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28 November 2010
• St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee: A. Marriner
• Attendance: 46469
A. Carroll 6'
S. Kalou 45'
Chelsea drop yet more points and are two points behind Manchester United at the top of the league whilst Newcastle find themselves in ninth position in the Premier League after that hard-won point.
Newcastle 1-1 Chelsea
Yellow CardDanny Guthrie
We've got three minutes of added time here, can either side find a winner?
Sturridge is full of tricks as he drives into the left hand side of the Newcastle area but the ball goes out for a goal-kick.
Yellow CardCheikh Tiote
Daniel Sturridge's deflected shot hits the post as Newcastle continue to hang on.
Latest from Greg Stobart at St James' Park: Chelsea are having a good spell here and they look the far more likely side to score a second goal. Salomon Kalou has just missed a sitter from a couple of yards out that will have Carlo Ancelotti wondering if Ray Wilkins has cast some sort of voodoo spell over the club.
How did he miss? Kalou controls Anelka's cross and his first shot comes off Krul and back to the Chelsea midfielder but he puts rebound into the side netting from almost two yards out. Chelsea really should be ahead.
John Obi Mikel
Drogba has the ball in the net but the goal is ruled out after the Ivorian was adjudged to have handled. Newcastle make a substitution as Nile Ranger comes on for Shola Ameobi.
Ramires finds himself with the ball inside the Newcastle area but his cross is woefully high.
Newcastle's attacks are getting fewer and farther between now as Chelsea begin to take control of the match.
Drogba claims for a penalty after his cross appears to deflect off Enrique's hand, however just a corner is given.
Alex is left on the deck after challenging with Carroll for a header from a Chelsea corner. However, it looks like the big Brazilian will continue.
Anelka strikes from just outside the area but his shot is just wide of Tim Krul's left-hand post.
There must be more goals in this match, it's end-to-end stuff at the moment.
Amazing goal-line clearance by Ashley Cole from Routledge's shot after Cech goes missing in the Chelsea goal.
Andy Carroll reaches a Wayne Routledge cross but his header is straight at Cech who catches the ball comfortably. The home side are enjoying their best moments of the second period.
Great effort by Drogba. He controls a long-ball on his chest before turning and striking a shot that Newcastle 'keeper Krul spills, but thankfully for him his defenders are able to clear before a Chelsea player can get to the rebound.
X-factor fever is ripe in the North-East as well according to Greg Stobart: The Newcastle supporters are singing an ode to their local hero – yes, Cheryl Tweedy’s name rings around St James’ Park
Ashley Cole puts a great ball in between the Newcastle goalkeeper and his defenders but Drogba can't quite get his toe on the end of it.
Greg Stobart reveals that the weather has taken some casualties amongst the press: Just to give you some idea how much we’re suffering here, there are at least seven journalists who will be covering the second-half off the television in the media room. I’m sticking to my principles and staying out, it's just a shame I forgot to pack my snood.
We're back under-way at St James' Park. Can either side find a winner?
Greg Stobart offers us his thoughts: Chelsea are back in this going in at the break and they don’t deserve it. It looked like they would need either a touch of genius or a bit of luck – and they got the latter as Saloman Kalou’s strike found the net via a deflection off Danny Simpson. It’s a bitter blow for Newcastle right on the stroke of half-time. The hosts have been largely the better side against a Chelsea team performing well below par.
HALF-TIME: Well, it's level at the interval, and that'll please the Chelsea boss more than Chris Hughton. Newcastle deserve to be ahead, but having conceded in stoppage time, what is the Blues first league goal in over 7 hours of football, advantage may have just moved in the Londoners' favour.
45' + 1'
That was a fantastic move. Mikel played the forward and Malouda flicked it into the path of Kalou, and the forward cut inside the Taylor before slotting it into the bottom right corner.
GOAL FOR CHELSEA! RELIEF FOR THE CHAMPIONS! Great move and Kalou is on hand to slide the ball past Krul, 1-1.
Chelsea move the ball forward again, as Ivanovic thumps it long - but Newcastle are winning the aerial battles all over the pitch.
Taylor fires a free-kick from just inside his half to Carroll, and the foward seems to hang in the air above Alex before knocking the ball onto his strike partner, but as Ameobi bears down on goal, Cech is there to smother the ball. Alex is really struggling today.
