Five things we learned from Newcastle's 2-1 win over Chelsea

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Chelsea's unbeaten run came to and end today with a 2-1 loss at Newcastle United.

Newcastle can beat anyone on their day

It may have taken a while for Newcastle to get going this season, but today's display served to prove that they can still mix it with the big boys.

Backed by a superb St. James' Park crowd, Chelsea wobbled under the pressure, and Newcastle pounced with energy and quick breaks to win the game - and when they play like this, the Magpies really can beat anyone, just weeks after seeing off Tottenham and Liverpool.

Jak Alnwick looked assured under pressure

With Tim Krul out injured, Rob Elliot was once again called upon in goal - only for Elliot himself to be taken off injured at half time.

On came Alnwick, who arrived as a youth team player from Sunderland back in 2008, made his Premier League debut, and many had expected the 21-year-old to struggle under the pressure, but he was calm and assured, came for crosses well and made a number of key saves - a superb debut.

Jack Colback was an outstanding signing

Much was made of Newcastle's move to take central midfielder Jack Colback away from rivals Sunderland, and so far, it looks like an inspired move.

Colback was superb against Chelsea, snapping into tackles and setting off counter attacks, which led to a stunning through ball for Sissoko, who set up Cisse to score the second. The calls for Colback to return to the England squad will only grow louder after today's display.

Pardew should consider two up front

Newcastle were second best until Remy Cabella was substituted in favour of striker Papiss Cisse, who of course went on to score both Newcastle goals.

That left Cisse to lead the line, with Ayoze Perez roaming around looking for space in and around the Senegalese, and it worked to great effect. Chelsea just couldn't pick Perez up, and this could be something for Pardew to consider in the coming weeks.

Newcastle were right to keep Pardew

It's amazing how the atmosphere has changed at Newcastle. Gone are the protests and hostility towards manager Pardew, and now the Magpies faithful are singing his name again.

With the superb support from the St. James' Park fans, Newcastle can go from strength to strength, certainly pushing up towards with top eight this season.

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