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Benitez unhappy with referee after Chelsea defeat

Newcastle slipped to their second home defeat of the season earlier today when the Geordies lost 2-1 to Chelsea at St.James Park.

Chelsea doimated the game in terms of possession, but they struggled to create many clear cut chances against the home sides expertly organised defence.

The game seemed to be heading for a goalless draw until Chelsea talisman Eden Hazard was given the chance to put the Blues ahead in the 76th minute after left-back Marcos Alonso was controversially adjudged to have been fouled in the area by Fabian Schar.

However, Newcastle struck back from a superb Joselu header in the 83rd minute to set up a dramatic finish.

Then with just three minutes of normal time left Alonso was involved again as his volley was nudged into his own net by the unlucky DeAndre Yedlin.

Speaking after the game Newcastle boss Benitez was clearly unhappy with Referee Paul Tierney’s role in his sides defeat, while also admitting that his side have been severely affected by injuries.

“Both the penalty and foul leading up to it were very doubtful.’’ Benitez told the BBC.

“We are missing five or six players. Any top side losing six players – a team with its own problems and six players out.

“We don’t have any issues. We have some injuries and it’s something we have to manage.”

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