Newcastle turned in another dire away performance as Chelsea ran riot at Stamford Bridge, coasting to a 5-1 win. Goals in the first 20 minutes from Diego Costa, Pedro and Willian done the damage, before the former Barcelona striker added another and Bertrand Traore made it five. Andros Townsend added a late consolation but it was probably the most pointless goal he’ll ever score in a Newcastle shirt. The Magpies needed a performance similar to the one that seen them tear West Brom apart last week but instead produced one that was almost a replica of the Goodison Park debacle. Steve McClaren picked the same team that started against the Baggies but their defence was all over the place from the first whistle, with Steven Taylor embarrassingly bad. It took Costa just four minutes to win the personal battle between him and Taylor, breaking into the box before leaving the l ong-serving Geordie on his backside before slotting it past Rob Elliot. Minutes later, Pedro doubled the home side’s lead when he pounced on Rolando Aarons’ underhit pass and slotted home confidently. It got worse for Newcastle when Costa beat Coloccini to a through ball and set up Willian for Chelsea’s third and the game was over. Newcastle couldn’t do anything to match their opponents and barely mustered a shot during the first half. Gini Wijnaldum had the half chance they did create but his shot was easily saved by Thibaut Courtois. Newcastle did slightly improve in the second period but Jonjo Shelvey’s close range shot was blocked by Gary Cahill and Aleksandar Mitrovic powered a volley narrowly wide. It was down to Chelsea to show the killer instinct though and after Taylor failed to clear another through ball, Pedro raced through to add a fourth. Substitute Traore was then the latest to embarrass Taylor by beating him to Cesar Azpilicueta’s low cross and slamming home. Townsend added a consolation with a fine goal but the damage was done an hour previous and Newcastle slipped back into the relegation zone after other results went against them.