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Newcastle United v Chelsea Live Commentary, 12/11/2022

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J. Willock (67)
St. James' Park


That's all from St James' Park today, so thank you for joining us and goodbye!
While Potter may be grateful for the upcoming hiatus, as his Chelsea side continue to falter, Howe's Newcastle can hardly wait for the Premier League to resume after Christmas, when they visit Leicester seeking a sixth successive win.
Newcastle's surge goes on: they move third in the Premier League table with the World Cup break looming, after a merited win over out-of-sorts Chelsea today. Only once they fell behind in the second half did the visitors show any sort of cohesion and attacking intent, and though the Magpies were not at their best either, Willock's calculating strike seals another three points - that's their fifth top-flight win on the spin.
D. Burn
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
90' + 9' Yellow Card Daniel Johnson Burn
J. Lascelles
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
90' + 9' Not even on the pitch today, Newcastle's Lascelles is booked in a fractious conclusion to the game - for trying to stop Chelsea resuming play by the touchline.
S. Longstaff
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
90' + 8' For the last in a number of aggressive challenges in the closing stages, Longstaff receives a yellow card.
90' + 7' From 30 yards out, Ziyech sends a free-kick into the box, where Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy is waiting in desperation. However, the latter makes no impact, and Newcastle clear their lines.
N. Pope
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
90' + 5' Punished for a blatant attempt at time-wasting, Pope finds himself booked.
90' + 3' Trippier slings over a corner from the left-hand side, but a towering header from Thiago Silva clears the danger for Chelsea, and they can concentrate on moving the ball back upfield. Can the Blues now find that elusive goal?
90' + 1' To the vocal disgust of the home fans, Chelsea's hopes of finding a late equaliser are boosted by the fourth official signalling seven minutes of stoppage time.
K. Koulibaly
Yellow Card
89' Left exposed against Almiron again, Koulibaly catches the Newcastle forward with a sliding challenge and is shown a yellow card by the referee.
M. Targett
S. Botman
Newcastle United
87' Due to injury, Botman limps off and Targett comes into Newcastle's back four. Burn is therefore likely to move inside to centre-back.
87' Much to the displeasure of Havertz, the clearly injured Botman is back down on the turf and will surely have to be replaced.
J. Murphy
J. Willock
Newcastle United
85' Receiving applause for his goalscoring contribution today, Willock is withdrawn late on; Murphy is his replacement.
84' Botman returns to his place in the Newcastle back four, as the game resumes.
82' The action comes to a temporary halt, as Botman is checked over by Newcastle's medics. That has the advantage of killing Chelsea's building momentum, from the home side's perspective.
81' Newcastle escape a worrying moment, as Cucurella flips a low ball across for Havertz from the left, and Pope has to scramble it away under intense pressure.
80' At last, Chelsea are showing some intent since going behind, and they've had 73 per cent of the ball over the past 10 minutes.
78' A teasing Pulisic cross from the left causes Burn to hurriedly clear behind for a corner at the back post. Then, Havertz heads well wide following the subsequent set-piece.
C. Wilson
C. Wood
Newcastle United
76' Howe swaps strikers for the game's final few minutes, as Wood makes way for the rapturously received Wilson.
75' A popular choice from Howe sees Newcastle number nine Wilson warming up on the touchline, and the England striker is set to come on, to warm applause.
Marc Cucurella
L. Hall
73' Finally, Cucurella replaces Hall on Chelsea's left flank.
K. Havertz
A. Broja
73' A lonely shift up front comes to an early end for Broja, as Havertzis thrown on for the closing stages.
H. Ziyech
M. Mount
73' Potter goes for broke, using his remaining substitutions. First, Mount makes way for Ziyech.
72' Newcastle are pressing relentlessly now, as a tentative Chelsea attempt to play out from the back. Can they seize this momentum and secure maximum points with a second goal?
70' Though Schar manages to get a head to Trippier's free-kick delivery from the left touchline, the ball merely loops up into the gloves of Mendy on the edge of Chelsea's six-yard box.
M. Almirón
Newcastle United
67' Almiron's persistence earns the Paraguayan an assist, as he drives into the Chelsea area and rolls the ball towards opening goalscorer Willock.
J. Willock
Newcastle United
67' NEWCASTLE LEAD! Finally, the deadlock is broken! After Almiron escapes from the clutches of Koulibaly on the right side of the area, the ball falls into the path of an on-rushing Willock. Without taking a touch, the midfielder places a perfect finish into the bottom-right corner, past the well-beaten Mendy! It's 1-0 to the Toon!
