Alan Shearer's first match in charge ended in an optimistic defeat, Owens returned to the 4-4-2 employed by Shearer. The game started slowly, with neither team looking dangerous. It was a game of midfield battle, with Salmon Kalou missing a dangerous header for the visitors. Martins also came close to scoring a goal but sadly overshot the crossbar.
The first half did have some ugly moments though, with Frank Lampard getting a yellow card for diving when the replays clearly showed that Nicky Butt had clipped his heels. Lovenkrands had the wind knocked out of him by Malouda and was replaced by Duff.
Terry was involved in a shirt pulling incident with the quicker Owens. Terry was solid for Chelsea, although the same cannot be said for his partner Alex.
The second half started the same way the first half ended, although a Lampard goal changed all that. Coloccini was hanging to the ball a bit too long, allowing Anelka to rob him of possession and fancy a shot that rebounded off the crossbar and fell straight towards Lamaprd, which Lampard headed home.
The second goal came immediately. Cech hailed a long ball to Lampard, who smartly nicked it to Malouda and he slotted it home.
NewCastle were not without their moments, with Owens pulling a bit of magic only to have Ashley Cole knock it out. Replays clearly showed that the ball had crossed the line, but the assistant referee did not award the goal to NewCastle.
From then on, it was all Chelsea, with the Magpies not giving up hope. Chelsea should have had more goals, but Harper clearly was able to handle what was thrown his way.
Sadly, the damage had already been done! The result did not change and Shearer's big day ended with a loss.
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