Shay Given criticises Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba

Shay Given of Republic of Ireland looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Spain and Ireland at The Municipal Stadium on June 14, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.

Newcastle United were beaten 3-1 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday.

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United is watched by Philip Billing during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Newcastle United at John Smith's Stadium on August 20, 2017 in...

Shay Given has told Sky Sports, during their live coverage of Newcastle United’s match against Chelsea, that he was disappointed with Chancel Mbemba during the contest.

Mbemba was restored to Newcastle’s starting line-up at Stamford Bridge, but the centre-back failed to impress.

Mbemba was brushed aside too easily by Alvaro Morata, as the Spaniard scored his side’s second goal in their 3-1 win over the Magpies.

And Given couldn’t believe how meekly Mbemba surrendered, to allow Morata to head into an empty net.

“The thing that disappointments me is he didn’t react,” Given said. “He didn’t appeal to the referee. He just accepts it. I didn’t like that.”

Chancel Mbemba of Newcastle United and Andre Ayew of West Ham United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Ham United at St. James Park on...

Newcastle actually took the lead against Chelsea, but they were unable to hold on to their advantage.

Dwight Gayle put the Magpies in front early on, when he poked the ball into an empty net, but Newcastle’s joy was short lived.

Newcastle player Chancel Mbemba in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Stoke City at St. James Park on September 16, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Eden Hazard struck and equaliser, before Morata scored to complete the comeback.

Hazard went on to cap off his brilliant display by scoring a third from the penalty spot, and condemned Newcastle to their fifth defeat in six Premier League matches.

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