26-year-old Newcastle defender Fabian Schar finally made his debut when he started the game against Chelsea in a three-man back line.
Wing-backs DeAndre Yedlin and Paul Dummett made it five at the back when we were defending.
We looked solid against Chelsea, one of the best teams in the league, who have players who cost vast sums in the transfer market.
But just like against Tottenham in the first game we had no luck.
We conceded a dodgy penalty after 76 minutes, and it was given against Fabian Schar for a tackle on Alonso.
And an own goal from the unlucky DeAndre Yedlin with just three minutes to play was the other goal conceded.
In between, there was a great header from Joselu at the near post to put us level at 1-1.
That would have been a good result for us, but again we took nothing out of our second home game of the season.
Fabian Schar tackle on Marcos Alonso that produced a penalty
New players Fernandez, Schar, Rondon, and Ki Sung-yueng all started the game and Muto got on late in the second half.
Fabian Scar has talked about his debut for Newcastle in the Chronicle today:
“I think it was a good game against one of the best teams in the Premier League,”
“You can see the quality they have, with some of the best players in Europe.”
“It was a great experience to play my first game in the Premier League against them. We did a good job, except the result.”
“It’s a great feeling to play in front of the fans here. But we wanted at least a point so I’m disappointed about that.”
“I found out I was playing for definite on the day of the game, but in training, during the week you get an idea that you could play from the drills you do.”
“St James’ Park is one of the best stadiums I have played in. The fans are crazy and I love to play here. I am looking forward to the next home game.”
“It’s cold in the North East, but I knew this so I’ve settled in well.”
“Yes we have positives, but in the end we would like some points,”
“We could have got a point against Tottenham and then against Chelsea, maybe we could have got three points at Cardiff too.”
“With a bit more luck we could have more points, but now we have two difficult games ahead and it will not be easy.”
We play at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup tomorrow night.
And then maybe our most challenging game in the league this season when we visit Manchester City on Saturday at the Etihad.