St James’ Park misery continues for Mourinho- Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0.


Remy ensures win yesterday.
Remy ensures win yesterday.
There is never a good time to face Chelsea, it’s an especially daunting task when you have lost your last two with one of those defeats being to your fierce rivals.

Going into the game it wasn’t all doom and gloom, we did produce arguably our best display last season against Chelsea in a 3-2 home win. Couple that up with the fact that Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has never been victorious at St James’ Park as a manager in his prior attempts. Could this surprising stat give Newcastle a boost of confidence ahead of kick off?

The best of the early chances fell to the visitors, with John Terry’s thundering header coming back off the crossbar.The Chelsea captain saw a second header cleared off Tim Krul’s line by Davide Santon, from the clearance Newcastle went on an attack of their own with Moussa Sissoko seeing his respectable effort gathered by Cech. Chelsea enjoyed most of the first half possession in a rather tame 45 minutes of football in difficult weather conditions.

The visitors did look comfortable in the first half but were unable to capitalize and hurt Newcastle when it counted. My opinion is that neither team looked especially bothered in the first 45, both sides could argue that they had to compete in the cup mid week. The wet and greasy conditions couldn’t of helped the quality either.

The second half was a lot livelier from the home side. Remy, Gouffran, Sissoko and Debuchy came out looking like they really wanted to win the game. Sissoko, the man who tormented Chelsea last season caused the Londoners yet more problems. The Frenchman ran on to a perfect through ball from Debuchy and from a tight angle managed to get his attempt on target with the Chelsea keeper tipping the ball away for a United corner.

Newcastle kept the pressure on with Yoan Gouffran and an energetic Loic Remy both being credited with on target attempts. The fans in the stadium felt an upset could be on the cards with Newcastle showing great persistence and energy- something that has been missing at times over the last year or so. The lads were playing some nice and exciting stuff this second half and it really deserved some reward.

That reward came when Newcastle were awarded a free kick. Yohan Cabaye stood over the ball, he was called over to the touchline by Pardew to receive instruction ahead of the set piece. Alan appeared to barking quite specific orders to the midfielder who looked happy to oblige. Following the tactical chat Cabaye returned to position and whipped the ball into Chelsea’s box, the delivery was perfect and was greeted with a diving header from Gouffran to put Newcastle one up.

Stand in captain Cheick Tiote was replaced with Vernon Anita who looked very lively following his introduction. Papiss Cisse also got a second half run out, replacing veteran Shola Ameobi although Cisse didn’t have much influence on the game. Anita however would set Loic Remy up for United’s second late on in the game, with the Dutch ace squaring the ball to Remy following some good work with fellow subsitute Gabby Obertan down the flank. Remy hit the ball on the spin with the ball going in off the post, leaving Petr Cech helpless.

The game was won and you could see what it meant to the players, who celebrated the second goal with a young disabled fan. The result and performance was welcomed by the fans and players alike who have endured a difficult week following the Sunderland defeat and Wednesday’s cup exit at the hands of Manchester City. For a man who’s long term future is still uncertain Loic Remy looked like a man bursting with pride after he secured the win and celebrated his goal. There again he may just be very excited about his goal bonus? 😉

One thing is for certain that second half spell was something we should all be proud of and it’s all about maintaining those high standards. If we played like that every week it would be wonderful whether it resulted in a win or even a loss. Take note Alan, you did good! Not the most detailed write up, but actions speak louder than words!

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran, Shola Ameobi , Loic Remy

Newcastle Subs: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa, Papiss Cisse, Gabby Obertan, Vernon Anita.

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard, Juan Mata, Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres.

Chelsea Subs: Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel, Willan, Andre Schurrle, Samuel Eto’o

Referee: Lee Mason

Attendance: 51,674

95 thoughts on “St James’ Park misery continues for Mourinho- Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0.

  1. BB-Fingers crossed across the City on the 21st then 😆 God I hope it’s not true, and not just from a footballing perspective. I mean if he was seriously guilty I’d feel a bit sick singing his praises for so long.

    Sharpy-Aye he probably did, but I agree with you. Maybe it was the shop window 😕


  2. Newkie – no way would he start ahead of Tiote, Cabaye,Sissoko, Gouffran or Anita for me. But where Pardew took Goof off against Chelsea coz he was knackered and put Obertan on – that’s where I’d have used Jonas.
    Or if we are playing a side with a danger man, Jonas could be used to track him. Similar to Man City using James Milner to man mark Baines when they played Everton.


