Loic Remy grabbed his sixth Premier League goal of the season as Newcastle completed a rousing 2-0 win over Chelsea at St James' Park.
Chelsea would have gone top of the standings with a win before Arsenal host Liverpool later on Saturday, but Jose Mourinho's men could not get to grips with a home side who were worthy of the three points for an impressive effort in the second half.
Yoan Gouffran threw himself at Yohan Cabaye's devilish free-kick to give the home side the lead with a diving header on 68 minutes before Remy smashed Vurnon Anita's pass into the Chelsea net via a post from 16 yards with Petr Cech left stranded in the final minute.
Chelsea's brightest moments on a saturated afternoon came during the first half with John Terry hitting a post with a header and seeing another headed effort knocked off the line by Davide Santon.
The visiting side's five points from their opening five away matches this season is their worst such return since three from their opening five in 2000-01. They could have no complaints.
13' - TERRY TORMENT: Mata with corner, but Terry sees a header crash off the bar. Ivanovic then sees a deflected overhead kick come off the top of the bar. So unfortunate for Chelsea.
36' - SANTON SAVES THE DAY: Terry sees a header cleared off the line from the Lampard delivery. Santon on hand to get the ball cleared.
58' - HOME PRESSURE: Moussa Sissoko with a glorious chance for the home side, but Cech comes up with the stop. Brilliant save in the end.
59' - CECH CLASS: Suddenly much, much better from Newcastle as Cech holds the volley from Remy. Fine header knocked down by Ameobi.
68' - GOUFFRAN GOAL: Gouffran arrives to head into net from the Cabaye free-kick. Quality of the delivery was stunning and that is a brilliant diving header.
89' - REMY CLASS: Anita plays provider for Remy to smash a shot into the corner of the net. In via the post. No chance for Cech.
Jose Mourinho suffers his second Premier League defeat as Chelsea manager at Newcastle’s St James’ Park – the joint-most defeats he has suffered at a single venue as Chelsea boss, along with Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium (two defeats in three visits).
Chelsea’s five points from their opening five away matches this season is their worst such return since three from their opening five in 2000-01.
Jose Mourinho suffers his worst Premier League defeat as Chelsea manager since a 2-0 defeat at Aston Villa in September 2007.
Newcastle win consecutive Premier League home matches against Chelsea for the first time since beating them 2-1 in both March 2003 and April 2004.
Loic Remy has now scored six Premier League goals in his last six appearances.
TALKING POINT: How bad were Chelsea? Wasn't the greatest performance. Disappointing response when Newcastle upped the pace in the second half. Mourinho had used all his substitutes by the 70th minute to suggest all wasn't well. A point the Chelsea coach accepted afterwards.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Loic Remy (Newcastle United): Bright second half. Very impressive running, and the goal was a thing of genuine quality.
Newcastle: Krul 7, Debuchy 8 , Williamson 7, Yanga-Mbiwa 6, Santon 7, Tiote 6, Cabaye 8, Remy 8, Sissoko 7, Gouffran 8, Shola Ameobi 6..subs: Anita 7, Cisse 6, Obertan 6
Chelsea: Cech 6, Ivanovic 6, Luiz 6, Terry 7, Cole 6, Ramires 6, Lampard 5, Mata 5, Oscar 6, Hazard 7, Torres 5..subs: Schurrle 5, Willian 6, Eto'o 6
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