Goals:

1-0: Hayden (90, timed his run perfectly to head Saint-Maximim’s delivery down and inside the bottom corner)

Bookings: Hayden (55, foul); Emerson (84, simulation)

Referee: Chris Kavanagh (Manchester) – infuriated the home fans with a few strange first half decisions but improved after that. 6

Attendance: 52,217

Entertainment: **

Shots on 2 4

Shots off 5 15

Corners 1 10

Fouls 9 14

Offsides 2 3

NEWCASTLE UNITED (3-4-2-1):

7 Dubravka: Continues to make saves to help Newcastle move forward even if he would have expected to have been tested more;

7 Fernandez: Looked composed on numerous occasions to help bring stability to the backline

8 LASCELLES: Played like he had never been away from the Premier League stage to keep a tight rein of Abraham

7 Clark: Another strong defensive display to frustrate the visitors and help keep a clean sheet;

6 Krafth: Might not be a wing-back but got down the line when he could and defended well enough against Willian and Co

7 Hayden: Recovered from an early knock to stay on and even head in the last-ditch winner

5 Shelvey: Has performed better in the middle and failed to influence things like he can from the centre of the pitch

5 Willems: Not the early start the Dutchman wanted having been stretchered off with his head in his hands;

6 Saint-Maximim: A few flashes here and there without ever causing Chelsea much trouble until he delivered for the winner

6 Almiron: Typical energy from the South American and his work-rate helped ensured the Magpies kept going in both directions;

6 Joelinton: A marked improvement in performance just days after scoring in the FA Cup

Subs

Ritchie (for Willems 12): Got stuck into his first league outing since August. 6

S Longstaff (for Krafth 71)

M Longstaff (for Shelvey 84)

(not used): Darlow (gk), Schar, Lejeune, Atsu.

CHELSEA (4-3-2-1): Kepa 6; James 7 (Emerson 75), Rudiger 6, Christensen 7, Azpilicueta 7; JORGINHO 7, Kante 7, Mount 6 (Barkley 67, 5); Hudson-Odoi 5, Willian 7; Abraham 5 (Batshuayi 80). Subs (not used): Caballero (gk), Pedro, Zouma, Kovacic.

MAN OF THE MATCH: JAMAAL Lascelles – was a tower of strength at the back to thwart Chelsea on more than one occasion.