Premier League - Sissoko nets double on home debut to floor Chelsea

Premier League, St James' Park - Newcastle United 3 (Gutierrez 41, Sissoko 68, 89) Chelsea 2 (Lampard 55, Mata 61)

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Newcastle United's French midfielder, Moussa Sissoko celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at St James Park

Moussa Sissoko scored twice on his home debut as Newcastle United fought back to seal a thrilling 3-2 win over Chelsea at St James' Park.

The home side moved ahead on 41 minutes courtesy of a Jonas Gutierrez header only for Rafael Benitez's team to come roaring back early in the second half with outstanding efforts from Frank Lampard (55) and Juan Mata (61) handing the visitors the lead.

Despite trailing, the home side refused to panic. Sissoko equalised on 68 minutes before sealing the win a minute from time when he converted from Davide Santon's cutback.

It was a rousing finish to a glorious second period with Chelsea probably unfortunate to depart without at least a point for their output.

They may well have earned a draw deep into stoppage time, but referee Howard Webb decided against awarding Chelsea a penalty when Steven Taylor seemed to use his hand in blocking a Lampard shot.

Lampard and his team-mates appealed in vain as Newcastle scrambled over the finishing line to ease their relegation worries. They are six points clear of the relegation spots while Chelsea, despite impressing in the second half, have gone four games in all competitions without a win.

Newcastle were unchanged from their 2-1 win at Aston Villa on Tuesday evening with the home side deploying a 4-2-3-1 formation. Yoan Gouffran joined Sissoko in making his home debut. Papiss Cisse was deployed up front on his own supported by Gouffran, Sissoko and Gutierrez.

Petr Cech and John Terry both returned to the starting line-up for Chelsea while Demba Ba started but would be replaced by Fernando Torres on 43 minutes after collecting a bloodied nose that may be broken. Cesar Azpilicueta dropped out for Terry with Branislav Ivanovic starting at right-back. Ryan Bertrand continued in left midfield while Mata returned from an ankle injury to start.

The first chance of the day fell to Lampard on 15 minutes, but he thumped the ball over from 12 yards after a lovely pass by Ashley Cole.

Newcastle responded with Cisse forcing Cech to hold his curling shot moments later. Gary Cahill almost paid dearly for a slipshod clearance as Sissoko lifted a shot over on 28 minutes.

But Chelsea should have been ahead on 34 minutes when Ba knocked a shot at goal. Tim Krul made a smart stop before the former Magpie headed inches wide when a goal seemed likelier.

With Ba receiving treatment for his bloodied nose due to a collision with an opposing player, Cech dived low to his left to halt another Cisse shot.

A dazed Ba was barely back on the park when Gutierrez rose to direct Santon's cross into the corner of the net. It was a brilliant sweeping move that left Cech with no chance.

Chelsea restored parity when Lampard struck from 25 yards out as the ball dipped over Krul after some clever build-up work involving Cole and Ivanovic.

Lampard continues to enjoy some of the best form of his career. He excelled in midfield, becoming the first player in Premier League history to score at least 10 goals in 10 consecutive seasons.

The visiting fans were still celebrating their equaliser when Chelsea moved 2-1 clear. This time Mata lifted the ball over Krul from a Torres lay-off. It was a delightful finish from a difficult angle just inside the home area.

The game was suddenly pulsing as Sissoko scored following a brilliant counter attacking move that started from the Newcastle box and ended with Cech failing to hold Gouffran's shot and the recent recruit from Toulouse converting the rebound.

As the tension mounted, there were words exchanged between the respective benches with Alan Pardew and Benitez clearly annoyed with the presence of each other on the touchline.

But it was Newcastle who would go on to win back-to-back Premier League matches for the first time in 11 months.

Sissoko showed off his considerable ability when he raced away from Cole with a stunning burst of pace.

Cech managed to prevent the ball from finding the back of his net, but was helpless when a similar situation reared its head a minute or so from time as Newcastle celebrated the winning goal like they had won the Premier League.


Moussa Sissoko - Two goals for the new signing from Toulouse. Looks the part with a couple of goals, but it was his general work-rate and ability to trouble Chelsea that earns him the man of the match award.


NEWCASTLE UNITED: Krul 7; Debuchy 7, S.Taylor 7, Coloccini 7, Santon 8; Perch 7, Cabaye 7; Gouffran 7, Sissoko 9, Gutierrez 8; Cisse 6..subs: Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Marveaux 6

CHELSEA: Cech 6, Ivanovic 5, Cahill 5, Terry 6, Cole 6, Ramires 6, Lampard 8; Oscar 7, Mata 8, Bertrand 6; Ba 5...subs: Torres 5


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