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.
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.
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.