No one is dwelling on Bolton, says Routledge

WAYNE Routledge insists lessons have been learnt from the thrashing at Bolton Wanderers even though he knows there is no point dwelling on it for too long as Newcastle United prepare for the arrival of champions Chelsea this weekend.

Chris Hughton forced to shuffle defence

A BATTERED Newcastle United defence will be given a complete overhaul against Chelsea on Sunday, if Mike Williamson decides to accept a three-match ban.

Chelsea 0 Sunderland 3

IN a soaring triumph of ambition and youthful audacity, scintillating Sunderland routed champions to Chelsea to record their most impressive Premier League victory for nigh on a decade.

Rising star Jordan learns how to Bridge the gap

When Jordan Henderson first visited Chelsea, it was as a fish out of water.

Cats ready for Chelsea this time says Zenden

SUNDERLAND will return to Stamford Bridge far better equipped to avoid the monumental hammering they took there last season, but Boudewijn Zenden believes they cannot think simply about survival.

Lapses at back blamed for Magpies' downfall

CHRIS Hughton did not hold back in his criticism of Newcastle's defending against Stoke City but he urged everyone to put the 2-1 defeat into context after the excellent away wins over Everton and Chelsea.

Alan Smith praises Chris Hughton for Chelsea decision

ALAN Smith has praised Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton for being brave enough to field his “other” first team at Chelsea.

Chelsea Carling Cup win the stuff of broken dreams

CHELSEA, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Bolton Wanders, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers.

Shola Ameobi scores twice to halt the Chelsea machine

CHRIS Hughton watched Shola Ameobi rampage through CHelsea last night and declared: “That’s why he’s here.”

Chelsea almost perfect reckons Chris Hughton

NEWCASTLE United travel to Stamford Bridge this evening bracing themselves to lose to an “almost perfect” Chelsea.

Sol Campbell is as good now as ever insists Hughton

SOL Campbell will be given a baptism of fire on his Newcastle United debut against Chelsea tomorrow as Chris Hughton insisted last night that the veteran defender is as good now as he was at any stage in his career.

Zenden is baffled by Sunderland’s away form

BOLO Zenden admits Sunderland’s away-day blues are continuing to hamper the Black Cats’ season.

Bolo Zenden is backing old mate Gianfranco Zola

BOLO ZENDEN is backing Gianfranco Zola to keep West Ham in the Premier League – but insists his old Chelsea team-mate will get no help from Sunderland this afternoon.

United keen to extend loan deal for Blues starlet

NEWCASTLE United are already planning to extend Patrick van Aanholt's loan from Chelsea following an impressive start to the teenager's time on Tyneside.

Portsmouth 2, Sunderland 1

WHEN you consider their last game was a humiliating 7-2 thrashing at the hands of Chelsea it is worrying to admit this result and performance against Portsmouth is even harder to accept for Sunderland.

Break from the league offers hope of recovery

SUNDERLAND need a win at Portsmouth to exorcise the demons from their nightmare at Chelsea.

Sunderland boss looking for a big reaction

STEVE Bruce is expecting Sunderland to have been shamed into a ferocious reaction to the 7-2 thrashing at Chelsea last weekend when they take on Portsmouth in the FA Cup.

Black Cats won't panic, says Steve Bruce

STEVE Bruce has promised there will be no knee-jerk reaction to Saturday's 7-2 humiliation at Chelsea - and definitely no bid for Liverpool winger Ryan Babel.

Chelsea 7, Sunderland 2

JUST 40 minutes in at Stamford Bridge, with his Sunderland side already trailing 4-0, Steve Bruce changed formation to effectively make Darren Bent, one of the most prolific strikers in this season's Premier League, a supplementary right-back.

Familiar failings costly for Carlisle

CARLISLE United had to swallow a hefty dose of the winter blues on a heavy Griffin Park playing surface as they conceded a disappointing first-half goal which changed the game.

