It had been a relatively quiet week at Newcastle United.

More than likely because we are approaching the middle of January, so takeover talk will slow down as we get closer to the end of the month. Also because it is January, there were no new signings to announce, or even appear to be on the horizon. We will have to wait for 31 January to be treated to a loan signing. Who is it going to be this year?

I can’t stand Chelsea. Of all the teams in the Premier League, especially the ‘bigger’ sides, Chelsea are the ones who I never like to see do well.

It may still be the hangover of the game yet to wear off, but I would go as far as saying I dislike them more than Sunderland… maybe.

Nevertheless, an away day in the capital makes for a good day of drinking from pub to pub. On this particular day it provided me with a chance to meet up with my family who had travelled down to the game, as well as members of the London Magpie Group.

The only surprise that came in Rafa’s squad was that Sean Longstaff was to start. Although our injury crisis in the middle of the park was well documented, I still thought Rafa would opt against playing Longstaff, and instead throw Clark, Lejeune, or Schar in central midfield beside Hayden.

His decision was totally vindicated because Sean Longstaff had a great game.

We finally made it in the game after being searched and manhandled by four Chelsea stewards. Same sh.. every year at Stamford Bridge.

The Game

Aside from a last minute short corner which left me hurling abuse at Matt Ritchie for a good 20 seconds, I came away from Stamford Bridge thinking there really wasn’t much more that Newcastle team could have given. In fact, for long periods of the game, I thought we had a good chance of getting a draw, maybe even sneaking a win.

Chelsea were poor, but after an early opening goal from Pedro, things looked ominous. My Rondon first goal bet was down the pan and I had a feeling it could be another high scoring defeat like we saw at Anfield.

The first goal seemed to happen in an instant with Sideshow Bob picking out a wonderful pass to Pedro. At first I thought Dubravka was caught in no-man’s land but really it was just a fabulous first touch and finish to put it past the on-rushing goalkeeper.

From that point onwards we found ourselves going up a gear with Lejeune playing really well, starting attacks off from the back, Yedlin offering a threat out wide, Rondon holding the ball up well and Isaac Hayden again giving 100% in the middle of the pitch.

Sean Longstaff may not have stood out to the naked eye, but when you consider that he made his first ever Premier League start up against (in my opinion) the best central midfielder in the world in Kante, the best player in the league in Hazard, as well as Kovacic and Jorginho, he didn’t put a foot wrong and can hold his head high.

Despite playing well, the equaliser still came as a shock to us all and pandemonium ensued in the away end. Sometimes when we are this bad, and there is no expectation, just a goal, one moment of ecstasy, is enough to make your day, and this was a good example.

We came out for the second half looking rather comfortable in truth. However, it only takes one moment of brilliance from one of Chelsea’s mega-signings to win them the game. Yedlin was poor in the second half, but even he, nor Dubravka, could do an awful lot about Willian’s finish.

From that point Chelsea saw the game out with relative ease, although on the day, they didn’t look up to much at all.

The only negative being it took Rafa until the 81st minute to make a positive substitution. However, I don’t think I have agreed with any subs he has made! Always a strange one for me.

Rafa Benitez

It mystifies me why Chelsea fans hate this guy so much, especially after he won them the Europa League.

If ever a squad showed just how much Rafa has his hands tied behind his back, then it is this one. We will go into the game against Blackburn on Tuesday night probably resting Sean Longstaff for the weekend. We are now in a position in which we are relying on having a kid, who has started one league game, fit for the weekend.

Rafa has made it clear he will honour his contract, but there is just no way he will sign a new one, he’d be mad to do it.

The Fans

Brilliant once again in a sold out away end which sang non-stop for 90 minutes.

As for the Chelsea fans, well they were silent, now there’s a surprise…

Last bit

Rio Ferdinand’s a, pass it on…

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

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin (Manquillo 82), Lejeune, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden, Longstaff, Perez (Murphy 82), Atsu, Rondon

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Joselu, Schar, Fernandez, Sterry

Crowd: 40,491

(David Pleat reviews the match HERE)

(Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Chelsea 2 Newcastle 1 HERE)

(Match ratings and comments on all NUFC players v Chelsea HERE)

(Maurizio Sarri says his players thought it was too easy – Read HERE)

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  • Themoscow72

    I hate them all equally every club except Newcastle.

    • Mrkgw

      True. Lets face it, they all have their pops at us pre and, post match and due to Ashley, we are the laughing stock of many. Oust the regime, Ashley out!

  • Sickandtired

    Ritchie ineffective again. Atsu and Perez a waste of oxygen. Yedlin runs into a dead-end or gives the ball away time after time and far too often then out of position. Hayden was invisible and upstaged by a kid. That’s a fair reflection week on week – that half our team can’t and don’t perform.

