In the last ten Premier League matches, since our seven-match winning streak was stopped by a 2-1 loss at Manchester City, a game in which we took the lead, Chelsea have just eleven goals. Four times in those ten games, we’ve been held without a goal, including last night at St James’ Park.
Now, losing away to Newcastle is nothing new. We’ve done it five out of the last seven times we’ve gone there, winning just once (last season, quite luckily). But losing again without scoring even a single goal, again, is starting to be rather annoying. As infuriating as it may be to concede in the final minute of stoppage time, walking away with one point rather than none would not have felt any better.
Mason Mount, one of those responsible for Chelsea’s latest goose-egg on the scoreboard, is inclined to agree.
“It’s a tough one to take. Even a draw we would have been disappointed with. We had a lot of possession, we created a lot of chances, but when we score no goals we can’t say anything.”
As head coach Frank Lampard also pointed out after the game, Chelsea did most of the fundamental things right. We controlled the game, we dominated possession, we held the ball in the right areas, we even created a few chances despite a massed wall of black-and-white-striped shirts. Yet at the same time, none of that is or was good enough.
“We spoke after the game and we thought we gave everything we could. I thought we created loads of chances. In some other games we didn’t create as many. We had some shots on target, but when the team are defending that well and that deep it’s hard to break them down. We had a lot of possession. They had a lot of bodies behind the ball. We put crosses in, they defended it, so we need to look at what ways we can maybe add to our game to score these goals.
“It was hard for us to get the ball in the areas we want and create chances. Credit to them that they defended so well, I thought we gave it our all and worked hard throughout the game, but in football anything can happen.”
-Mason Mount; source: Chelsea FC
So, another three “easy” points go sailing by. It’s a wonder we still have a decent advantage over fifth place, five points right now pending Manchester United’s result at Anfield today.
Now, there’s little use in lamenting the dropped points. Now, the only thing that matters is the next game and the next training session and what we can do at home against Arsenal on Tuesday to get back on the winning track.