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Season 2023-24
Chelsea (a) Premier League

 


Date:
Monday 11th March 2024, 8pm
Live on TNT Sports

Venue:
Stamford Bridge

Conditions: Brittle

Programme: 4

 

Chelsea

Newcastle

 

3 - 2


 

Teams

Goals

6 mins A goal of perplexing simplicity and softness: Malo Gusto sent over a speculative cross from the Chelsea right that clipped the heel of Dan Burn and reached Sven Botman in his own six yard box, with Martin Dubravka lurking behind him but not appearing to shout for the ball.

The defender's clipped clearance lacked power or distance and fell straight to Cole Palmer on the edge of the box. His first time grasscutter lacked pace, but Nicolas Jackson's smart flick with his instep was enough to deceive Botman, leave Fabian Schar wrong-footed and beat Dubravka. 0-1


43 mins Trevoh Chalobah made a headed clearance downfield outside his own box and attempted to retrieve the ball, but was beaten to it by Bruno Guimaraes. He took a couple of touches before a wonderful flicked forward pass bisected two opponents and gave Alexander Isak a run on goal.

With Alex Disasi between him and the target as he strode forward from the left, the striker drove his right-footer from the edge of box beyond Djordje Petrovic and into the far corner of the net. 1-1

Half time: Chelsea 1 Newcastle 1

57 mins A goal out of nothing; Moises Caicedo picked up possession midway in the Newcastle half and pushed it infield towards Enzo Fernandez. He in turn slipped a pass forward to Cole Palmer on the edge of the area and he simply fired it between the legs of the adjacent Botman, finding a space between Dubravka and his left hand post. The goalkeeper's dive was late and ineffectual. 1-2

76 mins
Jackson showed Botman a clean pair of heels on the left side of the Chelsea half as a Newcastle attack foundered. Accelerating down the flank, the forward checked back and passed to Conor Gallagher in a central position on the edge of the United area. 

Substitute Mykhailo Mudryk arrived to take the ball off his toes, dancing around Schar and running to the right of Dubravka as he came off his line before clipping the ball home right-footed. Emil Krafth made it back to the goal line but instinctively tried to make a left-footed clearance with the ball crossing the line - had his initial contact come with his right foot, it may have kept it out. 1-3

90 mins Lewis Miley played a forward pass to the right of a congested midfield area that Jacob Murphy stepped ahead of Marc Cucurella to meet and then turned to give himself a run on goal.

With Chalobah ahead of him and going to ground in a perfunctory attempt to block, Murphy unleashed an absolute thunderbolt of a shot that rocketed into the top right hand corner of the Shed End goal from just inside the box. 

In the context of the game it was sadly little more than an afterthought, but deserving of rather greater celebration and adulation. Goal of the season contender. 2-3

Full time: Chelsea 3 Newcastle 2

We Said

 
Eddie Howe said:

"Strange game, frustrating one for us because we started well and conceded with their first attack.  I don't think it was a game with a lot of chances, but it was a high-scoring game.

"We were good in spells but obviously not good enough overall because the goals we conceded were really poor.

"I don't think we had a problem with the overall flow of the game. We were competitive and creative, the final ball was maybe not good enough today. We had a lot of opportunities to test their back four.

"All three (Chelsea) goals were similar in their characteristics. We didn't defend those situations well enough and you're going to lose games if you do that.

"It is a familiar feeling from the last few months for us on the road. It's been a tough spell for us and tonight epitomised that for us. 

"We were good, but overall you're left feeling disappointed because we know we can defend better than that.

"Our form over a long period of time hasn't been what we want it to be or as consistent as it needs to be to get into Europe. I feel like it's gradually coming back but we're still hurting ourselves by not being complete in our performances."

On Anthony Gordon:

"I can't add much to it other than it was a knee injury. Strange, there as no mechanism or moment when he felt it, it was just there in the game according to Anthony at half-time when he was in quite a bit of pain.

"So we don't know how bad that is."

On the absent Harvey Barnes:

"Harvey against Wolves when he came on just felt a hamstring tightness. We've scanned the area and don't think it's bad, but it's enough to keep him out tonight and probably against Manchester City."

On Tino Livramento:

"He was very good tonight. Especially in the first half he was an attacking threat. Tino did very well when he went to the left side as we were chasing the game. A good performance from him."

