Newcastle United vs Chelsea: As it happened...
Newcastle United beat Chelsea 2-1 at St. James' Park.
The dream to go unbeaten in a league season ended for Chelsea. Two goals from Papiss Cisse were enough for Newcastle to see off Chelsea. Despite Drogba pulling a goal back late on, the Magpies held on with some resolute defending to pick up three points.
96'- Luis' cross is met by Drogba. But the striker can't put power on his effort. Keeper picks up the ball on the bounce.
94'- Ivanovic volleys a shot into the stand. Relief for the home fans. They take their time in throwing the ball back into play.
92'- Wave after wave of Chelsea pressure is being resolutely defended Newcastle. Is is extremely tense inside the SJP. Fans on the edge of their seats.
90'- SIX MINUTES ADDED ON!
90'- The keeper is called into action again as Felipe Luis fires in a long range shot. Saved.
89'- Wonderful save from Alnwick who tips Costa's effort over the bar.
88'- Drogba finds the side-netting from Mikel's ball. But the Ivorian wad off-side.
86'- Ivanovic's header down is safely caught by Jak Alnwick who sends it downfield
83'- GOAL! DROGBA!
Drogba does it yet again for the Blues. He scores from an open header off a free-kick. Chelsea are right back in it. What a tense end to this match it is going to be.
82'- RED CARD! Steven Taylor!
Taylor's tackle on Drogba fetched him his second yellow and Newcastle are down to 10 men for the last minutes of this match.
79'- GOAL! CISSE AGAIN!
Newcastle hit Chelsea on the counter and double their lead. Sissoko's effort fall for Cisse who doubles his and Newcastle's tally.
77'- Hazard denied by the post! Ivanovic's low cross found Hazard open on the edge of the box. His effort gave the keeper no chance but the post denied Chelsea the equalizer.
76'- Costa's shot is blocked! Drogba's knock down fell perfectly for Costa who steadied himself and fired in a shot from the box. Two defender threw themselves at the ball and prevented a certain goal.
75'- Newcastle can't punish Chelsea on the counter! Cisse and Ameobi tried to play their way through the Chelsea defense but their attack petered away.
71'- Coloccini and Taylor clearing their lines again and again. Chelsea firing in crosses from both sides.
68'- Chelsea apply pressure by pushing forward but Newcastle defense hold firm. Chelsea come again.
67' - Fabregas' ball is flicked on by Drogba but Costa is in no position to get on the end of that ball.
66'- Felipe Luis and Didier Drogba replace Azpilicueta and Willian. Chelsea have made all three of their substitutions now.
64'- The substitute Schurlle is awarded a yellow card by the ref for a foul on Colback
61'- Jak Alnwick makes a good low save from Schurlle's low shot. The debutante was up to the task on that occasion.
61' - First substitution for Chelsea as Andre Schurlle comes on for Oscar. Blues have sent in the German to get them a goal here.
57'- GOAL! CISSE!
Ameobi's cross from the left was deflected off Cahill and fell to Cisse who had an easy tap in. Newcalte have scored against the run of play. Mourinho tries to rally his men from the touchline.
57'- Mikel fails to punish Newcastle! The resulting free-kick from Taylor's foul is hooked in by Fabregas. Mikel couldn't connect clearly with his open header. He should have scored there!
56'- Yellow card for Steven Taylor for bringing down Willian. Good decision.
54'- Great defending by Cahill to rush across an take the ball away from Cisse.
51'- Fabregas chips in a ball but Taylor is there to head out the danger.
50'- Chelsea keep playing among themselves in crowded areas before the attack is thwarted by Newcastle.
48'- Hazard causing plenty of problems for Newcastle. The wingers easily beats his man and roll in a low cross. Taylor was there to boot out the dangerous cross.
47'- Costa neat ball sets Hazard off on a run. The Belgian makes it to the byline and cuts back a cross. Unfortunately, there no Chelsea player tap that cross in. Cleared.
46'- Chelsea retain the same team as the first half. No changes for Jose.
46'- Here we go...
Just before the second half, the home team have been dealt a huge blow. Goalkeeper Elliot will not be coming out for the second half with an injury. With first-choice keeper Tim Krul also injured, Newcastle are forced to bring on Jak Alnwick. It also marks his debut for the club.
Chelsea enjoyed 66% of the possession in the first half but failed to make it count. The best chance of the match fell to Newcastle's Colback but Courtois denied him from close range. Other than that, the home side haven't created too many chances. Mourinho's men have been frustrated by Chelsea and their main man Costa has not had any joy up top. Standout players so far have been Hazard and Willian for Chelsea and Colback and Perez for Newcastle. Despite their domination, the visitors haven't been able to penetrate the Magpies' defence.
HALF TIME: Newcastle United 0-0 Chelsea
45'- Newcastle fires in a left-footed cross. But again, there is no played in a position to get on the end of it.
44' - Fabregas lobs a ball into the box to Oscar. The Brazilian controls the ball and attempts an overhead kick that is just wide. Good attempt from the diminutive Brazilian
43'- Hazard dances his way into the box and hooks in a cross that is cleared by Taylor using his head.
41'- Willian's shot is watched by Rob Elliot as it goes wide.
40'- Remy Cabella failed to control Paul Dummett's incisive pass on his first touch. He was in a great position had he trapped the ball.
39'- Janmaat hooks in a cross from the right but there is not Newcastle player to get on the end of it. Terry clears the danger.
37'- Colback fires a shot wide from the edge of the box. The midfielder is stamping his authority on this match.
