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Summary

  1. Chelsea fight back from 2-0 down to draw
  2. They are eight points behind leaders Man Utd
  3. Newcastle remain second-bottom

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By Mandeep Sanghera

All times stated are UK

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Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

So there you have it. Chelsea's struggles at Newcastle continue as the Magpies pull off a surprise draw on a day when 35 goals have flown in during eight Premier League matches.

You can get more reaction and analysis during Match of the Day Social, which will start on the BBC Sport website at 22:15 BST, while Match of the Day will start on BBC One at 22:30.

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

So where does this result leave Chelsea? Well, the reigning champions are 15th in defence of their title and eight points off leaders Manchester United. Who would have expected that?

'That's the benchmark'

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren on Sky Sports: "We were so close to a great win.

"We looked a team today. That was more like it.

"You need a target man to play off and Aleksandar Mitrovic was a constant thorn in Chelsea's back four.

"That's the benchmark now. That's the standard, that's what you need to give the crowd. Inch by inch that belief will grow."

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Shearer gutted

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

BBC football pundit and former Newcastle striker Alan Shearer was disappointed the Magpies could not hold on for the win but impressed by the performance of Steve McClaren's side...

Gutted at the end! But see what happens when you work hard and put in the effort?! Well done. Keep it up #NUFC

'Against the odds'

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Newcastle manager Steve McClaren on MOTD: "A good result and a great performance, that's what we wanted. It's been a tough week and there was lots of pressure on the players today.

"That was more like it. We expect and demand a performance like that and they got the crowd behind them.

"You could see a determination in the players. Against the odds we grew into the game. The players showed real courage.

"Aleksandar Mitrovic has been missed and he can be a talisman for us. He is annoyed he hadn't scored but he can make a real difference for us."

Work ethic

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Newcastle took plenty of stick before this game but no-one could question their effort today. As a team they covered 115.61 kilometres compared to Chelsea's 113.22km.

Magpies striker Ayoze Perez covered the most ground for the home side by running 11.82km, while Blues midfielder Cesc Fabregas was the player who covered the most distance with 12km.

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Great point for Chelsea - how important could that be at the end of the season. Could just save them from relegation.

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Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho speaking to Match of the Day: "We were so poor, so bad in the first half. It is possible to win the game with a good period but when yo don't play for 45 minutes it's very difficult.

"I told the players at half time that I have no time to ask them why they were so bad. I want to try to understand because I don't accept it. 

"I am not a magician. I tried my best for the team. At half-time I said I was sorry I only had three subs as I wanted to change six.

"You cannot say that I react negatively, I complain, I am a critic. I laugh about it."

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Can we play you every week?

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Newcastle United have won three and drawn one of their last four Premier League home games against Chelsea.

"We were minus one out of 10'

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports: "It is a point. That's what we got. Better than to lose but I'm never happy when I don't win matches.

"In the first half from 0-10, we were -1. Minus one. It was that bad. In the second half we played very well. Ramires and Willian moved the game, they brought more intensity, were much more dynamic. Newcastle could not cope with it.

"The referee stops the game too much, but we knew that. We know what he is like. 

"I have to try to understand why they can play so bad in one half and so well in the other. We were bad in every aspect of the game. Poor individual performances and it was impossible to be a competitive team.

"We missed Costa, of course."

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Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea dominated possession and had more play in the opposition area but the game ends level...

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FK: Well, I guess Jose Mourinho is a specialist in failure at St James' Park. He's failed to win in six attempts.

Nico Lennon: Would have bitten arm off if you offered me draw pre-match but gutted we couldn't hold out for win. MOTM: Mbabu by a mile

'We must play all season like that'

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic: "A difficult day. We know how hard it is in this kind of game. We always have bad results here. We did not start well but we reacted and dominated. We have a couple of chances to win it but in the end we have to play all of our season like we did at the second half.

"Everyone around the world knows how difficult the Premier League is. Every team is difficult to play and we expect lots of exciting games. It is getting harder and harder."

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Goals galore

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

The four goals in this game meant that 35 were scored in total in the Premier League today – the last time there was more was on 19th May 2013 (36).

