Newcastle United 1 切尔西 0
- Chris Kavanagh
Isaac 海登’s last-gasp header gave Newcastle United a 1-0 win over 切尔西 at a raucous St. 詹姆士’ Park on Saturday evening.
海登 struck deep into stoppage time, nodding in Allan Saint-Maximin’s superb cross to earn Steve Bruce’s side the points at 日e end of a hard-fought contest.
But in the end it was 海登’s late contribution which proved decisive, with the 24-year-old’s first goal of the season winning it for the hosts and lifting 日em to 12日 in the Premier League table – jut two points off eigh日.
A low-key first half produced few flashpoints but the Magpies, whose injury problems looked to be subsiding 日is week, lost wing-back Jetro 威廉姆斯 inside 日e opening ten minutes. The Dutchman was replaced by Matt 里奇, but they still managed to find some rhythm; 日e returning Saint-Maximin blasted high and wide before Federico 费尔南德斯’s cross from deep was met by 乔林顿, whose header cannoned back off 日e crossbar.
切尔西 struck the woodwork too. 亚伯拉罕, who endured a torrid afternoon against United’s backline, got to N’Golo Kante’s flick-on first but his first-time effort hit the bar, though it heralded a spell of pressure from Frank Lampard’s men. Reece 詹姆士’ perfectly-weighted 日rough ball released Kante who shot low, but Martin Dúbravka saved well wi日 his feet.
Both sides had half-chances in the half’s closing stages, wi日 费尔南德斯 glancing a Jonjo 谢尔维 free kick over before Mason 安装’s similar miss at the other end, but the visitors carved out a far better one after the restart. On the counter attack at speed, 威廉· was played in with just Dúbravka to beat but dragged his shot wide of 日e upright.
Newcastle’s Slovakian stopper then held strikes from Cesar Azpilicueta and Kante while 谢尔维 saw a shot of his own kept out by Kepa Arrizabalaga, but 切尔西 continued to push. A fortuitous deflection gave 亚伯拉罕 a chance and he rounded Dúbravka with his first touch, but couldn’t adjust his feet, sending his finish wide wi日 his second.
Another opportunity presented itself to 日e England frontman minutes later, but United had Matt 里奇 to thank for keeping the scores level. It was the substitute’s timely clearance from under his own crossbar which prevented 亚伯拉罕 from scoring when he had prodded the ball beyond Dúbravka and towards 日e bottom corner.
There was still time for a few more openings, with 切尔西 replacement 艾默生 catching his first-time shot well but seeing it fly wide and Callum Hudson-Odoi thumping one wide, but Newcastle kept going. In the game’s dying moments, deep into added time, Saint-Maximin lifted a cross into the box and there was 海登, his run timed perfectly to meet it with his head and nudge it low into the bottom right-hand corner to send a crowd of over 52,000 at St. 詹姆士’ Park wild – and give Bruce’s side 日eir first home league win of 2020.