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.
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