90 min: Sutton has just given Batshuayi the Man of the Match awarded as the co-comm wants to give the striker some more confidence. That’s nice. Two minutes of injury-time for us all to get through.
88 min: Batshuayi picks up a throw out the left, drops his shoulder in order to leave Saivet on his arse but Darlow stays big to stop his shot from close range.
86 min: Chelsea are passing it around because there is no need to do much else in the final few minutes. I think this has been the FA Cup’s testimonial.
Your dream has come true, Nate.
“Can we have a bit of Hudson-Odoi?”
81 min: Barkley plays the ball out to Zappacosta on the right, he cuts in onto his left and fires in a shot from 25 yards, which Darlow tips over. Hudson-Odoi is now on for Pedro, so we will not get to see Fabregas in the end.
79 min: Newcastle won a corner, which is about as good as it has got for them in this half. It does not clear the first man but Murphy volleys the clearance back, alas straight at Caballero.
77 min: Jacob Murphy is coming on for Manquillo. We can assume he is not coming on at right-back. Kante off for Ampadu, too.
76 min: Now we are getting to see the return of Fabregas. Everyone is getting a runout here. It is all very slow at Stamford Bridge. I think Newcastle would accept leaving Karl Darlow with the ball for the final 15 minutes and wait it out.
74 min: Zappacosta gets his on back on Haidara for the challenge in the first-half but the left-back gets back up eventually, so no harm.
GOAL! Alonso is at again. On this occasion he lifts a free-kick up and over the wall from 20 yards, and to put the icing on the cake he curls wonderfully into the top corner. Oooooof!
GOAL! Chelsea 3-0 Newcastle (Alonso, 72)
A great free-kick from Alonso!
70 min: Newcastle do some rare attacking as Ritchie puts in an early cross from deep but, despite good movement, Joselu just can’t get on the end of it and Chelsea manage to clear. Barkley is coming on…
68 min: Chelsea have a good spell in and around the box but neither Hazard nor Zappacosta can find anything other than a Newcastle player with their crosses. Chelsea do get a corner in the end.
66 min: Darlow is now just kicking for territory as he sends a goal-kick 70 yards up the pitch but straight out of play. There is not much up there for him to aim for in a black and white shirt, to be fair to the goalkeeper.
64 min: Joselu is coming on for Newcastle, which might result in a turnaround in fortunes for Newcastle but almost certainly will not. But we can all find out together. Obviously, Gayle is the man going off. He tried, which is the key.
62 min: The lull in the game just allows the Newcastle fans to open up their lungs and sing about their owner, Mr Michael Ashley. The words are still the same and quite negative. Will he sell up?
60 min: Newcastle win a free-kick out wide, which Shlevey bends in but it’s slow and looping, so it really isn’t too hard to clear. The visitors look like they are going through the motions now.
58 min: Hazard is called offside after he chases a pass through the middle but it turns out he was in his own half. Where’s the wonderful VAR when you need it?
56 min: Alonso once again proves how wonderful his left foot can be when he steadies himself to receive a cross from Zappacosta, and when the ball does arrive he smashes a shot which deflects off Manquillo, helping Darlow to get to the ball and palm it away.
55 min: Gayle goes down after flicking on a pass when being challenged by Cahill. The defender catches Gayle near the ankle. Everyone shakes hands at the end and they are all friends again.
53 min: Shelvey has looked good on the ball for Newcastle today, if only they had someone ahead of him worth passing to. Clark is the next man to realise there is no one worth passing to and then shouts at Gayle as the ball heads out of play.
51 min: The tempo has certainly dropped in the half both on the pitch and in the crowd. It livens up as Newcastle clear a cross from Rudiger straight to Pedro who whips the ball over the bar from 18 yards.
49 min: If you fly on Delta you can great free wifi to use for messaging on iMessage, Facebook and something else. That is all I have found out in this half so far and that came from the hoardings.
47 min: Nothing has happened so far. Maybe both teams have accepted the result and will just save their legs. But…wait! Chris Sutton says 2-0 is a “dangerous scoreline” so it’s game on!
The teams are back out. And all 22 players are the same as the ones who finished the first-half.
A great day for Michy stats.
Is there a way back for Newcastle? Probably not. But at least we will get another 45 minutes to find out. Dwight Gayle really is a Championship striker. Surely Rafa will bring someone in before the deadline.
