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Unfair challenge on Daniel Sturridge by Ryan Taylor results in a free kick. The referee shows Ryan Taylor a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. The referee books John Terry for dissent. Branislav Ivanovic takes the free kick.
Daniel Sturridge gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea.Ramires provided the assist for the goal.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Blocked by Danny Simpson. Salomon Kalou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Fernando Torres takes a shot. Ryan Taylor gets a block in. Salomon Kalou fires in a goal from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 0-2 Chelsea.The assist for the goal came from Fernando Torres.
Danny Simpson receives a caution for dissent.
Shot by Danny Guthrie from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
Salomon Kalou takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Fernando Torres challenges James Perch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Sturridge goes into the book. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Effort from inside the area by Demba Ba misses to the left of the goal.
Shot by Ramires. Blocked by James Perch.
Daniel Sturridge takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Demba Ba. Petr Cech restarts play with the free kick.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, save made by Petr Cech.
Sammy Ameobi takes a shot. Save made by Petr Cech.
Shola Ameobi takes a shot.
Fernando Torres comes on in place of Didier Drogba.
Didier Drogba challenges Sammy Ameobi unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
(Chelsea) makes a substitution, with Salomon Kalou coming on for Juan Mata.
Effort from 12 yards by Sammy Ameobi. Clearance made by John Terry.
Juan Mata has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Yohan Cabaye, clearance made by Didier Drogba.
Sammy Ameobi comes on in place of Peter Lovenkrands.
Foul by Yohan Cabaye on Daniel Sturridge, free kick awarded. David Luiz takes the direct free kick.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor.
Didier Drogba gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ryan Taylor. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
The ball is crossed by Peter Lovenkrands, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
Raul Meireles joins the action as a substitute, replacing Frank Lampard.
Ryan Taylor sends in a cross.
The ball is crossed by Gabriel Obertan, Ramires manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, clearance by Steven Taylor.
Shot from outside the area by Shola Ameobi misses to the left of the target.
Frank Lampard has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target. Didier Drogba has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the goal.
Inswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line, Didier Drogba makes a clearance. Ramires takes a shot. Tim Krul makes a save. Corner taken short by Juan Mata.
Effort from close in by Didier Drogba goes wide left of the target.
Shola Ameobi challenges Juan Mata unfairly and gives away a free kick. Petr Cech takes the free kick.
Peter Lovenkrands delivers the ball, Shola Ameobi takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
Danny Guthrie takes a shot. Blocked by John Terry.
The ball is crossed by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Branislav Ivanovic.
Ryan Taylor crosses the ball, Branislav Ivanovic makes a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Yohan Cabaye, John Terry makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Taylor, clearance by Branislav Ivanovic.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the left by-line.
Danny Guthrie sends in a cross.
Juan Mata takes a shot. James Perch gets a block in.
Hatem Ben Arfa leaves the field to be replaced by Shola Ameobi.
Peter Lovenkrands gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Branislav Ivanovic. Petr Cech takes the direct free kick.
Didier Drogba crosses the ball, clearance made by James Perch.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Sturridge.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, save by Tim Krul.
Demba Ba is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Petr Cech.
The ball is delivered by Juan Mata, Didier Drogba finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Newcastle 0-1 Chelsea.Juan Mata provided the assist for the goal.
The ball is crossed by Branislav Ivanovic.
Juan Mata takes a shot. Steven Taylor gets a block in.
Danny Guthrie produces a cross, Header from close range by Demba Ba bounces off the post. Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Oriol Romeu manages to make a clearance. Effort from just outside the area by Ryan Taylor goes over the bar.
Frank Lampard sends in a cross, save made by Tim Krul.
Shot from just outside the area by Oriol Romeu misses to the left of the target.
Unfair challenge on Ramires by Danny Guthrie results in a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Juan Mata, James Perch manages to make a clearance.
The ball is sent over by Danny Simpson, clearance by Juan Mata.
Corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, clearance by Gabriel Obertan.
Corner taken by Juan Mata played to the near post, clearance made by Gabriel Obertan.
The ball is crossed by Juan Mata, Ryan Taylor makes a clearance.
