Newcastle Beaten 2-0 But Press Hard In The Second Half


It took twelve league games last season before Newcastle tasted defeat in the Premier League but they were second best today in London as Chelsea won the game 2-0 with two first half goals.

Chelsea were the better side in the first half but they had luck too, as Fernando Torres managed to get a penalty after 21 minutes, when Vurnon  Anita barely touched his knee when the Spaniard was just inside the penalty box, but that didn’t stop Torres from hurtling himself forward to get the penalty, which Eden Hazard easily converted.

And then Torres showed the other skills in his game, as he did a nice one two with Eden Hazard on the edge of the box and rifled the ball high into the net three minutes into added time in the first half, and Newcastle were two down at the break, and had been second best in that first half.

But in the second half Newcastle were a lot more sprightly but just couldn’t get that first goal, even though they had some decent chances.

It was a combination of being unlucky in addition to a lack of sharpness in front of goal which stopped Newcastle from really making a game of it in the second half.

For Newcastle Ben Arfa again oozed class and we thought that  David Santon had a good game at left back, and the lads played well – but they just weren’t good enough to get anything out of the European Champions on their home ground, this afternoon.

Chelsea went ahead after 21 minutes with a rather soft penalty, when Vurnon Anita was adjudged to have brought down Fernando Torres just inside the penalty area and the TV replays showed that Anita had just about made contact with Torre’s knee, although the Spaniard dived forward as though he had been hit by a cannonball.

And Eden Hazard gave Tim Krul no chance from the penalty spot.

Newcastle were holding their own in the first half, although Chelsea had most of the possession and  Ben Arfa was showing up well on the right wing and on 40 minutes some neat play by Ben Arfa had Papiss Cisse with the ball inside the box and he put over a decent cross that found Demba Ba, but his header went over the bar.

And then three minutes into added time Chelsea went two goals ahead when a neat one two between Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard saw the Spaniard hit the ball first time into the back of the net high to Tim Krul’s left, giving the Newcastle goalkeeper no chance.

It was a terrible time for Newcastle to concede a goal  and Newcastle looked to have a mountain to climb at half time with the lads being 2-0 down.

At the start of the second half Newcastle began to pick up the pace as they pressed forward, and the third goal in this game was always going to be all important.

Bern Arfa was again showing up well in this game, as was left back Davide Santon who was trying to get forward at every opportunity. After 63 minutes Alan Pardew brought on the in-form Ryan Taylor and Newcastle were starting to press the Chelsea defense.

Sylvain Marveaux then came on after 73 minutes in an attacking move by Alan Pardew, as Newcastle tried to get an all important goal, and Alan Pardew used his last sub three minutes later when James Perch replaced Yohan Cabaye.

In the 84th minute Newcastle were pressing the Chelsea defense and had a great chance to score but from eight yards out Demba Ba struck the ball goal-wards, but Petr Cech got down to save low to his right – Ba should have nailed that one and burst the back of the net.

Newcastle kept going forward looking for that goal, which could have changed the game, but it just didn’t come and the Magpies tasted their first defeat of the season in London this afternoon.

Teams:

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech (c); Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ashley Cole; John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles (Frank Lampard 88); Juan Mata (Ramires 67), Eden Hazard, Ryan Bertrand; Fernando Torres
Substitutes: Ross Turnbull, Oriol Romeu, Michael Essien, Oscar, Daniel Sturridge

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson (Ryan Taylor 64), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon (Sylvain Marveaux 74); Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77), Jonas Gutierrez; Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan

Referee: Phil Dowd

Attendance: 41,718



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44 comments so far

  • lynchmob

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #1

    cisse was a joke today an offside about 6 times !!!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Real Ruddy speaking

    If someone under my name criticises Pards or any of the players then he is the fake Ruddy, do not respond to him.

    I think we were just beaten by a better team.

