'Very lucky': Jody Morris reacts on social media to Chelsea's 1-0 win against Newcastle yesterday
Jody Morris admitted that Chelsea got away with a few refereeing calls during their close victory against Newcastle United yesterday.
Thomas Tuchel’s men narrowly defeated the Magpies 1-0 at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, thanks to a very late Kai Havertz winner.
Havertz’s immaculate control from Jorginho’s pass and subsequent finish was the only difference in a very well contested fixture.
Were Chelsea fortunate?
On another day, Eddie Howe’s traveling group might’ve returned to St James’ Park with at least a point.
They certainly felt a handful of major decisions went in Chelsea’s favour, ones that could’ve swung massively swung the tie towards the Toon.
Arguably the biggest incident that the Blues got away with was Trevoh Chalobah’s clumsy-looking collision with Jacob Murphy inside the penalty area.
Chalobah seemed to hold the Newcastle forward as he burst into the box before finally putting the ball out for a corner.
Howe will also reference the possible red card that Havertz avoided as a pivotal moment in the match.
The young attacker went up for a header with Dan Burn, but caught the defender in the face with an elbow.
David Coote brandished a yellow card, yet other officials may have taken a sterner view.
It was this and the non-penalty that made Morris thank his former side’s lucky stars.
Havertz hits the right notes again
More salt was rubbed into wounds when Havertz eventually went on to break Newcastle’s hearts in the 89th minute.
However, even the most diehard of away supporters will have appreciated the genius of the goal.
Jorginho spotted the forward’s run with incisive precision, matched by the first touch and strike past Martin Dubravka.
That takes the German’s tally up to 11 for the season, joint in Chelsea’s scoring charts with the man he’s actively replaced in the team, Romelu Lukaku.
Newcastle wanted red, but all they were given was blue.