In the aftermath of Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1, writer Richard Jones looks at the positives and negatives for Newcastle fans as we head into December.


Away fans: I could hear you loud and clear on the telly from start to finish, awesome and a credit to us all.

Away goal: At least we scored at a ground which hasn’t been kind to us and when we pressed in the final third we made them look shaky in the first quarter of the game. Shame we didn’t follow it up once we took the lead (see below).

Jacob Murphy: Another decent game, a couple of decent runs and passes, plus he didn’t hide, keep going bonny lad. I look forward to Murphy & Atsu as wingers and Ritchie in the No.10 role.

Karl Darlow: Made some good blocks and not at fault for any of the goals in my view, should keep his place in the team.

December: Nearer to finally seeing the back of Ashley hopefully – new recruits in the transfer window and the dead wood in the squad moved on.


Midfield: Too slow and no steel, got overran, why Diame started and Hayden on the bench is beyond me.

Low in confidence: We were almost apologetic when we took the lead.

It took me back to the Tyson v Bruno fight and Harry Carpenter shouting “Go on Frank, hit him!” after Bruno landed a corker of a punch early on in the fight. We just sat back and waited for the repercussions from scoring, instead of putting them under pressure with our early goal, particularly with their Hooray Henry crowd who expect a handsome victory every home game.

We smelled blood and did nowt about it. Stop feeling sorry for yourselves and fight lads (Tyson went on to knock Bruno out BTW young ‘uns).

Passing: I can’t be the only person who’s noticed that when we pass it’s usually to the side of our player toward our goal rather than in front of a teammate, unless the receiving player has his back to the opposition’s goal or a 50/50 hump up the pitch.

Too negative and slows down our attacks. Contrast that with Chelsea who did the opposite, ball played for the receiving player to run on to, facing our goal. Plenty of stray passes in this game too.

Ritchie finding himself at left back: He’s not a natural defender and we shouldn’t be expecting him to make last ditch tackles. I don’t blame him for giving away the penalty. Overall he had a quiet game and that was a detriment to us.

Shelvey and Hayden subs: Hayden should have started and putting Shelvey on at 3-1 smacked of desperation – if you think he can get you two goals then start the guy.

Mitro: I think he would have terrified their defence yet didn’t start. Perez again…

December: We are now into our worst month historically for points, with tough games ahead.

Sky commentary: Maybe they could have been a bit more pro-Chelsea but I doubt it!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Stats from BBC Sport:

Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1


Newcastle: Gayle 12

Chelsea: Hazard 21, 74 Morata 33

Possession was Chelsea 66% Newcastle 34%

Total shots were  Chelsea 23 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were  Chelsea 9 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Chelsea 11 Newcastle 4

Referee: Kevin Friend

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Lejeune, Mbemba, Ritchie, Diame (Shelvey 75), Merino (Yedlin 85), Murphy, Perez (Hayden 62), Gayle

Unused Subs:

Elliot, Joselu, Mitrovic, Aarons

Crowd: 41,538 (Newcastle 3,000)

(Alan Shearer gives honest assessment on Chelsea defeat HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Chelsea 3 Newcastle 1 – Read HERE)

(Danny Murphy can’t believe this Newcastle player can’t get in the team – Read HERE)

(Mikel Merino speaks after the 3-1 defeat at Stamford Bridge – Read HERE)

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  • Peter Stabler

    Terrified of Mitro? You are joking right? I wouldn’t even give marks out of 10 for a game I watched on screen – it’s like watching through a letter box.

  • Paul Patterson

    Can’t argue.

  • Leicester Mag

    Sorry but I see no positives in 1 point out of 18. Pi $$ed off with the selection but surely kidding myself if I think it would make a real difference. This tw&t will take us down again.

    • HarryHype59

      Which tw&t? Ashley or Rafa?

      • Leicester Mag

        Edited it to make clear, that said Rafa hardly enhanced his reputation today

        • HarryHype59

          I agree, the the “Rafa walks on water” crew are beginning to see through the absurd hyperbole of the whole Rafalution! I till put 80% of the blame on the Fatman for the debacle that this season has become!

          £400m for club free falling out of the top flight is a joke!

