Faltering Chelsea miss chance to go back to the top
Chelsea missed the chance to go back to the top of the English Premier League on Sunday when they were held to a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United, dpa reported.
Andy Carroll put Newcastle ahead inside the sixth minute and though Salomon Kalou equalized just before half-time, Chelsea could not find a winner.
The result leaves Chelsea still two points behind Manchester United in second place, while Newcastle move up to ninth.
Having lost their past two games, Chelsea made an horrendous start when Alex tried to pass the ball back to Petr Cech only to watch in horror as his goalkeeper had come off his line to gather.
With Cech stranded, Carroll cruised past him to tap the ball into the open goal.
Chelsea came into things as the first half progressed and equalized when Kalou's shot deflected off a defender into the Newcastle goal just before the break.
Ashley Cole saved Chelsea when he headed off the line midway through the second half and Didier Drogba had a goal ruled out for hand-ball.
Later on Sunday, Tottenham could go up to fifth if they beat Liverpool at White Hart Lane.