Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea: Match Reaction

Match Summary

Chelsea’s 23-match invincibility streak has ended at the hands of Newcastle and Papiss Cisse as the Blues’ continued to have struggles in the North East.

Mourinho, who has never beaten Newcastle at St James’ in the Premier League, could have written a club record 24-match unbeaten run by avoiding defeat today but that chance went in the second half, despite Drogba’s best efforts.

Embed from Getty Images

Chelsea had started brilliantly in the opening stages, creating many opportunities in the opening quarter of the match, but there was always the warning Newcastle would get something, as proven when Colback broke free, only for Courtois to spare Blues’ blushes.

Rob Elliot having to go off and Newcastle’s third-choice goalkeeper coming on may have given Chelsea some ideas, but Alnwick was inspired.

Couple that with Cisse coming on, Newcastle were inspired at the front too, and went ahead when Cahill could no clear from a cross. Cisse was on hand to tap in from three yards.

And so came the Chelsea onslaught, but to the detriment of another goal. Haard had hit the post but 36 seconds later, this swift Newcastle break looked like it had been stopped by Courtois, but the ball wriggled to Cisse to slide home another.

There was a mountain to climb but the arrival of Drogba brought Chelsea to the level they should have started the game at. The old Chelsea spirit came back with his emergence, and Taylor commited one foul too many and Atkinson sent him off. From the ensuing corner, Drogba leapt highest.

But it was too little too late and, should Manchester City win at Everton tonight, what could have been a temporary nine-point lead may well turn into a paltry three-point lead.

What are your thoughts from the game? Leave your thoughts in the Comments section below!

———————————————————–————————————————————

Man of the Match

didier-drogba.thumbnailDIDIER DROGBA: What Drogba may have lost in speed and energy levels, he more than makes up for in desire. He was only on the field for 23 minutes but the hunger and passion for the shirt was remarkable to see, and an example for other players that the Chelsea way is to dig very deep when matches go wrong. A classic header and was a real nuisance in the air. All other players were a 5/10 today; Hazard lost the ball a lot too and when you have the utterly useless Mikel stand in for Matic, the result is no surprise. 7/10

———————————————————–————————————————————

Manager Reaction

Mourinho defends his unlucky side: “My team lost the way I like to lose which is to give everything and being unlucky. Things were happening outside the four lines that the referee couldn’t control. The referee can’t punish the ball boy who disappeared with the ball, the referee couldn’t punish the people in the crowd who kept the ball.”

Pardew was soaking up all the praise: “That was about character and discipline against probably best team in Europe at the moment. It’s a special day for us. Our tactical plan to stop Chelsea worked quite well. We’re delighted to have given a little gee up to the Premier League.”

———————————————————–————————————————————

Post written by Martin Li. Martin has had three years’ blogging experience, writing for the likes of Bleacher Report and SWOL. He runs his own Chelsea blog — The Chelsea Chronicle — which has match reaction and analysis from every Chelsea match. You can follow him on Twitter.

———————————————————–————————————————————

© Martin Li and The Chelsea Chronicle, 2011-2014. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this Blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Martin Li and The Chelsea Chronicle with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Advertisements

5 thoughts on “Newcastle United 2-1 Chelsea: Match Reaction

  1. Pingback: The Chelsea Chronicle | Chelsea 2-0 Hull City: Match Reaction

  2. Pingback: The Chelsea Chronicle | Chelsea 3-1 Sporting Lisbon: Match Reaction

  3. Mou being Mou. Not long ago Pardew’s head was up for grabs. Now, he has taken Newcastle to a new height this season. And Jose has to watch out, City is 3 points behind now.

    Like

    • Hi, thanks for your comment.

      The title race was always closer than journalists liked to report: talking about invincibility after around 7 games was ridiculous. Expert pundits who claimed Chelsea would run away with it are probably now analysing that Manchester City are “right back in it”, when it was only they who dismissed them, so all they’re doing is correcting a mistake they made. It will drag on.

      Liked by 1 person

      • You are right. People had taken City for granted. And United is still a work in progress. Points are being dropped everywhere. Chelsea was the most consistent one from the get go, but there still lots of games left and almost crunch time in Champions League for some. Very good post. Cheers. Fyi, no ball boys were allowed to avoid time wasting.

        Like

What are your thoughts from the match? Let me know below!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s