Newcastle 0-3 Chelsea: Reece James double sends Blues three points clear on potentially pivotal day

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On a day in which Liverpool and Manchester City dropped points, Chelsea’s 3-0 win away at Newcastle United seemed like a big moment.

Clearly, many would have expected the side leading the Premier League to beat one of the teams currently lying in the bottom three but, as the first-half proved, these games can be difficult.

With Thomas Tuchel missing the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Timo Werner and Mason Mount, a makeshift attack of Callum Hudson-Odoi, Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz didn’t look entirely convincing.

Often, they proved wasteful in good areas and, while Zyiech was unlucky not to have seen his deflected shot go in during a fast second-half start for Chelsea, it was full-back Reece James who opened the scoring in the 65th minute with a brilliant strike into the top corner from within the Newcastle box.

Like Ben Chilwell on the opposite flank, James’ increasing goal threat adds a new dimension to this Chelsea team and the England star added to his tally just over ten minutes later with a rasping shot following some good work from Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Jorginho then sealed the victory with an 80th-minute penalty to send his side three points clear at the top of the league.

A potentially pivotal day.

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