“Chelsea’s away form has been largely impressive of late, with most of their struggles coming at Stamford Bridge. But they were surprisingly lacklustre here, lacking any real cutting edge or creativity,” writes Callum Rice-Coates for the Independent.
“Tammy Abraham was unusually wasteful, while Willian and Callum Hudson-Odoi were mostly ineffective.
“Chelsea were rarely at their fluid best here, but the performance of young right back Reece James will have pleased Frank Lampard. The 20-year-old impressed against Burnley last week, too, and already looks an accomplished attacking full back.
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“His marauding forward runs and clever interplay caused Newcastle constant problems.”
“They passed and probed and passed some more, but for all of their huff and puff Chelsea never looked like blowing Newcastle away, ” writes Craig Hope for the Mail on Sunday.
“In the end – the 94th minute, no less – it was they who had the wind knocked from them with a sucker-punch that served as punishment for such a ponderous performance.
“Isaac Hayden was the match-winner as he headed in from an attack that counted as the hosts’ first of a second half in which they had shown little desire to leave their own penalty area.
Dejected Chelsea players after conceding at St. James Park (Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)
(Image: Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)
“Yes, Chelsea dominated, but Newcastle were more than happy to watch them do so. In truth, this is the only way they know how, yet repeatedly they have found a way to win matches in which the statistics would tell us they had no right to do so.”
“Chelsea did not have time to respond, they were beaten and could not understand any of what had just happened,” writes Luke Edwards for the Telegraph. They…