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De Ja Toon

Once again Newcastle has assisted their opponents to reach the number one spot on top of the table.

Chelsea started on the front foot and pressed to gain the lead with a Fernandez own goal. There was a suggestion that Fernandez was pushed by the Chelsea Left-back Ben Chilwell, but the referee rightly let the goal stand as the ball left Fernandez's boot before Chilwell made contact with him.

So a goal down Newcastle responded by pressing the opposition in their quest for the equaliser right? Wrong. It is something us Toon fan are all too familiar with and quite frankly are too tired of seeing. The players sat back and defended a losing scoreline. However, I feel Saint-Maximin had a better game. The Frenchman looked more lively today and seemed to try to make something happen almost partnering with Joelinton in the striker role, coming from the left-hand side. In fact ASM had the best chance of the first half for the Mags, cutting in from the left to beat Zouma and find the shot only to be blocked by Rudiger.

The captain Jamaal Lascelles probably had his best half for a long time, putting his head and body on the line to block and clear Chelsea's crosses. This unfortunately lead to an injury to which he was substituted for Fabian Schar at halftime.

The second started with Newcastle looking a little brighter. Isaac Hayden came close and should have gotten an equaliser with a fantastic chance, clear of the defence only for Hayden to blaze the ball over the bar with his weaker foot.

But in the sixty-fourth minute, Timo Werner lead a charge down the Chelsea left-hand side. Using his blistering pace he ran through the defenders and played a ball through to Tammy Abraham who took his chance and slotted it past the keeper clipping the near post. 2-0.

Miguel Almiron came on for Javier Manquillo to add an injection of pace on the right flank. Murphy slotted back into the right wing-back position, a place of familiarity to Murphy in recent weeks. Despite speculation on his future for the Magpies, Almiron put in a shift as he always does. He looked sharp and bright, using his pace to take on player but unfortunately, he could not produce anything.

Timo Wener gave way to Giroud as the Manager Frank Lampard sought to rest him for the midweek champions league tie with Rennes as the job was effectively done there at St James Park. After the substitution, Chelsea became the ones sitting back defending the lead.

Andy Carroll was Newcastle's last substitute and he almost broke his drought after a decent ball was played over the top. Carroll took the ball down, got his shot away only to be denied by Rudiger for a corner.

In summary, the lads reverted back to the previous season, sitting back for the most part in search for the smash and grab. I've said it quite a lot in the few articles I have written but once again we played too conservatively. And Chelsea capitalized.

Final Score: Newcastle United 0-2 Chelsea

Sam West.



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