[Player Ratings] Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea: Misery on Tyneside for Mourinho’s men

By on November 3, 2013

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Chelsea lost ground on league leaders Arsenal as a poor second half showing condemned them to a 2-0 defeat at Newcastle.

Jose Mourinho’s men came to Tyneside in confident mood after dumping Arsenal out of the Capital One Cup in midweek, but it was the under pressure Alan Pardew who came out on top. Chelsea wasted a first half of dominance, hitting the woodwork twice before Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy struck in the second half to give Newcastle all three points.

After his mercurial display on Tuesday, Juan Mata kept his place in the team while rested regulars at the Emirates such as Oscar and Eden Hazard returned to the starting XI. Chelsea started brightly, with wave after wave of attack unsettling the home side and they nearly took the lead inside 13 minutes. John Terry’s header from a Mata corner struck the crossbar as did Branislav Ivanovic’s volley from the same move.

Terry went close again with a header that needed on the line intervention from Davide Santon, but their inability to make possession count only encouraged Newcastle in the second half. The Magpies were much improved after the break and Goufrann headed his side into the lead on 68 minutes from a deep Yohan Cabaye free-kick.

Both teams had chances before the end, Chelsea going close from Willian before substitute Samuel Eto’o’s follow up was blocked by Mathieu Debuchy. But Newcastle made safe the three points with a minute remaining when Remy finished coolly after good work from Vurnon Anita.

The loss ensures Chelsea have taken only five points from their opening five away matches this season; their worst such return since 2000-01.

Player Ratings

Cech- 6- cannot be blamed for the goals conceded. Made some good saves in the second half to keep his side level before Gouffran’s header.

Cole- 5- had a torrid time up against Moussa Sissoko, especially in the second half.

Terry- 7- one of few Chelsea players to leave the pitch with any credit for his performance. His two headed efforts ended up being Chelsea’s only significant attempts on goal. That says more about those in front of him.

Luiz- 5- looked comfortable in possession but his lackadaisical approach saw him fail to win 50-50’s. Looks more and more a liability at centre-half.

Ivanovic- 7- like Terry, the Serb was amazingly one of the Blue’s best attacking threats. Always eager to get forward and defended well.

Lampard- 5- these inept and dull performances are becoming more and more common place for Lampard. Maybe a period out of the team would help him reassess his form.

Ramires- 6- wasn’t quite himself today. Started brightly and helped drive Chelsea forward but failed to make his presence felt in the second half.

Mata- 6- a positive start after taking his chance to shine in mid-week, but wasn’t his creative self.

Oscar- 7- one of Chelsea’s consistent performers on a windy afternoon at St James’ Park. Sadly the others around him were having the day off in the second half.

Hazard- 6- like a few of his team mates, the Belgian enjoyed a sparkling start but faded in the second half. Sadly the spark of inspiration that the winger is capable of was missing when his side really needed it.

Torres- 6- worked hard but had next to no chances, which was perhaps more a reflection on those team mates who were meant to be supplying him.

Subs

Schurrle- 6- had a decent chance after coming on for Lampard.

Willian- 7- the Brazilian had an excellent chance to equalise but Tim Krul saved superbly.

Eto’o- 6- took up some good positions and had a good chance blocked by Debuchy.

Man of the Match- Terry- seems strange to award this to a defender in a defeat, but Terry led by example when others around him were struggling. Also had two of Chelsea’s best goal-scoring opportunities.

