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Yoan Gouffran and Loic Remy earned Newcastle United a 2-0 win over Chelsea as Jose Mourinho's poor St. James' Park record continued.
The Chelsea manager entered the match with just two points from his previous three visits to Newcastle, and watched on as his side passed up a chance to move to the top of the Barclays Premier League table on Saturday.
Chelsea controlled a first half devoid of clear-cut chances – their best effort saw John Terry hit the crossbar with a header – but were left reeling when Gouffran headed in an inviting Yohan Cabaye free-kick in the 68th minute.
Substitutes Willian and Samuel Eto'o went close for Chelsea in the latter stages, but Remy hammered home Vurnon Anita's cut-back with two minutes left to seal Newcastle's win.
The loss was Chelsea's second of the Premier League campaign, meaning Arsenal could go five points clear if they beat Liverpool this evening.
Mourinho made two changes from the side that beat Manchester City in their last Premier League fixture, with Juan Mata and David Luiz replacing Andre Schurrle and Gary Cahill respectively.
Newcastle also made two alterations, with defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa returning from suspension and Shola Ameobi selected, as Hatem Ben Arfa and Paul Dummett (hamstring) made way.
In a scrappy first half, Chelsea came close to an opener when Terry's thumping header hit the bar in the 13th minute.
Chelsea begun strongly but failed to create a clear openings until the captain's chance, which came when he rose above Mike Williamson to nod Mata's corner against the woodwork, while Branislav Ivanovic's follow-up deflected onto the top of the bar.
Another Terry header almost led to a goal, with his effort cleared off the line by Davide Santon, and at the other end, Moussa Sissoko – scorer of two goals in Newcastle's 3-2 win over Chelsea in February – forced a smart save from Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech at the near post seven minutes before the break.
Newcastle skipper Chieck Tiote limped off with an apparent thigh injury eight minutes after the break but that did not stop them from enjoying a terrific spell around the hour-mark.
Sissoko was first to go close, forcing Cech to tip wide when released by Mathieu Debuchy, before Remy shot straight at the goalkeeper from close range.
Gouffran had a good effort saved by Cech at the near post in the 66th minute and three minutes later, Newcastle's pressure told, with the Frenchman breaking the deadlock by nodding in Cabaye's excellent free-kick.
They quickly went in search of a second, with Terry making an excellent sliding tackle to deny Remy after he linked well with Sissoko, before Eto'o had an effort deflected wide by Yanga-Mbiwa.
A clever Oscar cut-back let Willian in with 10 minutes remaining, but his shot was well saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul, and a follow-up from Eto'o hit Debuchy and went wide.
And Newcastle wrapped up their victory in the 88th minute, as Remy produced a powerful first-time finish to convert Anita's clever assist.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew: "We decided to be very cautious from the start, not let them play for us, and we perhaps let them have a bit too much possession and there wasn't enough pressure on the ball. But we knew second half we had enough to exert pressure and the crowd were getting behind us, and that's exactly what happened. The goal came at a great time for us.
"We've got a great spirit in the group. I think we've played well. We've had some moments where we've not been so great but we're together. I'm pleased for the club.
"Today was about giving a message to our fans that we're very much alive and kicking. And I'm pleased for everyone associated with Newcastle, it's a big win for us."
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho: "We were too soft with the ball and too soft without the ball. We were not aggressive enough in possession. We deserved to lose. I'm not sure if Newcastle deserved to win, but we definitely deserved to lose.
"I feel like I picked 11 wrong players. Of course I'm exaggerating but I always have this feeling when I lose. We gave them 45 minutes of a friendly in the first half and we only had a reaction after they scored the first goal."
"The game was quite easy to play in the first half. We had lots of space. We were not sharp. We were not intense with the ball. We defended quite well. Our back four did a simple, easy job. But we were not aggressive with the ball and we let the game go, waiting for a chance to score a goal or a chance for them to score a goal and lose it."
"The title race is there for everybody. It is open for everybody."
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