Newcastle player claims Chelsea star ruined their game plan against Chelsea

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Newcastle United defender Ciaran Clark has claimed their plan to frustrate Chelsea was working fine until Reece James scored in the 65th minute.

“We frustrated them for the first 60-65 minutes — that was our game plan,” Clark told NUFC TV after the game.

“We knew they were missing a few players, but we also knew the quality they could bring in.

“So yeah, we wanted to frustrate them and catch them on the counter-attack.

“We managed to do that, and it took a wonder strike from James — it was a great finish.

“After that, their quality and experience showed.

“If we had managed to hold out for another 10 minutes, it [would have been] a different game then.

“It’s just ifs and buts, but they’re top of the league, and they’re there for a reason.”

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