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St James' Park, Newcastle (ATT 46,469) 28th November 2010 - Kick off 13:30 Ref: A Marriner

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A Carroll (6)

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S Kalou (45)

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Magpies deny Chelsea

Kalou levels after Carroll put Newcastle ahead

By Graeme Bailey.   Last Updated: 28/11/10 5:16pm

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Carroll: Opened the scoring

Carroll: Opened the scoring

Champions Chelsea failed to recapture top spot in the Premier League as they were held to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Man of the Match: Tough call with Tiote, Anelka and Malouda all playing well, but Ashley Cole was a class act, brilliant in defence and attack and never looked like tiring. Goal of the Game: Kalou's take on the way to scoring his deflected effort just edges Carroll's goal. Miss of the Match: Late on Kalou should have scored with the goal at his mercy, real poor miss. Save of the Match: Cole's goal-line clearance from Wayne Routledge's goal-bound volley was brilliant. Talking point: Chelsea avoid third straight defeat, but is four points from 15 championship material? SKY BET ODDS Chelsea are 4/11 to bounce back from another setback with a win against Everton next week. Can they do it? Bet now.

An evenly contested match on a bitterly cold day in the North East saw Newcastle go ahead when a mix-up at the back from Chelsea gifted Andy Carroll the opener.

Then just before the break the champions levelled as Salomon Kalou's deflected effort found the back of the net.

Chelsea will feel they could have won the game with Kalou guilty of missing a gilt-edged chance late on but Newcastle were not without their chances and were more than worth their point.

The point means Chelsea moved into second on goal difference above Arsenal but two points off Manchester United, whilst Newcastle are up to ninth.

Perfect start

With Sol Campbell making his first league start for the club and Steven Taylor

playing a competitive game for the first time since January, Chris Hughton's men got off to the perfect start, albeit with a helping hand from Alex.

The Brazilian, whose visit to a wintry Tyneside may have come as something of a culture shock, and keeper Petr Cech, who had already clawed away a second-minute Taylor header, were on entirely different wavelengths as they closed on a seemingly harmless through-ball.

But with Carroll hot on his heels, the defender stabbed it past Cech to allow the England striker to tap the ball into an empty net.

The Magpies could hardly believe their luck, but as they snapped into tackles with midfielder Cheik Tiote in the thick of it following his return from suspension, they made life distinctly uncomfortable for the visitors.

However, Chelsea warmed to their task as the half wore on to dominate possession, and although the home defence were proving stubborn, they gradually started to get on top.

Skipper Didier Drogba forced a fine reaction save from Tim Krul at the near post with a blistering 19th-minute drive, and full-back Jose Enrique had to clear an Alex header off the line seven minutes later.

As the Blues threw men forward, the Magpies threatened on the break with wide men Jonas Gutierrez and Wayne Routledge, in for injured captain Kevin Nolan, prospering sporadically, although the bulk of the traffic was in the opposite direction.

Carlo Ancelotti's men flexed their muscles as the half-time whistle approached, and were convinced they should have had a 43rd-minute penalty for Tiote's clumsy challenge on Ashley Cole as he burst into the area.

They got their reward in injury-time when Kalou carved his way into the penalty area and fired into the bottom corner with the help of a deflection off Taylor's out-stretched leg.

Chelsea returned in determined mood and might have increased their lead with 56 minutes gone when Drogba expertly controlled a long ball and fired in a firm left-foot shot on the turn which Tim Krul got down well to save.

Clearance

But it was the home side who went close six minutes later when Cech failed to deal with a towering cross and only succeeded in serving the ball up to Wayne Routledge on the edge of the box.

The winger controlled neatly before blasting a volley towards goal, where Cole was perfectly positioned to head off the line.

Chelsea threw everything they had at their hosts as time ran down and Drogba had a 77th-minute strike chalked off for handball, but Kalou could have won it three minutes later when Taylor, Campbell and Krul between them allowed the ball to fall to him beyond the far post, but he fired into the side-netting.

Substitute Daniel Sturridge shot wastefully across the face of goal with four minutes remaining as the champions launched a late onslaught, but Newcastle were not about to surrender a hard-earned point.

Newcastle UnitedTeam StatisticsChelsea
1Goals1
11st Half Goals1
3Shots on Target7
3Shots off Target6
0Blocked Shots7
6Corners7
10Fouls12
2Offsides1
2Yellow Cards1
0Red Cards0
75.9Passing Success85.6
22Tackles18
77.3Tackles Success66.7
43.3Possession56.7
42.1Territorial Advantage57.9

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17 Crystal Palace 4 2
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