Just over five minutes to go in the half, and whereas Newcastle would normally look to slow down the proceedings, and protect their lead, attack is certainly the best form of defence today.
Buoyed on by the roaring cheers of the home faithful, Newcastle break once more, looking to fire early balls into the box. For now, Alex and Ivanovic are keeping their heads above water, but the pressure is mounting.
If Chelsea are going to find an equaliser, it looks like it will come the careering runs of Cole and Bosingwa. The two full-backs are flooding forward at every opportunity, but with the nervousness of their centre halves, it will leave them vulnerable at the back.
Which, down the other end, is far from the case. The new partnership of Campbell and Taylor, both making their first starts of the season for Newcastle, are holding their own with real composure at the moment.
Despite added pressure from the Blues in the final third, Chris Hughton's side can certainly taste blood in these opening moments. Chelsea look shell-socked in defence; every clearance is driven out with panic and haste.
Excuse the pun, but in what is proving to be a tight affair, Newcaslte have certainly caught Chelsea cold with that early opener.
Greg Stobart updates us: Carlo Ancelotti is going berserk on the touchline here. His Chelsea side have finally started to get into the game but they are all over the place defensively. Ashley Cole is the main subject of the Italian’s ire – but that’s mainly because he’s the closest player he can get to.
Now Chelsea are back on the front foot. Malouda whips in a corner, and again Carroll and Ameobi get in each others way, as a clearance bounces between the strikers, and out for another corner, but this time, Krul charges out to claim the ball.
Confusion between Ameobi and Carrollo has cost Newcastle a great chance to double their lead. Routledge broke down the right flank, but as Ameobi went to for the knock-down, Carroll had drifted behind his strike partner, and the Chelsea clear their lines.
However, it's Malouda who will take it, and fires it towards the Ivorian, but his header drifts wide of Krul's goal.
Carroll condedes a free-kick and Drogba has his eye on this. 30-yards out.
Ramires picks up a booking for a cynical tackle on Gutierrez, as the Brazilian clips the Argentine on the half-way line, with Newcastle on the attack. End to end at the moment!
Fantastic effort from Drogba! The Ivorian powers an effort at goal which Krul just manages to tip wide!
Ancelotti will be pleased with Chelsea's responce here, as his side look to make a quick reply to Carroll's opener.
Finally Chelsea have an attack, as Kalou drifts down the right flank before whipping a ball into the penalty area, but Drogba is unable to get a decent contact.
Newcastle are certainly in the driving seat at the moment, and Chelsea need to pick themselves up quickly, or the home side, brimming with confidence, will grab another here.
"That was dreadful defending from Chelsea, absolutely dreadful. Andy Carroll taps home his ninth goal of the season and he won’t get an easier one for as long as he wears the Newcastle No. 9. The sub-zero temperatures seem to have frozen Alex’s brain with that backpass – it was so far off the mark and the champions are once again looking extremely shaky."
Our man at the ground, Greg Stobart, updates us: It’s not a good day to be a linesman, that’s for sure. A big lump of melting snow just landed on the official on our side of the pitch. The two managers are braving it in their respective technical areas but are so far unscathed.
That's four in five now for Carroll!
GOOOAL FOR NEWCASTLE!!! Another poor start for Chelsea! Mikel's toe-poke has drifted too easily past Alex, and it's Andy Carroll who's on hand to give the Toon Army the lead!
And it's Newcastle who are taking the game to the champions in these opening moments, as Shola Ameobi, the Magpies captain today, hits an early effort which drifts wide of the goal.
And we're underway at St James' Park
Chelsea 4-3-3: Cech; Bosingwa, Ivanovic, Alex, Cole; Ramires, Mikel, Malouda; Anelka, Drogba, Kalou. Subs: Turnbull, Ferreira, Sturridge, Van Aanholt, Bruma, Kakuta, McEachran.
And here are today's teams: Newcastle 4-4-2: Krul; Simpson, S Taylor, Campbell, Enrique; Routledge, Guthrie, Tiote, Gutierrez; Carroll, Ameobi. Subs: Soderberg, Lovenkrands, Perch, Smith, Best, Kadar, Ranger.
Good afternoon, and welcome to Goal.com's live text commentary of Newcastle vs Chelsea.
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