Newcastle defended well for most of today’s game and held Chelsea until the 76th minute and it was a poor penalty awarded for the Blues that broke the deadlock.
Fabian Schar got the ball in his tackle on Alonzo but the referee awarded a penalty – it could have gone either way – but it was an important goal with only 4 minutes to play.
And then substitute Joselu scored his second goal of the season in three games and it looked like we could get something out of the game.
But then we were so unlucky when an own goal by DeAndre Yedlin with just 3 minutes to play was the difference between the sides.
So a penalty and own goal is what we conceded today against a top side who have now won all their games.
DeAndre Yedlin deflects Alonso shot into the net
But the positives were that the four new players – Rondon, Schar, Fernandez, and Ki all made their starting debuts – and they looked good players.
We will see Newcastle play like this against the six top clubs and we will try to take some points from the games.
Against the other 14 clubs, we will see a more attacking Newcastle side.
As usual with a Newcastle side, our players were compact and organized, they concentrated 100% and in the end, we were unlucky not to get the point that Rafa at least wanted.
But with only 19% look for the critics – also called pundits – to get on the back of Rafa again – but they know about 10% of what the manager knows about football.
The shock before the game was that Rafa made 6 changes to the side that drew at Cardiff City last week.
Shelvey and Lascelles were injured – although the rumors before the game were that Jamaal was left out of the squad because he wouldn’t play on the right side of a three-man defense.
We hope this thing is nipped in the bud – the last thing we want is bad feelings between manager and captain.
Schar, Fernandez, and Clark were the center-backs with Yedlin and Dummett the wingbacks.
Local lad Paul Dummett was captain for the day.
And local lads Sean Longstaff, 20, and defender Jamie Sterry were named on the bench – so that was a good experience for them.
The Chelsea side was ridiculously expensive with their new goalkeeper Kepa Azzizabalaga costing £71.6M and our goalkeeper Martin Dubravka costing £3M.
That tells you everything about which club has spent the big money over the last 13 years or so.
Newcastle started this game trying to contain the Chelsea side with five at the back and they did well to hold the Blues in the first half.
It was the same tight play by Newcastle in the second half until the controversial penalty awarded to Chelsea after 76 minutes.
It looked over but then substitute Joselu scored after 83 minutes.
It was a great cross from Yedlinb from the right and another great header from the Spaniard to put Newcastle level.
It looked like we could get a creditable draw – but for the second home game running against a top-six side, we lost 2-1.
It was an own goal from DeAndre Yedlin that was the difference with the right back deflecting an Alonso shot into the net.
This was the first time in six of these home league fixtures that we have lost to Chelsea.
Newcastle tried to come back in the five minutes of stoppage time but we couldn’t do it.
What this showed is that we have a very decent defense and against lesser teams, we should be able to keep some clean sheets.
But it’s just one point from our first three league games and we are at Manchester City next Saturday and it will be more of the same from the Magpies.