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Alonso fires Chelsea to third place in Premier League

London, Oct 19 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 10/19/2019 12:13:12 PM IST

Chelsea climbed to third in the Premier League as Marcos Alonso clinched a 1-0 win that silenced the Newcastle fans who jeered the Spanish defender at Stamford Bridge.

Alonso's blistering strike ended Newcastle's stubborn resistence with 17 minutes left and provided the perfect riposte to the taunts from the stands.

The Chelsea left-back spent the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Newcastle's arch rivals Sunderland and played in a derby win at St James' Park.

The Magpies supporters clearly hadn't forgotten as they booed him throughout Saturday's match.

But Alonso's first goal since April gave him the last laugh as Chelsea made it five successive victories in all competitions.

Newcastle have now won just one of their last 26 league visits to Chelsea after a defeat that punctured the momentum from their 1-0 win against Manchester United before the international break.

Hudson-Odoi led the charge of Chelsea's homegrown youngsters when he cleverly worked space for a cross that Willian headed wide.

Mount was next to contribute when the midfielder collected Hudson-Odoi's pass and spun for a fierce shot that was pushed away by Martin Dubravka.

Chelsea suffered a blow when Barkley limped off with a leg injury just before half-time.

But Lampard's team continued to push Newcastle back after the interval and came close to taking the lead through Abraham.

With nine goals already this term, Abraham was inches away from getting into double figures when his header from Willian's corner crashed against the bar.

Frustrated by Chelsea's failure to make the breakthrough, Lampard sent on Christian Pulisic for Mount just after the hour.

Abraham was narrowly off-target with a towering header from Chelsea's eighth corner.

Hudson-Odoi was a constant menace with his mesmerising bursts and when his cross found Pulisic, the United States winger was denied by Dubravka's fine scrambling save.

Dubravka kept out Willian's near-post drive as Chelsea poured forward.

The pressure finally told in the 73rd minute when Hudson-Odoi teed up Alonso, unmarked inside the Newcastle area, for a powerful effort that flashed under Dubravka's hand into the far corner.

It took a superb block from Yedlin to stop Abraham increasing the lead, while Ciaran Clark looped a header just over as Newcastle nearly snatched a draw that would have been cruel on Chelsea.

Match results

Everton 2 – 0 West Ham

Aston Villa 2 – 1 Brighton

Tottenham 1 - 1 Watford

Wolves 1 – 1 Southampton

Bournemouth 0 – 0 Norwich

Leicester City 2 – 1 Burnley

 

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