Isaac Hayden’s extra-time goal helped Newcastle beat Chelsea 1-0 in round 23 of the Premier League, on the evening of January 18.
Goals at Hayden 90 ‘+ 4.
Frank Lampard’s army dominated the match for most of the time, but the weakness in the finish made them unable to score. Tammy Abraham wasted the opportunity when finishing outside the area with a good opportunity, but N’Golo Kante’s shot was saved by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Meanwhile Newcastle is sure enough not to lose focus under pressure from the visitors. Even before the opening score, Steve Bruce’s army created the most dangerous situation when Joelinton headed the bar after Federico Fernandez’s cross in the 22nd minute.
When Hayden defeated Kepa Arrizabalaga with a header from close range in stoppage time, from the cross of Allan Saint-Maximin, the St James’ Park stadium seemed to burst. The home side gave up 7 points behind the red light after this victory, helping them take a big advantage in the relegation battle.
The most worrying of Newcastle after the game was the injury of Jetro Willems – who left the field after only 10 minutes of play due to a previous ligament injury.
This is the first defeat of Chelsea since December 26. But they also dropped points at the Brighton draw earlier this month. Chelsea are in danger of being narrowed by the fifth team Man Utd. However, the “Red Devils” must meet the top team Liverpool this round. The lack of sharpness in attack will be the reason why Lampard must consider bringing about a new striker. The one being noticed is RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
Chelsea had a dangerous phase in the early game. But the trio that attacked Willian, Abraham and Callum Hudson Odoi lacked a common voice in crucial situations. The most dangerous ball they created was when Kante suddenly came down, faced but did not win goalkeeper Dubravka in a tight corner.
In addition to the shot hit Joelinton’s crossbar, Newcastle also poses a danger because of Fernandez’s header. On the side of Chelsea, Mount and Willian have chances but the shot is not good. Abraham’s penalty in the box gives him two good chances in the middle of the second half.
In the last minutes, the two teams mainly kicked back. Defender Emerson shot from the outside of the box and misses the post. But Newcastle is the team to score. Saint-Maximin made his mark during the match after recovering from a hamstring injury. The French striker’s cross caused Antonio Rudiger to pick the wrong spot, opening the door for Hayden.