  • Billmag

    I can go back a long way further than you Jonathan, of all the Cockney teams I dislike them the most, and if it’s possible since the Russian took over I like them even less.

  • Paul Willson

    Chelsea fans hate Rafa because of his history with Liverpool and what he said about the fans before joining them. Chelsea fans never wanted him at the club and let him know that all the time he was there. As for your Chelsea fans being silent as usual. It was only Newcastle FFS. The atmosphere is always quieter against the minions.

    • Whitehurst

      Didn’t realise you had to pick the games when you shout at mate. Don’t think I’ll sing at Blackburn game tom like…after all they’re only Blackburn FFS!! 🤔

    • Whitehurst

      …and you wonder why Chelsea are hated so much? Above lies the answer!! 🤣
      One of my mate’s is a season ticket holder at Chelsea (has been for 26 years)….and even he keeps on banging on abt the atmosphere at SB being non-exist all the time.

      • Jake Barnes

        Why don’t your mate who is a “season ticket holder for 26 years” stop “banging on” and do something about the atmosphere at SB?

    • KRS1

      Probably a relief for our black players that you didn’t take us too seriously…

    • Big Al 1967

      So please explain while the vast majority hate Mourinho as well despite all the trophies he won

    • jordijohnty

      Short memories have Chelski fans

    • jordijohnty

      Wait till Abramovic pulls the plug, you will become a mortal club just like us

  • Grahame Johnson

    Chelsea hated since kings of kings road 70s era, man u hated since we are a big club 70s era, liverpool hated since the original euro clan club 70s era, West Ham we are top boys,hated since 80s era, leeds and Sunderland just hated full stop ha ha

  • CaptainCaveman

    Man United aside, my hatred of any individual club has decreased over the years, as ours has become more and more irrelevant and unambitious. Chelsea once irritated me, now they are just a former rival.

    • Jonas

      that’s how i feel (except i don’t mind Man United now) and probably the same reason for it,
      Its like a reverse thing with the mackems – until Ashley took us into their sphere from 92 to 07 for the vast majority of the time they were not rivals and too pitiful to hate.

  • Jonas

    You’re in for a world of hurt hating Chelsea and supporting the toon. Just supporting the toon under this t**t owner is hellish misery enough in itself.

  • thewildchimp

    Well, the team could have given better defending concerning those two goals. Those were concrete league standards. I was impressed with Lejeune, though.

  • Belfast Ali

    A good read. Apart from the obvious, little sunlan and manure.
    Everton are the team I hate most. The most vile set of supporters I’ve ever had the mispleasure of meeting/confronting.
    I remember in the early eighties, coming out of the Co-Op food hall and a mini bus full of blue scouse scum, pulled up and two of them set about a father with Stanley knives in front of his son. They jumped back on the bus and pulled away. With all the occupants cheering and banging on the windows.
    As I say pure scum

    • Tomb

      Everton always amaze me their fans openly voice their disapproval against every manager yet when we dared to do it we were deluded morons

  • jordijohnty

    Hold on, this is waiting to be approved by The Mag.
    I hate Chelsea, There fans totally forget what they were like before the russian money. Big club, my arsenal. We might not like the mackems but they are genuine local supporters and not there for the glory. One day the NE will be the football hotbed again with us on top of course. Maybe

  • Down Under Mag

    Chelsea are an eclectic bunch of fans, you have the Chelsea pensioners, the yobs, the glory hunters. Not a great mix. There are some genuinely good and loyal fans who are fair and above board in amongst them but sadly they are lost in a swell of idiots and gob$h!tes which has only ever become worse since Abramovich took over. I’m currently waiting for them to start slipping back now that Roman isn’t getting his Visa and not putting his money into the club…not to mention they seem to be unable to hold on to their best players. Imagine where they would be with de Bruyne, Lukaku, Salah, Mata etc and now they look like losing their latest talent.

    • Jake Barnes

      No money in the club? After securing Pulisic for £57m… no money? Past five years the club made £337m in player sales; the most in the Premier League. Chelsea FC ended the 2017/2018 season with a £67m profit before tax. That’s actually the third highest ever achieved in the Premier League.

      So don’t rub salt in the wound. I’d probably die before Newcastle spends any money. In fact your owner can’t even sell the club for £300m. HAHAHAHAHA

  • Tomb

    winning the Europa league a year or two after Di Matteo won them the champions league was never going to impress their fans in fact the club was happy to let him go. not a great achievement in terms of Chelseas recent history. Sad but true