Torres Back To His Best…And Worst
The pivotal player was Fernando Torres who gave us an outrageous dive to win the crucial first goal via a penalty, then get deservedly booked for another dive, only to then score a beautiful goal with the outside of his right boot from the edge of the area.
Chelsea will no doubt come out on top in all the statistics but United were always in the game, even at two down.
For the second match in a row, Hatem Ben Arfa was easily Newcastle’s man of the match while Yohan Cabaye looked clearly to have benefited from another week’s fitness/sharpness.
Vurnon Anita did ok filling in for Cheick Tiote but he is no…Cheick Tiote. Conspiracy theorists will be reading more into Tiote’s absence than a mere injury…for once I hope a player is indeed injured.
Ba and Cisse were doing a lot of things right but just not quite clicking and if Demba had put in a very good chance with around ten minutes left including injury time, then it would have made it very interesting.
Newcastle were beaten but shouldn’t be down, seasons are made on how we do against the likes of Aston Villa who are up next.
Full match report to follow.
Chelsea: Petr Cech, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, David Luiz, Ashley Cole, John Obi Mikel, Raul Meireles (Frank Lampard 87), Juan Mata (Ramires 67), Eden Hazard, Ryan Bertrand, Fernando Torres
Newcastle United: Tim Krul, Danny Simpson (Ryan Taylor 64), Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Davide Santon (Sylvain Marveaux 74), Hatem Ben Arfa, Vurnon Anita, Yohan Cabaye (James Perch 77), Jonas Gutierrez, Demba Ba, Papiss Cisse
Subs not used: Steve Harper, Mike Williamson, Dan Gosling, Gabriel Obertan
Referee: Phil Dowd
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