Newcastle United bartered Chelsea 4-1 despite their injury crises

Newcastle overcame an injury crisis to triumph 4-1 against a sloppy Chelsea team that had Reece James sent off during a second-half collapse.

Chelsea should have been looking forward to facing a Newcastle team that had three goalkeepers and a slew of U21s on the bench after gaining four points from games against Tottenham and Manchester City before the international break.

However, the Blues followed up their great wins with a disastrous display at St James’ Park, falling down early due to Alexander Isak’s precise finish.

Chelsea levelled with a spectacular free-kick from Raheem Sterling, but it was the best they could do in the second half.

After an hour, Jamaal Lascelles put Newcastle back in ahead, then Joelinton scored a third after to Thiago Silva’s unusual blunder.

And things got much worse for the visitors, as James was sent off after two completely unnecessary bookings, before Anthony Gordon blasted home a fourth to pull Newcastle within three points of the top four.

Newcastle were heartened by the return of Isak and Bruno Guimaraes before of kick-off, but Eddie Howe’s barren replacements’ bench highlighted the seriousness of their injury woes.

That was immediately forgotten as Isak finished impressively from Lewis Miley’s deftly disguised ball, but Sterling equalised for Chelsea minutes later with a diving free-kick.

Both teams then wasted big chances, with Joelinton heading wide from a corner after being left unmarked, and Conor Gallagher scuffing a finish after Nick Pope shanked a ball straight to the Chelsea midfielder.

Kieran Trippier then came close to replicating Sterling’s brilliance, but his free-kick clipped the crossbar, leaving the teams level at halftime.

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But Chelsea capitulated in embarrassing fashion in the second half, after being properly denied a penalty when Sterling went down under slight touch from Fabian Schar.

James exemplified their lack of discipline by receiving a yellow card for kicking the ball away and then receiving a second for hauling down Gordon after giving the ball to the Newcastle striker.

The Magpies were already two goals up at the time, soon pulling the game away from Chelsea when Lascelles slammed in Gordon’s cross before Joelinton hammered in a finish after Silva underhit a ball to Robert Sanchez.

The Chelsea ‘keeper tried to thwart Schar from range but he was unable to keep out the irrepressible Gordon, who ensured Newcastle rebounded back from successive losses in emphatic manner.

In addition to rekindling their top-four chances, Newcastle moved seven points clear of Chelsea, who remain a distant 10th after conceding eight goals in their previous two games.

Eddie Howe Was Happy With The Win Over Chelsea

Howe was delighted with the performance of his depleted side, saying: “I think it was a real statement of the character in the squad, the ability to be resilient and respond in difficult moments.

“We really asked the players to step up today, the ones who were available, and they did. We deserved to win and it was a top-class performance.

“There were some really big positives for us to take today. We don’t surrender.

“It’s a difficult moment for us and that won’t change in the short term, but we’ve shown we’ve still got very good players.”

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Pochettino: “It’s a young team, they need this type of situation to realise”.

“We can’t blame players, it’s the team together”.

“We’ll go to the hotel, then train early tomorrow, no time off”.

“We need to understand the level we need to compete, and learn”, told PL channel.

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