Chelsea first half dominance eases past a poor Newcastle defence. Blues move up to 12th in the table, 2 points behind Liverpool.
Chelsea looked on form today after dominating Newcastle (5-1). With a strong start the Blues hardly took their foot off of the gas pedal with Costa scoring in the 5th minute for the London side. After a poor shot to the near post by Newcastle’s Jonjo Shelvey, Chelsea attempted a counter attack. The Blues lost possession to Newcastle only for Pedro to regain possession in a flash. Clear on goal he struck the ball into the bottom left from distance, taking it early, and surprising Elliot in only minute 9 of the contest.
Newcastle won a free-kick in the 15th minute on the left flank. Shelvey sent it into the heart of the Chelsea penalty area to the head of Sissoko – the effort went straight into the hands of Courtois. Less than two minutes later a clean pass into the box from Fabregas and good attacking from Costa lead Willian to score a close-range strike, making the match 3-0 at 17 minutes.
2 minutes after Costa makes another break away on a quick run down the left flank but is dragged to the ground by Taylor, who receives the first yellow card for a cynical foul.
Chelsea continued to dominate the first half with Captain John Terry coming off at 38 minutes due to an injury worry – after landing awkwardly from an aerial tussle with Mitrovic.
In the second half Chelsea were no less dominant. Newcastle made a substitution during the half-time break with Colback coming on for Wijnaldum. However no substitution could stop the Blues who ran rampant at Stamford Bridge. After 3 close misses Pedro slotted in his second goal of the game thanks to another excellent pass from Fabregas- 4-0 at 59 minutes.
With all three points firmly in the bag, Hiddink decides to rest Costa, who he replaces with Traore, who immediately makes an impact showcasing his impressive skills as he twists and turns inside the Newcastle penalty area before earning his side a corner. Less than a minute before Shelvey tackled Fabregas to the ground with a poor timed move from behind, leaving the referee with no choice but to show him a yellow card.
Chelsea continue to dominate and are rewarded once again for their efforts. Substitute Bertrand Isidore Traore scores off of a low pass from Azpilicueta in the 83rd minute (5-0). With ten minutes to go Chelsea brought on more substitutes, Willian receives a standing ovation from the Chelsea fans as he’s replaced by Loftus-Cheek.
With the game already won Chelsea get lazy defensively, Newcastle capitalise and pull a goal back. After a fantastic run Townsend cuts inside from the right wing, and from the edge of the Chelsea launches a curling low strike that flies past the arm of Courtois and into the bottom right-hand corner of the net.
FULL TIME: Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United
Chelsea dominated a lacklustre Newcastle who manged to only get 3 shots on target all game. Hiddink’s side now move up to 12th in the table on 33 points.
CHELSEA – Courtois; Ivanovic, Terry, Cahill, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Pedro, Hazard; Diego Costa.
Subs: Begovic, Baba Rahman, , Obi Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Traore, Pedro.
Manager: Guus Hiddink
NEWCASTLE – Elliot; Janmaat, S Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons; Tioté, Shelvey; Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend; Mitrovic.
Subs: Darlow, Mbabu, Sterry,Thauvin, Gouffran, Lascelles, Toney.
Manager: Steve McLaren
Yellow Cards: Taylor 19′, Shelvey 61′
Scorers: Pedro 5′ , Diego Costa 9′, Willian 16′, Pedro 59′, Bertrand Traore 83’, Andros Townsend 90′
Referee: Roger East
Venue: Stamford Bridge