Newcastle United vs. Chelsea: Live Player Ratings for Chelsea

Michael CummingsWorld Football Lead WriterNovember 2, 2013

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Loic Remy of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on November 2, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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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
PlayerHalf-timeFull-time
Petr Cech77
Branislav Ivanovic76
David Luiz76
John Terry87
Ashley Cole76
Ramires66
Frank Lampard66
Juan Mata66
Oscar66
Eden Hazard66
Fernando Torres66
SubstitutesHalf-timeFull-time
WillianN/A6
Samuel Eto'oN/A6
Andre SchurrleN/A6
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First-half analysis

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.

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02:  Andre Schurrle of Chelsea and Davide Santon of Newcastle United battle for the ball during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Chelsea at St James' Park on November 2, 2013 in Newcast
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Full-time analysis

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.