PAPISS Demba Cisse fired Newcastle United to a remarkable win over Premier League leaders Chelsea – and ended the club’s 23-match unbeaten run.
Cisse netted twice in a pulsating 2-1 win over Jose Mourinho’s side at St James’s Park.
It was Chelsea’s first Premier League loss of the campaign.
The game also saw the dismissal of defender Steven Taylor and a debut for goalkeeper Jak Alnwick, who came off the bench to replace the injured Rob Elliot.
United climbed up to seventh in the table ahead of this afternoon’s games.
Chelsea made the better start, and but they couldn’t capitalise on a series of chances.
At the other end of the pitch, Daryl Janmaat put in a series of crosses, but Thibaut Courtois, in the visiting goal, didn’t have a save to make until the half-hour mark, when Ayoze Perez neatly played in Jack Colback.
Courtois, however, was able to block Colback’s shot with his legs.
Colback, in particular, helped Newcastle got a foothold in the game, and the half ended goalless.
Elliot, however, left the field in pain, and Alnwick replaced at the break. Cisse also replaced Remy Cabella early in the second half.
Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel headed a free-kick just wide before United got their breakthrough.
Sammy Ameobi took the ball on the left, and Gary Cahill failed to cut his cross out. The ball bounced for Cisse, who prodded it past Courtois to give Newcastle a hard-earned lead.
Mourinho responded by throwing on Didier Drogba and Filipe Luis, and United had to defend deep and in numbers.
But Cisse extended Newcastle’s lead in the 78th minute after good work from Sissoko.
There was more drama when Taylor was sent off for a second bookable offence after bringing down substitute Andre Schurrle.
Drogba pulled one back for Chelsea seven minutes from time to set up a nervous finale.
But United somehow held firm to claim a deserved three points.
NEWCASTLE UNITED: Elliot (Alnwick, 46); Janmaat, Coloccini, S Taylor, Dummett; Sissoko, Tiote, Colback; Ameobi (Williamson, 83), Perez, Cabella (Cisse, 53). Subs not used: Haidara, Anita, Gouffran, Riviere.
CHELSEA: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta (Filipe Luis, 67); Mikel, Fabregas; Willian (Drogba, 67, Oscar (Schurrle, 61), Hazard; Diego Costa. Subs not used: Cech, Zouma, Ramires, Remy.
Goal: Cisse 57, 78, Drogba 83
Bookings: Sissoko 48, S Taylor 56, Schurrle 64, Tiote 74, Costa 80
Sent off: S Taylor 83
Referee: Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)
Attendance: 52,019 (3,200 Chelsea)