35'- Colback with a wonderful tackle! Chelsea streamed forward in numbers and Diego Costa was dispossessed by the midfielder with a timely challenge.
34'- The home are steadily gaining in confidence now and are seeing a bit more of the ball as well.
32'- Coutois saves from point blank range! Lovely turn and pass from Perez had Colback through on goal. His left-footed effort was kept out of goal by Courtois who raced off his line. Definitely the best chance of the match for either side.
30'- Taylor intercepts a Chelsea ball and makes a long winding run deep into the Chelsea half. The visitors retain their shape and Newcastle are forced to play the ball all the way back to their goalkeeper.
29'- Chelsea almost in through Azpilicueta on their left but his cross is too deep and Paul Dummett clears for the home team.
27'- The home side are yet to test Courtois. Apart from from collecting an easy cross, the Belgian has had nothing to do in goal.
25'- Chelsea can't make Tiote pay! The midfield placed a pass straight into Hazard's feet. The Belgians's pass found Costa in the box whose weak shot was easily collected by Elliot.
23'- Willian plays a glorious ball to the left for Hazard who is in acres of space. The Belgian attempts a give and go with Costa but is ruled offside as he tried to strike the return ball.
22'- Chelsea cut open Newcastle again! Fabegras's threads through a ball for Costa, who tees up Hazard for a shot. The Belgian's effort is blocked by the Newcastle defenders.
20'- Jose will be delighted with the start Chelsea have made here. Willian has clearly has been the most impressive player for the visitors.
17'- William comes close! Hazard turned Janmaat with ease and rolled a pass for the advancing Willian to strike. The Brazilian's left-footed curler was inches wide of Elliot's right post.
16'- Chelsea look more likely to break the deadlock and Newcastle are resigned to hit on the break as of now.
13'- Janmaat' cross from the right is easily intercepted by Courtois who then releases the ball quickly to set up a counter. Hazard makes use of his blistering pace to get past his man and approached the Newcastle box. On getting there he cut in from the left and curled an effort wide of Elliot's left post.
12'- Fabregas spots the run of Willian and tries to play him through. He doesn't execute his pass to perfection and Elliot collects comfortably.
10'- Willian fires in a low shot from outside the box after a neat passage of play from the visitors involving Hazard, Costa and Oscar. Willian's effort was wide of the post but the keeper had it covered.
7'- Chelsea dominating the early proceedings of this match. They have settled quickly and appear very patient.
3'- Long diagonal ball played by Terry into Ivanovic was neatly controlled by the Serbian on Chelsea's right. The right-back put in a cross but Coloccini calmly chested it down for the keeper to collect.
1'- Eden Hazard made one of his trademark runs to get behind the Newcastle defense, but the Belgian was forced out of the line by Janmaat.
1'- Newcastle get us underway in the first game of the 15th week Premier League week.
The two teams make their way out of the tunnel to a rapturous applause. St James' Park is buzzing as it always done on the big occasions.
Teams are in the tunnel. Terry leads the Blues while Coloccini is back as captain for the Magpies.
Both managers of have taken a dig at each other and their teams. This promises to be a tasty affair.
Speaking to a reporter ahead of the match, Mourinho reiterates what he has been saying all week, " I don't like records, I like records."
Interesting nugget of information for Chelsea fans - Jose Mourinho has never won at St. James' Park.
We have the line-up for both teams:
Nemanja Matic is out for Chelsea due to suspension. Jose Mourinho replaced him with Johb Obi Mikel
Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (c), Azpilicueta; Mikel, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Diego Costa
Subs: Cech, Filipe Luis, Zouma, Ramires, Schurrle, Remy, Drogba
Newcastle United: Elliot; Janmaat, Coloccini (c), S.Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback; Ameobi, Perez, Cabella.
Subs: Alnwick, Williamson, Haidara, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere, Cisse.
Unbeaten Chelsea do not care about breaking records, the only thing that matters is winning the Premier League title, manager Jose Mourinho said on Friday.
Chelsea have been in scintillating form this season and top the table by six points, having won 11 games and 36 points in their opening 14 matches, with many tipping them to emulate Arsenal`s `Invincibles`, who went unbeaten throughout the 2003-04 campaign.
If they avoid defeat when they visit Newcastle United today, they will set a new club record of 24 consecutive games unbeaten in all competitions, dating back to the final two games of last season.
Mourinho, though, says there is only one record that matters and that is the name etched into the league trophy at the end of the season.
"I don`t care about records -- only victories and points. The record I want is to win the Premier League three times with this club," the Portuguese manager, who won the league in 2005 and 2006 during his first spell in charge at Stamford Bridge, told a news conference
"The players don`t know the (unbeaten) record. I wouldn`t know -- only you tell me 20 times," Mourinho pointedly told reporters.
Despite his nonchalance, Mourinho expects a difficult test against Newcastle, having never won a league game there with Chelsea.
Alan Pardew`s Newcastle team are unbeaten at St James` Park since their loss to champions Manchester City on the opening day of the season and have beaten Chelsea on their previous two visits.
Blues boss Mourinho said he wants to end his unhappy run at the ground on Saturday, but expects Newcastle`s players to prove tough opponents.
"Let`s try tomorrow," he said. "It is difficult and a difficult stadium to play in.
"There are some stadiums where when they see Chelsea shirts they have the game of their lives and when they play against other teams they look like they are playing friendlies."
Chelsea welcome back Spain striker Diego Costa, who has 11 league goals in as many games, from suspension while influential holding midfielder Nemanja Matic misses out after getting a one-match ban for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Wednesday`s 3-0 home win against Tottenham Hotspur.