Joe Willock’s second-half goal gave Newcastle United a 1-0 win over Chelsea at St James’s Park on Saturday and finished third in the Premier League in their final match before the World Cup.
Miguel Almiron cut inside Chelsea defender Kalidou Coulibaly and pushed the ball into Willock’s path, making a powerful first attempt, scoring his second league goal in as many games, overtaking goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.
After a fifth consecutive league win, Newcastle have 30 points and are two points behind second-placed Manchester City, while Chelsea are level with Brighton & Hove Albion on 21 points but eighth, having lost one game. played more.
Newcastle’s penalty appeal was turned down after defender Dan Byrne’s cross hit Trevoh Chaloba’s hand late in the first half, while Chelsea forward Armando Broja recorded the only shot on goal in the otherwise uneven opening period.
Five minutes after the restart, Newcastle came close to taking the lead when Joelinton kept Kieran Trippier’s cross alive but Chris Wood was unable to connect and Mendy threw the ball away.
Almiron then cut it for Sean Longstaff, who blew his effort over the bar, while Wood was inches away from meeting Willock’s fine cross minutes later as Newcastle pushed for an opener but a clinical. The edge was lacking.
Chelsea’s Conor Gallagher forced a flying save from Newcastle goalkeeper Nick Pope in the 66th minute as the visitors sprung to life, but whatever momentum he would have built up with his best attack of the game, Willock in the very next minute. Deleted it.
“I have been practicing shooting in training to be fair. I miss scoring in front of these fans so scoring a goal today is great for me and the team.”
“The manager made a good plan and we deserved to win. We were dominant in the first half and the last pass was not enough. We got goals and a clean sheet.