In the first 30 minutes of the game yesterday at St, James’ Park, it seemed a case of when Chelsea would get the first goal, but Newcastle managed to hold out without conceding a goal in that tough first half, in which we were second best.
Alan Pardew and Jose Mourinho on the sidelines
But unfortunately our number two goalkeeper Rob Elliot couldn’t hold out until half time – and he injured himself taking a goal kick in stoppage time of that first half, and left the game at half time – and he will now be out until January.
It turns out he had been carrying an injury during all the three games he’s played deputizing for the injured Tim Krul.
On came the 21 year-old untested Jak Alnwick at the beginning of the second half, and would you believe it, but after 78 minutes Newcastle had gone 2-0 up with goals from substitute Papiss Cisse.
Jak had made some decent punches of crosses – and some decent saves by that time.
Then Steven Taylor was sent off two minutes later for a second yellow card (he deserved it), and from the resulting free kick from Cesc Fabregas – Didier Drogba headed home for Chelsea.
Newcastle then defended valiantly as Chelsea came at the Magpies with everything they had – and Jak Alnwick played a big part in Newcastle hanging on.
Mourinho was seen complaining to the 4th official constantly during that time – we have an untested goalkeeper between the sticks and are down to 10 men and he’s complaining?
The referee added a massive six minutes of injury time, but to no avail, and somehow the patched up Newcastle side held out for another famous win against money-bags Chelsea – out third consecutive win at home in this fixture.
This is what a delighted Alan Pardew said after the game, which was Chelsea’s first defeat since the semi-final of the Champions League last season:
“That was about character and discipline against the best team in Europe at the moment. I am overjoyed for the players, staff and fans.”
“It is a good feeling, They are a fabulous team in a two-horse race – and probably favourites – and they did play well today.” “At the start, we stood off them, but we stuck at it and we are always a threat.”
“It was an extra-special victory on a special day; a special day for Jak and for a lot of our players. It was a real team effort to beat the best team in Europe.”
“We are in it together, pulling in one way. We know what we are doing, our tactics to stop Chelsea worked quite well and I am absolutely delighted for our fans.”
Jose Mourinho complained after the game yesterday as much as he had during the game – and it was about the ball boys, the referee, time wasting, the crowd – you name it.
Sir Bobby Robson taught Jose Mourinho all he knows about coaching while Bobby managed clubs in Portugal and Spain and Jose was his assistant, but one thing Bobby didn’t seem to manage to teach Jose was about dignity.
It would be hard to accuse Jose Mourinho of having any of that after yesterday’s game.
That’s six wins, two draws and one defeat in Newcastle’s last 9 league games – 20 points – and we have done that while leading the Physioroom.com Premier League injury table with 10 players out injured – Chelsea are second bottom with only one injured player out.
What was Jose complaining about again?
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