Toni Rudiger set the move in motion in
his own half before Pedro played an inch-perfect ball to Eden Hazard over Chancel Mbemba.
pass inside to Alonso saw him help it on in turn to Michy Batshuayi, who had the easiest of
side-footed finishes 0-1
Henri Saivet lost the
ball and Pedro and Hazard moved it upfield before Batshuayi hit a low shot that
Jamaal Lascelles blocked,
only for the ball to loop over Darlow and into the net. 0-2
Half time: Blues 2
Saivet conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box
when fouling Davide Zappacosta and Alonso clipped the kick over the wall
and out of Darlow's reach into the Shed End goal.
Full time: Blues 3
"I think the first
half we did really well, had chances and were on top of them. For me we were
controlling the game and made a mistake in the counter-attack.
"We tried today, the team selection
was to try and stay in the competition, and you can see with the first half we
wanted to stay in the competition, but you have to accept the difference in
the two teams.
On transfers - or the lack of them:
to just worry about Burnley (on Wednesday) and that's it. I think the
fans are very clever and they know what is going on.
"What I have to do is make sure I don't let them down. What I have to do
is keep going. I am a professional and want to do well.
"I am happy with the city, the fans and I can see the potential of the
club. But I have to be sure that everybody understands the message, that we
have the same idea and that we are on the same page.
"We have to keep working hard. I am sure I will keep working as hard as
now with all my staff, and try to improve the team.
"We'll have chances. Obviously it's not ideal because I wanted to do my
business by the 15th or the 20th, but I still have some days, and they believe
we can do something."
was a good performance. It wasnít easy because Newcastle prepared a very
defensive game with five players on the edge of the box, three midfielders
very deep, and two strikers to mark our central midfielders.
"It was very important to score the
first goal. Pedro and Hazard created a fantastic chance with their ability, then
Michy scored. After this goal the situation was simpler for us. In the second
half we controlled the game and didnít risk conceding a goal.
"We must be very happy because it wasnít
easy. When the draw faces you with another Premier League team itís never
easy. You can see Liverpoolís game against West Brom, Tottenhamís game. This
competition is very dangerous for the great teams.
Massadio Haidara played his first competitive game this season. The full
back's last game came against Barnsley in the Championship season=closer. His
last PL game was during October 2015.
Toon @ Stamford Bridge: PL era:
2017/18: Lost 0-3 (FAC)
2017/18: Lost 1-3 Gayle
2015/16: Lost 1-5 Townsend
2014/15: Lost 0-2
2013/14: Lost 0-3
2012/13: Lost 0-2
2011/12: Won 2-0 Cisse 2
2010/11: Drew 2-2 Gutierrez, S.Taylor
2010/11: Won 4-3 Ranger, R.Taylor, Ameobi 2 (LC)
2008/09: Drew 0-0
2007/08: Lost 1-2 Butt
2006/07: Lost 0-1
2005/06: Lost 0-1 (FAC)
2005/06: Lost 0-3
2004/05: Lost 0-4
2003/04: Lost 0-5
2002/03: Lost 0-3
2001/02: Lost 0-1 (LC)
2001/02: Drew 1-1 Acuna
2000/01: Lost 1-3 Bassedas
1999/00: Lost 0-1
1998/99: Drew 1-1 Andersson
1997/98: Lost 0-1
1996/97: Drew 1-1 Shearer
1995/96: Drew 1-1 Ferdinand (FAC)
1995/96: Lost 0-1
1994/95: Drew 1-1 Hottiger
1993/94: Lost 0-1
United's last away win in the FA Cup
was Cheltenham Town, 12 years ago to the day.