Fabricio Coloccini goes off and James Perch comes on.
The ball is delivered by Peter Lovenkrands, Demba Ba takes a shot. Save by Petr Cech. Corner from the left by-line taken by Ryan Taylor, clearance by John Terry.
Effort on goal by Daniel Sturridge from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
Daniel Sturridge has an effort at goal from outside the area which goes wide right of the goal.
Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in.
Daniel Sturridge produces a drilled right-footed shot from deep inside the area and strikes the post. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Juan Mata, save made by Tim Krul.
The ball is swung over by Yohan Cabaye, Oriol Romeu manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Ryan Taylor, clearance by David Luiz.
Didier Drogba fouled by Yohan Cabaye, the ref awards a Penalty. Placed penalty taken by Frank Lampard saved by Tim Krul. Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, save made by Petr Cech.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick.
Oriol Romeu challenges Hatem Ben Arfa unfairly and gives away a free kick. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
The ball is swung over by Daniel Sturridge, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Danny Guthrie takes a shot. John Terry gets a block in. Didier Drogba concedes a free kick for a foul on Fabricio Coloccini. Ryan Taylor takes the direct free kick.
Foul by David Luiz on Demba Ba, free kick awarded. David Luiz receives a yellow card. Ryan Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Hatem Ben Arfa gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Didier Drogba. Direct free kick taken by Ramires.
Pardew wants fourth place for Christmas
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has challenged his players to take the chance to enjoy Christmas dinner sitting in fourth place in the Barclays Premier League table.
The Magpies head into the home clash with Chelsea sitting in exactly that position and a point clear of Andre Villas-Boas' men.
With home games against promoted Swansea and West Brom to come after next weekend's trip to Norwich, Pardew's men have been presented with an opportunity to extend their stay in the upper reaches of the table.
Full-back Ryan Taylor said: "When we play Chelsea on Saturday, we are one point above them now and to think we would be four points above them if we beat them, that would be massive going into Christmas.
"The Gaffer mentioned today, 'Imagine having your Christmas dinner sitting in fourth position'.
"What a fantastic achievement that would be for a club that before the season started, people were writing off after losing so many players.
"It just shows the quality we have got in their place."
Even within the camp, where the belief was that a re-shaped squad could still prosper this season, there was little expectation that they might fare so well during the opening months of the campaign.
However, having already amassed 26 points towards their first target of 40, they are in little move to ease off even if they are able to enjoy the festivities still rubbing shoulders with the big boys.
Taylor said: "I'd rather crack open a bottle of champagne sitting in fourth place in May.
"Having Christmas dinner sitting in fourth would be a great achievement, but I am sure we can kick on from there.
"Once we try to get to that point where people say you need 40 points, then I'm sure a few can maybe relax and show a bit more and we can express ourselves a bit more."
It promises be an emotional afternoon on Tyneside as the club pays its respects to former midfielder Gary Speed following his untimely death.
In addition, the game will be the first to be played at St James' Park since it was controversially re-named the Sports Direct Arena.
Pardew will once again be without injured midfielder Cheik Tiote, while winger Jonas Gutierrez is suspended.
Meanwhile, Villas-Boas has insisted Chelsea do not need to play Daniel Sturridge at centre-forward to help them arrest their alarming slump.
Sturridge's performances have been one of few positives for the Blues during the nightmare run that has piled the pressure on new manager Villas-Boas in recent weeks.
Sturridge is the club's joint top scorer this season on seven goals, despite playing almost exclusively on the right of a three-man attack.
Indeed, he has netted as many times as Fernando Torres, Didier Drogba, Nicolas Anelka and Romelu Lukaku combined, the four forwards Villas-Boas has entrusted to spearhead the attack this season.
The Chelsea boss explained his plans to Sturridge after taking charge during the summer but that has not prevented the 22-year-old repeatedly declaring his desire to occupy a more central role, most recently after making his England debut in last month's friendly win over Sweden.
Yet, Villas-Boas said ahead of the game at Newcastle: "There is no purpose in using Daniel up front.
"Our conversation at the beginning of the season was that we saw his potential on the wings - not only myself but also (Fabio) Capello and (former Chelsea manager Carlo) Ancelotti.
