CHELSEA made it five league games without victory after suffering a 1-0 defeat at Newcastle.

In the last game before the World Cup, Graham Potter’s side put in a toothless display at St James’ Park.

Lewis Hall was Chelsea's only shining light as they lost 1-0 to Newcastle

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Lewis Hall was Chelsea’s only shining light as they lost 1-0 to NewcastleCredit: Getty

And there will be plenty for the Chelsea boss to ponder before the Premier League’s post-Christmas return.

But who had a game to forget against Toon?

And did anyone in a blue shirt look impressive?

Here, SunSport’s Anthony Chapman delivers his Chelsea player ratings…

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EDOUARD MENDY – 6

Wasn’t faced with too many threats but was nowhere near Joe Willock’s winner.

Passing was fairly tidy and did not muck around in the face of Newcastle’s intense press.

CESAR AZPILICUETA – 5

Moved to right wing-back early on following Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s injury.

But was caught lacking several times and was hauled off at the break.

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TREVOH CHALOBAH – 6

Adapted to his role well and ensured backline was well fortified.

Arguably lucky to avoid giving away penalty for handball, which was deemed accidental by VAR.

KALIDOU KOULIBALY – 6

Imposed himself fairly well early on with some crunching challenges.

But Miguel Almiron started to get better of him as game went on.

RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK – N/A

Midfielder’s day ended after just seven minutes when he was taken off with a head injury.

Had been hoping to make an impression at wing-back but will have to wait until after World Cup for his next taste of action.

Conor Gallagher had a game to forget as he struggled at St James' Park

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Conor Gallagher had a game to forget as he struggled at St James’ ParkCredit: Getty

JORGINHO – 4

Struggled to cope with Newcastle’s lightning press in midfield.

Passing did little to unlock doors and was merely a passenger for most of game.

MATEO KOVACIC – 5

Spent a lot of the game chasing down the ball, but created little on it.

Was not helped by partner Jorginho’s lack of influence on field.

LEWIS HALL – 7

Another ambitious performance by youngster, albeit with more of a defensive outlook.

Tried to create opportunities on the ball and deserves another go after the World Cup.

Armando Broja also failed to impress in attack

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Armando Broja also failed to impress in attackCredit: Getty

CONOR GALLAGHER – 4

Appeared confused over role as he failed to make ground in first half with hybrid attacking role.

Was then switched to wing-back after break and didn’t appear to be any more confident as his error-strewn performance continued.

MASON MOUNT – 5

No doubts over his work rate and effort off the ball.

But as team’s main provider, did not do enough to force the issue in Newcastle’s box.

ARMANDO BROJA – 4

Another hard worker, but serious questions remain over his technical ability.

Did not really threaten Newcastle’s backline as he was outjumped and outmuscled on several occasions.

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Thiago Silva (for Loftus-Cheek, 7’) – 6

His usual reliable self in defence, but team could have used some of his cheeky long passes to help build out quicker.

Christian Pulisic (for Azpilicueta, 45’) – 5

Only one or two glimpses of his electric pace and was a fairly anonymous presence.

Hakim Ziyech (for Mount, 73’) – N/A

Marc Cucurella (for Hall, 73’) – N/A

Kai Havertz (for Broja, 73’) – N/A


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