Newcastle produced a great second half performance this afternoon to shock a very good Chelsea side and end their six game winning streak, and it was goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy that won the game for Newcastle in what is our biggest league win of the season, in terms of who we beat and by the margin of the win.
Loic Remy celebrates after scoring second goal
Newcastle were holding their own in the early stages of the game, although Chelsea were having a lot of the possession and after 13 minutes John Terry hit the cross-bar from a header from a Mata corner, and then an overhead kick by a Chelsea player also hit the cross-bar, as Newcastle survived.
And for the first 20 minutes Chelsea were in control of this game, but Newcastle were playing some tidy football.
And then on 39 minutes. from a Frank Lampard corner, John Terry again went close as the ball was kicked off the line by a Newcastle player.
But Newcastle held on well with the back four playing very well indeed and it was 0-0 at the break with Chelsea being on top in the first half.
But in the second half Newcastle came more and more into the game.
And then after 68 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a very good goal, as a good flighted free kick from Yohan Cabaye from the right into the box was headed home by Yoan Gouffran, for his third goal of the season.
Chelsea threw all they had at Newcastle after the goal, but the lads held on and showed guts and fight, and Newcastle were still dangerous on the break.
And then after 89 minutes Newcastle caught Chelsea short at the back, and Anita cut into the box and squared the ball to Loc Remy who hit the ball first time into the net off a post, with his left foot.
And St. James’ Park erupted and Loic had his shirt off as he celebrated.
This was the best display of the season from Newcastle, with a gritty first half performance, and then the lads came out of their shell in the second half to attack Chelsea and win the game.
Credit to the Newcastle players and the manager – these are the games and results that Newcastle fans live for.
We’ll have a full match report out later.
Howay The Lads!!
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c) (Vurnon Anita 53), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 85); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 63), Loic Remy
Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Juan Mata (Willian 63), Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres (Samuel Eto’o 63)
Subs not used: Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Andre Schurrle
Referee: Lee Mason