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)