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Alan Shearer thinks Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2 was a ‘sickener’

10 months ago
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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

Goals

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)

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