NEWCASTLE (Sporting Alert) — Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy scored second half goals and Newcastle United beat Chelsea 2-0 at St James’ Park.
With the victory Newcastle, who was winning its first win game at home since August, moved up to ninth place in English Barclays Premier League table standings with 14 points.
“We worked hard today to win this game. I am very happy because the whole team worked hard,” Remy said, speaking to BT Sport.
“We were strong at the back and in attack as well. I have a very good time at Newcastle, all the supporters have been very sociable with me and I had a good welcome. I will try to do my best for the club. I am very happy.”
Jose Mourinho side missed the chance of going top of the league before Arsenal take on Liverpool later on this evening.
Gouffran headed home a Yohan Cabaye free kick in the 68th minute to give the home side the win, while Remy scored a wonderful goal in the 89th minute, following a brilliant run and pass from substitute Vurnon Anita.
It took some excellent defending and goalkeeping by the home side to secure all three points as Chelsea went on a desperate hunt for goals.
“I didn’t like it. I think we deserved to lose. We had a couple of good chances to score the equaliser but they were in the game more than us, they fought more than us and they were much more committed than us,” Mourinho told to BT Sport after the defeat.
“They were the best team on the pitch, if someone had to win, I think it was Newcastle not us.
“The game was quite easy to play in the first half but we were not sharp, we were not intense with the ball. So we let the game go, waiting for a chance to score a goal or a chance to concede and lose it and that is exactly what I was telling the players at half-time.”
Newcastle v Chelsea
Newcastle: Krul, Debuchy, Williamson, Yanga-Mbiwa, Santon, Sissoko, Cabaye, Tiote, Gouffran, Remy, Shola Ameobi
Subs: Anita, Cisse, Ben Arfa, Elliot, Obertan, Sammy Ameobi, Tavernier
Chelsea: Cech, Ivanovic, Luiz, Terry, Cole, Ramires, Lampard, Mata, Oscar, Hazard, Torres
Subs: Mikel, Schurrle, Willian, Schwarzer, Cahill, Azpilicueta, Eto’o
Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)