NEWCASTLE United defender Sol Campbell put himself in contention for tomorrow's trip to Everton with a 78-minute run-out against Chelsea at St James' Park last night.
However, a last-gasp penalty saw the night on a sour note as the Blues inflicted a first defeat of the season on Peter Beardsley's second string.
United had grabbed the lead on 90 seconds through Ryan Donaldson with a 20-yard thunderbolt. But Chelsea equalised through Milan Lalkovic on 29 minutes. Six minutes later, Lalkovic found time and space again at Gallowgate and steered home his second from ten yards out.
Newcastle equalised after Nile Ranger pulled the ball back for Haris Vuckic, who stabbed home from close range.
In the last minute of stoppage time goalkeeper Tim Krul fouled substitute Adam Philip, who stepped up to send the Dutchman the wrong way from the penalty spot to win it for Chelsea.
:: NEWCASTLE UNITED RESERVES: Krul; Newton, Kadar, McLaughlin, Campbell, Grieve, Vuckic, Donaldson, Ranger, Edmundsson, Ferguson.
:: CHELSEA: B Clifford; Ince, Pappoe, Deen-Conteh, C Clifford, Chalobah, Mellis, Sala, Töre, Lalkovic.