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Chelsea were on the brink of losing yet another game in the Premier League but a late comeback ensured that the London club take away a point from the St James’ Park. The hosts were the better team for most of the game and will be kicking themselves as they allowed Chelsea to get away with a draw.
The Player Ratings for this game are listed below:
Tim Krul (2.5): Was not tested except in the last 20 minutes. Should have done better to stop Willian’s free kick from going in.
Daryl Janmaat (3): Provided great threat and width up front as he bagged an assist with a cross. Also solid in defense against the likes of Eden Hazard.
Chancel Mbemba (3): Made some important blocks especially against Hazard. Was generally solid at the back.
Fabricio Coloccini (3.5): Frustrated the Chelsea players all night as he broke up play more often than not. One of the main reasons why Newcastle took at least a point from the game.
Kevin Mbabu (3): At 20, he showed maturity when defending down his flank and also provided support in attack when needed.
Jack Colback (3): Had a solid first half but was substituted in the second after picking up a niggle.
Vurnon Anita (3): Threw himself at every shot taken by the Chelsea front line. Fearless and dominating performance in the mid-field.
Moussa Sissoko (2.5): Defended well for most of the game. Gave away the free kick that led to Willian’s equalizer late in the game.
Georginio Wijnaldum (2.5): Got himself a goal from the corner but otherwise was dull and never really provided any spark in the game.
Ayoze Perez (4): Perez bagged a goal and an assist and was on his bike all game. Made life difficult of the Chelsea back four with his quick feet.
Aleksandar Mitrovic (2.5): Did his defensive duties to perfection but needs to learn a lot and provide some more up front for Newcastle.
Gabriel Obertan (2.5)
Asmir Begovic (3): Made some important saves to keep Chelsea in the hunt. Was usually dominant in his penalty box.
Branislav Ivanovic (2): Still needs to work on his positioning as he gave Newcastle loads of space down his flank.
Gary Cahill (2.5): A strong solid performance at the back. The only reason why Chelsea were in the hunt for the last 20 minutes.
Kurt Zouma (2): Not a performance his manager will be proud of. His mistake led to the home side’s first goal.
Cesar Azpilicueta (3.5): Not his best day as he failed to assist in attack as well as in defense.
Nemanja Matic (2): Had no say in the mid-field battle. Beaten far too easily in front of the back four by the likes of Perez.
Cesc Fabregas (3): Ineffective with his play in the attacking areas and also failed to provide defensive cover when needed. A forgettable performance.
Oscar (2.5): Did not test the Newcastle defense enough on the day. Got close to scoring with a good curling effort that was just wide.
Pedro (2.5): Had a great chance to score with 10 minutes to go. Was in-effective for most parts of the game.
Eden Hazard (3): Was rejuvenated after Chelsea’s first goal but lacked any kind of spirit till that point.
Loic Remy (2): Failed to have any impact what so ever on the game playing up front. Did not hold the ball up and lost possession too cheaply up front,
Radamel Falcao (1.5)
Willian (4): Came into the game with not much time to go. But took the free kick that ended in the back of the and gave Chelsea a point form the game.