Chelsea lost more ground in the race for second place after Newcastle hit them a classic smash and grab raid at St. James’ Park.
Frank Lampard’s Blues had the Magpies under the cosh for long periods but failed to defend a free-kick in the fourth minute of injury time.
Former Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden headed home to seal a 1-0 win and bounce Steve Bruce’s side up to 12th place.
The Blues created 19 chances but only four were on target. leaving Frank Lampard scratching his head.
“If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals,” said Lampard.
“It’s clear from what I’m saying we know where we need to strengthen.”
So who impressed and who flopped for Chelsea during their narrow defeat?
Kepa 5 Should have done far better for the goal as Hayden’s header was almost straight at him
James 8 The 20-year-old has a massive future in the game based on his display today
Rudiger 6 Was bullied at times by Joelinton and has been a weak link since his return from injury
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Christensen 7 Won the majority of his duel in the air and on the deck and was comfortably the better of the two centre backs
Azpilcueta 6 Typically tenacious in both halves of the pitch but lacked end product
Jorginho 7 Far from his best game for Chelsea but effective for the most part
Kante 7 Industrious as ever and had two shots on target. One of the visitors’ best players
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Willian 6 Spurned a big chance just after the restart when he should have done better
Mount 6 Impressive in patches but lacks the consistency he will gain in time
(Barkley 6, 67 forceful runner)
Hudson-Odoi 7 Sent in a succession of good crosses and kept Newcastle penned in
Abraham 5 Wasted great chance to put his…