All of the talk prior to the game was centred around Chelsea and the possibility of going through a season unbeaten.
That possibility is now a thing of the past thanks to a brace from Papiss Cisse who scored his fifth and sixth league goals of what has been a stop-start campaign for the Senegalese striker.
Of course this isn’t the first brace he’s scored against Chelsea with two spectacular strikes earning us a 2-0 victory at Stamford Bridge a few seasons ago. This time around his goals were of a different quality as he joined the game from the bench and demonstrated the knack of being on the right place at the right time proving that if you provide him with enough service he can and will score goals.
It was backs against the walls stuff for a lot of the game with United seemingly happy to let Chelsea have the ball in their own half whilst stifling any room for the more creative players within the Blues’ ranks to stamp their mark on the game. The likes of Diego Costa, Fabregas, Hazard and Willian were quiet on the day by all accounts.
That was to be expected as Jose Mourinho’s side have been drawing praise from all quarters but in the end it was the determination of United that won the day despite ten (well, 16 actually) very tense minutes at the end of the game following Steven Taylor’s dismissal for a silly second yellow card being punished immediately by Didier Drogba heading beyond Jak Alnwick but the visitors were unable to find an equaliser.
It’s a notable achievement for a Newcastle side that just a few months ago was floundering at the foot of the table yet now find themselves in and around the European places. It is of course early days and we’re not even halfway through the season but winning games isn’t a bad habit to be getting into.
Howay the lads!
Newcastle: Rob Elliot, Daryl Janmaat, Steven Taylor, Fabricio Coloccini, Paul Dummett, Cheik Tiote, Jack Colback, Moussa Sissoko, Remy Cabella, Sammy Ameobi, Ayoze Perez.
Subs: Jak Alnwick, Massadio Haidara, Mike Williamson, Vurnon Anita, Yoan Gouffran, Emmanuel Riviere, Papiss Cisse
Chelsea: Thibaut Courtois, Branislav Ivanovic, Gary Cahill, John Terry, Cesar Azpilicueta, Cesc Fabregas, John Obi Mikel, Willian, Oscar, Eden Hazard, Diego Costa
Subs: Petr Cech, Kurt Zouma, Ramires, Andre Schurrle, Felipe Luiz, Loic Remy, Didier Drogba