Newcastle United vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for Chelsea

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Newcastle United vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for Chelsea
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Newcastle defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Saturday at St. James' Park in the Premier League. With the loss, Chelsea snapped a six-match winning run in all competitions. 

Keep reading for Chelsea player ratings, as well as brief analysis for every Chelsea player.

Chelsea Player Ratings vs. Newcastle
Player Half-time Full-time
Petr Cech 7 7
Branislav Ivanovic 7 6
David Luiz 7 6
John Terry 8 7
Ashley Cole 7 6
Ramires 6 6
Frank Lampard 6 6
Juan Mata 6 6
Oscar 6 6
Eden Hazard 6 6
Fernando Torres 6 6
Substitutes Half-time Full-time
Willian N/A 6
Samuel Eto'o N/A 6
Andre Schurrle N/A 6

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First-half analysis

Windy, rainy conditions took a toll on both teams, who generated precious few chances at either end. The teams went into the break level at 0-0. 

Chelsea's John Terry hit the crossbar with a powerful header from a corner in the 13th minute, then Moussa Sissoko forced a save out of Petr Cech with a low drive to the near post in the 38th minute as Newcastle countered quickly from a Chelsea corner. 

Chelsea dominated possession but struggled to break down Newcastle's organised resistance on the slick pitch. The Blues looked dangerous on the counter on a couple of occasions but largely found chances hard to come by.

The second half could come down to whether Chelsea are able to break down Newcastle with patient build-up.

Petr Cech: It was a comfortable half for Chelsea's keeper, who was alert when needed.

Branislav Ivanovic: Ameobi is presenting a physical test, but Ivanovic is passing it so far. He's also getting forward well on the right and closing down the few Newcastle attacks down their flank.

David Luiz: Along with John Terry, Luiz is clearing everything from Newcastle down the middle. His distribution from the back has been spotty, however.

John Terry: Terry shows excellent positioning and awareness in his defending. He looks revitalised under Jose Mourinho. Strong in the air, as usual, and unlucky not to score early with a powerful header from a corner.

Ashley Cole: No weak links in Chelsea's defence so far.

Ramires: Played his role in keeping Chelsea secure at the back.

Frank Lampard: The veteran is covering lots of ground, but he's been a bit untidy in his passing. 

Juan Mata: Some good interplay with Hazard, but the final pass not there yet.

Eden Hazard: Incisive dribbling on left early won a free-kick. Little of note late in the half.

Oscar: Showed willingness to challenge Cheick Tiote for an aerial ball in the centre circle, a challenge that left the Brazilian in some pain. Overall, though, it's been a quiet half for Oscar tucked in behind Torres.

Fernando Torres: Not involved often, due to a lack of service.

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Full-time analysis

Petr Cech: More than equal to the shots Newcastle produced at first during their spell of superiority. Couldn't do anything about either goal.

Branislav Ivanovic: Beaten by Gouffran for Newcastle's first goal, though Lampard held Gouffran onside.

David Luiz: Allowed Ameobi past him with a weak challenge in a key position. Acrobatic clearance before Newcastle's second kept Chelsea within one goal.

John Terry: Strong as ever in the air. The mistake for Newcastle's first goal came from elsewhere. Recorded 11 clearances.

Ashley Cole: Beaten easily by Sissoko, which led to a Newcastle chance as the hosts came into the ascendancy.

Ramires: Newcastle took over midfield in the second half. Needlessly booked.

Frank Lampard: Replaced by Schurrle shortly after the goal, Lampard completed 76 percent of his passes. Kept Gouffran onside for Newcastle's opener.

Andre Schurrle (on for Lampard 70'): Had a decent chance but directed his header off target.

Juan Mata: Replaced by Willian in the 62nd minute, Mata was never able to recreate his fine performance against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.

Willian (on for Mata, 62'): Had a good chance to equalise before Newcastle's second, but Krul produced a good save.

Eden Hazard: Drifted into the middle at times but struggled to generate chances. Fluffed an excellent chance to equalise when it was still 1-0.

Oscar: Looked much more dangerous after Newcastle's goal.

Fernando Torres: Came off in the 62nd minute, never received enough service. Not his day.

Samuel Eto'o (on for Torres, 62'): Came close to an equaliser with a shot after a rebound, but it was cleared off the line.

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