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Chelsea 5-1 Newcastle United

By Chris BevanBBC Sport
Diego Costa scores Chelsea's first goal
Diego Costa's goal was his seventh in eight league games under Guus Hiddink

Newcastle dropped into the relegation zone on goal difference after three goals in the first 17 minutes set Chelsea on their way to an easy win.

Diego Costa slid in the opener, a Rolando Aarons error let in Pedro to run clear and fire home, and Costa set up Willian to make it 3-0.

Pedro and Bertrand Traore added further goals in the second half, before Andros Townsend's late consolation.

The only thing to spoil Chelsea's night was an injury to captain John Terry.

Chelsea 'surprised' Newcastle - Hiddink

The centre-half limped off with a hamstring injury before half-time and is a doubt for Tuesday's trip to play Paris St-Germain in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie.

Chelsea's interim manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten in 12 games in all competitions, and his side are now unbeaten in their past 10 Premier League games.

Magpies suffer again on the road

Newcastle players leave the pitch after their defeat
Newcastle's defeat at Stamford Bridge was the third time they have conceded five goals or more on their travels, after losing 6-1 at Manchester City and 5-1 at Crystal Palace

Newcastle have only scored seven goals on their travels this season, the worst record in the top four divisions in England, but it was their defence that let them down at Stamford Bridge.

Magpies boss Steve McClaren said in his pre-match TV interview that the first 20 minutes would be crucial to the outcome of the match. He was right, but not in the way he would have wanted.

By then, his side had suffered a complete collapse at the back which was summed up by Chelsea's second goal.

That came from a Newcastle free-kick near the home side's corner flag that was cleared to the halfway line before Aarons' horrendous cross-field pass allowed Pedro to gallop clear.

Magpies exposed defensively - McClaren

McClaren's side never looked capable of a second-half comeback as they slipped to a fifth successive away defeat.

After the break, Cesc Fabregas set up Pedro for his second and Bertrand Traore turned in Cesar Azpilicueta's cross.

Andros Townsend's trademark run and finish for his first goal since his £12m move from Tottenham reduced the damage at the end.

But Newcastle's goal-difference still took a battering and at -22 it is now the worst in the top flight.

Chelsea's injury problems continue

John Terry
John Terry was forced off after 38 minutes and was replaced by Baba Rahman

Chelsea's own defensive problems were of a very different sort.

With Kurt Zouma out for the season, the last thing Hiddink needed before a busy fortnight was to see Terry limp off.

Terry appeared to fall awkwardly after a clash with Magpies striker Aleksandar Mitrovic and will have a scan to assess the severity of his hamstring injury.

Gary Cahill only returned to the starting line-up on Saturday because of Zouma's serious knee injury, but could end up being a key figure at the back for his side in the next few weeks.

Man of the match - Chelsea's Diego Costa

Chelsea striker Diego Costa
Costa continued his impressive run under Hiddink

He was playing with a broken nose, but Chelsea's man in the mask did not miss his mark.

Along with the impressive Willian, Costa scored one goal and made another but he edged the individual accolade because of his delightful finish to give his side an early lead.

Manager reaction

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink: "We can be pleased with the performance of the guys. We tried to surprise them in the beginning. Happily it worked out.

"It's important for the way we played, not just in attack. The players also have to do defensive work and that is where we are aiming and then the quality comes out."

Newcastle boss Steve McClaren: "We got exposed on quite a few occasions in terms of defensive frailties. Rolando Aarons had to play at left-back and it was Steven Taylor's second game in six months.

"We caused our own problems. We knew Chelsea would come out quick. They wanted to win that game by half-time with the week they have ahead of them.

"You get one or two of these games a season. I've told the players don't let that derail us. It was damage limitation by half-time.

"I just wanted to make sure we scored a goal and stayed in the game."

The stats you need to know

  • Chelsea are on the current longest unbeaten run in the Premier League - 10 games (won four, drew six).
  • Newcastle United have won only two of their last 20 Premier League away games (drew two, lost 16).
  • Pedro has scored as many Premier League goals versus Newcastle in this match as he did in his previous 19 apps combined (two).
  • All four of Cesc Fabregas' PL assists this season have arrived at Stamford Bridge.
  • Bertrand Traore is the first player from Burkina Faso to score in the Premier League.

What next?

Newcastle are out of the FA Cup and their Premier League game with Manchester City on 28 February has been postponed because City are in the Capital One Cup final.

So the Magpies do not have a game for 18 days until they travel to Stoke on 2 March, and are heading for a training camp in Spain.

In that time, Chelsea play four matches, starting with Tuesday's trip to Paris.



Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 13Courtois
  • 2Ivanovic
  • 24Cahill
  • 26TerrySubstituted forBabaat 38'minutes
  • 28Azpilicueta
  • 4Fàbregas
  • 21Matic
  • 10E Hazard
  • 22WillianSubstituted forLoftus-Cheekat 80'minutes
  • 17Pedro
  • 19Diego CostaSubstituted forTraoreat 60'minutes


  • 1Begovic
  • 6Baba
  • 12Mikel
  • 14Traore
  • 16Kenedy
  • 18Remy
  • 36Loftus-Cheek


Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 21Elliot
  • 22Janmaat
  • 27TaylorBooked at 19mins
  • 2Coloccini
  • 16Aarons
  • 24TiotéSubstituted forLascellesat 67'minutes
  • 12ShelveyBooked at 61mins
  • 7Sissoko
  • 5WijnaldumSubstituted forColbackat 45'minutes
  • 25Townsend
  • 45MitrovicSubstituted forDoumbiaat 70'minutes


  • 4Colback
  • 15Lascelles
  • 17Pérez
  • 23Saivet
  • 26Darlow
  • 28Doumbia
  • 29Riviere
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Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Chelsea 5, Newcastle United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Chelsea 5, Newcastle United 1.

  3. Post update

    Delay over. They are ready to continue.

  4. Post update

    Delay in match Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) because of an injury.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Steven Taylor.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 5, Newcastle United 1. Andros Townsend (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Jack Colback.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  8. Post update

    Seydou Doumbia (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Chelsea 5, Newcastle United 0. Bertrand Traore (Chelsea) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by César Azpilicueta with a cross.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Chelsea. Ruben Loftus-Cheek replaces Willian.

  11. Post update

    Attempt missed. Baba Rahman (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Cesc Fàbregas.

  12. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Cesc Fàbregas (Chelsea) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by César Azpilicueta.

  13. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Bertrand Traore (Chelsea) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Branislav Ivanovic.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Newcastle United. Seydou Doumbia replaces Aleksandar Mitrovic.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Gary Cahill (Chelsea).

  17. Post update

    Rolando Aarons (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  18. Post update

    Willian (Chelsea) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Andros Townsend (Newcastle United).

  20. Post update

    Corner, Chelsea. Conceded by Rolando Aarons.

As It Stood

4Man City25145647262147
5Man Utd2611873324941
7West Ham26101064031940
13Crystal Palace2695122732-532
14West Brom2688102432-832
20Aston Villa2537152040-2016
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