Newcastle United vs Chelsea player ratings

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Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season is over after Newcastle United beat them by two goals to one at St James' Park this afternoon thanks to a brace from substitute Papiss Cisse. 

In truth, there wasn't much to show in the first half as the likes of Willian and Oscar went close for Jose Mourinho's side. 

Alan Pardew's team, however, could have been in front at the break if it wasn't for 'keeper Thibaut Courtois, who saved impressively from a Jack Colback effort.

Brilliant second half 

Newcastle started strongly after the break and were rewarded 10 minutes into the second half as Sammy Ameobi's cross deflected off Gary Cahill to leave substitute Papiss Cisse with a tap in.  

Eden Hazard, who had an indifferent day, nearly brought the scores level as his shot rebounded back off the post. 

Moments later Colback, who initially broke up play in the middle of the park, played a fine ball through for Moussa Sissoko, who squared the ball for Cisse to double his and Newcastle's tally. 

Stephen Taylor was then shown a second yellow card for a foul on winger Andre Schurrle. From the resulting free-kick, Didier Drogba headed home a Cesc Fabregas cross to bring Chelsea right back into the game with eight minutes remaining. 

John Terry came close for the Blues in stoppage time, but they couldn't find a way past Pardew's resilient Newcastle side. Chelsea's lead at the top of the Premier League table could now be cut to three points if Manchester City beat Everton later today. 


Courtois - 6.5
Ivanovic - 5.5
Cahill - 5.5
Terry - 6.5
Azpilicueta - 6.5
Mikel - 5
Fabregas - 6
Willian - 6
Oscar - 6
Hazard - 7
Costa - 5.5


Drogba - 7 
Schurrle - 6.5
Luis - 6.5

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