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More capital gains? Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea.

Posted on November 28th, 2010 | 50 Comments |

Carroll makes it 1-0 to the home side.
Carroll makes it 1-0 to the home side.
Newcastle battled their way to a creditable draw against reigning Premier League champions Chelsea this afternoon – A result that means that we still haven’t lost against any London team this season.

On the balance of play you could probably argue that Chelsea deserved to win the match, but that would take a lot of credit away from what was a fairly solid defensive performance from Newcastle. A bit of luck was needed at times from the home side, but I would say that we were just about good enough for the point.

Newcastle were forced to make a number of changes to their starting line-up, and with the squad already depleted by injuries and the odd suspension, the home side were dealt a further blow when it emerged that Kevin Nolan would miss the match after picking up an ankle knock.

Both teams came into the match looking to end a poor run of form. Chelsea had lost the last two games whilst Newcastle had only managed a point in the previous three games. Given the thumping that the lads got at Bolton last week I would hazard a guess that Chris Hughton and co will be more than happy with a point. Chelsea probably won’t be, but that isn’t my problem.

The home side started off the brighter of the two teams and went close in the first two minutes when a Danny Guthrie corner nicked off Steven Taylor and was deflected towards goal by a Chelsea defender. Petr Cech made a smart save but parried the ball out to Shola Ameobi who was unable to steer his volleyed effort goalwards.

Just four minutes later the home side took the lead. Wayne Routledge recieved the ball abut 40-yards away from goal. He started to go on a bit of run but was tackled by John Obi Mikel who prodded the ball towards his defenders. There looked to be nothing on, but Alex didn’t read the script. Unfortunately for Chelsea, Alex poked the ball past the onrushing Cech allowing Carroll to run around the lot of them and poke home from two yards out for his ninth goal of the season.

Both Carroll and Ameobi looked to have the Chelsea centre-backs worried and they continued to cause trouble. Wayne Routledge was also having a good game and showed some glimpses of what us fans saw last season. Despite that though, Chelsea started to build up a head of steam and they, perhaps unsurprisingly, came back into the game, but Newcastle looked as though they had the match of their opponents defensively.

Their pressure told in first-half injury time though, Danny Simpson diverting a shot from Soloman Kalou past Tim Krul, the Chelsea man having turned Sol Campbell after a flick from Drogba had carved open the Newcastle back four. 1-1 at half-time, and it was arguably a fair reflection of the game.

Chelsea had the better of the second-half and had long periods of possesion, but Newcastle also had their chances. Wayne Routledge set up a chance for Carroll, and the winger was unlucky not to be on the score-sheet himself. Routledge fired the ball towards goal only for Ashley Cole to head clear in the absence of Petr Cech who had flapped at the ball to give Routledge the opportunity in the first place.

Chelsea also had their chances to score however, and old lady luck stepped in ensure that Soloman Kalou somehow missed an open goal from five-yards out. The ball did find the back on the net however from Didier Drogba, but the goal was ruled out after the striker was adjudged, and rightly so, to have controlled the ball with his hand before applying the finish.

The away side continued to press for a winner, which prompted Chris Hughton to withdraw Shola Ameobi and replace him with Nile Ranger. Andy Carroll moved back to play in a more defensive role as Chelsea really began to turn the screws, but it was to no avail and the match ended with a result that stops the rot for both sides.

Next up – West Brom.

Newcastle – Tim Krul, Danny Simpson, Steven Taylor, Sol Campbell, Jose Enrique, Wayne Routledge, Cheick Tiote, Danny Guthrie, Jonas Gutierrez, Andy Carroll, Shola Ameobi.

Subs – Ole Soderberg, James Perch, Tamas Kadar, Alan Smith, Peter Lovenkrands, Leon Best, Nile Ranger.

Chelsea – Petr Cech, Jose Bosingwa, Alex, Branislav Ivanovic, Ashley Cole, Ramires, John Obi Mikel, Soloman Kalou, Florent Malouda, Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba.

Subs – Ross Turnbull, Paulo Ferreira, Jeffrey Bruma, Patrick van Aanholt, Josh McEachran, Gael Kakuta, Daniel Sturridge.

