The defensive duo of Kurt Zouma and Branislav Ivanovi were guilty of allowing Newcastle United striker Ayoze P rez far too much time in the box for the Magpies’ first goal, and were subjected to criticism from Chelsea FC fans on social media


In a season where Chelsea FC appear to take two steps back with every step forward, another poor display — this time at St.James’ Park against Newcastle United — left Blues fans livid. Earlier, Manchester City had been dismantled by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane, presenting an opportunity for Jos Mourinho’s men to close to the gap on the Citizens to 6 points.

However, a late fightback from the defending champions was not enough to earn all three points, as Newcastle United held on to a well-deserved draw.

Ivanovi and Zouma panned for defensive error, Ramires praised

Even though Steve McLaren’s men probably had the better of a first-half that had no clear-cut chances for either side, the manner in which the Magpies’ goal came about just before half-time would have left Chelsea FC manager Jos Mourinho seething.

A lack of communication between the Serbian and the young Frenchman allowed Ayoze P rez to have a free shot in the box, giving Blues keeper Asmir Begovi absolutely no chance. Zouma, in particular, was guilty of ball-watching as he inexplicably failed to head the ball clear, allowing it to sail over his head, straight to the Newcastle forward.

Ramires, on the other hand, received a lot of praise for his game-changing display in the second-half. The Brazilian scored a stunning goal from outside the box to give the Blues hope, before being involved again in distracting Newcastle keeper Tim Krul for Willian’s equaliser from a free-kick.