The 3-0 scoreline hardly tells the story of this game, as Chelsea scored two goals in the last two minutes and Steven Taylor had to go off injured after 89 minutes with an injury, after Newcastle had already used all three substitutes.
But the big talking point of this game is that Chelsea should have been reduced to 10 men after only 4 minutes, when David Luiz brought down Demba Ba when Ba was straight through on goal, and Luiz was the last man.
But amazingly referee Mike Dean gave only a yellow card – explain that one please – it was a stone cold red card, and Dean didn’t seem to have the guts to give it.
And you thought maybe today was not going to go Newcastle’s way – and it didn’t.
Then on 13 minutes Cabaye was adjudged to have brought down Daniel Sturridge and referee Dean gave a penalty. Frank Lampard took the penalty but a fantastic save from Tim Krul low to his left saved the day for Newcastle.
On 38 minutes Chelsea went ahead when a brilliant header by Drogba after a cross By Mata that gave Tim Krul no chance, but the Newcastle defense had gone to sleep.
Mata had got away from his marker Cabaye at a throw-in which seemed to have been Newcastle’s- but the the Spaniard got the cross in – and it was sloppy defending by Newcastle.
Newcastle made a change at half time as Shola Aemobi came on in place of Hatem Ben Arfa, and we’re not sure if it was a tactical switch – but it probably was and Newcastle played an all out 4-4-2.
On 55 minutes a Cabaye corner was headed against the Chelsea cross bar by Didier Drogba, and then Chelsea broke away quickly and it took another brilliant save from Tim Krul from Ramires to keep Chelsea from getting their second goal.
On then 74 minutes a Sammy Ameobi shot was cleared off the line by John Terry as Petr Cech mishandled a cross, and after 80 minutes a terrific shot by Shola Ameobi hit the bar and from the rebound Sammy Ameobi hit a decent shot at the Chelsea goal which was well saved by Cech.
When you’re luck’s not in it’s not in.
Newcastle were going for the equalizer at this stage of the game but on 83 minutes Sturridge was straight through on Krul, but again Tim made a great save, and in the next minute Demba Ba had a decent chance in the inside left position at the other end, but he sliced the ball wide.
If it hadn’t been for Tim Krul Newcastle may even have been buried this afternoon.
Chelsea caught Newcastle short at the back on 89 minutes and Torres set up Kalou who blasted the ball into the net for Chelsea’s second goal, even though Tim Krul got ahand to the ball.
And then Steven Taylor had to go off with what looked like an injury and Newcastle were down to 10 men.
To make matters worse, in the 3rd minute of injury time, Daniel Sturridge finally took one of the many chances he got in this game, and blasted the ball past Tim Krul.
This was a disastrous game for Newcastle, not because they played badly, and it was never 3-0, but Newcastle lost both their center-backs, and our paper thin squad is being exposed.
We just have to hope that both Steven Taylor and Colo are okay for next weelk’s game at Norwich, otherwise we could be in some big trouble.
But Newcastle hit the bar three times in this game, and didn’t have the rub of the green, but there again without the magnificent Tim Krul, Newcastle could have been buried.
What a player this boy is and he put in what was really a world-class performance in the Newcastle goal.
We’ll have a full report of the game coming out shortly.
Newcastle United (4-4-1-1): Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba
Substitutes: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi
Chelsea: (4-3-3): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard; Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba, Juan Mata
Substitutes: Ross Turnbull, Jose Bosingwa, Ryan Bertrand, Raul Meireles, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Fernando Torres