Newcastle defeated Chelsea 2-0 on Saturday at St. James' Park in the Premier League. With the loss, Chelsea snapped a six-match winning run in all competitions.
Keep reading for Chelsea player ratings, as well as brief analysis for every Chelsea player.
|Chelsea Player Ratings vs. Newcastle|
Windy, rainy conditions took a toll on both teams, who generated precious few chances at either end. The teams went into the break level at 0-0.
Chelsea's John Terry hit the crossbar with a powerful header from a corner in the 13th minute, then Moussa Sissoko forced a save out of Petr Cech with a low drive to the near post in the 38th minute as Newcastle countered quickly from a Chelsea corner.
Chelsea dominated possession but struggled to break down Newcastle's organised resistance on the slick pitch. The Blues looked dangerous on the counter on a couple of occasions but largely found chances hard to come by.
The second half could come down to whether Chelsea are able to break down Newcastle with patient build-up.
Petr Cech: It was a comfortable half for Chelsea's keeper, who was alert when needed.
Branislav Ivanovic: Ameobi is presenting a physical test, but Ivanovic is passing it so far. He's also getting forward well on the right and closing down the few Newcastle attacks down their flank.
David Luiz: Along with John Terry, Luiz is clearing everything from Newcastle down the middle. His distribution from the back has been spotty, however.
John Terry: Terry shows excellent positioning and awareness in his defending. He looks revitalised under Jose Mourinho. Strong in the air, as usual, and unlucky not to score early with a powerful header from a corner.
Ashley Cole: No weak links in Chelsea's defence so far.
Ramires: Played his role in keeping Chelsea secure at the back.
Frank Lampard: The veteran is covering lots of ground, but he's been a bit untidy in his passing.
Juan Mata: Some good interplay with Hazard, but the final pass not there yet.
Eden Hazard: Incisive dribbling on left early won a free-kick. Little of note late in the half.
Oscar: Showed willingness to challenge Cheick Tiote for an aerial ball in the centre circle, a challenge that left the Brazilian in some pain. Overall, though, it's been a quiet half for Oscar tucked in behind Torres.
Fernando Torres: Not involved often, due to a lack of service.
Petr Cech: More than equal to the shots Newcastle produced at first during their spell of superiority. Couldn't do anything about either goal.
Branislav Ivanovic: Beaten by Gouffran for Newcastle's first goal, though Lampard held Gouffran onside.
David Luiz: Allowed Ameobi past him with a weak challenge in a key position. Acrobatic clearance before Newcastle's second kept Chelsea within one goal.
John Terry: Strong as ever in the air. The mistake for Newcastle's first goal came from elsewhere. Recorded 11 clearances.
Ashley Cole: Beaten easily by Sissoko, which led to a Newcastle chance as the hosts came into the ascendancy.
Ramires: Newcastle took over midfield in the second half. Needlessly booked.
Frank Lampard: Replaced by Schurrle shortly after the goal, Lampard completed 76 percent of his passes. Kept Gouffran onside for Newcastle's opener.
Andre Schurrle (on for Lampard 70'): Had a decent chance but directed his header off target.
Juan Mata: Replaced by Willian in the 62nd minute, Mata was never able to recreate his fine performance against Arsenal in the Capital One Cup.
Willian (on for Mata, 62'): Had a good chance to equalise before Newcastle's second, but Krul produced a good save.
Eden Hazard: Drifted into the middle at times but struggled to generate chances. Fluffed an excellent chance to equalise when it was still 1-0.
Oscar: Looked much more dangerous after Newcastle's goal.
Fernando Torres: Came off in the 62nd minute, never received enough service. Not his day.
Samuel Eto'o (on for Torres, 62'): Came close to an equaliser with a shot after a rebound, but it was cleared off the line.
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