RADIO CLIVE'S FIVE: NEWCASTLE V CHELSEA
Throughout the season former player Clive Walker provides radio and TV commentary on Chelsea's games. Here he selects five aspects from Saturday's high-scoring defeat on Tyneside that caught his eye…
1. I said during my commentary that the Demba Ba incident with Fabricio Coloccini had to be a sending-off offence and a penalty. If anywhere on a football field someone does an overhead kick and boots someone in the face then it is dangerous play. Even if the ref was in the wrong position, there has to be a good chance the assistant sees it. In that circumstance if a player successfully puts the ball in the back of the net then perhaps it is just a yellow card, but in this case Ba came close to scoring in an open goal.
2. It was a very different Newcastle performance to ones I saw earlier in the season. They were dropping like a stone but they have been brave in bringing four or five new players in and it looks to have changed their mind set.
3. There was much more enthusiasm from Newcastle but still Chelsea managed to be the better side for long periods, especially after half-time. We had a more positive attitude then and we scored great goals, and that can have a big effect on the way you play. Unfortunately we got caught by counter-attacks.
3. At 2-2 either side looked like they could score again, but Chelsea are going through a period when we are losing control of games for spells, which could be due to a mix of reasons. A dip in confidence could be one. We do have some young players in the side as well as the experienced ones, and when you are just back from a long injury as is the case with John Terry you do have to try to get your own game spot on, and it is very difficult covering for others. Although it is what he will always want to do, it is hard to help everyone else on the pitch when you are trying to get yourself right.
5. We can critical about the goals Newcastle were allowed to score but despite losing, we also have to praise the ones we did score ourselves. The first was typical Frank Lampard with his right foot and there was also a shot with his left foot he put over the crossbar, and he will be disappointed about that. Juan Mata was brilliant, and he is coming so good for us that you can see the possibility of another Chelsea legend in the making.