Hasselbaink scores his own goal
His team-mates were less dutiful, leaving Eidur Gudjohnsen unmarked
to miscue a volley wide from Gronkjaer's cross and needing Shay
Given to come out of his box to head away from Hasselbaink.
Woodgate's introduction was one of six changes by Sir Bobby Robson,
resulting in a subdued start which belied the recent optimism on
Tyneside. Viana and Nolberto Solano, both returning from injury,
were quiet on the flanks, though both later made significant
contributions, and the indefatigable Dyer was the main source of
And Newcastle's only chance was fashioned by Craig Bellamy and fired
wide by Viana until Hasselbaink launched himself at Solano's cross
and powered a header past Carlo Cudicini.
Chelsea were quick to respond, Gudjohnsen's shot on the turn testing
Given and then Lampard's inch-perfect drive beating him from 14
Others were more wasteful, Gronkjaer firing straight at the
Newcastle keeper and then depriving himself of a shooting chance
with a poor touch; Hasselbaink's, though, was worse, taking him away
from goal after Lampard's quick free kick exploited the space
between Newcastle's back four and goalkeeper.
And Newcastle were posing an increasing threat, a Gary Speed header
requiring Mario Melchiot to clear off his line and Bellamy's low
volley being saved by Cudicini.
Then Viana, whose slide rule pass had given Shearer a chance the
Newcastle captain uncharacteristically squandered, picked out
Bernard with a similarly astute ball and the left back delicately
lifted the ball over Cudicini and in.
Lampard almost scored a second equaliser within minutes, Given doing
well to keep out his header, but with Titus Bramble strengthening
the Newcastle defence and, alongside Woodgate, providing a preview
of the Magpies defence for a decade, chances were at a premium.
Claudio Ranieri, who had limited himself to one change to Robson's
six, then made a double substitution and it almost reaped dividends
when Gianfranco Zola's fine ball created an opportunity Boudewijn
Zenden curled just wide.
Gudjohnsen was also off target and Zola fired over in injury
time, but Newcastle held on for a win which puts them closer to the
leadership of the Premiership than fifth place - which surely makes
them serious title challengers.
MAN OF THE MATCH: Olivier Bernard (Newcastle) - A
superb goal and an important performance for Newcastle.
Newcastle: Given, Hughes,
O'Brien, Woodgate, Bernard, Solano (Griffin 79), Dyer (Ameobi 88),
Speed, Viana (Bramble 72), Shearer, Bellamy.
Subs Not Used: LuaLua, Caig.
Chelsea: Cudicini, Melchiot, Gallas, Terry,
Babayaro (Cole 77), Gronkjaer (Zola 67), Morris, Lampard, Stanic (Zenden
67), Hasselbaink, Gudjohnsen.
Subs Not Used: Evans, Huth.
Ref: J Winter (Cleveland).