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Newcastle Beaten Again – Season Rapidly Going Downhill

5:52 pm, Saturday, February 8th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle started this game quite well for the first 25 minutes, and defended stoutly as the  Magpies packed the midfield, but it was two pieces of magic from Eden Hazard that saw Chelsea  two goals up after just 34 minutes.

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Eden Hazard – superb display today

Hazard’s first goal was brilliantly converted first time from a right wing cross after 27 minutes, and there really wasn’t much the Newcastle defense or Tim Krul could do about it – it was simply brilliant play from Hazard.

But Newcastle should have pulled one back, when Sissoko was through in the inside left position five minutes later, but his first touch was terrible and he missed a golden opportunity to equalize.

And on this evidence it’s not surprising that Newcastle haven’t scored a goal in all five defeats of their last seven Premier League games.

It will be good to get Loic Remy back in there after the Tottenham game on Wednesday evening.

And then two minutes after Sissoko’s miss, Eden Hazard again brilliantly tucked the ball home, as Chelsea caught Newcastle short at the back with a lightning counter-attack.

And Hazard could be even better than we thought – with Mourinho saying he could be as good as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, if he works harder, and on this evidence, Jose could be right.

Mathieu Debuchy had picked up an injury early in the game, and he had struggled in the right back position with what looked like a calf injury, and the Frenchman had to go off after 40 minutes with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa replacing him.

We seem to be picking up a lot of injuries these days.

But after 62 minutes following a corner which Newcastle easily cleared – referee Howard Webb  surprisingly pointed to the penalty spot.

And the TV replays clearly showed that Yanga-Mbiwa had ridiculously wrapped his arms around Eto’o, to try to stop him getting past him – even though the ball never reached them.

It was a stone-cold penalty and a really stupid foul  by the Frenchman – and maybe this lad is not made out to be a Premier League player after all, and it’s not the first daft penalty he has conceded at Newcastle.

Eden Hazard easily scored from the spot, and bottom line – Newcastle were second best to one of the best teams in the Premier League.

We suppose it could have been worse and we could have conceded more goals.

But the truth is that Newcastle were really no match for the London side.

However, Davide Santon recovered from his nightmare game last Saturday against Sunderland, and he put in a good display in the midfield for Newcastle, and young Sammy Ameobi also looked good today.

And Luuk de Jong again looked good in a black and white shirt, but he must get more service then he received today – but more games will see Luuk improve and he could be very good with Loic Remy in a 4-4-2 formation.

But this season is quickly going downhill for Newcastle, and turning sour, and we now have only 4 points from the last 21 points played for.

We need to get a result on Wednesday night against Tottenham, but that could be tough because we have lost our last four games at St. James’ Park, and scored just one goal while conceding eight in those defeats. :(

We didn’t expect anything out of this game, and unfortunately we were not given any surprises by this patched up Newcastle side.

Comments welcome.

Teams:

Chelsea: (4-2-3-1): Cech; Ivanovic, Cahill, Luiz, Azpilicueta; Lampard, Matic; Hazard (Schurrle 86), Willian (Salah 76), Oscar; Eto’o (Ba 71). Subs: Schwarzer (gk), Cole, Ramires, Mikel.

Newcatsle: (4-2-3-1): Krul; Debuchy (Yanga-Mbiwa 40), Williamson, Taylor, Dummett; Anita (Marveaux 86), Santon; Sissoko, Ben Arfa (Gosling 64), Sammy Ameobi; De Jong. Subs: Elliot (gk), Haidara, Armstrong, Shola Ameobi.



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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    haha rotonda you just posted this!!!

    You can odiously bore for England with your snidey little digs, however, the fact remains you have nothing constructive to offer on ways to move forward other than accepting the status quo of mid-table mediocrity .

    so where is your constructive views rotonda who’s this new manager?

    where are pardews great attacking options?

    i’ve asked you this alot now and still you havent answered it!
    so where is your constructive point to back up your argument!!??

  • 2 Korean Magpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    I feel sorry for people who yhink HBA is good as Hazard..He isn’t half as good..

  • 3 p // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:55 PM

    You can’t really take too much from this game…

    Filthy rich chelsea who are starting to hit form.

    The season resumes next week against spurs which should be winnable

  • 4 roblee7 // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Anyone else just want this season to be over and the summer transfer window open? That’s all I feel I’ve got to look forward too…should be something to look forward to that is!

  • 5 daztoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    daztoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:56 PM

    toonking

    what planet are you on.

    For your info the only games i play are racing or shoot em ups so that has no bearing on what you said about Mourinho.

    I said “KK was never given a chance on his return due to the fact he was never backed by Ashley”

    You replied in saying “Mangers never work out in returning to manage for a second time and that Mourinho will fail too”.

    Like i said at the time your wrong on both counts.

  • 6 Toon Tang // Feb 8, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Black lad with dreads for swansea properly reminds me of Reggie Blinker from afar

  • 7 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    and rotonda sorry i didn’t know you were in on the training ground making notes!

    how the hell do you know?

    and btw i said he had far far superiour players and unbelievable strength in depth

    but please list our attacking players and options in our squad and then compare it to chelsea’s!!

    as i said mourinho gets his team defensivly sound before anything else but then he has the players and rescources to take it to the next level

    we don’t have that option
    infact we’ve got 1 out n out winger in sammi thats it ffs!!!

    we also missed our player of the season today imo!

  • 8 toonarmydownsouth // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Have to say today that was a world class display from Hazard
    Like truly world class

    Guess that’s the difference on spending £3 mil or £30 mil!!!

