Salomon Kalou spared champions Chelsea the ignominy of a third successive defeat for the first time in 11 years with a first-half equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.
The Ivory Coast international struck in injury-time to cancel out Andy Carroll's sixth-minute opener, his ninth goal of the season.
Chelsea had the better of the chances and Kalou fired wastefully into the side-netting 10 minutes from time, but the Magpies managed to hang on for a creditable point.
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