THE DATA DAY: NEWCASTLE UNITED V CHELSEA

Posted on: Mon 04 Feb 2013

We played our part in a thriller on Tyneside, but were just edged out by a Newcastle side that underwent major reconstructive surgery in January.

The home side had 21 shots to our 17, but found the target with 11 to our five.

Frank Lampard and Newcastle's matchwinner Moussa Sissoko attempted six shots apiece, and in doing so, Lampard struck his 10th Premier League goal of the season. It is the 10th season in a row he has reached that milestone, and he is the first man to do so.

In a game with plenty of attacking verve, there was also plenty of heroic last-ditch defending - we had five shots blocked, Newcastle four. Steven Taylor, who survived a late penalty appeal, made four on his own.

Chelsea had the better of possession, boasting 54 per cent, but Newcastle's 83 per cent success rate bettered our 79. It is perhaps a sign we are missing the presence of John Mikel Obi, who this season averages a 90 per cent success rate in the Premier League.

Lampard completed 49 of 63 passes, one less than Yohann Cabaye, the most frequent passer. Juan Mata misplaced just seven of 53.

We completed only 87 passes in the final third, our fewest since hosting Manchester City back in November. One of those came from Fernando Torres for Juan Mata'a 16th goal of the season. Mata completed 20 of those 87, Lampard 15.

Newcastle's Davide Santon created two chances, and was rewarded with two assists.

There was a change of approach from the Blues in the second half. We peppered the home side's box with 25 crosses compared to nine in a quieter first half. This pressure led to Newcastle attempting 56 clearances across the 90 minutes.

Rafael Benitez said Chelsea must improve our defence of the counter-attack, and Newcastle were certainly effective in the turnover. They made 23 interceptions and one deep in their own half was responsible for their second goal.

The Blues committed only five fouls but received three yellow cards.

Ryan Bertrand was selected on the left wing, possibly to deal with the attacking threat of Mathieu Debuchy. He won all four of his attempted tackles on the day, while Oscar won four from five. Nobody else won more.