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Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3 – Full Match Report


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



59 comments so far

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 3, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #41


    That’s a good point about Tiote. Manchester United, maybe. But they don’t usually make January signings.

    As you say, it’s clear for all that they don’t need him – and although he’s arguable our best player, I’m not sure he’s good enough for one of those teams.

  • messi_is_king

    Dec 3, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #42

    chelsea played well tday other than a cuple of mad moments from luiz. no shame

    aslong as the team duznt lose confidence we can get a lot of points from the next 4 games

    im still so appreciative to have this team we all should be

  • Brutooon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #43

    1) Perch is not a CENTRE BACK – not even in a thousands years. He is skinny to be a centre back. I rather play him at RB and Simpson at CB
    2) Seriously Pardew, Santon need to play next match! How in the world can u rate Perch higher than Santon????
    3) Obertan got confidence issues (as usual)
    4) Lovenkrands is not a winger – said this for the last 3 seasons.
    5) Cabaye and Guthrie did well
    6) i am never a Shola Ameobi fan but tonite i will said he did well
    7) The “Real Test” for us is when we got our first team injury occur !!

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #44

    yorkshireToon – Its because people are honest and dont just see things through Newcastle glasses… De Gea will be world class he’s unreal just needs to get used to being clattered as that never happens in spain

  • boater

    Dec 3, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #45

    TDS – in the haze of lunchtime amstels and obvious Toon prejudice I felt we were good for a draw but looking back Chelsea probably edged it. They’re an expensive rabble of a side but boast more class attacking individuals.

    Considering the penalty saved and a number of wasted Chelsea chances in the first half, luck evened itself out after the Luiz foul calamity.

    Jonas is crucial, we cannot live without him – same last season. Guthrie wasn’t at the races today, but Obertan was practically a passenger..we would have been better with him coming off at half time and Benny playing wide right for the added goal threat.

    The manner was hard to take – but no disgrace in the overall performance.

  • ToonDownSouth

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #46


    I just took off my black & white tinted glasses!

    I follow La Liga, and for a 21 year old he’s absolutely incredible. United didn’t spend a year searching for a goalkeeper, only to waste £17m lol.

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #47

    Brutoon – Santon is NOT a centre back.. and also Santon needs to learn that he wont get free kicks for falling over thats why he’s not starting.. Perch played well did nothing wrong when he came on and he out muscled drogba for the ball aswel in which Drogba turned and shook his hand

  • Klatoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #48

    On a positive note,AP showed tactical genius in bringing on Shola to punish their frailties at CB,if only we had good service from the flanks because Shola and Ba really had Terry-Luiz scrambling with their sheer physical presence.

  • seantoon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #49

    Some might think I’m overexagerating but I honestly think krul will be one of the best keepers in the world!

  • GeordieToon89

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #50

    seantoon – he needs to do it consistantly season after season to even be considered up there with the best.. but he certainly has the potential to be there mate

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #51

    Also no disrespect to Raylor (im usually defending him on here when people slag him off) but we really need a proper replacement of Enrique’s standard. Jonas having to ‘babysit’ him really holds him back on the attacking front.

    That said not to live in the past. But Enrique would have been fantastic in the new team.

    Honestly with the CB situation not looking good we need to hold possession and literally attack like crazy. It will be a case of win by scoring more.

    Maybe even have Tiote Cabaye and Guthrie in CM. Crazy i know.

  • moonraker

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #52

    Soon as I saw the team I knew we would get murdered in midfield. Without Tiote ang Jonas he should have put one more holding midfield.
    Today showed why Obertan weas released by Man U.oes anyone have any info on Tiote’s injury?

  • moonraker

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #53

    Santon must be brought in now but it would have been better to draft him in slowly when we were winning.

    We could struggle now in defence with these injuries!

  • Magpie_Man

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #54


    id take alex but not anelka, never really seems to be interested and hes so lazy

  • Brutooon

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #55

    Santon need game, come on how can u say Perch a centre back? he is tooo skinny. Even a 60 years old Grandmother can played well than him !

  • lukes26

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #56

    It’s clear Football Gods are angry w/ Newcastle. An offering must be made. Give them Ryan!

    Actually, they played really well today. Unlucky to get a result. Hopefully everyone is healthy next week. Goes without saying, Ryan is out of his depth …unsure if there is a short term solution.

    Last weeks plan of attacking the RW and defending the LW will work again for us against Norwich with Jonas back. However, against better competition, its no way an ideal solution.

  • stuart no9

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #57

    first of all ! should chelsea have been down to 10 men ? of course they should. secondly , were we unlucky? very, however what beat us in the end was ,quality.They had 11 premiership players on the field, we had 7, and 4 championship players( perch lovencrands, guthrie, obertan) we can maybe carry 1 but 4 ? never.We have rode our luck all season, it ran out today.full marks for effort, we worked our socks off( apart from shola, as everytime he lost the ball, he somehow did not feel the need to try and win it back.We sweated blood and guts for the cause, but what is so blatantly obvious we lack quality in certain departments.We can not go all season riding our luck and depending on sheer hard work to get us through, coz it wont.So ashley may or may not sell tiote in the transfer window? selling tiote is not an option. we have to keep him if we are serious about building for the future, if ashley sells , then in my opinion it just confirms what i and thousands of others all know. money is his priority. if he can some how resist offers of 20-25m for tiote, then that would be a good platform to build a team capable of winning things, that is ofcourse a massive if, other wise a mid table place at best with no signs of improving the team is all we will have left at the end of another long hard season. i say that because we are where we are in the league because our defence has been noyhing short of brilliant. the thought of loosing taylor and collo does not bare thinking about.They need to play every game , some how i dont think they will

  • MHenazNUFC

    Dec 3, 2011 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #58

    Just how bad a player is david santon, how can’t he get a game?

    Why was lovenkrands picked today. I think he is a poor player at this level and to pick him in a position like he was in today baffles me.

    Either sammy should of played or even r.taylor left mid santon left back and the two could of overlapped supporting each other.

    This showed today the depth and weakness of our squad a few injuries and suspensions and we are as good as the bottom half, full squad fit we are as good as the top four. Problem is the top four have quality to bring in when they get injuries.

  • toonbrother

    Dec 3, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #59

    We never learn do we. We were confidently predicting victory over chelsea earlier this week and just got thrashed 3-0 at St James Park. Yet here we are again predicting 4 consecutive victories . Guys we are not a top 4 side especially when you consider our defence. We seriously need to moderate our expectations in this regard. And if Pardew continues to put faith in Lovenkrap and Strolla Ameobi I dont see us staying in the top 8 for much longer


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