Newcastle No Match For Chelsea As Batshuayi Scores First Half Brace

Newcastle were in this game until just before halftime when Newcastle target Batshuayi got his second goal via a massive deflection off Lascelles who had tried to block the shot.

The first goal had come out of the blue after 31 minutes when the Blues broke with lightning speed.

And maybe Mbemba could have done better with the through ball into the penalty area, but Michy Batshuayi had an easy time just one minute before the break.

Rafa’s halftime talk would have been changed by Chelsea going 2-0 up just before the break.

Michy Batshuayi – scores his second goal one minute before halftime

Newcastle were playing well in the first 30 minutes, and we carved out some decent chances, but we just don’t have a natural goalscorer in the team at this level.

Let’s just say with Batshuayi in the Newcastle side we would have scored in the first half – pity we cannot get him on loan.

But once the Blues were two goals clear they controlled the second half easily.

Alonzo finished off the scoring with a magnificent goal direct from a free-kick after 72 minutes to make it 3-0 and Chelsea deserved their win.

Our lads looked well organized and gave everything they had, but we are at least four top players short of having a decent side.

It’s hard to even criticize our players as they kept going in that second half, but we were outclassed in those final 45 minutes.

We have to hope that Mike Ashley can bring in at least a striker before Wednesday otherwise we could struggle in the Premier League because we cannot score goals.

The two breakaway goals caught Newcastle short at the back, and it looked so easy for Chelsea.

It was goalkeeper Karl Darlow who produced some good saves in the second half to keep the score down.

Otherwise, it could have been a heavier defeat.

Newcastle can beat any of the bottom 10 sides, and that’s how we can get to safety by May in the Premier League.

But we are about four class players short of having a good Premier League side.

Rafa and the lads can now concentrate on each of the 14 league games remaining for the season.

Newcastle need about 18 points from those games – six wins in 14 games – to be safe.

Teams and stats:

Newcastle: Darlow; Manquillo (Murphy, 77), Mbemba, Lascelles, Clark, Haidara; Shelvey, Saivet, Hayden (Atsu, 83); Ritchie; Gayle (Joselu, 64).
Subs not used: Woodman, Yedlin, Dummett, Diame.

Chelsea: Caballero; Rudiger, Christensen, Cahill; Zappacosta, Drinkwater, Kante (Ampadu, 77), Alonso; Pedro (Hudson-Odoi, 81), Batshuayi, Hazard (Barkley, 73).
Subs not used: Eduardo, Moses, Fabregas, Musonda.
Goals: Batshuayi 31, 44, Alonso 72
Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

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31 comments so far

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Burnley is going to be very very tough. They have been playing great all season. This is one game I still expect us to lose in my prediction for our survival. I predict 0 points from Burnley but 3 points at Palace instead.

  • Black and white armpit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    Catchy yer a full blown Wan##r, report me anarll while yer on.

  • c-dog

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #3

    I don’t care who makes the signings. It’s how poor the signings have been is where the issue lies. And then we sign Kenedy. You’re only as big as the ambition you show. And we deserve to go down. 2 days to turn this around.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Quite literally, no match

  • ArtyH

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #5

    How ironic the scorer was at one time one of Rafa’s top target’s but no funds were made available…..story of the last 11 years 🙁

  • Fishermen53

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Are we a match for anyone I don’t see it

  • RUNAWAY777

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #7

    West Lancs Geordie we cant sell them players to other relegation sides i swear they would come back and kick us in the nuts, and at the same time keep them teams up mate.

  • ArtyH

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    What makes it even more ironic is he cannot get a regular game with his own club, would be idolised at the toon.

  • toon kk

    Jan 28, 2018 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Rafa looking down hearted in his post match interview, he definitely seems let down by Ash, I think he’ll stay to the end of the season and have no choice but to walk away.
    He’s trying/tried.

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #10


    Some deluded people seem to think Rafa actually wanted players of the calibre of Joselu!

  • Ron Knee

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #11

    toon kk

    Who could blame him?

  • c-dog

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafa is gone at the end of the season

  • Fishermen53

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #14

    All we are saying is give us a goal

  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafas signing are crap. 40 million of them.
    Instead of signing eight or so rubbish players who have made the team worse he should have signed two or three quality players. We would be in a lot healthier position in the league.

