All out of luck! Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

Drogba celebrates the opener
Newcastle United faced Chelsea this afternoon in what turned out to be an exciting encounter between the two sides which ended up with Chelsea winning 3-0.

The result flattered the visitors and didn’t reflect the performance that the team put in while Newcastle will feel aggrieved with Mike Dean’s failure to send off David Luiz after he denied Demba Ba an obvious goalscoring opportunity.

The first four minutes of the game proved to be very exciting when Demba Ba was felled by the Brazillian David Luiz outside the penalty area. Many in the ground thought the punishment for Luiz would be red card but to the crowd’s dismay he was only shown a yellow.

That decision was the game changer of the match and it allowed Chelsea to have a full eleven when they should have been down to ten men.

The interesting change was that Peter Lovenkrands was brought in for Jonas Gutierrez, much to the confusion of the Newcastle fans. He did provide some good crosses but he was fairly quiet in the game and didn’t provide much cover for Ryan Taylor. Ultimately Lovenkrands was very ineffective during the match and it certainly showed when he was taken off to be replaced by Sammy Ameobi.

There was a fitting tribute to Gary Speed when in the eleventh minute of the match, the crowd stood up and began singing and clapping in memory of him. It was a tremendously moving moment and highlights how well loved the Welshman was on Tyneside.

In the 14th minute of the game things Were to go against them when Yohan Cabaye was adjugded to have fouled Daniel Sturridge in the penalty box. Replays showed that Sturridge was very clever and looked at Cabaye before he came across. Put simply he was looking for the penalty but Cabaye should have known better than to stick his feet in when in the penalty box. Up stepped Frank Lampard only to see his weak effort saved superbly by Tim Krul.

Tim Krul had another fantastic game in goal for the Toon and he pulled off numerous saves in order to deny Daniel Sturridge and his colleagues when they were through on goal. He has shown that he has really grown into playing regular football for the team and his decision making was top notch again today. He knew exactly when to come out and when to stay on his line.

The team were dealt a huge blow when Fabricio Coloccini had to be replaced by James Perch with a thigh injury. He had already made several vital stops for the 28 minutes that he was on the field and we certainly seemed to miss his presence at the back when Chelsea were attacking. Perch did a good job of filling in at the back, he grew as the game go on and I was very impressed with the display that he put in.

Newcastle made several chances of their own, one notably being when Danny Guthrie fired in a cross which Demba Ba headed against the post only to see the rebound hit John Terry and David Luiz before finally going out for a corner. Demba Ba had also been denied by Cech only a few minutes previously and it seemed like whatever Newcastle threw at him, he managed to stop us from finding the back of the net.

The deadlock was broken when in the 38th minute, a well worked throw in found its way to Juan Mata who then crossed for Didier Drogba to head into the back of the net. Yohan Cabaye had lost track of Mata and equally James Perch did not mark Drogba close enough to put him off from heading the ball.

After the break, there was a change in formation for the Newcastle side. Alan Pardew reverted to a more familiar 4-4-2 system rather than the 4-3-3 that was played in the first half. Shola Ameobi came on for Hatem Ben Arfa who still showed signs of rustiness and I expect it will take a while before we see the player that we did in his starts last year. The change seemed to work, we looked more fluid and comfortable on the ball and it gave us the option of using Ba and Ameobi to put pressure on the opposing centre-backs.

There seemed to be more chances for Alan Pardew’s side in the second half, but it was almost like today was not going to be our day. First Drogba headed against his own crossbar, Shola Ameobi fired wide with a 25 yard effort after he found space in the middle of the pitch and Sammy Ameobi was unlucky not to have scored when his left-footed volley was cleared off the line by John Terry. Once again the Magpies were denied by the woodwork when Shola Ameobi’s well struck effort had Cech beaten only for him to see it hit the post.

In the final few minutes of the match, Fernando Torres found Salomon Kalou who slotted home to make it 2-0 to the visitors. There was another blow for Newcastle when Steven Taylor was forced off the pitch to leave Newcastle with ten men. Soon after Daniel Sturridge, who looked dangerous throughout the match, finally got one past Tim Krul to make it 3-0 deep into injury time.

