Newcastle 1-0 Chelsea: Isaac Hayden scores dramatic stoppage time winner after Steve Bruce’s resilient hosts hold off the Chelsea pressure to snatch victory at St James’ Park
- Newcastle’s injury headache continued as they lost Jetro Willems in the 8th min who was stretchered off
- Joelinton almost drew first blood in the 21st minute after a great leap but his header crashed off the crossbar
- Martin Dubravka was tested later in the first half but stood strong between the sticks for Newcastle
- Chelsea piled the pressure on the hosts in the second half but struggled to get the breakthrough
- Tammy Abraham missed a golden chance to take the lead after rounding the keeper but he couldn’t convert
- Isaac Hayden scored in the 94th minute to steal all three points for the hosts from a Allan Saint-Maximin cross
Newcastle only had to wait eight minutes for a new addition to their injury list. This time, it was left-back Jetro Willems who injured his knee in a coming together with Callum Hudson-Odoi. However, things almost turned around quickly for the hosts. Striker Joelinton nearly drew first blood after 20 minutes but his headed effort crashed against the crossbar – a matter off inches from a 1-0 lead.
Martin Dubravka was tested later in the half between the sticks, but a close range effort from N’Golo Kante on a tight angle and a Tammy Abraham shot were not enough to beat the Toon stopper.
Chelsea continued to waste their chances in the second half, as Willian dragged his effort wide in the 50th minute from inside the box. Despite this, the Blues continued to pile the pressure on the hosts who struggled to make it out of their own half and form a purposeful attack. It looked like their talisman Abraham was going to break the deadlock but he couldn’t convert after rounding the goalkeeper.
However, the script was thrown out of the window when Isaac Hayden scored for Newcastle in the 94th minute to send St James’ Park into chaos.
More to follow.
Callum Hudson-Odoi made a promising start for Chelsea who controlled the tempo in the opening stages at St James’ Park
Newcastle suffered yet another injury early on in the match, with left-back Jetro Willems stretched off in the eighth minute
Chances came at a premium in the first 30 minutes as both sides were evenly matched in this Premier League tie
Newcastle striker Joelinton came the closest the opening the scoring in the first half from a headed effort
The Brazilian’s header rocketed off the crossbar as he leaped highest inside the Chelsea box and Kepa was left helpless
Tammy Abraham had multiple efforts in the first half but could not find a way past the Newcastle stopper Martin Dúbravka
Mason Mount struggled to find the killer pass in the first half and slipped as he tried to find striker Tammy Abraham
Frank Lampard’s side were frustrated in the first 45 minutes as Newcastle neutralized their threat without too much trouble
However, Chelsea built plenty of pressure early in the second half and continued to put the hosts defence on the back foot
Newcastle struggled to get out of their own half around the hour mark as Chelsea relentlessly pressed for an opener
The contest remained hard fought as the closing quarter approached with neither side wilting under the pressure
Chelsea’s Reece James was brought off in the 75th minute after picking up a knee injury
The Chelsea No 9 looked to have broken the deadlock as he rounded Dubravka but he couldn’t convert from the angle
Abraham cut a frustrated figure all evening as he came close numerous times to giving Frank Lampard’s side the lead
Isaac Hayden then stole all three points for Newcastle in the dying moments with a great header to erupt St James’ Park
The midfielder flicked a header past the Chelsea goalkeeper after a delightful cross from Allan Saint-Maximin
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Newcastle XI: Dubravka, Krafth (S. Longstaff 71′), Fernandez, Lascelles, Clark, Willems (Ritchie 12′), Shelvey (M. Longstaff 85′), Hayden, Almiron, Saint-Maximin, Joelinton.
Unused Subs: Darlow, Schar, Lejuene, Atsu.
Goals: Hayden 90+4′.
Chelsea XI: Kepa, Azpilicueta, Christensen, Rudiger, James (Emerson 75′), Mount (Barkley 68′), Jorginho, Kante, Hudson-Odoi, Abraham (Batshuayi 80′), Willian.
Unused Subs: Cabalerro, Zouma, Kovacic, Pedro.
Referee: Chris Kavanagh.