Batshuayi is on fire (in the FA Cup).
Half-time: Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle
Newcastle looked to be Chelsea’s equals for the majority of the half but the home team have shown their quality thanks to a superb pass from Pedro to help with the first and then a clinical break, helped by the final movement of Batshuayi. Newcastle have had a few chances but Gayle has looked lost up top and he needs more support if they are to get back into the game.
45+2 min: Shelvey smashes a low shot from 25 yards, which is deflected but Caballero reacts well to push it behind. The corner also results in a great save as he gets down to palm a toe-poked shot from Mbemba.
GOAL! The combination of Hazard and Batshuayi works again as Chelsea break down the pitch with the former playing in the latter, allowing the striker to smash one at goal, Lascelles slides in to block the ball but it bounces off the defender and over the goalkeeper, looping into the net.
GOAL! Chelsea 2-0 Newcastle (Batshuayi, 44)
A good break ends in the second.
43 min: Chelsea set their own downfall by trying to play out the back when under pressure from a number of Newcastle players, with Drinkwater eventually being dispossessed by Shelvey who takes the ball forward and fires in a shot from 20 yards straight at Caballero.
40 min: Rudiger decides to surprise everyone by jogging up to 30 yards from goal, controlling a pass and then putting the ball onto his left foot and curling it just past the post and a despairing Darlow. That would have been a stunning goal.
38 min: Hazard sends in a corner which Darlow gets nowhere near, the goalkeeper tries to dive at the feet of a Chelsea attacker before retreating to his goal, as his defenders clear the danger.
36 min: Gayle does well to spin Rudiger 25 yards from goal, the striker then dribbles into the box and fires a shot across Caballero but the goalkeeper gets down to it easily.
35 min: Chris Sutton claims “there’s nothing wrong with the Checkatrade Trophy”. I would beg to differ. Now they are talking about George Weah. An anecdote about Sutton naming an animal after him has emerged. Now back to the football.
33 min: Newcastle could have been back in it but Gayle fails to anticipate Haidara’s great cross into the six-yard box which bounces through as the striker fails to make any movement towards the ball.
WHAT A PASS! Pedro sends a wonderful 30-yard pass over the top for Hazard to get on the end of. He pulls the Newcastle defence apart and then lays it into his compatriot, Batshuayi, to tap into an empty net from a few yards.
30 min: Drinkwater decides to prove my point by sending a 40-yard pass straight at the goalkeeper. Speed it up, Danny.
29 min: Drinkwater and Kante are not providing the dynamism needed in central midfield. Everything is looking very slow in the centre of the park, currently. Conte might be looking to make a change sooner rather than later.
27 min: Chelsea are trying to pepper the goal but Alonso and Pedro both have shots blocked inside the area. Alonso is claiming he was fouled when he took his shot but there was nothing in it.
25 min: Shelvey sends the ball out to Haidara who does very well to work some space on the wing, he then sends in a cross to the front post where Shelvey has made a run to, he diverts the ball towards the bottom corner but Caballero reacts well to send it behind.
23 min: Oh Marcos Alonso! The Spaniard tries to send a pass across the pitch but instead just thwacks the ball into the face of Hayden who is a couple of yards away. The Newcastle man hits the deck and is now receiving treatment from the medics. That has got to hurt!
21 min: Ritchie intercepts a poor pass 25 yards from goal, lays the ball into Gayle inside the area but the striker decides against shooting for some reason and instead fails to give it back to Ritchie, who was not happy with his team-mate. Newcastle need to do better in those situations.
20 min: The Newcastle fans are singing with some gusto about Mike Ashley. They want him to sell the club. I will not repeat the words here as they are not very nice – they make reference to his weight and then swear a little.
18 min: Hazard gets up off the ground but might feel like he should not have bothered as he curls the free-kick from 18 yards straight into the wall.
16 min: Mbemba slides in and gets the ball from Hazard but the referee decides it was a foul for some reason or other. The same happens again a few moments later on the edge of the box but it definitely was a foul on this occasion. The second one results in the Chelsea man being hurt and Mbemba going in the book.
15 min: Zappacosta is currently hobbling around the right-wing as he looks to rid himself of discomfort. Moses is warming up, just in case.
13 min: Zappacosta is getting some treatment to his right ankle and his sock. Haidara caught him trying to block the cross and there was certainly no malice involved.
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