There was no element of luck on Newcastle’s side today and the team will feel aggrieved that Luiz was allowed to stay on the pitch when he should’ve been sent off. The team battled hard but we certainly missed the presence of Cheik Tiote in the centre of the park and the superb work rate of Jonas Gutierrez to cover Ryan Taylor.

There is a lot for Alan Pardew to work on for next week’s away trip to Norwich City and he will be concerned about his defence more than anything, especially as Steven Taylor’s injury is being reported as a rather serious one.

Howay the lads!

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini (c), Ryan Taylor; Gabriel Obertan, Yohan Cabaye, Danny Guthrie, Peter Lovenkrands; Hatem Ben Arfa; Demba Ba

Subs: Steve Harper, Davide Santon, James Perch, Dan Gosling, Sammy Ameobi, Leon Best, Shola Ameobi

Chelsea: Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Oriol Romeu, Frank Lampard; Daniel Sturridge, Didier Drogba, Juan Mata

Subs: Ross Turnbull, Jose Bosingwa, Ryan Bertrand, Raul Meireles, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou, Fernando Torres

Attendance: 52,305

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74 thoughts on “All out of luck! Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea

  1. I think on another day, and with the full strength toon team we would have done this Chelsea side easily. πŸ˜‰


  2. Did anyone else who was at the game today pick up that not all is well in the chelsea camp. When Di Matteo came out barking orders the players didn’t look too happy with his criticism. probably nobody is remotely interested in chelsea


  3. @MM I’d agree with that m8.

    Shame we have no real competition for Saylor who looks out for the season. Hopefully we get Colo signed up soon or we could be looking at two new centrehalves come Jan.


  4. Toby le Rhone

    aye, I noticed the hairy AndrΓ© Villas-Boas look-a-like came out of his area and was told off by Pards. on the 2nd goal or 3rd he did it again and was stopped by Matteo, then they exchanged a few words. probably two many cooks..


  5. I think on another day Newcastle could have had 4 goals, .. the only problem is Chelsea could have had 7 or 8..

    Does anyone know what the possession was?…


  6. I sort of get what people are saying about teams could have had a certain number of goals but is it not the job of the goalkeeper to prevent goals being scored


  7. Nicky – 49%-51% in their favour according to the BBC.

    Mark – I know Pardew wasn’t happy with the way Chelsea celebrated.


  8. If if what game where you watching, first half that was best I have seen the capital team play this year,no matter what you had put out you should have been finished in 45 but great game


  9. Apart from Krul, person who impressed me the most was Pearch. When he came on I thought we would be looking at a cricket score. Pearch I thought performed very well. Rather not have him at centre back, but can’t complain about him today


  10. @toonsy, aye m8 it was their assistant that looks like Villas-Boas but with a bigger boof. He caused a few arguments with other chelsea staff after being told off by Pards, Villas-Boas did apoligise straight away.

    Does any1 think we’ve missed Best? We havent retained the ball in the final 3rd like we do when Best plays


  11. Perch did look better when he came on but was beaten easily for their first goal v Big heeded Drogba, I use to think drogba was huge, hes the size of sid little with a skull of rocky dennis πŸ˜†


  12. Mark yeah that was class πŸ˜†

    And yes I think we’ve missed Best. When Best plays we hold the ball up much better as Ba is the one that drops deep


  13. I wonder what Krul said to Lamps b4 the pen, it seemed to work a treat. Quality save.

    the 1892 part is ok for the view but I could hear an ant fart. I was scared to sing πŸ™


  14. Mark πŸ˜†

    Toonsy…unfortunately you don’t get points for possession, sometimes you get away with a suspended sentence though :mrgreen:


  15. diddnt think perch did too bad today and thought guthrie played class.

