Saturday, November 02, 2013

Newcastle digs 2 goals into Chelsea's heart

Newcastle dealt a blow to Chelsea’s title chances with a 2-0 win at St James’ Park.
The Blues dominated the opening half but failed to turn their possession into goals and were undone by a Newcastle side who were much improved in the second period.
Yoan Gouffran opened the scoring and the points were made safe when Loic Remy netted late on.
Chelsea were dominant early on and almost took the lead on 13 minutes, but John Terry’s header thudded against the crossbar.
Terry was demonstrating his aerial threat and it was almost a carbon copy eight minutes before the break, but his header—again from a corner—was cleared off the line.
Having soaked up plenty of pressure, Newcastle demonstrated far greater appetite for attack in the second half and Chelsea needed Petr Cech to keep them on level terms.
On the hour mark, Mathieu Debuchy released Moussa Sissokho. He drove in on goal and shot low, but Cech was able to turn it round the post.
From the following corner, Cech did well to repel a snap shot from Remy.
But on 69 minutes the keeper had no answer to Gouffran’s header. The Frenchman stooped and powered his header down and into the net, but the goal owed much to the superb delivery of Yohan Cabaye from a free-kick.
Chelsea struggled to fashion a response, but 11 minutes from time, a combination of keeper Tim Krul and Debuchy denied Willian and Samuel Eto’o.
Newcastle weathered the storm and a calm finish from Remy sealed the three points.

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