Kieran Trippier played the role of villain again but in truth, Newcastle United never really looked like winning at Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea absolutely dominated the game but could not take their chances for 90 minutes whereas Newcastle took what felt like their only chance when Callum Wilson pounced on an error by Benoit Badiashile.
It took a second-half stoppage time goal and a lot of help from a shocking referee for Chelsea to take the game to penalties where they were absolutely impeccable from 12 yards.
Trippier was at fault for Chelsea's equaliser, nodding the ball down into the path of Mykhailo Mudryk for him to finish beyond Martin Dubravka and then again, Trippier took one of the worst penalties since Chris Waddle in the shoot-out to hand the home side the advantage before Matt Ritchie saw his penalty saved.
Sky Sports pundits claimed that referee Jarred Gillett had a good game but they were clearly watching a different game to us as the Aussie ref missed three red cards.
Moises Caicedo was booked within two minutes when he dragged his studs down the back of Anthony Gordon's calf. The fact that there was no VAR saved his skin as if it was in play they'd definitely have intervened and sent him off. Caicedo obviously knew he'd got away with one as when Gordon pulled up injured in the second half, Caicedo halted Chelsea's attack and put the ball out of play.
Then Levi Colwill got away with one on the stroke of half-time too before the ref failed to book Conor Gallagher for a dive in the penalty area after having already booked Raheem Sterling for doing the same. Moments later Gallagher picked up a booking for a poor challenge which would have seen him given his marching orders had the ref done his job when he adjudged the England midfielder to have dived to try and win a penalty.
It was yet another case of the lads being far too knackered to last 90 minutes of a high-tempo game against solid opposition. The injury crisis is still taking its toll. We have a lot of shopping to do in January.
As far as Kieran Trippier goes, he needs to be nowhere near that pitch on Saturday when we face Luton. He needs a couple of games away from the first team to get his head on right because something is clearly going on with him right now.
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