Newcastle United 0-3 Chelsea: Blues Leapfrog Magpies Into Top Four After Battling Performance At St James’ Park (Photos & Highlights)

Alan Duffy

4th, December 2011

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By Alan Duffy

Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea – Premier League – December 3rd 2011


Chelsea eased a little bit more of the pressure on their wiry manager Andre Villas-Boas after putting three past the Magpies at St James’ Park. A revitalised Didier Drogba but the visitors ahead on 38 minutes, heading home from a Juan Mata cross. The opening goal had come after Frankie Lamps had seen his spot-kick saved by Tim Krul.

However, Alan Pardew will no doubt point to referee Mike Dean’s failure to send David Luiz off on four minutes as a crucial moment in the game. The Brazilian defender was adjudged to have brought Demba Ba down just outside the box as the African striker headed for goal, however, despite being the last man, Luiz only received a yellow for his trouble. To be honest, it looked as if both players were fouling each other, but to award the free-kick and then not send off the Chelsea centre-half seemed a bit daft.

After the break, Newcastle pressed but never made the breakthrough, with Shola Ameobi hitting the crossbar. Then, with only a couple of minutes left on the clock, sub Salomon Kalou (a perpetually under-rated player) and Daniel Sturridge netted to seal a vital win for the Blues. Oh, and Sammy Ameobi made yet another pointless, gangly sub appearance for the Magpies while ‘Nando Torres set up Kalou’s goal in his own highly-paid cameo role.

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  1. Dr. Roberts says:

    Demba Ba was deemed to be fractionally offside, hence only a yellow card as it would not have been a clear goal scoring opportunity. Daft and harsh on Newcastle, but true to the laws of the game.

  2. MrMac says:

    @Roberts:

    Indeed.

    But as a chelsea fan, you often wonder what the hell happened to the luiz of last season.

    He’s small liabilities have exploded into being a hazard every game he plays.

    And he’s passing gone to hell, god he missed so many passes in that game :/

  3. Sebastian says:

    Sorry Chris but if anything Salomon kalou perpetually underperforms and I wonder how he still remains at chelsea

  4. Iksee says:

    @Roberts

    f he was deemed offside, then why would it be a freekick Newcastle, first offense and all that, not true to the laws of the game.

  5. CFC_Jay says:

    @ Dr Roberts
    If Ba was offside then its a freekick against him regardless of the “foul” commited by Luiz and no yellow card produced. Not sure where you are getting your “hence” facts from dude?!?!?!

  6. chimpo says:

    Dear Roman

    please don’t fire AVB- even if we lose to Valencia

    Give him time- who knows what he could achieve given time to rebuild the old and knackered squad

    Cheers

    Ps please sell JT.

  7. Tinez says:

    I think you’ve mixed up the descriptions of sammy ameobi and torres. ba was clearly fouled, he was ahead of david luiz when he was brought down. no idea what dr roberts has been smoking, probably the rolled up booklet of the game’s rules. should have read it instead.

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