Newcastle showed they have the craving for a scrap in the bottom half of the table as Isaac Hayden’s dramatic injury-time header earned a significant win against a dominant Chelsea.
Frank Lampard’s side was on prime for many of the game however had very little to show for it as Tammy Abraham skew wide from an oblique angle and N’Golo Kante’s shot was well saved by Martin Dubravka.
Prior to the winner, it absolutely was the hosts who came nearest to scoring as Joelinton headed against the bar when Federico Fernandez’s cross after twenty-two minutes.
But Steve Bruce’s side showed their steel by keeping Chelsea at length with a resolute defensive display.
And when Hayden headed in Allan Saint-Maximin’s cross past Kepa Arrizabalaga, it sent St James’s Park into raptures as they moved seven points beyond the relegation zone.
Their only worry was an injury to Jetro Willems, who was carried off within the first half.
For Chelsea, it absolutely was another frustrating day during a mixed season under Lampard, who took over in the summer.
It was the first defeat since boxing day however they’ll rue another incomprehensible likelihood to boost their top-four claims afterr also drawing at Brighton earlier this month.
The Blues stay five points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, who face Liverpool on Sunday.
But the lack of firepower upfront might sharpen Lampard’s intentions to recruit a striker during the transfer window after being joined with the likes of Rb Leipzig’s Timo Werner.
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