Newcastle drop back into the relegation zone after a 1-0 loss at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea were just too much in the second half as their constant attacks finally grabbed them the goal they needed for all three points.
Both sides emerged unchanged after the 0-0 stalemate in the first half. Chelsea went immediately on the front foot and put Newcastle under severe pressure. Chelsea won a barrage of corners, but the Newcastle defense held up early on.
In the 67th minute, Dubravka made a wonderful save on Christian Pulisic. The American collected a deflected shot from Hudson-Odoi but couldn’t get it past our sprawling keeper.
Andy Carroll came on for Miguel Almiron in the 69th minute. Joelinton moved to left while Saint-Maximin went out to the right.
Then in the 73rd minute, former Mackem Marcos Alonso’s low drive across goal beat Dubravka. Dubravka had been outstanding but could have done better on the effort by Alonso. While it looked like it was coming, to concede in this manner felt like a gut punch.
Yedlin kept it one goal down with a remarkable clearance in the box in the 80th minute. Joelinton would make way for Christian Atsu a minute later.
In the 82nd minute, Allan Saint-Maximin showed some dazzling skills as he beat Alonso at the byline to get in a cross. However, Jetro Willems skied the ball into the stands.
Dwight Gayle made his season debut for Allan Saint-Maximin in the 85th minute. The 22-year-old Frenchman received a standing ovation for his efforts today.
It was not meant to be for the lads. They played very well, and it was just a goal that Dubravka will feel he should have done better on that is the difference. A solid performance, but it was a fair result with Chelsea’s second-half dominance.