Newcastle 1 Chelsea 2  – Sunday 26 August 4pm

We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.

Newcastle losing the game in a dramatic finale, Yedlin’s own goal delivering the three points to the visitors.

With Manchester City up next, the league table is unlikely to look pretty when the international break comes along.

Jamie Smith:

“It’s getting difficult already this, as each performance is undercut by a pre-ordained rhetoric from the enemies out there rubbing salt in the wounds.

“This time about the defensive football that made this game hard to watch.

“It’s uphill enough when we are hamstrung for transfers while Chelsea average £35 million per player, but without arguably our 3 best players this was almost impossible, and no Richard Keys, we wouldn’t rather have lost 5-4, we’d rather have taken something from the game.

“Further worries of course in rumours of a bust up between Rafa and Lascelles/Shelvey and overall things feeling pretty bleak right now.

“Least it’s a bank holiday weekend eh?”

Jack Lacey-Hatton:

“Don’t see how anyone can criticise the approach.

“This is how Rafa makes us so competitive over the season.

“Had it not been for an awful decision on the penalty we would have a well earned point.”

Ben Cooper:

“Can’t knock the team’s effort and commitment, especially as our two best players were missing.

“Was an awful game until the referee livened it up with a terrible penalty decision and we attacked solidly for 4 minutes until we equalised.

“For those minutes it was like a real match.

“The rest was dreadful.

“Again our luck was out but if fortune favours the brave, then we got what we deserved.”

David Punton:

“Another game, another trudge away feeling pretty livid.

“A largely defensive approach from Rafa and then undone – harshly – by a dodgy penalty and an agonising own goal.

“In between was a really nice headed goal from Joselu.

“The talking point today also the three at the back and the whereabouts of Jamaal Lascelles. Lots of claims and counter claims.

“But aside from that, we look ahead – where are the wins coming from?”

Toon Bano:

“We have an owner who is uninterested in investing in the club he owns and allows the club to stagnate.

“We have a manager who falls out with his key players and alienates others when he doesnt have enough playing staff to begin with and uses pathetic negative tactics.

“We have fans who refuse to boycott and continue to support the regime as they say they are supporting the team, yet make no atmosphere whatsoever and sit on their hands for 90 minutes.

 “You may as well boycott and watch it on the telly!

“The club is on its arse!!”

Jamie Swan:

“Ultimately cheated of a result by a referee who decided to up the ante with yellows and free kicks from half time.

“Concluded with a shi.. arse penalty conceded and Schar had looked like the entire ball rolled down his leg.

“However, NUFC, for all we worked hard offered bot all.

“The Hoss scored another great header to make it 1-1 after some serious slim pickings up front but not enoigh.

“An own goal conceded straight after which I would have been devasted if in nets for 5-a-side heads and volleys.

“Mystery injuries to Lascelles and Shelvey or whatever else the internet offers as explanation didn’t help anything. Playing with no ambition helped less. Playing against a referee with a blue bias worse still.

“We are desperately short of goals and quality.

“Echo, echo, echo, echo from the last 18 months.”

Nat Seaton:

“Where do you start…

“A flat back five?!?

“A dodgy penalty

“An own goal

“A cracking header!

“Aside from the above, I’m disappointed that we didn’t give it a go until we went behind.

“Two home games, two defeats whilst set up not to concede, is it too much to ask to play for the win from kick off no matter who the opposition?”

Paul Patterson:

“Stonewalling for 90 minutes never works.

“Good effort but we’re at least £50m worth of quality short of Chelsea.”

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)

(Alan Shearer finds result a ‘sickener’ – Read HERE)

  • Kenny

    Don’t blame the manager he has no option against the top teams but to park the bus 🚌, it’s down to the Fat Rats lack of investment in the squad.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Absolute rubbish. He has other options………there are other ways to set up and play the game. You people on here are clueless. Do you know anything about football?

      • Mike Adam


      • TheFatController

        I think anyone who knows football knows you don’t give the likes of Pedro and hazard the chance to exploit space.