2017/18 R4 Chelsea lost 0-3
2016/17 R4 Oxford United lost 0-3
2016/17 R3 Birmingham City drew 1-1
2015/16 R3 Watford lost 0-1
2014/15 R3 Leicester City lost 0-1
2012/13 R3 Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-2
2011/12 R4 Brighton and Hove Albion lost 0-1
2010/11 R3 Stevenage lost 1-3
2009/10 R3 Plymouth Argyle drew 0-0
2009/10 R4 West Bromwich Albion lost 2-4
2008/09 R3 Hull City drew 0-0
2007/08 R3 Stoke City drew 0-0
2007/08 R4 Arsenal lost 0-3
2006/07 R3 Birmingham City drew 2-2
2005/06 R6 Chelsea lost 0-1
2005/06 R4 Cheltenham Town won 2-0
NUFC Last 10 FAC R4 ties:
2017/18 Chelsea (a) lost 0-3
2016/17 Oxford United (a) lost 0-3
2011/12 Brighton (a) lost 0-1
2009/10 West Bromwich Albion (a) lost 2-4
2007/08 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
2005/06 Cheltenham Town (a) won 2-0
2004/05 Coventry City (h) won 3-1
2003/04 Liverpool (a) lost 1-2
2001/02 Peterborough United (a) won 4-2
1999/00 Sheffield United (h) won 4-1
NUFC v CFC FA Cup history:
2017/18 lost 0-3 (a)
2005/06 lost 0-1 (a)
2004/05 won 1-0 (h)
1999/00 lost 1-2 (n)
1995/96 drew 2-2 (h) (lost on pens)
1995/96 drew 1-1 (a)
1958/59 lost 1-4 (h)
1949/50 lost 0-3 (a)
1931/32 won 2-1 (n)
1914/15 lost 0-1 (h)
1914/15 drew 1-1 (a)
1910/11 won 3-0 (n)
cover for today's game was
inspired by this
issue for an FA
Cup Fourth Round tie between
the two sides on
this day in 1950.
As was the case 68 years earlier,
the home side were 3-0
after taking a 2-0 interval lead.
Newcastle's 2018 FA Cup
campaign came to an inevitable end at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon as
Chelsea cantered to victory with the minimum of fuss or effort.
United created enough decent scoring chances to have worried a lethargic home
side, but our acute need for an
in-form striker was highlighted by the fact that each one of them was
That clearly isn't Dwight Gayle who seems to be losing form with each game
and his replacement today, Joselu is looking every inch the £5m bargain
basement buy he appeared to be last Summer.
Two first half goals from Michy Batshuayi put this tie beyond the Magpies
and when Marcos Alonso curled in a 72nd minute free-kick, Rafa Benitez was
already turning his thoughts to Burnley's visit on Wednesday evening.
Batshuayi twice came close to completing his hat-trick near to full-time
but Karl Darlow denied him to avoid an embarrassment turning into a
Making five changes from the side beaten 1-3 at Manchester City, Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle and Chancel Mbemba
were recalled while
Massadio Haidara and Henri Saivet made up the numbers.
(Fitness concerns saw Florian Lejeune and Jesus Gamez miss out, while
Aleksandar Mitrovic was deemed not to be in the right frame of mind to play
and Mikel Merino wasn't risked).
The first of several opportunities to net what would have been a 200th
league and cup goal against the Blues came at 0-0, Gayle electing to pass rather
than shoot after seizing on a stray pass.
Haidara then crossed for
Jonjo Shelvey to force Wilfredo Caballero into a save at his near post
before Chelsea shook themselves from their slumbers just after the half hour mark
to take the lead.
Pedro played an inch-perfect ball to Eden Hazard over Chancel Mbemba and his
ball inside to Alonso was helped on to Batshuayi who had the easiest of side-footed
finishes into the
Antonio Rudiger curled an effort inches wide four minutes before the break
but three minutes later Chelsea got their second when Saivet lost the
ball. It ended with Batshuayi hitting a low shot that Lascelles blocked,
only for the ball to loop over Darlow and into the net.
Shelvey saw a deflected effort tipped wide and then Mbemba's shot was saved
in added time but trailing by two goals at the break virtually made it game
United were barely sighted as an attacking force in the second half; Shelvey
heading over and substitute Joselu unable to properly connect
with Ritchie's centre following a rare attack at pace.
Our fate was finally sealed when Saivet gave away
a free-kick on the edge of the box and Alonso clipped the kick over the wall
and out of Darlow's reach for 0-3.
It was then just a matter of how many Chelsea could score and Darlow
continued to impress, denying Pedro, Davide Zappacosta and two more afforts from Batshuayi.
Jacob Murphy and Blues old boy Christian Atsu were both introduced for no apparent reason
except risking injury, while Rafa opted to leave Jamaal Lascelles on the
than withdraw him with Wednesday and Sunday's games in mind.
though, the tie had all the intensity of a testimonial match by then and the
chances of a blockbuster tackle were fairly remote, the home side ending up
with two 17 year-olds on the field.
And so United's cup campaigns came to a familiar end, leaving 14 games of
this 41-game season to maintain our increasingly uncertain Premier League status.
Despite making optimistic noises about doing business early this month, one loan
deal from today's opponents is the sum total of our achievement to date by a
club either unwilling or unable to operate in a
market where prices and wages reflect the finances in the game.
There aren't many who would think that is
even close to being enough - Rafa certainly doesn't.