Away-day Blues are getting to Steve Bruce

STEVE Bruce will spend the next two weeks mulling over a Plan B after Sunderland’s disappointing away form continued at the weekend, but there will be no sweeping changes for tomorrow’s League Cup tie at home to Aston Villa.

Cole marks return with captaincy

JOE Cole marked his long-awaited return from injury by creating the goal that swept Chelsea into the Carling Cup fourth round at the expense of QPR at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland 1, Chelsea 3

THE last time Chelsea were at the Stadium of Light – indeed the last time any team was – the game ended with Sunderland’s fans noisily celebrating a defeat.

Steve Bruce: Black Cats were just outclassed

STEVE Bruce praised his players last night but had to admit they had been beaten by the best Chelsea team he had ever seen.

Steve Bruce’s smart swoop for John Mensah

STEVE Bruce hopes to maintain Sunderland’s feel-good factor by unveiling his sixth signing of the summer before tonight’s Premier League visit of Chelsea.

Sunderland boss Bruce out to bunker Blues

THE odds will be stacked against the hosts at the Stadium of Light tonight, but Steve Bruce has told his players they can upset them by showing some of the yin and yang of the new PGA golf champion.

Abbott moves fast for Lenny

CARLISLE United have completed a quickfire overhaul of their goalkeeping department by signing former Chelsea stopper Lenny Pidgeley and appointing Tony Caig to Greg Abbott’s backroom staff.

Steve Bruce excited about the future

STEVE Bruce admits he faces a “baptism of fire” when Chelsea travel to Wearside for his first home match as Sunderland boss.

SAFC fixtures revealed: Bolton up first

STEVE Bruce's first league game at the Stadium of Light will be against Premier League title contenders Chelsea - after negotiating a tough opening day trip to Bolton Wanderers.

Sunderland 2, Chelsea 3

IT was not meant to like be this. Very early on yesterday it became clear Sunderland’s match against Chelsea would be a glorious irrelevance.

Sunderland 2, Chelsea 3

Sunderland survived a nervy final afternoon of the Barclays Premier League season and will be the north-east’s only representatives in the top flight next term.

Threatened trio's faith in Red Devils

While Newcastle United, Sunderland and Middlesbrough all need to earn points in their fixtures against Aston Villa, Chelsea and West Ham respectively, the Premier League champions have a potentially pivotal role to play at 17th-placed Hull City.

Shearer: We're set for hell of a battle

ALAN Shearer will spend this week bracing his Newcastle players for "one hell of a battle" at the Britannia Stadium – warning that Stoke’s direct tactics and febrile home crowd will make the game every bit as difficult as the Chelsea clash.

NUFC star Lovenkrands in hospital after pitch collapse

Newcastle midfielder Peter Lovenkrands was rushed to hospital wearing breathing apparatus after collapsing in agony during his side’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.

Chris Hughton hoping injured trio return for Chelsea match

NEWCASTLE United’s injured trio are making good progress ahead of the visit of Chelsea to St James’s Park – but Chris Hughton expects their fitness battle to go down to the wire.

A Mystic Meg may have the answer

DO you know the most worrying thing about the Chelsea game this weekend?

Newcastle United left with defensive dilemma

NEWCASTLE United have dismissed suggestions that Steven Taylor has been ruled out for four weeks as premature, but they are likely to have to field a new-look centre-back pairing at home to Chelsea.

Women's football

SUNDERLAND are through to the final of the Women’s FA Cup for the first time in their history, after three goals in the last 17 minutes saw them beat top-flight club Chelsea at the Stadium of Light yesterday.

United approach is what's needed

INABILITY to beat Hull City over the weekend has left Newcastle needing to take points from a home double header with Arsenal and Chelsea.

Jordan set for longer stay with Sky Blues

SUNDERLAND star Jordan Henderson could be set for an extended spell at Coventry City after Chris Coleman revealed his desire to lengthen the 18- year-old's loan period at the Ricoh Arena.


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