Two of Newcastle’s best two players this season – Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback – were suspended for the game at Burnley on Tuesday night, and after a poor first half Newcastle came storming back to get a decent 1-1 draw, after losing our first game in eight on Saturday at West Ham.
Loic Remy just before scoring – after out muscling Jan Vertonghen
It was important not to lose because once we get two defeats on the trot, expect the Sack Pardew crowd, who have been very quiet recently – to reappear.
Loic Remy came on in the second half last night and looked really sharp, and the former Newcastle loanee scored a good opportunist goal after he had been on the field a matter of minutes.
Alan Pardew has talked about having Moussa and Jack back, and he’s also said he wouldn’t be too surprised if Diego Costa – who was suspended for last night’s game because of picking up five yellow cards – didn’t start at Newcastle:
“It’s great to have them back, particularly Moussa. Hopefully, he’s learned his lesson from West Ham. He has been outstanding and our best player and actually has been very effective against Chelsea in the past.¨
¨I know Jose Mourinho will have one eye on him to make sure he doesn’t impact on the game. He’s a big player for us. Jack has been just as important in a quieter way. He’s not noticed by everybody, but certainly our coaching staff know he has done a brilliant job.¨
“Mentally, I think we’re in a strong position and our confidence is high after one defeat in nine games. We have a good spirit and a confidence that we’re learning lessons along the way.¨
¨This is a new team. We learned a lesson at Burnley, that even against not the top opposition, you still have to put your chances away. If you’re not going to take risks and make forward runs and threaten the opposition, you will get beat.¨
¨We need to threaten Chelsea and it’s going to be a cracking game because they’re a top team. They were terrific against Tottenham in midweek.¨ ¨I was pleased to see Loic score because I think he’s stepped up to that level and shown what a great player he is. He’ll push Costa all the way.¨
¨They’re very strong and very organised, as you would expect and very difficult to break down, particularly when they take the lead. They controlled the game against Spurs and are sending out the right sort of messages at the moment.¨
¨They’re unbeaten, but somewhere along the line, they’ll slip up, Hopefully, on Saturday, we can exploit any weakness that they have.¨ “Jose was moaning about his strikers, but he can’t this year. He has three terrific strikers where any one of them could play.¨
¨Knowing Jose, he could well start with Loic or Drogba – I wouldn’t necessarily guarantee that Diego Costa will return.¨ ¨He’s loyal to his players in terms of performance. I was pleased to see Loic score because I think he’s stepped up to that level and shown what a great player he is. He’ll push Costa all the way.”
Whoever starts up front for Chelsea – be it Costa, Remy or Drogba – the last two both looked very good last night – and it will be a tough task for our defense on Saturday to contain a very impressive Chelsea side.
One player who will not play on Saturday is Serbian International central midfield player Matic – who picked up his 5th yellow card last night and is suspended for the game.
England center-back Tim Cahill was replaced at half time after seeming to suffer a concussion during a first half collision with Vertonghen, and we thought there was a chance he could miss the game – but no such luck. :D.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said he didn’t suffer a concussion:
“He’s okay, he has no concussion and isn’t in need of special care. He was just a little bit afraid of heading the ball.”
Kurt Zuma came in and the 20 year-old Frenchman did well in the second half, but it looks like Gary will be back in the starting line-up against Newcastle.
Well at least they are missing Matic, who has been one of their best players this season, and he will likely be replaced by John Obi Mikel.
Alan Pardew was at the match last night at Stamford Bridge – to run the rule over Chelsea.
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