Chelsea were hoping to build on the weekend’s entirely undramatic 2-0 win by beating Newcastle and reaching the semifinals of the League Cup. Unfortunately, we took that lack-of-drama directive too literally for almost the entire 90+ minutes, and forgot to generate enough drama in front of the Newcastle goal.
The first-half performance wasn’t terrible, per se — certainly not compared to some of our recent efforts including against this very same Newcastle side a few weeks ago — but any of that decent-to-good work was completely undone by one absurd sequence of individual errors that gifted a goal to Callum Wilson.
Before that, Gallagher had hit the crossbar, while after Broja had a goal ruled out (correctly) for offside, and Sterling saw an effort blocked on the goal line by Bruno G who literally put his family jewels on the line. Sterling saw a couple more chances go begging, and while we had come close to creating opportunities with some good combinations in tight spaces in the area, the final ball was lacking.