BEVERLY HILLS, November 21, (THEWILL) – Chelsea cruised to a 2-0 victory at Newcastle United in the Premier League as domestic ties resumed after the last international break for the year.
It was a victory that took the Blues to the top of the Premier League table, even if for a few hours at least, as they turned up a lively display at St James’ Park.
A stumbling Newcastle centre back Federico Fernandez turned in a cross from Mason Mount into his own net for the opener in the 10th minute, with the largely quiet Abraham striking midway through the second half.
In goal for the hosts, Karl Darlow made a sharp early save from Timo Werner’s low shot. He was on hand again when he touched Abraham’s powerful header over the bar after an excellent cross from the left by Hakim Ziyech.
But, the Newcastle goalkeeper was nowhere near a whipped cross from Mount moments later. The ball came in from the right and, unfortunately, Fernandez put the ball into his own net.
Newcastle, before today, had won five of their last seven Premier League home games against Chelsea. On Saturday, they were weakened by the absence of injured leading scorer Callum Wilson.
Werner should have doubled Chelsea’s lead at the half-hour mark but he slipped the ball wide. Half-chances continued to come the way of the visitors, who dominated possession in the middle of the park.
Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was replaced by Fabian Schar for the second 45 minutes after he took a blow late in the first half. Schar was soon caught napping by Werner who yet again failed to find the net.
It fell on Tammy Abraham to secure the game. He rifled home off the inside of the right post from Werner’s pass. Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff was denied a stunning consolation when his strike bounced off the bar.
Werner finally found the net but it was not his day as the goal was ruled out by an offside flag. Two goals were enough for Chelsea as they took all three points.
For their next game, Newcastle travel to Crystal Palace on Friday evening. Chelsea will be busy before then, with a trip to French club Rennes for Tuesday’s Champions League match.