Chelsea managed to move into the top four in the Premier League after an impressive strike from Marcos Alonso in the 73rd minute.
Chelsea dominated in possesion, having 71% of the ball, but were left frustrated for most of the game as they could not finish their chances.
However, the constant pressure from The Pensioners finally paid off after Marcos Alonso managed hit into the back of the net, pulling Chelsea into the top four.
Christian Pulisic and Mateo Kovacic’s performances were also not to be a missed, with both substitutes having influential involvements in yesterday’s victory.
Although the result was a great one, Chelsea definitely should have scored more and made it in an easier victory than what it was.
Willian missed a header early on only five yards out after a wonderful cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Not many minutes later, the youngster then found Mason Mount, and he was left frustrated by a great stop from Martin Dubravka.
Tammy Abraham also had two clear opportunities from corners, with one of his efforts bouncing off the crossbar and the other was hit over the keeper. He also missed a golden opportunity created by Pulisic, as DeAndre Yedlin miraculously managed to deny his US compatriot a third Premier League assist.
Despite this, Chelsea were not threatened by Newcastle in the game and Kepa spent most of the afternoon with a pipe and slippers. However, credit does needs to be handed to the Chelsea defence and midfield who kept their focus, despite a couple of minor scares. Even with the clean sheet, Fikayo Tomori and Kurt Zouma did leave the Stamford Bridge faithful wanting after a couple of mistakes which would be pounced upon by a better side.
Barkley came off early in the first half, after picking up a knock to his ankle in the early stages, and Azpilicueta supposedly picked up a knock in the first half too. However, he seemed to have shrugged it off until the last few minutes of the game, where he was in visible discomfort.
Chelsea will be delighted with how many chances they created, and the performance in the second half will be appreciated even more with the absences of N’Golo Kante, Loftus-Cheek, Andreas Christensen and Antonio Rudiger, proving the quality and potential of squad Lampard has.
The manager was spirited in his post match presser, and who can blame him after going on a five match unbeaten spree for the first time in his managerial career?
“In the second half you saw a spirit and energy in the team,” Lampard said. “Today was tough, we had a bit of a problem and we solved it with the way we played in the second half. The players need to be brave. We’re not going to go long unless it’s an option needed to change things up. It could have been an option we needed later on today but we got our reward.”
“We moved the ball side to side but not with enough urgency to take people out of the game.”
Lampard’s words should inspire the team, as he is slowly building the side in his image, and yesterday’s gritty result from the youngsters shows this. Up next for Chelsea is Ajax in the Champions League, a team renowned for their youth development. Chelsea’s young lions will be looking to get their sixth successive win of the season in testing conditions, and it will no-doubt be an enticing fixture which we here at the Echo look forward to covering.