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Mourinho 'smelt' Newcastle loss

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says that he 'smelt' trouble at half-time, before his side went down 2-0 against Alan Pardew's Newcastle United.

The West Londoners dominated the first period but could not find a breakthrough and were punished by goals from Yoann Gouffran and a late Loic Remy strike as the Magpies claimed three vital points for their under-fire manager.

The Portuguese manager admitted his side deserved to lose and claimed he sensed it would happen.

He told BT Sport: "I didn't like it (the performance) and I think we deserved to lose.

"I told the team (at half-time) that I've been in the game for many, many years and I was smelling what happened because it was quite easy to play the first half.

"We had lots of space but we were not sharp, we were not intense with the ball. We defended quite well, but we were not fast and intense and aggressive with the ball, so we let the game go."

Chelsea would have leapfrogged Arsenal to the top of the Premier League with a win in the North East but were frustrated in their attempts, hitting the woodwork twice in a dominant first-half display that lacked only a goal.

The result also took some pressure off Newcastle boss Alan Pardew after two defeats in the last week had raised questions about his future, however the former West Ham manager believes his side have proved some people wrong with the win.

He said: "Today was about giving a message to our fans that we're very much alive and kicking. And I'm pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it's a big win for us."

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