On Joe White: 

"He did well  tonight. He added enthusiasm and desire to get on the ball. He's creative and a really good technician. He can be pleased with his performance."


On Dan Burn:

"I don't think he's too bad."

They Said

 

Mauricio Pochettino:

"We need to understand that we are Chelsea. We are in a project that is completely different: some people might be confused. When people don't want to listen, it's difficult, but we are trying to explain we are a different Chelsea, we are building something different. It's going to be tough.

We need to keep believing, even when it's tough circumstances. We played (the Carabao Cup) final, 120 minutes, then after three days we play the FA Cup and we play Brentford. In six days we played three very tough games, nearly with the same team.

"It was really tough. If that means we are a disaster, OK. The most important thing is it's not affecting the team. They know what they need to do and we keep believing.

"The win today is important for our fans to be a little bit more calm. But I think if we don't win our next game, it's going to be again a problem. That is Chelsea.

"It's a massive three points for us. We beat a very good team. They are so good and overall, it was good in some moments, it was quite even. But then we scored three goals, and I'm really satisfied.

"I'm a little bit disappointed in how we conceded the goal because we need to be more mature and find the right capacity to fix this situation. But it's the first time we've played with this defensive line so they need to work and know each other better, but overall, I'm very happy.

"We need to realise that we need to stick together. Until the end, we are going to fight and this group of players are going to fight to try to give our fans the best things that we can do. We need to build this relationship and today helped.

"We scored from the beginning and the fans were good. They were behind us and we need to keep going. Our concern is to perform, win games and build this relationship. They need to trust in us in our performance.

"Some offensive players are starting to score more and that is important. They are feeling the confidence and feeling the net. But we still need to improve. We concede two goals that we should not concede in this way. 

"We were so disappointed because we made two mistakes that should not happen at this level, but it is a moment to learn and improve from."

Stats


Alexander Isak netted his 12th PL goal of the season and now has 16 goals in all competitions in 2023/24. His haul of 22 PL goals puts him level with Laurent Robert and one off Kieron Dyer and team mate Miguel Almiron. 

Jacob Murphy
scored his second PL goal of the campaign to go with the opener in the 4-0 victory against Crystal Palace. That puts him on 10 PL goals, level with current colleagues Anthony Gordon and Jamaal Lascelles.

Murphy's effort was the 11th scored by a Newcastle substitute in the PL this season. Tonight was the fourth successive PL game that a player has come off the bench to find the net for us.

Newcastle have kept just one clean sheet in their 14 PL away games so far this season; during the 8-0 win at Sheffield United. That's in contrast to five in 19 PL matches on the road in 2022/23.

The Magpies ended the game with four Academy players on the field: Sean Longstaff, Elliot Anderson, Lewis Miley and Joe White.

Toon @ Stamford Bridge: PL era:

2023/24 Lost 2-3 Isak, Murphy
2023/24
Drew 1-1 Wilson (lost 2-4 pens) (LC)
2022/23
Drew 1-1 Gordon
2021/22 Lost 0-1
2020/21 Lost 0-2
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, Sh.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

NUFC Monday night PL away games*: 

Oct 2011 Stoke City (a) won 3-1
Mar 2012 Arsenal (a) lost 1-2
Sep 2012 Everton (a) drew 2-2
Dec 2012 Fulham (a) lost 1-2
Aug 2013 Manchester City (a) lost 0-4
Sep 2013 Everton (a) lost 2-3
Apr 2014 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
Sep 2014 Stoke City (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2015 Liverpool (a) lost 0-2
Sep 2015 West Ham (a) lost 0-2
Mar 2016 Leicester City (a) lost 0-1
Oct 2017 Burnley (a) lost 0-1
Apr 2018 Everton (a) lost 0-1
Nov 2018 Burnley (a) won 2-1
Feb 2019 Wolves (a) drew 1-1
Apr 2019 Arsenal (a) lost 0-2
Nov 2019 Aston Villa (a) lost 0-2
Jul 2020 Brighton (a) drew 0-0
Jan 2021 Arsenal (a) lost 0-3
Feb 2021 Chelsea (a) lost 0-2
Mar 2024
Chelsea (a) lost 2-3

* not including festive Mondays 

 

Waffle

 

We should have known really, given the ridiculous twists and turns of this season, the venue of this latest setback and the scheduling of it in the dead zone that is the Monday night TV slot. 

