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3 Positives and 3 Negatives from Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3

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Saturday’s match ended Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3.

Ahead of each match we ask one of our writers to come up with 3 positives and 3 negatives following the game.

A match where Newcastle United rarely even got over the halfway line or strung three passes together, never mind having any threat on goal…

This time it is Billy Miller:

POSITIVES

We Didn’t Concede Seven

You can probably tell I’m struggling for positives today.

This is a Chelsea team bang in form, that are scoring for fun and not conceding. We deserve some credit for keeping them at bay for just over an hour.

The defence was compact and organised and most of the Chelsea chances were from outside the box.

However, once the first came, the second and third soon followed without us ever looking like pushing for one of our own.

Our Injury List

There have been times over the last few seasons when our injury list had enough players to form their own non-starting eleven. We are getting to the point now where nearly everybody is fit.

Everyone came through this one unscathed, meaning that by Brighton we should be able to field our strongest team.

With another full week of training behind us and hopefully a permanent manager in the dugout, it should mean we are as prepared as possible for a tricky visit to the south coast.

Sunderland Got Battered

I’ve run out of positives from the game itself, so I’ll draw on one from the day.

Whilst the current European Champions and Premier League leaders were beating us 3-0, Sunderland were getting thumped 5-1 by Rotherham United in League One. That gives us a bit of perspective.

NEGATIVES

We All Live In A Black And White Submarine

Did Bruce hand over his book of tactics on his way out?

And by book of tactics, I mean the sheet of paper showing a formation of 8-1-1 and the name ASM circled with a note, explaining to get the ball to him as often as possible.

We can’t really expect to go toe to toe with the European champions…but we didn’t even try to test them.

I’d be interested to know how many times we completed five consecutive passes today, especially in the Chelsea half of the pitch. There can’t have been many instances.

We just sat ridiculously deep and tried to crowd out the opposition.

If you’re going to set your team up to counter, occasionally you need to counter.

Unfortunately, even when a bit of space did open up, we’d always take the safe option and go backwards before inevitably losing the ball a couple of passes later.

This was a Chelsea side playing with no recognised striker and missing key players such as Lukaku and Mount. They still looked a million times better than us.

Right In The Mix

Burnley won today, which means it’s just us and Norwich yet to find our first win of the season. There’s three points between us and safety.

If Leeds beat Norwich tomorrow, that distance to safety will be six points! If Norwich win, we drop to bottom of the table.

There’s no denying we’re in the thick of a relegation battle.

It’s Not Going To Get Easier

Pundits and neutrals will be having a field day over our performances under Jones.

No doubt they’ll be trotting out the party line that Bruce was no worse and we might as well have stuck with him. They’ll be high fiving each other, clinking their champagne glasses and concurring that it was always the players that were the problem.

However, when you look at the run of games Bruce oversaw, versus the ones we’re now dealing with, it gives a truer reflection.

Don’t expect anyone in the media to highlight this though.

We go to Brighton next, who Bruce never managed to get a goal against in four attempts.

With our away trips after that to Arsenal and Leicester, I think it’s clear that home form will be important over the next six weeks. Besides, we didn’t want Bruce out, to get Jones in. Jones is an interim.

Judge the situation after two or three months with the new, permanent manager. That’s assuming whoever comes in, doesn’t spend the next two seasons saying the players can only play one way.

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3 – Saturday 30 October 3pm

Goals:

Chelsea

James 65, 77 Jorginho 81 pen

Newcastle:

Possession was Chelsea 79% Newcastle 21%

Total shots were Chelsea 19 Newcastle 6

Shots on target were Chelsea 6 Newcastle 1

Corners were Chelsea 2 Newcastle 0

Referee: Paul Tierney

Crowd: 52,208 (Chelsea 3,200)

Newcastle United:

Darlow, Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Ritchie, Hayden (Almiron 67), Sean Longstaff (Shelvey 81), Fraser (Willock 66), Saint-Maximin, Wilson

Unused Subs:

Dubravka, Joelinton, Schar, Lewis, Murphy, Gayle

(Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3 – Match ratings and comments on all the NUFC players – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s dismal defeat – Read HERE)

(Newcastle 0 Chelsea 3 – Key thoughts from the game – Read HERE)

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