Date: 8th February 2014 at 7:57pm
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Hazard-Eto'o

Chelsea Player Ratings

Petr Cech – 7

The goalkeeper only had a pair of pigeons for company a lot of the time but a few defensive hiccups led to Newcastle chances and Cech – managing to stay awake – stepped in when he needed to.

Branislav Ivanovic – 7

It’s been a good week for Ivanovic after scoring against Manchester City. The Serbian put in another solid display today and even managed to find a blue shirt with one of his crosses for Eden Hazard’s first goal.

Gary Cahill – 7.5

Has been in good form of late and perhaps had to be a little more aware in the absence of John Terry.

David Luiz – 7

Made a few errors and still commits himself too often but also made a lot of nice touches and helped spring a counter-attack for the second goal.

Cesar Azpilicueta – 7

There’s no danger of the Spaniard losing his place in the side to Ashley Cole if he is going to keep up with his consistent displays.

Frank Lampard – 6.5

Got into some good areas early on in the game. He also had a number of shaky moments before he reigned it in and helped keep the midfield ticking over.

Nemanja Matic – 8

Chelsea haven’t really had a suitable combative midfielder in their squad since the departure of Michael Ballack, so Matic is a breath of fresh air and has enjoyed a good start to his second spell at the club.

Willian – 7.5

Has a good understanding with Hazard, worked hard and gave Newcastle’s defence problems.

Oscar – 5.5

Worked hard and picked a few passes but wasn’t anywhere near as influential as the other midfielders today and wasn’t alive in the final third. Quiet.

Eden Hazard – 9.5

Hat-trick hero. Followed his masterclass against Manchester City with a virtuoso display and Chelsea are lucky to have a player of his talent.

Samuel Eto’o – 7.5

Another good game for the Cameroon legend, even though he couldn’t find the mark himself today. Assisted Hazard for Chelsea’s second and won the penalty.

Subs:

Mohamed Salah 

Came on in the final moments and missed a sitter. Wasn’t on the pitch long enough to judge.

Andre Schurrle 

I think the only reason he was brought on was so Hazard could get the standing ovation he deserved.

Demba Ba 

Came on to give Eto’o a little break and almost found the corner flag with one of his shots.