Chelsea suffer another defeat

2013-11-02 23:00

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Emphatic loss?away to Newcastle adds to coach Mourinho’s woes.

Newcastle (0) 2 Chelsea 0

Chelsea suffered their second defeat of the season as Newcastle produced a determined performance to claim a 2-0 victory at St James’ Park today.

The match was a closely contested affair and, after a goalless first period, the Magpies eventually went on to claim the lead on 68 minutes as Yoan Gouffran beat his marker to head home from Yohan Cabaye’s flighted free kick into the danger area.

The second effectively killed off the game as a contest, with Loïc Remy firing in off the post on 89 minutes after some great work on the left flank by Vurnon Anita.

Despite boasting one of the most dangerous collection of attacking players in the league, Chelsea were unable to force an equaliser, with the hosts putting their bodies on the line on a number of occasions to deny their highly rated opponents.

The first half offered very little in the way of goalmouth action, although the Blues did threaten early on, with John Terry’s header crashing against the crossbar on 13 minutes.

Branislav Ivanovic was first to the loose ball, but the Serbian’s attempted bicycle kick was saved by Tim Krul in the Newcastle goal.

The hosts grew in confidence as the half progressed, but they were restricted to shots from outside the box.

Cabaye saw his low shot saved by Petr Cech on the half-hour mark, while Moussa Sissoko had his effort from the left saved with relative ease by the Czech Republic international.

But the second half was all Newcastle, with the visitors unable to break down an obstinate home defence that shipped five goals in their previous three league games.

After a cautious start to the second stanza, the match sprang to life on the hour mark, with Cabaye firing wide of the left-hand post before Sissoko went agonisingly close to finding the back of the net as his low shot from a tight angle drew a fingertip save from Cech.

The floodgates seemed to have been opened, with Chelsea pegged back in their own half and Remy twice threatening to fire his side ahead as his first shot flew wide of the mark before his second effort was comfortably saved by Cech.

But there was nothing the Chelsea goalkeeper could do in the 68th minute, as Gouffran shrugged off Ivanovic before nodding home from Cabaye’s pinpoint cross to send the home crowd into rapture.

José Mourinho’s men huffed and puffed in search of the equaliser.

Willian and Andre Schürrle got close, while fellow substitute Samuel Eto’o saw his shot from the centre of the box blocked by a last-ditch tackle.

Chelsea’s afternoon went from bad to worse as Newcastle bagged their second in the 89th minute, with Remy smashing a left-footed shot from the centre of the penalty area that flew in off the left-hand upright while Cech remained rooted to the spot.

The result extends Mourinho’s four-game winless streak at Newcastle.

Facts and figures

1- Chelsea conceded their first goal from a set piece in the PL this season; they were the 20th team to do so.

2 - Chelsea have only lost two of their last 16 Premier League games that Mata, Oscar and Hazard have all started.

2 - Jose Mourinho has won only two of his last 10 Premier League away games.

3 - Chelsea have only kept three clean sheets in their last 13 Premier League away games.

5 - Newcastle have conceded the joint-most headed goals this season in the Premier League along with Fulham.

17 - Fernando Torres managed fewer touches of the ball than any of the 21 other starters.

100% - John Terry completed 100% of his passes (42) and won 100% of his duels (6) in the first-half.

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