Newcastle United was dropped out of the FA Cup by Chelsea, 3-0 at Stamford Bridge.
In the FA Cup fourth round, Newcastle United saw themselves eliminated after a 3-0 loss to Chelsea. Michy Batshuayi scored twice and Marcos Alonso tallied the third.
Jonjo Shelvey: Finally, Newcastle United’s best player is playing like he should be. Shelvey was great distributing the ball and had some of the best chances on goal for the Magpies.
Matt Ritchie: The winger put in a very hard-working shift. He hustled all over the pitch and tried to create dangerous opportunities, despite a defensive formation.
Henri Saivet: Another decent appearance from Saivet. He won the ball back in the midfield and was calm passing the ball. The seldom-used midfielder also had an effort from distance deflected.
Jamaal Lascelles: Shockingly, the Newcastle United captain turned in the worst performance for Rafa Benitez’s squad. He left Batshuayi wide open in the box for the first Chelsea goal. Despite closing out on the Chelsea striker, his sliding attempt helped ricochet the ball in for the second score of the match. My tweet from before the match didn’t age well…
Dwight Gayle: Another poor outing from last year’s top scorer. He again took a dive on the edge of the box and didn’t put any legitimate fear into the Chelsea backline or goalkeeper.
Chancel Mbemba: A few clumsy fouls and poor positioning from Mbemba.
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-Gayle is entering the Joselu level of frustrating Toon Army. He made no impact today.
-With word that his move to West Ham won’t happen, Shelvey seems ready to become a star again for Newcastle United, at least for this season. He looks motivated and in form.
-Massadio Haidara got a rare start and was not impressive. While he did get a few decent crosses in, he didn’t bring enough quality. I wouldn’t expect to see him again.
-Surprisingly with a 3-0 scoreline, Karl Darlow played well. He didn’t have a chance on the first two goals and stopping the third would’ve been an elite level save. Darlow made some big stops and kept Newcastle close.
A quick turnaround for Newcastle United will see them host Burnley midweek. The Clarets haven’t won a match since 12/12 and have lost their last four fixtures overall. They defeated Newcastle United 1-0 in October.