Chelsea player ratings vs Newcastle as Mudryk scores stunner, Nicolas Jackson brilliant, Gusto excels, Palmer shines

Chelsea player ratings vs Newcastle as Mudryk scores stunner, Nicolas Jackson brilliant, Gusto excels, Palmer shines

Chelsea edged past Newcastle United 3-2 at Stamford Bridge in what was a really entertaining match. The Blues go within a single point of this evening’s opponents with the victory.

Nicolas Jackson handed the Blues an early lead in SW6, with the striker’s flick taking Cole Palmer’s initial shot past Martin Dubravka in the Magpies’ goal. It was Jackson’s 12th goal of the season in all competitions – taking him level with the assister Palmer this campaign.

However, Newcastle started to grow more and more into it as the first-half progressed and that was told on 43 minutes. After a lapse of concentration from the Blues, Alexander Isak was allowed to open up his body and fire the ball into the bottom corner and level the game.

Palmer was on hand to restore Chelsea’s lead, though, before the hour-mark. A special strike from the Blues’ No.20 in front of Gareth Southgate and Steve Holland, both of whom were at Stamford Bridge for the match, gave the hosts the lead again.

Next up for the Blues was a fantastic solo goal from Mykhailo Mudryk. Minutes after entering the pitch as a substitute, Mudryk took the ball from Conor Gallagher, nutmegged Fabian Schar and then rounded Martin Dubravka before putting the ball into the back of the Newcastle net.

Jacob Murphy grabbed one back late on, but it was too late for the visitors. And that is how it stayed, with Chelsea winning 3-2 on the night. Below, Bobby Vincent rates each one of the Chelsea players.

Djordje Petrovic – Looked good on the ball; as if he was told to be a bit braver with his decision-making. Nothing he could do about the goal on the brink of half-time or the late strike from Murphy, unfortunately. 6.

Malo Gusto – So, so, so good yet again. Chelsea supporters are loving this boy more and more with each passing game. Fantastic in attack, equally impressive in defence. His technical ability, too, is tremendous. Starboy. 8.

Axel Disasi – Could close Isak down quicker instead of allowing him to pick a clever angle at the edge of the box. Thought he did all right bar that, though, and made a couple of crucial blocks. 6.

Chalobah– A loose header from Chalobah gave possession away from Newcastle for the visitors’ equalising goal. Solid apart from that. 6.

Marc Cucurella – Great to see him back involved. I think he did really well. He looked calm and composed on the ball and threw himself about, as he always does. 6.

Moises Caicedo – Dispossessed Isak on 42 minutes with a really clever piece of anticipation. A few interceptions as usual but not allowed to do much on the ball. 6.

Enzo Fernandez – Not his best. A bit out of sorts at the moment. Need to see his genius and magic on the ball as soon as possible. 5.

Cole Palmer – Did really well for the Jackson goal. Will go down as his assist, despite it initially looking like his goal. A constant threat to the Newcastle midfield and defence. A really special goal to restore Chelsea’s lead in the second-half. Absolutely sensational from Palmer. 9.

Conor Gallagher – Perhaps not involved as he would have liked but it is unlikely he was at 100 per cent after missing training for essentially the whole of last week through illness. 6.

Raheem Sterling – He couldn’t get involved as much as he would have wanted to. Had to help out Cucurella a couple of times with the visitors doubling up on the left-back sometimes. But on the ball, he was not able to impact the match whatsoever, really. 5.

Nicolas Jackson – Fabulous flick early on to give Chelsea the lead at the Bridge. Great improvisation shown. Scored another but was correctly given offside. Three goals in as many matches for Jackson now in all competitions. 8.

Mykhailo Mudryk – Came on just before 70 minutes. Really quick and bright one-two with Jackson in what was his first involvement after coming on. So we knew he was bright but nobody – and I mean nobody – expected what was coming next. A fantastic individual goal to give Chelsea a two-goal cushion for the first time in the match. 9.

Cesare Casadei – Nice to know he exists. Came on in the final 10 minutes of normal time and he did okay. N/A.

Carney Chukwuemeka – Too late to make an impact. Good to see him back after injury, though. N/A.

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