"We know he likes the striker position. It doesn't mean that he cannot perform it to the best and, if needs be, we will use him.
"But he will be here with us always counting most likely as a right winger."
Blues back to best to beat Toon
Chelsea got back on track with a much-needed 3-0 victory as Andre Villas-Boas' men leapfrogged Newcastle into the Barclays Premier League's top four.
Didier Drogba's third goal of the season was the platform for a victory sealed by late goals from Salomon Kalou and Daniel Sturridge.
Magpies keeper Tim Krul pulled off a string of fine saves, including one from Frank Lampard's 14th-minute penalty, to keep the visitors at bay before the late flurry, but the home side were denied by the woodwork on three separate occasions.
Victory will have come as a relief to under-pressure Villas-Boas, who had seen his side lose three of their last four games, while opposite number Alan Pardew could once again be proud of a team which started the game without Cheik Tiote and Leon Best and lost central defenders Fabricio Coloccini and Steven Taylor before the end of it.
If Lady Luck smiled on Newcastle in the draw at Old Trafford last weekend, when they were awarded the most dubious of penalties, she turned her back on them this time around.
There were just four minutes gone when Yohan Cabaye slid the ball in behind David Luiz to put Demba Ba in on goal. The Brazilian's response was to cynically haul down the striker a yard or two outside the penalty area with only keeper Petr Cech standing between him and the opening goal.
Referee Mike Dean took his time to make up his mind, but then, inexplicably in the eyes of the bulk of a crowd of 52,305, produced only a yellow card.
It was an issue Pardew no doubt sought to address when he met the official as he left the pitch at half-time with his team trailing 1-0, although the scoreline could have been markedly different.
The Newcastle boss had attempted to counteract Chelsea's 4-3-3 formation by playing Peter Lovenkrands in an advanced role on the left hand side with the usual occupant, Jonas Gutierrez, suspended.
But all the ploy achieved was to highlight how much protection the Argentinian gives full-back Ryan Taylor, who found himself repeatedly exposed to the pace of Sturridge.
The fledgling England international needed no second invitation as he tore into the Magpies, and had it not been for the excellence of Krul, the visitors might have ben out of sight by the break.
It was he who lured Cabaye into an injudicious 13th-minute challenge inside the penalty area which gave Mr Dean little choice but to point to the spot, although Krul dived to his left to turn Lampard's effort on to the post.
The same upright came to Krul's rescue two minutes later when Sturridge rattled it with a rising drive, and he twice denied the striker one-on-one as Chelsea attacked in waves.
They eventually took the lead seven minutes before the break when Cabaye switched off long enough to allow Mata to collect Ashley Cole's throw-in and cross for Drogba to head home.
Despite being good value for their advantage, the visitors had come under some pressure, and Cech had to pull off a fine reaction save to keep out Ba's audacious 24th-minute flick from Lovenkrands' cross.
The Senegal international was unfortunate to see a 35th-minute header come back off the post, and John Terry was relieved to see his attempted clearance drop wide of the goal after blasting the ball straight at team-mate Luiz.
Lovenkrands found himself playing as an orthodox left-sided midfielder after the break when Pardew replaced Hatem Ben Arfa with striker Shola Ameobi and adopted a 4-4-2 formation.
They immediately looked a greater threat, although they might have fallen further behind seven minutes after the restart when Drogba chested down Branislav Ivanovic's cross at the far post, but fired wide.
The Chelsea striker hit the bar with 55 minutes gone, but he did so at the wrong end as he beat Ba to Cabaye's corner, and Ramires was denied by Krul as the visitors counter-attacked at lightning pace from the rebound.
Ameobi shot just wide from distance in an increasingly open encounter with the home side gearing up for a big push.
Younger brother Sammy Ameobi was denied a 74th-minute equaliser when Terry cleared his volley off the line, and Shola saw his piledriver come back of the bar with Cech helpless six minutes later.
But with Steven Taylor having to leave the pitch injured, Kalou struck from close range in the final minutes of normal time and Sturridge made it three in stoppage time to give the scoreline a slightly flattering appearance.
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