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 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).
Subsnot 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)