Premier League

February 2, 2013

Full-time

Newcastle United

3 - 2

Chelsea

Premier League

15:00 +00:00, February 2, 2013

St James' Park, England

Rafa: Coloccini should have seen red

Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez believes Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini should have been sent off for breaking former team-mate Demba Ba's nose in a five-goal thriller at St James' Park.

Benitez, whose side has now not won in four games in all competitions, said: "It was a penalty and a red card for me, the incident. In the middle of the park, you just carry on and go back from a free-kick. In the penalty area, you go back, penalty and red card.

"It changed the game. We lost one player with a broken nose, we had one substitution and we had a great reaction in the second half, but it was not enough.

"We are doing a good job in terms of what you can see on the pitch. The team is doing well. The team has a very good team spirit and that is really positive, and I am confident that we will finish in the top three. I will do well.

"What I know, what I can see is the team doing well, working hard and when we have this advantage, we have to manage in a better way.''

Alan Pardew's men, who launched what they hope will be a concerted fight to stave off relegation with a 2-1 win at Aston Villa in midweek, refused to accept their fate as January signing Moussa Sissoko, making his home debut, took it upon himself to inspire a dramatic finale.

Asked if he had seen a better home debut, Pardew replied: "Not since I have been here. [Papiss] Cisse made an instant impact when he arrived, but our fans, who are an intelligent set of fans - these people love their football here.

"They told me last time [in the 2-1 home defeat by Reading] that they didn't like me, that my subs were all wrong - and they were probably right. But they know a good player when they see one. He didn't just give us the goals, he gave us a lot more than that.

"I remember seeing him at Toulouse about 14-16 months ago and there are only two players that I have seen that I was desperate to get here. One was [Yohan] Cabaye and one was Sissoko, and we have managed to do that.''

Scoring Summary

Newcastle United Chelsea
Jonás Gutiérrez (41')Frank Lampard (55')
Moussa Sissoko (68')Juan Mata (61')
Moussa Sissoko (90')