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  • nicktoon

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Can’t belive some are moaning. I thought we looked decent all game to be honest and played a good Chelsea side that will challenge for title. It seems I watched a different game as thought demba looked good (should have scored) but papiss was non existant. Jonas annoyed me though- pardew never takes him off!!!

    All in all – a good performance showing that will be fine this season. Could easily have come away with a point there but we didn’t- it’s the name of the game.
    And anitta was very good I thought- occasionally gave ball away but no more that tiote! Chill out lads

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  • NUFCWill1986

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #4

    That comment was a joke lol. well done today lads, support was class

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #5

    4-4-2 is not work

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I think people are being a bit harsh on Cisse- yes he did nothing, he never will do anything unless he is supplied.

    Why are people surprised or annoyed by that?

    4-4-2 was what messed us up today for me.

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  • spitfire_

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Shite game all the way… howaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay. And Pardew argue with the referee… again… ffs.

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  • Kyo

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Pardew out if he thinks we’ll get anywhere with 4-4-2

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #9

    4-4-2 is not work
    Too bad

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  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Repost

    Now people will call for new players,

    Mgmt might say, we are glad not to have lost any 1 of our players

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  • shay Robson

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #11

    we had a decent game. not too bad a season ahead

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  • shay Robson

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #12

    keegan is talking us up

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  • hatem786

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #13

    ashley have buy 2 top player NOW

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  • OLDGEORDIE

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Cisse not up to speed, hate to criticise him after last season but…… Thought Benny, Jonas and Colo were superb. Bit too much for Anita in some ways this match., Marveaux, Perch and Raylor looked v good when they came on. To get beat by Chelski 2 nowt especially with Hazard is no disgrace, cliche, but we will play worse and win HWTL

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  • karasu

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Anita was terrible tonight. Gives away possession and the one who tapped Torres’s knee for the penalty. Terrible buy.

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  • Tiote4PM

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #16

    Raylor will creat and score at least 10 goals a season with his crossing ability.

    Simpson we would be lucky to get 2.

    So if playing Raylor instead of Simpson at right back costs us less than 8 goals a season we should play him every week!

    What you recon?

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  • joeytoon

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #17

    who are we kidding we were second best by a million miles ,chelsea were extremely comfortable,by the way how long did the hazard deal drag on , or any other player they sign ,that is the difference between the clubs ,chelsea want a player they go and get him no pissing about ,unless we are prepared to pay for and buy real quality then we will always be outside that top four,cisse played like a schoolboy today

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  • sparky2010

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #18

    SIGNINGS?? NEW PLAYERS?? TERRIBLE NO CLASS. NO WAY PLAY IN EUROPE WITH OUR SQUAD. BILLIANARE OWNER AND WERE NOT PSHING ON THIS SEASON.

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #19

    No room to moan lads. NUFC where out bloody done at the price of 82 million pounds worth of players and that was Torres and Hazard. Apart from that we were quite good. Jonas played his part as ever, Collo was a rock as was S.Taylor. Santon was ok also. HBA was OUTSTANDING and was unfortunate to be on the losing team. Anita, a mistake for the penalty and one or two stray touches but not to bad considering the team we where playing. Cisse was poor today but he will get back to his usual self i am sure. Ba had two great opportunities but blew them which was unfortunate. We where not outplayed at all, and for the money Chelsea have spent, we made a good game of it. VERY VERY positive after today regardless of the result. I do feel Ashley need to invest a little more though because 3 million net spent this summer up to now is pretty damn poor. We have a great first team but we need a few players in for more strength in depth.

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  • Szarka

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #20

    I have to say, that was a penalty, Anita did touched him. Chelsea were clearly the better side today with great display – I think they are the best side in EPL now. Second half we improved, could have scored at least one, sadly we didnt.
    Ben Arfa was class today , but he cant win it all by herself. No problem, got 3 points from two good sides, we can go for 4th place too, the first team is great, but today Chelsea were better.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #21

    A very frustrating performance. We weren’t sharp today apart from Colo and Ben Arfa. Santon and Ba did not play too badly either. BUT we were too flat today. We were outclassed by a slick passing Chelsea team. Every time they had the ball they looked a threat, every time we had the ball we looked clueless. No invention apart from Ben Arfa’s skill.

