Palmer inspires Chelsea to victory over Newcastle

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  • Post published:March 12, 2024

Cole Palmer played an inspiring role to help Chelsea secure a thrilling 3-2 win against Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League on Monday evening.

At Stamford Bridge, Nicolas Jackson, Cole Palmer, and Mykhailo Mudryk scored for the home team.

Chelsea is still in eleventh place, but they are just four points behind West Ham in seventh, so they should at least guarantee a spot in the Europa Conference League.

After suffering their 12th loss of the year, Newcastle is now only one point ahead of Chelsea in 10th place.

As Newcastle, supported by Saudi Arabia, failed to capitalise on their fourth-place position from the previous season to earn a spot in the Champions League for the first time in 20 years, Eddie Howe’s pressure is also mounting.

However, Pochettino was up against a more vocal opposition from inside his own team.

During last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Brentford, Chelsea supporters demanded that the Argentine be fired.

The former Tottenham manager’s first season in charge has not gone well; last month, the team lost the League Cup final to a seriously injured Liverpool.

However, Pochettino had cause for optimism as some of his highly critiqued young players appeared to be developing.

After fewer than six minutes, Jackson deftly flicked in Palmer’s shot to bring his tally for the first season to twelve goals.

The season befell Chelsea, though, as they were unable to build on their impressive start, allowing Newcastle to dominate the remainder of the first half.

Anthony Gordon’s forced substitution halfway through the first period dealt a blow to the visitors’ injury report.

Two minutes before halftime, though, Alexander Isak equalised the score for Newcastle with a stunning finish that he drilled low into the far corner.

Palmer has been the only new addition Chelsea has been able to depend on this season, and the England international decisively gave his team the lead again shortly before the hour mark.

Palmer received a feed from Enzo Fernandez, cut inside, and scored his 11th Premier League goal of the year with a strong shot.

On the other hand, since arriving for £88 million ($113 million) a little over a year ago, Mudryk has consistently irritated several Chelsea coaches.

After just five minutes of play, the Ukrainian striker scored his sixth goal in 46 Chelsea appearances by using his lightning-fast speed to break through the Newcastle defence.

The hosts had a nervous ending thanks to a tremendous shot from Jacob Murphy into the top corner.

But in the latest setback of a lacklustre campaign, it was too little, too late for the visitors.