Half time: CFC 0 NUFC 0
73 mins Combination
play between Pulisic and Hudson-Odoi saw the latter pass sideways across the
United area, for Marcos Alonso to sweep home a low drive that Martin Dubravka
got a hand to but couldn't prevent going in his net in front of the Matthew
Harding Stand 0-1
Full time: CFC 1 NUFC 0
Steve Bruce said:
"Eight points from
the first nine is not breathtakingly good, but considering the games we've
had, who we've played, we'll move on from there. We've had a tough start.
After nine games, we've played against the top six.
It's been relentless in that respect, but there were a lot of positives
today. We've now got a run of
games against teams who are going to be in and around us. Hopefully we can
get a few points.
"I couldnít ask for any more effort - the big thing, where we have to
improve, is in the last third. We had some unbelievable opportunities in the
first half and took the wrong option, the wrong pass.
"Chelsea have a nice blend of
youth and experience at the moment. We didn't weather the storm in the
second half. I thought we gave as good as we got.
"I thought it was a foul on Joelinton in the lead up the goal, and we
never really regained possession after that. When you come to Chelsea, you
need those decisions to go your way.
"We had a few tired bodies: Allan
(Saint-Maximin), itís only his second game and he tired; (Miguel)
Almiron has been all over the place, so we tried to freshen it up in that
area. But, we werenít just quite good enough on the day.
"Almiron, unfortunately, for all
his good work, his confidence is a little bit low at the minute because he
hasnít scored a goal since he came here in January. However, his work
rate, effort and endeavour is there for everybody to see. He just needs to
get a goal.
"Joelinton got a nasty bang to
the head but he should be OK. The rest of the players, I think, are
Frank Lampard said:
"We feel like
we're a good team in good form, and show it. It's not easy for anybody to
break down 10 players, well organised and willing to work as they were. We
had to work at it, and we were ready to take the spaces as they opened up.
"I'm delighted. It was a tough
match today. Credit to Newcastle: you can see why they have had a couple
of big results this year. They are organised, they have men behind the
ball, they are a threat on the counter-attack, and in the first half,
albeit we created a couple of chances, we were a bit safe, a bit
We did move the ball from side to side but not with enough risk to
sometimes take people out of the game and that was the message at
In the second half, for the majority of it we did that. Our combinations
were good, we played between the lines more, people were going one-v-one
Ė Callum Hudson-Odoi, Willian and Christian Pulisic when he came on -
and it should have been more goals to make the last 10 minutes more
"The second half was
the most pleasing thing. It was a good test for us today. We changed
things a little in the second half and we showed a little more flexibility
"We were upbeat, we had urgency,
the tempo was good, and that got us the win. We want to score goals. You
can see the fans - I think they're happy with what they're seeing at the
"We want more - if we want to keep moving up, we can do better. So
far this season, though, things are going well."
Gayle made his first appearance in a Newcastle shirt since May 2018,
when he netted during a 3-0 victory over Chelsea at Gallowgate.
Magpies suffered a
seventh successive Premier League defeat here
in all competitions).
Since Papiss Cisse scored a goal in each half to seal a 2-0 win at Stamford
Bridge in May 2012, Newcastle have conceded 21 times in league and cup
visits and netted on just three occasions.
Toon @ Stamford Bridge: Premier
2019/20: Lost 0-1
2018/19: Lost 1-2 Clark
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
Newcastle once again left Stamford Bridge empty-handed on Saturday,
Chelsea rousing themselves sufficiently to score the goal that was always
going to be enough to ensure victory.
That breakthrough came 17 minutes from full time, former mackem loanee
Marcos Alonso silencing abuse from the away section by sending a low drive
beyond the grasp of Martin Dubravka.
And although the United ended the game with both Andy Carroll and Dwight
Gayle on the field, a failure to muster any threat to the home goal left
Steve Bruce's side back in the bottom three.
Returning to action for the first time since the 1-0 home victory over
Manchester United, Newcastle retained the starting XI from that game,
meaning that the Longstaff brothers kept their place and Jonjo Shelvey had
to be content with a place on the bench.
United reached half time scoreless with relative ease, Chelsea's lack of
attacking menace matched by some decent approach work by the visitors but
nothing to remotely trouble home custodian Kepa.
Some decent combination play between Joelinton, Allan Saint-Maximin and
Miguel Almiron had raised hopes of a breakthrough. However the Brazilian
could only put his header wide, the Frenchman's drive also missed the
target and the Paraguayan opted play an extra pass rather than shoot when
the opportunity beckoned.
There was to be no moment of inspiration to match a performance that was
otherwise equivalent to the win over Manchester United; honest but
Having focused on attacking down their left flank where Callum Hudson-Odoi
tested DeAndre Yedlin during the first half, Chelsea tried their luck on
the right after the break and the pressure became more sustained.
Tammy Abraham's 56th minute header grazed the crossbar and he headed over
from another corner before Dubravka made a vital block to deny
newly-arrived replacement Christian Pulisic.
Having warmed up for most of the afternoon, Carroll was preferred to Gayle
as the first replacement but rather than replacing Joelinton, it was
Almiron who gave way. That left Carroll to lead the attack with Joelinton
out to his left, a position he was familiar with during his Bundesliga
Before that change could take effect though, Chelsea scored the goal that
in truth had been coming for some time; Willian starting to exploit the
space as his side assumed control of the midfield.
That increasing dominance of the centre of the park had been aided by a
first half injury to Ross Barkley, whose meagre contribution was soon
eclipsed by replacement Mateo Kovacic.
Thoughts that this was shaping up into an off day for Frank Lampard's men
and we could manage to hold them at 0-0 or even steal a winner lasted 73
minutes. At that point, Hudson-Odoi's pass across the box fell to Alonso
and his low drive from the left edge of the box eluded Dubravka.
Our response was tepid in the extreme; possession routinely lost, passes
uniformly careless and even resorting to route one effectively beyond us.
Jetro Willems missed horribly with a first-time shot and what proved to be
the best chance saw Ciaran Clark nodding just over in the final seconds -
Gayle clearly unhappy that his defensive colleague went for goal rather
than head across the six yard box where Gayle was free.
The full time whistle saw Steve Bruce left in the same position as his
predecessors Rafa Benitez and Steve McClaren - leaving Stamford Bridge
empty-handed and tasked with making his side more of an attacking unit
over the coming weeks, while we're still to be cast adrift.
There seems to be an opportunity to do that when Wolves visit Tyneside
next Sunday, on the back of what will be their ninth Europa League tie of
the season on Thursday- this one away in Slovakia.
Precisely how Bruce achieves that remains to be seen, but the lack of
mobility demonstrated by Carroll in his cameo here doesn't make him an
obvious candidate to start. What price a Gayle/ Joelinton combination?
Nine games in then and we've scored five times, kept three clean sheets
and collected eight points, compared to last season's tally of six goals,
two shutouts but just two points at this stage.
Last season we were bemoaning the absence of the unfit Rondon and
lamenting the fact that our other main striker Ayoze Perez was yet to get
off the mark. Then as now, our striking options look better on paper than
It's all very well to bemoan the fixture programme giving us a tough
start, but our better results and performances so far have come against
top six sides.
Having failed to beat Watford and Brighton, it remains to be seen whether
we've developed under the leadership of Bruce as we face some supposedly
"lesser" teams over the coming weeks.