Premier League: Newcastle United vs Chelsea 30/10/21 – Full Match Report

Reece James scores twice to cement Chelsea’s place at the top of the Premier League.


Written by Ryan Bellenie.


Pre-game:

In what was set to be the ‘Battle of the Billions’, Thomas Tuchel took his Chelsea side north as they faced Newcastle on a sunny autumn day at St. James’ Park.


The Blues have looked unstoppable under the German and continue to set the pace in the Premier League as they entered the fixture top of the tree. The Magpies, who are still in awe over their sensational takeover, stood in their way as the Blues looked to build on their impressive points tally.


Despite being without Mateo Kovačić, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku – Thomas Tuchel still had a variety of talent to pick from for his starting eleven.


The German made three changes to the team that put seven past Norwich last weekend, with N’Golo Kanté notably making his 200th start for Chelsea.

Graeme Jones alternatively listed an unchanged side from last week’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace.


First half:

It was the hosts that started the game brightly with Ryan Fraser looking sharp off the opening whistle. However, the Scottish international struggled to find a black and white shirt with a dangerous ball across the face of goal.


The Blues then began to take control of the game and assert their authority in the match. Chelsea had 75% of possession in the opening 15 minutes, pinning Newcastle back into their own half with no escape.


The visitors were patient in their attacks and saw a couple of shots blocked by a stubborn Newcastle defence. Callum Wilson had a chance for the hosts as he met Matt Ritchie’s cross but failed to keep his header down.


Chelsea thought they found their breakthrough on the 28th minute as Hakim Ziyech sweetly fired past Karl Darlow from the edge of the penalty area. However, the Moroccan was then disappointed to see his goal disallowed with the linesman’s flag raised.


It was one way traffic as St. James Park with another chance for Ziyech just four minutes later.


Jorginho’s teasing crossed just missed the run of Kai Havertz but found the Blues midfielder at the back post. The chance came to his surprise as he struggled to keep his effort down from such close range.

The half-time whistle eventually blew, with Chelsea perhaps disappointed to have not done more against a side that had merely been outside of their own half.

Second half:

Despite their lacklustre first-half, Hakim Ziyech came straight out the blocks looking to test Darlow once again. However, this time to his frustration, the Moroccan fired straight at the Newcastle goalkeeper.


Two minutes later, Ziyech tried his luck again from an almost identical position – but this time was denied by the frame of the goal. Nothing seemed to be going his way in the North-East.


Chelsea later saw shots from Kai Havertz, Jorginho, Antonio Rüdiger and Reece James, with the first and latter of the two being on target. Despite the efforts from the Blues, all shots came from outside the area as Newcastle looked a tough nut to crack.


However, on the 64th minute, Chelsea found their eventual breakthrough through a superb strike from Reece James. The defender did brilliantly to fire past Darlow on his weaker foot in what was a strikers finish from the 21-year-old.

The Blues continued their dominance and had a second on the 77th minute with James converting again.


Substitute Ruben Loftus-Cheek saw his shot blocked, with Darlow committing to the initial effort. The rebound then fell to James, who converted into what was almost an empty net for Chelsea’s second.

The floodgates were beginning to open at St. James’ Park as the visitors were awarded a penalty with Kai Havertz brought down by Darlow inside the penalty area.


Jorginho coolly dispatched the spot kick, sealing the deal as Chelsea left Newcastle with three deserved points.

After the whistle:

After perhaps an underwhelming performance in the first half, Tuchel’s side upped the tempo in the second to keep their place at the top of the league.


The Blues controlled the game from start to finish at St. James’ Park, with external results also going in their favour as both Liverpool and Manchester City dropped points on the weekend.


Newcastle on the other hand will be disappointed as their winless streak continues, with their chances of survival now looking questionable despite their recent financial takeover.


The Magpies will however look to pick up form and momentum in their next game, as they face an in-form Brighton side on the South coast.


Chelsea – who conceded justa goal in the month of October – will hope for more of the same in November as they face Malmö in Sweden on Tuesday.


Final score:

Newcastle United 0-3 Chelsea.

- James (65’, 77’).

- Jorginho (81’).


BBC Sports Player of the match:

Reece James (Chelsea).

Line-ups:

Newcastle United (5-3-2): Darlow; Manquillo, Krafth, Lascelles ©, Clark, Ritchie; Longstaff (81’), Hayden (67’), Fraser (66’); Wilson, Saint-Maximin.

- Subs: Willock (66’), Almirón (67’), Shelvey (81’).


Chelsea (3-4-2-1): Mendy; Christensen, Silva, Rüdiger; James, Kanté (64’), Jorginho ©, Chilwell; Ziyech (64’), Hudson-Odoi (88’); Havertz.

- Subs: Loftus-Cheek (64’), Barkley (64’), Saúl (88’).


Referee:

Paul Tierney.


Attendance:

52,208.


Possession:

Newcastle United (21%) vs Chelsea (79%).


Shots:

Newcastle United (6) vs Chelsea (19).


Shots on target:

Newcastle United (1) vs Chelsea (6).


Corners:

Newcastle United (0) vs Chelsea (2).


Fouls:

Newcastle United (14) vs Chelsea (12).

- (credit | BBC Sport).


Match highlights:

- (credit | Sky Sports Football).

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