        They’ll be right up there again this season, like two years ago. Not a weakness in their team today. Top class everywhere.

      • Kenny

        More than you, you stupid c @nt
        Now p1$$ off you moron

        • fistsofsteel2

          You sound like a nice guy, Kenny. Thanks for your insightful comments about the game. Enjoy your bank holiday dude.

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        Go on then tell us how you’d do it and quit mouthing off.
        Tactics and player selection first please

  • Angelswithdirtyfaces

    How do the critics think Rafa managed last season ? He has no option but to play for points against opposition who have a single player worth more than our entire squad. As for the rumours of major fallouts.. they are only that.. rumours.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Absolute rubbish. He has other options………there are other ways to set up and play the game.

      • Kenny

        No he didn’t f##king moron

        • Mike Adam

          Sure he did, there are always other options. What is wrong with trying the for a match or two? I am sure you will tell me.

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        Oh, yes correct indeed. We do in fact have other options. And those other ways would see us lose 6-1 like Huddersfield. You do realize that tree you’re focusing on is part of a larger fcb shaped forest…

      • Angelswithdirtyfaces

        Go on then.. give us your infinite wisdom on how you’d attack, counter-attack or defend against any of the top 4 clubs.

        You’re in dreamland if you think we can play an open style against any of these sides.

  • Whickhamrobbie

    lets not gloss over this we were poor but it shows how far Ashley has let us drop .they bring on Willian and Giroud and our squad is thredbare

  • Ba ba.

    Just got in from the game .Mixed feelings on this one embarrassing snd boring our negative tactics but gutted and robbed not to get the point….. Doom army.

  • fistsofsteel2

    Deserved to get beat – any team who park the bus in that way do. Chelsea fully deserved the win.
    We went 4-4-2 after Chelsea scored and looked like we could have at least gave them a game……pity we didn’t bother making a fist of it in the first 75mins.
    There’s only one person to blame for the dismal tactics – Rafa; and I can imagine the outcry against Pardew, or other ex-managers if they’d employed such negative tactics…….but no doubt those on here blind to Rafa’s shortcomings will forgive him, defend him, and indeed sing his praises once again.

    • TheFatController

      I just thought Chelsea looked the sort of team wanting an open game.

      Every time we tried attacking them, they immediately broke with pace, exploited any space and looked far more dangerous.

      I’d have thought they’d have won 3-0 comfortably like they did at Huddersfield had we opened it up. It’d be a poor do if Chelsea didn’t win easily in an open game, given their players all cost £40m +

    • glassjawsh-got-banned

      Rafa’s tactics are 100% hamstrung by an owner who refuses to invest. He was forced to set his woefully understaffed side up in order to not take the sort of hammerings going on at Huddersfield at the moment. How do so many not get this?? We have no other choice but to play the way we do (or we’d take it in the backside even worse). What’s REALLY pathetic are those that don’t realize the truth.

      • Vodkamagpie

        And yet last season we beat man utd 1-0, arsenal 2-1, and Chelsea 3-0, by playing our normal formation.

        • Oldgeordie

          When we were in a safe position in the middle of the league. There are some dumb people on this site.

    • nevfur

      Naive to think if we had gone 442 from the start we would have given them a game based on a few minutes when they were 1-0 up and confident of holding it, soaking us up and hitting us when we gave them the space. Yes we scored but it was a cracker they didn’t expect. I suspect if we played all game like that we lose by 3 or 4

  • Jate Legend

    Margins again. If we’d got a point we would have sucked up the negative tactics. But we didn’t and watching that was embarrassing. Where I live there’s always fans from the other team in the pub. We were rubbish today.

  • Mike Adam

    Toon fan from the US, cannot watch the negative park the bus tactics anymore. Call me what you want, but I watched Mitro score a brace with an exciting attacking Fulham side that is fun to watch and the polar opposite of NUFC. We know there is a huge lack of investment by the sh*te owner, but come on, go at a team and see what happens once in a while Rafa. He plays with these tactics against more than just the top 6, so don’t give me that excuse. Look at what happened at the end of last season.