The corner it was hoped had been turned at home to Wolves proved to be a cul-de-sac at the end of the King's Road. A farcical early home goal put Eddie Howe's side on the back foot and although they went in level at the break as they habitually do here, more disappointments lay in store.  

The end result was another dispiriting loss in the capital, in stark contrast to our undefeated London league record last season. Taking a point from West Ham while conceding twice now looks like a high water mark, given that 1-4 reverses at Spurs and Arsenal followed before another three goals were needlessly conceded up West.

While the North London duo mercilessly exploited our shortcomings though, United assumed the role of an aid agency here; distributing generous handouts to an ailing home side and manager.   

Barring the Cisse-inspired success, it's debatable whether the Magpies have had a better opportunity to win here than this game, such was the listlessness of the hosts and managerial uncertainty that manifested itself in some odd pre-match comments from Mauricio Pochettino.

As it was, United scored more than one goal here for the first time since that night in 2012. And a fat lot of good that did them. In trademark fashion, we managed to muck it up. A porous midfield, a series of illogical and costly decisions in possession and brainless sideways passing were all sadly familiar from other misadventures this season. 

An inability to get a touch on glaring chances in front of goal also ultimately cost us here: aside from the two strikes that gave him no chance, only Miggy Almiron early in the second half actually tested home custodian Petrovic. In similar style to December's Carabao Cup visit, we lost what amounted to a shootout between two bang average mid-table teams.

The glorious exception to a litany of lumbering displays was Tino Livramento; ably understudingy the absent Kieran Trippier at right back despite receiving scant protection from the officials. The former Chelsea player also did his level best to drive United forward, particularly when switching to left back following the loss of Dan Burn in another fitness blow. The final ball may not always have been there, but he put others to shame. 

A slack Botman clearance laid on the opener in the sixth minute; Jackson diverting Palmer's shot beyond Dubravka, before a rare piece of cohesive play from the visitors led to Isak's twelfth Premier League goal of the season two minutes before the break, Bruno with an all-too rare decisive pass.

By then the Magpies had been forced into a change; Anthony Gordon unable to continue with a knee problem and making way for Jacob Murphy. Had that replacement not become necessary, we had speculated on whether Sean Longstaff or Joe Willock would make it past half time, neither able to impose themselves on the game in any meaningful way. The latter is obviously feeling his way back following a significant absence, while the former is toiling to an extent that playing on despite an injury is an obvious conclusion.

Palmer restored Chelsea's lead 12 minutes into the second half and when substitute Mykhailo Mudryk rounded Dubravka for 1-3 in the 76th minute, it appeared to be game over for Eddie Howe's side - Burn having earlier blocked Raheem Sterling's effort on the line to keep the deficit at one goal. 

However, Murphy took a pass from fellow substitute Lewis Miley and got goal side of Marc Cucurella before spectacularly lashing home in front of the away support as six minutes of added time began.

An unlikely - and frankly undeserved - equaliser never materialised though, consigning Newcastle to a ninth away league defeat of the season. Only Brentford and Sheffield United have lost more on their travels; the 32 away goals we've conceded is the joint worst in the division with the Blades. 

Views across the fanbase regarding our current state and the future of Howe seem to vary wildly but the one universally accepted truth is that Saturday night on BBC1 could be painful viewing - and we don't mean Michael McIntyre. That fortnight off afterwards may well prove to be very timely.

We learnt nothing tonight that we didn't know, and neither did the players or management. How long mitigating factors are accepted by the owners though is the unanswered question. There's no audible unrest against Howe - at least in public - but negative chants and daubed bedsheets are no longer factors. This was never a popularity contest and there's no litmus test of public opinion in Riyadh.

"Ten more punches in the face to go then" was the parting shot of one fellow traveller, not including what would be a daunting task in the FA Cup at the Eithad with a full squad of in-form players. 

All three meetings with Manchester City so far this season were settled by one goal, two in their favour and one in ours - whether a landslide defeat inflicted by Middle Eastern rivals at the fourth time of asking would be deemed as the Saudis losing face remains to be seen.     

Biffa