A disappointing day at the office for the Blues as their unbeaten run finally came to an end.
A day of the substitutes with Papiss Cisse scoring twice; Didier Drogba scoring in the 83rd minute, making the Magpies earn their win and Jak Alnwick, the goalkeeper, who isn’t even second choice, came on at half time and stood firm in the face of intense Chelsea pressure.
Alan Pardew deserves every credit for stopping a team which had crushed opponents in their own backyards. The defeat will also end talk of Mourinho’s side repeating Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ by going the whole league season without losing, Chelsea still lead on top of the table with Manchester City cutting the lead to 3 points after their victory against Everton.
57′ Papiss Cisse
Garry Cahill missed a hard and low cross from Ameobi which went through the Chelsea defender at the near post with Cisse tucking it away from the six yard box; Shooting with his right foot at the center of the goal. Papiss Cisse’s goal was the first that Chelsea had conceded in 498 minutes of action (all competitions).
78′ Papiss Cisse
A counter attack saw the ball slid through for Ally Sissoko, who had a great chance but was stopped by the Chelsea defenders, He lost control as Courtois rushed out to block, but the ball rolled to an unmarked Cisse, who swept into the unguarded net for a 2-0 Newcastle lead.
83′ Didier Drogba
A Steven Taylor red card won the Blues a free kick and Cesc Fabregas was the man in charge. The Blues always have had a strong set piece; a perfect delivery by the Spaniard towards Drogba, who rose highest to head home. The keeper came out to take charge but was well beaten.
Luck certainly wasn’t on the blue side but the players gave in all they had. Perhaps the omission of suspended Nemanja Matic made all the difference; the bad news goes on as Cesc Fabregas picked up his 5th yellow of the season and misses out on the next against Hull City at the Bridge. The pressure certainly grows with this loss but Mourinho’s men will come back stronger in the next, hoping that Manchester City would slip.
Now with the unbeaten run set aside, Chelsea will be hoping to rest a few for the midweek Champions League game against Sporting Lisbon and come back stronger against Hull in the weekend.
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Edited By: Ojas Tripathi