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Season 2022-23
Chelsea (h) Premier League


Saturday 12th November 2022, 5.30pm
Live on Sky Sports

 St. James' Park

Conditions: Magnificent





1 - 0





Half time: Magpies 0 Blues 0

67 mins Sven Botman switched play from left to right, Kieran Trippier  just in his own half when he headed it over the approaching Mateo Kovacic and into the path of Joelinton. He took a touch before hooking the ball forward to Miggy Almiron, overlapping down the right beyond Lewis Hall.

His first touch was a cushioning header that cut Hall out, embarking on a trademark run infield across the box with Kalidou Koulibaly making a vain attempt to tackle him. Reaching halfway, Joe Willock then appeared to whip the ball off his toes with a gorgeous powerful side-footer into the top right hand corner of the Gallowgate net giving Edouard Mendy no chance.

Full time: Magpies 1 Blues 0

We Said

Eddie Howe said:

"It was a very good performance today, a very good game between two very good teams. We pressed really well, our fitness levels are high-class. We executed everything, I’m very proud of the players tonight.

"I thought a goal was there for us. There weren’t many clear-cut chances for either team. We felt it was going to be one moment and that moment of magic came from Joe Willock.

“We’re not looking to set out markers. We’re very pleased with how we’ve dealt with tonight. We executed our defensive game plan really well.

"We’ve put ourselves in a good position to hopefully kick on. The break has probably come at a bad time for us. We’d like the games to continue.

"There’s more to come from individuals within the team. There are exciting times ahead, but nothing is guaranteed in football. That’s why the work we do in this period is important.

"We’re just committed to every game. We haven’t thought about any permutation or any consequence of the games.

"We’ve just tried to win them and I think that’s the best way for us to attack the second half of the season as well.”

On the closing stages of the second half and beyond:

"I was really pleased actually with how we managed the latter stages of the game. I know it wasn't pure football. It was two teams desperately trying to have opposite aims: we wanted to try and kill the game and see the match out; they wanted the ball back in play.

"But I thought we did stand up for each other in a really respectful and strong way. That's what we need to do on the pitch. I've got no issue with that. I thought our players handled themselves really well. That's Premier League football. It's everything to these players and that showed."

They Said

Graham Potter said:

"It didn't start well, losing Ruben
(Loftus-Cheek) early. Azpi (Cesar Azpilicueta) was also struggling at half-time.

"First half there were too many unforced errors. When we had the ball we lacked that last bit.

"Newcastle play with huge intensity, they're in a confident moment. You can see the difference between the two teams in terms of the schedules.

"In terms of running power and intensity - that was a challenge for us. It was a relatively tight game, to be honest, but Newcastle put you under pressure.

"It was a tough match. We had to make changes because they were overrunning us a bit. We added an extra body in midfield. We tried, but in the end we lacked the quality to get the goal we needed. We need to do more.

(Howe) is doing brilliantly. It's not nice for us, we have to lick our wounds. We'll use the break to recharge.

"We're playing against a team that's in a really good moment and playing with huge intensity. Whilst I thought the first half was relatively even, they started the second half better than us and we had to adjust a little bit. I thought we did that.

"Conor (Gallagher) had an opportunity. (Nick) Pope made a good save, but then Newcastle scored. We had to push again. I don't think we had too many unforced errors to maintain any real quality, any real pressure, but credit to Newcastle.

"They're playing well, they're in a really good moment, and you can probably see the difference between the schedules in terms of one game a week versus the intense period we've had."

That latter quote caused some comment, given that Newcastle had played three times in seven days. Across the season, this was Chelsea's 21st competitive fixture since August 6th. During that time NUFC played 16.


Willock's goal ended a 427 minute barren spell against Chelsea, since Isaac Hayden netted at the same end of SJP in January 2020.

That goal gave United a 1-0 win, but they
lost all four of their Premier League meetings - the worst sequence versus the Blues since losing six in a row in the First Division between 1957 and 1958.

Just two of the starting line-up from that January 2020 victory kept their place in the XI today; Miggy Almiron and Joelinton. The rest of the side in 2020 was:
Dubravka, Krafth, Lascelles, Clark, Fernandez, Willems, Hayden, Shelvey and Saint-Maximin.

Joe Willock
netted his twelfth NUFC PL goal, one ahead of Jonjo Shelvey and Joelinton and level with Allan Saint-Maximin. Scoring eight in his initial half season loan in 2020/21, his two goals in 2021/22 came in successive PL games. He's now repeated that latter feat this season.

Newcastle are unbeaten in 10 PL games, the first time that they have managed that since 2011, when they managed 11 without loss between August to November that year.

Victory means that Newcastle have won five successive PL games, a feat last accomplished in October & November 2014 when they also won five.

Eddie Howe's side have now lost just once in seventeen league and cup outings so far this season. They remain unbeaten at SJP in all competitions, a run of nine games (ten including last season).

With one home game remaining (Leeds on December 31st) Newcastle have lost just once at SJP in 17 PL games played there in 2022 (to Liverpool). 12 of the other 16 ended in victory, with four draws.

