Peter Lovenkrands - Newcastle United News

Newcastle conceded two late goals to give Chelsea a much-needed win at St James’ Park, with Salomon Kalou and Danny Sturridge striking at the death to kill off a spirited Newcastle side.

The score line doesn’t reflect the story of the game, with the home side creating plenty of chances to get something, if not everything, from the 90 minutes.

Newcastle went into the game as level favourites and Alan Pardew picked arguably his most attacking team of the season so far to try and take maximum points from the struggling visitors. Gabriel Obertan, Hatem Ben Arfa, Demba Ba and Peter Lovenkrands all started for the Geordies but a blow came early on when Fabricio Coloccini was taken off with a thigh strain.

The injury forced James Perch into action and the former Nottingham Forest man was unable to do anything to stop Didier Drogba’s header from flying past Tim Krul ten minutes after coming on.

By the time they took the lead though, Chelsea should have been down to ten men, when David Luiz hauled down Demba Ba with the Senegal striker clean through on Petr Cech’s goal. The Brazil international should have been dismissed but referee Mike Dean only showed a yellow card and the Blues survived with eleven men.

Awful defending at the other end from the out of position Ryan Taylor and Yohan Cabaye had given Frank Lampard the chance to put Chelsea ahead from the penalty spot, but Krul superbly saved the England midfielder’s spot kick.

It was a pattern of the game yet again for Newcastle, with Krul going on to make a number of stunning saves throughout the game, most notably from Sturridge, who had plenty of chances to beat the Dutch stopper but couldn’t.

Demba Ba went close twice for Newcastle, but Cech tipped his first effort over the bar, before the post came to Chelsea’s rescue when Ba struck the woodwork with a fine header. The woodwork was worked twice more when Drogba crashed a header off his own crossbar and Shola Ameobi then cracked it with a stinging shot.

Sammy Ameobi went closest though, when his volley beat Cech and was heading in, only for John Terry to clear it off the line in the nick of time as Newcastle’s chances began to fade away.

The news, and the score line, was to get worse for the home side though, when Steven Taylor hobbled off with a problem later diagnosed as a ruptured Achilles tendon, ruling him out for the season.

Chelsea then seized the opportunity for more goals, when 10-man Newcastle couldn’t keep out the counter-attack from the visitors and Kalou was found by Fernando Torres to slot home and put the game beyond Alan Pardew’s side.

There was time to add insult to injury, when Sturridge eventually prevailed with his ongoing battle with Krul when he fired low past the Newcastle ‘keeper to give Chelsea a misleading final score.

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  1. Robin

    This is one very biased aricle. The fact is, that Sturridge could and should have scored 3 or 4 in the first half and it was down to his poor finishing more than Krul's skills that Newcastle were still in the game at half time.
    Chelsea were by far the better side and if Newcastle think they have a chance of Euorope, never mind the Champions League, they should think again. Mid-table at best I think.

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