Here’s the game as we saw it – as it happened.
There was a rousing tribute to Gary Speed before kick off with John Carver in tears on the sideline and the Newcastle crowd were roaring out “There’s Only One Gary Speed”
The Newcastle crowd were in good form as the game kicked off and the atmosphere at the ground seemed to be electric.
A long kick downfield by Petr Chech was cleared well on the volley Ryan Taylor.
Then a great through ball put Demba Ba through and David Luiz brought him down and he was the last man and should have been sent off – but he only got a yellow crad – a terrible error by the referee Mike Dean.
It was just a shocking decision by Mike Dean and if these referees don’t stick to the rules – which are very clear in these situations – what’s the point?
It was a big start by the Newcastle side in the first 10 minutes of the game and Newcastle were rocking the Chelsea defense which looked very uncertain.
Another free kick by Ryan Taylor was too close to the the goalkeeper Cech, who took the ball well.
Then on 13 minutes Cabaye was adjudged to have brought down Daniel Sturridge and referee Dean gave a penalty.
Frank Lampard took the penalty but a fantastic save from Tim Krul low to his left saved the day for Newcastle.
Wonderful goalkeeping from the Dutch International.
On 16 minutes Strurridge hit the post when his shot was not blocked, and he was given too much time and space to get the shot in.
Chelsea were proving too fast for the Newcastle defense and Sturridge looked a serious threat and seemed to have too much speed for Ryan Taylor.
After 20 minutes the game was still scoreless but Chelsea had hit the post and missed a penalty.
The Sturridge had a decent chance from just outside of the box but his shot was slightly wide.
After 22 minutes Sturridge was sent straight through, but Tim Krul smothered his left foot shot in great style – Tim had saved Newcastle at least twice so far in the game.
Strurridge again had the ball on the right as Chelsea seemed to be playing the ball down the right wing to expose Ryan Taylor, who was finding Sturridge’s speed hard to handle.
Then on 25 minutes Lovenkrands put the ball over well form the left and Ba’s shot was very saved by Cech. Lovenkrands looked very sharp in the game so far.
On 28 minutes James Perch started to warm up and it looked like Coloccini had picked up a knock – this would be a big big blow to Newcastle.
This was the first time in the league this season that the back five had been changed.
And then some magic on the left wing got past the Newcastle defense and it was Steven Taylor who just cut out the cross for a corner, as Chelsea were pressing Newcastle at this stage.
On 30 minutes it had been a hectic game with Chelsea getting the better of the chances.
On 25 minutes a Demba Ba header hit the post with a header from as Guthrie cross, and Chelsea cleared it bit almost put it into their own goal.
The game was a humdinger after 35 minutes with both sides having chances and both sides hitting the upright. The Mata came in from the right wing but his shot was well blocked by Ryan Taylor.
Then on 38 minutes Chelsea went ahead when a brilliant header by Drogba after a cross By Mata that gave Tim Krul no chance, but the Newcastle defense had gone to sleep.
Mata had got away from his marker Cabaye at a throw in which seemed to have been Newcastle’s and the Spaniard got the cross in – but it was poor defending by Newcastle.
Then Sturridge was clean through the middle of the Newcastle defense but another great save by Tim Krul saved Newcastle, who were missing Coloccini at the back.
It was a good save by Tim low to his left, but Sturridge should have scored.
Chelsea were ahead at the half and apart from the first 10 minutes Chelsea had been playing something like their old selves – unfortunately.
But Chelsea should have been down to 10 men after only 4 minutes, when David Luiz should have received a straight red card.
The TV replays showed it was a stone cold red card but of course Mike Dean will not be pressed to say why he didn’t give it. Newcastle had been robbed.
Demba Ba was looking sharp and Newcastle would need to get the ball to him more in the second half.
Newcastle made a change at half time as Shola Aemobi came on in place of Hatem Ben Arfa, and we’re not sure if it’s a tactical switch – but it probably is and Newcastle will play all out 4-4-2.
Newcastle were pressing Chelsea immediately after the break, and Obertan was showing up well but he must improve his final pass.
Newcastle need a goal to get back in the game as Newcastle had 79% of the play in the first 51 minutes of the second half.
Then on 53 minutes Drogba had a great chance to put Chelsea further ahead, but he screwed his right foot show well wide from six yards out, when it was easier to score.
A right wing cross had been completely misjudged by Danny Simpson as the Newcastle defense was looking less than solid.
On 55 minutes a Cabaye corner was headed against the Chelsea cross bar by Didier Drogba, and then Chelsea broke away quickly and it took another brilliant save from Tim Krul from Ramieres saved Newcastle.
Ramirez was clean through and should have scored so either side could have scored a goal within 30 seconds.
On 58 minutes Shola Ameobi broke through the middle but his shot was just wide of the post.
Then Obertan was though on the right but his cross wasn’t good and behind the two Newcastle strikers.
On 70 minutes it was still 1-0 to Chelsea as both sides were attacking each other and Chelsea were counter-attacking quickly to catch the Newcastle defense short at the back.
On 71 minutes Shola’s brother Sammy came on for Peter Lovenkrands – the Ameobis are the first brothers to play for Newcastle since the Robledo brothers (George and Ted) in the 1950s.
On 74 minutes a Sammy Ameobi shot was cleared off the line by John Terry as Petr Cech mishandled a cross.
Then on 80 minutes a terrific shot by Shola Ameobi hit the bar and from the rebound Sammy Ameobi hit a decent shot which was well saved by Cech.
When you’re luck’s not in it’s not in.
Then on 83 minutes Sturridge was straight through on Krul but again Tim made a great save.
On 88 minutes Chelsea broke through and caught Newcastle short at the back and Kalou was set up by Torres and Kalou put the ball home, although even then Tim Krul did get a hand to the ball.
The Steven Taylor had to go off with what looked like an injury and Newcastle were down to 10 men.
Then in the 3rd minute of injury time Sturridge finally took a chance and blasted the ball past Tim Krul.
Two goals in the last two minutes with the third goal when Newcastle were reduced to 10 men gives the impression that Newcastle were well beaten but they weren’t but they didn’t get the rub of the green.
And what would have happened if referee Mike Dean had rightly sent off the loose cannon David Luiz after 4 minutes?
But the lads must recover from this defeat for the game at Norwich next week, as we must keep picking up the points and wins if we can, but we have no idea how serious the injuries are to Colo and Steven Taylor.
I may even have to look around for my boots again.
In the cold light of day we took just one point from the last three games and had a goal difference of -5 and are out of the top four.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard; Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba, Juan Mata
Substitutes: Ross Turnbull, Jose Bosingwa, Ryan Bertrand, Raul Meireles, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Fernando Torres