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It was a third straight Premier League victory for Chelsea and a fifth straight in all competitions as the Blues defeated Newcastle 1-0 to climb up to fourth on the table.
The game wasn’t an easy one for Frank Lampard’s side as Chelsea found it difficult to break down a solid Newcastle defence until a late effort from Marcos Alonso gave Chelsea the deserved three points.
Chelsea had been held for 70 minutes by Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, with in-form striker Tammy Abraham hitting the bar and Christian Pulisic was denied by an excellent Martin Dubravka save.
Marcos Alonso turned the hero of the day as he rifled home with 17 minutes remaining of the game, past the grasp of Dubravka.
Abraham could have made it two late on but his effort was brilliantly blocked by DeAndre Yedlin just at the nick of time.
Speaking to the media after the match, Lampard was pleased with the result and was particularly pleased with Mateo Kovacic who came on as a substitute for the injured Ross Barkley.
The Chelsea boss said: “First of all, I’ve got to give credit to Newcastle. You can see why they have got results this year.
“In the first half we were a little safe and slow… there was not enough urgency or risk. That was the message at half-time.
“We saw the spirit and energy of the team in the second half. We just need to keep picking up the wins and take nothing for granted.
“We had a problem in the game, but solved it. Kovacic was outstandinge. I am pleased, we have to play like that. We got our way in the end.”