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February 2, 2013 3:00 PM GMT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 52314‎
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 3-2 Chelsea

Moussa Sissoko struck twice to cap a marvellous home debut and seal a memorable win for the Magpies, while Juan Mata excelled for the beaten Blues

By Matt Scott at St James' Park

  • Tim Krul
    63
    8
    3.00

    Tim Krul

    Making his 100th appearance for the Magpies, the Dutchman denied Ba one-on-one in the first half and showed good concentration to burst from his line and clear a couple of balls over the top. Punched clear some late crosses as the Magpies held on for a memorable win.

  • Fabricio Coloccini
    53
    27
    3.00

    Fabricio Coloccini

    Led from the back and made a couple of excellent interceptions to deny the Blues as they swept forward in the second half. With his future finally decided, he looked to have the confidence to go with it.

  • Davide Santon
    107
    10
    3.50

    Davide Santon

    An excellent outing for the Italian, who had dropped off in recent weeks. Kept Oscar fairly quiet in defence and stormed down the left flank, creating several chances and giving Sissoko the chance to win the game late on.

  • James Perch
    26
    28
    2.00

    James Perch

    Sat deep in midfield and looked to sweep up the Blues' midfielders' attacking runs. Found Mata impossible to track, however, and could not contain the No.10 all game.

  • Mathieu Debuchy
    66
    9
    3.00

    Mathieu Debuchy

    Pushed Bertrand back as he routinely charged up the right flank and also handled the young Englishman well in defence.

  • Steven Taylor
    66
    9
    4.00

    Steven Taylor

    A colossus at the back. Headed away everything that came his way and kept Ba and Torres from getting anywhere near goal for the most part. Denied Lampard with a brave block in the game's dying embers.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    77
    12
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    With Sissoko pushed further forward, Cabaye was allowed to play in his natural deeper position and orchestrate the Magpies' attack. Evidently has a great understanding with Debuchy and found him time after time with accurate cross-field passes.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    299
    17
    4.50

    Moussa Sissoko Top of the Match

    Looks to be an absolute steal at a reported £2 million as the Frenchman completely bossed the midfield. Constant running, incisive passing and strong tackling were capped off as he followed in Gouffran to tap home his side's second and slammed home the game's winner late on.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    67
    16
    3.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    The Argentine displayed his usual blend of committed running and erratic delivery from wide, but rose highest to nod his side into a deserved lead late in the first half.

  • Papiss Cissé
    56
    30
    2.50

    Papiss Cissé

    As ever showed a fine willingness and work-rate in attack but was badly let down by his finishing. Presented with two one-on-one chances at goal but could not work the ball past Cech on either occasion.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    76
    12
    3.50

    Yoan Gouffran

    Another bargain by the looks of things. Tormented Ivanovic throughout and looks to have immediately slotted into the Magpies attack. His crossing needs work but it was the only down-side to a good afternoon's work.

Substitutions

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    55
    11

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Brought on in the last minute to give Sissoko a much-deserved standing ovation.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    45
    12

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Came on late in the game for Gouffran and also gave Ivanovic a rough ride in a short cameo.

  • Petr Cech
    88
    35
    3.00

    Petr Cech

    Shut down the angles magnificently to deny Cisse twice in the first half and showed a good command of his penalty area under high crosses. Could do little to prevent Gutierrez's header zipping past him, but will feel he could have parried Gouffran's shot out of Sissoko's path.

  • Branislav Ivanovic
    55
    75
    2.00

    Branislav Ivanovic

    Given a rough ride by the pace and doggedness of Gouffran, although he contributed to the Blues' second on a rare foray forward as his run and cross found Torres, who assisted Mata's great goal.

  • Ashley Cole
    49
    63
    3.00

    Ashley Cole

    Much of the hosts' attacking play was down the opposite flank, which was testament to the ease with which Cole handled Gutierrez for the most part. Could do little to stop Debuchy as Oscar did little to help.

  • Gary Cahill
    39
    100
    2.00

    Gary Cahill

    Looked nervy throughout as the pace and power of Newcastle's attackers often caught him out. Is often charged with leading the Blues out from the back, but his passing was off and put his team-mates under pressure.

  • John Terry
    49
    107
    3.00

    John Terry

    The Blues' skipper returned to a Premier League line-up for the first time in nearly three months and was strong alongside the jittery Cahill. Cleared several crosses and denied Cisse with a great flick in the six-yard box.

  • Ryan Bertrand
    39
    212
    1.00

    Ryan Bertrand Flop of the Match

    Deployed in an advanced role on the left, which looked completely alien to the 23-year-old. Couldn't beat Debuchy for pace or trickery and failed to create anything of note for his side.

  • Ramires
    33
    174
    1.50

    Ramires

    Lucky to avoid a red card after crashing into Gutierrez two-footed, with Howard Webb only showing him a yellow. Was subdued in the heart of midfield as Sissoko completely overpowered him, a rare happening for the Brazilian.

  • Frank Lampard
    140
    149
    3.50

    Frank Lampard

    Wasted a glorious chance to open the scoring on 15 minutes as he blazed over from 12 yards but made amends 10 minutes into the second half, rocketing an effort from distance past Krul to equalise Gutierrez's header.

  • Oscar
    72
    163
    2.00

    Oscar

    A subdued afternoon for the Brazilian who lined up on the right. Found Santon tough to get past, although did look dangerous when drifting infield, hitting a couple of efforts just off target.

  • Juan Mata
    179
    132
    4.00

    Juan Mata

    Was involved in absolutely everything that the Blues did in attack with deft touch and excellent passing. Found the rest of his attacking team-mates just off his wavelength, making his playmaking duties twice as difficult.

  • Demba Ba
    84
    167
    2.00

    Demba Ba

    The Senegal international made a swift return to St James' Park and was booed throughout his time on the pitch by the home fans. Wasted a one-on-one with Krul before heading the rebound wide as Coloccini kicked him in the face. The challenge broke his nose and forced him off after the opening goal was scored.

Substitutions

  • Fernando Torres
    236
    92
    2.50

    Fernando Torres

    Replaced Ba late in the first half, and struggled to get a glance of goal throughout the second although he did tee up Mata well for the Blues' second goal.

Results
 
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15 0