Newcastle v Chelsea player ratings

Chelsea’s patchy form under Rafael Benitez continued as they lost at St James’ Park. Here’s how we rated the players in their 3-2 defeat against Newcastle.

Petr Cech: 7
May feel he could have done better for Newcastle’s third goal, but overall he had a solid game. Produced a couple of good saves and commanded his area well.

Branislav Ivanovic: 5
Played a part in Chelsea’s second goal but did not venture forward much – mainly because he had his hands full dealing with Johan Gouffran, who got the better of him.

John Terry: 7
Did well on his first league start since November. Produced several vital interceptions and reads the game so well.

Gary Cahill: 5
Didn’t fare so well at the back. Well blow his best; hesitant, sloppy with the ball and given problems by the pace of Newcastle’s attack.

Ashley Cole: 7
Used his pace and defensive ability to good effect. Solid as Chelsea were forced to soak up pressure.

Ramires: 5
Fortunate not to be sent off following a reckless challenge on Jonas Gutierrez and was outshone by Moussa Sissoko in midfield. Definitely not one of the Brazilian’s better displays.

Frank Lampard: 7
Another who struggled against Newcastle’s excellent midfield, but he did cause problems for the Magpies and took his goal really well.

Oscar: 6
Had a couple of decent efforts on goal but was quiet overall. Well contained by the home defence.

Juan Mata: 8
As well as his goal he was classy throughout. At the centre of much of Chelsea’s best work and rarely gave the ball away.

Ryan Bertrand: 5
Not for the first time recently he looked completely lost in his more advanced position, offering nothing in attack and not much defensive cover either.

Demba Ba: 6
An unhappy return to St James’ Park for the former Newcastle striker, who was forced off before half-time after taking a boot in the face. Looked dangerous early on and his injury was suffered as he almost put Chelsea ahead.

Fernando Torres: 6
Struggled to get into the game after coming on but he did well in the build-up to Mata’s goal.



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