Early scare when he was closed down by Ramires but was then untested until Chelsea's equaliser, which he could do nothing about. Forced into action more in the second-half but generally looked comfortable.
The Spaniard continued his impressive form and made a vital clearance on the line midway through the first-half to deny Alex an equaliser. Very calm in possession.
A very impressive performance from the veteran defender, with the only slight blip being the way he allowed Kalou room to shoot for Chelsea's equaliser. Alert block to prevent Drogba from getting on the end of Cole's cross and kept up with the pace of Drogba and Anelka throughout, winning towering headers towards the end.
A solid performance at right-back against Malouda and was unlucky to have diverted Kalou's shot into the Newcastle net.
Thrown in at the deep end with first start of the season following a shoulder injury but responded with a convincing performance. Nearly scored with his first touch as early header brought a fine save from Cech.
Fully justified his selection with an effervescent performance that caused Chelsea all sorts of problems. Direct dribbling and dangerous final balls. Nearly scored but fired effort was cleared off the line by Cole.
Slotted in well at the heart of the Newcastle midfield. The best compliment is to say that the hosts did not miss the absent Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan.
Newcastle's rock in defensive midfield produced another strong performance, winning big tackles and interceptions and starting attacking moves with clever passing. Booked for late challenge on Ramires.
Handed the captains armband and nearly gave his side the perfect start but volley hit the side netting. Appeared to be missing a bit of spark but kept Chelsea honest with clever movement and tireless running before being replaced by Ranger in the 77th minute.
His size and power were a threat from the off and he was gifted the easiest goal he will score in a Newcastle shirt, his ninth of the season a tap in from two yards. Also played a key role defending set-pieces in his own box.
Excellent reflex save to keep out Steven Taylor's header but didn't communicate with Alex as Chelsea gifted Newcastle the opening goal of the match. Flapped at a second-half cross from which Routledge nearly scored.
The England left-back looked well off the pace in the early stages and his sloppy defending incurred the wrath of his manager. Still offered a threat in the final third and whipped in some dangerous crosses.
First involvement in the game was a clumsy foul on Carroll and from then on he struggled to get to grips with the England striker.
Horror backpass nowhere near Cech and gifted Carroll the breakthrough goal. All he needed to do was lift his head up. Nearly made amends but saw his header from a corner cleared off the line.
Decent enough performance from the Portuguese full-back as he begins to find some r ythmn. Capable of offering more in attack.
J. Obi Mikel
Not only was he out-battled in the first-half, but he continually gave away possession with lazy passing. Replaced by Sturridge in the 80th minute.
The Brazilian midfielder was anonymous for most of the game and looked well off the pace, highlighted when he was booked for a cynical first-half challenge on Carroll.
Quiet first-half but improved after the break as Chelsea prompted and probed in search of a second goal. Never really had a chance to take a shot at the Newcastle goal.
Not at his best but tried to make things happen and didn't hide. Smashed one first-half effort into the side netting before producing a lovely flick for Kalou's equaliser. Fierce drive after the break forced Krul into action.
Hardly noticed the Ivorian was on the pitch before he struck the crucial equaliser on the stroke of half-time, cutting in and then seeing his effort deflected home off Danny Simpson. Missed an absolute sitter from two yards 12 minutes from time.
Linked up well with Drogba and Kalou at times but was well shackled by the Newcastle defenders and was denied space to run into.