    I guess it’s early days and we’re still rusty but we have to do better I feel.

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  • BigKirky

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #22

    Marveaux’s crossing from the left can be excellent. Needs to be utilised more I reckon. Ben Arfa played well again.

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  • hatem786

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #23

    MIKE ASHLEY INVEST NOW

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Formation was wrong, selection was wrong. Cisse is playing as Ba did at the start of last season, let him get ramadan out of his system and he will be fine.

    Shud have gone with Ba on his own today with marveaux on LW

    Poor first half, lacked the protection in front of the defence that we get when Tiote and jonas play there in the 4-2-3-1.

    Ba and cisse will not play as a pair up front, they never have for senegal and never will for us. Got to be one of the other away from home, we need another creative pacy player more than we need another CF.

    Cabaye wasted again in the defensive position, we wait years for an international playmaker and waste him in a 4-4-2.

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  • sparky2010

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #25

    chelsea were class because they have class? we huff and puff but im telling you all now, we are in trouble this season and be lucky for top ten. havent even 25 man squad. one good season and people get carried away, we were very lucky last season. we need a striker bign time. im sick of hearing ameobi? he not even a championship player he politely is s**t. wake up wake up and get him off the books. sunderland will finish higher than us this season, buying players adam johnson great player newcastle fan, why we not pay fee for him, becvaus we look for bargain buys once again. nufc will not win anything without investing in the thin squad we have wake up and buy players that we need. ps. anita is one of the worst buys we have bought because he never has been that good at ajax. why top four teams not buy him???

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  • lucasnufc

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #26

    @toon 1978
    Good to read some sense. We battled and were more than competitive away against a very good side. Bit more cutting edge and we should beat most of the teams in this league really.

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  • jimiley

    Aug 25, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #27

    We will never win nowt because the club is set up to make a big profit for the owner. The policy is to buy young and cheap and then develop and sell for big money. How does that equate to winning anything? Selling your better players for a big profit. This owner is worth 2 billion (thats two thousand million) and has spent 3 million this summer when we were 5th. We are going backwards. No talk of Hazard needing a season.

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  • nico

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #28

    Think people are being a bit harsh on Anita. I thought he was okay today, give him chance.
    I said before the game 4-4-2 would not work and hoped that we would play 4-5-1 with Ba on the left.
    ——————Krul———————
    Raylor—-Saylor—-Collo—-Santon
    ———–Perch—–Anita—————
    Arfa————Cabs———-Marv
    —————-Ba——————–

    I think this may have worked better today

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  • Szarka

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #29

    in defence of Cissé he play 3 matches this week, not much resting.

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  • NUFC FOR SALE

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Stop talking s*it guys
    We were well beaten by a team that cost more than this club has ever spent in it’s history.
    Take a chill pill, we’ve played the one team that will compete with man city away from home and yous are having a cow.
    Yes we need new players and if I think we wont bring in at least 2 this week you’re an idiot.
    chill out we are still one of the best teams in this league.

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  • Belly

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #31

    One defeat and the plastic toon fans are criticising. Discraceful the lot of you.
    We held our own against a team that will be challenging on all fronts. Through out the match I thought they respected us as much as we respected them. That just proves how far we have come. We’ve got a lot of talent in that team and we will get a bit of luck in future matches. We’ve had a hard week and it wasnt our day. I’m proud of our boys today though, not many teams will come away from the bridge with a win this season. Hazard is imense no question.
    We’ve got a lot to luck forward to this season. Hopefully well get a couple of players through to strengthen in the next week.
    Toon toon…..

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  • USToonRaider

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #32

    Excellent points JDdubai……Perhaps Ramadan has sapped a bit of our strikers energy.

    While losing at Chelsea is stinging, to have 3 points with our week is acceptable.

