Newcastle hand Chelsea 3rd consecutive defeat

Newcastle’s surge continued as they moved third in the Premier League table with the World Cup break looming, after a merited win over out-of-sorts Chelsea today.

Only once they fell behind in the second half did the listless visitors show any sort of cohesion and attacking intent, and though the Magpies were not at their best either, Willock’s calcuating strike sealed another three points – that’s their fifth top-flight win on the spin.

Newcastle have won five consecutive Premier League games for the first time since October/November 2014, while they are unbeaten in 10 in a row for the first time since May/November 2011 (14 games).

Graham Potter is the first Chelsea manager to lose three consecutive Premier League games since José Mourinho in October/November 2015.

Newcastle will be in the Premier League’s top three at Christmas for the first time since the 2001-02 season, when they were top of the table on Christmas Day (later went on to finish 4th).

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