A Marcos Alonso goal was enough to give us the victory against Steve Bruce’s struggling Newcastle side; a Newcastle side that went to Tottenham and won, which actually says more about Tottenham than Newcastle. Breaking down Newcastle was always going to be difficult, however, with 72% of the possession, the capability of scoring was always there. 1-0 was kind to Newcastle as both Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount and Christian Pulisic had excellent chances to score prior to Alonso’s 73rd-minute winner.
With Andreas Christensen missing from the starting line-up due to injury, it was down to Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma in central defence. Neither were troubled to any large extent and without Newcastle having any shots on target during the game, it ended up being a successive home league game with a clean sheet. N’Golo Kante also missed the game with a groin injury picked up prior to the French Euro 2020 qualifier with Iceland. N’Golo has had a stop-start season so far due to injury.
Our winner from Marcos Alonso came after a pass from Calum Hudson-Odoi and Alonso drilled low past Dubravka, much to the elation of the ground. Shortly after Tammy Abraham’s effort was denied somehow by DeAndre Yedlin on the line.
Respectfully, I’d like to dedicate my writing for the rest of this season to Trizia Fiorellino who sadly passed away in the early part of October. I remember reading Trizia’s articles on CFCnet in the early 2000’s and much more recently on the CSG website. I always respected her as a wonderful Chelsea fan, with great writing skills, humour and somebody who I and other Chelsea fans will forever miss.
Kepa; Azpilicueta, Tomori, Zouma, Alonso; Barkley, (Kovacic 42) Jorginho, Mount (Pulisic 64), Willian, Abraham, Hudson-Odoi (James 90+2)
Referee: Andre Marriner.