13.02.2016… Chelsea (a)…

Chelsea 5 Newcastle United 1

Stamford Bridge… Saturday February 13th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 41,622

Ticket: £55 – Programme: £3

Another embarrassment on an early evening in West London…

It was never going to end well. I’m not a fan of the the Saturday 5.30pm games at the best of times, particularly when they’re in London. There’s always that nagging feeling in the back of my mind about trains, generally due to the length of the post-match queues for the Underground. Self preservation has become a much stronger instinct than any misplaced loyalty to this shower, in the end I was glad to have an excuse to leave early…

So… I didn’t see the last 20 minutes, it was 4-0 when I left, and it was 5-1 and over by the time I got signal back at St. Pancras Station. I managed to make it back for the 19:58 to Leicester, and that was the highlight of a dismal afternoon…

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It’s Me, Diego Costa, Being All Christ-Like… Anyone Want To Buy Some Tyres…?

The game was pretty much over in nine minutes, and dead in seventeen. Much of the rest of the evening was spent looking at my watch, praying for it to be over. What remained involved a fruitless effort to shut out the sound of the idiotic Adam Johnson chanting; not quite sure what it has to do with us or how it helps anyone involved..?

I couldn’t really estimate the percentage of our support who felt the need to participate (there was some casual homophobia in evidence too) but I’ve never felt so disconnected from a Newcastle away following in my life. I don’t imagine that I was the only one…

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Second Half Action: A Rare Newcastle Attack…

Back to the football, briefly. Apparently McClaren appeared to be in denial post-match, grinning and talking up our chances. I didn’t see any of the post-mortems though, I’d already watched (most of) it once, that was enough. I could see absolutely no point in wallowing in it…

So what happens next..? We don’t have a game for two and half weeks. It’s our last chance to sack McClaren. He has to go, now… But we all know that he won’t…

Chelsea; Courtois, Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry (Babatt 38), Azpilicueta, Fàbregas, Matic, Willian (Loftus-Cheek 80), Pedro, Diego Costa (Traore 60)

Not Used; Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Kenedy

Goals; Diego Costa (5), Pedro (9,59), Willian (17), Traore (83)

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor (YC), Coloccini, Aarons, Shelvey (YC), Tioté (Lascelles 67), Sissoko, Wijnaldum (Colback 45), Townsend, Mitrovic (Doumbia 70)

Not Used; Pérez, Saivet, Darlow, Riviere

Goals; Townsend (90)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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