Blues Sign Off With Draw  (Sky Sports)

Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 1

Eidur Gudjohnsen in action against NewcastleChampions Chelsea ended the season with a 1-1 draw at Newcastle.

Player of the Year Frank Lampard cancelled out Titus Bramble's opener from the penalty spot to earn Chelsea a point.

The result means Chelsea have set another record by conceding the least goals in a season with just 15 going in against The Blues.

After a quiet star Stephen Carr fashioned the first chance of the game with a strong run down the right, but his shot from long-range flew well wide of the target.

Two minutes later Jiri Jarosik had the first opportunity for Chelsea when he cleverly cut inside Darren Ambrose on the edge of the box and curled a shot just wide of the far post.

Both sides were failing to show any real urgency in the sunshine at St James' Park, but Jean-Alain Boumsong made a vital block on 20 minutes to deny Eidur Gudjohnsen a shot on goal after Lampard played the Icelandic international in on goal.

Claude Makelele was lucky to escape a booking on 28 minutes when he caught Alan Shearer high on the arm with his studs, but referee Howard Webb awarded Chelsea the free kick much to the distain of the home fans.

Joe Cole had a half chance on the half hour when Lampard sent him scampering down the left and he fired in a shot which flew over the crossbar.

A minute later Jarosik called Given into action with a shot from the edge of the area which the Irishman comfortably collected.

James Milner almost embarrassed Carlo Cudicini on 32 minutes when he almost scored direct from a corner, but the Italian got back to acrobatically tip his effort over the top.

From the resulting corner from Charles N'Zogbia Newcastle broke the deadlock with Shearer flicking his cross goalwards and Bramble on hand to poke the ball home from close range under pressure from Geremi.

The lead proved short-lived as Chelsea drew level two minutes later with Lampard converting from the penalty spot.

Celestine Babayaro was adjudged to have hauled down Gudjohnsen in the box and Lampard made no mistake from the spot despite slipping in his run-up to the kick.

Shearer had the last chance of the half time with a free kick from the 30 yards out which Cudicini saved well down to his right.

Newcastle came out for the second half with renewed vigour and Jermain Jenas missed a great chance to restore the lead when Ambrose picked him out on the edge of the box, but the England international missed his kick at the crucial moment.

The home side were now well on top and the impressive Milner saw another dangerous cross clawed away from under his own crossbar by Cudicini.

Babayaro tried to make amends for giving away the penalty on 65 minutes with a fierce volley from the edge of the box which flew just wide of the target.

Cudicini denied Newcastle a second on 70 minutes with a superb reaction save to keep out Patrick Kliuvert's header from six yards out.

Chelsea began to find their way back into the game the more the second half progressed and Gudjohnsen came close to scoring on 72 minutes with a left-footed shot which Given did well to tip round the post.

Given produced another great save on 83 minutes when Tiago fed Jarosik inside the box and he fired in a shot which the Irishman brilliantly kept out.

Neither side could find a winner in the closing stages as Chelsea maintained their remarkable unbeaten record to finish off a superb season for Jose Mourinho's men.


Newcastle United  Given, Babayaro, Boumsong, Bramble, Carr (Taylor 45), Ambrose, Jenas, Milner, NZogbia, Kluivert (Chopra 76), Shearer
Subs Not Used  Harper, OBrien, Robert
Booked  Babayaro, NZogbia, Kluivert, Jenas
Goals  Geremi (og) 33

Chelsea  Cudicin, Huth, Johnson, Carvalho, Cole (Morais 89), Geremi, Jarosik (Watt 90), Lampard, Makelele, Tiago, Gudjohnsen (Oliveira 84)
Subs Not Used  Cech, Grant
Booked  Cole, Tiago, Carvalho, Geremi
Goals  Lampard (pen) 35

Attendance  52,326

Referee   H. Webb

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