Full-time: Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

  • Substitutes Ramires and Willian snatch a point for Chelsea in the second half to avoid a fourth defeat in seven Premier League outings
  • Newcastle much improved and held a two-goal lead courtesy of Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum
  • Hosts still without a top-flight win under Steve McClaren but stop a dreadful run of four consecutive defeats
Ramires made an enormous difference for Chelsea after replacing Oscar. (AFP)

Newcastle will be disappointed to have blown that two-goal lead, but Chelsea's dominance for great swathes of that second half makes a point a more than credible return.

McClaren's side were almost unrecognisable from the one that slipped to four consecutive defeats before tonight and supporters showed their appreciation for that added commitment at full-time. If they can carry that sort of application over to their next few matches, then a first league win of the season will surely come very soon.

As for Chelsea, they rallied well after the break and the decision to introduce both Ramires and Willian essentially won them that point. Mourinho will still be concerned with his team's defending for both goals, however.

That is all we have time for tonight, as attention focuses to the oval ball for England's huge Rugby World Cup Pool A clash with Wales at Twickenham. Until next time, goodnight.



Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea


A late booking for Pedro as he prevents a Newcastle counter attack by scything down Mbabu.


A nasty collision between Ramires and De Jong leaves the latter in a crumpled heap and leads to a delay for treatment.


McClaren bellowing at Sissoko to walk off the pitch slowly as he is taken off and replaced by De Jong.


Ramires has made a real impact since coming on and he comes so close to grabbing the winner as Krul parries away his header from another dangerous Willian delivery.

Four minutes of added time for Newcastle to hold onto a point.


Real heartbreak for Newcastle as Chelsea erase their two-goal lead and grab the equaliser. Willian is fouled out on the left flank and dusts himself down to float in a free-kick that goes straight in without taking a touch off anyone in a crowded penalty area.

Ramires' attempt to get his head on the ball certainly distracted Krul.


Goal: Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea (Willian)


A change in the final third for Newcastle as Mitrovic is replaced by Ivan Toney, who is making only his second appearance for Newcastle and his first in the Premier League since joining from League Two side Northampton Town in August.


More confident defending from Mbabu as he stops a determined Hazard in his tracks. The Swiss then shows a bit of naivety in allowing Pedro to slip in behind, but he can only blaze over the bar when one-on-one with Krul. That was a real opportunity for the champions to pull level.


A fine, incisive attacking run from Hazard as he skips past both Anita and Coloccini before seeing a shot well blocked by Mbebma.


12 minutes left to play and Chelsea have a lifeline. Zouma sweeps the ball brilliantly out to Hazard on the left and he takes a touch before cutting inside Janmaat and rolling the ball across to Ramires.

The former Benfica man then rifles a right-footed shot into the top corner from all of 25 yards. Excellent strike.


Goal: Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea (Ramires)


Hazard is furious not to have been awarded a free-kick in a good position as Mbabu steps across him. The same two men also came together earlier in the second half, when Chelsea thought they might have been awarded a penalty.

Meanwhile, Fabregas is currently receiving treatment for a head gash. He returns to the pitch sporting a Terry Butcher-esque bandage.


The substitute's first involvement is to float a cross towards Falcao, who cannot beat Krul from close range. Luckily for him, the flag is up for offside.


One final throw of the dice from Chelsea as Oscar jogs off to be replaced by fellow Brazilian midfielder Ramires.


Hazard tees up Oscar from the left but he curls a shot wide under pressure from a sliding Coloccini.


The notoriously rash Mitrovic has kept his head and proved a handful for Ivanovic and Zouma tonight and the former has now drawn a yellow card for a wild swing of the boot into the midriff of his compatriot.


Mourinho was preparing to make two changes before that goal and those substitutions have now happened with Radamel Falcao and Willian replacing Remy and Matic. Just under 30 minutes plus injury time remaining for Chelsea to avoid a fourth defeat in seven Premier League games this season.


Well, I suppose that is one way to relieve the pressure. Newcastle have struggled to get a touch on the ball since the restart, but they have now doubled their advantage as Wijnaldum easily breaks clear of his marker Fabregas to head home Perez's corner.


Goal: Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea (Georginio Wijnaldum)


It will be interesting to see what sort of system change occurs as a result of Newcastle losing one half of their battling midfield axis. Chelsea are dominating the ball at the moment and 35 minutes is a hell of a long time to be camped on the edge of your own penalty area, particularly against players of Hazard's quality.


A first change for Newcastle eight minutes into the second half sees the determined Colback finally withdrawn and replaced by Obertan.


Chelsea are beginning to monopolise possession here as Fabregas has a shot blocked and Pedro draws ironic cheers from the crowd after botching an ambitious attempt at a volley.

Oscar's left-footed cross towards Remy is headed over by the Frenchman.