Nick Pope kept a third successive clean sheet at SJP in the PL and a fourth in all competitions, if one includes 90 minutes in the midweek LC tie against Crystal Palace (shootout excluded). A routine save to deny Armando Broja on the half hour was the first effort on target at SJP he'd faced since the visit of Brentford over a month earlier - neither Everton nor Aston Villa testing him.

The Magpies go into the PL season break possessing the meanest defence in the league, conceding just 11 goals in their opening 15 games - level with an Arsenal side who have played one game fewer.

That mean backline (conceded 11) combined with a prolific attack (scored 29) sees United hold a +18 goal difference into the festive period. 30 points seems them sitting third in the table, seven points off the summit and 20 points off the bottom-placed side.

By comparison, the Magpies were celebrating their first win of season at the fifteenth attempt a year ago, taking them up to 10 points. A goal difference of -13 was held as a consequence of scoring 17 and conceding 30. They sat nineteenth in the table, 25 points off the top and 0 points off the base, goal difference only keeping them from the bottom. Wow and wow again.

Blues @ SJP - Premier League era:

2022/23 Won 1-0 Willock
Lost 0-3
2020/21 Lost 0-2
2019/20 Won 1-0 Hayden
2018/19 Lost 1-2 Joselu
2017/18 Won 3-0 Gayle, Perez 2
2015/16 Drew 2-2 Perez, Wijnaldum
2014/15 Won 2-1 Cisse 2
2013/14 Won 2-0 Gouffran, Remy
2012/13 Won 3-2 Gutierrez, Sissoko 2
2011/12 Lost 0-3
2010/11 Drew 1-1 Carroll
2008/09 Lost 0-2
2007/08 Lost 0-2
2006/07 Drew 0-0
2006/07 Lost 0-1 (LC)
2005/06 Won 1-0 Bramble
2004/05 Drew 1-1 og(Geremi)
2004/05 Won 1-0 Kluivert (FAC)
2004/05 Lost 0-2 (LC)
2003/04 Won 2-1 Ameobi, Shearer
2002/03 Won 2-1 og(Hasselbaink) Bernard
2001/02 Lost 1-2 Shearer
2000/01 Drew 0-0
1999/00 Lost 0-1
1998/99 Lost 0-1
1997/98 Won 3-1 Dabizas, Lee, Speed
1996/97 Won 3-1 Shearer 2, Asprilla
1995/96 Won 2-0 Ferdinand 2
1995/96 Drew 2-2 Albert, Beardsley (FAC) (2-4pens)
1994/95 Won 4-2 Cole 2, Fox, Lee
1993/94 Drew 0-0



Joe Willock's memorable strike delighted a full house at St. James' Park on Saturday night, as Chelsea became the latest side to succumb to Eddie Howe's men - both beaten and bullied.

United had lost their previous four games against the Blues without scoring, but that unwanted run ended on 67 minutes when midfielder Willock took Miggy Almiron's pass and effortlessly curled his shot home at the Gallowgate End.

Newcastle then held out through nearly nine minutes of added time before celebrating a fifth consecutive Premier League victory, guaranteeing third place until hostilities resume on Boxing Day.

United took to the field with 10 of the 11 players that started the last PL home game against Aston Villa; Chris Wood the sole change for Callum Wilson, who was deemed fit enough to sit on the bench after illness and appeared for the closing stages without incident.

The first half was a war of attrition, with chances in short supply - Almiron's 16th minute volley narrowly clearing the bar and Chelsea surviving a penalty shout late on, after Trevoh Chalobah blocked Dan Burn's left wing cross.

Newcastle's ploy of continually pressing the visitors paid dividends after the break, stealing possession on several occasions to the evident delight of a crowd who were in feisty mode as a consequence of the teatime start.

Almiron and Kieran Trippier combined well on 51 minutes to give Longstaff a sight of goal, but he couldn't keep his shot down as the ball fell to him. 

Largely a spectator until that point, Nick Pope was forced into action after 65 minutes, diving full-length to his left to make a fine fingertip stop and foil Conor Gallagher.

Within two minutes that save was even more vital; Joelinton sending Almiron scurrying across the edge of the box and teeing up Willock to fire home.

Going behind and looking at a third successive PL defeat, Graham Potter's side pushed forward in search of an equaliser but were largely kept at bay save for a couple of set pieces - one of which saw visiting goalkeeper Mendy momentarily stranded in the wrong half as United counter-attacked.

An increasingly desperate conclusion saw Jamaal Lascelles booked despite not being on the field, referee Robert Jones deciding that he'd impeded the taking of a Chelsea throw-in while warming up.

Players, substitutes and staff from both sides had to be parted on the field at full time, matters briefly threatening to get out of hand. It's suggested that the taunting of Kai Havertz by Dan Burn followed a deliberate elbow on him by the Chelsea player in the last meeting of the sides. Let's hope so.

That rancour gave way to what have become familiar scenes of celebration here; Howe and his squad rightly acclaimed by a raucous home crowd after a display and result comparable to beating Arsenal here in May.

As the World Cup looms, United take a deserved breather lying third, two points off Manchester City and eight points above Liverpool. Unimaginable.

Time will tell whether we can pick up where we left off in six weeks, but until then, maintaining our form to this point is cause for both pride and optimism - with our record signing due back. Even without Alexander Isak for the most part, this season has been nothing short of miraculous so far.

Anything seems possible.


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