In what was simply a sensational game today at St. James Park, in front of a packed house, Newcastle went ahead 1-0 by half time with a superb headed goal from Jonas Gutierrez, but then two excellent strikes from Frank Lampard and Mata gave Chelsea the lead, but then Moussa Sissoko – the great Moussa Sissoko – came back with two great goals for Newcastle – on his home debut – and he got the winner on 90 minutes and Newcastle fans erupted as a new Newcastle hero was born.
Jonas Gutierrez after scoring great first goal for Magpies
Today’s game is one of those that will go down in the annals of Newcastle United history as one of the really memorable games, and the Magpies beat the reigning European Champions 3-2, after coming from behind in the second half.
And Davide Santon had another excellent game and set up Jonas’s first goal after 41 minutes, and then the winner on 90 minutes that Sissoko slotted home with his right foot, and there were sensational scenes on the field, as the players rushed to the sidelines celebrating a fantastic comeback from this spirited Newcastle side.
And Moussa Sissoko is quickly becoming a super-hero on Tyneside, as he was once again magnificent – especially after Newcastle went 2-1 behind – but none of these Newcastle players ever give up, and Newcastle won their second league game in a row – for the first time this season and it’s now only the 4th league win in the last 15 games.
Newcastle played some great attacking football in the first half, with Cisse unlucky not to score a couple of times, and then after 32 minutes Demba Ba should really have scored, but he missed with a follow up header, after Krul had blocked his shot, and he was caught by Coloccini’s foot and seemed to have broken his nose.
Ba tried to carry on but he was taken off and replaced by Fernando Torres.
At the half it was 1-0 to Newcastle and our lads deserved to be in the lead.
But then two great goals from Chelsea in just 7 minutes put them ahead in this game, and it was Frank Lampard after 61 minutes who rifled the ball home from nothing, and then Mata hit another fabulous goal – and there’s not to much you can do to stop those kind of shots.
So amazingly Newcastle found themselves 2-1 behind – which has been far too familiar in the second half of late.
But the heads didn’t drop in the black and white shirts, and then a great team goal from Newcastle after 68 minutes, as Cisse put a great ball through to the pacy and very impressive Gouffran on the halfway line, and Yoan’s speed took him clear of the Chelsea defense, and his shot was blocked by Cech, but it was that man Sissoko who slotted the ball home and it was 2-2.
This was a French connection goal of the highest quality.
And then on 72 minutes if was Sissoko on the right wing who went steaming past Ashley Cole – and put in a tremendous shot that Cech just managed to push wide – a simply amazing run by Moussa “powerhouse” Sissoko – who looked like a man possessed in the second half – as the sell-out Newcastle crowd were raising the roof at St. James’ Park.
It was now end to end stuff with both teams going for the win, and then on 90 minutes another fine run down the left by Davide Santon – and his pull back found Moussa Sissoko, and the 6’2″ Frenchman coolly put the ball – and then there were amazing scenes after the winner from both the crowd and the Newcastle players – as the whole team and subs celebrated on the sidelines.
We may have to have a lot more French days at the training center at Benton after this fantastic performance from our French players.
Newcastle held on but with only seconds left of the four minutes added time Chelsea were unlucky not to equalize as Steven Taylor blocked the shot that was goal-bound.
This was a magnificent win in which all three Frenchman who started the game played really well – and Sissoko is fast becoming not only a star for Newcastle – but a star of the Premier League.
This lad was born to play for Newcastle United.
A truly fantastic win for Newcastle United today and we are now still in 15th place but now 6 points above the drop zone.
Feel so proud tonight - Newcastle were truly magnificent today.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Davide Santon; James Perch, Yohan Cabaye; Jonas Gutierrez, Moussa Sissoko (Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa 90), Yoan Gouffran (Sylvain Marveaux 84); Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, Gael Bigirimana, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Shola Ameobi
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Oscar, Juan Mata, Ryan Bertrand; Demba Ba (Fernando Torres 42)
Subs not used: Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, Cesar Azpilicueta, Nathan Ake, Yossi Benayoun, Marko Marin
Referee: Howard Webb (Yorkshire)
Bookings: Newcastle – Perch (45); Chelsea – Ramires (30), Cole (62), Mata (90)
Attendance: 52,314 (2,839 Chelsea) – complete sell-out
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