Today in history: Papiss Cisses brace ends Chelsea unbeaten run


On 6th December, 2014, Papiss Cisse scored twice as Newcastle United inflicted Chelsea’s first defeat of the season, after an unbeaten run of 23 matches across all competitions. 

Following a goalless first half, substitute Cisse struck in the 57th minute before doubling Newcastle’s advantage against the Barclays Premier League leaders 21 minutes later.

Newcastle’s Steven Taylor was sent off in the 81st minute before Didier Drogba pulled one back to set up a nervous finish but Alan Pardew’s side held on to record their fourth successive home win to move up to seventh.

Table-topping Chelsea had lost on their previous two visits to St James’ Park and only had a few first-half efforts with Willian firing wide, Gary Cahill heading over and Oscar’s overhead kick going close.

In fact it was Newcastle who nearly went ahead when Jack Colback was denied by the foot of goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The Magpies had to make a change at half-time with 21-year-old goalkeeper Jak Alnwick coming on for his debut in place of Rob Elliot, who injured himself taking a goal-kick.

He was soon in the action, saving a Cesc Fabregas free-kick, but the next significant incident was at the other end as Newcastle took the lead.

Cahill could not reach a low cross from Sammy Ameobi and Cisse was there to sweep in the first goal Chelsea had conceded in 498 minutes, 408 of those in the league.

Chelsea piled on the pressure and Eden Hazard rattled the post before Cisse doubled the lead from a quick counter-attack less than a minute later.

Taylor then earned his second yellow card for a foul on Andre Schurrle before Drogba headed in a Fabregas free-kick.

But they could not score again to leave Jose Mourinho winless in five visits to St James’ Park.

Chelsea went on to win their first BPL title for five seasons while Newcastle finished 15th.

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