Newcastle - Chelsea were prevented from taking over at the top of the Premier
League table on Saturday after being dealt a shock 2-0 defeat at
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Victory would have taken Jose Mourinho's side
above leaders Arsenal, who host Liverpool later on Saturday, but instead
they fell to second-half goals by Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy on a
rain-soaked afternoon in northeast England.
It was Chelsea's
second defeat of the campaign and their second consecutive loss away to
Newcastle, while Mourinho has now gone four league games without victory
at St James' Park in his two spells as Chelsea coach.
"I didn't like it. I think we deserved to lose," Mourinho told BT Sport.
had a couple of good chances to score the equaliser, but they were in
the game more than us, they fought more than us and they were much more
committed than us."
Chelsea's best chances of the first half both
came from corners and fell to John Terry, who saw one header come back
off the crossbar and another headed off the line by a stooping Davide
The visitors were happy to cede possession to their hosts,
but although Newcastle struggled to create chances in the first half,
they began to make inroads in the second period.
goalkeeper Petr Cech was called upon three times in five minutes to keep
Newcastle at bay, thwarting Moussa Sissoko, Remy and Gouffran in quick
succession as Alan Pardew's men took the upper hand.
reacted by sending on Willian for Juan Mata, only for Newcastle to open
the scoring in the 68th minute when Gouffran converted Yohan Cabaye's
free-kick with a diving header.
Mourinho introduced Andre
Schuerrle and Samuel Eto'o, and the Cameroonian felt he should have been
awarded a penalty soon after coming on when his goal-bound half-volley
struck the arm of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Nothing was given though, and
after Willian, Eto'o, Schuerrle and Eden Hazard all went close to an
equaliser, Remy swept home a neat cut-back from Vurnon Anita in the 89th
minute to seal Chelsea's fate.
Chelsea's defeat saw them slip to
third place, with Liverpool overtaking them on goal difference, while
Newcastle climb to ninth.
Manchester City, beaten 2-1 at Chelsea
last weekend, host Norwich City later, while Manchester United will hope
to continue their recent improvement when they visit Fulham.