performance from the Magpies.
But Joe Kinnear before the game had promised a fighting performance in London, and he calmly said we would do a lot better than Sunderland had done, when the Blues ripped them a part 5-0 a couple of weeks back. Confidence indeed.
Newcastle were on the back foot for most of this game, and the first goal was always going to be important, and at times the pressure on Newcastle was great, to say the very least, but the lads kept their cool, and played well for each other.
There were times when the Newcastle side just couldn’t seem to retain any possession, which put even more pressure on the defense.
But for all the pressure the defense was put under, surprisingly Shay Given in the Newcastle goal only had to make a couple of great saves all afternoon – and that’s just par for the course for a goalkeeper of Given’s standing.
Shay showed the way well, but also our two central defenders in Bassong and Coloccini both had outstanding games, especially 22 year-old stand-in Sebastien Bassong, who looked a tower of strength all afternoon.
This boy can become a a fixture in Newcastle team in the future, and he is looking a better and better buy as the season goes on.
It will be looked on as two points lost by the Londoners, as they had so much territorial advantage they will no doubt bemoan not having wrapped up all 3 points.
But accolades to the Newcastle players this afternoon – because they just never gave up.