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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alreet 5pts

I think either perez or aarons will start against arsenal. We have to have thauvin right and mitro up. Id plant tiote colback and wijnaldum in the middle. We have to use the wingers and get the ball to them early.

Hetton Mag
Hetton Mag 5pts

I thought Perez was outstanding at Manu. Great football brain, tricky, skilfull and hard working, tracking back and making a couple of excellent tackles. On that performance he would be an ever present for me. Still not sure about Mitro, new shearer, new McDonald no he looks like the new billy white hurst to me. I'm still stunned at the transformation of Anita . Expect McLaren to go for 2 holding midfielders. Wow such choices he has! Colo always plays better with Taylor beside him, apart from injury record I've always thought Taylor to be a decent player, he doesn't deserve the stick he gets re performance, public statements different matter. Bloody hell Im looking fwd to a game.

stepaylor 5pts

With thauvin and aarons playing wide and mitrovic up front, wijnaldum and sissoko box to box and either colback, tiote or anita holding we have a strong side with exciting young talent. If colocinni stays on form and creates a solid partnership with mbemba. The only weakish link may be haidara but he has the potential to be a top player. Has the pace and work ethic needed, just his touch and decision making need time.

With taylor, tiote, anita, de jong, cisse and perez not able to get into my first 11 it shows we have the best squad we have had in years. With armstrong, gillead, heardman, roberts, gihlespy, sterry and woodman coming through we have a great foundation of young players. Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright.

stepaylor 5pts

Yeah i didnt include any of them apart from taylor in my first post as i assume they wont be around anyway. Taylor is likley to have his deal extended, on current form good value but with his injury record we have to wonder whether 40k a week can be better spent. I like having local lads in the squad and i think his personality is good for the group so i would give him a 3 yr deal

Mal44 5pts

@stepaylor  ''Only cisse, colocinni and tiote in the whole squad will need replacing over the next 2 yrs and if that change is an improvement in quality then the future will be bright''.

Given that the contracts of Williamson, Obertan, Taylor and Marveaux are up next year (plus Elliott, Vuckic and Ferguson who are more peripheral squad members), I think there will be more than the three you mention. But as you say the future is beginning to look brighter - still worried about the current depth of our defence though, especially when injuries and suspensions kick in.

DomUniqu3 5pts

Need to keep Perez in I think he's an asset to the team, best player last year imo

george8783 5pts

picked Alexander Mitrovic up for training today 

what a level headed young man he is 

a new hero in the making 

speaks english very well has his family with him 

looks much fitter than 3 weeks ago

and he has shown he does not have to get booked to frighten the premier league defenders his presence will create chances and he should score plenty 

good luck tomorrow 

DanH87 5pts

What is this 1998? There isn't a single team in the PL that plays two strikers anymore. Mitrovic to me is the epitome of the modern PL striker and if we are to have any chance of success this season he has to start every game he can. Forget about Cisse. 

Kazie23 5pts

Uhm...City played with two strikers last season

alreet 5pts

Need to keep cisse as a sub. He can still put em away. New era though. No more reliance on gouffran ameobi and colback to get the goals.

JohnEllis2 5pts

We have to find a starting place for young arrons his pace and eye for goal is scary

Kazie23 5pts

I know...And Ayoze perez

wor monga
wor monga 5pts

There’s plenty of time for all eventualities to occur over the length of the season…Cisse and Perez will play a major part, but the main thing now is converting the work we’ve done into a win…preferably at home against Arsenal…that must be the total motivation for the team, and nothing but that!!!