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.
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.
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.
When Jordan Henderson first visited Chelsea, it was as a fish out of water.
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.
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 has praised Newcastle United manager Chris Hughton for being brave enough to field his “other” first team at Chelsea.
CHELSEA, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur, Everton, Bolton Wanders, Fulham, Blackburn Rovers.
CHRIS Hughton watched Shola Ameobi rampage through CHelsea last night and declared: “That’s why he’s here.”
NEWCASTLE United travel to Stamford Bridge this evening bracing themselves to lose to an “almost perfect” Chelsea.
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.
BOLO Zenden admits Sunderland’s away-day blues are continuing to hamper the Black Cats’ season.
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.
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.
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.
SUNDERLAND need a win at Portsmouth to exorcise the demons from their nightmare at Chelsea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 praised his players last night but had to admit they had been beaten by the best Chelsea team he had ever seen.
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.
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.
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 admits he faces a “baptism of fire” when Chelsea travel to Wearside for his first home match as Sunderland boss.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Newcastle midfielder Peter Lovenkrands was rushed to hospital wearing breathing apparatus after collapsing in agony during his side’s 2-0 defeat by Chelsea.
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.
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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.
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.
INABILITY to beat Hull City over the weekend has left Newcastle needing to take points from a home double header with Arsenal and Chelsea.
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.