Chelsea fought hard to see off Newcastle United 2-0 in an English Premier League encounter on Saturday at Stamford Bridge. The Blues were looking to avenge their defeat last month at St James’ Park. Magpies caretaker boss Steve Carver opted for a 4-4-2 with Yoan Gouffran and Remy Cabella on the wings and it paid early dividents as the Toon more than held their own in the opening 20 minutes and might well have scored the first goal had it not been for a bit of bad luck.
Overall the Geordies had the better of the first half and would have been devastated to go into the half-time break 1-0 down. In the 43rd minute a quick Willian corner caught the away defence off guard and Branislav Ivanovic slid the ball across goal and Oscar simply tapped in. The hosts might have had a penalty after Fabrizio Colocinni appeared to handball inside the area but Jose Mourinho’s lot had to be content with a corner as the hour mark approached.
It was 2-0 in the 59th minute when Diego Costa finished off a clever back heel by Oscar. Mourinho’s men made their way into the box and Oscar looked to be surrounded but his clever innovation led to the second goal of the afternoon. There would be no more goals in a largely uneventful fixture as the home side ran out 2-0 winners.