Alan Pardew - Newcastle United News

Chelsea stormed to the top of the Premier League table this afternoon, as their dream team attack undone Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge. The front trio of Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard and Juan Mata were simply too good for the Toon defence as they combined at will and eased the Blues to a 2-0 win.

Much was made of Belgian Hazard’s impressive form coming into the game and how Newcastle would cope with the 21-year old. The simple answer was that they couldn’t, as he linked up with Torres and the pair both got on the score sheet.

Newcastle looked weary after their Thursday night game against Atromitos in Athens and although Alan Pardew made nine changes, the Magpies still looked some way off full fitness. Cheick Tiote was missing through injury and was replaced by full debutant Vurnon Anita, who upended Torres to give Chelsea a penalty midway through the first half.

The Spanish striker was back to his brilliant best this afternoon, looking ever more confident since Didier Drogba’s departure. With the Ivorian now plying his trade in China, Roberto Di Matteo has been forced to give Torres a clear run of games in his favoured position and on this evidence, his partnership with the supporting cast of Hazard and Mata could be one of the most feared in world football.

Torres was instrumental in Chelsea’s first goal, as he flew past Davide Santon before being tripped by a clumsy challenge from Anita. Hazard stepped up from 12 yards and confidently beat Tim Krul, his first goal for his new side.
The visitors offered precious little in the first half, with a half-time rocket on the way from Pardew, if only they could make it to the whistle without conceding again.

Instead, the Magpies headed in two down, as Torres combined with Hazard to rifle home. A swift one-two wasn’t picked off by Newcastle and the Spaniard’s instant toe poke found the top corner, with Krul well beaten.

Newcastle needed a spark. Unfortunately, none of their go-to men for creativity were able to conjure anything up. Hatem Ben Arfa tried his best with a few eye-catching dribbles but wasn’t backed up by either of Demba Ba or Papiss Cisse.

In fact, Cisse summed up his day by missing a chance late in the day, as he mistimed his jump and headed Ryan Taylor’s cross high and wide of Petr Cech’s goal.

Ba couldn’t do much better in the final ten minutes either, as his initial scuffed shot landed at his feet, only for Cech to smother the second effort.

The missed chance resigned the Geordies to their first defeat of the season and it almost got worse when Ryan Bertrand tested Krul from long range, only for the Dutch keeper to tip wide and keep the score from becoming embarrassing.

It was always going to be a test of recovery if Newcastle were to get anything from this game but on the basis of how tired and lethargic the Magpies looked at times today, it’s something they are going to have to cope with a bit better if they are to continue their Thursday night escapades.

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  1. Paul

    Is it just me or is cabaye seriously overrated contenstly makes 5 yard passes and when he does try a long pass it ends up being useless plus he can even take a corner! Guthrie was better

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  2. Kelly onos

    Dis is just d beginning to for chelsea oscar’ moses marin wow rival trouble is on d meddle of the road pls be careful or u wil take whatever u see frm anger chelsea.

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