An uncharacteristically sloppy Timo Werner provided a wonderful assist for Tammy Abraham to make Chelsea’s 2-0 win at Newcastle safe, and send Frank Lampard’s men top for a few hours at least.
Werner had spurned a number of chances, as Chelsea’s slackness suggested Lampard was right to be concerned about the early kick off, before he took the ball from his own half to the opposition penalty area, cutting through the Newcastle defence on his way, and laid the ball off for Abraham to slot in off the post mid-way through the second half.
The Blues were on top throughout and only their own profligacy ever threatened the victory.
They went ahead after 10 minutes from a short corner when Mason Mount played in a nice ball which tangled up Federico Fernandez at the far post to scuff into his own net.
Werner really should have made it two after half an hour but screwed his shot wide under no pressure.
Newcastle Captain Jamaal Lascelles was the latest Premier League player to break down with injury and was replaced by Fabian Schar for the second half.
Werner robbed Schar after half time but wasted the chance with a weak pass to Mount, before finally getting it right in the 65th with his delightful run to let Abraham double the lead.
A long-range thunderbolt from Sean Longstaff hit the bar, before Werner’s finish was ruled out for offside and Mount scuffed an effort wide of the far post late on.
Final Score 0-2