Alan Shearer watched on as Newcastle lost at St James Park in the Premier League for the first time since 2011.

After four wins and a draw in the last five of these fixtures, it looked as though we were heading for another point when Joselu equalised with only seven minutes left on the clock.

A goal that probably stunned Newcastle fans more than anybody else, as it was so unexpected.

An excellent Yedlin right wing cross was met by an even better header by sub Joselu. Fair play to him, a great goal.

This cancelled out a 76th minute Hazard penalty.

At the game it looked an obvious penalty but texts from those watching at home suggested otherwise.

Newcastle though looked to have earned a point though, only for a corner to end up with a shot across goal which DeAndre Yedlin deflected into his own goal, desperately trying to clear the danger.

Alan Shearer described that finale as a ‘sickener’ as Newcastle ended up with nothing.

Massive surprise when the team was announced, Lascelles and Shelvey missing, with media claims the captain was dropped after disagreeing with Rafa about his role in a back five.

An unexpected team selection but as Shearer said: ”Great effort from everyone’, even though it was a difficult watch.

Only 19% possession at home, although remarkable the stats ended up showing Newcastle with only one less corner and one less shot on target.

They overall did very well in dealing with Hazard, very few times was Dubravka exposed.

The last 15 minutes saw the game spring to life but Rafa Benitez would undoubtedly have settled for the 0-0 he’d clearly set his team out for.

Alan Shearer:

“What a sickener that was.

“Great effort from everyone.

“Wasn’t to be.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2


Newcastle: Joselu

Chelsea: Hazard 76 (Pen), Yedlin 87 (OG)

Possession was Chelsea 81% Newcastle 19%

Total shots were  Chelsea 15 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Chelsea 3 Newcastle 2

Corners were  Chelsea 5 Newcastle 4

Referee: Paul Tierney

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 79), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy (Perez 73), Rondon (Joselu 62)

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu

Crowd: 51,791 (3,200 Chelsea)

  • Milburn_Taylor

    One of Chelsea’s players completed more passes than the entire Newcastle team,
    that sums up Ashley’s tenure at the club.
    Going nowhere

    • TheFatController

      He probably costs more than the entire Newcastle team, so he’s actually not as good value on a cost per pass basis

    • Angelswithdirtyfaces

      That’s what buying the best does for you

    • fistsofsteel2

      No. That sums up Rafa’s tactics.

      • Will In Despair!

        Lol, lol and LOL; you obviously know your stuff, maybe you should consider taking your badges?

  • ddsaf

    sickener display for championship all over the pitch ,
    getting fed up with this rafas attitude in the games vs top6 sides
    rock bottom after palace game and Championship in May

    • Damon Horner

      You reckon we’ve got Championship level players but Rafa should be braver against top opposition? What do you hope will happen? You don’t make sense.

      • gudwindavids

        We sat back at home and got beat, I would rather we went to win the game, and if we get beat well at least we tried to win. How can a supporter defend a home team being so defensive, especially when we still conceded two goals and got beat. Does this not show that sitting back being ultra defensive does not work against the top teams ?

        • Leazes.

          The quality of football doesn’t matter until Ashley is gone, We had quality players but Ashley sells them….

          You cant attack a battleship with a tugboat but you can block its path.

        • panther

          because those tactics kept us in the game, if we had have went for it we would have been hammered, and gd will probably be a factor end of season

    • TheFatController

      Thanks Keith Bishop.

      • Kenny

        He’s Troll vermin

    • robbersdog

      You can’t help being a moron, but you’ve chosen to be a Mackem. You sad f*cker.

  • BanJones

    He’s not trying to get a draw, he is staying in the game giving us the best chance of pinching against teams where none of our players would get on the bench for them.

  • gudwindavids

    The amount of possession Chelsea had was embarrassing. We are at home, at least try and win the game Rafa. Will Rafa play his first team against Forest in the only cup we can realistically win ? If it is a weak team then it confirms that Rafa has no clue about what the fans want.

    • panther

      keeping us in the game and the gd down, dont think well be playing this way against many teams, sometimes you have to accept that if you go toe to toe youre gonna come second, we were still in a position to nick something till the end, if we went for them it would have been over by half time

  • fistsofsteel2

    Many on here seem to think Rafa is bigger than the club and that the world would end if he left. The Rafa diehards need to decide whether they support Rafa, or support Newcastle; because they presently appear to support Rafa more than they support the club.

    • SuperDesHamilton

      No people are just realists & don’t live on planet fantasy like you

    • East Durham Mag

      No just most like me know Rafa is one of the best 3 managers in my lifetime, the other 2 being Keegan and Sir Bobby. They also know that if Rafa was supported by this utterly sh*te regime he could propel the club forward. Unfortunately with Fatty it won’t happen. Doubtless you will happy if we get another JFK, Pardew, McClaren or Carver. Who will you blame then?

      • nufcslf

        Exactly. ‘We want our money back’, directed at the fat c**t upstairs should have been the chant.

    • Lewis SG

      The world would end if they replace Rafa with guys like Joe Kinnear.

      Arsene Wenger is out of job though, won’t mind him at all if Rafa decides to leave at the end of the season.

    • Tony English

      When was it decided that fistsofsteel2 should set the ultimatum for the rest of us “support Rafa or support Newcastle”?

      I must have missed that referendum?

      I didn’t realise I had to choose to support one or the other.

    • panther

      Ashley has the club for now
      Rafa has the players,the fans,the city

    • Will In Despair!

      You are clearly missing the point and the bigger picture.