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Newcastle´s Terrific Performance Ends In Agony

8:14 pm, Saturday, September 26th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Newcastle United were 2-0 up after 60 minutes in this game with goals from Perez and Wijnaldum and with only 11 minutes to play we were still up and seemingly on our way to our first win of the season – but the game ended in agony for Newcastle as Chelsea scored after 79 minutes and 86 minutes and but for a fantastic save by Tim Krul from a header, we could even have lost this game.

This was such an improved performance from Newcastle with Mitrovic making all the difference and linking up well with Perez that we will take the point and the performance but we really should have had our first win – and that would have been something to celebrate.

ayoze perez scored first goal

Ayoze Perez scores first goal

Newcastle are still second bottom of the league table, and a win today would have taken us to third bottom so we still must start picking up points and 3 points in this game is really what we should have had.

Chelsea were second best for most of this game.

But it wasn’t to be – but this was a very good Newcastle performance and shows if the lads can get that extra bit of confidence and swagger then we can start to pull away from the bottom end of the table by getting some wins on the board.

Those are games when we finish having scored more goals than the other side.

Newcastle started this game very well and held Chelsea who were expected to come at Newcastle in the first 20 minutes, but the lads played well and carved out some decent chances with Perez twice going close after 27 minutes.

Young Kevin Mbabu was giving a really good account of himself at left back and he didn´t seem overawed one little bit, making his starting debut against the Premier League Champions.

Kevin is usually a right back, but he looked comfortable on the left side in the first 25 minutes of the game.

Mitrovic and Perez were also linking up well and Alexander was making all the difference as he was an obvious threat and target man up front – we obviously missed him these last three game without particularly realizing  it.

Three minutes before half time Perez scored for Newcastle as he beautifully controlled a high cross into the box from Vurnon Anita before hitting it home off a post.

Newcastle were the better team in the first half and deserved to be 1-0 up when the half-time whistle was blown.

In the second half Newcastle went 2-0 up when Gini Wijnaldum headed home from a corner after 60 minutes and the St. James Park crowd of over 48,000 went crazy.

But then maybe this is when Newcastle went into their defensive posture too much, and let Chelsea back into the game.

It´s always dangerous to try to hold onto a lead when the opposition has so many individual stars who can score at any time.

And right out of the blue after 79 minutes a tremendous Ramirez shot gave the impressive Tim Krul in goal no chance and put Chelsea right back into this game.

But Newcastle were still holding on but then with just four minutes of normal time to go Newcastle let in a bit of a sloppy goal, as a free kick from substitute Willian curled into the goal untouched by any other player – and it was 2-2.

Chelsea did have a chance to win the game, but Tim Krul made an outstanding save from a header, but overall this was a poor Chelsea performance and we should really have won the game – it´s two points lost is one way to look at it.

It would have been terrible if Newcastle had lost this game but why did Martin Atkinson played almost eight minutes of added time when four minutes was how much had been indicated after the 90 minutes?

(The answer – Siem de Jong´s injury).

The final whistle was blown and the appreciative crowd applauded our lads off the field – but there will be a little bit of a let-down that we could and should have beaten Chelsea in this fixture for the fourth time running.

Bit it wasn´t to be but Newcastle showed they are a much better team than we´ve looked in the previous three games.

This should give the players some confidence,  but we also have to start picking up some wins when we are so well positioned in games like these.

Two real positives out of this game was the display up front of  Perez and Mitrovic – our new strike partnership – and they combined well.

Kevin Mbabu looked comfortable and impressive in the left back position – an excellent debut from the 20 year-old Swiss lad.

Overall today it was the performance Steve McClaren and the fans had asked for – pity we didn´t win it – but it shows the team can get a lot better as the season progresses.


Newcastle: Krul; Janmaat, Mbemba, Coloccini, Mbabu; Sissoko (de Jong, 90), Anita, Colback (Obertan, 54), Wijnaldum; Perez, Mitrovic (Toney, 85).
not used: Elliot, Williamson, Lascelles, Thauvin.

