Newcastle Thumps Chelsea To A 1-0 Win
Newcastle United tipped Chelsea over with a 1-0 win to hand the London Blues their first away defeat since December.
That win for the Magpies came via an injury-time goal by Isaac Hayden who headed the ball past Kepa Arrizabalaga and into the goal.
Frank Lampard’s men were hugely in control of the game, dictating the play with about 70 percent possession and as many as 19 shots but just weren’t lucky to get past Martin Dubravka.
Former Leicester midfielder, Ngolo Kante had the best chance of the game but fired straight at Dubravka. Tammy Abraham also tried to get himself in the clear after the interval but couldn’t get a clear and comfortable sight at goal.
Newcastle hit the woodwork before the interval and a final string from Hayden was the sting in the tail for Chelsea who have seen some disappointing defeats in recent times.
Despite the loss, Chelsea still maintain their five-point cushion in the top four ahead of Manchester United’s trip to Anfield on Sunday afternoon, where they are poised to take on Liverpool.
Kante was the only change for Chelsea from the side who defeated Burnley, with the French midfielder and World Cup winner replacing the injured Ross Barkley in the middle of the park.
Andrews Christensen kept his place in the heart of the defence alongside Rudiger, a centre-back pairing which Frank Lampard seems to be loving these days.
It was a cagey start but it was Chelsea who found their feet first. Newcastle then grew into the game, trying to stamp their foot in that cagey encounter. Surely, it was their resilience at the back and some bit of composure in the attack that earned them a win against the more versatile Chelsea side.
Steve Bruce seems to be placing the Magpies in a good place or could it the home advantage St. James park presents? I guess it would take some time to tell.