Chelsea’s run of six wins on the bounce was halted, as they were beaten 2-0 by a resilient Newcastle United side. Jose Mourinho has never won at the Sports Direct Arena, and his Chelsea side never looked like ending that hoodoo in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
The Blues were comfortable in possession in the first half, but aside from a John Terry header hitting the bar, they were unable to provide any clear-cut chances. The home side did not fare much better, but as the score remained 0-0 with an hour gone, they began to surge forward with renewed vigour. A Yohan Cabaye free-kick was perfectly placed for Yoan Gouffran to head home the opening goal.
Chelsea stirred slightly at this point, but Samuel Eto’o, on for Fernando Torres, was unable to make any of his four shots count. The death knell for any hopes of a turnaround for the visitors sounded when Loic Remy kept up his fine goalscoring form with a superb strike off the inside of Petr Cech’s near post.
Chelsea suffered their second away defeat of the season, squandering the chance to go top of the Premier League in the process. There are plenty of lessons for the Blues to take from this result, as they switch their attention to their Champions League clash with Schalke 04 on Wednesday.