Aston Villa v Newcastle United - Premier LeagueSaturday 2 February 3pm
Newcastle United 3 (Gutierrez 41, Sissoko 68, 90)
Chelsea 2
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Rafa might have only wanted to talk about the Coloccini/Ba incident but he needs reminding that ninety minutes brings with it all kinds of plusses and minuses and having to bring on a £50m replacement should hardly be seen as weakening the team.

Should Coloccini have been sent off? Who Cares?

What I do know is that like every match the Ba missed chance/broken nose incident is just one of many that can go either way and what I do know for sure, is that we didn’t get many other benefits of the doubt off Howard Webb.

The fact that Newcastle were in good enough shape to go toe to toe with one of the three best Premier League teams can only bode well for the future.

Every player did their bit and maybe more than anything, the new signings have helped energise some of our underperforming players, none more so yesterday than Jonas Gutierrez.

Alan Pardew has often talked in the past about needing pace in the team and when Sissoko left Ashley Cole trailing in his wake it was enough to make even the most pessimistic fan smile.

Gouffran really came into his own as well and the whole performance was built on a work ethic that meant Chelsea were pressured on the ball throughout the game, save for only short spells in either half.

Cisse should have done better with two great first half chances but his confidence will grow again with the kind of support he had today.

Jonas put the opening goal away and from that point I thought we looked so comfortable. Against top teams and especially top strikers of the ball it just shows that one, or two, breaks or lapses of concentration can hammer you.

Bang Bang, Lampard and Mata hit real quality goals and just how unfair did that feel at the time?

This though looks a reborn Newcastle and Cisse brilliant slipped Gouffran through and his pace from the halfway line meant nobody was going to catch him, Cech beat the shot away but turbo charged Sissoko had matched his French colleague and we were back to 2-2.

Fast forward to the ninetieth minute and Santon claims his second assist, the ball played back to Sissoko whose low strike is the way to hit the ball. He struck right through the ball as defenders moved top pressure him and gave the keeper no chance. All kinds of praise have flown around for Moussa Sissoko but I can safely say I don’t think I have seen a player hit the ball as cleanly since Alan Shearer.

Let us hope this is the beginning of something and not a tremendous result to a backdrop of pressure. The foundations are there.

Newcastle United: Krul, Debuchy, Taylor, Coloccini, Santon, Perch, Cabaye, Gutierrez, Sissoko (Mapou 90), Gouffran (Marveaux 84), Cisse

Unused Subs: Elliot, Bigirimana, Anita, Obertan, Shola

Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Oscar, Mata, Bertrand, Ba (Torres 42)

Ref: Howard Webb

Crowd: 52,314 (2,839 Chelsea)

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6 comments
GToon
GToon 5pts

The worrying thing about all of this is how we are everybody's dream team. We help Everton who can't win at home to their best performance. We reinvigorate Rooney and make their team look great. We then make Chelsea look that good that I honestly can't think how many players they could have gone down to before we stood a chance. Now let's get a few things straight.

Maclaren needs the sack. No discussion, no arguments. Sack him or get relegated.

Arrons is not a left back. He isn't even that good.

Sissoko has given up and needs to be dropped.

Coloccini needs to be dropped. He is that slow it's almost embarrassing.

Taylor is two stone overweight.

And as for that clown Tiote. In most of the games I have seen him play he is the oppositions best player.

Brendan Rodgers, Buck Rodgers, who cares. Any of them could do a better job. Even I could. At least we all have eighteen days off before the misery continues. Let's just hope Ashley realizes now is the time to do the right thing. Surely he understands that there is something lacking in the tactics when teams who are struggling against other opposition have a field day against us. It's happening time and time again. Time for change.

Sickandtiredstill
Sickandtiredstill 5pts

Seriously lads, just how bad does this need to be before everyone accepts the facts? Schteeve is a complete duck egg. Once again he set up to try and not lose rather than trying to win or at least force a draw. 


Never mind Aarons - the experienced 'pro's' were again shocking. Sissoko and Gini should be sent to the U21's and not allowed to return until they learn some passion, desire and commitment. Tiote again showed just how bad he actually is 99% of the time.


Schteeve confirmed just how bad he is 100% of the time. 

SimonM68
SimonM68 5pts

Tripe. Worst goal difference of anyone around us and 45 mins left.  At least would like to see Doumbia get some game time into his legs as he may be crucial in the games to come. Can't see any other possible benefit from the next 45 mins. Then again, I did walk out at 0-4 Arsenal lol. 

Alsteads
Alsteads 5pts

Let's just go down. Some more of this next season? No thanks. Surely FCB has got to pull the trigger. He is on par with JT FFS

Big Al 1967
Big Al 1967 5pts

17 minutes in and three down FFS. Yet again a gutless performance away from home with our supposed leader on the pitch Captain Colo backing off every time Chelsea attack. No doubt McClaren will want a 'reaction' yet again from these useless clowns next time