    • fistsofsteel2

      Totally agree! After Chelsea scored we did go at them and proved we could have gave them a proper game – indeed we scored. However, Rafa WON’T let the players play. Pathetic and negative tactics. RAFA OUT.

      • GlasgowMag

        So who do you want him to be replaced by all knowing one????

    • Andy Mac

      Fulham spent more in this transfer window than Fatman’s net spend in his entire 11 years as owner 🤔

      • fistsofsteel2

        Brighton beat Man U last week. Wolves almost done Man C.
        Rafa’s tactics are pathetic – the money excuse is pathetic – the Rafa sycophants on here are pathetic.
        Against Spurs we actually tried to play and were very unlucky to get nothing from the game…….we were forced to play the last 15mins today and looked like we could have made a game of it – it’s a pity Rafa didn’t let the players actually play in the previous 75mins.
        The stats show that everytime Rafa has parked the bus / played 5 at the back, we get beat. IT DOESN’T WORK. RAFA IS WRONG WITH HIS TACTICAL DECISIONS.

        • Andy Mac

          Brighton have broken their own transfer record seven times in two seasons. Wolves team cost almost £200m to assemble. There record signing is just short of £50m. I think we’d all see a different gameplan from Rafa if we had that amount of quality to choose from🙄

          • Mike Adam

            Brighton doesn’t have any more talent than we do regardless of any money they spent. The difference is Houghton isn’t scared to play other teams straight up. Rafa plays negative in EVERY away match no matter the opponent, pathetic.

      • Mike Adam

        All I can say is we had one of the players they spent part of that money on. He has 3 goals in 3 games, but was only played for 89 minutes by the great Rafa. I understand the total frustration of those of you who are Toon natives. I have loved NUFC since first being able to watch the Premier League here in the US, but those were the Shearer years. Enough is enough, Ashley and Rafa put out a boring brand of football that I cannot watch anymore which is ashame because I know others feel the same way. You natives are unfortunately stuck in a sad pathetic situation and I feel your pain, I truely do.


    I cannot remember Rafa’s Liverpool being defensive and boring, I wonder why, oh now I remember it was because he had good players.
    He has always built his teams on a strong defence but always attacked because he had the players to do it.
    All these Midland Bankers on here who slag him off would be the first to complain if we were getting beat 3 or 4 every week. We eventually finished 10th last season because of his tactics not in spite of his tactics.
    Get a life people, vent your anger at the real problem and 99.9% of us know that is the Anti-Christ who owns Tat Direct.

  • Andy Mac

    “We have fans who refuse to boycott and continue to support the regime as they say they are supporting the team, yet make no atmosphere whatsoever and sit on their hands for 90 minutes”

    Agreed these are the same fans who will be bltching and moaning when Rafa’s gone and Fatman brings back Pardwho the R’s licker 🤔

    Hope you can look the bairns in the eyes when they ask you “What did you do to help keep Rafa at the club”?

    • Cushty lad

      And whot did Rafa do to keep mitro at the club? A double & an assist & man of match! He will score more than rondon, hos, perez, combined this season just watch!

  • Down Under Mag

    Reminiscent of the Man City games last season, boring football to watch but based on a need to go into a damage limitation type football and hope we can get a point or a fluke winner. I back Rafa on the tactical choice and it was again in with a shout of a point. What worries me is the need for us to be excellent at set pieces for these tactics but too often we are struggling to look threatening from dead ball situations and we seem to lack a bit of pace to play good counter-attacking football. Going to be a depressing few weeks if this continues.

    • mentalman

      The first 10 or so minutes i thought it was going to be as bad as the man city game but we tried to attack a lot more than that game.

      The problem yesterday was when we attacked chelsea didn’t look that solid at the back and we are left wondering what might have been if we gave it more of a go.

  • Mike

    can i have my money back please i came to watch a football game not a Chelsea training match. total dross

  • Cuh

    Whatever happened to “we demand a team that tries”?