    Norwich id play 4 – 5 – 1


    Simpson Perch Kadar Santon

    obertan cabay Tiote Guthrie Guitierez



  16. nothing went our way today,and, to cap it all. losing both our central defenders in one game sums the whole thing up.lets hope colos isnt too bad,and hes not out for too long


  17. Safe to say the ref bottled it…Luiz should have gone, the game would have been completly different. We had no luck at all, woodwork three times and a clearence off the line. Once again Ryan Taylor showed why Pardew should not be playing him as a left back, no fault of his own I actually like Taylor as a player – he cant defend though, he isnt a defender he isnt a left back. It’s starting to make me worry about Santon, why hasnt he started for us yet? He obviously isnt showing in training he deserves to be starting.

    Can’t really be bothered to say how awful Obertan was today but I came across this stat on twitter

    Obertan v Marveaux Quick Stats: ground 50-50’s win 39%-40%, aerials 33%-40%, tackles 53%-100%, pass acc 72%-80%, cross acc 10%-25%

    Cross accuracy 10%? πŸ˜†


  18. shame Marv is injured, for what ive seen of him I think hes much better. Maybe the 3mil spent of Mikes money is trying to be justified by Pards.

    Time yet but when Robert was crap and lazy it remind me of Obertan most of the time. If he grew some balls and applied himself more he’d be a decent player.


  19. am bit worried about our next 3 games or so till january…
    who is available to take a look before january (i mean in centralback)…
    Hope our younger guns can put in the shift and make a name for themselvz…


  20. The sad thing is that if the foul by Luiz had taken place on 50 mins he’d have been a goner. Ref bottled it basically.

    Either way on the balance of play I think Chelsea did enough, although I think a scoreline of 8-5 would hVe been about fight.


  21. First of all, have to say the Speedo tribute today was fantastic.52k+ applauding well before the announcement, and the singing during the game all deserved a better result on the day. Ref bottled a send-off ’cause it seemed too early in the game (cue chant of the day), and our squad just got punched down by a team worth a gold mine more than ours. Although Perch has done ok, I do wonder why the likes of Santon and Ferguson are so slow to come through – its been a long known fact our squad is thin as asda ham so why aren’t the young’uns who’ve promised so much appeared? Maybe we have no choice now but to get them in. Obertan. I wanted so much to like him but he seems to have the ability but not the will to get past his man. I really hope what happens is that the youngsters take their chance, and the season ends with our experienced lads coming back in and giving us a late blast into europe at the end of the season. Oh and the mackems go down the pot. One of the two will be ok.


  22. Raylor’s game is up. Been getting away with it so far – Colo covering his arse, Jonas helping him in front. His wonder goals keeping him in the team. Tricky one for Pardew now with enforced changes in central defence, he doesn’t really want to tinker with the LB as well.


  23. I really don’t understand very well why Ben Arfa was get off at half time. In my opinion he was very far to be the worst player in the team. he receives only a few balls and in very bad conditions because the game in the first half was so confused. I think Obertan must be sent off at half time he does nothing neither offensively or defensively. Lovenkrands to has a very bad tactical position He went everywhere except where it should be. And someone in the team or Alan pardew cannot tell to Rtaylor stay here because offensively you serve anything and you are so slow that you don’t are able to come back and block your lane. I think after one time ok, 2 times ok but the third time if you see that the guys need just to clear the ball on the left to be dangerous i think you must react. Enrique last year could do it because he was enough quick to come back and defends but noway Rtaylor could do that. And i dont understand well Pardew when he says ok I dont play HBA as a winger because he is too poor defensively but tell me what Lovenkrands does defensively or even Obertan (even if Chelsea has no left winger expect sometimes Ashley cole). So in this game Pardew must take off Obertan and bring on Ameobi and put HBA in the right wing. The second half was a game with much more control because Chelsea have voluntarily declined to keep the result and try to counterattack because they see that they can be very dangerous in this way, and this kind of game can be much more for HBA. This guy is really our best player and very far, but other guys need to give him the ball (because when i see Dany Simpson prefer try eliminate an opponent or try center from 35 meters instead of giving the ball to ben Arfa, that make me laugh). I think Alan Pardew must tell the guy everyone needs to play his own role with his quality and some players especially our leftback and rightback think they are Maicon And Marcelo. They always goes in attack and ask for the ball but i think in big games it’s perferable they stay in defense and block the attacks, it will be a good starting point for them. They have take too much confidence from the first game, and all people saying they are the best defence, if you looked good in the first game they stayed much more in defense wich was much more good for us. Because for me Tiote, Collocini, Staylor and KING KRUL has to take most of the credit for the defensive record we had until today.