65' SUPER SAVE! After more than 30 minutes without attempting a shot, Chelsea almost break the deadlock through Gallagher! The midfielder picks the ball up in space outside the box and curls a shot towards the right side of Pope's goal; forcing the Newcastle keeper into a flying save! Chelsea have a corner.
63' Still isolated, Broja dwells on the ball on a rare excursion into Newcastle's penalty area, and finds himself dispossessed. It continues to be a limp attacking performance from Chelsea.
61' Perhaps hampered by cramp rather than a muscular problem as feared, Koulibaly is able to return from the sidelines and rejoins the action.
60' Causing concern not only for Chelsea fans, but also those of Senegal, Koulibaly sinks to the turf in some pain. The game comes to a halt while the centre-back receives medical attention.
58' Despite his inexperience, Hall stays cool to clear the ball away in an awkward position on the edge of his six-yard box, following a wickedly whipped ball from the left by Willock. That'll be a Newcastle corner.
K. Trippier
Yellow Card
Newcastle United
56' Having taken down the fast-escaping Pulisic in the centre-circle, Trippier receives a merited yellow card.
53' Following a positive end to the first half, Newcastle are back in the ascendancy at the start of the second. The home fans are more audibly behind them now, as Eddie Howe's side put a listless Chelsea under more pressure.
51' SAVE! Mendy makes a crucial save, after Trippier crosses for Longstaff to volley goalwards from close range. Then, on the follow-up, Guimaraes has a low shot blocked and Longstaff prods a subsequent effort well over the crossbar!
49' Though Joelinton beats Jorginho on the right byline, the Brazilian's cross along the six-yard box then lacks accuracy, and Chelsea can get the ball clear.
47' It seems that Gallagher will move to the right flank, as Pulisic supports a so-far isolated Broja up front. Will that help Chelsea shake off their slumbers?
C. Pulišić
César Azpilicueta
46' Chelsea have made another switch at the interval - their second of the game - with Azpilicueta making way for the more attacking option of Pulisic.
46' Newcastle kick off, and we are back under way at St James' Park!
Perhaps the half-time scoreline is not surprising in context: Chelsea have now stopped the opposition from scoring a first-half goal in 10 of their 14 games this season, only Newcastle (13) and Leicester City (11) have done so more often in the Premier League.
Newcastle's lack of conviction in the final third has been matched with a performance of remarkable timidity by Chelsea, in one of the more dire examples of top-flight football laid on this season. Following five more changes from Potter today, the away side seem devoid of identity, and it's clear their recent downturn has taken its toll on confidence in the camp. While the hosts will be happy they've been bossing the game, Howe will want them to sharpen up in and around the box - could World Cup-bound Wilson be the answer?
45' + 2' PENALTY? A roar goes up from the Geordie faithful, as a sliding Chalobah seems to handle the ball inside his own area, following Burn's cross from the left. The VAR, though, quickly agrees with the on-pitch officials, and no penalty is awarded.
45' As two minutes of stoppage time are signalled at the end of a grim first half, Chelsea seem comfortable in their defensive shape; for all their patient prompting, Newcastle are going nowhere fast.
43' Newcastle are certainly in the ascendancy as the first half draws to its conclusion: over the past 10 minutes of play, the Magpies have had 71 per cent of possession.
41' A powerful Burn strike from the left side of the box is charged down by Gallagher for another Newcastle corner, but following the set-piece, the ball ultimately ends up in Mendy's gloves inside the keeper's six-yard box.
39' After Silva makes a vital block behind for a corner, Trippier's driven low cross sees Schar comically miskick before Willock crashes a shot straight into one of several fast-closing Chelsea defenders.
37' Chelsea's first corner comes to nothing, as Newcastle manage to clear their lines and move a few more yards upfield - the Magpies have had the territorial advantage so far, but can't get anything going in the final third.
35' A heavily deflected 30-yard shot by Guimaraes loops up harmlessly towards Mendy, and the Chelsea goalkeeper is yet to be tested today. It's been that kind of game!
32' Lacking any quality on his delivery, Trippier's low cross from the right side of the box strays far too close to Mendy, who easily gathers the ball under no real pressure.
Yellow Card
30' For tugging back Guimaraes in midfield, Jorginho's attempt at halting a counter-attack is punished by a booking.
