Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Monday night’s defeat
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm
We asked a number of our regular writers to give us a brief instant reaction after the final whistle.
Chelsea dominated the first-half and goals from Giroud and Werner put them ahead at the break, Thomas Tuchel happy to watch his team keep that two goal lead throughout the second period as they strolled to the three points.
“There’s no shame in losing at Chelsea, just a question of how.
“We are in a period of damage limitation and with the other basement clubs showing signs of life, you could be excused for fearing the worst.
“My advice is to ignore the others and focus on our own points tally.
“Keep a calm head with an energetic approach to all the games left. With effort we have enough skill.
“In reality we need 3 or 4 wins and a couple of draws.”“
“Pretty much as expected!
“Decent showing second half but to no avail.
“Struggling to see what Krafth brings, we prob let a better right back go.
“It’s a fact that when ASM does not fire we don’t have much, especially without Wilson.
“Carroll and Joelinton up front simply remind me of George Reilly and Tony Cunningham…. it’s not a great memory I hasten to add.
“Fulham showing a bit of form means it’s going to be a nervy next few weeks.”
“We didn’t expect much and we probably got less.
“At least we weren’t hammered but the conceded goals were avoidable.
“Chelsea could afford to play the entire second half in first gear and still face little threat.
“Giroud and Aguero are two players I always dread seeing line up against us so Abraham getting knackered was the worst thing that could have happened.
“The first game of our Wilsonless world and it was pretty much as expected.
The positive of Gayle starting was nullified by the fact that he was starting on the right.
“No idea what the formation was but what’s new there?
“Let’s just skip Man United and get ourselves prepped for the Wolves match.”
“Let’s face it, we never get anything at Stamford Bridge, but it was the manner of the defeat tonight that sets alarm bells off.
“A first half that was almost a surrender has done the damage. There isn’t much to enjoy watching this team and it’s been the story of the season – disappointment.
“Fulham’s win at Everton has opened a door for them to narrow the gap, so Steve Bruce now presides over a club that is left anxiously looking over its shoulder.
“I can’t find any positives tonight and it is a huge setback after the recent mini revival.
“I’m sure Mr Ashley will point to a seven point cushion and plenty to play for, but set up he installed to replace Rafa Benitez is serving up some truly atrocious football.
“I feel for the players.”
“There were no surprises at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea ran out comfortable winners against a United team who were lacklustre in the first half but to their credit didn’t throw in the towel in the second.
“Fault for the defeat can be laid firmly at the door of Jamal Lewis who inadvertently slapped Timo Werner on the lip as the game slumbered along at 0-0, rousing the diminutive moaner to inspire a quickfire two goals, one for Giroud, one for himself as he continued the fine tradition of centre forwards who haven’t scored for years ending their drought against us.
“The second half was better from Newcastle who created two genuine chances, Willock bringing a decent save out of returning Chelsea mug Kepa and Miggy blasting well wide when well placed after returning Toon mug JoeLinton set him up.
“Chelsea had slipped into neutral by then, confident of keeping a clean sheet and only sporadically threatening to bag another but that would have been hard on United who kept plugging away and hard on The Steves + 1 who would have struggled to roll out the post-match positives and front foot mantra.
“To be fair, it was no worse than I expected.”
“No positives from that game.
“Our players were all as bad as each other with special mention to Krafth who was slightly worse.
“No doubt the media cretins will say Bruce is the man to get us out of this position we find ourselves in, while failing to mention who got us there in the first place.
“Mid-table, well organised squad + £100m + Bruce = relegation.”
“Probably the most nondescript performance you’re likely to see.
“A Chelsea side that never got out of first gear and the easiest three points they’ll ever get.
“Now on to the team that Bruce really supports at the weekend…”
“Right from the start we showed no ambition.
“The formation left a lot to be desired and the result was us being well beaten yet again.
“I cannot see this getting any better so it’s all eyes on the Fulham results…”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0 – Monday 15 February 8pm
Giroud 31, Werner 39
(Half-time stats in brackets)
Possession was Chelsea 66% (68%) Newcastle 34% (32%)
Total shots were Chelsea 18 (12) Newcastle 10 (2)
Shots on target were Chelsea 5 (3) Newcastle 4 (0)
Corners were Chelsea 10 (7) Newcastle 5 (2)
Referee: Peter Bankes
Darlow, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Lewis, Willock (Carroll 79), Hayden, Shelvey, Saint-Maximin (Fraser 72), Almiron, Gayle (Joelinton 64)
Dubravka, Dummett, Matty Longstaff, Ritchie, Murphy, Sean Longstaff
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