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Newcastle 2 Chelsea 0

By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor

At St. James' Park

 

 

Newcastle United 2 (Gouffran 68, Remy 89)

Chelsea 0

 

 

Second half goals from Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy earned Newcastle United a 2-0 Barclays Premier League victory over Chelsea at St. James' Park.

 

Gouffran headed home Yohan Cabaye's free-kick with 68 minutes played before Remy wrapped it up with time running out to hand the Magpies all three points.

 

And it was exactly what Alan Pardew's side deserved for a resolute first half performance, followed by a positive, attacking second half display.

 

Chelsea had the better chances in the first half, with John Terry twice going close and Branislav Ivanovic also threatening. However, the hosts held firm and took the game to their opponents in the second half.

 

After Petr Cech had denied Moussa Sissoko and Loic Remy, Gouffran stole in umarked to break the deadlock at the Gallowgate End, before Remy swept home Vurnon Anita's cut-back to put the result beyond any doubt.

 

It provided Newcastle with their first win in four matches and a first clean sheet since the end of August. 

 

Chelsea created the first opening with 13 minutes on the clock. Terry met Juan Mata's right-wing corner but could only thump his header against the crossbar, and as United failed to properly clear their lines, Branislav Ivanovic saw his deflected overhead kick also strike the woodwork.

 

And it took Newcastle until the half-hour mark to test Petr Cech but the big, Blues' goalkeeper got down well to hold Yohan Cabaye's half-volley which skipped up off the wet turf.

 

It was a pretty dour affair in poor conditions but suddenly the contest sparked into life with half-time approaching.

 

First, at the Gallowgate End, Davide Santon stooped to bravely head Terry's effort from another Mata corner off the goalline, and as the hosts broke at pace, Sissoko cut in from the left before testing Cech with a low strike which was destined for the bottom corner.

 

The Magpies were much brighter after the break and almost broke the deadlock in the 60th minute. Sissoko got in down the right and powered into the box, only to see his shot from a really tight angle be tipped away by Cech.

 

From the resulting corner, Remy sent a crisp half-volley straight at the keeper, before lashing another effort narrowly wide shortly after.

 

The hosts' pressure was building and Gouffran was next to try his luck but was denied by another fine Cech stop, pushing the ball behind.

 

But the Czech Republic international was finally beaten in the 68th minute.

 

Ashley Cole fouled Sissoko around 40 yards out, and as Cabaye swung in the resulting free-kick, Gouffran stole in to firmly head down and into far corner.

 

Having edged in front, Newcastle weren't content with sitting on their lead and quickly went in search of a second goal, and only an outstanding last-ditch block from John Terry stopped Remy providing that, after the French international had worked a clever one-two with Sissoko.

 

With the attacking talent at their disposal, Chelsea were always going to prove dangerous, however, and two of their substitutes almost came up with an equaliser with ten minutes remaining.

 

Willian's inital strike was parried by Tim Krul, and as the rebound fell to Eto'o, a fantastic block from Mathieu Debuchy kept the ball out.

 

But United wrapped up a memorable victory with the clock ticking away. Vurnon Anita darted into the box, pulled the ball back for Remy and the front man was never going to make any mistake, tucking home to send a packed St. James' Park crowd wild.

 

 

Newcastle United (4-4-2): Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheick Tiote (c) (Vurnon Anita 53), Yohan Cabaye, Yoan Gouffran (Gabriel Obertan 84); Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 62), Loic Remy

 

Subs not used: Rob Elliot, James Tavernier, Sammy Ameobi, Hatem Ben Arfa

 

 

 

Chelsea (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry (c), Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard (Andre Schurrle 70); Juan Mata (Willian 62), Oscar, Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres (Samuel Eto'o 62)

 

Subs not used: Mark Schwarzer, Cesar Azpilicueta, Gary Cahill, John Obi Mikel

 

 

Referee: Lee Mason (Greater Manchester)

 

Bookings: Newcastle - Sissoko (42), Remy (89); Chelsea - Luiz (75), Ramires (77)

 

 

Attendance: 51,674

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