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.
“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?”
“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.”
“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.”
“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?”
“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!!”
“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.”
“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?”
“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
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
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar (Muto 79), Fernandez, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie, Ki, Diame, Murphy (Perez 73), Rondon (Joselu 62)
Darlow, Sterry, Longstaff, Atsu
Crowd: 51,791 (3,200 Chelsea)
(Alan Shearer finds result a ‘sickener’ – Read HERE)