Potter on Newcastle defeat: ‘You could see the difference that the schedule makes’
Graham Potter thinks the difference in the schedules that Chelsea and Newcastle have had before the World Cup break played huge part in the outcome of their Premier League clash, as the Magpies downed the Blues 1-0.
Newcastle had needed Nick Pope to be on top form prior to Willock’s moment of magic – the goalkeeper denying England team-mate Conor Gallagher.
Tempers boiled over at the end, though while Chelsea will have to lick their wounds after a third straight league loss, Newcastle claimed another statement victory.
In-form Miguel Almiron skied an early volley over the bar in a first half devoid of clear-cut chances that Newcastle slightly shaded.
Armando Broja registered the only shot on target by either side in the opening 45 minutes by, but his tame effort was saved comfortably by Nick Pope.
Newcastle fans screamed for a penalty in injury time when the ball struck Trevoh Chalobah’s arm, but referee Robert Jones dismissed those protests.
The hosts started the second half with renewed vigour – Edouard Mendy denying Sean Longstaff, who fired over from a second chance a few moments later.
Newcastle needed their goalkeeper in the 65th minute, though, with Pope brilliantly tipping Gallagher’s shot wide.
Willock made Pope’s excellence count, curling home past a despairing Mendy after great work from Almiron on the edge of Chelsea’s box.
Kai Havertz went close to nudging in an equaliser, but Chelsea’s attempts proved fruitless as their poor form under Graham Potter continued.