Newcastle United vs Chelsea Player Rating as Newcastle hit Chelsea for four


The Blues traveled to the North East for a thrilling clash with Newcastle but had to do so without Mauricio Pochettino, who was absent from the sidelines through suspension.

It was an end-to-end start to the game, with Alexander Isak looking dangerous behind the Chelsea defense and Conor Gallagher also having a try after five minutes.

But it was Newcastle’s Swedish striker who broke the deadlock on 13 minutes when he found space in the area and finished coolly after great work from 17-year-old Lewis Miley.

However, Chelsea equalized 10 minutes later when Raheem Sterling’s stunning free-kick found the top corner.

The west London outfit now had a foothold and could have claimed another soon after Enzo Fernandez forced a smart save from Nick Pope.

Newcastle were almost in front early in the half when Kieran Trippier hit a David Beckham-esque free-kick that bounced off the crossbar.

On the hour, Newcastle went ahead through Jamal Lascelles, ghosting into the area and scoring with an unmarked header.

And just one minute later, Joelinton took advantage of Thiago Silva’s mistake and scored Magpies’ third with an easy finish.

Things got even more complicated for Chelsea with 20 minutes remaining as Reece James was booked for a second bookable offence.

Eddie Howe’s side were humming now and got a fourth late on when Anthony Gordon cut in from the left and fired into the far corner.

Newcastle player ratings

GK: Nick Pope – 5/10 – Looked very nervous with the ball at his feet. He could have easily given Gallagher an unnecessary goal.

RB: Kieran Trippier – 7/10 – Really impressive save against Sterling and a wild free-kick that hit the post. Not always on target with his crossing, but still an overall positive impact.

CB: Jamaal Lascelles – 6/10 – Had a really sloppy first half but ended it all on a high with a thunderous header.

CB: Fabian Schar – 6/10 – Played some nice passes from the back to try and keep things going. He even sent a lightning bolt at Sanchez from range. Tested heavily in defence.

LB: Tino Livramento – 7/10 – A natural on the right, Livramento played in a reversed role which helped Newcastle in the midfield battle. Nice showing against his boyish side.

DM: Bruno Guimaraes – 8/10 – Some really nice moments and really came into his element as Newcastle gained momentum. Great power in the second half.

CM: Lewis Miley – 7/10 – A wonderful performance from the youngster. He got a smart assist for Isak and played a number of impressive passes.

CM: Joelinton – 7/10 – Weak link in the first half, but his trademark pressing forced Silva into a huge error for Newcastle’s third goal. He forced Chelsea into submission after the break.

RW: Miguel Almiron – 7/10 – Enjoyed plenty of space on the right and grew into the game as Newcastle took control.

ST: Alexander Isak – 7/10 – A composed finish from the towering Swede, who struggled to keep the pressure on Silva and Badiashile.

LW: Anthony Gordon – 8/10 – Had an early injury scare but shook it off to provide an excellent assist and smart goal.

Chelsea player ratings

GK: Robert Sanchez – 5/10 – Couldn’t do much with the goals. He looked a little shaky as he went for the crosses.

RB: Reece James – 2/10 – Generally impressive when involved but showed no composure or leadership as he picked up two needless yellow cards which left his team short when they needed him most. Not good enough from the captain.

CB: Thiago Silva – 2/10 – He got away with one comical mistake in the first half, but Chelsea fans weren’t laughing on the hour when he played the ball straight to Joelinton for the third. Shambolic and indicative of his obvious decline.

CB: Benoit Badiashile – 5/10 – Showed a few signs of rust in his first start of the season, but was largely solid before a late collapse.

LB: Marc Cucurella – 4/10 – Busy with defensive activities, but his poor awareness passed to Isak. He needs to deal better with such moments.

DM: Enzo Fernandez – 4/10 – Active in the first half but lost all influence after the break.

DM: Lesley Ugochukwu – 5/10 – Pretty solid except for a lapse in concentration that eventually led to Newcastle’s opener.

RM: Cole Palmer – 4/10 – Didn’t get into the game as much as he has recently and was caught off guard as Chelsea struggled to find a response.

AM: Conor Gallagher – 3/10 – A rare day off for Gallagher, whose tame finishing and limited creativity have proved problematic for Chelsea.

LM: Raheem Sterling – 6/10 – Had a really tough battle against Trippier in the first half and took a great free-kick, but his influence faded as Chelsea disappeared in possession.

ST: Nicolas Jackson – 5/10 – He surrounded with his typical energy but was too isolated.

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