Chelsea won their tenth league game out of ten today at Stamford Bridge by 2-0, but it wasn’t made easy by a hard-working Newcastle side who outplayed Chelsea in the first half, and we had a few good chances to go ahead before half time.
Mike Williamson in action against Diego Costa today
Remy Cabella and Sissoko both looked good but Chelsea went ahead after 43 minutes completely against the run of play, as Chelsea took a short corner from Willian that caught Newcastle sleeping, and the ball was quickly crossed to an unmarked Oscar to fire past Krul.
And then – obviously after a dressing room dressing down from Mourinho at half-time, Chelsea increased the pace of their game in the second half and got the vital second goal after 59 minutes when good play by Oscar put the ball back to Diego Costa who show past a helpless Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.
That basically killed the game and Newcastle couldn’t get back into his game after playing so very well in those first 45 minutes.
There were some good things to take out of this game, and we were so much better than last week at Leicester City, but there again we had our best team playing today.
Remy Cabella is starting to look like the player we thought we bought in the summer, and Moussa Sissoko again had a very good game.
Tim Krul made a huge different at the back as his experience and confidence filtered through to the back four, who played quite well today but we couldn’t keep out excellent first half display going into the second half.
This augers well for the rest of the season though, and it’s obvious the team spirit is still intact – and we have some good players with Ayoze Perez and Jack Colback again looking good for the Magpies.
This is how we saw the game today.
Remy Cabella had an early show from the left deflected wife for a corner and then after 32 minutes he again went past a couple of Chelsea players before hitting a good shot that Cech did well to save low down to his right, as he pushed the ball away.
Yoan Gouffran then hit a shot from a free kick that swerved around and Cech did well to block the shot.
And then on 36 minutes Sissoko – who was making some powerful runs at the Chelsea defense – hit a good shot that seems to hit the corner of the post and the cross-bar.
But after Newcastle had been the better side in the first half Chelsea went ahead just before half time after 43 minutes, and it was a poor time to concede by Newcastle.
It was a lapse of concentration from the Magpies as Chelsea’s Willian took a quick corner to Ivanovic, who put the ball across the goal and an unmarked slammed the ball into the back of the net for their first shot on target in the game.
That was really tough on Newcastle, who had been the better side in that first half – and after the lads had put in a great display in the first half we were 1-0 down at the break.
At the start of the second half it was obvious that Chelsea has been told by an unhappy Jose Mourinho at the half to increase the pace of the game and their passing and they started to get at Newcastle.
Chelsea doubled their lead after 59 minutes when some good play from Oscar opened up the Newcastle defense, and he brilliantly put the ball back to Diego Costa who smashed the ball into the back of the net for his 15th league goal of the season.
Sammy Ameobi came on after 63 minutes for the hard-working Gouffran, and within a minute of coming on a cross come shot from Sammy was turned over the bar by Cech.
The second goal helped to settle Chelsea down and they started to play some decent football, but Newcastle were chasing the game and still trying to come back.
After 84 minutes Riviere came on for Moussa Sissoko – but Chelsea saw out the game for their 10th win in their 10th home league game this season – a 100% record.
Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, Kurt Zouma, John Terry (c), Cesar Azpilicueta; Nemanja Matic Cesc Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Diego Costa
Substitutes: Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Ramires, Loic Remy, Didier Drogba
Newcastle (4-3-3): Tim Krul; Daryl Janmaat, Mike Williamson, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Paul Dummett; Moussa Sissoko (Emmanuel Riviere 84), Vurnon Anita, Jack Colback; Remy Cabella, Ayoze Perez, Yoan Gouffran (Sammy Ameobi 63)
Substitutes not used: Freddie Woodman, Davide Santon, Massadio Haidara, Haris Vuckic, Adam Armstrong
Referee: Roger East (Wiltshire)