Chelsea’s inconsistent run of form in the Premier League continued after a 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United on Saturday evening.
Frank Lampard made just a solitary change from last week’s 3-0 win over Burnley, as the returning Ngolo Kante demoted Ross Barkley back to the bench.
Newcastle were hit with an early blow as Matthew Ritchie came from the bench to replace Jetro Willems across the middle.
That didn’t hinder their objective as Joelinton’s header from Emil Krafth’s delivery clattered the back of the crossbar before being cleared away by Reece James on 21 minutes.
The Blues responded with their own threat ten minutes to halftime, but Kante couldn’t mark his return with a goal as Martin Dubravka smothered the Frenchman’s low shot from the right.
Chelsea continued probing in the second half with Cesar Azpilicueta and Willian edging closer to the opener with threatening attempts at Dubravka.
Tammy Abraham was next to miss a golden chance on 61 minutes when the Englishman dragged an excellent delivery from Callum Hudson-Odoi awkwardly wide from close range.
Abraham fluffed yet another clear chance in the final quarter when he got beyond Dubravka before firing off target from a tight angle.
Lampard called on a few substitutions from the bench and give a run out to Emerson and Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi.
The Magpies stole the points at the death when Isaac Hayden connected with Allan Saint-Maximin’s corner to nod beyond Kepa Arrizabalaga, as Chelsea fail to consolidate fourth spot.