29' Low down at his near post, Pope collects a tame Broja shot on the turn from 20 yards, as Chelsea finally come up with their first shot on goal. Still, it was a good move in the build-up.
27' Great anticipation by Koulibaly sees the Senegalese star cut out a dangerous cross by Joelinton towards the penalty spot, where several black-and-white Newcastle jerseys were waiting.
24' At the midway point of the first half, we are yet to have a single shot on target, and it's been a subdued start to what was a much-anticipated game by many.
22' Newcastle have won all of their last four Premier League games; last winning five in succession back in 2014. In fact, they've won their last two by 4-0 and 4-1 scorelines respectively, and last netted at least four goals in three consecutive league games in 1961. Can they do so today?
20' Quite clumsily, Koulibaly attempts to steal the ball from Almiron in the Chelsea half and only manages to upend his opponent and concede a free-kick.
18' Hall sends a skewed cross over from the left touchline, which flies wide of Pope's goal and behind for a Newcastle goal-kick. It's been fairly disjointed stuff so far for Chelsea.
16' MISS! Willock clips a ball to the back post from the left, and after Koulibaly steers it away with a header on the stretch, Almiron thumps a powerful volleyed effort over the crossbar from the edge of the area!
15' Over-eager, Trippier gives away a needless foul on Hall deep inside Chelsea's half, which releases the pressure on the visiting side.
13' A low cross by Hall, who pops up on the left side of Newcastle's area, is comfortably cleared away by Schar, and Chelsea have struggled to get going in the attacking third so far.
11' Still, the home side push forward, but Guimaraes' throughball for Longstaff down the right is overhit, and another attacking move comes to a lacklustre end.
9' Getting onto the front foot following the long stoppage for injuries, Newcastle - who now have the recovered Schar back in position - are taking the game to their visitors.
Thiago Silva
R. Loftus-Cheek
7' Unable to continue due to a probable muscular injury, Loftus-Cheek is replaced by Thiago Silva.
4' Schar is also receiving medical attention after a collision with Broja earlier on, as Loftus-Cheek continues to be checked over by the Chelsea medics.
3' Loftus-Cheek is moving very gingerly around the pitch in the early stages, and after taking some advice from the Chelsea bench, he drops to the turf and signals for treatment. The game is brought to a halt.
1' We are under way at St James' Park!
The players are out on the pitch, and after observing 'The Last Post' ahead of Remembrance Sunday tomorrow, kick-off is now just moments away.
Potter, meanwhile, continues to rotate his Chelsea squad, as the visitors make five changes from last weekend. Among them, Broja comes in for Aubameyang up front, while Hall makes his first Premier League appearance at wing-back. Sterling misses out today due to illness.
Newcastle have made only two changes to the XI which started the 4-1 win over Southampton last week, as Wood and Joelinton come in for Wilson and Murphy respectively. England World Cup call-up Wilson has been suffering from an illness, so starts on the bench.
SUBS: Marcus Bettinelli, Christian Pulisic, Marc Cucurella, Denis Zakaria, Kai Havertz, Thiago Silva, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Omari Hutchinson, Hakim Ziyech.
CHELSEA (3-4-2-1): Edouard Mendy; Cesar Azpilicueta, Kalidou Koulibaly, Trevoh Chalobah; Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Jorginho, Mateo Kovacic, Lewis Hall; Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher; Armando Broja.
SUBS: Karl Darlow, Javier Manquillo, Jacob Murphy, Matt Targett, Allan Saint-Maximin, Jonjo Shelvey, Elliot Anderson, Callum Wilson, Jamaal Lascelles.
NEWCASTLE UNITED (4-3-2-1): Nick Pope; Kieran Trippier, Sven Botman, Fabian Schar, Dan Burn; Sean Longstaff, Joe Willock, Bruno Guimaraes; Miguel Almiron, Joelinton; Chris Wood.
Taking part in their 13th match since the start of October, an out-of-form Chelsea arrive on Tyneside seeking a more satisfactory end to the first phase of their season. Without a win in four Premier League matches, Graham Potter's men have slipped to eighth place in the table before kick-off today - though the Blues have won each of their last four meetings with Newcastle in the top flight.
Having won each of their last five matches in all competitions, including their last four in the league, Newcastle United approach their final fixture before the World Cup break in top form. The Magpies also managed to progress to the fourth round of the EFL Cup in midweek; beating fellow Premier League club Crystal Palace on penalties following a goalless draw at St James' Park.
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