Goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy earned Newcastle a stunning 2-0 win over Chelsea at St James’ Park. The French duo both struck after half-time as the Magpies got their just reward for dominating Jose Mourinho’s title challenging Blues.

The victory goes some way to ease the pain of last Sunday, when Newcastle were beaten by bitter rivals Sunderland.
Alan Pardew and the Toon Army will be pleased their side were able to convert their chances this afternoon, as they lacked the finishing power to kill off Manchester City in midweek.

The home side had some scares though, most notably when John Terry hit the bar in the first half and also had an effort cleared off the line.

But the Geordies were never outclassed by the visitors and strikes from Gouffran and Remy won it for them.
Pardew kept faith with Shola Ameobi in the centre forward position, after the powerful striker caused Man City problems in midweek. Papiss Cisse and Hatem Ben Arfa started on the bench as Remy and Gouffran were preferred on the flanks.

As Pardew shuffled his hand in attack, the defence was made up of the only four fit defenders at the club, as Mike Williamson and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa partnered each other for only the second time for Newcastle.

But they were superb at denying Chelsea anything throughout the afternoon, as the likes of Oscar, Juan Mata and Fernando Torres all endured a frustrating day.

Chelsea did enjoy more of the ball in the first half though, but thanks to the resolute Newcastle defence, they were unable to find a breakthrough from open play. The only chances they had came from set pieces: first when Terry headed a corner against the bar and then when the former England captain saw his header cleared off the line by Davide Santon.

After holding Chelsea in the first half, Newcastle emerged as an attacking threat more in the second period. Moussa Sissoko – perhaps lucky to be in the side after a number of poor performances of late – tested Petr Cech with a low shot before Gouffran was also denied by the big goalkeeper.

With little over 20 minutes to go, the breakthrough came for Newcastle. Yohan Cabaye’s excellent free kick found Gouffran, who nipped in front of Branislav Ivanovic to head home.

Mourinho – who still remains without a win at St James’ Park as a manager – tried to get his side back into it by introducing Andre Schurrle, Willian and Samuel Eto’o but none came close to drawing Chelsea level. Eto’o did have an appeal for a penalty turned away as Yanga-Mbiwa escaped a handball judgement and Willian forced a save from Tim Krul but Newcastle’s defence was too good.

And to add to the superb defensive display, Remy added a second at the death as he rapped a left footed shot in off Cech’s post to win it for Newcastle.