Saturday 2 February 3pm
Newcastle United 3 (Gutierrez 41, Sissoko 68, 90)
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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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