Premier League - Newcastle hold Chelsea

Sun, 15 May 15:19:00 2011

Steven Taylor scored two minutes into time added on as Newcastle held Chelsea to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League.

Match Highlights: Chelsea

Chelsea twice led in their final home match of the season only to be twice pegged back by a lively Newcastle side, who will be happy with a point despite remaining without a win at Stamford Bridge since 1986.

Branislav Ivanovic struck the opener for Chelsea on two minutes when he thumped home Fernando Torres's headed flick-on from Frank Lampard's corner.

Newcastle levelled on 10 minutes when Ryan Taylor's free-kick from distance thumped off the frame of Jonas Gutierrez before flying into the net with Petr Cech heading in the opposite direction.

Chelsea seemed to have grabbed the winner on 83 minutes when Alex popped up to bullet home a header after Newcastle keeper Tim Krul came and missed Lampard's free-kick.

Newcastle had the final say when Taylor popped up in a crowded area to headed beyond Cech after substitute Nile Ranger had sent a header back into the traffic from Ryan Taylor's corner for his team-mate to apply the finish from six yards out.

The goal prompted scenes of joy on the visiting bench as Newcastle manager Alan Pardew celebrated with some gusto on the touchline.

It was little more than Newcastle deserved for an intelligent counter-attacking strategy that asked questions of Chelsea all afternoon.

The game reached a frantic conclusion in the second half after an energetic opening saw plenty of attacking intent from both teams with no clear-cut chances on a sultry afternoon in London.

Ryan Taylor saw a free-kick held by Cech on 64 minutes while Fabricio Coloccini knocked Ashley Cole's ball out of the box on 76 minutes when the England defender perhaps should have gone for goal rather than try to supply Didier Drogba.

Chelsea seem to have an eye on next season having relinquished their Premier League title to Manchester United on Saturday.

Sir Alex Ferguson's side collected the point they needed to claim the crown with a 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers.

Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote was not risked to prevent him starting the new season with a suspension. The Ivory Coast international is unlikely to figure in the final match of the season against West Brom after picking up his 14th booking last weekend

Florent Malouda, Michael Essien and Didier Drogba were all introduced midway through the second half for Chelsea after young Josh McEachran had been given a start with speculation continuing to swirl around the future of Drogba.

Whether or not this proves to be Carlo Ancelotti's final home match as Chelsea manager remains to be seen.


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