In the end, Newcastle were well beaten by a good Chelsea side after we had gone ahead with an opportunist goal from Dwight Gayle after 12 minutes, for his second goal this season.
Goalkeeper Courtois had blocked the ball beating a Newcastle player to a good through ball, but Dwight was in the right place at the right time to put the ball home.
From then on Chelsea were on top in this game where Rafa played three at the back and with two wing-backs.
Matt Ritchie played in the left wing-back position, but Matt had a poor defensive game and was responsible for two of the Chelsea goals.
In fact, all three goals conceded by Newcastle were from defensive mistakes and that getting to be the story in too many of our Premier League games.
So Rafa has to quickly sort out how Newcastle defend although hopefully both Jamaal Lascelles and Paul Dummett will be available next Saturday for the home game to Leicester City.
Dwight Gayle – scored after 12 minutes
Newcastle are starting to leak too many goals – and our defense was the foundation on which we got off to a solid start to the season.
And it’s worrying we have taken only one point from the last 18 played for.
Chelsea’s first goal came after 21 minutes when Lejeune didn’t clear the ball in the penalty area and it went straight to Eden Hazard who hit a bobbling ball past goalkeeper Darlow to equalize the scores.
And then 12 minutes later Matt Ritchie made a poor attempt to head the ball clear but only gave straight to a Chelsea player who crossed the ball quickly and Morata headed the ball home past Darlow – it was all too easy.
It was 2-1 at halftime with Chelsea controlling the game.
In the second half Newcastle hadn’t given up by any means, and we were still in with a chance at 2-1 down
But then in the 74th minute, Matt Ritchie made a tackle inside the box on Victor Moses that he shouldn’t have made, and he gave away what was a clear penalty.
Hazard converted from the spot to make it 3-1, and in fact, we were fairly lucky to get away with that score as Chelsea could have scored more.
Benitez brought on Hayden, Shelvey, and Yedlin as second-half subs but it made little difference.
We have now lost more than half our league games – 8 games out of 15 games played and we remain on 15 points.
At this rate, we will have 38 points at the end of the season from the 38 games – one point more than we finished up with when we were relegated last year.
But once Rafa sorts things our we expect to have a lot more than that come May – but at the moment it’s just a little worrying with our collapse in the last six games.
Chelsea and the other top five teams are not where we will get our points and wins from this season.
But games against the other 14 teams are very important to Newcastle, and we must start picking up some wins soon.
Against Leicester, at home, next Saturday would be a good time to start, but the former Champions have been in good form lately.
Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, Christensen (Cahill, 80), Rudiger; Moses, Kante, Drinkwater, Fabregas (Bakayoko, 78), Alonso; Hazard (Willian, 78), Morata.
Subs not used: Caballero, Pedro, Zappacpsta, Batshuayi.
Newcastle: Darlow; Manquillo, Lejeune, Mbemba, Clark; Merino (Yedlin, 85), Diame (Shelvey, 75); Murphy, Perez (Hayden, 61), Ritchie; Gayle.
Subs not used: Elliot, Aarons, Joselu, Mitrovic.
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)