Newcastle United vs. Chelsea: Final score 2-0, Blues falter at St. James' Park

Shaun Botterill

Newcastle gained a victory over Chelsea in the early kick-off as Yoann Gouffran and Loic Remy struck to win all three points in a game that was played in difficult conditions.

Novocastrian resilience and equally typical weather of the region combined to continue Jose Mourinho's hoodoo at St. James' Park, as Newcastle defeated Chelsea thanks to goals from Yoann Gouffran and Loic Remy.

Wind and rain made for a tricky game for both sides, and the Chelsea boss continued his record of never having won away at Newcastle. The hosts gradually grew into the game before finding their breakthrough midway through the second half and sealing the win late on.

The conditions ensured both sides got off to a slow start in a dull first half, with neither team able to get into their passing groove. Newcastle had initially seemed to start with a direct gameplan, naming a team in a 4-4-2 shape with a rare start for Shola Ameobi, and although it resulted in Chelsea seeing a majority of the ball, they were unable to do too much with it.

Newcastle's good spell in the second half of the first period seemed to have gone, but they threatened twice soon afterwards. First Mathieu Debuchy's excellent pass released Moussa Sissoko down the right in an ocean of space, but he elected to try to beat Cech at his near post, and the Chelsea keeper managed to palm it behind. From the corner, Loic Remy had a chance to shoot but again put it too close to Cech.

Yoann Gouffran was next to threaten the Chelsea goal with a fierce drive towards the near post as the hosts managed to significantly increase their penetration.

A Newcastle set-piece gave the hosts another opportunity to create a chance, and Yohan Cabaye improved on his hitherto disappointing play by curling in an excellent delivery, which Gouffran got onto the end of, escaping around the back of a static Branislav Ivanovic to head past Cech.

The goal failed to spur Chelsea into action and Newcastle continued to be the better of the two sides. Some fine play later on saw Loic Remy released with a clear one-on-one chance, but a desperate intervention from John Terry saw Chelsea keep themselves in the game.

Eto'o at least appeared to pose more of a threat than the woeful Torres, but as Chelsea began to look for an equaliser, his goalbound effort controversially struck the arms of Yanga-Mbiwa, who had gone to ground. The referee decided not to sanction the centre-back with a penalty and continued play.

Chelsea saw more of the ball as the game entered the last 10 minutes but still struggled to pick apart the Newcastle defence. The hosts had a fine chance when a counter-attack led to a three-on-three for a chance to seal it with a second, but Loic Remy elected to shoot and could only trickle the ball into the arms of Cech.

Willian came close to equalising for Chelsea with a long-range effort, but Tim Krul managed to make the save before Eto'o's follow-up effort was blocked by Debuchy. Despite the scoreline, Chelsea could not seem to muster the urgency or drive to really put the hosts under any pressure, with the Newcastle defence not exactly looking impenetrable.

With time running out for Mourinho's men, Gabriel Obertan and Davide Santon looked to play it safe down the left. The two managed to find a way through, the Italian cutting back to find Remy, who produced a fine finish to secure the result for the hosts.

Newcastle: Tim Krul; Mathieu Debuchy, Mike Williamson, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Davide Santon; Moussa Sissoko, Cheik Tiote (Vurnon Anita, 53'), Yohan Cabaye, Yoann Gouffran; Shola Ameobi (Papiss Cisse 62'), Loic Remy.

Goals: Gouffran (68'), Remy (89')

Chelsea starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Petr Cech; Branislav Ivanovic, David Luiz, John Terry, Ashley Cole; Ramires, Frank Lampard (Schurrle 70'); Oscar, Juan Mata (Willian 62'), Eden Hazard; Fernando Torres (Samuel Eto'o 62').

Goals: None

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