Newcastle - Frank Lampard admitted he wants to sign a new striker after Newcastle
damaged Chelsea's bid for a top-four finish in the Premier League with a
dramatic 1-0 win at St James' Park on Saturday.
held by Watford earlier in the day and Manchester United facing runaway
leaders Liverpool on Sunday, Chelsea would have cemented their grip on
fourth place with a win on Tyneside.
But Lampard's side were
unable to muster the cutting edge required to break down stubborn
Newcastle and fell to Isaac Hayden's header with just 20 seconds left in
Chelsea's first defeat in four league matches
leaves them five points clear of fifth-placed United and Lampard is
growing tired of his team's struggles against defensive opponents.
know we have problems at the top of the pitch in terms of we don't get
enough goals. If you don't score you are always liable for a sucker
punch and they got it," Lampard said.
"If we are looking for people to bring in to the areas to win games when you are controlling it, it is scoring goals.
can't work anymore in training on finishing. You need to have that
killer instinct in front of goal. We need to score more goals from
front-line areas if we are going to get to where we want to be.
"It's quite clear from what I am saying now that we know where we need to strengthen but we shall see."
four league games without a victory, this was a much-needed success for
Newcastle, but a wasted opportunity for Chelsea to open up a bigger gap
in the race to qualify for the Champions League.
every aspect of the game. The lads have got their heads down in there.
But the brutal reality of football is if you don't score, teams stay in
the game and something like that happens at the end," Lampard said.
Miguel Almiron opened up
Chelsea down the right flank early on and Allan Saint-Maximin met the
cross with a header that looped over.
Newcastle's lengthy injury
list gained another casualty inside 12 minutes when Jetro Willems was
stretchered off after taking a knock in a challenge on Callum
Chelsea were dominating possession but Newcastle
striker Joelinton, his confidence lifted by an FA Cup goal against
Rochdale in midweek, went close to his first league goal since August
when his powerful header cannoned back off the bar.
signed a new contract with Chelsea this week as a reward for his
impressive breakthrough campaign and the young right-back gave a glimpse
of his potential when his pin-point pass found N'Golo Kante for a shot
that Martin Dubravka saved with his leg at the near post.
Chelsea remained vulnerable at the back and Federico Fernandez headed wastefully over from a Jonjo Shelvey free-kick.
squandered a good opportunity from a Chelsea counter early in the
second half when the Brazilian dragged wide from the edge of the area.
were at a premium and Cesar Azpilicueta's long-range effort lacked the
power to beat Dubravka before Shelvey finally had Newcastle's first shot
on target in the 59th minute.
Chelsea's frustration mounted when
James limped off injured and moments later Tammy Abraham, teed up by
Azpilicueta's header, saw his effort turned away by Dubravka's brave
Emerson fired just wide with an angled drive and in the fourth minute of stoppage-time Chelsea paid for their profligacy.
had space to whip in a teasing cross and Hayden got behind Antonio
Rudiger for a close-range header that keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga could
only push into the net.