Chelsea: Begovic; Ivanovic, Zouma, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic (Willian, 61), Fabregas; Pedro, Oscar (Ramires, 73), Hazard; Remy (Falcao, 61).
Subs not used: Blackman, Terry, Mikel, Kenedy.

Goals: Perez 42, Wijnaldum 60, Ramires 79 Willian 86
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 48.682

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 bob52 // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    At last some fight and what a difference Mitrovic and Mbabu made, nobody shirked today with Coloccini and the whole back line giving their all. Colback going off changed our fate, we were a lesser team without him. If Mbabu is typical of the young blood we have, things are looking up.

  • 2 mattyNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:18 PM

    great match

    incredibly disheartening to see we were ok with the draw and not go for it on those corners.

    i’d have been just as happy with a defeat. might as well have gone for it

  • 3 mattyNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:19 PM


    all outstanding

    everyone else put in a shift, though i though sissoko was again very very poor

  • 4 TheToonKing // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:20 PM

    heartbreak at the end, but the performance we’ve been all waiting for.

    Everyone played well today, special extra plus goes to Mitro, Perez and Mbabu. Their performance , passion I feel dragged the whole team.

    The tougher part is now keeping this up. Hard hard game again next week.

    for tonight …. Howay !

  • 5 mattyNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    think Mbemba was our unsung hero today. 1st class performance

  • 6 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:23 PM

    Perez was just about the only positive last season, his work rate and attitude put the majority of the squad to shame and he has to play, I’d have the last as the first name on the team sheet.

  • 7 pethmag // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:24 PM

    Solid performance today but really think we should of took all 3 points. Still cannot understand how sissoko gets a game .

  • 8 Laurent Robert The Legend // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:26 PM


    Enough said.

  • 9 davis_toons // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    I hope Perez will not be sold anytime soon if MA genuinely wanted to build a team.

  • 10 WWSBRD // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:27 PM

    Ah sod it after what I said after seeing the starting 11 how could I not go for Mbabu

    I have a growing opinion Mbemba would make a very nice CDM obviously for a different club because we won’t buy CBs to allow it but still

  • 11 JackButler // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I take it Mbabu did well???

  • 12 anthc // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    I’ll eat my hat! After seeing mbabu on Wednesday thought he would of got beasted but the lad was brilliant. Mbemba class too. Sissoko cost us that with his petty foul although krul should’ve bossed it. Nevermind happy with the effort and result as expected a drubbing.

  • 13 cornishman // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:29 PM

    A breathe of fresh air all round, just a pity they pinched the equaliser….not sure it was even a free kick.
    Young Mbabu was superb, he sure likes a tackle, is quick and never gave an inch, pure inspiration.I believe if Jack had stayed on we would have won. Keep up this sort of commitment and we should soon turn the corner.

  • 14 mattyNUFC // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:30 PM


    mbabu looked a bit shaky at times but was incredibly brave both in defending and attacking. brilliant debut

  • 15 WWSBRD // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:31 PM

    He was alright haha bar he was very impressive for a young lad against Pedro and Hazard showed no dmfear and pretty composed…loves a tough tackle aswell

  • 16 croftus5678 // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:32 PM

    “the” only player i think did not put in a great performance was obertan !

    the rest did me very proud and proved we could beat anyone with that team ! just a shame they bottled it in the last 20mins.

    shame really as mito was running the show and was so unselfish in both attack and defence with no reward apart from the huge difference he made to the whole team.

    and mbabu looks the part dont he ? i watched him at youth level and he was good and stood out but i never dreamed he would do so well at first team level.

  • 17 goommy // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:35 PM

    What did I just saw!!?? Mbabu shut Pedro out all game and he even take Hazard down 3 times without letting even a foul. Holy shit!! I luv you lad <3

    Aside from the result, I'm quite please with this game. Our lads really give them all and did very well. Just a bit sad to see Janmatt cannot deal with Hazard.

    Howay the lads!!

  • 18 SA Toon // Sep 26, 2015 at 8:42 PM

    Gutted we didn’t win it, but it was good to see the commitment today. Hopefully we can build from here. Strange that over the past few years the Chelsea fixture has been the catalyst for our season!

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