Alan Shearer has pointed the finger at Fabricio Coloccini and Tim Krul, as Newcastle gifted Chelsea the lead after comprehensively being the best team in the opening forty two minutes of the contest.
Shearer reckoned that John Carver would have been going mad after Sissoko and Cabella (twice) came close to giving United the lead before a shocker of a goal was handed on a plate to the home team.
Coloccini miscontrolled a ball and when he was forced into giving away a corner, instead of putting the ball out into the stands as Alan Shearer pointed out on Match of The Day, instead the Newcastle Captain only tapped the ball out AND made the cardinal sin of turning his back on play.
He wasn’t alone though because as the quick corner was taken, Tim Krul was also looking the other way clapping his teammates, two seconds later the ball was in the back of the net.
“John Carver must have been going absolutely mad, the way they started the game, the chances they created and the easy thing really…you can’t switch off – you have to concentrate.
“This ball should go into the top row of the stand, not just a little tap out.”
Lack of reaction;
“Look at the reaction, or rather the lack of reaction. Quick free-kick (corner) and good play by Chelsea – good quick thinking.
“But look at this, Tim Krul isn’t even looking, at all. Too late – the ball is now in the box before he even realises.
“Coloccini’s hands are in the air…’thinking what is going on here’ and they get punished.”
As always the first goal is crucial against the best teams and no surprise that in each of the four times United had beaten Chelsea in the previous six encounters, Newcastle had scored the first goal.
While United deserved to be in front at the break after the chances created, even going in level could have still given them the platform to go on and nick the first goal and potentially win the match.
Of course once Chelsea scored they were a different team and it was a totally different game.