Attendance – 46,469.

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50 Responses

  1. Time to see Mr Best playing. :lol:

    And that shall end our Nov Games.

    Here’s come the dreadful December games. 8O

  2. Saw this just now.

    If Tottenham score in this game it’ll be the first time in Premier League history that all 20 teams have scored in a weekend. 8O

    nice stats.

  3. RICHIETOON that buy aa few belly-busters like mate,by the way gorden says you left your viagra on the counter when you left,just get buttys me-sel :)

  4. Ice… I left it deliberately, told Gordon to give it to you for xmas… apparently your need is greater than mine ;-)

  5. Just got back, thought Caroll was great and Sol was amazing. Going to be hard to get Sol out of the team, he is something we have been lacking for years

  6. would love it if commentators could remove themselves from Gareth Bale’s arse, just for a moment or two…

  7. I wouldn’t say Chelsea deserved to win the match, I think we were well worth the draw, and Man U will take some catching but thats another story.

    Positives today, Routledge finally looked to show glimpses of last season, some have written him off including toonsy I think. He has the pace and the skill, theres no doubt, he just lacks confidence and unlike those other two that is something he can hopefully build up, because we need him playing like that there’s no doubt about that. We are very limited in terms of other options, mainly makeshift; if he can keep his chin up he won’t be up against A Hole every week and I think he can get in the side.

    Another positive is that Barton will be back now alongside Tiote who unfortunately got yet another yellow. He needs to learn when to restrain himself because next time he will be suspended for 2 games and we just can’t aford to lose him with only the hapless Smith as cover.

    Bring on the Baggies, lets hope we use this as a platform to build upon and get amongst the points again. HWTL!!!

  8. I was under the impression Johnson was a mackem. Isn’t his dad a Geordie though? Either way, never in a million years would it happen. He should be a starter at City every week.

  9. Ross

    Its not that though m8. Its political, there’s been a bust up between him and Mancini. Never underestimate the power of a fall out to make a player want to leave, even on loan to a ‘smaller’ club.

  10. If we got Johnson on loan it really would be a coup. He’s the most talented England player right now IMO. Its dreaming but stranger things have happened.

  11. good news for toon – carragher looks like he’s crocked for a few weeks and with Gerrard also out for toon game we could win no bother
    reckon we can get something out the baggies game as well so looking good at the mo – 4 points better off than relegation season tho hull had something like 23 points at this stage that season and imploded – cant see us doing that tho

  12. Richie,

    Tottenham result good for me too. I layed them $150 and put $20 on a 2-1 scoreline at 7-1.
    They are playing some good stuff, I must say. Entertaining team.

  13. I would be happy for Carragher to play tbh. Apparently he’s well off the pace these days. I hope we gat a result in that game though. Liverpool always seem to play well against us and treat it like a derby or something. I hope Hughton shows the lads a video of the thumping we got off them the last time they were at SJP. THey’ve only just come into form aswell which is a bummer. HWTL I would love a sneaky win over that lot and their sad barsteward pundits. :)

  14. So Richie Strolla is all your fault, I know all about his stats etc and what he has done but apart from his goals he normally gives very little else except free kicks or passes it to the other side :(

  15. Good point and a decent performance ,

    Happy enough with that draw in the fa cup.

    More rumors in the paper today about Hughton n his contract , sooner new year n deal is done the better

  16. Munich I think we have more chance of 3pts at Liverpool more than WBA :( we seem to never turn up against the teams that we should be taking pts off

  17. Big Dave I agree with you, but I really fancy 6 points the next 2 games, especially against Liverpoodle who normally give us a good seeing-to at home. In keeping with the topsy turvy season we’re having so far…

  18. DJG-I just saw that there mate, didn’t realise he’d said he was re considering his future at the club. Mancini took a stab at him aswell apparently in response, telling him not to believe the hype he’s surrounded with. Probably just tried to tell him to keep his feet on the ground but the papers will say whatever they need to to make it a story.
    Either way I can’t see him leaving and coming to us, but i’d take him in a heartbeat, lol.

  19. Ice I still can’t believe what Richie said about Batty :(
    and your right I forgot about the offside but as for the falling down I thought that was just part of his game