What went wrong for the Blues at St James’ Park? Chelsea appear to have struggled away from home this season- what’s the problem? Is Mourinho changing his team too much and too often? Do you think he and the players had one eye on their Champions League clash against Schalke on Wednesday? Where do you think David Luiz’s best position is?…please leave your comments below…

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10 Comments

  1. japhet mukala

    November 4, 2013 at 5:18 am

    I think i need to repeat this to morinho, Morinho is too politician,i dont understand if Mo he doesnt know where blues look weak like no other, The answer is Midfield (Ramiree+Lampard) i will never believe in this combination, Lampard we have now is not Lampard we used to know, How can u start 35 years midfielder while u have Mikel (25years) on the bench, Mikel is a superb shield of back 4, he free Ramiress to bring trouble in attacking, he is a pass master, visioned and stable, he has good defending element and attacking element, starting Lampard its like u r awarding the mid area to your opponent to do what they want!Lampard is a leader yes, Mo is using him as a shield in the dressing room but the cost of placing him in first ix is more than what he expect in the dressing room, he will take u to the hell, 35 years deserve 20min or 30min on the pitch not more than this.

  2. japhet mukala

    November 4, 2013 at 5:21 am

    Fresh blood need more airtime,Lampard need rest, Mikel need more airtime, he alsways play nice along with Ramiress, lets adapt this for the best of blues

  3. Desmod

    November 4, 2013 at 6:28 am

    @japhet mukala…infact u have said it all,i dont have any opinion to offer again,thanks alot…”think i need to repeat this to morinho, Morinho is too politician,i dont understand if Mo he doesnt know where blues look weak like no other, The answer is Midfield (Ramiree+Lampard) i will never believe in this combination, Lampard we have now is not Lampard we used to know, How can u start 35 years midfielder while u have Mikel (25years) on the bench, Mikel is a superb shield of back 4, he free Ramiress to bring trouble in attacking, he is a pass master, visioned and stable, he has good defending element and attacking element, starting Lampard its like u r awarding the mid area to your opponent to do what they want!Lampard is a leader yes, Mo is using him as a shield in the dressing room but the cost of placing him in first ix is more than what he expect in the dressing room, he will take u to the hell, 35 years deserve 20min or 30min on the pitch not more than this”.

  4. Solocom

    November 4, 2013 at 6:30 am

    I hate seeing Lampard and Ramires combination wether win or loose its nt de right combination.

  5. Bismack Pa Be

    November 4, 2013 at 7:46 am

    One problem with mourinho is dat,his very stubborn 2 accept correction….Lampard is old, he doesn’t warrant a starting birth anymore.. Play Ramires_Mikel or Ramires_Luiz for pivot pls…

  6. bukky

    November 4, 2013 at 8:08 am

    sell luiz,he is a disaster 2our centre back or else,he is used as a midfielder.he has started 6 games for chelsea dis season in which we lost 4.against bayern,everton,basel and nw newcastle.i hate seein him at d centre bak.shalke 04 played very well,also man city but they found it so hard 2break our back.newcastle did not play so well like man city,yet we were defeated.sell luiz pls! Or else use him as a midfielder.

  7. Poncian Lwejuna

    November 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I think Jose he must look again first Ix,Lampard is not required to start i wonder to leave Michel out,William out, schuler,cesar,Cahill all these guys out. Jose he must think about that.The first Ix must look that: cech,cesar,Ivanovic,Cahill, Terry, Michel,Ramires,Oscar,Willian, Harzad and E’otol.

  8. david Emmanuel

    November 4, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Well spoken guys,let’s all blame mourinho I believe dat lampard really has no place in dis team.But believe me that we didn’t loose because lampard started this game,but we did loose because the midfield wasn’t just it. You can’t play lampard,mata,hazard,oscar and ramires and expect to beat a determined newcastle side you need sum1 dat can protect d back four,sum1 lik essien,luiz or mikel.if we indeed wanna win dis league we need to sale mata and dis shld b our 1st 11.Cech,Ivanovic,terry,cahill,cole,mikel/luiz,ramires,hazard,oscar,shurrle/willian and Torres.

  9. bigy

    November 4, 2013 at 9:43 am

    benitez is the answer

  10. bigy

    November 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    bukky you are stupid, luiz played 2 european cups final and won them, so respect luiz. mou is a disaster…..

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