By Chief Sports Writer, Marley Anderson

Newcastle United’s season turned a corner this afternoon, as Moussa Sissoko inspired his new side to their first home win over Chelsea since 2005. The former Toulouse man scored twice on his home debut as the Magpies came from 1-2 down to grab the points in the final minute.

Jonas Gutierrez had put the home side into a half-time lead when he glanced Davide Santon’s cross home but Chelsea hit back early in the second half with two goals of the highest quality. Frank Lampard’s tenth of the season pulled the European champions level, before Juan Mata’s sensational curling strike left Newcastle staring defeat in the face.

But Sissoko seen the stage open up and he took the game by the scruff of the neck, driving his side forward, beating players at will and never giving up.

His first goal came when Newcastle broke away thanks to Papiss Cisse’s good work and Yoan Gouffran streaked clear and forced a good save from Petr Cech. The rebound fell for Sissoko, who controlled his finish nicely and levelled.

The second came in the 90th minute, when Sissoko won the ball in midfield and found Santon on the left before receiving the return and lashing a low strike past Cech and causing an eruption of noise around St James’ Park.

Demba Ba also had an afternoon to forget against his former side, as he was roundly booed every time he touched the ball and was withdrawn after 43 minutes. The substitution came after Ba was through on goal and fired a shot at Krul and the rebound fell towards the striker, who connected with a header but was kicked in the face by Fabricio Coloccini simultaneously. Fernando Torres replaced the Senegal man, who has a suspected broken nose.

Just minutes after Ba was taken off, Newcastle took the lead.

Yohan Cabaye angled a perfect pass to the left wing where Santon ran at Ivanovic before bringing it back onto his stronger right foot. Curling it in towards Cisse and the others in the middle, it was Jonas Gutierrez who stole in front of John Terry and flicked a header into the far corner.

It was clearly a big moment for the Argentine, who has been criticised in recent weeks for not performing to his best and going missing in some games, but this was the perfect time to make himself known once again.

Newcastle have been ahead at half-time in their last two games and took a defensive approach going into the final 45 minutes, so there was a sense around St James’ Park of the Toon Army not getting too carried away with their first-half performance.

Rafa Benitez – under increasing pressure amid reports that Roman Abramovich is losing patience with him – sent his men out for the second half in an attacking manner and had his reward before long.

The Newcastle defence was not at fault for any of the goals, as they were beaten only by two of the best goals they will concede this season.

Frank Lampard pulled his side level ten minutes after the restart with a trademark strike, as he collected Ashley Cole’s pass and unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards. The goal moves Lampard within five goals of becoming Chelsea’s all-time top scorer.

With the home side reeling from the equaliser, Chelsea took full advantage five minutes later. Torres set up Juan Mata just inside the Newcastle area and the former Valencia man hit a superb curling, first-time strike that would have beaten any defence.

It was time for Newcastle to show that they were up for the fight having let another lead slip and the battle was led by one man.

Sissoko was the man who led the charge.

Eight minutes after Mata’s wonder strike, Chelsea continued to push men forward in search of the goal that would have killed off the home side. However, after clearing a Chelsea attack, Cisse juggled the ball around a lunge from Terry and slipped a defence-splitting pass through for Gouffran, who had nothing in front of him for 30 yards.

Gouffran forced Cech into a decent save, but the keeper could only parry straight into the path of Sissoko, who done well to keep his composure and find the empty net.

Cisse might have been lucky to be on the pitch after an angry confrontation with Cole, which culminated in both men being booked after Cisse had his hand around the England mans throat.

With the scores level heading into the final minutes, it looked like the thriller would end in a draw, only for some late, Gallic-inspired quality to prove the difference.

Sissoko found Santon on the left and with Cisse the only man in the middle, Santon pulled it back for the 23-year old to strike a stunning low shot that flew past Cech. A huge team huddle formed around the technical area with Sissoko in the middle of it and Alan Pardew understandably thrilled with his new signing’s stellar performance.

The Frenchman was later withdrawn to a standing ovation from the St James’ Park crowd, who certainly have a new hero to worship.