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Where is mitrovic this is utter rubbish. Give the lad a chance. I sick of this crap.. manquillo is crap cudnt track alonso for first goal hes a joke… why are these dopes getting chances over and over again. Is dere any journalist man enough to ask where is mitrovic and why is he not playing.. rafas selections are baffling at times.. i done care how good a manager he is he favours spanish players and this needs to stop… everybody deserves a chance shelvey got sent off twice still plays him… mitro 1 red and hes gone…

  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #17

    Spot on.
    Crap signings and anything Spanish.
    I know he did not want the crap signings but he should have refused them and bought less players but more quality. If he has no control over the signings then he is a muppet. Keegan did the right thing and walked away.

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #18

    Rafa can have whatever it takes [to bring players in].

    And for the sake of a couple of million for s striker that Rafa wanted, he’s all but got rid of him and probably got us relegated for the third time in 11 years

    I wonder how many lies Mikey boy’s told to Rafa?
    I don’t normally wish ill on anyone but in Ashley’s case, I’ll make an exception – go to hell and burn!

  • lesh

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Can we assume that jimiley on Catchy’s payroll?

  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Same person!!!!!

  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #21

    Absolutely dire match. Chelsea barely got out of second gear and we just let them run all over us after the first goal.

    I tried to put a bet on for a Newcastle player to take a shot that leaves the ground, but nobody would take the bet. Shame really, because they’d never have paid out.

  • jimiley

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Forwards have sparrow legs. No way can the ball leave the ground unless they kick it out their hands!!

  • Our Toon

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    Not being funny but Jorgensen isn’t even worth 12m nevermind 20m. If we have pulled out then I don’t blame us for once.

    Yes we are desperate for players but we also need to make sure it’s not being pissed away. If we sign Jorgensen for 20m we would never get that money back when he fails.

    Yet we tell the world we won t sell Mitro to a relegation rival, why not? He’s apparently not good enough for rafa so why is the manager scared of selling him to a rival?

    Manquillo again started today, that lad is a complete joke, arguably one of the worst signings of the summer, yet we had Anita who would have done a much better job!!

    Burnley haven’t won in 8 games, they are going through a sticky patch, perfect time to play them, let’s see what performance we put in as it’s a massove game for us

  • Thump

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #24

    @jimiley: I’ve seen a sparrow trying to pick a PL regulation football up, and the poor bugger couldn’t even get it’s wings on it.

    Explains a lot, really…

  • DjMickyg

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #25

    As for that jorgenson hes brutal i wudnt go near him…. cudnt even score today and they won 3 – 1. If mitrovic is so bad sell him to a premiership club. He wont tho cause he knows he will prove him wrong…

  • Bigjim67

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Didn’t expect any other result from todays game but we need a win against Burnley. At work and didn’t get to see any of the match but according to BBC app we tried to have a go but were just outclassed? I will be very surprised if Rafa signs an extension to his contract, no matter how much he loves the club and fans theres only so much a person can take when it comes to hollow promises and downright lies.

  • manxpie

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #27

    We are trying to sell our international striker that doesnt get a sniff for 15+ mill while we play our 5 mill striker that rafa didnt want in the 1st place
    Yep makes alot of sense

  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #28

    Our Toon
    i’m not even sure we were ever in looks more like just another lowballing PR exercise from Bishop……… * pure bullshit*

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    Even if money was available what top player would come to car crash Toon? We have to first get rid of FatAsh and then get some credibility and ambition back. Only then can we expect top signings.

  • hibbit

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30


    total outclassed is very fair appraisal of the game.
    to be honest mate they were light years ahead of us !!

  • magicmac54

    Jan 28, 2018 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #31

    As a Newcastle fan living in Ireland, it really really hurts me to say this, but the bottom line is Newcastle are simply pathetic, yes the lads try thier very best and give everything for the cause, but you cant make a silk purse out of a pigs ear, iam 63 now, and have supported to toon from i was 7 years old, i simply love Newcastle United, and i love the geordie people, they are the salt of the earth, under Ashley they are never ever in a million years going to improve or have anything to look forward to in the future only more misery, you geordie fans deserve deserve success more than any team in the country, you have followed Newcastle home and away in your thousands, you have supported the toon not through thick and thin, but thin and thin under that parasite Ashley, he has no interest in Newcastle, he has no ambition for Newcastle, and to be totally honest i dont even think he is looking to sell the club unless he gets a huge huge offer, and he make a huge profit, money is his God, he would sell his own mother if it made him a profile. When is this nightmare ever going to end/ HWTL.


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