  • 9 Mister Tuff // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I cannot see the point of continually posting about masturbation, fluids, hand wipes and mens’ bottoms – really does suggest something deviant about the poster. Give it a rest it contributes nothing to the blog.

  • 10 daztoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 2:13 PM

    toonking exactly
    we’ve got 2 attacking players on the wings plus dummet n debuchy like to get forward plus arfa and dejong
    thats a hell of an attacking team!

    Looks to me like you answered Rotonda`s post for him. That maybe is Pardew`s attacking options you keep asking for.

  • 11 toonking // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    For your info the only games i play are racing or shoot em ups so that has no bearing on what you said about Mourinho.

    I said “KK was never given a chance on his return due to the fact he was never backed by Ashley”

    You replied in saying “Mangers never work out in returning to manage for a second time and that Mourinho will fail too”.

    but kevin keegan is still nothing like a quality manager he has only managed fulham newcastle and city before they were big spenders.

    anyway the big point i’m making right now is this is not a champions league team this is a mid table team.

    as for morinoeo well that was most likely just use to try and have a joke as their is a saying with players that when they make returns they not half as good second time.

  • 12 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:07 PM

    and rotonda mourinho has world class players in every position and another 20 out on loan

    would mourinho be so great if he worked under ashley and had to get a squad together for averaging a -10 mill spend!?

  • 13 BandB // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:09 PM

    In scale terms, that was a Mini against a Jeep today.
    The only things that surprised were that while we were only fairly briefly in it, it took two exceptional goals before the gulf in class really started to show.
    Also that we made a few clear goal-scoring opportunities.
    And that Gosling and Sammi looked half useful.

  • 14 toonking // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    manxpie mate do you want to have a chat with me because it seems we both getting wound up by 2 idiots who compare a very well backed manager to a unbacked one but still expect newcastle to win with this current team.

  • 15 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    daztoon how about you post the question that that was a reaction too!!!

    so having sammi and arfa on the wings is the best we’ve got!

    who after that then daz?
    infact list our wingers? seriously??

  • 16 p // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:13 PM

    Anyone who thpught we would/should get a result today is on glue

    At the end of the day, the team tried to play and got done my a classy player at the top of his game.

    Lets see how the spurs game goes?

  • 17 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    that was just pointing out it was an attacking team btw

    and that involves a lb playing in midfield a youth team product and arfa on the wing which is pointless!!

  • 18 daztoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:14 PM

    toonking

    So when you get it WRONG! its you was having a joke lol.

    You say KK was never a quality manager again lol.

    Like i said we are not a french league team and i know we ain`t a champions league team but neither are the Scum,Norwich,Hull,Swansea etc so keep digging that big hole your in.

    Or was a joke too.

  • 19 toonking // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    my impression of the game was we started off well in the first 20 minutes, but once chelsea got that goal our heads just dropped and when we have got all 3 of our top goalscorers missing in some way or another the team will have no confidence at all, here that goal is going to come from, who knows, so players like sissoko are likely to just strike it right away like hit and hope really.

  • 20 manxpie // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    toonking exactly mate all i pointed out was it was an attacking team on paper

    and to read the posts before the game all saying we’d be ultra defensive with shola playing got it wrong!

    i didn’t expect much from the game but it certainly wasn’t as bad as some make out

    plus i have been asking all the neggers for some time now how much attacking options have we got in this squad!
    not one has answered!
    says it all really toonking?

  • 21 daztoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    manxpie

    We have Benny,Sammy,Obertan,Sissoko,Remmy and Goofy who all can do a job out wide.

    Maybe you didn`t notice though we don`t really play with winger`s as such and Pardew likes to use the full backs to put in the crosses.

    Maybe that`s why Pardew likes to use Goofy right footed on the left and Benny on the right being left footed so they cut inside.

  • 22 ash1001 // Feb 8, 2014 at 6:42 PM

    Mr Pardew, blaming injuries, can you please tell me what No. that is in your book of excuses, its your Squad, OK so there was injuries, that’s up to you to have a squad that covers that situation, or if you have not at least come out and say it like it is. Stop hiding in the corner, spineless, toothless comes to mind, as for tactics, will not go down that road because today you hit a new low, Santon and Anita in mid field had as much bite as a gummy baby, and when Sammi (god bless him) is Man Of the Match (NUFC) it says it all.

  • 23 Rebbeca from 7 miles away // Feb 8, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    We’ll I skipped the match and went out with a lady friend, when I say out ;)
    Well I take it we lost I was hoping for a boring 0 0 but reading the blog it’s obvious it didn’t happen.

    I didn’t see the match but saw the line ups, I wouldn’t have played santon or Taylor but that’s just me…
    How did Santon play in midfield?
    I saw terry and cole didn’t start so the talent played, some on here are saying we were terrible, not seeing the match I can only guess we weren’t as bad as last sat otherwise it would have been six at least.

  • 24 marcotoon // Feb 8, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    Another defeat against the glory hunting, referee bribing pricks, I hate Chelsea, but they are a quality side who I think will win the league. I don’t think we can determine a lot from today as even if we had Cabaye and had beaten our dear neighbours last week we would still have lost.
    However, the lack of goals and confidence is worrying, the team just did not look up for it today and that was the worrying thing, I do believe that we can still make this a good season and our squad has quality players in it. Although some might say that we have nothing to play for now, but every Premier League place is worth a lot, players will be competing for World Cup places and if any player does not desperately want to win every game that they play in then they should not have a black and white jersey on.
    KTF




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