David Pleat thought that Chelsea just shaded Saturday’s match at Stamford Bridge.
Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live, the former Spurs boss thought the home side shaded it in terms of possession and ‘technically’ as well.
I don’t know about technically but on the match overall I thought Newcastle had at least as many decent chances/positions as Chelsea, even though they had less of the ball.
As for the relegation question…David Pleat declares: ‘Looking at Newcastle, have they got enough to stay up? Yes they have.’
Next Saturday against Cardiff is a massive match with Newcastle now having dropped into the bottom three.
David Pleat speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live:
“We have to hope that Newcastle show some ambition, with those two wing-backs they will need to get hold of the midfield.
“But it won’t be easy away at Chelsea.
“When Newcastle got forward they will need try and get Christian Atsu to penetrate from the left.
“Perez on the right will also try to support Salomon Rondon in the middle, who is strong, especially in the air.
“But if Chelsea get hold of the game, Rondon could become an isolated figure.”
DURING THE GAME:
(After going one down):
“Newcastle have to keep calm and try to get through the next 15 to 20 minutes with no more problems at the back.
“They have to feel their way into the game.”
(Middle of first half)
“The problem for Newcastle is that there is unrivaled possession for Chelsea in the middle.
“Newcastle don’t get near them as they are just happy to sit back.
“Newcastle are unable to get any rhythm and they desperately need that
“They need to show Chelsea they can build passes and then they can make a chance out of it. Possibly.
“They are missing the injured Jonjo Shelvey.”
(Rondon puts half chance wide)
“Rondon lost his angle as the ball ran across his body onto his left foot. It wasn’t far from the post but it was never controlled
If the score stays at 1-0, I just wonder if Rafael Benitez changes his tactics, or does he wait until it’s maybe 2-0? He doesn’t need five at the back.
“It’s interesting to see a team and their supporters who are used to winning games as the last five visits to Stamford Bridge from Newcastle, they have won comfortably.”
“Its a mistimed tackle from Matt Ritchie, perhaps late but I think he went for the ball.
“I think Cesar Azpilicueta went down in a rather dramatic tumble. At first I thought it was a penalty.”
(Chelsea fans moaning)
“There was a groan when Chelsea played the ball wide and square, and the fans want them to play the ball forward.
“But there’s no big man like Giroud up front to aim at, as they are playing with the false number nine.”
(Willian almost scores just before half time)
“The Newcastle defender was sleeping but Willian will be having nightmares after that effort.
“He should have scored.”
“Newcastle were stunned by the early Pedro goal and that long ball should have been cut out by Ciaran Clark.
“Newcastle then decide to keep it tight and try to keep it to one goal at half time.
“They then got two consecutive corners and Clark who was the villain became the hero.
“If Newcastle come and try to win the game and push on, I feel Chelsea with their counter-attacking play can be most effective in the second half.”
“The crowd are very quick to criticise.
“They are looking for Olivier Giroud and Ross Barkley and I can see Sarri giving way and putting more exciting players on the field.”
(After it goes 2-1)
“Rafa Benitez has to go for it. I don’t see any pride in trying to hold on this result and not conceding any more.
“You’ve got to be brave and go for it and you never know what can happen to the opposition.
“He keeps it tight but his team look strong and very fit to me but they have a chance. It can still happen.
“DeAndre Yedlin has done a good job for Newcastle today in that wing back position.
“He has played the role well along with Matt Ritchie on the other side.”
(Two minutes to go)
“Newcastle really have to gamble now. In the olden days, we used to throw the centre back forward!”
(After final whistle)
“It’s not been an outstanding game.
“Chelsea have shaded it, with more possession.
“It was an expected result.
“Looking at Newcastle, have they got enough to stay up? Yes they have.
“They just need to put a little bit more into forward play. But that’s up to Benitez to decide when he can sacrifice that defensive play.
“In the end Chelsea were that little bit better technically than their opponents.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1
Chelsea: Pedro 9, Willian 57
Newcastle: Clark 40
Possession was Chelsea 66% Newcastle 34%
Total shots were Chelsea 10 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Chelsea 6 Newcastle 2
Corners were Chelsea 8 Newcastle 5
Referee: Chris Kavanagh
Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 82), Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Perez (Murphy 82), Atsu, Rondon
Woodman, Joselu, Schar, Fernandez, Sterry