English Premiership

Sissoko stuns Chelsea

2013-02-02 20:07
Moussa Sissoko (AP Photo)

Newcastle - Chelsea were victims of Newcastle's French revolution as Moussa Sissoko inspired a dramatic 3-2 victory over the spluttering Blues at St James' Park on Saturday.

Sissoko, signed from Toulouse during the transfer window, scored twice to seal a come from behind win for Newcastle, who look to have bought wisely by concentrating on recruting players from Ligue 1 in the past month.

Magpies manager Alan Pardew bought five French players during the January transfer window and the new imports have revitalised a team previously slipping dangerously close to the relegation zone.

After taking the lead through Jonas Gutierrez, Newcastle could have folded when Frank Lampard sparked a Chelsea fightback with a goal that meant he became the first Premier League player to reach double figures in ten successive seasons.

Juan Mata added a second for Chelsea, but Sissoko struck twice to keep Newcastle four points clear of the bottom three.

In the process, he delivered another blow to third placed Chelsea, who squandered a two-goal lead in a 2-2 draw at Reading in midweek and still remain uncertain of a top four finish.

It was a game with a myriad of sub-plots, notably the return of Demba Ba, who remains Newcastle's leading scorer this season despite his move to Chelsea at the start of the transfer window.

But his involvement lasted only 42 minutes before he was replaced by Fernando Torres after suffering a facial injury when he headed wide from an excellent chance 10 minutes earlier.

However, the most interesting aspect of the game centred on the home debut of the contingent of French players signed by Newcastle in the past fortnight.

Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran were both in the side, with the former Toulouse man given a forward role alongside Papiss Cisse, who was back in his favourite place as the spearhead of the attack in the wake of Ba's exit.

Sissoko, in particular, made a favourable impression during an enterprising start by Newcastle, who should still have gone behind on 15 minutes when Lampard carelessly lashed Ashley Cole's cross over the bar from only eight yards.

When Cisse proved more accurate in the the 36th minute, Chelsea keeper Petr Cech showed tremendous reactions to go down to his left to save.

But even Cech was left stranded by the accuracy of Gutierrez's header when he guided in Davide Santon's cross to score for the first time in nearly a year.

Chelsea's response to the setback was unimpressive at first. They had not lost in their previous five trips to St James' Park, conceding only one goal in that time, but they continued to look ragged in the second-half until Lampard's superb goal.

There seemed to be little danger in the 55th minute when he collected the ball 30 yards from goal, but Lampard lashed in a shot that swerved and dipped on its way past Tim Krul.

Chelsea suddenly came alive and Lampard should have added a second goal on the hour when his header was directed straight at the Dutch 'keeper.

But another Chelsea goal was only delayed for another minute and it was a magnificent one, steered into the top corner by Mata when the ball fell to him on the angle of the area.

Newcastle were unlucky to be behind and responded well by equalising in the 70 minute with a goal made in France.

Gouffran broke clear and, when his shot was pushed out by Cech, Sissoko followed up to score his first goal for the club.

He nearly got a second two minutes later when his pace and power embarrassed Cole, who was rescued by Cech's splendid save from an angled shot.

And Sissoko had the last word when he drilled in a low shot from the edge of the area on 90 minutes to become an instant hero with the Newcastle supporters.

Read more on:    chelsea  |  newcastle  |  english premiership  |  soccer
NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
2 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Five wrapping hacks you have to know before Christmas

Five gift wrapping hacks that will save Christmas for you!

 
 

I love summer.24

Sexiest Instagrams of 2014
Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!
Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Fixtures
26 December 2014
Chelsea v West Ham United, Stamford Bridge 14:45
Everton v Stoke City, Goodison Park 17:00
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur, King Power Stadium 17:00
Swansea City v Aston Villa, Liberty Stadium 17:00
Manchester United v Newcastle United, Old Trafford 17:00
Crystal Palace v Southampton, Selhurst Park 17:00
Sunderland v Hull City, Stadium of Light 17:00
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City, The Hawthorns 17:00
Burnley v Liverpool, Turf Moor 17:00
Arsenal v Queens Park Rangers, Emirates Stadium 19:30
28 December 2014
Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester United, White Hart Lane 14:00
Southampton v Chelsea, St. Mary's Stadium 16:05
West Ham United v Arsenal, Boleyn Ground 17:00
Stoke City v West Bromwich Albion, Britannia Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Burnley, Etihad Stadium 17:00
Queens Park Rangers v Crystal Palace, Loftus Road Stadium 17:00
Hull City v Leicester City, The KC Stadium 17:00
Aston Villa v Sunderland, Villa Park 17:00
Newcastle United v Everton, St. James' Park 18:15
29 December 2014
Liverpool v Swansea City, Anfield 22:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

How long will Mario Balotelli last at Liverpool?

 
 
/Sport
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.