Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 Saturday 10 January 3pm
With fans desperate to see new players arrive at the club this January, the first of them turned up this afternoon.
The player in question was Remy Cabella, who despite finishing on the losing side went on to give a man of the match performance.
To say that the Frenchman has been a big disappointment would be putting it mildly so far this season, while fans understand he was thrown in the deep end after minimum post-World Cup preparation, he has literally shown next to nothing to justify United’s long chase for him.
However, today he was on his game and keeping the usual stupid step overs to a minimum, instead Cabella ran at the opposition and they couldn’t handle him. Four or five mazy runs saw him dropping his shoulder and gliding past supposed top class defenders, John Terry in particular left helpless when one on one with his Newcastle opponent.
All that was missing on that particular run was a pass to the unmarked Perez but instead he shot and Cech comfortably saved. If Cabella can get into those positions a lot more often then he will gain the composure and confidence to then relax and invariably make the correct decision when he gets to the business end of things.
In fact the first half belonged to Cabella and the other two front runners – Ayoze Perez and Moussa Sissoko. in fact if Sissoko had smashed it inside the post instead of onto the woodwork when he also ghosted past John Terry,then there is every chance we could now be looking at a double over the likely champions.
Instead, United switched off a couple of minutes before half-time and paid the price. Seeing the ball out for the corner, Coloccini tapped it out instead of belting high into the stands, both he and most of the rest of the team turned their backs and within a few seconds the ball was in the back of the net after a quickly taken corner. Blame shared in descending order by Coloccini, Dummett and Krul.
A different game and a different opposition after that goal and United could have been two down within secodns as Williamson was all over the place, just for a change, and conceded a free-kick to Costa but the 20 yard effort was beaten away by Tim Krul.
An hour on the clock and Williamson is caught in possession, a flowing move follows before Diego Costa finishes superbly giving Krul no chance.
The last half hour could have been messy but United stuck to their task.
Not a disgrace to lose here but a big disappointment after a first 42 minutes that promised so much, if Carver gets the players repeating that first half play in the coming game/games then with more of a cutting edge you’d have the makings of an attacking threat.
Team: Krul, Janmaat, Williamson, Coloccini, Dummett, Colback, Anita, Gouffran (Ameobi 63), Cabella, Sissoko (Riviere 84), Perez
Unused Subs: Woodman, Satka, Santon, Haidara, Vuckic
Ref: Roger East
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