  24. Looks like Taylor is out for the season. Bloody hell. That’s a big problem with Willo not fit. Now we’re depending on Perch/Kadar. They may step up but it’s a big ask


  25. Fuck that anyway, that 80s perm’d cunt should’ve been sent off.
    That’s the other one, the one that plays for them.



    ..THEM – I TELL YOU!




  26. Right bunch of twats on here anyway. Just as well, considering I’m a wayward twat.

    …what was that you twat?



  27. …anybody whose influences are Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson and Edgar Varese, are not the people you thought we aren’t.


  28. Rod never fails to amaze.

    I’m really hoping that the Colo/STaylor injuries are a blessing in disguise for Kadar!


  29. Well ya bugger. What a bugger. Guess we just ran out of luck, hit the woodwork, ( er goalframe and its not wooden) 3 or 4 times. What a pile of …. s”@;{


  30. I reck this will be our starting line-up at Norwich (provided there are no more injuries and that no one currently injured recovers)

    Santon Simpson Perch Raylor
    Obertan Guthrie Cabaye Jonas

    Ameobi defo did enough to claim BenA’s shirt as Benny was wank. Arguably Best would be a better choice from a ‘partnership with Ba’ point of view but I think Shola will get the nod.
    Simpson will be the next in line to play CB with Santon getting an opportunity at RB.
    Raylor, despite having another awful game, will survive for now and at least will have Jonas back to make him look less sh*t.


  31. To be honest, Pardew has to take the blame for this game. It was his decision to play Raylor without much cover from lovenkrands, and he should have known that Chelsea would concentrate most of their attacks on Raylor’s side. I understand he wants to keep the spirit high and all, but looking at Raylor’s tackle in injury time, it does says it all. Raylor is NOT our left-back solution.


  32. I thought James Perch did remarkably well considering he was allegedly injured when he came on???

    “Fabricio Coloccini had to be replaced by James Perch with a thigh injury” πŸ™„ 😯 Sorry!

    We had a lot of chances but again we couldn’t put them away. Luiz should’ve been red. Even a Chelsea fan who I was watching the game with said it should’ve been red… Oh Well. Gutted about both Collo and Staylor injured … Still in Top 6, onwards and upwards!! πŸ˜•


  33. It’s been one of those awful weekends of football. Even Brisbane lost, after 36 games unbeaten. Just need 5under1and to win and the weekend becomes thoroughly depressing. πŸ™


  34. Anyone think that the uproar regarding our non pen at ManU had an influence on Mike Dean yesterday and he may have subconsciously wanted to even things up?
    Considering nothing went for us yesterday, too many to mention, i thought we more than matched Chelsea and the score flattered them, there were good chances at both ends, Krul was immense again, both Ameobis made a difference and Lovenkrands was shite.


  35. Barfas a funny one. Pards admits he can’t play on the wing coz he doesnt track back enough….wont play in the middle coz of Tiote/cabaye/guthrie and is keeping our holding player out (best) with Maiga supposedly already signed up..

    where does that leave our, apparently ‘best player’ in the squad..?

    I doubt he’ll enjoy sitting on the bench every game with the opportunity of coming on if only a forward comes off. Come Jan We’ll have Shola and Best on the bench if Maiga has signed and Ba is still playing well πŸ˜•


  36. massive worries in defence,we will just have to soldier on,i would like to see us revert to 4 4 2,with best coming in for ben arfa,as i think his hold up play has been missing from the team,and i think we have given the ball away too cheeply,putting the defence under more pressure


  37. On another day, Chelsea might have been full strength themselves. Lets not forgot they are without Essien. They beat us because we desreved to lose. Now we have to move on and learn to take our chances.


  38. Robert – I said that in the stands yesterday. That it was levelling the score after Old Trafford and the attention it got.

