Newcastle started brightly as Chelsea struggled to get on the ball within the first 10 minutes. The hosts also had the better of the first half chances with Papiss Cisse, Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko all drawing smart saves from Petr Cech.
It was the hosts who took the lead before halftime with Jonas Guttierez getting his first Premier League goal of the season. Chelsea looked much smarter after the break and, eventually, Frank Lampard managed to steady himself for a shot from the edge of the box. Tim Krul—in the Newcastle goal—could only watch as it looped over him and into the goal, just under the crossbar.
The equaliser certainly sparked Chelsea into life—they took a 2-1 lead minutes later when Juan Mata produced a wonderful strike which curved inside the far post.
A rare defensive slip from John Terry let Cisse release Yoan Gouffran, whose shot Cech could only parry straight to Sissoko. Then, with just over a minute of the 90 remaining, the latest addition to Newcastle's French contingent split the Chelsea back four and scored the winner.
Chelsea's overall performance showed more passion and commitment than has been displayed in recent weeks, but they again threw away the lead and will be heading back to London empty handed.
Here are the individual Chelsea player ratings from this 3-2 defeat. Each player starts with 5/10 and gains points for effort, skill and goals scored. Points are deducted for ill-discipline, poor concentration and goals conceded. Defenders are weighted higher when goals are conceded and, by the same token, they gain more points than a natural attacking player should they score.
All stats are provided by EPLindex.com