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Chelsea continued where they stopped before the international break as the Blues defeated a very difficult Newcastle side 1-0 to claim a fifth consecutive victory.
Chelsea found it difficult to open the defence of the away team as they were intent on sitting deep to frustrate Frank Lampard’s men.
However, Newcastle’s luck ran out as Marcos Alonso scored a timely goal in the 73rd minute to seal the three points for Chelsea in a good move that involved Christian Pulisic and an assist from Callum Hudson-Odoi.
In the build-up to the goal, Jorginho challenged the Newcastle forward Joelinton and won the ball off him, while the Brazilian was left on the ground, and Newcastle boss Steve Bruce believes the referee should’ve blown for a foul.
“I know it’s a difficult job, but I thought it was a blatant foul on Joelinton in front of us in the build-up to the goal,” Bruce said after the game.
“We didn’t regain the ball so there can’t really be any VAR, because it was about 30 or 40 seconds later, but in the build-up to it, to me it was a blatant foul on Jo. When you come here, you need those sort of decisions to go your way, not against you.”
Meanwhile, Blues boss Frank Lampard hailed Steve Bruce’s side for making the game a difficult one.
“Credit to Newcastle,” noted Lampard when he spoke after the game. “You can see why they have had a couple of big results this year.
“They are organised, they have men behind the ball, they are a threat on the counter-attack, and in the first half, albeit we created a couple of chances, we were a bit safe, a bit slow.
“We did move the ball from side to side but not with enough risk to sometimes take people out of the game and that was the message at half-time.”