Reece James scored an unlikely brace to ensure that Chelsea secured one of the comfortable football scores of the weekend in the Premier League. The visitors dominated the game and missed a host of chances in the first half. Hakim Ziyech hit the post in the first half. Their dominance finally paid off in the 65th minute when James scored with his weaker left foot. He then doubled their advantage in the 77th minute before Jorginho put the game to bed four minutes later.
Newcastle: Darlow (5), Krafth (5), Lascelles (5), Clark (6), Manquillo (5), Hayden (5), Longstaff (5), Ritchie (6), Saint-Maximin (6), Fraser (6), Wilson (5).
Subs used: Almiron (6), Willock (6), Shelvey (6).
Chelsea: Mendy (6), Christensen (7), Silva (7), Rudiger (7), James (9), Jorginho (8), Kante (7), Chilwell (7), Ziyech (7), Hudson-Odoi (8), Havertz (7).
Subs used: Loftus-Cheek (6), Barkley (6), Saul Niguez (N/A)
Man of the match: Reece James (Chelsea)
Newcastle interim boss Graeme Jones: “For 65 minutes we were competitive. That was the game plan. We had a little bit of momentum in their half when the ball could have dropped our way. We ended up conceding when I was ready to make a couple of positive subs. Three in 15 minutes and the game was dead. It wasn’t a 3-0 game for me. The last two goals were a result of the first one. That was the disappointment for me.”
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel: “Reece shoots like a horse! It will never be the moment where we celebrate results on the other pitches. Secondly, we want to focus on ourselves. And third of all, what goes around comes around. There’s a long way to go. If you think we’re happier now [because of the results], it’s not true.”
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