Newcastle vs Chelsea player ratings as one Blues star gets a four

Chelsea kept up their 100 percent start to the Premier League season by snatching a 2-1 win at a stubborn Newcastle United on Sunday, grabbing victory thanks to a late own goal by DeAndre Yedlin.

Eden Hazard had blasted Chelsea ahead in the 76th minute from the penalty spot after Swiss defender Fabian Schar had tripped Marcos Alonso, allowing the visitors a breakthrough after they had monopolised possession.

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez had played a dogged 5-4-1 formation in an effort to shut out his former club. They created little at the other end, but they drew level when Spanish forward Joselu headed in at the near post in the 83rd minute.

Chelsea got back in front with a fortuitous goal four minutes later from Yedlin, who had stretched his foot out to block a shot from Alonso which had looked to be going wide.

Here is how our man at St James’ Park John Cross rated the players…

Newcastle

Dubravka 7

Some terrific saves, even got close to Hazard’s match winning penalty.

Yedlin 6

In the eye of the storm. Clear elbow on Giroud, an assist and an own goal.

Fernandez 7

Booked. Solid as a rock in defence, gave Morata no change at all.

Schar 6

Booked. Conceded the penalty with clumsy challenge, spoiled good debut.

Clark 7

No frills, no nonsense and a very determined display in defence.

Dummett 6

Determined and hard working, it was all hands on deck. Solid.

Murphy 6

Hard working display in midfield but was sacrificed early.

Ki 6

Covered lots of ground but offers little going forward for Newcastle.

Diame 6

Powerful and physical presence in midfield. Intimidating figure.

Ritchie 6

Booked. Gave Hazard some rough treatment and deserved yellow card.

Rondon 6

What a handful, fantastic physical threat but did miss a big chance.

Substitutes

Joselu, for Rondon, 62 mins, 7
Perez, for Murphy, 73 mins, 6
Muto, for Schar, 79 mins

Chelsea

Arrizabalaga 6

Quiet afternoon, could have put his feet up but for Joselu’s header.

Azpilicueta 7

Terrific performance. Strong defensively, powerful in attack

Rudiger 7

Smashed a 35 yard shot against the bar and solid in defence.

Luiz 6

Enraged Newcastle fans with one challenge, but generally good.

Alonso 8

Won the penalty and set up the own goal. Excellent in attack and defence.

Jorginho 7

Everything goes through him in midfield, very good distribution. Class.

Kante 7

Prem’s best defensive midfielder now asked to play No8 role. Baffling.

Kovacic 7

Booked. Got the yellow card after being undone by Yedlin’s pace.

Pedro 7

His pace and movement caused problems, went close a few times.

Hazard 8

MotM. Scored the all important penalty, always lively and the difference for Chelsea.

Morata 4

Absolutely hopeless. Even unwittingly blocked Azpilicueta’s goal bound shot.

Substitutes

Giroud, for Morata, 66 mins, 7
Willian, for Padro, 68 mins, 6
Barkley, for Kovacic, 79 mins

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