Micky Quinn criticises Benitez's tactics against Chelsea, expresses relegation battle concerns

Lascelles in action for Newcastle. Image PA

Lascelles in action for Newcastle. Image PA

Rafa Benitez's men followed his instructions from the get go and it took Chelsea 75 minutes and a poor decision from referee Paul Tierney to finally break the deadlock through Eden Hazard.

Newcastle United suffered a 2-1 home loss at the hands of Chelsea on Sunday.

Chelsea are joint top on nine points after three games, and Hazard added: 'We need to keep this momentum.

"It meant we needed to move the ball very fast".

"You have to create chances, you have to be solid and you have to do what you have to do to maximise what you have".

'But I'm not complaining, I try to do my job and when you have the ball, you get kicked, so no complaints.

But there was a contentious moment when Marcos Alonso went down in the penalty area after appearing to be brought down by Fabian Schar as he tried to stop the Spaniard.

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However, their lead was short lived, as Joselu managed to beat David Luiz to a Yedlin cross seven minutes from time and Newcastle thought they had done enough to secure a point.

Experienced Chelsea defender Gary Cahill has yet to feature under Sarri and with the England worldwide out of favour he could leave the club before Friday's transfer deadline across Europe.

"I don't know if it was elbow, but I know it was the first time they had been in our box", said Sarri.

Jorginho put on a passing clinic during the first half of Sunday's Premier League clash between Newcastle United and Chelsea.

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'It is not about me and the tactics, it is about players, the results and the bigger picture. It depends on the vehicle you have, you have to drive that auto in the best way.

Benitez, who was unable to spend all the money raised through player sales in the transfer window, has been singled out for stinging criticism from some pundits, who argued Newcastle should have been more adventurous in front of their own supporters.

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