Sunday, 14 February 2016
Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle, match details
Chelsea's Striker Diego Costa slid home Williams dos Santos of Brazil's through-pass with less than five minutes on the clock and returned the favour 12 minutes later after Pedro had double the Blues advantage following a mistake by Newcastle United Rolando Aaron's.
Chelsea's Spanish winger Pedro removed
all lingering doubt wiwith his second from a Cecs Fabrigas fantastic accurate pass offer the first half break, before substitute Bertrand Traore rounded things off a Chelsea point of view with his first goal in the Barclays Premier league.
Andros Townsend scored his first goal in Newcastle United colours at the death but the Magpies, who remain English football's lowest away scores, lost the 16th time in 19 games on the road and it is their home form which will ultimately decide their fate, one would think so.
On the other hand, League Champions Chelsea remain unbeaten under Interin manager Guus Hiddink, though this was only their first at home in approaching two months.
Newcastle spent around £30m on midfielders this winter, but it is their defence which continues to cause them problems and could be attrributed to all five of Chelsea's goals.
It could have been much worse had Branislav Ivanovic's first half header evaded Aaron's on the line, while Chelsea Pedro fired straight at goalkeeper Rob Elliot while clean through before half time.
Captain Legend John Terry was sent off due to injury as Chelsea didn't have things all their own way, with John Terry adding to their list of absent defenders following a collision with Aleksandar Mitrovic midway through the first half.
But ultimately, it was those early goals which did the damage to Newcastle United, the gas ahead of next week's Uefa Champions league last 16 knock out stage.