Newcastle United appeared as if they were up for the challenge at Stamford Bridge in the first half, taking the game to Chelsea and clearly frustrating Jose Mourinho but with a quick goal from a short corner just minutes before halftime, that was all she wrote.
The Toon looked good in the first half, dominating possession and having some dangerous runs at the goal including a Remy Cabella shot just wide and a Moussa Sissoko shot off the post. Yoan Gouffran even had a look with a free kick that took a wonderful save to deflect, but in the second half the bottom just fell out.
Newcastle couldn't keep that momentum in the second half as it became all Chelsea. Diego Costa appeared much more confident and dangerous, picking up a goal to put the game 2-0 in the second half on a great move by Chelsea. For a while in the first half it looked as if the Toon could pull out a draw and maybe even nick three points, but Chelsea proved just too much in the end.
It was a promising game from the start, just like we saw against Burnley a few weeks ago, but the second half problems materialized once again. A strong showing from Cabella however surely helps some of the Alan Pardew critics, as he, Sissoko and Ayoze Perez looked to be Newcastle's best players for much of the match.