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Newcastle are still without a league win this season but that was an impressive performance against Chelsea which not only belied their position of second-from-bottom in the Premier League but will have their fans wondering - why couldn't you perform like that earlier in the season?

It had all the things they have been missing for much of the campaign - hard work, passion and goals.

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Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

The stats said this would be a difficult game for Chelsea but I'm not sure how many people thought that would be the case judging by Newcastle's lack of form. But the Magpies hold on for a point and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still searching for his first win at St James' Park.

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Newcastle clear a long throw into their area and, in his desperation to get the ball back, Pedro fouls Kevin Mbabu and picks up a yellow card.

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Newcastle get a corner but play it short as they try to hold on for a point. The home side quickly get another corner and it's the same story.

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Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Newcastle substitute Siem de Jong is down after a coming together with Ramires.  

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There are going to be four minutes of added time.

GREAT SAVE!

Newcastle 2-2 Chelsea

Ramires is again causing Newcastle trouble again. He gets in a header from close range but Tim Krul palms the effort away. Chelsea have a winner on their minds.

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Eyobele: Well Newcastle that's what happens when you stop playing and concede stupid Free kicks!!

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Willian

The goal that was coming has come. Willian swings in a free-kick which is missed by everyone, including Magpies keeper Tim Krul, as Chelsea level. Ramires tried to get a head to the free-kick and, even though he didn't, put Krul off enough for the keeper to miss the ball altogether.

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Aleksandar Mitrovic goes off - and this time he's not sent-off - after putting in a proper shift. he goes off with some motivation hand gestures to his team-mates as Ivan Toney comes on.

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CLOSE!

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It could be a matter of time before Chelsea score. Cesc Fabregas pings a ball to release Pedro and he is in on goal but skies his effort over on-rushing keeper Tim Krul and over the Magpies goal.

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Eden Hazard does what he does best. He twists, turns and jinks his way into a shooting position inside the area only for his effort to be blocked by Chancel Mbemba.

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Mathew Preston: Manchester City won the league in 1937 and were relegated the following season. Only time I believe

GOAL - Newcastle 2-1 Chelsea

Ramires

What a rocket from Ramires. The sub gathers a ball from Eden Hazard just outside the area and rifles a shot into the top corner. That should create a few nerves in the Newcastle camp. Game on.

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Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Kevin Mbabu shoves Eden Hazard and knocks the Chelsea winger off balance and to the floor as the Belgian tries to kink down the right flank. The referee doesn't give the visitors a foul bringing wry smiles from the Chelsea bench.

Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Radamel Falcao is one-on-one with Tim Krul after latching on to a cross but see's his effort saved by the spread-eagled stopper. The goal would have been disallowed for offside but I'm not sure Falcao or Krul knew that.

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Ramires comes on for Oscar with Chelsea chasing the game.

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Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Oh dear dear Jose 2-0 . Roman wants you turn your mobile on he needs a word .Everyone beats Newcastle

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Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Chelsea winger Pedro might not have known who Kevin Mbabu was before the game but he certainly will now. The Spanish international again fails to get the better of the Swiss youngster and refuses to shake his hand when Mbabu offers to help him up off the ground.

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Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Aleksandar Mitrovic controls a ball on his chest only for Chelsea right-back Branislav Ivanovic to catch his fellow Serbian with a high kick. Ivanovic is rightly booked.

Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

So can Chelsea stage a comeback to win? The stats don't suggest they can as  the Blues haven't won a league game that they have been losing by 2+ goals since Aug 2002 (3-2 at Charlton).  

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Charles Kahanji: The bad spell Chelsea are going through reminds me of the Moyes days. Just when team is showing signs of scoring they concede.

Gareth Soye: Has any team ever won the league and been relegated the next season? Asking for a friend.

Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Newcastle's second goal was their first effort on target since they opened the scoring just before half-time.

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One-way traffic

Newcastle 2-0 Chelsea

Newcastle had only touched the ball 10 times in the Chelsea half since the interval before the second goal, and the Blues had enjoyed more than 89% of second-half possession.

Talk about 'against the run of play'...

Second half heat-map of chelsea (r) and newcastle (l)
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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho responds to the goal by bringing on Radamel Falcao and Willian for Loic Remy and Nemanja Matic.