  3. well he has strenuously denied it all along and has top lawyers on the case.
    Like you say, fingers crossed eh


  4. Newkie – maybe Fergie could be that impact sub I’m on about if Jonas doesn’t come back – if JFK can secure his signing that is 😆
    I also wonder whether Gosling, Newton or Innman can make a challenge on the first team squad after their loan moves.

    Hell if that was Obertan in the shop window I think he’s here til his contract expires then mate 🙄


  5. Sharpy-Aye, but to be fair with Obertan (ideally) we’d stick him up there and give Chelsea something to think about on the counter, purely because of his pace. It keeps Chelsea defenders pushed back, whereas Jonas is better at covering the run, Obertan occupies the space and, ideally, keeps more men pinned in the Chelski half. Benny would have been better but I guess its to give Oba a run out. I agree though, if anything it puts people off the more they see him! 😆 Bless.

    BB-Aye. If the evidence was that overwhelming they would never have let him out so casually on bail. Surely… 😕


  6. Sharpy-I just don’t see Gosling ever making it with us now. Newton and Inman have done well on their loans but given the level that they’re playing at I’m not that hopeful. I mean Anita, Sissoko, even Obertan are older just by a couple of years. They won’t be getting time with the first team so they will have to really impress this season otherwise they’ll be off. Dummett has done well when called upon but I struggle to see how we can keep him, Santon and Haidara all happy and all here when they all likely want to progress/improve. I’d try and get Hairy or Dummy on loan to a struggling PL side in January (Sunderland? 😀 ) or Championship at the least.


  7. Newkie – Obertan played his part in Remys goal but there after was shite mate, and certainly no threat or concern for the Chelsea players. He couldn’t even get the ball under control when he did get it. I know what you’re saying, but at the time he came on we were only 1-0 up, and we should have had Benny on down that left side IMO who would have been far more of a threat.
    I’m not making too big of an issue of it coz like I say Oba played his part in the 2nd goal and we won so I’m blatantly nit picking! 😆


  8. Obertan just isn’t good enough. On Saturday he even lost the ball when there was only him near it and he was running to goal.

    Ashley Out!


  9. Sharpy-Aye I agree. There was a huge groan with leaving the ball behind and it looked like he might mess up the goal at first He’s not played in a while but still, you can see why. Then again I still think he accomplished about as much as Cisse and I know you won’t like that 😀 We’re crying out for an actual winger on the left for ages and even then I would have him as about fifth choice.


  10. Sharpy-Actually just double checked and Inman has gone permanently. So I highly doubt we will be seeing him in the Newcastle first team any time soon 😆 😉


  11. It’s so good to have all these options now. And who knew we could lose so many defenders and still defend?
    Very encouraging 😮


  12. Whumpie – I thought Mbiwa and Debuchy were first class. In fact it looks like all the Jan signings have finally settled into the EPL. Takes time it really does and beware anybody making wholesale signings from abroad like Norwich, scum. I think even Laudrups got his fingers burnt there.
    Remy finally looks like he’s got the Toon bug as well.


  13. Sharpy @73 – exactly mate. I couldn’t believe he brought Obertan (and Cisse but let’s not go there again) on. He’s got Benny sitting there and even Sammy in the wings. What’s that doing to his development?
    Even on the day of a quite brilliant win he puzzles the fck out of me.


  14. hey up lads…

    Wrote a piece about Cisse’s decline and then realized that Aussie did a really good piece last month about it.

    Back to the drawing board………


  15. Still think we shouldn’t get carried away though, we were very good second half but Chelsea didn’t really show up in all honesty , so it’s hard to say whether we’d have been as successful if they’d really turned it on. Just exercising a touch of caution, lots of games to be played yet.


  16. munich @ 17

    To be fair you could ask where Liverpool would be without Sturridge. He scored winners against Stoke, Villa and Man utd, One at swansea, Scored and set up the other two at sunderland, One against palace, Scored and played suarez in for the pen at our place, One against west brom and twice against Notts county in the cup. He’s scored in every match they have taken points from.

    Personally i dont think we are as reliant on Remy as that. Gouffran, Cabaye and Ben Arfa have got a couple apiece and if/when we get Cisse scoring again we will have plenty of goals all over the side without relying on one player…


  17. I’ve got a theory: We do well against flair teams like Chelski because they rely on their quality and forget how to graft. Hull and the scum are a different proposition because if they’re fired up they can do the one thing that works against us: run their unskilled legs off, harry, challenge and generally stop us playing through sheer bloody mindedness.
    If Pards can find the formula to beat that too we’re laughing.


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