Here is our full match report of the game today – as it happened – and after Newcastle hung on in the first half, they came out and attacked Chelsea in the second half to win the game 2-0 – our best league win of the season by far.
Alan Pardew – after Newcastle’s second goal
The St. James Park pitch looked in great condition when the game got underway this afternoon – compliments to the groundsmen.
Newcastle were holding their own in the early stages 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.
After 30 minutes a decent shot by Yohan Cabaye was saved well by Petr Check.
On 35 minutes Debuchy got well-earned applause when he brilliantly cut out a high cross and got the ball up field to a Newcastle player.
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.
Moussa Sissoko then hit a very good shot that goalkeeper Cech saved well but then after a bit of a stupid tackle, Sissoko received a yellow card.
Half time came and it was 0-0, with Newcastle coming more into the game, and the team had played solidly, but Chelsea had most of the play and all the chances.
After 53 minutes Vurnon Anita came on for Cheick Tiote, which seemed an odd move, and Cheick didn’t appear injured, but of course we had extra time on Wednesday so Pardew will need to keep an eye out for players flagging.
On 61 minutes Remy had a decent short from 30 yards which was wide, and Newcastle were coming more into this game.
Shola Ameobi was replaced by Papiss Cisse and the local lad got a good round of applause from the fans as he had put in a very good shift for the side.
And then after 65 minutes Gouffran was through one the left and the Frenchman put in an excellent shot that was well saved by Petr Cech diving to his right and putting the ball around the post for a corner.
Newcastle were coming a lot more into this game, with Anita prominent, and they started to hustle the Chelsea players into mistakes, and the Magpies were slowly starting to go after this game, with the Geordie crowd sensing something.
And then after 68 minutes Newcastle went ahead with a very good goal, as a brilliantly flighted free kick from Yohan Cabaye into the box was headed home by Yoan Gouffran in great style as he dived to head the ball, for his third goal of the season – and the crowd just erupted.
Wonder if France manager Didier Deschamps will see that goal?
And then after 72 minutes a snap attack by Newcastle saw Remy and Sissoko combine really brilliantly, and Remy’s shot was well blocked by John Terry – that would have been some goal and Remy was coming alive in this game.
Chelsea threw all they had at Newcastle after the goal, but the lads held on and showed guts and fight, and the back four were doing well, with Williamson and Yanga-Mbiwa both having good games, and Debuchy looking great at right back.
But Newcastle were still dangerous on the break.
On 80 minutes Chelsea had a great chance as Willian hit a great shot which Krul, who was unsighted somehow managed to block, and then Willian’s follow-up was deflected by Debuchy for a corner – another great play by the France right back.
Chelsea were giving it everything they had as they poured forward to try to get the equalizer.
After 84 minutes Gabby Obertan came on for Yoan Gouffran who got a wonderful round applause from the very appreciative Newcastle fans.
On 86 minutes Hazard had a great chance to equalize from just 14 yards out, but he dragged his shot wide – that was bad miss by the former Lille player.
And then after 89 minutes Newcastle caught Chelsea as Obertan and Anita passed the ball around outside the box on the left, and suddenly Anita cut into the box and squared the ball to Loic Remy who hit the ball first time into the net off a post, with his left foot.
Great play bu Anita and Remy dispatched it into the ball into the back of the net beautifully.
And that was it as the referee blew the whistle after a full 5 minutes of added time.
It was a simply breathtaking performance from Newcastle in the second half and we deserved all 3 points today, and it’s something we needed – a win against a top side to lift the spirits of our fans around the world.
You could even say that Pardew out-coached Mourinho in that second half as Newcastle came right back at Chelsea.
Bottom line – just a sensational win for Newcastle.
Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran; Shola Ameobi, Loic Remy
Substitutes: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Vurnon Anita, Gabriel Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse
Referee: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester)
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard; Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres
Substitutes: Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o