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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Roysten59 5pts

What a great account of things. If mcclaren has any sort of power over this captaincy, ("which I personally don't feel he does since colo's bew contract! I also don't see him having the power to drop the captain or any top earner as this would be like not advertising your top range") surely it's time to set an example and make the sacrifice and show the other players that no one is to good to be dropped if playing under par.

SteveSmith16 5pts

They're a bunch of work-shy cowards.

Examples need to be made of the whole squad.

Put all names into a hat, including McClaren and the coaches and sack every 5th names drawn out. No exceptions.

Shock the whole squad back to life and fill all positions with suitable replacements. And that's me being lenient.

A Roman style decimation would be too good for this sorry lot.

Alsteads 5pts

I watch Dummett and Janmaat doing the same now. If Dummett had of stood facing then it would never had went in off his back. They are an absolute disgrace to the shirt and sooner or later something has to give.The times we have let these pathetic excuse of players off the hook has to be the final time. I just wish we had went down last season so we could see what FCB really wanted to do. I will take relegation if there is any chance of ridding the club of the whole sorry pathetic shxte that is criminally going under the name of Newcastle United at the moment.

Elliott (for his endeavour only) aside every single one of those players are a disgrace 

1957 5pts

When Colo eventually leaves us he will have his choice of parts in a Wizard of Oz musical for he clearly has no brain, no heart and lacks courage.

Of all the decisions made at NUFC over the last few years retaining him with a new contract is one of the worst. He should have been allowed to leave in the summer and been replaced, almost anyone could have done better, he has had no commitment to  NUFC for a long while and as a captain doesn't even give the impression of leading by example as some within the club have always claimed. 

jimblag 5pts

It shouldn't even matter about the captain, if you're a footballer, especially a pro one, you try your hardest!!