Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1 Saturday 13th February 5.30pm
I seem to start every match report I do with ‘another defeat for Newcastle’…
Another defeat for Newcastle as we continued our terrible form against the bottom sides (I say bottom but what I really mean is every team in the league apart from the ones at home to the big teams).
After spending £30 million in January, it is painfully obvious again where we needed to buy, and where McClaren and Charnley have failed again. Every single Newcastle fan knew that we needed a left back (and probably a centre half), yet we didn’t buy one. Why can everyone see it yet McClaren/Charnley can’t?
Another strange McClaren team selection in my opinion with Jack Colback sitting on the bench, although seemingly fit enough to come on at half time – you would have thought he was fit enough to start then (at left back instead of Aarons), and even though we all know he is never going to do it, wouldn’t we all just love to see Coloccini dropped and someone put in his place… although Lascelles isn’t very good either.
I am probably Rolando Aarons’ biggest critic, I grew up in the same age groups as him, watched him closely since he joined, and hear from my friends at the club just how good he is.
I don’t understand the ‘hype’ surrounding Aarons. Aside from a good 20 minutes against Crystal Palace and MOM performance against Man City in the league cup, he has not shown us one bit that he is good enough, and he is certainly not worthy of the hype. Everyone can see he can’t play left back, so why play him there?
Although I do think the ‘he cant play left back’ excuse is a bit of a cop out – he simply isn’t good enough and for me, and although I do not know him personally, from the stands seems to be an example of a young player who thinks he is better than what he is. I hope I am wrong about Rolando Aarons, I really do, but I don’t think I will be.
Oh, and £55 for a ticket? I definitely want my money back.
The game was over after 15 minutes.
1st goal = Terrible defending from Steven Taylor.
2nd goal = Embarrassing from Aarons.
3rd goal = Classic Coloccini.
It doesn’t matter who you are playing against, at that level, to be 3-0 down to ANY team after 15 minutes shows that there is something fundamentally wrong – it’s the key sign in clubs that are going to be relegated.
Leicester may have been dead and buried at this stage last year, but if you go through all of their fixtures last season – they did not get ‘battered’ once, every game was close fought. Only teams that are going to get relegated perform like Newcastle did yesterday.
Chelsea could have been 5 or 6 up by half time – with Newcastle not getting anywhere near the Chelsea goal.
The second half was more of the same – Chelsea still managed to score two goals and they were only playing at 70%. Although they are the champions, it is important to remember that this is a bad Chelsea side – sitting 12th in the table.
Both goals again were terrible defending. I just don’t understand what the coaching staff see. It was painfully obvious in the first half we were playing too high a line. Why are we playing that high?
Coloccini and Taylor are the slowest defenders around, against Fabregas who time and time again can pick a ball over the top with ease – so why play a high line? I just don’t understand it – why can’t McClaren see the obvious flaws in our team that every other fan can see?
It is just so painful to watch when the flaws are right in front of us, and everyone can see it, apart from the two guys who really matter.
“I’ve told the players don’t let that derail us.”
Derail us from what? That one tight home win we had against West Brom last week?
“We are getting a consistency at home.”
Beating West Ham and West Brom by the one goal is not consistency.
“Whereas last week we won the game in the first 10 minutes
(It was 0-0 after 10 minutes last week), today we lost it.”
“Our defensive frailties.”
Then why didn’t you sign a single defender in the transfer window? Or only Chancel Mbemba last summer?
“As soon as I saw the team sheet, I thought we are going to have to defend extremely well today”
Then why did we play such a high line and also not play Colback?
“We were certainly focused and we knew that with their front five, they would press and we knew that we would have to play forward at a good tempo, play high.”
This is the point Steve, we weren’t focused, a focused team is not 3-0 down after 15 minutes.
“You always demand and want more and unfortunately tonight we have just been exposed by a very, very good team.”
They’re 12th – and for anyone who criticises me for saying that because they’re the champions, does that mean I can say Leicester are rubbish because they scraped survival last season?
He also made a comment about how you get one or two of those a season… that is our second 5-1 defeat this season (against teams currently 12th and 13th), we also conceded 6 away to Man City, lost 3-0 against Sunderland and have lost to Watford 3 times.
Only relegated teams have stats like that.
McClaren has to go. Any other manager, at any other team, would have gone by now.
Only at Newcastle United can you keep your job by failing.
Probably our best away support of the season – the fans did not get on the team’s back once. There is definitely a strong consensus among the hardcore group of away fans that McClaren has had enough chances and is simply incompetent.
Praise for our fans is even more deserved considering a ticket yesterday was £55, it was a 5.30 kick off, on tv, and because of train service problems there were no trains back to the north east in time. I live local and I didn’t even get back until 1 in the morning.
Once again, if the players on the pitch put in as much effort as the support off it, then we probably wouldn’t be in this situation.
I was talking to a Chelsea fan at Cambridge Station on the way back and he summed it up pretty well. He said:
“You are probably the worst team we have seen at Stamford Bridge this season… but the best fans by a mile.”
I also got recognised just before the game as ‘that guy from The Mag who hates Newcastle’ – so again, if you are reading this, answer me this, what is there to be positive about?
Here are the stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 5 Newcastle 1
Chelsea: Costa 5, Pedro 9, 59, Willian 17, Traore 83
Newcastle: Townsend 90
Possession was Newcastle 45% Chelsea 55%
Total shots were Newcastle 10 and Chelsea 14
Shots on target were Newcastle 3 and Chelsea 7
Corners were Newcastle 5 and Chelsea 8
Team: Elliot, Janmaat, Coloccini, Taylor, Aarons, Shelvey, Sissoko, Tiote (Lascelles 67), Wijnaldum (Colback 46), Townsend, Mitrovic (Doumbia 70)
Unused Subs: Darlow, Saivet, Perez, Riviere
Ref: Roger East