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Chelsea secures 3-2 victory over Newcastle as Cole Palmer shines

Posted : 12 March 2024

Chelsea relieved some pressure on coach Mauricio Pochettino with a 3-2 home victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League. Cole Palmer, Chelsea's standout player this season, played a crucial role in the win, creating one goal and scoring another.


Palmer, 21, showcased his skills in midfield, catching the eye of England manager Gareth Southgate in attendance. His 11th goal of the season marked him as the sixth Chelsea player to score in five consecutive league matches.


Chelsea quickly took the lead in the sixth minute as Nicolas Jackson deflected a Palmer shot past Newcastle's goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. However, Newcastle fought back, equalizing in the 43rd minute with Alexander Isak's well-placed strike.


Chelsea regained the lead in the 57th minute when Palmer, their top scorer this season, netted a goal from outside the box. Substitute Mykhailo Mudryk extended Chelsea's lead to 3-1 in the 76th minute, dancing through Newcastle's defense and rounding Dubravka. Jacob Murphy's late fierce shot for Newcastle provided hope, but Chelsea held on for the win.


The result narrowed the gap between Newcastle in 10th and Chelsea in 11th to one point. Chelsea's fans, who had expressed discontent in a recent draw against Brentford, backed the team against Newcastle. The victory brought relief to Pochettino, with the fans leaving Stamford Bridge in a positive mood.


While both Chelsea and Newcastle have failed to meet the expectations of their owners, the win allows Pochettino some breathing room. Chelsea's only remaining hope for silverware is in the FA Cup, where they face Leicester City in the quarterfinals, while Newcastle prepares for a tough quarterfinal against Manchester City.


After the match, Pochettino acknowledged the challenge of facing a strong opponent but emphasized the importance of building something different. Despite the FA Cup being their only avenue for a trophy, Chelsea remains focused on moving forward. Newcastle manager Eddie Howe expressed frustration over defensive mistakes, acknowledging that such errors cost them the game, emphasizing the need for improvement in that aspect.


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