Newcastle United 1
  Chelsea 2

 

Starting Lineup

 

Starting Lineup

  1.
18.
5.
24.
3.
4.
11.
8.
32.
9.
17.
Given, Shay
Hughes, Aaron
O`Brien, Andrew
Distin, Sylvain
Elliott, Robbie
Solano, Nolberto
Speed, Gary
Dyer, Kieron
Robert, Laurent
Shearer, Alan
Bellamy, Craig
Goalscorers
Newcastle United Chelsea
Alan Shearer 36 Eidur Gudjohnsen 34, 45
Substitutions
Newcastle United Chelsea
Oliver Bernard Robbie Elliott 62
Lomano Lua Lua Nolberto Solano 73
Mikael Forrsell Eidur Gudjohnsen 69
Slavisa Jokanovic Mario Stanic 83
Gianfranco Zola Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink 88
 
Bookings
Newcastle United Chelsea
Yellow
none Mario Stanic 70
John Terry 74
Celestine Babayaro 88
 
Red
none none
Additional Notes
Referee: S.G. Bennett
Attendance: 52,123
  23.
15.
13.
26.
3.
12.
8.
24.
14.
9.
22.
Cudicini, Carlo
Melchiot, Mario
Gallas, William
Terry, John
Babayaro, Celestine
Stanic, Mario
Lampard, Frank
Dalla Bona, Sam
Le Saux, Graeme
Hasselbaink, Jimmy Floyd
Gudjohnsen, Eidur

Substitutes

Substitutes

  35.
20
7.
13.
34.
Bernard, Olivier
Lua-Lua, Tresor Lomano
Lee, Robert
Harper, Steve
Dabizas, Nikos
  10.
25.
32.
1.
36.
Jokanovic, Slavisa
Zola, Gianfranco
Forssell, Mikael
De Goey, Ed
Keenan, Jo
Match Report
Chelsea knocked Newcastle off the top of the Premiership table as an Eidur Gudjohnsen brace gave them a 2-1 victory at St James' Park.
The Blues took the lead through Gudjohnsen on 35 minutes, only for Alan Shearer to equalise a minute later. Gudjohnsen again proved to be a thorn in United's side, though, as he scored what proved to be the winner on the stroke of half-time.


Newcastle, as expected, made most of the running in the early stages, getting plenty of men forward and looking dangerous. Craig Bellamy found himself with a good chance inside the opening 10 minutes as a Nolberto Solano cross found him in the centre, and Chelsea needed a superb one-handed save from Carlo Cudicini to keep him out.

 
The end-to-end nature of this clash, with plenty of chances for both teams, was evident over the space of a minute as Gudjohnsen broke away for Chelsea and coolly slipped the ball past Shay Given to hand the visitors the lead on 35 minutes.

 
A minute later Newcastle were back on the attack and a free-kick from just inside the corner flag was taken by Solano. His cross was floated to the back post and was met by Magpies skipper Shearer, who buried his header to make it 1-1 and put the home side right back into the game.
 

The game turned again, though, just before half-time as Gudjohnsen popped up for his second goal seconds before the break. A good cross from Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink flashed across the United goal and Gudjohnsen was on hand to get just enough of a touch ahead of the last defender to deflect the ball home and give the visitors the lead at a crucial stage.


In a scrappier, but no less exciting second period, Gary Speed went close early on for Newcastle and Frank Lampard missed a good opportunity at the other end. Newcastle managed to gather themselves a little and put some more concerted pressure on the visitors, as Shearer won a free-kick outside the box. Shearer took the kick himself and Cudicini produced a fine save to stop the United captainís dangerous low drive.


The home side continued to put immense pressure on Chelsea but Shearer again found Cudicini in the visitors' goal in fine form. He had another chance 10 minutes from time as he connected with a header after a cross from the left, but again the keeper was up to it.


Newcastle threw absolutely everything they had at Chelsea in the closing minutes of the game, but it was not to be as the Blues defence held firm in the face of immense pressure to take all three points back to London. Arsenal move into pole position in the table ahead of Newcastle on goal difference.