    I think the team will feel far more confident if we get thru the transfer window intact.

    While Anita might have had a bit of education on Premier league today, he did play the most of all our players over the last 48 hours. He legs didnt seem to be there tonight.

    Finally, its time to scrap the Ba/Cisse Partnership. I think they are too similar in style and skill set, and played much better without each other last year. Why not just split the time between them…..Using a 4-2-3-1 formation. The team depth is at the MF as we all know.

    With an intact team, perhaps an addition or 2, and winnable fixtures…By next week I expect to have qualified for group play in Europa and have 6 points in league standings.

    Thoughts?

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #33

    People are being too harsh on Anita. What was it only his second game, first start? Give the lad some time. He did put in some meaty tackles and some quality passes though he did also give it away softly at times. Remember foreign players take up to a year to really get the swing of things sometimes.

    Our performance today was very flat and we kept passing backwards or long balls, very annoying. We need to practice on what to do when we have the ball, we’re way too slow.

    Well you have to consider we did play the European Champions and it’s still early days tbf.

    We’ll get em next time.

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  • karasu

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #34

    Ramadan Ramadan… Muslims have already finished fasting last Sunday so those Ramadan excuses are moot. Ba and Cisse were simply poor today. Full stop.

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  • rossrich

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #35

    FFS lads!! Its the second game of the season and we played the current European Champions at their place. Some people aren’t happy unless we’re winning 3-0 every game. We showed enough for me to think we’ll have no worries this year and I fully expect another European push.

    HWTL

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  • marcotoon

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #36

    I listened to some of the game on talksport and the team’s performance was OK but what I take isssue with is the fact that Stan Collymore and the other commantator ripped the team to shreds.During their ravings though both of them failed to mention that Newcastle’s Europa League Qulifier IN GREECE finished less than 48 hours before this match started so not only would the team be understandably tired but also in theory wouldn’t have a fair chance to win the match, bringing the spirit of the game into question. I find it disraceful that the Premier League still forced this game to be playd on a Saturday just to accommdate TV rights and to assist Chelsea just because they are the European Champions ( what a joke!) and because they have a bigger bank balance.Yet they were still able to give Liverpool a Sunday match depite the fact that they had a much shorter journey than we did.

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  • USToonRaider

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #37

    @rossrich Correct!!!!!!

    With a healthy squad 4th-7th seems about the range to finish. A team that is competing for Europe should be a desirable place to play and stay.

    While the overall direction is up…..It does not take an expert to seem the lack of cohesion between Ba/Cisse and the minimal chances provided to our strikers. Without the amazing one-one skills of HBA we would show no consistent attacking style/form.

    Yet it is early……the Transfer window week will be quite stressful…Can we add the 1-3 we need and not lose our quality?

    Thoughts?

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 25, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Can’t believe the amount of doom & gloom talk after a 2-0 defeat to the European Champs, who btw are even stronger this season.

    When we lost 5-0 to tottenham, I don’t remember seeing half as much exaggeration and threats directed towards Pards, MA, or any of our players.

    Get a grip people!

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  • 89Norcal

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #39

    @USToon, those have been my thoughts exactly, Cisse and Ba did well to score as many goals last season with the chances they get. Some games it seems like our midfielders don’t have the stones to drive it up the center and be a little creative, save for HBA.

    All Cisse and Ba need is a half chance to score, there were hardly any of those this game, let alone passes from Cabaye or crosses from Jonas/Simmo.

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  • NuFc RoB

    Aug 25, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #40

    people criticising vurnon anita are idiots. yes he obviously wasnt the player we hoped he would be in the first half, it probably was a penalty as well but this is his first start in the english premier league against the champions of europe, he makes 4/5 mistakes and people ive seen all over the net are calling him a terrible buy and a waste of money. he was much improved in the second half and one of the steadiest performers, aside from his 2/3 stray passes in the first half his passing was spot on. cut him some slack. product of graham carr remember. ICWT

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