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Chelsea edge Newcastle as PL unbeaten run reaches four games for the first time in a year

Chelsea edge Newcastle as PL unbeaten run reaches four games for the first time in a year

Chelsea finally bagged a much-needed victory against a side above them in the Premier League table, edging out Newcastle United 3-2 at Stamford Bridge.

Another brilliant display from Chelsea’s golden boy Cole Palmer saw the Blues claim only their fourth success against teams starting the day above them in the table after 28 attempts.

Mauricio Pochettino’s troops wasted no time in making their intentions known, as a defensive mishap from Newcastle allowed Nicolas Jackson to flick home a scuffed shot from Palmer inside the opening six minutes.

Jackson’s strike, his ninth of the season, may have allowed Chelsea to snatch an opener, but it was Newcastle that had a brighter start to the end-to-end contest.

Despite grabbing their earliest Premier League goal at Stamford Bridge since 2018, Chelsea struggled to assert themselves in the contest, and Newcastle pounced to restore parity through Alexander Isak.

After failing to clear their lines, Isak pounced on a loose ball before curling an expert finish beyond the outstretched hands of Dorde Petrovic and into the bottom corner on the stroke of half time.

The first-half showing from Chelsea was below par, to say the least, but whatever under-fire Pochettino told the team at the interval worked wonders as the Blues emerged from the tunnel firing on all cylinders.

Palmer once again took centre stage, finding space between the lines before unleashing a low shot that beat Martin Dubravka at the near post, taking his tally to 19 goal contributions (11 goals, eight assists) in his debut campaign at Stamford Bridge.

Moments later, Raheem Sterling had a chance to land a potential killer blow but squandered a one-on-one chance. However, substitute Mykhailo Mudryk stepped up with a moment of magic after replacing the Englishman.

The Ukrainian winger weaved his way into the box before coolly rounding Dubravka to make it 3-1, handing Chelsea a vital two-goal cushion heading into the final quarter-hour.

Mudryk’s strike proved crucial as Jacob Murphy pulled one back for Newcastle late on to spark a nervy finish, but Chelsea held on to secure a crucial three points.

The victory extended Chelsea’s unbeaten streak to four consecutive Premier League games for the first time in a year, moving them to within a point of Newcastle.

However, they remain in the bottom half, albeit with a game in hand.

Both teams will now turn their attention to the FA Cup quarter-finals this weekend, keen to salvage their seasons with silverware that guarantees a place in the Europa League next term.

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