    Brendan – No. He’s following the blog on twitter so I wondered if anybody knew if he supports NUFC foe definite like


  39. Pardew – “Sometimes Mike throws you a curve ball”. I guess that’s not a positive curve ball.

    Code for one of our best players will leave in January.


  40. “Brendan – No. He’s following the blog on twitter….”

    oops, just as well I said something complimentary about his wife then πŸ˜†


  41. I watched some of Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports News yesterday and they were talking about our non penalty and the fact the ref initially pointed for a corner but changed his mind when his assistant flagged for a pen.
    The argument was that referees are full time and the assistants aren’t and whether the assistants should be full time to try and stop such mistakes?!
    Matt Le Tiss argued that the standard of refereeing has not improved since they were employed full time and based on yesterday’s fixtures I would have to agree with him!!
    Because how can one full time ref Gary Cahills challenge as a red card, yet another full time ref view Luiz challenge only a yellow, and you could argue that Newcastle were more likely to score that Spurs based on whereabouts on the pitch each foul happened.
    Luiz being sent off would have had a huge baring on the game because Chelsea would have likely taken an attacking player off for a defender with so much of the game left to play.
    I don’t agree that on another day we would have turned them over, it wasn’t as one sided as that and although we may have had more possession, the number of chances was fairly even with both keepers busy, and Krul saving a penalty. Certainly I think the score line does not give a true reflection of the game.
    I know we came close to scoring yesterday but I think the lack of goals for us this season is concerning and I think as creative as HBA is, we do look more balanced with Best up front, who can not only hold the ball better but chips in with goals as well.
    I think yesterday’s game has just shown how thin our squad is as well and if we are going to compete with the likes of Chelsea, arsenal and spurs for today 4-6 places we are short of about 5-6 quality players.
    The reality is that the last 3 games were always going to be tough and I thought 2-3 points from them would have been a good return. We only managed 1 but the performances in all 3 games have been very positive, particularly as 2 of the games were away.
    Looking forward to the next 3 games, and I thought that there were 7-9 points for us there bringing us up to the transfer window and any potential new arrivals or pre contract players would look and see a team bang in form.
    My confidence is wavered a little with injuries to Colo and Taylor because with Williamson still knackered I worry about our defence a little bit now.
    I always felt we should be looking to get 2 defenders in in Jan, players who can play full back and centre back, but yesterday has just reinforced that for me, and I hope it’s left Pardew having a rethink.
    I hope this next week is spent working with Perch and whoever will join him at centre to make sure they have abit of an understand and confidence in each other.

    Finally, the huge difference between Newcastle and Chelsea was the togetherness we have that they are clearly lacking. Every save Krul made he was congratulated, likewise the defenders for their tackles. And if a Newcastle player had a shot that went wide or was saved, players around them applauded their effort, whereas Chelsea players had a go at each other for not passing. But nowhere was that more obvious than the touchline, where newcastles bench offered postivity and encouragement where the hairy school boy (AVB) was jumping round like he was auditioning for fucking Diversity or something!!!
    Sturridge was dangerous yesterday and but for Krul, could have had a hat-trick, yet instead of applauding him and encouraging him to keep going and the goal will come the hairy school boy was throwing all kinds of stupid gestures at him. Massive problems at Chelsea and I see their influence in the PL dropping off for afew seasons.


  42. hearing rumours of spuds lookin to offer for krul, shouldnt we be adding quality to this already thin squad not take away a star performer???? ashley is taking the michael now because nobody has done anything serious about gettin him out, he lived on our decent start then took the mick renaming our ground , does this guy ever stop ? and do we keep taking it?


  43. Jay – A bit melodramtic as a reaction there maybe? I mean if we listened to speculation we’d have a squad of 75 players….


  44. Agreed,

    Jay – if clubs are being linking with our players it shows how well we are doing this season. But this is paper talk to fill column space… Similar to what Toonsy is saying, if we are to buy every player we have been linked with, our squad won’t be thin for long mate.

    Until an offer is received I take these stories with a pinch of salt.


  45. Ashley’s a bit of a [email protected] but I don’t think I’m quite ready to start blaming him for other teams taking an interest in our better players or for the press printing/making up such stories just yet πŸ™„


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