Editor’s Note: The ticket prices (£52 – 55) meant that we decided not to attend and cover it as we have every competitive first team fixture for as long as anyone can remember here. The prices at Stamford Bridge, combined with transport and other costs, particularly at this time of year meant it was straightforwardly prohibitive. We also had regular match reporters who simply knocked it on the head on a point of principle. They are right too. Some of those writers are based in London. We were priced out.
No match report you will read from this game will quote the ticket prices. That just isn’t right.
So, we didn’t get the widely predicted pasting at Stamford Bridge but we did lose convincingly. We have received some praise for our first half performance but frankly that is what we are about isn’t it? Plucky underdogs, attempting to pull-off the odd surprising victory over the “big-boys”, forgiven for a lack of possession and patronised at the end for being plucky. We’ll go home to the sticks as bumpkins, patted on the head as canny little triers and the Geordies will lap all that patter up. They love a good loser up there. Sorry, but I have too much love and respect for Newcastle United Football Club to meekly accept this role. You tug your forelock if you like.
Aye, I know the cold, corporate economic argument of Premier League football and where we are happily digging our own grave in it these days. But maybe its just me, I’ll never be happy supporting Newcastle United as an also-ran. I will always believe in the potential and power of Newcastle United and of the North East’s ability to be home to a genuine force in football. Hey, maybe I’m one of those deluded Geordies Paul Merson, Robbie Savage, Stan Collymore and other members of the football brains trust talk about.
As decent as we were in the first half, bar the aberrations from Capitano Colo and the returning Tim Krul (thank God) we were unable to cope with an increased intensity from Chelsea in the second half and it was always unlikely we were going to get back into the game once we’d conceded the first.
There were flashes from Cabella to hint at why we invested £11m in him and that is a positive to take from the game. However, that defeat means we have won one game in the last eight. Be grateful for that if you like.
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