Could they have done much more?
Brave battlers at the home of the champions
It's hard to make losing 1-0 sound positive but could injury hit Newcastle have put anymore into their defeat at Stamford Bridge?
The team is well and truly down to the bare bones and things have now got even worse thanks to Charles N'Zogbia's knee injury which means he is unlikely to kick a ball again until 2007.
But it took a late goal from Didier Drogba to pinch the points last night.
And Jose Mourinho had to rely on his multi million pound subs bench to win the game.
Indeed the Blues boss had to go back on his initial thoughts by dragging Drogba off the bench and ÃÂ£32million man Andriy Shevchenko who combined, albeit somewhat luckily, for the only goal of the game.
United also had their chances and Antoine Sibierski missed two golden opportunities when he struck the crossbar in the first half then headed straight at Hilario in the second just before Chelsea scored.
All in all a much better effort than in previous years and Glenn Roeder's side were still in with a shout even in stoppage time.
There's nothing enjoyable about getting beat off anybody but perhaps United can look behind the result in this one.
And if they do they will find a solid performance that should be capable of seeing off Watford at St James' Park on Saturday.
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