A late comeback from Chelsea denied Newcastle United first Premier League win as the champions came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at St. James’ Park.
With the result, Chelsea avoided a fourth league defeat when the hosts were on course for the points. Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren failed to register his first league victory as in charge of the Magpies.
Ramires and Willian rescued Jose Mourinho’s side after Ayoze Perez and Georginio Wijnaldum had put the home ahead before the hour mark. Newcastle enjoyed the better of the first half, heading to the break in front thanks to Perez’s fine strike.
Chelsea responded impressively after half-time, playing attacking style of football to find an equalizer. But the things went other way around when Wijnaldum nodded home a second. At this point, Chelsea fans were certain of losing another away encounter to the league minnows.
The defending champions Chelsea staged a late fightback with Ramires’ wonder strike and Willian’s free-kick from distance going in to ensure they left the North East with a point. Jose Mourinho opted to start with Loic Remy in place of the suspended forward Diego Costa.
After the clash, Chelsea boss was puzzled and confused as they failed to move up the table. The Portuguese gave their first half “minus one out of 10” and said could have made “six” substitutions at the interval. The Blues are placed in the bottom six after seven league games with just eight points, winning just two of their encounters.
Chelsea have lost at Manchester City and Everton and at home to Crystal Palace. The draw might affect the confidence level of the Londoners ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League group stage fixture against Porto, with whom Mourinho first won the European championship 11 year ago. IMAGE/Lee Smith/REUTERS