Victor Moses shines as Chelsea secure comeback win over Newcastle United

Victor Moses shines as Chelsea secure comeback win over Newcastle United

Today he is back at Stamford Bridge with a Newcastle side that showed plenty of spirit in midweek to fight back from a two-goal deficit to claim a point at West Brom and halt a run of four straight defeats - Benitez's worst losing sequence as a top-flight manager.

Conte, watching from the touchline having been fined and reprimanded after being dismissed during Wednesday's victory over the Swans, had complained about fixture congestion before this game but his side looked fresh after responding to falling behind.

Hazard made sure of Chelsea's 10th league win of the season with a penalty after Matt Ritchie fouled Moses in the area.

"There are positives. We've gone to Manchester United and Chelsea and done all right in spells but you get punished at this level".

And if they are to make it a three-team title race, keeping Hazard in peak condition could be key.

On the subject of Hazard's performance, he added: "I think he played a really good game".

Ritchie's superb in-swinging corner enabled Clark to beat Ben Foster with a powerful downward header, and it was another set-piece that resulted in the Magpies' equaliser, with Ritchie's driven free-kick deflecting off both Salomon Rondon and Jonny Evans before finding its way into the net.

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Hazard almost added a third 10 minutes into the second half as his strike took a big deflection to wrong-foot Darlow but fly wide of the post.

"After this interview the majority of the fans became more relaxed and supported the team", he reflected this week. Hazard was substituted to a standing ovation moments later.

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Gayle was making just his third start of the campaign but - just as he did against Manchester United at Old Trafford - he put the Magpies ahead.

Gayle, who started in place of Joselu, tapped in after following up Thibaut Courtois' parry from Jacob Murphy's shot.

But on November 21st, every Chelsea fan's fears were affirmed when Abramovich decided to sack the Italian after a 3-0 drubbing by Antonio Conte's imperious Juventus. "I'd be lying if I said it didn't, but it's a great penalty".

However, Benitez confirmed on Friday that the trio were closing in on their respective returns.