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            there never will be a Rafalution, it was 1st touted by some dimwit on the chron.
            a sound bite picked up by the fools

          • Leazes Ender

            It never existed except in the mind of Mark Douglas of the chronicle as a soundbite…..

            Rafa was in charge of transfers we were assured…. its absolutely laughable!

    • Andy Mac

      Its a good point. Unlike most owners Fatman considers the financial bottom line a priority whereas most other owners choose PL survival as their priority

  • Albert Stubbins

    Great article. Right on the money!!

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Perez couldn`t frighten a moggy

      • Leicester Mag

        Frightens me when he and Dime bar are picked!

      • Albert Stubbins

        I’ve made my views clear on Perez. I’m not wasting anymore time writing about him. The curious case of a player that gets progressively worse as the seasons go by.

    • Jezza

      Even third division Oxford weren’t frightened of Mitro last season. He is not the answer to our striking problems. People are only starting to think he is out of sheer desperation after three months of watching Joselu. The people who are demanding Mitro be picked now are the same people who wanted shot of him in the summer.

      • Albert Stubbins

        Nail on heed there jezza!!

      • Mike Adam

        Wrong again!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    he should have played Hayden, Merino & Jonjo in the midfield, he`s lost his mind playing Matt at the back

  • Leazes Ender

    Richard …..Positives and Negatives don’t cancel each other out to equate to a state of equilibrium or happiness….. just look for the truth… its enough.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • Leicester Mag

      Maybe we could get Donald T to post some false video clips of us winning a game 🤐

    • Albert Stubbins

      We’ve won something like one away game in about nineteen as far as the premium goes. That’s mackem form. Unacceptable whichever way you look at it.

  • joe mac

    ring.ring….hi rafa….its amanda here…..listen..fatsos not playing ball here like…need to get the price down!….how about if you turn the screw a little bit…you know…..lose a few games like….take us to the edge…play that diame…and change yr system….dont make it too obvious like….he,s bount to blink first!…..then i,ll sort you out!……ce ce amanda!…i play ayoze….and manaquin,,,,,cant play hoss cos its too obvious he,s crap!….wait till its too late then bring shelvey on…..muchas gracias senora!

    • love toon despite

      I was thinking the same!!!!
      That said we started brightly but just went into our “Ok, you’re the big boys and we are not worthy” attitude…….after we scored!!

    • Jimmy_toons

      Or we made schoolboy errors again, I.e. Ritchie twice and Merino not tracking his man. If we continue to give away soft goals like we have been doing over the last month or so, we’ll get what we deserve. Nowt. No matter who’s playing, or should I say no matter who’s on the pitch up front SloMo, Weakerez, Toshelu or Plankovic.

    • Peaky Magpie

      Very good 👍

  • Whitehurst

    C’mon Amanda just land the sucker punch on the fat man….then we can all start to move on!! I’ve had like many others, 40 years of this crap….surely it’s got to be our time?! I don’t want to go to the grave thinking what might have been? HWTL

  • Whitehurst

    Flimsy positives at best Mr. Jones!! 3 words spring to mind: “grasping”, “at” & “straws”!!

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Just read the Great Fat One has knocked back the latest bid

    • Peaky Magpie

      He’s had no intention of selling all along,the fat ba***rd knows we hate him with a passion and now he’s just playing games to f**k us all off.

  • Wor Lass

    It`s noticeable that no-one seems to be giving any credit to Chelsea for their win. Yes, we weren`t good for most of the game and we can rightly bemoan Fatty`s lack of financial commitment and Rafa`s intransigence but the simple truth is that we were given a football lesson by a team that will hammer better opposition than us. They were a bit dodgy in defence, which is why they`re not likely to catch Man City, but in the middle and up front they ran rings round us. Hazard and Fabregas were immense and will make mugs of far better players than we`ve got. I agree that Murphy is looking a bit better each game but this wasn`t the game to be able to judge the team properly. There were some poor performances (eg Perez, Lejeune, Ritchie)but, strangely enough, I thought SloMo wasn`t too bad. That`s about as good as it gets!

  • Monkseaton Magpies

    Playing your best players would go a long way in solving our problems rather than
    playing players who have no future at the club. Time to stop playing games and win some points. Three players on the bench should have started simple as that. The ones that changed the game at West Brom did not play very strange indeed.